Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Title: Lux Consequences ( Opal)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 395

My Copy: Paperback Bind Up of 2 Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I am really enjoying this series very much! Katy, a girl who moved to Virginia with her mother after the death of father tries to make friend. After seeing her neighbor who is just the most cutest and arrogant, Katy develops a crush and a new friend, Dee. Damien is the boy she wants to know more about even though he’s a real jerk. Katy notices something different about Dee and Damien that she just can’t put her finger on until its too late. I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is a series. I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me By: Jennifer E. Smith


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Publisher: Hachete Book Group

Page Count: 337

Genre: YA (Young Adult)

Date Started; 2/28/17

Date Ended: 3/4/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 3 stars, Characters, 3 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” The Postcards stopped coming.”

My Review:

This was just an okay read for me. It reminded me of a generic Dear John with a bad ending. I wasn’t a fan of this one like I am with other books that this author has written.

Book Review: How To Get Out of Your Own Way by Tyrese Gibson


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Title: How To Get Out of Your Own Way

Author: Tyrese Gibson

Publication Year:2011

Pages: 274

My Version: Kindle

My Rating: 4 stars

Review:

This was my first book that I’ve read by Tyrese and I must say it took me a while to get through it. What I mean is that I’ve had this book on my kindle since it came out and I’m now just reading it! I think it was time to read this book as I have been having some reflections and feeling about my own life. This book spoke to me in a way that my friends or family never will. I was able to relate to a lot of what Tyrese is explaining in his own life dealing with an addictive parent, siblings and wanting to get out the hood. I can respect his advice toward teenagers, women and men for that matter. In this book, the author was able to ” keep it real” and ” tell it like it is” to his readers. He gives some the truth to the game, learning about yourself and how to handle yourself in all situations especially business. His confessions of his life made me tear up because I feel like I’m going through what he had once been through. I highly recommend this book to those who may not know the answers at the time. Maybe you are just in your own way.

 

Book Review: It Ends With Us By


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Title: It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 364

My Copy: Paperback

Disclaimer: This book contains domestic violence

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review: I must say that I was not expecting this book to be so good! For me, in the beginning it started out very slow and it was  not grabbing my attention. Then, after the first 100 pages the book took off! I am so happy that I kept reading because I absolutely loved this book so much! This story is about a girl named Lily who befriended a boy who named Atlas who was homeless. Atlas went to the same school as Lily as they became friends. Lily’s household was not perfect as she had wanted it to be. Her father abused her mother on many occasions and she would try to stop the abuse by entering the room. When she would enter the room, her father would stop hitting her mother. Fast forward to a few years later ( in Boston), Lily meets a man named Ryle who is so perfect for her. The irony is that she meets Ryle after her father’s funeral.  Ryle is a great guy. He is smart, funny, and a hot neurosurgeon. I won’t give out any more info, you have to read the book yourself, but I will say Atlas does come back while Lily is with Ryle. But, who will she choose and why?

Book Review: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


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Title: Redeeming Love

Author: Francine Rivers

About The Author:

“New York Times” best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote “Redeeming Love” as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since “Redeeming Love,” Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes–all best sellers–and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

Page count: 480 Pages 

My read version: Audiobook

Review:

Wow! This was the first book that I have read by this author–a Christian author at that. I absolutely loved how all of the characters were portrayed in this historical fiction. It has become a new favorite genre of mine! This book is about a girl who was forced to live a life beyond her control. Angel also know as Sarah lives her life to the best of her ability no matter what others say about her. She knows who she is and yet she is determined to live in a way that she thinks is best for her. Until she meets Michael Josea. I won’t mention who he is, but I will say that Sarah met her own Angel one night and he showed her what love really was despite Sarah’s flaws. Unsure of herself, her emotions and her way of life, Sarah tries to figure out what she’s on the earth for. Lessons are learned and being on her own shows her which path to take. I have just ordered some other books by this author and I hope it does not disappoint. Readers, if you have not read this book, please get your copy now! The audiobook is great!

My Rating: 5 stars

High Recommend: Yes

Book Review: Slammed By Colleen Hoover


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Format: Audiobook

My Rating: 5 star

My Review: Colleen Hoover is my new favorite author. I will READ anything that she writes. I listened to Slammed on audiobook and I must say that this book was amazing. The book is about a teenage girl named Lake who goes through a lot of tests in life. Losing her father and only have her mother and little brother, Lake and her small family are forced to move to Michigan due to a family matter. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say that Lake makes new friends, falls in love and even grows up more than she thought she would. There is nothing wrong with getting ” schooled” if it will teach you a lesson.

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


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My Rating: 5 Star

Review: Wow! This was the first that I read by Libba Bray and I must say, I LOVED it!! I am not really into historical fiction, but this book was brilliant. This book is about a girl named Gemma who goes through triumph having a father that is an addict and a mother that commits suicide. Gemma feels guilty about her mother’s passing as she blames herself. This book is set in the Victorian Era where the main character goes to a finishing school to become a lady. She makes friends with the other girls. Gemma started to find out why she was hearing voices and having visions. I won’t give any spoilers away, but Gemma finds out who she is and why her mother died. I look forward to finishing this series!

Book Review: After You by JoJo Moyes


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Title: After You

Author: Jo Jo Moyes

Page Count: 353 Pages

My Copy: Audiobook

Synopsis:

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

My Review:

I enjoyed reading After You. It is the sequel to Me Before You. Listening to this on audiobook I really enjoyed it. I was able to follow the story and as it got better I kept reading. I can’t give too much detail because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I will say that I was expecting more emotion. Granted, the main character Louisa, is still dealing with the death of Will Traynor, but I wanted her to do as Will wanted her too. She maybe doing that as the story goes on. I did enjoy the twist ( I am unable to say) and I loved how Louisa was being more open and starting to come out of her shell.  I gave this a 3 star review because I expected more development the Louisa’s characters. I can’t wait to continue to read the series. I enjoyed the book, just wish more would have happened.

Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes


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Good evening, readers! Tonight I have a video for you of a GREAT book that I’ve read called Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

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Book Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes


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Title: Hidden Bodies

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publication Date: 2/23/2016

My Copy: ARC sent by Simon&Schuster

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 438

Synopsis:

In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice..

My Review: 

I am so glad that I was sent this book for an honest review by Simon &Schuster. I must say that I did not think I would like part 2, but it had me fooled. I loved it. Joe and his sick, witty self, made me laugh and I felt like I was on his side. Although he’s a bit out there and to himself at the same time, I was so happy when he was happy. I will not give any spoiler, but I will say that the sequel to You by Caroline Kepnes had me on the edge of my seats. There were so many times when I thought I knew what was coming next and I was fooled. Caroline is this book filled with so many twists and turns that I could not put the book down. I hope there is a part 3. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I did not like ending. This books ends with a cliffhanger, but I hope it is because Caroline is still deciding someone’s fate. Other than that one flaw, I LOVED it! This book does not come out until February 23, 2016.