Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Reviews - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, it is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. After reading Center of Gravity last week, I was in the mood for another psychological thriller, and TGotT did not disappoint!


Wow! So this was definitely a great book!

Even though it was a little slow in the beginning, it really picked up after about a hundred pages, and held my attention!

I kept trying to guess who the killer was, I went from Scott to Andy to Rachel. I didn't know who it was until I was about 80% done the novel, which was pretty good because it wasn't all that predictable. I don't want to say to much and spoil it, but there are multiple suspects, and I liked that it wasn't obvious.

In the end, while I suppose the reasoning for killing her made sense, I just felt like it was brushed off, like "oops didn't mean to." I was disappointed that it didn't end up being premeditated murder, and there wasn't this big plot of her death months ago. I think that would have made the book even more intense.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It was suspenseful but not too scary! I highly recommend, and I gave it 4/5 stars!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Reviews - Center of Gravity

Hello everyone!

So sorry for being absent last week, I've just been so busy trying to get some things organized but I am back now!

Today,  I thought I would review a book I recently read and loved, Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill! Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review!


Wow! This book was amazing!

Where do I even begin?? The story is told from 5 alternating perspectives. Ava, Mitchell, Jack, Lucy and Graham. Each perspective gave new info to the story and added a layer of depth. This was actually exactly the type of story I was in the mood for. Something with some serious issues and real life problems.

While some of the chapters hit a too little close to home for me personally, the storyline of this book is fantastic. At the beginning of the book, it seems like Mitchell might not be too bad, but then the jealousy kicks in and you start to wonder what is really going on with him and why he thinks the way he does.

I felt so horrible for the kids, Jack and Sam, in this book. They have to experience something so terrible and they are so young. I honestly had no clue how Mitchell could do this to his boys.

Relationship wise, I really liked how things between Ava and Graham were kept professional. I was afraid it was going to be some weird romance that Mitchell would try to use as leverage to get back at Ava but it didn't turn out that way! They were two adults, and even though Graham was experiencing the beginning of some feelings for Ava, he understood that she was in the middle of a huge crisis and wasn't looking to add the that. I really appreciated that. So many books I read are about the damsel in distress and the guy who comes out of nowhere to save her and I'm so glad this book didn't follow that same pattern.

In the end, I could not believe the ending and what actually happened with Karen! Insane!

If you are looking for a hard hitting story with a touch of mental illness, this is the book for you!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Monday Reviews (On a Friday!) - Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews (on a Friday!). Today, I am reviewing Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this  book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Wow! Where do I even start?

I really liked this book. I felt like the character development of Arden was fantastic, she went from this sheltered golden child, to this outspoken young woman who was able to learn from her experiences.

There were some parts of the story towards the beginning that were a little tricky to understand. The story is told in a very whimsical way, with each chapter. At the beginning, the story starts, then there's backstory, and backstory for the backstory. I think this part made it difficult for me to get a feel for Arden's voice, and I felt like she sounded a little childish because of these backstories.

Eventually I was able to get a better feel for her voice and I began to enjoy the story. When she started reading the blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours, I became almost as engrossed as she was, hoping that we would see more of the blog soon once the chapter ended.

I will say that I was totally not expecting the twist that happened with Peter, I was enjoying his character so much. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much, but I was just really shocked and a little disgusted at what happened.

In the end, I was really happy with how everything worked out.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and there were lots of great quotes to write in my quote book!
 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tag Thursday - #similarbooks

Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag, #similarbooks!



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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TBR Tuesday - Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! This is where I share the book I am reading, and my next read!

Today, I started Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby! I am 15 chapters in, about halfway done, and I am loving it!



I don't want to say too much about it, but its so good! Like, I was eight pages in, fully invested and ready to cry (which for those of you who have been here for a while know that I am NOT a crier).

I'll keep this short so I can get back to the book, but next, I think I will pick up either No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown or The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi.

What are you reading today?


Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Reviews - Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for providing me this e-ARC for review! All opinions are my own.



All in all, this book was cute, and sweet, but also a little tedious.

I just felt like Haley and Bryce's relationship was a roller coaster, and not necessarily a good one. Some days they were good, their relationship was blooming, but then the next day they were fighting and it was just annoying. 

This book was good but there are a lot of unanswered questions. While they are minor questions (I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much...) but there's a lot that wasn't resolved, and I just thought that it ended abruptly.

I just felt like things could have been done differently and conflicts could have been resolved. I really don't want to say too much, and ruin this book, if you do decide to read it, so I'm sorry for the cryptic review.

Overall, good but nothing special. If you like fluffy romance, with a slightly annoying plot line, this is the book for you.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tag Thursday - #halfbooks

Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag, this week #halfbooks! I had lots of fun putting this one together!



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