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Shadow and Bone |  Leigh Bardugo |   Henry Holt | Pub: 6/5/12 “It’s always just you and me.” Apparently I am on a roll with reading books this weekend. I am buddy reading the Shadow and Bone series, Six of Crows series, and King of Scars with my bookstabestie @natalie_the_reader . It’s a lot of books but if they all read as quickly as Shadow and Bone, we will have no problem accomplishing our goal. Fantasy books were not really on my radar until late 2019. Sure, I had read Twilight when I was younger, but I didn’t read other fantasy books. Then I read Ninth House in the fall and I really just fell in love with the genre. Shadow and Bone is about a girl named Alina and her best friend Mal. They grew up together and never really parted. Until that one day when everything changed, and Alina learned she was special. She was Grisha. Alina was told she was going to help save the world. What she didn’t know was what the cost of saving the world would be. I don’t...
Well Met |  Jen DeLuca |   Berkley Publishing | Pub: 9/3/19 "I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.” This was our April Phoenix IRL Book Club pick and it was great! I wanted to read it early in the month because I am currently buddy reading a 6 book series with a friend so I wanted to make sure I actually read my book club book. I read Well Met in 2 sittings. Well Met takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and everything. Emily is there to help out her sister, April, who was in an accident. Emily’s duties are to drive April to her appointments and to help take care of Caitlin, April’s high school daughter. Emily isn’t aware she will get roped into having to volunteer at the high school’s Ren Faire, but she does it for her niece. That’s where Emily meets the ‘Ren Faire Killjoy’. Well Met is your enemies to lovers type of romance, which happens to be my favorite romance trope. What I liked about Well Met though is that Em...
The 7/12 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle |  Stuart Turton |   Sourcebooks Landmark | Pub: 9/18/18 "People are murdered every day. Righting one wrong can’t be the only reason for all of this.” Right when I joined bookstagram in January of 2019, I saw this book EVERYWHERE. Naturally I went to my local Half Priced Books and asked them to order it for me. They hadn’t even heard of it! Here we are now a year later, and I have finally read the book. It was incredible. I am actually really upset that I am done reading it. It is truly one of the only books that has ever stumped me. Hand me a mystery or thriller and I typically can figure it out before it ends, sometimes even before halfway through, but not this book. Even as the ending was unfolding, I couldn’t grasp what was happening. Truly a work of art. The book is about a man name Aiden Bishop. He is trapped in Blackheath to solve a murder. He repeats the same day for 8 days until it is solved and each day he...
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder |  Holly Jackson |   Delacorte Press | Pub: 2/4/20 "And present Pip is always happy with past Pip’s decisions.” For the month of March, I picked 3 Book of the Month (BOTM) books. I simply couldn’t choose, and I had a free book because it’s my birthday month. I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood for a YA Mystery/Whodunnit book, but I clearly was. It took me 3 days to read this book. Maybe because I have been so wrapped up in the Adnan Syed case ( Season 1 Serial Podcast ) that this felt like that story just a bit. And who doesn’t love solving a crime? In A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder , we follow Pippa during her senior year of high school. She has chosen to do her senior project on a crime that was committed in her hometown only 5 years ago. The murder of Andie Bell committed by Sal Singh. Sal committed suicide and was charged with Andie’s death but Pippa doesn’t think Sal did the crime. With Sal dead and no one to speak up fo...
The Grace Year |  Kim Liggett |   Wednesday Books | Pub Date: 10/8/19 "Heaven is a boy in a treehouse, with cold hands and a warm heart.” The Grace Year by Kim Liggett was the March pick for my in real life book club. I was hesitant to pick it up at first. I had friends who loved it and friends who didn’t, so I was worried where I was going to end up. SPOILER ALERT: I LOVED IT! The Grace Year takes you through the journey of Tierney. A smart young girl who is approaching womanhood and who must endure her Grace Year. The men send the woman away for a year so they can “release their magic”. (Snorts) If a woman dreams or hides her magic after the grace year or helps the women on the outskirts, they will be killed. The women of years past do not ever speak of the grace year. So, none of these girls know what to expect. All they know is they will come back broken, mentally and physically, or they may not come back at all. Tierney receives a veil; thi...
The Bromance Book Club |  Lyssa Kay Adams |   Berkley | Pub Date: 11/5/19 "Love is enough. It’s always enough.” All of the characters were annoying. Thea let her past take over too much of the relationship and her feelings. Liv was just absolutely annoying and not supportive. Gavin didn’t handle things well and failed Thea’s ‘tests’. It was a roller coaster of annoying characters who didn’t know how to communicate with each other. Beyond that though, I love the idea of a Bromance Book Club. I think men would benefit greatly from reading some romance novels. I even went to hand my fiancĂ© the book and said, “maybe you should read this”. He laughed at me because he doesn’t read but that is neither here nor there. I wish that we would have learned a bit more about the other men’s struggles with their wives. How the book club got started. Those types of things. I think the best parts of the story were: -the pumpkin spice latte scene -the first dat...
A Court of Wings and Ruin |  Sarah J. Maas |   Bloomsbury  | Pub Date: 5/2/17 "Until then, we enjoy every heartbeat of it.” I don’t know if I have the right words to talk about this book. It was long and sad and beautiful. This book was the biggest of the series (so far) and it definitely was hard to get through. Not because it wasn’t well written, because it absolutely was, just because it was so sad and heartbreaking and there was so much fighting and war. It just took a toll on my mind. The battle scenes were written so well. Lots of bombshells happening throughout the book. I cried and I screamed, and I almost threw the book off my balcony because the pain really was too much to bear at certain points. I will be reading the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight next. While I very patiently wait for book 4, which is to be released sometime in 2021. Yes, I will be rereading the series before it comes out. Yes, I am extremely excited Sarah J Mass has...
A Court of Mist and Fury |  Sarah J. Maas |   Bloomsbury  | Pub Date: 5/3/16 "Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.” One word: WHOA! This book was EVERYTHING. Probably going to be my favorite romance book ever. My favorite fantasy book ever. Sarah J. Maas really just has a way with words. I felt all those feelings like I was Feyre. When I started the book, I didn’t hate Tamlin yet. I thought he was protecting her out of love. I mean, I probably wouldn’t let the person I loved out of my sight again after what they went through. But then Tamlin just goes too far. If you read the series you’ll know the exact point I mean. I started screaming. SCREAMING at the top of my lungs. I wanted to throw the book against the wall as if that would make Tamlin realize he was absolute garbage. Watching Rhyand and Feyre’s story develop and grow was so beautiful and heartbreaking. I cried with them and for them. It was just so beautifully written. Ch...
A Court of Thorns and Roses   |  Sarah J. Maas |   Bloomsbury  | Pub Date: 5/5/15 "Because I wouldn’t want to die alone. Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that. That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.” I didn’t start getting into the fantasy genre until late in 2019. I had read a few here and there but, I was always more attracted to thrillers and romance. That is absolutely changing in 2020. For starters, I am so mad at myself that I waited so long to pick up ACOTAR or any Sarah J. Maas book. Her writing is so beautiful and captivating. I couldn’t put it down. Feyre made a promise to her mom before her mother died. That promise was to take care of her family. Feyre had to learn to hunt in order to help her family survive. Her older sisters refused and her father was too injured to do so. One day when Feyre was hunting so her family could eat a meal, she shot the wrong animal. It was a wolf only it wa...
This can definitely be classified as a police procedural. As time goes on, I’m not sure I enjoy police procedural novels as much as I used too. Initially, I had a hard time getting into it because there were a lot of police shop talk and so many characters to familiarize myself with. I was a bit confused especially since there were multiple police forces and counties involved and I am not familiar with American police forces, and how their legal/police system works. However, as the story developed, and I got familiar with all the different characters and police forces, I really go into it and found it to be quite a real mind nerving page-turner. The premise is very creative; a serial killer that kills in threes, in the third month of the year, on the third day, every third day, three times, every three years…if that makes sense! I’m so glad I powered through because this will now be another series I can’t get enough of; it was so gripping, and I absolutely loved the ma...