Missing Tyler by Tamara Palmer book review

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Synopsis

Summer break has just begun and Kit Carlin is on her way to a funeral — to bury her twin brother. Kit has to find a way to put the broken puzzle of her life back together following Tyler’s death. She navigates through grief and family trauma by finding support in unexpected places, and in a growing understanding of what comes after life. There’s laughter and tears, summer beach time on the New Jersey shore, and the complicated “rollercoaster” of young love, jealousy, and sex. The joys and pains of Kit’s fifteenth summer lead her through a unique journey of recovery and self-discovery — and leave her changed forever.

Review

What a wonderful coming of age novel. This book is full of firsts, heart ache, what it means to grown up and how tragic events shape us and how we cope. This book was the perfect summer read. I truly love Tamara Palmer’s writing and I cant wait to read more by her. Beautifully written, this book spins so much emotion. You will be pulled along as you reel from the grief of watching the main character go though losing her twin brother, her growing up, having to make most difficult decisions, rites of passage as a youth. This story made me remember some of the hard choices i had to make as a young adult. Beautifully heartbreaking, this is a fast read as you will not put it down. 5 stars from me.

Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne book review

 

Plot

On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American woman on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies, and when a simple plan of revenge goes horrifically wrong, Faoud must go on the run while the women come to terms with the terrible consequences they have set in motion

Review

This well written fast paced thriller is one I was not able to put down. This story shows how manipulation sometimes wins and how it can influence people. This story evokes much feeling from within, as you continue to read on wondering how it will all come to term. The characters are well written and each bring o much emotion to the table. I loved this book more than words can say. This book left me raw and I still have not recovered from reading it. The plot holds so much and it is more than just your average book portraying revenge, manipulation, and classes vs society. Truly a wonderful read!

Perfect Imperfections (Moments Series, #1) by J. Wells book review

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Synopsis

At the age of 27, Natasha is just a few months away from marrying her long-term boyfriend, Josh. Suddenly, he is called out of the country to take over the running of his father’s business. While he’s away, Natasha arranges a surprise wedding present for him – a portrait of herself. The handsome artist who agrees to paint the portrait is Gabriel Owens, a gifted painter who is partially sighted. He is sarcastic and brash, and Natasha finds herself always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It turns out that Josh isn’t the perfect fiancé that Natasha believed him to be and she is left reeling, her life in free fall. Does Gabriel have the tenacity and inner strength to pick up the pieces when he himself has so many insecurities and his own life is far from perfect?

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Forewarning though, this book is written in British English (which I enjoy), to new readers it may take a little bit to get use to. The book starts off a little slow but for good reason. The author gets you acquainted with the characters and who they are as people. You get to see inside Natasha’s life and what makes her tick so to speak. Natasha has a lot going on in her life. From a nagging, whiny sister to a meddling mother, mixed in with a d-bag fiance, life is complicated. Natasha goes to do a portrait sitting for a wedding present for her husband. When she meets the artist Gabriel hitting it off is anything but. The two don’t really get along, until later. It was fun to watch their relationship unfold and circumnavigate through the choppy waters of complications that exist in both their lives. I was left shell shocked when I saw what kind of person Josh turned out to be. Then when that bomb of what happens to Natasha is dropped I was left reeling. The writing while different, is terrific. I cant wait to see book two as i’m told it will be in alternating persons and I’d love to see Gabriel’s side of things. The story builds slowly on itself and quickly picks p sped to where you can not put this book down. The character progression is wonderful to see and the overall plot is top notch. Plus i love that book cover. 4 stars from me!

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by Hillary Manton Lodge book review

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Synopsis

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”―Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again. But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper. While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.

Review

Totally loved this book! i am a Jane Austen addict and this is a delightful modern spin on Sense and Sensibility. Told in alternate pov’s between Callum and Jane, this book made my heart swell. i loved seeing how each character dealt with their problems as well as how they interacted around others concerning them. This story was sweet and endearing. Each of the three sisters brought a refreshing take on this classic story. The book is very close to Jane Austen’s writing, just with a more updated twist. I appreciated the homage to one of my favorite classics. The dynamic between the sisters was delightful and I could not put this book down!  I read it all in one day. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was how the author included recipes of foods, and drinks mentioned throughout the book! I’m eagerly anticipating making them all. The other thing I enjoyed were all the quotes at the beginning of each chapter! I love quotes like that in books! I truly can not say enough good things about this book! 5 stars from me!

Pink Slips by Beth Aldrich book review

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Synopsis
Betsy Ryan is pregnant with her third child, and receiving threatening notes from an anonymous person. During what should be a joyful time in her life, she’s forced to face a decade old memory, and relive one of the most devastating nights of her life

To uncover the mystery behind the threats, she enlists the help of an unlikely, but oddly reliable source, her dog Barney. As the menacing notes continue to arrive, her husband is still out of town for work, and she struggles to keep her composure while shielding her two young sons from danger. She trusts no one except her parents, best friend Misty, and her extraordinary dog—who has proven to literally understand everything she says. Is this person out to harm her? And how do they have so much personal information about Betsy? She can’t help but think it’s the same person who attacked her at the train station almost a decade ago, and changed the course of her life forever. To save herself and her unborn child—Betsy must face her fears and find her strength, to reveal who is after her and most importantly…why.

Review

MAN, what a nail biting read!!!! I literally could not put this book down!!!!! From page one Beth had me hooked as she throws you into a whirl wind of a mystery. I have no stayed up all night straight, just to finish this novel. It is full of twists and turns and when I thought I had something figured out, I was thrown another curve ball. All the supporting cast was fun to read as they each contributed to the story and each had their own personality. Nobody out shined the other or took away from the main point of the story. This book had me on the edge the entire time. The writing was phenomenal and I never lost interest once. Also I really loved the cover as it is quite eye catchy. Also, what an ending! Jeez! The ending was perfect. It tied everything up nicely and I truly liked the way it was done. There were some surprises and things I slightly expected, but was hoping would happen. I feel this book will probably slip onto a chart topper, so it should be added to most tbr lists. I’m so glad I got to read this! 5 stars from me.

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier book review

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Synopsis

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, a diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970’s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi, Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

Review

I really enjoyed this installment of the Hogarth Shakespeare. It was wonderfully done with few flaws. I liked how the hierarchies between the classmates was written as it is quite believable and relateable. The racism that was brought to light was done in a politically sound way and contributed to the story, as it showed how it is learned vs being innate. This shows us how we also come to believe things and how opinion can be easily swayed. This story shows us how children grow up and when facing puberty handle their emotions and how they come to term with the line of being an adult/ child and right vs wrong. The ending though in inevitable was well timed. 4 stars from me!

Frost on my Pillow (The Fire Bringer Series #1) by Leah Hamrick book review

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Synopsis

One girl, one voice, one necklace with the power to change the universe if fallen into the wrong hands…

One love that’s sure to show in the stars…

One boy who will do anything to protect her, even if that means laying down his own life to keep the demons from her…

One Fire, one Ice.

Review

This story is wonderful! Most of the time young love triangles and dystopian type novels get over-hyped or tends to all be the same. This one however is not. I really rather quite enjoyed it. This book was a fun, new read for me. I feel that this book is great for an audience who enjoys reading about self discovery and finding out your true power within. There was such well written character development and the story flowed smoothly. This book was a great page turner and kept me hanging on the whole way through. Lyla was a great character and I felt she had tons of depth ad developed well throughout the novel. Ethan was a wonderful person and was very protective and i admired him for that. Rylan was fun to read, i mean seriously, i really enjoyed reading him. He was very refreshing. 5 stars from me!