The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Review

What a gripping read! I could not put this book down! This book follows the story of Emma as she sets off to find out what really happened so that she can finally lay her demons to rest. As she starts to investigate she unravels more and more. Will she ever decide what is truth and what is a lie?

This book was vastly unique and had many twists and turns that I did not see coming. i loved how the cabin mates liked to play two truths and a lie as it set the tone for the book. the whole time I was quickly flipping through the pages to figure out what was fact and what was fiction. Everything in this novel kept my attention. It was a definite one click read.

The characters in this book are really well done. There were so many different characters to this novel and the author did an amazing job of keeping it straight forward so nothing would be too confusing for the reader. Each character was well written and contributed to the story in some way.

The plot was an excellent idea and I felt it was done in such a way that was unique in its own self. In such a highly saturated market for these type of books, you can tell this one really shines out and holds it’s own. I can definitely see this book climbing the charts! 5 stars from me!!!!!!!

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Dutton
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Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada — Eagle and Crane — are the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family’s belief that the Yamadas — Japanese immigrants — stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they’re both drawn to Shaw’s smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw’s planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don’t add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.

Review

This haunting tale is set in the backdrop of the events surrounding Pearl Harbor. This novel blends history and suspense as builds up into a beautifully immersing tale. The writing was wonderful and I could tell this book was well researched. There were many twists and turns that kept you reading all the way through to the end with a classic plot twist ending. This story was full of interesting characters who were richly developed making this a one click read. 5 stars from me.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 

How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

Review

This book was definitely interesting. This was a pretty good sporty YA book. After Kate catches her dad cheating on her mom, she gives up swimming and leaves her school. Her mom and her move to another town to start over. When she’s there she becomes friends with Patrice (who is dating Michael). She soon meets Michael and starts to fall for him. As you can see from this the problem is she’s falling for her best friend’s guy. My problems with this book was several facts. She has a friend who is unbelievably kind and she pretty much screws her over and then gets whiny when Patrice won’t talk to her…(Umm her boyfriend just broke up with her for you).  Secondly Michael is kind of a scum bag. He breaks it off with someone who he claims to have only dated b/c she was so nice and that he really didn’t have feelings for. I don’t know how I feel about this book. The writing was done really well and the dialogue was expertly written, I just had personal problems with the plot, making it hard for me to get into. It did seem a bit realistic as I’ve known things like this do happen in real life, but I just couldn’t get into to it.

3.5/5 Stars from me!

***I received and e-ARC of this title from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review***

Shelved: YA, Contemporary
ebook, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads

Surviving Adam Meade (Surviving Adam Meade #1) by Shannon Klare book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

Review

OHHHHHH the feels!!!!! This book is definitely swoon worthy. I adored this little book and its Friday Night Lights feel to it. The banter between Claire and Adam was super cute and funny. They are both sarcastic and hilarious to read.

I really loved Shannon’s writing and how genuine it felt to read her book. The writing is beautiful and I stayed thoroughly invested in this book. This was the perfect summer read! *swoons* The characters are very relatable and feel real. You get a healthy dose of high school, boys, relationships, girls on a relatable note that had me reminiscing on my days in high school.

5/5 stars.

***I received an e-arc of this publication from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review***

Shelved: YA, Contemporary
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) by Mary E. Pearson book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

Review

This is another novel set in the same world as The Remnant Chronicles. While I, myself have yet to read that trilogy, this book reads as its own novel. I was super eager to read this arc as I’ve been wanting to buy The Kiss of Deception for a while now. I previously read her book(s) The Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I already knew I was in for a wonderfully written novel. I really loved Mary Pearson’s world building to this book! it totally blew me away. I could tell that her writing skills have sharpened and this book brings all new adventures to the table!

I felt that the characters were fun to read and very diverse. Each character has beautifully woven layers and brings a punch to the story. All the characters kept me plenty engaged in this novel. I really loved the romance in this book and thought it was well done without being over the top. The action was just the right amount as well.

After reading the ending I have to say…I need book two NOW, like yesterday…What kind of ending was that to leave me with.. I’ll l just be over here in the corner sulking till I can read book two….

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5/5 Stars.

***I received a copy of this title form the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Shelved: YA, Fantasy
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company

 

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Review

EEEEEKKKKK!! Omg! I’ve found a new favorite author! Katy’s writing has blown me away. Her characters were so real and lovable! My heart ached for them the entire book and i was ugly crying at the end. This book tackled so many issues. Learning to love and to trust and learning how to live with you heart when the deck is stacked against you. My heart broke for Elise for all she goes through in this book: dealing with her brothers death, wanting to love someone and being told not to. Also cuteness overload with her niece and how she named their dog Bambi. This book is super adorable!!!! 5/5 Stars.

***I received an e-arc of this book from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Shelved: YA, Contemporary
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Swoon Reads

The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan book review

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Synopsis (as taken form GoodReads)

Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Review

Be still my heart… This book was so relatable. It really delves into friendships, what happens when they fall apart, youth and misunderstandings, betrayal, secrets, etc. This novel is beautifully written and tackles many issues head on.

I loved the fluidity of the writing and how smooth it flowed. I was white knuckles gripping the pages, wanting to know what happens next. I could not put this book down and it was a one click read for me. After I finished this book I could NOT stop thinking about it. Other reviewers have mentioned how much this book made them reflect back on past friendships and I have to say the same.

I found myself wondering what did exactly happen and when things fell apart. Why is it that sometimes we lose people we were so close to and now it feels as if you’re strangers? This book gives keen insights in a wonderfully fiction way. I highly, highly suggest this book.

4/5 Stars

***Thank you to Harlequin Graydon House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy for this book in exchange for an honest review.***

Shelved: Fiction
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Graydon House