so you’re looking for a good book.

okay.

i read lots of books.

and it makes my heart super-duper happy when i recommend a book and someone reads it and loves it.

so, i’m going to make a little list for anyone who actually reads this little blog.

in no particular order, here are some books i think you order, download, or check-out from your local library!

if you give any of these a read, let me know what you think!

happy reading!

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in a dark, dark wood.

oh my goodness. ruth ware. seriously. this girl has earned a spot in my top 5 right now.

i will be the first to admit that i first checked this book out because of the cover. this cover:

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i’m very happy to tell you that the pages lived up to the cover! ruth ware has a phenomenal twisty thriller here.

adequate amounts of booze and some maybe not so friendly rivalries at a hen weekend set the stage for this delightful read. (a hen weekend is a bachelorette party) we’re taken back and forth between our protagonist in the hospital as she recovers from wounds she can’t remember getting and the events of the hen weekend that have landed her in the hospital. a well crafted web of characters make this book easy to slip into.

i devoured this book and immediately purchased it as a gift for someone and read the girl in cabin 10 because i wasn’t ready to be done reading ruth ware just quite yet! i can’t wait for her next book and am excited to see that this is being made into a movie!

seriously. 5/5. loved it!

dead letters.

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as much as i love a mindless good read, i really love a book that is like a mental jigsaw puzzle. dead letters by caite dolan-leach is the best puzzle i’ve read in a long time.

dead letters weaves a tale of 2 sisters through a series of emails, a present day scavenger hunt of sorts, and childhood memories. when ava learns of her identical twin sister zelda’s death she returns home and gets led on a goose chase by the very sister she thought she was preparing to bury.

i was certain i had figured everything out more than once but was pleasantly surprised by how the sordid story of these two sisters unfolded. caite’s level of intricacy and attention to detail in both her character development as well as her story line made dead letters sublime to read.

this is a 5/5 for sure. dead letters is available for pre-order on amazon!

true north cover reveal.

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About True North (True Born, #2):

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year- old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something- more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price.

In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure. While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!

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About the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Pre-order True North here!

where they found her.

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where they found her is a wonderfully constructed story by an author whose books i find myself devouring the same way i did dark places, luckiest girl alive, and the girl on the train.

mccreight crafts this dark story in a shockingly delicate way. decades of secrets are unraveled as our protagonist, Molly – an arts/entertainment reporter for a local paper, is given the assignment of covering the discovery of the body of an infant found in the woods near the local private college.

the story is an opportunity for Molly to get out there and prove she is more than a features writer. the story is also the push Molly needs to conquer some of her own demons after the loss a child and her struggles with motherhood in the face of paralyzing grief.

through the voices of Molly, Sandy (high school dropout w/a junkie mother), and Barbara (police chief’s wife and blissfully ignorant mother) secrets are revealed that unravel decades of lies that the idyllic suburban life in ridgedale has been built on.

if you like books that keep you up well past your bedtime because you just have to read one more chapter than this book is for you.

where they found her gets 4/5 stars from this girl!

pick up your own copy of Where They Found Her on amazon and let me know what you think!

 

one moment.

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i just finished reading one moment by kristina mcbride. i received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

this was a really good book. it was a relatively quick read and once you get into it you’ll find it hard to put down.

the story centers around Maggie, our endearing protagonist, and her group of friends. they’re the quintessential group of best friends. 3 boys, 3 girls, all inseparable, with 2 of them romantically involved.

they have traditions, secrets, their “place”. we get to know about all of those things and the 6 of them after a tragic accident that leaves them seriously grieving for what is presumably the first time. The accident along with flashbacks and revealed secrets intertwine to bring a much different, less idyllic reality into the story line.

i could have actually read a few more chapters and was a little sad to see this story come to an end.

throw this book in your bag the next time you’re headed to the beach, or curl up on your couch with a blanket and get ready to lose all track of time and the world around you as you find yourself immersed in this twisty read!

4/5 stars from this girl!

all the missing girls.

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lately i’ve been reading 1 of 2 sorts of books. dark and twisty or colleen hoover. all the missing girls is definitely dark and twisty. this book has been popping up in my recommended reads lists on amazon, goodreads, audible – basically everywhere. so, i finally gave it a read and holy buckets am i glad i did!

i loved this book so much.

when first started it i was prematurely almost put off by the fact that this book works in backwards chronological order with flashbacks throughout. i thought that might make the story line unnecessarily hard to follow, but i actually ended up really enjoying the way megan miranda told this story. i have a knack for figuring out the big twists well before they’re revealed but i credit the reverse order of events in this story for keeping me on my toes.

the characters were real people. i felt like they could be people that anyone would know. normal people in this fantastic plot that while completely nuts and surprising at every turn was absolutely believable.

there were moments in this book where i was right there. megan’s portrayal of the small town dynamic was pretty spot on. swap her north carolina foothills for iowa cornfields and the summer in this story could be any small town american summer. i loved that. i love being able to become completely absorbed in a book. books are my me time and this book had my undivided attention from the very first page.

i highly recommend picking this book up – which you can do here: All the Missing GIrls and i definitely give this book a very enthusiastic 5/5!

 

the alienation of courtney hoffman

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read an excerpt of the alienation of courtney hoffman:

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Lightning ripped across the northern California sky, then splintered down through the rain and disappeared behind our neighbor’s house. Letting the door slam shut behind me, I ran away from the warmth of our porch light into the darkness of our backyard. My mom would’ve killed me if she’d caught me outside that late at night. Especially in a thunderstorm, and on the night before my fifteenth birthday, with the big party she had planned for tomorrow. But I had to get out of the house before I fell asleep and they came for me. And they were coming!

A gust of wind blew my hair against my face. I swiped it out of my eyes just in time to see a plastic lawn chair tumbling through the air. I covered my head with both arms, but a leg of the chair smashed against my elbow. Ouch!

I dropped onto the wet grass, pulled my knees into my chest, and rocked nervously back and forth. Water soaked up through my nightgown and my underwear, making me shiver.

None of these things mattered, though. Because something far worse was happening inside my head. A memory of me as a little girl, on the night my grandpa Dahlen disappeared from his cottage, was trying to claw its way into my consciousness.

And I didn’t want to think about that night. Ever.

Still, I couldn’t stop it, which didn’t make sense. I was awake, and outside, where I was supposed to be safe, yet the aliens from my dreams were somehow messing with my thoughts, rearranging things, trying to make me think about that night! But how?

And why? It happened eight years ago, and my grandpa was dead now.

Although, before he disappeared, he’d— No! Stop, Courtney! I yelled at myself.

I bit my fingernail and took a deep breath, hoping to calm down.

No luck. I was remembering the musty old-books smell from my grandpa’s bookcase. Butterflies rushed into my stomach and I sprang to my feet.

“All right. Is that what you want me to do?” I shouted into the rainy darkness. “Remember my grandpa? What happened that night? If I do that, then will you leave me alone?”

I wiped the rain from my eyes, and suddenly it was like I was right there, in the cottage. His notebook sat on the plaid couch, opened to a map he’d drawn of the ancient wormholes linking the alien world to our own.

 

about the book

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016
SparkPress

olivia decoded.

od-6olivia decoded is the sequel to olivia twisted. and if you plan to read twisted – you should probably just go ahead and pick up decoded as well because you will want to read it immediately.

all of the excitement and tension from book 1 carries right into book 2.

olivia decoded is one of the best follow-ups i’ve read in a long time. the length was perfect, there isn’t an unnecessary retelling of details from the first book, and the characters and their story lines progress exactly like i was seeing in my head!

if you’re looking for a good young adult novel that has all the right ingredients – the olivia books are just that. love, action, tension, heartbreak – they’re all there.

5/5 stars for vivi barnes and olivia decoded!

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vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

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olivia twisted.

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i always thought it would be super cool to be a hacker like penelope garcia (criminal minds). some brilliant genius hacker that gets caught but ends up being recruited by the fbi vs going to prison. alas, it is a wonder i can write book reviews on a blog – so my dreams of being an fbi computer nerd will have to stay just that.

hence my absolute love and 1 night devouring of olivia twisted – an action filled story with a hacker plotline. i was totally hooked. i love books where i get to do awesome things through well written characters.

vivi barnes has crafted a modern take on dickens’ oliver twist and it is definitely worth picking up. i loved the characters and their stories. z is the bad boy i think every girl has crushed on at one time or another and olivia is the lost soul you want a happy ending for. the relationships olivia develops in this book are very honest and believable. they aren’t syrup-y or pretentious the way teenage relationships can be portrayed in ya novels sometimes.

i look forward putting a copy of this book on my shelf and give it 5/5 stars.

**if  you plan to read book 2, olivia decoded, i highly recommend not reading the epilogue in olivia twisted!**

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about the author

vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

Author Blog: https://4chicks.wordpress.com/

Author Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ViviBarnes

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