Sunday, July 19, 2020

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven



MINI REVIEW:

You guys, I am not okay! This book wrecked me. I've heard so many great things about this book, and it, regretfully, sat on my shelf for years before I finally picked it up. I have to admit, the Netflix movie release is what pushed me to finally read it. Boy, did this book not disappoint. It's simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking. It warms the soul while it tugs at your heart. It's beautiful and it's ugly. It makes you feel a cluster of emotions that you weren't prepared for. I laughed, I cried... I sobbed... Like a baby...that lost its favourite blanky...that was swaddling its favourite stuffy. I did watch the movie after finishing it, and I must say, I was happy with its adaptation. I thought they did a lovely job at bringing this story to life, and I thought both lead actors really captured the pain in both characters. The movie wrecked me just as much as the book did. Have your read this book or watched the movie? What were your thoughts?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson


MINI REVIEW:

This is not my usual type of reading. I am a huge fan of the movie because #johnnydepp but have never read the book. I have been in a MAJOR reading funk and a friend of mine suggested this for a quick read, he was right! I devoured this book! Having seen the movie, I totally read it in the voices of Raoul and Gonzo but I was still just as entertained! It's a wild, tripy and at times, hilarious ride. I walked away with quite the buzz after reading 😂 After reading the book it became even more clear that Depp and Del Toro were the perfect casting choices. I'm surprised this was the book that took me out of my funk, but I'm glad it did! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle


MINI REVIEW:


Going by Goodreads, I am clearly in the minority with this book. I struggled between giving 2.5 or 3 stars but settled for 3 because it did have its moments.

I couldn't connect at all with the main character Dannie but I really liked Bella, and the author did a really great job at penning the strong bond between Dannie and Bella. I did find the premise a bit misleading. In my opinion, it's not quite as the book describes(trying to stay spoiler-free) and because of that, it left me disappointed.

Overall, this book has some high points but the rest of it was just an okay read for me. There are moments that will tug on your heartstrings so for that, it gets 3 stars from me!

Have you read this? What did you think?

The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez


MINI REVIEW:

All of the stars!!  *Deep sigh* Abby Jimenez does it again(insert slow clap here). She knows exactly how to open up your chest cavity and shove her characters deep inside of your heart where they will live forever! Dammit, this book was so good! 

The Happily Ever After Playlist follows Sloan, Kristen's best friend from The Friend Zone. To remain spoiler-free, if you haven't read the first book, I won't dive too deep into the content of the story. But we do follow Sloan through a whirlwind of emotions and travels. Jimenez plays your heart like a marionette, and she the masterful puppeteer! Her writing is absolutely sensational. You can't help but quickly become so invested in the characters. If you read the first book, then you'll be excited to hear that Kristen and Josh are just as much a part of this story as Sloan was in theirs. It was so great to be with the gang again. I loved, adored, cherished every minute of this book!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St, James




MINI REVIEW:

This is my second book by Simone St. James and damn, she knows how to write a book! In The Sun Down Motel she hooked me immediately. Drawing me in to this complicated, intricate, eerie ghost story. Her storytelling is so powerful. She weaves a tale of mystery that had me guessing the whole way through. The story is told by two different perspectives in two different decades. Viv's story takes place in 1982, while Carly's comes from the present. It was flawlessly delivered, and added to the intensity of the mysterious storyline. The character development is perfectly drawn out. Viv and Carly were both very strong and intense characters, yet neither outshine the other. They each thrive as their part of the story is being told.

I absolutely loved every minute of this book and can't wait to see what else St. James has in store for us!

The Last Witness by Claire McFall



Heather agrees to go camping with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him, and a secluded beach sounds like the perfect place. But the trip takes a sinister turn that brings Heather's plans to a violent end.
One by one, the group begins to vanish.
A year later, Heather knows she's just lucky to be alive. And now, people are asking for answers, or else she will be the one to take the blame.

My Thoughts: This was a really quick read that kept my attention the whole way through. Just dying to know how it was going to end! The book is told between the time of the event(a year ago) and the present time. The author did a great job of delivering that perspective. It really amped up the suspense! There were a few parts that dragged on slightly, and I found the ending a bit rushed, however, the writing was extremely well done. The author holds your attention and keeps you guessing right up until the last page! And she crafted such a great setting. You could smell the beach, taste the sea, and feel the chill in the air! Though a bit rushed, my jaw literally dropped at the very end. A clever twist that I was not expecting. This was a great thriller with some paranormal undertones which offered a unique reading experience.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover


Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. 

*clutches book to the chest, closes eyes and sighs heavily*

That, is how I finished this book! I only discovered Colleen Hoover last summer, my first book being All Your Perfects, but it's been a rapidly growing love affair ever since! I read this book in just under 24 hours. Had I not had to continue through real life, I would have devoured it in one sitting. I loved Ben and Fallon. Despite only knowing each other a few hours, their chemistry was believable and radiated off of the pages. Their story spans over 6 November 9ths, and each tackles love, heartache, forgiveness, growth and so much more. It's not just Fallon and Ben's relationship we are watching unfold, it's their stories as individuals as well. Their own personal growth. How they stumble and grow into themselves. I love that quality about Hoover: she makes the characters go so far beyond the general plotline, they become characters that you fall in love with and care for. The plot twist was a good one! It was completely unexpected! This was another epic win from Collen Hoover for me! It just might be my favourite so far!
 
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