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Review: The Reunion by Kiersten Modglin

Title: The Reunion
Author: Kiersten Modglin
Series: n/a
Publisher: Kiersten Modglin
Release Date: December 28, 2021
Rating: Four Stars

So like woah! I stayed up wayyyyyy to late two nights in a row to finish this book. I didn’t wanna stop reading it. The whole story sucked me in and made me feel like I was back in high school. The creepiness of Cait’s stalker around the hotel was spot on, I was definitely spooked, and very intrigued. You want to assume it is one person, then you change your view to think it was someone else…. then you think it’s the next person! It totally made me question everyone motives, and I like that. I did guess who it was, but only a paragraph before I actually read it. And it was a very good twist! This one is a definite must read of hers, and I will be telling everyone I know to get their hands on a copy!

From Goodreads: “Hotel Lilith holds terrible memories for Cait Du Bois.
The darkest night of her life happened within its walls.

Once, she vowed never to return to the place that reminds her of the horror she experienced. But when the hotel is chosen as the location for her high school reunion, Cait finds herself unable to resist the appeal of showing off her new life to the people who once made her existence miserable.

Cait is no stranger to being noticed in public, especially as a bestselling author with an enthusiastic fan base, but back at Hotel Lilith, she was once recognized for a completely different reason. With all eyes on her as she returns to the town she’s spent years running from, Cait finds it increasingly difficult to discern between her fans and foes.

Haunted by the memory of a night that torments her, she resolves to put the past behind her and move on.
No one knows the truth about what happened back then.
At least, that’s what she’s always believed.

Shortly after her arrival, strange things begin to occur. A mysterious package, strange calls, and frightening text messages seem to be just the beginning of the nightmare about to unfold.

Someone is determined to bring the truth to light. If they succeed, the life Cait has built based on secrets could come crashing down around her. And, if they want her to pay for what she’s done, her lies may be the least of her concerns.

Someone’s out for blood.”

Happy Publication Day to The Reunion!

Thanks to Kiersten Modglin for sending me yet another one of her books out of the goodness of her heart. I was not paid to asked to write a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Review: Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff #audible

Title: Aurora’s End
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #3
Published by: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Rating: five stars
Note: I listened to this on Audible so that version was published by Listening Library

I was pretty sure last year that I saw this series was going to be a duology, so at the beginning of this year I listened to the first two books thanks to my library. The ridiculous cliffhanger at the end of book two put me in such a book slump it wasn’t even funny! I went to Google and found out that book three was coming out in November and I waited with anticipation. So much so that I joined Audible on November 8 to pre-order the audiobook (since my library wasn’t going to have it on release date) so I could listen the minute the book dropped. And listened I did! I set it on 1x speed so I could take my time and enjoy the ending to this epic saga (because I normally listen on 1.2x or 1.5x depending on how it’s recorded).

From Goodreads: “Is this the end?
What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.
When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.
But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the te4am has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated.
Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem
Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.
Actually saving the galaxy, though?
Now that will take a miracle.”

I was really into the story from the get-go. The way the story was told, with cutesy jokes and good quips from the characters, was right up my alley. The cast is supposed to be teenagers so I liked that in the face of seriousness and impending doom they could be funny and real and raw with each other. Honestly, the voice narration from the entire cast was absolutely perfect *chefs kiss*. I think I fell in love with all the characters more because of their voice actor, honestly.

I rated the other two books in this series as five star reads as well as this one. And I do not give out five stars a lot. This whole story will stay with me and I like that in a series.

Review: The Cottage by Lisa Stone #netgalley

Title: The Cottage
Author: Lisa Stone
Series: n/a
Published by: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Rating: a very generous three stars

*spoilers are in this review*

After losing her job and long time boyfriend, Jan decides to rent a remote cottage in the woods in the UK to get away from everything and figure out her life. But the relaxing vacation it is not. Creepy noises keep happening outside the place. She wants to see what’s going on but is too scared to look. What she thinks is animals are getting braver and braver and Jan is becoming more frightened of staying there. Jan wants to get to the bottom of what’s going on so she bucks up and sticks it out.

I’m not sure how I really feel about this story. We have the whole Jan thing I mentioned above, but then a few chapters in we get two new characters who seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the story. The couple, Ian and Emma Jennings, lost a baby during a home birth. Then we get this wild tale about how a lot of people in town used a sperm donor clinic to get pregnant. Like it literally feels like EVERYONE in this town used them, as the story keeps referring to how many people look alike. Turns out, the clinic was using the same donor… and we can all guess who that was… the owner, Carstan Moller. No kidding, I saw this one coming a mile away with all the subtle hints. But I kept reading. More stuff happens at the cottage, then more stuff happens with Ian, who wants to get to the bottom of the whole thing. The book felt like two stories smashed into one. The ending wasn’t all that great, as you can see where the story is headed ahead of time if you thought about it. We also have two police officers who honestly have no real barring on the story. I thought the one police officer might of been aware of what was going on by the cottage and was covering it up, but I didn’t get that vibe by the end of the book. There characters felt forced and just used for convenience to move the story along.

I want to add that there probably should of been a trigger warning tagged onto this book. For someone who went through what I like to call a DNA crisis (I found out my dad wasn’t my biological father after doing a home DNA test. We are known as NPEs) and once I saw where the story was heading, I had to put myself in a different headspace to finish the book. Finding out you’re parent isn’t actually biologically related to you is absolutely devastating. And I thought Ian, who didn’t know he was a sperm donor child (Emma did), I believe he should of been more torn up about the entire thing. Or at least more than a few paragraphs worth of concerned. This is why the book lost me and I gave it a very generous three stars, which probably should of been two, but because I wanted to know what the hell was going on outside the cottage and what the hell was up with the town that I kept reading.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader copy of The Cottage by Lisa Stone. I was not compensated for this review. I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions here are my own.

Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris

Happy publication day to The Therapist by B.A. Paris!

Alice and Leo are in a long distance relationship and only see each other on the weekends. So they could see each other more, they both agree to buy a house and move in together. Leo convinces Alice to move to The Circle, a small gated neighborhood in London. Nothing is as it seems though. In typical B.A. Paris style, it’s a slow build up to what is really going on…. that there was a murder in the house Alice and Leo moved in to. Alice becomes obsessed with finding out who murdered Nina. Was it the husband like all the neighbors think? Or was it someone else? Nina starts to point fingers at everyone and it just snowballs from there. I don’t want to give the ending away, but I’m pleasantly surprised I kind of didn’t see it coming. The middle was a little boring as it was mostly Alice talking to her friends and neighbors constantly. I did enjoy this book though!

I’d like to say that both narrators, Olivia Dowd and Thomas Judd, did a good job of reading the story. I enjoyed both of their voices and Olivia’s British accent was nice to listen to. This book is definitely for those who like B.A. Paris’ other books, or those who like mysteries and thrillers.

Thank you to Netgalley, B.A. Paris and Macmillan Audio for allowing me to listen to this ARC.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary electronic audio book through Netgalley.
I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.
The opinions I have expressed here are my own.

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Review: More Than Words by Daphne Abbott

This was such a nice love story to read. I actually really liked the slow build up of Ruby and Gray’s relationship. Normally I am all about the sex scenes and just want the main characters to just get to it already… but this home town feeling book had me enjoying the slow ride. The sex scenes weren’t raunchy, they were sweet (again, also not really my type of read). I honestly enjoyed this book. I guess I need a change of pace every now and then. I assumed the MCs had an age difference, but I didn’t really notice it until it was blatantly pointed out on their first date. It was also refreshing to read a book about a girl who isn’t stick thin and having to hear how beautiful she is all the time. I don’t want to read about a Barbie doll, I want to read about real life looking girls, someone like me.

If you’re into age gap, thicker girl type romance novels, this one is a must read! Thank you to Book Sirens for allowing me to read this wonderful ARC.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary electronic book through Book Sirens.
I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.
The opinions I have expressed here are my own.

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Review: They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry

This book gave me those And Then There Were None vibes, in that five people were brought together to a house in Scotland, but didn’t know the others would be there. They all recognized each other when they showed up… they had all lived together in a house at college. Then they are killed off one by one. But by who? And why?

This book didn’t really capture my attention like I thought it would. It was hard for me to push myself through this one. Yes, I wanted to know who killed their room mate Callum in 1995, and who is killing them now, and that is why I kept reading. All but one character’s personalities annoyed me (and that person died rather early on), and the constant back and forth between those characters was bothersome. I did not mind when they story would shift to the past, then come back to the present, as it did help tie everything together.

I gave it two stars because it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Arcade Crimewise and Lauren A. Forry for allowing me to read this ARC.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary electronic book through Edelweiss.
I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.
The opinions I have expressed here are my own.

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Review: No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

Cassie Larkin sees a woman being attacked by a big man on the side of the road. She calls 911, tells them what is going on, but then decides to investigate on her own. The attacked tells her, “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.” Cassie tries to get on with her life, but a few days later her husband goes missing… or did he leave her? Cassie is trying to get to the bottom of what exactly is going on, and it just spirals from there. No spoilers! This debut novel by Heather Chavez takes you on a wild ride and I was here for it! I did guess a few things a little quicker than revealed but it didn’t deter me from the book.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary electronic book through Netgalley.
I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.
The opinions I have expressed here are my own.

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Review: Untethered by M. Jameson

Untethered is such a great quick read! I read this book in two days, it was that good. The chemistry between Bianca and Brett was amazing. Bianca and Brett are step siblings and it’s forbidden to fall for your sibling, right? Not in this book! Brett has a dark back story and it was different from typical dark romances so it was refreshing. This book is definitely 18+ for mature language and situations. There were a few grammatical errors in the copy I read but nothing too crazy to deter me from continuing reading. I will definitely read the next book in this series, when it comes out later this year.

Thanks to Netgalley, M Jameson and Victory Editing Netgalley Co-op for allowing me to read this ARC. All opinions expressed here are my own and I was not compensated in any way for a honest review.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary electronic book through Netgalley.
I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.
The opinions I have expressed here are my own.

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All The Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Photo is mine, from my Instagram page.

Title: All The Tides of Fate
Author: Adalyn Grace
Series: All The Stars and Teeth #2
Published: February 2, 2021
Rating: Two stars (out of five)
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What to say about this book? I was excited to read this one, as I really enjoyed the first book in the series last summer. But the book was just not holding my interest. It took me over a month to finish this book (which prompted me to find the audiobook so I could move it all along), which helped contribute to me rating the book two stars.

“Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.”

Honestly, this book just wasn’t exciting. She hops from island to island (within the kingdom) looking for an artifact to save her magic and restore her soul. We get glimpse of each area of the vast world, but not a ton. And the places don’t sound as great as they did in the first book. Amora keeps second guessing every.single.move.she.makes and it’s frustrating as all get out. Yes, it’s a YA story, but grow a pair and commit, girl!

I did appreciate the ending, only because it tied the story up in a nice bow. But it all felt a little rushed and that was annoying.

Overall, two stars. You can’t win them all, right?

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Published: February 25, 2020
Pages: 326 (hardcover)
Rating: Four stars (out of five)
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At the beginning of the month I was all over the place with my reading. Then I felt like I kept wanting to read books that were part of a series… and I needed a break from that. So I asked a book group I am in for stand alone recommends, and a few people suggested The Shadows Between Us. The cover is beautiful and I judge by the cover, haha!

It seems that I read books were the main characters are good, decent people. This book starts off with you meeting Alessandra, and she lets it be known to the reader that she wants to court the Shadow King, marry him, and then kill him. She wants to rule the entire kingdom! All her actions in the first half of the story are to further her goal of murdering the king.

Then slowly but surely her feelings change, and now she is protecting the king from an assassin who is running around the palace! While I figured out WHO the assassin was more quickly than I should of (but maybe because I am an adult and this is a YA book), I liked that I didn’t guess the entire ending, cuz there’s a small twist that I SHOULD of seen, lol.

I highly recommend this book to people who like fantasy novels!

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