adult, mystery, thriller

First Impression Friday!

I loved doing this post last week, so I decided to do it again this week! First Impression Friday is hosted by JW Martin!

Here’s how it goes:

First Impression Friday is a meme where you talk about a book you just started! You can be just a chapter or two in, or a little more.
Based on the start of the book, give a few impressions and predict how you’ll feel about the end!

This week I am featuring The Wives by Tarryn Fisher. This book has been so hyped so I’m excited to start it!

“Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.”
– Goodreads

So I read chapter one of The Wives. The first thing that stuck out to me was the dedication – to Colleen. Tarryn and Colleen Hoover are BFF’s so I thought that was the sweetest thing!

So like I said, this novel has a ton of hype. But what drew me in was the polygamist relationship! I was obsessed with Sister Wives. I love learning about how other people live who are different than me!

The MC of this book is Thursday. That’s the day Seth comes to stay with her. His other wives are Monday and Tuesday. I think it’s interesting we only know them by the days of the week. It left me very curious as to who they actually are. Thursday talks about getting ready for Seth to come home, and how she looks forward to this day every week. I can’t imagine only seeing my husband one day a week! It would drive me crazy! I’m also way too jealous to share.

As of now, she hasn’t met the other wives. I’m not sure if she’ll ever meet Tuesday. I feel like I won’t figure out the twist because I never do. I’m guessing this will be a four star read!

Have you read The Wives? What did you think? Let me know below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, two star book

An Irish Christmas Review!

  • Title: An Irish Christmas
  • Author: Melody Carlson
  • Publisher: Revell
  • Publish Date: September 1, 2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Book Form: E-book
  • Genre: Christmas, Christian Fiction
  • Dates Read: Dec 22, 2019
  • Rating: ★★.5

For Colleen, life is spinning out of control. She just lost her husband, and her relationship with her young adult son Jamie is crumbling. Should she confess to him the secret that has been haunting her for twenty years? Jamie has a few secrets of his own. When he announces his plans to join the military, Colleen decides it’s time for the two of them to take a trip together–to Ireland. The truth they discover there could fulfill both their dreams in a way neither ever thought possible. An Irish Christmas is a captivating story of love, deception, and secret passions, from popular and prolific author Melody Carlson.

– Goodreads

So this was the first book I read off my Down the TBR lists! I kept it because it was around Christmas time and the synopsis said there was deception and secret passion. That sounds amazing. Unfortunately, this book was a flop for me.

First, I didn’t realize it was Christian fiction. If I had realized that, I probably would have deleted. It’s just not my jam.

The story started off kind of slow. It didn’t really pick up until the last 20% or so, when you started figuring out all the deceptions. I can’t remember anything about any of the characters. They were just sort of flat with no emotion. The author would say they were crying, or happy, and I just didn’t feel anything.

There were some positives about this book. It was short – only 192 pages, and I read it in a day. I love a book I can just sit and finish! Once you started seeing the deceptions, it got really interesting. I just wish there was a lot more build up. I wasn’t interested in reading about the characters just randomly traveling all over Ireland.

If you’re a fan of Christmas novels and Christian Fiction, you’d probably like this book. I just felt bored during certain parts. Just not my cup of tea.

Until next time…

adult, ARC, contemporary, Five Star Book, mystery, Sci-Fi, ya

WWW Wednesday!

Here’s another WWW Wednesday! This week is flying by! If you want to participate, this post is easy! Just answer the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

What am I currently reading?

Second Star by JM Sullivan

This is a Sci-Fi Peter Pan retelling. My friend Sarah raved about it! I had a little trouble getting into it, but sci-fi isn’t really my thing. It’s picking up though!

What did I recently finish?

Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes and Jim Clemente

Finished the audio yesterday. I have become obsessed with the Golden State Killer, so I loved getting to see how the FBI profiled him and how they used genetics and ancestry to find him!

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

You can find my review here! My first five star read of the year!

What do I think I’ll read next?

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I’ve heard so many good reviews for this so I’m excited to dive in!

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

I’m hopefully starting this audio today! I thought audios weren’t my thing, but turns out I love a true crime audio!

What are your WWW’s? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Four Star Book, Romance

Reputation Review!

  • Title: Reputation
  • Author: Dr. Rebecca Sharp
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: July 27, 2018
  • Book Form: E-Book
  • Pages: 362
  • Genre: Romance, Contemporary
  • Dates Read: Dec 20, 2019 – Dec 21, 2019
  • Rating: ★★★★

Small-town girl. America’s Sweetheart.
The biggest popstar in the world.
It began with one guy and then the next.
Until my reputation preceded me.
Yes, I dated them – all of them.
Yes, I also broke up with them.. All of them.
Was it too much? The world said yes. Too many, too quickly.
And my star began to flicker.
The world knew nothing about my life and yet, their judgement weighed on me like stone.
My reputation was falling faster than a shooting star and the only way to save it was with the boy who never wanted me.

– Goodreads

Reputation was recommended to me by my friend Jayce. She raves about Dr. Rebecca Sharp. I saw this was based on Taylor Swift’s reputation era, and I was all in. I love Taylor. This book, I think, did her justice. It was fiction, of course, but I feel like Blake was just the right mix of Taylor and a made up pop star.

Throughout the book lyrics were woven in. They were amazing! I think Dr. Sharp has a future in songwriting, too! I loved how they were at the beginning of the chapters, then woven in seamlessly.

I loved the romance between Blake and Zach. You see moments of their past and present. I loved seeing the past and how they grew together. The relationship between Blake and Taylor, her best friend, was so cute! It reminded me of me and my best friends. Blake also has a protective brother, Ash, who is best friends with Zach, so you know that causes some issues in their love story!

This was a fun romance with an HEA. I recommend to anyone who loves a light-hearted romance or Taylor Swift!

Have you read Reputation? What’s your favorite Dr. Rebecca Sharp book? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, Five Star Book, ya

Don't Read the Comments ARC Review!

  • Title: Don’t Read the Comments
  • Author: Eric Smith
  • Publisher: Inkyard Press
  • Publish Date: January 28, 2020
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 368
  • Genre: YA, Contemporary
  • Dates Read: Jan 10 – Jan 12
  • Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard press for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…

And she isn’t going down without a fight.

– Goodreads

Omg yall. This book. It’s my first 5 star read of the year and so deserving of every single star it gets. Don’t Read the Comments is a great look at the sexist nature of the video gaming community. That just because you are a female, you automatically aren’t as good as a male. Like, honestly. What do genitals have to do with gaming skill? NOTHING.

I’ve been gaming since I was 15. I started with Halo online, then went to World of Warcraft. I’ve tried various other MMO’s, FPS’s, everything. And no matter how good I am, if I speak, I’m either just trying to find a boyfriend or I’m a boy who hasn’t hit puberty yet. It’s so annoying, so I felt what D1V did. I knew how it was – people saying nasty things about you because they think you don’t belong. It was so nice to have that rep. To have a strong, GOOD female gamer, who didn’t let them see her break. She was so brave and so strong. Even when she got doxxed. If you don’t know about doxxing, check this out. It happened to a lot of females in the gaming/geek world and it it SO.SCARY.

Okay, now you see why the books means so much to me. I imagine it will mean a lot to the female gaming community who are also readers. Let’s get into this book review, shall we?

I first featured this book on my First Impressions Friday post. I read the first chapter and was immediately hooked. I was so interested in Divya, or D1V as she is known online. I immediately felt a kinship with her and her best friend, Rebekah. They were part of the streaming community, which is something I so desperately wanted to do back in the day.

In the next chapter you meet Aaron, a casual gamer who also plays Reclaim the Sun. The descriptions of the game make it sound like No Man’s Sky. Which I immediately had to play. I’ve logged three hours since finishing the book. Anyway…

A doxxing group attacks D1V and her armada of followers. She has to start over in game. She happens to meet Aaron when grinding to level back up. They end up playing together a lot, growing a friendship, then something more.

The romance was definitely in the background of this book. The main focus was D1V and Rebekah and how they have been attacked over and over. Both physically, verbally, and mentally. I think a lot of people don’t understand what it’s like to be in their position until they’ve been there. No, I’ve never been physically attacked, but I have been verbally and mentally.

There were so many great references in this book. All kinds of games, gamer news sites, and pop culture. I think I highlighted about 10 of them! It was so fun to read! The dual POV was so fun, too. I loved getting both sides of the friendship and romance.

I feel like I just rambled at the beginning of this, but this book is so important to me. I was so fortunate to get an ARC. I would recommend this to anyone in the gaming community or who loves geeky things!

There’s also an amazing pre-order incentive going on! Check it out here!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary

Down the TBR Part 7!

You know guys, I’m really bad at this tbr thing. When last we left off, my TBR was at 1952. I started adding in all my arcs, and a few other books. My TBR is now at 1969. It went the wrong way! Ugh.

Anyway, let’s get this started and see if I can’t thin this out a bit.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Nonfic about a guy who was in a disaster on Mount Everest. I don’t think I would like this one.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Chick lit about two girls who grew up in completely different backgrounds who remain friends throughout life. Not for me.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Another chick lit about a girl who just HAS to get married. Be independent, girl!
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

One Night by Debbie Macobmber

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Two rival radio hosts fall in love in one night. Ehhhh….
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

Patchwork Christmas by Colleen L. Reece

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: 2-in-1 Christmas Story with romance. I think I will pass on this one.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Christmas story about a boy’s journey to realize material possessions aren’t the best thing in life
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

The Snowflake by Jamie Carie

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: “A soul-deep romance that gives a joyful reminder of a redeeming God who makes us each unique.”
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

One Perfect Gift by Kathleen Morgan

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: MC is a nurse. Falls in love with patient’s son.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep!

The Judge Who Stole Christmas by Randy Singer

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Judge tries to cancel Christmas and he and the city battle. Too bad it’s not a physical battle.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

Alaska Twilight by Clleen Coble

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: I’m not so sure I want to read about a girl following a bear biologist around in Alaska.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

Wow guys. This was the most I have deleted yet! I deleted 9/10 books! I really only kept One Perfect Gift because the MC is a nurse. I have to read it. I’ll probably save it for November/December though. Also, what was with all the Christmas books added in June? I wish I knew what I was thinking back then.

We are leaving my tbr at 1960. 8 more than last week. Here’s to hoping i won’t add any this week!

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Until next time..

ARC, contemporary, mystery, three star book, ya

The Center of the Universe ARC Review

  • Title: The Center of the Universe
  • Author: Ria Voros
  • Publisher: KCP Loft
  • Publish Date: April 2, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 506
  • Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
  • Dates Read: Jan 6 – Jan 10
  • Rating: ★★★.5

Thank you to Netgalley and KCP Loft for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why?

– Goodreads

I don’t know what it is with me and 500+ page books this month. First Grey, now this! After this I will read some shorter books for sure.

I’ll admit, I stalk reviews for books before I read them. I like to know what I’m getting into. I used to be scared that they influenced me into liking or not liking something I normally would. I read so many 5 star reviews for this book, but it just fell flat for me.

Gracie, the main character, was somewhat flat to me. A lot of people said she was relateable because she was normal. Sure, she was normal, but there wasn’t anything special about her. And I’m not talking about powers, or being super pretty, or anything like that. Just, nothing sticks out to me about her. I thought her best friend, Iris, and her boyfriend, Mylo, were way more interesting. I think Mylo should have his own book, but I won’t tell you why because ~spoilers~.

The Center of the Universe takes place in Canada and is written by a Canadian author, which I think is awesome! This past year I have become really good friends with some Canadians in Words & Whimsy. It was nice to read a story set in their lands! I think this is the first book set in Canada I’ve ever read.

So a little about this book. It’s 506 pages. It has 100 chapters. It’s a little intimidating. I mean, the chapters are short, which is great since I like to stop reading at the end of a chapter. However, some chapters were only half a page or so long, and I couldn’t really find a reason for them being there. There were also 7 space analogies in chapter 1. Yes, I counted. Yes, I thought it was a little much. Like, I understand this is a space book. I promise. That did get better throughout the book. There were less, but I still didn’t really understand them since I don’t know much about space.

However, there were some great things about this book! It did not read like a normal 500-pager. It was a quick read. I loved the mystery of why her mom was abducted. Or did she go voluntarily? Some of the descriptions were so.beautiful. Like this one –

“Mylo talked into my ear, his voice rolling and pitching like a sea made of sound…”

It’s so beautiful and romantic! Also, this book features a real astrophysicist, Dr. Elizabeth Tasker. There is even a Q&A with her in the back of the book! I love that it brought in a real astrophysicist.

So, this book got 3.5 stars from me. I felt there were a few too many space references when other things could be used. However, it was a quick read with a great mystery! I’d recommend it to anyone who likes ya mysteries and especially anyone who loves space!

Until next time…