“They say your life flashes before your eyes, but it wasn’t my life as I’d lived it that I saw. It was the life I’d been waiting for. The one I’d never get a chance to live.”
Happy Tuesday friends! I finished up How to Walk Away by Katherine Center yesterday and WOW! You guys this book was and is everything book dreams are made of! To be honest I never heard of How to Walk Away and it just so happened to pop up on Hoopla so I picked it up and decided that it was the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Here is a little synopsis for you in case you too have not heard of this book.
Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.
How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.
Let me start off by saying that I freakin’ love our main character Margaret! She is feisty, strong headed, funny, and independent. Although she has found herself in a less than exciting situation, she refuses to let everyone walk all over her or treat her any different than how they did prior to her accident. I really think that Katherine Center did a phenomenal job developing every character! I love when I can picture every character and feel as if I know exactly who they are. Like I can meet for coffee with Maggie and her sister—-and don’t even get me started on Ian…can we just say hubba hubba!?
Overall though, I loved how Center was able to make me feel so many emotions. One minute she had me literally laughing out loud and the next minute I would feel so much grief. However, despite the grief–I found hope just as Margaret did. At the end Maggie says something that will forever live with me and I hope that it will do the same for you—-“You have to live the life you have, you have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of the hardship——Because that is all we can do, carry the sorrow when we have to and savor the joy when can.” How beautiful is that? I think that at times we forget to find the joy within our struggles and life is far too short to wallow in self pity, so I encourage you to find joy even in the smallest things.
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Happy mystery Monday sleuths! I am so excited to share this cozy with all of you! I reached out to Kensington Publishing Corp and requested several books including Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton and it showed up in my mailbox over the weekend! So thank you to Larissa at Kensington for sending me this new cozy that is set to release on August 27, 2019.
Jealousy Filled Donuts is the third book of the Deputy Donut Mystery series and it sounds like it is going to be a great one!
Synopsis: “It is a truth universally acknowledged–cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Caf�, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.
But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case–before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …”
I cannot wait to dive into this cozy this week! Check back on release day for my full review!
Happy Thursday bookworms! I am so excited to come to you with a book review being that it has been so long since I have written one! A sweet friend of mine on #bookstagram (@kassyreadsbooks) shared that I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll was on super sale and decided to pick it up, but thankfully it was part of Kindle Unlimited! Woohoo!
You guys, this book was so so good. I was not sure what to expect from it, but it drew me in right from the start! Not only was it a fast paced book, it changed from different point-of-views every single chapter. Now some people hate when that happens because it can make it hard to keep up with the story, but Driscoll did a phenomenal job!
Without giving too much away, this book follows the story of a young girl named Anna who had gone missing a year ago while on a trip with her friend Sarah. After they had gotten into an argument they ended separating at a club and from there Anna was unable to be found. Now the question is, why did she disappear? Did she go with someone? Was she abducted? Why can’t anyone find her? Between family, friends, by standers, and investigators they will get to the bottom of it…..or will they?
I would highly highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in psychological thrillers.
Hi there bookworms! My oh my has it been quite some time or what!? Life has been crazy the last four months and I had to make sure that I took care of myself both physically and mentally so I took a break from all things books. I just could not focus long enough to read a book and it was so so frustrating, but I am back and ready to dive in to some reading! How have all of you been? What have been your favorite reads of the summer? Let me know down below! I am always looking for a new book so maybe your favorite read will be my next!
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
Oh my goodness y’all! I was blown away by this first novel in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire! I am not a huge fantasy reader, but this book alone has me sold! It was such a fun story that follows a group of children who have experienced a case of what I call “Alice in Wonderland syndrome,” where they find a door that takes them to a magical land that is different from where they came from. However, this first book is following them after they have found their way back to the “real world,” and are now at a boarding school to try and find their place in this world where they have never quite fit in.
Each character is extremely unique and they each have experienced a different world from one another. I would say the most fascinating thing is to learn about each of these different worlds. Some are considered dark worlds where death and vampires are and then there are worlds that are colorful and full of candy. Overall, this was such a fantastic start to this series and I cannot wait to give you my review on the next two novels!
Happy Saturday friends! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by…how is it almost mid May!? Last month was such a great reading month for me and I thought it was time to share my April wrap-up. I read a total of 12 books! Out of the twelve that I read, four of them were children’s books and one was a middle grade novel that I had the opportunity to read via Netgalley. Being that I am a nanny, I love to be able to read up and coming children’s books that I will hopefully be able to purchase for my kiddos later on. The others were romance and YA fantasy/horror.
- The Girls of Firefly Cabin by Cynthia Ellingsen
- Livi Grace by Jennifer Lynch
- Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
- Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias
- Jocelyns Box of Socks by Kristen L. Jackson
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston
- Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
- War of the Roses by Iris Moreland
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
- This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
- Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
I am so thankful to have had a great reading month and hope that May will turn out to have the same outcome! I will be traveling to New Mexico the end of the month and I am planning to get a lot of reading done on the plane and while I am at the airport during my layover.
What are some of your go to genres while flying or road tripping? Let me know down in the comments!
Happy Thursday bookworms! Today I coming at you with a list of cheap or free kindle books! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new books and as much as I love physical copies..my bank account does not love spending the money! Thankfully, e-readers ALWAYS have amazing deals on books and often times they have a ton of free books! If you are a kindle user, you do have the option to pay for Kindle Unlimited which gives you access to a plethora of free books! Where are my romance fans? Kindle unlimited is literally calling your name because they have soooo many romance novels!
Now onto the books!
- Verity by Colleen Hoover is free if you have Kindle Unlimited or is only $4.99! I have not read this yet, but it is definitely on my TBR.
- A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert: The first book in Hibbert’s Ravenswood series is only $2.99! I read this as part of the Dragons and Tea book club in February and it was so good! Review can be found here.
- War on the Roses: A Steamy Romantic Comedy by Iris Moreland is free and you guys this was such great novella to start Morelands new Flower Shop Sisters series! Definitely check this out if you are into contemporary romance novels. Plus book 1 in the series is only $3.99!
- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell is $2.99! If you are a fan of Rowell, than definitely check this short story out! It was so good!
- Finally for those who are into graphic novels, I recommend the first five volumes of Lumberjanes because they are all part of Kindle Unlimited!
Are you a kindle or e-reader fan? Let me know down in the comments!
Happy Wednesday bookworms!
It has been such a great reading month for me. After my March Mystery Month, it ignited a fire in me and I CAN’T STOP READING!! I am just so happy I am out of my reading slump. So what I am reading this week?
- This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagle: Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with the eARC of this book!
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: This is the second book in the Wayward Children’s Series and you guys…it is so good!
- The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: I have heard so so so much about this book and I finally got my hands on a copy and all I can say is…WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ IT!!? I cannot wait to get my review up this weekend!
Have you read any of these? What are some books you are looking forward to reading?
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
If you know me, than you know I am a huge Disney fan! So when I heard that Geekerella was a fandom retelling of Cinderella, I knew I needed to get my hands on it! You guys, this book was perfection! The story, the characters, the love, and even the horrible step-sisters and step-mom. When I finished the book, I was literally on cloud nine!
What I loved most about Geekerella was how it switched perspectives between Elle and Darien. On paper they were completely different people with nothing in common; however, they were so much alike! Not only were they both HUGE Starfield fans, they both found themselves in unlikely situations. Elle had to deal with going through life alone because both her parents had died and now her evil “stepmonster,” made sure to make her life hell. For Darien, he had to deal with his father being his manager and controlling EVERY.SINGLE.THING in his life…to the point of hiring someone to follow him and essentially tarnish his name. He could not do what he wanted and if he tried, someone would find out and force him to stop whatever it was he was doing. So when Darien texted Elle thinking he was talking to someone from Excelsicon to cancel his appearance, he ended up with much much more. The two of them would text each other as often as they could mainly talking about their love for Starfield, but little did they know they would be each other’s saving grace.
Overall, I loved this book and look forward to reading the second book in the series called The Princess and the Fangirl.
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”
Are you a fan of Cosplay/Cos-Cons? Let me know!