Book Review: Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler

“God, you’re amazing, Larken. And now you’re my amazing.”

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Definitely read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Southern Solstice

Overview: Larken is heartbroken when her fiancé, David, calls off the wedding and walks out of her life leaving her shaken and confused. She moves back to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and finds herself accepting a position at a doctors office where she not only finds the job rewarding and enjoyable, but it opens her eyes to a world she never knew existed.

What I loved: Immediately hooked me, the writing and descriptions, the CHARACTERS!!, an extremely well done love triangle, and that ending!

What I didn’t: A little slow in parts, wished for more of Larken’s sister and the dynamics of her in the family.

If you like Nicolas Sparks then: what are you waiting for?! Order your copy and be charmed away by this gem! Jewels on your crown 😉

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I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: So Close by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

“I’d be so unbelievably lucky,” he whispered. “If you forgave me.”

Perfect read to end Summer or start Fall with | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of So Close


Overview: 
Amanda grew up in a trailer park where she was left to not only care for herself, but her younger siblings. With the weight of the family on her shoulders and the urge to get out, she joins Tom’s Presidential campaign. Along the way she meets Pax and Lindsay. Lindsay becomes a friend and mother figure while Pax becomes a love interest. On the campaign trail though, secrets get revealed and everything begins to crumble.

What I loved: 
The writing, all of the unexpected plot twists, and the hopeful ending!

What I didn’t: 
Amanda’s mom (ugh) and the transitions from past to present were sometimes unclear.

If you liked First Comes Love, The Assistants, The Devil Wears Prada: I think you’ll enjoy this!

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I received a copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

A beautiful story about second chances, forgiveness, and love.

Must Read | 5/5 stars | Pre-order your copy of Swear on This Life | Releases 8.9.16

Overview: Emiline’s handed a copy of a new bestselling book by J. Colby and realizes its about her and the past she’s tried so hard to forget. Feelings she pushed deep down begin to resurface leaving her angry and hurt. Seeking answers, a flame is rekindled and a love story unravels between two kids who found refuge in each others company.

What I loved: Beautiful and unique story, flashbacks, Jase, the raw emotions and connections.

What I didn’t: Trevor (up until the end).

If you liked Before We Were Strangers: Pick this up right now! Like right this instant. Go ahead and pre-order it or run to the store on August 9th!!

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I received a copy from Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Being Pretty comes with a price…

Amusing! | 4/5 stars | Pre-order your copy of The Regulars | Releases 8.2.16

Overview: 
Evie, Willow, and Krista have low self esteem and are unhappy with their current state. When an acquaintance of Krista’s passes off a potion called Pretty, they’re more than tempted to test their luck. With just one drop they turn into gorgeous supermodels – tall, curvy, voluminous hair, and catch the eye of everyone who passes, but perfection comes with a price.

What I loved: 
How it raised questions about societies unrealistic beauty standards, focused on accepting yourself and your flaws, confirmation of my opinions on beauty.

What I didn’t: 
The Pretty version of the characters, unrealistic at times, a few mixed signals.

If you like the sounds of The Devil Wears Prada mixed with Sex and the City and just a splash of 50 Shades of Gray: You’ll love this!

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I won the ARC copy from Atria Books and received the finished copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

A suspenseful read that will keep you turning the pages quickly!

Read | 4/5 stars | Pre-order your copy of You Will Know Me | Releases 7.26.16

Overview: 
Devon is a talented gymnast with hopes of making it to the Olympics, but when a death rocks the community, secrets are revealed. For Devon’s family who lives and breath this sport, how far will they go to ensure that Devon gets her chance to make all her dreams come true.

What I loved: 
Immediately had me invested because of the sport, depicted the gym world pretty darn accurately, gripping, mysterious, and a great point of view!

What I didn’t: 
The characters didn’t make me care for them, slow start, and plot was a little predictable.

If you liked He Will Be My Ruin, Gillian Flynn’s books, or The Girl on the Train: I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this too!

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I received a copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

A touching story of friendship and parenthood.

Read | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Choices We Make

Overview: 
Hannah and Kate have been best friends since the 5th grade. Kate seems to have the perfect life while Hannah’s is missing something.  A child. Hannah and Ben haven’t been able to conceive and just when they are about to give up, Kate offers to be their surrogate.

What I loved: 
Balanced emotions, the connection between Kate and Hannah, beautiful writing and story! That it was inspired by events in the authors life.

What I didn’t: 
Had me on the verge of tears more than once… beware!

If you liked The Lovely Bones or Orphan Train: give this one a go!

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Book Review: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Truman Capote befriends The Swans for a story full of elegant lifestyles, fashion, and gossip.

Neutral | 3/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Overview: 
The Swans of Fifth Avenue takes place in the 1950’s/60’s and is mostly centered around the rich and beautiful Swans. When Truman Capote moves to New York and befriends The Swans, he flatters them, adores them, and gossips with them. Through luncheons, shopping, tea, and vacations as he gets planted into these fashionable women’s lives. Soon enough he becomes their little pet and gains their trust. The Swans confide their secrets to him and what does he do? He ends up betraying them for his own personal gain. 

 

What I loved: The glitz and glam lifestyle, ohhhh the fashion, the time period, and the gossip! (Hello Gossip Girl vibes)

What I didn’t: 
Struggled with the slow pace, didn’t love the characters or story as much as I wanted to.

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