Book Review: A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

An interesting read that left me a little disappointed.

Good | 3/5 stars | Buy your copy of A House for Happy Mothers

Overview: 
Priya and Madhu can’t have a baby the traditional way and begin looking into surrogacy. Happy Mothers a surrogate house in India seems to be the perfect fit. Asha comes into their lives to carry their baby and we’re taken on a nine month journey of  sadness, love, and hope.

What I loved: 
Characters were great and the story was interesting.

What I didn’t: 
Was left cheated and disappointed.

If you like books that deal with surrogacy: definitely check this one out as well as The Choices We Make

For my full review of A House for Happy Mothers, click play!

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

Wrap Up: August 2016

August was full of great reads!

August was insane! We traveled to Rio to watch my brother compete in the Olympics, we came home and bought a house. Now we’re in the process of boxing up our house in Denver and getting ready for the big move to Nevada. I really thought I would have read more this past month, but I can see why I didn’t… I did manage to read 3 books and 2 comics. What I did read was fantastic! I highly recommend them all and here you’ll get a glimpse into each read, but for full reviews you can click below! This past weekend we boxed up my entire office and it makes me sad to see the empty bookshelf, but I did pull a few out. Stay tuned for my September TBR!

Buy your copies of my August reads on Amazon:

Perfectly Good Crime | FULL REVIEW

It Ends With Us | FULL REVIEW

Southern Solstice | FULL REVIEW

Rat Queens Vol 2

Lumberjanes Vol 4

Book Review: Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve

A modern Robin Hood story with an Ocean’s Eleven flare…

Keeps the pages turning! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Perfectly Good Crime


Overview: 
Kate Bradley, a Los Angeles news reporter, is covering the $20 million string of estate robberies. As it turns out there’s a Robin Hood behind the heists and he’s giving back to those in need. Piece by piece Kate begins to piece together the mystery of the sophisticated robberies to uncover who Robin Hood really is.

What I loved: 
thought provoking, unexpected, enjoyable, steady pace,

What I didn’t: 
Eric’s lapse in judgement.

If you liked The House of Bradbury or A Study in Charlotte: then you’ll enjoy this!

For my full review of Perfectly Good Crime, click play!

I received a copy from BookSparks 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!

For my full review of So Close, click play!

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

Wrap Up: July 2016

My reads during the month of July… boy did it fly!

I swear I blinked and July was over! I can’t believe it’s officially August… anyone else feeling like this?! July was busy, but I still managed to read 5 books and 4 comics. The books I read were fantastic as always (huge thank you to BookSparks and Atria Books), but my favorite read would have to be Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino. Oh goodness it was AMAZING and I devoured it in two days. The reads this last month were all a little heavier and emotional so just a little heads up for those who want to read these! I highly recommend them all though and would love to hear what you think so if you do pick one up. Let me know!

Buy your copy of my July reads on Amazon:

You Will Know Me | FULL REVIEW

The Choices We Make | FULL REVIEW

Swear on This Life | FULL REVIEW

So Close | FULL REVIEW

The Regulars | FULL REVIEW

Ms. Marvel Vol 2

Paper Girls Vol 1

Sweet Tooth Vol 6

I Hate Fairyland Vol 1

Unboxing: BookSparks August #SRC2016

Another wonderful surprise on the doorstep from BookSparks!

My hubby and I just returned from doing some last minute shopping before our trip and guess what was on my doorstep? BOOK MAIL! Heck yeah… my favorite kind of mail haha To top it off it was the monthly summer reading challenge and its fulled with some amazing books! I couldn’t be more excited about it and especially before a trip, it’ll sure make the time fly! Thank you BookSparks!!

If you aren’t familiar with BookSparks or their SRC, you should check them out and join in on the #SRC2016! I believe August is the last month so we’d love to have you join in. I’ve had 3 of these boxes and and seriously, I’m blown away. If you missed out on the May and July unboxings, catch up and let me know if you’ve read any of them or plan to!

Order your copies of the August reads from Amazon:

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook

A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve

Clear to Lift by Anna A. Wilson

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!

For my full review of You Will Know Me, click play!

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

 Be sure to follow BookSparks and join in on the #SRC2016 because it will be the #BestSummerEver!!

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!

For my full review of The Choices We Make, click play!

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

Be sure to follow BookSparks and join in on the #SRC2016 because with them it will be the #BestSummerEver!!

Unboxing: BookSparks May #SRC2016

A wonderful box of summer reads from BookSparks!

You may remember my BookSparks July unboxing post. If not, click the link to watch all the books I received to read during July. There are a bunch of great new thrillers coming out! Anyways, I wanted to share the May one with you as well. It was the first box I had ever received from BookSparks and it has had some of the best summer reads. So far, they are killing it with their summer reading campaign! If you aren’t familiar with them, you should check them out and join in on the #SRC2016 to ensure you too have the #BestSummerEver!! Have you read any of these books yet? See below for full reviews of the one’s I’ve read and enjoyed.

Thank you again BookSparks!!

First Comes Love

The Assistants

The House of Bradbury

 

Unboxing: BookSparks July #SRC2016 Box

BookSparks sends the best book mail!

If you follow me on Instagram then you may know that I won a box full of amazing books from BookSparks a few weeks ago. It was their May Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) box and I was so so happy. Thus far, I have LOVED the books that were included! You can watch my unboxing of that here or see below for full reviews on the ones I’ve gotten to read so far. Like I said the books have been great and when I received an email saying I had been selected for the July box… I screamed! I felt bad for my husband (who probably thought something was seriously wrong) and the animals (who fled with fur sticking up in every direction), but I was just too dang excited.

For the last week I have been (not so) patiently waiting and waiting. Just when I let it go and thought, it’ll be here soon. Relax. I walk out the door and trip over it (thanks FedEx man for not ringing the bell and letting me know my goodies arrived!) Poor Butters, I turned back right away with the box so I could open it… only then we could go for a walk!

Now for the really fun part… watch as I unbox the July SRC box then follow me on Instagram for more photos and reviews of each book! I can’t wait to share these with you. From the synopsis, which book are you most looking forward to??

Thank you again BookSparks!!

Be sure to follow BookSparks and join in on the #SRC2016 because it will be the #BestSummerEver!!

Purchase the May books from Amazon:

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin | FULL REVIEW

The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier | FULL REVIEW

*The Assistants by Camille Perri | FULL REVIEW

*Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica – TBR

*Appetite by Sheila Grinell – TBR

* Full reviews coming soon