One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Published: May 30th, 2017

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

Review:
I very, very much enjoyed this book. A modern day Breakfast Club with a deadly twist. Something I’ve never seen in a novel’s story before.

I just want to start off on how this book made me feel like I watching an action movie and I was sitting on the edge of my seat. It was a little slow at parts, but the ending saved it for me. I couldn’t put it down.

Next, the characters. The CHARACTERS. There were so many different developments with each individual character and I absolutely loved that. There’s nothing more wonderful than having a love/hate relationship with a character that you want to see succeed.

Lastly, the ending of this book shocked me. Some might see it coming from the beginning, but you forget about it throughout the book. When you hit that gasp moment, and you know what I mean when you read it, you will think back.

Loved this book and would recommend it to anyone!

Rating: ★★★★★

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published: February 28th, 2017

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

Review:

Astonishing. Riveting. Shocking. Stunning. Breathtaking.

I took my time with this book because I am a very emotional person. If you are a very emotional person like me, I suggest that you have tissues ready because I’m not sure where there was a chapter where I didn’t at least tear up. I full on ugly cried through a few of them. There were so many different emotions displayed through this novel that I felt like I was losing someone myself. The author did a WONDERFUL job showing the seven stages of grief.
tarr is just a young girl that has had tragedy all through out her life. She is this strong, young woman that has to keep up this changing act because of where she lives versus where she attends school. One night while attending a party that gets busted, she and her best friend Khalil leave only to be pulled over by a white policeman. Khalil’s life ended before he could graduate high school. Khalil was unarmed. (WARNING: I CRIED DURING THE WHOLE CHAPTER, THE AUTHOR DOES GO INTO DETAIL.)

This story is so important because of what is happening around the United States everyday and has been happening for years and years. It’s unfair what is happening, and unless it personally happens to our families, all we see is media coverage. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE ANGIE THOMAS SHOWS WHAT IT IS LIKE FOR THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THESE TRAGEDIES. Angie Thomas wanted to make it personal. It’s not just what is shown on the media. The media twists and turns things into this whole different point of view that has never even been there before. Most of the individuals who were shot and killed in the United States were unarmed. Why did they get killed? Why did they lie in the street for hours? Angie Thomas shows us why. And she did an amazing job of it.

This book wasn’t just about Starr. This was for Trayvon Martin, Michael Scott, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Brown, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and all of the unarmed black individuals that lost their lives tragically to police.

This needs to be the most read book of 2017 and for years to come. And I am totally here for that.

Rating: ★★★★★

Let’s Pretend We’re Married by Edith Scott

Published: April 12th, 2017

“Asher Morgan’s publisher is ready to drop the cranky author. And if he isn’t married in four days, his rich grandmother will disown him. He needs to polish his image and find a husband — fast.

Jess Winters needs cash, like yesterday. His bookstore is on the verge of bankruptcy and if it goes under, he and his dog Gary will be homeless.

A marriage of convenience is just what they both need to make their dreams come true. Except the more the chemistry heats up between them, the less convenient their little deception becomes.

When the time comes for their story to end, will either man be ready to close the book?

Let’s Pretend We’re Married is a full-length novel featuring an idealistic bookstore owner and a cranky author, a lovable shop dog, a group of crazy friends, scorching hot explicit scenes, and a no-cheating, all heart, fully realized happily ever after, all set in everyone’s favorite town of Amberly, the cutest town in America.”

Review:

Right from the beginning, I fell in love with Jess Winters. He was this strong, independent man who had a bookstore (LOVE). Also right from the beginning, I hated Asher Morgan. He was this cocky, egotistical douche that published a few romance novels (without a romantic bone is his body). As the book progressed, you can see how things change between the two. Obviously there is chemistry between them in the beginning, but when Jess overhears Asher talking poorly about him, all emotions are halted. They get over their differences because when Jess tells Asher about his financial problems and is in danger of losing his bookstore, Asher proposes to him. Asher is supposed to get married for multiple reasons: his grandmother is impatiently waiting, his PR agent is ready to give up on him, and he is to receive an inheritance.

SPOILER:

It ends the same way that every fake marriage novel ends.

However, the way that their relationship showed throughout this book was the cutest. Jess showed Asher real love, and that really showed by the end. This was super cute and I would recommend this to anyone who loves a romantic, steamy M/M Romance.

Rating: ★★★★

Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Published: April 18th, 2017

Dirty cocktails, deadly enemies with a red-hot attraction, and one big, crazy, Greek family–what could possibly go wrong?

Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list.
Neither was he.

Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but.
Until Parker Hamilton comes home–bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him.
He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen.
There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts.
Even if I might want him. Just a little…

Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list.
She’s another story.

Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills.
I’m bored. She needs what I can give her.
Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her.
Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves.
If only I didn’t want her.

Mixed Up is a standalone, enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s red-hot and hilarious, so grab a glass and get comfy!”

This was the PERFECT enemies-to-lovers novel. Raven (what a cool name) is a mixologist living in Whiskey Key, Florida trying to make ends meet. She needs a chef, and the only popular chef she knows is her mortal enemy. They’ve known each other since childhood, and hated each other since then. I was entranced from start to finish with this book. I couldn’t put it down. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite type of novels and Emma Hart hit the nail on the head. Parker was so hate-able, I loved him. And the tension? Sheesh! You could cut it with a knife. Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this book, and if you like romance..read this NOW.

Rating: ★★★★★

You can get it here.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

Published: February 14th, 2017

“In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.”

This was super cute!!! It was totally based off of today’s social media and things that have happened. This is the story of “Alex from Target” and it’s hilarious. In this book, they have the “Laura” show..I’ll let you figure that one out haha! If you like authors like Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins, this book is totally for you. It was slow at some points, but it was definitely a book I would read again. The only problem I had with this book: Kyle is a DOUCHE. I didn’t like him from the beginning. I still didn’t like him towards the end. Read this book and you’ll see what I mean. He’s got a lot going on and I get that…but come on man!

Rating: ★★★

Catching Carly by Emma Hart (Barley Cross #2)

Published: March 7th, 2017

“Life Goal #1: Forget about my best friend’s brother. (Because Zeke Elliott is a colossal cockwomble.)

From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes another hilariously wild romantic comedy about being the third wheel in your friendship and, um, accidentally having sex with your best friend’s brother…”

Honest: One of the best sequels I’ve ever read. It was super adorable, romantic, and hilarious. Emma Hart is definitely moving up on my favorite authors list. I loved this book because it really showed two humans who are emotionally stumped.. Unable to figure out how to maneuver around their feelings. If you are a football fan, and know the Dallas Cowboys (there is a player named Ezekiel Elliot), please read this book (series is better to understand all of the characters). You will CRACK UP. I laughed out loud multiple times due to something with his name. This series is so modern and it really shows that with some of the names that Carly calls Zeke (look at the synopsis and you’ll understand). This is one of those funny times in life where I enjoyed the sequel more than the original.

Rating: ★★★★★

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

Expected Publication: February 28th, 2017

“I am the housekeeper, the hired help with a messy past who cleans up other people’s messy lives, the one who protects their messy little secrets.” When Anne Morgan’s successful boyfriend—who also happens to be her boss—leaves her for another woman, Anne finds herself in desperate need of a new job and a quiet place to recover. Meanwhile, her celebrity idol, Emma Helmsley (England’s answer to Martha Stewart), is in need of a housekeeper, an opportunity which seems too good to be true. Through her books, website, and blog, Emma Helmsley advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life in a hectic world. Her husband, Rob, is a high profile academic, and her children, Jake and Lily, are well-adjusted teenagers. On the surface, they are the perfect family. But Anne soon finds herself intimately ensconced in the Helmsley’s dirty laundry, both literally and figuratively. Underneath the dust, grime, and whimsical clutter, everyone has a secret to hide and Anne’s own disturbing past threatens to unhinge everything. For fans of Notes on a Scandal and The Woman Upstairs, The Housekeeper is a nuanced and nail-biting psychological thriller about the dark recesses of the human mind and the dangerous consequences of long-buried secrets.”

First, I would like to say thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book early!

I’m sorry to say but I barely could get through this book. I got stuck multiple times, especially before 50% completed. This book is described as a thriller. I don’t see where or why this could be a thriller. There are some parts in the beginning that were interesting, but going through I kept dragging and dragging. This book could’ve easily taken me a few days to read, maybe even less. It took me weeks to finish because I couldn’t find the motivation to complete this book with this story line. I didn’t like really any of the characters and it was hard to connect with any of them. I’m sure that if I didn’t have to complete a review of this book, I probably would’ve labeled it as did not finish.

About the Author:
“I worked as a journalist and television producer after leaving university. It never occurred to me to write fiction. Like many working single mothers, I was too busy and too tired to try for anything more. But my two children grew up. Finally I could ditch the day job. I moved from London to a small farm in Somerset, where I ran a B and B and learned how to be a short order cook and iron mountains of bedlinen very quickly. I also studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and at Bath Spa University.Then a fight against breast cancer gave me the impetus I needed. No time to lose! At the age of 62, my first novel, After Everything, was published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S. and by Picador in Australia. I’m currently writing my second, in between looking out the window at my sheep and my hens.”

Rating: ★

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

Published: January 24th, 2017

A psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception—and the hottest title at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair.

A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house’s former tenant.

The eerie parallels in the two girls’ lives lay bare an enthralling story…and make this novel the must-read thriller of the season.”

Wow. Wow. Wow. Everyone stop what you’re doing and read this book. I feel like I can’t say everything that I’m thinking because I’ll give too much away! Let’s just say it was a quick read because you won’t have a clue of what is going to happen. You will read and read and freak out when you get to a specific part towards the end. There are so many things to say but first: Jane is my fave. She’s been through so much and she’s still so strong about everything. You will like Emma, then hate her. It’s just nature that you will hate her. I’m sincerely surprised that I liked this book as much as I did, but I really, really loved it. Read until you’re finished. You won’t be able to stop.

About the Author:
J. P. Delaney is the pseudonym of a writer who has previously published best-selling fiction under another name.

Rating: ★★★★★