I’ll Never Tell – Abigail Haas

‘ One moment. One picture. One glimpse—-that’s all it takes to make someone think they know the truth ‘Abigail Haas

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Anna is the new girl in school junior year.

Elise, wanting a break from her ‘in’ crowd, befriends Anna. So begins their dive into partying, drinking, being a twosome. Two friends consumed by another. Until Anna starts dating Tate.

The novel starts with Anna, Tate, Elise, and their group of friends off in Aruba. I honestly had to keep reminding myself they were still only seniors in high school. The reader is introduced to them in the club dancing and drinking, feeling invincible. Then Elise turns up dead.

The story tells what happens after the death of Elise. Who killed this ‘perfect’ girl? With 13 stab wounds officials believe it must be personal.

The story is told from Anna’s POV and through phone and interview transcripts. There are flash backs. This allow the reader to see Elise’s character through Anna’s eyes. We see the suspects and the suspicious behavior. The novel does end with the truth. You will know what happened to Elise! The decision isn’t left up to the reader to decide the guilty or innocent party. Honestly I am satisfied with the ending.

The BIG twist, wasn’t a twist for me unfortunately. I figured out what was transpiring within the first chapter. Maybe because I figured it out or because of how the author wrote Elise, I didn’t care she was murdered. Did she deserve to die, no. But, I didn’t feel any remorse or sympathy for the person she was.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Contingency Plan – Wrenn Montgomery

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With 3 books published Wrenn Montgomery has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This novel takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Willa & Stone were electric when they were young and just enjoying life. Though they never committed to a ‘relationship’ because Stone had commitment fears and he pushes Willa away.

A broken marriage and no where else to go Willa returns home. Thanks to Willa’s best friend Kenna, who is the perfect friend every girl wants, Willa comes face to face with Stone.

The novel is told in both Willa & Stones POV which I felt provided the perfect balance.

Montgomery always writes women who are empowering while still being sultry. Willa knew what her body wanted and wasn’t afraid to go for it! I found Willa relatable especially when she has to balance her heart and mind. Willa was fierce and even after having multiple obstacles thrown her way she always remained strong and adapted.

Stone. He was a breath of fresh air. I loved that he stuck to his word. That he didn’t run off when hurt or confused and find someone to keep his bed warm. I loved all the sexy smirks.

And that scene when Stone walks up behind Willa and compliments her shirt, awwww I heard him whispering in my ear! God, Stone and Willa were hot. The electricity they shared when they were younger is now coals that have been simmering for years and ready to burn them at first touch!

Can’t wait for the second Stone Haven novel. Thank you to the author for my review copy. Wrenn’s writing is the absolute perfect escape.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aggro – Carrie Gray & Coralee June

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Fantastic writing. Gripping storyline. Full of twists and turns and a heart stopping epilogue

I finished this novel a couple weeks ago but life kept postponing this review.

First, I throughly enjoyed this novel. The novel deals with Breeze, Chase, and Kai and the aftermath of Violets death. Violet is Breeze’s best friend. Where Violet is loud and outgoing, the life of the party. Breeze is a calm, a steady presence, and realizable friend. Chase is Violets twin brother, also the boy Breeze has crushed on forever. Kai, Kai is Violets boyfriend, Kai is rough around the edges, Chase dislikes him.

The writing and the character growth, especially that of Chase, made this novel fresh and believable. Like in real life there were moments I disliked all 3 main characters or their decisions, but the author explained the motivation behind the actions.

The epilogue…WOW! Changed everything.

I gave the book 4 stars because early on I figured out Violets secret. Having figured it out I spent most the story just reading to see if I was right. Even though I knew the twist, there were more to come, and they were gripping and made me read faster.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sinners’ Retreat – Victoria Ellis

Sinners Retreat is a mix of thriller and horror bundled into a short story. The novel was well written and kept me wanting more, making it a book I finished in one sitting.
The reasons I’m only giving it two stars is the ending felt rushed. There were characters introduced and situations that I wanted more depth. I felt these aspects were open ended.
Overall it was an enjoyable read and I plan to read more from this author.

2 ⭐️⭐️

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Pride and Persuasion – Wrenn Montgomery

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Last year I read this authors debut novel and was immediately sucked into Ravens world.

This year I started Pride and Persuasion. In the beginning I had a hard time connecting.

I loved Elliott and how strong willed and confident she is. ‘Though she be little she is fierce’ Shakespeares quote fits her beautifully.

It was refreshing to see a character deal with ptsd, and it not just be fixed immediately. The author handled the subject expertly and gave the character an outlet to express their emotions.

Baker on the other hand…I disliked him in the beginning. He was cold and distant. He slept around without a care. He was fiercely stubborn and a down right asshole. I know many readers enjoy an alpha male, so I am in the minority. There were moments where Bakers heart and humanness shined through making him more tolerable.

Once Elliott and Baker started having scenes together the arguing and tension they had was portrayed perfectly. The reader was able to understand the inner hate they shared for one another. While at the same time the deep lust and like/love they fought to hide from one another.

The mystery takes a back seat in the first half of the novel. I was able to figure out the bad guy early on and while the author gives a reasoning for the bad guy, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

Overall, I liked the novel. I enjoyed getting to see characters from Nevermore and how they interacted with Baker.

Baker redeemed himself in the second half of the book and I may have even started crushing on him.

Can’t wait to read this authors next work.

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4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

In An Instant – Suzanne Redfearn

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This novel was an Amazon first read. I read the blurb and immediately wanted to devour the words within. This is an unforgettable story about the choices we make and the impacts of those choices. The story involves ten people and how in an instant their lives are forever changed. The words flowed effortlessly from the author, so many words, sentences, and pages highlighted. I was able to step back and really think about how every person interprets things differently. This novel will move the reader, some even to tears. I believe had I not read the blurb some parts of the novel would have been more jolting. The novel isn’t perfect. There definitely were characters I couldn’t connect with. Others I down right hated. Yet all the characters left me thinking about the way we show love and the sacrifices we make for those we love.

After the novel ends there is an authors note. Read the authors note! It’s eye opening especially for parents.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With Malice – Eileen Cook

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The book starts with Jill waking up in an unfamiliar place with no recollection of the last six weeks.

What’s happened in those six weeks?

⁃ Jill visited Italy, which was a huge deal for her

⁃ Jill was in a car wreck

⁃ Jill was driving

⁃ Her best friend since elementary school died in the car wreck

Jill is the main POV for the novel. Readers get a glimpse of witness statements and the public’s outrage. Those keyboard warriors. They made me stop and think how we crucify individuals with information given by the media or blogs and nothing further.

I felt bad for Jill. She can’t even trust what she believes are memories.

Unfortunately I absolutely could not stand the victim. Her parents are the kind who are blind to everything their child does. The kind who believe, my child won’t have sex, my child won’t so drugs, not my child.

I found myself getting angry at the victims parents, the victim herself, and all the hateful people who sharpened their knives behind the keyboard of a computer.

Because of my dislike of the victim I really didn’t care how she died. I kept reading to see if Jill would remember. I kept reading to see if the author could turn around my opinions of someone the reader is suppose to feel sympathy for. Instead I felt the end justified itself. Karma is definitely a bitch.

2 ⭐️⭐️

As Far As the Stars – Virginia Macgregor

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This book was listed in my bookbub deals for the day. After reading the synopsis I immediately one clicked and proceeded to read the book straight through! From the beginning I knew the story would pull at my heart. I anticipated the tears that would later race down my cheeks.

Air is enroute to pick up her brother Blake from the airport in Nashville and then onward to their eldest sister wedding. But on the way Air gets a text from Blake saying he’ll see her in Dulles. The airport in DC where they live. So Air turns around and arrives at the airport two hours late.

A chance encounter, a missing plane, and a race against time begins the story of Air & Christopher.

I loved the friendship that built between the two main characters. Both are dealing with loved ones missing. One knows their loved one is on the plane. The other knows the flight was booked for Nashville, so there’s hope.

I don’t want to say much more because the experience was consuming. I’m still thinking about the story 3 days later!

The book is classified YA. The writing is simple, yet poetic. The story will remind every reader to stop, breathe, and enjoy every moment of life because we when those moments will end.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Final Girls – Riley Sager

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Wow!!! This is my first book by this author and the style of writing blew me away. I was absolutely hooked and captivated by the story. The majority of the novel is told through the main character Quinn’s POV. Quinn is a final girl, the sole survivor after a night of murder. Throughout there are also shorts chapters that are told in third person, they, give the reader insight into what occurred that fateful night at Pine Cottage. Quinn’s memory of Pine Cottage and what occurred is blacked out in her mind. When tragedy strikes Quinn will be introduced to her ‘sister’ final girl. But, can she trust Sam? Can Quinn trust what she saw and knows to have occurred at Pine Cottage? Or is something, someone more sinister lurking a pluck through final girls off one by one?

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Charmed Souls – Abbi Glines

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I want to start by saying years ago I read Abbi Glines paranormal Existence series and absolutely enjoyed it. So when I heard Abbi was coming out with a new PNR that involved witches, excitement is an understatement. Unfortunately the story wasn’t everything I’d hoped. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it better had I waited for the next books to be published so the story could be read whole. At only 180 pages not much actually happens. The heroine, Cat, thinks and repeats the same insecurities and thoughts over and over. The storyline even became repetitive. Which made the 180 pages feel like a draft. At the end readers finally get a build up and a twist to the next book in the series. For me I was able to very early on figured the twist about the stalker. Though there is another reveal I didn’t fully piece together. Overall it was a quick read that was easy to get through. I am intrigued for the next book. I especially want to know what happened to Mary.

2 ⭐️⭐️