The Stand-In – Lauren Campbell

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The Stand-In was incredible! Tess is the main character who runs into a guy she helped months ago but never got his name. He proposes she pretend to be his girlfriend for the holiday. There was chemistry between them months ago so Tess willingly agrees. From there the reader is given dynamic family members. Witty conversations. Sexual tension. Drama! An all around enjoyable rom com I simply couldn’t put down. I love when a story surprises me. There were twists I didn’t expect nor did I see them coming. The author also changed my perspective of the male character. This speaks volumes to the authors talent at completely emerging the reader into the plot. I love the pop art cover for this book it really grabs the readers attention. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on her.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Counting Backwards From Gone – Kat Savage

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There are moments in time that will forever be ingrained into one’s being. Moments and events that occur in this world that don’t effect your every day life but once you’ve been exposed to the evil you can’t run from it.

This book of poems is one of those moments.

Kat has ripped from her chest the pain and grief that simmers within every day since her sister was violently taken.

Kat put into words how even the most mundane parts of living after death is excruciating. How the sun will never rise as brightly in the dawn and dusk will always be dark.

This book of poems is breath taking. It makes you evaluate life. It reminds you not to take everything for granted.

Thank you Kat for sharing with us these 18 poems.

For opening your wounds and giving us a piece of your beautiful sister

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Little Monsters – Kara Thomas

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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

   Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

   Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

    But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

    Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

This thriller has all the twist and turns. Kacey, Bailey, and Jade are best friends. Any time girls are involved and the number is 3 there is trouble. That’s something my mom taught me. The town had a dark mysterious legend that interests the teens. When Baily goes missing after a pastry questions start to arise. What happened? Why didn’t she text Kacey as promised? What does Jade know? The author gives the reader a fast paced thriller woven perfectly. There’s plenty of questions and the reader doesn’t know if Kacey is a reliable narrator. The ending felt rushed. I wanted more. But it was satisfying and I didn’t figure out what happened until the author revealed the truth.

It’s scary to remember all the time teens have on their hands. How words and rumors are so deadly when you’re that age (well any age really).

4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

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Go in blind!

Go in blind!

Go in blind!

I found this book on a list of books to after _____. I immediately went to Amazon 1 clicked without reading the blurb and started the novel the moment it downloaded. There isn’t much I can say without giving everything away.

The story was gripping.

The main narrator Cady has amnesia.

The writing is choppy but I felt it enhanced the story telling.

No I didn’t figure it out. I love a good novel that surprises me.

4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Ghost Writer- Alessandra Torre

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I started the ghostwriter twice. The first time the tone of Helena turned me off and I stopped. On my way to a book signing I decided to dive back in. Damn I’m glad I did! Helena is dying. Helena is mean, standoffish, and hiding a secret. Once Helena meets her ghostwriter everything connects. I loved the surprise of the ghostwriter and their character arc completely. The ghostwriter humanized Helena. This novel had the perfect dose of hints along the way. I honestly couldn’t figure out completely what happened that day. The revelation took my breath away and my heart broke for Helena. The author did an excellent job of redeeming Helena. Man did I care for her wholly by the end of the novel. Everything was tied up perfectly. Nothing left hanging the reader was left with a sense of completion. This was my first novel by the author and she definitely has a fan in me.

5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

F*ck Love – Tarryn Fisher

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Fuck Love has been sitting on my Kindle since it’s release. I’ve started and stopped it several times. Mainly because I wanted the dream to be a reality. Finally I’ve started and finished the book in a single day! Tarryn’s words make the whole world just disappear.

This book was a back and forth. Pushing and pulling. Helena chasing after a dream that completely alters her life. A dream about a life with Kit. The start of the novel was slow for me.

I understood Helena desperately trying to discover herself and needing the support of those she cared about. Instead she has Della. Her best friend who only took and sucked the life from those around her. Della was whiney and needy and absolutely a shitty friend. The only person who supports Helena is Kit, Della’s boyfriend.

Once Helena can’t fight her feelings for Kit anymore, feelings unlocked after the dream, she runs to Kit’s hometown. There she befriends Kit’s high school love, Greer. I absolutely loved Greer. She was insightful and wise. She was confident. She pushed Helena to be honest with herself and her feelings.

Helena did cross the psycho line. I mean she only moved to Port Townsend because Kit lived there and he’s ex was there. Also this is where dream Helena and Kit lived.

That dream!!! It changed everything for Helena. She tries hard to become the person she was in the dream. Changing from a beer drinker to a wine drinker. Feeling this soul consuming love for someone she never gave two concerns about. Clinging to becoming an artist even though she can’t draw. Even though it seems crazy I praise Helena for fighting for what she wanted. For going out and doing something about it!

I do want to note that Muslim who shows up at 89% was the most intriguing character in the novel. He spoke the most relevant words. Words that are seared into my soul.

“Let people feel the weight of who you really are, and let them fucking deal with it.” Muslim

My favorite characters in the novel were side characters. Greer & Muslim

3 🌟🌟🌟

F*ck Marriage – Tarryn Fisher

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No one has a right to your happiness. It’s a private thing and you have the right to defend it (Satcher)

I finished the book in one day. This is rare for me. It is a testament to Tarryns writing and the way she manipulates words. When I first finished the book I thought tidy ending, soild story, enjoyable. On Goodreads I rated 5 stars. Then I woke up and thought about Satcher and certain actions and I dropped the rating to a 4 star. After which I read a review and discussed the book with someone I highly respect. Now I’m conflicted.

Without giving away anything my issues that have dropped my initial rating:

Billie appeared to grow but by the end of the novel she’s the same jaded woman that we met in Washington. She was fickle and wanted the man she loved to fight for her yet she wasn’t willing to fight for him. Billie also didn’t fight for what was originally hers and what she created this, bugged me. It wasn’t just once but she did it twice.

Satcher was swoon worthy and his pov was a highlight of the novel. Though his actions and the words he spoke didn’t line up. I wanted him to make a declaration and fight to claim what he wanted. Instead he never really fought, he just gave up. For such a strong character that knew what he wanted it was disappointing. And that surprise at Christmas was a surprise that never got dealt with.

The ending, though complete, was rushed. One moment I was angry to find Billie where she is. The next I was overjoyed she remembered the ice.

The writing was enjoyable. The ending didn’t leave us hanging. But there were plot holes and character stumbles that I can’t look pass.

3 🌟🌟🌟