The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I loved the 80’s feel to the book with the boys riding around on bikes in a small town, avoiding the bullies.  At first it was also reminding me of Stephen King’s It with some of the graphic violence and horror and some of the characters had similar traits.  But then it became its own…

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

The entire time I was reading this book I was wondering if I was in an alternate reality or if the narrator was actually crazy, if his girlfriend was emotionally manipulating him, if there was a mental game these two were playing.  I questioned it the entire book.  This book made you question everything and…

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

Heartwreching and authentic.  I could not put this book down.  You get a real life look into how the Rwandan wars affect the life of two sisters split up from their family, running for their life to a refugee camp that is not much safer.  The author was very open with her relationship with her…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Well, I wanted to love this book since it came in Owlcrate and Fairyloot boxes a few months ago.  This was suppose to be a dark retelling Alice in Wonderland/Narnia/“lost book that we need to do something plot-wise” story with a bunch of Harry Potter references.  I just could not get into the book.  I…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I started out not sure if I liked Eleanor at all but as the book progressed, she grew on me. She is socially inept and has an impressive vocabulary but is sheltered, oblivious, and judgmental about other’s rudeness which makes it hilarious. When she and her coworker Raymond help a fallen bystander on the street,…

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

I liked this book so much more than Amanda’s first book. It seemed more authentic and it spoke to me more. And I loved the witch theme throughout the poems and the comparison of the hate of feminism to witch burning. It spoke to my soul and I will re-read this book again and again…

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I loved Practical Magic and this book is the prequel to it but you do not need to read Practical Magic to love and understand this book. It is the story of the two aunts that raise the two orphaned girls in Practical Magic but it gives them so much more depth in their own…

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

So this book reminds me of The Girl in the Train but the main character, Anna, is less annoying to me. Still unreliable because of her drinking, medications, etc, but she grows in you. Anna is agoraphobic and does not have much interaction with the outside world, other than spying on them from her window…

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

This is my first book read for 2018 and I read it in one day. I wish I had relationships like Claudia has with her family and friends. And that I was as witty and smart as her. The drama of high school and high school theater productions is spot on as well as the…

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStephano

This book has a lot of mixed reviews and most of them mention having expectations of it being like another book or author. I had not heard of this book before and opened my Owlcrate and read the description on the inside cover, I was not sure if it was for me or something I…