Paper Towns by John Green

I loved this book because it felt real.  There is not always a storybook ending and people are not always what they seem.  This was a story about growing up and realizing that the girl next door was not the person you thought she was.  It did stir up feelings of nostalgia especially about senior…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I thought this was going to be a light summer read.  I was so wrong.  This is the best book I read all year.  A glamorous movie star whose life and character is deeper and stronger than appearances.  You get a look behind the curtain and see the sacrifices and decisions that made her career…

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

This book reminded me of Game of Thrones’ battles in the snow against the cold ones from the Wildlings point of view. It is actually a Viking clan story about an axe-wielding warrior maiden, Eelyn, whose clan traditionally wars with another clan every year until villages worth of people in both clans are mysterious killed…

#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar

People seem to hate this book but if you read it as a satire as it is meant then you’ll enjoy it. The narrator is working at a fashion magazine and simultaneously loves and hates her job and the fashion industry. She hates the shallow people and the ridiculous things she has to wear and…

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Awesome Halloween read It got me in the Halloween spirit with its Wiccan ceremonies, raising people from the dead, and deaths under suspicious circumstances. But I think this would be a good read no matter what time of the year. The heavy topics of grief and teen suicide/death is paired with the narrator’s wit and…

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

So good.  The perfect summer read.  Awesome thriller…  twisting plot, unreliable narrator, missing girls, spooky summer camp…  what more could you want from a mystery?   I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty always has great character development and this book is no exception.  Nine Perfect Strangers all go to a health resort for various reasons but in the end it is because they are not happy with their life.  You gradually learn more about each character as they go through a 10 Day Cleanse, ran…

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…