Book Review – Murder at the PTA by Lee Hollis

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Synopsis
Someone is trying to turn Portland High into a school for scandal with a gossipy website called Dirty Laundry. The latest target of ruinous rumors is newly elected PTA president Sandra Wallage. After a heated meeting with outraged parents, Sandra runs into fellow school mom and private investigator Maya Kendrick, who’s discovered the person behind the website. But when the women storm into the venomous gossip columnist’s office they find a lifeless body—along with a confession.

Although the police rule the death a suicide, Maya suspects an injured party hung the Dirty Laundry creator out to dry. Maya already has a PI partner—but she’s pregnant, and sonograms and stakeouts tend to conflict. So when Sandra volunteers for a crash course in sleuthing, Maya accepts the help. But as these unlikely partners study the clues, a killer plans to teach them a lesson . . .

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

This is the first book in the Maya and Sandra mystery series and wow, what a great start to a new series.

I really liked both Maya and Sandra. They were both great characters. I love that this turned into a two woman team, with Sandra teaming up with Maya to try to figure out what happened and investigate the murder.

I was invested in this story from the start. The mystery was very well done. There were lots of twists and turns, but no complaints here! I love a good, twisty mystery where you don’t know who to trust or what’s going on. I wasn’t able to figure out who the killer was and was shocked at the reveal.

I’m looking forward to reading future books from this series!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Death by Jack-o’-Lantern by Alexis Morgan

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Synopsis
Overcommitted committee member Abby McCree gets in a patch of trouble trying to solve the murder of a pumpkin farmer …

The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival, and naturally Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she’s picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds instead is the farmer in the middle of his corn maze with a knife in his back.

The police suspect a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery, who was seen arguing with Minter when the farmer accused him of trespassing and stealing pumpkins. Abby’s tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who’s been helping Kevin, is sure he’s innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer—before someone else meets a dead end …

 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars
4stars

This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. This is the second book in the Abby McCree series, but I didn’t feel confused or like I was missing anything by not reading the first one yet.

It took me a while to warm up to Tripp’s character, but I really enjoyed Abby’s character. She is pretty funny and I found myself laughing out loud several times.

The pacing was steady throughout the book so the story held my interest and made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. The mystery was done very well. I was stumped about the killer so the reveal was a total surprise.

I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book in this series.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monthly Wrap Up – July 2019

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I hope you all had a wonderful July with lots of amazing books.

I’m trying to enjoy the rest of my summer break as much as I can. Classes start back in two weeks and honestly I’m not ready to go back. My heart just isn’t in it anymore. I have two semesters left which is kind of sad. But I’m just not in it anymore.

I don’t know if you noticed or not, but I didn’t post a wrap up for April or May and my wrap up for June was just posted today, the last day in July. I’ve been in a general life slump I think. I haven’t been feeling well and have been dealing with a lot of health issues.

Fingers crossed for a good start to the month in August. I’m ready to be out of this slump. <3

Books I Read
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass – 5 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – 5 stars
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – 5 stars
  • Tumble by Adriana Locke – 3 stars
Book Haul

Physical Books
Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien*
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
Curses, Boiled Again by Shari Randall
Death by Jack-o-Lantern by Alexis Morgan*
Murder at the PTA by Lee Hollis*
An Ale of Two Cities by Sarah Fox*
Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Conner*
A Murderous Tangle by Sally Goldenbaum*
Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd*
Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross*
Marry Christmas Murder by Stephanie Blackmoore*
Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier*
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

*Huge thank you to the publishers for sending me a free copy of these books.

Monthly Funny

I thought I was alone!

 

Monthly Wrap Up – June 2019

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I’m sorry my wrap up for June is so late. I was in a horrible blogging and reading slump and I just didn’t feel like putting the work in.

Books I Read
  • Marrow by Tarryn Fisher – 5 stars
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
  • The Rumor by Lesley Kara – 3.5 stars
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – 3 stars
Book Haul

Physical Books
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T Edvardsson
A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
The Rumor by Lesley Kara
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
Catch as Cat Can by Clare Donally
Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

Monthly Funny

Sounds like something I would say! haha

 

Book Review – A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis
Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

I recently finished reading this series and was going to hold off on reading this book for a while since I wasn’t ready for it to be over, but I couldn’t hold off any longer and dove right in. This seems to be an unpopular opinion, but I loved this book!

Sure, not much happened. But it’s a novella. I got some more time with my favorite characters, so that’s fine by me. This novella is paving the way for the future spin off books and I absolutely cannot wait to read those.

I’m keeping this short and simple to avoid major spoilers for the series and what’s to come. Just know that I’ll be among the first in line to buy the books in the spin off series!

Book Review – Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

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Synopsis
Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to
destroy the entire family.

 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars
4stars

This book gave me some serious anxiety! My heart always breaks for parents that have a child go missing. As a parent myself, even though my children are older, it is one of my worst fears. I felt so bad for Jill and her husband when Sophia went missing a second time. Just once would have been devastating enough.

This book had my attention from the beginning and all of the twists and turns kept me interested in the story. Once I thought I had things figured out, something would happen and it would change. I love being on the edge of my seat like that, flipping pages as fast as I can to see what will happen next.

This was my first book by this author but I will definitely be checking out her other ones.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

On sale now!

Book Review- The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

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Synopsis
Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.

 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars
4stars

Wow, this was a really interesting book. I’m not usually interested in finance, but the synopsis drew me in and I just knew I needed to read this book and give it a try.

The pacing was a little slow at first and I found that I didn’t really like any of the characters. However, things quickly started to happen and come together and I was invested in the story. I really liked Sara’s character.

The twists and turns in this book were amazing but my absolute favorite part of this story was the ending. Wow. This book was thrilling, mysterious, and suspenseful and I’m so glad I decided to read it.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

On sale tomorrow, 7/30/19!

Book Review – Tumble by Adriana Locke

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Synopsis
After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.

Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.

What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?

 

My Review
3 out of 5 stars
3stars

This was a second chance romance, which I usually really love, but I’m torn on how I feel about this book. I really liked the setting of Dogwood Lane. It gave a really nice, comfortable small-town feel which is something that I like to have in a story.

Honestly I didn’t really care for any of the characters except for Mia. I mean… the circumstances of her conception wasn’t her fault and she’s a pretty great kid. I just couldn’t fully root for Dane and Neely. I’m not okay with the fact that Dane broke up with Neely just so she could go off to New York and be whoever/whatever she wanted to be, ultimately making that decision for her. I’m also not okay with all of the back and forth that Neely was doing once she returned to Dogwood Lane.

If you don’t want to get caught up with your ex and feel all those old feelings, then fine. Great. Good for you. Neely stayed firm for a bit but then she started all of this back and forth which drove me absolutely crazy. She knew it was going to hurt, yet she just kept spending more time with Dane and Mia, knowing how it was going to end, and ultimately hurting them when she did in fact leave. It just didn’t sit well with me.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to read the next book in this series. The next book features Haley, a secondary character in this story, and I wasn’t all that fond of her character either. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust among the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

I’m going to keep this review fairly short and simple to avoid spoilers. I’m sure the majority of people have read this book by now, but even still…for those out there like me that haven’t picked up this series for whatever reason, I don’t want to spoil anything.

Oh, my heart. Never in a million years would I have believed I would come to love this series as much as I do. If someone told me this would be my number 3 top favorite series ever…I’d have laughed in their face. These characters made their way into my heart though and will have a place in there forever.

I know there is a novella after this book, but I’m not ready to read it yet. I don’t want this series to be over for good. Not yet anyway. I’m going to let this book linger with me for a while before I pick up ACOFAS.

There were so many twists during this book that I didn’t see coming at all. The pacing was a little slow at first, but once everything started coming together and everyone was preparing for the final battle, I was glued to the story and did not put the book down until I finished it. My heart was racing, my skin tingled and shivered with all of the plot twists, my mouth was hanging open in shock, and I even cried a few times.

I am so SO glad that I took a chance on this series. I won’t ever forget these books or these characters.

<3 Feyre. Rhysand. Cassian. Nesta. Azriel. Mor. Amren. Elain. Lucian. <3

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

For as much as I loved ACOTAR, I loved this book even more! It was absolutely amazing. I was intimidated by the size of this book, but the story had me hooked so quickly that I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I was Team Tamlin for ACTOAR, but not anymore. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to hate him as much as I did during this book. I also didn’t expect for Rhysand to soar to the top of my book boyfriend list. Rhysand = BAE. <3

The slow burn, steady build of the connection between Feyre and Rhysand was everything! When they finally came together it was perfect.

I loved meeting the members of the Inner Circle. Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren. I love them all so much and enjoyed getting to know them during this book. I also loved the Night Court and Velaris. The writing in this book was so descriptive and imaginative that I was able to picture how it would look.

Just as my heart was being ripped apart by the ending, that little twist left me with shivers and put my heart back together again.

I cannot wait to read the next book!