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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler [Book Review]

Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Kindle Unlimited

I picked up this book from Kindle Unlimited because it was suggested. I liked the cover and title. I glanced at the synopsis, but I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of what the book was about when I started to read.

Amy is a single mother who works as a librarian at a private school. She has a sixteen year old daughter and a twelve year old son. She has been raising them on her own since her husband boarded a flight to Hong Kong and said he couldn’t do it anymore. She’s been doing her best to raise her children alone, and she’s proud of herself. Then she seems John in the local drugstore, and he says he wants to be a part of the children’s lives again. Amy is torn, also wondering if she’s going to reconcile with John.

John wants to spend a week with the two children, getting to know them again and make up for what he’s missed. Amy reluctantly agrees, and she decides she’s going to attend a librarian conference in New York City. Afraid of being away from her family, she’s nervous about the trip. Still, she goes to New York City and meets hot librarian, Daniel. She’s still married to John, but she’s ready to move on. One of her closest friends, Talia also works for a magazine and they want to do a story on Amy called momspriga about her finding time away from herself as a mom and being a person.

The story is also told from a reading journal Amy has her older daughter Cori keep, and I love seeing how the daughter has her own way of reading. It’s just a darn good book, I could not stop reading. As a parent, it’s relatable because children take up a lot of time and it’s hard to distance yourself from the role when it’s a big part of your identity. It’s also very relevant to me because I want to be a librarian, and I liked the way it was included in the book via the conference and a program she wanted to introduce in schools to promote literacy among younger readers.

Honestly, it’s just a really great story because it’s so real. Amy has actual emotions, and she’s not perfect. There’s discussion of how she hasn’t moved on from what John did and she enjoys to make herself the martyr so she needs to learn and grow to move beyond that. I loved reading about her journey to finding herself and becoming a stronger person. I guess I was just really akin to the book as a parent and because of my love for books/desire to be a librarian. Anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or family based stories will love this book. I highly recommend this, and I would definitely read more from this author.

Until I rant about books again,

Thin Air [Book Review]

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Kindle Unlimited (located in popular category)

Thrillers are amongst my favorite genres. I am often hopeful when beginning a new series I will leave the book with another recommendation or next book to look forward to. So I picked this one up from Kindle Unlimited, but I didn’t know what to expect.

Jessica Shaw is originally from New York. She’s been traveling around doing private investigator work around the country since her dad died. His death has hit her pretty hard… since he’s been gone, she’s been drinking, smoking, and getting a lot of tattoos to grieve in her own manner. She gets an anonymous email with a picture of a missing little girl from 20 years plus before. Jessica is shocked to realize she’s the little girl in the photo. She finds out her actual mother was murdered, and she has been missing since the night it occurred. Now she’s wondering what secrets her father had been keeping. There’s also the storyline of a sex worker who was murdered, and a detective named Pryce trying to solve the case. The threads which connect Jessica to Pryce are revealed, but I don’t want to spoil the book.

Overall, I did like the book. I was invested in the story and discovering what happened to Jessica after her mom’s murder. The entire story I never believed her father was the one who was the murderer. Even though the town blamed him for it, none of the signs pointed to him, at least in my experience in reading thrillers and mysteries. At times, the book wasn’t written the best with the same reiteration of Jessica being upset about her dad dying. I understand grief is strong. Gray just overused it when she seemed at a loss on how to explain who Jessica was or her feelings. I can connect to the feeling on a person level, but a dead parent isn’t a personality trait and I wish books would stop trying to make it one.

I did not like the whole killer revealed mystery because on second thought, it was plain as day when the character is introduced. I know it’s meant to be shocking or whatever, but I was annoyed at the big reveal. The ending of the book seemed rushed and sloppy… it was like Jessica finds out some news, getting ready, mystery reveal, disappointment last chapter, the end. The rest of the book was really good, which is why I didn’t give it a lower rating. I plan to read the next book,I just hope it’s written better.

Until I rant about books again,

First Line Friday [October 4]

First line Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words. Each week, choose a book from your TBR or your current read, turn to the first page and copy the first line/s. Just enough to hook the reader, then reveal which book the mysterious line is from.

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Dear Misha, So, have I ever told you my secret shame? And no, it’s not watching Teen Mom like you. Go ahead and try to deny it. I know you don’t have to sit there with your sister, man. She’s old enough to watch TV by herself.

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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest standalone love-hate romance…”We were perfect together. Until we met.” MishaI can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?F*ck it. I need to meet her.I just don’t expect to hate what I find.RyenHe hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.He could be gone forever.Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.*Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+.

This is the most intense enemies to lovers book I have ever read. I picked it up after watching a video from Chandler Ainsley about enemies to lovers recommendations on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t really adequately explain why this book is so … whoa without giving too much away. Let’s just say the circumstances for the enemies to lovers is a little strange to me, and there are some parts of the book I can’t stop thinking about. I’d say if you are interested by the blurb, try it out for yourself.

What’s the first line of the book you are currently reading? I’d love to know.

Until I rant about books again,

Privileged by Carrie Aarons [Review]

Privileged by Carrie Andrews Genre: Romance, Young Adult Rating: 3/5 Stars Format: Read on Kindle Unlimited. Synopsis: In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?
This was a suggestion from Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk. Check her out on YouTube. She makes great videos! I love books about the rich and elite. Gossip Girl was one of my favorite book series when I was a teen. I also went through a phase where I was obsessed with British culture. Bearing these things in my mind, I expected to love this book. This didn’t happen, and I’m disappointed because I placed high expectations on the book which fell really flat.

There’s a book which takes place in the same universe, and I’m hoping I do enjoy it more. I even picked up a different book by Carrie Aarons because I believe I will like her other writing. Aarons can write romance well. Nora and Asher have this chemistry between them right from the start. Even though Asher wants to destroy Nora, he also seems to have a genuine curiosity in getting to know her much better. Nora is adjusting from being the daughter of a single mother to becoming royalty. Asher wants to ruin Nora because her step dad is the reason his mother is dead. There’s already a lot of tension between the pair. Nora is suddenly attending this fancy private school and living the jet set life. Asher has been privileged all his life so he plans to have fun with Nora before he crushes her heart and gets the revenge he wants so badly. Asher has a group of friends who he hangs out with, constantly getting into trouble and being teenagers. Nora is welcomed into this group, but she also knows they look down on her. There’s also Nora’s mother and stepfather who are planning a wedding while Asher’s father wants the family destroyed. Many events are happening to the pair, and it’s clear someone is going to get hurt no matter what.

Nora and Asher grow closer, but he’s only doing it because his father wants him to destroy Nora. Of course, he has feelings for her but doesn’t want to think about those when he wants the revenge for his mother even more than he craves Nora. She is happy getting close to him because she believes this will be a chance for her to fall in love, shedding her innocence and becoming a new person. Their friends know they are involved, but they both deny being a couple in the beginning because Asher is too much of a player to settle down.

Nora and Asher are spending more time together. Nora has feelings for him, but Asher convinces himself he doesn’t really feel the same for her. Asher is focused on wanting the chance to confront Nora’s step dad to share how he ruined a family.

So there’s a few issues I had with this book. It’s written in present tense, but it would switch to past tense in the same sentence. This got on my nerves so badly because I want to know why the author could not make the effort to double check her work and make sure the tenses match. It really threw me off because it doesn’t sound right when reading, and I hope someone tells Aarons she should fix this issue because it made the book harder for me to enjoy. This is literally the main reason I didn’t like the book as much.

My other issue… Nora keeps talking about how she was looked at weird in her hometown and people saw her different because of her ability. Since this was referred to in such a vague way, I kind of expected her to have a superpower. I thought she was going to be a witch or something. Turns out, she’s just a genius. And part of Mensa. Honestly, it’s just mentioned like hey I’m a genius. It’s a personality trait for her, and it didn’t really add anything to the story so I’m wondering why it was needed. Maybe the author was trying to show Nora is special, but I just see it as the character is a genius and it adds nothing to the plot. Okay then.

It’s kind of meant to be enemies to lovers. But it’s just Asher wanting revenge and Nora thinking Asher is amazing. I didn’t really buy the royal family aspect because I thought they had rigid rules, and it seems like Nora has a lot of freedom to do what she wants. I may be wrong, but I was pretty sure its inaccurate.

Asher ends up trying to get his revenge, but it just seems so rushed. He goes from I hate Nora to maybe I like her to let’s ruin her whole family. Then after he tells her step father what’s going on, the step father is just sad and is like your mother would not want you to be like this… so it’s not even dramatic. Just a life lesson where Asher and Nora fall apart.

So, I guess my takeaway is Nora is a genius and Asher is a broken man who needs to fix himself. The tension between them is great. I love how they interact and are written. I just hated how it seemed so rushed.

Nora and Asher do get their happy ending. Of course. It’s just weird the epilogue was after the book ended? I’m going to read the standalone novel in the same universe, and I’m hoping I like it more than this one.

I would say if you like books like Gossip Girl, try this one out. But beware of how annoying the tense changes are. I couldn’t get over them, and I still can’t. It’s definitely a YA read, but the author does write well. I’m planning to read Aarons other works, and I’ll make a better informed decision about my thoughts on the author.

Until I rant about books again,

WWW Wednesday [September 18 2019]

It’s Wednesday. This is my first time doing this post so bear with me if it turns out not so well. I’m working on doing more with my blog, and I thought doing things like this will be a great place to start. So here’s what WWW Wednesday is about and all that jazz.

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday and was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words.  Here is what you’re sharing..

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading

So far, I’m not loving this one. I think the narrators are a little annoying and the tense in the book switches from past to present in the same sentence. I’m disappointed because I thought I would love this book.

I recently finished

This is a cute Christmas romance. I talked about it in my recent wrap up and on Goodreads. I am not quite in the Christmas mood yet since we haven’t hit Halloween, but I had to get this done for NetGalley.

I’m thinking next I’ll read

This was suggested by Chandler Ainsley in her latest Kindle Unlimited recommendations. I started it, and I liked the beginning so I have a good outlook on how much I’ll like this book.

Well, this was my first WWW Wednesday. I’m not sure if I did this write, but I tried. I look forward to others WwW Wednesday posts.

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Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? [To me, yes!]

I enjoy reading as much as I can. I love going to the library and getting a big stack of books. I love choosing a book off my shelf and getting lost in a story. That being said, I haven’t had time to go to the library and I have a few piles of unread books on my shelf. Or near my shelf. Don’t ask. But I also have a five and a half month old which sometimes leaves less room to read books easily. Hence, I’ve been using the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. I also use Libby, but I don’t love the romance choices my library has to offer right now. So when I was given a chance to sign up for two months of Kindle Unlimited for just 99 cents, I said hell yes.

What’s the appeal of Kindle Unlimited for me?

  • I don’t have to buy the books
  • I can check out up to 10 books at one time
  • I can read on my phone or iPad and whisper sync keeps me right where I left off.
  • There’s so many romance choices.
  • Ebooks are easier for me right now with the baby, and I just really love ebooks.

The other nice things about Kindle Unlimited so you can just cancel at any time. So if I decide I’m not using it enough, I can just let it go. Then again, I can pick it back up if I miss it too much. I also have Prime, but I haven’t looked into Prime Reading or Kindle First yet. I’m just too excited about the books I’ve got to read from Kindle Unlimited. I currently do have ten books out because I’m insatiable, but I just wanted to share a few I’m most excited about from what I’ve added to my KU library

Book one of The Mavericks series by Max Monroe. This was a cover pick, but I did enjoy her book My Brothers Billionaire Best Friend so I am anticipating this will be another fun read. Just with athletes instead, and I never mind a good sports book.

Privileged by Carrie Aarons was suggested to me by Steph from Steph’s Romance Book Talk, and you can find her YouTube channel here. She’s awesome, and she reads a lot of romance so if you want awesome romance books in your life, check out her channel.

Chandler Ainsley did an enemies to lovers recommendation video on her channel, and this book was on the list. She said it was a problematic book, but she didn’t care and enjoyed the book. You should check out her channel in general and because she does Kindle Unlimited recommendation videos as well.

These are the books I’m most excited to read on Kindle Unlimited. I have just started Privileged, and I’m hoping this helps to get me out of this reading slump.

This post was inspired by Bree from Falling From Romance talking about her own journey with KU. Find her post here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with KU and reading so much romance. If you have any KU recommendations, let me know. I’m always open to more.

Until I rant about books again,