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Dead Girls Club [Book Review]

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Format: eARC via NetGalley

I really wanted to like this book. The cover is gorgeous, and the description sounds very like my wheelhouse. But all of my expectations fell short. Specifically, Heather the main character is the worst. She’s very annoying and unlikeable. She ruined the entire book for me.

The story starts out strange, and I had no idea what was going on. Heather is dealing with some trauma from when she was 12. She’s supposed to be a child psychologist, but I’d never trust my human spawn with her. She was in a group called Dead Girls Club. They liked serial killers and told stories about the Red Witch. Her best friend Becca died. But heather can’t recall what happened.

Now she’s being sent mementos from the past. And she wants to know what’s going on. She starts losing her mind and doing stupid things,

The last part of the book is very over the top and the reveals were ridiculous. This book lost my attention. What happened to Becca was stupid. Heather wasn’t worth her weight in salt. I don’t know how she was allowed to become a doctor. She should have been locked up. There was nothing supernatural, just a bunch of trash. Don’t waste your time unless you want disappointment.

Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If Only I Could Tell You [Book Review]

Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this book should come with a big old trigger warning. All the warnings. For cancer, suicide, and miscarriage. They are all talked about extensively and somewhat graphically in my opinion.

I chose this book for the cover and because of the JoJo Moyes blurb. I thought it would be a nice familial drama that made me cry. Since this book has been out in England, there are a lot of reviews that are 4 and 5 stars. I guess some people really liked this book. I, however, am not one of those people. I am rather disappointed with this book because I was expecting a nice good cry, and I ended up with a whole lot of nothing

. I like sad books when the mood is right. This is why I requested this book, a change from all of the sweet romance I’ve been reading the last month. But this book was just a lot of sadness. I want to call it melodrama because the book just didn’t know how to stop being so ridiculous. It just seemed like everything would get worse and worse for the characters. There was not even a little glimmer of hope and happiness, it was just all dreary and sad until the ending. I feel like I wasted my time reading this book.

Jess and her sister Lily have been estranged for thirty years because of some secret. Their mom is dying and wants them to reunite before she is gone. Like it’s just over and over with the secret and you can’t figure it out because the mystery isn’t revealed til later, and it kind of really bugged me that was used as a plot device because it took away from the story. So you get sisters that are not speaking and a mother who wants to make it all better.

Then the book is really sad the entire time. I don’t want to give anything away and it’s impossible to really talk about the book without doing so. You just have a lot of bad events in this family, and then the book is over. The miscarriage scene is hard to read… the suicide is very descriptive… there’s even someone coming out and it’s just handled so poorly…

I ended up skimming the end of this book because I just needed closure. I suppose if you want a sad book with nothing happy at all, this is a good one for you. After this one read, I don’t plan to ever pick up a book by this author… it’s really not for me…

This book isn’t a good thing I’ve ranted about at all.

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Ten Things My Cat Hates About You [Book Review/Blogtober]

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

I picked this book up solely for the title. I can’t resist cats. I have two of my own I adore to pieces. So this one was super irresistible to me. I was ready… I was very prepared to love this book… and it was just okay. This story ended up falling below my expectations, and it was a little dull. I adore British rom com books, but this one didn’t live up to the ones I normally devour.

Clara wants to fall in love with the right man, but her cat Jasper scares away all the men she brings home. He’s just a picky cat, but she wants him to get along with whoever she ends up dating. She works as a curator in an art museum, but she is treated as someone who does all the simpleton work despite the fact she has a masters degree. The reason I mention the museum is because one night, Jasper leaves the house and causes someone on a bike to crash in front of the house. It’s dark so she doesn’t really see who the man is nor does he see her. He just gets upset about his research being ruined, and he grumbles about the cat. The next day, Clara is at work when she sees the man again. Of course he doesn’t know who she is, but she stops to speak to him and kisses him by accident? It’s kind of odd, but I just accepted this weird occurrence.

She doesn’t tell him who she is, but it’s okay because there’s a new guy named Josh who Jasper actually likes. So clearly this is the man for Clara. After all, she was told by her best friend to get a man Jasper approves of. So it’s just her dating Josh, but he says they are just having fun. The professor is just a work colleague and won’t possibly grow into anything more. But of course the book is just written this way to make it seem like there’s a love triangle when there’s not. It was clear to me she was going to end up with the professor from the start… I don’t know why Josh was placed in the story, except as some type of filler for drama. It didn’t really work well.

This isn’t a bad book… it just wasn’t amazing. There’s also Clara having a brother who lives with her and the reason why is unknown for a long time, she seems to have an odd relationship with her best friend, and she constantly complains about she doesn’t fit in the field she works in even though she has a masters degree. The book was a little whiny and boring at times. I did skim the last 30% to see if it was going to get better, but it was rather predictable. I don’t know why I did not stop reading, I guess I was just determined to finish it.

I was given an ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Another Mash Up Post [Mini Reviews]

Genre: Paranormal Romance

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since this is the ninth book in the series… I was a little lost. Oops. It definitely will make more sense reading all the prior books because things are mentioned that you miss or may not understand. Meghan and Peter want to mate for life since they are silver wolves. But Meghan is scared to tell peter she sent a fellow wolf to prison and peter doesn’t know how to tell Meghan he’s been mated before. Also, Meghan can talk to ghosts. So they both have secrets they are keeping from each other, making them unsure about their future.

This is an adorable holiday romance. The couple do belong together. They just have some issues to work through, but there’s no doubt they should be mated for life. They still have been mated officially because of the secrets going on. Of course there’s Christmas going on too. The pack has a great relationship so I was loving that. They just wanted all of the secrets and issues to end so the couple could be together. I love when the town has a personality, it adds so much to the story.

Overall, this is a good read. It begins slow, but the pace picks up eventually. You just have to stick it out when you start because I was bored at the start bu when the paranormal and suspense kick in, you won’t be able to stop reading. You can read this book alone, but it probably works better as part of the series so you can get another look at previous mentioned book couples.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Imogen owns a fancy hotel in the Canadian mountains. Specifically the Rockies. She’s grown up around famous people so she’s had a lot of celebrity acquaintances and gotten a lot of autographs. She’s the only one still living in her small town since her sisters left and her parents moved to a warmer place. So this hotel is often visited by the rich and famous, and there’s a prince coming to visit. She’s getting the hotel ready when the prince shows up early in helicopter.

So Prince Luca shows up in his helicopter and she’s a little bit panicked because the hotel isn’t fully ready yet and it looks like it’s going to snow so the chef gets supposed to have may be late. Then one of the hotel staff goes into early labor so she’s taken by helicopter to the hospital in the city. It starts to snow so it’s just Imogen and the Prince. The Prince is dealing with his marriage not happening because of a family secret. Imogen is still healing from an engagement ending when it’s found out she can’t have babies. Both of them are dealing with a lot of baggage, but the snow and Christmas magic are going to bring them together. Except Imogen’s best friend may know something about the family secret the Prince is dealing with so it’s going to be interesting.

This is part of a trilogy so you know more is going to be happening. Imogen and the Prince have sweet interactions with each other. It’s even more lovely when Imogen is like I’m going to give you a hallmark type Christmas to Luca because he was deprived of the chance since he was like a super fancy prince and that doesn’t happen to them, I guess. Even though it’s still too early for Christmas, this book sets the holiday tone and you’ll want to put up the tree and enjoy some hot dogs by the fire (this makes sense when you read the book).

Thank you for checking out my mini reviews. I’d love to know if you’ve read these or would be interested in either. They are both awesome Christmas romances. I know it’s early, but start stocking up on those Christmas books now.

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Weekly Wrap Up [September 22-28]

I had a decent week of reading. I’ve been glued to my iPad and Kindle app to make a dent in my NetGalley books, but it’s definitely worth my time. I’m always finding time to read between taking care of the baby or I’d lose my mind. My Hulu shows are suffering, but they will still be there so I’m content. This week I read six books. All romance. I can’t believe September Swoons is almost done. I’ll be doing a Wrap Up Post for that coming very soon. Here are all the books I read this week:

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A dude whose wife leaves him, and this puppy saves him right before Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 stars

You can find my full review here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple moves into a house, and they go into the attic. These Christmas lights entangle them and transport them to Christmas hell land.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I did a mini review of this you can find here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple goes to Antarctica because the world is ending. They dig under the ice, a million spiders emerge, and kill everyone.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

My review is linked above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A woman tries to get with a guy, risking everything, but he is uninterested.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Review linked above above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A guy returns to his family during the holidays and says he’s a wolf but they reject him. Essentially twilight with Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I have a mini review of this coming soon. But let’s just say if you like paranormal and Christmas, this book should be on your TBR.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A cheating woman who falls in love with a servant.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

This will also be part of my mini review upcoming. I would say if you want to start a Christmas trilogy with princes and castles, this is the book for you. It was so sweet and made me want a vegetarian hot dog.

So that’s everything I read this week. I had a good reading week in comparison to what I had last week. I think I’m just trying to get through these NetGalley books so my ratio stops being so low. And I’m hoping to keep improving so I can maybe someday get a book from Berkeley. Ah, wishful thinking at its finest.

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My Crazy NetGalley TBR!!

NetGalley is an addicting thing to me lately. Since I’ve been on this romance kick, I’ve been requesting so much romance. Which is good when I get approved. And sad when I don’t. But I requested way too many so I still have 20 books to read, and I have like another 18 pending. So right now my ratio is shot to hell, and I’m doing my best to catch up. I don’t plan on ever asking for so many at one time again. I plan to save it for the ones I really love. I’m hoping my ratio will stay good after the crazy pending requests have cleared since I’m working as fast as I can to get through the ones I do have.

Here are the 20 books I’ve got on my NetGalley TBR at the moment.

They are all romance books. So I’m excited. A few don’t come out til next year so I’ll be just mentioning those in my wrap ups and avoiding any big reviews until closer to their release dates (Tweet Cute and The Neighbours). The rest of these do come out the next few months so be on the look out for either a mini review or larger one depending on my thoughts on a particular book.

Are any of you reading a lot of NetGalley books right now? How do you limit yourself? Also will Berkeley Press ever not reject me? So many questions.

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Romance Mash Up [Mini Review]

I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately. So I decided to just do a mini review mash up thing. Here are three recent romances I’ve read along with my mini reviews.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you Netgalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this is book number nine in a series which means there are a lot of people to keep up with. I’m not really a fan of series which stretch out this long but I was able to keep up mostly fine. You can read this book on its own but it’s part of a larger verse. I read this book because I liked the cover when I requested it, but I had not read anything by the author before.

In A Dash of Christmas, Emery is dealing with a scandal about her ex fiancé and so she’s trying to escape the media and her horrible parents. Carter is about to open a new restaurant. Emery is staying at Carter’s family condo when he shows up and is surprised to see her. They have been rivals since childhood and do not get along. Emery just wants to eat junk food in peace while Carter wants to eat home cooking with a variety of ingredients. They start butting heads at first but grow closer as they spend more time together.

This book is cute. I like the romance but neither character was very appealing to me. Carter just seems too obsessed with fancy cooking and Emery isn’t dealing with her ex fiancé and other issues well. I think another problem is they are supposed to be rivals and have this past but it’s not really established well. The dynamic I expected for rivals to lovers was weak. It’s more just like saying they had issues and suddenly they kiss and it’s all good. Building up a stronger foundation to believe the rivalry would have made this story much better. The story isn’t bad. I just had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and really caring about the plot.

Starting at book nine is never a good idea so that’s probably what my issue is. Still I did like the Christmas and family aspects included. A Dash of Christmas is a good read. I suggest reading the other eight first though. There are so many people to remember, it probably makes more sense when read sequentially. I did like the book, but I don’t think I’m going to read the other installments. This is a good book for someone wanting a long series to read. I may try the novellas this author has.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book three in the series. How do I not pay attention and end up in the middle of a series all the darn time? Who knows? I think I just get too excited for the romance and intrigue I just can’t help myself when it comes to requesting these books on NetGalley. Seriously, someone needs to stop me. Jamie works as a sheriff deputy and Nate just moved back to work as a wildlife officer. When she finds another victim of the killer the sheriffs department has been searching for, the two are forced back together to work on the case.

Jamie is focused on caring for her sister Donna and had no need for Nate. He left her seven years ago, and she has no desire in dealing with yet another broken heart. The killer is still on the loose and she wants the case solved before there’s another victim. Nate wants them to be friends and Jamie doesn’t want to be at first. She’s closed off from pain after losing her parents and having to take care of her sister. Her life is just fine the way it is. But the pressure of trying to catch the killer is a lot for the town to deal with so Jamie and Nate keep growing closer.

I like how they don’t just get back together… it takes a little time because of what happened in the past. This is the third book in the series so I would say start at the beginning to unravel the full mystery of the killer and to get the other romances. This was a pretty decent read, and I wanted to know who the killer was. I can see myself reading more from Myers in the future.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to netgalley and harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fourth book in a series. And so confusing when you have not read the others. I need to read what books are about instead of just asking for them on impulse. It’s going to save me a lot of confusion in the long run. I say this now but I’ll probably be doing it again because I can’t say no to a Harlequin Intrigue book no matter what.

Bree and Tanner are getting married. This book literally picks up right after the other one so it’s like imperative you read the others first. They are getting married in like two weeks and Bree is losing her stuff over all the things she needs to do in order to get ready for the wedding. So Bree is freaking out about the wedding. Tanner is excited because they are going to be married and he’s so in love with her. It’s going to be amazing. Then something comes up and maybe they will end up at death til us part sooner than even getting married!

There’s a fire that happens at the shelter Bree works at and they think it’s targeting a specific woman. So tanner and Bree are trying to find out who did this and make sure the woman and her family are safe. So they end up going on a camping trip. This is where all of the intrigue and such in the story plays out. I was invested the whole time and could not stop reading.

This is a great intrigue story, but it would have been better had I read the others. Of course there’s a HEA. It’s so cute. I would definitely read the other books to see how the couple got to this point. There’s also mentions of other stories the author has done in this book so I would be keen to check those out as well. Bree and Tanner have been through a lot it seems, they definitely deserved the wedding and happiness they got.

Whew. So those are three more romances I’ve gotten done this week. I’ll probably be doing a lot of mash up reviews for my NetGalley books because I have so many of the darned things to get through. It’s a good problem to have, I’m not complaining.

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The Saturday Supper Club by Amy Miller [Review]

Genre: Romance

My rating: 3/5 stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Eve and Ethan were soul mates. Until Ethan left her without any warning, and Eve is left to pick up all of the pieces. It’s been three years since she’s seen Ethan. Then he shows up at her door for the Supper Club. Eve has moved on with her life though… she’s going to be opening a cafe and is in love with her boyfriend, Joe. Ethan doesn’t matter to her anymore. Yet, she can’t stop thinking about him now that he’s back in London. Ethan claims it’s destiny, but Eve isn’t quite sure.

I liked the first Amy Miller book I read recently, but this one doesn’t hold the same appeal for some reason. Perhaps I’m comparing the books too closely since I read them so close together. Miller writes contemporary well. I enjoy how she has the element of domesticity woven in as well. It’s important to respect women who work and also prefer to bake and such. I think Miller excels at showing women can still be awesome no matter what they decide to pursue.

Eve is a good character. Ethan is kind of annoying. The way Eve views Ethan is kind of obsessive and all consuming, like he’s the best thing that happened to her despite how he treated her by leaving. So it’s just hard for me to want to root for a couple who was torn apart by his actions and her having a boyfriend. I can’t explain why it bothers me so much. I don’t really like either character in regard to how they see their relationship. Then being thrown together for this Supper Club for the newspaper just seems like it’s going to implode.

Eve and Ethan have a lot of unresolved issues, and they have to work them out or just finally let go. Eve claims she’s happy with Joe, but she can’t stop thinking about Ethan. He says he’s come back to make his life right and to be with Eve because they are destined to be. Eve is trying to open a cafe and dealing with her best friend moving away. But most importantly, she loves Joe so much. Even though she doesn’t want to marry him…

The issues I had with this book weren’t major, but it didn’t make me like this one as much as The Girls Guide to Homemaking. Miller follows the same story arc for both books. A happy couple is destroyed by an action taken by the male partner. I know this is a popular trope, but the author didn’t have to use it for both of her books. There are so many other tropes the author can use. I would even be willing to suggest some. Seriously, I read a lot and would love to help.

My other issue is… the family secret in this book is huge. I don’t want to spoil it, but I was off put when it was revealed. I was hoping the book would take a different turn because I didn’t want Eve to choose Ethan after the truth comes out. It’s just a personal preference for me. If I was in her shoes, I would have walked away because it’s kind of gross and weird. It made me immediately hate them as a couple and stop caring about the rest of the book. I even skipped ahead hoping for a different ending and was left disappointed.

I don’t see this as a heartwarming story or romantic. Eve should have been with Joe. I don’t care about the rest of the book or how Miller wrote it. So don’t be misled by the headline. The story doesn’t fit the criteria at all. Ethan is annoying. Eve isn’t the best. They aren’t a good couple. Then Eve has a sister who adds in more drama, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time. I was also grossed out. Just no… nothing about this whole situation is less than a what the heck. This book wasn’t for me. I enjoy how Miller writes, no doubt. I’m hoping her other book I have left to read isn’t a disappointment.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Fall TBR [September 24]

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here are 10 books on my fall TBR. These are all NetGalley books since I have so many to get through. I’m not going to be talking too much about them since some aren’t published yet, and there will be reviews for them. Either long or mini reviews.

This was a cover pick. I’m also excited because of the title. I have a good feeling about this.

I’ve been hearing awesome things about Talia Hibbert for years. So I’m so thrilled to have her first major romance title from Avon to read. It does have a warning for domestic violence so just keep that in mind if that’s a sensitive issue for you.

I think this is a sapphic Pride and Prejudice retelling so that’s awesome.

This was a cover pick and because of the blurb. I think it’s going to be an emotional read. I haven’t cried from a book in a long time, maybe this will be the one.

Yet another Amy Miller. I like her books. I think she’s becoming a new favorite contemporary author. Definitely check her out.

I’ve loved the purple harlequin books a loooong time. My grandma has been reading them for ages. It’s awesome finally see not just white people on the cover too.

Look at the cover. How could I say no? Also a prince and Christmas? It’s like a hallmark movie in a book. Yes please.

Christmas werewolf romance. What more need I say?

I just love all of the harlequin purple books. The end.

See my love for the purple books above. Just all of these books for me please.

So these are all the books I’m hoping to read for fall. I’m very excited and grateful to NetGalley and all of the publishers.

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The Girl’s Guide To Homemaking by Amy Miller [Mini Review]

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Ebook via NetGalley

Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Juliet wants the perfect life, and she thinks she’s found it with Simon. They are living together and now all of the unhappiness of her childhood can be erased. Until they are lying in bed and Simon calls her by their previous roommate’s name. Juliet has found her life is now falling apart, and she has no clue what she is going to do.

I liked this book a lot because it’s so sweet. Juliet is an awesome narrator who made me want to keep reading. The story is also more than just romance. It has layers, which makes me even more invested in a book. There’s the story of Juliet and her broken family and its impact on her. The relationship she had with her grandmother. Juliet has a best friend and they have an amazing friendship. The story is multifaceted, and I longed to keep reading because I cared. When a book causes me to care, this is when I know it’s worth my time. I became invested in Juliet dealing with her breakup, navigating a life without Simon, a letter where she finds out her mother had a secret, and so much more.

Amy Miller has a talent for writing a book the reader can get lost in. I’m so glad I picked up this book, and I highly look forward reading more of her work in the near future.

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