Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Forget You Know Me: A Novel by [Strawser, Jessica]

I read this book and then had to just sit quietly for a minute to reflect on everything that happened in it.  Liza and Molly have been best friends their whole lives and find themselves gradually drifting apart as adults.  Liza moves to Chicago while Molly marries and has 2 kids.  They try to keep the friendship going but over time they realize it's more about going through the motions than the actual relationship.  Liza has reached a point where she is trying to figure out what she wants in life and what her next step is going to be.  Molly has become a shell of her former self bogged down by guilt and chronic pain.  One chance web chat that revealed an intruder in Molly's home changes everything for both women and their relationship.  The story that unfolds is one of lies, pain, secrets, and leaves you wondering how well you can really know someone.  I found this to be a fantastic read with the exception of Molly being slightly annoying in the way she handles things. 

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the ARC  and the chance to leave my honest review here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I loved this book: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

***Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and St. Martin's Press for the chance to give my honest opinion of this ARC.***


Netflix Has Some Amazing New Shows

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted on any sort of regular basis but what can I say....stuff happens.  The holidays came and went and with my daughter home on Christmas break I spent a lot of time watching TV and not a lot of time reading.  The good news is that I was able to put a nice little dent in "My List" of things to watch on Netflix.  Here is the list of shows/movies I watched and what I rated them:

***Trailer provided by Netflix and Youtube****

Birdbox:  This Netflix Original film stars Sandra Bullock and it was.....weird but good. It's basically about people trying to survive some sort of supernatural epidemic.  Sandra Bullock is the main character and she is trying to get her family to a safe haven. There no one has to wear blindfolds to avoid looking into the eyes of the infected and they have plenty of food.  The issue I had is that you never actually see what infects everyone that makes them kill themselves.  It leads you to believe that it is their worst fear that causes them to take their own lives upon seeing it.  The movie is worth watching for sure.  It's dark and a little scary.  I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:  This is a new series based on the comic book character.  If you are around you watched the movie/TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart when you were young.  I loved them then and I love, love, love this reboot series that is so far from the original you would hardly realize they are based on the same characters.  I love Riverdale because it has dark and dangerous undertones and this show has the same type of feeling.  The cast is fantastic.  I watched the whole season plus the holiday episode the same nights they were added and now can barely stand the wait for a new season.  The first series is about Sabrina turning 16 and being forced to choose between her witch side or her human side. This series is so fun! 5 out of 5 for sure!

You: This is another original series that I sincerely hope gets picked up for another run.  Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl) stars as a bookstore manager in NYC who for all purposes appears to be your average, slightly nerdy, good guy who's looking for love.  His character also narrates this series so you can understand why he does what he does.  It turns out there is way more than meets the eye.  Creepy and dark doesn't begin to describe all the emotions the viewer feels while watching this show.  I would be lying if I said I haven't started looking at people differently. 5 stars all the way!

Sex Education: This is a British series that had me dying.  The plot is all about a teenager whose mom is a famous sex therapist and he begins a side business, with the help of friends, giving sexual advice out to the kids at school.  It's very funny stuff. I give it 4/5 stars.

Bad Education Series & Movie:  This is also a British series about the worst teacher ever and his high school students.  We actually watched the movie first and then realized there was a series that led up to the movie.  Holy Hell did I laugh out loud watching all of this. 5 stars.

Trevor Noah-Son of Patricia:  This is a stand up special.  I will be the first to admit that my experience with Trevor Noah had been limited to the occasional video clip from his show or listening to his podcast.  I have had a good chuckle from time to time but I was NOT ready for how freaking funny his stand up comedy is.  I can't lie. I have watched this special 3 times and each time is just as hilarious! His accents are so on point it's insane. 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars!!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola]

Alison Bannister and Mary Seymour were cousins orphaned at a very young age and sent to live in Wolf Hall.  They did not like each other but over time they did in fact grow to trust each other a bit. Alison began an affair with Mary's cousin Edward Seymour that resulted in a child.  Flash forward 400 years and Alison spies an old painting in an art gallery falsely  listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows that it's actually a picture of Mary.  Alison has spent years trying to figure out what happened to Mary because she is the last hope Alison has of ever finding out what happened to her son.  
This is a time travel book that covers all the bases.  It has historical fiction and facts all wrapped up in one not to mention magic, romance, and intrigue.  I loved every facet of this novel.  I only rated it 4 stars because I found Alison to be a tad bit on the obsessive compulsive side.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the preview of the book.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Toil & Trouble and What I liked About It

***Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to give an honest review of this story.***


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Earl's Wagered Bride by Cerise DeLand and Why It Was Perfect

The Earl's Wagered Bride (Christmas Belles, #1)

*** Thank you to the author for allowing me the chance to leave an honest review of this selection after receiving an ARC.***

If you are looking for the perfect romance to get you in the holiday spirit then this is the book for you!  If I am being honest... I don't usually read Christmas-y romances but I love Cerise DeLand so I thought I would give this book a shot.  I was not disappointed at all. It was a charming kickoff to the season as far as I am concerned. This also happens to be book 1 in her new Christmas Belles series and since I am now emotionally invested in the Craymore sisters I will be reading them all.

The Story:

The Craymore Sisters (Marjorie, Delphine, and Belinda) have been living with their Aunt Gertrude since their mother passed away and their father lost all their money.  They love their aunt very much but are tired of depending on the charity of others so have decided to take matters into their own hands.  Marjorie is a very skilled gambler when it comes to cards and has big plans to fleece their  wealthy house guests during the Christmas party.  She plans to buy a house for her and her sisters once she has raised enough funds and it just happens to work out that some of those same guests took some of the money her father so carelessly gambled away.  The only person standing in her way is the man she has spent her whole life loving, the Earl of Marsden Griffith Harlinger.  Griff knows that Marjorie is up to something and makes it his mission to find out and stop her from ruining a perfectly good house party.  He figures it will give him a chance to keep her out of trouble and finally figure out why she is the one girl he has never been able to forget.

I am not saying anymore on the story because then I would be giving away spoilers.  This was a really cute story and I do love a feisty female character!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant-Book 2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a humorous, standalone mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, Book 2. (Yep! It’s a standalone. The boring title is just to mess with you!)
Michael Vanderhorst has always been a lone wolf. Or lone vampire? Whatever. Point is, this ancient gentleman vampire is obsessed. She’s quirky, a horrible dresser, and the cutest librarian he’s ever seen. The question is, why her? In four hundred years, no one has ever captured his attention like this. He must find out, which is why he just signed on as her new assistant.
The problem is, she has no idea vampires exist or that she’s just broken one of their laws. As the leader of his territory, Michael has been ordered by his council to turn her or kill her. “Over my dead body!”
To overturn the ruling, Michael needs the council on his side, and right now they’re asking him to hunt down and execute five hundred vampires no one can seem to locate. Unfortunately, his assassin days are long over, and he’s not so sure he can go back to killing.
But with Miriam’s life on the line and their unusual bond growing stronger each day, will he dust off the old sword or give her the bite that will make her his forever?
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My Thoughts:

I love, love, love reading anything and everything ever written by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!  She just never disappoints.  This new series is something a little different.  Yes it still has some romantic elements but it is firmly a mystery.  It is also fairly funny.  It is book 2 in the series but read it before I read the first one.  I enjoyed book 2 so much as a stand alone but then I just had to go back and read the first because I could not get enough of Michael and Miriam.  This is a 5 star review for me for sure.  I just can't wait for book 3 so I can figure out so more about the impending war of the vampires.

Author Bio:

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.