Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 10)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer reading.


BOOKS READ

– Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
– Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


CURRENTLY READING

– Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
– The Vacation by T.M. Logan


ADDED TO MY TBR

– Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
Book Review: A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 10)


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A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

Book Review: A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Perfect Day
Author: Sarah S. Brannen
Illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A seagull and a crab find friendship and compromise in this sweet and humorous story about the meaning of perfection.

The sky is blue, the sun is warm, the breeze is cool–it’s a perfect day for Seagull, perched on a rock in the sea. That is, until crabby Crab comes along and points out all of the day’s flaws! There’s a cloud in the sky, a smelly boat in the distance, and the rock that they’re sitting on is covered in barnacles.

In this sweet and funny story about finding happiness amidst flaws, Seagull and Crab learn that nothing is more perfect than spending time with friends.

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

Purchase links:
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MY REVIEW

Seagull is having a perfect day until Crab comes along. Crab is being crabby and keeps finding things to complain about. Seagull doesn’t let it get her down though.

A cute story about happiness and friendship. Seagull has a positive attitude and enjoys the day. Crab complains about everything. Crab’s negative attitude doesn’t make Seagull like him any less though. Lovely illustrations. Sweet and humorous.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Girls Weekend
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

For fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley, a riveting locked-room mystery about five college friends eager to reunite after years apart–only to be ripped apart again when their host’s disappearance unearths dark secrets and old grudges.

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.

The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.

Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.

This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. Atmospheric and dramatic.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all!

I’m planning to keep my reading list light for the month of July. I made some headway on my TBR this week though.


BOOKS READ

– If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
– All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker


CURRENTLY READING

– Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
– Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson


ADDED TO MY TBR

– The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
– Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Book Review: The Swap by Robyn Harding
June 2020 Wrap-Up
Book Review: The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Book Review: The Request by David Bell
July 2020 TBR
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 3)


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July 2020 TBR

Monthly TBR

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Happy July!

I haven’t been reading as much this summer, but I do have some books I want to read in July.



ARCs

• Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett
• The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
• Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
• His & Hers by Alice Feeney
• The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
• The End of Her by Shari Lapena
• The Vacation by T.M. Logan

Book Review: The Request by David Bell

The Request by David Bell

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Request
Author: David Bell
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

The Request by David Bell
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman’s house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman’s home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn’t sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe.

A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in his past, and he continues to make questionable decisions throughout the novel. He isn’t the only one making mistakes though, and it makes for a fast-paced and entertaining thriller.

A fun mystery thriller. Fans of David Bell’s other novels will surely enjoy his latest book. Exciting and twisty.

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

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

Book Review: The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Dilemma
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin
Publish Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A woman’s birthday party takes a dark turn in a poignant, heart-stopping new novel from the reigning queen of suspense, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, and Bring Me Back.

Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But Livia is secretly glad Marnie won’t be there.

Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for Livia: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the party. But before Marnie arrives, Adam hears some terrible news. Now he too is faced with a dilemma: Does he share what he’s learned with his wife? Is hiding the truth the same as telling a lie? And how far are Adam and Livia willing to go to protect the ones they love—and give each other a last few hours of happiness?

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

Livia and Adam have been married for years, but they never had the big wedding or other big celebrations. Livia wants a big party for her 40th, and she’s been saving for years to celebrate the night with friends and family. Adam has the perfect gift for his wife – a visit from their daughter, Marnie, who is studying abroad in Hong Kong. Livia knows a secret about Marnie though, and she’s been waiting until after the party to tell Adam. Before the party, Adam learns some terrible news, and now he has something to tell Livia after the party.

Told from the alternating points of view of Livia and Adam. The novel is primarily set in one day, and follows Livia and Adam as they prepare for the party and struggle with the secrets they are keeping. The reader is aware of the secrets, and it’s frustrating to see how they are keeping important information from one another.

I’ve read three other books by B.A. Paris (Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, and Bring Me Back), and they were all mysteries and thrillers. This one is not. The reader is aware of the events happening throughout the novel, there is no mystery. It’s a contemporary story about a married couple and the secrets they are keeping.

While I was sometimes frustrated with the characters and their actions, I was drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down. An enjoyable read for fans of contemporary domestic drama. Intense and compelling.

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

June 2020 Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up

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TOP 5 JUNE READS

1. The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
2. The Swap by Robyn Harding
3. The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
4. The Request by David Bell
5. Hurry Home by Roz Nay


STATS

JUNE BOOKS READ
· print – 7
· digital – 7
· audio – 2

YEARLY READING CHALLENGES
· Genre Bingo – 25/25 – completed in June
· Popsugar – 42/50


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry
· The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
· Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle
· The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
· The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
· The Swap by Robyn Harding

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 5)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 12)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 19)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 26)

TOP TEN TUESDAYS
· My Summer 2020 TBR
· Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

BOOKISH UPDATES
· June 2020 TBR
· Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (June 2020)
· June 2020 Wrap-Up


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Book Review: The Swap by Robyn Harding

The Swap by Robyn Harding

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Swap
Author: Robyn Harding
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publish Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.

After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging…that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.

Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.

Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.

The Swap by Robyn Harding
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

Low, a teen girl, befriends Freya, a woman new to their small island in the Pacific Northwest. Low falls under Freya’s charm, but their friendship ends when Freya meets Jamie. Freya and Jamie quickly become friends, leaving Low on her own. After one drug-induced night of bad decisions, everyone’s life changes.

Told from multiple points of view – Low, Jamie, Brian, and Max. Low is a bit of a loner. She doesn’t quite fit in with others on the island, and struggles to find her place. Jamie owns a local gift shop. Brian is Jamie’s husband. Jamie and Brian want children, but have struggled with conceiving. Max is Freya’s husband. His career ended suddenly, and he and Freya relocated to the island. Freya owns a pottery studio and was once a social media influencer. The chapters from Low and Jamie’s viewpoints are good. They are both charmed by Freya, who is confident, but narcissistic. The chapters from Brian and Max’s viewpoints don’t add much to the story.

Intriguing domestic thriller full of flawed characters. It’s tough to like any of these characters, but they do make for an entertaining story. Scandalous and twisted.

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

Book Review: The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Girl from Widow Hills
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: July 23, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

As a child, Arden Maynor was rescued after being caught up in a rainstorm. She was missing for days, and it was a miracle when she was found alive. Now, Arden is an adult, living far away from her home town and going by a different name. She wanted to get away from her past, but it catches up with her when a man she knew from her childhood is found dead outside her home.

Arden changed her name to Olivia and lives where no one knows about her past. As a child, she was the focus of a lot of media attention after her miracle rescue. She lived through a traumatic event in her childhood, and she wants to leave it in the past. Olivia is an intriguing character. She’s independent and determined. She’s also a little bit unreliable, since she occasionally sleepwalks and doesn’t remember things from her sleepwalking episodes. When a man from her past ends up dead outside her home, she is forced to face her past and find the truth about what really happened years earlier.

A suspenseful mystery that slowly unravels. Well-paced story with interesting characters. A good read for fans of mysteries and thrillers. Atmospheric and captivating.

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