For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

I’m a sucker for a good mystery/thriller involving a married couple!

Thank you MIRA for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Natalie and Will had a cute first date back in law school – talking dreams over drinks. They got into silly conversations, even joking about how they would be able to get away with murder with all their knowledge from law school. Little do they realize that it would bite them in the back later on in life. Flash forward 17+ years where Will and Nat are married with a son named Charlie. They soon learn of a horrible incident that happens to their son at his school with someone they thought they knew pretty well. What lengths will Will and Natalie go to protect their son?

This was a really fast-paced novel that I enjoyed in one night. I stayed up a little too late to finish it, but I’m not complaining! I felt like the author spent a lot of time hyping up the marriage struggles between the two, forgot about it during the big reveal of the major incident, and rushed to come back to it in the end. Otherwise, the book was well written and it had me engaged the entire time.

4/5 Stars

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The Night Before by Wendy Walker

If you’ve been following my posts for awhile, you will know that I’ve enjoyed books by Wendy Walker in the past (ie. Emma in the Night). Once I saw this book was going to be realeased, I had to jump on it!

Thank you St Martin’s Press for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Laura has been through a lot in her lifetime. She has just recently broken up with a boyfriend and moved in with her sister Rosie. To get back into the game, she decides to go on a date with a guy she met online, borrow her sister’s dress and car, and head out on the town to make an impression and move on from the past. 4 am comes around, and Laura is no where to be found. Rosie is starting to freak out and enlists the help of her husband and a long time family friend. What happend to Laura? Is she safe? Better yet, did Laura do something that she’s going to regret? The past is coming back to haunt her, and it’s not looking good…

The book was a little slow to start, but the last 30% of it made my head spin in all different ways. WOW. What a wild ride this book was! I went into it completely blind (meaning I did not read any synopsis of the book beforehand) and I really loved doing that. I really enjoyed the fact that you were reading about the entire night as it was happening (in Laura’s point of view) and also reading it after the fact (in Rosie’s point of view as she was trying to find out what happened to her sister) all at the same time.  There are multiple twists in the end that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around what was happening as I was reading it. One reveal lead to another, and my husband caught me screaming out loud in amazement. That, my friends, is when you know it’s a fun book to read.

4.5/5 Stars

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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I’m a sucker for books on chronic illness most likely because I have one myself. I was once a teen struggling with chronic illness, so I really resonate with these kind of stories.

Thank you Simon Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Stella has been suffering from cystic fibrosis her whole life. She’s been in and out of the hospital multiple times, documenting her adventures on youtube along the way. She’s in the hospital this time to prep for getting a new pair of lungs. During her time spent there, she gets to catch up with her long time hospital friend and meet a new one along the way. This new friend, Will, is stubborn as can be, and is also fighting for his life with cystic fibrosis. Can their different personalities mesh together? Can they be friends? or more? Remember, two people with cystic fibrosis always have to stay six feet apart….

From my understanding, this book is actually written from the screenplay of the movie, so essentially the movie came first. I felt like this book was really rushed. I feel like people are really trying to live up to the “Fault In Our Stars” hype and it doesn’t actually have to be a thing. On the flip-side, they really nailed the emotions and feelings that CF patients go through. It’s something I could relate to. I felt like Will started off as this stern “I don’t care” kind of person and he was SOO quick to change to something completely opposite. For example, in the beginning of the book, you learn that Will lets his friends stay in his hospital bed to hookup (something I was completely turned off by – like really?). Towards the end of the book, nothing like that would’ve happend. It’s just totally unrealistic. The ending? There are many things I would like to say about it, but I want to keep this spoiler-free. The motivation of some people after a certain event happens was a little disheartening. I would love to chat more with those of you that do read it.

Also, I was trying to find out why this movie came about in the first place, let alone the book afterwards. Were people motivated by real-life CF patients? Was it just a spin-off of the other chronic-illness books out there? I couldn’t find any information on that, but I am very curious to know!

3/5 Stars

 

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

You are cordially invited to a murder mystery party. The first person who solves the murder wins a $50,000 scholarship. Interested?

You will meet 5 teenagers, all of wihch are hiding deep secrets. Soon enough, they will learn that someone among them knows everything about them. It’s going to get real. this party is unlike any other you’ve ever been to. Are they willing to make it to the end? Are they even safe?

The Breakfast Club meets Clue meets Pretty Little Liars meets Agatha Christie – those are all the vibes I got while reading this! The first seven chapters were a bit dull for me. I didn’t feel the excitement in wanting to read more until chapter 7 hit. I was intrigued about the lies these characters were holding, but not about the characters themselves. I had to keep reading to find out how someone knew every little detail about their lives, all the way down to deleted pictures that no one else had ever seen. Crazy! Their personalities left me wanting more…they were very stereotypical. If you liked Pretty Little Liars, I think you’ll really enjoy this one.

3.5/5 Stars

The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

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This book was advertised for fans of Alfred Hitchcock – how could I pass up a read like that?!

Thank you Berkley Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Adam walks into his new therapist’s office in search for some answers. His therapist Susanna has no idea what’s in store for her. An event in Susanna’s past is slowly coming back to haunt her more than ever. Adam has news for Susanna that she’s not ready to recieve. And, most of all, Susanna’s daughter’s life is at stake. Can Susanna save her? What does Adam have to tell her? What information is Adam in search for?

I was trying to predict the twist the entire time I was reading it. I really thought it was pretty obvious…but I was wrong and couldn’t be happier. I love when I can’t predict the twist! I felt the ending was a bit rushed after the book spent so much time leading up to such a dramatic finale. It is intense! Some features of this story were a little dark for my taste, but it adds to the suspense and the edge-of-your-seat feeling. It was an enjoyable read, but I wouldn’t find myself reading it again because it was so profound the first time around.

4/5 Stars

Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

CaptureThis is one of those books where the plot sounds so promising that I haven’t stopped thinking about it until I finally got my hands on a copy.

Penny is headed to college and she’s more than ready to do so. Sam’s trying to get his act together and figure out what he wants to do with his life. Worlds collide when Sam and Penny meet and instead of avoiding the awkward meet-up, they exchange text messages to keep in touch. It’s a simple gesture that turns into a eye-opening experience for the both of them. What’s it like to carry a relationship without seeing each other face to face?

I’ve taken a lot of time to think about Penny…her character really has shaped my rating of this book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really can’t stand her. I teach teenagers for a living, so I know what goes through their heads and what they say out loud, and Penny is just ridiculous. The way she treats her mother in the start of the book? NOPE. Yes, teens have angst and don’t like to get along with their parents…but the further I read, the more ridiculous it got. It was way over the top and out of line. It’s too bad because I really loved the IDEA of the storyline. The diversity was well appreciated so props to that.

2/5 Stars

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

dark matterI’m full of emotion for this book. I’ve been waiting to read this one for quite some time. Multiple people have raved about it even after I had already added it to my “must reads” list.

Jason has the american dream – a beautiful wife, a wonderful son, and a job as a professor. He occasionally finds himself thinking about what could have been – but he’s okay with what he has. Until, he gets kidnapped one night, drugeed, and finds himself awake to a life that could have been – the dream job for him and his wife. The problem is, he isn’t happy with it. He’s not married, he doesn’t have a son, and every one thinks he’s gone completely mad. Will he ever find his way back to his family?

I knew I would be mad at myself for waiting so long to read this book….

And yess, I am quite mad. I devoured this book in one sitting. IT IS SO GOOD! It’s an emotional and empowering read. The constant question you ask yourself through the entire book is “am I happy with my own life?” It’s the same question the main characters find themselves asking each other. This book makes you look at your life in a whole different light. This would be an amazing movie by the way (I have read that there is talk of it happening). I need to read more books just like this – any other suggestions?

5/5 Stars