The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

If you’re looking for a good October Halloween read, then look no further!

Thank you St Martins Press and Minotaur Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Florence has worked on a serial killer case many moons ago, a case where three teenagers were found burried alive. The book starts off with her attending the funueral of the man she convicted, but was he the right guy? Since her return to the town, she has come across new evidence that leads her to believe something bigger is going on. A story that involves withces, suspense, crime, murder, and intrigue, is one that you don’t want to miss out on.

You guys, this is CREEPY. I was feeling claustrophobic just reading it! I love me some good suspense, but this one was a little tough to swallow (in a very good way). I just kept picturing how crazy the muders were and it was just so intense! I was biting my nails the whole time. I want nothing more from a book in October. It’s not something I would pick up any other time of the year just because it spooked me enough, but boy was it good. There’s a cliffhanger almost throughout the whole book and the chapters are short which keep you coming back for more. All in all, a solid read.

4/5 Stars

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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I’m weird – once the middle of October hits, I’m ready for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween! I just can’t help but sing Christmas songs and drink egg nog. This book put me in the perfect mood.

Thank you Crown Publishing and Broadway Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Picture seeing the man of your dreams, the love of your life, through a fogged-up bus window and you can’t leave to meet him. You both exchange glances and then spend the next year of your life in search for him. Just before the year is over, you find him, but he’s dating your best friend. What do you do? This book takes place in a span of ten years, begging you to follow along and see if they ever get together in the end.

The best part about this book? It’s great to read all-year round, not just at Christmas! It’s utterly adorable with a perfect ending. All about finding love at first sight. This takes place in a span of ten years which is pretty cool! I wish there was a bit more detail in some of the years, but I understand that the book would be forever long. I still left feeling all warm and cozy with this read.

4/5 Stars

Tough Truths: The Ten Happiness Lessons We Don’t Walk to Talk About by Deirdre Maloney

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We are always searching for happiness no matter where we go. I think we, as a society, have a few misunderstandings as to how we can achieve that happiness to really benefit our own lives. In comes Deirdre Maloney with a great book talking about how to achieve the happiness we deserve.

Thank you to Get Red PR and Business Soultions Press for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

This book couldn’t have come at a better time. Deirdre shares 10 lessons to happiness in this book and they are raw and very real. True happiness doesn’t have to be an illusion. It doesn’t have to be glitter and sunshine. One of my favorite lessons she shares is that happy people are brave as hell. It’s true! She brings up topics in this book that are relevant to how we, as a society, feel today and that we have the power to change things for the better. It’s a short, sweet, to-the-point, and very thought provoking book that I think everyone should take the time to read. Yes, it may be easier said than done, but taking one step at a time through the guidance this book provides can really give you the boost you need. I was very quick to share this with all my friends and family and encourage you to do so as well.

4/5 Stars

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

I’m a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, so I obviously had to get my hands on this book after I heard it was based off of the book-turned-movie Rebecca.

A young woman is working for a boat company when she runs into Max Winters, a famous New York Senator. They spend time together which soon leads into a whisking romance with a quick engagement. Meanwhile, Dani, Max’s teenage daughter, is having a hard time getting over the death of her mother, Max’s first wife Rebekah. You would almost think that Rebekah was still around. What happened to Rebekah? Will the young woman ever feel like she belongs in her new family?

It’s a little slow to start in my opinion (I had to push myself along at first, not going to lie), but enjoyed this modern take on the classic regardless. The plot was well done and worth the read if you’re a Rebecca fan. It’s just a little longer than it needed to be. On the other hand, I’m absolutely in love with the cover! I don’t think I could find myself reading this one again. I’d rather read Rebecca, honestly.

3/5 Stars

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

CaptureI’m not going to lie…my first reason for picking up this book was that my daughter’s name is Hazel. No shame there! I also have never read a book by Christina Lauren (two writers, both their first name).

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

Josh and Hazel have had multiple encounters in college. Honestly, every encounter they’ve had has been quite awkward. Both think highly of each other’s looks, but the personalities just don’t seem to clash. Flash forward a few years when Hazel finds out that her adult best friend Emily is Josh’s sister. Now they’re interacting again and things  still seem to be the same, but is their relationship coming together just at the right time for the two of them? Are they just better off as friends or not interacting with each other at all?

This was such a lovely read. I freaking loved these characters so so much! I wish I was in their friend group. It’s fun, flirty, adventerous, and has the most perfect ending. Hazel and Josh just work so well together in terms of their interactions with one another. It’s so cute and awkward, I love it! This is a wonderful contemporary romance novel that is not over the top in the slightest. I’m basically running out today and getting all of their other books now.

4.5/5 Stars

 

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

Fall has arrived, and I’m more than excited for it. I had to get a head start on my October reads because I’m way too thrilled about them to wait any longer. This read was no exception!

Thank you Berkley Publishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for my review.

This novel has two stories taking place at once that eventually weave together. One story is about a little girl named Hannah. Something is not right with Hannah. She loves to harm people with a smile on her face. What’s her story? Why is she the way she is? The other story is about Clara and Luke. Their relationship seems to be solid, but Luke suddenly goes missing one day. Turns out, Luke’s life story is full of lies. Where is Luke? Can Clara find him? Is she willing to forgive his past? Read to find out how these two stories link together – it’s nothing you could ever predict!

THIS IS AMAZING! I’m usually not a fan of multiple story lines at once, but this was phenomenal! This may be my favorite read this year (tied close with The Woman in the Window). The twists and turns were so shocking. I really enjoy a story that is completely unpredictable. My jaw dropped over and over again. I’ll be honest, parts of the story are a bit creepy (Hannah is a freaking mess!). That made this story all the better. It’s a perfect October read. This story is unforgetable. The ending is even more so! I would LOVE to chat about the ending with those who have read it already. WOW.

5/5 Stars

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

You’ve got a surprise in the mailbox and it’s a book you’ve been so excited to read! You:

A. Jump for joy and begin reading it immediately.

B. Hide away in your room and don’t come out until your finished reading it.

C. All of the above 😍

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

Past decisions that Ali’s dad has made things quite hard for her and her mom. Now that he’s passed and left Ali and her mom in a lot of debt, it’s time to figure out what to do. Then comes another surprise – Ali’s dad’s car in mint condition. She puts it up on Craig’s List and someone wants it for a great amount of cash. Ali’s willing to drive the 5 hours to sell it, problem is she can’t drive stick. In comes Ali’s ex-boyfriend. He’s willing to help, but is she willing to survive the trip with all the baggage they’ve left for each other?

This book keeps you coming back for more, over and over again! The book references the past multiple times and leaves cliff hangers throughout. Why did her dad leave? What was in Nico’s glovebox that’s driving Ali so crazy? There’s tons of little references like this….Doesn’t make sense to you now, but you’ve just gotta find out for yourself! I felt like I had this uneasy stomach reading it because I felt for Ali so much. She was making such a huge decision to drive so far with her ex just to help her family out. Oh, the anxiety! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Honestly, it was everything in me to not read the last chapter of the book to find my missing answers I so desperately needed. It does remind me of other romance adventure novels, but it was still a very loved book by me.

4/5 Stars