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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die | Spoiler Free Book Review

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4.5 stars

 

⇐   SYNOPSIS  ⇒

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

 

⇐   MY THOUGHTS  ⇒

I read The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry and it was just alright. I expected this book to be about the same, but this one completely blew that one out of the water. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I literally could not put it down until I finished the book. I honestly don’t think I’ve sat down and read a book start to finish at once in a really long time, if not ever.

Cady is easily one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever read. She has no memories, no idea where she is, or why she’s there and yet she still manages to kick the guy’s ass that tries to kill her. It does crack me up that her first instinct after escaping almost being killed is to go to McDonald’s. But I guess if you’re hungry enough, food is hard to get off the mind.

Ty is super lovable. I don’t really consider book characters as “crushes,” but if I did, Ty would definitely be one of them. Seriously, how many people will rescue a girl they just met, believe that she isn’t crazy, and bring her home so she has a place to sleep and food to eat. He barely even thinks twice about helping her even if it puts him in danger too.

The ending really threw me. While I hardly ever think of the plot twists before it happens, this one definitely caught me off guard. I never expected or had even the slightest inkling of where the story went, but I am glad that it went there. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because of how easily the mystery was to solve for the characters. Every single thing they did led them closer, gave them clues on what was going on and how they could solve it.

The very ending, as in the last couple of chapters, was a little confusing. I felt like there was something missing. The story jumped from one thing to the next without any lead-up or explanation of what was going on. It’s difficult to explain without spoiling anything, but if you’ve read this you know exactly what I’m talking about.

In conclusion… 

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Posted in Reading and Writing, Wrap Ups

June 2018 Wrap Up

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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This was my second Holly Black book and I she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it. The characters were so much fun and the story was both intense and exciting. Full review coming soon. 4 stars

Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohbi and Illustrator Takeshi Obata

This was my second manga and it was a lot of fun. The story is about two boys in high school that decide to team up and become manga writers together. It was so cute and if you are new to manga like me, you should consider this one. 4 stars

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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While I did enjoy this book, it wasn’t until the second half that it really pulled me in. The first book was better than this one in my opinion, but I still really enjoyed it and will pick up the third book soon. You can read the full review of the first book here.  3.5 stars

The Gir l Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

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This book took me by complete surprise. I read another of her books last month and it was just okay, but this one blew that one out of the water. A full review will be on here very soon. 4.5 stars

Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski

This is one of my favorite authors that I completely forgot about over the last couple of years. Every book I’ve read by her I have loved and came across this on Audible and thought to myself that I needed to get that right now. This book was no exception, I LOVED it. I listened to the entire book in one day. 5 stars

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

I listened to this book on my way to and from my dad’s house for the weekend (3 hours each way). This is easily one of my favorite mystery/thrillers I’ve ever read. Trust me, you won’t have to wait long for my review on this book. 5 stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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These books are so much fun. I don’t normally enjoy science fiction books, but these are the exceptions to the rule. I don’t think I enjoy them as much as other people because it’s more difficult for me to get the full story, but I still love reading the unique files and graphics. Can’t wait to finally get to the final book. 3.5 stars

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Where They Found Her | Book Review

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5 stars

 

⇐   SYNOPSIS  ⇒

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.

 

 ⇐   MY THOUGHTS   ⇒

This book was so much more than I expected it to be. I have never read a mystery where there were so many characters and so many storylines and they all were just threaded together so seamlessly. Each character had a role to play and a connection to the main murder they were trying to solve. I can’t even tell you about the characters because there were so many and they all were so complex and unique.

The fact that the murder at the beginning of the book is not the main focus of the novel is very unique from what I’ve read recently. I can’t even explain it because there were so many storylines, but it wasn’t confusing at all, in fact, each storyline added something to the main arc of the book.

There is so much suspense in this novel I felt like I couldn’t breathe a few times. I cried, my heart raced, and I was not able to put it down. The thousands of plot twists that were in this book were each just as impactful as the last. Any little detail I give you could very well spoil you for the entire book. So, I won’t.

If you haven’t read this book, you don’t know what you’re missing. Please, please, please, read this book!

 

In conclusion…

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Writing Struggles

This is just an update for myself to talk about what’s been going on in my life (and writing life in particular) recently.

PUBLICATION OF DEBUT

As many of you probably remember, I scheduled my debut novel to be published on August 4, 2018. While this was really exciting for me, I have decided that Self-Publishing is just not what I want to do. When my first book is published, I want to be able to buy my book off a bookshelf, in my local bookstore. I also want to have an agent that can fight for me on the business side of things (mostly because I have absolutely no knowledge/experience in this).

As a result of this, I am putting my first book on the back burner. I am filing it away so I can move forward to put all my efforts into getting my next book picked up. I may pick it back up in the future, but I am ready to move on for now.

SECOND NOVEL

On a happier note, I am over halfway through writing my second novel. After I have finished I plan on doing one edit run through before I begin querying the novel. I feel more confident in this story because, in my opinion, this one is so much better than the first one. I look forward to seeing what people think when it is ready to be beta read.

FUTURE PLANS

Right now my focus is completely on Project Twins (not the title) and I plan on finishing this before moving onto anything else. However, I do have tentative plans to co-write a book based on Greek Mythology which I am really excited about.

Anyway, that’s all for my update for now. Let me know if you have any questions, I love talking about my books and writing in general.

 

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I have decided that I want to make “Tag Tuesday” a regular thing. So, for today’s post, I am doing the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I did this tag last year around the same time and thought it would be both fun and appropriate (especially considering it is the middle of the year and I am completely freaking out).

1. The best book of the year so far…

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Absolutely LOVED this book (if choosing it for this question didn’t clue you in). Highly, highly, highly recommend this audiobook. The narrator is fantastic. The story is so unique and the characters are very well developed. You can see my full review here.

 

2. The best sequel of the year so far…

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I don’t really have a lot of options for this question since I haven’t read very many sequels, but I decided this would be the best choice. I didn’t enjoy the first half of the book but once I got over halfway through, I was sucked in and finished the end of it in one sitting. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get into the third and final book in the trilogy. You can read the full review of the first book here.

 

3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want to…

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I received this book in an Owlcrate Box and am really disappointed that I haven’t read it yet. I just finished reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get my eyes on this one (that sounded weird).

 

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year…

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I absolutely love Becky Albertalli and while I haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera, I have several of his books on my shelf that I am dying to read. I am interested in seeing how they work together since their writing styles are so different.

 

5. Biggest Disappointment of the Year So Far…

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For those of you who don’t know, this is the second trilogy set in the Mistborn world, 100-something years after the events of the original trilogy. The original Mistborn trilogy is probably my favorite adult fantasy series of all time and I was so excited to read this book. While I didn’t hate it, I just wanted and expected so much more from this story. This book is set in a futuristic wild west with magic and it just wasn’t for me.

 

6. Biggest Surprise of the Year So Far…

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I read The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry and it wasn’t terrible, I gave it 3/5 stars. So, when I read this one I expected it to be about the same, but I have to admit this book sucked me in from the very first page and I finished it in one sitting. If you haven’t read anything by this author or you read another book and didn’t enjoy it as much, I highly recommend giving this one a try. A full review will definitely be coming soon.

 

7. A New Favorite Author…

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While this is the only book I’ve read by this author, I have a hard time believing that I will love his other books as well. I actually had his Unwind series on my bookshelf but unhauled it a while ago and regret that decision immensely.

 

8. New Favorite Character

I am actually going to combine this question with #9 which is New Fictional Crush and that is Rhy from the A Darker Shade of Magic series. Rhy is someone who is loved by everyone, he wants to be a great King, brother, son, boyfriend, friend, etc. I love his attitude and personality. I can’t wait to see how his story ends. I also wouldn’t mind an entire series around him.

 

10. A Book That Made You Cry…

I actually don’t have a book for this one. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, but I also haven’t read any sad books recently. If you have any really good ones you recommend I would love to hear them. I am planning on reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera soon. So, hopefully, I will have an answer for this book next time.

 

11. A Book that Made You Happy…

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This book was so much fun, I laughed so much, the story was so fun, I enjoyed this more than I have anything in a while. I highly recommend the audiobook if you haven’t read it. I listened to the audiobook then went online the same day and ordered a physical copy for my shelves. You can read my full review here.

 

12. The Most Beautiful Book of the Year So Far…

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For this one, I decided to choose a book that both came out this year and I read this year because there are just so many I could choose and it’s hard to narrow it down. Loved this book and love this cover. Beautiful on the inside and out.

 

13. Some Books To Read Before the End of the Year…

I could literally just had a picture of my entire bookshelf and call that my answer to this question. But, I decided to choose two books that if I read nothing else, these two would be the ones I would read. I don’t think I need to say more.

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14. Tag Someone…

I tag EVERYONE because this tag is so much fun and I think everyone should do it. I would love to know your answers to these questions. So, if you do/have done this tag, I would love to know down below in the comments.

 

 

 

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My Signed Books Collection

I was going through all my books the other day and realized that quite a few of them are signed. This isn’t too exciting since most of them were bought signed, but I am still very grateful and fortunate to have some of my favorite books signed by their amazingly wonderful authors. I hope in the future to be able to actually meet these authors in person and get personalized signatures, but until then I will be happy with what I am lucky to have.

 

First are the books I was lucky enough to have personalized or met the author.

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An Average Curse by Rue

Secrets, Lies, and Pies by Lisa Hall

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

 

 

 

Next is all my Owlcrate Editions

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Hearts We Sold by Emily-Lloyd Jones

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

 

 

 

Lastly are all the books I bought or were gifted to me signed.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Nevernight Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Empire of Storms & ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

 

If you have any signed books, which is your favorite and why? Mine is probably Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas because it was the very first book event I ever went to and it was so much fun. I met some awesome people and SJM was awesome. I can’t wait to do it again!

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June TBR

I know this post is really simple and going up a day late but here it is. These are the books I’m currently reading/want to read in June.

Currently Reading:

 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

 

ARCs / Read for Review:

 

Auction Action by Andrew Grey

Fangs for the Holidays by Ana Lee Kennedy

Read and Gone by Allison Brook

 

Library Books:

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

 

Other (you know, in case the rest isn’t enough)

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

 

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May Wrap Up

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J.Maas

Highly Recommend – 5/5 Stars
Full Review

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

So much fun. Loved the audiobook – 5/5 Stars
Full Review

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Second read. Loved the characters and premise – 4/5 Stars
Review to Come

 

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Lots of fun. Loved the audiobook. Highly recommend if you are craving some Percy Jackson.

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Received via Netgalley in exchange for a review. Slow build but awesome climax – 2.5/5 Stars Full Review

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Great characters and action, really fast-paced. 4/5 Stars
Review to come.

Servamp, Vol. 1 by Strike Tanaka

Manga. Enjoyed the art style and the story was interesting – 3/5 Stars

Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Highly enjoyed. One of my favorite authors; didn’t disappoint – 4/5 Stars
Review to come.

A Touch of Magic by Isabelle AdlerIMG_0958

Received from Netgalley for review. Enjoyed the characters most of all. Lots of fun, look forward to more by this author – 3.5/5 Stars
Full Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Took over six months to finish. Would have enjoyed more if read all at once. Still gave it 4.5/5 Stars.
Review to come.

 

 

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A Touch of Magic – Book Chat

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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3.5 stars

⇒    Synopsis    ⇐

After returning to the straight and narrow, Cary Westfield hopes to rebuild his life as a stage magician. Only thing is, the success of his new show is entirely dependent on a strange medallion inherited from his late grandfather—an amulet that holds a rare and inexplicable power to captivate the wearer’s audience.

Ty prides himself on his ability to obtain any item of magical significance—for the right price. When a mysterious client hires him to steal a magical amulet from a neophyte illusionist, he’s sure it will be a quick and easy job, earning him a nice chunk of cash.

As it turns out, nothing is sure when greed and powerful magic are at play. When a mob boss with far-reaching aspirations beats Ty to the snatch, Cary and Ty form an unlikely partnership to get the amulet back. The unexpected spark of attraction between them is a welcome perk, but each man has his own plan for the prize.

All bets are off, however, when it is revealed the magical amulet holds a darker secret than either of them had bargained for.

 

⇒    My Thoughts    ⇐

My favorite part of this book was the two main characters and their relationship with each other. It wasn’t insta-love or even insta-attraction. (Okay, there may have been some insta-attraction). But the point is, this book wasn’t all about the physical. I highly enjoyed watching them get to know each other and work together toward their common goal.

The magic element was really interesting. It was set in our world and what we know, expect there are a few people that can actually use real magic. These people were called sorcerers or sorceresses. Our main protagonists were a basic stage magician that used an artifact he got from his grandfather to enhance his illusions. What he doesn’t know (and what is later revealed) is that he actually has real magic in his blood. The other main protagonist was basically kidnapped as a child and raised by this powerful sorcerer to help him “recover” artifacts/objects for people who pay. While he doesn’t have the ability to use magic himself, he has a very keen sense of seeing magic.

One of my favorite characters was one we don’t meet until the last half of the story. He is a sorcerer that happens to be friends with the non-magic wielding protagonist and agrees to help them steal back the artifact. He is so snarky and full of life that I would love to have him as a friend in real life.

This story is really character driven, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in action. There are several magic battles in this book and it was heart-stopping. If I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: A mob boss steals an artifact and two misfits gain the help of a snarky sorcerer to infiltrate a poker game and steal it back. Of course, there is more to the story than any of them realize until it’s too late.

In Conclusion…

 

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Debut Publication Date

It’s official, my debut novel Dead Emotions has a publication date! I’m so freaking excited, there aren’t enough words in the world to express what I’m feeling right now. It has taken me over two years to get this book where it is today and I’m finally on the countdown to publication.

Dead Emotions is a YA Thriller Dystopian about a girl who is arrested for murder and she has to prove she is innocent before she loses more than just her freedom. I have put so much love and time into this book and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as I did writing it.

The official publication date is set for August 4, 2018. I chose this date because it holds a special place in my heart. My grandfather’s birthday was on August 4th and I owe him so much. This is my way of honoring him and staying connected to his memory.

You can now add Dead Emotions to you “want to read” list on Goodreads. I hope to have it up on Amazon very soon. It will be available for purchase in both ebook and paperback. I also plan on hosting some giveaways closer to the release date. There will also be a brand new cover design coming soon.

Anyway, I know this isn’t a normal post for me but I just had to share my amazing news. I am currently working on my second novel which I am calling #projecttwins. You can stay up to date on my progress via Twitter.

I hope you guys are having a great summer and I’ll see you in my next post!