Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

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  • Title: Don’t You Cry
  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Genre: Psychological thriller
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2016
  • Format: eARC from netgalley

From Goodreads:

“In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.”

My Review:

I loved The Good Girl.. so when I came across this book on netgalley I put in a request for an eARC because I MUST HAVE IT. The reviews for Don’t You Cry on Goodreads are all pretty positive. Based on my previous Kubica read and the positive reviews – I had high expectations for this book.

Unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. There were parts/aspects of the book that I enjoyed and other parts that I didn’t enjoy.  I liked the side-by-side storylines of two very different characters that came together in the end to reveal a somewhat-shocking ending. It is only “somewhat” shocking because I definitely didn’t guess that this was how the story would end but I wasn’t blown away by the reveal either. My biggest beef with this book was how slow it moved (at least to me..) I was never on the edge of my seat.. I sometimes found myself bored. AND Quinn kind of got on my nerves. Her naiveté got a lot of eye rolls. She seemed quite dumbed-down for someone her age. On the other hand,  Alex was great. I found myself much more interested in his storyline.

All in all – This was a decent read. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy this genre.. but it isn’t the best I have read. I’ve heard AH-MAZING things about Pretty Baby and plan on reading it soon (and I hope it doesn’t disappoint!)

What did you think of this book?

Rating: 3/5

Free Time Fridays (Mar 4)

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it!! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

My Free time:

 

Weekend Plans

Happy Friday! I am at work for the day.. counting down the hours until tomorrow morning when I will be heading to the lovely Montreal to celebrate the husbands birthday! CANNOT WAIT! We will be dining at our favourite restaurant (L’usine de spaghetti) and shopping in Old Montreal. Always loads of fun ❤

Life

Life is busy with work. I am still trying to adjust to the evening shifts. I don’t think my body will ever get used to it. I am loving this contract though and will be sad when it ends.

Reading

I am slowly getting back in to my reading groove. It’s been SO long. On top of that – I am reviewing again! This makes me so happy. I have had zero interest in reviewing books over the past couple of years so this is a big deal. I think Goodreads has helped. I had to switch over from Shelfari (damn you for closing) and people are way more active on GR. I love browsing reviews on there.. and it has inspired a couple of my own!

 

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I scored an eARC of Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider. I enjoyed it! Check out my review.

I am currently reading another eARC – Don’t you cry by Mary Kubica. Hoping to get that finished and reviewed soon!

I also found time to review All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. Another fun read!

 

 

 

On top of the reading – there was some shopping! I picked up a few books at a local thrift store. Made out with some awesome titles.

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AND I keep adding more and more to my TBR pile. Ugh.. this is an addiction. Seriously.

Television

Most of you probably did the same thing: binged watched Fuller House! Oh man, so many childhood memories. It was good. Not great.. but entertaining. Tried too hard to be funny that it ended up being kind of lame. However, seeing the old characters grown up was awesome. P.s. Are the Tanners cursed? Both Danny and DJ lost a spouse?? How crazy!

The end

Hope you had a great week full of books and funtimes. Happy Reading!

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xox

Shannon

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Booking Through Thursday – Multiples

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Do you own multiple copies of any books? Why? Is it the format? Size? Just because you love it?

There are a few books that I own multiple copies of for various reasons: I forgot I already owned it, I loved more than one edition so I had to purchase both, combined both mine and my husbands books, and gifted books already in my collection. 1984 by George Orwell is one of the books I purposely purchased two copies of because I loved both covers! AND I was gifted a hardcover edition too! SO I have 3 copies. #crazyobsessed

 

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

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  • Title: All Lined Up
  • Author: Cora Carmack
  • Genre: New Adult Romance
  • Publication Date: May 2014
  • Format: Paperback – my copy

From Goodreads:

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.”

My Review:

This is one of my first introductions to NA (New Adult) books.

This book has all the things I love about young adult books BUT with an age increase: cute boys, finding yourself, friendships, drama, etc.

What I love about this book:
*Well.. the story is super hot. The romance scenes are VERY passionate. There is so much chemistry between Dallas and Carson you can FEEL it.
*Even though I know next to nothing about football (and thinking this was going to be an issue with liking the story) there is just enough detail about football to believe and care about the sport without feeling lost.
*I love college! I love stories set in college. So this is an automatic attraction.
*Most Importantly: Carson is great! Like all-around-good-guy but still managing to stay interesting (and hot!)

My beef with the book:
It almost seems a little too young. Not enough ADULT for me. The drama is somewhat juvenile.. straight out of high school. I wish the story was a little more mature. I guess that has more to do with my age than the book though.

Overall:
All Lined Up is an enjoyable book. It is entertaining, steamy, hot HOT hot, and loads of fun. I definitely want to read the next book in the Rusk University series!

Rating: 3.5/5

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

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  • Title: Summer of Sloane
  • Author: Erin L. Schneider
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Expected Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
  • Format: eARC from netgalley

From Goodreads:

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

There are parts of this book that I really enjoyed and parts that I didn’t. So I thought it would be easier to break it up in to the two sections..

I Liked:

I enjoyed how fun this book was! Ok – the starting wasn’t fun BUT setting it in Hawaii with hot boys, swimming, surfing, and beach hangouts made it fun! A great summer read.. it really sets the mood! It had a typical YA storyline – love lost leads to new love found – and I surprisingly didn’t find it boring considering. However, it wasn’t anything special either. It entertained enough that I kept wanting to pick it up and find out how it ends!

I Didn’t Like:

I disliked that it started off with the betrayal. Without any interaction between Mick and Mack as BFFs I had a hard time believing their friendship. Even with the reminiscing I couldn’t believe that it was that great because I couldn’t “see” it with my own eyes. Perhaps a few hangouts before the reveal would’ve been better. That could just be a personal preference though. Also, WHAT IS WITH THESE PARENTS? It’s like they don’t want to actually be parents so they indulge their kids and allow them to drink and party without caring. That really bothered me. I get that they are all around 17.. and 17-year-olds party BUT it doesn’t mean you have to act blindly to it or encourage it. The story had its share of drama but it wasn’t anything new or surprising with this genre. Misinterpreting things, overreacting, so self-centered you can’t see how it is affecting someone else, etc. It would be nice if something threw a curve in the typical plot course for this type of book..

Overall:

Although it doesn’t present anything new to this genre I did end up enjoying it! It was a fun non-serious book that allowed me to get lost in it pretty easily. I so want to visit Hawaii now!!

Rating 3.5/5

Free Time Fridays (Jan 29)

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it!! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

My Free time:

Where have I been?? I have so much to catch up on!

Christmas: My Christmas was great! I received so many aaaaaamazing gifts! Books, jewelry, clothes, and lots lots more. My only complaint – the whole “no snow” thing. It didn’t feel super Christmasy without snow.

Here are a few of the new books! I still need to get pics of the others (Like HP Illustrated!! omg)

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New Years: My Husband and I got to start off the new year with bad colds. We are still suffering an annoying cough but feeling much better!! Being sick sucks. And poor pup was sick too after xmas. Nasty bug going around!

Work: I left my contract in information management for a full-time contract as a Library Technician! I started last week and already love it. I am here until the end of the semester. Woohoo!

I hope to get this blog back up and running now that I am free from germs and whatnot haha. Have a great weekend!

xox

Shannon

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Waiting on Wednesday (Aug 13)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

So..What am I waiting for?

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From Chapters: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland – the infamous Queen of Hearts – she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen .
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to defineher own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Release date: November 8, 2016

Why am I waiting on this book?

Marissa Meyer’s books are super addictive. I love love love the Cinder series! I dig the spin she put on the classic fairy tale – super imaginative. I cannot wait to see how she played this one.

What are you waiting on?!

Teaser Tuesday (Jan 26)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

“They were definitely waiting for me. The Magpies: beautiful, vicious birds known for pecking people’s eyes out. “

  • Title: Reconstructing Amelia
  • Author: Kimberly McCreight
  • Page: 60

Your turn!