Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman 

Hi everyone! This week is spring break so I’ll try to get a lot of reading done. In the meantime, here’s another book review. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the authors or an honest review. This will not effect my review. 

Goodreads summary: A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do. 

Rating: 8/10

Although I am not a big fan of Historical Fiction, I really enjoyed this book. The concept is wonderful yet heartbreaking. The character development of both Betsy and her family was well done. It was interesting to read about her working as a candy-stripper with veterans from the war and was very well written. The whole story was superb even if I had a hard time getting into the story on the first few chapters. Nevertheless, it didn’t destroy the story. Overall, I thought the plot and story were interesting and well written, the characters were well written and the book kept my attention. 

Recommend: Historical Fiction Readers

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I read this book in three hours and I am still extremely emotional

Goodreads Summary:  The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Rating: 11/10

I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down. It was absolutely heartbreaking. The artwork is BEAUTIFUL. The drawings are super powerful and dark and alongside the text, they give the book a sense of unease. I really loved the beautiful and poetic writing. The writing was gorgeous. However, The monster  had to be my favorite character. He is so intelligent and kind and powerful and beautiful and loving. But there is also Conor. I just wanted to hug him. I just wanted to let him know that I loved him. This was a SAD book. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I’ve never read about before. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. 

Recommend: EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. 

BOOK HAUL!!!😍😍😍

I recently bought five books on amazon and they finally came in today!!!

Disclaimer: I bought all of these books with my own money. None of them were sent to me. 

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick NessBook Description: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Reasoning: I really liked the cover of the book and the description sounded interesting. 

2. The Love that Split the World by Emily HenryBook Description: Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau. 

Reasoning: I’ve heard great things about this book so I decided to try it out for myself. 

3. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen GlasgowBook Description: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. 

Reasoning: It was a recommendation from a friend. 

4. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy Book Description: What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission. Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

Reasoning: I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile but have never gotten around to it. 

5. Milk and Honey by Rupi KaurBook Description: Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Reasoning: I love poetry and when I heard everyone talking about this book I knew I had to get it. 

Have you read any of these?Are any of these on your TBR?

Confessions of a Kleptomaniac by Jessica Sorensen

Bonjour amoureux! Hope you’re all having a marvelous day. Here is another book review for you. 😘

Goodreads Summary: Luna::Everyone thinks I’m a good girl, but I have a dark secret. I’m a kleptomaniac. For years, I’ve managed to keep my secret from everyone until I slip up and almost get caught. Fortunately, Grey Sawyer steps in and saves me from getting into trouble. Grey Sawyer is one of the most popular guys in school and hasn’t always been nice to me. While I’m grateful he helped me out, I worry he’ll tell everyone my secret and my good girl reputation will be ruined. 

Grey::I understand Luna’s situation more than she realizes because I have a secret of my own. One I desperately want to tell her. But with our rocky past, I know I’ll have to get her to trust me first and show her I’m not the guy I used to be.

Rating: 9/10

I must admit was really surprised by this book in a very good way. This book had a unique feel to it. I liked the twist that came to light towards the end. I enjoyed this one! Overall, this was a great read. 

Recommend: YES!

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Bonjour à tous! Hope you are all having a lovely day. Here’s a review on a book I recently finished. 

Goodreads Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved? 

Rating: 7/10

The beginning of this book was very promising but as I kept reading it started to drag and become repetitive. Everything was stereotypical. The romance was cliche. The plot was predictable and ordinary. This book had so much potential but the stereotypes and predictability ruined the experience. 

Recommendation: NOT. WORTH. IT. 

The Cellar (The Cellar #1) by Natasha Preston

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day. Here’s my book review.

Goodreads Summary: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

Rating: 7/10

This book had so much potential, although at the end I completely lost interest. First of all, the relationship between the main character, Summer, and her boyfriend, Lewis, is completely sappy and unreal. Also, the story ended abruptly. The tension was building, and all of the sudden it was very choppy and pieces were missing. It was all so confusing and such a mess at the end. There was also no real backstory for the other characters. I wish the author would have told us more about Clover and the relationship with his mom which lead to his desire for the perfect family. I would have also liked to known more about Rose and Poppy as well. Again, there was a lot of potential for this story, but it seemed rushed and not very well-thought out by the end. Also, there were several typos, as well as a lot of unanswered questions that could easily have been addressed.

I would recommend passing on this book.

Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry

Hello everyone! Hope your having a marvelous day. I just finished this book so here’s my review 😁

Goodreads Summary: Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Rating: 10/10

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up SLATED, other than the fact that the cover and synopsis sucked me right in. But I can say this, It greatly exceeded my expectations: suspense, mind-bending mystery, romance, and just the right amount of science fiction. The mystery…the relationship between Kyla and Ben, the gorgeously descriptive writing, and the awesome ending. The ending has a heart-wrenching, amazingly shocking twist, and that’s another reason I love it.

Recommend: YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK.

The Program (The Program, #1) by Suzanne Young

Hi guys, I hope you’re having a great day. I recently finished this book so here’s my review. 🙂

Goodreads Summary: In this dystopian romance, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane and her friends struggle with depression from which the only release is death or The Program. Every day the teens pretend that they’re not “infected” in order to avoid being seized by The Program. This government-sanctioned treatment returns high schoolers to the community after stripping them of their memories and making them vacant versions of their former selves. But despite everything, it’s getting harder for them to hide the truth. They are growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Rating: 10/10 (I’ll have to read the rest of the series to decide if it becomes a favorite😉)

I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK TO DEATH! It had me hooked from the very beginning. ‪It made me laugh, cry, and smile. With plot twists around every corner, it kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON THE SEQUEAL, The Treatment! This book did use profanity and had some sexual content, but not enough to make it awkward or uncomfortable.

Recommend: DEFINITELY, 100%. Especially for lovers of dystopian romance.

Born This Way: Friends, Colleagues, and Coworkers Recall Gia Carangi, the Supermodel Who Defined an Era by Sacha Lanvin Baumann

Hey guys, this is the first book review I’ve ever written so it might be a bit crappy. But if you’ll be patient with me, I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it soon enough. 😉

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Goodreads Summary: At barely the age of 18, Gia Carangi had already landed a contract with one of the most prestigious modeling agencies in the world. Blessed with a magnetic beauty and a unique personality, she reached the peak of success in only a few months. For all intents and purposes, Gia’s life quickly became a fairy tale—or so it seemed. In only a few years, Gia’s destiny was complicated by unscrupulous individuals and her inability to manage her cataclysmic success. Once on that road, the legendary model began a decline that led to her tragic end. Born This Way brings to light stories and unusual memories of Gia, offering new perspectives on her life, career, and personality.

Rating: 8/10

This book does a very admirable job of covering just about every aspect of Gia’s life, including both the good and the bad. It gives a very straightforward and honest look into her life. It was well written but at times the interviews would overlap and say the same thing which made it boring. I enjoyed reading about a supermodel and realizing there’s more to it than just beauty.