November Wrap Up

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Not as many books covered this month as I had hoped but still so many amazing reads! Anyone else catch the Gilmore Girls Revival? I must admit with so many amazing movies (Fantastic Beasts!) and T.V. releases this month I didn’t read nearly as much as I hoped to.

Check out this months book wrap up below…

 

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October Book Wrap Up

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Happy Halloween!! October was a great month for reading and a horrible month for weather. Hurricane Matthew sought to disrupt life here but Floridians are no strangers to the bizarre and downright terrifying thing that is a hurricane. Though it missed Central Florida, where I live, our coastline is rebuilding and the states north of us are still cleaning up the mess. I did manage to read quite a bit while waiting out the storm (yay!) and in between work appointments. Hopefully Florida is in the clear until next hurricane season. Until then….

Keep reading below for my  October book wrap up!

 

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September Book Wrap Up

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I had a set reading list this month, books I definitely wanted to get through before tackling anything new. Of course, that absolutely did not happen! This time of year I turn into a mood reader. Even though Florida is still blazing hot during day light hours, the evenings are slowly cooling down and the usual seasonal thunderstorms leave the air crisp and cool more often than not. I read quite a few really great books this monthand finally start Empire of Storms!

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Book Review: The Serpent King

 

The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner (5 out of 5 Stars)

People live quiet lives and that’s okay. There’s dignity in that, no matter what you may think.

This book is both beautiful and haunting. It was part of the March Writer’s Block Box from OwlCrate. I honestly cannot believe it took me so long to read it. I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish this since I simply could not stop reading.

It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. The writing is powerful and the characters are so real it hurts. This coming of age story is set in small town Forrestville, Tennessee, population 4,237. It alternates views among three main characters. We have sassmaster Lydia, a blogger and “internet-famous” girl who is set on leaving behind Forrestville after graduation. Travis, the gentle giant with a love of Bloodfall (a high fantasy book series) who wears black and his dragon pendant all day, everyday. Then there is Dill, Dillard Early Jr., the son of a signs preacher who has been in jail for the past 3 years after getting caught with child pornography. An unlikely group of friends bonded in their outcast status.

I, personally have been through a lot this year (I live in Orlando, FL and we have seen some horrendous things this summer), and the timing of this book is perfection. It deals with so many issues, and handles them well. Dill’s struggle with faith and his family’s expectations for him resonate with me so much. I choose to walk a different path than what my parents set for me and the fall out was hard to come to terms with for awhile. I simply adore Travis’s fierce loyalty to his friends and his completely amazing sense of self. He finally learns to not be afraid of who he is and embraces that fully. Lydia’s drive and ambition is beautiful, her love and desire to see her friends happy and have only the best is what I wish for my daughter.

I fell in love with these kids. Their personal struggles with depression, school, family and faith made them all the more tangible. I couldn’t help but hope they escaped Forrestville and the small town oppression. It was amazing to see them learn from each other and celebrate each other’s strengths in a place that offered nothing but people who are there to tear you down. It was a nice change to read about friends who believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself.

This book also broke my heart. I was moved to tears. I never expected to love these characters as I do. It reminds me to be brave in the face of adversity, to have hope and believe in the strength of my friendships, as Lydia would quote “If you do not like the road you’re walking, pave another one.” 

Overall a beautiful debut book. This is one of my favourite reads for 2016 and I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to dig into his next novel Goodbye Days, set for release in Spring 2017.

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August Book Wrap Up

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After wallowing through The Raven Cycle (4 Book Series) through most of the summer, I fell into a reading slump. I wasn’t ready to leave the magical residence of Cabeswater and Henrietta, VA. With a growing to be read pile and summer activities a-plenty scheduled, I knew I had to get out of this book hangover and fast.

The cure for any book hangover is absolutely an R.S. Grey novel. If you read my April Wrap up , you already know how much I love R.S. GREY! Her books are the right amount of spicy, hilarious and heart warming. Along with the latest R.S. Grey novel, I dove straight into the fantasy genre tackling the very wonderful Sarah J Maas books A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses). Along with an amazing author and bookstagrammer, James Fahy and his glorious read
Isle of Winds (The Changeling Series) (Volume 1). I also finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script. 5 books in one month is some kind of record considering my slow pace this summer. Keeping reading for my overview on all these great books!

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Book Review: Anna and The French Kiss

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?



This book completely caught me by surprise. It is incredibly lovely.

Anna is a very real and relatable. I adore her spunk! Her father decides to send her to the School of America in Paris, France her senior year and this turns her entire world upside down. She leaves behind her mother and brother in Atlanta, Georgia, her best friend Bridgette and the cute co-worker Toph at the movie theater. Paris, is intimidating at first. She doesn’t know anyone at school, she doesn’t know the language and it’s her first time being on her own. She befriends her neighbour in the dorms, Meredith and is quickly accepted into her little group of friends. As much as this story is about Anna and her growing up and beginning to find herself, it’s also about a first love and the craziness that comes along with it.

Etienne St. Clair is that boy everyone knows, everyone loves (and those that don’t love him are just plain envious), with his easy smile and endless charm. He is the boy off limits as he already has a girlfriend. But there is no denying the mutual growing attraction between himself and Anna. As she finds her way through this incredible experience of living in Paris, the city of love, I was drawn along with her. It’s their journey to each other that’s amazing. Navigating the high school drama and real life problems that come up, becoming best friends and finding themselves in love with each other that just completely had me rooting for them both by the end of the story.

Who hasn’t been there at some point in life? Where miscommunication and timing just didn’t seem to be in the right place?

This book left me feeling giddy and hopeful and I loved every minute of it.

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Book Review: Maybe Someday

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.



I finally see what all the fuss is about concerning Colleen Hoover books! I absolutely love this book, Ridge and Maggie, Sydney, Warren and the songs…. It’s just amazing! I was pulled into this story completely and pretty much read it in one night.

I love that Sydney and Ridge found a growing friendship through music and that it opened them both up to each other. Sydney learning about Ridge’s past through the music and asking questions no one else really addressed his way was a great way to tell us about his past. I still cannot believe that they connected so deeply so quickly. Those types of relationships are so rare. It was heartbreaking how much they both care about Maggie and doing things the right way even though the heart wants what it wants.

Maggie was an amazing character and she brought a depth to Ridge and Sydney’s growing attraction that most “love triangles” are missing. It was all very very real. I did enjoy that Ridge and Sydney were so open with each other even though that openness did come back to haunt them.

Overall a great read. Definitely something I want to read again. The music in the book is available to listen to while reading and that was an EXCELLENT addition. I actually bought the album because I love it and it feels like I have a bit of Sydney and Ridge with me.

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Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

A BRILLIANT DEBUT MYSTERY IN A CLASSIC VEIN: DETECTIVE CORMORAN STRIKE INVESTIGATES A SUPERMODEL’S SUICIDE.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.



I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I was trying not too expect too much. Like most Potter fans I do miss the series and new book releases pertaining to that incredible world J.K. Rowling has created. I knew, going into this book, it was not going to be at all the same.

Boy was I wrong. Each Potter book is essentially a who-done-it mystery and that is one thing J.K. Rowling does exceptionally well.

Her cast of characters are equal parts funny and heart breaking, villainous and down right human. Cormoran Strike is rather unique individual. Handicapped from the war and a retired army man, he is struggling to keep his business afloat while dealing with a high strung ex-fiance. Cormoran is hired to investigate the high-profile death of a super model. While delving into the family’s complicated and sordid past he must dodge the drama, rumors and paparazzi.

I really enjoyed the build up, I loved reading his interviews and seeing a little bit more into how his mind works. I especially adore his secretary Robin and would LOVE to see more of her in the next book. I can’t wait to see where this series goes. It definitely reminds of my Agatha Christie obsession when I was younger! An over all great read.

Recommended to: Anyone who loves a great mystery/thriller.

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