All The Bad Apples || Review

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Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Published on: August 27th 2019

Number of Pages: 320

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: Borrowed from my public library

Where can you get it?

Again I do not make any money off of these links. These are just to make it easier for y’all.

Book Depository: $9.20

Books-A-Million:

Amazon: $13.49

Barnes and Noble: $14.39

The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’

When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

At the time of me writing this, it has actually been about a week or two since I read the book so I am kind of sparse on details. I remember really liking it and I read through it pretty quickly. I really like the supporting characters more than the main ones but sometimes that happens and that’s okay.

I did really like the story and how it focused a lot on things that families might decide make you the “bad apple” or “odd one out” like pregnancy out of wedlock and being part of the LGBT community. I also liked the magical realism that this book had. I didn’t think that was something I would like and while it does sometimes make books harder to read, it really brings something extra as well.

Not Hungry || A mini ARC review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Publisher:  West 44 Books

Genres: Poetry, Teen & YA

Number of Pages: 200

Release Date: August 1st 2019

June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn’t eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June’s secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.

I was excited to read this book but for me, it being in verse form really took a lot away from the story. I felt like a lot things were glossed over (IE her mom, the relationship with Toby, Recovery). This would have been a great story if it was longer or not in verse form. I’m not even sure what Toby’s lie was? It just really fell flat for me.

Dare to Be You || An ARC review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Author: Marianne Schnall

Publisher: Tiller Press

Genre/s: Nonfiction, Teen & YA

Number of Pages: 208

Release Date: October 22nd 2019

Today, it is more important than ever that girls have the courage to be themselves. But societal pressures continue to push girls to conform—to look, think, and act a certain way despite their individuality.

From her most thought-provoking interviews with such influential role models as Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Sheryl Sandberg, Luvvie Ajayi, Arianna Huffington, Brittany Packnett, Natalie Portman, Stacey Abrams, and more, award-winning journalist Marianne Schnall brings together the most inspiring, captivating, and rousing quotes to shed light on the many ways girls can empower themselves. Representing a diverse group of women’s voices—from actresses, comedians, and musicians, to business leaders, elected officials, activists, and Nobel laureates—these words speak to a wide array of issues that young women are facing every day.

Dare to Be You is both rallying and uplifting, and is a valuable resource that conveys a timely and important message: When girls dare to be themselves—when they are fearless leaders, speak their truth, and believe in their dreams—they can truly change the world.

Did y’all ever read the Chicken Soup books? This book reminds me a lot of those books which I used to devour as a kid/young teen. This was just like that but without the longer stories. It was a quick read but I could understand how younger girls could gain from this. I think I am out of the age range that would best benefit from this book. I would recommend this for girls in middle school or early high school. It’s not bad in any means and the quotes/short stories from the women who shared are important for young girls to hear.

If Only I Could Tell You || An ARC review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Author: Hannah Beckerman

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genre/s: Women’s fiction

Number of pages: 368

Release date: October 15th 2019

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other? 

All and all, this book was incredibly sad. Audrey has cancer and doesn’t seem to be getting better and her daughters are estranged for reasons Audrey doesn’t know. The relationship between Audrey and her granddaughters was what touched me the most.

In this book there were a lot of secrets. It definitely kept me on my toes with what was going on. For the first third of this book, I felt pretty confused about who was who and what was going on that had pulled the sisters apart. When they introduce the main conflict and what was behind the bedroom door, I was shocked. It almost felt like a suspense book since there are so many different sides to the story and everything is only revealed near the end of the book.

The conflict of this story centers around each person trying to protect one or more of the other characters but because of this, multiple misunderstandings occur which ultimately break the family apart. I think that everyone had their reasons for what they did and I don’t really blame any of them for making the choices they did. They all thought they were doing what was best.

This is the second book about cancer that I have read this month and honestly, I need a break. They are all so sad and heartbreaking. I hope to read some more upbeat books later this month.

I Wanted You to Know || An ARC Review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Publisher: Agora Books

Genres: General Adult Fiction, Womens Fiction

Number of pages: 240

Release date: October 3rd 2019

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a true love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us.

This book was really sad! I was glad I had things to do in between reading this book because I would get teary eyed. It hurt so bad to know that Jess wasn’t going to get better. I kept hoping and hoping that something would happen but it never did.

One of my favorite things about this book was the unconventional family that they had. As soon as Jess told Gemma she was sick, Gemma really stepped up to help. She was constantly over watching with Edie or helping Jess get to her appointments or get things in order.

One thing I hated in this book was Jess’s mom. She grated my nerves so much. At one point she does something that I could not believe and I was furious. It feels like it gets swept under the rug and I am still fuming about it.

All and all, I would give this one three stars!

Here are some links on Breast Cancer that I was able to research.

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-myths/

Have you read or heard of this book? Let me know if you plan to check it out!

A Wedding in December || An ARC Review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HARLEQUIN – Romance (U.S. & Canada)

Genre/s: Romance, Women’s fiction

Number of pages: My arc was 268 but Goodreads says 384. That’s happening a lot and I’m not sure why?

Release date: Comes out September 24th 2019 (Today)

This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget! 

This may include spoilers!

When I requested this book I had two things on my mind. One, the cover was breathtaking and two, I need material for a post I am planning for November. The last few books I had received from Netgalley were a bust so I was hoping this would be shake what I was afraid would become a book slump.

That’s exactly what it did. A Wedding in December made me so happy. I constantly fluctuate on how I feel about Christmas but this book left me with all warm feelings about the upcoming holiday season. I want to pull out my tree and start decorating. I want to curl up with hot chocolate and start this book over again.

Some of the things that I loved about this book was how Christmas wasn’t spent the way the family is used to but as the book went on they realized it was only important that they were together. I shipped all of the couples in this book which really took me by surprise! Lately romance has been turning me off and I haven’t be into any couples in the books I’ve been reading. To suddenly adore three couples was a welcome surprise.

My favorite couple was probably Nick and Maggie. Seeing that romance respark between them was so incredibly sweet. I think me in a bad mood would have rolled her eyes and groaned but as I was reading this, I was cheesing the whole time. Nick clearly still loved and cared for Maggie. He came over to help her book her flight knowing she was afraid and went along with her plan to hide their divorce from the girls. He was probably my favorite character after Rosie.

I don’t even know how to put into words why I loved Rosie so much. I just did. I wanted to jump inside of the book and become her friend. She stole my heart without pause and honestly she can keep it.

The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in this book was the constant “are you sure?” from Rosie’s mom and sister. Of course someone is going to start doubting anything they are doing if two people close to them are constantly saying they think it’s a mistake. Katie, especially, got on my nerves at times but most pessimistic people do.

This book was great and if you are looking to get into a christmas mood, I definitely would say pick it up!

Do you have a favorite holiday themed book? If so, what is it?

Fire On High || A book review

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Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Bought, borrowed or ARC: Borrowed from my public library

Number of pages: 388

Where can you get it?

Amazon: $8.99

Books A Million: $10.79

Barnes and Noble: $11.69

Book depository: $13.36

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

This book covers a lot of serious topics such as

  • Teen pregnancy
  • Unstable parenting
  • Talk of custody of a child
  • Poverty
  • Race/ blended race

However, none of these topics felt too heavy to handle. They blended into the story in a understandable way but the story also kept some strong and lighthearted elements that balanced them out. The book also focused on a strong female lead which I loved and her relationship with her daughter and grandmother. I loved that it was never “Babygirl ruined Emoni’s life, only “Babygirl changed her plans.” The cover of this book is breathtaking and the hardback has a special surprise under the dust cover that I adored. I really liked the writing style as well and I hope to read more by Elizabeth Acevedo soon.

I rated this book really high even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Emoni and her new boyfriend but that was mainly because I was hoping the book would focus on a young single mother. Also at one point in the book her boyfriend just kinda disappears and I was like hello???? What’s going on with that? Maybe

I didn’t like how at one point Emma’s daddy tried to act like he could date or see other people and Emoni couldn’t, even though they weren’t a couple and I am so freaking glad that our girl put him in his place cause I was about to fight.

So many people have read this book so have you? What did y’all think of this book if you read this?