Saturday, January 25, 2020

Him by Carey Heywood

Him (Him & Her, #1)Him by Carey Heywood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a love story that jumps between present and the past. This is also a love story that does revolve around miscommunication. It was a sweet story, but there was just too much that was driving me crazy.

It has been seven years since Sarah and Will have seen each other. I found it odd that Will is best friends with her brother and was around her family all these years, but Sarah had no idea. Her family has no clue what happened between the two and she just disappeared. It would have been ok if they were around people they were not close too, but this was her family (including the brother who she was really close with as a teen). It just annoyed me.

Sarah was very unlikeable to me. She was stuck in her past and held onto high school way too much. I found myself rolling my eyes so many times.

This one just did not work for me. Will bit his lower lip so many times that again I found myself rolling my eyes and annoyed. I only finished since I was flying through it.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gretchen by Shannon Kirk

GretchenGretchen by Shannon Kirk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will never look at a puzzle the same way again!

I went into this blind and only knew it was going to be a mystery/thriller based on the creepy cover. This one had me hooked from chapter one! I really wanted to know what was happening.

This story is told within three different parts. The author did a great job in part one creating such a creepy atmosphere while really capturing your attention. There were so many times I was screaming in my head for Lucy to run (even when it was just red flags jumping out at you). Part one was looking like a five star read for me.

Part two started to slow down as some secrets start to unravel. Part three is where this one lost me. So much happens, but it was so much slower than what I was expecting. It was so tactical more so than action packed. I just wanted more.

Overall, this story is still crazy and was a wild ride even though the second half just did not do it for me.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

Scars Like WingsScars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You are in control. You can’t change what happened to you, but you can take control of your story.”

This was a story unlike any other I have read. It was an emotional ride with so many amazing messages along the way. This is a story around healing, family, and finding yourself. There were also so many quotes I loved and highlighted while reading this. I noted one in the beginning, and there was another one I wanted to note that occurred during therapy, “use words that give you power instead of strip it away.”

There were certain parts that just hit me harder than others. Every time Ava was on stage and singing, I teared up. It was just powerful moments in her journey that really touched me. The moments with her Aunt and Uncle were also touching. They also lost so much, but are doing whatever they can do for Ava.

Ava is really struggling with her looks, and that might seem like the forefront of her concerns but it really was not. She was fighting with the aftermath of the fire in every part of her life. There was flashbacks of what happened with her family, her recovery, and her internal struggle of losing her parents and cousins. It was all emotional, but not in ball my eyes out pull.

This also tells the story on how we each struggle differently. Ava is very open around her hurt and healing where as Piper acts like she is full of life. You can really tell that Piper was hiding her feelings behind a smile. I actually like this added message to the story, but I am not sure if a younger audience will pick up it.

I would love to see this turned into a Netflix or similar adaptation as I could picture it the whole time I was reading. Overall, I really enjoyed this one.

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