Jaclyn’s Review: The First Word by Isley Robson

The First Word (The Visionaries, #1)The First Word
written by Isley Robson
published by Montlake Romance, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I really liked this book! I thought this was sensitive subject matter since the whole story is about interacting with a child who has autism. I was concerned that the child would be portrayed in a negative or inaccurate light. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author handled the subject matter perfectly.  The story is told from the point of view of an emotionally scarred social worker who is hired to work privately with an autistic child of a wealthy man. There is a backstory that unfolds slowly–painfully slowly. Just when I would think that I couldn’t stomach another vague reference to a past issue, the author finally started to reveal the story. The overall plot was interesting and handled well.

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, this was interesting enough that I would recommend this one. This is definitely for a more mature crowd. There were some spicy scenes, but the real motivation for my age recommendation is the general plot. So much of this book revolves around a parent’s interaction with a child–I think it would be difficult for a younger reader to understand this.

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word.

After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys. But their chemistry can no longer be denied, and their heated affair seems destined for happily ever after. A destiny Andie’s terrified to embrace.

When Andie’s guilt, Rhys’s awkwardness, and the abrupt appearance of an erratic ex threaten to dismantle their delicately blooming relationship, they must decide if love is worth the challenge. Can Andie and Rhys find their way back to each other? Or will the demons of the past simply prove too strong?

 

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Spotlight: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

The Boyfriend SwapThe Boyfriend Swap
written by Meredith Schorr
published by: Henery Press, 2017

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I am currently reading this book and enjoying it! I can’t wait to see how it ends.

About the book – from Goodreads: Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorn and Roses #3)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book? 
What a climax! What an ending! (or is it???) Our heroine is back and better than ever. Our hero is still the greatest hero of all time. The friends, the enemies, the battles–is there anything this book doesn’t have? Every book in this series has gotten progressively better, and I loved the first one! My husband didn’t read these books, but he knows all about them because I couldn’t stop talking about them while reading them. I should have tracked my blood pressure throughout this book. There were a number of times I had to set the book down and take some deep breaths just to get through. I’m a little embarrassed to admit how late I stayed up reading this one, especially when I got to the end of the book.

 

Would I recommend it? I can’t recommend this enough. Loved, loved, LOVED this book and the whole series! Apparently there is another book coming out in 2018 and I’m DYING to get my hands on it! Go read these books and then let me know what you think. I need to discuss/obsess over them with someone other than my husband!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I really wasn’t sure anything could top the first book in this series (A Court of Thorns and Roses). I was WRONG! This book made me question everything I thought I knew. The heroine is broken, the hero turns out to be a monster, the monster turns out to be a hero–what is happening?!?!? I loved the twist in the overall plot, I loved the plot developments throughout the book, I loved the character developments. I can’t gush about this book without ruining the first book . . . you’ll just have to take my word for it that this book is equally amazing.

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, yes, so much yes! I loved the first book. I loved this second book even more. And just wait . . . there’s a third!!!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2015

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Did I enjoy this book? 
Why oh why has the world spent so much time talking about sparkling vampires and whiny heroines when THIS book exists?!?!?!? I haven’t fallen this hard for a book series in a VERY long time. Our heroine Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh) is expertly written. She is everything that I want my daughter to be–strong, smart, loyal, fearless. Tamlin is the brooding dreamboat that you want him to be. Lucian is a phenomenal best friend. I could go on and on. The descriptions of Prythian are magical on their own. Amarantha is the personification of pure evil (think female Voldemort). If I’m being honest, the first half of the book is a little long winded. Just as you are getting to the point of restlessness, the author throws a gigantic curve ball at you and the entire book changes. Wow–just, wow.

(but only because I’m limited to 5)

 
Would I recommend it? So much YES! I want to stop random people on the street and hand out copies of this book. This book claims to be YA, but I would be cautious about the age group. There are some pretty steamy scenes, as well as some violence/gore–and there’s some cursing as well. I still loved this book and cannot wait to reread it!
 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep (Everything We Keep, #1)Everything We Keep 
written by Kerry Lonsdale
published by Lake Union Publishing, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I really liked this book! The book starts with the funeral for Aimee’s fiancé. He died in a tragic accident just a few weeks before they were to be married. The story follows Aimee as she tries to rebuild her life and move on. When she receives some mysterious signs that her fiancé might not actually be dead, she goes on an international spree trying to find proof once and for all. This has all the good stuff from a romance AND a murder mystery. This kept me turning the pages, eager to see what was going to happen next. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved everything!

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I was thrilled when I realized there’s a sequel. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook

The Lucidity ProjectThe Lucidity Project
written by Abbey Campbell Cook
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I liked this book! The premise is a bit unusual, but I like that sort of thing. Our main character, Max, is suffering from depression and the doctors claim they can no longer help her. She goes to a retreat center on an island paradise where the treatment methods are . . . different. I don’t want to explain much more and ruin the plot for you! Max is a completely believable heroine. Though I’ve never suffered from depression, her portrayal seems completely legit. You will definitely keep turning pages to see how this one is going to develop.

My only complaint is that the ending could have been done a little bit better. It was still a good ending, but not as great as the rest of the book. I’m honestly just nitpicking here–it was a good book.

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely. I actually already HAVE recommended it!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads:

The Lucidity Project stirs readers to look at life and their abilities in an exhilarating new way.- — POPSUGAR 

Depression has haunted twenty-five-year-old Max Dorigan her entire life. After years of unsuccessful treatment and a failed suicide attempt, Max agrees to join -The Lucidity Project, – a program at a mysterious health and wellness resort in the Caribbean–where, she soon finds, the people are just as troubled as she is, only in a different way. They claim to have psychic powers. They claim they can see ghosts. They claim Max is one of them. Max refuses to pay much attention until Dr. Micah McMoneagle, the charismatic head of the project, reveals he’s found a way to allow people to enter each other’s dreams. Now, instead of discussing their issues in talk therapy, Max and her new gifted friends can symbolically work through their problems on the astral plane. Together they embark on a magical, transformational journey through dreamtime to reveal the causes of the things that are holding them back–an adventure that ultimately awakens them to who they really are, and what they came to earth to do.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last LieEvery Last Lie
written by Mary Kubica
published by Park Row Books, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book? 
Oh my gosh, yes.

I wasn’t really expecting to be “thrilled,” but I was. Kubica steers her story back and forth masterfully. I thought I had things figured out about fifty pages in and almost gave up. I’m so glad I didn’t! One thing that bothered me was Clara’s lack of postpartum care. She took Felix to the pediatrician, sure, but there were some serious PPD/PPP red flags I think Kubica could easily have addressed. And yes, the police did vaguely suggest grief counseling once or twice, but it didn’t really ring true to me. In the real world, Clara would’ve been to her OB/GYN. She’d be filling out PPD/PPP forms at every pediatrician visit. The doctors AND the police would be giving her a list of grief counselors and psychiatrists. Anyway. It wasn’t a deal breaker, just a little detail I think Kubica missed. Ultimately: I was thrilled. This is a great book, and you should read it.

 

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“We don’t say bad things about our best friends, least of all when they’re dead.”

 


Would I recommend it? I just did!

 

Melissa


About the book – from Goodreads: 
New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. 

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” 

Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching YouI Am Watching You
written by Teresa Driscoll
published by Expected Publication October 1, 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

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Did I enjoy this book? 
This one was really good!!! This reminded me of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. A mysterious and tragic event occurs and nobody really knows what happened. You enter the story a year later and from the point of view of a few different characters. By now we have established that I like books that are told from multiple points of view, so this book gets bonus points from me. I fear that this type of storytelling may become overdone, but I’m not there yet. This book stills reads as original and a good thriller. It was captivating without being overly scary or gruesome.

 

 

Would I recommend it? Totally! I couldn’t put this one down!! Read this one!!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Hopeless
written by Colleen Hoover
published by Colleen Hoover, 2012

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Did I enjoy this book? 
Oh my goodness. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while! I’m not even sure how to review this book without completely gushing over it and ruining it for everyone else! There is something about Sky that draws you in from the very beginning. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot find a single fault with Holder. You start this book and think you know where it is going–and then it changes. You’ll hate that it changes, but then you’ll love it even more. This book is, quite literally, breathtaking. I found myself holding my breath through passages, gasping with shock at others, heaving sighs–everything! The ending brought me to tears. This book gave me one of the worst book hangovers that I have EVER had! No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t pick up another book after this one–it took me DAYS to recover! I may go reread it now . . .

 

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! This book has some sensitive subject matter, so I would be cautious with anyone younger than high-school age (and I’m still not sure that it’s OK for teenagers, but Sky is a senior in high school). This book is phenomenally written, well thought out, well developed–everything in this book is completely perfect. I can’t say enough about this book. Go read it!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

 

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