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!!!



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!



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!!



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!




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.



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


Would I recommend it? I just did!



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!!




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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Chrissy’s Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

Playing Defense (Dallas Demons #5)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC, 2017

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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 did. I read Playing Defense every free chance I had, and as with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, I loved it. I was left with that happy, giddy feeling I always have at the end of her stories.

Playing Defense follows JP Rochat and Reese Brannon through their fast relationship. These characters are young. There were a few times I just wanted them to talk to each other instead of listening to others and not getting the whole story. But that’s the beauty of being the reader, I know what’s happening even when the characters do not. I also wanted more Real.Life.Reese. and hockey. There was quite a bit, but I just wanted more.

Their romance was sweet. I loved their competitiveness. I loved that Reese wasn’t afraid to post her non-healthy treats–Oreos! And I loved seeing what the other characters were up to, especially Harrison and Kylie!


Would I recommend it? Yep! I sure would.




About the book – from Goodreads: After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?



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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!




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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Jaclyn’s Review: Made for Me by Kathryn R. Biel

Made for MeMade for Me
written by Kathryn R. Biel
published by Kathryn R. Biel, 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 really liked this book! Michele has a series of unfortunate events and decides to use them to her advantage. She auditions for a reality TV show where the contestants have to design and make clothes for a member of a (fictitious) royal family. The usual hijinks ensue. The plot is cute, I liked the characters, and it had a happy ending–what more could you ask for?


Would I recommend it? Absolutely! This was a fun, cute read.




About the book – from Goodreads: Michele’s lack of focus in life hasn’t bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn’t want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.

Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents’ house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who’s about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.

While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what’s truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?


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Fall Reading Challenge: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Chrissy’s review)


Emma in the Night
written by Wendy Walker
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I did. I read this book every free chance I had and even stayed up late to finish it.

Emma in the Night had a few twists that I didn’t quite see coming. It kept me reading from beginning to end. I can honestly say I didn’t care for most of the characters, but they kept me interested in their story. And what a story Cass had to tell when she returned from going missing three years ago.  Her story led everyone on a path to the truth. I can’t give you many details because it will ruin the book, but it was a page-turning read.


Would I recommend it? I would. It’s a good psychological family thriller.



About the book – from Goodreads: 
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

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