Big Little Lies Review

Big Little Lies

Title: Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Release Date: February 9, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 460 pages

Genre: Fiction/Mystery

My Rating4star


goodreadssynopsis

From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.”


my review

I saw this cover when I was randomly browsing at Indigo. The title mixed with the movie cover made me instantly think Pretty Little Liars. Since I’m obsessed with the show (not so much the books) I immediately had to check what this book was about. So naturally I ended up buying it because hello, did you read the back of it? looked amazing!

And I was right. This was Pretty Little Liars for adults. It has big secrets throughout the whole book. Each different character holds a secret. But it all comes together really well in the end. In fact I was pretty shocked at some of the secrets that were being kept!

The writing was fabulous. Kept me interested the entire time. Each perspective was written differently according to character and never changed. It had elements of women’s fiction which is another one of my favourite genres (chick lit basically). It also dealt with serious issues that added to the “adultness” of the book.

Overall amazing read!

Holding Up the Universe Review

Holding Up the Universe

Title: Holding up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books

Pages: 391 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


my review

I loved this book! I’ve said it before but books with any aspect of mental health just make me so happy.

This book did such a good job at protraying everything there is about mental health. I was glad that Libby had such a fantastic CYC in her life. It made my own CYC heart melt!

I loved how we got into Libby’s head about everything she was feeling. It was very realistic and well done.

I couldn’t stop reading this book and when I was finished I was like wow. Wow that book.

Wayfarer Review

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

Title: Wayfarer

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 532 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them. ”


my review

I was so excited to get this book because I loved Passenger, and I am obsessed with the cover of this book. It’s gorgeous and as you can tell, purple is my favourite colour.

This one wasn’t as good. It took me a long time to read. But to be fair while I was reading it I had a lot going on in life. When that happens I tend to not read as much. So the huge breaks in between reading them. When I finally did get into the book it was pretty good. Much less romance and much more of the actual plot and figuring out the entire story of time travel and everything related to it.

Overall it was not bad!

The Sun is Also A Star Review

The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 348 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating3star


goodreadssynopsis

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”


my review

This book was not as good as Everything Everything. I wonder if I had high expectations going into it because of how much I enjoyed Everything Everything.

It had great potential, but the ending killed it for me. I don’t like when books don’t wrap up nicely. Maybe this one did for some people, but for me it really didn’t. I was like WHAT?! that’s the end?!?! how?! literally. I even texted some friends and was like really? it ended like that? I don’t know. So I knocked off a star purely because of that.

I really did enjoy how this book was from so many people’s perspective. It was mainly the two characters that obviously fall in love. But all their stories intertwined with each other. Every single little thing that happened, affected another persons life. Then we would get glimpses of that persons perspective. It would be so much different than another persons. It was really interesting because of that. How everyone was doing what they were doing because of something else. But it was all connected.

Everything Everything Review

Everything, Everything

Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Pages: 310 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating5star


goodreadssynopsis

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”


my review

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Yes I had to write in all caps.

Yes this book lives up to all its hype.

Yes everything everything about this book. Everything.

I went into this book thinking there’s no way I’m going to like it. It’s too hyped up. They are making a movie about it. Just no.

But it exceeded all my thoughts.

It was so well written. The writing was amazing. The story was amazing. There were so many inspirational quotes and passages within the story. It makes you think about life.

So many issues surrounding grief, life and death. How things happen in our life effect other things. The relationships we have with people, what happens when people you love have things happen to them.

The ending of this book made the book. I had suspected it the whole time, but for it to actually go that way, brilliant. This book is BRILLIANT!

Snow Like Ashes Review

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Title: Snow like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Balzer & Bay

Pages: 416 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.”


my review

I was so iffy about this book. I have a weird relationship with fantasy YA. I either love it, or I hate it. To the point where I can’t even finish some fantasy YA books. So I was absolutely torn about this one. I ended up getting it for Christmas and decided to read it. The comparisons to Game of Thrones is what was really throwing me off.

So for anyone who is hesitant to read this because of its comparison to Game of Thrones, don’t be. I hardly saw any similarities other than parts of the world being divided by seasons.

It ended up being a really good book. I loved the world they were describing. I loved the plot, I don’t want to give away too much but it was really good! (I know I’m being very vague). IT also had the perfect YA romance, which is forbidden love, love that won’t work.

My only complaint is I started the next book in the series. I couldn’t do it. I did not like it at all so I will be DNFing this series. I hate when series start out so strong and then the follow ups are just not interesting.

To Helvetica and Back Review

To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)

Title: To Helvetica and Back

Author: Paige Shelton

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 304 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word…

Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?

When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?”


my review

This was another book that Berkley sent me when they asked me a few questions about why I like cozy mysteries.

It was my first book by Paige Shelton and it was pretty good.

Again all the right things for a cozy mystery. The characters were pretty likeable which I always like in a book. It was also book related which is always a bonus.

My only issue with it is I really know nothing about typewriters. Since I don’t have that type of passion, all the talk about different typewriters and all that was a little lost for me. Took away from the book.

The mystery was pretty good though and I was really happy that I was able to figure out the killer myself! I’m getting better at that.

Overall not a bad book and I am looking up more books by the author.

 

Stealing Snow Review

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Bloombury

Pages: 375 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.”


my review

I had mixed feelings about this book. Being someone who absolutely loves mental health any book that even mentions the word psychiatric or anything mental health related, I’m reading it.

That’s good and bad. It’s good because I’m automatically going to like it more than other books, if done right. But when books misprotray mental health, or make it fit the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s bad. Very bad. Mind you I understand that all the books I read are fiction. They are completely made up. So because of that I don’t get very serious about it, just annoyed.

This book had so much potential to be absolutely amazing. But it fell short. I really didn’t like how they book protrayed the workers in the Pyshciatric Hospital. I get that it’s fiction, and in reality some kids/youth do view the workers the way Snow viewed the workers at her hospital. But they made the workers sound like monsters. I didnt’ like it.

Then it really didn’t focus on the mental health at all. In fact throughout the entire book all I could think of was The Chronicles of Narnia. I am not a fan of Chronicles of Narnia. I could point out so many similarites. It also reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter all in one book.

I’ve said it before, when a book reminds me of such classic tales, but is not original enough, I’m not too fond.

But the story was good enough that I kept reading the book and overall thought it was good. It’s just those things took away from it.

High Heels Mystery #5 – 9 Review

Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)

Title: Mayhem in High Heels

Author: Gemma Halliday

Release Date: December 1, 2008

Publisher: Gemma Halliday

Pages: 242 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

Again like I did with the Hannah Swensen Mysteries. There are simply too many here for me review individually so I’ll just post a picture. You can click the picture and it will bring you over to goodreads.

Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)  Fearless in High Heels (High Heels, #6)  Danger in High Heels (High Heels, #7)  Deadly in High Heels (High Heels, #9)


my review

This series. If you read one cozy mystery series, read this!

This series is absolutely hilarious. I don’t mean the kind of funny you think of in books where you’re like hmm that was amusing. I mean this one will literally make you laugh out loud and get looks because you’re laughing at your book.

It’s a mix of cozy mystery, crime, chick lit, romance and good fiction. The plot is always good. The characters are what makes this book though. Maddie is absolutely hilarious. She’s so relatable. She’s so well written. Her friends are well written.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SERIES IS AMAZING! Yes I had to use all caps. It’s that good.

 

Hannah Swensen Mystery #4-9

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)

Title: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke

Release Date: February 1, 2004

Publisher: Kensington

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating3star


goodreadssynopsis

Ok so I have read quite a few of these and instead of reviewing them all separately I’m going to just group it all together under this one. The more I keep up with the blog the easier it will be for me to review every single one. But for now I’ll show the covers of all of them. If you click on them it should send you to a link with the goodreads synopsis.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)  Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)  Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)  Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)  Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)


my review

I honestly have a love hate relationship with these books.

I can’t stop reading them, I love them. But sometimes some of the stuff is so annoying! Let me explain.

I love the covers. They are adorable. I love the titles because they are all baking and food related what’s not to love?

The mysteries are always really good! The plots are always amusing and make you want to read. The characters are so amazing that it feels like you’re watching a tv show. They are all around pleasant reads. Definitely good enough that I keep reading them. I will say out of the ones mentioned above Key Lime Pie Murder was my least favourite and Peach Cobbler Murder was my favourite!

Now onto the two things that annoy me about this series. The boys. How on earth is she dating two guys at once?! Hannah is not only dating the two guys, but they both know about each other! Their dating is so unrealistic and old school that it honestly makes me laugh so hard. Yet at the same time …. I need to know which one!

The other thing that annoys me is Hannah’s age but how she acts. She’s supposed to be 30 but wow sometimes I just shake my head. No cell phone, no computer, no kissing boys … what?!?! but I guess that is accurate with a cozy mystery, they are meant to be really reserved. But realistically I’m sure we all want to see Hannah just go a bit crazy with the boys!