April & May Recent Reads

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing is one of my favorite books and Swanson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. While I don’t think this book had as much of the twists and shocks as The Kind Worth Killing, if you are looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and you will not want to stop reading, than pick up this book. The ending did disappoint a little, I think I just expected more from it, but aside from that I still loved the book.

The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
The premise of the book sounding interesting, an anonymous benefactor proposes to two random strangers that if they spend two hours a week together for a year, they can split a million dollars, but the book was kind of boring throughout. You do find out towards the end how the strangers are connected and I think it would’ve been better to find out a little bit earlier to speed the story along.

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
This was one of those random 99 cent books I took a gamble with on Amazon and it was worth it because I liked the book so much I pre-ordered the sequel! Some things were a little too far-fetched in the book, but if you put those aside, it was a great debut on loss, acceptance and figuring out who you are.

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
With this book since you are reading a story within a story, it can be a little confusing when you are like which character is real and which is the made up one, but aside from that, this book is a good quick read. This book also completely gutted me about a quarter to the end with Emiline and her father, I was not prepared to go through as many tissues as I did. The book wraps up the story perfectly, but I would gladly read another book to continue the story of Emiline and Jase.

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Not that the book isn’t good, but I feel like it could’ve been a much better book if there weren’t so many stories weaving their way to work together in the end. It is one of those stories where everyone has a secret they are keeping, but they get wrapped up almost too perfectly. The book also talks about a missing girl in the beginning but then for half the book there is barely a mention of her and then that story is so prominent in the end, it just felt thrown in for the sake of throwing in a big mystery.

Startup by Doee Shafrir
Startup has some really great reviews so I was really looking forward to it and I was not a fan. The story sounds interesting and it really could be but the characters to me were very unlikeable and drag the book down.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I love Kinsella’s books, the stories are over the top and cute, but I like to mix them in with everything else I read. Katie is living her dream life in London on her Instagram feed until she loses her job and has to move home and helps her father with his glamping business. It follows Kinsella’s other books that are usually predictable after you read a few chapters, but this might be my second favorite book after Can You Keep a Secret that doesn’t involve Becky Bloomwood.

Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
This book is the perfect summer beach read! It has all the elements covered, love, family drama, secrets and friendship. Marin’s life is turned upside down when not only does she lose her job but a DNA test connects her to a half sister, Rachel, she didn’t know about. When Rachel shows up in New York telling Marin she is traveling to Provincetown to meet their grandmother who runs a B&B, the Beach Rose Inn, Marin joins her. While reading this story you feel like you are staying at the Beach Rose Inn along with the family. The storyline moves along perfectly and it is a beautiful story about family.

Futures by Anna Pitoniak
The Futures could be a really good book if the characters were not so self-centered and unlikable. College sweethearts Evan and Julia move to New York City after college where Evan works at a hedge fund prior to the market crashing. What follows are two people who continue to keep making horrible decisions and know that they are making them but do it anyway.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I read a review on The Light We Lost that said the storyline stays with you after you read it and it is definitely true because I feel like I am still processing this book having just finished it. It is an incredible book and it is also a very emotional one. There are times while reading where I didn’t like Lucy and Gabe, but Santopolo did an amazing job with the characters because you feel the pain that they feel. Throughout the book you start to predict the direction it is going in and even though you realize it is coming, it still throws you on an emotional rollercoaster. Definitely one of the best books of 2017!

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