Book Review: Small Town Hearts

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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The first three times reading this book I didn’t continue reading it. This time I around I finished it in less then 48 hours. I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed it. In the beginning I really didn’t like Penny and Chad, and I didn’t like them for most of the book. I’m not even sure I liked them in the end. I hope they work on being a good friend towards Babe. I felt like Lucy was being a better friend to Babe. I really like the chemistry and connection between Babe and Levi. I liked their story. I loved the atmosphere and vibe of the small sea side town in Maine. It made me want to live somewhere like that. It seemed like the perfect place.


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|Book Review: The Other People|

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Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.

Then, the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found, in a lake, with a body inside and Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.

His search leads him to a group called The Other People.

If you have lost a loved one, The Other People want to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.

There’s just one problem . . . they want other people to know it too.


I gave this book a four out of five stars. I read most of this book in less than 24 hours. I guess wrong on who Fran was related to. I would have enjoyed it if it happened to be my guess. I guess correctly about a plot point to do with the Samariten. I really enjoy the whole book. I liked the different P.O.V.’s. I plan on getting myself a finished copy and plan on recommending it to others. I’m going to work on reading others works by the author. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you should definitely pick yourself up a copy and read it.




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|Book Review: Where Demon’s Hide|

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The City of Sin holds more than secrets.

He doesn’t remember me.
But, I remember him.
The mysterious and brooding Jay McCall.
His touch. His kiss. His hands on me.
It’s burned into my mind.
The one incredible night we shared.

But, that was before…
Before I lost my brother.
Before grief held me hostage.

He’s back, and it has nothing and everything to do with me.
The secrets he’s keeping are tangled with my brother’s death.
My heart. My body.
At war over a man I barely know.
A man who knows the truth.

He wants me to trust him.
I want to.
But to survive in a place where demons hide,
I must trust no one… not even myself.


I gave this a four out five stars. I really enjoyed this, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I haven’t stayed up late to finish a book in a long while until now. I started it last night and stayed up all night to finish it. I’ve been having trouble with reading keeping my attention and to continuously read. With this book though I didn’t have that problem at all. Some of the conflicts in this book could have been worked out by communicating. I liked how the main character wanted to do things herself and not have everyone else do things for her. This book made me feel a lot of things.




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|Book Review: House of Earth and Blood Extract|

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Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


m so thankful that I got to read and excerpt of the first five chapters! I really like the characters and I’m feeling so many things! I can’t wait to get and read the rest of this, it’s already so good! I need the rest now! The book is coming in only a couple more weeks and I can’t wait. I keep thinking about what’s going to happen next.




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|Book Review: The Body by Stephen King|

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It’s 1960 in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Ray Brower, a boy from a nearby town, has disappeared, and twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends set out on a quest to find his body along the railroad tracks. During the course of their journey, Gordie, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio come to terms with death and the harsh truths of growing up in a small factory town that doesn’t offer much in the way of a future.

The Body by Stephen King. I gave this book a three out of five stars, I really enjoyed it. I liked how there mention of things from other books by him. I liked how it went from past to present and went into other stories as well. I like the writing aspect in the book. This is novella from the short story collection title Different Seasons. 


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|Book of the month: November picks|

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  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

    Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel – Be careful who you let in.

    Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

    She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

    Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

  • Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade – The Shroud of Prophecy tests fate to discover what happens when the path of good and right, the triumph of light over darkness, the only path to salvation… fails.

    Everyone loves Mathias. So naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.

    Mathias is thrilled for the adventure! There’s nothing better than a road beneath his feet and adventure in the air. Aaslo, on the other hand, has never cared for the world beyond the borders of his sleepy village and would be much happier alone and in the woods. But, someone has to keep the Chosen One’s head on his shoulders and his feet on the ground.

    It turns out saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. Mathias is more than willing to place his life on the line, but Aaslo would love nothing more than to forget about all the talk of arcane bloodlines and magical fae creatures. When the going gets rough, folks start to believe their only chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the stories go. At all. To make matters worse Aaslo is beginning to fear that he may have lost his mind…

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|Book Haul: Goodwill finds & Library book sale|

The first place I wanted to go to was Goodwill, I was hoping to find Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Recently I’ve seen both Gabby from gabbyreads and Kayla from booksandlala

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I didn’t find Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter but I did find another Karin Slaughter.

  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney [I have been wanting this for so long, it’s on my bookoutlet wishlist and amazon wishlist as well.
  • The Lies We Told by Camilla Way [This was a book of the month selection, which I have been wanting to get but there’s always another book I want more. So, I am happy to have found this one.
  • The Kept Women by Karin Slaughter [this may be the eighth book in a series but I am still glad I got this. I guess, I’ll just have to get the first book in the series]

Since that was such a success, I wanted to go to the library and look what they had in their sale section.

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  • Paradise by Toni Morrison [I know Morrison died earlier this year, I believe. But I have read The Bluest Eye by the author and have wanted to read more since I enjoyed that so much.]
  • Beatown by Richard Backman [I have heard youtuber Gabby from gabbyreads talking about it, and she enjoyed it a lot.]
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah [I know this is in series, and I want to get them. Also want to get to finally reading something by Kristin Hannah.
  • American Psycho by Easton Ellis [this is recommended a lot so I thought this was a find I had to pink up.]

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  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [I have book looking for this cover]
  • Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins [I had heard someone talk about this so I wanted to get it. This one was the movie tie-in with Tom Hanks]
  • The Engless Steppe: A Girl in Exile by Esther Hautzing [the cover intrigued me, if I’m being honest.]
  • Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan [I don’t remember what brought me into this book, it’s been a few weeks ago]
  • Final Friends Book 3: The Graduation by Christopher Pike [I have heard people say they love Christopher Pike’s works. Even though this is the third book I wanted to snag it so when I get the other two before this one I will have it.]

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  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose
  • The Third Option by Vince Flynn
  • I know my Name by C.J. Cookie
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I hadn’t heard of any of these books before seeing them in the sale section of the library. I had only heard or seen Karen Rose and  Liane Moriarty’s names before. I have found a Liane Moriarty at previous library book sale and picked it up but I haven’t read it yet. I was looking for some books online before and had seen Karen Rose.

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I have read some Nicholas Sparks books before and have enjoyed them. I love that he books a tragic twist to it so it’s heart breaking for characters throughout but also they don’t always get their happy ending.

  • A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
  • The guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • Night in Rondane by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

I think it was a very successful book shopping adventure for a Saturday afternoon. Especially for not having any bookstore in my town.

 


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|coffeebooksandwine book club pick October 2019|

Tiffany and I decided on Carrie by Stephen King for our October book of the month.

 

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A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction — Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.

Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is…Carrie

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|Blog Tour: Six Goodbye’s We Never Said|

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go
Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.
Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.
Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publish for an eARC of this book. I really enjoyed reading this Six Goodbye’s We Never Said by Candace Ganger. At first I got confused on how it was written and when it changed the point of views. I thought there were just typo’s happening but apparently it was the change of point of views. I liked the voicemail and email aspect to the book. I found it funny that Naima named her plant after her step mom. I loved how Namia was for Equality rights. There was a line I loved she said to another character, “Equality isn’t a phase,” I’d challenge. “It’s a basic human right.” – Naima I liked the way she said that. Six Goodbye’s We Never Said had a lot to do with grief for a couple of characters. I get that Naima was dealing with grief but I felt bad for how she treated Dew when he wanted a friend. There was a lot of other parts I liked but I don’t want to be too spoilery. I do recommend this book and think you should pick it up. 


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