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?


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 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


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.


  • 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.]


  • 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.]


  • 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.


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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|Book of the month pics: October 2019|

For the month of October I picked out two picks. Imaginary Friend and The Beautiful.


The Beautiful:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Imaginary Friend:

Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

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|september tbr 2019|


  • His Hideous Heart arc
  • Six Goodbyes We Never Said arc
  • Dead Letters [is the book this month for Tiffany and I’s bookclub]

I would like to read more book but I don’t think I will have enough time with work and school. This weekend I do because I have a three day weekend. I don’t have classes or work tomorrow. I’m trying to get ahead on some school work today so I can read tomorrow but I also have to do some school stuff tomorrow. I’m working on balancing everything.

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|Witchcraft and Monsters: A poetry collection by Kala Godin|


If there’s anything Kala knows, it’s monsters.
Witchcraft and Monsters is a debut poetry collection by Kala Godin.

Kala understands that the human body can be its own kind of monster. She knows the way strangers both see her and don’t.
There is magic in everything we do.
And there are monsters in each of us.

This collection is broken into five parts.
Bad ideas.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a review copy.

I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the authors writing it was so beautiful. Her poetry is unique and amazing, totally magical. I’m going to end up buying myself a physical copy. You should totally check it out! I loved her writing so much I highlighted some of my favorite lines.

Here are a few of my favorite lines:

“I don’t know love in small doses. I know how to spill my entire being out. I know how to love completely.”

“I am too much of myself for them, But never enough, Of what they want,”

“I am waiting, For my throne of bone, Blood, and ash.”

“She doesn’t want to be saved. Doesn’t want to be the damsel. of the Fiance. So she’ll teach herself how to a tsunami instead.”

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january 2019 tbr


  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum is for Dragons & Tea Book Club with Melanie from Meltotheany and Amy from acourtofcrownsandquills
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden is for my tbr challenge jar to read a book with vampires
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare pulled out of my tbr jar
  • In Paris with you by Clementine Beauvais arc
  • White Stag by Kara Barbieri arc i pulled out of my tbr jar
  • Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn too by Jomny Sun i picked this by tbr challenge  for read a book some bought or gifted you which The Wicker King would have worked for this challenge
  • A Stephen King Novel hopefully

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december 2018 wrap-up


  • The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – it’s not pictured since I got it from the library, I adored this book so much. ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5)
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu ☆☆☆ (3.5/5)
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • Champion by Marie Lu ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ☆☆☆☆ (4.5/5)
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead – this book shocked me but I kinda guessed a main plot point but I still loved it. ☆☆☆☆ (4.5/5)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – there was too much hype for this so it was disappointing read for me. ☆☆ (2/5)
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • Soft Thorns by Bridgett Devoue ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro – I didn’t know this was book two in a series but I still enjoyed it. ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • Space Atlas by Tom Jackson ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • Glimmgerglass Girl by Holly Walrath ☆☆☆ (3.5)
  • What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Peslouan ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • White Claw by Serge Le Tendre ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • From Winkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Srohm ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
  • There Are Girls like Lions by Cole Swensen (Foreword) and other artist ☆☆ (2/5)
  • Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Stacy King (adapted by) ☆☆☆ (3/5)
  • Bloom by Kevin Panetta -I really loved this graphic novel that story and art was great.  ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5)

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goals and what i’d like to read in 2019

2019 New year greeting card with fireworks

By the end of 2019 I want to figure out which University I would like to go to. I am at college at a Community College in my small town I am trying to figure out if  I want to stay in state or move away. I’ve thought about doing online as well. To do so though means I need to get a job soon in the new year. Which I’ve been wanting to get a job in the new year anyways since there are some things I want to get and some things I need to get for school. I also want to go for walks and start working out I would like to get in shape and to be healthy again. As for my reading goals I just want to read as much or as little as I want and to enjoy what I’m reading. Last year I set my goodreads reading challenge at 100 books and read 221 books, I’m going to up my reading challenge this year to 250 books. I want to read more fantasy this year adult and young adult. I would also like to read more Stephen King books. I would like to get some of the bigger books on my shelves. I want to get new book shelves and finish series that I have started but haven’t finished yet. I want to be more active here on my blog. I do want to read at least one of my book of the month picks I have a month. It can be ones I already own or ones I get that month. There are a few books I do know I want to buy one of them is Cities of Dead by Alys Arden which is the third book in The Casquette girls series. Another one I want to get is Blanca & Roja I had an earc of if from Netgalley and haven’t been able to get a finished copy and I really enjoyed it and want a finished copy.


Some book I would like to read in 2019:

  • Reread A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Anna Karrena
  • Mistborn triliogy
  • Elantris
  • Blood Promise
  • Spirit Bound
  • Last Sacrifice
  • everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
  • Reread Vicious
  • Vengeful
  • The Wicker King
  • The Cruel Prince
  • It by Stephen King
  • Nevernight
  • Godsgrave
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Bloom/Kevin Panetta
  • The Boneless Mercies
  • White Stag
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Kingdom of Ash


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Most memorable books read in 2018


  • The Wizard of Once/Cressida Cowell – this book will have memories for me since this is the book I was reading when I got the news about my grandma.
  • Little and Lion/Brandy Colbert
  • Vicious/VE Schwab
  • Blood Water Paint/Joy McCullough
  • Sadie/Courtney Summers
  • The Light We Lost/Jill Santopolo
  • Frostbite/Richelle Mead
  • Shadow Kiss/Richelle Mead
  • Carrie/Stephen King
  • Lolly Willowes/Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Bloom/Kevin Panetta
  • The Book Collector/Alice Thompson
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle/Shirley Jackson

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