A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab *Review*

These books have been on my TBR list for years. I think I bought them four or five years ago? And I finally read the first one this past summer!  Unfortunately I think I’ve finally gotten to them after I’ve grown in a different direction as a reader.  I don’t really enjoy YA so much anymore, but I still liked this book and can see why so many really like Schwab’s writing!

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The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis *Review*

So this book has an interesting story, outside of the book, as in how I got it and read it.  March 10th my hubs and I set of to JFK on our way to Ireland for our first time, OH BOY, and I decided I wanted to grab a book for the flight.  I picked this one out since I am a long time fan of JP and I really only read his stand alone books and I hadn’t read this one yet.  On the flight over I got super into it as one does with JP books since they’re so quick paced.  Well less than 26 hours later we are on a flight back to JFK due to travel bans because of the coronavirus and we had to get the heck home, AW MAN, but I got to finish the book!  The whole ordeal is actually rather sad, but we’ll get back to Ireland one day and I got a good read out of the ordeal, so positives.  Alas this is a book review not a story of my life.  Well guess what, as predicted, I liked it a whole lot!

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell *Review*

Lisa Jewell is a consistently good writer whose books I usually reach for when I need a quick and enjoyable thriller in the fall.  The Family Upstairs was no exception.  I read it during my slow time in September at work, and remember getting really annoyed when customers would come in.  I felt like yelling “can you not see I’m reading something super important over here!?” I didn’t do that, don’t worry, but I enjoyed this enough that I didn’t like getting interrupted, although that would have been sort of funny if I did do that, maybe next time.

Thank you so much Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik *Review*

I can never get over how enthralling Naomi’s writing is.  She writes fantasy so beautifully and I always enjoy every second I am in one her worlds.  Spinning Silver was a smidge darker than Uprooted to me, but just as amazingly imaginative (I should add Uprooted and Spinning Silver are both standalone books and aren’t connected but they are both part of her fairy tale retellings so thats why I compare them).  I read this last summer, but I still think so fondly of the story.  I hope she has plans to do more of these!

Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon *Review*

Wow has it been a hot minute since I wrote a review.  I haven’t had much time to read let alone write reviews, but now due to quarantining because of COVID-19 I have a little bit of time to catch up.  I read Outlander in the summer last year so I don’t exactly remember every detail of my likes and dislikes so this may be all of a five second review, but thats ok no one reads the long ones anyways, right?  Well any who, I liked it, I didn’t love it, I don’t necessarily see they hype, and I may or may not pick up the next one.

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Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton *Review*

Thank you so much Jacquelyn for sending me a copy of your book in exchange for an honest review!  I was so excited to find out Jacquelyn had a new book coming out after loving her duet “London Belongs to Me” and “London, Can You Wait?”.  “Until the Last Star Fades” had all the great qualities of Jacquelyn’s contemporary romance writing and I really enjoyed it.  I ended up giving it 4 stars out of 5!

“You are my first, my always.”

“You are my last, my always.”

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Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book and for having me on this tour!  I haven’t read J.T Ellison yet, but I have really been wanting too so I was excited to get my hands on Tear Me Apart.  I really liked it and even though I thought it was a little long and the mystery was given away too soon I still thought it was a good read!  I also really appreciated the authors note at the end and that automatically added half a star to my rating.  So I ended up giving this 4 stars!

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Scream All Night by Derek Milman *Review*

Thank you so much Harper Collins Teen for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!  For some reason I went into this thinking it would be a haunted house story haha, but alas it was not that.  What it actually was, was a unique coming of age story set in a mansion that’s the production house of horror movies with an assortment of eccentric characters.  It was a lot different from the many coming of age stories I have read and because of that I found it really refreshing even with the typical YA cliches thrown in.  I give this one 3.5 stars!

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