Tuesday, September 29, 2020

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara


I'll be Gone in the Dark is a true crime book mostly written by Michelle McNamara, she unfortunately passed away before the book could be completed and the Golden State Killer was discovered. 

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I listened to it on audio and I generally struggle to focus on audio but there was this one really brilliant quote that I had to go find asap after I heard. “He loses his power when we know his face.” That one sentence just sends shivers down my spine, and I thought to myself yes, that is why I love listening to and hearing about true crimes. I want to know what happened and why, I want unsolved crimes to be solved and by sharing these stories not only do the criminals lose power but unsolved crimes can get solved by just that one extra share, etc... 

DNA solved these rapes, and murder but it really is all the hard work that goes into solving it that takes the cake. This book was very boring at first for me, but the longer I listened to the narration, Michelle's word, the more I wanted to know not only about the case but about her and how she fit into the puzzle. This really was a great book, and I highly recommend it. Even my dad gave it 4/5 stars and he really enjoyed it too. 

My Dad Reads... summer list

Ok, so my dad's reading streak has been really good, he finishes books faster than me recently!! Since my last update he's finished 6 books and DNF'd (did not finish) 1 book! As previously mentioned, he is a man of few words, I promise for my next post I'm going to come up with a few more questions for him to give me more details on his views!

 The French Girl by Lexie Elliott 3.5/5 stars, my dad said it was interesting how they went through the mystery of finding proof...and then he spoiled it for me! I don't know if I want to read it now, but I don't feel like I can objectively write more about this one.

Without Blood by Martin Michaud 4/5 stars. he just said it was well written and enjoyed how the author pieced together the mystery.

Final Cut by S. J. Watson 4/5 stars, my dad enjoyed how this book went back into the past and back in years and how the author was able to write it well enough to put it together. My dad, a lot of the time, lowers his ratings when authors do a bad job of multiple pov's or multiple timelines so I'm always happy to hear when author's do it right.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley 4.5/5 stars. My dad officially loves this author and they write. He loves how he would never have guessed where the story was going, which is a bonus for me too. I'm going to read this author soon, because my dad has loved their books.

Still Here by Amy Stuart 4/5 stars. He liked it and the author did pretty good at the back and forth thing, but it wasn't super special to him.

Hunted by Darcy Coates 4.5/5 stars. Dad says it was well written, kept him in suspense and that he just really wanted to keep reading it. And that was all I could get out of him for this book.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep My dad DNF'd this book, he read about 130 pages (which is really good for giving it a fair chance, I don't even do that many pages usually). He said it was a very dry book, my dad likes true crime and even some history books but he said that the author kept giving too many boring details. It was just too boring and he wasn't interested in the story anymore even. My dad said he wanted to hear about the case/murder, etc... not how an insurance company got started, or how one boring person knew the other boring person in town, etc... I don't think I've ever gotten that many words out of him before when it comes to reviews. He really didn't like this one.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Home Before Dark

 *E-ARC received in exchange for an honest review*  

Home Before Dark was a little dull in the beginning, it took me a hot minute to really get into but by 45% through I was hooked. This is my 3rd book by Riley Sager that I've read, and so far this is the only one where I kind of saw the ending coming... the very end because I definitely didn't catch on to that one thing. Although I was able to put some of the story together myself I still loved it. We have Maggie Holt who has a past she can't quite remember and basically after her father dies she does her best to uncover what she believes are the lies that made her family rich. She returns to the house of horrors, the haunted house that her family fled from in the middle of the night and slowly she pieces together what's true and what's a lie. The story switches perspectives from Maggie to different chapters from her fathers books, and it was executed just so perfectly. Riley Sager has aced that in each of his novels I've read. I absolutely adore how this author builds slow suspense in normal everyday events, fixing up a house, camping, etc...

I loved the Final Girls and I really liked The Last Time I Lied, so I'm ready to jump into Lock Every Door. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable (Fable, #1)
E-ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

Holy moly guys, Fable is easily one of my favorite books of all time and it is 100% making my top 10 reads this year. 

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.

Ok, so I absolutely fell in love with this main character, she was both sassy and fierce but also kind and goal oriented. I liked that she wasn't heartless but she also wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. I also loved the story, side characters and the complexities that each is going through or went through. Everything about this book was perfect, I just loved it so much. The world building was done very well, you could tell it's a big world but the author only explained as much as necessary to the plot. I don't really have much to say, except if you love swashbuckling and the high seas/coast than you'll love this story. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

TBR & Beyond's Shielded Book Tour & Review


I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For the full book tour schedule here's the link!

My Review is spoiler free

I gave this book a solid 3.5 almost 4 stars out of 5. The only reason it's not a 4, is because the first half of the book dragged a bit for me. It may have been my mood while I was reading or that although I was invested, it was a bit too drawn out. Whereas I felt the ending was a bit rushed... That's my only real negative. This story follows our heroine Jenna and the mysterious aggressors who are in the process of hatching their plot. I felt like these different styled chapters really invoked their inner Remnant Chronicles by leaving a bit of the unknown as to who the mages are. I really enjoy it when authors leave a lot of hints but you're really just not sure who you can trust. This book was a lot of fun with a swoon-worthy romance, be still my beating heart, and I really enjoyed the experience... (I may or for sure... have a special edition of this book coming in the mail). I don't really want to give too much away or say too much but I've edited a fun playlist for you guys to listen to as you read this book and I've left the synopsis and author info, etc.. down below as well! 

Experience my full playlist by clicking^
Otherwise here are my main songs for this book

1. Family by The Chainsmokers/Kygo
2. Magic by Coldplay
3.Warrior (ft. Lights) by Steve James/Lights
4. Shadowplay by the Killers
5. bury a friend by Billie Eilish
6. Castle by Halsey
7. Bad Blood by Bastille
8. Demon by Imagine Dragons
9. Secrets by OneRebuplic
10. Worth Fighting For by Taylor Henderson
11. Love and War by the RockAteers

by Delacorte Press
Publishing date: July 21st, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It's losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn's--her brother's--magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong--the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it's too late--for her and for her entire kingdom.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

July Final List of What I Read

A Gentle Noble's Vacation Recommendation, Vol. 1
In July, I had some really great reads but I also went through a mini book slump, where I read the first few days a lot and than I went two weeks only reading every now and then. And to be perfectly honest, I started a bunch of books and on the last day of the month I finished 3 that I was more than halfway through because reading goals...

So here's what I read and my star rating

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 4 stars

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan 4 stars

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell 4 stars

So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim 3.5 stars

Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders 3.5 stars

Sisters of Song and Sword by Rebecca Ross 4 stars

Fable by Adrienne Young 5 billion million stars

As you can see it was a pretty decent reading month, I really enjoyed all the books I read. A couple were pretty heavy and weighed on me afterwards, but I'll hopefully get into those in another post soon. 
I was lucky enough to read Fable early and will definitely give it it's own blog post because omgosh I loved it so much with all my heart and soul and I just pray that every book box I get does it so I can own it... 

Monday, July 20, 2020

My Dad Reads

Murder in the Crooked House
My dad has had another good reading month, most of this is from June but probably crosses over into July. I usually give him books in batches and so this was just one batch. Also I always use some liberty when I describe how my dad feels about each book, the rating and ideas are his but he really is a man of few words and thinks grunts/noises describe his feelings accurately enough. 

The Wives by Tarryn Fischer 2-2.5/5 Dad said he didn't really care for this one, he felt it was all over the place, and boring. I've definitely heard some mixed reviews on this one so I'm not surprised he didn't like it. 

Layover by David Bell 3.5/5 He enjoyed this one and would recommend it but he's also read better. He thought it was actually written good and felt that it kept him in suspense. He said and I quote  "not too bad."

A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby 4/5 My father liked this one, he thought it was well written. He was kept wondering about the psychology of the guy and felt like the author did a good job of going into background information.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley 4/5 Dad liked how well the author wrote even when switching up the perspective every chapter, even if a book has multiple pov's or time changes if it's not done well he isn't into it. He liked that this book kept him wondering on not just who the murderer was but also who the victim was. He said that the ending in this book was the best. 

Murder in the Crooked House 4.5-5/5 My dad was actually thinking about not finishing this one, he was 50 pages in and pretty fed up but kept reading, he doesn't really like giving up on books I've noticed. He's got way more patience than I do, but it got really good he said. He loved the concept of the house and just kept repeating how he "would never have thought of how it was done, ever." He also really just loved how unique the whole book was and even liked it with the translation.

Trace: who killed Maria James? by Rachael Brown 3-3.5/5 So I think my dad really enjoyed this book, he mention a few times about conspiracies that were probably involved and I guess it was just wild ride. He was really mad though because it's a true crime novel and it's still unsolved. He thinks it's solvable based on DNA things, etc... and he felt like this book was written prematurely because of it's ability to be solved. 

The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker 4.5/5 Dad really liked this one but he didn't have much to say except he liked how it gave a lot of different killers/information, and described how they murdered... I don't know how to say that without making my dad sound like killer, I swear he's not though...😝

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager 5/5 I didn't think my dad was going to love this book as much as he did but he absolutely loved it. He loved it because the whole book he had no idea what was going to happen or who did things, etc... He is obsessed with the twist this book provided and now I'm going to have to get this author's other books for him because I think he'll like them. 

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