Author: Sarah Pinborough
Title: Behind Her Eyes
Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, and suspense; Psychological thriller; Mystery
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Review: This book is a total mind #$@%, but in the best way possible. Each character was incredibly distinct and they all played a monumental role in the story. I actually didn't read a long description of the book before purchasing it on audible, I just took a chance because I loved the cover. Louise's character had such incredible development even though she constantly made me want to yell at her through my car speakers. She becomes so consumed with David and Adele that their troubles begin to heavily impact her well-being. However, she cannot seem to shake them and she ends up paying the consequences. When listening from Adele's perspective, I often got chills because she was so psychologically corrupt. Although we do not find out exactly why until the very end. Towards the beginning and middle of the novel, I sincerely thought that David was just a typical cheating bastard who wasn't willing to fight for his wife and their marriage. However, the story unfolds and I began to realize that he was a true hero in the midst of chaos. I can truly say that I did not see the very end coming at all. I've read my fair share of mystery novels and this one has taken the cake as far as intrigue and true mystery goes. I actually had to process what happened with my husband because I was in shock of how twisted and veiled it really was. If you are interested in a book that will keep you on your toes, I highly recommend Behind Her Eyes.
Book Description: "Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise. And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him? As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets."
Author: Sarah Williams
Title: The Brothers of Brigadier Station
Genre(s): Romance; Western; Contemporary
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Review: This story is incredibly charming and such a fun romantic read. I love how Meghan seeks out a simple life in the country as opposed to the city life that our generation tends to lean towards. Her character really appreciates the outback and what the outdoors can do for the soul. I think the dynamic between Meghan and Lachie is interesting and I see how he was her connection to getting the life she always wanted. But the story didn't really become engaging until Darcy (Lachie's younger brother) came into the picture. The description of his rugged looks and laid back demeanor made my own heart melt! I enjoyed reading how their relationship blossomed into a beautiful and honest friendship. The men's mother also played an important role for Meghan and their relationship warmed the story further. I think the idea of a women falling in love with her betrothed's brother is intriguing and taboo, which made some moments nerve racking. But the respect that Meghan and Darcy had for Lachie showed the genuineness of the characters and it made me fall even more in love with them. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a heart warming southern romance.
Book Description: "She came to the outback to marry the love of her life. She just didn't expect him to be her fiancé's younger brother. When Meghan Flanagan, a vet-nurse from Townsville, moves to Brigadier Station in outback Queensland to marry the man of her dreams, she is shocked to discover that perhaps her fiancé isn’t the man she wants waiting for her at the altar. The man she's destined to marry, just might be his younger brother. Cautious of women after a disastrous past relationship, Darcy is happy living on his beloved cattle station, spending his spare time riding horses, going to rodeos and campdrafting. He didn't expect the perfect woman to show up on his doorstep. Engaged to his brother. With the wedding only hours away, Meghan must make the decision of a lifetime. But, her betrayal could tear the family apart. She knows all too well the pain of losing loved ones and being alone. Now that she has the family she so desperately wants; will she risk losing it all? Set in the drought stricken plains of Julia Creek, North Queensland and the coastal city of Townsville this is a rural romance that will leave you asking: Will she marry the right man, for the right reasons?"
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Title: Throne of Glass
Genre(s): Teens; Romance; Fantasy; Literature and fiction; Action and adventure; Science fiction and fantasy; Sword and sorcery
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Review: I have seen Maas's novels all over the internet recently, but it took me a little while to jump onto the bandwagon. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading fantasy and SciFi immensely. But as my bio suggests, I have more recently been engaged with romance novels and mystery, so I was a little nervous how I would like the first installment of this series. But I am very glad that I took the chance, because I am obsessed with this book! So obsessed in fact, that I am trying my hardest not to read the second book so that I can finish the other novels I have lying around. During the first few chapters, I immediately began to fall in love with Celaena Sardothien. She is the epitome of a strong female heroine that has incredible insight to the things that hold her back and what she must do to overcome them. Her character is also incredibly relatable in that when she first meets someone, her walls are up. But as time progresses and trust builds, her walls come down and her relationships form. In regards to the fantasy world that Maas created, it took me away from mine and implanted my imagination into Adarlan. Although her description of the fantasy world is not as elaborate as some other known novels (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.) it was detailed enough that I could picture exactly what it looked like in my mind. I am really excited to see how the setting unfolds as I get deeper into the series. Although Celaena was the main character, I think that Maas was able to portray the other pertinent characters excellently. I knew exactly who each person was in terms of their place in the story and their traits. I really enjoyed the dynamic that unfolded between the triangle of Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian. Maas set their stories up for a long-term engagement and I'm really intrigued by how all of their characters developed separately and together in this installment. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great fantasy read with a lot of action, mystery, and a little bit of romance.
Book Description: "In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."
Author: Morgan Matson
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Genre(s): Teens; Literature and fiction; Social and family issues; Family; Parents; Dating and sex
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Review: This book is incredibly charming and the perfect read for summer. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Andie and her three friends. They all had their own quirks and contributed to the group in unique ways. The relationship between Andie and her father was torturous for me in the beginning, because I hate to read about conflicts between parents and their children. This was just a personal dislike for me, but I think the beginning really made room for relational and character growth as the story progressed. Clark's character was also really engaging and intrigued me. I think that his maturity added a lot to the plot and it helped Andie's character move forward. I gave this book 4 stars because I was having a really tough time getting into it at the beginning. I don't know if it was the timing of me reading this book or if it was the story itself, but it has taken me several months to get past the parts that didn't reach out to me. BUT I will say that I am so glad that I stuck it out, because the latter half is a true treasure. I was laughing out loud and even teared up at some points. Having gotten to the end, I now understand the purpose of the slower beginning. Matson really laid out the foundation of Andie's character and the foundation was crucial for an in depth development. I think if I had read this at a different time in my life I would have appreciated the beginning a lot more, but in going with my honest reaction I still gave it four stars. I think that teens and adults alike would enjoy this novel. Teens would be able to easily relate to the characters and adults would find it charming and elegantly written.
Book Description: "Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all--working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?"