Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Book Of The Month, Book Review

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to buddy read with my bestie @borenbooks.

It had my attention but it wasn’t the thriller I was hoping for. Everything in the description of the book does happen.
On the night of her exhibition Still Lives artist Kim Lorde goes missing. The only twisted part in the entire book, her portraits are of her depicting herself as real life murder victims.
Somehow are main character who works at the museum makes it her mission to investigate what happened. Maggie’s character just felt flat to me, I couldn’t connect with her or any of the other characters. But the writing was good I just wish we had more to the mystery.

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The Bird and The Blade by Megan Bannen

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.


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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Book Of The Month, Book Review

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Four Dead Queens
by Astrid Scholte

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to buddy read with my bestie @borenbooks.

The book description pretty much tells you everything I would want to say about the book. 😂 it’s summarized perfectly!
But I will say it’s a pretty good read. I like how the POV is told from Keralies and the 4 Queens perspectives. The world building and the mystery I found enjoyable. The timeline was the only thing I found confusing. It’s hard to explain but it makes sense towards the end of the book. Overall great read!

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hildebrand

Book Review, Library Book

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Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

I picked this book up from my local library.

This is my first Elin Hildebrand book. And I found it to be fantastic! 4.5 stars
Irene Steele is happily married with two older sons and a successful husband. On the night of New Year’s Eve, Irene receives a call. Her husband has died in a plain crash in St. John with the pilot and an island girl.
Her whole world has been rocked. She puts her life on hold to go to the Caribbean and both her son’s join her. They go looking for answers. The tragic news has turned their lifes upside down and the answers they’ve been searching for are hard to process. He had a second life no one knew about not even on the island. Irene and her son’s aren’t the only ones dealing with a loss. With the grief and secrecy they make new friends in the middle of this tragedy.
I loved the writing style and the plot. I was engrossed from the first chapter all the way to the end. Expect for the cliffhanger I sure wasn’t expecting. I need book two I have questions that need answered.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Book Review

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up from my local library to buddy read with my bestie @borenbooks.

“Some people move into a haunted house, but you, you want to build a haunted house, Helen. How fucked up is that?”

I went in thinking that I would be scared out of my mind reading this. But it turns out I was more spooked and a little creeped out than scared.
Building a new home and adding things with history to it, add that those items came from tragedies. Who would think that doing so would invite something or someone into your home.
Nate and Helen buy this land to build a house on. But they don’t know that it comes with some history. Finding this out Helen wants to learn all she can about it with the help of her new friend and neighbor Olive. And all Olive wants is to find the treasure she sure is buried in that land somewhere and get her mother back.
A thrilling story with mystery and secrets that will suck you in till the very end.

Guns, Rations, Rigs and The Undead by K.E Radke

Book Review

 

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Guns, Rations, Rigs and the Undead: Book 1 by K.E. Radke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased this book from Amazon.

So much gore!🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️
In Desarillo, TX neighbors start turning to the one person they pretty much never had anything to do with untill now. When neighbor’s start ripping other neighbors faces off, and somehow they are coming back from the dead. Lincoln has always been a prepper and a bad ass at that. Of course he’s tough and doesn’t take shit from no-one. So why would he help the people that not once ever needed him for anything before not even to be friendly.
The gruesome description of the zombies and someone getting chomped on will probably make you gag but that’s what makes this book so freaken awesome. Radke wrote a very descriptive book about zombies, with interesting characters and fantastic world building. Also the humor in this book had me actually LOL, my husband thought I was crazy. I definitely recommend this book for zombie lovers.
Looking forward to reading the second book and seeing what else Lincoln and his new ‘friends’ come across.

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Book Review

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lates buddy read with my best friend @borenbooks also received this book as a gift from her for my birthday in February.💖

I enjoyed the first book so much it had me laughing and rooting for Lara Jean and Peter. And this one i enjoyed a little less. Sometimes Lara Jean’s thoughts would annoy me and I’d think she’s really overreacting but then again she is a 16 year old girl. So I should put myself in her shoes, but I just couldn’t.🤷‍♀️ And then Peter oh Peter! Why do you do the things you do, or better yet why do you let Genevieve use you.
A quick read with a love triangle and drama that I think should of been handled differently but it was still a good read.

To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book Review

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Buddy read with @borenbooks also received this book as a gift from her for my birthday.

Lara Jean has loved a total of 5 boys in her life (so far) she writes each of them a letter pouring all her feelings into it. She addresses it but never sends them out, because they are only for her to read. It’s her way of helping her move on.
But one day the letters get sent out and Lara Jean must face the consequences. Her big sister has moved away for college and Lara Jean has always looked up to her. So she now must take on the role of big sister, help more around the house and try to face this on her own.
I will say Margot was not one of my favorite people her judgy attitude drove me nuts sometimes.
Let’s move on! It’s a cute and fast read and I really enjoyed it. It’s a cute coming of age story, with strong family ties and relationships that may blossom or fail.

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

ARC, Book Review

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to @thebookdrop and publisher for an ARC of this book.
4.5

First let me say this cover is gorgeous, my favorite one I’ve seen this year so far.
Emoni Santiago is a senior in high school, a teen mom with a passion for cooking. The school year brings something new, a culinary class and a trip to Spain. But of course like for anyone it’s not an easy task, but she tries not to let things stop her from succeeding. Emoni has so much drive and passion I was rooting for her all through the book. This book is told in Emoni’s POV and every other chapter was her telling us of her past and present life. I loved all the characters a quick read that flowed beautifully.
Elizabeth Acevedo had my mouth watering with all the cooking and details of the ingredients. Included are 3 recipes I want to try. My father in law is Puerto Rican and I’ve had the food and it’s Delicioso! I’ve been wanting to make them myself and now I can.☺ I recommend this book the details will have you in Aww!💖

The reason I didn’t give it 5 stars. I think it would be considered slang the way some things are told in the story. But after a few chapters I was able to get use to it and I felt the characters come to life.

The Book Drop April’s YA Unboxing

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•One hand wrapped paperback book.
•One signed book plate and letter from the author. •A bookmark which I didnt include in the photo because I was to excited I missed it in the package. 🤣
• Plus a card saying why they love the book.
•This month they included an Indie Next List featuring new books. The list is only quarterly for the YA subscription.

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When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Have you read this book? I’m so excited to start it!!