The Stranded by Sarah Daniels 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This was such a fun read! A perfect post-apocalyptic dystopian that had me turning those pages as fast as I could!

I loved the idea of a generation that has grown up on board of a giant cruise ship that has been afloat for the 40 years since an epidemic ravaged Europe. I was a little confused and wished there was more information about where everyone was from. The ship set sail from London but often on Cruise ships there are people from all over the world so I was wanting some diversity? Maybe attention to different languages, accents?

The storyline kept me interested and I mostly liked the characters. I did love that all the characters were able to show different aspects of their personalities. The only one I didn’t enjoy was Hadley because he was just all bad. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

If you love dystopian reads as much as I do, I’d definitely say check this one out!

Out January 3, 2023!

Why I relate so much to Elizabeth Zott in Lessons in Chemistry

There is so much to be said about this marvelous book but I just want to point out how I personally felt while reading. I’ll try to keep this quick!

Let’s talk about trauma for a second. This book does a great job handling the trauma Elizabeth has been through with men, family and also basic bad judgment by other people.

Here’s the thing about trauma… no two people can compare traumas, traumatic stories, and really judge who has had it worse and who has had it better than. This is something that took me a while to figure out for myself.

The author illustrates this beautifully when Calvin and Elizabeth are up having a midnight chat one evening. They finally broach the subject of families and relay their tales to each other. However, Calvin is a bit upset. It takes him a while to think this through. As an orphan, he came to believe that a person with living parents must have had it better. Not only that, but they should appreciate their parents. Now, obviously in Elizabeth’s case I definitely think her feelings are valid. Calvin came around to seeing that too in his own epiphany that even children with both parents can still have a traumatic childhood.

So, what does this have to do with how I relate to Elizabeth Zott? I feel such a connection because she, in this book, in many ways proved that women, no matter who we are, have walked in the same shoes at one point or another. She took other’s seriously even when so many were ready to see her go. And, such a huge part of change for myself, and others I believe, is simply having their lives and problems validated as real.

The other women in this book really said it best when one commented in the audience of Supper at Six that she just wanted to be taken seriously. And, I feel that very much today. I love this book and the idea of giving everyone, no matter our differences, a chance to be taken seriously.

Built to Last by Erin Hahn 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I love friends to lovers, a one bed only trope and throw in a reality TV home remodeling show??? YES!!!

This was a hit for me. Shelby and Cam started something at age 17 when their tv/sitcom coming of age show went off the air 10 years ago and now, they are working together again!

This has a great build up to steamy romance and a lot of sweet nothings that left me sighing. What I especially loved was the attention to details about them as a couple but first and foremost as individuals.

Cam really had to make peace with his family, especially his father. He was also struggling with the idea of setting down roots somewhere more permanently than he has been. Shelby has spent the last 5 years sober and focusing on herself. My personal favorite thing about this book is that Shelby is a skilled woodworker and works with her dad on renovations.

If your a fan of romcoms then I definitely recommend this!

Out October 18, 2022!

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This thriller had everything I wanted; family secrets, a dangerous game and major twists!

Harry, or Harriet, has moved to NYC from London with her boyfriend. The holidays are just starting, and he proposes in the middle of the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Harry thinks she’s in for a wild ride already this holiday season with the prospect of meeting the Holbeck family, but she has no idea.

When Harry meets the whole family at Thanksgiving she learns that she will have to prove herself if she wants to keep her secrets. And, this “old money” family’s idea of that comes in the way of games that some may say are a bit cruel.

This thriller had me the whole way through and I definitely recommend it! Also, it’s a great holiday thriller!

Out October 18, 2022!

Fetish by Anonymous 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Fetish is a collection of Victorian romance stories. 10 stories, each with their own fetish. And, trust me, these are fetish’s that I, at least, have never imagined!

I definitely found out my comfort level with some of these, lmao. It’s seriously a very wild ride and if you are prepared or not, I can guarantee you will probably be stunned at least once!

Out October 25, 2022!

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Found family, lgbtqia+ in the 1950’s and a murder mystery! There is not much more that my soul could ask for.

A very popular soap maker dies and her wife wants someone to solve the case, but kinda secretly bc of her and her household’s lgbtq status at that time. In other words, just trying not to draw attention. That’s where the main character comes in. A disgraced cop who was just fired for being found in a compromised position during a police raid at a gay club.

He meets the lgbtqia family of Lavender house and gets a feel for what a real found family is. That he shouldn’t have to hide a part of himself to be accepted and loved. This story touches on homophobia during the 1950’s and can be quite triggering but I think it was done in a good way. I also really enjoyed the murder mystery, especially because it kept me on my toes till the end.

Out October 18, 2022!

Content Warnings for homophobia, violence and death

Bookish thoughts…

Pictured is the book Kaikeyi by Vaisnavi Patel. I loved this story. Gorgeous retelling and what really caught my attention was not only the look at the gods and goddesses but many mythical stories about them.

So, I joined BOTM in March because I felt like it was a really inexpensive and easy way to get books. However, the prices have risen in this short amount of time! It’s not that big of a deal but it’s getting closer to what I would pay for a nice new copy at the bookstore. And, while it’s great to buy new releases, I personally feel like I would rather spend the money on just the new releases that I’ve been looking forward to. Which, are not usually in BOTM. So, I canceled. And, that is my story of the short period I was a member.

Current Reads

These are my current reads. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix and A Shadow In the Glass by Jia Harwood. I’m loving these and can’t wait to tell you more!

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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Wow! Riley Sager is my favorite thriller author, so I always have high expectations when reading one of this author’s books. But this story went so above and beyond my expectations that I simply can’t believe it!

Casey is a star of the screen and stage, but unfortunately her career has taken a dive which is why she finds herself secluded in her family lake house on Lake Greene. While boozing away her time there, Casey has a curious encounter with a neighbor and this is when things start getting really interesting!

I thought to myself so many times that I knew how this would end but from major twist to major twist I realized I needed just to sit back and enjoy the ride. I highly recommend this!

Out June 21st!

The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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I didn’t realize this book was a sequel. However, as I read, the story contains plenty of information about the MC and her past plus what has led up to this book that I was able to fully understand pretty much everything. And, one thing is for sure, I loved this read!

This author has created some incredibly interesting characters in Andrea and in the person that helped in solving this mystery, Kenny. I never knew exactly what to expect from either of them. This story takes place in a suburban setting in New Jersey where Andrea lives. It seems she was just starting to fit in with the other suburbanites until one of their husband’s die and Andrea begins to suspect murder.

I loved how this had a balance between representing both healthy and unhealthy relationships in friendship and marriage. And, I also love how the author didn’t sugarcoat the ugly side of situations like this from any angle. Overall, I really liked this book and definitely recommend this as a thrilling, fast-paced murder/mystery!

Out June 21st!

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book is incredible and I can’t wait to read more in this trilogy!

This is epic fantasy at its best. A detailed world that bases a person’s worth on the color of their blood. Embers have red blood, Dusters blue and Ghostings translucent. This story is definitely dark but I liked that because it made everything so real for me while I was reading.

The main characters grow throughout the story and I loved the f/f enemies to lovers relationship, not to mention, opposites attract also. This book was thrilling and surged with life. I didn’t realize I would get so hooked but I am happy I did.

I cannot recommend this more!

Out June 21st!

TW for addiction, abuse and death.