The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

Lovely story! It was a purely whimsical tale that really brightened my day!

Lucy has some grand plans but not a lot of money.  However, her favorite childhood author creates a competition that only 4 lucky people can participate in on his magical Clock Island.   The winner will receive the one and only copy of a new book by this author, giving them a chance to make millions.  

This story almost reads like a contemporary fairytale at parts.  I really enjoyed this but did think certain aspects were a bit underdeveloped and therefore just too farfetched, particularly the very real world aspects. 

Recommend this as a fun and enjoyable read!

Out May 30, 2023!

The Guest by Emma Cline ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

I loved Emma Cline’s book The Girls for many of the same reasons I wound up loving in this one. This author tells the most interesting stories featuring women whose lifestyles are not something ordinarily thought ofโ€ฆ or even known about. I love the honesty behind this character. The third person narration also gave me a lot of room to wonder at what was really going on in the main character’s head.

Alex is kind of a moocher. I would say a professional moocher, but I didn’t get much of a professional vibe from Alex. She spends her days going to the beach in Long Island after stealing a pill or two from the older man she’s staying with right now. It’s a great set-up for someone like Alex. Simon buys her beautiful clothes, jewelry, handbagsโ€ฆ. but of course, there is always a price.

When Alex gets booted for a mishap with Simon’s car and a small adventure at a party, I felt like I was watching her careen downhill. She does everything in her power, manipulating, stealing, to get back to a safe spot. But her ventures wind up being as ambiguous as she is.

Out May 16, 2023!

Thank you, Netgalley and Publisher, for this Arc!

Pieces of Me by Kate McLaughlin ๐ŸŒŸArc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

This is a very intense read about a fictional depiction with some very realistic details of an 18 yr old with DID. Dissociative Identity Disorder is something that I believe is hard to describe, even for people who have it. However, this book, this author, gives a very valid attempt, and I think this is definitely worth a read if you are at all interested in DID.

The main character, Dylan, wakes up in a stranger’s bed and finds out she has been with him at his house with his sister all weekend. At this time, Dylan has no idea that she has these different people within her ready to come out and protect her at a moment’s notice. The guy she was with, though, turns out to be seriously the best person in the world. Conner is almost unbelievably understanding of everything, so of course I automatically love this dude.

Dylan has lots of support. This is a wonderful story about an amazing family (mostly). This is not the case for everyone with DID or any other mental illness, so at points, it felt a bit overdone. However, I learned some things about DID and love this author, so I would say I’m feeling pretty positive about this book.

Content warnings for mental illness, suicide, hospitalization, and child sexual assault.

Out April 18, 2023