Book Review : The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? (less)

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I admit that I’m no expert when it comes to this genre. In fact, as to date, I have only read three books including this that falls under this category, so I will have to base my review on the general impact of the novel to me to the best of my ability without any spoiler as I perfectly know that these kinds of books need to be read without spoiler.

 In my personal opinion, this book passes the mystery-thriller-suspense-crime criteria with flying colors! What makes me say this has a great deal to do with the hypnotic writing style of the author- there is something eerie but magnetic with it and it is a huge mystery to me how the author is able to put across layers of meanings in the simplest thoughts and the most mundane phrases the female characters who are also the narrators utter.

It is also noteworthy how the author, in order to craft this forbidding tale, deftly chose these three women who are most flawed and most foolish and yet are unexplainably capable of receiving the reader’s empathy. Of the three POV’s, I was most glued to that of Rachel’s (the major character) whose loneliness seems to magnify her imagination which consequently becomes the core of the plot. (Read the book for the story and the plot)

It is also quite impressively baffling that the plot seems both linear and rounded at the same time. I felt like nothing happens so much but at the same time, it also felt like everything is happening and unraveling right under my nose and I couldn’t control my heart from hammering against my chest. There were times I had to stop reading and allow the creeps to surface above my skin.

If you have read and liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn as I have, I believe you will also like this book because personally, I was more convinced with this in almost every aspect. I swear I clapped my hands after reading this.^^

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Book tour : Back To Us by Teresa Roman

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About the Book

 Title: Back To Us

Author: Teresa Roman

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She’s vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.

But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?

My Review :

This is a simple story of love between a young woman and a young man who have had hard lives. It’s simple because it’s meant for an audience of young women and young men. The love story is pure, despite some messiness, and who wouldn’t want that for our young adults? Whoever out there has had a pretty rough go of things in life will sympathize with the main characters, and hopefully also admire that despite the odds these guys were working hard and aspiring to good lives. You root for this couple from beginning to end because good things should happen to good people eventually.This book was pretty good. I did not want to put it down once I got into the story. The author does a very good job of pulling you in pretty quickly. Overall a good read.

Author Bio

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Teresa Roman is a lover of books, both reading and writing them. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn’t at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing or with her head buried in another book.

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Excerpts

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I turned to leave. There were a million things I wanted to say to Justin, but without a guarantee that he’d respond the way I wanted him too, I was too afraid.

“Jess.”

“Yes?” I was almost at the door.

Justin hopped up on the table behind him and rested his feet on a chair. I waited for him to talk. “I’m scared,” he finally said.

“Scared of what?”

“That you’ll break me.”

I walked over to Justin slowly and stood in front of him. “You don’t believe I care about you?”

“I do. But feelings change, people change.”

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to be saying right now. I was the one who asked you out. I was the one who told you I was interested, but you turned me down, twice.”

“Because I’m an idiot.”

“Justin…”

“Just hear me out, okay?”

“Ok.” I took a step closer to him and he reached for my hand.

Blog tour + REVIEW : Belong to Me by Laura Howard

 Belong to Me by Laura Howard


Belong to Me
Laura Howard
(Moore Crossing #1)
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult,RomanceGoodreads B&N Amazon

Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them.

After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?

MY Review:

I would recommend Belong to me for anyone who is looking for a believable romance, rekindled love, second chances, and all around great read. good story! It’s a short read, but I really hope that there is a sequel to this because I felt like the ending came way too quickly

 Kate and Noah the forever kind of love, or at least they thought they did, but when a tragic loss to both of them brings them back together can things ever go back to the way they were. When Kate lost her twin brother it was a loss she never thought she would handle, jack was the other half, but his death impacted Noah as well, with Jack and Noah being bet friends. with Noah and Kate being around each other can they help each other heal from the loss of jack and can they heal old wounds from the past. this was a great story of second chances and being stronger together. great story, with great charters. loved it. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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Seventeen-year old Ruby has been living on her own for the past two months since her mother left. She has no idea where her mother went, and hasn’t heard from her since. Ruby has been getting by, just barely but this is about to change when the landlords of the tiny house they’ve been renting, discover she’s alone. They alert the authorities, and suddenly Ruby is taken in by her sister Cora. Things were different when Ruby’s sister Cora still lived at home, she sort of made it her job to care for Ruby and protect her from their mother. However, Cora’s been gone for ten years, left when she went off to college, and Ruby’s heard little from her since. This does not make for a happy reunion because Ruby doesn’t want to let anyone in, let anyone close. She certainly doesn’t welcome her sister’s assistance. Ruby would rather just rely on herself, that way she has no one else to let her down. So she makes a plan to just stick it out at her sister’s until she turns eighteen, then she’s out of there.

The best things about this book were the characters and the way the characters interacted with each other. There are so many different relationship dynamics in this book and I loved every single relationship. I liked all of the characters but I absolutely adored Jamie. He was such a sweetheart and I just thought he was so so lovely. The things he did for Cora made me love him even more. I loved Ruby’s character development. She completely changed because she gradually opened herself up to new experiences and new people. It was a slow process where Ruby assessed situations and then after some time, her negative thinking changed to positive thinking. It was a very inspirational change.

Book Review : What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

My Review :

3 stars

Seriously, I consider myself a Sarah Dessen fan. I have read almost all of her books and enjoyed the majority of them – to various degrees. What Happened To Goodbye, however, was a huge disappointment for me. The beginning was great, the whole set-up, the restaurant setting, but then … the whole thing just fizzled out around page 100. And it’s a long way to go from page 100 to page 400. Frankly speaking, I just found the rest of the book incredibly boring. I’m finding it difficult to really tell you why, but to me, it was just lacking the usual charm and heart. Let me tell you, I don’t read Dessen’s books because they are particularly deep and yes, I know they all follow the same formula. I read them for fun. I read them because, in my opinion, not a lot of authors can capture this feeling of change and growth, combined with lovely summer vibes and a swoon-worthy guy as well as her.

But here, the things I normally love about Dessen’s books were strangely muted and didn’t really come across. Not that I didn’t like Mclean as a character – she just didn’t stand out in any particular way for me. And despite the fact that I love to ramble about Dessen’s guys (see later), the main character’s voice is what carries the book. And if I don’t really care about her, I don’t care about the book either. The next thing is the quirky group of new friends. Well, Mclean’s friends were fun in this typically quirky way, but still, nothing too special. And then, Dave was a big disappointment as the love interest. From his description, he sounded very interesting: a science genius wanting the real high school experience and therefore giving up on university classes and the like, but in execution, he was just a very flat and boring character. Call me superficial, but Dessen’s guys are often the best about her books. I loved Wes from The Truth about Forever, Eli from Along for the Ride, Owen from Just Listen and Dexter from This Lullaby, and basically, those are the books I would recommend first and that I would label lovely comfort reads. Sorry to say, but with books like this my rule is: no swooning = no fun.

All in all, if you are a Dessen fan like me, you will probably read this anyway and form your own opinion. If you are no Dessen fan, you probably don’t want to read this anyway ;). But if you haven’t read anything by her yet and are looking for a good book to start with, I wouldn’t recommend What Happened To Goodbye.

Book Review : Education of Alice Wells by Sara Wolf

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What a nice quick read to start a day! I’ve always been a huge fan of Sara Wolf ever since the Lovely Vicious series, and when I learned about her other upcoming standalones, I just had to have them. Of course, The Education of Alice Wells was not an exception.

The book’s main character is Alice Wells, a college student who finds herself boring and normal. She finds enjoyment and fun in studying, and would rather submerge herself inside a classroom or a library instead of a party. Although she tops her classes and aces her exams, it doesn’t really earn her any friends and is made fun of as a “robot”.

“I’m still boring and focused on school as ever. But in a house with a Mom who only looked at me if I brought home a good report card, it was something I just grew into. School was my life. Where other girls found joy in movies and fashion and friends, I found it in numbers and facts. That’s how I’ve always been. It didn’t get me a lot of friends.”

But aside from her love for studying and all things school-related, she actually has another hidden interest.

“I think of Theo – Theo, the only boy with enough courage to approach me, to speak to me like an equal instead of a disdained alien or a piece of meat. Theo, the only boy to ever smile at me, to compliment me with true sincerity.”

But of course, Alice knows nothing about boys. She has had the biggest crush on Theo, but she hasn’t made any single move about it.
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This is the part where Ranik Mason comes to the picture, the king of bad boys in Mountford University. Under certain circumstances, Alice was put to a situation wherein she suddenly comes up to ask for Ranik’s help to become more “attractive” to start catching the attention of Theo. She worries that her “robot” looks will get her nowhere near Theo. Ranik, being the charming and arrogant being he is, agrees to this. But in exchange, Alice needs to do his homework and help him in his schoolwork, especially since his grades have been flunking. They both shake in into this “pact” and have officially agreed to help each other.

But of course, we all know what happens in stories like this…

“I can love you better. I promise you, I can love you more than he ever would. I already do. Just gimme a chance.”

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Anyway, I’ll stop spoiling the good stuff. I’m rating this book 4 stars because as much as I enjoyed this, I did have a few issues with it. First was Ranik’s accent. I loved Ranik and found him really sweet, but there’s just something about his accent that I can’t pinpoint that’s kind of bothering me. Second, I believe that the relationship between Alice and Ranik could’ve been written deeper, much more apart from their physical attraction. Third, I’m REAAAALLY hoping for a better cover. Lastly, I think there’s still room for a better characterization build-up!

But aside from those issues, I really did enjoy this book! Can’t wait for another Sara Wolf book!
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✯ Review ✯ Brutal Precious (Lovely Vicious #3) by Sara Wolf

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Synopsis:

Life meets death. The end meets the beginning. 

Eighteen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks. 

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend’s death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University. 

But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?

How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia’s death crushing her?

And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her? 

Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show. 

Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together. 

But Jack Hunter is better. 

**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

 ✯✯5 Brutally Precious Stars!!✯✯


I been waiting forever to read Brutal Precious ever since I finished Savage Delight which was the second book in this crazy non-stop series. I knew that since Savage Delight ended with Sophia committing suicide that Isis, Jack, Kayla and Wren were never going to be the same. Man, was I right.

Jack AKA Ice Prince couldn’t handle much. Once the funeral was over so was he. It didn’t matter how much Isis tried.Nobody was going to get through to him. Jack being Jack did things his way. Took off. Left some notes telling people not to worry and never looked back. He went from being an escort in Lovely Vicious to now  being an information gatherer. Working for some crazy mafia type people. He gets a job. A job that if he does well he’ll get a nice promotion. He must go back to college. He will be looking for some hackers. The face in the folder throws him for a loop. Will Cavanaugh AKA Nameless to Isis.

Isis is trying to move on in her life as well. Don’t worry though. She’s still the same loud mouth, witty don’t put up with crap Isis. She’s decided to stay closer to her mother. Even though her mother is getting better she doesn’t want to risk being too far away. Isis can’t stand being away from her mom, Kayla and Wren. She misses Jack terribly. When/if she sees him again she’s not sure if she’s going to hug him or decapitate him. Or both in Isis fashion!! Hahaha

Isis heads off to college and is quickly face-to-face with Nameless!! He doesn’t take long to start going in on her. Until he turns around and runs into a brick wall. Jack. Isis can’t believe her eyes. First Nameless now Jack. Even Jack. Isis wasn’t supposed to be here.

Isis and Jack are so confused. They weren’t expecting to see the other one. Jack has a job to do. Bring Will and his partner down. Jack is good at his job. No matter what his job is. Having Isis back isn’t helping. She’s making everything hard. He can’t concentrate on his job when he’s worried about keeping her safe. Jake is in love with Isis. But, after what happened with Sophia he won’t act on his feelings.

Isis won’t even believe the feelings that she has. No matter what Kayla and everyone around sees. Isis wants to believe Jack doesn’t want her. Not like that anyway. They decide to be friends. Start over. Whether that means torturing each other or hanging out. They must be together somehow.

This book is non-stop. Just when I thought I’d seen it all. Isis and Jack proved me wrong. Jack can’t stay away from Isis no matter how hard he  tries. Isis tries to show she’s not jealous of who Jack sees. Even if just for work to get information he needs. They both fail. Miserably!!!

There was a lot of stuff explained in this book. ESP from that night so long ago. The night with Kayla,Wren, Avery, Sophia and Jack. What actually happened?

You won’t be disappointed with this book. The only 2 things I’d change was Wren. Yes, Kayla talked about him a lot. That was it though. He was MIA. I hated that. I felt like the end was rushed. The epilogue I smh the whole time. It was all out of left field. How Jake & Isis got where they were, doing what they were doing or how it came about. None of it was explained. But, I still loved the ending.