Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky Review

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

This is one of those books that I am in complete awe of the author for creating such an amazing and fantastical world.  How Stephen Chbosky came up with the plot, characters, and events in this story is beyond my comprehension and I loved it.

I’m going to go ahead and admit that I am one of the slim few that have never read The Perks of Being A Wildflower and I’m a little ashamed to say it.  I had no clue what to expect going into this novel and I was definitely not prepared for what I experienced.

Don’t let the size of this book and the small print intimidate you, this story is amazing and twisty and dark but oh so good.  I loved the character of Christopher and how kind-hearted and what a protector he was.  He is such a sweet kid trying to help out his mom and also overcome all of the problems they’ve had in their life.  I know a lot of people were saying this book was way too long but honestly, I thought it was too short (I know, you would think over 700 pages is enough) but I didn’t want this story to end.  I wanted to read more about Christopher and his friends and family and find out about their lives after all the craziness went on.

All of the characters and events that went on in this book were executed perfectly and I honestly found myself gasping more than a few times with some of the crazy things that happened.  If you like almost paranormal, religious, fantasy I would say you would really enjoy this book.  It definitely is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I feel this was perfect as his big comeback novel.

Coral by Sara Ella Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was very excited going into this book because I love the original story of The Little Mermaid and love fairytale re-tellings so this sounded like a great story.  The cover immediately drew me in and the synopsis sounded great.

Let me first start off by saying my pros for this book.  I loved all of the characters for their own individual reasons, they were all well developed and I loved how each chapter was told from a different character’s perspective.  

I also loved the storyline of this book, it immediately intrigued me and the author has a whimsical, lyrical way of writing that I really enjoyed.  It is a little harder to read but I found by slowing down my reading speed I was able to fully understand everything and appreciate the story more.

Now we get to my cons; I didn’t really understand this story.  Quite a few times while reading this book I had to second guess myself and almost had to reread large chunks of it due to how confused I was.  What you originally think is three main characters in this book is actually only two but if you’re not paying close attention to what’s going on, you really don’t understand how two of the characters are the same.  

Another problem I had was how much this story jumped ahead without really giving you any warning.  All of a sudden we’re months ahead in the story without finding out the details or why it skipped ahead so far.  That was another thing that really threw me off when reading and I thought I had missed something.

I know the author tried to make it all a big plot twist at the end but I feel it fell a little short.  I might just be too used to reading thriller novels but it was a very anticlimactic plot twist for me.  

The only other con about this book for me was I felt like it could have been shorter.  There was a lot of information thrown in that I didn’t feel was entirely necessary.  

This still was a pretty good book overall and I commend the author for writing about the touchy subjects she did and bringing light to so many illnesses but this just wasn’t a great book for me.  The cover is very deceiving as it doesn’t deal much with underwater sea life so I feel like that will throw a lot of readers off.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker Review

Thank you so much to Lion Forge and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first graphic novel I’ve ever read and I loved it so much that I’m now hooked on them. The illustrations were amazing and the storyline was so good. It was the perfect amount of witchy and whimsical and I read it in one sitting. The characters were amazing, the plot was crazy, and I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book. This is definitely one I will reread over and over again.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones Review

5 STARS

Thank you so much to Little Brown Books for Young Readers for the free copy of this book for my review! 

This book is now one of my top favorite books of all time. It had the perfect amount of spooky, romance, and keep you on the edge of your seat creepy. I have never read a book like this before and I absolutely loved it. 

I would definitely classify this book as a dark fantasy with the rotting corpses and the dead coming back to life but it also had a lot of humor thrown in that surprised me. The writing was amazing and kept me entranced the entire time I was reading, it was so detailed and gripping. The world that Emily Lloyd-Jones created was richly-imagined but so simple at the same time, you could picture everything and that’s one thing I loved so much about this. 

I loved the characters of Ryn and Ellis, especially how Ellis was dealing with chronic pain throughout the book which is something I don’t normally find in fantasy books. Their relationship was so fun to read about and the ending honestly left me gasping and dreading for the outcome. 

Overall an excellent book that I highly, highly suggest reading. This was unlike any other fantasy book I’ve read and I doubt anything will ever compare to it. 

Blog spotlight for Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Two blog posts in one day?! There’s so much going on in the book world today that’s very exciting.

One thing that is getting released today is the paperback edition of Lisa Gardner’s newest book Never Tell and can we talk about how stunning it is?  Lisa Gardner has been one of my favorite authors for almost 10 years and her newest book was amazing!

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This gorgeous paperback also includes a teaser for Lisa Gardner’s upcoming novel When You See Me which doesn’t come out until 2020 so you’re getting a super early look!

The trade paperback is available today so run out and grab it!  You won’t be disappointed!

Blog Tour & Review for The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

4 STARS

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free copy of this book and for inviting me to participate in the blog tour!

I’m a huge fan of game-type thriller and suspense novels and I absolutely loved this book!  I went into this book not knowing much about it and I think with this book, that’s what you need to do.  I devoured this book in less than 24 hours and was reeling from it for a while.

This story follows a group of employees that work in the cutthroat finance world and each of them seems to be at the top of their game.  They all live the life of luxury, but luxury comes at a cost.  When they are all invited to participate in an escape room challenge for team-building purposes, they have no idea what they’re in for.

I loved the beginning of this book and how it flipped back and forth between the characters so you felt like you really got to know them.  They were all well developed and I had a love/hate relationship with each of them for different reasons.

If you’ve ever seen the horror movie Devil, it has those types of vibes.  A group of people stuck in an elevator, trying to figure out how to get out, and they start dropping dead one by one with no idea who the real killer is.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the incredibility of some of the things the main character did as revenge.  It seemed a little far fetched for me and that’s the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.

Review of Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Sarah Rees Brennan

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Scholastic Inc. Books for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I grew up in the era of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch and then when I saw they were making a more modern day show I was really excited. Then they came out with a book and my world was officially complete. Witchy, dark books have always been a favorite of mine (probably because Halloween is my favorite holiday) and this book definitely didn’t disappoint!

This book is based as a prequel to the show on Netflix and follows Sabrina as she’s about to turn 16 and tries to enjoy her last summer with Harvey and her two best friends. Her cousin Ambrose helps her cast a spell on Harvey that shows all of his true feelings. But when a wood spirit deceives Sabrina and the spell goes wrong, Sabrina must decide if she’s going down the wrong path and if all this power is truly worth it.

I loved the Netflix show Sabrina so I knew I would enjoy getting to learn about her life before the show. It honestly makes the show a little better getting to know more about the backstories to everything and it was so well written. The author’s writing style kept me engaged the entire time and I love how she nailed the characters perfectly. All the characters were well developed and relatable in their own ways and the number of times I laughed at Sabrina’s aunts’ tactics made for a great read.

This book had the perfect amount of darkness, humor, with a bit of romance thrown in for a perfect summer read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!