August Book Haul

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Another month and another million books bought haha But seriously having a book blog has taken my book hoarding to a new level. Luckily, my husband is very supportive of my book obsession (probably because his hobbies are way more expensive lol). These books are all from a used bookstore, the thrift store and Amazon.

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A New York Times bestseller

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing…

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Frightening, epic, and brilliant, Stephen King’s It is one of the greatest works of a true storytelling master.

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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

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The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam–a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion–a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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When Carson Drew’s Turkish client vanishes, Nancy is determined to decipher the clues woven into the decorative border of an Oriental rug. The coded message starts her on a quest for a missing mannequin. What happened to the attractive figure that was displayed in the large window of his rug shop? Who is trying to keep Nancy from finding it—and why? Tracking down the intricate trail of clues to solve this mystery, Nancy and her friends travel to Turkey. This book is the original text. A revised text does not exist.

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Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

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No synopsis for this book because it’s the 9th in the series and I don’t want to spoil anything.

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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

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Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

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Now a major motion picture by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly,Lionel Shriver’s resonant story of a mother’s unsettling quest to understandher teenage son’s deadly violence, her own ambivalence toward motherhood, andthe explosive link between them reverberates with the haunting power of highhopes shattered by dark realities. Like Shriver’s charged and incisive laternovels, including So Much for That and The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin isa piercing, unforgettable, and penetrating exploration of violence, familyties, and responsibility, a book that the Boston Globedescribes as“sometimes searing . . . [and] impossible to put down.”

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I’m so excited to read all these books and I feel like I found so many good ones this month. I also bought some books earlier this month, which I shared in my thrift store haul post. We Need To Talk About Kevin was turned into a movie that is currently on Netflix, but I want to read the book first.

~Cassie

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The Child by Fiona Barton

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Title: The Child

Author: Fiona Barton

Pages: 384

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Berkley Books

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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The reason I liked this book so much was the characters and not so much the story.  Which sounds terrible, but I promise that I still really liked the story as well. The mystery was great and even though all the clues were there I still found parts of the ending surprising. The Child is told from the perspective of four women and Fiona Barton did such a great job of writing such flawed, believable women. Each of the women: Kate, Emma, Angela, and Jude feel like such real people and I really enjoy when an author can make characters come to life in my head so vividly.

Out of all the characters Emma was my favorite because she was so damaged and fragile in some ways but in other ways she could be so strong.  Emma’s mother, Jude, was my most disliked character which is exactly what the author intended. I’ve never read from the perspective of such a selfish mother before and it made me so angry reading from her side.

The synopsis about the building site baby is only a portion of what the book is about and all the different elements helped make the book feel well rounded.  There was a lot of intrigue and more than one mystery that needed to be solved. Fiona Barton is a journalist so she was able to give a lot of behind the scenes info and a sense of how much work goes into putting together an article. I found myself emotionally invested in the story which is why I rated it so high. The story and mystery are still both really well done and I would give 4 stars just for that reason. Obviously, the bonus star is because the author did an outstanding job with the characters.

This is Fiona Barton’s second novel and I’m definitely interested in picking up her first one, The Widow. I’m not sure if they are a series but the covers definitely look similar. I have heard that some people don’t like mysteries that are told from the perspective of the person solving the crime so if that is you then this may not be for you. Also, this is another book from my reading challenge. I have really enjoyed every book that I have read from this list and if you are really into thrillers and mysteries like me, then definitely check it out.

~Cassie

Wonder Week TBR

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Wonder Week started yesterday but with my kids starting school and us all coming down with colds I have seriously fallen behind on everything. I still want to participate though even though I don’t think I will be able to be as involved as I want to be. So, with all that being said here is my TBR.

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Thriller: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Contemporary: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Free Space: Behind Her Eyes by Sara Pinborough

Book that you bought for the cover: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Science Fiction: Fahrenheit 451

These are all the books I’m planning on reading for Wonder Week. Although I started Behind Her Eyes right before the readathon technically started but I’m still counting it haha. Also, I would love to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for the science fiction space but that’s a pretty big book so I went with something smaller. If I feel the readathon is going well for me then I will probably make the switch.

Also, I just wanted to quickly mention that today is my one month blog birthday!! Like I said on twitter I am so grateful for all of my followers and I hope to get better and better at blogging. I started blogging because I genuinely love this community and I really feel like bloggers make a big difference in the book world!

Have a great weekend and if you are participating in Wonder Week then I wish you all a successful readathon.

~Cassie

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

WARNING! REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS

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Title: The Girl Before

Author: JP Delaney

Pages: 320

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Goodreads Rating: 3.7

My Rating: 5/5

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

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After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

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I really loved how this story was told. Alternating every chapter between each girl and their stories added to the suspense so much. What adds even more to the suspense is that Jane tells her story from the past and Emma is in the present. Having their lives intertwine so much was at times a bit creepy and really helped me to fall in love with this book. I loved the mystery element of Jane trying to figure out what happened to Emma and how it is the plot of the story, but it didn’t take over the story.

There were many parts of this book that I found myself surprised that the author was a male. Usually, I don’t think it matters who is writing because this is fiction and the author is using their imagination to tell a story so I judge the book based on their writing and depth of story.  In this case though, JP Delaney wrote so vividly about things that only a woman can go through that I was very impressed with his writing. He also did a wonderful job keeping me guessing the whole story and this book had so many twists and turns that it was a hard book to put down.

Both Emma and Jane felt so real to me that I was invested in both of their stories from the get go. Jane has just been through a home invasion and is looking for somewhere new to live with her boyfriend because she, understandably, doesn’t feel safe anymore where she is living. Emma has recently suffered a stillbirth and is trying to recover from the loss of her child. Both of these events are the motivation behind each girl’s choices and behaviors.  Even though both of their stories are taking place at different times many of the side characters are the same for both narratives, which just further entwines their stories. Both Emma and Jane were messy and relatable women and I found myself so caught up in each of their stories that I wasn’t even trying to look for clues to the mystery. Also, knowing that something is going to eventually happen to Emma kept the suspense level high throughout the whole story.

The Girl Before was way more dark and twisted than I thought it would be. I’m not really sure what I was expecting but it was definitely more rated R than PG13. I love how dark it was and it was a great addition to all the other elements in the book. This story has a lot of sexual content which may make some readers uncomfortable or may even be triggering so please keep that in mind if you’re deciding to read this book or not. JP Delaney balanced everything in this book so well and it was a very enthralling read.

Earlier in the month I posted about a challenge I was doing, where I’m wanted to read 15 thrillers before the end of the year. This was one of the books on the list and I’m so happy that I was finally pushed to read this because I loved it so much. I was also happy to find out that The Girl Before is being turned into a movie.  It is going to be such a great movie if done right and I will definitely be seeing it in theaters.

~Cassie

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

*Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for allowing me to read this book early in exchange for my honest review

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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Author: Melissa Bashardout

Pages: 400

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Flat Iron Books

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fantasy Retelling, Magical Realism

My Rating: 4.5/5

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

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I enjoyed this story so much. It was such a refreshing take on a story we have all heard before. The author had such an amazing way of writing that I really felt that I was there inside the story.  For most of the story the pacing worked really well for me. There were slow moments and then it would really pick up and then it would be back to slow moments which helped to really build up the suspense. I did find the beginning to be a bit rushed though which is why I took of half a star.

The author did such an amazing job with really developing the characters throughout the whole story and giving them such well thought out motivations for the actions. I love how strong both main characters, Lynet and Mina, were. They both came from such different places in life but their lives and stories are so entwined in such a beautiful way. This book did such an amazing job of showing the complexities of relationships, not only with others, but with ourselves.

I also thought that the romances were really well done. There was no insta love, instead everything really built up organically and nothing was over the top. In fact, all the relationships were so realistic and believable. For it being a Snow White, retelling everything felt fresh and new, which I wasn’t expecting at all.

Another plus to the story was the format the author chose for the story. The whole story was told from both Mina and Lynet’s perspectives. The majority of Mina’s part was  in the past and told us the story of how Mina came to be where she was. There were a few times when Lynet and Mina’s parts concided and I thought those times really showcased what a brilliant writer Melissa Bashardout is.

As you can tell, I really loved this story. I loved it so much I preordered my own copy. I was going to get the hardcover but when I imagine myself rereading this I picture a nice floppy paperback so that’s the one I ordered. There is no date for that copy, but I will keep you updated on it when I find out. Also, I hope it is actually a floppy paperback, but now that I’ve said that it probably isn’t haha.

Order your own copy here: Amazon Or here: Barnes and Noble Or here: Book Depository

~Cassie

Friday Faves #4

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This week has been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to get much blogging done. I only had one post (besides this one) go up this week. I’m almost done with a review for an ARC I received so hopefully that will be up tomorrow. Please bear with me as I figure out a new routine now that my older boys are back in school.

  1. Wednesday was the first day of school and it was so much fun seeing how excited my kids were and hearing all about their day.
  2. I didn’t have time to write any posts this week but I did plan out my next 10 posts.
  3. My husband surprised me with another book case which was so thoughtful and it’s a smaller one that fits all my little paperbacks perfectly.
  4. My one post this week that I did get up I was so happy with because I love the idea of telling you all my most anticipated books for the month. I think it’s another way for you to get to know me and my taste in books better.
  5. I got a couple of books in the mail from Amazon this week that I can’t wait to read. I actually have a huge stack of books that I want to read asap but I keep adding to it so it’s just getting longer haha #readerproblems #bookbuyingproblems

I hope your week was more productive than mine, although I do keep three humans alive and thriving while my husband works crazy hours, so I guess I’m always being productive lol Let me know some of your faves in the comments!

~Cassie

Most Anticipated Books: August 2017

I thought it would be fun to share what books I’m looking forward to every month. I will probably not be buying all of these right when they come out, but they are books that I am definitely keeping my eye open for. In the future I will be posting this at the beginning of each month. Since I’m doing this so late into the month there is only one book I’m looking forward to that hasn’t already come out.

 

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Title: Y is for Yesterday

Author: Sue Grafton

Pages: 496

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Marian Wood Books/ Putnam

Genre: Mystery

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

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Here are the ones that have already come out this month.

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Title: The Last Tudor

Author: Philippa Gregory

Pages: 528

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Publisher: Touchstone

Genre: Historical Fiction

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason.
Katherine Grey was the beauty of the family who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love. Mary Grey was an extraordinary little person known as a dwarf in Tudor times, who defied convention to marry the tallest man at court in her own secret love match.
The fascinating story of three idiosyncratic Tudor girls and their challenges to the most powerful Tudor woman of all is the subject of the next novel from the author who defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction (RT Book Reviews).”

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Title: A Stranger In The House

Author: Shari Lapena

Pages: 320

Publication Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can’t account for herself and unsettling questions that threaten to tear a couple apart.

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife.
But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she’s not there.
In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned.
Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them.
It looks like she’s left in a blind panic.
You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is.
Then you call the police.
The police tell you that your wife’s been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something?
The police think your wife was up to no good.
You refuse to believe it, at first.
Then, as the stories and facts don’t line up, and your wife can’t remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You’ve been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . .
. . . but maybe you don’t

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Title: The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Pages: 528

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Mystery Thriller

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

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Title: Girls in Snow

Author: Danya Kukafka

Pages: 368

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

GenreMystery

Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.

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Title: Emma In The Night

Author: Wendy Walker

Pages: 320

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Mystery Thriller

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

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Title: Are You Sleeping

Author: Kathleen Barber

Pages: 336

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.

The only thing more dangerous than a lie…is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

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Do any of these books sound good to you? What books have been on your radar this month?

~Cassie

The Newbie Tag

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A couple of days ago, The Introverted Book Nerd, posted this tag and I thought it would fun to answer.

  1. Why did you start this blog? I wanted a place to share all my thoughts and feelings about the books I read. It’s also nice to talk about books with other people who enjoy it as much as me.
  2. What are some fun and unique things that you can bring to book blogging? I think that the best part of this community is how everyone has their own ideas, thoughts and opinions. It would be boring if we all thought the same about every single book. So, I bring my own views on things and I think that is pretty unique.
  3. What are you most excited about with this new blog? My favorite thing has been not only the excitement of starting my own blog but also getting to read and follow so many other blogs. I’ve gotten so many great book recommendations and once again, I really love this community.
  4. Why do you love reading? I love getting to know different worlds, characters, and ideas. I love when a book is so good that it comes to life in my head. I think that even when a book isn’t the best there is still something that can be taken away from it.
  5. What book or series got you into reading? I have been reading for as long as I can remember so I’m not really sure haha But I do remember reading a lot of Nancy Drew in elementary school.
  6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors? I would ask them what their favorite part of the writing process is. Oh or maybe I would ask them what their writing process is.
  7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome? I think for me it will be having enough time to devote to reading and blogging with everything else that I need to do everyday.
  8. When did you start reading? Like I mentioned earlier, I can’t remember ever not reading. I wish I remembered learning how to because I think it would help me more when it comes to helping my kids. They learn words phonetically (other than sight words which they have to memorize) but I had to learn along with my oldest because it was so foreign to me.
  9.  Where do you read? I always read in my living room on my couch or the chair.
  10. What kinds of books do you like to read? Right now I’m loving reading thrillers. They are so fast paced and I can get through them pretty quickly. I enjoy reading pretty much anything though. Before kids I read a lot of classics, which I love and I hope to get back to reading a lot of them when my kids are older.

I hope you enjoyed my first tag! I tag anyone who wants to do this. If you do, leave a link in the comments below so I can check it out 🙂

~Cassie

Friday Faves #3

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This week went by so fast. I hope you all had a great week as well! This was our last full week of summer vacation and we spent it lounging around at home and hanging out at the park.

  1. The most exciting thing to happen to me this week was that two publishers got in contact with me about reviewing books. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be able to share my thoughts about both with you all.
  2. The weather has been perfect all week long. My absolute favorite weather is low to mid 80’s and that is what is has been here( I live in the California). I feel like I’m always in an amazing mood when the weather is so nice.
  3. Going along with favorite thing number 1, I have been getting approved for quite a few ARCS on Netgalley. So thank you Netgalley and publishers for that.
  4. I’m really enjoying spending as much time with all my boys before school starts next week.  My mama heart is the happiest when I’m surrounded by my little people. Even though some of them aren’t that little anymore haha
  5. I finished 3 books this week and I would love to finish 2 more in the next couple of days.
  6. I have been staying a day ahead when it come to blog posts, except for today’s, I want these Friday Fave posts to be as authentic as possible. It has really allowed me to take my time with each post and I found that I have missed writing after all these years out of school. Which, I never realized when I was younger, but 31 is 13 years out of school!!! When I think of my age like that, I definitely feel old haha

Let me know some of your faves from this week. Also, what is the weather like where you live?

~Cassie

Right Behind You (Quincey and Rainie #7) by Lisa Gardner

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Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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Title: Right Behind You (Quincey and Rainie #7)

Author: Lisa Gardner

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Pages: 389

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Goodreads Rating: 4.17

My Rating: 4/5

This was a multiple perspective book with all the characters but one telling their story in the present. It was so smart of the author to tell the story this way because it really added to the suspense of the novel.

I loved all the characters. They all felt so real and complex which made the story that much more enjoyable to read.  I also really liked the plot. The premise was good and there were multiple twists this book took. I loved all the twists and the care that the author took to weave the ending together.

I took a star off because I felt like some of the story dragged a little. Although, I also really liked all the details. But there were also times I felt the book was lecturing a very tiny bit which is always a turn off for me.

Another plus to this book, was the acknowledgments at the end, where the author, Lisa Gardner, tells us how and why she came up with the story. I thought that was so fun and I wish more authors would add that. Also, on her website, you can enter someone to be killed off in one of her upcoming books.  How funny is that?!

I also want to add that even though this is number 7 in a series I never felt like I was missing out by not reading the previous 6.  If Goodreads hadn’t told me that this was #7, I never would have guessed this was part of a series. If you like crime novels, then I 100% recommend this book to you. I plan on reading as many Lisa Gardner books as I can.

~Cassie