A Top 2020 Read: Under Glass and Stone by A.N. Willis – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Under Stone and Glass was such an amazing story with a well-written plot and I loved all of it. I was blown away by the story of the house. A.N. Willis wove such an intricate story in such an amazing way, I was absolutely captivated.

How I Felt:

The characters give a young adult feel to this story, however, it’s perfect for adults. Evelyn, our main character, is a high school student plagued by terrible dreams that feel more like memories of the house across the street. Everyone thinks she is obsessed with the house and needs to move on. She’s such a determined character and knows deep down that something is not right. She meets Alex and quickly finds that she’s infatuated with him, but also that he may hold secrets that she needs to know. Alex was a great character. He’s a bit about breaking the rules, but also wants to do the right thing. It was a nice mix for his character that kept me wondering what his motives were.

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Quarantined? Here is a list of Free or $0.99 Books!

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With the entire country under an essential house arrest until further notice, I know that our house has been on the hunt for new things to do and read. I have been on the hunt for new books to fill up my e-reader without spending a ton of money. I was so excited to find out that there are a ton of options that are free to download or cost just $0.99! Here is a compiled list of where to find these great books!

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Run Girl Run by Willow Rose – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Run Girl Run blog tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours!

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What I Loved:

I loved this book! Run Girl Run had such an interesting twist to the story! It felt like a mystery with some paranormal aspects added, and it made the story excellent!

How I Felt:

The Characters: Harry Hunter is back again! He continues to be such a great main character for this series! His devotion to his job, and his family, makes him so lovable. I like that his character seems to skirt the edges of the right and wrong line. He’s willing to do what needs to be done to get the job done. I also liked the additional storylines around his wife and his daughter in this book. It helped to fill out Harry as a person, and his daughter’s story was so interesting!

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The Road to Delano by John DeSimone – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to The Road to Delano book tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!

What I Loved:

The Road to Delano is a wonderful mix of thriller, mystery, and historical fiction. I loved the way the author set this story. It was impactful and kept me on the edge of my seat!

How I Felt:

The characters were easy to relate to. I was so invested in Jack’s story. I wanted him to find out who killed his father and to find all the answers to his questions. My heart continued to go out to him as one incident after another happened. He was an excellent main character, and one I feel readers will enjoy!

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen- Book Review

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What I Loved:

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have written a story that weaves between multiple characters and timelines. It was done beautifully and seamlessly. I loved the way the story unfolded. We learned little tidbits of info, but only when it was time. Such a great plot!

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – An Unpopular Book Review

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What I Loved:

I didn’t really love this book. I’m just going to get that out in the open now. So, here’s what I did love.

The beautiful descriptive writing was lovely. Delia Owens can definitely describe things in detail.

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A Top 2020 Read: A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers – Book Review

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What I Loved:

I LOVED this book. Every single word, every page, every character. Can I also just throw in my massive cover-love for this one! It was a wonderful, exciting ride filled with a witch’s curse, a romance that spans lifetimes, secrets, and so much more!

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The Price of Time by Tim Tigner

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What I Loved:

I loved watching the concept of this premise play out in the book. The idea of an injection that can make a person live forever, never aging, never getting ill was fascinating.

How I Felt:

The Price of Time was full of suspense and mystery! I wanted to know what was happening, but the author kept his secrets until just before the end.

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Influencers Beware: Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Phew! Let’s talk about influencers for a second. They put themselves all over social media, inviting people into their homes and lives virtually and they have no idea who all of these people are. What are their intentions, will they begin stalking you, emailing you, trolling you?

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Dark and Twisty: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – Book Review

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What I Loved:

In a Dark, Dark Wood was a thriller with a ton of twists and turns! I loved a lot of them. This was so much going on in this story and it was so fun to try to figure it all out.

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Fabulous Suspense: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The Turn of the Key is a re-imagining / re-telling of The Turn of the Screw. I haven’t read the Turn of the Screw, but I definitely want to now! I loved how Ruth Ware was able to take an existing story and make it her own. The book was filled with suspenseful moments and chilling thoughts. I loved her ability to creep me out in this story!

How I Felt:

The Turn of the Key is my FAVORITE Ruth Ware book so far. At this point, I have read four of her books and I can’t wait to grab the next one. This is Ruth Ware’s most recent release, published in August 2019. After reading all of these books by her, I really feel that she is developing as a writer and finding a way to make her books more and more suspenseful!

Quick overview of My Thoughts:

* Great overall plot and story
* Wonderfully suspenseful moments that make you want the light on

* I would have liked just one more chapter
* Some character decisions left me scratching my head

The Characters: The main character in this book is Rowan, and I felt that she had some really nice character development. I was fully connected with her, and really just kept thinking, “Get out of this house Rowan!”. So, I found that Ruth Ware managed to get me worried for the main character and I enjoyed that.

There are, of course, other characters in this story, but they are peripheral for a lot of the book. They come and go and I did not feel a need for the same amount of character information for them, so I didn’t mind that there was not as much time spent on them. Jack, one of the characters felt so mysterious and some of his secrets, I couldn’t quite understand why he was keeping them. I understand it made the story spookier, but I didn’t understand his motivation for doing it. I also just want to parent shame for a second. What parent hires a new nanny and just leaves her kids? There are a few things in the mother’s ENORMOUS book of how-to-care-for-my-kids that I felt should have been given verbally instead of just expecting Rowan to read it all. I don’t want any spoilers, so I won’t tell you what those were.

The Writing: Ruth Ware’s story-telling choice for The Turn of the Key was such a great idea. The entire story is told through a letter that Rowan is writing to a lawyer. She is explaining what happened and why she needs help. The letter-writing grabbed me right from the start! I loved how the story unfolded. We know right from the beginning that a child has died and that Rowan is in jail for the death. She then goes back and starts from the beginning in her letter and I loved it.

The suspense that Ruth Ware was able to bring to this book was wonderful. I could feel the goosebumps and fear that Rowan had as all these things keep happening. There is one scene where Rowan is sleeping on a couch instead of her room and I swear, I had to put the book down and check under my bed (HAHA!). You’ll totally understand why when you read that part of the book. Well done Ruth Ware!

The Plot: Rowan wants a new nanny position and how posted for one at Heatherbrae House. Her first visit for the interview goes well, but she finds a drawn picture with a weird message and before she leaves one of the children warns her that the “ghosts wouldn’t like it” if she came to stay. I think this would have been it for me, “no thanks”. Rowan perseveres though. She is offered and accepts the position.

As soon as she moves in, the mother and father are off to a conference leaving Rowan alone with the children. There are so many things that make the story suspenseful from here. The odd walking noises that are “upstairs” when there isn’t actually another floor above Rowan, the very “Smart” home that keeps functioning improperly, keys that go missing, etc. It’s filled with so many weird and creepy moments. It’s wonderful!

The Ending: The ending was fantastic. It was gripping and mysterious, and a bit heartbreaking. I would have loved just a little more information because there were a few loose strings. However, it’s always fun to not know and have those discussions with your bookish friends too, and the ending does make the book more mysterious.

Content Warnings: Child death.

Overall: I enjoyed this book for its suspenseful story. I could not put this book down and needed to know how it ended and just what was going on in this house!

To Read or Not To Read:

If you are a fan of Ruth Ware, you should ABSOLUTELY read The Turn of the Key. If you haven’t read Ruth Ware before, this was worth the read. If you enjoy the little (and big) creepy things that build a good suspenseful story, you’ll enjoy this book.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is available at these sites.

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Just the Facts:

  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Publisher:  Gallery/Scout Press
  • Pub Date: August 6, 2019
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A Rollercoaster of Emotions: The God Game by Danny Tobey – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Danny Tobey has created this amazing and scary AI world and made it come to life. I loved how he built the world up, layer by layer, starting with only the computer and then moving to the phones, then the glasses, and so on. He really designed this horrifying game and wrote about it in a way that made me feel like I was right there.

How I Felt:

The God Game is a nightmare! I was terrified at the thought of this being a real thing and I loved that. The author was able to pull emotions out of me that made me terrified and worried and obsessed!

The Writing: The story was easy to get absorbed in because the writing was so good! I felt like there was zero down-time as we just flew from action-packed scene to action-packed scene. I was completely lost when there was a reference to coding. The writer chose to use the coding language at times, showing a “0101011” kind of language to show the reader the coding. This was completely meaningless to me, but I read past it and found that it did not affect my love of this story one bit!

The Characters: Each character had such backstory and depth. There was heartbreak for each of them, but hope too. They were easy to connect to and I was so worried for them throughout this story!

The Plot: AHHH! This plot! The idea of a game taking control of everything in your life. Do you love you dad? Y/N? And not being able to move on without answering the question, and then what happens once you answer? It was terrifying to think about! I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know if they were going to be ok or not!

Overall: I fully enjoyed this book! The action and excitement in the story, along with the well-built characters and great writing made this a wonderful book!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The God Game for readers that enjoy action-packed thrillers. The book blurb states that it is a little like Stranger Things, and I would agree. It’s mixing reality with a game. So, if you enjoyed Stranger Things, or Jumanji for that matter, you would enjoy this!

Where to Find This Book:

The God Game by Danny Tobey is available at these sites.

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A group of friends stumble on an internet game that sounds fun at first, but quickly turns into a nightmare.

You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

Creepy right!! So they all agree that even though the game stated they could die, it must be just in the game and they will be fine. They all accept to play and discover that their phones have become a gateway into the game. Viewing their real-world surroundings through their phones, they see the gamespace. The world they are in, but altered and creepy.

As they begin to play, they start to realize that this is an all-too-real kind of game. They each begin to have secrets from one another as the game starts to pull them apart. Can they find a way to work together to escape the game, or are they in this for life?

Just the Facts:

  • The God Game by Danny Tobey
  • Genre: Thriller / Science Fiction / Suspense
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

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