// My Top Reads of 2018 //

We are getting too close for 2018 to end, and while I’m looking forward to another fresh year, it wasn’t such a bad year for me. I’ve had major ups and downs. I’ve laughed, cried, been angry, anxious, all of the emotions out there, I have been through it. It’s easy to look into all the bad, but I choose to look at all of the good, because it outweighs the bad for me. I still have a ways to go, but I’m doing better.

I thought I would gather up my top 5 reads of 2018. It was difficult to narrow down, but I believe I came up with a good list. I’m looking forward to more in 2019 – Maybe I’ll actually set a goal for 100 books and actually keep it that way, lol. Continue reading “// My Top Reads of 2018 //”

Advertisements

Book Review // Nice Try, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series, # 3) by: Brent Jones

nicetry

Title: Nice Try, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series, # 3)

Author: Brent Jones

Publish Date: September 17, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense

Summary: Is evil a matter of choice, or are we born that way?

After a string of brazen arsons overwhelms Wakefield’s first responders, the town is placed on lockdown, rendering Afton and her companions vulnerable to attack.

In a last-ditch effort to protect her inner circle, Afton attempts to establish an improbable truce with her archnemesis, leading her into a deadly trap more than a decade in the making. Survival will mean choosing to embrace her dark side, once and for all.

Continue reading “Book Review // Nice Try, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series, # 3) by: Brent Jones”

Book Review // The Reluctant Healer by: Andrew Himmel

healer
Title: The Reluctant Healer

Author: Andrew Himmel

Publication Date: October 8, 2018

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press

Genre: Fiction

Summary: The Reluctant Healer tells the story of a young attorney who is torn between mounting evidence that he has the spiritual ability to heal others and his life-long skepticism of alternative views. Will Alexander is cautious and conventional. But when he meets Erica, a beautiful, intense energy healer, he becomes troubled not only by her unorthodox endeavors but also by the limitations of his own existence. Amidst this turmoil, Will is startled to discover that he may possess metaphysical gifts of healing that confront the narrow doctrines of his regulated life.

​The Reluctant Healer paints a portrait of a reasonable man who traces a path between skepticism and belief. Flawed, funny, and agnostic, Will distrusts much of the alternative world, even as he struggles internally with phenomena that challenge both his sense of self and his orderly perspective. Will’s love for Erica, the exposure to her world, and his newfound powers place his life in a state of uncertainty, teetering between disruption and liberation.

Continue reading “Book Review // The Reluctant Healer by: Andrew Himmel”

Book Review // The Classroom by: A.L. Bird

Title: The Classroom
Author: A.L. Bird
Publication Date: September 16, 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital

classroom

A big thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read and review this book!

Book reads summar:

Letting go of your daughter for the first time isn’t easy.

But the classroom is the one place she should be safe.

Isn’t it?

My Review

Kirsten brings her daughter, Harriet, to class for the first time and meets her new teacher, Miriam Robertson – unknown to Kirsten, or anybody else, Miriam has her own agenda…and it includes Harriet.

The story was a bit difficult to get interested at first. This was mostly because of the formatting of the ARC. The paragraphs were separated at odd points of the story, and some punctuation was off – but that doesn’t have anything to do with the story itself.

I like the different take on a story like this. Miriam has her eyes fixated on Harriet as the perfect and beautiful little girl. A few twists in the story come about that I definitely didn’t see coming, but for the most part…I really didn’t care for Miriam. And it’s not for reasons that would be obvious, although they are in those reasons for not caring for her.

She deluded herself into this fairy tale of hers that she’ll take Harriet and they will all be happy together. Nobody seems to REALLY think about the child in the story. Kirsten and her overly childish husband, Ian, don’t see eye to eye on anything and it got frustrating – I almost thought maybe Harriet was better off with Miriam after all.

I give the story three stars. It was a good story to tell. The characters (adults mainly) were not likable and quite honestly…I felt more sorry for Harriet for being put in the middle of something that she neither deserved or asked for.

It’s obvious that these three adults do love this little girl, but have some odd ways of showing it. It was an all around good story to read. If you are curious as to what Miriam’s plans were and how Kirsten and Ian were truly a part of it, the book is available for pre-order and will be published on September 16.

Book Review // The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn

Title: The Woman in the Window
Author:
A.J. Finn
Publication Date:
January 2, 2018
Genre:
Thriller/Mystery/Suspense

woman

Imagine being too afraid to leave your house for one reason, then another reason entirely. A.J. Finn’s debut novel about a woman suffering from Agoraphobia and depression and witnesses a crime in her neighbors house.

Continue reading “Book Review // The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn”

Digital Reads Blog Tour // Book Review // In Servitude by Heleen Kist

DRBT jpg

“I struggled to decide what had shocked me more: that Glory had been scheming behind her husband’s back or that she’d confided in our father, and not me.”

Title: In Servitude
Author: Heleen Kist
Publisher: Polock Glenn Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Summary: Continue reading “Digital Reads Blog Tour // Book Review // In Servitude by Heleen Kist”

Least Favorite Tropes

I had to really think about this topic. I’ve seen a few of my friends and favorite bloggers talk about the different tropes that they are tired of, or just flat out dislike. After really thinking about it, I thought I would provide my own list of least favorite tropes. Some of them will not be YA related, but for the most part, they will be YA.

I am guilty of still reading books with these tropes on occasion, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t at least try to appreciate the author for writing the story even if it isn’t my favorite. Continue reading “Least Favorite Tropes”