Hello fellow book-readers!
August is sadly coming to an end, and these are the books I have read.
Beard in Mind – Penny Reid
(Winstons Brothers #4)
All’s fair in love and auto maintenance.
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean missing out on what matters most.
Penny Reid did an amazing job with this book, I loved every minute of it. I loved reading about all of the old characters, especially loving that Cletus’s and Jennifer’s relationship was taking place, right at the same time Beau’s and Shelly’s was.
My only criticism with this book is that we got a lot of Beau’s POV and not enough of Shelly’s. Other than that, this book was such a wonderful read.
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
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.
I’ve mentioned in a blog post before that this is a book I typically wouldn’t pick up. However, I truly enjoyed it. This book was different. The books that I usually read either have 1 or 2 POVs, but this book had multiple POVs which is what I found so interesting.
All of the characters were involved in Simon’s death, but they were also dealing with other problems in their personal life. It was refreshing to see a book which looked at other aspects of their life rather than just the main plot.
There were many plot twists which just made the book all that more hooking. The author did an impeccable job at writing this book, everything was detailed well.
Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks
Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .
Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down.
Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes.
As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.
This was the first book I had ever read by the author, Nicholas Sparks, and hearing so much about him, I had very high expectations. Sadly, this book was a disappointment.
There were so many parts where I wanted to stop reading this book because it was just that frustrating. The book gave me a roller coaster of emotions, I was angry, frustrated, sad, confused and annoyed.
But.. I have to say that Nicholas Sparks is an incredible writer and does know how to hook the audience. Even though, I didn’t enjoy this book, the author did an amazing job of gripping and forcing me to finish of the whole book.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
What an outstanding debut novel written by Angie Thomas.
This book is relevant in today’s society. It discusses how unjust and unfair the legal system is towards black people. In some ways, it helped me grasp a better understanding of how an reoccurring incident like this can change a persons life. Even though I secretly wished for an happy ending, I understood that not many happy endings occur in the real world.
This book inspires me to do something.
A must read.
There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
I read this series every year, and it just gets better and better.
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