Well Met by Jen DeLuca

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/8/19-8/11/19

I didn’t want to finish this one! I need about a million more books like this one in my life! It is a solid heartwarming romance (yes, I have put my hand over my heart trying to figure out the right words to describe this book, come at me) that you all NEED to read!

In a small town in Maryland (love), a woman comes to the aid of her sister and niece after a car accident leaves them shattered. When her niece, Caitlin, wants to do the Renaissance Faire fundraiser for the school, Emily finds herself forced to volunteer as well. She gets placed as a wench in the tavern at the Faire, and as she begins working it, she learns that there is a lot that needs to be done to get things running smoothly. Sadly, she is stuck by Simon, the high school English teacher and Faire organizer, who runs the Faire the same way his late brother did. I mean, EXACTLY the same way. Her first day at the Faire, Emily finds herself making a year and a day pledge to Simon (at least their characters do) and suddenly there are feelings there that weren’t there before. Trying to get through the Faire is hard, but trying to move past their pasts is harder, and with the summer quickly dwindling, they have to make choices they aren’t keen to make.

Firstly, I haven’t read a book about a renaissance fair in my entire life. It was nice to read something that was so different from other books I read, while still keeping the themes that connect to everyone. The romance is pure and fun (if a little surprising), but once you are in, you are hooked for life. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and if you are someone who likes heartwarming, sweet, funny, chill, fun romances, then put this book on your TBR pile right now!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Whisper Man by Alex North

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/5/19-8/7/19

Heads up: don’t read this before you go to bed! The idea of a man coming to your window and whispering sweet nothings is enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies. Whatever the case may be, this was the first book I picked for my Book of the Month selection in August 2019!

This book is about the Whisper Man, also known as Frank Carter, who was a serial killer known for going to little kids houses, whispering to them at night (in an effort to build a connection), then taking them and murdering them. He was caught in the 1990s, but somehow, despite his tenure in prison, the murders began again. When strange incidents happen to Jake Kennedy, his father, Tom, is all over it. While he feels like he is failing as a father, he is trying to cope with the death of his wife while still raising an 8-year-old boy. As the police become more involved, the connections between what is happening and the Whisper Man continue to grow, and hopefully they can finally catch him for good.

Obviously, this book delves into child abuse and murder, so if those are things that trigger you, then maybe don’t pick this one up. It is creepy, but a Goldilocks level of creepy. I felt like this book progressed really well, and when I got to the end, I wanted to keep reading more and more. I got there way too quick for my liking. At the end of the day, I complain all the time about books taking too long to get to the punch, so I don’t feel like I can complain here. I would honestly give this book 4.75 out of 5 stars, and I fully recommend you checking it out!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 8/8/19-8/10/19

WHOA this book took a TURN and a HALF! When I first started listening to this book, I figured I wouldn’t be interested in it. And honestly, I got into it, and I was completely surprised by that! And then, the ending! Dude, the last 100 pages are NUTS bro!

There’s this girl, Violet. She comes from a really crappy family, and thanks to a teacher in high school, she decided she wanted to get into the world of cable news. She went to college where she met a girl named Stella, who comes from a privileged lifestyle. After college, she starts working for a company called KCN based out of NYC. In order for Violet to have a place to live, she moves into the apartment that Stella’s parents bought for Stella. As Violet begins to climb the ranks at KCN, Stella’s jealousy (and her parent’s connections) leads her to a job there. As Stella begins to compromise her dream path, Violet must choose between her ambition and her friend.

Pitoniak has a writing style that is easy to read and follow. She managed to keep me entertained and excited throughout the novel, which is a feat because I wouldn’t have been interested by most writers with the same concept. It is dark, real, and INSANE! I recommend it for anyone and everyone!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 8/5/19-8/8/19

This book is super weird. It reminds me of The Municipalists and Supermarket in the writing style and overall oddity. I heard about this through Book of the Month (February 2019).

This one is hard to explain, so strap in, it will be a bumpy ride. There’s this dude, Charlie, who is really good at memorizing things. He gets picked to be the assistant to the most famous consul, Jack Logan. We are set in a time where humans hibernate for 8 weeks out of the year, and in order to save energy during those weeks, people take a drug called Morphenox that removes dreams. The catch? Taking the drug could make you a nightwalker, where you lose any touch of reality and instead walk around completely dazed. Charlie comes across a nightwalker while on official business with Logan. He subsequently loses the nightwalker to what he thinks is a farming scheme (where they impregnate female nightwalkers), and the leader of HiberTech comes across him. She tells Charlie to go to Sector 12, where there is a viral dream that has spread among people staying at the Sarah Siddons, a dormitory, on the ninth floor. When he finds himself inside the dream, he is trying to piece together what it could mean, and who he can trust to tell about it.

If you are confused, welcome to the club. There is A LOT to this story, so I don’t think I could really explain what happened if I tried. But take my word for it, it is incredibly intricate and crazy, but really good. I have never read anything by Fforde, nor will I probably read anything by him again (sorry), but I was surprised by how into it I was. The first time I tried to listen to this book, I wasn’t interested after about a half hour in. This time, I just said, screw it, let’s do it, and I got it done. It is slightly dark and confusing, but I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 8/1/19-8/2/19

Eww….. I have the heebie jeebies just thinking of making this post. This book is so incredibly good and dark and intriguing and fun to read. I would recommend it for anyone who likes the feeling of “wtf”.

We follow our girl, Jules, as she is recovering from one of the lowest moments in her life. After losing her job, boyfriend, and apartment, Jules takes an apartment sitter job at the famous Bartholomew in New York City. Upon taking the job, she learns that she is forced to stay in her apartment every night, no one is allowed to visit, and she has to hide the fact she is staying there. Chalking it up to privacy for the famous residents in the building, Jules thinks nothing of it.

She meets her fellow apartment sitter, Ingrid, where she learns that the girl before her left unexpectedly in the middle of the night to end her tenure. After finding out this information from Ingrid, Ingrid disappears in the middle of the night. As Jules begins investigating and piecing together Ingrid’s sudden disappearance, conspiracy theories began to lead her down a rabbit hole.

I had 2 theories as I read this book. The first theory, which I proposed on page 130 (yes I did use Post-It notes, come at me) ended up correct. The second theory, made on page 162 was TECHNICALLY incorrect, but was also correct. I am unsure if I was able to guess this hypotheses because I am a lover of the genre, or if that information was semi-blatant. Whatever the case may be, I was able to guess bits and pieces of what would eventually be the conclusion, but I was nowhere near able to actually guess the ending.

This book also had the added effect of tapping into one of my movie fears, so there is that. It is almost creepy in the story, unlike his others which felt more thrilling. I would give it 4.75 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JLG5GVB/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 5/11/19-5/26/19

Happy Tuesday everybody! This book just didn’t keep my interest, so I found myself reading other books during the time it took me to read this one. With that being said, this isn’t a bad book, just not one that kept me with it.

This book follows Andrew, a member of the Council of London whose job is to figure out next of kin after someone passes (or at least to find money to pay for the funeral). A new woman, Peggy, comes to his office, and it is his job to teach her the ropes. Over time, he begins to realize that he is attracted to her. The problem? She thinks he is married with 2 kids, but he isn’t.

I just couldn’t keep myself in the book. It felt like it moved really slowly, and that the overall story itself just wasn’t moved along well. I think it could have been a really good idea for a story, it just could have been handled writing-style-wise a little better. (ooof, that was a really short one).

I would give this book 3.5 out of 5. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris

Goodbye, Paris: A Novel by [Harris, Anstey]
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078M587P4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 5/17/19-5/19/19

I listed this book at the top of my BOTM TBR pile, and was just completely disappointed. To be fair, this book isn’t completely awful, it just could not hold my interest.

This book follows Grace, a string instrument maker (you know, I read this entire book and I am sure there is a word for this and I don’t remember, oops.), who also is in a relationship with married David. When David is in the news (and CCTV footage shows Grace with him), their lives together have been flipped. Alongside all of this, Grace has created what she hopes will be an esteemed cello for a competition in Italy. As Grace learns more information about David, she is forced to decide whether she will ignore it or move on (with destruction in the way).

So here’s the thing, I have always been incredibly uncomfortable in books with unhealthy love stories. I have no idea why, but it has always been a point of issue for me when it comes to reviewing books. This is such an incredibly unhealthy love story. Not only the whole “David being married” part, but also the really creepy way he manipulates and lies to her. I just can’t deal.

Also, while I come from a semi-musical background (especially string instruments), I just felt like we talked shop WAY too much. I felt like she was adding in descriptions way too much, but hey, that’s just me.

Also, side note, I love Nadia. Okay, that’s all.

Despite all the negativity I have just listed, I would probably give this book 3.5 out of 5. It isn’t that bad, I just feel like those points really were the stand out things I wanted to discuss. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!