Recent Reads: Liane Moriarty & Ruth Ware

Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. When I got married, I found it hard to find time to read. I almost felt guilty for reading because there was always something else to do around the house, or something would distract me *social media,* and I wouldn’t make time for reading. I’ve started making time to read again, usually before bed, and I’m loving it! Loving Liane Moriarty in particular. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

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What I read in September / Book reviews

Those girls by Chevy Stevens

Those Girls
About the book:
Those girls is about three sisters who have lived an awful life. Their Mother passed away early in their lives and their father wasn’t around much. When he was around, he was extremely abusive. One night things got out of hand, and the girls had to flee. They found themselves in a small town, where things only  got worse. As soon as they got out of the situation they were in, they found themselves in a new town where they started fresh, or so they thought. One of the sisters went missing, and they found themselves reliving their past all over again.

My Review: Here i go raving about Chevy Stevens again. I’m telling you, she’s freaking brilliant. If you can’t tell by now, I love her. All of her books have been excellent. Those girls did not disappoint. It’s definitely one of her better novels she’s written. It’s rare that I actually cry for characters or get angry at them while reading a book. This one got me though, the things these girls went through in their lives makes me feel sick. It’s sad to think that something like this book can happen, and might have already happened, in real life. The strength the girls had was inspiring. I loved the book. Five out of five stars.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 

Reconstructing Amelia
About the Book: Kate is a single Mother who is trying to raise her daughter to the best of her ability. One day she gets a phone call that her daughter has cheated on a test (which is so unlike Amelia) and Kate needed to come pick her up ASAP. When Kate got to the school, there was a girl who had jumped off of the roof of the building, and died. It was Amelia. The police decided Amelia had committed suicide. Amelia and Kate were close, Amelia told Kate everything. Kate knew her daughter did not kill herself and she was determined to prove it. What she uncovered was shocking.

My review: This book was super hard for me to get into, I honestly had to force myself to finish it. I kept telling myself it would get better, but it kind of drug itself out. I love psychological thrillers, and that’s what I was expecting this book to be. I think this is more along the lines of something I would have read when I was sixteen. While I thought it did a good job of explaining how mean high school girls can be, I had a really hard time relating to this book. It didn’t take me long to read just because I wanted to hurry up and get through it. I’m sure others loved it, but it wasn’t what I’m into.  If you’re into low reading level, high school drama books, this ones for you. I’m giving this one star out of five.

Book Reviews | Summer Reads

Since summer is coming to a close I thought it was time to talk about the books I’ve read this season. I normally read a ton of books in the summertime but this year I didn’t find as much time to read as I usually do, but I did get to squeeze in a few good ones. Two out of three are by the same author. This fall I hope to read more of a variety. I just couldn’t get enough of psychological thrills and Chevy Stevens this summer!

One // Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still Missing

About the book: Annie Sullivan is a 32 year old real estate agent who has a very normal life. She has a loyal dog, a great boyfriend, and a fabulous best friend. She has occasional disagreements with her Mom, but what girl doesn’t? Annie’s world is flipped upside down one day when she gets abducted while hosting an open house. She is taken to a remote cabin where she is held hostage by a man she names “The Freak.” Annie eventually escapes The Freak, but did she really escape him? He haunts her every single day of her life. You will learn what happened to her while she was in the cabin and how she copes with life after her abduction.
My thoughts: If you love psychological thrillers like I do, you HAVE to read this book. When I tell you this book is raw, I mean it. If you don’t do well with very graphic scenes and bad language, this book is not the one for you. It was so graphic it brought tears to my eyes at times; tears of sadness and tears of anger. What Annie went through in this novel is absolutely horrific. It really opened my eyes to what some women go through when they are abducted. If you read this book, just take a minute to think about the fact that this stuff actually happens. It has probably happened a million times over. It breaks my heart. The ending of this book will definitely blow your mind. You won’t believe what happens. Out of 5 stars I give this book a 20. It’s probably up there with my favorites of all time, and trust me, I have very few books on that list.

Two // That Night by Chevy Stevens

That Night
About the book: Toni Murphy is an 18 year old teenager who has struggles of every normal 18 year old. She doesn’t fit in with the “popular” girls, she fights with her parents because they don’t like her boyfriend and she doesn’t get along with her baby sister, Nicole. One night Toni decides to be nice to her baby sis and invites her to hang out with her and her boyfriend, Ryan. That night Nicole is brutally murdered and although Ryan and Toni are innocent, they both serve 15 years in prison for the murder. at 34 years old, Toni is released and she decides to move back to her home town. Toni is determined to prove to everyone that she did not kill her baby sister. She faces a struggles and makes sacrifices to find the person who killed her sister and why they did it. This novel has so many twists and turns, you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It’s definitely not the best book Chevy Stevens has ever written, but nonetheless it’s still a pretty good read. I really felt for Toni throughout the book, she truly had the definition of a hard life. Her life was stolen from her, her family was ripped apart, and she lost the one person she truly loved. It seemed as if no body was on her side. If you want a thriller without all the graphic and gross scenes, this book is perfect for you. I give this book a 3.5 out of five.

Three //  Yes please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please
About the book: In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by. (I got this via Good Reads)
My thoughts: Since I loved the television show Parks and Recreation of course I loved this autobiography. Amy Poehler is freaking hilarious. If you don’t love her something’s seriously wrong with you. This book was a fun and easy read for me. I really enjoyed learning about and hearing Amy’s successes, struggles and personal life. If you’re an Amy fan, you should read this. If you’re not, I don’t think you will enjoy it as much as I did. I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 stars.