The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

The Things You Kiss GoodbyeThe Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was not what I expected. It’s a story of first love gone awry. Bettina receives very little trust or respect from her father, so when she receives that in her first relationship, and worse, she doesn’t at first recognize that the comments, behaviors, and treatment is wrong. Once she does realize it she stays in the situation for far too long, and for all the wrong reasons.

Then a gentler soul becomes her friend and helps to show her the ways in which the people who love her should treat her.

This story sounds hopeful, and on some level it is. But first you have to endure a lot of pain, suffering, and tragedy. It runs far deeper than I expected and stirred up a lot of emotions.

Book 30 read in 2019

Pages: 368

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The unique concept and style is absolutely stellar. I was completely captivated, even when I didn’t want to be.

This is a YA suspense story about Sadie, a teenager who goes missing after her 13-year old sister is murdered. It’s told in two unique, alternating parts. One part is Sadie’s POV, right up until the point at which she officially disappears. The other part is a missing person’s podcast, presented just like an investigative story, as the podcaster travels, researches, and interviews people trying to piece together what might have happened to Sadie.

This story is dark, ugly, emotional, and gut-wrenching, but you won’t be able to look away. It reminds me a bit of watching those hour long investigative shows that I grew up with as a child, where they try to track down answers to unsolved mysteries, murders, and disappearances.

The unique style lends itself well to an audiobook format, so I highly recommend this book on audio.

Book 29 read in 2019

Pages: 311

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Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane JacobsBeing Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one charmed my socks right off, which was the last thing I expected.

It’s a classic Parent Trap situation, where two teenagers, both named Sloane Jacobs meet up. One Sloane is a hockey player, and the other is a figure skater. They’ve been exiled to Canada to attending skating camps, against their wishes. When they have a luggage mix-up at the hotel, they have to meet up to sort things out. That’s when they decide they look similar enough that with the same names, they could totally swap places, in order to avoid spending the summer working towards things they both dread, for various reasons.

Since I’m a sucker for all things Parent Trap, this one really clicked with me. You get to see both the girls change, grow, and confront their own personal demons. Plus, it has a really delightful ending, as should any Parent Trap-eque situation.

This book made me happy.

Book 28 read in 2019

Pages: 352

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Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I had forgotten how fantastic this one is! It’s full of history, mystery, romance, and ferocity, with a big twist. I’m sitting here wondering how I could go about getting my own hellequin. There just has to be a way. . .

Now, I can’t wait to dive in and read COURTING DARKNESS, out February 5, 2019.

Book 27 read in 2019

Pages: 444

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
Love this series! Different and refreshing.

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