*Arc Review* Neverworld Wake- Marisha Pessl

“There are rules of this world, and there is what you do when life comes crashing down around you.”

This was my first experience with this author and my expectations were high. Readers lead me in a direction that this author was the best at what she does, but this was such a huge letdown.

From page one I knew that it was going to be a strange read and I’m not denying that it wasn’t. The story just reminded me of things I have read before with a mix of an episode of the Twilight Zone with a dash of the movie Happy Death Day. So for me it was a case of the dejavu’s. Kind of like a been there done that situation.

My favorite part of this book is the cover. Its beauty and it’s underlining darkness draws you in. It leads you to this creepy feeling and you can’t let go. Sadly, that was the only thing that stands out with this.

The story is obviously repetitive for reasons that I won’t say and you feel yourself being lead down this dark hole that is nearly inescapable.

The mystery that develops between the pages wasn’t nearly enough to keep me interested but I stuck with it.

If you’re interested in books by this author, I would start with something else.

This is why I should never judge a book by its cover.

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First Line Friday

Welcome to First Line Friday where we share the first line in a book.

I’m going to be doing teasers for upcoming books and our first one is Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas!!

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“This house was made for someone without a soul.”

Synopsis: 

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First, there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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*Featured Image is not my own. Borrowed from Scholastic.* 

*ARC REVIEW*The kiss quotient by Helen Hoang

I was able to read this book early in thanks to the first to read program by Penguin.

Going into this book, I already know I’m in a book slump. Lately, I haven’t read many books that I enjoyed. But this book helped me out.

It’s about a woman, Stella Lane who is near 30, has a steady job and has her own place. I think all is good but only down fall she has no boyfriend or had one and her family is asking for grand kids. Only issue though is she doesn’t like sex like at all, she doesn’t enjoy it and she thinks it shows. Other she is not afraid to tell people but doesn’t want to be treated differently since she has Aspergers. So to get better at sec life so can appease a guy she hires a escort to teach her how to get better. This is where Micheal Phan comes in who is half Vietnamese half Swedish. This story is told in both perspectives which I always love more than one side. But slowly thru the story he helps her in her own ways to learn. But like any friends with benifts or this case paid feelings get involved. But what is nice besides the love interest mike helps Stella see more of the world and get out of her routine she has since all she wants to do is work and sleep pretty much. Though some of these can be distraous I can say from first hand from being special ed like myself to my friends who have aspergers to many things at once or to loud can lead to huge melt down. One person needs to have a support system so thru this cute story you learn their story & to those that don’t help the case. So a cute little story I enjoyed for a debut novel from Helen that I loved and is 5/5 stars from me.

Good reads Monday

Today is good reads Monday which means you post about a book that has been on your to read like that you haven’t read but deserves to get some attention and my book today is

I was super excited for another book by Nicola upon who I have many times before thru past few years after reading everything everything. I’m shocked I did never in the end pick it up but I know where it’s on my shelf soo I’ll proubly read it soon since I’m itching to read a contemporary book again. And if not you should fully read everything everything!!!

*Arc Review* People Like us- Dana Mele

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“Resilient is the wrong word for someone who attracts tragedy like a magnet but survives to watch her loved ones die.”

I finished this book in less than a day and I’m not ashamed. I instantly immersed myself into the world of Bates Academy where girls are mean and everyone has skeletons hiding in their closets. And I loved every page of this.

My mind is working overtime with that ending. It was a continual shock, just one after another and they just kept coming. The shock that came with those last few chapters had me reminiscing about the end of Behind Her Eyes and we all know how that ending shook the world.

Every single part of this is exactly what I want in a book. It was different, mysterious, and even a little saucy. Everything was spaced perfectly, the character development was superb, the scenery was to die for, and this psychological thriller had me guessing right up until the end. My mind is still working a mile a minute even after all this time has passed.

I’m grateful for picking this up. I can’t wait to see what Dana pulls out of her magic hat next time. All I know is that I won’t be disappointed and neither will you.

Just be careful who you place your trust in!

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