Punk 57

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When this book was released in October of this year, I saw it everywhere on Goodreads and Facebook.  It was an instant hit with exceptional reviews.  I immediately added it to my TBR and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I love books centered around pen pals, as that’s something I thoroughly enjoy, being that is how Sabrina and I met each other.  After reading the blurb, I was sold.  In a bit of a reading slump, I was recently able to borrow this book from someone in a Facebook group (thank goodness for Three Girls Lending Library)!

Punk 57 is about two fifth grade students at separate schools that are paired together as pen pals.  Misha and Ryen are given each other’s names because their teachers assumed they were the same gender.  Despite being the opposite sex, Misha and Ryen formed an instant friendship that grew with them into high school.  When Misha accidentally meets Ryen in person, their whole relationship changes, though Ryen is still in the dark.  She simply knows she misses her friend and is desperate for a way to get him back, even if that means partaking in illegal activities.

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Bad Mommy – Review

bmThere is a reason Tarryn … (wait, what’s her name again?) Fisher is my favorite writer of all-time, and it was further solidified with Bad Mommy.  I’ve read every single Tarryn book this year alone, and I’ve never read anything as deep and soul-stirring as her writing.  She gets to the darkest depths of humanity, slashes it open, and spills it all over the pages of her books.  Nothing can make me question my sanity like a Tarryn Fisher book.  Nothing makes feel understood and not alone like her writing.

“When you live in your own head all the time, things contort.  You have to voice your thoughts so you can know you’re not the only one who’s fucked up.  It makes a big difference to know that.”

I can never figure out where her stories are headed, when I think I have the first thing figured out, she switches gears and I’m in no-mans land again.  Predictability is an author’s downfall in my eyes.  I remember reading F*ck Love and thinking the whole story was some kind of weird dream, until the very end when I realized it wasn’t.  Marrow was a total mind-f*ck.  Mud Vein was the most one-of-a-kind work of art I’ve ever read.  Don’t even get me started on The Love Me with Lies Series.  A series told from three separate perspectives in three books of screwed-up humans that can’t make a correct decision to save their lives?  I’ve never read anything like it before or since.

Bad Mommy is no different.  The title gives the reader an idea of where we are headed, but once aboard this crazy train, we derail into untamed territory.  Fig Coxbury wants to be Jolene Avery.  She moves next door to Jolene and her family and inserts herself into their life, as a friend.  She needs to be close to observe and glean information for the new “her”. But when does flattery cross over to obsession and manipulation?

Bad Mommy takes readers into the lunacy that is found in female relationships.  Can we really be true friends as women, or is there always an underlying motive?  Can we ever really trust each other?  Why are true friends so rare?

“There were three things that drew women into a hungry-eyed cluster: liquor, men, and gossip.  Gossip was the strongest draw, but put all three together and you had a sort of desperate, heated frenzy on your hands.”

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Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher is Live!

Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

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Synopsis for Bad Mommy:

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. Continue reading “Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher is Live!”

Dark Matter

darkmatter2_rwallau-1-How far would you be willing to go to keep the life you have?  How many different roads would you take to find the road home?

Jason is faced with these questions when he is abruptly snatched from his quaint life with his lovely wife, Daniela, and son, Charlie.  After a moment of being filled with his love for his life and family, though slightly wondering “what could have been” if he had followed a different path with his career, he is left wishing he would have fully appreciated the moments he had been given.  Dark Matter is full of thrills, mystery, suspense, life lessons, and even a bit of romance.

I’ll admit, when I first heard this book was classified as Science Fiction after already adding it to my TBR list, I was a little apprehensive.  Certain types of Science Fiction can be interesting, but I’m generally not interested in the genre.  However, when the book became available through Overdrive, I decided to give it a chance.  I am thrilled I put my apprehension to the side, because this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Continue reading “Dark Matter”

Behind Closed Doors

ba-parisBehind Closed Doors is told from the perspective of Grace, a newlywed with the perfect marriage. Grace is the definition of the ideal wife- she hosts beautiful dinners with excellent food, she is perfectly doting and enamored with her husband, and she never lets on than that life is less than heavenly.  However, Grace is never seen sans her husband. She is frequently sick, rarely enjoys times with friends, and lives in a home with giant metal shutters covering the downstairs windows while her husband is away.  If that doesn’t raise red flags, I don’t know what would.  However, everyone in the couple’s life does not seem to question a thing Jack or Grace says or does.  They are perfect, after all.  Or are they? Continue reading “Behind Closed Doors”

Our Favorite Books of 2016

It has been a great year of reading, learning, and discovering new authors. We have fully immersed ourselves in the reading community, made new friends through it, and have had a wonderful year all thanks to the books we’ve grown to love.
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A Heart of Time

heartA Heart of Time is a contemporary romance novel by Shari J. Ryan.
Hunter and Ellie: best friends since they were five; lovers since high school; husband and wife since right after graduation. Now at 25 they are about to become first-time parents. But due to complications, Ellie dies while giving birth to their daughter and now Hunter is faced to raise her all on his own. But Ellie wouldn’t be Ellie if she hadn’t thought of something selfless before leaving this world: with donating her heart, she gave one particular woman another chance at life. A woman who seems to know all about Hunter, but the only thing Hunter knows about her is that she is the recipient of Ellie’s heart. So how will he manage to meet the woman if he doesn’t even know her name, let alone what she looks like? Continue reading “A Heart of Time”