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The Week Ahead!

Hey there bookworms!

Today is Monday, the beginning of a new week, so I thought that I would check in and let you all know what my reading plans were for this coming week!

Books to Read & Review This Week!

The Messenger by Markus Zusak: This one I am reading for the Beat the Backlist challenge, as I have owned it for longer than one year..I’m a few chapters in, and I think it might take me a few more chapters..not 100% keen on it yet, but I hope to get there.
Dark Game by Rachel Lynch: This one I am reading from Netgalley, and the synopsis sounds really good so I hope that it is a good read. Haven’t started it as yet but will be tonight most likely.

What books are you all reading this week?? Hopefully I manage to get through both of these as well as assignments, study and work!!

Thanks for stopping by to read what I will be up to this week. Until next time, happy reading! 

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Weekly Check In

Hi there book lovers!

It is Sunday, which means that it is time for me to check in, and let you know what I have done in the past week. I know that I have been pretty shocking at keeping up with these posts, but I will do my absolute best to keep on top of them!
Anyway, here we go:

Books Completed & Reviewed:

 

Letters to the Lost (Audiobook) by Brigid Kemmerer: I adored this book about love and friendship and forging your own path. I gave it a 5/5  hearts. To read my review, click here.
Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane, book 1) by Melinda Leigh: This was an amazing crime thriller with a little bit of romance and lust thrown in for good measure. I gave this one a 5/5 also. Click here to read my full review. 

Reading Challenges Update:

 

Goodreads’ Reading Challenge: Currently sitting at 16 books out of my goal of 40!
Library Love Challenge: Still sitting at a measly 2 out of the 12 I want to get to
Beat the Backlist Challenge: Sitting at 3 out of a hopeful 12 books for this challenge!
Audiobook Challenge: Halfway there, with 5 out of my hopeful 10 completed!

 

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Book Review | Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

say you're sorryTitle: Say You’re Sorry
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Morgan Dane, book 1
Publishing: 2017 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Mystery; Thriller; Romantic Suspense; Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Synopsis: After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

My Rating:
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Book Review:

In this book we follow Morgan Dane, who is a widow about to go back to work as a prosecutor when her babysitter is found murdered and her neighbour is charged with the crime. Morgan knows Nick, and is determined that he could not have been the one to kill Tessa even though the evidence is shocking, it had to be a set-up.
Morgan decides that she is going to defend Nick, much to the shock of the town and her new boss, the district attorney, needless to say she is out of a job before she even begins.

What follows is Morgan, along with ex-cop-come-private-investigator Lance, investigate the murder of Tessa to try and prove Nick’s innocence. The investigation turns terrifying as a number of suspects are uncovered and someone is out to kill Nick and Morgan in order to hide a truth.

Say You’re Sorry had me from the first chapter. I was invested and needed to know what happened to Tessa, and who was the killer.
Character-wise, I adored Morgan Dane. She was a widow who had lost her husband to the war in Iraq and was trying to bring up her three young daughters with the help of her Grandfather and a woman she had kind of adopted and was living with them. She was determined that Nick was innocent, and she was going to find out who the real killer was, even if it put the town against her, and her life in danger. Lance was such a swoon. I loved him so much and I loved Morgan and him together – if only they would get to it! There was enough to keep my inner romantic happy, but not enough to take away from the crime-solving that the book revolved around.

I loved Leigh’s writing style and she kept me guessing as to who the killer was right up until the last couple of chapters. It was not who I thought it was going to be that was for sure! I like how she tied up all the loose ends of the case so that there were no questions, but ended the personal lives of the characters in a way that can be carried on in the next book in the series. 

As soon as I finished Say You’re Sorry, I instantly went and downloaded the second book in the series, Her Last Goodbye and I am looking forward to getting into it and seeing how Morgan and Lance’s story continues. 

About the Author:

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She is a RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations, two Silver Falchion Awards, and a Golden Leaf.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination (Goodreads)

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh. I hoped you enjoyed it! 

Until next time, happy reading!

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Audiobook Review | Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

The Book:

Letters to the LostTitle: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Published: 2017 by Bloomsbury
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Length: 10 hours, 16 minutes
Narrators: Brittany Pressley & Kirby Heybourne
Genre: YA; Contemporary; Romance
Synopsis: Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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The Author:

BRIGID KEMMERER is author of Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; Thicker Than Water (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons. (Goodreads)

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The Review:

I have just finished listening to Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and I am filled with so many feelings. 
I could have continued to listen to these narrators talk about Juliet and Declan forever.

It didn’t take me long to get hooked into this book and they story. Listening to the words of Declan and Juliet, two teens who are over-run with grief, I fell and I fell hard. I listened to this book every chance I got, I just needed to know how their story went.

Juliet and Declan were writing letters to one another regularly, first angry letters, then a sort of friendship developed which flourished into something else. The only issue was, they didn’t know who the other was. 
In real life Juliet wasn’t the biggest fan of Declan, he scared her a little and made her angry. But the more she got to know him, the more she came to like him. 

Watching these two characters write letters back and forth, and knowing myself who each of them was, I was getting so frustrated that they hadn’t figured it out. Once Declan did figure it out, I yelled at him inside my head regularly to just tell her, it was getting so frustrated!
These two characters seemed to be on completely different paths, and they just couldn’t find their way to each other, there was one piece of information that could have ruined any chance they had of getting past this friendship, and I was terrified. 

The way Kemmerer brought this book to a close, was just perfect. There was no stone unturned and everything ended just how it should have. There were some painful twist and turns along the way that shocked me, but it made the story that more life-like. It made the point that life is not a fairytale, people do things that shock you and hurt you, but you need to get through it, you need to make your own path.

I absolutely adored this book. The narrators were perfect, and they got the emotion and the message across perfectly. I felt so many different emotions throughout listening to this audiobook, and by the end, I felt as though I had known Juliet and Declan forever, I was so connected to them.

Thank you so much to Brigid Kemmerer for writing this amazing book. I will definitely be getting my hands on more of your novels!

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Letters to the Lost, and I would love to know what you thought of the book if you have read it yourself!

Until next time, happy reading!

♥ k i m @ b o o k s a r e l o v e ♥

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Book Review | If I Fall by Ella Harper

if i fallTitle: If I Fall
Author: Ella Harper
Publishing: 2018 by Canelo
Genre: Romance; Women’s Fiction; Chick Lit
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: Netgalley for Review
Length: 237 pages
Synopsis: Four friends forever… But who will be there to catch them?

They were best friends at uni. But life was simpler then.
Fifteen years later Connie, a former journalist, now struggles to maintain the veneer of a perfect family life. Jonas, her lawyer husband, is feeling the pressure at work. Personal trainer JJ appears to have it all, but his past is catching up with him. Their other friend, Layla, is a psychotherapist, but her career is unravelling thanks to a difficult and ailing mother.
As the pressure builds, each in their own way must confront their demons. Sometimes things get too much. Sometimes we stumble and fall – and pray someone is there to catch us.

A truly powerful and unforgettable story of love, friendship, and real life, If I Fall is perfect for readers of Alice Peterson, Amanda Prowse and Lianne Moriarty

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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Book Review:

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any way.

It did not take me long to get into this book, I was invested in the characters pretty early on.

If I Fall follows four people who have been friends since university. There is Layla, the therapist who is dealing with a mother who has dementia; JJ, who is a ladies man, and hasn’t settled down, but is hiding a secret about his past that slowly eats away at him; Jonas, who is a lawyer who is stressed out from work and becoming a worse person by the day; and Connie, who is married to Jonas and slowly falling apart at the seams. 

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I realise that I just made this book sound like the most depressing story in the world. Though it is rather depressing, it is also hopeful and uplifting. I was most invested in Connie and JJ who were together in University, but had split, causing Connie to end up with Jonas. I wanted them back together, I could see that they still had feelings for one another but they just weren’t doing anything about it. Jonas was an awful person and I didn’t like him at all. He was just terrible. I understand why he was, it was needed in the story, but I dreaded his chapters as I read through. Layla seemed to be a lovely person, but I did find her a little whingy and whiney at times, although I can’t imagine being in her shoes, I would probably be the exact same. 

I did like that each chapter bounced from character to character, and within each chapter I got a glimpse into the mind of that particular person (even if they annoyed me).  I liked the fact that the whole story was edging towards a certain point, and that point happened right at the very end, keeping me invested the whole way through. I also am thankful that the story ended how I hoped that it would, it gave me a sense of closure, that even though a person’s life can be full of horrible things, everything does work itself out eventually. 

I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher of this book, Canelo, for sending me a copy of this book to review. I really did enjoy it.

Author Information:

Ella Harper learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Ella started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop.

When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. (Goodreads)

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of If I Fall by Ella Harper. I hope you enjoyed it and it made you want to add it to your TBR. If you have read this book already, what did you think?

Until next time, happy reading!

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Monthly TBR | May 2018

Hey there bookworms!

As it is now officially May, it is time to have a look ahead an see what books I am planning on reading throughout the month. Hopefully I manage to get through them all!

Let’s have a look..

Started Last Month:

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh: I am only a few chapters into this one at this stage, but I am enjoying it so I am hoping I will have it finished and reviewed this week.
If I Fall by Ella Harper: I am a bit further along with this one, compared to Say You’re Sorry so this one should definitely be done by the end of the week, so stay tuned for the review 🙂

Books to Start this Month:

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine: I am reading this book on my Kindle, I have it through my Kindle Unlimited subscription on Amazon (which is the best thing ever, just FYI). I discovered this book through another blogger, who’s review made me want to read it, so I have high hopes for this one.
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan: This one is an ARC that I received from the publisher for review. It has taken me ages to get to but better late than never right??
Dark Game by Rachel Lynch: This one I received through Netgalley for review and it sounds amazing, so I am really looking forward to getting started on it!
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: This one I will be listening to on audiobook through Audible. I am really looking forward to it, I have had it sitting there for ages!
The Messenger by Markus Zusak: This one I am picking up to read for the Beat the Backlist reading challenge. I have owned this book for so many years I have lost count. I loved his book The Book Thief and this one sounds great too so I am looking forward to reading it!

To get more info about any of the books and/or add them to your Goodreads shelves if you haven’t already, just click on the book titles and it will take you to their Goodreads pages 🙂

So that is my plan for the month of May, along with finishing off uni assignments, doing  exam prep and working…we will see how I go!

What books are you planning to read this month? Have you got any the same as me, or have you read any that I am planning on reading?? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, happy reading!

♥ k i m – b o o k s a r e l o v e ♥

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2018

Hey there bookworms!

Today is the last day of April (where is this year gone already?) and therefore it is time for a look back to see what books I have read through the month of April.

Books Read & Reviewed:

 

Since You’ve Been Gone (Audiobook) by Morgan Matson: I gave this one a 5/5 rating, as I adored it. You can read my review here.
Suddenly One Summer (ARC) by Fleur McDonald: I also gave this one 5 stars. I received it from the publisher for review, which you can read here.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins: I was a bit disappointed with this one and gave it 3 stars. You can read my review here.
Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan: This book is the first in a series and I absolutely LOVED it, I gave it 5 stars. Click here to read my review.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: Another amazing book by Jodi. Again I gave this one a perfect five stars. I am still in shock from the ending (in a good way though!). To read my review, click here.

Books Started, But Unfinished:

 

I am really enjoying both of these books so far, keep an eye out for my reviews which will be coming in the next week 🙂

All-in-all I had a pretty decent reading month through April, managing to finish five books, all but one being given five star ratings which hardly ever happens. I have brought my reading challenge numbers up slightly, have a look below to see the progress.

What books did you read in April? Have you read any of the same as I did? I would love to hear all about it, just leave me a comment in the box below!

Come back tomorrow to see my TBR for May! Until then, happy reading 

♥ k i m – b o o k s a r e l o v e ♥

Reading Challenge Update:

 

Library Love Challenge: Still sitting on 2/12
Goodreads Reading Challenge: Currently at 13/40
Audiobook Challenge: Sitting at 4/10
Beat The Backlist Challenge: I am now on 3/12

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