November 2016 Wrap-Up

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-15-47-pmI cannot believe that today is the last day of November! Where did the time go?!

November was a crazy reading month for me; I got through 29 books this month. Whoa.

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Book Review: Dark Water (Sara Bailey)

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-56-41-amHelena returns to her childhood home to help care for her ailing father. Once she arrives, she is forced to reconnect with people and face memories that she has spent a lifetime forgetting.   After a tragic accident, ending with the loss of her best friend (Anastasia), Helena has spent her entire life dealing with the repercussions. No one really knows what happened that night at sea…. the only thing that was for sure, was that Helena was never the sameDark Water, the debut novel by Sara Bailey, has got to be one of the most unique “thrillers” that I have read all year.   The genre of this book is very hard to place.   This one was surely not a fast paced thriller or a complicated “whodunit” mystery but, instead, read as an intense and psychological portrait, a coming of age tale that was laced with tragedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

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Book Review: Missing Pieces (Heather Gudenkauf)


Jack and Sarah Quinlan have been happily married for 20 years; they know each other inside and out.   One morning, tragedy strikes, as Jack’s aunt is involved in an accident and hospitalized, forcing Jack and Sarah back to Penny Gate, Iowa; the place of Jack’s childhood. Haunted by memories of his parent’s death, Jack has avoided returning home until now. Once they arrive, Sarah realizes that maybe what she knew about her husband is not true at all. His parents were not in a car crash; his mother was murdered and his father was the key suspect. As Sarah begins to dive deeper and deeper for the truth, things begin to surface; things that Sarah is not prepared to hear; perhaps sometimes the truth is better off buried….

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Book Review- The Devil Crept In (Ania Ahlborn) @GalleryBooks @aniaahlborn



That is all I can say after reading this book.

I had every intention of waiting to review this book in the new year but I feel the need to write this review as a sort of “Public Service Announcement”; this book needs to be added to the TBR list of everyone! It was absolutely addicting and heart pounding. It made my skin crawl.

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Book Review: Manipulated Lives (H.A Leuschel)


Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel is a collection of five short novellas that follow different people caught or damaged by their relationship with a manipulative individual. Each section tells a different story and reads like a cautionary tale.

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Friday Finds #1: November 25, 2016


So I’ve decided to take up a weekly feature on Clues and Reviews.  So fun!

I saw this awesome feature on It’s All About Books.  Apparently, it originated from Jenn at Books and A Beat.   One of my blogging buddies, Renee at It’s Book Talk also participates.  I loved the idea of this one; this feature showcases the most interesting books that I have encountered during the last week and have added to my TBR wish list on Goodreads.

I am constantly adding titles to my never-ending TBR list and I can’t wait to share them with people.

Check out my newest and most wanted additions (or editions?…see what I did there!)

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Book Review: The Chemist (Stephenie Meyer)


Juliana worked for the U.S government. In a department, so covert, very few people even knew it existed. She was known as “The Chemist”, taking part in and protecting the deepest and darkest secrets of the agency using her medical background. But then, they decide she is a liability and Juliana finds herself on the run; they want her dead.   However, when her former agency approaches her and offers her a way out, she takes this opportunity to try and settle the score, hoping to make a new life for herself. When her target complicates things, she finds herself in more danger than she ever has before….

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