September 7, 2017

5 Books to Read This Fall

Well, hello again! Is anyone still out there? Regardless, it's time for a few more book reviews! Even though the pools are now closed and vacation time is dwindling, there's still plenty of time for reading! Here's what I've recently read, in no particular order.

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June by Beverly Miranda Whitmore
(disclosure: this book was given to me for review by bloggingforbooks.com)
The premise of this book sound so promising - a modern-day, down-on-her-luck girl named Cassie Danvers is shocked when she is told that she is heir to a fortune of the late, great Jack Montgomery, famous actor. Cassie can hardly believe it, and nor can Jack's famous-in-her-own-right daughter, Tate, who heads to Cassie's crumbling Ohio home to get a DNA test, prove they're not related, and take the money that's rightly hers. But why does Cassie get everything? Because Jack states in his will that Cassie's grandmother June was the one true love of his life, and that Cassie is also his grandchild. Phew! Affairs and old Hollywood glamour? That's what drew me in! What I didn't like as much much were the flashback chapters told by Lindie, June's neighbor. I loved the description of the 1950s movie set, but I didn't love it from Lindie's perspective. It's hard for me to even describe why this story was hard for me to get in to - the fact that it was just a little too far-fetched, the personification of Two Oaks, the home June grew up in and where Cassie is currently living...I just don't know. I feel like I'm probably an anomaly here, though, because Whitmore's other novel, Bittersweet, was so much better. Borrow this one from the library, or if you'd like, leave a comment below and I'll send you my copy!
American War by Omar El Akkad
Wow. This story takes place in the midst of America's Second Civil War. Yes, another war between north and south, this time over the use of fossil fuels. The landscape is vastly different than we see it today; the coastal cities (New Orleans, Charleston, most of Florida) we love are all gone. The protagonist Sarat Chestnut and her family are forced to flee their home for a new life in a refugee camp, filled with Southerners who have many different beliefs. This novel was rough to read, because although dystopian, there's more that rings possible than in other fiction I've recently read. Climate change is real, people, and we need to start doing something about it so that in 2080, our children's lives aren't like Sarat's. Okay, off of my soapbox. But read this one. You'll grit your teeth and cringe, but read it.
The Passenger by Liza Lutz
A thriller, something that I usually read a lot more of! This one follows Tanya Dubois as she crisscrosses the country after the death of her husband, shedding one ID after another. I can't even call the protagonist Tanya, because she's constantly changing her name and identity in an effort to stay one step ahead of the past that haunts her. But why can't she go back home and start over? This was a pretty easy read and I finished it quickly because I needed to know how Tanya ended up. I recommend this if you're looking for a quick psychological thriller.
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
So when I picked up this book, I didn't realize that it's part of a series by Slaughter. I loved Pretty Girls, so when I saw this one at the library, it came home with me immediately! Despite the fact that I haven't read any of her other detective Will Trent novels, I dove into this one. It can be a stand alone book and it has the same twists, turns, violence and mindf*ckery as Pretty Girls. But because I don't know where this novel fits on the spectrum of the other Will Trent novels, I'm going to pick up the first one and give them a chance as the series they are meant to be. It doesn't feel fair to give a little plot summary or real review until I check out some of the others!
When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mahew Whalen
(disclosure: I received this book from netgalley for review and it is scheduled for release on 9/12/17)
This story takes place in the small southern town of Worthy, where football rules and the community attends church each Sunday. One moment in time rips the community apart when three high school cheerleaders are killed after their car is hit by another high school student's. Equal parts heartbreaking and mysterious, the story is told in alternating voices by those left behind: the girls' parents, a teacher, and Leah, the cheerleader who should have been in the car with them. With so many voices telling the story, I was left trying to piece together exactly who was to be trusted and why Leah wasn't in the car with them that night. This book was more emotional than I expected, and left me shocked at the end.
Next up, I'm expecting Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker to arrive in my mailbox soon! It's from Book of the Month, which I'm still loving and highly, highly recommend. If you're interested in signing up to choose one of five new hardcover books to be delivered each month, you can do so {here} using my affiliate link to get your first month for $9.99!

I've also been in to natural beauty/skincare type books (I recently finished Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore and loved it), so if you any good natural beauty books to read, please let me know! Until next time, friends!

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