Monday, June 1, 2020

May Reading Recap & Reviews

I can't believe May is over and it is JUNE! I feel like as strange as it is, quarantine has made time go faster in a way. Do you agree?
One thing that I have loved about being home more during this strange time has been more time to read. This month I finished 8 books!!! I can't wait to review them today and tell you which ones are worth checking out.

The Prince in Disguise by: Stephanie Kate Strohm
This is a young adult book about a high school student who has to fly across the world for her perfect sisters wedding to a "prince" who she met on a reality show. She is less than thrilled at first but before long is realizing there is more to her sister, her family, and this royal family than she thought.

I liked this one but I didn't love it. I am a sucker for any book with a royal plot line but this one was just okay. I have read other books by this author that I enjoyed much more, including Love a la Mode.

Rate: 2 Stars

Behind Closed Doors by: B.A. Paris
This book is about a young married couple Jack and Grace. From the outside they look perfect. Too perfect. As you look closer though, you may start to think there is more to his looks and her charm. Grace never leaves the house or answers the phone and is impossible to get to know further. There is more to this marriage than meets the eye.

YOU GUYSSSS!!! I read this book in ONE. SITTING!! I sat down to read it at 8pm one night and next thing I knew it was a couple hours later and I was finished. You won't be able to put this thriller down. Definitely a favorite read of the year so far!

Rate: 5 Stars!

Summer of '69 by: Elin HIlderbrand
This is the story of the Levin family and their summer on Nantucket in 1969. Each member of the family is fighting their own internal battles and keeping more secrets than they care to admit.

I really liked this book. There were certain characters I really didn't care for but the setting of Nantucket made up for it, ha! I felt so immersed in the setting of each scene and liked how it wrapped up. This is a good beach or vacation read.

Rate: 4 Stars

The Betrothed by: Kiera Cass
This is the story of Lady Hollis Brite who has been chosen by King Jameson to be queen. When her wedding day approaches however, she is forced to come to term with her real feelings.

Oh man. So many thoughts. You may recognize this author from her incredible popular and successful series The Selection. I loved that series. It is one of the most read on my bookshelf and most borrowed from friends. Needless to say, my expectations were high for this new book of hers all these years later. Yikes. This book was all over the place and there was absolutely no character development. At all. The plot also moved waaaaay too fast. I have so many negative things to say about the writing but in reality, I couldn't put it down. I don't know why, but I didn't hate it. There were so many issues with this book yet I still can't wait for the second one. Take all of that for what you will, ha!

Rate: 3 Stars

An Anonymous Girl by: Greer Hendricks
This is a psychological thriller about a young lady who participates in a study on ethics. The psychologist takes an extra interest in the participant and asks her to do very unethical things. There are lies and secrets they are both hiding.

I thought the beginning was fairly interesting, but this book just moved way too slow for me. I wanted to like it but it just fell short for me.

Rate: 2 Stars

Slightly South of Simple by: Kristy Woodson Harvey
This book is about three sisters who all end up back in Peachtree Bluff where they grew up, at the same time. They haven't all been together in a long time and they are each working through personal issues. They have to learn to sort through their own problems and that of their sisters as well.

I love following Harvey on Instagram because she is a designer with such good style. I have heard her books are such great quick reads for the beach. I might give another one of her books a try but this one bored me to tears. I don't reccomend!

Rate: 1 Star

The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware
This book is about four friends from boarding school who are reunited fifteen years later when part of their dark past resurfaces, literally.

I really like books set in boarding schools or in marshes so this one really had my favorite type of setting! This book is a little more quieter than Ware's other books but I liked it nonetheless. There was a part in the middle where I lost interest a little, but the ending wrapped everything up nicely.

Rate: 3.5 Stars!

How to Walk Away by: Katherine Center
This story is about Margaret, who seemingly has everything together. She is about to get engaged and start an excellent new job when a tragic accident changes her entire life.

This book is SO GREAT from the very beginning. There are so many twists and turns I really didn't see coming and I finished it very quickly. This is one you can sit and read in one sitting. I highly recommend this book!

Rate: 5 Stars!!

Those are the eight books that I read last month! What have you read recently? I love good recommendations.

Talk to you soon.


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