She Rides Shotgun- Jordan Harper 

My dad is one of my best buds so when I read the synopsis of this book about a daughter-father duo that outruns a prison gang, I was all in!

The eleven year old, Polly, hasn’t seen her dad in quite some time so when he shows up to pick her up from school, she knows something is wrong. Her dad, Nate has been in prison most of her life so she remembers very little about him. When Nate tells Polly that some bad men from prison are after him and he has to protect her she isn’t sure what to think and really just wants to go home with her mom but she knows by the look on her father’s face that home is no longer an option. Nate realizes that the only way to protect his daughter is to send a message to the gang after them but Polly is more like him than Nate could have imagined and she wants in on the action.

She Rides Shotgun is 257 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I freaking loved this book and am giving it a 4.5 out of 5. I fell in love with Polly and Nate and their relationship and will be recommending this book to anyone who will listen!

Thank you Ecco for sending me this amazing book! It’s been one of my favorite reads of 2017!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Last Mrs. Parrish-Liv Constantine

I don’t often compare books to Gone Girl, and while it is a deliciously twisted plot, it more reminds me of that story because the main characters in both novels are horrible.  I genuinely hated the main character in The Last Mrs. Parrish but my anger made me want know what happens to her.

Amber Patterson is a sociopath. She is intelligent, cunning and extremely manipulative. Her current target is the spouse of Daphne Parrish, the incredibly handsome and rich Jackson Parrish. Her plan is to befriend Daphne and become close to Jackson. While we watch her plan unfold it becomes clear that not everything in the life of the Parrish’s is as perfect as it seems.

The Last Mrs. Parrish is 390 pages and took me three days to read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for its awesome ending and completely stomach turning characters. I loved this book and how it plays out! Thank you Harper for sending me this advanced copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

13 Minutes-Sarah Pinborough

I should have a disclaimer before this review that I love Sarah Pinborough. Behind Her Eyes has become my go-to recommendation and she could probably write complete trash but I’d still read it, I loved BHE that much. That being said, 13 Minutes is not trash and I was thrilled to death when Flatiron Books sent me this copy for review.

Natasha is the most popular girl in her school and is undoubtedly the most simultaneously loved and hated. When she is pulled from an icy river near her home and found to have been dead for approximately 13 minutes it has everyone talking. Once she regains consciousness she tries but cannot remember how she ended up in the river but immediately starts to second guess her friends closest to her. With the help of her ex-best friend Becca, she tries to solve her own mystery of how and why this happened to her.

13 Minutes is 412 pages long and took me 2 days to read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for its hugely dramatic twists and turns throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading this and flew through it because I just had to know how it ended!! I highly recommend this book, especially if you love some good girl drama!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Ragdoll-Daniel Cole

After I read Ragdoll and realized it is Daniel Cole’s first novel, I was completely blown away. For this to be a debut is astounding. I will be stalking the rest of his publications from here on out!!!

When a corpse of six individual’s body parts found sown together is discovered in London, it can easily be called the most disturbing case of detective William “Wolf” Fawkes’s career. Even more disturbing than the case he is infamously linked to called the “Cremation Killer”. Wolf is not known in London for his great detective work on this case but for stopping at nothing to bring the killer to justice, even by illegal means. The case of the “Ragdoll” immediately haunts him not just because the image of six bodies sown together but because Wolf’s ex-wife, a tv news reporter, tells him that she received a list from the Ragdoll killer with five more names and dates these people will be killed and his name is the last on the list.

Ragdoll is 372 pages long and took me three days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and give it a 4 out of 5! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Cole’s writing has you guessing and questioning every character involved and is absolutely addicting.

 Thank you, Ecco, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

 

A Simple Favor-Darcey Bell

I’m so sorry I’ve been such a slacker! Between our wedding/honeymoon trip to Montana, our wedding reception and returning to work I’ve been completely swamped! Luckily, I’m getting back into the swing of things and have started reading pretty heavily again.

When Stephanie’s friend Emily asks her to pick up her son from school, Stephanie thinks nothing of it and if anything, is honored to be trusted by someone as intriguing as Emily. But when Emily doesn’t pick up her child, Stephanie starts to become panicked. She knows that Stephanie’s husband is out of the country and doesn’t want to over react but is at her wits end after a few days of Emily not contacting her back. What happened to her friend? The mysterious Emily loves her son dearly and would never abandon him. But as time passes Stephanie realizes she may not know her “friend” at all.

A Simple Favor is 298 pages long and took me three days to read.

I am rating this book a 2.5 out of 5. While I enjoyed reading this novel it had very heavy elements of Gone Girl and while I loved Gone Girl to pieces, it bothers me when books rely so heavily on this hook.

I would recommend reading it but beware of very similar themes.

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Hag-Seed- Margaret Atwood 

Overall, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan. It’s always been difficult for me to read iambic pentameter so I’ve avoided it at all costs. But I saw Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood on Blogging for Books and thought I had better give it a shot since its a modern retelling of a classic.

The definition of Hag-Seed is the offspring of a witch. While reading this book (after looking up the definition of Hag-Seed), I think I began to understand why the Tempest was such  a good fit for this modern version. It follows Felix, a former artistic director of a theater, into his downfall and rise after losing his daughter and cherished job. While the story is based out of revenge, I feel a little more whole after having read this story.

Hag-Seed is 297 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I really enjoyed this break from my normal murdery favorites. I give this book a 3.5 because it really brought something into my life that I can’t quite put my finger on but I really enjoyed.

I would absolutely recommend this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey