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!


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!


Sip-Brian Allen Carr

I’ve become a big fan of apocalyptic stories over the last year. Although I find the idea of these stories completely terrifying, I find myself seeking them out. I don’t normally enjoy getting scared but there is something about the possibility of the story coming to life that really gets my heart pumping.

Sip takes place in a world that has become apocalyptic due to people’s ability to drink their own shadow to get high. Once you have consumed your whole shadow, you are unable to sleep without the drinking a shadow. It had become commonplace to steal other people’s shadows which led to the downfall of the world. When our lead character, Mira, hears of a cure to the shadow sickness in which her mother is ailed, she and her friends Murk and Bale set off on an adventure of sorts to find the man who stole her mother’s shadow.

Sip is 296 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give Sip a 3 out of 5 for this creepy/slightly gruesome but totally cool story. This was my first Brian Allen Carr novel and I really really really hope Sip has a follow up!

Thank you so much to Soho Press for sending me this advanced copy!

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


Not book realted-completely political but if I don’t get this out I’ll explode

I value my heritage. I come from a line of good old German folks that make me proud of my name. That being said, I cannot comprehend (genuinely) how people can say that statues shouldn’t be taken down because it’s history and documents a time in the south. These statues document a time when white people LITERALLY treated African Americans as property and the Civil War was fought to FREE THEM FROM SLAVERY. These statues are monuments of people that fought to keep an entire race enslaved and oppressed. The confederacy were traitors to the United States but we should honor them because they died for what they believed in? They believed slavery was right. That OWNING a person was morally right. I understand being proud of where you’re from but when you’re fighting to keep a symbol of such a terrible time in our history, what is that saying to the people who’s ancestors were slaves? You’re telling them that the legacy of a man fighting for slavery means more than their freedom. 

I’m sorry for the political rant and it’s completely inappropriate for this particular platform but I honestly can’t post this on Facebook in fear of the harsh retribution that are southern Illinois comments. 

Thank you for listening and hopefully I won’t have to use my blog again for this! ❤️


Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore- Matthew Sullivan 

If you’ve read my posts before you probably have caught on to the fact that I’m sort of a crime/mystery/thriller fanatic. I just can’t help it! While I am trying to expand my horizons you’re going to get another mystery review in the meantime.

Lydia has a very dark past, one that she doesn’t discuss with anyone. Not even her long time boyfriend. She tries to hide as much of herself as possible but when a young man commits suicide in the bookstore in which she is employed and she discovers, not only his body but also a picture of her from her youth in his pants pocket, the sheltered world she has made for herself starts to come crashing down. Joey, the book shop patron, has left her a series of puzzles to figure out that seem to be eerily connected to her own life.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is 326 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

While this book isn’t super long, it took me awhile to get into. I really enjoyed reading it and am giving it a 3 out of 5. Even though it was a slow start for me, it was a really intriguing story and I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m very glad I held on tight because the complete story is very worth the wait.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book!

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


The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

I love Ruth Ware. I was a huge fan of both In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman In Cabin 10 and have previously done reviews on both. So, naturally, I bombarded Scout Press and they were kind enough to send me an advanced copy of her latest, The Lying Game, coming out July 25th.

Our story follows four best friends reunited by a text in the middle of the night. “I need you” from their friend Kate can only mean one thing, something is very very wrong. Our lead, Isa, rushes to her friends aid bringing her back to her old boarding school which holds quite a few memories, even some that are criminal. A bone has been found near Kate’s childhood home and the four women will do anything to protect not only their friend, but their own lives from being torn apart by this discovery.

The Lying Game is 370 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

Again, I love Ruth Ware and enjoy her writing style so much! I really enjoyed this story and the loops it took me through so I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone!

Thank you so much to Scout Press for sending me this copy!

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


Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

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