Book Review

Book Review: Better Together: Life is Best With a Friend Like You- 4 Stars

Better Together  is an adorable book filled with pictures of animals, complete with quotes about friendship that are encouraging and inspiring. It is a small sturdy hardback book that would be a great gift to give to a friend! I’ve included my favorite picture as well as my favorite quote from the book. I love collecting animal photography books and this one will be a great addition to my bookshelf!

I received this book complimentary from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover- 4 Stars

This was the most disturbing and confusing book I think I’ve read in a while but I LOVED it! Lowen is an author who agrees to finish writing a series from Verity Crawford after a serious accident leaves her unable to do so. Lowen moves in to the Crawford home to have access to Verity’s files and manuscripts but finds something much more than she bargained for…

Inside Verity’s office is an autobiography Verity has written chronicling her life from the moment she met her husband Jeremy. In the pages of this autobiography Lowen reads about the darkest moments in Verity’s life and mind. With his wife in a practically vegetative state and a new woman living in his house, Jeremy finds himself in a delicate situation with Lowen, and she wrestles with whether or not she should share Verity’s autobiography with him.

What is really going on in that house, that marriage, that woman?! Let me tell you what, this was a FREAKY, creepy, scary story, but not like a typical scary thriller. This is one that kept me from sleeping properly and constantly looking over my shoulder! This book will seriously mess with your mind and stick with you for weeks after-I’m still thinking about it. I wanted to sit in a corner with my knees pulled up to my chest rocking back and forth after I finished this one… but I highly recommend you read it!

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Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

Today I’m sharing my Nighttime Skincare Routine! The majority of the products stay the same from day to day but occasionally things will change such as eye cream or eye makeup remover, but these products are the ones I’ve been using and loving for the past month!

First I remove my eye makeup with a cotton round and Vaseline. My mom taught me this when I first started wearing makeup and I still do it to this day. It’s gentle on the eye area and removes eyeshadow, liner, and mascara easily. Then I wash my face with the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. There is a soft side and a textured side for exfoliating. They remove all of my face makeup and leave my skin clean, glowing, and not too dried out feeling. These smell really nice too!

My next step is eye cream. I have been enjoying the Farmacy Dew it All eye cream for a few months now. It hydrates my eye area without being greasy. Then, I apply the Sunday Riley Lactic Acid treatment on my neck and any face blemishes. It gets rid of bumps and texture on my neck and jaw and is helping with minimizing breakouts on my face. It smells horrible and the scent does linger for a bit after applying it but it works so well I have to overlook that! The full size is super expensive so I’m trying to get the most out of this sample.

To moisturize my dry skin, especially now that we’re deep in to winter, I’m using Ryor- a Czech brand that claims to be a 24 hour moisturizing cream. It contains aloe vera and hyaluronic acid which work great to hydrate my skin without being heavy or greasy feeling.

Then I use my jade roller to smooth over my face and work all of the products in. I’m not sure this does anything but it feels good and I feel fancy! 😉 The last step is one of my favorites-the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. This smells like fresh cut roses and it just gives my skin a little extra burst of hydration and it feels refreshing.

I’m going to be 30 in a few months so I’m making sure to take care of my skin as I’m getting older. Some nights if I’m just too tired or busy I always make sure to remove my makeup, even if it’s just with a makeup wipe, and apply eye cream and moisturizer!

What are some of your favorite steps in your nighttime skincare routine? Be on the lookout for my morning routine that I’ll be sharing soon!

 

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris- 4 Stars

 

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Grace and Jack are the perfect couple. Wealthy, attractive, so in love. They have a gorgeous home and Grace is an excellent cook, yet stays so skinny! But why do they never seem to be apart?

At first I figured I’d be reading just another thriller about domestic abuse, but this had so many more layers! This is not just another case of spousal abuse, oh no; there is so much more to this story!

Behind Closed Doors was action packed, leaving me unable to want to stop reading. It is told in alternating chapters focusing on the past and present which I enjoyed. It’s not a particularly scary book, but rather suspenseful, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath waiting to see what the next move is between characters. The ending was phenomenal! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton- 4 Stars

Reporter Kate Waters is back in Fiona Barton’s third novel! While this can definitely be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading The Widow and then The Child beforehand because it will give you a great backstory on Kate’s personal life and work as well as her working relationship with Detective Bob Sparkes that I have enjoyed throughout the series.

Every mother knows her child, doesn’t she?

This is the question running through the minds of three mothers when the unthinkable happens and their children are involved. Two 18 year old’s are traveling in Thailand when they turn up missing. Coincidentally, Thailand is where Kate Waters’ son took off for in Barton’s last book, The Child. As the mothers and police go on a search for their children, they find out things about them they could never have thought were true.

This was a wonderfully crafted mystery that kept me engaged through the last page. There were so many layers to unravel and bigger secrets and shockers were revealed at every twist and turn!

Thank you so much to Berkley Books for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! I also received an ebook via NetGalley.

The Suspect will be published on 1/22!

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Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren- 4 Stars

This was such a fun and refreshing change in the romance genre!

Millie is a professor at UC Santa Barbara who has extensive knowledge on female serial killers, doesn’t let her true emotions show, and dislikes letting anyone get too close to her. Her best friends are four guys, also on staff at the university. When she and Reid, the guy she’s closest to in her group, end up spending a sexy half-night together, their friendship and relationship starts to change, especially when the friends all join an online dating site to find dates for a university black tie event.

Millie writes the bios for all of the guys’ dating profile, but her own falls flat since she doesn’t like to share anything too personal, so she ends up creating a fake profile where she can be someone different. Of course lying online can’t end well, and someone is bound to get hurt. When Millie and Reid spend a few more half-nights together, the lines between friends and lovers start to blur and they have to decide what’s going on. But will Millie’s deceit get in the way of any sort of friendship, platonic or otherwise?

I really enjoyed this novel and I hope the authors make a series out of this because I would love to read books about all of the guys as well!

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Book Review: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

I really enjoyed Love & Gelato so I was excited to finally get around to reading Love & Luck! In this book, we follow Lina’s (from L&G) friend Addie around Ireland when she travels there for her aunt’s wedding. She has had her heart broken and suffered some embarrassment thanks to a boy, so when she finds an eccentric guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, complete with homework she has to complete in various destinations all over Ireland, she decides to read the book and travel along on its journey through the country.

This book is definitely geared towards younger readers but I thought it was still a good read. I liked how readers got to experience various sights of Ireland along with Addie while she tried to mend her broken heart and the relationship with her brother. Love & Luck was quirky and fun to read.

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Book Review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena- 5 Stars

Karen is a beautiful housewife who is found in a seedy part of town after she wrecks into a pole, leaving her with no memory of what happened prior to her accident. Tom, her husband, is supportive and concerned, but the police think Karen’s amnesia is a convenient lie given the circumstances. Karen’s best friend and next door neighbor, Brigid, wants to get to the bottom of things as well, but she’s got her own agenda.

In the weeks leading up to her accident, Karen was getting worried that someone had been coming in to her house when no one was home. She would notice little things, such as a book moved on the right side as opposed to the left, indents in her bed covers, etc. All of this makes you wonder if Karen is unstable. Does she really not remember what happened that night, or did she do what the cops are accusing her of and she’s just playing the victim?

This fast paced thriller kept me hooked the entire time. It will have you questioning the motives and mental stability of all the characters, and the ending will definitely stick with you! I have read all of Lapena’s books now and look forward to any upcoming releases she will have!

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Book Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay (Hope Island #1) by Holly Martin- 5 Stars

This is a super romantic, cozy read! Bella in currently unemployed after the boss at her last job was found embezzling funds. One day she comes home and finds a homeless man begging on her stoop and being the compassionate heart she is, Bella invites him in. This man is not who he says, but it may not necessarily be a bad thing, and soon you will find out why he did what he did.

This was such a sweet book. I loved the setting on Hope Island; it just seems absolutely gorgeous. Bella is great at her job and I love the passion she has not only in her career but towards those she loves. Isaac has a huge heart and is smart, handsome, and caring and the relationship between the two of them seemed so genuine and relatable.

This steamy book will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. It is just adorable, and I look forward to reading the others in this series!

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Book Review: Forget Me Not by A.M. Taylor-3 Stars

Ten years ago a seventeen year old girl named Nora goes missing. All that was found was her car, with an empty gas tank, not far from her family’s lake house. Her body was never found and she never returned either. Ten years to the exact day, her younger sister Noelle (Elle) is found murdered not far from where Nora’s car was abandoned. Maddie, one of Nora’s best friends, still deals with the grief over not having closure from Nora’s disappearance and makes it her mission to find out once and for all not only what happened to Nora but who killed Elle as well. The police aren’t necessarily convinced the two cases are connected, but all of Nora’s family and friends vehemently believe this.

This book was off to a great start. The pace and tone was perfect, and I had my suspicions of who the killer was, but I hadn’t quite figured out what became of Nora. I like being surprised in mysteries, I don’t usually enjoy figuring out the answer too early in advance as it kind of kills the book for me, so that aspect was great. What I did not like, and the reason for the 3 stars, is the fact I thought that what happened to Nora was completely absurd and unbelievable. (Spoiler down below!!!!)

 

 

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***SPOILER*** I can NOT believe the police wouldn’t have thought to dredge the lake NEAR HER LAKE HOUSE when they could not find a body!!! That baffles me.

Aside from this, this was an expertly crafted suspense that I really enjoyed for the most part!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.