The Favorite Sister – Jessica Knoll

Summary: When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates. Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story. And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off. (From Goodreads)

I’m going to be completely honest with you: I did not like Knoll’s first book. Probably because, and I know I’ve complained about this before, it was billed as the “next Gone Girl.” And it really wasn’t. In fact, it wasn’t even really suspense novel.

However, it wasn’t a bad book. So, when I got this book on NetGalley, I wasn’t hesitant. I wanted to see if Knoll could write a suspense thriller.

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Hat Trick – Maria Luis

Summary: The NHL’s most charming player is ready to score a hat trick on and off the ice…

As the star forward for the Boston Blades, I’ve earned a reputation for no-strings attached hookups and a mean slapshot that has all the ladies purring — but it’s never been the one woman I want to see all fired up and ready to score. Boston’s own Ice Queen Gwen James has had my emotions all tangled up for years. I’ve played the games. I’ve sat on the sidelines.

No matter her reasons, I’m done being benched. 

When she approaches me for a second chance, I accept on one condition: she’s got to prove she’s all in. No kissing. No sex. It just might kill me to keep my hands to myself, but it’s time Gwen knows what it’s like to beg. 

At the end of the day, I play to win, and I want what no other man has ever had…her heart. (From Goodreads)

If you’re a hockey fan and a romance fan and you haven’t picked up this series yet, I really don’t know what to tell you. Wait, yes I do. Put this series on your TBR pile.

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Gift Card for Christmas? Here’s Some Book Recs!

If your family and friends are anything like mine, they know that I’m perfectly happy with getting a Barnes & Noble gift card for any present ever. Or Amazon. Or anywhere the sells books really. But I know it can be hard to pick what book (or books) to spend your hard earned present.  Continue reading “Gift Card for Christmas? Here’s Some Book Recs!”

The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Summary: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life. (From Goodreads)

I feel like I have read every single “next Gone Girl” book. And NONE of them have ever risen to the occasion. It’s like I’m constantly chasing that high that a good thriller gives you. I figured that my journey for a decent, unpredictable thriller was going to continue as the years go on.

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Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. (From Goodreads)

Here’s the thing: John Green is an auto-buy for me. I know there was a bit of over-saturation when The Fault in Our Stars came out, and some people have firm (and valid) opinions on Mr. Green. With John Green, I was a little wary because of the success of The Fault in Our Stars. Tbh how could he follow up?

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Final Girls – Riley Sager

Summary: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
 
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 
 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished. (From Goodreads)

 

The best way I can describe this book is: eh. This novel is clearly trying to capitalize on the current True Crime fad that’s sweeping the nation (not that there’s anything wrong with that. SSDG, my dudes.) The problem is that it doesn’t do it very well.

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13 Things Every Disneyland Cast Member Knows To Be True

Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth. Living in Southern California means that Disneyland is a local staple. I was an Attractions Cast Member for three years, working on various rides in Tomorrowland. Disneyland has it’s own unique culture that you won’t see at a normal job. So, what are some things that almost every Disneyland cast member has dealt with. Continue reading “13 Things Every Disneyland Cast Member Knows To Be True”

If We Were Villains – M. L. Rio

Summary: On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent. (From Goodreads)

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for books about performing arts (see: my review for Noteworthy.) This book was clearly written with someone who harbors that same love. This isn’t so much a story based around Shakespeare as it is a love letter to Shakespearian tragedies. The characters are so immersed in the playwright’s world that they straight up quote his lines at each other. AS IF IT’S A NORMAL PART OF CONVERSATION. But you know what? I knew kids like this (theatre kids are weird. I should know.)

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Surviving Miranda Priestly

Before there was #girlboss, there was Miranda Priestly. Regardless of your thoughts on the film (and believe me I have tons of them, specifically about Andy’s stupid boyfriend,), there’s something you have to respect about Miranda Priestly. She’s terrifying yes, but there’s something remarkable about a powerful woman. That being said, she’s stressful to work for, and I would know. I’ve worked for a Miranda Priestly, and you might sometime work for one too. Here’s how to survive. Continue reading “Surviving Miranda Priestly”

Long Distance – Surviving Those First Two Weeks

Long distance blows. 

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it. Recently, my boyfriend of four years temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City for work. I went from seeing him almost 25/8 to not at all. It’s a rough transition to make, no matter how long you have been together. It’s only been two weeks, but I’ve survived so far.  Continue reading “Long Distance – Surviving Those First Two Weeks”