Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Pages: 386
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.20/5

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

Daisy Jones and The Six is the first novel that I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and you guys….it was so good! For months all I kept hearing about was Daisy Jones and that was enough for me to check it out. I found that the book being written in an interview style made it easy to keep up with all the characters and it helped to show each of their personalities. I loved how strong each of the characters were throughout the book, but its hard not to put all your focus on Daisy.Early on we find that she was a fragile little girl with no direction and grew into an empowered woman who knew what she wanted and she was not going to back down when she got the opportunity to do so.
This book was all rock n roll; music, alcohol, drugs, and sex. It was brilliant! I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself and be prepared to finish it in one sitting!

Are you a fan of the 70’s? Let me know in the comments below!

Nicole

Review:The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Title: The Girl He Used to Know
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.97/5

Have you ever read a book that draws you in so much, you forget that it is a fictional story?

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracy Garvis Graves is the exact book I am describing. I mean I cannot begin to explain how much I adored this novel! Graves wrote each character with complete care and detail and it was beautiful to watch each of them unravel throughout the story. Annika is the most delicate of all the characters,  she is socially awkward, she loves books, chess, does not have much experience with dating, and does not understand why people treat her differently. Jonathan on the other hand is outgoing, has a decent amount of friends, works at a bar, and is advanced in the dating department. The two of them were complete opposites, but that is what made their relationship work so well. What I loved most is how gentle Jonathan was towards Annika and how he took the time to understand her facial expressions in order to know what was going on in her head. He had to work hard at the relationship, but he never let that stop him from falling head over heels for her. 

However, too much of a good thing never lasts and heartache begins to settle in. I’m not going to lie, the ending wrecked me to my core, but I felt it was important to show how much growth we get from Annika. Again, I loved this book so much and will always pick it up for a re-read and hope that you will do the same!

xoxo

Nicole

Review: Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett

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Title: Marigolds and Murder
Author:London Lovett
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Pages: 190
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Murder Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.93/5

A couple of years ago I discovered the world of cozy mysteries and let me just say, I have been missing out! Cozy mysteries are so fun and they keep you on your feet just enough to keep you wanting more! One of the authors that I came across was London Lovett….I can confidently say, she is one of my favorite authors! The first book that I read was Marigolds and Murder from Lovett’s Port Danby series.

Here you will find an old Victorian house, a pumpkin contest, and a murder! Our heroine in the story , Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton left her six figure job to become a florist in a small seaside town called Port Danby. Little did she know, she would become an unofficial detective because of her million dollar nose! Oh and did I mention she has a cat named Nevermore and a pet crow named Kingston. How cool is that?

This was such a fun book to read! I became so enthralled with Lacey and her life. Not only was she new to town, she made friends easily, met two eligible  bachelors, and had a high sense of smell which she used to help solve  a murder. It was an easy read and the best part of it all, there are 8 more books in the series to continue to read!

Interested in reading Marigolds and Murder? You can find the ebook here Marigolds and Murder for FREE! You heard that right, this ebook is free even if you do not have kindle unlimited.

What are some of your favorite mystery books?

Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.04/5

Happy Wednesday friends! I finished reading Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon yesterday and I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. It was a quick and lighthearted (for the most part) read filled with teenage love, risk, and redemption. It is a beautiful story told by our protagonist Madeline who has been cooped up in her house with her mom and her nurse Carla her entire life. She was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was a baby which has prevented her from living a normal life. Now she is eighteen and is ready to take some risks especially once she meets her new neighbor Olly who has her smitten beyond belief. However, Maddy will take it too far and push her limits with her health. Little did she know that taking such a big risk would ultimately change her life…..for the BETTER!

Between the captivating story and the writing style, I felt that it was hard to put the book down! I really enjoyed the character development Yoon was able to create. I felt like I knew each character completely and I truly believe that it helped capture the story even more. I also loved that throughout the book you would not only have normal chapters, but you would find diagrams, text messages, emails, and instant messages to help capture the story as a whole. Overall, I would highly recommend that you pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.

Book Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Pages: 308
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.07/5

“They say your life flashes before your eyes, but it wasn’t my life as I’d lived it that I saw. It was the life I’d been waiting for. The one I’d never get a chance to live.” 

Happy Tuesday friends! I finished up How to Walk Away by Katherine Center yesterday and WOW! You guys this book was and is everything book dreams are made of! To be honest I never heard of How to Walk Away and it just so happened to pop up on Hoopla so I picked it up and decided that it was the best audiobook I have ever listened to.

Let me start off by saying that I freakin’ love our main character Margaret! She is feisty, strong headed, funny, and independent. Although she has found herself in a less than exciting situation, she refuses to let everyone walk all over her or treat her any different than how they did prior to her accident. I really think that Katherine Center did a phenomenal job developing every character! I love when I can picture every character and feel as if I know exactly who they are. Like I can meet for coffee with Maggie and her sister—-and don’t even get me started on Ian…can we just say hubba hubba!?

Overall though, I loved how Center was able to make me feel so many emotions. One minute she had me literally laughing out loud and the next minute I would feel so much grief. However, despite the grief–I found hope just as Margaret did. At the end Maggie says something that will forever live with me and I hope that it will do the same for you—-“You have to live the life you have, you have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of the hardship——Because that is all we can do, carry the sorrow when we have to and savor the joy when can.”  How beautiful is that? I think that at times we forget to find the joy within our struggles and life is far too short to wallow in self pity, so I encourage you to find joy even in the smallest things. 

Have you read anything by Katherine Center? If so, which of her books is your favorite?

Nicole

Book Review: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: Field Notes on Love
Author: Jennifer E. Smither
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Pages: 288
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.85/5

I never thought I would fall in love with Field Notes on Love and yet here I am, a big cry baby because of how much I loved this novel by Jennifer E. Smith! It was the first book that I have ever read by this author and I am so thankful that I was able to get my hands on a copy. I bet you are wondering, “Nicole, why did you love this book so much?” Well bookworms, let me tell you:

→It involves a cross country train trip from New York to California

  • I have an aching for wanderlust and knew that this would just make me want to travel even more…preferably by train now. 

→The dynamic between our two main characters was so perfect.

  • Hugo: an 18 year old boy from England who just so happens to be a sextuplet and is now “famous,” in his little town of Surrey. 
  • Mae: an 18 year old from New York who has two dads and a grandma who is spunky and wants Mae to live the best life she can.

→The way love comes to be in this story is just so sweet and makes you swoon way too much!

Most things are easier than you think,” She says “It’s deciding to do them that’s hard.”

Hugo has always lived his life in the shadows of his five other siblings and by that I mean that it has always been Hugo and his brothers and sisters. They did everything together….they were a package deal when it came to EVERYTHING. All Hugo wanted was to live a life separate from his siblings, but how can he do that without completely shutting them out and making his family upset. On top of trying to figure that out, he was going through a break-up. All Hugo knew is that he NEEDED to go on the trip that him and his now ex-girlfriend were going to take…..a train trip across America. Once he realized that everything was in her name and that he could not change the reservations…he did something completely out of the ordinary. He was going to find himself another Margaret Campbell and was going to ask her to “pretend,” to be Margaret Campbell his ex-girlfriend! 

Mae has always known what she wanted to do, being that both of her dad’s were artistic it was just a given that she would fall in love with film. Her hopes and dreams were to attend school in California at one of the most respected film schools in America and maybe even in the world. However, when she got that rejection letter…Mae did not know what to do. She thought the film she sent the school was perfect! She knew she needed to change something, but what is there to change when you already love it so much? After getting advice from pretty much every person in her life, she found that she needed to experience a little more life. So when her friend Priyanka sends her a link to a wanted ad of a boy looking for a Margaret Campbell to take a cross country train trip with….she decided to do the unthinkable….she responded! Sadly, she did not get chosen and school was about to start…so she just sat it out….until she got another email saying that the previous winner was unable to make it! 

Now Hugo and Mae have come together at Penn Station to embark on a trip of lifetime. The catch though, neither of their parents know they are traveling with a complete stranger. Every time their parents call they fib a little in hopes that they won’t find out. Of course Hugo’s parents would eventually find out because when you are part of sextuplets…someone is bound to spill the beans. For Mae though, her little secret remained a secret. Her grandma was the one who knew and being that she too found love on a train many years ago, all she wanted was for her granddaughter to do the same. So off they went on this journey of a lifetime where they each would gain more life experience and even find love! 

You guys, this book was absolutely perfect and all I hope is that there is a second novel that will go a little further into the relationship between Hugo and Mae. Will Mae get into film school? Does Hugo stay in the USA or does he go back to England for good? Do the two of them end up being in a long lasting relationship? So many questions!

Book Review: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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Title: Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1)
Author: Ellie Alexander
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Pages: 321
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Murder Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.91/5

Meet Your Baker was the perfect cozy mystery! It had such a great balance of suspense, love, humor, and great relationships.  It was the first novel that I have read by Ellie Alexander and it did not disappoint. Once I finished, I was eager to start the second book!

This particular novel follows Jules Capshaw who just moved back home to Ashland, Oregon after being on a cruise ship for several years working as a chef. Her plan was to stay at home for a short while and then move on to her next adventure. Little did she know that her heart would rekindle the love she once had for her small town and her families bakery Torte. However, when one of Torte’s customers is murdered, Jules finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Whether she was seeking answers or not, some how she would find bits and pieces to help her solve the case. Sadly, when Jules finally figures out who committed the murder, she would find herself in the act of another murder….or does she?

I will most definitely catch up on the series and hope to be done before the next novel comes out! I would highly recommend Meet the Baker if you are at all interested in cozy mysteries!