Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: F*ck Love

Title F*ck Love
Author Tarryn Fisher
Release Date December 31, 2015

Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.

I really, really like the books by Tarryn Fisher I've read so much. So much so that I've already bought all of her other books in anticipation of getting the chance to read them. I know if I'm in a book slump, I can read something of hers. Her writing is phenomenal. There's something different about her books than anything else I've read that I just absolutely adore.

F*ck Love feels different to me than her other books that I've read. It still feels like a Tarryn book, but there's something that I can't put my finger on that sets it off all on its own. This is certainly not a bad thing, but it is something that really stuck out to me.

I really loved Helena. There's little ways in which I found myself relating to her that made her feel more realistic. I enjoy being able to see myself in a story without the character feeling like they have no personality.

F*ck Love only gets four stars from me because I would have liked a little (just the tiniest bit) less introspection on Helena's part and more interaction with her best friend. Like, it was hard for me to really understand why there were best friends sometimes. It feels a bit nitpicky, though, honestly.

Anyway, great book. A romance that doesn't really feel like a romance. Love Tarryn Fisher.


4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

Title Behind Closed Doors
Author B. A. Paris
Release Date February 11, 2016

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Wow! This book was fantastic. Behind Closed Doors has definitely made it on to my favorites of 2016 list.

I hadn't heard of this book before I saw a friend recommend it on Facebook. I took one look at the blurb and decided I needed to read it. I didn't read any reviews for the book, so I went in blind. I will say that the blurb did not prepare me for what was in store. It was more disturbing (I'm not really sure disturbing is the correct word here, but I can't come up with a better choice currently) than I anticipated. And, honestly, I couldn't have loved it any more.

Quite simply, read this book. It may not be the absolutely perfect psychological thriller, but it's pretty close.

I need more books like this in my life! Behind Closed Doors had great writing and a gripping story line. What more could I have asked for? I am looking forward to reading more by B. A. Paris in the future, especially if this book is any indication of what she has to come.


5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#17)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that's hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting on...

Title After the Fall
Author Kate Hart
Release Date January 24, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your links in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!