Books I’ve Read in July….

Okay so if I even make it to 75 books by the end of my challenge it will be a miracle! I’m only at 37!!!! I have been slacking so hard ya’ll 😦

But it’s the summer time!! I’m out enjoying myself! Who has time for books!! lol Anyhoo yet again this past month was filled with books that really weren’t that great! I’ve been trying to get into more AA authors and I’m just over urban fiction. I should just stick to mystery/crime/zombies and keep it moving.  Here are the 3 books I read in July…

3. Addicted With a Twist by Zane

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From the Queen of Erotica, Zane’s “Addicted with a Twist “is the sequel to “Addicted,” her wildly popular novel about a married woman whose life spirals out of control when her three affairs lead her down a dark and twisted path, now a major motion picture distributed by Lionsgate.
Three years after the end of “Addicted,” Zoe and Jason Reynard are still married and raising their family together. But Zoe has a new “dirty little secret” that leaves her torn between being honest with her therapist, Dr. Marcella Spencer, and her mother–or continuing her forbidden hotel rendezvous with a man who calls himself “Orpheus.”
Has Zoe truly overcome her sexual addiction through the strength of her love for her husband and continued therapy? Or is she still jeopardizing everything and everyone she holds dear in order to satisfy her fantasies?

I Thought…

Okay I love Zane! I always have! She writes erotica and always has a great story behind it. Meaning if you take out all of the sex in most of her stories you will still have a great story.  Addicted was one of her most popular books and it is one of my favs by her (2nd only to nervous). But this joint right here? Waste of time! Thats really all I have to say about it lol

 

2. Something On the Side (Big Girls) by Carl Weber

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“Meet Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco, and Tiny-the bodacious women of the Big Girls Book Club. There’s only one rule to being a member. You must be at least a size 14…

BGBC president Tammy loves everything about her life-especially taking care of business for her husband, Tim. This year, she intends to top all his past birthdays by having a threesome with her best friend, Egypt. Now, if only Egypt will agree …

And then there’s Coco, who has a habit of messing around with married men. But now that she’s hooked up with a man who makes his living being every woman’s fantasy, all she cares about is making sure he doesn’t stray.

As insatiable about books as they are about love, these friends are about to discover how tough it is to keep it real when they all have something on the side.”

I Thought….

DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA…unrealsitic drama. lol But it’s Carl Weber what did I expect!

 

1.Broken Stories (Broken World 0.5) by Kate L. Mary

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Broken Stories is a compilation of Short Stories and Novelettes that accompanies the Broken World Series. From California to Oklahoma, South Carolina and Colorado, readers will get a glimpse at what other people went through before, during and after the zombie virus outbreak.

Some of the characters featured in these stories have close ties to the main characters in the Broken World series, while others are brand new. It’s an emotional, intense and exciting look at how the zombie apocalypse has changed the world.”

I Thought….

Pretty good, not great because of the all of misplaced words. I mean was this book even proof read!? That’s how bad it was! It really took away from what could have been a good 4 star book.

 

Thats it folks! To see what i’m currently reading or about to read, check out my good read page here

 

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Books I Read in April…

Okay folks! I am here again for my monthly book reviews. As I’ve stated before I am trying to read 150 books in a year (December to December) I usually average 5 books a month but in April I set a new record for myself and read 7 books! Yay! Go me! We’ll let’s get to it!

7. The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys by Marina Chapman

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“In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her housing estate and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.

So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral; she lost the ability to speak, lost all inhibition, lost any real sense of being human, replacing the structure of human society with the social mores of her new simian family. But society was eventually to reclaim her. At age ten she was discovered by a pair of hunters who took her to the lawless Colombian city of Cucuta where, in exchange for a parrot, they sold her to a brothel. When she learned that she was to be groomed for prostitution, she made her plans to escape. But her adventure wasn’t over yet…

I Thought…

Okay, Intially I really enjoyed this story. The whole living in the jungle thing got my attention and I appreciated the details that answered the questions I might have. Like how does she go to the bathroom? Bathe? Etc.

But then she leaves the jungle and this is where the book lost me. She ends up at home after home filled with abuse and a few random kind people that she wonders what happened to over and over. Then after all of these horrible experiences, she finds a good home and the book ends. WTF! After all of that horribleness, we should at least get two chapters on the details of her new happiness.
Oh well….read this book if you want to be depressed. I gave it 2 stars on good reads

6. Titanic with ZOMBIES (The Zombie Apocalypse at Sea) by Richard Brown

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A mysterious infection turns hundreds of passengers into violent, flesh-eating zombies, sinking the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Forget everything you thought you knew about the famous disaster. This is the zombie apocalypse … at sea.

All aboard. It’s about to go down!”

I Thought…

This was a great book! It really was. I’m giving it three stars because after a while it just felt wrong. The titanic was a traumatic event by itself but to add zombies just made it too much. Maybe i’m soft lol IDK it’s almost like somebody adding zombies to 9/11. Anyway it was great writing but I just was turned off

5.Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman

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“Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

The killer with a secret…

Donny Ray knows things about Christopher—things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case, Christopher’s life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?

The terror that binds them…

In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, bestselling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth…even if it costs him his sanity.”

I Thought…

Okay….I really can’t review this book like I want to without giving away the entire story but here goes.

I knew from the way this book was headed that it would be like the movie shutter island, and I was right but also wrong. If that makes sense. I am so utterly confused that I think I will reread this. I personally wouldn’t call it a thriller because a lot of the stuff that Chris was going through didn’t seem real and after some time I actually wondered if the entire book was a figment of my imagination.

I’m not giving this book 4 stars because it was a great book. I’m giving it 4 stars because it has done what no other book has done before, confuse the shit out of me but at the same time make me want to read it again.

4. My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni

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“Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.”

I Thought….

I’m only giving this book 4 stars because of the ending! This was a 360 book. Meaning what I was presented with in the beginning was also the end. All of the twist and turns and we ended up right where we started. A complete circle! Ugh I was so upset, but this does not take away from the greatness of the book. I was reading this book at work, on the bus, on the train I could not wait to see what happened!

But seriously one honest conversation between Tracy and the Police chief could have prevented this entire book (well not Sarah being abducted) but everything else that followed.

3. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

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Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.”

I Thought…

I rated this book 5 stars at first but then changed it to 4 stars. I realized the thing I enjoyed most about this book was the ending. I was pleasantly surprised. But other than that it was an average read. I figured out all of the “secrets and lies” almost immediately but still enjoyed watching them unravel.

2. Ugly Young Thing (Grand Trespass #2) by Jennifer Jaynes

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Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.

But Allie’s new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she begins to see shadowy figures outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, a nagging voice makes Allie wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.“

I Thought…

Up until I was about 90% done with this book it was a nice 4 star book. Not because it wasn’t as good as the first, I’d just become familiar with the authors style and figured out who the killer was fairly early. I also figured out how this killer related to Ms. Bitty. What sent me for a loop however was how this all related to Allie. I did not see that coming at all! And for that plot twist at the end, this book has earned 5 stars. I just wish that Ms. Bitty would have given Allie an explanation at the end. After all the girl had been through she deserved it.

 

1. Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass #1) by Jennifer Jaynes

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“When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes without a trace, the residents of rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, launch a desperate search to find her. But few clues are unearthed, and before long another young woman disappears.

As locals continue to vanish, residents begin to discover that they might not know those closest to them as well as they had thought. Lies and insecurities quickly surface, leading everyone to question one another…and their involvement in the disappearances.

Meanwhile, an unstable, twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her—and of women in general—and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them.”

I Thought…

Hands down the best mystery/crime novel I have read yet for my reading challenge.It did start off confusing with all the different POV’s but it all came together nicely. The way the author gave you the killer’s POV without revealing his identity was brilliant. Especially because I could’ve sworn the killer was one person until I was about 70% done and I figured it out. Still a great story. I wouldn’t mind reading again. I rated it 5 stars on my goodreads page.

 

 

 

Some Great Books! Books I Read in March

Hello all! So at this point in my challenge to read 150 books in a year I’m behind schedule but that’s okay. I hope to catch up during my upcoming vacations in May and July.

Man March was an amazing month! I finally found a GREAT zombie series and I read 2 crime/thriller novels that kept me at the edge of my seat. With that being said I would recommend every single one of these books…

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5. Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott

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“When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.”

I Thought….

This was a great read! This is actually the second book by Rachel Abbott that I have read (the 1st coming up shortly). While I didn’t enjoy it as much, it was still a great story. It was a little predictable but I enjoyed seeing the events unfold nonetheless. I gave it 4 stars on my goodreads page.

 

 

4.  Shattered World (Broken World #2) by Kate L. Mary
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“***Contains Spoilers for Broken World***

Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, surrounded by zombies, Vivian and Axl’s group are sure they’re facing the end. The dead are closing in and the shelter they were promised is sealed tight, only they refuse to go down without a fight. Just when they think they’ve run out of time, the doors to the shelter are thrown open and they’re given refuge. Five years in underground condos with all the provisions there for the taking. It’s almost too good to be true. With the promise of security, Vivian hopes she’ll finally able to take a deep breath and deal with everything that’s happened. The loss of Emily, her growing feelings for Axl, and the terrifying new world they’re facing.

But the group’s sense of security is soon shattered when they learn the shelter isn’t the utopia they thought it would be. It seems the company that built the shelter decided to solve their financial problems by selling off provisions, which means the group has to find a way to get food, fuel and medical supplies. Or face starvation.

And Vegas is the closest city.

With her feelings for Axl stronger than ever, Vivian volunteers to accompany him and a few others on a trip into one of the biggest tourist cities in the world in search of supplies. The city is overrun with the dead, but there are other survivors as well. Only not everyone they meet is a welcome sight. As the emotional baggage piles up, Vivian and Axl’s bond grows stronger than ever, but it doesn’t take long to realize that zombies aren’t the only thing they have to fear.”

I Thought….

Now this series is CLEARLY “inspired” by the TV show, The Walking Dead. Which actually isn’t a problem for me because I LOVE LOVE The Walking Dead. So I just pretended it was my favorite characters from the show in a new zombie story lol. This book though is actually the 2nd in the series and my least favorite so far. Not because it sucked or anything, just because the other 2 were better. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.

3. Broken World (Broken World #1) by Kate L. Mary

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When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.”

I Thought….

This is the 1st in the Broken World series and I was nervous at first. It actually takes a long time for Zombies to show up but when they do it goes from 0 to 100 quick. Like I said previously, you can tell the characters are based off characters from The Walking Dead but I actually enjoyed pretending Daryl has a love interest lol (Wishful thinking) I rated this one 5 stars on Goodreads.

 

2. Mad World (Broken World #3) by Kate L. Mary

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***Warning: Contains spoilers for Broken World and Shattered World.


Mad World is the third book in the Broken World series, which follows a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…

Vivian didn’t think things could get any worse than losing Emily, and getting to the shelter should have been their salvation. But once again their hopes were shattered when they discovered things weren’t safe as promised, forcing them to head into Vegas in search of supplies.

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But now she and Hadley find themselves in a situation more threatening than even the dead walking the Earth. Kidnapped by armed men and taken deep into Vegas, they’re cut-off from anyone who cares about them and thrust into a world so sick and twisted it can only be described as madness. Knowing that Axl has no idea where they are and little hope of finding them, Vivian and Hadley must team up with one of the very men who abducted them if they have any hope of escaping their new nightmare.
 
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Watching Vivian get thrown into the back of a van almost tears him apart, but he’s determined to find her no matter what it takes. With the growing tension between him and Angus, Axl finds himself wondering if the price will be his relationship with his brother. Putting both old and new wounds aside, Axl and Angus must infiltrate the group holding Vivian and Hadley, and make their escape through a zombie-ridden Vegas.

But the men in charge of Vegas aren’t the type to easily forget, and the group soon discovers that getting the girls out alive very well could mean the end for them all…”

I Thought….

This is the best book so far in the series (next book due out in a couple of weeks! Look for it on my April reviews). In this particular story line, it becomes its own and steers away from The Walking Dead. I literally finished it in 2 days and wish I could read it again just to refresh my brain before the next book. But the challenge continues….I rated it 5 stars on goodreads.

1. Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

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How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers

. And then they find the blood…

Has the past caught up with Olivia?

Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.”

I Thought…

One of the best Mystery Suspense novels I have read! It was similar to Gone Girl, but a much better version with a much better ending. Of course a few parts were predictable but it also supplied great plot twist and turns to keep it interested. I would definitely recommend to everyone who enjoys suspense. I rated it 5 stars on goodreads,

 

Feb Reads for Book Challenge

Feb was a short and busy month for me…therfore I only read 2 books, I know I know shameful…but here they are.

One was pretty good and the other one not so much lol I’m starting to get frustrated with these zombie books, Red Hill from my Jan reads was a tough act to follow…

2. Victim Zero by Joshua Guess

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Kell McDonald isn’t your average guy. He’s a brilliant biologist and geneticist, a leading researcher in the constant fight against disease and death. He works in secret on a miraculous organism with the potential to change the world.

But he isn’t the only one.

Victim Zero is a story about life and loss, self-awareness and the hard choices between what is right and what is necessary. As the world spirals down and the dead begin to rise, Kell must learn the difference between surviving and living.”

I thought….
It started off good but lost me in the end. The author tried to do way too much in this book. Which I couldn’t understand since it’s the beginning of a series. This book, unlike any other zombie book, has somebody who might have the cure which is a nice twist but i’m still not entirely sold…anyway I rated it 2 stars on good reads

 

1.Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

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Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one…”

I thought…

that I would have NEVER read a book about domestic violence. Just too heavy of a topic for me. But I really enjoyed this. It was a great story about a damaged young woman. It really opened my eyes to just how much domestic violence can ruin someone’s life. I rated it 4 stars on good reads.

 

 

Alright that’s it for this month, the month of March had some of the best books I’ve read thus far so it’ll be hard to rate them. 

 

Books I’ve Read in Jan 2015

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The month of Jan was hard to rate! I read some great books (3 of them I gave 5 star ratings on good reads) so bare with me…

*These are ordered from my least favorite to my favorite, month by month*

In Jan 2015 I read…

5. Departure by A.G. Riddle

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“Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she’ll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash-lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she’s made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined.

As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize that this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they’ve been brought here for a reason…”

I thought…

It was okay, lost me in some places and then got better. It actually reminded me of the TV show Lost. I do believe that the author tried to do too many things with the plot which is why I got lost. But it wasn’t a terrible read and I really enjoyed it. I rated it 4 stars on good reads, it’s only number 5 on this list because it was some stiff competition unlike in December

 

4. The Color of the Soul (The Penbrook Diaries #1) by Tracey Bateman

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The story of an old woman’s need for forgiveness, a young man’s drive to succeed, and the history that links them both will keep readers enthralled from beginning to end. A Pandora’s box opens when reporter Andy Carmichael, too light-skinned for acceptance by blacks and too dark-skinned for acceptance by whites, is sent to Georgia to interview Miss Penbrook, an icon of Southern literature. From her deathbed, the mysterious Miss Penbrook gives Andy journals that reveal a surprising twist–“her story and his own meld into one.

I thought…

-This was a great story of slavery and racism! Much better than slave story I read in December. I think this was a little more realistic and I enjoyed the time being split between time on the plantaion and Andy’s present time (the 1940’s) I rated it 4 stars on good reads.

 

3. Among Monsters (Red Hill, #1.5) by Jamie McGuire

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Being thirteen has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.
Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad’s weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad’s wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.

Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill…”

I thought….

– this was one of the best zombie books I have read! (And I LOVE zombie books as you will soon see) I have never read or seen the zombie apocalypse from a child’s point of view. I actually read this book before reading the 1st red hill but it didn’t ruin red hill for me at all

2.Red Hill by Jamie Mcguire

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“For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined.”

-I thought…

This book was great! If you can’t tell by now, I love a good zombie book! But they are so hard to find! This is the 1st book in the Red Hill series and you probably should read this before reading Among Monsters. Although I did it the other way around and still enjoyed it. This also received 5 stars on my good reads page.

 

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
…Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

– I thought…

This book was AMAZING! I loved it! The writing style was different from anything else I’ve read. I can’t even describe it to you. The plot was a little predictable but there were still enough twist and turns to keep tuned in. This was a definite 5 stars for me.