May Books- 2022

This month I read 6 books, which were a nice mix of genres. I started off with 2 romance novels, then moved into a mystery, followed by a thriller, some historical fiction, and ending with fantasy. There is a little bit for everyone in my reviews below. Happy reading!

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars. I loved this book! In a mix of contemporary romance and fiction, this story follows Naomi, a runaway bride, a she arrives in a new town, in order to help out her estranged twin Tina. However, upon arrival in Knockemout, VA, Naomi quickly realizes that her evil twin has left her mark on the town, and not in a good way. Naomi quickly gets into a confrontation with the handsome, brooding, local, Knox (who thinks she is Tina) at a local café. She is there because she is supposed to be meeting Tina, however Naomi is stood up. She then returns to her hotel, defeated, to find that her car has been stolen, her possessions ransacked, and there is a teenager sitting on her bed. Tina has taken from her, but left her with a niece that she never even knew existed.

The plot continues as Naomi now has to raise a child, find a place to live, an income, and her evil twin. She does this all while the handsome Knox is front of mind. More than a romcom, this book is full of heartache, family, crime, forgiveness, love, and a bit of spice sprinkled in. Plus, the charters are well developed and the small town of Knockemout is brought to life in the pages of this novel.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars. This highly anticipated book from Emily Henry (author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation), was all that I expected it to be an more! Nora, is a literary agent in NYC (hence this book's title), and when her pregnant sister begs her for a month long sister's getaway/babymoon in Sunshine Falls, NC, Nora caves. Hoping that some time away will help clear her head from her recent breakup, and let her focus on her client's next book. However, Nora's sister Libby has a few other things in mind. Libby arrives in Sunshine Falls with a to-do-list, that includes skinny dipping, wearing flannel, saving a small business, and of course... dating a local. This book was heartwarming, fun, the right amount of cheese, sweet, and full of wonderfully developed characters that you root for. Pick up your copy today!

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley- ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars. I previously read The Guest List by Lucy Foley (also 4/5 stars), so I chose this book for one of my recent Book of the Month selections. My first mystery in a while, Jess decides that is it finally time to leave her toxic work, but that essentially leaves her homeless and jobless. She calls up with half brother Ben, who agrees to let her crash at his place in Paris. After spending the last of her money on a train ticket from London to Paris, Jess arrives at Ben's place, but he is not there, nor is he answering his phone. Letting herself in, and being exhausted from the commute, Jess assumes he is just out for the night and she heads to bed. The next morning she realizes that Ben's keys, his Vespa, and his computer are all inside of his apartment. Ben is officially missing.

Jess begins the search for her brother by chatting with the few tenants in this extremely luxurious apartment. How can her brother afford a place like this anyway? The tenants, who all seem unpleased that Jess is there let alone asking questions, all seem to have something to hide. What happened in this Paris apartment? Where is Ben? What was he involved in? A slow burn mystery, with even a few twists that I did not expect.

Breathless Hardcover by Amy McCulloch - ⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars. I wanted to love this book, and I did. However, the lower star rating is because I was able to determine who the killer was before it was officially revealed. I read so much, that I am easily able to pick up on the little clues given throughout, where I can guess the ending before it comes. Aside from that, this book was a true page turner. Cecily is a journalist, and she just caught the story of a lifetime. World famous mountaineer, Charles, is hiking 8 mountains, all over 8k meters, with no oxygen. She was give the opportunity to interview him after his final summit. The catch... she only gets the interview AFTER she summits with Charles. Before the team begins their journey, a body is found dead near base camp. Suspicion consumes Cecily, as she begins her long journey. Is she safe on the mountain? Will she make the summit and get her story? Will she survive?

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars! I am obsessed with this story. I've owned this book for a few years now, it was a Book of the Month selection ages ago. When I first received the book I tried reading it, but I just could not get into it. This go around, I listened to the audio version and I fell in love. The story is of a rock band in the 70's, told in the format of a documentary, where each member of the band shares their perspective on major occurrences throughout the life of the band, and what ultimately lead to the band breaking up. Such a great story, and I cannot wait until it becomes a limited series on Amazon. I'm anxiously awaiting the day until it is released.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars! I stayed up past midnight to finish this book, and it was worth the lack of sleep this morning. Who knew I would be so obsessed with a fantasy novel? Feyre, the sole provider for her father and two sisters, is out on a hunt. She skillfully kills a large wolf, where its skin would bring in enough money to feed her family for a month. However, it seems that the she has killed the wrong wolf, who came from the magical nearby lands of Prythian. Soon after she sold the skin, Feyre is abducted from her home by a High Fae Lord, and brought back to the Spring Court to live out the rest of her life, as punishment for killing the magical beast.

Adjusting to her new life, Feyre begins to notice the magic that surrounds her. She also begins to notice how its power begins to fade and change, as a dark force begins to climbs the walls of the borders of the Spring Court. If the magical lands are at risk, what about her family back in the mortal lands? Are they safe? Torn between her family and her new feelings towards her capture, what will Feyre do? A fantasy novel full of love, action, hope, history, and of course a lot of magic.



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