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review 2017-06-18 14:13
Have you ever wished you could un-see something that you've seen?
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson

 

 

Book Title:  If I Fix You

Author:  Abigail Johnson

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Arizona

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Inner Demons by Julia Brennan   --Sometimes, I'm not sure how I stumble upon the songs that I do…when I seen the cover page for this I was like, wow, that matches the cover's color scheme perfectly.  Then I listened to the words and...with it's soulful inflection and meaningful lyrics…it's just about perfect.  **If you watch this video, and you can tell me what is on this girl's head, I'm dying to know…♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.3/5 STARS

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My Thoughts

 

Jill has seen something that she can't stop thinking about, no matter how hard she tries.  No matter how much she wishes she didn't have to see it…she did.  This story is her journey, during one very hot Arizona summer, she tries to come to terms with what she saw. 

 

 

If I Fix You deals with some complex issues, including abuse and adultery, but it's told in an inspiring way, that makes you realize you have to hold on to the ones you love the most; and maybe even give some of them a second chance to prove themselves to you.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5  Mostly good, but I don't think she ever wore a hoodie. It was Arizona in the Summer, after all.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would, especially if it was you-know-who's (if you've read it, then you would know) story.

 

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review 2017-06-14 20:05
Magic Bound (The Hybrid Trilogy #1) by G.K. DeRosa
Magic Bound - G.K. DeRosa
Magic Bound is the first book of The Hybrid Trilogy and features some characters from the Wilder series. In this story, Aria is working on getting her GED, has a job as a barista, and a dead-end boyfriend that borders on the abusive. One night, she meets Damian but tells him straight up that she is with someone. In an unknown turn of events, she is accepted into a college that she can't even remember applying for. And then it turns out that it is too good to turn down as she has somewhere to live and all expenses paid. Things move swiftly on as Aria's life changes in ways she would never have imagined.
 
This is a fast-paced story that is full of humour and sass. Aria is a good female lead, although she does seem deliberately dense at times! More in the way that if she doesn't acknowledge what is going on/what everyone else says/gut instinct etc, then it's not really happening. I wasn't sure about the whole Nico and Damian situation, as love triangles really aren't my thing. I don't mind if it's a relationship with three ;) but not a triangle.
 
This is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I found it to be a nice touch having some crossover characters, but also that Aria still gets her own story. A fun, enjoyable book that is definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2017-06-13 18:45
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Fever - Kirby Keyborne,Caitlin Davies,Megan Abbott

The Fever features more messed up girls from Megan Abbotts' dark, dark high school world.

 

I liked how it all worked out in the end, and I wondered if the "fever" ended up referencing the parents and other town officials, rather than the illness itself? When people's children are possibly in danger, there's no telling what parents will do to protect them.

 

As with most of Ms. Abbott's books that I've read so far though, it's the teenage girls that are the scariest of all-BY FAR. I could see parts of myself and parts of other girls I knew in high school in these characters.

 

I found The Fever to be slightly repetitive and I disliked the narrator of Deenie's father. The other two narrators were great and contributed a lot to my overall enjoyment of this book.

 

I look forward to reading more from Megan Abbott.

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review 2017-06-11 14:42
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Mapping the Interior - Stephen Graham Jones

Mapping the Interior touched me in a way that's hard to define.

 

A young man, missing and thinking of the father who died before he could really be known, believes he saw his father coming through a doorway. From there, we learn more about this young man, his family, Native American culture, and superstitions.

 

In a way, this could be interpreted as a ghost story. In another interpretation it could be thought of a coming of age story-with perhaps a little psychological horror on the side. However it's interpreted, whatever genre it's labeled, the fact remains that it moves the reader. It's a powerful piece of work.

 

I'm not going to go further into the plot, because I think the reader should discover it for themselves. I know that it brought me back to certain points in my childhood and how I felt about things, but I can't seem to adequately explain how it made me feel. Mapping the Interior resonated deeply with me and I'll have to leave it at that.

 

I give it my highest recommendation.

 

You can order a copy here: Mapping the Interior

 

*Thanks to Tor and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this novella, in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-06-07 06:14
Secrets of Southern Girls
Secrets of Southern Girls: A Novel - Haley Harrigan

By: Haley Harringan 

ISBN: 9781492647553

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Landmark

Publication Date:  6/6/2017 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Haley Harrigan delivers a twisty mystery southern debut SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS – a grown woman and mother, with demons from her past which surface. . . part young adult, and coming-of-age; haunting secrets that shape lives.

Julie Portland has a secret. Years ago she escaped this small southern town; however, she has never forgotten the trauma. Now she is in New York, and the ghosts of the past stare her in the face.

Ten years earlier, Julie’s best friend Reba died after falling off a bridge in Lawrence Mill, Mississippi. Julie feels responsible. They had an argument. She killed her friend. She swore she would never return to this awful place.

Now, August Elliot shows up (Reba’s first love). A walking, talking, tangible reminder of the past.

August is African American and Reba’s dad would not have accepted a relationship. They began dating in secret.

In New York, her young daughter Beck wants to know, “who is Reba?"

Julie dreams of Reba. She has tortured herself. She knows she will have to forgive herself in order to move on with her future.

She now comes face to face with August (Reba’s love).

He wants her to return to Lawrence Mill with him. He wants the diary. She does not know about a diary. She thinks of how dangerous a journal of Reba’s could be in the wrong hands.

Who has the diary? Someone will learn the secrets of her shameful past.

Would her friend be so careless as to document the things that happened that year?

August thought Julie (Jules) had it. Now if she doesn’t, who does?

Julie finds Jules disguising.

Nell must have the diary. With Reba’s diary entries sprinkled throughout, the ghosts of the past are unraveled. What really happened?

Told from two time periods 1997/2008. Two best friends Julie had lost per parents in an accident and turned a little wild.
 
 
Secrets of Southern Girls

Reba works at Nell’s Flower Shop. Reba appears to have the perfect home life. However, her dad is a racist and Reba has her own secrets.

August never found closure after Reba died and he is convinced that someone has the old diary Reba once told him he should read.

Does anyone know the real Reba? What is the real truth behind August? Then and now?

Both Julie and August are shocked to learn the truth about Reba. Will they be able to come to terms with her death and the ghosts of the past? Things are not always as they appear.

A slow-burning suspense. I was not really connected to any of the characters and feel it would have flowed a bit easier if the chapters had been broken down the characters, for a little more organization.

However, for a debut the author clearly is a talented writer and for readers who enjoy young adult fiction, Southern Gothic, and coming-of-age mysteries.

A journey of healing and redemption. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for this newfound author.

A special thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for an early reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 
 
 
Advance Praise  

 

"Harrigan is a great prose stylist who knows how to sustain the tension and tone required of a Southern Gothic novel. Her writing is evocative and atmospheric, whether the action takes place under the bright lights of Manhattan or in Mississippi's weedy heat."— ForeWord

"Harrigan's novel, part mystery and part coming-of-age, explores the process of healing from tragedies and misunderstandings." — Publishers Weekly

 

"A twisting, sensuous novel about first love and innocence lost. As mesmerizing as the Mississippi heat, Haley Harrigan’s debut weaves two tales together in time as Julie Portland seeks the truth about her childhood friend’s mysterious death–a truth Julie has hidden even from herself. Harrigan delves into Greg Iles territory, navigating racial tensions and the secret (and not-so-secret) history of the deep south. In the end, like the “oil streak” river that flows through this story, Secrets of Southern Girls reveals a stain we all would be better off examining." — Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls

 

“Heartachingly beautiful, SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS is a compelling tale about lost love and childhood regrets. This is masterfully written, shifting from past to present as the story unfolds to expose the haunting truth of one girl’s desire to be loved and the dangerous secret she possesses. Harrigan’s debut is a captivating read that won’t let you go until the very last page.”—Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

 

“Haley Harrigan takes us on a searing emotional journey to a tragic past in sensual and evocative prose. Holds you to the last word.” —Carol Goodman, author of The Widow's House

 

Haley Harrigan’s Secrets of Southern Girls is filled with evocative, poetic imagery, relatable characters, and ingenious plot twists that kept me turning pages long into the night! A beautiful, engaging debut by a delightful and talented new author. — Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow 

 

 

 

About the Author 

Haley Harrigan is a Women’s Fiction author represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

 

Haley lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband and the second-most adorable Yorkshire Terrier there ever was. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Creative Writing and Public Relations, and loved Athens too much to go anywhere else.

 

A bookworm from early on, she started writing as a kid when her grandfather introduced her to his new typewriter. Her first stories were fanfiction pieces (though she didn’t call it that, then) inspired by The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. These days, she’s an avid and wildly eclectic reader, with tastes ranging from Margaret Atwood to William Faulkner to Gillian Flynn to Rainbow Rowell.

 

In addition to reading and writing, Haley enjoys hot tea, college football, margaritas and Mexican food, and a good Netflix binge. She is obsessed with all things Joss Whedon and believes that she learned everything she needs to know about life from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Her novel, SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks in 2017. Read More 

 

 

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/11/11/Secrets-of-Southern-Girls
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