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review 2018-06-20 17:26
Rosecliff Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw
Rosecliff Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Book 2) - Cheryl Bradshaw

Rosecliff Manor Haunting is book 2 in the Addison Lockhart series by Cheryl Bradshaw. I have not read book 1 but will be very soon. I had no problems understanding book without reading book 1. There were references to things that happened in book 1 but there was also a very short explanation that brought me up to speed. 


Cheryl Bradshaw really drug me in on page one and left me wanting book 3. The book is short and I finished it in one afternoon. There were no rushed feelings to the book, it was a very complete and thrilling story, even though it was short.


In the book Addison Lockhart has a dream of 2 twin girls. She feels they are dead. Now it is up to her to find out what really happened the night of their deaths. Was it an accident as the Police investigtion concluded or was this really a murder. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-05-18 23:38
I'll never look at pickles the same way again
Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything - E. Lockhart

One of the drawbacks of reading so many books is that I have extremely high standards since I've read some truly excellent pieces of literature...and also some major duds. I say all of this because I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 2 years ago and so I know she has the capability to write amazing young adult fiction. I chose Fly on the Wall specifically because the review that I heard on BookTube led me to believe that it was a retelling of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and because I had enjoyed Lockhart's previous book. What I didn't expect was for it to be chock full of really explicit sexual content. Why on earth did she have to describe penises in such revealing detail? And why did she keep referring to them as gherkins?! (And if I ever hear someone call them that or  refer to breasts as biscuits I'm going to slap them across the face.) The main character and the person who we view the story from is named Gretchen Yee and she is the prototypical teenage girl filled with angst. She attends a high school that focuses on the arts and her specialty is drawing comic book style characters (hence the cover imagery). Her obsession with a boy in her school leads her to make a foolhardy wish to be a fly on the wall of the boys locker room so that she can find out how he really thinks about her. (And this is where she begins to ogle the boys as they undress for gym class.)  I guess the story is supposed to be a character study or a revelation that what we think we know about people can be turned on its head if we see them at their most vulnerable. However, for me it was a letdown and vaguely nauseating. This was a 0/10 for me and I'll have to give serious thought to reading anything else from this author in the future.


PS There were also a lot of plot holes in the storyline and the ending truly fell flat. 


Source: Amazon


What's Up Next: The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius


What I'm Currently Reading: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

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review 2017-05-02 18:43
Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers #4) by Brenda Rothert
Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4) ... Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4) - Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert’s HIDDEN DEPTH is a heartwarming and moving read.  This is the story of the youngest Lockhart brother, Justin, and model, singer and actress, Elle Tyler.  This contemporary romance takes place in St. Louis, Missouri and Lovely, Missouri.


First, my son’s name is Justin.  So, I automatically like Justin Lockhart because of his name.  That being said, I do like his character.  He is protective and kind.  He has good values.  Elle is a sweet character.  I love how she interacts with her fans.  She is a good person, that has had some bad things happen to her.  I appreciate that Justin and Elle like each other for the people they are and not who they are. 


Chloe Michaels is an awesome assistant and friend to Elle.  I love how she looks out for her.  Andre is a faithful bodyguard.  I appreciate that the two truly care about Elle and are more than employees.  They felt horrible and responsible about what happened even though it was not their fault. 


I love that Miss Dee Dee once again makes an appearance in this series.  She is the perfect person for Elle to befriend. 


From a story perspective, I like how Justin and Elle meet.  What happens is horrible but it makes a fantastic plot.  Her situation with Gary Beasley was traumatic and chilling.  Justin faces some interesting situations in the story.  I like how he handles them.  I adore how the story ended.  It fell welt concluded.  Once again, Brenda Rothert did an amazing job with this series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-05-02 00:00
We Were Liars
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart Most of the book I was going to give it 2 stars, I really don't like how it's written but then the truth came up finally and just destroyed me. I'm still crying as I write this, since I just finished it.
My heart bleeds out for the Liars, for reasons that I won't say since they're spoilers.
If the writing had been better, and by that i mean the similes for things that weren't happening like her headaches and her grief, this would've been even better.
It's still such a heart twisting story, and though flawed, you really end up caring about all the Liars. Though the one I ended up liking the most was Gat, with his ideals and his need to right the injustices in this world.
Not for the weak of heart, the last third really murdered me and put in perspective everything that had happened before in the book. Because suddenly conversations had a whole new meaning.
I didn't expect that ending or the answer to the mystery of why she can't remember her 15 summer or what happened, at all.

Now to spoil stuff so don't click, cause I need to unleash this saddeness

I never expected this book to be about grief or how to deal with it, I think that's why it hit me so deep. The liars had so much potential, especially Gat, and they all died without being able to do anything.
A big part of me is angry at Cadence, because she was the one that brought it up and put the idea in them. Tbh, I don't think she suffered enough since she was blissfully ignorant on a conscious level, though not on a subconscious one.
After she said they were dead, I didn't believe at first because she has a tendency to over exaggerate and dramatize, so I thought she meant died as in emotionally/mentally/who they used to be.
Turns out it wasn't, they really were dead, and it devastated me so much, I don't even know why. Whatever it was, it clicked and made me bawl.
I fully expected her to try to kill herself after she realized the truth, though she didn't. I got a feeling she did try it after the burning happened, because of that scene where her wrists are taped and her legs burnt. It also explained why her mother was always hovering and reminding her that she was loved.
I'm still tearing up/crying as I remember and write this. Mostly because it was the 3 liars with potential that died, and not Cadence who didn't have any aspirations aside from wanting to be with Gat. Which was also why she ended up killing them with the fire. What kind of stupid kids don't know to start a fire from top to bottom one at a time, and not all of them at the same time??? Though I get that they were drunk, it just seemed so odd and off to me. That's the part where I'm not convinced tbh.
The scene after she meets them Johnny, Mirren, and Gat, knowing they're dead and just an hallucination/delusion, really killed me.

I need to nurse my wounds and try to stop crying now.

Oh and I totally forgot to say I loved that this author put two of Diana Wynne Jones, my fave author ever, in this book/that the characters read. Though it was only from the Chrestomanci books, and not my faves from her, I still loved that shout out!

Edit: originally I gave it 4 stars, but after thinking it over and over, since the book is still juggling in my head with questions and etc, I realize that I don't feel satisfied. There were a lot of things and questions roused that I wish the book had addressed. The book to be longer, even just by 50 pages. Or at least that the author explained at the end or after the book.
She said the answer to why they were called Liars was cut out of the book to not slow it down, well then just explain it yourself! There's no good reason no to do it, ffs.
It's still a book that impacted me a lot, so I'll leave it at 3 stars~
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review 2017-05-01 00:00
Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4)
Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4) ... Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4) - Brenda Rothert The previous Lockhart Brothers did not disappoint. I'm a huge fan of this series, and once again: They keep getting better and better. Justin was down right perfect. And our heroine, Elle, is someone you root for to get her man in the end.

Now, pause here as I'm going to shock some of you. Yes, I believe this can be read as a complete standalone. You can even start here and go backwards. Although you are introduced to the other brothers and their significant others, there isn't too much too spoilery that would ruin going backwards. NOT THAT I'M SAYING TO DO THAT. But you could.

Back to the book.

Justin is one of those men you can relate to. Not looking for love and HEA, but when someone comes into his life he can't stay away from, he just doesn't. And he always has her best interests at heart. I do worry when I read about celebrities and relationships with a non-celebrity. But how Ms Rothert crafted the story had you believing this Hollywood HEA could happen. This story was everything in a romance read I want and need. Definitely a re-read for me!

Yep, I'm going to say it: Whether or not you've read Brenda Rothert before or any of the series, this is one I highly recommend. You'll love the path the characters follow. The drama doesn't leave you drained and you finish with a perfect read. 5 out of 5 stars.

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