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review 2018-06-11 04:04
4.3 Out Of 5 "tension building" STARS
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter





Every Single Secret

Emily Carpenter



Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.






I have read one other book by this Author, The Weight of Lies and I really liked it.  Every Single Secret is a fairly intense read throughout, it did lag a little in the middle.  The tension builds nicely and the ending had it's good and bad points…but the one thing this did do was pull me out of my reading listening slump that I was in with most of the audiobooks that I've listened too lately.  I haven't been able to stay in the story, my mind would wander elsewhere.  But I didn't have that issue here, I was hooked and I had no problems staying "in" the story.  So thank you, Emily Carpenter











Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Mostly no…


Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ 4.5 by Kate Orsini was very well done.

Setting~ Georgia

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)



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review 2018-06-10 21:44
If I Die Before I Wake
If I die before I wake - Emily Koch

Alex Jackson is in a coma and his family and friends have been told he is unlikely to ever wake up. He's in a vegetative state, and that's true - he's unable to move, he can't open his eyes and look around, he can't say a word. But the doctors were wrong about two things - he can feel and he can hear what everyone's saying when they come into his hospital room. His family is debating withdrawing life support, after all it's been a year and a half since his climbing accident. His friends want the love of his life, Bea, to move on. Alex has decided to give up, until he hears that his accident may not have been an accident. As he puts the pieces together he begins to realize that he's not the only one in danger. But there's nothing he can do about it.

I really enjoyed this book and didn't know whether to give it four or five stars, so I left it for a bit. But I couldn't stop thinking about Alex Jackson. How he ended up in this situation, what he was going through day after day laying in that hospital bed listening to everyone who visited.. it just makes me sad. So five stars because the author has created a young man I'm sure I'll never forget and whose circumstances brought out a sensitive side I didn't even know I had. It's a page-turner even though it's only Alex's perspective and he never physically leaves his hospital bed. I appreciated how the author ended the book. Excellent debut, excellent read. I look forward to reading more from Emily Koch.

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review 2018-05-24 03:33
Good read with some danger and mystery
Let Sleeping Dukes Lie - Emily Windsor

This story has lots of adventure, spying, and romance. I loved Aideen's spirit and determination as she tried to get through to Alex. The Duke had such a firm stance on his past that I had to admire him, but it was satisfying when he began to see beyond his past. I recommend this story and look forward to more in this series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and it is a Book Obsessed Chick Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-05-17 03:24
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondō,Emily Woo Zeller



Marie Kondo earnestly believes that the objects she possesses want more than anything to please her, and that thanking them for their service, as if they are military veterans returning from combat, keeps them happy.  Silly girl.  The inanimate objects despise you and are silently plotting against you!  (See, I can do it, too, with the kooky anthropomorphizing.)


I realize that I missed the "Konmari" hype when this book first came out.  This title popped up as an available audiobook in my library's e-collection, and it sparked my curiosity.  Soon I realized, "Oh, THIS is what was being mocked on that one episode of The Simpsons.


Like many other readers, I started out interested in the premise that decluttering would be beneficial, but the further I got into the book, the more I recoiled from Kondo's rigid rules about sorting, discarding, and storing, and her weird relationship to inanimate objects.


Others have already made this connection, but Kondo reminds me of Adrian Monk, in the sense that she appears to have made OCD work for her career.  It seems she is making it work for herself, but there were definitely parts of the book where I got the queasy impression that she legitimately shows signs of mental illness, with little to no self-awareness.


Here are my takeaways:  Sort your stuff.  Figure out what to keep (nope, I won't insist everything needs to "spark joy" in me--sometimes I just need things or find them useful).  Find places for your things.  Nope, not going to switch to folding all of my clothes and putting them into drawers or boxes.  I am a hanger kind of girl.  My clothes told me they're "hanger" girls, too, so it's okay!  Nope, nope, nope on putting all the books on the floor and getting rid of some large percent of them.  The books are fine, not making any noise, so I'll leave them as they are.  No, I am not going to take things out of my purse every night, and put them each in their own special drawers and shelves for the night after thanking them.  For one thing, I hate purses, and use a messenger bag unless I'm going to a fancy-dress event.  For another, that's a stupid time-wasting ritual.


Don't waste your time with this book.  But I seriously look forward to delving into the parody:  The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy.

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text 2018-05-14 03:26
Added Edition (Again)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondō,Emily Woo Zeller

Booklikes, if you could just please already have whatever book (including edition) I choose to shelve next, so I don't need to add the edition myself?  That'd be great, thanks.

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