Book Review: The Perfect Mother

Book: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy

Summary: Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

I’ve been on suuuuuuuuch a Adult Thriller kick lately and I can’t stop reading every book I can possibly find. After I finished The Woman in the Window, I knew I was going to have a new obsession. I seriously never thought I would be a huge fan of the genre since my favorites are typically Young Adult Fantasy, but I’m in looooooove.

This book was so good, although I have to say, I think I enjoyed it the most because I was listening to it on Audible. I’ve noticed that if I’m listening to the book, Thrillers are my iiiiisssshhhh. But when I try to read them on my Kindle, or even hardback, it’s so much harder for me to get into them. So, I would definitely 10/10 recommend this one on Audible!

The plot was a little jumbled, and it was a bit hard for me to keep up at some points, but I think because I was listening to it rather than reading it, it didn’t bother me as much as I’ve noticed others pointed out on Goodreads?

I will say the characters aren’t really memorable, I couldn’t name a single one to you right now, but then again I read this a few months ago…..

(I’m really backed up on reviews ever since I started my senior year, it’s baaaad. I’m sorry, but I’m catching up now pinky promise, okay? Okay.)

If you’re looking for a quick thriller, that’s a little predictable at times, but is still a really really fun read, I would 10000% recommend this book! I won’t say it’s as good as The Woman in the Window, but if you’re wanting to get your Thriller fix during this spoopy season, I definitely say pick this one up!

Book Review: Geekerella

Book: Geekerella (Starfield #1)

Author: Ashley Poston

Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

If I had found this book when I was first getting into fandoms–shout out to 2010, high school me on Tumblr, unknowingly becoming part of the One Direction before it was cool (I’m so not kidding, kind of wish I was), I would have lost my mind. I mean, this is basically published fanfiction.

Now.

When I say that, I don’t mean it in the same way that After was fanfiction, because lets be real, that really was just Harry Styles fanfiction. Ya know, since I literally read it when the name was Harry, not Hardin, and it was on good ‘ol Wattpad. But I won’t rant about that, or the book itself, today.

This one was more of a fictional story about what it would be like for a fanfiction to actually happen… Does that make any sense?

Basically, there’s no creepy indicators that this book is actually written about a real life person, and it’s just really cute and cheesy.

The dialogue was totally lame, and the entire thing was pretty unrealistic, but ya know what, I’m living my best life and embracing all of my teenage fandom dreams. It kind of reminded me of A Cinderella Story with the evil step mother and sisters, and then it was full on fandom dreams for the rest of it.

I don’t usually go for the movie star characters, but this one was really good and I actually really enjoyed it. It really makes me want more books about them. I’ve always loved a good prince or royalty one, but those are always in fantasy novels. Seeing them in a contemporary was really nice and refreshing.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Ya girl is back.

I’ve realized that Booktube just really isn’t for me. I like the idea of it, and I like the idea of having ‘filming days’ and editing videos and whatever, but honestly, it’s just not the same in execution. I miss being able to bring up my blog wherever I am and start blogging, reviewing, or writing about books whenever I want.

SO. Ya girl is back and she is R E A D Y. I have so many reviews to do, and so many posts I want to make, and now it’s time. It’s time to word vomit all over these posts and put in all kinds of gifs. I’m inspired and feeling myself (bookishly tbh) and LETS DO IT.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Book Review: The Diviners & Lair of Dreams

Book: The Diviners & Lair of Dreams

Author: Libba Bray

Summary: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

I’m officially in love with this series. And yes, I may or may not have already gotten completely caught up on the books faster than I could film videos….. I mean, details, details.

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Book: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Summary: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

YOU. GUYS.

THIS BOOK.

OH MY GOD.

I have so many feelings about reading this one. I mean, first of all, thank you @ the amazing publisher for letting me read this baby early aka, binge in a night and wake up with a totally worth it book hangover. Second of all, I MEAN, THIS BOOK.

All of my ramblings can be found on my Booktube channel! Please comment and let me know what you thought, or if you’ll be reading it!

BookWorm Gift Ideas: Wooden Watches

Lets just be honest here, finding the perfect present for anyone is a hard task. And when that person happens to be your new partner, it gets even more complicated. But, since I’m a book blog, I thought, I would put my own spin on the age old issue of finding a book for someone: What do you buy for a bookworm?

I can’t explain why, but it is just hard to find a present for bookworms! I mean, sure, get them a book. But I guarantee they already own it. So maybe go for some bookmarks? But then you have the issue of if they even use them. However, there is something that you can pretty much guarantee people use.. And that would be watches. Now, hear me out. I know that with cell phones and what not coming into play, watches may seem forgotten, but they so shouldn’t be. And I think JORD Wooden Watches are a perfect gift for a special someone, or hey, even yourself.

There is something so personal, and so sweet about buying something someone would use everyday. Every time they wear it, they’ll think of you, etc. etc, all that cute mushy gushy stuff that we read in contemporary novels. Plus, honestly, even if you don’t buy it for someone, these watches are gorgeous enough to keep for yourself!

I received this beautiful piece from JORD with the total intention of giving it to my boyfriend, and I totally promise I still am.. Not as willingly, but I still am. But they have so many different options to choose from, it was hard to not go back and get one for myself too!The zebrawood stood out immediately to me, which is why I chose this particular timepiece. Being completely honest, it was the packaging that sold me right off the bat. I mean, this gorgeous wooden box it comes in, along with the aesthetics of the entire thing are ridiculously beautiful.

And I just so happen to be hosting a giveaway for a $100 giftcard to this amazing company! All you have to do is follow the link below, enter in the few lines of information about yourself, and you’re in!

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Book Review: The Season

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I won’t lie, I was kind of hoping this book was going to be more… Pride and Prejudice-y? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I did get the hints of it throughout, but it just never really stuck in with the plot. However, if you don’t get caught up on the fact that it’s supposed to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and you just read it for the book it is, then it’s definitely a good contemporary read. The romance is adorable, the main character is actually likable (thank god), and I loved the sister/family dynamic in it.

I do gotta admit, it was weird reading about a book set in Dallas because, for once in my reading life, I actually knew every place they were talking about. I get why people get so excited to have books set in their hometowns now, because you can actually picture it.

But, contrary to what pretty much anyone who even knows me slightly would think, the “Darcy” of this book wasn’t my favorite part. I know, shock and awe, but it was actually the “Elizabeth & Jane” relationship we got to see. I’m all for sisters being close, which is why I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series so much, and this book does it wonderfully. Of course, the characters and relationship was changed and they were the same age versus older and younger sibling, but I’ll take what I can get.

But can we just talk about our “Darcy” for a second, because I’m not a happy little camper here.

I’m expecting swoony worthy, 1995, Colin Firth Darcy, and honestly, we got a more awkward version of the 2005 one. I just… why.

I mean, pardon my language, but come the fuck on. I’m convinced there isn’t going to be a Darcy that matches up to Colin Firth’s, and I’m not okay with it. /rant

There isn’t a romance book that’s ever going to top the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, and anyone who says differently can post up. I read Pride and Prejudice adaptions/retelling solely for that relationship to be shown again and again, and I just didn’t get that from this one.

So as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, it’s gotta be 2 pumpkin cats. But, as a contemporary novel itself, I’ll give it 3.5.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!