Happy Monday! I might be away on vacation, but there’s no way I’d miss the best day in blog land – it’s time for April 2019 reads and reviews! I’ve read SO many great books lately, so I’m extra excited to share today. Let’s jump right in!
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, absolutely! This book sucked me right in. Not exactly what I was expecting, which made it even more enjoyable. I wouldn’t classify this as a “thriller” so much as a mind screw. It was mentally creepy and unsettling.
DEAR MRS. BIRD by AJ Pearce
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! This passed the time just fine. Give me a story set during WWII, a main female character, and I’m there. The story did drag and get repetitive somewhat … and then everything changed in .25 seconds and I was like WHAT. It’s sad and heartbreaking, but at least the ending takes us out on a high note.
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars, HELL YEAH! I AM SHOOK. TJR really outdid herself with this one. It’s Behind-the-Music meets Almost Famous. There were several times I had to remind myself that this is fiction, not the real story of a real band. I literally felt consumed by the interview-style writing, like I was reading something straight out of Rolling Stone Magazine. The writing and format made the story seem more alive, more personal. It also helped the overall reading pace. The characters are aggravating, like-able, angering, entertaining … I went through several emotions with each of them, often rooting for them individually and as a band and other times swearing at the book for someone to get their shit together. Daisy especially is exhausting but exhilarating. Everything turned out exactly as I hoped and feared it would for the characters, the band and their story(ies). It has been a long time since I felt so satisfied by a book.
THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. Passed the time just fine. I admittedly found myself skimming some parts, paying closer attention to others. Stalker, obsessive-type thrillers are not usually my thing, but Elizabeth/Lily/Juliette was so crazy that it held my interest just enough. It was very Fatal Attraction in book form.
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars, yes! I went into this thinking it was a cute YA novel … While that’s true, it is SO much more. Holy hell. I laughed. I cried. My heart broke for Eleanor in more ways than one. For Park, too. We’re left to our own imagination at the end, but I’m optimistic that their story was far from over. So at least that made the emotional roller coaster worth it. Side note: high school kids are dicks, and I’m so glad I’m way past that stage of life. Everyone has a story regardless of what or how they present themselves; keep that in mind next time you feel compelled to be mean or make fun. Kindness costs nothing.
FIX HER UP by Tessa Bailey
*ARC received from NetGalley. Releases June 2019.
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, absolutely! Ideal for fans of fake dating, little sister/best friend of brother romances. I’m new to Tessa Bailey, and I’m already positive this won’t be the last I read from her. So cute! (And hello, steamy scenes …) Georgie was a fun, relatable character – especially for those like me that are the youngest in a family. Travis was the right amount of dreamboat plus some scars from a dysfunctional past. It was satisfying to see him own his confidence by the end. AND THAT END??? Swoon. My heart can’t take it. Can’t wait for the next in this series!
Bottom line …
ABSOLUTELY DON’T MISS DAISY JONES! Fix Her Up is perfect for romance/chick-lit fans; An Anonymous Girl will screw with your head; and Eleanor & Park is YA but is really heartfelt and deals with heavy stuff.
Currently reading: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
What’s on your reading list for the month?