“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!27362503

This was my first Colleen Hoover book, and I have to say, I can see why she appeals to so many readers.

Lily Bloom is a twenty-something living in Boston, working at a marketing job. By complete chance, she meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon who tries to convince her to follow her dreams, her instincts — and to have a one-night-stand (which sounds sleazy in this context, but in the story it has some background to it). She declines and moves on with her life.

Six months later, she is following her dream of finally opening her own flower shop. A woman enters the space the day Lily buys it and offers to help her set it up and run it, for something to do. It just so happens that this woman, Alyssa Kincaid (you can see where this is going), is Ryle’s sister and temporary roommate!

So Lily and Ryle are pursuing the possibilities of a relationship (monogamous or otherwise), and meanwhile, we are getting flashbacks via Lily’s diaries from when she was a teenager. They mainly feature two things: (1) her budding friendship with the homeless boy that lives in the abandoned house behind hers, Atlas Corrigan, and (2) her parents’ abusive marriage. One day, Lily and Ryle run into Atlas, whom Lily hasn’t seen in about a decade. Thus begins a scary, confusing part of all three characters’ lives.

This book covers an important topic: abusive relationships. This is such a great look at these relationships, how they affect all in and around the relationship, and what can be done about them. Relationships (whether romantic, friendly, or familial) are almost always not black and white, but instead very gray. It Ends With Us shows how real, raw, and confusing life and relationships can truly be. Even if new adult, contemporary romance isn’t your thing, I think this book would still be enjoyable and informative for all to read.

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I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

rev-everythingeverything02★★★★☆ — Maddie has SCID, also known as bubble baby syndrome. She has lived her entire life up to now in her home, taking school over the internet, for the last 18 years. But when a cute and interesting boy moves in next door, her life changes drastically.

This book holds a special place in my heart as I suffer from lots of different allergies (but nowhere near SCID). I like to tell people about my allergy test to explain: I was tested for allergies to 64 things, and I was NOT allergic to FOUR of them.

A coming-of-age, coming-out-of-the-house YA contemporary, you’ll find yourself holding your breath, laughing, and crying. Told through internal dialogue and online chats, this book is a breezy read that you’ll definitely have a reaction to.

Purchase the book here.

Nicola Yoon has a new book coming out this November, too: The Sun is Also a Star. I snagged an ARC at BEA — be on the lookout for my review!

“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

Dark Matter hooked me from the first page. I had been highly anticipating this title for a while and was excited to meet Blake Crouch at BEA and have my book signed. But boy, was I in for a ride! I devoured this book in 4 hours. Didn’t move, didn’t think about anything else.

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Look how happy I am. I’ve only been stalking the Penguin booth for 2 days waiting for this!

Jason Dessen was on his way to becoming a world-renowned scientist, and his girlfriend Daniela was an up-and-coming artist. But when Daniela finds out she is pregnant, both she and Jason decide to put their careers aside to have a family. They are both happy with their home, their son, Charlie, and their simple lives.

One day after walking home from the grocery store, Jason is kidnapped at gun-point by a man in a mask. He is forced to strip and go into an abandoned warehouse where he is drugged and passes out. When he wakes up on a gurney, surrounded by people he doesn’t know who are congratulating him on a job well done, he knows something bad has happened.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, because you need to go read this for yourselves. It’s a sci-fi thriller, but it was just within the realms of my grasp, science-wise. Dark Matter is just near impossible to put down — you need to know what happens to Jason. Why is the world different after his kidnapping? Was his life all a dream? You can speculate and speculate on what is going on, and I’m 99% sure you wouldn’t guess all the twists in this book. JUST STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GO READ IT ALREADY!

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I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

28188211The Woman in Cabin 10 is the second book by author Ruth Ware, who debuted last year with In a Dark, Dark Wood. And honestly, I think that she has outdone herself with this one — I found it way better and faster-paced than In a Dark, Dark Wood.

Murder on the Orient Express meets The Girl on the Train — a mystery no one can solve, told by a less-than-reliable narrator, all occurring in a place that no one can leave.

Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist for Velocity magazine, has been invited to report on a new private luxury cruise, the Aurora. The first night, woken by a scream, Lo hears a big splash outside her balcony and believes that a passenger was thrown overboard — murdered in international waters. She quickly calls the Aurora‘s security, and they begin their investigation.

But it doesn’t go very far. There isn’t anyone unaccounted for on the entire ship — all passengers, crew, and staff are still on the boat. Lo has just gone through the traumatic experience of having her home broken into and burgled, so she knows how scary it can be to be vulnerable to a stranger looking to harm you. She stays on the case, determined to find out what happened to the woman in cabin 10.

This book kept me guessing, trying to figure out who she heard, what happened, did Lo really see what she thinks? This is a fantastic mystery and thriller, bound to keep you thinking about it for days after reading the last page.

Purchase the book here.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

“All is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker

★★★★☆ — New release Tuesday!unnamed

Warning: This book discusses rape in depth basically throughout the entire book in graphic detail.

One night, after drinking too much at a party and running into the woods, Jenny Kramer is brutally raped and tortured. At the hospital, Jenny’s parents choose to give Jenny a new treatment. In this experimental treatment, the patient is given a concoction of medications in order to keep their memories from forming. This treatment is still unproven and is largely used for victims of horrific traumas and for soldiers suffering from PTSD.

However, this treatment obviously has some downfalls, and patients are often asked to see a psychiatrist to help with the confusing feelings. All is Not Forgotten is told from Jenny’s psychiatrist’s point of view as he struggles to help her come to terms with her lack of memories while the police investigation is still ongoing.

Dr. Forrester tells not only his perspective of the case, but also recounts sessions with the investigators, Jenny’s parents, other civilians involved with the case, and some of the doctor’s other patients’ experiences with this treatment. This proves to be a thrilling way to get the details because while he is a doctor and at times is extremely clinical, he is also a person trying very hard to help Jenny get justice.

A suburban psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten will keep you guessing. With so many regular despicable people around, who is the monster who hurt Jenny?

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“You’ll Grow Out of It” by Jessi Klein

186c98c0323fd6c5cf1008b23d0e36ed★★★★☆ — Out tomorrow!

Jessi Klein is most well known for being the head writer on Inside Amy Schumer, but has also written for several other popular comedies (e.g. SNL, The Kroll Show). You’ll Grow Out of It is a memoir of essays from childhood to motherhood that will make you snort.

However, it is also full of good tips and general advice for life. For instance, Klein spends a chapter describing precisely why you should GET THE EPIDURAL. She also tells us about the (not so?) glamorous life of going to the Emmys shortly after having a child.

I (along with pretty much everyone I’m sure) wish there were more tidbits about the shows she has worked on. Surely there are funny things that have happened on at least one of these shows that could apply to the book!

All in all, You’ll Grow Out of It is a funny look at an awkward childhood and how Klein (sort of) grew out of it. I’d recommend this for light reading on vacation or to make you laugh while you’re waiting for your baby to pop out, drugged out on your epidural.

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Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“We Could Be Beautiful” by Swan Huntley

27190202.jpg★☆☆☆☆ — Another classic case of a pretty cover pulling me in, but the contents disappointing me.

I DNF’d at 46%, but here are some of the things that made my eyes roll back in my head.

First of all, William moves in with Catherine after dating/knowing each other for TWO WEEKS. THEN they are ENGAGED IN A MONTH. Like slow down, you crazy person. You don’t even know this dude.

“…when I woke up one morning to find William contemplating my face in silence. It was so sweet.” …just no

William performs oral sex on Catherine, and “in that moment [she] knew he was definitely, definitely the one.” *eye roll* There is another sex-related moment like this, but I won’t even bother quoting it.

“Will you do anything I ask you to do?” […] “Probably,” I said. Does this woman not know about abuse, or controlling men, or self-respect, or red flags?

The next two are kind of spoilery, but it happens within the first 40% of the book, so I think it’ll be okay to put here.

Catherine finds out that her trust fund has been depleted. *More than once* she says “I was going to die.” *eyes roll out of my head*

And lastly, “If, years from now, we sold the house, spent the money, ran out of everything, this would be all we would have: his measly three hundred grand [salary] a year. Are you f*&%ing kidding me right now.

I just couldn’t with this book. So ridiculously bad. The characters were unbelievably unlikable. It seems like this book has gone so far into “omg i’m so rich my life is hard” that it’s come back around to parody.

Just in case you want to try it on despite my warnings, you can purchase the book here.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Clearly this did not affect my opinion.