Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Passengers by John Marrs



OMG this book is absolutely brilliant! How have I not read a John Marrs book before this? Where has this author been all my life?!  Seriously this book had me at the edge of my seat the entire wild ride.

I have been eagerly awaiting to get my hands on a copy of this book! The book came out earlier in the year for my fellow bloggers across the pond and after reading each fantastic review one after another, I knew this was going to be one heck of a book. It is finally due to come out here in the U.S. on August 27, 2019 and I was lucky enough to get an early copy.

Self driving cars...you either love the idea or you hate it. I personally hate the idea of it because it terrifies me that we are going to put that much faith in technology. If you love the idea, well just read this book. Perhaps the most disturbing thing I found about this book is the fact that, well it really could happen. I am astounded at the great details of this book and how realistic it all felt. Hackers can do anything these days and I found this whole situation just very capable of happening in the future.

All eight people held captive in their cars had a story to tell. I found myself captivated by each one for different reasons. I was left with my mouth hanging open as the author managed to shock me over and over again as each person's story unraveled before my eyes.

Suspenseful, thought provoking and one hell of a ride (literally). If you want a book that you just can't put down, well pick up this one! I loved every minute of it. I read this one with my book group the Traveling Sisters and it was quite the hit.

Thank you so much to Berkley for my advance copy! Thank you to John Marrs for this fantastic book. I can't wait to read the rest of your books!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill


Oh my gosh Nina Hill, what is not to like about you? Nina Hill has it going on- or that is what she tells herself. Actually she does! She is totally content with her life she has built herself and I love it. This book was so fun, witty, sometimes a bit snarky and it was so entertaining I devoured it!

Nina is a girl on a schedule- don't mess with Nina's schedule! She plans every single thing she does in her planner and does not take it well if things don't go just as she has it planned. I laugh, but yet I am the same way ( I just like to know what is going to happen the next day). As life would have it things don't always go as planned.

Nina lives with Phil (her cat) whom she has extensive conversations with, which I loved because I do the same with my dogs. You would think Nina would be lonely but heck no this girl is busy as all get outs. In fact her schedule is jam packed. She has trivia nights, movies, book club, her job at the bookstore, she can't even squeeze in a date with a guy if she wanted to for well at least two weeks. Oh Nina you had me laughing out loud at some of your antics.

Then it happened, a glitch in Nina's organized life. She found herself going from an only child that was raised by a nanny to having a large family she never knew about. What?! Eeekkk...for anxiety prone Nina this might not be the best scenario!

If you love to read- and I know you do, this is a great book to pick up! I loved Nina and I am sure you will too. Super cute and funny, it was a joy to read. I read this with my fellow bookworms a group of Traveling Sisters.

Thank you so much to Berkley for the ARC via Edelweiss and Abbi Waxman for this delightful book! I am looking forward to reading the rest of her books!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


Gothic, creepy, a house with a hideous history...OMG yes please!! This was hands down my favorite book by Ruth Ware! All the stars for this one! I have read all her books except The Death of Mrs. Westaway (which is sitting here in my bookcase waiting to be read). Up until this point In a Dark Dark Wood was my favorite, but wow oh wow I loved this book.

Four nannies in a year, umm okay people that should be a sign that there are some real problems at the Heatherbrae House. Granted the house has an extensive history, I mean don't all old homes? That is what Rowan told herself when she applied for the job. Okay Rowan, you just keep telling yourself that. Drawn in by the generous salary and the gorgeous home she decided to roll the dice and try out the job, even with the history of previous nannies not being able to cut it. Were the  the rumors true that the house was haunted? Is that what caused them to leave so quickly? Or was it the somewhat difficult children that they were entrusted to?  I began to wonder if it was Sandra and Bill Elincourt whom appeared to be a bit challenging to deal with in themselves.

I tell you what, there is no way I would have spent numerous nights in this house like Rowan did. I was completely creeped out as nightfall hit each evening. Things were happening and they appeared to be supernatural. Given the history of this home, there is no doubt that is what would be running through my mind if I were staying there. Add to it this "smart house" with all the amazing, yet creepy features. That would drive me mad in itself. If I were Rowan I would be concerned that my employers were watching my every move, meaning that someone else could be too.

I have read some reviews that said this was a slow start or slow moving book but not for me! I was sucked in from the very first page. This was a really fast pace for me and I couldn't put it down. I read this late into the night. I am really looking forward to what Ware is going to come up with next. I read this with a group of fellow Traveling Sisters! It made for a fantastic group read.

Thank you so much to Gallery/Scout Press for this ARC I received via Edelweiss. I LOVED it!! Thanks you to Ruth Ware for another fantastic book!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Wow I just really loved this book, I certainly didn't want it to end. I rarely say that about a book as I am usually ready for it to wrap up, but not this one. I found myself completely immersed in their story and it felt so real.

This is my first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand and I was blown away. I love her style of writing and I truly felt like I wasn't reading, I got swept up and lost in the world of a summer in Nantucket. It probably does help that I love the whole idea of what it would be like to live there and I claim if I could live anywhere that is where it would be. I also think 1969 would have been a fantastic time to be alive.

The Levin family is a family that has been blessed to have a summer home in Nantucket and it is a family tradition to "summer" there and this summer is no different. Except everything is different this year. The summer of 1969 brings upon a huge amount of change in their personal life and the lives of everyone around them. There is the landing on the moon, Vietnam, Woodstock, Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.

The Levin/Nichols family is dealing with Kate's first grandchild being born, her son getting drafted, her daughter taking off to find herself and yet her youngest dealing with all the things that come with turning 13.

This book was so enjoyable to read and I was literally swept up into their lives. I was so invested in each character. The author has created such relatable, well developed characters, I felt I was part of their lives.

 It was enjoyable to be swept into another era where there were no cellphones- you were lucky to have a phone in your home and a television. It was bizarre to hear of expectant mothers drinking and smoking to help them relax. Oh my you have come a long way baby! Only people of a certain age will get that reference! I was born in the 1970's so I can vaguely remember some of this. All the fine details really caught my attention- like the mention of Dr. Scholl's shoes, my how I loved clomping along in my mother's Dr. Scholls. I am sure this book will trigger a lot of fond memories for many people.

Hands down a fabulous 5 stars for this book! Now I am going to just continue on my way while humming Summer of 69...as you all probably will find yourself doing too!