At the start of the year, I planned on doing a little round up of all the books I read each month, but after January, life got away from me, and I honestly just forgot. I did remember this month, though, so here’s a little mini review round up of what I read in August:
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
FIRST THERE WERE THREE
The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma.
THEN THERE WERE TWO
But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or…
CAN THERE ONLY EVER BE ONE?
All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.
- Rating: 2.3/5
My opinion on this book is unpopular, I know. I was so eager to read it because I had heard so many amazing reviews, but I was really disappointed. I figured out the real killer before the first 2 chapters were over, and I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve read too many murder mysteries or because the plot was stale, but it just didn’t excite me. The characters felt predictable and so did the story line. I’m such a murder mystery/thriller fan, but this book was just too slow for me, hence the less than mediocre rating.
- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
“May and Nico seem to have it all: a loving relationship, a wonderful home and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, their daughter goes missing. They’d left her at home with the baby monitor on and had been checking on her every half hour, yet sometime between their last check and the time they get home, the baby disappears without a trace. Suspicion immediately focuses on the devastated parents, then on May, the shattered mother who has been suffering from post-partum depression. But the truth is a much more complicated story, and inside the curtained house, an unsettling, nerve-wracking account of what actually happened and of what may have happened to baby Cora unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something; May and Nico soon learn that each is keeping secrets, some of which they’ve kept for years; and baby Cora is still missing. A chilling tale of deception, duplicity and unfaithfulness, The Couple Next Door will keep readers breathless until the final, gruesome and utterly unexpected twist.”
- Rating: 3/5
This book was somewhat original in it’s storyline, but I can’t really say I was intrigued. I wish they had dragged the actual reveal to the end instead of letting the reader in too early and having us endure the unwrapping of the whole thing. I will say, however, that I loved the detail put into each character, which left a bit of mystery in everything.
- Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras.
I lost her.
No, I didn’t lose her. I threw her away.
She was my best friend.
I was never supposed to fall in love with her.
I was careless.
She was heartbroken.
I thought I was doing fine. But here she is, years later, forced to work with me, reminding me why I fell in love with her in the first place.
And this time I’m going to do everything in my power to never let her go.
- Rating: 3.4/5
I actually really loved this. It was predictable, but most romance novels are, but it definitely gave me the feels, like most romance novels should. The characters are so relatable and the story told in such a simplistic, narrative way, that you forget how much you’ve read in one sitting.
- Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
- Rating 3.7/5
If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you know how much I love Colleen Hoover. I loved the different timelines in this book that told two equally intriguing tales. The characters are modern and relatable and the situations give you all the feels! I couldn’t recommend this book more.
- Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.
As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.
- Rating: 4.2/5
Let me start by saying this. I loved Me Before You. Seriously, one of my favorites ever. After You was a disappointing sequel for me, so much so that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read this final installment of the series. I’m so glad I did anyway. Besides being beautifully written (it’s Jojo Moyes, so duh), this book gave all us readers that have been rooting for Louisa Clark the satisfaction and closure we needed. More than that, I loved the independence her character rightly received in this ending! Go girl power!
Sadly, these five were the only books I could get through in August, but I have a much longer list planned for September, so fingers crossed I can get through them.