Review: My January BOTM pick was the psychological thriller, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a psychotherapist is determined to uncover such a heinous act. This thriller started off a bit slow, but the premise grips you from page one. The author does an amazing job capturing the depth of the characters. I also really liked the psychology aspect of the novel. The alternating narratives were great which kept the story moving. I didn’t see the twist coming and I liked the way the author ended the story. I would recommend picking up this one if you love psychological thrillers.
Here are some of my favorite contemporary romance reads in the form of themes book lists. The purpose of these lists is to show a common theme of books that you may enjoy and/or come across books you may not have heard before.
Have you read any of these? Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: When You Read This is a heartfelt, funny, and sad contemporary novel. This bittersweet book is about a young woman who passes away due to lung cancer and how the people around her cope with her passing. The story is captured through emails, texts, and blog posts. I love stories in this format because they are interesting to read. The author does a beautiful job expressing grief through multiple perspectives, moving on? And new beginnings. One of the strong points of this novel is how endearing and relatable the characters are. I would highly recommend picking this novel if you loved Goodbye, Paris and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from The Dial Press (Random House) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since high school and I was so excited to receive an ARC of her latest novel, I Owe You One. This chick lit follows Fixie Farr who has a knack of fixing things. She always picks up the slack from her siblings at their family owned store. One day Fixie meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop who asks her to watch his laptop. Once she saves it from a disaster, they ended up exchanging IOUs. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this upcoming novel. There were some cute moments, however, the romance felt pretty weak. The plot was pretty weak as well which didn’t hold up for the entire book The characters go through the typical transformation in a Sophie Kinsella book, but I found all the characters to be a bit extreme and annoying. Fixie was too much of a doormat that after a while it was getting unbearable to read about her. Her siblings seemed too much of pretentious pricks and used Fixie’s lack of a backbone to their advantage. There were also some excess characters which served no purpose in the book. The only reason I even finished the novel was so I could give a fair review. I would recommend skipping this one as there are better books by Sophie Kinsella.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: C.J. Tudor’s second novel, The Hiding Place, is more horror than a thriller. The novel follows Joe Thorne, a teacher, who returns to the town he grew up in. Joe comes to town to purposely settle a score of his troubled past, but he also uncovers a dark secret in the midst of everything. Overall, this novel felt more horror than thriller and it was creeper than I anticipated. C.J. Tudor’s writing style is definitely different than The Chalk Man. I really liked her character development and she definitely has some very profound quotes in there as well. However, I didn’t really care for the mystical elements and some of the scenes were a bit too cheesy for me. Personally, I preferred the The Chalk Man over The Hiding Place, but this is still a great intense mystery thriller to pick up.
Publication Date: 1/29/19 Publisher: William Morrow Rating: 2/5
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from William Morrow (Harper Collins) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: Sally Thorne’s newest romcom, 99 Percent Mine, follows childhood friends, Darcy and Tom, who haven’t seen each other in a while. Darcy inherits her late grandmother’s house along with her twin brother, Jamie, and they hire Tom to do the renovations to sell. Problem is that Jamie has claimed Tom 100% his as his BFF, but Darcy has a huge crush on Tom who is engaged to a different girl. As I was reading,I found myself comparing this book to The Hating Game. It’s absolutely nothing like Sally’s last book which a bit disappointing to me. Darcy isn’t the typical female main character which is awesome and refreshing, but I didn’t like how pathetic she came off as throughout the book. Darcy was always pining after Tom which was so cringeworthy and her heart condition didn’t really help with the story. In terms of the writing style, I did like the romantic parts of the novel which were fun to read and loved the epilogues. But I noticed that some of the writing seemed to be a bit choppy and didn’t flow as well as Sally’s previous book which I found to be surprising. Also I usually don’t critique book covers, but I felt that the happy, cheery, yellow cover was completely off point. It doesn’t really reflect the storyline or Darcy and Tom’s romance at all. My recommendation is that if you loved The Hating Game and decide to pick up 99 Percent Mine, go in knowing that it will be completely different style from The Hating Game.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: I came across Minnie Darke’s newest novel, Star-Crossed, on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Instagram page and then went on NetGalley to request for it immediately. Star-Crossed follows Justine and Nick, childhood friends, who bump into each other as adults. When Justine learns that Nick has complete faith in the stars and religiously reads his horoscope in the magazine she works for, Justine decides to take Nick’s horoscope and fate into her own hands. Overall, this was a cute romcom and it reminded me of when I was growing up, I used to read the astrology section in the newspaper everyday along with the advice columns which were a guilty pleasure of mine. I liked the way that the chapters were broken out and that it flowed pretty well. There were so many characters introduced, but it somehow worked well. The story was a bit too cheesy for me though. I wasn’t a big fan of the cusp chapters and felt that the other subplots were a bit boring even though I understood why the author included those. If you’re looking for something light to read or are a fan of romance novels, I’d recommend this.