REVIEW: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre isn’t one of those authors I one-click. In fact, The Ghostwriter is only the second book of hers that I’ve read. The reason for this is that I haven’t enjoyed everything she has written—I’ve actually started and not finished two of her other books. It’s nothing against her, they just weren’t for me.

The Ghostwriter, however… HOME. RUN. One of the best books I’ve read all year.

Here’s The Synopsis:

Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me.

I wasn’t surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.

Now, I have one last story to write. It’ll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.

They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.


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5 Photos that make me wish I’d gone to The Big Apple Author Event

I can tell you with absolute certainty that if New York were closer, I’d have gotten my butt down to The Big Apple Author Event in NYC this past weekend. Because, I mean, look at how much fun it looked to be! Some of my favorite authors all in one place–some of whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting.

These 5 photos made me wish I’d gone to the event, distance and cost be darned.

1. R.S. Grey and Renee Carlino

R.S. Grey and Renee Carlino

I had the pleasure of meeting Renee last October in Phoenix, but I would have loved to have met Rachel.

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September Reading List

September Reading List

 

Fall is finally, mercifully, wiggling its way in here in Vegas. We had some beautiful days in the 70’s before the weather snuck back up a little for the past few days, but I think we’re in the clear now. I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and I’ve even pulled out my fall candles to situate around the house. I’m ready, fall.

I’m kind of in awe that I read as much as I did in September, considering all that I had going on. I do know that there were no long periods of reading. Instead, there were stolen moments here and there.

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Review: Break Line by Sarah E. Green

Break Line by Sarah E. Green

The ocean is my heart. My first love. A part of who I am. That doesn’t mean I trust it. It’s too vast, too wild.

I’ve decided that I’m going to be honest and say that I struggled through this book a little–but it’s not entirely the author’s fault. For one, I just thought the characters were a little young for me. If I were ten years younger I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, I kind of found myself breezing through it, trying not to cringe at the heroine. I did, however, enjoy reading about the hero’s struggles, which is really the only thing that saved this one for me.

Honestly, as the author’s first book, it’s a great start. As someone who just began self-publishing in the last two years, I know how hard it is. I can definitely say that I would give another book of hers a shot in the future… if the age range is a little more appropriate, that is.


If you want to read it and decide for yourself, instead of taking my word for it, snag a copy on Amazon.

Thank you to Enticing Journey Book Promotions for providing me with the eARC.

 

August Reading List

August Reading List

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love September. If I were still living in Canada I’d be pulling out my sweaters and boots and searching around for my first pumpkin spice latte.

But I’m not still in Canada, and here in Vegas, the weather is nowhere near fall. Whomp whomp whomp.

Anyway, onto the books. Ack! August was not a good reading month for me in terms of fiction. But in terms of non-fiction and getting my act together re my novel rewrite, then it was a total success.

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July Reading List

It’s been hot as heck here in Las Vegas this month. I mean, uncomfortably so. I don’t spend much time outside when the weather is like this, unless I’m in the pool. And if I’m in the pool, I want to be laying in our new margarita pool float with a book in my hand.

Most of what I read this month, though, I read inside where there is air conditioning and iced coffee never too far out of reach. My kid has even taken to picking up a book off my shelf, slid back onto the couch and open it. “I’m mama!” he says excitedly. I so approve.

What I read in July:

  • WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby  – Some good, some bad. I haven’t read Samantha Irby’s writing until now and while this collection of essays started out making me laugh and smile it quickly fell flat. I found myself glossing over paragraphs at a time. It’s too bad, I had high hopes.
  • ALL GROWN UP by Jami AttenbergI’m not one of those people who sit high atop their married with children horses and tell everyone else that their life should look like mine—so with this in mind, I kept giving All Grown Up a chance. I get that Andrea’s life turned out differently than she liked. I get that she’s incredibly unhappy and terribly unfulfilled, but what really got me about this book was that she seemed to do absolutely nothing to change her situation. In fact, it seems that even though she was in therapy, she only really dealt with “life” by doing drugs and sleeping with men she knew for a millisecond. And that I just don’t get. This book was touted as being “wickedly funny”, which is a gross overstatement. I may have chuckled a time or two, but that does not a wickedly funny book make. All Grown Up was just a sad, disjointed sob story that fell flat.
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney – I had written a lovely review on this book, and then my website crashed and I lost it. What I do remember is that I loved this book. I loved the interesting, complicated relationship between these two friends. I couldn’t put this one down.
  • GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong – Before reading “Goodbye, Vitamin” I did something I don’t usually do—actually, something I downright refuse to do, which is look at the reviews of a book before I read it. You see, I want to open a book unbiased; I don’t want other people’s thoughts swarming around in my head before I’ve even given the book a chance. I logged on to Goodreads and read four or five reviews. Thankfully, they didn’t stop me from buying the book. Goodbye, Vitamin was written in small vignettes that made my heart beat faster. I was so pleasantly surprised.

In Progress

Here’s what I’m currently reading:


Coming Up

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June Reading List

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

After reading as much as I did in May I had a feeling that June wouldn’t be as plentiful. And I was right. Instead of reading this month I spent time traveling for work and trying (and failing) to make progress on my Finding Lily novel re-write. Not feeling sorry for myself though, no–that would be silly. (Hello sarcasm!)

What I read in June:

  • THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid (BOTM) – I quite literally don’t have the words to describe how much I adored this novel. Go pick up a copy for yourself if you haven’t already.
  • SOMEBODY ELSE’S SKY BY JESSICA HAWKINS – Like the first in the series I read this book quickly, devouring it. Knowing I have to wait until October to read the final installment in the trilogy is torture.
  • SLIP OF THE TONGUE BY JESSICA HAWKINS – Ok, so I’ve been reading a lot of her work lately. It’s just what happens when you fall in love with an author. Like all her other books that I’ve read, this one did not disappoint.

In Progress

Here’s what I’m currently reading:


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Some Thoughts on “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo since I finished it five days ago. This is not abnormal. Not when it comes to novels by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading One True Loves last year.

Reid has this extraordinary way of creating at once the most complex, infuriating, satisfying and likable characters I’ve ever had the honor of getting to know. The Seven Husbands is no exception to the rule. In fact, Reid took her skills to a whole other level.

“[The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo] is an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.”

I can’t even begin to put into words how much I loved this book. It was beautiful and engaging and a little something like reading a gossip column, but in the best way. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it. Reid has outdone herself, continuing to show amazing growth as an author. I can’t even begin to guess where she’ll take us next, but I know I’ll be first in line to buy it.

And can we talk about the book cover for a moment? Everything about it is so beautiful, the colors so rich. It is so perfect.

Because I share so much of what I read online I often get asked the top five books that I would recommend. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has definitely found itself a place on that list (speaking of which, would anyone actually like me to share my top five list?).

Anyway, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is out tomorrow, so you should think about grabbing yourself a copy.

 

May Reading List

Wow, somehow I managed to read six books in May, which kind of blows my mind considering all I had going on. Wait—that’s not entirely true. When life gets crazy and my stress levels go up, I find I read more in order to try and balance things out.

What I read in May:

  • BROKEN BAY BY ANDREA DUNLOP – This one was short and sweet and boy oh boy did I want more. Andrea Dunlop is a fantastic writer.
  • WOMAN NO.17 BY EDAN LEPUCKI (BOTM) – This one started off with so much potential, but left me wanting.
  • WRITE NAKED BY JENNIFER PROBST – This book was absolutely brilliant. I am certain that Jennifer’s teachings will take my writing to a new level. A must for every romance writer.
  • THE FOXE & THE HOUND BY R.S. GREY – I enjoy Rachel’s books; they’re light and fun and always funny. While this one wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it.
  • YOURS TO BARE BY JESSICA HAWKINS – My first (and certainly not my last) Hawkins read. This book was so sexy and I absolutely loved it. So much so that I finished it, put it down, and picked up Something In The Way.
  • SOMETHING IN THE WAY BY JESSICA HAWKINS – I read this book in one day, that’s how good it was. If you like forbidden romances, pick this one up. But just a warning: it’s a three part series, so it leaves off on a cliffhanger.

In Progress

Here’s what I’m currently reading:


Coming Up

I’ve just put in my order for BOTM and here’s what I chose:

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APRIL READING LIST.

So, I’ve been bad about posting my book lists each month. When the writing is flowing, everything else seems to fall to the wayside. But I’m not complaining one….tiny… bit. I’m actually surprised that I got through four books (and started reading a fifth) this month.

As always, comment and let me know what you’re reading, or what I should be reading. Or even what I should steer clear of.
1. STARTUP BY DOREE SHAFRIR
Startup is a novel based around the hyper-competitive tech startup market. A tech blogger uncovers a juicy secret and, well, most everything unravels from there. This was such a funny, topical book. I found myself nodding along, or groaning in embarrassed agreement. And let’s not forget about the strong women at the core of the novel—you’ve got to love that.
2. REVELRY BY KANDI STEINER
I could have devoured this book, but chose instead to read it slowly. To savor it. To really enjoy it. And I’m so glad I did. I loved this book. No surprise there! Kandi Steiner remains one of my favorite authors these days, and REVELRY is a perfect example of why.”He was trying to figure out my story–who I was, why I was there. And I’d have told him, but I didn’t know myself.”Whether or not I could relate to the fact that she was going through a divorce, Wren is an incredibly relatable character and I found myself rooting for her from the very first page. And as usual–I wasn’t disappointed.
3. WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU BY KELLY OXFORD
Read this one quite quickly because I couldn’t not. Witty, clever and so relevant. And man did she make me miss Canada!
4. ALL AT SEA BY BECCA AITKENHEAD
I really enjoyed All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead. Though heartbreaking, it left me feeling grateful for and in awe of my life and the little family I have built. A great reminder for those of us who are just going through the motions every day instead of truly living.