Oct 31, 2016

October Book Review


Happy Halloween, y'all! Today I'm sharing the books I read in the month of October. This month was not a good reading month for me. I read a total of 4 books and only one of them was a 5 star read for me. 
Here's what I read and loved/didn't love in the month of October. 

The first book I read was the only 5 star book for me this month. The Girl Before is actually an ARC that I received from the publisher and doesn't come out until January. 

This book was wonderful! Here's the synopsis:

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

Jane
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

So in a nutshell, this book is about two women who move into an oddly designed house. The first girl dies while living in the house and the death is ruled accidental. The second girl starts digging into the past and the story goes on from there. 
This one had a great ending that I did NOT see coming!

The second book I read was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I have been in a big thriller mood lately and this one has been getting a lot of buzz so I decided to try it. This is a science fiction book, which made me hesitate. I detest all things science so I was unsure of whether or not I would enjoy this one. 

Here's the synopsis:

Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” 

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable--something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

I ended up giving this one a 4 out of 5 rating. I really enjoyed the story and the science element of it was written simply enough, but it still took a lot of concentration on my end. If you don't dislike science as much as I do, then you'll probably love this one.


I had been looking forward to Emma Chase's newest book Royally Screwed since the spring. I read her legal briefs series back in February and loved it! I'm always up for a good romance and no one does romance quite like Emma Chase. These books are a little more explicit than I'm use to reading, but the romance is just too good to pass up.
When I realized that this new series would be about royals, I couldn't have been happier. 

Here's the synopsis:

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. 

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants. 

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner. 

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

I ended up being really disappointed with this one. I didn't have a great reading month, so maybe it was just a timing issue. I loved the ending (talk about a swoon worthy press conference) and that helped the book a little, but everything else just fell flat for me. I never connected to the two main characters like I thought I would. I never thought about the book when I wasn't reading it, which is always a sign! It took me a week to read and with these types of light hearted romance books, I usually finish them within two days. I gave this one a 3.5 stars. There was just something missing for me.

On a positive note, the second book sounds really good! I can't wait to see if it picks up the series for me! :)

I ended the month of October by finishing this one on Halloween. I have been trying to read We Could be Beautiful by Swan Huntley for the longest. I would pick it up and then another book would catch my attention and I would put it down. I finally got through this one! 

Here's the synopsis:

Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she’ll never have a family of her own. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine’s parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone…” Is William lying about his past? And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth? Featuring a fascinating heroine who longs for answers but is blinded by her own privilege, We Could Be Beautiful is a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.

I really enjoyed this one! I thought the mystery surrounding the boyfriend was a really unique and interesting storyline. I never guessed his connection until the end. I gave this one a 4.5 stars because while I enjoyed the book, I felt like some parts could have been taken out or shorten to make the book a little more fast paced. 

Favorite book of the month: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

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