Blog Tour Book Review: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

About Miss You

• Hardcover: 448 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 4, 2017)

“If ever a couple was ‘meant to be,’ it’s Tess and Gus. This is such a witty, poignant, and uplifting story of two lives crisscrossing over the years, with near miss after near miss. . . . I couldn’t put it down.”—Sophie Kinsella

A wryly romantic debut novel with echoes of One Day that asks, what if you just walked by the love of your life, but didn’t even know it?

“TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.

A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.

But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .

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Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Miss You by Kate Eberlen. I received a free ARC copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Miss You is a contemporary fiction novel about Tess and Gus. It is the story of their lives and the choices they make that lead them away and towards each other. It is told in their alternating perspectives throughout the course of many years and many heartbreaks.

When I first started reading Miss You, I immediately thought that it was going to be a cutesy contemporary romance, which I didn’t mind at all. As I continued reading it and got to learn more about our two main character’s lives and got to follow them through various heart breaks and struggles, I realized that this was so much more than what I had expected it to be. Instead of a cutsey romance, I got a story about two characters who make mistakes, struggle through every day life like the rest of us, do the best they can, struggle to grow up and find themselves, and who are obviously just SO meant for each other. As we read about them navigating their way through life, we can’t help but find ourselves rooting for them from the very moment they lay eyes on each other.

You would think that as the reader, I might have gotten frustrated that these two were at times so close to each other but just never made the connection or it seemed like fate had other plans for them at the time. There were moments where I just couldn’t help but hold my breath thinking THIS was the moment that they would look up, see each other and say “there you are, I have been looking for you.” But, I NEVER got frustrated with the pace of the story and I think it’s because Kate Eberlen is such a good writer. Her writing captured me immediately, it was descriptive in the way that when our characters were in Italy I could see the colors, taste the air and feel the excitement they felt. This continued throughout the story and it was a book that I just could not put down. It had me rooting for our main characters all throughout. Some heavy things happened in this book like grief, divorce, heartache, etc…just very real things that our characters had to deal with that very much mimicked real life and made them seem so real to me and made me relate to them so well.

As an adult it is easy to see how a story like this could happen in every day life and I think that made this story really seem magical to me, much more so than the insta-love stories that we very often get. I live in a big city but for how big it is, sometimes it seems very small when I find out that my husband has been friends with someone I have known for awhile as well or when I find out that we used to frequent the same restaurant and took vacations somewhere at the same time. This was the magic of Miss You and Tess and Gus, that reminded me that what is meant to be can sometimes always find a way.

If you are looking for a great summer read, give this one a go! 5 stars from me, I enjoyed this so much!

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About Kate Eberlen

Kate Eberlen grew up in a small town thirty miles from London and spent her childhood reading books and longing to escape. She studied Classics at Oxford University before pursuing various jobs in publishing and the arts. Recently, Kate trained to teach English as a Foreign Language with a view to spending more time in Italy, a country she loves and has visited many times. Kate is married with one son.

Find out more about Kate at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Book Reviews & Feature: Wait for the Rain and Bridges by Maria Murnane

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I hope your work week hasn’t been too stressful like mine has. I, for sure, am ready for the weekend! Luckily, I was able to read some really great books this week and am in the middle of reading some pretty good ones as I type this post!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of reading both Wait for the Rain and Bridges by Maria Murnane. I’d like to send her a big thank you for giving me the chance to read her books in exchange for my honest review of them.

Wait for the RainDaphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

I kicked off the week by reading Wait for the Rain which is a contemporary fiction novel about Daphne, a recent forty year old divorcee who is still grieving for the loss of her marriage and the life she built. In this book, she reunites with her college best friends, the other two members of the “Three Musketeers”. They embark on a girls vacation to the Caribbean and it happens to be just what Daphne needs to reignite her spark!

I loved this book! I am totally in the mood for contemporaries at the moment and after reading this book (and Bridges), I have come to the realization that I really enjoy contemporary stories centered around groups of female friends. I love the friendship dynamic in these books and how the women are so uplifting to each other. Sure, like any group of friends, they have their rocky moments but they are ALWAYS there for each other.

I literally finished this book in a day and had alot of fun reading it. I was hooked almost immediately and just really fell in love with these characters, especially with Skylar…she’s the woman I want to be. This book pretty much had everything in it that I want to read in a contemporary.  I was SO happy that Daphne and Clay happened. But what I love most of all is that although what happened with Clay was great, it wasn’t ever the central focus of the story. I really appreciated that. I loved the bit of romance thrown in but I appreciated that the book stayed true to the core theme of friendship, empowerment and self discovery.  This is a PERFECT summer read so if you are looking for a book to take with you while you sunbathe at the beach, this is definitely one that I would recommend. 4.5 stars.

34602230It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Immediately after reading Wait for the Rain, I dove right into Bridges where we follow the same set of friends during a Bachelorette weekend for Skylar, my favorite of the three. For various reasons, the girls have just gotten busy and fallen just a bit out of touch so another reunion is definitely due. They each are at seemingly pivotal and different stages of their lives and reconnecting with each other in Skylar’s home of New York where she has basically built herself an empire seems like the fun filled vacation that they all need. It is a weekend filled with fun, cocktails, messy date stories, reunions with former flings, tears, and lots and lots of love.

While I loved Wait for the Rain, I think Bridges is my favorite of the two and it may be because, even though Daphne is our main character, I still love love love Skylar and this story is set during her bachelorette weekend. After having read the book prior to this one, I knew that I was in for a treat when I started reading this book and I was right. I loved being back with the girls again. I swear that I feel like these girls are my best friends which I think is a testament to the great writing of these books. Also, I did want to make sure to mention that you don’t have to read Wait for the Rain in order to full enjoy Bridges. While there are allusions to events from the first book, they are completely explained and you never feel like you missed anything. Bridges can definitely stand on it’s own.

Both of these books are super fast reads. I started Bridges in the evening and before I knew it, it was four in the morning…I just couldn’t go to sleep without finishing it. Once again, I appreciated that through Daphne’s struggles she finds happiness and hope in herself, her friends and in her future – never in a man which I think is freaking awesome.

Bridges was released just this week so if you are interested in purchasing it, you can do so over at this Amazon link: Purchase Bridges by Maria Murnane. I definitely recommend both of these books if you love contemporary fiction especially those that have heartwarming female friendship, female empowerment themes and self discovery. They’re both full of laughs, drama and feels. I want to be them when I’m in my forties. 5 stars to Bridges!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday and Friday…and an even better weekend. Thank you for stopping in and as always, Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Audiobook Review: Table for Five by Susan Wiggs

19009241Title: Table for Five by Susan Wiggs (narrated by Amy Rubinate)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Rating – 4 stars

Before an estranged couple is killed in an unthinkable tragedy, they designate two guardians for their children–a man and a woman who are essentially strangers and who have nothing in common except their compassion for the couple’s three orphaned children. Thrown into this strange semblance of family, Sean McGuire and Lily Robinson work together to establish some kind of normalcy for the grief-stricken children–and in the process discover the possibilities that make everything seem worthwhile.

I listened to Table for Five by Susan Wiggs on audiobook via Audible. This is the second book I have read by Susan Wiggs, the first being a book I reviewed with TLC Book tours earlier this year, Family Tree. You can check out that review here: Family Tree. A lot of what I liked about that book, I liked about this book as well so I think that I am definitely just a fan of this author’s writing style.

Table for Five is a contemporary fiction novel about Lily, our main character Lily who takes on the responsibility of caring for her best friend’s three children after her best friend and their father are killed in an accident. Their legal guardian is their uncle but since they are familiar with Lily, they decide to take care of them together. It’s about their struggle through their grief and to become a family, and is also a sort of love story.

I really enjoyed this book. I feel like Susan Wiggs is really good at writing cozy stories. There’s just something about her writing that draws you in and makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I felt that way about the last book I read from her as well. This book did have a tragedy at the beginning of it and does deal with the subject of grief but it does end on a ‘feel good’ note that is really satisfying. After reading two books from her and enjoying them, I am confident in saying that I am definitely a Susan Wiggs fan. I am not so much a fan of the cover, although it is an older book. This isn’t something I would normally tend to pick up but knowing that I loved the first book I read by this author, I had to give it a try.  I enjoyed listening to it as an audiobook, I thought the narrator did a great job and I never lost focus on the story because of that. It was definitely a positive audiobook experience that I recommend. Four Stars!

Blog Tour Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

the-bookshop-on-the-corner-coverAbout The Bookshop on the Corner

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016)

“Losing myself in Jenny Colgan’s beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.”—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Secrets

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had wonderful weekend! As for me, I spent the weekend in the company of a good book!  I received this book for review from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.

The Bookshop on the Corner is a contemporary fiction book about a librarian who gets laid off from her small library. In a rare flash of bravery and at the shock of her friends, she buys a van and moves to Scotland to open a mobile bookshop. Unsure of how and where she is going to live when she gets there, she is in for quite a ride.

My Sunday was literally spent with my nose in this book. I finished it in one sitting, I just couldn’t bear to put it down. I’m getting ready to enter my last semester of library school and I probably should have known that I would connect with this character so much by her choice of profession but it’s really ridiculous how much I loved our main character.

I pretty much loved almost everything about this book. At first I wasn’t used to the writing but as I got used to it, it just pulled me in and quite literally never let me go. The plot itself was simple and not overdone or cheesy which I think would have been easy to do here but it was perfectly done.

I loved Scotland as the setting and now I seriously want to go there. This book gave me a bunch of feels with the romance story lines in this book. I loved that there was a really good balance between the elements of this story. There was romance, self discovery, humor and even some thrilling bits. Sometimes I catch myself thinking ahead as I am reading but I was NEVER bored or trying to guess what was going to happen next, I just went with it because I was so lost in this story. I just have to say that it had everything I love in a romance, kind of the Darcy  and Elizabeth feel.

I’m giving a well deserved five stars to this book as I loved it so much. It’s one of my favorites this year and I’m going to treasure having it on my shelf and will probably reread it at some point in the future. It was charming, warm and gave me the fuzzies! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good contemporary fiction read with a bit of romance to read this fall. It’s a perfect fall read to curl up with!

 

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jenny-colgan-apAbout Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

Find out more about Jenny at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Book Review: Southernmost by Sarah Sadler

31080280Title: Southernmost by Sarah Sadler
Genre:  Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blue French Press
Page count: 338 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Rating – 5/5!!

In this engaging new novel from critically acclaimed author of southern literature Sarah Sadler, Southernmost delivers a charismatic account of one woman’s journey through the rigors of starting over in life and love. Set in the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, Southernmost is a satisfying spin-off to Sadler’s debut novel Southern Solstice and firmly establishes the sophomore author with a stand-alone release that is sure to capture new and return readers alike.

Former Alabama beauty queen Kayla Carter is given an ultimatum by her wealthy ex-boyfriend Jackson Winslow – either move to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina with their seven-year-old daughter or support herself on a waitress’s salary. She relocates only to discover Jackson’s life is suddenly in shambles, and he has become a broke, undependable and depressed alcoholic.

Kayla hesitantly establishes herself in Charleston’s bustling culinary scene and becomes involved in a delicious fling with a free-spirited and visceral photographer. While she navigates the turbulent waters of Jackson’s new emotional state and fights feelings for him that she’s suppressed for years, Kayla’s personal success is overshadowed by an unexpected complication.

With a secret from the past threatening the chance of restoring her family, Kayla forces herself to break Jackson’s heart – and her own – once and for all, or risk everything by facing the shameful truth that has kept them apart.

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Happy Monday everyone! Today I am SUPER excited to share with you my review for one of my most highly anticipated books of this year: Southernmost written by Sarah Sadler. I had the pleasure of reviewing her first novel Southern Solstice (click to see that review) back in 2015. I was really fortunate to have received a copy of Southernmost from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it as well!

Southernmost is a contemporary fiction book about a woman named Kayla who at her ex’s request, moves to Charleston with their young daughter Avery. She has more or less  been living in the shadow of Jackson’s relationship with his ex, Larken and she immediately feels out of place in the new town. When Jackson’s bad decisions concerning Larken impact their lives in unseen ways, Kayla’s world is further thrown off kilter which may actually have been just what she needed to find her place and people in Charleston.

Since I absolutely loved Southern Solstice, I had really high expectations for Southernmost and it really delivered. Sarah Sadler has done it to me a second time. I loved this book but I am not at all surprised. It’s been a full year and a few months since I read Southern Solstice and while I remembered adoring it, I couldn’t exactly remember the specifics of why and reading Southernmost reminded me exactly why from the very first page.

This book was beautifully written. The language is gorgeous and the characters are so wonderfully fleshed out. My most favorite thing about a Sarah Sadler book is the characterization, she is an ace at characterization. All of the characters in this book made an impact on me. I cared so deeply for all of them (except Justin!) and each of them just really felt like old friends to me. Slipping back into this world was such a comfort, but it was also really thrilling to unfold Kayla’s story – her coming into her own and her romantic story line as well.

I also loved that this book, although it took place amongst the same people as Southern Solstice and in the same place, you don’t have to have read it to read this one. It can definitely stand on its own although it was definitely great to have that background on the people and certain events that had transpired in the first book to put a few things in this book into clearer perspective. This book is not more about Larken, so if you’re expecting that, you won’t get it in this book although we do see a bit of her. But don’t fret! Our main character Kayla, is every bit as wonderful of a character as Larken is. I do have to say that Jackson Winslow has impeccable taste in women.

I truly can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time with this book. I could have read it in one sitting but I chose to draw it out and enjoy it for as long as I could but there came a point where I just couldn’t anymore and I needed to devour it. My copy at this point looks pretty well read because I took it with me everywhere. This book will definitely give you all the feels…it certainly gave me all the feels!!

I am giving Southernmost a five star review, hands down. One of my favorite 2016 reads for sure…perfect for reading at the beach or to just curl up with at night for some good romance. If you are a fan of contemporary romances definitely pick this one up although I feel like the romance angle is just one piece of this book, there is so much more dealing with family, southern life and Kayla’s journey to really being comfortable with herself. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Southernmost, you purchase it on Amazon! (Isn’t the cover gorgeous?)

P.S. I’m still waiting for the first book to be adapted to film and now I also need a sequel. Ahhh!

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img_3040About the Author

With her first song published at the age of twelve, Sarah Sadler had a pretty good notion early on that words would be her compass.  Nurtured by a wildly creative family full of Opera singers, inventors, pianists, hippies, preachers, pageant girls, master gardeners, world travelers and fellow writers, Sarah explored every gamut of where words and their possibilities could take her.

A sixth generation North Carolinian, Sarah’s family moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming when she was nine (where an insatiable love of the Wild West was born) before returning to Nashville, TN where much of her writing is influenced by the rich cultural distinction of being born a southern woman.

Sarah lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their young son. When she’s not writing books and songs, she’s riding horses.

Blog Tour Book Review: Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley

Lowcountry Stranger coverAbout Lowcountry Stranger

• Publisher: Leisure Time Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2016)

There’s a stranger in town. And it’s no coincidence when she shows up uninvited at a Sweeney family wedding. All eyes are drawn to this urchin who seems to have washed in with the tide. Before the night is over, the doe-eyed waif charms young and old with her street smarts and spunky personality. For better or worse, Annie Dawn is here to stay.

The memorable Sweeney sisters from Her Sister’s Shoes have returned with more suspense and family drama to hold you spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. As she approaches the next stage of her life as an empty nester, Jackie is torn between expanding her fledgling design business and spending these last precious months with her boys before they fly the coop. Her own worst enemy, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli Marshall, handsome police officer, true love of her life. Her resolve is tested when a ghost from her past shows up after nearly two decades. Faith nurtures her seven-year- old daughter who is recovering from the trauma of her abusive father. Is the threat in the past, or is there more danger on the horizon? The sisters seek guidance from their mother, Lovie, a true Southern matriarch who shows them how to respond to adversity with grace and dignity.

Things are heating up in the Lowcountry. The Sweeney sisters remind us, once again, that being a part of a family is about more than sharing the same DNA.

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Happy Saturday! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lowcountry Stranger by Ashely Farley. Thank you to the Author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Leisure Time Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review of it.

Lowcountry Stranger is a contemporary fiction novel about the Sweeney sisters. They are part of a Southern family that comes with it’s fair share of drama, drama, drama.

I was super excited to read this book. In the past two  years, I have learned this about myself: I love Southern literature. I find it to be vibrant and fun. Such was my reading of Lowcountry Stranger. I loved the writing and I really loved these characters and their specific individual situations, but aside from that I also loved how all of their own problems, etc. affected the whole family. I really loved that familial aspect of this book and the fierce family bond and loyalty they have with each other even when put through the wringer.

I found this book to be super entertaining, I actually finished it in one night and just thought it was a really fun, involving read. Perfect for people that love family sagas but aren’t looking for a SUPER long book. This one is a pretty good length. One thing I was really surprised at is that I was able to jump right into the story and connect with most of the characters, even though I hadn’t read the first book in the series. Albeit, I am rather sad that I haven’t and will be going back to read the first one. I have to have more of this family.

Since I enjoyed this book so much I am giving it a four star review and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books about family drama, southern literature, suspense and contemporary fiction!

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Ashley FarleyAbout Ashley Farley

Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word, then she’s done her job.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

Ashley loves to hear from her readers. Feel free to visit her on Facebook or Twitter.

Visit her website at http://www.ashleyfarley.net.

Blog Tour Book Review: Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire coverAbout Girls on Fire

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 17, 2016)

Three girls went into the woods; two came out.

It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.

Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshipping bad influence. Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image—and unleashing a fierce defiance with unexpected and harrowing consequences. By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, Girls on Fire is an incendiary and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls weak and strong, girls who burn bright and brighter—and girls who flicker away.

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Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman. I would like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

Girls On Fire quickly became one of my most anticipated reads of this year and when I got the chance to review it I was extremely excited to read it and share my thoughts on it with all of you. Girls On Fire takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and where the teenagers do the normal teenage things. But appearances aren’t everything, as the town comes to learn when the body of a teenage boy is found in the woods on Halloween night in an apparent suicide.

This book was everything I thought it would be and more. It’s definitely one that I will have at the back of my mind forever. I literally read it in one day without putting it down unless I had to for lunch break and bathroom breaks. Girls On Fire is an intense read and I mean that in an entirely good way. There was so much going on in this book with teenage angst, lies, deceit, sex, death, tragedy, drugs, and rock and roll. There were definitely things in this book that were difficult to read because of how intense they are some of the subject matter is a little disturbing but I also think that is part of what makes this book brilliant. It’s definitely a page turner.

I enjoyed both the writing style and the format of the narrative. I loved that we not only get the perspectives of our two main characters, Dex and Lacey but also of people surrounding them like their parents. My absolute FAVORITE chapter was a really short one at about page 343, I mean listen to this line, “Girls had to believe in everything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might.” Wow. Favorite line of the entire book.

It was definitely a unique read that was harsh and gritty, cautioning and harrowing. This was such a gripping read and I could totally see it being turned into a suspenseful movie. Five stars from me!

Also, can I just mention how much I love the cover of this book? The image and color scheme are gorgeous.

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Robin Wasserman APAbout Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is a graduate of Harvard University and the author of several successful novels for young adults. A recent recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Girls on Fire is her first novel for adults.

Find out more about Robin at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

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