A Girl’s Guide to Moving On: a Review

Sine a Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber was released yesterday, I’m rebloging my review from last month.  It was a great, fast read!

Kristen Reads


A Girl’s Gude to Moving On

By Debbie Macomber 352 pages

The book opens with a quick backstory about a mother in law and her daughter in law going through divorces at the same time.  The two women create a list to help them through the rough transition to single life.  The rest of the book switches points of narration between the two women.  They learn to love themselves and find true happiness.

When I first started, I was unsure if I really wanted to continue the book, feeling as though I couldn’t relate to the characters and it was going to be a wallowing self pity story.  I (of course) stuck with it and am very glad I did!  After a few chapters, you can’t help but feeling attachment to the characters.  Debbie Macomber has such a talent for that.  After the set up chapters, the book is really…

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Library of Souls:a Review

Library of Souls
By  Ransom Riggs

464 pages

We catch up with our peculiar friends-minus a few.  Jacob and Emma continue in the mission to wipe out all the hollowgasts and weights and to stop Miss Peregrine’s brother from reacting the event that created the hollows in the first place.  Their journey is quite adventurous and we meet some new characters along the way.

This book was the icing on the cake.  It was SO well done.  There was a lot more action and can’t put down moments in this final book of the Miss Peregrine series. By far my favorite of the three.  And the ending:superb. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but he wrapped it up so wonderfully because of the simple fact it could end and we would all feel complete…..but it sort of left things where the story could continue if Ransom Riggs was decide to go on (please, please say there will be a book four!!)


The Flood Girls: a Review

The Flood Girls

by Richard Fifield

336 pages

Rachel needs to make amends.  She’s gone ghrough all the steps of AA.  She’s been sober.  Life is good.  But she is still brought down by the memories of the torment she caused her small town growing up, and the unforgiving relationship with her mother.  Unable to get past all of that, she moves into her father’s (whom she didn’t really know) trailer after he passes and leaves it to her.  She has a rough start trying to earn the town’s trust, but thanks to some kind souls and a teenage boy she finds the happiness that she has been searching for.

At the beginning, I was intrigued by the storyline, wanting to get to know the characters but half way through I was having a hard time getting into the book. Well, fast forward a few more chapters and I couldn’t put it down! Richard Filfield did such a wonderful job with this book. I really felt as though I knew the people in Quinn. I really enjoyed this book and am glad I read it. I feel it is one of those books that sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Wreck and Order: a Review 

Wreck and Order

by Hannah Tennant-Moore
304 pages

Elise has no idea where her life is headed and what her purpose is.  Spending time in California, NYC, Paris and Sir Lanka she travels to discover herself and to run from damaging relationships.  In California, she had Jared: a drunk, drug addict who was abusive.  Running away from him she has Brian in NYC.  It isn’t until she spends time in Sir Lanka, befriending locals that she truly starts to learn who she is and what she wants.

This book was getting a lot of negative talk due to some crude sexual scenes.  Don’t get me wrong, there were more than PLENTY of those.  Personally, I would just skip those parts and move right along with the story!  I don’t think this book should be written off just because of the crude scenes.  The story as a whole was great, you really wanted Elise to grow up and do something remarkable with her life and move on from her negative sexual obsessions. She is a person who has such good intentions and reading about her path in life was enjoyable.  (But I totally could have done without the level of crudeness!!)

Thank you, Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Wreck and Order in exchange for an honest review.


Tender: a review


by Belinda McKeon

416 pages

Catherine meets her best friend, James, in college.  Actually she took over his lease while he ventured to Berlin for his photography.  When he returns, he stays with Catherine and her roommates.  Catherine and James are the perfect pair.  However, their friendship is completely ruined when she discovers she has fallen in love with him and he can’t return the feeling.

WARNING: very mild spoiler.  I can’t give my thoughts on this book without revealing a few facts.

So this book. I came VERY close to setting it down, forgetting it exists and moving on to another book in my TBR.  I didn’t.  I finished.  Once I make a commitment to a book, I need to finish the book (even if I skim read to the end!)

I’ll start with the writing style.  That was really the only marvelous thing about the book.  Belinda McKeon is a good author, just this story fell short.  The prose like section half way through the book was so well done.  I loved reading those 100 or so pages.

The problem I had with the rest of the book was simply the characters.  Goodness they annoyed me!  First Catherine was so horribly desperate.  We get it.  You’re heartbroken because James won’t love you romantically.  Ok.  Wallow a bit then move on and enjoy his friendship.  Don’t try and completely change him, force him to fake a relationship then sabotage his happiness then get angry when he doesn’t want to be you friend.  And Mr. James.  We also get that coming out as gay in Ireland in the 90s was no picnic. We get that it was tough to feel included and the judging looks.  What I don’t want to read is pages and pages of self pity.  Maybe I was being insensitive to both characters.  I know I wouldn’t be happy in either of their situations, but 100s of pages of sadness was too much for me.  Their day to day life was quite uninteresting (save for a few scenes) that it didn’t help the rest of the book.

I’m sure this book has the perfect audience as the writing really was well done.  It just wasn’t me at this time.  Thank you, Lee Bourdeaux books for the copy in exchange for an honest review.


Miss Perigrine: a Review








Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar People AND Hollow City
I read these books back to back, so I have decided to combine the review.  In the first book, you meet Jacob, a high schooler who witnesses his grandfather’s death in the woods. The grandfather’s last words were quite puzzling.  In an attempt to solve the puzzle he is left with, Jacob goes to the UK to a small remote island with one phone on it with his father.  Jacob solves the puzzle and meets Miss Perigrine and all of the “children” living in her house.

In Hollow City, you meet Jacob and the children again, going on a completely new adventure to London during WWII and their escape from the hollow and weights. (It’s hard to tell too much without giving away any spoilers from the books)
I loved these books! There is just enough fantasy/sci-fi to still seem realistic.  I’m not a big fan of the far fetched sci fi books, but still like some make believe.  Throughout both books, there are photographs of the peculiar. These are real actual photographs found in personal collections and antique malls.  How fun would it be to gather these photos and create a story around them?!  I had such fun reading them that I cannot wait for my library hold for the third one to be in from the library….8 more people to go!

You Were Here: a Review

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by Cori McCarhy

400 pages

Jaycee’s brother was a big time daredevil, had no fear and a love for abandoned place. The night of his high school graduation he was dared to jump from the swing set bars.  Willingly accepting, Jake fell and broke his neck.  The accident left Jaycee emotionally scarred.  Upon her graduation, she finds Jakes’s notebooks and maps.  She decides to go to his places in hopes to feel,closer to him.  What she learns along the way is true friendships and how to finally heal.

The style of this book is really different.  It switches from four points of view.  Only each character ‘s chapter matches their personality: text, graphic novel for the quiet one, and pictures of the artist’s work.  I loved the compilation of the book that way.  The story was well written as well as the character development.  The only personal problem I had with it was the main character, even though she had been through a lot, was still a little too angsty for my taste.  Overall, a very good YA book that I think will be successful.  Thank you Netgalley for the ebook in exchange for an honest review.