White Fur: a Review

White Fur

By Jardine Libaire

305 pages

May 2017

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives. Goodreads Synopsis 

Here we have another book that’s difficult for me to review.  My initial thought of review was 3.5 stars, mostly because of character frustration.  Jamey and Elise’s (but especially Jamie) flat out angered me; but then I think to so,e extent that was the point.  They were young and reckless, and basically threw away their lives.  

Some parts of the book were just too much.  About halfway through I was trying to figure out what all they hype about this book was about.  Then I was thinking about the emotions and anger over these characters and I realized this is indeed a good book.  The author wrote so poetically and had such beautiful prose with characters so well developed to invoke true emotion.  Isn’t that what books are supposed to do?

So really, while I didn’t love the story, I really did love the book and will give it a solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Thank you to blogging for books for sending  me a copy of White Fur for review.


The Map That Leads to You: a Review

IMG_5634 2The Map That Leads to You

J.P. Monninger

400 pages

June 2017

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, one last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe. But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.  Goodreads Synopsis

I couldn’t have picked a better time for this book to have been sent my way.  A few weeks after it was delivered, I was heading off to Europe with my family for an Italian adventure.  While only a small section of the book takes place in Italy, it is still a story about traveling across Europe by train (something I did a lot of) and the people you encounter.

As far as a coming of age, new adult (college grad) story it doesn’t get much better than this.  The descriptions of the places made it feel like you were traveling right alongside of  Jack and Heather.  The friendships made were so real and meaningful.

The Map That Leads to You is a book endorsed by Nicholas Sparks, and so right off the bat you know its going to be a tear jerker of a love story.

I highly recommend The Map That Leads to You to all lovers of a good love story.

4/5 Stars



Hello, Sunshine: a Review 

Hello, Sunshine 

By Laura Dave

256 pages

July, 2017

Simon Schuster

Fiction. Chick Lit

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age. Goodreads Synopsis
I really loved Eight Hundred Grapes when I read it last year, so when I heard she had a new book out, I was THRILLED!!  So I naturally had high expectations for this one and let me tell you now, it did not disappoint!

So much of this story was relatable to anyone on social media, from the celebrity to the small account, it’s easy to become wrapped up in the “fakeness” of what’s posted.  Easy to become someone you aren’t.  

Sunshine’s snarkiness comes across so wonderfully with her little side comments to the reader.  Most of the time it’s like she’s really talking to you.

Not once in the book did anything feel like it was dragging along, or inserted as filler. Everything was so well done that the story just takes off.

I highly recommend Hello, Sunshine for fans of general fiction/chic lit/beachy summer reads that aren’t about a beach house.  


Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me an early copy for review.