Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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5 OUT OF 5 STARS

This was a great start to the trilogy. 1. Mr. Mercedes 2. Finder’s Keepers 3. End of Watch.

This first one is about a retired detective trying to find a murderer. Detective Hodges was very good at what he did, but he never was able to catch a murderer who crashed a Mercedes into people who were just overnighting in a job fair line outside of a building years before he retired. This Mr. Mercedes man has some serious issues. He sends a letter to the retired detective writing how much he enjoyed it; How he was curious to see how it would make him feel; And how happy it made him to know that he killed a mother and her baby together. So, he’s got more work to do still.

Mr. Mercedes is a very sick mind, though he is your typical blends-into-society type of psycho. I finished this book some time last week so if I’m remembering correctly it ends on a decent note.

But this is just the beginning. I’m eager to read more!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STEPHEN KING STORY? I plan on reading a bunch of his books this year and want to read the best ones.

NEW AND UNDISCOVERED AUTHORS!! I plan on reading a bunch from them, too. At the moment, I am reading Darkest Light by Ashley Earley. So if you have any suggestions for me on that feel free to list it in the comments!

Happy reading, bookworms.

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The Moth Presents ALL THESE WONDERS

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5 out of 5 stars

This book is SO UPLIFTING.

Inside is a large compilation of real stories from real people. Personal experiences that really open your eyes and mind as you read. Each story seems to give me the same time of feeling; warmth in my heart and appreciation; yet, they are all unique.

I started this while waiting for another book to come in the mail, so I haven’t finished it yet. But, oh, it really captures your attention. If this is your type of genre, that is. One story so far got me close to crying! But I held onto those tears, lol. (I don’t like things making me cry. That is to include emotional animated movies!)

These [true] stories are so inspirational. Every time I put it down I feel like I walk away a better person. Or wanting to be a better person. I already knew that human beings can be amazing. But THESE human beings are pretty freaking UH-MAZING.

Prepare for your heart to be touched and just read it. This is good if you have some spare time. If you’re waiting in line at the doctor’s office or taking a bath or snuggled in bed and wanting a quick read (oh, ya, these are short stories…).

Would also make a great gift.

Blogging For Books has certainly delivered another great one ❤

Alone: Orphaned On the Ocean by Tere Duperrault Fassbender and Richard D. Logan

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5 out of 5 STARS

A true story. A real experience. A young girl and her family, along with a family friend and his wife, went out on a sailing trip. The girl’s father has wanted this for a long time. Finally, he arranges this trip he’s dreamed of… but it turns into a complete nightmare. Tragedy strikes them all, done by one of the passengers. The young girl is lost at sea for four terrifying days and nights. When finally found, she returns to land and tells a completely different story that people have already been told from the other survivor.

This goes on to describe what the girl went through while alone on the ocean in a little life float; her sunburns, her dehydration, her psyche, her feelings, her thoughts.

It goes further into putting the real story together. It tells of how she’s dealt with it years after being found. It tells of her life after having “moved on” with her life, such as her living situation during the rest of her minor years, her relationships/marriages, friendships, and her kids.

I don’t want to go into detail about her experiences, because my words simply can’t do it justice. The events in this story kept my mind and heart in such a mess for her. I couldn’t help but wonder what my son would do in her situation, and I am so glad that a child could hold on to life so hard and escape all the hardships (for lack of a better word) and survive, physically and mentally! I give so much props to this child.

I can only wish and hope and pray that any child who comes into terrible situations that they would be able to flip a switch in their brain and handle it and take control and fight with everything they have, but that is not what happens to every child. It was so heartbreaking to imagine how scared she must have been. Hungry. Physically and mentally exhausted. Hurt.

Anyway, I read this for a book club thing (the very first book club anything…) and this was the book they chose for May… (it’s not May yet, lol). A little bit of my husband has rubbed off on me over the years and he doesn’t like anything that’ll make him sad. He stays away from that stuff. I have gotten to understand why and strayed away from those things as well (mainly speaking about movies). But it really wakes up your heart. To me, it’s good to feel this way once in a while. It’s almost like a reminder of what’s out there. Bad and unfortunate things happen and it’s crazy that we, the readers, get to go into depth of these real life situations, straight from the “victim”.

This was an absolute mind-gripping read.

New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

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2 out of 5 stars

Let me begin by pointing out that this is just my personal opinion and is not my usual read. I know a few women who would rate this a 5 because it would be exactly their cup of tea. So, because I don’t like chick-flick types of reads I give it a 2. It didn’t disinterest me enough to stop reading, which I have completely stopped reading not even a handful of books, so that’s how I can confidently say that some other girlfriends of mine would totally be into this.

Why this would appeal to women who love chick-flicky stuff: This story is about a woman who gets a divorce (her man left her for another woman) and she moves back to her small childhood town. She has run-ins with ex-boyfriends and for one reason or another she has them doing favors for her and her mother, as they are both trying to get back on their feet.

Here’s what turned me off… it was predictable. I knew exactly where this was going, about how she finds love (again) and whatnot. The drama wasn’t exciting to me and the romance build-up wasn’t original. Now, you could be like how I am when it comes to thrillers or horror stories, which is I don’t care how predictable it gets, so this could still be a good read for you. But not for me. However, I want to point out that her love interest as I know him in my head is absolutely dreamy and wonderful and her mother is fun as hell. Favorite characters. Had to point that out, lol.

Though I wasn’t digging the story, I was absolutely digging this cover. I LOVE blue. I love ties. And I thought it quite clever ❤

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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5 OUT OF 5 STARS

There is just something about the way Marissa writes her stories. They automatically suck me in. It’s smooth and interesting. I feel like there aren’t much filler parts in all her books I’ve read so far.

This book is about the villain from her series The Lunar Chronicles, my favorite twist of fairytale characters so far. It tells of how Levana became evil. Her backstory. And it was absolutely informative and everything made sense. Everything was good.

I follow a book reviewer on Instagram, her page is called shoutame, I think. She read Cinder, the first book to The Lunar Chronicles, and she didn’t care much for it. I see that people would comment and tell her to give it a chance, she even mentions in one of her YouTube review vids that people would tell he that but figured she would never go back to it so she donated it or something, but it just goes to show that you can’t always trust a review. Sometimes you just have to try it out as see for yourself. (Just to clarify, she is not why I read them. I found it all on my own and loved it all on my own lol.)

It’s a fun series. There is also a book that has the bsckstories for the other main characters. It’s called Stars Above.

Marissa’s writing is awesome. I have been consistently impressed and truly enjoyed them all 🙂

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Marissa Meyer. She’s done it again. Captured my full attention and got all mushy-gushy with her characters’ romance. In this, you learn more about the characters that we love in her series, The Lunar Chronicles. How everyone got to where they began in the series. How they all connect from the very beginning. I am so glad for this. It answered questions I didn’t even know I had while reading the series. Without spoiling anything, all I have to say is I enjoyed Stars Above very much. Marissa really knows how to keep a reader consistently intrigued (me, at least). And the ending… 😍 BEAUTIFUL.

I am now going to dive into another book related to The Lunar Chronicles called Fairest.

These books have been on my tbr list since I read her series and I’m finally happy to be reading them 😊

Splintered by A.G. Howard

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4 OUT OF 5 STARS

There was only one thing that I sort of didn’t like about this: the love triangle. I don’t mind a good love triangle, but it was too “high school”  for my taste. BUT this is a YA book, so it is fitting. I just would have liked it to be a little more mature. Mature as in owning up to those feelings. Not as in the love scenes and all that. Anyway, I just had to get that out of the way so I could talk about the fun stuff… 🙂

What I LOVE about this is the story! Yes, so basically I really like this book. I love the background it gave to the Liddell family. In this, the women are supposedly cursed. Cursed with a mental instability. In the real world, they can hear bugs and insects talk to them. It started with Alice but the story is about Alyssa, her great-great-great granddaughter (I think I got that right…). So I like how this was passed on through their generations. So Alyssa is on a mission to go to Wonderland and get rid of the curse.

By the way, I was surprised to know who the love triangle involved. I’ll give you a hint: one of them is from Wonderland 😮🤐 I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, but man… by the end of it I sorta liked it 😏 I’m not in a hurry to complete the series (oh ya, I learned there’s like 2 or 3 more books to it) but I do plan on continuing it.