The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: DNF

⭐⭐ 1/2

..the average person has thirteen secrets that they live with-five of which they’ve never told a soul. That was our focus, at the resort: secrets

Thrill Level:

Drama: ☆☆☆☆

DNF at 116 pages 🙊🤦‍♀️

Not gonna lie. I wanted to give up much earlier, but I was determined to give it a chance and see how things would unfold.

The author does a good job at leaving a trail of crumbs to reel you in, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get me hooked.

The premise sounded so promising! I even liked the style, which included emails and a Hollywood gossip article. It just took way too long to get into all the couples’ secrets. By then, I no longer cared nor did I connect with any of the characters.

Sorry guys..I really tried, but I just wasn’t feelin it.

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows.

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[#BookReview] When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was a highly talked about book last summer. I literally saw it on every bookstagrammer’s feed! And of course, I fell victim to FOMO and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I alternated between audiobook and ebook, but somehow I still found myself struggling a bit to finish it.

Unfortunately, this was just another overhyped read for me.

What I did like..

It was a cute rom-com and I liked that it wasn’t your typical YA novel. Dimple & Rishi were college bound.

I thought Rishi was really sweet despite his initial treatment from Dimple.

I actually liked Dimple’s headstrong attitude. Yes, she came off as being rude, but it was honest.

What didn’t work for me..

Rishi’s insta love was like a double-edged sword. On the one hand I liked it was the guy who fell in love first, but I just wasn’t entirely convinced. I get the whole arranged marriage set up, but something was missing from this love story.

I also thought this story was cheesy at times. When I wasn’t reading it, I found myself not really caring to pick it back up. I know..that’s bad right?!

Overall, it was still an enjoyable read, but I wasn’t over the moon about it.

Have you read it? Did you love it?

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

[#BookReview] Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s as unfair to dislike someone because they’re attractive as it is to dislike someone because of a deformity.

Have you ever read a book where the story turns out completely different than what you thought it would be about?

Eleanor Oliphant was soo not what I was expecting and caught me by surprise.

I liked Eleanor and really wanted to fall in love with this story like everyone else who raved about it did, but I just didn’t.

What didn’t work for me..

– The story was off to a great start, but after about 30%, it started to feel tedious. I felt like I could skip ahead a few chapters, not miss anything, and still know what was going on.

To be honest, I nearly DNF’d this one a couple of times.

– The book was described as “funny” and “hilarious”. I somehow failed to see that. Exactly which parts were funny? 🤷‍♀️

What I did like..

The characters:

Eleanor’s mom was just plain awful and evil! I hated how degrading she was, but I also thought she was a very well-written character.

I enjoyed getting to know Eleanor and Raymond.

Raymond was a good guy and found myself rooting for him.

Overall, this book was overhyped for me. I can see why so many readers loved this one, unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. 🤦‍♀️

Have you read it? What did you think??

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

[#BookReview] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I intially started this one on audiobook, but wasn’t enjoying the narration. So I switched to ebook format, which I preferred.

Not sure what it was, but I didn’t love this one as much as I thought I would or wanted to. The romance between Stella and Michael were hot as hell, but there were parts thrown into the story that made it cheesy and unrealistic. I know..it’s fiction. But it just seemed to fall together way too easily and quickly in the end.

Overall, it was a very steamy (that’s putting it lightly) and entertaining read. If you are listening to this on audio, you DEFINITELY need earbuds…unless you’re trying to get your significant other in the mood 😉

Have you read it? How hot was Michael? 🔥

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

[#BookReview] The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

I had to sit and really think about how I felt with this one! In all honesty, the Prologue and last 30% of the book were the best parts.

After reading the first 20% I almost wanted to give up! There’s a lot of background story on Theo, which made for a slower read and had me thinking at one point whether there was even a point to all this. I assure you, there is! You just have to be patient and keep reading.

I was a bit disappointed that majority of the book was actually centered on Theo. I was expecting to hear more of Alicia’s POV. But I was determined to find out if Alicia ends up speaking or not, and if she really killed her husband which is what kept me going.

Aside from the slow pace, I thought the author did a brilliant job with the big reveal and adding tidbits of information on other characters to second guess yourself.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

[#BookReview] Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobia Iaconis #overhypedbooks

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐1/2

This was a DNF after chapter 6.

I seriously tried! I intially really liked this story, but Stella just started to get on my nerves and annoy the shit out of me.

Here you have a guy (Will) who supposedly has been handed a death sentence and is no longer eligible for a lung transplant, which is the only thing that will pretty much save him and extend his life. Knowing this, he just wants to live his life..whatever is left of it anyway. I totally get that and agreed that he should. Afterall, it’s his life and he should do what makes him happy! But then, you have this complete stranger (Stella) who has control issues, pestering him about the things he no longer wants to do (I.e follow a scheduled regime, lecturing him about his med trials, etc).

There’s nothing more frustrating than someone telling you how to live your life when they haven’t got a clue as to why you are doing it. Nor should you have to justify it.

Sorry, but I just couldn’t take it anymore!

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else?

[#BookReview] Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This book started off really strong with a really great cast of characters. Jack is a genuinely great guy and you can’t help but want only good things for him.

But after about 40% through, I found myself just skimming and wanting to get to the end. Yes, it involves time travel, but it got a little too repetitive. Some parts could have been scaled down, where others needed a little more attention and explanation.

It also takes a while before we find out what’s going on with Kate, which is what kept me hooked in the first place. This may have been a DNF had it dragged on any longer.

Overall, it’s still worth a read. It’s a feel-good story that explores friendship, relationships and really asks the question: If you could do things differently, what would you change?

Have you read it? What were your thoughts?

Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

[#BookReview] My Lovely wife by Samantha Downing #overhypedbooks #mylovelywife

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: DNF

Perhaps my expectations were too high? I was a fan of the show Dexter and also enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Smith..so of course, it was only natural I’d be intrigued by the premise of this story.

Again, I’m a lone ranger when it comes to not enjoying a book that everyone else seemed to love.

I’m sorry, but I was bored by the time I hit chapter 7. I liked that it was narrated by the husband, but it also became bland as the story progressed. I kept waiting for something exciting and gory to happen. After all, their extracurricular activities involved murder. But that moment didn’t happen.

I also didn’t feel that love connection between the husband and Millicent.

I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more if it was told in alternating POV’s between Millicent and the husband.

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else??

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

I had been looking forward to this book for months! So no one is more disappointed than I am to be DNF-ing this one. Maybe I’ll come back to it at a later date.

The very first chapter was great and I thought it would be a hit, but I began to find parts that I thought were a bit confusing, if not contradicting:

– Vianne and her family were poor (or at least that was the impression), yet she lived what seemed to be a comfortable & lavish life. They lived in a home with acreage and drank fine wine. Doesn’t sound like they were struggling to me.

– When Vianne and Isabelle’s father abandoned them at a young age, based on how heart-broken Vianne was, it sounded like he left them for good and never returned. Yet, at the age of 18, Isabelle gets kicked out of school (again and from a refined school I might add) and ends up with her father? WTF??
Not to be insensitive, but if they had access to their father via their school this whole time, then why be so melodramatic??

And here’s where things started going downhill for me: unnecessary details!

She smoothed the silk stockings up her legs, fastened them to her garters, and then slipped into a belted cotton frock with squared yoke collar

-Um, is she getting ready for a date? to have sex? Cause in this scene she was going to see her husband off to the war. So why is this incredibly descriptive wardrobe important for what is supposed to be an emotional farewell?

-Sophie’s bear Bebe moving from the shelf back to her bed.

I pretty much lost focus where Isabelle learns to eat an orange with a fork & knife, but refuses and gets kicked out.

Sorry guys. I tried!! I really wanted to love this like everyone else!

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