[#Audiobooks] Oona Out Of Order by Margarita Montimore

Genre: Magical Realism, Time Travel

My Rating: DNF

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐

Story: ⭐⭐

I’m definitely an unpopular opinion (which isn’t surprising). I had been wanting to read this for weeks, and finally had an opportunity to get my hands on it through Scribd, which I’m loving at the moment!

Everyone on Instagram has been raving about it, and seems to be loving this one..except me! This was like finding out Santa and the tooth fairy aren’t real! Incredibly disappointing!

I don’t know if it was because audio was a poor choice for this one, or the story just wasn’t good, or a bit of both. But I thought Oona was whiney and annoying! The romance was cheesy in my opinion, and I was mainly just bored!

It’s a shame, cause I was sold on the whole time travel aspect.

Ugh..another overhyped book. 🤦‍♀️ I tried!

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

Just because life might be out of order, doesn’t mean it’s broken.

It’s new years eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or follow her heart and remain at home in Brooklyn to be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the new year begins, Oona feels lightheaded, woozy, and it’s not from the champagne. At the stroke of midnight Oona is torn from her life and everyone she loves, finding herself in her 51 year old body thirty-three years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that will with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met?

Hopping through decades, and a lifetime Oona Out of Order is a surprising, magical novel that explores the power of love, the bonds of family, and the wonders of life.

[#Audiobooks] Sadie by Courtney Summers @macmillanaudio

Genre: YA, Mystery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Format: Audiobook

I’m going to be a bit of an unpopular opinion with this one, which happens to me pretty frequently when it comes to hyped up books.

Now I’m normally not an audio kind of reader, but I decided to go that route with this one. I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed all the podcast chapters and wished the entire story was like that.

What didn’t work for me:

– For some reason, I just wasn’t enjoying the chapters with Sadie. They kinda threw off me track. The narration felt too angry the whole time, and slow at others. Those chapters just weren’t working for me.

– The ending..I was like, “whaat? That’s it?!” Personally, I hate these sort of endings where it’s left unresolved and open-ended.

There’s a lot of heavy topics in this book: abuse, pedophilia & rape. They were dusturbing, but I commend the author for telling this story.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read. I just didn’t love it.

I do have to say though, I think I’m starting to have a newfound appreciation for audio!

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

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid #Overhyped

Genre: Coming Of Age Fiction

My Rating: DNF @ Chapter 6

Okay, seriously..what the F is going on?!! This is the second DNF in a row! 🤦‍♀️

This is one of THE hottest books and everyone from your mom, your neighbour, the bus driver (you get the picture), has read it or is reading it right now!

Again, I find myself another unpopular opinion, and probably the only person who actually didn’t like it. 🙈

The first chapter had me hooked, but it all went downhill from there.

This book had such great promise, but never delivered. It was SO not what I thought it was gonna be! I was expecting this amazing and powerful read like The Hate U Give.. Maybe that was the problem. My expectations were waay too high!

From chapter 2 and on, I kept waiting for the story to get better and something to happen, but it never did. I really didn’t care to hear about Alix’s life as a new mom or Emira’s night out with her friends. I wanted more of the night at the grocery store and it’s after affects! Not, Today’s Parent meets Cosmo magazine.

This was just one hot mess for me! From the choppy writing to the dialogue..ugh..

Have you read this one yet? Did you love it like so many others did?

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

An Unbiased Review Of Why American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings Wasn’t For Me


Genre: General Fiction

My Rating: DNF @ chapter 9


“She doesn’t ask if he’s okay, because from now on that question will carry a weight of painful absurdity. ”


Just so you know, my opinion is from a neutral standpoint, and up until it landed on my doorstep (which was right on pub date), I was completely oblivious to the controversy surrounding this book.  Still, I wanted to be my own judge and read it. 

What I liked..

– Great opening scene. Something you’d see in an action movie.  My heart broke for Luca.


My issues with it..

-It wasn’t the bingeworthy read I was hoping for.  It bordered on being overly descriptive, which made for a slower and tedious read. Quite frankly, I’d feel exhausted after only reading 2 chapters at a time.


The kicker for me: I just wasn’t buying the insta friendship between Javier & Lydia.  It felt forced into the story, especially where he reveals his feelings for her.  It was laughable!
It reminded me of a cheesy scene from a daytime soap.  I had to ignore the part of me that rolled my eyes, just to make it through that chapter.

And rather than trying to protect her husband by convincing him to pull the plug on his story, she goes on to defend her new found friend.  It was infuriating.

A story this ambitious would have been told better through a different pair of eyes, like maybe the wife of Javier trying to escape the cartel.. THAT. Would have been WAY better.

– I had a hard time connecting with Lydia and feeling what I should have been feeling after watching her family get massacred.  The emotions and terror that should have come along with the aftermath, didn’t come through for me. The gut wrenching pain of death, or that adrenaline rush of being spotted by the cartel..I didn’t feel any of that (and definitely wanted to).

Personally, I felt the story was lacking and ultimately resulting in disappointment.  There were some good ideas and enjoyable scenes, but it wasn’t enough to keep me invested in wanting to continue.

Thanks to all the own voices advocates, I’ve discovered some new titles and added these to my list:

I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER BY ERIKA L. SANCHEZ


THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS BY CRISTINA HENRIQUEZ


Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐ ( DNF @ 41 pages )

Not sure how I missed posting this here on my blog last month, but here it goes..

Guys! I think I just found the book that can cure insomnia!!! Seriously! This just made my top list of boring reads and I’m so disappointed. Talk about a waste, cause I purposely bought the fairyloot edition and was really excited to read it.

Aside from the beautiful setting of New Orleans and a girl getting brutally murdered on the docks (which earned it the 2 star rating), I have no idea why this book took place in the 1870’s. It felt too modern to be historical.

My other issue with this one was the repetition of Celine running away from her past. Yes..I know..she has some dark secret! If you’re gonna mention it that many times, just frikkin spit it out already!!

Ugh..I tried.

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else? Or are you an unpopular opinion like me?

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

One Day In December by Josie Silver #BOTM

** Spoiler Alert **

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

His real downfall came at the end of the date; he escorted me home to Delancey Street and then kissed me in the style of someone trying to administer CPR. CPR with an entirely inappropriate amount of saliva. I made a dash for the bathroom as soon as I got inside, and my reflection confirmed that I looked as if I’d been kissed by a Great Dane. In the rain.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I don’t, but I do believe in finding “The One”. When it comes to storytelling, if it’s done well, it can be a great story.

I’m gonna be totally honest, I had to cast my cynicism aside for this one. To be fair, it wasn’t a bad read, but I didn’t love it like everyone else. Trust me. I really wanted to! I’ve read SO many rave reviews and I was in the mood for a chick flick type of read.

What I enjoyed..

– The characters. They were both loveable and infuriating, which makes for good writing.

– The love triangle. I thought the author did a really good job with this one.

– I loved the alternating POV’s between Louise & Jack.

What didn’t work for me..

– I found myself skimming..A LOT. Like through the entire book. There were many times I considered DNF-ing, but I wanted to see how Jack and Lousie would finally end up together (which is pretty obvious. No surprise there.)

Overall, it was entertaining with some laugh out loud moments.

Have you read this one? What did you think?

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Most Recent DNF’s

The last couple of months have been quite a hit and miss for me. There were lots of books I was looking forward to and reeally excited to read, but unfortunately some missed the mark and landed in my DNF pile.

Here they are:

1) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I’m SO glad this was a library borrow! It was a good start, but as soon as I got to chapter 1, it all went downhill from there.

I was bored and found myself just staring at words! I had no idea what was going on and honestly no longer gave a fuck.

2) The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

This book had everything going for it: appealing cover, intriguing title & promising premise. Except it turned out to be a lemon. Womp womp.

The story had a strong start with Heather and her mysterious package. But things quickly turn sour with her repetitive, drawn out thoughts and unnecessary details of her home.

I got the feeling Heather would be too exhausting for me, I no longer cared to know the story of the Red Lady. I started zoning out, which is never a good sign.

3) The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

It’s been a while since I’ve read historical fiction and was really looking forward to this one since I keep hearing songs of praises for Kate Morton. I also won it through Simon & Schuster Canada’s giveaway last year, so I was very excited to FINALLY get to it.

Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. While I’m a fan of multiple POV’s and timelines, this one left me confused. It was never clearly labelled, causing me to backtrack on several occassions and wondering if I missed something.

Maybe it was me, reading way too late in the evening, but it felt incredibly long-winded!

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Well..there you have it folks! My last 3 DNF’s.

Have you read any of them? What were some of your latest DNF’s or disappointing reads?

House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2

This was a highly anticipated read for me since the summer, and I was very excited to join in the Bookish Ladies Club buddy read.

I tried to walk into this one not expecting anything, but even then I was left feeling like it was overhyped.

The good..

-The atmosphere. I’m a fan of dark retellings, and liked the setting of this story. The mention of ghosts made for an eerie kind of read.

– I also liked that this was a murder mystery, which was great initially, but things started to go a little downhill for me.

The bad..

-The story is kinda slow to start and a bit too descriptive at times.
– I already figured out who the villain was as soon as they were introduced, so for me, it wasn’t surprising.

– Not gonna lie, there were some major eye-rolling moments: like when the girls are having their dresses and shoes made, and the moment Annaleigh meets Cassius. Ugh..this instalove story didn’t work for me.

But here is where things get ugly..

– There were too many elements: mystery, ghosts, fantasy & magic. The ideas were good, but the execution was kind of a mess, making the last portion of the story weird. I felt like I was reading an entirely different story.

Overall, I was intrigued and wanted to see where things were going, but it was a bit of a letdown.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

** Thank you Raincoast Books for my ARC **

Genre: YA

Rating: DNF

This was one of my most anticipated reads this fall and was uber excited when I received an ARC..so I was incredibly bummed to find it wasn’t working for me and landed in my DNF pile.

What didn’t work..

– the pacing was a slow as soon as Mavi was introduced. It felt like the author got carried away in thought, making the paragraphs drag on when they didn’t need to.

-So this one was a big one for me! I have no problem with the mention of cosmetics, but it didn’t work for this particular tale. In fact, it killed my reading mojo as soon as the face creams were mentioned:

It’s hardly enough to make do in the wilderness, unless pumas enjoy Lancome.

“Did you just spit on me?” I ask. My blood sugar is far too low for this nonsense, shea butter be damned.

What I did enjoy..

– I’m a fan of myths and legends, and I thought Faring did a good job of incorporating that into this story.

– The setting was perfect and what you’d expect in a gothic tale.

– I also liked that there was an element of a surprise at the end. It probably won’t sit well with a lot of readers, but I like my stories with unpredictable endings. I went ahead and cheated by going to the end as well as reading another reviewer’s spoilers. 😜

Overall, the premise and prologue were great hooks. The ideas were all there, but the execution just didn’t work for me.

Have you read it? What did you think? Is it on your radar?

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

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