COVER REVEAL

My favorite thing about being a writer is meeting other writers. I also love when I connect with fellow classmates who also write and I get an opportunity to support their work.

That is what is happening today. I know an amazing woman who is an editor, writer, and just all around awesome. She just graduated from the college we both attend and it has just been awesome to watch her pursue her love for writing.

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Book Review- Two Can Keep A Secret

Two Can Keep A Secret is by Karen M. McManus and her second book that is out in the wild. I remember being at the bookstore with my friend, having her pick out a birthday present (I was also really late for her birthday present so she got to pick out whatever she wanted at the bookstore) I saw Two Can Keep A Secret on a table for new releases and promptly grabbed it to find out what it was about. McManus has this tendency to have clever sounding covers that make you want to start reading the entire book right there in the store. 

Two Can Keep A Secret is a mystery that leaves you with more questions than answers. At least, until you get to the end. Things are then wrapped in a nice little bow, which is my favorite type of ending. All the loose ends tied, nothing that leaves you hanging and itching for the next book in a series. If McManus keeps up this trend of stand-alone books, she is going to be my next favorite author.*

Two Can Keep A Secret has two POV’s. One of them, Ellery, is a self-taught detective. Meaning, she listens to a lot of real crime podcasts and reads all the stories. Her own life could be the plot of one of these podcasts. However, even before her move to a small town and her real crime-like situation— her family is already clouded with mystery. Her mother’s twin sister disappeared after homecoming and was never found. Factor in the fact that a few years before Ellery moves there and this book takes place, another girl went missing after homecoming and was found later, murdered. Also, both these crimes are unsolved. Things are about to get real. 

When I started seeing reviews for this book, I got excited. Everybody was loving it and the people I saw on social media were praising it. One line kept being repeated, The Last Line, OH MY GOSH! (plus all things similar)

That is when I started to get skeptical. How powerful could a last line be? Really though, how could a book that was fully completed with no loose threads (me, assuming it had no loose threads before reading it) have that powerful of an ending line? As a writer, I didn’t even know how it was possible to write one.

The book ends with no loose ends or things hanging, except for my jaw that hit the floor when I read the last line. Yes, my friends, it is that good and powerful and unexpected. I actually liked this book a little more than One of Us is Lying. I couldn’t figure out who the main suspect was. I couldn’t figure out who would have had a motive. The questions kept piling on top of each other and I had zero leads on who was doing what. (I might not make a good detective guys.) 

This book isa really great read. You should get it and take a look for yourself. Let me know how far your jaw hangs at the last line. 

*Her newest book, One of Us is Next is technically a sequel to One of Us is Lying but it is told in different POV’s than the first book. I don’t need to read the first book to understand the second and vice versa. (At least, from what I know I still need to read it guys.) 

Book Lovers Guide Part II

Welcome back to another exciting edition of gift guides! I know I have done one whole gift guide and now I think I’m an expert. For part two of the book lover’s gift guide, I’m handing out a list of some of my favorite books I’ve loved period. Part 1 was strictly focused on books I’ve read this year and loved. Part 2, we are expanding.

Reminder, don’t be afraid that the book lover in your life has read these books or might already own them. Just grab a gift receipt. Nobody was ever injured exchanging a book and waltzing through a bookstore for a few hours. 

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Book Review- Sweet Evil

Yay! My first book review. I’m not being paid or anything to do this review. I just really wanted to let you guys know books I enjoyed reading. I think I mentioned this book series in one of my Currently posts because I read this series in like a week. I would lay down to read, realize it was like 1 in the morning, and then see I was at like 68% and I might as well finish it at that point. Right? Any other late night readers out there relate? That’s okay, maybe I’m just weird. Also, yes, I am aware that I am reviewing a book that was published years ago. I don’t discriminate books because they are older.

Sweet Evil is a book I’ve had on my kindle for years. I read it back when I used to work a graveyard shift that wasn’t very busy. I would read a book or so a night so I was constantly buying new ones on my kindle. I don’t even know how I came across Sweet Evil but I read it and I enjoyed it. Fast forward to this summer where I’m looking for something to read and not spend all my money (because I’ve bought enough books this year already) so I go through my handy dandy kindle library and decide to give Sweet Evil another read.

Side note, this is why I don’t read series books. I read Sweet Evil years ago, knew there was going to be more books and promptly forgot about it. I love following series and seeing the character development but sticking with them until they are all published is ROUGH. The only series I was able to follow like that was Harry Potter. The first 4 appeared in my library in my room, I got the 5th one the day it came out, I lost track around the 6th book (because it took forever) and then got the 7th book the day it came out. Even with Harry Potter though, I still forgot about it. There are so many book series I am in the middle of that I need to just get the next book but I forget about them. However, I do enjoy reading a series after all the books have been published. Then I get to read them the way books are meant to be read, quickly and with lack of sleep.

I swear I have a point in this post. Sweet Evil! This book is by Wendy Higgins. The first of a trilogy if you haven’t put that together yet. We meet this girl, Anna. She has a best friend, who is a dude, typical YA things. She’s adopted, we learn and is being raised by someone straight out of the 50’s in parenting style. Her adoptive mom is named Patti and she is typical over-worrying mom. 

Turns out, she had plenty of reason to worry because we soon learn that Anna is a nephilim and has a demon for a dad and we get started on a wild ride. We meet Kaiden, who is also a nephilim and 100% trouble. Obviously, he is the love interest and equally parts bad to Anna’s good.  Sweet Evil is a journey to Anna discovering who she is and meeting her biological father (duke of substance abuse) and also trying to stay away from Kaiden’s dad (duke of lust) because of reasons. It’s really great and keeps you hooked. It’s also good for a second read. Plus it is the kickoff to a great series. There is demons, angels, prophecies and character development. (The most important thing!) 

At some points, Anna does seem too”good, like it almost unbelievable for a person but that is the ONLY flaw I have in the book. 

My rating? 8/10 & I would still reread it.