This novel follows the relationship between seven-year-old Hanna and her mother Suzette. Hanna is a perfect, sweet, and innocent little girl according to her father, Alex, but Suzette knows better. As much as Suzette loves Hanna, she is beginning to realize that Hanna might be more sinister than she ever thought possible.
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is by far the best psychological thriller I have read. Stage does a fantastic job putting her audience into the mind of a child psychopath and her frightened mother. I could not put this book down.
David is the president of his senior class, popular, outgoing, smart, and hiding a secret from his classmates. A secret called Cystic Fibrosis. Jamie is the not quite so popular and introverted sophomore with her own struggles and secrets, depression.
After meeting in the hospital, these two form an unlikely friendship. That friendship begins to develop into more as David and Jamie realize they have finally found someone they can be completely themselves with. I loved this book, and any fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Five Feet Apart will love this novel as well.
After her relationship falls apart, Jess decides it's time to finally follow her dreams, even if that means leaving her grandmother behind. She moves to London and into her new home, with four complete strangers, to begin her new life. Before leaving for her Christmas vacation, she forms an undeniable connection with her floor mate, Alex, or so she thinks. Jess comes back just to find out that Alex has begun a relationship with one of the other house mates. I loved this book because it was a lighthearted, laughable, and realistic novel that I think many can relate to.
Where To Go When is the perfect book for all who love to travel and experience nature at it's finest. This book not only includes beautiful places to travel, but it also provides the perfect time of year to visit. Set up by months, January- December, this book makes it easy to plan current trips and future ones. This book also includes unmissable sights and tips for planning your trips. The photos are absolutely breathtaking and left me wishing I could see all of these places with my own eyes.
I can honestly say I have never read a book more deserving of the title “bestseller” than Where the Crawdads Sing. I was left hanging on to every word. Kya, or as she’s referred to by the townspeople, Marsh Girl, has lived on her own from a tender age. Left to fend for herself, she has gained expansive knowledge of the Marsh she calls home. After a whole life of solitude, Kya is ready for a deeper connection. Suddenly in a love triangle no one expected, one of her love interests is found dead, and she’s on trial for his murder. Beautifully written with just the right amount of detail, Where the Crawdads Sing is a must read.
If you're as interested in diving head first into the mind of a serial killer as I am, this is definitely the novel for you. The first in a series of three, The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker starts out with a man jumping in front of a bus. The circumstances only get more strange when the man confesses in a diary that he is the infamous Fourth Monkey Killer, and he's not finished yet. Detective Sam Porter is in a race against time to save the latest victim of the 4MK. This book is dark and twisted, and I was left anxiously waiting to turn every page.
The Handmaid's Tale is one of the best and scariest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This classic dystopian novel is set in the future where all women are considered objects under the control of men. Their number one job, for those women who can, is to have children. One of the questions I asked myself during this novel was, "What if this happened in real life?" Beautifully written, this Margaret Atwood novel is a must read for all, women and men.
Don't be fooled by the title - this book isn't as racy as it sounds. It's not about needing a Viking, in a literal sense. This poetry book is all about healing after heart break and discovering one's self worth. I Needed a Viking takes the reader into the mind of a woman searching for strength and light in herself instead of others. The "Viking" all people need to fight for them is already inside, and Alfa does an excellent job delivering this message throughout her poetry in this book.
The Sun Is Also a Star is a modern-day romance that follows the relationship of Natasha and Daniel. On Natasha’s last day in New York before her and her family get deported to Jamaica, she meets the hopelessly romantic Daniel, and her world gets turned upside down.
Besides being an inspiring romance, this book also sheds light on some controversial topics that can be related to today’s time. Overall, this was an amazing novel!
This book is set in the countryside of the English Moors. Dan lives alone in his barn where he constructs beautiful Celtic harps. Living this solitary life suits Dan perfectly, as he tends to get uncomfortable in most social situations. On the other hand, there is Ellie, the Exmoor Housewife who comes across Dan's barn during one of her walks in the woods. Ellie has everything she could ever ask for; the perfect loving husband, friends, and her poems. Yet, she can't help but feel like something is missing. Dan and Ellie form an unlikely friendship and Ellie realizes that Dan and his harps may be just the thing she has been missing. Ellie And The Harpmaker is one of my all-time favorite books, I could not put it down!
The Nickel Boys tells the story of Elwood, a black boy abandoned by his parents at a young age and raised by his grandmother. There is nothing Elwood loves more than reading, education, and Martin Luther King Jr. He by no means needs any reform. After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Elwood is sent to the abusive Nickel Reform School for boys.
The Nickel School is based on a real-life reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. This book sheds light on an intensely dark time in US history. While this book was very sad, Colson Whitehead did an incredible job showcasing how one person's strength and courage can inspire and affect others.
Ally Smith feels like she has the perfect life.
She was raised in a small town by her caring father after her mother got sick and died when Ally was young. At least that's what her father always told her.
Turns out, Ally has been missing for more than fifteen years…
I loved this book because it emphasizes the idea that even when life seems to be crashing down around you and all hope is lost, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.