My Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Hello! These are not in any particular order. There are also a ton of other books I’m excited for, but these are mostly books by authors I have read other books from—except for Kate Elizabeth Russell. These are authors I look for every year to see if they’re releasing anything new. I’m very patiently waiting for Celeste Ng to write another one.


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Publication date: 3/24

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication date: 4/21

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication date: 3/10

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Publication date: 1/7

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Publication date: 5/5

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Publication date: 7/7

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication date: 4/28

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Publication Date: 7/14

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Publication date: 3/10

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Publication date: 1/14

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Publication date: 3/24

A friend told me that Taylor Jenkins Reid has another one coming out, but Goodreads doesn’t have a release date for it. That’s why I didn’t include it. It’s called Malibu Burning if you wanted to go add it to your TBR.


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Blogmas Day 16: Favorite Authors

Happy BLOGMAS Day 16!

I never talk about who my favorite authors are. I don’t know if you have to read so many books from a certain author to consider it a favorite, but I don’t really want to follow the rules. These are the authors I have read book(s) from and loved. I will also link the Goodreads page to the book(s) that made me love these authors.

P.S: I apologize these posts have been so simple. I definitely expected more out of myself, but my internet has been out and I’ve been working. I get them written/scheduled when and if I can. I hope you all understand. There are 15 more posts to come, so I hope you all stay excited!

William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land

Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Evidence of the Affair

Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

The Unhoneymooners

Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had

Rachel Kadish

The Weight of Ink

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Riley Sager

Lock Every Door

Final Girls

Paula McLain

Love and Ruin

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

The Sea Prayer

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Honorable Mentions

A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants

Dig

Catherine Chung

The Tenth Muse

Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

Alex Dahl

The Boy at the Door


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ARC Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thank you to Dutton Books & Netgalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this in exchange for an honest review. 

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

384 pages

ISBN: 9781524745141

Publication date: July 2nd, 2019 by Dutton Books

Genre: Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazon | B&N | Goodreads 

Synopsis: 

Jules no longer has a job or a boyfriend. Her life consists of feeling like a burden while she stays on her friends’ couch. She finds an ad for an apartment sitter, and she goes for it. When she gets to the apartment it wasn’t what she expected. It was the Bartholomew, a very Gothic but high-class building that most people know about. She meets up with a woman who shows her around, and just when Jules thinks it’s a done deal, there are rules. Rules that don’t seem practical, but Jules takes the job anyway. Soon she finds out that this place isn’t what it seems. It has history that dates back a long time, and it’s not pretty.

Review: 

Characters | Surprisingly, Jules is my favorite character in this story. I don’t tend to like the main character of a book. She is quick on her feet, she is strong physically and emotionally, and she has a heart of gold. Her family’s past is very sad and depressing, but she doesn’t really learn that until later in the story. All I wanted to do was give her a hug. She was a well thought out character that I wanted to be friends with. The events and the people she dealt with in this novel are crazy. You can’t trust anyone, but you’re not sure why. You are following Jules on her terrifying journey in the Bartholomew.

Ingrid is another favorite of mine. I will admit that she was sketchy to me at first. I had an odd feeling that she was in on everything. It’s just because you don’t get to know her very well in the beginning, but she ends up being very helpful. She is also quick on her feet and strong. She goes through hell, but she makes it to the other side with Jules.

I hated Nick from the beginning. Don’t even get me started with him. He gave me bad vibes from the start. I’m not going to say anything else about him.

Story | I will admit that the story isn’t perfect. I did give it five stars, but it did drag a tiny bit in the middle. Nothing that made me want to stop reading. I couldn’t put it down. The story will get to you. You will get upset because you can’t figure out what the hell is going on. I did that in all three of his novels, but this one was intense for me. It gave you just enough information so that you couldn’t piece anything together. You were basically Jules the entire time. You learned information when she did.

I loved learning the history of the Bartholomew. It’s so interesting and I wish it were real. It has such a dark past, and it was used for things that it should not have been used for. It blew my mind when I figured out why this building was notorious. I never even thought the twist at the end could be a twist. It never crossed my mind once. It is so good! One of the best story lines for a thriller. I’ve never read anything like it. I’m very impressed.

Writing | It is a very similar style to the rest of his novels. It flops back and forth between present day and days prior. The present-day bits made me feel so uneasy. I hate anything horror or thriller that takes place in a hospital. You know it’s not going to pan out. I think his writing style worked the best for this novel. It gave it more of an ominous vibe. This is my favorite book from him. Sager developed the story well. The characters were some of the best, and odd characters I have ever read about. I loved everything about it.

Overall | Please, please, please go read this when it comes out. I want this book to become very well known. If you have never read Sager before you should probably read Final Girls first, and then jump to this one. If you have read this and loved it, you should pre-order it! Support the authors that you love.


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ARC Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Thank you to Netgalley and of course, Dutton Books, for letting me read this ARC for an honest review! 

The Last Time I Lied

By: Riley Sager

ISBN: 9781524743079 (Hardcover) I read the kindle version.

Publishing Date: July 3, 2018 by Dutton Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 3/5

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Goodreads Review


Synopsis:

When Emma Davis is thirteen, she is taken to a camp where all the rich parents take their kids and drop them off for the summer. It’s called, Camp Nightingale. She arrives late the first day and is shoved in a cabin with three other older girls. Their names are Vivian, Natalie and Allison. Vivian takes Emma “under her wing” and shows her all the ins and outs of the camp. One night they all play two truths and a lie, and the next morning Vivian, Natalie and Allison are missing. They were never found.

Fifteen years pass, and Emma is now a painter. While showing her artwork at a gallery, a familiar face shows up. Franny Harris-White, the owner of Camp Nightingale. She thinks that fifteen years has been long enough and she wants to open the camp back up. She tells Emma that it wouldn’t be the same without some of the old campers. The old campers could be instructors for the new kids. Emma agrees, only because she knows this is her only chance to figure out what happened to the three girls. She ends up bunking with three younger girls this time around, and things happen similar to what happened fifteen years prior. There are cameras, clues in diaries, insane asylums and a lot of mistrust and miscommunication. At some point Emma realizes that her hunt to solve the mystery has become deadly.


Writing Style:

I really enjoyed how the novel was written. There was conciseness while still keeping the mystery alive. The story is told in the present and in the past which kind of helped debunk all the myths and rumors as the story progressed. Sager definitely knows how to pull your leg. Sometimes it seems like Emma has solved everything, and then it just ends up crashing down all at once. This novel won’t blow your mind, but I think it would be a good mystery thriller to start out with. It’s very easy to read and it does keep the suspense.

Characters:

You don’t learn a lot about the majority of the characters in the novel. It mostly focuses on Emma and Vivian. Vivian is the pretty, popular, manipulative camper (that’s definitely the harmless way to describe her). Emma is very smart but very vulnerable. One has a ton of confidence and the other doesn’t, and therefore they “get along.” Again, not a ton of description or back story. You do learn some things about Vivian’s past and her family, but I will let you learn all of that when you read it. I would say that the story is more about the setting rather than the characters. Camp Nightingale itself played a huge role in solving the mystery.

Disclaimer: Emma does deal with her mental health as she gets older. Her paintings definitely let all of that shine through. I did find it quite interesting because I don’t read a lot of books where the person struggling with mental health turns to art. Besides Eliza from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. My dream while I was going through high school was to be some sort of artist. I also had my issues such as; staying home all the time, not coming out of my room, only have a few friends, having zero self-confidence. I turned to art like Emma did, and I could definitely relate.

Overall:

I think it’s worth a read whether it be just for fun or if you want a decent mystery. I definitely didn’t have it figured out by the end, but I had an idea. It does drag a little bit in the middle, but it gets better. The ending also leaves you hanging a little bit, which I hated but enjoyed at the same time. I enjoyed it enough to maybe try out Final Girls by Riley Sager. So, I recommend giving it a try!

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