The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A wonderful tale of the power of a woman’s mind and heart. The power of a woman’s mind and heart unfolds in this wonderful work of historical fiction. Vera is the daughter of Geman immigrants and has fallen head over heels for the Italian newspaper boy and her heart is torn between love and friendship as New York City begins to involve the hustle and bustle of Penn Station. Vera chases dreams that will secure a future for her daughter Alice, and later a grandaughter Libby. While chasing dreams, all three woman learn in life you, live, love, and lose, but only true love is constant and must be held onto. There were moments in this book when I cried and moments when I laughed, this is not a book I would normally read, but I was captured from page one. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with Kayla. All opinions are my own. Kayla and I met through #modernmrsdarcy Bookclub. We discussed doing a bible study together and we decided on Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Let me just say this book couldn’t have been presented at a better time and place than now. With all the inside struggles of a family when a parent becomes sick and other daily issues that normally seem minimal, tempers flare and words get said that you can’t take back. Remember just because it’s how you feel doesn’t mean this is the time to say so. Everyone wants to help and being the loudest doesn’t always work. Sometimes it’s not what you say it’s how you say it and when you say it that works for the best. Lehman walks through using words to wrap people in love even when telling them what they don’t want to hear works better than being angry or spouting it out loud in person or online all while tying it with scripture and helping you ask for help from the right person to get the words right in your heart before they spew from your mouth. She even uses examples from her personal conversations to set the tone of the chapter. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

It’s Always The Husband

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @purewowbookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell. Well I can’t even say I’m mad because it was a thrilling ride. Three girls, friends since college, hiding each other’s secrets, covering each other’s tracks until after 20 years one friend betrays another and all rules of friendship are lost. One friend found dead leads the entire town on a chase after everyone and everything associated with their past in suspicious circumstances. A roller coaster of a book that leaves you chasing suspect after suspect up until the very end. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Gemina

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. When my bestie said get these three books I was leery. Three books all over 500 pages. Very sketchy. The first one was awesome! Kady and Ezra take you on a space adventure like no other. So when I started book two it was interesting when I couldn’t find them right away. Oh but they are there and the story to get to them is action packed and very SchrΓΆdinger’s catish. So brush up on your Science Theories guys. Another amazing book can’t wait to get to the third one! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with @blackheartreads. All opinions are my own. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. This is a twisted love story told from his point of view. It’s different. It’s twisted and sweet and vengeful and the entire time I was reading I kept thinking this guy is twisted. Have I said twisted enough? It’s twisted!!!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I took less than 5 hours to read front to back because you won’t be able to put it down. You have to know what Verity and Mike do next or rather what Mike does to her next. A twisted love story. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I wanted to love this one. A long lost love story, angels, demons, and the war of Good vs. Evil. I felt this story has huge potential and the plot was very intriguing and I even want to pick up the next one to continue the story, but I didn’t love love it the way I thought I would. It wasn’t a bad story and it isn’t badly written it’s just something in between. Everyone has their own tastes and even though this story is one I will continue to read because now I have to know what happens, I must say this one isn’t just a pick up and recommend to anyone story. It takes a very dedicated reader to pick apart this story and understand it. Because of that 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I think the story has potential and it is a lovely story I just didn’t fall in love with it. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill

@kidlitexchange #partner 🎸 Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This middle grade book deals with very deep, very real issues like depression, dementia, and personal family matters that come with all of those things. Kate struggles with change as old friends grow away, while new ones plant seeds she never even thought would grow all while her Grammy tries to explain bow the magic of life works even when we think it fails us. The bonds made in this book are complicated but strong. And in the end family is family no matter what. This story is heart breaking and heart warming in all the right places. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman The Illuminae Files_01 I must say there is something intimidating when you buy not one but three 600 page books because someone else said they were good. My bestie @mycornerforbooksand said these three were her babies and I had to see what she meant so I bought them. I read the first one in two days. The whole book is based on reports obtained from Kady and the database system she was able to hack aboard a rescue ship in the year 2075. During her hacking she realizes what she has, what she’s lost, and how to rebuild a relationship she wasn’t sure she wanted. An amazing sci-fi read. Can’t wait to jump into book two soon! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Everless by Sara Holland

I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble to read with @halflostbutterflyreadalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Everless by Sara Holland. This book tore me up. In the beginning I was leary and mixed it with other books I was reading because I just couldn’t get caught up in the story but then after Chapter 11 I was hooked. So while this one takes some time to get going it is worth the reading. Traveling to the Kingdom of Sempura onto the Everless Estate where there is a wedding on the horizon of a prince to a princess and they need more servants to prepare for the wedding. Jules chooses to defy her father and goes to work at Everless. But soon she realizes everyone she thought she trusted and every new friend she makes aren’t who they appear to be and everything she thought she knew about herself and her past was all a bit untrue. At the age of 17 when you think you have your life all figured out it begins to unravel quicker than you can put all the pieces together. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Still Alice

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read. All opinions are my own.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Alice is a tenured professor at Harvard, a published author, she has three children and is on the brink of turning 50. Her life is amazing until things start getting misplaced and she begins to forget things she was supposed to do and even gets turned around finding her way home. Just when you think you have life figured out it throws a curve ball you never saw coming. The diagnosis she gets from her doctor is deniable by not only her family but herself until one day it isn’t. A heartwarming story with an ending you won’t be disappointed with. Genova has truly written 5 of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com