Still Lives by Maria Hummel

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Still Lives by Maria Hummel. A young editor working for a Los Angeles Art Museum finds herself sifting through the kidnapping of a new up and coming artist that goes missing the night of her opening gala. Kim Lord is about to become famous for depicting herself as a murder victim in her art and even worse stole Maggie’s boyfriend, Greg. Maggie is in over her head when her ex-boyfriend Greg trusts her with details she shouldn’t have access to and a private investigator begins popping up in unexpected places, Maggie runs through the suspects of Kim’s kidnapping until the pieces began flying at her faster than she can make them make sense. Soon she’s standing next to her closest friend and wondering if she’s ever going to survive the mess Greg trusted her with. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. Four Quadrants, Four Queens, all one nation until disaster strikes from somewhere deep. Keralie is absolutely sure she can find the information she needs to help save her Father which may save her family and with her new friend after escaping a criminal mastermind she is positive she can save the Queens. The Queens have their own secrets hidden inside the palace and the surviving Queens and their advisors to the quickly become prime suspects. Someone is responsible for the mess created and Keralie’s future depends on risking everything to get what she needs to save her Father. This one has it all: forbidden romance, betrayal, lies, truth, and family drama all wrapped up in its pages. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

City of Omens by Dan Werb

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 City of Omens by Dan Werb. This fact filled book begins with epidemiologist Dan Werb studying drug addiction and the spread of HIV in Tijuana but he quickly learns with the right questions asked he can find answers to a larger puzzle. Missing women, a lot of missing women. Drug overdoses, HIV transmission, environmental toxins killing women at an increasing rate. He is trained to track facts and sort data that leads to the deaths of the most vulnerable inhabitants from multiple cultures and walks of life. This research casts a new light on border policy, addiction, and human trafficking. This book does read like a documentary though and that’s where the story slows. However, it must be written that way to include all the data and facts and stories that lie within its pages. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

May 2019 Wrap Up

14 books. I also go to meet author Judith B. Pinkard and she was wonderful! We got our new puppy, Sasquatch and I hope in June he will sit still long enough that maybe we can include him in some photos. We also had a preschooler that graduated and registered for kindergarten next school year. What a busy month! I read The Mister by E L James, The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Guarded Dreams by L J Evans, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John, The Invited by Jennifer McMahon, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Broken Pieces by Judith B Pinkard, Falling For Fallon by S J Sylvis, and With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I normally strive for 20 books a month, didn’t quite get there this month but great thing is there is always next month! Do you strive for a number goal every month or do you just read without setting goals?

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. 17 year old Emoni Santiago lives in Philadelphia with her daughter and grandmother. Trying to finish high school and navigate life with friends and an ex boyfriend who is also the baby’s father she struggles. Money is short and what little she has she works so hard to hold onto, but her luck begins to change when the Charter School she goes to offers new electives and one is a culinary class. Emoni’s love for kitchen flavor begins to steer her in directions she never thought she would go. A great coming of age story with a plot and recipes that will keep you turning the page until the end! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

I purchased this book from a local thrift store to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Anna Kerrigan has adored the sea since she was a child. Ever since her father took her to visit the man Dexter that had a house by the sea. Years later her Father has disappeared and Anna works at The Brooklyn Naval Yard where she becomes a female diver. One evening out with friends she runs into Dexter again and she knows he is the key to finding her Father. The moments she dives into after meeting with Dexter to find her father she learns will be the murkiest waters she has ever seen. The majority of the book is set in New York during WWII when the soldiers were considered heroes and the women of the world were still trying to find their voices. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with Reading Butterflies Bookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. I need more of these books in my life! It was one of those that you can’t put down until you reach the last page and even when you do you feel like wait no I need more! Rachel Child’s has only ever wanted one thing, to find her father. Her mother held that secret over her head all of her life like a carrot on a string. Be a good girl graduate, be a good girl go to college etc. Then one day an accident and Rachel’s mom takes the identity of her father to the grave with her. No one knows anything about Rachel’s father. She hires a private detective, she finds her mother’s ob/gyn, she finds her mother’s old friends but no answers. She goes on to have a successful career and marries a very ambitious man, but after a few trips to Haiti she suffers a mental breakdown like no other and her world begins to spin out of control until someone from her past comes into her life and shakes her back to reality. Rachel then has to learn to battle with herself not only to survive but to protect everything she knows to be true from becoming a lie. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

April Reading Wrap Up

Wow April is over today and it’s less than a month from my kiddos being home for the summer! Yay!!!!!! I finished and reviewed 18 books in April and I am currently reading The Mister by E L James which I won’t get finished until tomorrow.

💐 My Family’s Survival by Aviva Gat

💐 The Wrong Guys by Tom Wells

💐 The Wicked King by Holly Black

💐 The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

💐 Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

💐 Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

💐 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

💐 The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

💐 P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

💐 Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

💐 Playing For Time by Fania Fenelon

💐 To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

💐 Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

💐 Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

💐 Chasing Ivy by S J Sylvis

💐 Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

💐 The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

💐 No Exit by Taylor Adams

On to May Reads! Hope everyone had a wonderful April!

No Exit by Taylor Adams

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟No Exit by Taylor Adams. This book is exactly why I do not stop at rest areas on State Highways! There is no other way to explain what happens in this twisty novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. Darby rushing home to see her mother because she was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer pulls into a rest area to avoid a blizzard and her world was turned upside down. All of the twists this book takes will make you think no rest areas EVER! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs. When we started this book I expected a mystery but it began with death and a letter from Isaac to his granddaughter Hazel. In the letter he left her clues to get to the next clue to deliver his life’s work to a man she needed a clue to find. Isaac Severy and his brothers and their children are all mathematical geniuses and Hazel has always felt like an outsider. The family dynamics of this book are astonishing. The love affairs, the mathematical problems, the clues, the migraines, the crime, the relationships, it felt like watching a soap opera on paper. I didn’t hate it I just didn’t love it. It truly is a novel in clues and every clue leads to another then to another. If that’s your kind of puzzle then this is your book. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com