The Mister by E. L. James

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Mister by E. L. James. The book was good but I found it a little cliche. By cliche I mean rich guy falls in love with poor housekeeper (kind of like a Pretty Woman or Maid in Manhattan all over again) cliche. The story has a nice pace with a little bit of anxiety, a little bit of maybe not forever but for right now and hope for forever sort of feeling, and a whole lot of sex. It wasn’t Fifty Shades of Grey but it was still very sexy. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t swoon either. So……somewhere in the middle. 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.

πŸ’ My Family’s Survival by Aviva Gat

πŸ’ The Wrong Guys by Tom Wells

πŸ’ The Wicked King by Holly Black

πŸ’ The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

πŸ’ Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

πŸ’ Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

πŸ’ The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

πŸ’ P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

πŸ’ Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

πŸ’ Playing For Time by Fania Fenelon

πŸ’ To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

πŸ’ Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

πŸ’ Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

πŸ’ Chasing Ivy by S J Sylvis

πŸ’ Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

πŸ’ The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

πŸ’ 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 Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine. Amber was dealt a crappy hand in life but she sets her sights on the richest, most handsome man, Jackson Parrish. Jackson is married to wonderful Daphne and they live a luxurious life, but Amber is determined Jackson will belong to her and she will be the next Mrs. Parrish. She worms her way into their world and begins to plant herself in the place she wants to be most, hoping her past can be left in the past. This book was just edgy enough to keep you wanting more but once you reach Part 2 this book is absolutely unputdownable! You have to know more and after that is was an edge of the seat page turner that kept you looking for vengefulness from both women! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Chasing Ivy by S. J. Sylvis

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Chasing Ivy by S. J. Sylvis. A truly swoon-worthy fairytale read. A love story meant to happen. As teenagers they were best friends, Ivy and Dawson were the perfect couple to everyone but themselves, then one night tragedy happens and Ivy is sent away. Learning to handle life on her own until she is able to move back home. Suddenly moving back stirs up feelings she thought she had long since buried about Dawson. Six years is a long time to put behind you until it isn’t. Ivy and Dawson both begin to feel the pull they both tried so hard to put behind them and they understand that sometimes just being friends means so much more. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟to make monsters out of girls by Amanda Lovelace. There is something so raw and soul cleansing I feel after reading a “Lovelace” book. As long as she keeps writing I will keep buying and reading. Yes it may seem a typical, cliche break up story boy meets girl, girl falls in love, yada, yada, but the way she puts words on paper they drip with true hatred, unconditional love and then rebuilding. The words hit home in a way no words other can. They are so dark and deep you can’t help but feel new when you close the book. I am looking forward to reading To Drink Coffee With a Ghost this fall! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Playing For Time by Fania Fenelon

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Playing For Time by Fania Fenelon. In 1943, Fania Fenelon was a cabaret singer from Paris. She was a secret member of the Resistance and a new. She was captured by the Nazis and shipped to Auschwictz, then late sent to Bregen-Belsen. The 11 months in captivity she played with the orchestra. The orchestra was a privileged bunch of girls but in reality the horrible things that took place around them did not go unnoticed. The orchestra must continue or all of them would reach fate much sooner than they were ready for it. This book was a marvelous reality of bravery. The terrible things going on and The one thing that kept these women striving was their love for music. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, 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

The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson. In August of 1892 one of America’s most atrocious crimes happened in the Borden household in Fall River, Massachusetts. This book is a step by step retelling of the evidence of the murder, the interrogations, the trial, the verdict, and life after for Lizzie Borden. If you have formed your own opinions of what happened or have no clue about this story then this is the book that will allow you to form your own opinions of Lizzie. However, since I have been a huge fan of this story for a very, very long time I found a lot of what is in this book redundant information. I did however find an interesting fact of the tour of The Borden home now a Bed and Breakfast in Massachusetts and might need to plan a road trip to go see it! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Wrong Guys by Tom Wells and Richard A Leo

My husband purchased this book for me from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟The Wrong Guys by Tom Wells and Richard A. Leo. OH MY GOODNESS I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU HOW SCREWED UP THIS BOOK IS! One murder/rape victim is found by her husband in their apartment after he returns home from cruise. The neighbors, the cops, the husband, his family, no one had any clue what was going on but once Investigator Ford is handed the case 8 men will be arrested and all 8 will confess but thing is, only one of them could have done it only one DNA sample matched. So why were 5 of them convicted? Because there is no system that could have saved them. After hours of interrogation forced confessions kept 4 innocent people in prison for more than 7 years. This case is the biggest injustice of the judicial system I have ever seen. I can not believe this is impossible. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com