I just finished Susan Mallery’s A Million Little Things, and found it to be a very appropriate read over the Mother’s Day weekend. This story surrounds three women’s personal stories of grief, family, romance and difficult choices. The story starts off with Zoe who gets trapped in an attic and begins to think of the choices she made in her life, such as changing her career to satisfy someone she thought she loved. Zoe’s best friend, Jen, is struggling as a first-time mom hovering over her toddler son and constantly worrying that he hasn’t spoken a word yet. Finally, Jen’s mom and Zoe’s friend, Pam, cannot seem to move on from her late husband and rejects any idea of falling in love again. These women’s stories intertwine with each other’s as they all have a kind of relationship with one another. Because of these intertwined stories, I was never left wondering what was happening to any character at a particular time. Continue reading
Chasing River is a book I can see myself reading over and over again. In fact, I just finished reading it for the second time. It is the third installment in K.A Tucker’s “Burying Water” series, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if it’s the romance, or the danger, or the traveling, or the totally hot Irish guy, but this one had me hooked as soon as I started it. I love the fact that the story is told from multiple points of view, so that you are able to gain insight into both Amber AND River as characters-separately, and together. I love that the story takes place in Ireland, as it is one destination I would really like to visit. I found myself hanging on to every detail of every landmark or tourist attraction being described, and pictured seeing it for myself one day. I also really love the characters in this book. Each one had his/her place in the book, and it made sense for them to be there. One of the secondary characters (Ivy), is actually cast as the main character in the Fourth Installment “Surviving Ice.” All in all, I love it!! If you’re looking for a series with a storyline that’s not just romance based, give this one a shot. “Burying Water” is the first, and I promise it won’t disappoint. And once you get there, let me know how you feel about “Chasing River.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Enter the magical world of Caraval, where nothing is what it seems and magic is around every corner. Scarlett Dragna has been writing to Legend, the mysterious game master behind Caraval, since she was a little girl, hoping to receive an invitation to play the game and escape with her sister, Tella, from their abusive father. In order to leave their homeland without their father’s notice, Tella makes a deal with handsome sailor Julian to secure safe passage on his ship to Legend’s island. As the game begins, Scarlett soon discovers it is more than she bargained for. When Tella is kidnapped, Scarlett forms a tentative alliance with Julian to navigate the streets of Caraval, not knowing whom she can trust, and solve a number of clues in order to find Tella and win the game.
I had a major case of TEABS* when I finished this book. I just wanted to stay in Stephanie Garber’s fantasy world and find out what other surprises mastermind Legend has in store for his Caraval guests. Although I found Tella super annoying and sometimes got frustrated with Scarlett as well, I did enjoy the mysterious characters Julian and Legend. As I was reading the book I didn’t quite know what was real and what wasn’t, which made me want to rush through to the end. Recommended for fans of fantasy and romance.
*The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome