Eventide: Sinister Secrets and Sisterhood

Review: Eventide by Sarah Goodman

It’s that spooky time of year and there’s nothing better than cozying up with an eerie ghost story. I tend not to read a lot of scary books but the story of this one grabbed my attention! Tor Teen was kind enough to send me a copy of Sarah Goodman’s debut novel, Eventide! I’ve been loving YA novels lately and this one sounded perfect for the Halloween season. Just take a look at that gorgeously haunting cover! I expected this to be an interesting story but I did not expect to fall in love with it as much as I did. I wish the story could have gone on for another 300 pages, at least! I connected to the main character so much, and I love layered family mysteries.

Eventide takes us to Wheeler, Arkansas in 1907.  Verity and her younger sister, Lilah, have been sent by train from New York after the death of their mother and their father’s descent into madness. The local schoolteacher adopts Lilah quickly, but Verity is forced to move in with a different family as a farmhand to try to stay close to her sister.  Verity quickly gets the sense things are not normal in Wheeler. Aside from the locals’ superstitions, the woods prove to be an eerie place, especially the old well deep into the forest. Verity has a frightening experience cutting through the woods only to be surrounded by fog and an unbearable chill. And is her mind playing tricks on her, or did she spot a figure in the woods that’s not really there? As she tries to understand the mysteries of this small town, she begins to uncover her own parents’ sinister past connections to Wheeler.

This book was such a surprise to me. I usually stay away from haunting novels but I truly loved this book. It’s such a wonderful YA novel for anyone that loves a mysterious story. It was so festive to read close to Halloween but would be great year-round. There were so many layers to this mystery. At times, it felt like a loving story of sisterhood while other times, it made me feel downright spooked!

One major theme of this novel is that of sisterhood and family. I related a lot to Verity’s character in a few ways. I also have a younger sister. We lost our mom too, although it was when we were in our early twenties. But Verity and I both share the desire to protect our younger sisters from anything we can. When you lose a parent, you cling to your sibling because while others can empathize, no one understands what you’re going through like your sibling can. The themes of family and self-sacrifice really resonated with me. I also loved the mysterious nature of the novel. It felt like I uncovered a new layer to the mystery with every chapter. I was constantly questioning the other characters, which makes for a great, fast-paced read.

I can’t recommend Eventide enough, especially at this time of year: spooky season! With this being Sarah Goodman’s debut novel, I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

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In a Holidaze: Take the Leap of Faith

Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

I know that it’s only October, but for me, that is the start of the coziest time of the year. That also means that it’s officially time to bust out all the holiday things that make me happiest. Fall is my favorite season and I love Christmas so much. I try to start getting excited and celebrating as early as I can so that I enjoy the season as much as possible. I knew I wanted to pick up some new Christmas-y books this year to cozy up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and some candles burning. When I found out that the author duo Christina Lauren had one coming out this year, I knew I had to get my hands on it! Thank you so much to Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced review copy!

In a Holidaze is set in a cozy, snowy cabin in Utah. Maelyn Jones’ family along with her parents’ college best friends and their families come together every Christmas to stay at the cabin and celebrate the magical season. This is Mae’s favorite place to be, but this year, things just don’t feel the same. She’s had to move back in with her mom and hates her job. She wakes up the morning after Christmas, filled with regret after drunkenly kissing one of her childhood friends, Theo. But for as long as she can remember, she’s had feelings for Theo’s older brother Andrew. Not only that, but she finds out that their parents want to sell the beloved cabin. She leaves her favorite week of the year behind downright miserable. As her family drives away, she makes a silent plea to the universe: “Please. Show me what will make me happy.” Almost immediately, their car is hit in a horrible accident. She wakes up on a plane on December 20th all over again on her way to Utah. She has to live the week all over again.

I had a feeling I would enjoy this Christmas story, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did! It is the coziest book I’ve read all year. It gave me that warm, magical Christmas feeling that I long for all year long. Like Mae, I love and long for tradition, especially family Christmas traditions. I don’t know if I’ll get that this year but it was so lovely to escape our present-day reality into this beautiful book. I loved the depiction of the love story in this as well.

But my favorite part was the lesson in learning to trust yourself and take chances. This is something I’ve been pondering in my own life. My relationship ended and I immediately had a hard time. But as time has gone on over the last several months, I’ve seen what a blessing it ended up being. I’ve progressed in my career, bought a home, and have started living my life for myself. Sometimes, we need life to give us a bit of a push to trust ourselves and take that leap of faith into the things we’re the most scared of.

I can’t recommend this one enough! A lot of us are looking for fun, festive Christmas books and this one should be at the top of your list this year! I’ve heard so many people rave about Christina Lauren books and now I totally understand why! Please let me know which are you favorites because I definitely need to read more! Thank you again to Gallery Books for sending this my way!

Click HERE to pre-order In a Holidaze from Harriett’s Bookshop in Philidelphia, PA!

Anxious People: Who Knows the Truth?

Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Since becoming a book blogger and “bookstagrammer”, one author that I keep hearing about from fellow readers is Fredrik Backman. I have heard how beloved his books are and how amazing his writing is. One book that people keep recommending to me is A Man Called Ove, so I picked up a used copy from a local bookstore. And as many of you Backman fans know, he released his newest novel, Anxious People, on September 8th with Atria Books! They were kind enough to send me an advanced readers copy for review a few months ago, and I recently finished this highly anticipated novel.

Anxious People is about a bank robbery. Well, not really. It’s about a hostage situation. But also not really. As we learn about the backstory of the “bank robber” and what led to the events of the present day story, we learn about the connections of the eight strangers who find themselves taken hostage (but not really) and how they attempt to get out of their predicament. Through moments of heartache, comedy, and true human connection, we learn that others can help us discover profound truths about ourselves.

This novel was such a fun surprise for me and was not at all what I expected. I’d heard about the relatability of Backman’s writing and the way that he gets to the heart of real experiences and truths that we all go through, but I had no idea how truly beautiful it would be to experience it for myself. Backman discusses the traumas that the characters have faced and how it leads to the events of the present day, while still maintaining some whit about it all.

The structure of the novel really played with the sense of time. It bounced around quite a bit to various points in time and to so many different character focuses. It made the entire book a slow reveal. This kept me guessing and on my toes the entire time. I love novels like this that are not told in a chronological order, but slowly reveal the important pieces of truth throughout. The topic of human connection really affected me, especially during this time where we aren’t able to connect with others the way that we used to. 

I now fully understand why so many people are fans of Backman’s work and I now consider myself a proud member of that club! I can’t wait to get to A Man Called Ove now, and I would love to hear what your favorite Fredrick Backman books are so I can find them next! I highly recommend Anxious People, especially right now. 

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The Girl from Widow Hills: Can We Really Escape Our Past?

Review: The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

One genre that I don’t read nearly enough of is psychological thrillers. It’s not something I typically gravitate towards but once I pick one up, I cannot put it down! So, I was very excited to see Megan Miranda’s newest release land in my mail. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending over this ARC of The Girl from Widow Hills for review. This book solidified for me that I am definitely a fan of thrillers! I am definitely going to be checking out her other books after finishing this one; it was a wild ride!

Twenty years ago, Arden Maynor was swept up in a rainstorm while sleepwalking one night at only six years old. Everyone from the town of Widow Hills formed a search party and sought out to bring her home safely. She was later discovered hanging onto a storm drain, miraculously alive. The story of “the girl from Widow Hills” blew up as word spread. Arden’s mother wrote a book and the public attention poured in, as did letters and obsessive creeps who wanted to know more. And every year, on the anniversary, the interest and attention would spike again. Once Arden was old enough, she left town and changed her name, attempting to leave her past behind her. Now living as Olivia Meyer in another state, she has rebuilt her life with a great job, her own house, and her future before her. As the twentieth anniversary approaches, paranoia begins to set in as Olivia senses that someone is watching her. She has begun to sleepwalk again, and one night wakes up standing outside her home in front of a dead man, who looks strangely familiar. Can she ever really escape her past?

This book was such an intense ride. As I was reading, I really felt the main character’s sense of fear settle in. There were so many twists and turns to this story, that I really never had any idea what might happen next. I finally stopped making predictions, which is the sign of a great thriller for me. I love how realistic this novel felt, with Olivia going about her normal day to day life, and then just noticing how little things were just off. I also loved that it explored the aftermath of what these missing child cases turn into for the victims once they’ve grown up. As a society, we get fascinated by these stories and make movies and documentaries out of them and watch them for entertainment, but we don’t think about what life is like if you’ve survived a situation like that. The attention can be overwhelming and even dangerous, as demonstrated in this story.

If you’re a fan of thrillers you will love this one! And if you don’t typically read thrillers, this is a great one to start with! I for one will now be seeking out Megan Miranda’s other books after reading this one. I highly recommend it! Thank you again to my friends at Simon & Schuster for getting this one over to me for review!

Click HERE to order The Girl from Widow Hills from Chicago’s only Black woman owned bookstore, SemiColon!

Head Over Heels: When Life Flips You Upside Down, Spring into Action

Review: Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

I know I haven’t posted a review for you all in a long time. Some major life changes have happened over the last six weeks, mainly the ending of my two-year long relationship, so I’ve taken some time for myself to heal and reflect. I plan to write more on that later, but I wanted to be honest with you readers. After all, that’s the “life” half of Life Meets Literature.

On a more important topic: Black Lives Matter. Since the murder of George Floyd, I along with so many of you have been reading, listening, and sharing important information about the racial injustices that Black people face every day in America. I wanted to devote time to listening to voices that have been ignored and overlooked for far too long. More people are speaking out than ever before, but I want to be clear that the last three or so weeks cannot and will not be enough. We have to keep this momentum up and continue to fight racial injustice every day. We have to listen to the voices who experience this racism and do our best to be anti-racist. As Ibram X. Kendi reminds us, it’s not enough to just be not racist; we have to strive towards anti-racism every day. Personally, I have been ordering more books from Black authors and have only been supporting Black-owned bookstores this month. I’ve always strived to have a diverse and inclusive book collection, but after a recent audit of my shelves, I saw that I had not done enough. You will also notice that I will no longer be sharing Amazon affiliate links on this blog but will instead be linking you to various Black-owned bookstores for you to order books that I review. I have ended partnerships and subscriptions with companies that have not done well enough for their Black influencers, authors, and customers. I have made several donations to organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative. A friend and I have teamed up to kick off an Anti-Racist Book Club next month, where we will be discussing books on the topic. Those will also be written about here so that we may continue the conversation. I’ve also been trying to share as many helpful resources as I can find over on my Instagram stories, which I’ve saved in my “Black Lives Matter” highlight for you to find. I have had those tough conversations with friends and family about why saying “all lives matter” is so dismissive, damaging, and disrespectful. No matter what our positions in life are, there is so much that each of us can do to help. I hope you are also committed to this work, as it is not even nearly over. I plan to continue to listen, learn, and share as much as I can as we continue to fight racial injustice. And now, onto today’s review:

Thank you so much to the team at Atria Books for reaching out to me and inviting me to be a part of the Blogger Tour for Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein. It’s been a while since I’ve had so much fun reading a book. Reading the synopsis of Orenstein’s newest novel got me so excited. Gymnastics was the first sport I did as a child. I never did it competitively, but I loved my time in the sport. It is still my favorite sport to watch during the Olympics. When I saw that Head Over Heels is about a retired gymnast, I gravitated towards it instantly. I also appreciated that the author included a note to the reader in the beginning of the book. While the events of the book surround the lead up to and pursuit of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we all now know that they will not be happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are also well aware that countless gymnasts have spoken out about USA Gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar, who sexually abused so many young women over the years. This topic is also covered in the novel so if that is a triggering topic for you, proceed with caution. Hannah Orenstein invites us to “escape into a world in which the coronavirus pandemic does not happen, the [2020] Olympics go on as planned, and gymnasts deserving of justice chase their dreams.”

Avery Abrams had trained as a gymnast for her entire life to chase her dreams of being an Olympian. But at the 2012 Olympic Trials, she suffered an accident and injury that ended those dreams forever. Her best friend Jasmine, however, made the team and went on to be an Olympic champion and married their strict, emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri. After the end of her long-term relationship with football star, Tyler, Avery heads home to Massachusetts to figure out the next step in her life. During dinner one night with her parents, she receives a phone call from former fellow gymnast, Ryan, asking her to return to her old gym, Summit, to help train Hallie, a young 2020 Olympic hopeful. She returns to the world of gymnastics but is not prepared for the chemistry she discovers between herself and Ryan. When a scandal hits the gymnastics world, Avery must re-evaluate her place in this world.

One of my favorite themes that I took away from Head Over Heels is that of female friendship. Since elite gymnastics is such a highly competitive sport, I did not expect to learn so much about the friendship between gymnasts and the power of sticking together. On a personal level, I obviously related heavily to Avery’s breakup with her ex-boyfriend Tyler (insert big exaggerated eye roll at how close to home this hits). I’ve had to re-evaluate my own life and what my future looks like now that it will not look the way that I thought it would. I think so many of us can relate to having our world’s turned upside down in so many ways, especially right now. Avery’s story teaches us so much about using that to fuel us into our next life chapter, and I am so grateful to have discovered and read this book at this moment in my life.

Head Over Heels comes out this Tuesday June 23rd! Check out the link below to order your copy! Thank you again to the team at Atria Books for inviting to be a stop along this Blogger Tour!

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TW: sexual abuse discussed

The Grace Year: Female Magic

Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

One of my all-time favorite genres is dystopian fiction. I’ve always been drawn to dystopian/apocalyptic novels. I totally sound like a broken record, but my favorite book of all time is The Handmaid’s Tale and I am always on the hunt for similar books. A book that came out last year kept popping up as I was searching: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. I’ve seen a few different people describe the book as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games which is the fastest way to get me to buy a book. I bought this one back in November of 2019 and have put it on my monthly TBR list every single month but had yet to read it until last week! Other books that were soon to be released were taking priority for me. But with everything going on right now, a lot of book release dates have been pushed back so my reading calendar has opened up to allow time for some backlist titles I’ve been dying to get to. This one was right at the top of my list!

The Grace Year centers on the story of 16-year-old Tierney James living in Garner County. She is approaching her Veiling Day, when the 16-year-old girls find out who has been chosen to be married off. Once they find out, the veiled and unveiled girls are sent out to live in the woods for a full year in the Grace Year encampment. It is said that they come into a sort of magic at this age and must use and get rid of it all before being allowed to return to the county. It is known that they don’t all return alive, so the girls enter the woods fearful they may never return home or at the very least, will see and experience things beyond their worst imagination. Tierney longs for a life outside of the prescribed path of becoming a wife or being cast out to the outskirts or labor camps.

This is already my favorite book of 2020. I had a feeling that I would love it since it has been so raved about, but I didn’t know that I would love it this much. The pace of this book never let up, which I loved. I tore through this book in a few days because it was so fast paced. A lot like The Handmaid’s Tale, the descriptions of the physical experiences of the main character were so detailed and visceral that I felt the stress and fear right along side her. The major themes of this book are obviously gender roles and how young girls are brought up. Though our own society is not like that of the book in a literal sense, there are glaring overlaps. We too teach young girls how to act and to be jealous and competitive with one another. We are taught not to trust one another and are often pitted against each other.

The glimpses of female friendship and empowerment were my favorite sections of the book. The novel proved that this is how we challenge the dangerous patriarchal systems that confine and restrict us: by fighting for each other, rather than against one another. There are so many powerful lessons to be learned from The Grace Year about the beautiful yet difficult experience of being a woman. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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To Have and to Hoax: Mr., Mrs., & Miscommunication

Review: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Thank you to the team at Atria Books for sending me an advanced copy of To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters in exchange for an honest review. This adorable cover is honestly what caught my eye first, it’s beautiful! And after reading the synopsis, I knew I was interested! I don’t read a ton of romance novels and this one happens to be a historical rom-com, so it sounded like something outside of my normal reading material and like it would be a fun one!

To Have and to Hoax is a historical rom-com set in early 1800s England. Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley were married five years ago after meeting and falling madly in love. But for the last four years, the couple has been estranged after a fight that rocked their marriage to the core. When Violet receives word from her husband’s friend that he has been injured, she rushes to find him. Upon discovering that he is perfectly fine, she becomes enraged that he did not tell her himself. In an effort to get revenge on James, Violet comes up with a supposedly “brilliant” plan.

This was such a fun and unexpected read. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the prose was. There is something about getting lost in beautiful language. The actual plot of the novel is not super complicated but it was such a pleasurable read in the way that the writing style laid it all out. There was definitely a lot of humor and a little bit of steam throughout. I loved Violet’s character. She was sassy, spunky, a bit immature at times, and always questioned tradition and propriety. Sometimes these qualities got her into a bit of trouble or caused problems, but it was so fun to see someone like her navigate this world of Regency England with all it’s social customs and traditions.

I loved that the novel was told from both James and Violet’s perspectives so that we understood each of their motives and how two people who live in the same house that are married can see events so differently. It’s a great reminder to try to see things from someone else’s perspective, especially your partner. The lessons that I took from this novel are that conflicts often stem from a misunderstanding or from miscommunications. Many of us are at home with partners right now and disagreements or conflicts are bound to come up. I think this is a fun read with some great lessons for us. There were times when I was frustrated with the characters’ actions and there were times when it felt like it was taking me forever to read this for some reason. But overall, it was a fun escape from our current reality.

To Have and to Hoax published on April 7th and is available now!

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The Simple Wild: Are We Doomed to Repeat Our Parents’ Pasts?

Review: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Contemporary romance novels are books I don’t typically gravitate towards, but I’ve been open to reading some. One that has been making the rounds all over Bookstagram is K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild. I started seeing that beautiful cover everywhere and I had several followers recommend it to me. I mentioned the book to my sister and she got it for me for my birthday back in February. I was so excited to dive in. Once I picked it up, I just could not stop reading!

Calla Fletcher is a lifestyle blogger in Toronto that just got laid off from her day job. As she grapples with this life change, another even bigger development is on the horizon. She receives a call from Alaska about her father. When Calla was two years old, her mother took her from their home in Alaska to leave her dad and his life of flying planes to a more stable life that her mother craved in Toronto. Calla has not spoken to her father in twelve years. But the surprise phone call brings bad news: Calla’s dad Wren has been diagnosed with lung cancer. As reluctant as she was to speak to her father, she knows she needs to fly to see him; this could be her last chance. Life in Alaska couldn’t be farther from the life she knew in the city. A young pilot named Jonah that works for her father points out how out of place she is, but she continues to attempt to prove him wrong. As tensions rise between the two, Calla senses something else brewing beneath the surface with Jonah. Calla’s mother warned her of her past, telling her not to fall in love with a pilot. Will history repeat itself?

This was hands down, one of my favorite books of the year. K.A. Tucker has such an incredibly engrossing way of writing that just pulls you in. The story never lagged and just kept on going. Some books tend to dwell on parts of the story that don’t seem very important and can start to feel slow in some parts, but I never felt that with The Simple Wild. Scenes lasted the perfect amount of time to maintain my interest and keep me wondering what would happen next and I so appreciated that. I loved the complexity of the relationships and the character development that was so excellently illustrated throughout the novel.

Fans of contemporary romance will love this, and even if you aren’t, it may make a fan out of you like it did for me! I’m going to check out Tucker’s other work now, because I love her writing style. This did not feel like a formulaic romance novel; it truly felt like its own unique, realistic story. I was sad to see it end, so I immediately ordered the sequel, Wild at Heart. I finished that one last night and I’m so sad it’s over already! I wanted to stay in that world as long as possible; a sign of truly great writing. Let me know if you’re interested in a review of Wild at Heart! I would love to review it but I know that it would contain spoilers so the review would come with plenty of warnings! I related so strongly to so many of the themes in the second book and would love to write about them.

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Jo Dares to Be Different: On Embracing Your True Self

Review: Jo Dares to Be Different by Maria Angeles Rodriguez Vazquez

Thank you to Maria Angeles Rodriguez Vazquez, the author of Jo Dares to Be Different for sending me a copy of her book for review! As you may have noticed, I don’t typically review children’s or middle grade books, but when I read the synopsis, I knew this was one I wanted to check out! I’m the proud godmother of a smart, fierce 10-year-old girl and one thing that I’ve done since she was little is gift her books for Christmas, her birthday, or just because! I’m always on the hunt for great books for her and her sisters and brother. When Maria’s team approached me about reviewing Jo Dares to Be Different, I was so excited to find a new book that’s perfect for my goddaughter’s age!

Jo is a young girl who had to leave her parents to go live with a host family in a different country. She knew it was not safe to stay in her hometown so she had to be brave. She arrived at the home of her host family, a farm. As Jo began to meet other children in town, she became increasingly aware that she appeared very different from everyone else. Her hair was short, she wore bright, colorful clothes, and carved wooden shoes. With some help from some unlikely new friends on the farm, Jo learns courage and teaches others to embrace their differences.

This was such a sweet book with a beautiful, universal message of embracing your authentic self. Not only does Jo learn about herself, but she teaches incredible life lessons to those around her. This book has such an important message for kids especially, but for adults too. I recommend this for 9–12-year-olds, depending on their reading level. It’s about 145 pages long with some illustrations. For those of you parents who have kids in that age range who are home from school, this is a great book to order (link below) to keep your kids reading, learning, and engaged!

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The Roxy Letters: Oh My Goddess!

Review: The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry

Thank you to the team at Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of Mary Pauline Lowry’s hilarious new novel, The Roxy Letters! I saw this book floating around Instagram a bit and I knew I had to read it. I received this book awhile ago but was waiting to read it because I had so may ARCs to get through that were being released before The Roxy Letters. I was SO happy when the time finally came for me to crack open this book! It came with some cute gifts, one that was pretty risqué that gave me a good laugh (DM me for photos!).

The Roxy Letters is structured as a series of letters from our main character Roxy, to her ex-boyfriend who has recently become her roommate in order for her to afford her mortgage. Roxy works at Whole Foods (the original location) in Austin, Texas for a terrible manager in the deli. She’s a sometimes-vegan who is trying to revive her own love life. When Roxy finds out that Lulu Lemon is moving in to take over the previous location of a local business, she decides to do something about it. Throughout the novel, Roxy finds herself in several unfortunate situations that she hilariously navigates through, taking hit after hit that life throws her way.

I loved Roxy’s wit and sense of humor. The format definitely took some getting used to. When I first started the book, I didn’t think a book full of letters could be that sustainable but I grew to love it! I found her daily struggles of being a twenty-something trying to make it and be independent to be so relatable. I think many young women will connect with Roxy. I recommend this book for young women especially, and it is definitely for the mature reader as there is some adult content. I really enjoyed reading this book; it comes out on April 7th. You can pre-order using the link below!

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