Book Review: Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is no stranger to playing with fire aka Hot Topics. Last year she graced us with a book about racism. She’s also written books about the Holocaust, School shootings, inappropriate student/teacher relationships, mercy killings. So I wasn’t too shocked to hear that her book for 2018 was going to center around an Abortion clinic.. Everyone knows the huge pro-life/pro-choice debate that continues to drive a wedge in our country and I was nervous even reading this book…but it’s Jodi Picoult and I don’t miss a new release from her.

Spark of Light starts out in the abortion clinic where a shooter has taken several people hostage. We follow several POVs as the drama unfolds and to make it even more challenging we go back an hour with each chapter. I thought that was an interesting way to structure a book but I think it really got you pulled in first and sympathizing with the hostages before even knowing their stories or why they were there so before you could decide if you liked them or agreed with them you were already on their side.

With this being such a hot topic, like I said I was very nervous to read this book. I’d tried to read a recent book by Joyce Carol Oates that related to an abortion clinic and the divided sides but in that book the pro-life people were all written as redneck, backwoods idiots and I couldn’t tolerate reading a book that was clearly biased and felt like the author was trying to force their beliefs on the reader. Jodi Picoult has this down to a science and everytime she writes about controversial topics she does it in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t feel like she’s forcing her beliefs on you and she shows both sides. You can tell even in the research that she does for her books that she’s spent an equal amount of time with both sides of the argument.

As great as I think this book was, there are some people I don’t think should read this. I think anyone with fertility issues or someone who’s had a miscarriage(s) that this book may trigger some pretty intense emotions. I mean it does anyway but due to some graphic scenes and just the nature of the story being centered around abortion I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone.

As much as I want to give this book five stars I’m going to have to give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (4.5 stars out of 5) just because like I said there were some hard to stomach very detailed scenes. It was still one of the best reads of the year and again Jodi Picoult has proven why she is a master author and I’m glad I put this book on hold five months ago when they announced the title so I got to read it as soon as it came out because there’s currently over 300 people on the waiting list.

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Book Review: Win For Love by Isabelle Peterson

Crystal Jameson has had a rough life. Her mom is an alcoholic, her brother is in prison, and well she never even knew who her dad was because her mom couldn’t remember. Her life is mostly just ran on autopilot after giving up her dreams to take care of her mother. One day all of her luck changes when she finds a ten dollar bill and decides to play the lottery. All of a sudden this girl from the trailer park is living it big up in Chicago and secretly dating one of the city’s most eligible bachelor’s. Crazy thing, neither one knows the truth about each other’s past and identity. What could go wrong??

So I know I’ve said I’m not a romance fan and here I am posting my second romance review in a row. I was intrigued by the synopsis of a small town girl winning the lottery and figured I’d give it a go. I was plesantly surprised by this book and there was even a major plot twist. Who knew romance books could have those?!?!

I think the part I really enjoyed about this book is that Crystal’s trailer park is set in a fictional town nearby where I grew up and it’s not too far off to have parents not give a crap about their kids and focus more on their vices. I could really relate to Crystal and her background. I’ve also never read a book that was set so close to my hometown so that was really exciting.

This book is getting a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 star review)

Where the Crawdads Sing – Emotional Turbulence (4.5 Stars)

The first time that I saw the title and cover of “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, I wanted to read it. I wanted to read it because it reminded me of New Orleans and in one visit earlier this year I fell in love with the city and culture. The location of the book was not in New Orleans but in the marshes of North Carolina where there was a legend of the “Marsh Girl”.

A mysterious death occurs in the marsh of one of the town’s most popular young man. The residents of Barkley Cove are quick to blame the “Marsh Girl”, Kya Clark. Kya Clark is nothing like what the town residents think she is. Her whole family has abandoned her and she has survived in the marshes alone for many years. The book goes back and forth between the current time of 1969 in which the death takes place and Kya’s life growing up.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” is Delia Owens debut fiction novel. I did not know what to expect going into the book but it was a very well written book that kept me intrigued with every turn of the page. This book was Kya’s story of strength and survival. The way how letting people in could leave you truly vulnerable and make you later think that everything went wrong because of yourself. Prejudices of the time period existed in this book but the girl who came from nothing and only ever went to school 1 day in her life made a life for herself. This book touched me on an emotional level.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars! It is definitely one I recommend as a top read of 2018.

Book Review: Accidental Hero by Nicole Snow

Goodreads Description

Accidentally engaged. Then he dared me to make it real.

It was one freaking kiss with a stranger.
I wasn’t looking for a hero the day Brent Eden charged into my life.
He saw a damsel in distress facing humiliation.
We played pretend. Swore I was his. Baited sweet chaos.
Blew apart everything.

My dating disaster? Gone.
Our kiss? Electric. Divine. Toe-curling.
His mistake? Oh, boy.
Dropping the ultimate F-bomb: fiancé.
Especially when my gossipy cousin tells the whole family.

Forget how he’s badass personified.
The ink. The leather. The abs. The smirk.
The lightning eyes and the growl I can’t resist.
Nothing changes the fact that he’s my favorite student’s father.
I’m risking it all for this charade. And I’m losing.

The closer we get, the deeper I fall.
The louder he vows to protect me.
The more we come undone.
Even my questions have questions.
What if I’m not the only one who needs saving?
What if our marriage mistake gets way too real?

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow – two hearts, one lie, and no mercy! Plus a damaged single dad who just can’t let his Not Fiancée go. Full length romance novel with everything Happily Ever Afters are made of.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely hate overly sexed up books. Especially the Fifty Shades books. I couldn’t even make it past the first book so I have no idea why I ever volunteered myself to review Accidental Hero….but hot damn I’m glad I did!!! Ok I actually do know why. That cover model was my wet dream come true!!

The main character, Izzy Derby, is a virginal pre School teacher that says “Fuck” a lot. So I felt like I could really connect with this character. Later it turns out she’s also a bad ass, which made her even more cool in my eyes. The relationship between her and Brent is beyond cute and very playful and I think I was about as sexually frustrated as the characters were with anticipation for them to finally just hook up.

Granted, this book was a bit out of my comfort zone, I really liked the storyline and the characters and it just seemed very real and authentic to me. I’d recommend it to friends as long as they were ok with sexual content.

I’m giving this gem a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 rating)

Thanks, Hidden Gem for my copy of this book to read and review.

Book Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads Description

The Vampire Diaries with faeries. Welcome to Rowan…

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

First, can we just talk about how gorgeous this cover is? I’m slightly disappointed that I only have the ebook and not a physical copy just because I love this cover so much.

Moving on to the good stuff!! Rose Petal Graves is the first book in The Lost Clan series and the fourth book is about to be released. The comparison to The Vampire Diaries is what instantly made me want to read this book. I felt the comparison was very accurate but the story line was very original in its own way. It had your typical storyline of the main character being a female that’s kind of homely and not so confident and then two guys fighting over her. One being a good guy and the other a bad guy. The Indian lore was really impressive and very intriguing. You can tell the author really did her research.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 out of 5)

I received a copy of this book through Hidden Gems and offered an honest review. Can’t wait to read this rest of this series.

Book Review: Marred by Tess Thompson

Release Date: Sept. 24, 2018 TODAY!!!

This is book four of Tess Thompson’s Cliffside Bay series and it centers around the characters Kyle and Violet. From what we know of these two, from previous books, they can’t stand each other. Kyle wants to build hotels and this and that but Violet sees it as him coming in and destroying the town with his big city living ideas. When Kyle gets the surprise of his life and finds out he’s a father of a newborn baby and the mother has passed away during childbirth his world has thrown for a loop. Who better to turn to for help then the local single mom, even if she hates his guts.

So I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Individually, I love the stories. When she brings all the characters together for dialogue and they refer to themselves as the dogs it drives me nuts. I also hate that it seems like a lot of reputation in the books. The same conversation is had between one character and three others all at separate times and that tends to make me start to lose interest but Tess Thompson is no rookie so just when you think you might have to put this book on the back burner she starts dropping plot bombs all over the place and the next thing I know I’ve read the last 50% of the book in one sitting. I also think I’m a little bitter towards romance right now due to some personal aspects of my life so I kinda scoff at love stories and maybe fake gag a little bit. This book did end with a loose end left wide open and I’m curious to see if we get closure on that so I already can’t wait til the next one.

The greatest thing about Tess and her series books is she doesn’t make her readers wait a whole year to get answers. She really throws herself into her work and generally pumps out a book every few months or so.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 out of 5 stars)

I received a copy of this book and chose to give an honest review.

Book Review!!! Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline.

When Christine and Marcus find out that they can’t have children on their own they decide to go through a sperm bank. At a time when they should celebrate that they are finally with child, Christine is shaken to the core when she sees a man that looks exactly like their donor on TV being arrested for multiple murders. Suddenly their happy celebration is turning into their worst nightmare and trying to figure out if he’s really their donor and if he’s really the killer could come between there marriage and ruin it for good.

I was very hesitant reading this book. I love Lisa Scottoline but I felt like this topic was too controversial for me and I just kept thinking “Ok so what if he is the donor and he’s a killer? As bad as they wanted a baby I would hope they wouldn’t just get an abortion.” Luckily, that is not what the major premise of the book is. It was a decent book but I don’t think it was anywhere near as good as I’m used to out of Lisa Scottoline. I didn’t feel like it was very believable and I felt the main character took some major risks that a normal person wouldn’t make. I doubt I’d really recommend this one over Lisa’s other books. I can’t be too disappointed with the book since I had a feeling prior to reading it that I wouldn’t like it.

I rated this ⭐⭐⭐ (3 out of 5 stars)