Regretting You by Colleen Hoover | Book Review #1

Listen, before I even get into this review I want to apologize because I am already 3 weeks behind on all of my stuff. However, it is what it is and I’m just rolling with it at this point.

Title: Regretting You

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published by: Montlake Romance (Amazon)

Format: ebook

Pages: 365

Read from 10/12/2019 – 1/2/2020 *

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling authors of It Ends With Us comes a poignant novel about family , first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch hearts of both mothers and daughters. Morgan Grant and her sixteen year old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person whole can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara. While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and ClRz turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

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Review

I normally do not read romance at all, but I trusted my bookish ladies on Instagram and gave it a go. And Oh My Gosh I am so glad that I did. This book gave me all the feels!

What I mean by that is that I was actually feeling the emotions that Clara and Morgan were feeling. I was upset when terrible things happened and gleeful when excited new opportunities arose for them.

Regretting You did not make me cry, but there were times when my sorrow was so incredible that I had to walk away from the book and go find my boyfriend to be comforted because I could not imagine living in a world without the people that I loved the most.

That’s the thing about Colleen Hoover. She doesn’t write “normal” romance and I will say that time and time again. Her books are unlike any other romance book that I have ever read. I don’t just feel mushy and gushy but I feel sorrow, hurt, betrayal, and euphoria. Her writing is magnificent and if you haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book yet… well you need to. Trust me.

I absolutely recommended this book to romance lovers and haters alike.

I want to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with the ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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2020 Reading Goals

Hello my dear Friends! I can hardly believe that we just said goodbye to 2019 and welcomed in the new year and a new decade!

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions and that is what I am going to be sharing you with today.

I’m just going to go ahead and jump right into it!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

Iv’e been on Goodreads since high school and I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge. There is just something about the little progress bar and comparing how many books I’ve read to that of my Goodreads friends that just gets me reading. Nothing like some good friendly competition.

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This year I decided that I want to read 50 books.

Last year my goal was to read 35 books and I beat my goal and read 45 books!

I decided on 50 books because I wanted to give myself some wiggle room if I somehow become super busy or can’t read for a couple weeks. Basically I gave myself some room to let life happen. That’s important when you are setting new goals. Make sure they are actually obtainable even if life happens.

2. Review Every Book I Read

Well, well, well….this is where you my dear friends come in.

Since I am planning on reading 50 books this year and I want to review every book that I read that means that you will be getting at least 1 new book review from me a week!

I want you to hold me accountable. Go ahead and reach out to me on my Facebook page, DM me on Insta or whatever it is that you folks do and tell me that I suck and didn’t post a review that week. Well, maybe don’t tell me that I suck, but you get the picture.

You will be able to find my full reviews here, mini reviews on my instagram (@wine.tea._and_paper), and every month I will be doing a review video (or two) on my YouTube Channel (BookTube).

3. Read One Non-Fiction Book A Month

I was inspired by Non-Fiction November last year and decided that I need to read more of it in the new year!

So here I am, first month of January with no Non-Fiction read in sight…

So, If you lovely people have any recommendations leave them for me in the comments!

4. Read One Classic A Month

When I was in College I was reading Classics all the time. I was in several British literature classes and we read many many classics.

I feel empty now, being a college graduate and not reading these beloved books.

To fix this hole that has grown in my heart I will be reading one classic a month. Starting with one of my all time favorites, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

5. Get My NetGalley Rating to 80%

Currently my NetGalley rating is a sad and measly 18% and I have 34 titles that need reviewed…

Enough Said

6. Read Books that I Already Own/Book Buying Ban

This is probably going to be the hardest out of all of my goals which is why I saved it for last.

I have a lot of unread books both psychical and digital.

So, for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March) I will be on a book buying ban to force myself to read books that I already own.

At the end of March I will re-evaluate and see if I should continue my ban or not.

What are your reading goals this year? Let me know in the comments!

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The Furies by Katie Lowe | Book Review

Hey friends! I have to admit that I kind of fell off the rocker here in my bookish internet world. But, as I said to my followers on Instagram, I am trying to get better!

However, I did enjoy my break! It was nice to just reset my mindset and start over in a way!

With that being said I am bringing you a very overdue book review of the Furies by Katie Lowe.

Overdue in the sense that I finished the Furies over a month ago. Please forgive me, friends

The Furies by Katie Lowe

The Furies by Katie Lowe

Ebook edition: 357 Pages

Published October 8, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.15 Stars (1,482 ratings)

Synopsis:

This page-turning, harrowing debut is the story of a girl trying to fit in, whose obsessive new friends and desperation to belong leads her to places she’d never imagined…dark, dangerous, and possibly even violent.

“The Furies us a haunting tale of angry, young women, the fates they hold and the furies they possess. Katie Lowe steers her juggernaut through twists of madness, revenge and murder to a finish that resonates deeply. It still hasn’t left me.” – Peter Filardi, screenwriter of The Craft

In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead. She’s posed on a swing on her boarding school’s property, dressed in all white, with no known cause of death.Whispers and rumors swirl, with no answers. But there are a few who know what happened; there is one girl who will never forget. One year earlier: a new student, Violet, steps on the campus of Elm Hollow Academy, an all-girl’s boarding school on the outskirts of a sleepy coastal town. This is her fresh start, her chance to begin again in the wake of tragedy, leave her demons behind. Bright but a little strange, uncertain and desperate to fit in, she soon finds herself invited to an advanced study group, led by her alluring and mysterious art teachers Annabel. There, with three other girls – Alex, Grace, and Robin – the five of them delve into the school’s long buried grim history: of Greek and Celtic legends; of the school founder’s “academic” interest in the occult; of gruesome 17th century witch trials. Annabel does her best to convince the girls that her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, and that they are just history and mythology. But the more she tries to warn the girls off the topic, the more they are drawn to it, and the possibility that they can harness magic for themselves. Violet quickly finds herself wrapped up in this heady new world of lawless power – except she is needled by the disappearance of a former member of the group, one with whom Violet shares an uncanny resembles. As her friends’ actions take a turn for the darker and spiral out of control, she begins to wonder who she can trust, all the while becoming more deeply entangled. How far will these young girls go to protect on another…or destroy one another?

Rating: 3 stars
Review:

I had such high hopes for the Furies. Seriously this book had so many key terms that appealed to me.

– magic

– the occult

– witches

But, the whole thing just really fell flat for me. Violet, the main character, seemed to lack any real drive or characterization. She just kinda went with the flow and did anything to fit in to this new school. Including participating in murder??? Like hello?

Let me back up a bit. I am not here to bash this book, and clearly I did enjoy it a bit if I gave it 3 stars instead of 2.

I just feel that Katie Lowe could have done more with the story.

I wanted more magic. The synopsis talks about these girl harnessing this dangerous black magic but like….nothing really becomes of it? The deaths that we witness are not magically induced for the most part. They are “accidental” and just straight up murder.

If Katie comes out with a sequel, I will definitely read it in hopes that it expands upon some of my questions that the Furies left me with.

I need to know Annabel’s connection to everything, I definitely do not think that she is innocent in all of this.

I need to know more about the founder of the Academy and why that one teacher (I seriously forget his name already) was spending so much time researching the history of the school. There is no way that is just a coincidence.

I also just need to know more about Alex, Grace, and Robin. Seeing them through Violet’s eyes alone wasn’t enough.

I was left unsatisfied and needing more explanation for EVERYTHING.

Did you feel the same way? What did you end up rating The Furies?

* Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

You can purchase The Furies here

XOXO,

Shannon

Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie | Book Review

Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

My 30 book of 2019!! Which was my goal for the year 😄

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Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’ther best look.

Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…

To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood mystery—right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as—and even wackier than—she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was very unsure when I started reading Holly Banks Full of Angst because I don’t typically read contemporary with a splash of comedy.

I was also worried that I wouldn’t connect to the story because I’m not a mom and I don’t have a kindergartner.

BUT I LOVED IT!! And Holly is so relatable even to me, a 24-year-old hot mess.

Holly Banks is delightful and hilariously relatable! Holly just wants the best for her family and herself and I can appreciate that so so much.

Besides Holly, the other characters are extremely entertaining.

Mary-Margaret can be a lot to swallow when you begin reading. But, she found her own special place in my heart.

My favorite moments (that had me belly laughing):

• Cookie fight

• the scrapbooking fiasco

• school drop off OTD (outfit of the day)

Moments that made me sad:

• dead topiaries

• Plume’s fate

Nothing can compare to this book. I am so happy that I picked it up and was able to review it for Julie!

Holly Banks Full of Angst comes out December 1 BUT if you have Amazon Prime you can select it as your Amazon First Reads choice! Which I highly recommend 😉

Thank you to NetGalley and Julie Valerie for my review copy!! But, all opinions are my own!

Xoxo,

Shannon

Get to Know Me | Blogtober Day 11

Happy Friday Friends!!

I’m so proud of myself…I’ve posted a blog THREE days in a row. That is a new record.

Today’s blog is inspired by my Instagram Post.

I’m gonna share 5 bookish facts about me and 5 non-bookish facts!

At the end of this post if you wanna know anything else just put your question in the comments!

5 bookish facts about me!

1. My favorite series when I was younger were the Mary Kate and Ashley adventure books!

2. When I was in college I didn’t want to read at all. Not my required readings and not for pleasure. It’s almost like college took the fun away. 😂

3. I love reading fantasy, thrillers, ya romance, and memoirs!

4. I started my bookstagram in September 2018 – then I took a hiatus and now I’m back!!

5. On top of reading books and stories…I also like to write them!!

5 non-bookish facts about me!

1. I am a 5ft tall ginger

2. I am a fur mom to a spoiled cat named Lynx and a six month old pit bull puppy named Kai.

3. I have a bullet journal that is my life in a notebook.

4. I have a YouTube channel that I get really into sometimes.

5. I prefer to stay in bed with my fur babies and a glass of wine than go out!

What else do you want to know???

What are your plans this weekend?

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Reading Challenge Update | Blogtober day 10

Happy day 10 of Blogtober! As you can tell, I’m not doing so good 😂 but listen I’m trying and that’s all that matters.

Today I want to just talk about my yearly reading challenge and give a little update since we are in the last quarter of the year now!

My Goodreads reading challenge was to read 30 books this year and I’m currently at 29 books!!!

I’m so excited because it’s been YEARS since I’ve completed my reading challenge. This is a big deal to me y’all

So far for October I’ve finished two books and I’m currently reading 3 more 🤣 why do I do this?? Why can’t I just start one book and finish it and then move on to the next one. WHY?!?

But anyways…I do anticipate reading over 30 books for the year. Maybe I’ll hit 45. I think that would be nice. But we will see.

How close are you to hitting your reading goals? Or if you already hit your goals do you make a new one?

Xoxo

Shannon

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WWW Wednesday! | 10•9

Happy Wednesday, friends!

If you’re here you already know what’s going down so let’s jump right in!

What did I just finish reading?

I finished the Amazon Forward Collection on audio and I will be posting a review of all 6 books soon! It was really fun to read all of these.

I did a binge read of You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley for my Bookish Ladies Book Club on instagram. I am not okay y’all. This book crushed my soul. I was NOT ready. Review will hopefully be posted this weekend. But I’m so damn behind so who knows.

What am I currently reading?

What do I think I will read next?

What about you? Let me know in the comments!

Xoxo,

Shannon

WWW Wednesday • 10/2

Helloooo everyone!

It’s finally October! It’s fall! The leaves will be changing! It’s warm so I can still have iced coffee! It’s blogtober… (I have no idea what this really is, I’m just winging it)

But, I know you are here for WWW Wednesday so I will give you what you want 😉

As always the three Ws are…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

This weekly meme is hosted by the ever lovely Taking on a World of Words

Please feel free to leave your own WWW Wednesday link in the comments. I love seeing what everyone else is reading!

If you don’t have a blog feel free to just leave your responses in the comments ☺️

What are you currently reading?

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Thank you Bookish HQ and Razorbill for this Advanced Readers Copy!

I am on page 62 right now and I love it! I love the idea of half human and half mech people.

Also, why are the females and males split apart from one another and why are they at war?

I can’t wait to find out ☺️

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

I am currently reading this one on my Kindle Fire and only pick it up when I don’t have my copy of War Girls with me.

I’m reading You Were There Too for a binge buddy read and we are discussing it on October 7.

What did you recently finish reading?

Joyland by Stephen King

Another buddy read 😂

I read this as a buddy read for HBD Blog Fall Bingo – and we haven’t discussed it yet.

This was a re-read for me and I didn’t love it as much the second time 😅

What do I think I will read next?

The Whisper Man by Alex North

ANOTHER BUDDY READ!!

I am soooo excited to read this. Everyone is saying it’s a little spooky and I 👏🏻Am👏🏻Here👏🏻For👏🏻It

What about you?

Xoxo,

Shannon

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR (9•24)

This tag has jumped around from a few blogs and now lives over at That Artsy Reader Girl

Basically, she will give us a prompt and then we have to find 10 (or less) things that fall into that category.

This weeks is pretty easy.

If you are playing along don’t forget to hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and drop your link as well as check out what others are reading!


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

Buy The Silent Patient on Amazon

The Whisper Man by Alex North

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

Buy the Whisper Man on Amazon!

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Chateau Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorciere Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

Available October 1, Pre-Order here!

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

Buy the Chestnut Man on Amazon!

The War Girls

War Girls does not come out until October, but I am sooo stokes! Thank you Razorbill for the Advanced Reading Copy!

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.

Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.

Acclaimed author, Tochi Onyebuchi, has written an immersive, action-packed, deeply personal novel perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Marie Lu, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

Available October 15 – Pre-Order now!

WWW Wednesday 9/11

Welcome back to Another WWW Wednesday!

As always our wonderful host is Sam over at Taking on a World of Words

This is pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did you just finish reading?

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Click the pic for my review 😘

After the Flood takes place in the future after the Hundred Year Flood leaves most of the Earth covered in water. The story follows Myra as she tries to find her eldest daughter by navigating the new seas while still protecting her youngest.

What are you currently reading?

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I’m not going to give you a synopsis because I feel like everyone knows about this book 😂

I just got to Page 142 and I wish I could have kept reading! I feel like something new happens in every chapter and I am never bored with what is happening. I am LOVING this book.

What do I plan on reading next?

This is such a hard question for me because I am a mood reader and like to plan BIG TBR lists. Which, if you read my September tbr post you understand 😂

But, I would like to read…

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What are you currently reading? Let me know or post the link to your WWW Wednesday below!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

XO, Shannon