This is the first book from Tara Sivec I’ve read, and it will not be the last. She is damn talented. Not only is this love story epic… she is freaking hilarious. I don’t think I have ever cackled so much reading a book in my life.
I loved the characters. Birdie is seriously the belle of the ball and she is so well written. Her inner dialogue is almost funnier than her actual dialogue. And Tess… oh my GOD. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a book character as a friend more. Palmer is fun and exciting, and charismatic as all get out. I love how this story unfolded. Love is messy, it’s complicated… and it’s hard. You definitely go through all the feelings with this book.
This is a delightfully charming, fast paced book. You will absolutely fall in love with Summersweet Island, and the characters who live there. The writing is so clever, there is so much wit and sass and charm. And the female characters are so damn delightful. This was an excellent choice.
There are some killer one liners in this book. Oh man. I had to take screen shots of some of my favs to post to my Instagram story because Tara is such a sassy, witty, clever writer. This was such a fun read. It was so refreshing to read such a positive, upbeat book. Even in tense, dramatic moments there were beautiful twists that just worked. If you are looking for a quick, easy to read book- this is it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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Trigger warning: this book contains graphic descriptions of smothering and concealment of dead bodies, including children.
This was heavy. And incredibly sad. I was fairly knowledgeable able this case, having followed it during the trial and watch documentaries about it. But reading the details of what Chris Watts did to him pregnant wife and daughters… wow. That man is a cold blooded monster. Nothing can be said to justify his actions.
This book was very well written, the details were handled with care and I feel as though everyone involved was given a fair and unbiased depiction.
My heart absolutely breaks for the families on both sides of this case. In situations like this… no one comes out okay. And this book definitely made that clear. Tragic and utterly heartbreaking, the story of Chris Watts, family annihilator, will make you sick to your stomach. Reading the details of this case will absolutely break your heart, make you angry, and leave you in complete disbelief… how can a father do the things this man did? How can a father murder his babies, with his own hands, and then go on camera pretending to plead for their safe return? Nothing within these pages is comforting. Nothing within the details of this case make sense or are justified. This is a devastating account of the tragedies that occurred. Read at your own will, this book is incredibly heavy.
John Glatt did an incredibly good job writing this book. He presented the facts of the case, and offered everyone involved a fair and unbiased opportunity to be seen and heard. It could not have been an easy task, writing this. Especially since so much of this case was so public. It was a hard book to read, but it was very well written and put together in a way that seems very factual. For the writing alone, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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Thank you, Beena, for sending me a copy of this novel. I appreciate your kindness, and generosity and your belief in my review. It has been a pleasure reading for you.
This book was really good. Much faster paced than the first book in the series. The character development was very well done. We get to see an entirely different side to Kabir, and he becomes so much more realistic in the construction of this novel.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the writing in this book over the last book. As much as I enjoyed Red… in this book she was so much more dynamic, and such a bold, empowered and functional character.
Beena writes the emotions associated with grief beautifully… and accurately. The things Kabir thinks and feels, and does, as he works through his feelings is pretty intense. It was really lovely, albeit sad, to go back and get more detail about Kabir’s past, and have him actually share the stories of his high school bullying. Beena brought such pain, and such a depth to the subject of bullying and the effects it can leave on a person. Even years later.
This book didn’t delve into drinking, but the emphasis on addiction was still there. This time it was primarily on sex and closure. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Red’s persona in this book- no spoilers- but I actually loved what she brought to this story. She completed the arc of Kabir’s past, and the things holding him back. Now that he has his closure on all levels of his life, he is able to move forward. To a brighter, happier, new life.
I loved the cultural influences throughout this story, the wedding details were my favorite. I also love the strong women Beena writes. The fact that (minor spoiler) a strong female ends up being the attending surgeon for Kabir was pleasantly refreshing. The growth the character take in this book is pretty fantastic. Their journey is so much bolder and more realistic this time. And I very much enjoyed Kabir’s story.
The writing, continuity, formatting and editing were so much better in this novel. You can definitely see the improvement Beena has made. She is clearly getting more comfortable with herself as a writer, and that is really showing through. I am really proud of her growth as a writer in this book. I have no doubts she will only get better as she continues creating.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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Holy hell in a hand-basket. This book is insane. Vivid details, exquisite storytelling and a twist that will leave you stunned and speechless. I highly recommend reading this book with a friend, because I guarantee you are going to need to discuss this book and THE TWIST. This book proves that money doesn’t buy happiness, old wounds can be ripped open and the truth is ugly. Don’t plan on getting any sleep… cause you will not be able to put this book down. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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This is a beautiful, completely unprecedented, unexpected love story. This book is about love, acceptance, growing, forgiveness, revenge and protecting the ones you love- no matter what. This book starts out very calmly, very swiftly, and builds into such a dynamic story of survival. This was such a quick and easy read… and you will not believe the ending. Buckle up and prepare yourself for an incredible ride. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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This is an emotional roller coaster. Such a beautifully written, tragedy with a happy ending… and you will never see it coming. A charming story that has so many heartbreaking moments, and several twists that completely leave you speechless… you can’t read this one fast enough. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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This book was fast paced and intense. You will be hooked from the first page, and you will not be able to put this book down. It is an intense story about how dangerous secrets can be… and how easily mistakes are made. The emotions inside this book will rip you in two, and you will not be able to stop yourself from finding the truth… no matter what the cost may be. Gregg Olsen is taking not prisoners with this novel… and he is a master at creating terrifying moments. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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This is a wild ride! And you will definitely not figure this one out until it wacks you in the face. This is very intense, very fast paced, and has more twists and turns than a twisty straw. Gregg Olsen is such a vivid, brilliant writer and he brings this to life with the words leaping off the page. This book is so dark, so intense and so twisted. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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Holy. Buckets. This book- wow. This book is a whirlwind from page one. What starts out as a very sweet romance… turns very dark very quick. The writing is fantastic, the twist is so well done and you will not be able to put this book down. You will have so many feelings. You will be on the edge of your seat, until you get blown back. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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I read this book sometime in June.
I loved this novel. The story is so dynamic and unique. The range of emotions is vast, and the writing is beautiful. This is a story about forgiveness, love, family and truth. This is a story that shows you that a soul mate does not have to be a romantic partner. Sometimes a soul mate is a best friend, a sister. And sometimes taking a big risk is worth it. I give this book four out of five stars.
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