Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Book Review {2018}

Hi Everyone! 

Something that I realized the other day is how much I base my own reading lists off of other bloggers' recommendations. Although keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me, one type of post that I want to continue to be consistent on, are book reviews. Because I love reading others opinions on the books that I read, I want to provide you all with the same valuable information. I read four books in January, all of which I highly recommend. 

My Story is written by Elizabeth Smart, a girl who was abducted from her home in 2002. She narrates what life was like for her during her abduction, and the horrors that she endured during that time. Elizabeth was held captive for nine months while being raped, starved, and threatened with her life. Her account of what she went through as a fourteen year old, is horrifying, disgusting and unbearably sad. 

I don't feel like giving this book a rating would be appropriate given the nature of what happened to her. I can say that this book was incredibly difficult to read, knowing that this is a true story of her life with her abductors. There were several moments where I would put this book down and simply cry over how painful this must have been for Elizabeth. 

Point of Retreat is the sequel to one of my favorite books from last year, Slammed. This book continues to follow Layken and Will and the nontraditional love story that brought them together. Will has someone sneak in from his past that might jeopardize everything that they have built together. If these two are truly meant to be together, their love will withstand all. 

I have yet to meet a Colleen Hoover book that I didn't love. This book was a great sequel to Slammed and kept me hooked until the end. I love the characters in this series so much and would definitely recommend them to be added to your book list.

4 out of 5 stars

The Break Down is about a young woman who passes a broken down car on the side of the road on a terribly rainy night. Cats fights an internal struggle to stop and help the woman in the car. She ultimately decided that she could be risking her safety by doing so, so she drives off and heads home. On the next morning, she find that the woman in the car has been murdered. Cass spends her time engrossed with the details of what happened that night, all while her friends and family think that she's losing it. 

This book was great! I first read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris and quickly added this new one to my list. These books are not sequels to each other but hold similar eerie and mysterious plot lines to them. In my opinion, The Break Down is much better than Behind Closed Doors. I've been on a mystery book kick recently, and this one did not disappoint.

4 out of 5 stars

Winter Solstice is the fourth book of the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand. Winter Solstice picks back up on the Quinn family and the lives that they have created for themselves over the years. Ava is dating a new guy, Patrick is getting back on his feet after his time in prison, Kevin and his family are planning their future, and best of all, Bart is finally home. The Quinn family reunites again for the holidays, but it's not for good reason.

I absolutely loved the Winter Street series books. All of these books are very light and charming reads. I would definitely recommend thesis books to you, but if I had any advice, it would be to wait until the holidays roll around. There was nothing better than cuddling up by the fireplace, and dreaming of winter in Nantucket.

That was it for January! I consider that a successful reading month, and hope that you add some of these to your reading lists as well!


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