March TBR

 

The Bluffs by Kyle Perry – “When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of ‘the Hungry Man’ still haunts locals to this day. Now, authorities can determine that the teacher, Eliza Ellis, was knocked unconscious, so someone on the mountain was up to foul play. Jordan Murphy, the local dealer and father of missing student Jasmine, instantly becomes the prime suspect. But Detective Con Badenhorst knows that in a town this size – with corrupt cops, small-town politics, and a teenage YouTube sensation – everyone is hiding something, and bluffing is second nature. When a body is found, mauled, at the bottom of a cliff, suspicion turns to a wild animal – but that can’t explain why she was discovered barefoot, her shoes at the top of the cliff, laces neatly tied.”
 
Girl A by Abigail Dean – “Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.”
 
The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll – “Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. One of the most popular shows on American national television, its fiercely competitive cast of five self-made women are defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to reach the top by whatever means necessary. The Courtney sisters’ rivalry goes skin deep despite the blossoming business they have built together that helps disadvantaged women in Morocco. Harbouring bitter jealousies and dark secrets about their manufactured screen lives they’re joined by three other hyper-competitive women who all have their own agendas. And the latest season promises sparks to fly in the quest for even higher ratings. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show’s omnipotent producers. But even they don’t know that season 4 will end in murder…”
 
Into The Forest by Jean Hegland – “Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to re-examine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.”

Autumn Book Haul

 

Girl A by Abigail Dean – “Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.”
 
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – “In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism and infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night–trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges–as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.”
 
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier – “Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student-Instagram famous-and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him-and that was never part of the plan. Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (February)

 

Sweet Valley University #29 – One Last Kiss“Gin-Yung Suh is dying! A crushed Todd Wilkins is devastated by the news–especially since he’s been rekindling his love for Elizabeth Wakefield during Gin-Yung’s hour of need. Now he must take what little time he has to make it up to her–to fill her last days with laughter instead of tears. Tom Watts madly loves Elizabeth. But she’s too busy with Todd to notice. Tom’s determined to tell Elizabeth how he feels, how he’s sorry for all he’s done. It’s never too late for true love… is it? Undercover cop Nick Fox is hot on the trail of a dangerous felon… until feisty Jessica Wakefield gets involved and blows the whole case. Something’s got to change for Nick. He can’t be a cop and Jessica’s boyfriend at the same time. But can he live without her?”
 
Sweet Valley University #31 – The Truth About Ryan“Ryan Taylor has gone back to his dangerous old habits. Can Elizabeth Wakefield help him out before he’s kicked off the Sweet Valley lifeguard squad for good? Jessica Wakefield has sacrificed so much this summer. In order to lure Ben Mercer away from brainy Priya Rahman, she’s been hitting the books when she should have been hitting the beach. But how someone new is tempting Jessica… someone forbidden. Will Jessica give up her studies–and Ben–for a risky summer fling? Life with surfer Stu Kirkwood is pure bliss–that’s what Nina Harper thinks. But will a woman from his past make her think again?”
 
Sweet Valley University #32 – The Boys Of Summer“Jessica Wakefield finally has Ryan Taylor all to herself. He’s wild, daring, spontaneous–everything Jessica wants in a boyfriend. He’s also the guy who broke her sister’s heart. Elizabeth Wakefield’s summer can’t get any worse, now that Ryan has left her for Jessica. But Elizabeth knows Ryan is spinning out of control, and he could be putting Jessica in danger. Can Elizabeth ignore her jealousy long enough to save them both? Wendy Paloma wants to leave her superstar husband, Pedro, but her friend Winston Egbert knows they belong together. When Winston and Pedro team up to win Wendy back, is their plan too crazy to work… or just crazy enough?”

February TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #19 – Showdown“When Lila Fowler’s mysterious new boyfriend finally appears at her pool party, Jessica Wakefield is dazzled. Jack is handsome, sexy, and exciting — even more perfect than Lila described him. So Jessica wastes no time making sure he notices her, too. Unknown to Lila, Jack dates both girls — Jessica during the week and Lila on weekends. But the sight of Lila’s happy face on Monday mornings is more than Jessica can stand! Jessica’s twin sister, Elizabeth, warns her to drop Jack before she really gets hurt. But Jessica would rather get Lila out of the picture. Then Jack will be hers — all hers.”
 
Sweet Valley High #20 – Crash Landing!“George Warren has been looking forward to taking his girlfriend, Enid Rollins, as a passenger on his first licensed flight. Afterward he’s going to tell her something he’s known for a long time — he doesn’t love her anymore, and their relationship is over. Then he’ll be free to date Robin Wilson, the girl he does love. But as he and Enid are flying, George loses control of the plane and is forced to make a crash landing. Enid is seriously injured, and George is overcome with guilt. He can’t possibly break up with Enid now. But how long can he pretend to be in love with her and continue living a lie?”
 
Sweet Valley University #16 – The Other Woman“Jessica Wakefield is in love with the wrong man. Both she and her professor, Louis Miles, know that getting involved will only lead to heartbreak. But can they deny the force of their passion? Elizabeth Wakefield and Todd Wilkins are shaking up Sweet Valley University! They’ve discovered corruption in the administration that is more rampant than anything they could have imagined. But is blowing the lid off the scandal worth risking their lives? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman are living together! They’ve got a perfect apartment, perfect furniture, and the perfect relationship – until their families cut them off. Can Lila and Bruce live on nothing but love?”
 
Sweet Valley University #17 – Deadly Attraction“Jessica Wakefield is crushed. It turns out her new love, Professor Louis Miles, is married – and his wife is out for blood. Will Jessica’s bittersweet romance end in tragedy? Elizabeth Wakefield and Todd Wilkins are running out of time. If they can’t expose the conspiracy that’s tearing Sweet Valley University apart, they may not live to see another day. Winston Egbert in the army? Now that Winston’s been caught cheating, his father is teaching him a lesson – by sending him to boot camp! Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman defied their parents and moved in together. Now they’re sleeping under a leaky roof, on a sagging bed, with only roaches for company. Who ever said that poverty was romantic?”

January Wrap Up – Books

 

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – This book was an excellent way to start the reading year. Trent Dalton is able to write such charming and vivid characters, and the backdrop of Darwin in wartime was unlike anything I’d read before. This was a truly beautiful story, and I feel like the imagery of Molly Hook’s journey will stay with me for a long time.
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a light and refreshing read, a perfect choice for the aftermath of All Our Shimmering Skies. I love reading a romance where I feel like I might actually be attracted to the male character, it makes things a bit more interesting for me. This was a fun little romance, and was a page turner that warmed my heart.