May TBR

 

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.”
 
The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – “When Ambrosia first arrives at prestigious college Wesleyan, she’s desperate to fit in. But Amb struggles to navigate the rules of this strange, elite world, filled with privileged ‘nice’ young women – until she meets the charismatic but troubled Sully, with whom she forms an obsessive friendship. Intoxicated by Sully’s charm and determined to impress her, Amb finds herself drawn deep into her new best friend’s dangerous manipulations. But if she wants to play Sully at her own game, Amb has no idea just how devastating the consequences will be…”
 
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – “Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs. Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding. Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated. Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.”
 
People Like Us by Dana Mele – “Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make… not something that happened.”

Dymocks Book Haul

 

Love Objects by Emily Maguire – “Nic is a forty-five-year-old trivia buff, amateur nail artist and fairy godmother to the neighbourhood’s stray cats. She’s also the owner of a decade’s worth of daily newspapers, enough clothes and shoes to fill Big W three times over and a pen collection which, if laid end-to-end, would probably circle her house twice. The person she’s closest to in the world is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for lunch every Sunday. One day Nic fails to show up. When Lena travels to her aunt’s house to see if Nic’s all right, she gets the shock of her life, and sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.”
 
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – “Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: ‘Why don’t you swallow broken glass.’ Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, just after a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.”
 
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – “Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The relentlessly deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line – until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity.”
 
The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – “When Ambrosia first arrives at prestigious college Wesleyan, she’s desperate to fit in. But Amb struggles to navigate the rules of this strange, elite world, filled with privileged ‘nice’ young women – until she meets the charismatic but troubled Sully, with whom she forms an obsessive friendship. Intoxicated by Sully’s charm and determined to impress her, Amb finds herself drawn deep into her new best friend’s dangerous manipulations. But if she wants to play Sully at her own game, Amb has no idea just how devastating the consequences will be…”

April TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High Super Edition #1 – Perfect Summer“It’s summer in Sweet Valley, and the Wakefield twins and their friends are taking a bike trip up the beautiful California coast. What could be more exciting than four weeks of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, and endless fun at every stop? But the dream of a perfect vacation soon fades. Elizabeth Wakefield is about to break up with her boyfriend, Todd, over another girl. Her twin, Jessica, chases after sexy Robbie October, who ignores her. Bruce Patman is mean to his cousin Roger, Lila Fowler holds a grudge against Ms. Dalton, and Ms. Dalton is barely speaking to Mr. Collins. Can this feuding group unite when an unexpected disaster threatens their lives?”
 
Sweet Valley High #23 – Say Goodbye“Elizabeth Wakefield’s heart is breaking; Todd Wilkins, her longtime boyfriend, is leaving Sweet Valley and moving to Vermont. Todd and she have only one week left. After that the only boy Elizabeth has ever loved will be gone – forever. Jessica, Elizabeth’s scheming twin, is ecstatic; she never liked Todd anyway. The moment Todd leaves, Jessica begins to hunt for a new boyfriend for Elizabeth. But when Jessica’s plot backfires, it threatens to destroy Elizabeth and Todd’s enduring love!”
 
Sweet Valley University #20 – Here Comes The Bride“Billie Winkler doesn’t know what’s gotten into Steven Wakefield. She thought he was ready to tie the knot, but now he’s busy quoting divorce statistics. Steven’s acting like a nervous wreck – not at all like the man she wants to marry. Steven Wakefield is not a happy groom. His fiancée, Billie, is downright moody, the Wakefield house has turned to chaos, the caterers have left town with the deposit, and the wedding rings are missing. Is it time to call the whole thing off? Jessica Wakefield is furious at her ex-husband, Mike McAllery. Just when she thinks he’s out of her life for good, Steven asks Mike to be best man at his wedding. But Jessica refuses to walk down the aisle with Mike again! What’s a poor bridesmaid to do?”
 
Sweet Valley University – Thriller Edition #5 – Running For Her Life“Elizabeth Wakefield’s journalism paper my cost her her life. She wrote up her theory that a young movie star’s suicide was actually a murder, and two days later her dorm room is trashed. Somebody doesn’t like Elizabeth’s theory. Somebody may even be willing to kill her for it. Jessica Wakefield is minding her own business in the campus coffeehouse when a bullet just misses her head. Suddenly she and her twin sister are running for their lives. Tom Watts, Elizabeth’s boyfriend, is frantic. His girlfriend has narrowly escaped campus with her life. Can he help her catch a murderer before the murderer catches her?”

March Wrap Up – Books

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – I was in desperate need of a palette cleanser after my reading slump in February, and this was an excellent way to kick start the month. This was a love-to hate-to love romance, which is apparently something I’m really into? News to me. But it was a lot of fun, an easy read and I managed to smash it out over the course of a weekend which kicked my reading vibes back into gear.
 
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – This was such a beautiful book. I know a book was special for me when I finish reading it and I can still remember the character names (lol, honestly the bare minimum), and I can still picture events in the book playing out in my mind. This book is still so vivid in my mind, it was elegant and magical and I know it will linger with me for a long time.
 
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – This romance contained all of my least favourite tropes, tropes I never even realised I hated until reading this book. It was an easy read, the romance was fine, but a few of the “twists” left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. A decent enough romance, but not for me.

Nostalgic Book Haul (April)

 

Sweet Valley University #35 – Undercover Angels“Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield have each been investigating the same murder at the Verona Springs Country Club. They’ve kept their undercover schemes a secret from each other… and their true identities a secret from the club. When their paths cross, will their looks be a dead giveaway? Scott Sinclair is madly in love with Elizabeth. He’ll do anything to take her far, far away from her lovesick ex-boyfriend, Tom Watts. But will Scott try to take her too far? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman have all the fun money can buy, including an exclusive membership at Verona Springs. But when the Wakefield twins hit the scene, will Lila and Bruce wind up exiled from the land of the young, rich, and fabulous?”
 
Sweet Valley University #38 – Good-Bye, Elizabeth“Elizabeth Wakefield is about to say hello to an exciting new school. But first she has to say good-bye to everything–and everyone–she loves. Good-bye to Nina Harper, her best friend. Good-bye to Todd Wilkins, the ex-boyfriend who’s stood by her through thick and thin. Good-bye to Tom Watts, the guy who broke her heart into a million pieces. But how can she say good-bye to her twin sister, Jessica?”
 
Sweet Valley University #39 – Elizabeth ♥ New York“When Elizabeth Wakefield wins a summer fellowship to produce her own play in New York City, no one is more surprised than she is. It’s an offer Elizabeth can’t refuse, even though she and Tom Watts vowed to spend the summer together. So Tom gives up his prestigious summer internship to be with her! Will Elizabeth have to give up something in return and make a sacrifice she’s not yet ready for? Jessica Wakefield is embarking on a wild, adventurous, and totally butt-kicking journey this summer to a training camp in Florida for her specialized security agents! Hand-to-hand combat, stunt driving, hot guys in uniform… this place has it all. Will she submerge herself in total excitement? Or will Jessica end up over her head in trouble?”