Book Reviews by Steph

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Hello you fine ladies and gents! I’m back today to tell you about my BotM book box I received on Friday for March! Thank you to whomever used my discount link in my earlier post about Book of the Month and earned me a free credit!

Shall we dive right in?

I haven’t heard much about “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X.R. Pan but I do know it’s YA and I’m also up for a good YA. Here’s the synopsis:

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

It promises to have great magic and fantasy with all the things that are involved with coming of age (grief, love, etc.). I’m glad this is on my TBR.

Then we have two books I’ve heard wonderful things about and I really, really can’t wait to read! The First one being:

“Lies She Told” by Cate Holahan


Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

I’m looking forward to the thought-provoking twists and turns of this story line! Welcome to my TBR Cate Holahan!

Second but not least is:

“Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker


From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

This story caught my attention because it’s about two sister and having a sister of my own I’m curious on how being a sister you could ever leave your own flesh and blood behind. This promises to be quiet the interesting, intriguing read.

Oh my gosh you all! This months books all just sound so amazing! For those of you that already receive Book of the month, what did you get? Does it look something like mine? And for those of you that don’t get it, here’s my referral link: Book of the Month

Happy reading you all and Blessed Sunday!






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