tl;dr Windfall (n): a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically involves a lot of money

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
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I guess this will be a quick take, as I sit here kind of drawing a blank on what to say….Windfall

Everyone likes to imagine what we would do if we won the lottery. Well Teddy, thanks to a birthday present from Alice, no longer has to imagine, as he’s just won $56 million (lump sum). He spends it in about the way you would expect an 18 year old to spend it. While Teddy struggles to remain/find himself in all this money, Alice can’t help but worry that her best friend, that she has been secretly in love with for 9 years, is going to disappear for good.

They are about to head to college and must decide where to go, or if they should even go at all. Teddy’s dad comes back trying to convince Teddy his bad habits are gone and he is here to stay, without needing to borrow any money. Alice misses her parents, and refuses to take any of the winning money as to keep her world from flipping on itself again.

It’s definitely a nice read that will leave you with your own daydreams of a windfall!

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tl;dr don’t miss it, feel better

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
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Almost Missed You

I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly dramatic or too mysterious about this story (not like my usual picks); finishing this story left me with a very warm feeling.

I think we have all been there at one point or another; being stuck in a relationship and not knowing how to get out. Not really knowing what the right thing is, let alone wanting to do it. So one day Finn just takes his son and leaves his wife in the middle of a vacation. Until this point, their life has been a fairy tale, and has quickly turned into Violet’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, Finn didn’t really plan this out, and winds up running to his best friend Caitlin, who is hiding her own secret that Finn threatens to expose. Continue reading

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tl;dr next time i’ll take the train

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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Into the WaterLet’s start with the fact that I may have over-hyped myself for this book after realizing it was the author of Girl on the Train. It didn’t necessarily let me know, but it definitely was not as good as I was hoping it would be. The story is about Nel, who kills herself jumping off a cliff where many women have been drowned. Her sister is forced to come out to take care of Nel’s teenage daughter while the local police attempt to solve the mystery of her death, or if there even is one, while other stories unravel.

The story is narrated by approximately 10 characters, which took me about 150 pages to get settled into and follow who is who and why. After that point, I think the story becomes easier to follow. Overall, I think this was a good read until the very last sentence – literally.

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Always & Forever <3

Always & Forever, Lara Jean (#3) by Jenny Hanfive-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

Oh…all of the feelings and heart eyes emojis for this always &amp; foreverbook!!! I read the first two books in this incredibly sweet duology by Jenny Han maybe two years ago? And I loved them!! Love love loved them!!! Then…when I learned that she was coming out with this third and last installment…I was BEYOND excited!! I knew I had to have it, so of course…it got pre-ordered and then I read this in nearly one sitting. Oh yeah…I loved it that much!

Now…there’s not a ton that I can share without spoiling the other two for you. This book follows Lara Jean in her senior year of high school…and that really is all I can tell you. I do highly recommend this trilogy!! If you are looking for a fun, sweet and heartwarming contemporary, this is 100% for you! I adore the way Jenny Han writes and I gobble it up like cotton candy. I also love that this is as much of a romantic read as it is a good read about family, sisters and finding yourself.

That’s really all I can say, so I am going to jump into the spoiler part of my review.

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[Quick Take] tl;dr well suited for a Halloween read

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
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As you already know, these are my favorite pallet cleansers. I love the premise of the series and even when the books are 600 pages, they are still a very quick read.

This one focuses on a killer that likes to dress up in full costumes and make up as he stalked New York’s elite couples and does unspeakable things to them on the set he creates in their bedroom.

Another well solved case by Eve!

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tl;dr I liked your life too

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
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This was such a lovely story. Madeline is thought to have been so unhappy with her life

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that she threw herself off the roof of a library, and left behind her teenage daughter, Eve, and her husband, Brady, to grieve and piece together what they had missed in her life that lead to such a tragic action.

In her grief, Eve realizes how much she took her mother for granted, and how much she never saw her as a person. Brady, on the other hand, blames himself for not being there enough, and not knowing what caused his wife such unhappiness.

Through the novel Madeline is caught in purgatory, able to silently communicate with Eve and Brady. Her goal before she finally ascends, which she does little by little, is to find someone to replace her to keep her family together. She also works on Eve and Brady’s relationship, realizing that without her they’re too lost to find even each other.

Overall, this was a well told story of grief, forgiveness, loss, and love. Madeline’s concern for her family is touching. Watching Eve and Brady cope and move on is so nice. I have never lost anyone that close to me, but I imagine this to be an accurate take on the process.

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Returning to the Shadowhunter World!!

Lady Midnight (#1) by Cassandra Clare
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Oh my goodness!!! I have been in the biggest reading slump lady midnightthis past month and of course, leave it to Cassandra Clare to pull me right out of that slump!! I can’t believe I’ve left this on my shelf for so long!! If you’ve read any of Cassandra Clare’s works, you’ll know just how entertaining her books are! So yes! All the yes to this book!! I didn’t think that I’d be so happy to jump back into this world, but this was a great jump back into this fun, action-packed and dramatic world!

In my opinion, this is definitely the best first book in a series that Cassandra Clare has written. This is the first book in a new trilogy in the Shadowhunter world called The Dark Artifaces. If you have not read the other two series, then you definitely need to stop reading this and go read those AND THEN come back to read this review. The second book, “Lord of Shadows”, is coming out at the end of the month, so I finally decided to pick this up to make sure that I’m caught up. And oh my, I am so glad that I did!!

Non-spoiler review: I clearly loved it!! It’s clear that Cassandra Clare’s writing has definitely gotten better by leaps and bounds!! This book is so character-driven, is so action-packed and is filled with so much more diversity. I loved it. I cannot wait for the second book to come out, so I can continue in this world. If you haven’t read this or the rest of her books, you definitely need to stop reading here 🙂 Go read them and come back!!

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