Weekly Wrap Up (July 22nd through July 28th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Middleman

Grace and Fury

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Incubation (The Incubation Trilogy, #1)

Eye Bleach

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries (review here)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries #1

The Third Step (review here)

The Third Step

Immortals’ Requiem (review here)

Immortals' Requiem

Rough Ride – review here

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Believe Me – review here

Believe Me

Everytime You Go Away – review here

Every Time You Go Away

Dark Alpha’s Hunger (review coming August 7th, 2018)

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Rough & Ready (Lightning)

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

**No review for Eye Bleach

**No review for Incubation

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Everytime You Go Away by Beth Harbison

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: July 24th, 2018

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Trigger Warning: Anxiety, Death of a Spouse/Parent

Where you can find Every Time You Go Away: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book’s Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison’s most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past.

Willa has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her husband, Ben. She became an absent mother to her young son, Jamie, unable to comfort him while reeling from her own grief.

Now, years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market.

When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and the memories of her time with Ben are overwhelming. They met at this house and she sees him around every corner. Literally. Ben’s ghost keeps reappearing, trying to start conversations with Willa. And she can’t help talking back.

To protect her sanity, Willa enlists Jamie, her best friend Kristin, and Kristin’s daughter Kelsey to join her for one last summer at the beach. As they explore their old haunts, buried feelings come to the surface, Jamie and Kelsey rekindle their childhood friendship, and Willa searches for the chance to finally say goodbye to her husband and to reconnect with her son.

Every Time You Go Away is a heartfelt, emotional story about healing a tragic loss, letting go, and coming together as a family.

My review:

I am going to start this review out on a complaint. If you go on Goodreads, you will notice that there is a different blurb for the book. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the NetGalley page feature the one I used for the synopsis. I got confused about what I was reading because the blurbs were different. I went through a small “WTH” moment when I realized that. I came <this close> to emailing the publisher to clear up the confusion. I didn’t after reading several reviews that pointed out the same thing. At that point, I decided to use Amazon’s blurb because it matched with what I read on NetGalley’s page. I do not like being confused. And over something as simple as a blurb.

Not that is out of my system, let’s get to how I feel about the book. I liked Every Time You Go Away, even if it made me feel sad for about 90% of the book. I liked that the author shows that love transcends death. I liked that I was able to see Willa heal while fixing up the beach house. I liked that Ben was able to help with Willa’s healing. I liked that Jamie ended up being a normal teenager, once he got away from his possessive ex-girlfriend. This is a book that you need to read with a box of tissues nearby because you are going to cry. Trust me on this one.

There were parts of the book that I didn’t like. I didn’t like Roxie. She brought nothing to the book except stress for Jamie. She was a manipulator. Oddly, I didn’t like the real estate agent. She grated on my nerves. I know it was her job but she could have shown a little more tact and understanding of Willa’s situation. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.

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I thought Willa was a hot mess at the beginning of the book. She took no pleasure out of her life after Ben died. She existed. She shut herself from everyone, including her son. Her anxiety was out of control. I thought I was bad with having my kids check in. She so much worse. But I understood why she was like that. To have someone died so suddenly was traumatic. I loved seeing her gradual healing throughout this book. Being at the beach house was what she needed, even if it brought back memories of her and Ben.

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I liked the paranormal turn that the book took. While I thought that the book would have been fine as it, having Ben helping Willa get over him made the book even better. I did get some vibes from Ghost during the scenes when they interacted. Mainly the end of the book.

I liked the sub-storyline with Jamie and Kelsey. It was cute and mirrored Ben and Willa’s. I do wish that the author gave some closure to that storyline. I would have loved to see if they ended up together.

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Like I mentioned above, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending. I didn’t feel satisfied with it. I wanted more. I wanted to know what was going to happen to everyone. The book just ended. I get driven nuts by that.

What I liked about Every Time You Go Away:

A) Love transcends death

B) Ben helping Willa getting over his death

C) Jamie ends up as a normal teen after dumping his psycho girlfriend

What I disliked about Every Time You Go Away:

A) The confusion over the blurb

B) Roxie. I did not like her

C) The ending. Wasn’t a huge fan of that.

I would give Every Time You Go Away an Adult rating. There is no sex but there are sexual situations. There is very mild language. There is no violence. I would suggest that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are trigger warnings in Every Time You Go Away. They are the death of a parent/spouse and anxiety. If you are triggered by those, I suggest that you don’t read this book.

I would reread Every Time You Go Away. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank. St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Every Time You Go Away.

All opinions stated in this review of Every Time You Go Away are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Weekly Wrap Up (6-24-18 to 7-1-18)

Books I’ve Read

The Dream Daughter

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

Jilliand

Inconclusive Evidence

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Books I’ve Reviewed

The Sweetest Oblivion

The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)

Every Time You Go Away (review coming July 25th, 2018)

Every Time You Go Away

Broken Promise

Broken Promise (Sons of Broad #3)

Visionaries

Visionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)

Before and Again

Before and Again

One for the Rogue

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

Malevolent Sadness

Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller

NetGalley Haul

Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3)

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Email Requests

None

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday: June 6th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

What has been going on in my life:

The short version: It’s the last week of school for my older kids and Miss R had her last day on Friday. Saturday, Miss B, and BK went to Carowinds. There her band performed for judges. Kinda like an American Idol for middle school band, I guess. Sunday, I fell off my front porch and severely sprained my ankle. Put it this way, my ankle is still swollen and it’s Wednesday. It has put a damper on my plans this week. Can’t drive, can’t walk. Fun times. Thursday, I have Mr. Z’s award ceremony. Friday is the last day of school. But, Miss B starts summer school on Monday. Same time, the same place. So more waking up at 5:30. Yay…lol.

So, here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:

What I am currently reading:

 

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

LOVE IS THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF ALL

Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing romance—and no patience for Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of always honing in on her territory. . .annoyingly handsome though he may be. But when a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle’s offers of protection. Even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation. . .

Lisle was once amused by Gemma’s dedication to her work. But now that he understands how much he’s underestimated her—a woman whose beauty is matched only by her genius—Lisle is desperate to prove his respect…and prove himself worthy of her. But is he too late? A bitter rival, desperate to steal Gemma’s scientific findings, is still at-large. Can Lisle help uncover the culprit and keep her safe—forever, in his loving arms? 

I am not too sure about this book. While I like the era its set in, I am not liking the main characters. But, I am only a couple of chapters in, so we’ll see how I end up liking it.


What I finished reading:

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow’s Quest

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow's Quest

When twelve-year-old orphan Matthew injured his ankle on a school trip, little did he know that taking shelter in a cave would lead him to a strange land, drawn by a blinding light, where nothing was familiar. 
Taken in by a farming family, Matthew slowly adjusted to their peculiar ways and their strange customs and he set out on a quest to discover the truth of where he was and how he’d got there. 
As he struggled to understand the mysteries of this new land, Matthew had to face his fears and strive on through a journey of hope, danger and adventure and he finds an important sense of loyalty to the family that took him in. 
This would become a journey that would ultimately change his life….forever.

I actually really enjoyed this book. When I first checked out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, I almost didn’t accept the author’s request for review. But, I form my own opinions of books and I accepted the request. It was actually pretty good. My review will be coming up within the next couple of weeks, so be out on the lookout for it.


What I am reading next:

Not Her DaughterEvery Time You Go AwayVisionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense ThrillerTo Kill an Assassin: The Priors, Part 2

Not Her DaughterI was approached by the publisher to review this book. I can’t wait to read it.

Everytime You Go Away: Another book where I was approached by the publisher to review. And another book that I can’t wait to review. Looks good!!

Visionaries: This is a series that I have been reviewing. If y’all have a chance, check it out. It is fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!!

Malevolent Sadness: This was an author request review. While I am looking forward to reading it, I am on the fence because it is book 2. So, we’ll see how it is.

To Kill an Assassin, The Priors: Part 2: I have reviewed for this author before and his books are fantastic. Part 1 of this book was a wild ride. Again, another book that I can’t wait to review.

So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?