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Manoshgirl51

Manoshgirl51

Joined June 2017

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I don't know how I feel about this book/series so far. I love how the ghostwriter incorporated the original story into a fresh, new one. However, they seems to forget that chapters are an actual thing in a book. There were several times I found it hard to split up my reading, so I know others felt the same. There were also a lot of unneccessary things in the book that could have been taken out. We don't need to know what happens every single day.

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Garden of Shadows | Virginia C. Andrews
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I enjoyed this prequel a lot! It really answered a lot of questions I had while reading the other books and gave me an explanation as to why Olivia becomes a cold-hearted bitch. Malcolm is a terrible human being in general but the way he acts around women/people in his life disgusted me. I couldn't wait for Olivia to get the upper hand. Also, I loved the twist of Corinne and Christopher actually being half-siblings AND half uncle and half niece!

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Bart, Bart, Bart...not only is he bratty as a child in the third book, he is also bratty as an adult in book four. Besides that, I think I liked the third book more than the fourth one. It was a great sequence into the series and I also liked that it was told through both Bart and Jory's viewpoints. The fact that the fourth book ends in Cathy's decision to just die in the attic really disappointed me. It made her look really weak as a character.

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Petals on the Wind | V C Andrews
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Not my favorite book in the series. I didn't like how Cathy was portrayed as a woman who doesn't learn her lesson when it comes to the men in her life. Also, Christopher started to get on my nerves. He doesn't even try to move on and find someone else who will love him. And Julian...forget about him!

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Hey guys! How would you prefer seeing my reviews? Would you like me to do a few at a time like I have been or would you like me to post after every book I read? Any feedback is greatly appreciated :)
(this book I am currently reading for a book club so I won't habe a review up right away, but stay tuned!)

marleed I think whatever works for you! I tend to post as soon as I read because of pure volume of books I finish. But at the same time, my thoughts sometimes change as the book sits with me for a while. 2mo
Manoshgirl51 @marleed thanks for the feedback! :) 2mo
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Flowers in the Attic | V C Andrews
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I have been wanting to read VC Andrews' books for the longest time, and I am so glad that I did. After receiving an ARC for Beneath The Attic, I decided to start reading her novels. I don't know what it is, but I cannot seem to put them down. The story is so intriguing and twisted, it's like a soap opera. There are so many series she has written and I cannot wait to read them all!

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The Haunted | Danielle Vega
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This was a book I was really nervous about. I am a big fan of Danielle Vega's Merciless series and I was wondering where she would go from there. I wasn't a big fan of Survive The Night, but this book put me at ease to know she can write a great standalone. If you are a big horror/Stephen King fan, this is definitely worth the read.

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Consent | Nancy Ohlin
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This novel disappointed me. With it's subject a bit of taboo (student-teacher affair), I felt it needed more. The affair didn't seem to last too long and I felt like it was rushed by the author. It is a very quick read however, so maybe that is why I felt this way. If you read it, let me know your thoughts.

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Belletrist August Pick #2

A novel I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. Not only was the story interesting and unusual, the book is beautiful to hold in your hand. Gorgeous cover, perfect type and awesome page feel. I can't wait to pick up a copy to add to my collection.

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Marilou Is Everywhere | Sarah Smith
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Belletrist August Pick #1

I hated this book. I found the story to be pointless and the main character not only annoying, but stupid. She just seemed to be self-absorbed with her own little world and nothing else mattered. Also, how she treats the behavior of her mother as normal was frustrating. I would never be okay with a parent being out of my life. Just....don't even bother picking this up.

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Belletrist June Pick

A heartbreaking read I will never forget. I loved how Jean Kwok tells the story of one family through multiple characters and how certain clues in one perspective lead to another answer in a chapter. It also leaves you guessing up until the final chapters. Several instances occurred where I thought I had it figured out but it turns out to be wrong. I can't wait to read this again in the future.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Belletrist May Pick

This was a book I was excited to read, and it did not let me down one bit. From the first page, I got swept away in the world Joanne Ramos created I almost forgot I was in the real world. This will definitely make you think and question how surrogacy impacts not only the future parents, but the woman who is carrying their child. Seriously, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

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Being a music fan, I always like learning about bands and the history of how they formed. One of my favorite bands is Alice In Chains (in my opinion, the most underrated grunge band ever) so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. David de Sola thoroughly researched the band it almost seems like he was part of the band. Also, seeing the struggles Layne Staley went through broke my heart. It made me think of all he could have done.

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Belletrist March Pick

I'm gonna be honest, it took me gritting my teeth to get through this book. There was literally no point to this story and I couldn't understand if it was all a flashback, made up or present day. Seriously, don't read it but if you do, proceed with caution.

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Belletrist April Pick

This novel may change your life. Okay, maybe I'm a little dramatic, but I learned so much after finishing this story. Berie's journey of arriving at the farm as a prospective member of the community will keep you wanting to read more. As the months grow longer, Berie realizes that everything is not what it seems, and she may have to make a decision that will change who she is forever.

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Be prepared to feel ALL the feels when you read this book. There were so many times where I laughed, I cried, I was angry. Any emotion you can think of I felt in this story. The way Nicola Yoon crafts her writing is so sharp and creative. She really knows how to suck you into a story and make you want to keep on reading! Even if you are not a fan of YA or romance, you WILL fall in love with this book!

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Joy Enough: A Memoir | Sarah McColl
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Belletrist February Pick

This was such an amazing read; definitely something I would not have picked up on my own. The relationship Sarah and her mother have is one that makes you smile as well as break your heart. It really made me miss my mom who passed away when I was younger. I definitely know that the saying "You are just like your mom" really applies to me.

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Really disappointed with this. I am a big fan of the Limetown podcast, so when I heard there was a prequel available I knew I had to read it. I felt like we did get some new information, but most of it was stuff we already knew about the characters and the story in the podcast. Just read at your own rate and see for yourself (but listen to the podcast first!).

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Really fast paced and fun to read in the winter. I really enjoyed this book! There are lots of twists and turns with the characters, which keeps you guessing and wanting to read more. The backdrop of this book is so much fun to visualize, cabins located in the middle of the woods. Only reason it took me so long was because I couldn't find time to read :(

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Following | Jeffry W. Johnston
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This was a pretty decent read. Not too spectacular, but definitely a good story behind it. Really could see this becoming a movie or a tv show basis. The way the writer fleshes out the characters and explains their relationships to one another was pretty cool to read.

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*I received an ARC copy from Netgalley for an honest review*

Being a big WWE/wrestling fan, I want to read any and all books I can to study the sport. DDP was one of the greats and I knew I had to read this book. For being a self help book, he adds a dose of humor and makes it feel like you are sitting down and having a conversation with him. It really makes you want to jumpstart your life and live the life you want!

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Belletrist December Pick

I enjoyed this novel, however I felt there was something missing to the story. I liked how different the sisters were. Their personalities are very different which made for a story with drama and intensity. I kind of wish that there was a twist to the story, like our main character killing the doctor who never knew her feelings for him.

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*Disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review*

Such a quick read from start to finish! While this book was not originally planned, Kristine Mason decided to write Ross to have all the boys have a love story. I really enjoyed seeing Ross and Heidi‘s relationship develop; I really wanted to know what happened to Ross after her was released from the hospital. Also seeing Riley and Brandon again really made me happy.

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Belletrist January Pick

I really enjoyed reading this book! The way that Karen dives right into the action from the first chapter makes you want to continue reading. There were several instances where I had to put this book down when I didn‘t want to. Also, I loved how developed the characters were in such a short time and how they all become connected. I definitely cannot wait to read another book by this author in the future.

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***Disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review***

Honestly, not my favorite book in the series. Still a fun read and several characters were revisited, including the lovable Vlad. I just didn‘t really connect to the newer characters. Looking forward to reading the next book!

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Belletrist November Pick

I really enjoyed this book! Seeing how Madeline Pollard took on the court defied all the odds that were stacked against her. I never knew about this case and my heart kept cheering her on to win. This part of history showed me how lucky I am to be a woman in the modern era. I really owe the revolution women had to Madeline's case.

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Belletrist October Book Pick #2
I absolutely loves this novel! The way the character's progression happens seemed very natural and organic. With every page turn, my bones began to chill and I wanted to read more. I also seemed to pick up on her struggle for independence and her own beliefs. Can't wait to read again!

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*I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Kristine Mason never seems to disappoint me. Every book gets better and better! Very well developed characters and storylines that flow into the next nobel she writes. Just check it out if you don't believe me!

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The Enchanted Sonata | Heather Dixon Wallwork
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I was very intrigued to read this book after finding out that it was a Nutcracker retelling. What happened after i read it disappointed me. I love The Nutcracker story and love how it makes me think about the holidays. But the way Clara was portrayed was terrible. Not only that but the way an insult was used repeatedly made me roll my eyes. Definitely not a fan.

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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Belletrist October Pick #1
This book is one I might have to reread again. I still got the premise and the plot of the story but for some reason I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Gonna try to reread it in the future and see if I have a different opinion.

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Nothing Less | Anna Todd
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Not gonna lie, I was very disappointed in this series. I felt like Anna had to write a book so her fans could stop bugging her about writing Landon's story. Not only was Dakota still annoying, Nora really got on my nerves. I don't understand how hard it is to tell someone your married. This book was also slow, like the secret was revealed during the last two chapters. I really wanted to like this but I couldn't.

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Nothing More | Anna Todd
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Still a good read, however there were some annoyances for me. Dakota just really got on my nerves. She acted like Landon was supposed to wait.on her hand and foot and just go back to what they had before. Yet, when he seems to be interested in someone else she throws a tantrum even though she claims to have slept with two people since their breakup (Landon has been with zero since her). Also, I felt like Anna got a little too into his head.

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Before | Anna Todd
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I still really like this book. However, it wasn‘t as much as the other books. I felt like some the people involved really had stories that were unnecessary. I just really wanted the book to be After in Hardin‘s POV with excerpts from his book. Still I would read it again :)

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After Ever Happy | Anna Todd
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Two words: ugly crying. Still can‘t get over how personal this book got for me. Can‘t wait to see the movie for book one in April. And this book was my favorite in the series.

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After We Fell | Anna Todd
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I don‘t know how Anna does it, but she really knows how to keep you hooked to find out more. I feel like this book is the most drama packed in the series and I definitely had some emotions as I was reading. You get a lot of twists and turns with this one!

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After We Collided | Anna Todd
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One word to describe this book...REALLY?!? Gonna start reading the third book. I really don‘t want this to end :(

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After | Anna Todd
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Another LovelyLikeLaura suggestion that I absolutely fell in love with. This novel started as a One Direction fanfiction on Wattpad. When it was published into a physical book, Anna changed the character names. You really do not have to be a 1D or fanfiction fan to enjoy this book. Lots of romance and OMG moments that enjoyed so much ❤️

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Save the Date | Morgan Matson
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I took another recommendation from LovelyLikeLaura and decided to read my first Morgan Matson book. And I was definitely not disappointed! I love how fun and lively her writing is. I was laughing and feeling sad at just the right parts and I almost forgot it was a book. Looking forward to reading my next MM book!

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I really enjoyed this novel. Every since I was introduced to Vlad, I enjoyed reading how he has adjusted to American life. Most of Kristine‘s fans wanted to find out if he ever found someone to spend the rest of his life with. I also enjoyed the twists that were included as well. This novel left me on the edge of my seat and I cannot wait to read the next two books in the series (especially with the cliffhanger at the end of the book).

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The Merciless is one of my favorite horror series. Danielle‘s writing reminds me of Stephen King, how she blends horror and thriller together. The last book in the series really wrapped up all the loose ends and gave me a satisfying conclusion. Read this book before the movie comes out (hoping it comes out next year).

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Belletrist September Pick

For Belletrist, this was the first classic pick. And let me tell you, I am so glad that Welty was chosen. I had never heard about her before. This novel about grief and the past resonated with me as I have lost both my parents before I 23 years old. I learned so much from Laurel and I can‘t wait to read more of Welty‘s work. Definitely one of my new favorite writers.

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Belletrist August Pick

I could not put this book down! This one became another of my favorites Belletrist has chosen as a read. This heartbreaking story about choice and cults really has stuck with me since I finished the last page. There is a twist that I didn‘t see coming that really cements how our female character makes her choice to be in a cult. Definitely a must read during this time in human society.

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Godspeed: A Memoir | Casey Legler
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Belletrist July Pick #2

Just another book that I think someone else could really enjoy. I feel like maybe since I have never had issues with addiction that that could be the reason why. I do praise Casey for finally getting help for her demons and sharing her story.

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Belletrist July Pick #1

This book was so-so in my opinion. There was only about one or two essays that I liked. Of course, both of them had to do with true crime ;) if you like essay collections, this might be a good pick for you to read.

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Visible Empire | Hannah Pittard
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Belletrist June Pick #2

If you don‘t know yet, I love my true crime and history books. I love learning about specific eras and how we as a society have grown. Set in 1962 after the horrible Paris plane crash, the novel follows a few characters who are related to this tragedy in different ways. This story weaves so beautifully and I will be rereading this for years to come.

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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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Belletrist June Pick #1

I was super excited to see a YA novel in my favorite book club, and when I found out it was this book I was even more anxious to read it. I loved the message of this book. It really deals with loss and how the past, present and future can shape is into who we are. One of my favorite books we have read so far.

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Member of the Family | Dianne Lake
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I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book! As you know, I am a big true crime fanatic. What I loved about this book was how honest and raw Dianne was to talk about her story and time with the Family, Charlie‘s infamous cult. Luckily, she was not involved with the Tate/LaBianca murders but her testimony is what ultimately sealed his fate. This should be on everyone‘s shelves ❤️

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I was really intrigued with the premise of this book. A student dies in a room full of classmates. One of them is to blame. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but I still liked the writing style and how you got to see into the minds of all the characters. Still worth the read if you love mysteries :)

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Welcome to Lagos | Chibundu Onuzo
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Belletrist May Pick

I really did not like this book at all. I felt very confused as to what was going on in the novel and I couldn‘t follow along with the change between the characters. Maybe it‘s just me, but I don‘t think I would read this book again.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Belletrist February Pick

What I love about Belletrist is how they introduce their readers to new genres/authors they might not have found on their own. Currently I have found I have been wanting to read more African-American center novels. This book showed me how love can sometimes not be so perfect and how people can change over a period of time.