Book Review: The One

The One

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How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

(Note: Previously published as A Thousand Small Explosions)

*****5 STARS*****

holy hell! WHAT A GREAT BOOK. A MUST READ!

A new dating concept that is controvesial and is ending relationships and starting new ones. Can you reveal your deepest secrets to your DNA match or pretend to be happy?

Is it better to find love spontaneously or better to be matched.

A look into a few couple’s lives after they were matched. SO many secrets and lies. So many plot twists and turns. The suspense was killing me.

The ending was flipping AWESOME!!!!

loved this book!

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Wow, suddenly like that and your husband’s life is over. Though he may not have felt the same way you felt about him. That changes things.

You gave 11 years to a man who kept promising marriage then suddenly he transitions from 50% douche drinker to 100% selfish, conceited, douche drinker.

I hope things turn out better for these ladies and they find the love they deserve.

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Book Review: A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

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She’s your best friend.
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.

*****2 STARS*****

it was okay. I should have known if it was being compare to Girl on the Train and Gone Girl it would be a HUGE let down.

Great concept and plan to deceive and plan payback.

But too many questions were left and not sure it all flowed. I think the ending could have been written differently.

 

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Book Review: I See You

I See You

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You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

I See You is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning psychological thriller from one of the most exciting and successful British debut talents of 2015.

*****3 STARS*****

Great concept, but the audible copy was a bit confusing as who was speaking. It took me a long time to really understand what was going on.

To find out who was behind this and why was damn sick…then to know its not over. Wow…

At the same time, I think finding out both culprits would have been a better ending.

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Book Review: Safe With Me

Safe With Me

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Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

*****2 STARS*****

The ending left so many answers and I’m darn confused. Seriously? What was that smell?

could not get into the book, yet kept reading hoping for a big bang or suspense. It really just was annoying. No where near The Sister or The Girl on the Train.

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Book Review: The Best Friend

The Best Friend

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Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder… The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer … Wrong.

Louisa’s new best friend has it all – the house, the status, the money. But she’s also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, events take a chilling turn . . .

“Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride!”

*****5 STARS*****

wow, nothing creepier and scarier than reading a book about a main character slowly being tricked and messed with. No one believes her. so scary!

A horrific childhood, a f*cked up psyche, and a grudge all culminate into one crazy book!

So well written and played out. Never saw that coming!

Well done, but the ending was a bit far fetched.

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Book Review: Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home

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Calling Me Home  by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

*****5 STARS*****

such a beautiful and tragic plot.

At the end we finally find out who she is going to see, who the funeral is for. The truth is heartbreaking and beautiful.

She had awful, bigoted parents who cared more for their image than what made their daughter happy. They rather her suffer than live life.

I cried through most of this book…still A MUST READ…

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Losing Hope

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
The Blogging 911 http://theblogging911.com
 The Lieber Family Blog  http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Simply Shannon http://shannonbutler.org
Southern Belle Charm  http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope  http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Part-time Working Hockey Mom http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch
Climaxed http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Your “Secret Subject” is:

Your job is sucking the soul right out of you.  Do you say “To Hell With It” and walk away, trusting that something else will come along or do you stick it out while looking . . .

It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com  

This is the perfect post as my job really is sucking the life and soul from me. I am a highly qualified reading specialist with numerous years of special education experience. About ten years ago budget cuts caused me to lose my job as the 6th reading specialist at one job. Consequently I spent a year unemployed. That resulted in losing our condo and filing for bankruptcy. We had to move into a tiny apartment,

Thankfully I was then hired by another school as only the 2nd reading specialist only to be laid off five years years later, then called back at .5 (half my salary).

I have applied to other schools, but I rarely get called in for interviews. I’ve been told that I’m too expensive. Yup, it’s cheaper to hire a teacher out of college than an experienced teacher with almost twenty years teaching special education and providing reading services.

Of course, the place I work only cares about the budget and money. Of course everyone has suggestions and ideas. Of course everyone wants to tell me what to do.

I keep applying for jobs, but am not getting any calls or make it past the first interview. Even schools that I provide reading services for thorough my school have not called me in for an interview, even out of courtesy.

I can’t stay at .5 as I can’t afford it and one day I could be cut from my .5 job.

Maybe it’s time to leave the field of education. Of course switching careers is easier said than done.  I have tried that before with no luck. Here I am, a 40 year-old plus woman, who is trying to hold it together and not fall apart. Here I am as my job has sucked the very life out of me. Those in charge who only see me as a number probably do sleep very well at night as could care less about the people who work for them.

Being stuck in this situation is destroying my self esteem. We’ve been through hard times before, but I feel as if more hard times are on the way. I am not sure how much more of this I can handle without losing my mind.

My son’s birthday was Saturday and all I wanted to do was curl into a ball and cry. I havd to be brave and strong and pretend all was great.

I used to be the breadwinner of the family, now I feel like the burden. This is not how my life was supposed to be when I pictured myself in my forties. I should be an accomplished teacher, secure in her job. Instead I am worrying if I will be laid off again and how we will survive.

How much bad luck can one person have? We’ve been through the rough times, at what point will I finally catch a break? I laugh when I thought living paycheck to paycheck was tough. Now the paychecks just barely cover it.

Any one have a job opening for a teacher who has had it with the education field?

 

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Happy 8th Birthday

Bookworm Boy is now 8 years old!!!!

My little man will soon be starting 3rd grade. Where did the time go?????

 

  1. What is your favorite color? blue red green
  2. What is your favorite toy? My blanket, teddy, doggie, and bumblebee
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas and apples
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots and broccoli  
  5. What is your favorite show? Flash and Teen Titans Go
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Pizza or burrito 
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? Orange and grey fleece
  8. What is your favorite game? Monopoly and fruit ninja 
  9. What is your favorite snack? Ice cream and brownies
  10. What is your favorite animal? Monkeys, gorillas, and lions 
  11. What is your favorite song? This land was made for you and me and 
  12. What is your favorite book? Spider man tales and Guardians of the Galaxy 
  13. Who is your best friend? Daniel, Maia, Mackenzie and 
  14. What is your favorite breakfast? Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich or waffles 
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  Play four square tag or cops and robbers
  16. What is your favorite drink? Soda (not ever) chocolate milk, water, or milk
  17. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? Teddy and Doggie 
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? pizza
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? An actor that plays a superhero and has two or three kids. 

His answers when he was 7 years old,  6 years oldyears old, years old

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Fly on the Wall

Yes, this is the right place if you are looking for Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.  I created a new blog now that my goals for blogging have changed and as my son grows.

Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Bookworm Mom: the wife and mom to this crazy crew

Bookworm Dad: the husband and dad and often referred to as the big kid

Bookworm Boy– our singleton, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

Bookworm Boy:

“Wait, I want to hear this.” (Gets his goldfish snacks and sits and watches me and Bookworm Dad have a heated discussion about a few things. Yes, I am right, I always am 😉

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“Yup, Bonus is the annoying sister I never had.” 

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Yup, he hit the ball ad thought he was Babe Ruth. I think we sat in shock for about 2 minutes as we processed it all. It was pretty amazing. He needed that ego boost. 

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“I don’t need your help. I can heat up a burrito all by myself. I’m not a baby anymore.” 

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“I had the best day. I caught a ball in dodge ball and the other kids got back in. I’m a king.”

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For Mother’s Day I wanted us to make ceramic  gifts to each other.  We chose the colors we wanted the other person to paint. I hope we can pick them up soon. 

 

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I’m so behind on posting and commenting. I’m struggling with a lot right now.  I have a multitude of things to and consider. I know we have to make it through hardships and trials to see the joy and love on the other end. I think I’ve had my fair share of these hardships and could finally use a break. I’ll just keep praying, listening to God, and waiting for a time when I can see why we went through all of this.

 

 

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Music is Life

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
The Blogging 911 http://theblogging911.com
The Lieber Family Blog  http://thelieberfamily.com
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Simply Shannon http://shannonbutler.org
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Confessions of a part-time working mom  http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
Not That Sarah Michelle http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com
Climaxed http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

My subject is Tell us about your recent greatest and / or worst day.
It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 

 

Oh wow, I am glad it’s a recent experience, otherwise this post would be never ending.

Bookworm Mom and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days

Some terrible, horrible, recent days are when I thought I was having a heart attack, then had a pulmonary embolism (it was neither, I am fine, just need to actually rest after being sick), then a few days later diagnosed with strep.

Now I have strep throat AGAIN! Someone must have a hex on me. I swear I just can’t get better.

Or recently people trying to blame me for their failure to do their job. Yup, bet you didn’t expect me to stand up and not take your shit.

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I don’t know if I’ve had some awesome days, but I have had awesome moments.

~son doing well with his telling time homework
~waking up with eye crud, which means I was actually in a deep sleep
~making every light on the way to work and not hitting any traffic
~making a healthy meal everyone loves
~seeing Bookworm Son and our dog get along without fighting like siblings
~Bookworm Son enjoying playing baseball and going to practice
~starting a new book on Audible and knowing from just the first few lines it will rock
~having dinner as a family now that Bookworm Dad has a new job
~Getting to hug, kiss, feed, and cuddle with my best friend’s baby. I love making her laugh. Though I WILL not change any diapers!
~watching my son sleep, what an angel he is…nothing like the awful, smart mouth, jerk he is sometimes

What are some of your great and crappy days or moments?

 

 

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