The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

Josie and Frank Moore are happy… at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky.

Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world.

Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.

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I’m super torn on my rating for this novel. I flew through The Ever After, reading it over 2 sittings, but I didn’t like the novel and was overall disappointed.

I really enjoyed Sarah Pekkanen’s other novels – The Wife Between Us & The Perfect Neighbors. I was hoping for a mystery thriller and I got a predictable drama about a wife finding out a secret about her husband that causes her to question her life.

I wish there was more action in the novel. You learn of the “secret” early on and then nothing really happened. The reader is dragged through Josie’s thoughts on what she is going to do next.

The positives are that the book is really hard to put down and it only 250 pages! I’m really surprised how quickly I read the novel, especially when I wasn’t loving it. Pekkanen really knows how to write and makes you keep flipping pages.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I wouldn’t recommend, especially to those that enjoyed Pekkanen’s previous novels.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. 
 
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

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What a fun novel! This reminds me so much of Gossip Girl, but without the teenage drama. There was lots of talk about money – who has the most money, how much everything costs and what is everyone buying with their money.

My favourite part of the novel was that the focus wasn’t all on Nick and Rachel. I like them together, but they were too normal. I enjoyed the secondary characters – Astrid, Eleanor  and Goh Peik. Sure they were a bit annoying and focused a lot on their money, but they made things so interesting. I liked reading their parts and seeing what would happen in their storylines.

I’m interested to read what happens in the next 2 novels and I will have to check out the movie coming out in a couple weeks!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed it – it’s trashy, it’s fun! It’s always nice to take a break and take a look into the world of the super rich!

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WWW Wednesday – July 18, 2018

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

Crazy Rich Asians

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazilyrich.

This is such a perfect summer read! It’s all about the family drama and expensive things!

What are you currently reading?

Ever After

Josie and Frank Moore are happy… at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky.

Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world.

Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.

I’ve only read The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen, but I really enjoyed it! Not too far into The Ever After, but enjoying it so far!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Do Not Disturb

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. 
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it…

This one sounds creepy! I’m excited to read it!

What are your WWW? Have you read Crazy Rich Asians, The Ever After or Do Not Disturb?

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Top 5 Tuesday – Books I want to reread

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Every Tuesday, I normally do Top Ten Tuesday over at That Artsy Reader Girl, but I’m not a huge fan of the topic this week (short stories). So I’m switching things up!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is the Top 5 Books I want to reread.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – I reread Big Little Lies before the mini series came out last year. I enjoyed The Husband’s Secret more than Big Little Lies when I first read the novels, and I loved Big Little Lies when I reread it!

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – I think this a book that gets better the more times you read it since you pick up on more things. This was such an amazing read the first time!

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – After reading My Sister’s Keeper, I was a mess. It was such an emotional read. I want to reread it, but I need to be in a mood to cry!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – With the mini series out, this is one that I want to reread soon! This was my favourite Gillian Flynn novel.

The Sister by Louise Jensen – I loved the ending of The Sister! This was one of my top mystery reads in 2016!

What a book you could read over and over again?

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

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I did it!! My 2 parts of Under the Dome came to a total of 1,243 pages and I think this was the longest book that I have ever read. I should give the novel 5 calculators just because I finished it! I’m going to go right down the middle and give it 3 calculators – some parts I liked, some parts I didn’t.

Under the Dome is scary. Not the typical Stephen King horror, but scary since I could totally see this happening. A dome covering a small town and the townspeople – both good and bad – are left to battle it out, no consequences. It has a Lord of the Flies type of feel, but with a lot more characters and pages.

I struggled with the characters. I normally run from a book that has a list of characters at the start. I wish there was more focus on the main characters, instead of the randoms that I lost track of and didn’t feel any sympathy for when they mostly likely ending up dying. I think King did such a great job with the main characters – Big Jim, Barbara, Julie, Junior and Brenda. I have never felt such love and such hate towards characters. They felt so real that I could easily see them in any town.

Under the Dome was also very uncomfortable. There are some graphic scenes of murder, animal cruelty and rape. I found it tough to read those scenes and ended up skimming.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Easily could of been cut by 400 pages. I wish there was more focus on the lead characters and the aftermath of the dome. I may check out the TV series to see how it compares.

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