Eventide by Sarah Goodman

Next up on my young adult adventures is Eventide” by Sarah Goodman! More exciting than the book was the fact that it was my first book from Once Upon A Book Club, for those who don’t know along with the book you get 3-4 gifts to open on specific pages that have to do with the story! This was an amazing and quick read and got 5 stars from me.

Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907

When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas.

In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can’t completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there. 

But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it―secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect….

I had not many expectations or ideas of where this book would take me before going in which is not often how I enter a book. I’m pretty type a and need to know what exactly the book is gonna do for me. Man was I surprised! Never did I imagine I could guess at all the secrets. Or who exactly was involved with whom and what secret they carried.

I found myself enjoying most of the characters especially Verity who was just trying to help keep her sister safe. I had some idea of the magic elements in the book but enjoyed that they weren’t the center of the plot.

The ending without giving spoilers didn’t end up where I thought it would. However I enjoyed how nicely wrapped up Sarah Goodman made it while maintaining an element of shock!

I would read this while sitting down with a nice cup of chamomile!

Until next time that’s the tea!

Katie

Young Adult Reads

Happy March! This month I decided to read young adult books that have been stacking up on my shelves. As much as I love my thrillers, there is something so relaxing and fun about pulling out a young adult read. More so I love dystopian novels and different times and ways of life!

The first book I read this month was “A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins. This book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series and is set during the 10th annual games. At the center of the novel is Coriolanus Snow whom we all know as President Snow. He and his family are poor and down on their luck, Coriolanus hopes to change this by being selected to mentor a tribute in the up coming games. Unfortunately he is stuck with Lucy Gray Baird from district 12. He starts to bind and few for Lucy as time goes on and he must weigh these feelings for his need to follow the rules.

First off I absolutely loved this story and hope Suzanne will write more prequels to the hunger games so we can watch how they adapt and become what we know. Second confession I sympathized with Snow…a lot. He is an 18 year old boy who has lost both parents and is forced to keep his family’s reputation in tact after the dark days. However without giving any spoilers by the end of the book all sympathy is lost as we see Snow start to morph into the tyrant he becomes.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is seeing how the early days of the hunger games were. Before I thought that people in the capital were always eccentric and loved the games when it turns out the opposite is true. During this time the game makers are trying to find ways to get people to watch.

Another part that is different is the treatment of the tributes. In the original trilogy we see how well Katniss and the other tributes are treated, but in this book Lucy and the other Tributes are truly treated as prisoners.

Unlike the original trilogy I didn’t find a character in this book I actually liked. Everyone was shady and as soon as I enjoyed them, they turned around to do something that made me not like them.

I feel that overall this book brought up a lot of good ideas about humanity and the world at large which I enjoyed. Normally I would suggest some sort of tea, maybe a cup of jasmine like the Snows in the book. However I think something stronger like whiskey maybe in order for this book.

Until next time that’s the tea!

Katie

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Now that we have my audiobook opinion out of the way let’s talk about the book I Just listened to!

I stayed up far too late on Sunday night finishing “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes. I then proceeded to be in a book hangover for a bit at how stunning and amazing this read was. Did I know the ending going into it? Yes I did….I mean just look at the title of the sequel. Did I dive in and get swept into the romance…well duh!

Louisa Clark is a character that is hard not to enjoy. She does what she thinks is best for her family and is always putting other before herself. Is she naive and dumb at times? Yes but in the end Louisa is a changed person and for the better.

Will Trainer is someone I wanted to hate. I mean all people are trying to do in life is make him happy and all he does is sass and push them away. But for the life of me I couldn’t hate this man and in fact I adored him!

Together Lou and Will make a power duo! I found myself laughing and crying with them. I found myself smirking at the same times as Lou does in the book! It also helps that while listening I was picturing the actors from the movie! Although I have yet to watch the movie I just know them from the trailer and what not!

STOP NOW IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK! I REPEAT SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!!

Spoiler time. Thank god JoJo killed Will off in the end. Yes I loved him and would loved to have a sequel all about him and Lou’s life after but that’s not what this book was about! This books was about self discovery and finding out what makes you happy.

For Will it was his old life that made him truly happy. While I believe Lou changed him and made him the happiest he ever was, I don’t believe it would have lasted. He loved her with all his heart but knew that wasn’t enough for either of them. While the scene on the beach absolutely broke me along with Lou I understand Will and his intentions.

My favorite part was Lou going to Switzerland and coming somewhat to terms with Will’s choice and being able to say goodbye. I don’t know what I would have done in anybody’s shoes in this book. I loved when Lou is in Paris and she gets Mrs. Trainer’s letter of gratitude because through the story no matter how brash she was to Lou, Camilla saw hope happy Will was and that’s all a mother can want.

Of course I tested up at Wills finally letter to Lou and I can’t wait to listen to the other two books in this series and see what she makes of herself!

Until next time that’s the tea!

Katie

The Tea about Audiobooks

Hello!

Today I come baring a controversial option in the book community and that is my love of audiobooks! I only recently (I think this past fall) got into them and now I am hooked!

Of course nothing beats actually reading a book but in my ADHD and busy world being able to listen to a book while crafting or cooking is amazing! Now there are certain books I must read and that is more often then not the case with new books. However there are those books I have heard of and looked at a million times I can’t picture myself spending the time to read and that’s when audible comes to the rescue.

The question I had to ask when I started this audible journey was how to count these books. Do I put them in my book journal? Should I make them their own shelf on Goodreads? When people in my book groups ask for books read do we count them or not? Being type a and needing an answer is very tedious trust me….I wish I could let myself live in the grey sometimes. Honestly though these questions made reading and journaling turn into work and so I put it all aside for awhile and that sucked.

Now I have come up with a system that works for me! By all means disagree with me and do your own system! Hell please tell me your system cause it may make my life easier! The gist of it is I read and craft for pleasure and these audio books give me pleasure. So yes I will acknowledge them as books because I have absorbed them and their lessons. They have their own shelf on my good reads and their own spot in my book journal!

Always have the Harry Potter Series downloaded on audible just in case I need a good comfort listen! And with those nothing better than to curl up with a hot chai latte and listen to the magical adventures of my favorite trio!

Until next time….that’s the tea!

Katie

Love is in the Air

After being gone for a bit I am back! Life got crazy and busy and unfortunately this blog suffered because of it! But alas I am back with all the tea and opinions about books!

Since February is all about love and romance, I decided to dive out of my normal thriller and suspense pool and take a dip into the waters of romance! And so far I’m enjoying the change of pace!

The first book I read this month was Jemima J by Jane Green! It’s a book published in 2000 about an overweight women hopelessly in love with her coworker, but never gets noticed by him. Then she starts talking to a man in California who she leads to believe she is a skinny, fitness obsessed women named JJ. But when he wants to meet up Jemima has to decided if she’s up for the challenge of really reinventing herself!

This book got four stars from me! While a little dated (they just started learning how to use the internet to explore) I thought the content about finding your true self was timeless. The characters were all enjoyable except for Brad but that is to be expected. The “twist” towards the end was meh but I was very excited about being able to guess the ending! Such a great read for women in their 20’s and 30’s! I suggest reading this with an iced glass of Queen of Tarts!

The second book I read was How to Walk Away by Katherine Center! By read I mean I devoured this book thus earning it five stars! After an accident on what should have been the happiest day of her life, Margaret Jacobson ends up in the hospital. what follows is visits from her worried parents, her fiancé who wants to be forgiven and the sister she hasn’t spoken to in three years. On top of all the family dynamics and drama Maggie has to deal with her moody and tough PT Ian!

It’s hard to write a description without giving away the book, but trust me it is worth the read! For an accident survivor Maggie is the perfect amount of sorry for herself and resilient. Katherine Center does an amazing job of creating a character who is realistic and relatable. On top of that she gives the reader just what they want out of a romance book while keeping them guessing! While reading this book I often found myself alongside Maggie in her hospital room or the rehab gym, laughing or crying with her while she navigates her new normal. Might I suggest binging this book with a nice iced cup of Strawberry Matcha and a splash of lemonade?

I’m excited to have found a new author that I enjoy as much as Katherine Center and decided to read he book “Things you Save in a Fire” next!

Well that’s the tea!

Until next time!

Katie

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

6/5 Stars!!

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

I just finished this book and man do I have a reading hangover in the best way! This book took me some time to get into, it started off slow and I felt like maybe the narrator was just running in circles rather then finding any answers.

But then it happens….that huge moment when the book shifts from predictable to Holy Moly that was not expected at all! From there the book sped by as I tried and failed to predict what was happening! I felt like Jules that I was racing to the big finish and finding out how everything fits together in one sordid and creepy way!

Unfortunately I can’t post much without giving off or ruining the huge twists! But I will say if you are a fan of thrillers that leave you shocked or have read ‘Her’ by Britney King than this is the book for you! I suggest getting pizza and wine while reading this just like Nick and Jules do in the book!

Leave me a suggestion of your favorite thriller!

Until next time that’s the tea!

Katie

A Mother Like You by Ruby Speechley

5/5 stars!

To be released on November 4, 2020

All mothers have secrets…some are unforgivable

Kate Marshall lives an enviable life. Married to handsome, charming, James, owner of a successful company, she seems to have it all.

But falling pregnant at 45 was never part of the plan. Especially as Kate’s hiding a devastating secret – one that she’s been running from for twenty years.

So when ex-boyfriend Paul comes back into her life, threatening to expose the truth about what Kate did, the clock is ticking. Can she keep her secrets and finally be the mother she always dreamed of – or will her past lies destroy her perfect life?

Wow! This book kept me guessing the whole time! Just when one secret is realized there is another one that pops up! In the beginning I felt the book was slow especially since I was not the biggest fan of the characters. However around halfway through I discovered my love for the writing and the story. I was able to connect with the characters and feel for them as one by one their secrets came out and shaped their lives. Ruby does a wonderful job of painting the picture of the various people and how they came to be how they are.

If you like books with secrets that get revealed through out or books with complex family relationships then you have to read ‘A Mother Like You!’ I would say to curl up with this book while drinking some calming camomile tea like Kate in the book!

Until next time! That’s the tea!

Katie

Review of Little Bones by N.V Peacock

HarperCollinsUK on Twitter: "🍂 COVER REVEAL 🍂 I have three names: I was  born Leigh-Ann. I became Cherrie. When I was a child, they called me Little  Bones… Little Bones by N V

4.5/5 Stars

Release Date: October 31, 2020

Let me start off by saying this is the perfect book to be released on Halloween. It has the perfect amount of creepiness and suspense to keep you hooked for all 400 pages.

“I have three names: I was born Leigh-Ann. I became Cherrie. When I was a child, they called me Little Bones…My father was Mr Bones – the notorious serial killer of 25 years ago.
As a child I witnessed his crimes.
Everything is different now. I have a new identity. I’m a mother. I am finally free.
Until that podcast. I should never have listened.
They’re linking a recent disappearance to the crimes of the past.
They know who I am. They’re calling me Little Bones again.
They say I’m a villain but I’m not. I’m a victim.
You believe me, don’t you?

From the beginning Cherrie is a likable character whom I rooted for the whole time. She is happy and content in her life but is always on edge about someone finding out about her past and her father. Then after a podcast comes out talking all about her dad and revealing her new name for all the listeners she hopes that it will blow over. That combined with a visit to a local psychic are the perfect catalyst for her own son to be abducted. The rest of the story follows the aftermath with an ending I didn’t see coming.

A few times I thought I had figured out everyone and their secrets only to have another curveball thrown my way. Along with trying to figure out who took Robin, her son and why they did you also get to see a little more inside the mind of her father which was one of my favorite parts.

Overall N.V Peacock did an amazing job and created a story in which I loved getting lost in. She made characters that were complex and hard to figure out if they had good intentions or not. She did a wonderful job of painting a mother’s struggle to find her son and dealing with finally having he past catch up with her.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast paced thriller that leaves you guessing till the end. I recommend reading this while sipping on some Pumpkin Spice tea with a dash of milk.

What’s your favorite suspense or thriller book?

Until the next time that is the tea,

Katie

Review: The Death of Mrs.Westway By Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

“On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”

This book kept me guessing until the very end! I am not one who is able to see the twists in most books coming unlike my mother who from page ten can smell the twist coming, but even she didn’t guess certain parts. Once again Ruth Ware keeps her readers on the edge of their seats.

While I really enjoyed the character of Hal and Ezra (well for most of the book,) I found most of the other characters to be drab and whiny. However this made it even better because you are cheering for Hal the whole time. Hal is such a hard working person who is simply down on her luck and missing her mother and the life they lived.

This book really reminded me of the movies Knives Out because both feature a large heritage being given to some down on their luck person to the dismay and objections to cocky and privileged family members.

I was unable to give the book a five because there became parts when the plot seemed muddled and hard to get through. Understandably this gives to the plot because it is such a mystery who Hal is and how she is related to this family if at all, but I think there could have been a way to clear it up.

Overall this book kept me hooked and the ending was so great I had to go back and read it again to take it all in! This is an especially great fall book to curl up with by the fire and with a nice cup of Saigon Chai Tea.

What is your favorite Ruth Ware book?

Until next time that’s the tea!

Katie

Welcome Welcome One and All

Hello! My name is Katie and I am excited to have you all here! I decided to try my hand at blogging because I realized I have way too many opinions and thoughts to keep to myself. Not really sure what to expect from this whole journey but figured it would be an adventure none the less!

While here you can expect to find reviews of young adult fantasies, steamy romances, thrillers and mystery books. I love all the different worlds that these books have allowed me to explore and escape into! The inspiration for my blog name came from the saying “its in the bag!” Instead of insisting that life is easy and everything is in the bag I picked “its in the book,” because more often then not you can find answers to lifes questions in a book! Many times I have turned to books as a source of comfort or to find answers I didn’t know I needed.

I am the mother to a four year old cat named Willow Athena. She can often be found trying to close and sit on any book I have. When I am not reading I can be found crafting or finding various fall things to participate in. As for my full time job I am an infant teacher meaning I watch children 6 weeks to 2 years old. So while most of my posts will be about adult and young adult books, the occasional children’s book may find their way in!

My all time favorite book would have to be “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald!

What is your favorite book?

Until next time!

Katie 🙂