Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 368 pages
Source: Purchased
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Find it Here: Amazon // Goodreads

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Review:

I'm always up for a good mystery. I've read a few of Megan Miranda's YA novels in the past and I'm familiar with her writing style. I had been following the release of All the Missing Girls and considered buying it as soon as it came out but I was always putting it off. I eventually bought it and immediately added it to my TBR.

What I really enjoyed most about All the Missing Girls is the way that the story is told. Two girl have gone missing; one went missing ten years ago and was never found and one went missing two weeks ago. Both disappearances are eerily similar especially since they both happened in a small down where literally nothing ever happens. Now that two girls have gone missing, both under suspicious circumstances and both with the same set of suspects, the investigation really ramps up.

Nic, the main character, was best friends with the girl who went missing ten years and moved away from town right after. Now that she is back in town to help her brother fix up their childhood home, her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend is the second girl to go missing. Nic believes that all the answers are right in front of her but she can't seem to put the pieces together.

What I can say I liked about All the Missing Girls is that I definitely did not guess the ending or the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of either girl. I also enjoyed the format of the story and that it was told from the future into the past over the course of two weeks. Other than that, I felt the bulk of the story was pretty slow and I continually found myself putting it down out of boredom.


BTW, I also love these info graphs that Bookout creates. I always use Bookout to track my reading because it puts together so many statistics. I highly recommend using this app!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January '17 Book Haul-Stacking the Shelves (1)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted @ Tynga's Reviews

Since I don't buy a ton of books every week, I'll most likely be doing only month hauls. I use to get a ton of books all the time but they were just piling up on my shelves unread, so I decided to only let myself purchase books when Barnes and Noble send out the coupons. The only time I ever go overboard and get a ton of books is when I go to the library. But anyway, here are the book I purchased in January. 

Physical Books:


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Kindle Books:

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

These are all the books that made their way to my bookshelf in January! I just moved to a new state and I plan on going to the library some time this month and getting a library card so I may have a lot more books coming my way soon! Happy reading, bookworms!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 Wrap Up

I work graveyard. It sucks but it is what it is. Finding a semi-functional sleeping schedule is very difficult. It's also been really hard on my reading schedule since all I want to do is sleep and veg out. I've been working really hard to work out a schedule that includes reading, sleeping and watching a little TV that doesn't leave me completely exhausted and unable to shake my sleep fog.

Needless to say, I didn't read as much as I had planned. But here's what I did read:

Read:

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

So I only read four books this month, two I physically read and two I listened to on audio. The Underground Railroad and The Bookseller were both pretty good but Before He Finds Her and A Promise of Fire were absolute garbage. I'll be posting a few reviews soon. I'm looking forward to reading more books in February and I also hope I like them much better than the books I read in January.

This year I decided I wanted to branch out a little from my usual reads and explore some romance. Chelsea from The Reading Outlaw on Youtube has put together a group on Goodreads called Sexy in '17 which introduces romance novels to those who don't know much about the genre. We've already had a lot of really great discussion and I can't wait to see which novels she's going to choose this year!

Now that I have settled into my new schedule and my new house, I'm hoping to read a whole lot more. New month, new TBR and a whole lot of books to read!

New Year, New Blog

This always seems to be the theme for me every year. I've always enjoyed having a blog and I like to shop around to find what works for me. A couple years ago I decided to switch to self-hosted Wordpress and while I really enjoyed all the features and plug-ins, I didn't enjoy paying the yearly fee for something that is just a hobby. I would rather spend my money on books which is why I've decided to come back to blogger. And let me to you how much it has changed since I've been here last!

There's not a whole lot to know about me. I love to read, drink coffee, listen to podcasts and a couple of my guilty pleasures are chocolate, wine and The Bachelor. I live in Henderson, NV and I'm working towards getting my teaching license to be an elementary teacher. I love reading almost anything; I used to read exclusively YA but now I branch out a whole lot more and read a lot of fiction, fantasy, short story collections, non-fiction and mystery. You're basically going to find a whole mix bag of books on this blog!

Like I said before, this is just a hobby for me and I have a whole lot of other things going on in my life so I might only post occasionally. We'll see. I always love a good discussion and discourse so feel free to leave a comment or two. For me, reading books is a life long journey and I hope you'll join me on the adventure!