Merry Mary

Merry MaryMerry Mary by Ashley Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I started this book. The idea of a Christmas miracle, made it seem like a permanent ‘solution’ to Scottie’s longing for a child.

As the book went on, I began to understand that it is not so much about actually having a child, but the growth that Scottie experiences through this process.

Lovely Christmas novella.

Review: The Anxiety Survival Guide

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and PanicThe Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic by Jennifer Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wish a book as easy to read as this, with as much information regarding anxiety existed when I was in school.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book besides that anyone, regardless of age, is dealing with anxiety they need to read this book.

Review: Speaking in Bones

Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan, #18)Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second ‘Bones’ book that I’ve read. Both completely out of order, but neither book needed the background of the others to be enjoyed. and that is the sign of a good storyteller.

Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan reads as if she is actually speaking, which makes the character appear more realistic. There were times while reading that I could relate to Brennan, there were points that I wanted to scream at her for being so careless. I’ve always found that the more realistic and relatable a character the better the book tends to be, and that is definitely the case with Speaking in Bones.

The missing persons case that Brennan was investigating throughout the story was interesting and well connected, I just found it to be a slight bit too connected. For such a realistic book, the fact that everything in her life somehow connected to her current case was a little too much.

There were only two other things I didn’t really like how they were left. The big box of invoices and receipts; I enjoyed the sense of normalcy that comes with doing taxes and like that it was incorporated in the story, but what the heck happens? Do they sit on her table forever? And the date with Ramsey. Granted with that I may not fully understand as the Ryan plot wasn’t really explained and if I understood correctly they used to date and then broke up, and then he proposed, so clearly there is a lot of history there, but did she say no, did so go–but told him she’s still with Ryan? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it’s weird how all the other loose ends are tied up nice and neat and these two things, however small, are left.

Review: The Sister Pact

The Sister Pact
The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sister Pact took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to be pulled in to the emotions so hard. Stacie Ramey covers some extremely difficult subjects and does so with such humanity and emotion. Being the oldest in a broken family is hard enough, having to deal with mental issues as well is a lot for a teenager to deal with.

This book captures the heartbreak that mental illness can bring, but also the beauty.

Review: Boo

Boo by Neil Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received Neil Smith’s ARC of Boo for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

I absolutely love everything about this cute and quirky novel. I have to admit, I was caught off guard on multiple occasions. Just when I thought I had the figured out the the truth, a curve ball is thrown; kept the reading interesting.

I find some aspects of the ‘town’ to be depressingly sad; Only thirteen year olds are in this ‘town’, Which means the likely hood of anyone knowing another ‘townie’ from before their passing in ‘America’ is slim. There are only three visited cases.

One of the biggest reasons for my five-star rating is that at multiple points in the book, and for different characters I felt strong emotions; For Johnny, I felt the anger and frustration. For Boo I felt the true desperation of wanting to help, and being unable to. I also felt overwhelming sadness when Boo says that all he wants is his parents.

The ending was a complete surprise to me up until the very end, it shines a light on bullying in a completely heartbreaking and unexpected way.

Neil Smith did a fantastic job of showing the thin line between mental illness bullying, and how both are, without the proper help and support, an unfortunate road to suicide.

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Review: The Good House

The Good House
The Good House by Ann Leary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one had I think it is a brilliantly written book that perfectly portrays the life (and thoughts) of a ‘functioning’ alcoholic. On the other had I hated Hidly. So much. I think that may stem from personal feelings about an alcoholic in my own family and the parallels that I see, but what a selfish b***h. Frank was by far my favourite character, and even thought we don’t really see a lot of him, Scott comes in a close second.\

Without giving away too much one of the (many) reasons that I dislike Hildy so strongly would be the harsh and brutal way she ‘promptly fired’ her secretary who helped the girls with the intervention.

Are you kidding me. Someone showed they cared about you and you fire them.

I am tempted to give [a:Ann Leary|207508|Ann Leary|] three stars for this book, mainly due to my hatred of her main character, but I know that the only reason I truly hate her is because of how realistic and alive the character is written.

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