I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

43352274This is a powerful little novel, taking place over the course of a few hours. A fight breaks out during halftime of a high school football game and Lena (African-American) and Campbell (Caucasian) find themselves together trying to escape. As tensions rise throughout the city they end up in another part of town where a social justice protest turns violent and then into a full-fledged riot. It’s wild and chaotic and while I was annoyed by some of Lena’s and Campbell’s choices, who’s to say I wouldn’t have made similar ones at 17 if I was in their shoes.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight brings racial tension and discord to the forefront and makes you take a hard look at current events and possibly even your own prejudices. At times it felt a little uncomfortable, but I think that’s the point. In the end Lena and Campbell are survive the night but are left with more questions than answers as seems to often be the case in these situations. I think this books will serve well as a discussion opener among teens and adults alike.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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What a cute and fun romantic comedy! I loved both Emily and Simon’s character and devoured this book in one day. It’s the perfect enemies-to-lover romance set with a backdrop of a small town and Renaissance Faire. It honestly made me want to move to the closest small town and begin perfecting my (bad) English accent. There were a few serious moments and moments of predictability, but the former only enhanced the story and the latter didn’t feel too clichéd. I walked away with a big smile on my face.

<i>I received an advanced copy through Goodread’s First Reads in return for an honest review.</i>

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

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This book had a lot of potential but a few things kept me from loving it. FBI agent Steph’s son seems to be at the center of a domestic terrorist threat, but she believes he is being set up. I was kept guessing as to who was behind it, which I liked. I didn’t like Steph as a mother. She constantly left Zach alone and unprotected. I also felt that too much was going on and too many subplots were being explored. Also, what is it with characters having inner psychologists (or goddesses) speak in their heads like a separate entity? Does anyone actually do that in real life?

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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It took me about 60-70 pages to get into this, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed this heartfelt contemporary novel. What I thought would be a cute and quirky romance turned into a novel about rediscovering oneself, friendship, and trust. I loved the slow burn of the romance, especially because Tiffy had such a toxic relationship prior to this. Both she and Leon have things going on in their personal lives and their support of each other was sweet and amazing.

Tiffy and Leon’s relationship starts when she begins sharing his flat, although they never meet. She gets the nights and he gets the days. They form a friendship through notes left for the other and when they eventually meet it becomes something more.

I’d recommend for all contemporary fans even if you don’t particularly like romance as that isn’t really the focal point.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

41150380The Escape Room is not nearly as suspenseful and thrilling as I’d expected, but it was still enjoyable. There are two storylines present, both revolving around the Wall Street bigwigs at Stanhope and Sons.

In present time, four of the cutthroat employees are locked in an elevator in what they assume is a team building exercise in the form of an escape room. They soon find out that this isn’t a game and they are trapped. Tensions run high and accusations and hostilities come forth.

Years prior, Sara Hall worked for Stanhope along with the four who’re now trapped in the elevator. What begins as an exciting and strenuous first job in finance soon devolves into a toxic and maybe even dangerous job.

There is a mystery here: how are these stories connected and who tricked the four into going to that elevator. However, I do wish there had been a few more suspenseful scenes. While I’m glad it didn’t delve into the horror of escape room fiction like Saw, I would have liked just a bit more thrill.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

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Beautiful cover for what I am sure some will find as a beautiful story, but I struggled with this one. Katie (Liz) has a traumatic event happen that is somehow related to her sister but it takes almost 80% of the book before we figure out exactly what that is. The book alternates between past and present. I ended up skimming a lot of it. I’m not a huge fan of alternating time lines where the past directly correlates to what’s happening in the present yet each “past” chapter ends with an ominous or vague statement of what went down. The suspense and intrigue loses itself after a while and I just stop caring.

Katie grew up skiing and became an Olympian. But after an injury and incident (not discolored for most of the book) she feels the need to escape and leave Idaho for Buenos Aires. There she mite a group of people who also seem to be running or hiding from something. Meanwhile we get glimpses of her past and hints of what happened that made her flee.

While I liked parts of her story and thought it well written, I didn’t really care for Katie and after so many chapters of not finding out what happened with her sister, I stopped caring about that too. I do believe in the right hands though this would be a well-loved and appreciated book

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.