First Line Fridays – Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

 

The book I’ve selected for this week’s First Line Friday post is:

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Keeping Lucy

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

The first line is:

Later, she would blame the moon. That full, blood moon that pierced the night sky like a bleeding bullet hole.”

I am really enjoying this novel. I love the way the author writes, and I really do love that first line. (I know it’s technically two lines, but they just go so well together).

I would love to hear what you are currently reading. Feel free to join in or if you like you can also let me know what your first line is in the comments below.

 

Happy Friday!

Happy Reading!

 

 

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REVIEW : The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

The Girl He Used to Know

Expected publication: April 2, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

I REALLY enjoyed this novel.

 

Chicago 2001 – Annika is picking up groceries when she hears a familiar voice call her name. Though she only sees the person out of the corner of her eye, she knows it’s him…Jonathan. It’s been ten years since she’s seen that face or heard that voice. She wants to run but a voice inside her head tells her to stay put.

“Don’t run, take responsibility, be yourself”

Annika takes a deep breath and says hello. When they hug she still feels the safety and comfort she always felt in his arms. As they leave the store, Annika impulsively asks if they could get together sometime. Jonathan hesitates but eventually agrees.

The University of Illinois 1991- When Annika attended the University of Illinois you could find her at the Wildlife Medical Clinic, the library, or at chess club. Annika loved playing chess. During a particularly tough time at University, Annika considered moving back home. That’s when her friend, Janice took her to a chess club meeting, urging Annika to give it a try. Chess club gave her a chance to interact and be a part of something. Then Jonathan Hoffman joined the club.

Annika felt awkward and nervous around most people. She spent hours studying people, their behaviors. “Why were there so many things to think about? To remember? Why couldn’t I figure anything out in the moment instead of days or weeks later?” There were few people she could be herself with.

Jonathan was instantly smitten with Annika and was thrilled when she eventually agreed to go out with him. Being with Annika could be challenging at times, but Jonathan loved the things that made her different. He understood what many others didn’t. He also seemed to know exactly what to do when Annika was upset or overwhelmed.

Annika usually felt invisible, but it was different with Jonathan. With him, she felt safe…. and so much more. Their relationship was strong. But then something drove them apart.

Now that they have reconnected, is there any hope for their relationship? Will they be able to move past the hurt and anger?

A terrific novel that I read in just one sitting.

The story is told from Annika and Jonathan’s point of view, alternating between 2001 and 1991. The author’s descriptions made me feel like I was in the minds of these well-developed characters and I fell in love with many of them. There were a few parts of the story that may have seemed implausible, but I found those easy to overlook and just enjoyed this wonderful and heart-warming story.

A compelling and sensitive read about love and second chances. I am absolutely looking forward to reading more from Tracey Garvis Graves.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. Opinions stated are my own.

 

Music Monday: Kesha – Praying

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

Kesha – Praying

I’ve always liked Kesha’s (previously Ke$ha) music and I’m enjoying her new music even more. This song is a new favorite.

I hope you all enjoy it too!

 

 

Praying by Kesha
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Well, you almost had me fooled
Told me that I was nothing without you
Oh, but after everything you’ve done
I can thank you for how strong I have become
‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
I’m proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
‘Cause I can make it on my own, oh
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name
You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
Ah sometimes, I pray for you at night, oh
Someday, maybe you’ll see the light
Whoa oh oh oh, some say, in life, you’re gonna get what you give
But some things only God can forgive
Yeah! (I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’)
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
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Songwriters: Andrew Joslyn / Benjamin Manusama / Kesha Sebert / Ryan Lewis
Praying lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

REVIEW – The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra

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Published October 30th 2018 by Mira Books

 

“Everyone does bad things when no one is watching”

The book begins with the main character, Ava telling us that we may not want to hear her story, but if we want her confession then we will have to listen. We are told what she was like before, back when she was “normal”. She never thought she would end up where she is now…

She says that it all started in the girls changing room.

Ava just wanted to be friends with the popular girls. She always felt like she was in the background. When Saanvi, Cass, and their ringleader Mel (Melissa) Moore started paying attention to her, Ava was thrilled. But was it really friendship? Some of the things they did and said were terrible. But no matter how badly they treated Ava, she kept coming back for more.

All these years later, Ava still can’t get over what they did to her. Will Ava get revenge on the people who made her life a living hell?

This was a quick read but one I find hard to classify. I don’t think it’s really a thriller or suspense novel, although there were definitely some chilling moments. It does have a lot of psychological elements to it, which I always enjoy. However, I think I just expected something a bit different after reading the synopsis.

Most of the story is told through flashbacks and Ava’s point of view. I wasn’t always sure which timeframe I was reading. I eventually caught on, but there were a few times I felt like I was reading the end of something without knowing what happened in the middle.

Although there were a couple of things that bothered me, I was still intrigued and curious to see how everything was going to come together in the end.

Overall, I thought “The Spite Game” was an interesting read. A fast and creepy revenge story with the kind of characters many readers love to hate. I am looking forward to seeing what Anna Snoekstra writes next.

 

I’d like to thank Mira Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions stated are my own.