I have read AND reviewed SIX books this month for Netgalley (I doubled what I did last month)!!
My feedback ratio is currently 70%. Last month it was 66%…I know…6 more books, how did it only go up so little…weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, I may have added some more books to my shelf. I KNOW! I KNOW! Someone slap my hand now…
What I read and reviewed this month…
What I plan to read next month (including one I am SOOOO close to finishing, grrrr)…
I’m giving myself a goal of 6 this month…let’s see if I stick to it (I strayed a little last month, haha). Are you on Netgalley? What are you reading on there??
Thank you to Cat Kenney and Flatiron Books for the opportunity to participate in The Switch’s blog tour! I received an advance copy of The Switch in exchange for my honest review!
I absolutely adored Beth O’Leary’s debut novel so when the opportunity came about to join the blog tour for her second novel, I jumped at the chance and I am SO glad I did!
Leena is burning both ends of the candle and ends up burning out at work. They force her to take a two month vacation just to clear her head and take care of herself for a change. She ends up visiting her grandmother who lives a few hours away in her hometown. Eileen, her grandmother, is a 70 something recently divorced woman who is trying to get herself back into the dating scene.
After a quick visit they decide to switch lives for two months. Leena moves in to her grandmothers house, takes over her duties, and even uses her phone. Eileen goes to the big city of London and lives in her flat and has her phone. What ensues is quite comical…
The novel is fairly predictable, but don’t let that deter you. It is still a fabulous story that has you second guessing what you think is only going to happen. My jaw actually dropped once I learned about what happened when two people originally first met. It was lovely to watch both Eileen and Leena learn about themselves and watch them take care of themselves for a change.
I could not put this down as I kept rooting for Leena and Eileen and always hoped for the best. It just goes to show us that sometimes we need to take a breath and focus on ourselves for a minute, even if we think we’re completely fine.
4 stars. The best perk to this one was the epilogue. It was a breath of fresh air to see what transpired from the end to a year later. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. This is absolutely the book to read if you want to be happy!!
About the Author:
Beth O’Leary worked in children’s publishing before becoming a full-time author. She is also the author of The Flatshare. She can be found on Instagram @BethOLearyAuthor and Twitter @OLearyBeth.
HUGE thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me an advance reader copy of The Safe Place. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! This book is scheduled to be released today!!
Emily’s life is falling apart. She is an aspiring actress who loses her agent, as well as her temp job, and her apartment. What more could go wrong? To top it off, she has a strained relationship with her parents and always seems to call when she needs something…this time they aren’t having it.
She ends up running into Scott, the CEO of the business where Emily was just fired from. He offers to take her to lunch and then offers her a job…to help house-keep his home in the South of France where his wife and child are currently living. With nothing left to lose, Emily jumps at this opportunity and is on a plane the next day.
This seems like a dream…beautiful house, beautiful view, great pay, and great perks (car, food, etc). Emily senses something is a little off and stumbles across a huge secret and her dream turns into a nightmare.
This was a slow burn and had me thinking, this seems all nice. Scott had some quirks, but nothing too alarming. Little by little we see Nina’s story (Scott’s wife) unravel and oh boy, what a tangled web she wove. Anna Downes does a tremendous job at keeping the reader guessing and brings it all back full circle.
4 stars. The action is in the last 25% of this book. It all builds up and then snowballs out of control at the end. It has a very satisfying ending and even an epilogue at the end. I was happy to see how Emily developed over time and was very pleased with her. This is a book that will have you wanting more and more, definitely one to pick up as soon as you can!