First Line Fridays: February 15th

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.

Today my first line comes from…

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Once A Liar by A.F. Brady

 

“He who fights with monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. -Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146

 

Yes, the book starts with a quote and as I continue to read this book, this quote is ever so appropriate!  So far I am pretty sure I don’t like the main character, but, the jury is still out.  Ha, have you read this one?  What do you think?  What are you currently reading right now?

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Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

This review was previous published over at Book In The Bag Blog where I guest write a review every Thursday!  I wanted to start 2019 off with a bang and what better way than with my review of An Anonymous Girl??

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this advance copy in exchange for my honest review!  This book officially comes out on January 8, 2019, pre-order it today!

As soon as I heard Hendricks and Pekkanen were penning another novel I could not wait to get my hands on it.  The Wife Between Us blew me away (by the way, go get that book NOW if you haven’t read it) and I could not wait to see what else could come out of their 2 minds.  I was not let down.

The story is about a young woman who ends up in a research study to make some extra money.  The research is all about morals and ethics and is put together by a professor at a local, well known university, who should probably have her own morals and ethics checked out.

This psychological thriller is told by Jessica, the young woman, and Dr. Shields, the professor.  They alternate chapters so it gives us a unique perspective and keeps up guessing throughout the novel.  Just when you think this is going to be a predictable read, it’s not.  There are not many twists and turns but enough to keep you interested.  As we get further in to the book the characters grow and show us sides to them you just cannot predict to see.  The book really picks up in the second half after the stage has been fully set.

I will say I was a little let down with the ending.  I expected it to end with some big bang and it just fell flat for me.  It felt rushed at the end and it just, ended.  I did not get the closure I would have liked; however, it does let you know what happens with the relationship Jessica and Dr. Shields have.  I would have like just a little bit more at the end to satisfy myself.

I am giving this book 4 stars.  It keeps you going and guessing.  I did think I had the book figured out before I got to the halfway point.  That’s where the book really picks up and has left you with enough little pieces you have to read to see how they all fit together.  I will say, Greer and Pekkanen sure do have some twisted minds!  I hope they collaborate yet again, these ladies know how to throw you for a loop!  Have you read either of their books??  Let me know if you’ve read either book or if you’re looking forward to this one!

Details

Title: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: January 8, 2019

ISBN: 1250133734

Quick Link To Amazon Here

My Top 5 Physical Books To Read In 2019!

I have decided to get my reading on track with laying out the first 10 books I will read in 2019!  I have decided to go with 5 physical books and 5 ebooks from my Kindle.  This post will highlight the first 5 physical books I will be reading!  I will be happy to cross off 10 books from my TBR list, that is for sure!!  (Even though we all know I’ll be continuously adding to it, haha.)

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These books are in no particular order and who knows in which order I will read them.  You can come back here to find my review of them once I do read them!  So in no particular order let’s find out how I came across each book!

 

Book One: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Thank you Amazon.  They had a flash sale on this book so I quickly picked it up for the amazing price of $4.88.  I am in an amazing reading group on Facebook and it seems like everyone on there is reading this book, making me even more exciting to read this book!

 

Book Two: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

#BookMail I received this advance reader copy in the mail and I cannot wait to read it and then let you all know about it before it is released on February 5, 2019!

 

Book Three: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Penguin Random House for the advance reader copy of this novel. This book officially goes on sale on February 19, 2019 so again, I will be reading and reviewing this before its official release date!

 

Book Four: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Would you believe me if I told you I won this from a Goodreads giveaway?  This just proves to go ahead and enter any contest of a book you are interested in, you never know if you’ll win!  This also happens to be an advance copy and will officially be released March 5, 2019!

 

Book Five: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I really want to watch the Netflix movie.  I *LOVE* reading a book and then watching a movie.  I got this gem off of eBay through a non profit organization called More Than Words.  It arrived in GREAT shape and I cannot wait to read this baby and then settle in for a Netflix and chill night!

 

What are your top 5 books lined up to read in 2019?  Any of these?  Let me know what else I should add to my list and if you’re excited for any of these books too!