The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

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“He doesn’t know how determined I can be. Once I’ve made my mind up, I’m a force to be reckoned with.” -Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

 

 Book Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Goodreads’ Book Description:

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

Valeria’s Book Review:

Who can you really trust?  What goes on behind closed doors? How much can you ever really know a person?

An alcoholic, a liar and a cheat.

Rachel, Anna and Megan are the three woman who capture us from beginning to end and tell us their side of the story throughout the whole book.

Rachel had it all. She had the perfect husband, her dream home and a great job. After some time of not being able to have a child, things began to get rocky in their marriage and things started  going downhill which later leads to her excessive drinking.

Rachel is the girl on the train. She takes her mind off of her own life by imagining and assuming the lives of other people. So when the train stops at the same red signal every morning, Rachel is already looking out for the perfect couple who live at the house right outside her window.

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”

She names them, “Jess and Jason” who are this perfect couple, making up the story behind who they are and what they do in their everyday lives. She is so fascinated by them that in her head she believes that they are perfection, that that is what marriage should look like…

Until that morning. Things aren’t what they seem and Rachel sees something that shatters the perfect image she has of the couple inside her head.

“They’re what I lost, they’re everything I want to be.”

But everyone has a secret.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to this book. I don’t want to give anything away but this will be a mystery that will make you want to solve it yourself!

From the very beginning you think you have the clues figured out as to who did what, but you don’t know who to trust or who to believe in. Every character is just as crazy as the last but then things seem to add up. All the stories and clues that each character explains brings you to assume who might have done it…but then just when you think you have it all figured out you are completely taken aback from it all.

It is definitely a roller coaster of emotions and confusion that you will not see coming…

This book kept me on the edge! I’m not much of a mystery/thriller fan, but I was not disappointed. I loved every word and every page, and all the messed up characters. They are the ones who brought it to life and made the story much more fascinating.

We get three POV’s which I absolutely loved, I know it may sound complicated but it was so easy to follow that it gave you an insight as to what each character was going through. I loved everything about it and how detailed and well written it is.

All the characters are messed up and crazy in their own way. They all have their own personal issues which seems fucked up, but it is the reality of life and that is why I liked it even more. Everyone is hiding something and no one is perfect.

“But I did become sadder, and sadness gets boring after a while, for the sad person and for everyone around them.”

I felt for Rachel so much. She had it all, but she became a person difficult to love because she made herself get lost in her own world and never gave herself the chance to move forward and make her life after what happened with her marriage.

“When did you become so weak?”

I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”  

She made me feel so many different emotions, and even though you might see her as weak throughout the book, I feel as though she was the strongest of them all in her own way.

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”

Megan and Anna are the same as well. They have their own secrets and stories that you will read throughout the book and it makes you realize that it makes you question whether you really know someone.

“let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”

This can happen to anyone. Even if it is fiction, things like this can happen. The reality of life is this, and once you read the book it will give you a better understanding of the struggles your mind can go through.

Secrets that were kept in the dark and now brought to light, making you fear for them because of the outcome that can happen because of the decisions and ideas that they have in their heads.

“I can’t do this, I can’t just be a wife. I don’t understand how anyone does it—there is literally nothing to do but wait. Wait for a man to come home and love you. Either that or look around for something to distract you.”  

I am very happy that I read this! Ever since it came out on the shelves, I wanted to get my hands on it but I kept putting it off. Until I saw a poster in theaters that the book was to become a movie and I went in and bought my copy the next day!

I highly recommend this book. There are a lot of comparisons to Gone Girl, which you will notice some similarities but you do not want to miss this or the movie that comes out in October!

I have the trailer and article posted on Book Announcements.

Go grab your copy today!

“I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere.”

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Crash Into You

Crash Into You

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“The way she curls in my arms makes me feel like I’m the hero. I like being her hero. I like the way her eyes shine at me, the way her body melts when I touch her, her soft lips on mine. I love her warmth and every curve.
I love her.”  -Katie McGarry, Crash Into You

 

Book Rating: 5 out of 5

Goodreads’ Book Description:

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane…

The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

 

Valeria’s Book Review:

The third book in the Pushing the Limits Series that you do not want to miss!

Isaiah’s life hasn’t been easy. Growing up and living in foster homes, he never really had a family, except for Noah and Beth. Everyone he loved leaves him. It shaped him to be the tough guy that he is and even though he comes off as a badass, do not be fooled by appearances. Covered in tattoos and piercings, he is the most sweetest, caring and smart guy you will ever meet.

 

“I don’t want to be without you. I like who I am with you, and I don’t want to go back to who I was before.”

Rachel, the youngest of four brothers has it all. But she isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks. After a tragedy that occurred in their family, it is Rachel’s job to be the perfect daughter and the pressure is on her to not mess things up. And in order to keep their mother happy, she must do what she is told.

She suffers from severe panic attacks, and hides her true self from her family because it will only makes things worse. She’s strong and selfless enough to keep going with the façade in order to keep everyone happy, but that is where her passion of cars allows her to be herself. The only time that she can truly be free and happy is when she is out driving on the road.

So when Isaiah and Rachel meet at an illegal street race, there’s an immediate spark between the two.

“The first moment I saw him, the night people clamored over each other to step out of his way, I was frightened. The guy with earrings and tattoos and an energy radiating danger. Now-inside and out-all I see is beauty.”

But things go bad and neither of them should have been there. Isaiah comes to the rescue, getting both Rachel and himself out of there from what could have been the worst night of their lives.

“Fuck me. God does exist and he sent an angel in a white Mustang to prove it.”

After that night everything changes and a bond build between the two of them, especially since they both have a passion for cars and street racing…but Rachel is hesitant and Isaiah isn’t the kind of guy she should be around with.

“Her soft lips kiss my jaw and my body temperature spikes. Holding on to Rachel is like holding on to a flame. It’s a soothing burn and an addictive burn. Her kiss is pure fire.”

But that night wasn’t a mistake, and things happen for a reason…

“You can ignore me, Rachel, and you can try to treat me as a friend, but none of that will erase the fact that I think about kissing you every second I’m awake and dream at night of my hands on your body. And it sure as hell won’t erase that I’m terrified by how much I like you.”

I don’t think I can fully explain just how much I feel in love with Isaiah and the person he truly is. You must read it and see for yourself why Rachel falls for him and just how beautiful their story really is.

“I’m still not good enough for a girl like her, but she’s back in my life and she needs someone to protect her. I’ll fill the role and absorb as much of her light as I can before she leaves me behind in the darkness.”

Through their relationship they face so many obstacles, that it makes you want to punch everyone in the face to just leave them alone, but because of this their bond only grows stronger. They learn from each other, despite them being two complete opposites but they have each others back, through thick and thin.

“Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness.”

The book quotes are amazing! We get to see Isaiah’s story and his POV throughout it all, and he really is a strong and thoughtful protagonist.

Katie McGarry has stolen my heart with all of her beautifully written books! She is definitely one of those very few authors who can make you feel sad, excited, happy and in love and so many other emotions when you read her books.

This YA series is one of my all time favorites and I highly recommend everyone to read it! Each book can be read as a stand alone but you should start from the very beginning to not miss anything about each of the characters.

“I can’t give you the world, Rachel, but I’ll give you all I got.”

 

 

The Moment of Letting Go

The Moment of Letting Go

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“…she just looks at me, I look at her, and I never imagined that so much could be said between two people without a single word.” -J.A. Redmerski, The Moment of Letting Go

 

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Goodreads’ Book Description:

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

Valeria’s Book Review:

A story about finding peace and letting go…

I absolutely loved The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always, so when I found out that J.A. was releasing this book I knew that I would love it…and let me tell you that it did not disappoint!

Since the very beginning of the book I felt such a strong connection with Sienna. So much that I felt like I was reading a story about myself.

Sienna is a smart, responsible, independent woman that hasn’t fully lived her life.  

An extreme planner that has to have everything running smoothly when it comes to work and her life, with no room for mess-ups is exactly how she lives it…until she meets Luke.

“We’re all stronger than our weaknesses,” he says. “Sometimes we just need someone to help us find that strength.” 

And Luke, the complete opposite of Sienna, is a carefree man who isn’t afraid of living life.

“Luke Everett is dangerous. He’s more dangerous than flying in a plane or jumping from a cliff into water or from a bridge attached by a giant rubber band or getting lost in the forest. Everything about him screams change and the unknown and if you let him in, your meticulously planned life will never be the same again.”

With a passion and love for extreme sports, he has learned how to live life to the fullest and appreciate what life has to offer.

So when Sienna goes against her own rules when she decides to stay in Hawaii for two weeks, Luke shows her just how much she has been missing out on.

“I drank the sky and brought an angel down with me.”

Two weeks might not seem like a lot, but it was a perfect enough time for both of them to grow and build a connection, which later turns into a relationship. Even though they are two complete opposites, they find a missing piece in each other that changes their perspective on life.

“Do you miss home yet?” Luke asks.

I shake my head. “I am home.”

The whole story is both motivating and inspiring and J.A. makes it very clear throughout the whole book what the theme is.

I did wish for a much stronger connection when it came to Luke and Sienna though. I wanted to fall in love with them, and I know I can’t compare to what Andrew and Camryn had in The Edge of Never; but it was just missing a little more spark when it came to their love story.

Towards the end the book it all wrapped up too quickly and I just wasn’t a huge fan of how the book ended, which is why I gave it a 3 out of 5, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

The story overall is well written, a little slow paced but very detailed with relatable characters.

“Most people never let their feet leave the ground. Whether they’re afraid of heights, or afraid of hospitals, or they stay in the same place all their life because they’re afraid of change—so many people go through life on the ground and die without ever knowing that they can fly.”

With the story taking place in Hawaii, this is the perfect book for summer! I definitely recommend you to read it and see yourself how eye opening this story really is.

And just like the title of the book…this is all about letting go.

Take a moment to let go of your crazy chaotic life. Take a step back to breathe and not worry about every single little detail. And learn to live your life to the fullest.

“Fear is just the part of you that wants you to fail. It’s all of your regrets and your pain and your failures wrapped up into one emotion. It’s a weakness, nothing more.”