Reading Recommendations 5

Hey guys! Happy Thursday!!

Today, I’m popping in today to share some of my recent good reads. . .

Masque of Red Death – Bethany Griffin


Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her

–> Interesting read with lots of questions and wondering throughout this first book. Overall a dark read because the book is all about plague, death and dying. When I read it, I didn’t realize it was the first book of two and when it ended, I was like “whaaaaaat???” Thankfully, I was able to get the next book from the library super quick..  .

Dance of Red Death (sequel to Masque of Red Death)- Bethany Griffin


In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no –one to trust. But she will fight for herself, for the people she loves, and for her city. Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball. It could destroy her and everyone she loves . . . or it could turn her into a hero.

–> the awesome conclusion to the first book. Full of more twists, questions and turns. . . and all is answered in the end. Overall a fun but dark read.

Guilty Wives – James Patterson


Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they’re free to live someone else’s life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.
What happened last night?
In the morning’s harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened–something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime–for survival. GUILTY WIVES is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

A fun “who-done-it” chick flick. I loved the main character and trying to figure out what was going to happen. I listened to it on audio book in the car on the way to work and it was a fun one to listen to. Beware – there are some quite graphic descriptions of love escapades.

Sharp Objects – Gilian Flynn


Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

–> whoa. this one is dark. a little uncomfortable and a lot crazy. but I really enjoy Gillian Flynn novels and this one is no exception. Not my favorite one of hers, but still a decent read.

The Matchmaker – Elin Hilderbrand


48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man – call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.
Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.
But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

–> Total chick flick. Totally predictable. But still a cute, fast read.

Looking for more? Check out my other reading recommendation posts:

Reading Recommendations
Reading Recommendations 2
Reading Recommendations 3
Reading Recommendations 4

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7 Responses to Reading Recommendations 5

  1. I loved Sharp Objects! A little messed up, but still really good. I’ve been trying for weeks to find a good new book to read. Thanks for the suggestions!
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  2. Describing Sharp Objects as uncomfortable is right on target! All of Gillian Flynn’s books are dark, but I think this one may be the creepiest of them all.

    I listened to Matchmaker too, and I just did not like it. I usually enjoy Elin Hilderbrand for easy, “no need to think” reading, but I couldn’t get behind this one. I think it’s because I hated the characters. I found Dabney weak and annoying, and Clen way to egotistical and rough without any redeeming qualities to blunt is edges.

    Very interested in reading the first two books. They sound intriguing!
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  3. That last one looks like a fun read! I thought gone girl was pretty dark, so I think sharp objects would be too much for me :/
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  4. Sharp Objects was definitely out there. There were actually times where I had to put the book away because it made me so uncomfortable. I like her writing, but maaaaan does Flynn have some crazy ideas 😯
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  5. I love Elin Hilderbrand’s novels. I haven’t read The Matchmaker yet so I’ll have to do that. Her books are kind of like Nicholas Sparks’ to me – predictable and light but still fun to read 🙂
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