Month: December 2019

December Update

Hey everyone!!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while now! Between Christmas, working, family commitments – its been difficult to find the time to sit down and actually have time to work on the blog!

Just a heads up – I also have an Instagram and Goodreads page that I have been updating more frequently (because it’s more accessible on the daily) so check me out there… you can find me as “the comfyreader” (I have links to both of these pages on my blog as well!)

I am hoping to get back to my norm in the new year and I have quite a few reviews and fun posts planned!!

Thanks for sticking around! Life can be pretty crazy and all over the place but reading and writing about all my bookish interests keeps me going 😊

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best in the New Year 🥂

Let me know in the comments what books you are most looking forward to in the new year!

Spell It: December

Hey guys 😺

Back at it again with a segment of ‘Spell It’. Honestly this is so basic but I love it. I have been coming across new books and old books I forgot about! Makes me do some searching which I enjoy. I think I may be doing more of these and branching out to make some challenges! Let me know if you have any tips or ideas for a challenge!!

‘Spell It’ is where I pick a word and have to come up with a book title for each of the letters! The challenge is to find titles that start with the same letter! (I try not to use titles with the word ‘the’ since that would be pretty easy). Give it a try for yourself and see what books you come up with 🙂

The ‘Spell It’ word is…… December

D – Divergent by Veronica Roth

E – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

C – Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

E – Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

M – Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

B – Becoming by Michelle Obama

E – Evermore by Alyson Noel

R – Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh


To make this a little more fun, I have picked out a couple books from this list to highlight that I either find interesting or caught my eye because of the cover!!

Christmas Shopaholic

’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness—even if that only means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents hosting, carols playing on repeat, her mother pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors coming ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch—unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados—and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Becky’s sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave (again), and little Minnie needs a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend–turned–rock star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her bighearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky wonders if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

Muse of Nightmares

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.She was wrong

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Reign of the Fallen

Without the dead, she’d be no one.

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their soul from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears around the kingdom. Soon, a crushing loss of one of her closest companions leaves Odessa shattered, and reveals a disturbing conspiracy in Karthia: Someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is forced to contemplate a terrifying question: What if her magic is the weapon that brings the kingdom to its knees?

Fighting alongside her fellow mages–and a powerful girl as enthralling as she is infuriating–Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.


That’s it for today!!

Lets chat in the comments 🙂 What are some good holiday books you are reading for December?

Review: Rivals In The City (Agency #4) – Y.S. Lee

Hey there!

It has been a while since I have done an Agency review! I have to be honest, I totally forgot to post this!! I’ve had it done and just sitting there and I think part of me thought I already posted it? Oh well! Here it is 🙂


Synopsis

Convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and the Agency asks Mary to take on one last case: to watch for the return of his estranged wife. Mrs Thorold is an accomplished criminal and will surely want to settle scores with Mary’s fiancé, James. With the additional complications of family and conflicting loyalties, the stakes for all involved are higher than ever.

My Thoughts

The last book in the Agency series!! Bittersweet. I loved this series so much. I love when I finish a series and it all wraps up and I feel this completeness to me. However, I also didn’t want this series to end. Like I said, I loved it and I could have read many more of these books haha.

So in this one, Mary has one last mystery to solve. Henry Thorold (remember him from the first book???) is in prison for fraud. His wife is on the move and Mary is to watch for her. As she is watching for Ms. Thorold she uncovers more of the mystery and as usual, Mary is amazing at what she does!! Mary and James open up their own private detective business due to the Agency becoming fractured. The partnership has to break apart though due to old business coming back to haunt them! They each must work alone on this one for both of their safety. Mary and James are in constant fear for each other and the uncertainty really keeps you on your toes!

I thought the character development was quite good in this book. Mary and James made HUGE steps from the first book and I felt their love and maturity in this book was quite strong. I also enjoyed that Mary’s background and information about her father really came to surface in this book. It felt to me that some loose ends were tied up and I was pretty content with what I found out. The part in the book where Mary meets a long lost cousin and gets to spend time with the cousin gave Mary some good information and it was interesting to find out information from a different character with different perspective!! At times this family reunion seemed out of place though. I figured the cousin would tie into the mystery somehow, but unfortunately the cousin was just there.

One thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was the lack of back and forth from Mary and James. Since they spent most of the book away from each other, there was that lack of humor and quirky romance from them which really made the other books fun.

I loved the series and all of the books. This last book fell a little lower on my rating than the rest. I feel like this was because the action was a little less and Mary and James did not get to be together as much so it took away from the comedy and romance.

My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(more like 3.5)


Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Chat with me in the comments!!

Monthly Picks – December 2019

Hello everyone 🙂

Another month is over! December is here already. November flew by faster than any month this year. But another month means new books which I love!! Here are some books I’m looking forward to this month. I hope to get to one or two of these books but something tells me I will just have to add them to my forever growing TBR. Anyone else get super excited for some new books but also have like a million books just sitting on the shelf not being read?? I do. The struggle is real hahah.

Here are 10 books I am looking forward to:


Regretting You – Colleen Hoover

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together. 

Such A Fun Age – Kiley Reid

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

The Tear Collector – Shawn Burgess

When a young autistic girl goes missing in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass, Brooks Raker and his friends are inadvertently drawn into the police investigation. As the town suffers a mysterious death, more kids disappear and the boys experience a series of unsettling phenomena; it becomes clear that the fate of their missing classmate, Margo Combs, pales in comparison to what lies in wait in the margins of the town.

Between avoiding the bullies who are stalking them, and running from the encroaching lethal darkness, the walls are closing in around Brooks and his friends. They soon realize their fates are inextricably bound, and if they have any hope of surviving, they must unravel the dark secrets of Harper Pass before those secrets can devour them.

Husband Material – Emily Belden

Sometimes love is unpredictable…

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.

The Kill Club – Wendy Heard

Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.

Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her—people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Would Like To Meet – Rachel Winters

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

The Penmaker’s Wife – Steve Robinson

In Victorian England, a mother is on the run from her past—and the truth about what she did.

Birmingham, 1880. Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William. She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind.

Securing a job as a governess, Angelica captures the attention of wealthy widower Stanley Hampton. Soon they marry and the successful future Angelica envisaged for William starts to fall into place.

But the past will not let Angelica go. As the people in her husband’s circle, once captivated by her charm, begin to question her motives, it becomes clear that forgetting where she came from—and who she ran from—is impossible.

When tragedy threatens to expose her and destroy everything she’s built for herself and William, how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? And when does the love for one’s child tip over into dangerous obsession?

Home Truths – Tina Seskis

American nanny Eleanor was never meant to meet Alex. But when she walks into his London police station to report a stalker, everything changes for them both. He’s convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. She hopes her darkest days are behind her.

As they settle into their life together, two hundred miles away another young couple faces an uncertain future. Christie knows Paul is a decent man, but she can’t shake a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ When a work trip tests their bond, will she overcome her fears for the sake of her family?

Ten years later, both couples are still together, for better or worse. But as doubts and resentments begin bubbling steadily to the surface, all four of them start to question the choices they’ve made.

At least the secrets they all brought into their marriages are still well hidden.

For now.

Good Girls Lie – J.T. Ellison

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

The Dead Girls Club – Damien Angelica Walters

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.


Any books on here that you’ve been looking forward to? What books come out this month that you cant wait for? Chat with me in the comments!