When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton is the perfect follow-up to Next Year in Havana. You learn about Beatriz’s story and you find out how leaving Cuba and losing her brother shaped her into the woman she became. You also get a peek at the Perez family life after they left Cuba. You laugh, you cry and you feel for Beatriz. You learn about her espionage days and receive a history lesson along the way.
I love how Chanel weaves in actual events that were happening during that time and how the Perez family were integrating into American culture. I fell in love with the Perez family in Next Year in Havana and loved When We Left Cuba one can only hope that Chanel will continue to let us into the lives of the Perez Family.
Like I said your heart will break for Beatriz as she tries to figure out who she is and you will have to wait to read to see if she receives her happy ending.
PS…Chanel, please write more about the Perez family!!!
There is a Rafflecopter giveaway for the tour for a $100 Amazon Gift Card, Lilly Pulitzer palm tree necklace and earrings set, When We Left Cuba coffee mug, Besame cosmetics vintage-inspired lipstick, signed When We Left Cuba recipe cards, and signed When We Left Cuba bookmarks. The giveaway will run from April 7th-20th.
After thinking about this book more and trying to figure out how to properly rate and review it. I decided to give it just 3 stars rather than 3.5.
This is a good debut by Joanne Ramos.
I love the idea of The Farm which is Golden Oakes and it is a surrogate farm whose occupants are mostly immigrants and clients are mostly the rich and wealthy. They strive to have good “hosts” (flashbacks to Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host) and to keep them on strict schedules. The book jumps between 4 points of view. Almost one too many although as the book climaxes, you see why there are 4 points of views.
Jane and Reagan are the hosts who tell their stories, Mae is the director of the whole project and then you have Ate(Jane’s cousin) who you find out is a recruiter for Golden Oakes. Mae actually reminds me of the director from Nine Perfect Strangers and that sort of had me having PTSD flashbacks to that book. (Nine Perfect Strangers was a “WTF, did I just read?” for me). I will admit it would have been nice to have gotten a glimpse at the Client’s point of view.
The story picks up and right when you get to some juicy things about Golden Oakes and the Hosts and Clients it just falls off the face of the earth. I was really enjoying the book until I got to the end. Also the ending is a little interesting though you want more there. I think 50-75 more pages of the book and it would have been a homerun for me.
The Farm is available May 7th.
Thank you to Random House for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
Meet Cute is so cute!
It follows Kailyn and Daxton as they reconnect after law school. Well…Kailyn is Daxton’s biggest fan until after law school. Tragedy happens when Daxton’s parents tragically killed in a car accident leaving Daxton to take care of his thirteen year old sister. Kailyn is appointed the conservator of his sister’s trust and they are forced to reconnect.
As Daxton is navigating trying to figure out a teenager, Kailyn creeps back into his life and they have a “meet cute” moment.
This is a great rom com and is so stinking cute. Will Kailyn become Daxton’s biggest fan again? Will Daxton figure out how to take care of a teenager?
I guess you will just have to read it! It comes out April 9th.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the advance e-galley.
So I’ve taken some time to really mull over writing this review. Why do you ask? Because this book was deep for me. I know it’s a rom com and it’s suppose to be light and fluffy but the factor of Ethan’s dad having a stroke ran deep for me.
Over a year ago, my family’s lives were turned upside down when my mom had a stroke and it was decided I’d be her main caregiver and take her to her appointments, get her ready for bed and up in the morning and dressed, and I manage all her meds. My dad does a lot but the majority of her care falls to me.
When I read the first couple of chapters, I didn’t know if I was going to get through book with Ethan’s dad having a stroke. It brought up memories of initially when my mom had the stroke.
Otherwise I thought the story was the cutest! I loved Delilah and Ethan! I loved that Ethan was a hockey player. It was a great rom com and just what I needed to get me out of my book funk. I was able to breeze right through this book in one day. It does have a lot of sexual tension and sex of course.
It’s all good. I loved it and it was a good Bookstagram made me buy this book moment.
I think anyone and everyone who has thought that a book should be challenged or ban should read this book! You can’t let one person ruin it for everyone else.
Amy Anne and her friends saw the need to stand up and fight for what they wanted. Books are the gateway to our imagination. Books help the mind to grow and learn and to take you places that you never thought you could go.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of my most favorite books. I love how the author used it to centralize around the banning of books from a school library.
The craziest thing about reconsideration forms is that most the time people don’t want to fill them out because they don’t want to take the time.
Read the book…you won’t regret it!
I actually rounded up in my rating and actually give it a 3.5. I had really high hopes for this book. After reading the Light We Lost, I thought this was going to be another oh my heart can’t take this book. It started out like that and I was like oh give me more. Then the book plateaued towards the middle. I wanted so much more from this book and it kinda happened but it wasn’t as climactic as I thought it was going to be.
Of course there was the love triangle that some have been talking about. I really didn’t think it was a love triangle. The big secret that Nina’s father kept from her really wasn’t that big. There were two secrets and well they didn’t seem so shocking.
There were some holes in the plot and I felt like somethings could have been expounded upon. I think a few things in the story just ended abruptly. It was like oh that’s done now.
I liked the book for the most part but like I said it just fell short. It’s a nice quick read. Although I am glad that I didn’t buy the book like I had made plans on to do.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
What?!?!? The moment I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be a WTF book. The author definitely keeps you guessing and you make so many guesses to what it may be and then you are like no that doesn’t work.
I had this creepy feeling about Theo from the beginning and I just couldn’t shake it. Like I knew he was bad news but then halfway through the book, you are like no…it can’t be.
I also love how the author told the story. He let Alicia have a voice through her journal. I didn’t see everything that was coming but I was like oh my gosh with her last journal entry.
Alicia wasn’t crazy…she was just driven there and you’re like oh my gosh.
The ending oh my goodness I never saw that coming!!!
This book is gorgeous. I just couldn’t get over how much you dive into a subject of eating disorders and make it so elegant. I was hooked from the beginning.
You are taken on Anna’s journey as she is trying to recover from anorexia. With the support of her husband (ps every book husband needs to be like this) who never gives up on her through the journey. She goes through highs, lows, and triumphs.
The book is elegantly written. The dialogue is in italics and you almost sometimes feel as if you are in Anna’s head through all of this. The Girls at 17 Swann Street are all survivors and it is their choice if they get better or not.
I think that has to do with every type of illness. You can decide to get better or you can just decide not too. I’m glad Anna did. It is definitely a beautiful debut.
I give it 4 stars.
Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy edition!
I couldn’t put Daisy Jones and the Six down! OMG !!! It’s so good. I had to slow myself down from reading it because I wanted to savor it so much.
I wish that Daisy Jones and the Six were real. I want to go to one of their concerts, listen to their albums and just become a fangirl of Daisy. I did though become a fangirl of Taylor Jenkins Reid. 🙂
Well I really did become a fangirl of Daisy.
I loved how Taylor Jenkins Reid made it feel real. She takes you through a journey of people who knew Daisy Jones and the Six and made them up. Wow! I love the oral history transcript of the whole book. It kept my attention and I wanted more. Oh my goodness I wanted more. It’s like going back to the VH1 Behind the Music and learning about Daisy Jones and the Six.
You get the love, sex and drugs. The triumphs, the heartbreaks and oh the drama. It well represents the 70s!
I give Daisy 5 stars!!!!
Thank you @minotaur_books for an advanced copy!
The Nowhere Child by @christian_white_author is a thriller and was originally released in Australia in 2018 but makes its 2019 debut in the US on January 22nd.
You meet Kim who is a photograph and lost her mom 4 years ago and has a stepdad, a sister and her sisters fiancé and their daughter. But someone comes from America and claims that Kim is Sammy West, who was abducted from her home in Kentucky when she was two years old. You are taken between then and now as Kim pieces together the story herself.
This book is a very fast read and I was hoping for a little more suspense and thrilling nature (The book Verity by Colleen Hoover ruined me). It’s a good book and a good story.
The author references Stephen King as being an inspiration to his writing. That made me scared to read the book and I wanted to put it off but I pushed through and read it. It didn’t give me anxiety like You or Verity gave me. I was left wanting more. The author leaves the book open for a sequel or at least it feels like it. I’d like to know more. I want to know more. Characters could have their past and stories expanded upon.
Especially Stuart and Emma. I wanted more about them and Jack and how he was able to be who he became.
I give it 3.5-4 stars