Read with Tracie Marie Please Vol. 7

Happy Sunday! Today I’m bringing you a bunch of new books for you to check out, from spooky to heart-wrenching, and to some of the most awaited YA summer reads, let’s get started! 

“You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes! This is the perfect summer read and a great story of first loves.

“Our stories, Henry’s and mine, are as intricately woven together as our lives – stories of love and loyalty, betrayal an cruelty, and always, always, of loss.”

Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes. I love this series! I loved learning more about the first original wife of Henry VIII, plus these books are such an easy read.

“Ruining people. I love the way the phrase rolls around on my tongue and inside my mouth. Ruining people is delicious. We’re all hungry, empaths and sociopaths. We want to consume.”

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas

2 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Maybe. If you’re interested in non-violent sociopathy and a woman who is basically obsessed with herself, read maybe the first 1/4 of the book. Don’t bother reading the rest because it is all very repetitive and self-absorbed (not surprising for a sociopath though). Also the “anonymous” author has been on Dr. Phil before in a ridiculous blonde wig (check it out here).

“Is it God? Did God set up the dominoes and wait for some human to flick the first one? Or is it the opposite way around? Did humans set them up so God could do the flicking?”

Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? This is a fictional story based off of a real crime that happened in the author’s hometown, which I find very interesting! This is also a very fast read.

“The two of us, we’re the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.”

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

3 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Maybe. This book is a modern take on the two young ancestors of the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meeting at a Connecticut boarding school. And of course someone gets murdered and tries to frame Holmes and Watson for it. Nothing too unique or reimagined. Not too sure if I’ll continue reading the series or not.

“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.”

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes! This book was sharp, funny, and witty! It was a total rom-com office romance and a fast read. I read it in under a day!

“Not letting the world destroy you. That’s a daily battle.”

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Boy this book made me cry. I haven’t had a book make me cry in years, and this one did it. Yes, it is a very dark read and it is obvious that the main character needs a lot of help and has had a very difficult life. It’s heartbreaking at times, but it is an important reminder to know the signs that someone needs help, and that there is always hope. You just need to have that one person speak out and say something, and it can change someone’s life.

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.”

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes! This wasn’t as insanely good as everyone has been saying, but I did really enjoy it. I wanted to dive into the magical world this book created. The characters were complex and annoying and endearing all at once!

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4.5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yeah, I most definitely wasn’t expecting a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of Twilight mixed in there, but it was a good book. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series or not, but I’ve heard that the second book is better than the first, so we’ll see!

“Nothing good happens after two a.m. Unless you happen to be a fan of watching people play flip cup for hours on end. Not me. No, I’d much prefer to be in my flannel pajamas with a cup of Night-Night tea and a book, thank you very much.”

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? I enjoyed this book just like I enjoy anything Jenny Han writes, but this final book in the Lara Jean series was probably the most boring out of the series. It needed a little more romance I think. Side note: can authors please not put their political views into their YA fiction? Like seriously, I don’t care who you voted for; I want to hear about Lara Jean’s story and not your view on the current political climate in this country.

“Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what’d happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.”

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

3 out of 5 stars

Recommend? This book was super sad. That is all. Not good if you’re just looking for a light fun read. Also PSA: don’t text and drive folks.

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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? I don’t really understand what all the hype is around this book. I totally called who the killer was, and the first part of the book was super boring.

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Xx Tracie

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