Book Review: This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

This is Our Story
by Ashley Elston
A good friend of mine loaned me this book through the Kindle lending program, and I am so glad she suggested it. This book was so good!

The story centers around the death of a popular senior from an elite boarding school in a small Louisiana town. The four main suspects: his best friends, the River Point Boys.

If that doesn’t intrigue you, the story is told through dual perspective…you get one of the River Point Boys, which you assume plays a bigger part in the killing than he lets on, and Kate, daughter of the secretary of the ADA who has the case. Almost like good and bad, dark and light, the opposing forces fighting with all their might…set aside teenage angst and hello mystery!

If you can’t tell, I loved this book! I needed a change from the cheesy romance, and this was the perfect book for that. I enjoyed the mystery, the suspense, the guessing game. I forget how much I love mysteries until I read a really good one. This was a really good one.

What stood out most for me was the author’s ability to hold the killer until the last few chapters. I had it narrowed down to two of the boys, but I really struggled deciding which one it would be. Even after the discovery, I still can’t see where she would have given away the answer. That to me is an awesome mystery.

Plus, I must add that Law & Order (any of them, but especially SVU) is one of my all time favorite series. I love a good crime drama and getting that extra touch was great for me.

If mysteries are your thing, I recommend this one!

4.5 out of 5 stars


Can we just take a minute?

On this edition with Thursdays with Taylon, can we just stop? Take a minute. And breathe.

Holly and I are both school teachers. She is a professor; I’m a high school teacher. We love teaching. Holly gets to talk books all day; I spend my days talking photography, community relations, and technology. We both get to make connections with our kids and help them see “the bigger picture.” It’s a calling, and we both love our jobs.

While we each have our own struggles, yesterday’s school shooting put things back in perspective. Every day we go to school, we have the ability to impact a student–in a positive or negative way. We do our best to have positive interactions, but let’s face it, life happens. We fail. Although we are pretty close, we aren’t perfect. (haha)

This book blog we do, we do because we love it. We have found our “people.” But not all of our kids have. Kids across the world need a group to call home. We are lucky enough to have found like-minded people who love to chat books and characters and win some pretty awesome giveaways.

Next time you see someone who is struggling, reach a hand out. Find some common ground. Show compassion. Share a smile. Everyone needs love. We should share ours.

Thanks for being a part of our tribe!

Book Review: Schooled by Piper Lawson

Schooled, by Piper Lawson

Schooled by [Lawson, Piper]

Check out this free book on Kindle! I loved the author blurb, and I jumped right in.

I enjoyed this story. The internal conflict between what your heart wants and what your head wants is something we all face. Living two lives, working several jobs, and trying to figure out who you are along the way. Well-written with great descriptions, Lawson is an author I will certainly read more of.

Warning: Do not read if you are not a fan of angst. There were several moments I was ready to strangle Lex, the main character. She was frustrating and immature. But overall, she was much better by the end!