Taylon’s Back with Book Reviews!

Welcome to 2018! This is year three that I have set a word for myself, a goal to aspire to, a word that I want to live out daily. This year, it’s “intentional.” One thing I really want to do is be better at this blog. Holly does an amazing job of keeping it up, and I need to start pulling my own weight!

In order to do that, I’m going to blog twice a week: Tuesday Thoughts and Thursdays with Taylon. Tuesday Thoughts will consist of book reviews. Thursdays with Taylon will discuss book-related topics, such as authors, reading trends, etc.

And what a perfect time to start than on a snow day! I’ve read three books in the last few weeks, and here’s my reviews.

The Cinderella Arrangement by Vanessa Waltz

The Cinderella Arrangement by [Waltz, Vanessa]

Although I enjoyed the story, the editing errors drove me crazy. If you are looking for a good story that moves quickly, jumps right into content, and has a happily every after, it’s worth reading.

The characters were relatable and likeable. The story was a little far-fetched at times, but it was a good cleanser after reading The Ghostwriter. If you are in a funk or need a book hangover cure, I’d recommend this one. PLUS it comes with a part two that carries the story over. Personally, I like closure, so getting the second story included was a definite positive.

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter by [Torre, Alessandra]
I’ve been putting off reading this story for months. I didn’t know if I was ready for it, but I decided to jump in and add it to my read list for 2018. I am so glad I did.

It’s twisted. It’s not a love story. It makes you think. It’s not a happily ever after, but it’s a good ending that brings closure and peace. The writing is superb. The story excellent. The characters are deep and well-developed. The foreshadowing is there, and if you really clue in, you’ll figure out what’s really eating the main character.

This was a book I wanted to skip ahead on, because I needed to know what was causing the guilt, what had happened that changed her. I’m glad I waited and let the story unfold on it’s own. It was totally worth it.

The anger, guilt, and fear felt so real–like this could really happen. I think that’s what I loved most about this story. I could understand the motivations, appreciate the friendship, and find peace in the ending.

I would highly recommend this book!!!

I’ll Be the One by Hazel James

I'll Be the One by [James, Hazel]

Holly and I met Hazel this summer, and I fell in love with her as a person. She was carefree, kind, and so much fun. I have been following her on Facebook since, and I’ve really grown to appreciate her honesty and courage. Honestly, I was afraid to read her book, because I didn’t know if I could write an honest, unbiased review.

I’m so glad I got the courage to read it!

In her first book, she does a great job of making you think. She has great dialogue and well-developed characters. Her take on young love is spot on; she makes you believe in it and reminds you how much your first love truly meant. She employs lots of foreshadowing with the psychic aspect, and while it has a very sad ending, it’s a good one I’d still consider a happily ever after. Warning: be prepared to cry!!

Hazel has gained a reader in me! I recommend everyone give her a chance!

DISCLAIMER: All ebooks were purchased by me through Amazon. I appreciate authors’ efforts immensely, and these comments reflect my reading preferences only.

Book Review: Wander and Roam by Anna Kyss

Wander and RoamWander and Roam by Anna Kyss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I had to sum up Wander & Roam using one word, that word would be refreshing!

Sure, there are many other terms I could have gone with to describe this work: suspenseful or sweet or thought-provoking, just to name a few. But in my opinion, this novel presents readers with so many fresh elements, that uniqueness supersedes its other auspicious qualities.

Lately I’ve read in the NA genre almost exclusively. It’s hard not to notice that novels within it often follow very predictable patterns or formulas. Regarding Wander & Roam, however, Anna Kyss gives us some new material to consider:

1. Readers are given a very different type of hero to swoon over; he’s not a brooding, tattooed, damaged alpha or a commitment-phobe famous musician/athlete. Instead, Sage (love the name, by the way) is introspective, philosophical, and unselfish–almost to a fault. He meditates and studies Buddhism, and his plans for the future involve volunteering and starting a family.

2. The setting and the context of the storyline are unique; I’ve never read anything else like it. Sage and Abby serve as volunteers for a WWOOFing program, in which they assist their host (Susan) in tending her farm based near Sydney, Australia. The existence of such a program was entirely new to me, and I enjoyed what description there was about sustaining that particular lifestyle and preserving/selling the farm’s produce.

3. The author has chosen to imply sex scenes rather than to provide readers with explicit play-by-plays. I think this choice is a wise one, considering the novel’s profound, emotion-laden subject matter. This way, the couple’s physical relationship doesn’t overshadow the deeper issues at hand.

Overall, Wander & Roam is an enjoyable read featuring two likable and deserving main characters. Be prepared, though, because this one ends in a cliffhanger! I’m already itching to get my hands on the next installment.

*Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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Newest NetGalley Novella

The Long Way HomeI’m still new to NetGalley. Unfortunately, since I don’t have many followers, this means that my requests for novels frequently get declined. So my latest tactic is to read and provide quality feedback on as many reads as I can get approvals for–even if they’re not my top picks.

The blurb for The Long Way Home by Kathleen O’Brien isn’t much to go on. Thus far, I’m pleasantly surprised as to the quality of the writing and the compelling nature of the story. Stay tuned for a full report!