#BookReview: The Big Weekend by Libby Kirsch

the big weekendSummary:

You can run. You can hide. Or you can get highlights.

Columbus police make a quick arrest in a murder, but when a tip comes in from someone who knows more about the case than detectives, it’s clear to TV reporter Stella Reynolds that the woman behind bars didn’t pull the trigger.

With lowlifes stealing the headlines, why is Stella’s boss only concerned with her hair? He insists a makeover will help her career, but she knows that a visit to the salon will only get in the way of solving the murder. Or will it? With the real suspect determined to stay hidden, maybe a makeover contest is the perfect cover for catching a killer.

Vicious lies. Unyielding deadlines. And a killer makeover.

Review:

Yes! This series is one of my favorite, and I eagerly dove right into the next installment. I absolutely love Stella Reynolds and the mysteries she finds herself in the middle of are so captivating! Fast-paced, full of intrigue, and an all-around fantastic light-hearted mystery, this was another that I must recommend from Libby Kirsch! And I was thrilled to see we are getting a series on Stella’s friend Janet coming soon – that will definitely be going on my TBR! I highly recommend all the books in this series!

5 stars

#BookReview: Kim VS the Mean Girl by Meredith Schorr

kim vs the mean girlSummary:

High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire class reads personal (not to mention humiliating) entries Kim wrote about her crush, Jonathan, Kim vows to enact revenge.

Kim and her loyal best friend, Bridget, come up with the perfect plan to put the evil Hannah in her place once and for all. But will their scheming have the desired effect of getting even, or will Hannah emerge more celebrated by her peers than ever?
Kim vs. the Mean Girl can be read as a young adult standalone novel, set in 2000, but is also a prequel to the popular Blogger Girl adult romantic comedy series. Told in the dual perspectives of teenage Kim and Hannah, fans of the series will get an inside look into Kim’s early passion for reading, writing (and Jonathan), and find out why Hannah is so darn mean.

Review:

I am such a fan of Meredith Schorr, and was thrilled to read her latest installment. This is a prequel to BLOGGER GIRL, another novel I highly recommend from this author, and it was simply cute and fun to read. I love that we got both sides, told in dual POV from both Kim and Hannah, and it gave us more insight on characters that I grew to love in BLOGGER GIRL. I especially enjoyed getting Hannah’s perspective and seeing what made her tick and actually a different side of her as well. I breezed through this young adult read in just over a day and would definitely recommend.

5 stars


#BookReview: The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

widowofwallstreetSummary:

A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.

When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice?

While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible.

From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers’s latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.

Review:

Oh boy oh boy. This novel was quite the intriguing, thought-provoking and intense read. We got to really know both Phoebe and Jake extremely well, be privy to their inner most thoughts, and watch them grow from children really to adults. This book was long and took me several days to finish even when I would have marathon sessions with it, and is probably my only critique of this story. There were a handful of scenes that maybe could have been cut or condensed so the story wasn’t to the length it was, but while it was something that bothered me, it was slight. It was quite interesting to get to know two characters so well and watch how they lived their lives, what made them tick, their mistakes, their triumphs. There is a lot of finance talk, investments, stocks, etc, that I don’t know a lot about myself, but never once during those scenes did I feel lost or bored. I feel like I have so much I could say in this book review because again, we got quite the story here that carries us through decades, but overall, I would say read this book. It was too interesting to put down my Kindle after just reading a chapter…or two. It had me telling my friends “well, listen to what I’m reading about!” and us discussing how we would handle certain situations. And even though I finished this story five days ago, I’m still thinking about Phoebe. About Jake. And about The Widow of Wall Street.

4.5 stars