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What Norma’s Reading! Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me to BeEverything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Book excerpt from Goodreads:  Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

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Norma’s Reading Order / Complete

Since I have so many books to read I think it would be fitting to put my next read in an order by the format of the book.  This is by no means a definite order just a suggestion for my own purposes.  It might and will probably change if I must read a certain book.  So anyway here goes:  e-Book, Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and Mass Paperback.

E-Book:  Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (Read)

Hardcover:  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Read)

Trade:  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Read)

Mass:  Haven by Kay Hooper (Read)

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Review by Norma: Find Her

Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren, #8)Find Her by Lisa Gardner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 18 – 22, 2016

I am a huge fan of LISA GARDNER and have read all of her books. I always find myself waiting patiently for her next book release.

Although FIND HER didn’t actually “wow” me it still gets a 5* rating from me because I wasn’t able to guess the outcome on this one and it was a strong, solid read. But, not guessing the outcome isn’t uncommon for me as Lisa Gardner pulls you into the storyline and I just want to be in the moment with D. D. Warren’s case as it unfolds and don’t find myself wanting to guess. She puts in lots of twists to keep you guessing, everyone is a suspect. FIND HER is a fitting title which was a gripping murder mystery thriller right from the very first page and we learn so much of what she is trying to portray with her characters. I loved the pace and the way that she keeps you interested throughout the whole novel. Her characters are believable, relatable, and very human.

The story was told with two different points of view that of Flora’s (original kidnap survivor) which would alternate from past memories to present situation and Lisa Gardner’s continuing character of the Boston PD, Detective D. D. Warren.

LISA GARDNER has done an excellent job with this book. The storyline was executed very well and was easy to follow along with all the characters involved. It did take me a little longer to read this one but that was only because I didn’t get much spare time to read over the weekend.

It was a suspense filled, fast-paced, quick, and easy read with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!


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Brenda’s Thoughts on Guest Bed

Guest BedGuest Bed by Luke P. Narlee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Started reading Guest Bed just before bed. I was getting sleepy, going to put it down and then a twist. I was wide awake and read till I finished.

Guest Bed is a short, fast read and perfect for one or two sittings. I found Guest Bed to be interestingly written and a very satisfying read. Just what I needed.