Now Reading, Reviews, and Recommendations

3/24/20

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The Bookworm is open from 10-4! We can check our inventory and do curbside pick-up 📚🚗📚 Email us at thebookworm.mb@gmail.com or call 843-750-0000. I’ll be reading Enchantée by Gita Trelease today. Stay healthy and happy reading!

 

REVIEW – Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll  indexindexindexindex111

Very cute and sweet book… It started out light and breezy, but then it got pretty serious. I would have loved more about the store and the crazy things they found.

 

REVIEW – The Escape Room by Megan Goldin   indexindexindexindexindex

Great book!! I loved the alternating timelines, the characters were all really well written, and it was fast-paced thriller that I spent the majority of my day reading. Just a little far-fetched, but I really, really enjoyed it.

 

3/21/20

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The Bookworm is open 10-4 today! I’ll be reading The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (before it starts to feel too real). Stop by and stock up! 📚📚📚

 

3/20/20

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A memoir about a guy who goes around NYC tasting all the pizza? That is the book (and the mission) for me. Eli here… I started reading Slice Harvester by Colin Hagendorf today and had to run over to Aromas (Pizza, Pasta, & Subs) to grab a couple slices. They’re still open for take-out and delivery! Stop by The Bookworm tomorrow from 10-4 and then swing by Aroma’s for some pizza to go 📚🍕📚

 

REVIEW – Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews  indexindexindexindex111

Living in Myrtle Beach, it’s hard to believe this was my first MKA book…

I really, really liked it though! Great characters (Rowena!), great story, but it was definitely way longer than it needed to be. The first 300 pages should have been 100. But once I got to the halfway point, I flew through it.

Looking forward to going back and reading her other books!

 

REVIEW – Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcy Bell   indexindex111111111

The curse of the 2nd book strikes again! This book was a mess. I loved A Simple Favor, but Something She’s Not Telling Us was a big letdown.

The story didn’t make a whole lot of sense, there was no suspense or build-up, the characters were all awful (not in a villain type of way, just bad).

The whole book was farfetched and implausible

1.5 stars rounded up because I didn’t hate it, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.

 

3/19/20

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Good Morning! I’m starting my day with Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll 💙 The Bookworm will be open today from 10-4, so stop by and grab some books to help pass all this time 💙 Stay healthy and Happy Reading!

 

3/18/20

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Thank you to Harper Books for sending me an advance copy of Darcey Bell’s new book, Something She’s Not Telling Us (and for the cool sunnies 🕶️) I loved A Simple Favor, so I can’t wait to read her latest!

 

3/17/20

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It’s Eli, your favorite back-up bookworm, and I’m reading Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler, book 2 of the Oregon Files

 

REVIEW – The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin  indexindexindex111111

I keep going back and forth about how to rate this book…

It was a very well written and unique story, and I did think the 4 different parts and the timeline were clever, but at the end of the day, I just didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, and overall it was pretty depressing.

I have to go middle of the road and give it 3 stars.

 

REVIEW – The Wives by Tarryn Fisher   indexindexindexindex111

This was exactly the type of book I was in the mood for… a quick thriller with a new story line.

I started this book Sunday morning and had it finished before dinner. Really enjoyed it!

 

3/15/20

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Just started The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, and I’m pretty sure reading this book is all I’m going to want to do today. Penelope and Oliver are on board with it. Have a great day bookworms!

 

3/14/20

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🌞 A huge thank you to St.Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Hello, Summer, Mary Kay Andrews newest book 🌞 I’m so excited to start this… AND say hey to summer 🌞 Happy Reading 🌞

 

3/13/20

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I’ve heard such great things about The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin… Finally picking it up! Have a great day bookworms and keep washing those hands 🌻

 

REVIEW – Return to Tradd Street by Karen White   indexindexindexindex111

I feel like a lot of the story was fast-forwarded… one chapter was before Christmas, and then the next was February. I guess that was to span Melanie’s whole pregnancy, but it just felt like we were missing parts of the story.

Still liked it, will definitely keep going with the books, but it was probably my least favorite book in the series so far.

 

3/11/20

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🏴‍☠️ A ghost ship, a killer, and the birth of a gangster nation 🏴‍☠️

Next installment of what #elisreading – The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen. We have a great True Crime section at The Bookworm… Stop by Monday-Saturday from 10-7 to check it out!

REVIEW – The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister

I was totally engrossed in this book… I kept looking for clues as to if Becky was guilty or not, and changed my mind at least 3 times. Really great story!

 

3/10/20

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Just finished reading The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister and it was fantastic! I spent the past two days completely engrossed in this book trying to figure out if Becky was guilty or not. Definitely

 

3/10/20

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Happy Pub Day to Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years!! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy through The Bookworm, they are officially ready for pick up! We still have some copies available, so stop by and grab one… You won’t regret it! In Five Years has also been chosen as Good Morning America’s March Book Pick. Find out for youself why everyone is in love with this book

 

REVIEW – Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaefer   indexindexindexindex111

Very cool, very unique story line. I felt a little lost at the beginning, definitely could have used some explanation about a lot of stuff. I even checked to make sure this was the first book at one point.

But once I got into the story, the questions started to get answered, and I ended up really, really enjoying it

Very excited to continue this story with Nita and Kovit!

 

3/8/20

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The Strangers on Montagu Street totally sucked me in and I had to start Return to Tradd Street right away! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday 📚

 

REVIEW – The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White  indexindexindexindexindex

The further I get into this series, the more I enjoy it. Loved the haunted dollhouse!! Ending was definitely a cliffhanger, so I’ll be picking up the next one very soon.

 

3/6/20

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Hey Bookies – it’s Eli at The Bookworm today. I’m reading The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson and finally seeing some sunshine! Stop by today from 10-7 and stock up on some great reads for the weekend

 

3/5/20

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Starting the 3rd book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White, The Strangers on Montagu Street. I’m really enjoying this series, and especially love the fact that it takes place in Charleston, South Carolina!

 

REVIEW – Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield  indexindexindexindexindex

Wife After Wife has been on my radar for months…. so glad I finally read it!

I loved it. It was well-written, great characters, and a unique and really enjoyable retelling of Henry VIII.

I cannot wait for the sequel!

 

3/4/20

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Supernatural body parts being sold on the black market?! Sounds like the perfect book to get into on a gray and rainy day like today. I’ll be reading Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaefer at The Bookworm ’til 7. Stop by and I’ll help you find your new favorite book 📚📚📚

 

REVIEW – Please See Us by Caitlin Mullins  indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book! I started it yesterday and have had a really hard time putting it down. It was so well-written, it’s hard to believe it was a debut.

I cannot wait to see what else Caitlin Mullen writes. Pick up this book, you won’t regret it!

 

3/2/20

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A modern take on Henry VIII? Yes please! I’ve been dying to read this book for months… Starting it now!

 

REVIEW – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowler-Doyle indexindexindex111111

I read The Accident Season a few years ago and loved it… The Spellbook of the Lost and Found was good, but not as great as that. I got a little confused at the beginning about what was actually going on. I did like the 3 different POV’s, even if I had to stop and think who was who a few times.

I think Moira Fowley-Doyle is a beautiful writer, and I will continue to pick up her books as long as she keeps writing!

 

3/1/20

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I’m curled up under my electric blanket this morning with Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen. It’s being released on Tuesday, so add it to your virtual TBR piles now! Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me an advance copy… It’s really fantastic so far 💀💀💀

 

2/28/20

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Happy Fri-yay! I loved Moira Fowley-Doyle’s first book, The Accident Season, so I’m excited to pick up Spellbook of the Lost and Found. Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

 

2/27/20

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Good Morning bookies! I’m reading These Ghost are Family by Maisy Card. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy! It comes out March 3rd, so add it to your TBR piles. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid  indexindexindexindex111

I just really love her books.

Maybe in Another Life has been my least favorite so far (this is #4) but it was still a good story. If I read one more mention of cinnamon buns though…

 

2/24/20

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Really excited to go to my first Moveable Feast tomorrow with @libraryofdallas and meet Taylor Jenkins Reid! I’m going to try and finish this one today… Currently reading Maybe in Another Life

 

REVIEW – The Babysitter by Sheryl Brown  indexindex111111111

I’m really surprised this book has a 3.8 rating. The word “blah” comes to mind.

The writing was mediocre, at best, and it felt like the story was missing chunks of explanation. It was almost like the book was too long, so someone took a machete to it and just cut stuff that shouldn’t have been cut. Yet, somehow it was still over 300 pages.

Definitely do not recommend. 2 stars is on the generous side.

 

2/22/20

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Happy Saturday! Stop by The Bookworm today and grab some great books to snuggle up with this weekend. I’ll be here from 10-7, reading The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne. Stay warm and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian  indexindex111111111

Unfortunately, this book was disappointing.

I’ve read a lot of Siobhan Vivian’s books, and this one was definitely my least favorite. There were too many points of view (none which were that different) which made the teammates and the brief background on each hard to keep straight.

This all took place over 1 day, and I feel like not much happened.

I had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat for me.

 

2/20/20

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I devoured my book from yesterday, so next up is We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy! I’m excited to start it!

 

REVIEW – Follow Me Kathleen Barber   indexindexindexindexindex

I devoured this book in 24 hours. Loved it! Great writing, kept me wanting to know what happened next. I also really enjoyed the alternating character chapters. Can’t wait to see what else Kathleen Barber comes up with!

 

2/19/20

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A big thank you to Gallery Books and Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy of Follow Me by Kathleen Barber… I’ve been dying to get me hands on this book! I started it last night (along with a glass or two of wine) and I’m already hooked!

 

REVIEW – Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins   indexindexindexindexindex

This was my first Kristan Higgins, and it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this book! Great writer, great characters, great story. I really enjoyed it.

 

REVIEW – The Twin by Natasha Preston   indexindex111111111

Definitely not a “twisty psychological thriller” as stated on the cover.

It was generic and not well written. Characters were all one dimensional and the ending was very unsatisfying and rushed.

 

REVIEW – Unbelievable by T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong   indexindexindexindex111

Let me start off by saying I rarely read true crime because I prefer a story to a newspaper article.

The whole thing was definitely interesting… I enjoyed the chapters from the perpetrator too. It was little hard to keep everyone, their location, and the timeline straight at times and there was definitely a lot of unnecessary filler in the book. I didn’t need to know that one of the crime analysts used to work at Lady Foot Locker or that Music was her favorite class in high school…

That being said, I still really enjoyed it. Off to watch the series on Netflix!

 

2/16/20

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I’m branching out! Going to read a true crime book next… Starting Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Have you read this or seen the show?

 

2/15/20

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A big thank you to Delacorte Press for sending me an advance copy of Natasha Preston’s latest book, The Twin!

 

2/13/20

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Who doesn’t want to read a book with a cover like this?! Penelope and I started Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins this morning 🐾🐾 Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris   indexindex111111111

I have read and loved all of the series that Charlaine Harris has written… until this one. Definitely not her usual great story, fantastical world, and dynamic characters. I will not be continuing with this series.

 

REVIEW – Open Book by Jessica Simpson   indexindexindexindexindex

Absolutely one of the best celebrity memoirs I have ever read. Every chance I had over the past two days I’ve spent devouring this book.

Excuse me while I try to find old episodes of Newlyweds to stream and deface any pictures I can find of John Mayer…

 

2/11/20

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REVIEW – The Night Country by Melissa Albert   indexindexindexindex111

Let me start out by saying only read this book if The Hazel Wood is fresh in your mind.

It has just been so long (and so many books) between the first book and the second, that I struggled to remember stuff from The Hazel Wood. Really struggled. I tried reading reviews and searching for spoilers, but it just wasn’t clicking.

That being said, it was still a good story with great characters and a fantastic imagined world. I honestly don’t know how to rate this… I’m going to go with 3.5 stars based solely on my enjoyment, but rounded up to 4 because I did love The Hazel Wood and the characters so much.

When The Tales of the Hinterland is released (which I will pre-order as soon as I can), I will reread the first two along with it.

 

2/9/20

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Happy Sunday! I’m starting my day off with a hot chocolate and An Easy Death… the first book in Charlaine Harris’s Gunnie Rose series. She is one of my favorite authors, so I’m excited to start a new one!

 

REVIEW – Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh   index111111111111

Oy vey

I read Eileen years ago and didn’t like it, but then I picked up My Year of Rest and Relaxation last year and LOVED it. So, I was wary but excited to receive Death in Her Hands as an ARC.

I didn’t enjoy it, at all. It was one long stream of consciousness of an old and lonely lady making up stories and scenarios in her head. The premise of the book was great, but it just didn’t deliver. That ending was the final nail in the coffin for a 1 star review.

 

2/8/20

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2/7/20

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Good morning bookies. Eli here at The Bookworm today, reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, Vixen 03. Stop by today and grab some great books to read over the weekend. I’ll be here 10-7

 

REVIEW – So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up because I love her

I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more if I had listened to the audio. I know she was telling it in her voice, but I feel like the editing was practically nonexistent. The book progressively got better the further into I got, and I absolutely loved her chapters on Parks and Rec and her dealings with celebrities. They were the best part of the book!

 

2/5/20

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We recently starting rewatching Parks and Rec (I will never get tired of watching this show) so it seemed like the perfect time to pick up Retta’s memoir...

 

2/3/20

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert it is! Excited to get back into the world of the Hinterland with Alice and Finch.

 

REVIEW – The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell   indexindexindexindex111

This was not the book I was expecting to read… it was really great though! Definitely my favorite by her so far.

 

REVIEW – Darker Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab   indexindexindexindex111

I read VE Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology, and loved it. So, even though A Darker Shade of Magic is not my type of book (too high fantasy for me) I still picked it up because of how everyone raved about it.

I’m glad I did. It took me a little bit to get into it, but now I’m in and have the next 2 books sitting on my TBR pile. Looking forward to reading the next installment.

 

1/31/20

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Happy Fri-yay!! I’ve been waiting for months for The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell to come in… So excited it finally did! With The Bookworm’s trade-in policy, we have new books hitting the shelves every.single.day. Stop by Monday-Saturday from 10-7 to find your next favorite read

 

REVIEW – Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback   indexindexindexindex111

I really, really enjoyed this book! Sometimes when you read a book that has been translated from another language, it comes across choppy, but that was not the case with Tell Me You’re Mine. A little farfetched at times, but great story!!

 

1/28/20

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Good morning! I’m starting Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback (while staying in bed for as long as I can). Happy Reading!

 

1/27/20

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Starting the final book on my quest to clean up my TBR pile of anything that’s been there for over 3 months… Currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I’ve read some of her YA books before, so I’m excited to get into her adult series!

 

REVIEW – Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly   indexindex111111111

As I got into Stone Mothers, I realized I was at page 50 and still had no idea what was going on. And not in a “let’s spin the mystery and build the suspense” kind of way, but in the “what the hell is happening?” kind of way. I was confused and annoyed, contemplating just DNFing it.

But I stuck it out… and around page 100 it got better. Part 2 and Part 3 were definitely better than Part 1.

Not enough to save this book though, in my opinion. 2.5 stars rounded down.

If you want to read a book by this author, check out He Said/She Said instead.

 

1/24/20

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📚 Enjoying a few extra minutes in bed with Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly before heading off to Laura & Co. Salon for a new ‘do 💇🏻‍♀️ Stop by The Bookworm today from 10-7 and be sure to ask Eli for some 💗Romance💗 recommendations (and wait to see the look of panic 😅) Happy Reading bookworms!

 

REVIEW – Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

I was so glad that Tahereh Mafi decided to do another trilogy with these characters, but the book was just so repetitive. Nothing really happened the first 200 pages. It was just Juliette and Warner thinking to themselves about how they needed to talk to each other, and how busy Juliette is (yet she has time to waste walking around the beach every morning). Girl, get your work done!

Definitely started to pick up when Nazeera and Haider came… the last 200 pages were much better. Looking forward to the next installment.

 

1/22/20

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I’m working my way through the books that have been on my TBR pile the longest… Currently reading Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. Have a great day and Happy Reading

 

1/20/20

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I finished reading Wink, Poppy, Midnight yesterday… It’s been on my TBR pile forever! It’s about a sweet girl, a bad girl, and a (maybe) hero. I liked the story, I liked the 3 POV’s, I loved her writing, but I hated the ending! Still a 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 rating for me. What was the last book you loved up until the end?

 

REVIEW – The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars

I read her book In Five Years a few months ago, and I’m still thinking about it. I LOVED it. So when my friend gave me The Dinner List, I was thrilled. But this just didn’t have the magic that I had experienced with the last one. I love the idea behind the book, and Rebecca Serle is crazy talented, but I feel like things could have been explained more. I also hated Jessica and was getting pretty close with Tobias. I don’t think Sabrina and Tobias had a once in a lifetime love… he seemed pretty selfish and she just wanted to please him.

I think that if this had been the first book of hers I had read, I would be rounding up to 4 stars instead of down to 3, but I know the absolutely amazing book she is capable of.

 

1/19/20

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In Rebecca Serle’s “The Dinner List” Sabrina shows up to her birthday dinner, and joining her best friend is her favorite college professor, her estranged (and deceased) father, Audrey Hepburn, and the ex-love of her life… If you could have dinner with any 5 people, alive or dead, who would they be? Fictionally speaking, I’d love to share a cheesecake with The Golden Girls!

 

1/18/20

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It’s Eli here at The Bookworm today. I’m reading the 7th book in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter’s Final Cut. Stop by today to check out all the new books we got in this week. I’ll be here ’til 7!

 

REVIEW – Unqualified by Anna Farris   indexindexindex111111

Anna Faris is exactly the person I thought she would be.

Easy, quick read about an actress I really like. No real dirt, but there never really is in these celebrity memoirs, is there? Definitely pick it up if you’re a big fan.

 

1/17/20

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Good Morning! I’m starting Anna Faris’s book, Unqualified. I’ll be at The Bookworm today from 10-7, stop by and I’ll help you find your next great read!

 

REVIEW – The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Gary Hendrix   indexindexindexindex111

This is not a fluffy, fun vampire book. It was gruesome and savage, but I really liked it! Living in Myrtle Beach, I loved the fact that this took place in Mt.Pleasant, loved the fact it was in the early 90s, and loved the fact it was a book club at the heart of the story.

Most of the characters weren’t particularly likeable (UGH, the husbands!), but that didn’t take away from the story at all.
This was my first book by Grady Hendrix, but I will definitely read more in the future (when I want to be scared and grossed out).

 

REVIEW – One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid   indexindexindexindexindex

Loved this book! She is such a talented writer. This is the 3rd book of hers that I have read, and they’ve all been 5 star reads for me. Can’t wait to get into the next one!

 

1/15/20

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Good Morning Bookworms! I started One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid yesterday, and I am loving it so far. She is such a fantastic writer, and she is coming to Myrtle Beach next month for a talk and book signing. I can’t wait!

 

1/14/20

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So excited to receive an advance copy of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix from Quirk Books! A vampire infiltrating a book club in Charleston? Yes please! (I swear I tried to find an actual peach, but they’re out of season 🍑🤣🍑) Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Little Weirds by Jenny Slate   index111111111111

Seriously, what did I just read??

This book was terrible. I went into it knowing it was just essays, but I still thought it was be really good because Jenny Slate is talented and hilarious. You could never have guessed that by reading this rambling nonsense.

Everything was a metaphor, she used a ton of imagery and this descriptive/flowery writing that bordered on poetry.

Her essay “I Died: Listening” was the only shining star in this whole book.

 

REVIEW – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black    indexindexindexindex111

Really enjoyed this trilogy! Looking forward to reading Holly Black’s other books…

 

1/12/20

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I love everything Jenny Slate does (especially as Jean Ralphio’s sister, Mona Lisa, on Parks Rec 🤣🤩🤣) so I’m excited to read her new book of essays, Little Weirds. It’s going to be a rainy Sunday Myrtle Beach, so make sure you get some reading in!

 

REVIEW – The New Husband by DJ Palmer   indexindex111111111

I’m struggling to understand how this book has such high ratings. I was really tempted to DNF it a bunch of times.

I loved Saving Meghan, loved. This book does not read like it was written by the same author. The writing wasn’t good, the story was choppy and didn’t flow, the dialogue was forced, and I hated all of the characters. The chapters written from Maggie’s perspective were the worst. Even the fact that Nina moved in with Simon because she couldn’t afford her current house was ridiculous. Once she realized her husband was gone and so was all their money, she should have immediately found a job instead of living off what was left for a year and a half! What capable person with two kids to take care of does that?

The book did get marginally better about halfway through… not enough to change my rating from 2 stars though.

 

1/11/20

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Good Morning! Starting the final book in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing. I’m really starting to think that waiting for a series to be complete before reading is the way to go! It’s been so nice being able to pick up the next book right away. Happy Reading! 📚🧚👑🧚‍♂️📚

 

1/9/20

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Thank you St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of DJ Palmer’s newest release, The New Husband. Saving Meghan was one of my favorite reads from last year, so I’m super excited to start this one!

 

REVIEW – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black   indexindexindexindex111

Well, that ending was enough to knock the breath out of you… can’t wait to read the conclusion!

 

1/8/20

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I finished The Cruel Prince this morning and immediately picked The Wicked King (obviously). Can’t wait to get into the second book! Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black   indexindexindexindex111

Great story, great characters, and a fantastic magical world. I was in a little bit of reading slump, and The Cruel Prince yanked me right out of it. I am immediately going to pick up The Cruel Prince. Can’t wait to see where the story goes!

 

REVIEW – Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey   indexindexindexindex111

Waiting for Tom Hanks was just as adorable as you think it’s going to be.

It was cute and surprisingly funny… I loved all the characters except for Annie. She got on my nerves at times, but I still liked her.

Really looking forward to the sequel!

 

1/4/20

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Here we go! Yea! 🧚👑🧚‍♂️

 

REVIEW – Marlena by Julie Buntin  indexindexindexindex111

We know from the very beginning that Marlena dies… that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. This story was sad and heartbreaking, with an inevitable ending. It is the kind of book that stays with you long after you read it.

 

REVIEW – Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas  indexindexindex111111

I typically don’t read novellas… I feel like they’re a waste of time and nothing ever really happens. Seeing that this was 250 pages, I thought that it wouldn’t be the case. Nope. That’s exactly what it was… just more repetition than a typical novella.

 

1/2/20

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We were traveling over New Year’s and I had forgotten my book at home and really wasn’t in the mood for the book I brought. Thankfully, I had a backup! Started A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. Hope you all have an easy day and Happy Reading!

 

12/30/19

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2019 is coming to a close! Have you reached your reading goal for the year? I’m going to try and squeeze one last book in… Starting Marlena by Julie Buntin. It recently came in as a trade and the synopsis totally grabbed me, so I grabbed it and took it home 😁 Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

12/28/19

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Good morning bookworms! I started Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey yesterday, and it’s as adorable as its cover. Hope you all have a great book to curl up with! If not, The Bookworm is open from 10-7 today 💗 Happy Reading 💗

 

REVIEW – You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen indexindexindexindexindex

You Are Not Alone was outstanding… one of the best mystery/thrillers I’ve read in awhile. Great characters, great story, great build-up, and great twist. Definitely add it to your TBR piles now!

 

REVIEW – I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney   indexindex111111111

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Sometimes I Lie” also wrote this mess. It didn’t hold my interest, the dual timelines didn’t work, the characters were all bad, and that ending was totally ridiculous.

1.5 stars

 

12/25/19

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of great books to read! While The Christmas Story played for the third time and half my family napped, I picked up You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy. It’s fantastic so far!! I can’t wait to find out what the real story is with the Moore Sisters…

 

12/23/19

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🎄🤶🎄The Bookworm will CLOSE at 5 today and reopen Friday, the 27th at 10! 🎄🎅🎄

Still need a book to escape with or a gift for your favorite bookworm? We are open today from 10-5! Stop by and see me… I’ll be reading Alice Feeney’s latest book, I Know Who You Are and dreaming of books under the Christmas tree.🎄🦌 Happy Holidays from all of us at The Bookworm!! 🦌🎄

 

REVIEW – There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon   indexindex111111111

This was my least favorite book by Sandhya Menon. The characters were all so one-dimensional, their dialogue was generic, and the story was really repetitive.

 

12/21/19

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Next up! There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon 💜

 

12/20/19

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Eli post… I’m reading my first David Baldacci book, Absolute Power. Don’t forget to stop by The Bookworm to grab some bookish gifts or a gift certificate for the bookworm in your list!

 

12/19/19

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That Hulu trailer got me! (Reese Witherspoon can do no wrong) Skipping over my TBR pile and reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng instead. Do you usually read the book first or watch the adaptation?

 

 

12/18/19

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I devoured The Return by Rachel Harrison today. It was creepy, weird, disturbing… and I loved it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House for sending me a copy!

 

REVIEW – Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M McManus   indexindexindexindex111

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! I loved her first one, One of Us is Lying, and I liked this one even more… Definitely kept me guessing!

I’m rounding it down (c’mon Goodreads, give us 1/2’s!) because the ending felt so rushed. Yes, it surprised me, but all of a sudden it was just over and someone was explaining what happened after the fact. I need more… I want to know how, why, when, feelings, motivations, details. I want it all.

Cannot wait to read her next one!

 

12/17/19

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I started Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus yesterday, and it’s really, really good! Can’t wait to find out what really happened to the Homecoming Girls in Echo Ridge…

 

REVIEW – My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren   indexindexindexindexindex

I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books, and have slowly been making my way through all of them. My Favorite Half-Night Stand was one of my favorites though. I absolutely adored all of the characters. Very cute and fun read.

 

12/14/19

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Hey bookies – it’s Eli and I’ll be slinging books all day at The Bookworm. I’m starting Noir, my first Christopher Moore book. Raymond Chandler meets Men in Black? That’s right up my alley… Stop by today to get the bookworm on your list the perfect present. I’ll be here from 10-7!

 

 

REVIEW – I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver   indexindexindex111111

This was an easy read about a tough subject.

I can’t imagine how hard it is to feel the way Ben did in the story, but I had a hard time connecting with them, and honestly they seemed pretty ungrateful towards Hannah, and that really bugged me (that just might be the older sister side of me talking though). I did really love Nathan… he was the highlight of the story for me.

 

12/13/19

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“Only one thing in the world could have dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window…”

I am such a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books, I can’t wait to start My Favorite Half-Night Stand. Happy Reading bookworms!

 

12/11/19

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A hot bubble bath, a glass of wine, and a good book 💙 Reading I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver tonight… Special thanks to Dallas @libraryofdallas for snagging me this copy at Yallfest this year!!

 

REVIEW – The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney  indexindexindex111111

I dig messed up and weird books, but this one was just not for me… definitely leaned too much into Sci-Fi territory for me. The mystery was decent, but the whole robot wife and artificial intelligence is just not my type of book. I really like JP Delaney’s other books, this one, not so much.

 

12/10/19

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OK, y’all know I am a fan of dark and twisty mysteries, but JP Delaney might have gone a little too far for me with this one… I’m only about halfway through and not sure how this is going to go. Has anyone else read The Perfect Wife? What did you think?? 🤖🤖🤖

 

REVIEW – Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson   indexindexindex111111

This book felt very disjointed to me. I felt like I was missing part of the story… it didn’t flow at all. There was no real background to the characters (I didn’t even realize that Sophie was her dad’s sister until about 100 pages in), the small mentions of her mother were confusing without the context of what actually happened, and Tristan and Sparrow’s relationship was hardly described at all. One minute they’re on the first date, and then fast-forward and she’s afraid of him. Skipping all stuff leading up to the abuse took away my involvement in their relationship, and quite honestly, took away any care I had about these characters.

And am I the only know who noticed the overabundance of stupid nicknames? Everyone had like 10 different nicknames, and the dialogue felt forced… like what an adult thinks teenagers sound like.

At the end of the day, I still think it was a good story, but you could absolutely tell this was a debut nove

 

12/9/19

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Eli post! Cousin Eddie is here and so is the latest book in Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell series. Can’t wait to finish reading The Cutthroat so I can start The Titanic Secret… Happy Reading

 

12/7/19

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A huge thank you to Tor Teen for sending me an advance copy of Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson… I cannot wait to get into it! Also, a very special Happy 2nd Birthday to our favorite little bookworm, Charlee 💗

 

REVIEW – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco   indexindex111111111

It took me a really long time to get through The Bone Witch. I think the story is there, but so much time was spent setting the scene and world building, that I got bored and kept putting it down and reading something else.

I’m sure the next book in the series will be much more fast-paced, and honestly, that ending almost got me to pick it up, but I struggled too much with this one. I don’t think I will be continuing with the series.

 

REVIEW – Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich   indexindexindexindex111

I was slightly hesitant to read #26 because I wasn’t a huge fan of #25, and I was afraid that the magic might be gone… but I really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud throughout the book and loved that Grandma was a big part of the story. The Stephanie Plum series will always be one of my favorites

 

12/5/19

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Next up! Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich, the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. Special thanks to Mike for bringing it in for me!

 

REVIEW – The Child by Fiona Barton   indexindexindexindex111

This book started off as a 3-star for me. Then about halfway a 3.5, soit could have gone either way… But, those last 100 pages WOW, so good! I read so many mysteries that I find myself figuring them out pretty early on, but this one had me guessing almost until the big reveal. And when I did figure it out, I had to stop reading to process.

Definitely recommend! There are some of the same characters in The Widow, but I don’t think you need to read that one first. I read it so long ago, I didn’t remember anything, and it didn’t really take away from The Child.

 

12/4/19

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When you own a used bookstore but still buy yourself books…the true definition of #bookwormproblems 🤷📚💛

 

12/3/19

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I devoured the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand this week, so now I need a good mystery! Starting The Child by Fiona Barton…

REVIEW – Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand   indexindexindexindex111

As much as I love the Quinn’s, and was super glad to have 1 more story with them, I think this series should have just ended after the 3rd book. I know that this was a double finale, combining with the characters in The Rumor (which I haven’t read), but I definitely could have done without Eddie’s whole story line.

Regardless, if you love the Quinn’s as much as I do, you still have to read Winter Solstice. This series is by far the best Christmas books I have ever read.

12/2/19

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Hey bookworms, Eli here. Started The Gangster by Clive Cussler this weekend, the 9th book in the Isaac Bell series. We thought our mascot Ophelia could use a boyfriend, so say hey to the handsome gentleman at the bottom of the screen, Phineas 🎩

 

REVIEW – Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand   indexindexindexindexindex

I am so very glad that I picked up this series… I love it! Wonderful 3rd installment, can’t wait to pick up the last one!

12/1/19

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Thank you so much to everyone that came out and celebrated Small Business Saturday at The Bookworm yesterday! We 💙 our customers and are so thankful for you! ❄️ I loved Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand so much, that I immediately picked up the sequel and finished it this morning. Lucky for me, I had the other 2 at the store! Currently reading Winter Storms with Winter Solstice waiting in the wings. Have a great Sunday everyone and Happy Reading! ❄️

 

REVIEW – Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand    indexindexindexindexindex

I loved this book and completely adored all the characters… I’m super excited that I have all 4 books at the bookstore, because I will be reading these back to back.

 

11/29/19

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The 1st book in Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series is the perfect thing to get me in the holiday spirit! I’ll be reading Winter Street tonight under my heated blanket ❄️❄️❄️ Don’t forget to stop by The Bookworm tomorrow for Small Business Saturday! We’re doing a ton of giveaways all day… Shop local this season and Happy Holidays!

 

REVIEW – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle   indexindexindexindexindex

I don’t think I could have loved this book more… easily in my top 5 for the entire year. Definitely add it to your TBR piles!

 

11/28/19

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Lucky enough to get an advance copy of Rebecca Serle’s latest book, In Five Years. I spent a good part of my day lost in this amazing story! Thank you so much to Atria Book and Simon & Schuster!

 

REVIEW – The Winter Sister by Megan Collins   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

The Winter Sister was pretty good, especially for a debut author. It started to drag a little bit about 2/3 of the way through, but finished strong.

Looking forward to reading what else this author writes!

 

11/27/19

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Happy Turkey Eve bookies! I’ve been reading The Winter Sister by Megan Collins the past few days and it’s really good! I’ll be putting it up on our Customer and Staff Recommendation shelf once I’m done… Stop by The Bookworm today until 7 and see what our other customers are recommending these week!

 

11/26/19

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Hey bookworms, Eli here… Finally got my first ARC! I started The God Game by Danny Tobey (St. Martin’s Press) the other day and it’s really good and twisted. Definitely plan on picking it up 1/7/20!

 

11/24/19

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I started The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco this morning and I’m loving it so far! Hope you all have a great book to curl up with too. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Not My Daughter by Rea Frey   indexindexindexindex111

Really great book! A little unbelievable at times, but I really enjoyed it. The “past” “during” “now” chapters got a little confusing since they didn’t go in order, but I really liked the differing perspectives between Sarah and Amy. Can’t wait to read her next one!

11/23/19

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Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey has been on my to read list since before it was even published… Excited to finally start it!

 

REVIEW – Blood Countess by Lana Popovic   indexindexindex111111

I feel like I kept waiting for something big to happen, and it never really did. About halfway through, I thought maybe, but it just kind of “blahed” out. I know this is YA book, but I was expecting more gore, more suspense, more of everything. Decent read

 

11/21/19

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Thanks to Amulet Books and Abrams Books for sending me an advance copy of Blood Countess by Lana Popovic! I can’t wait to take a bite out of this book about Countess Dracula 🦇

 

REVIEW – The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams   indexindexindexindexindex

I absolutely adored this book!! Excuse me while I go pre-order the sequel…

 

11/19/19

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams has been at the top of my must read list for 2019. Super excited to start it! Special thanks to everyone’s favorite back up bookworm, Eli, for being my model 😍 Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer   indexindexindexindexindex

Loved, loved, loved this book. Everything about it was great… the characters, the world and the magic of Emberfall, and writing. Can’t wait for the sequel!

 

11/18/19

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REVIEW – The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle   indexindexindexindex111

Good and suspenseful story, quick read. Will definitely read more of Kimberly Belle’s books in the future!

 

REVIEW – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw   indexindex111111111

I absolutely loved The Wicked Deep, so I have been anxiously waiting for Winterwood… Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The book dragged on, there was a lot of repetition, the characters were all one dimensional, and I figured out where the story was going within the first few chapters.

I do think the author is a talented writer, and the story had a lot of potential, but it just didn’t work. 2 stars.

 

11/15/19

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One of the best things about working in a bookstore is the thousands of options I have with what to read next! I’ve heard really great things about Kimberly Belle’s books, so The Marriage Lie it is 💍

 

REVIEW – Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris  indexindexindexindex111

Enjoyed it, as always. Sometimes with long-running series, the books start to go downhill, but that is not the case with the Sebastian St. Cyr books. I always, always enjoy them! Love the characters, love the description of that time, love the mystery. Looking forward to the next one!

 

11/13/19

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Starting # 14 in the Sebastian St.Cyr series by C.S. Harris, Who Slays the Wicked… Special thanks to Miss Betty who brought it in for me!

 

 

11/11/19

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So excited to start Shea Ernshaw’s latest book, Winterwood. I absolutely loved The Wicked Deep, so I can’t wait to get into this one! Need that cute bookworm pin? We sell them at The Bookworm and in our Etsy shop! www.etsy.com/shop/thebookwormMB

 

REVIEW – Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake    indexindexindex111111

This whole series was a solid 3 for me… the last book picked up, so I was hopeful for the final book, but it was good, not great.

 

REVIEW – Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger    indexindex111111111

I just could not get into this book… I feel like nothing happened the first 200 pages. It finally picked up towards the end. Definitely my least favorite book of hers.

 

11/10/19

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Good morning bookworms! I’m finally reading Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger… It’s been on my TBR pile forever!

 

11/8/19

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Happy Friday and Happy Yallfest for everyone in Charleston today!! I’m reading the final book in the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake, Five Dark Fates 👑 👑 👑

 

REVIEW – Fishnet by Kirstin Innes   indexindex111111111

From the synopsis, I thought this book sounded really interesting, but I was disappointed. It was not the mystery I was expecting. The chapters jumped back and forth on different timelines with no indication of what time in Fiona’s life they were actually talking about… you just had to figure it out, which took away from the story. It was unnecessarily confusing. That coupled with the dialogue that tried to mirror the person’s pronunciation instead of the actual correct spelling of the word, and the overuse of “eh” and “wee” equaled me not enjoying this book.

 

11/5/19

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A big thank you to Scout Press and Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of Fishnet by Kirstin Innes! Starting it now 👄
REVIEW – A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler   indexindexindex111111

A Good Neighborhood was an easy read and a decent book, but I didn’t love it. I feel like it was such a slow build, and then all of a sudden everything happened and the ending was rushed… it also seemed kind of farfetched and forced to make people buzz about the big twist. Solid 3 stars

 

REVIEW – The Grace Year by Kim Liggett   indexindexindexindexindex

4.5 stars rounded up because I loved this book up until the end…

The Handmaid’s Tale meets a female Lord of the Flies? That is so up my alley.

I really, really liked this book, but the ending was just so blah and wimpy after the fight Tierney had through the whole story. I could have done without the romance, honestly. I am here to fight the patriarchy!

Still a really great book. Can’t wait to see what else Kim Liggett writes

 

11/2/19

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So excited to start The Grace Year by Kim Liggett! Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our Halloween giveaway… Check out The Bookworm’s FB page for all the details. Happy Reading!

 

11/1/19

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🍁Welcome to turkey and mashed potatoes month!🍁 I’m starting A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler this morning. A big thanks to St.Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy! 🍁Don’t forget to enter our giveaway on The Bookworm’s FB page🍁 Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Puddin’ by Julie Murphy  indexindexindexindex111

Very cute and sweet follow-up to Dumplin’

 

REVIEW – Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford   indexindexindexindexindex

Follow Me to Ground has to be one of the strangest books I have ever read… but I loved it. The author’s writing was beautiful, and the story was so different. Once I started it, I read it every second I had a chance until it was done.

I would have liked more explanation about everything (literally everything) but I think that is part of the magic and the draw of this book.

And that cover!

 

10/30/19

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Thank you to Scribner Books and Simon & Schuster for sending me an advance copy of Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford! One last creepy read before Halloween ☠️

 

 

REVIEW – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo   indexindexindexindex111

4.5 stars

I had a really hard time with this book at the beginning… I felt like I had gotten dropped into the middle of a story. Even after reading the first 20 pages twice, I still had no idea what was going on.

Then things started to make sense, and then I couldn’t put it down. I ended up really loving this book and the characters. Can’t wait for the sequel!!

 

10/29/19

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Definitely in need of something light after finishing Ninth House, so I’m finally grabbing Puddin’ by Julie Murphy off my TBR pile ♥️♥️♥️

 

10/27/19

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About to have my first foray into Leigh Bardugo’s world… Starting Ninth House! 🐍☠️🖤☠️🖤☠️🐍

 

REVIEW – My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella   indexindexindex111111

I have read and loved Sophie Kinsella’s stand alone books for years. This wasn’t my favorite, but still a cute and light read.

 

10/25/19

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I’ve always loved Sophie Kinsella’s stand alone books, but haven’t read one for years. So I grabbed My (not so) Perfect Life when it came in as a trade. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Believe Me by JP Delaney   indexindexindexindex111

It was a slow day at the bookstore, so I crushed this book today. It was really quick read, and I loved it… until the end. The end was bad, bad, bad.

Still a strong 4 star rating, and I will totally read anything else by this author.

 

10/23/19

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I was a big fan of JP Delaney’s book The Girl Before, so I’m excited to get into the follow-up, Believe Me.

 

REVIEW – Saint X by Alexis Schaitken   indexindexindex111111

Saint X was a good story… but I could tell with the first page the author’s writing style was just not for me. This book was not the suspense/mystery I was expecting, and it was longer than it needed to be. I did enjoy the brief pages from the perspective of the other characters. Gave a little more insight. I would have loved more about the folklore of the goat woman on Faraway Cay.

 

10/22/19

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Thanks to Celadon Books for sending me an advance copy of Saint X!! This book has been on my radar for months. I mixed myself a little rum punch (in Eli’s Ron Swanson glass) and started it last night. Happy Reading!

 

10/21/19

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Finished Good Me Bad Me over the weekend /5 stars. Millie turns her mother in for murdering 9 children… Does this make her a good person? Or is she as bad as her mom?

 

REVIEW – Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane   indexindexindexindexindex

This was a really, really good book. It all just felt so genuine and real to me. Every one of the characters were flawed, but you couldn’t help rooting for them. Great story!

 

REVIEW – Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz   indexindexindexindexindex

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because I devoured this book in one day. Once I picked it up, I didn’t put it back down until I finished it.

Great book!!

 

10/20/19

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So excited to receive an advance copy of Laurie Faria Stolarz’s upcoming release, Jane Anonymous, from @wednesdaybooks and @stmartinspress! I’ll be diving into this today 💜

 

REVIEW – The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones   indexindexindexindex111

I got The Bone Houses through Owlcrate, and I was not disappointed! I liked the story, the folklore, and the characters.

 

10/19/19

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Fall has finally arrived in Myrtle Beach – I’ve got my electric blanket on! I’m starting Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book!

 

REVIEW – Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen   indexindexindexindex111

Park Avenue Summer has been on my radar for months… So glad I finally had the chance to read it. I really liked it! I loved the actual events and people mixed with the fictional. It was an easy and enjoyable read.

 

10/18/19

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Hey bookworms – it’s Eli here at the store today. I’m starting New York Dead by Stuart Woods… the first book in the Stone Barrington series.

 

10/17/19

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I have been wanting to read Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen for months… so excited it came into The Bookworm as a trade! Stop by today from 10-7 and I’ll help you find a book you’ve been dying to read too.

 

REVIEW – The Chain by Adrian McGinty   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars

The first half of the book was a 3, the second half was a 4.

Very cool and different idea for a suspense novel. I think I just didn’t really connect or like any of the characters. Still a good book and worth the read!

 

10/16/19

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💀Zombies, magic, a longstanding curse, and a family of gravediggers… Sounds like just the 👻 spooky book 👻 to get me in the Halloween spirit! 🎃 Starting The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, this months Owlcrate book 💀

 

REVIEW – My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell   indexindexindexindexindex

There were times I tossed this book away from me in disgust, so angry, but I kept picking it back up again and again.

Kate Elizabeth Russell is an outstanding writer, who so perfectly nailed what really happens in these type of situations.

It was haunting and heartbreaking, and one of the best books I read all year.

 

10/11/19

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“All he did was fall in love with me and the world turned him into a monster.”

A huge THANK YOU to @williammorrowbooks for sending me an advance copy of My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This has been at the top of my must read list for 2020. I started it last night, and it’s fantastic!

 

10/10/19

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REVIEW – Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain   indexindexindexindexindex

Big Lies in a Small Town was excellent!

Diane Chamberlain did a great job with the alternating timelines. The story, the characters, everything about it was just fantastic. Loved it

 

10/9/19

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Eli here. As much as I enjoy my days at The Bookworm, I really love my full time job working with craft beer. Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out by Josh Noel takes a look at how Anheuser-Busch is working to gain a foothold in a craft beer world. Starting it today!

 

REVIEW – Been There, Marrie That by Gigi Levangie   indexindex111111111

Oooof, this was a rough one. The writing was all over the place. I love a good quip/snarky comment/joke, but it was so constant I got confused about what was actually going on in the scene.

The star of the book was Fin, the MC’s sister.

1.5 stars rounded up because I didn’t hate it, it was just bad (like, really bad).

If you want to read a great book by her, check out Rescue Me or The Starter Wife, don’t bother with this one.

 

10/6/19

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Even vampires love a good book! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Gigi Levangie’s upcoming book, Been There, Married That!

 

REVIEW – Wild Blue Wonder by Carrie Sorosiak   indexindexindexindexindex

This book is exactly why I love YA so much… 5 stars!

 

10/5/19

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Looks like it’s going to be a gray and rainy weekend in Myrtle Beach… oh well, more time for reading, right?! I’m starting Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak 💙

 

10/4/19

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A big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Diane Chamberlain’s newest book, Big Lies in a Small Town! I started it last night, and it’s fantastic

 

10/2/19

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Eli here – thanks for all your help picking the next book off my TBR pile. One for the Money was the clear winner!

 

REVIEW – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater   indexindexindexindexindex

Loved this book! It’s been sitting on my TBR pile for ages, so glad I finally picked it up

 

10/1/19

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Confession Time: For as popular and loved as Dorothea Benton Frank’s books are in SC, I’ve never actually read one… So, I’m going to make her last one my first one 💙

 

9/30/19

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Everyone said to read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, so next up! Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton   indexindexindex111111

2.5 stars rounded up

This book was just really dry to me. Juliette/Elizabeth/Lily just wasn’t believable as a crazy to me? I don’t know if it was the writing (if I had a dollar for every “whilst”) or that she was so unemotional while being ridiculously delusional, but I just did not connect with this book or the MC (and I love a crazy, vengeful girl).

The flashbacks were confusing, and just thrown in. It helped explain her, but they just didn’t flow with the rest of the book.

Given that this was a debut, and I did love the idea behind the story, I will definitely give another of her books a try.

 

REVIEW – Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake   indexindexindexindex111

I really enjoyed this one! I was annoyed with the last one, but the ending sucked me in, so I’ve had Two Dark Reigns on my TBR pile forever, but I think this was my favorite one! I felt like it was easier to read and keep track of everyone? Anyway, excited to real the final book!

 

9/26/19

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I’ve been reading a lot of YA fantasy lately, so I want to switch it up with a little suspense… The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is exactly what I’m looking for. A crazy ex-gf who will do ANYTHING to get him back? Yes please!

 

REVIEW – Finale by Stephanie Garber   indexindexindexindexindex

I absolutely adored this trilogy, and this last book was perfect.

 

9/24/19

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Good morning bookworms! I’m starting the 3rd book in the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake, Two Dark Reigns. Stop by and see me at The Bookworm today from 10-7. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – The Au Pair by Emma Rous   indexindexindex111111

I was really excited to read this book since it came out, but it was just OK for me. By page 200 I still felt like nothing had happened. It was kind of a snooze for me. The last 100 pages were decidedly better, but not enough to raise my rating. 3 stars

 

9/22/19

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I’ve been holding off picking up the last book in the Caraval series because I didn’t want it to end… I can’t wait anymore!! Starting Finale by Stephanie Garber 🎪

 

REVIEW – The Siren by Keira Cass   indexindexindex111111

The Siren was just OK for me. It was pretty juvenile (I say this knowing full well it’s YA). Definitely not nearly as good as The Selection series, but still cute.

 

9/20/19

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Excited to start The Au Pair by Emma Rous! I’ve been waiting for this book since it was released… Happy Friday bookworms!

 

9/19/19

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I just finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and it was fantastic! Luckily, I work in a bookstore and have a few choices on what to read next 🤗 I’m going with The Siren by Kiera Cass, one of Myrtle Beach’s own authors! I loved her Selection series, so I’m excited to read this one! PS – this adorable tote is available at The Bookworm and in our Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/thebookwormMB

 

REVIEW – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood   indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book!! I was cautiously hopeful about this sequel, and Margaret Atwood blew me away… I should have never doubted it!

I do wish I had reread The Handmaid’s Tale before I started The Testaments… I was unsure if what I was remembering was from the book or the TV show. Regardless, The Testaments was done amazingly well.

 

REVIEW – White Girl Problems by Babe Walker   indexindexindexindex111

Funny and ridiculous. The first 100 pages had me laughing out loud in public, but then it started to go downhill for me… Definitely still recommend and I will read the next one, for sure.

 

9/16/19

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Celebrated Eli’s birthday poolside yesterday with peach sangria and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker. It is super funny! I needed a break from my usual type of books, and this was perfect.

 

9/14/19

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I’ve been anxiously waiting for the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, since they first announced it last year. So excited to start it!

 

REVIEW – House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig   indexindexindexindexindex

Rating: All the stars

I loved, loved, loved this book! Definitely one of my favorites of the year.

 

REVIEW – The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda    indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down because I liked it more than I loved it

Good story, quick read. This was my favorite books of hers.

 

9/13/19

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It’s Eli at The Bookworm today… My last book was about a fictional chef, now I reading about an actual chef. Ferran Adriá runs what has been voted the world’s best restaurant, El Bulli. Stop by The Bookworm today and check out all the other great Biographies and Memoirs we have!

 

9/12/19

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I started House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig earlier this week and I looovvveee it! Looking forward to my day off tomorrow so I can finish it.

 

9/11/19

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Good Morning! I’m starting Megan Miranda’s latest book, The Last House Guest. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Vox by Christina Dalcher