With a 50 / 50 chance of at least one new book ending up on my TBR, I find it kind of amusing that somehow my path took me in the opposite direction with this post. What do I mean by that? Well, you’ll just have to read on to see.

the looking glassWell…I’m definitely passing on The Looking Glass by Janet McNally. Literally nothing about this book appeals or speaks to me in any way and so I just feel as though I’m staring at a book that was 100% not meant for my eyes. I mean, I wish there were something about this that actually interested me somehow. But nope. It’s all just…not my style. I’ve always been quite picky about contemporaries, though.


That’s what Sylvie Blake’s older sister Julia renamed their favorite fairy tale book, way back when they were just girls themselves. Now, Julia has disappeared—and no one knows if she’s in trouble.

Sylvie is trying to carry on Julia’s impressive legacy at the prestigious National Ballet Theatre Academy, but Julia, ever the star of the show, can’t stay hidden forever. And when she sends Sylvie a copy of their old storybook with a mysterious list inside, Sylvie begins to see signs of her sister everywhere she goes. She may be losing her grip on reality, but Sylvie has to find out if the strange, almost magical things she’s been seeing have anything to do with Julia’s whereabouts.

With the help of her best friend’s enigmatic brother and his beat-up car, Sylvie sets out to the beat of a Fleetwood Mac playlist, determined to return to New York with her sister in tow. But what Sylvie doesn’t expect to learn is that trouble comes in lots of forms—and that the damsel in distress is often the only one who can save herself.

see all the starsYou’d think that with a title like See All the Stars I’d be incredibly interested in reading Kit Frick’s debut novel. And I’m sure how that resulted in this book ending up on my TBR in the first place, long before I’d ever sat down to look at the synopsis. And thus, when I did for this post…guess what I took off my TBR! Shocking, right? But I can tell just by this quick read that this book 100% is not for me. And I’ve already read Frick’s 2019 novel and so it’s pretty easy for me to say that she’s not my author. I mean, I really don’t read thrillers anyway.

It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.

Then: They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. (Venus. Earth. Moon. Sun.) Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.

Now: Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.

Then: Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.

Now: Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

And that’s everything for today. What are your thoughts on these two books? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think? Worthwhile? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments, please! And happy reading!

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