You: Caroline Kepnes

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Book Information:

Published: September 30th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Page Count: 424

Amazon: Hardcover – $40.45 / Paperback – $10.48

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $22.27 / Paperback – $11.21


Description via Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


What a trip this book was. I still am mind blown by everything and it made me rethink a lot of things. I don’t even want to try understand the high level of research this type of book needed, but the end result is truly chilling.

I picked this book up randomly, not really knowing much before going into it. My friend recommended it and she said it was fantastic. I don’t usually read thrillers but this one was different and her suggestion didn’t disappoint!

We are introduced to Joe and Beck through a seemingly innocent encounter, but Joe is anything but innocent. He wants to be engaging and funny, not to mention make a lasting impression on Beck. From the moment he see’s her he becomes obsessed. There is no question in his mind that he and Beck would be perfect.

The story is told by Joe’s POV and readers and thrust into his mind where things are just as scary. The writing kept me on edge the entire time, but I wasn’t surprised at some of the big reveals. I knew how this story was going to end before I finished the first chapter. I knew there wouldn’t be a happy ending but the ride along the way did keep me on the edge of my seat.

Joe is the classic unreliable narrator and it was intriguing to read about his attempts to blend in and create this new persona that he knew Beck would be interested in. Deep down he was cold and calculating and his obsession heightened that inside of him.

This book isn’t for the feint of heart. There were some very disturbing moments and some of the language is graphic. There was also a good amount of time spent on the thought of sex which was fine to me, but there was a large amount of it mentioned.

Overall, this was a good thriller. Joe was a very interesting character to examine and Beck had her messy moments. I think that if you like thrillers with more graphic content then this may be a book to pick up. Also, Lifetime is picking this up and turning it into a show which looks very good!

Favorite Quotes:

“The problem with books is that they end.”

“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”

This book was given 4/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 101 stars would that I could).

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July 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello readers! I know I say this almost every post but I do hope that you’re all doing well. Can you believe we are already done with July?! Where has the time gone? July was a great month for reading, movies, and music which is always great.


Life update: 

Not too much surprising has happened. I am just soaking up the sun and enjoying my last remaining weeks of school free fun. We are now entering August and sadly for me school starts up. It will be a grueling semester but I will be reading some great things and I will be chronicling those times along with you all.


Book wrap-up:

This month I had the best reading time! I discovered my new favorite series and one of my favorite authors. Big shout out goes to Brandon Sanderson for making me realize epic fantasy books don’t need to scare me, but the Lord Ruler does lol. In total this month I finished 3 books, all part of the same trilogy. I also have full book reviews for each of the books so I will have those linked below if you’re interested in taking a look.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to a world where the Dark Lord has won. Dive straight into a world of chaos and follow along with a crazy masterplan to destroy the higher power.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

This is the second novel in the Mistborn trilogy so be prepared to get your mind blown!

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

This is the third and final novel in the Mistborn era one trilogy and let me tell you… many tears will be shed.


Entertainment: 

First off we have two very different types of music that I have become obsessed with for the month of July!

Above we have the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again album. It has been on repeat since I saw the movie when it first came out over a week or so ago. I absolutely adored the first one’s soundtrack and this one was just as amazing! Some of my favorite songs are “One Of Us” and “I Kissed the Teacher.” I have also been loving Ariana Grande’s new song God is a woman. Sooooo good!

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The movie that took the cake this month was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. I have seen it twice so far in theatre’s and I am not at all ashamed. It was so good and I adored the characters and to see Cher on the big screen for the first time in my case was an experience. I would highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed Mamma Mia!.

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Lastly, I have found myself rewatching The Office via Netflix this month. I needed a good laugh and that show never fails to make me smile.


Blog posts for July:

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson

Sunday Post: 7/15/18

The Hero of Ages: Brandon Sanderson

Sunday Post: 7/22/18

Book Haul: July 2018

Sunday Post: 7/29/18


Currently reading:

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I am stepping into August by carrying over my July read of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I am taking my time and enjoying this first book!


How did your July go? What is on your currently reading list? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear about it!

Thank you so much for reading and I will catch you at my next post. May we all have a great new month ahead!

-Samantha 🙂

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*The featured photo was found on Pinterest. All credit goes to the original owner.

Sunday Post: 7/29/18

Hello and happy Sunday fellow readers and bloggers! I hope that everyone is doing okay! I want to take a moment and wish you a happy week ahead as well.

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

-Samantha 🙂


Personal update:

August is fast approaching and that means my fall semester is going to be starting in just a couple of weeks. That means lots of reading and preparing ahead of time. Not too much excitement to report at this time but I’ll keep you posted!


This Week’s Posts:

Book Haul: July 2018


Currently Reading:

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I am still making my way through this monster of a novel! I am currently over 300 pages into the book and loving it so much. I am still missing my mistborn world but this one is just as equally fascinating. I am also noticing growth in Sanderson’s writing which is very interesting to me. He never fails to keep me engaged and guessing.

I am in love with Kaladin and Dalinar is finally starting to grow on me! Syl is still my favorite so far!


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Book Haul: July 2018

Hello readers! For the month of July I did pretty well with my book buying problem if I do say so myself. I went on my yearly book buying trip with my very generous grandmother and she bought me 6 fabulous books all from Barnes and Noble. I am beyond excited!

Now let’s get to the books!


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This month I picked up the following:

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


I now have all of the current books in The Queen’s Thief series and I am extremely excited to read that very soon and especially marathon the books.

I am also 300 pages or so into The Way of Kings which is completely fabulous so this was a very promising book haul!


Thank you for reading and I will chat more soon in my next post! – Samantha

Sunday Post: 7/22/18

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that everyone is doing okay! I want to wish you a happy week ahead as well.

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

-Samantha 🙂


Personal Update:

I have only one month of summer left before I jump back into my schooling! It is bittersweet to think about, but I am excited to once again be immersed in learning. I am taking some really interesting courses this semester so that should be fun!


This Week’s Posts:

The Hero of Ages: Brandon Sanderson


Currently Reading:

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I am very excited to continue on with my Sanderson book journey by jumping into The Way of Kings! As of right now, I am only 37 pages into the book and I am a bit disoriented but I have heard I need to push past the 100 page mark and then it really picks up. So far I am really liking what I am reading and will be updating more as I go!


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The Hero of Ages: Brandon Sanderson

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Book Information:

Published: October 14th 2008 by Tor Books

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Page Count: 748

Amazon: Hardcover – $29.75 / Paperback – $7.53

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $32.83 / Paperback – $9.71


Warning: This is the third book of the Mistborn trilogy so this will contain spoilers. I have a full review of The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension that have both a regular review section and a spoiler section. Please read on at your own risk!


Description via Goodreads:

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.


Hello there, it’s me… the hollow shell of the human being I once was. Was I truly prepared for the sorrow I would feel after I finished this book? Absolutely not. It has been 12 hours since I put The Hero of Agesdown for the last time and I am still in a state of content/heartbreak. Once again I will probably be blubbering through this review, and yes the sad music is playing in the background while I write!

This is the third book of a trilogy, so there will be spoilers for this book and the previous two books. Please read those books or reviews before jumping into this novel. There will be a very spoiler filled section at the end of this review that will be properly labeled for those of you who would like to read more of my discussion. Also, I will be including some more fan art pictures from Pinterest below!

I jumped right into The Hero of Ages just mere hours after putting down The Well of Ascension. I am so glad that I did! It was very fast paced (even better then TWoA) and I couldn’t put it down.

Just like The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages picks up one year later. Elend is now mistborn thanks to Vin. Ruin has been ravaging the lands and causing destruction in its wake. Elend and Vin now must try to save the world and all of their people. This book is filled with action, sorrow, moments of happiness, and oddly enough, content.

The characters were fabulous as always. There was so much growth for both Spook and Sazed which was fantastic. These were two characters that deserved so much book time and I am beyond glad that they finally got it. Both of their character arcs went through so much and to watch them grow and develop further along in the story was amazing. Ruin and Preservation were extremely fascinating characters! I was so glad that Ruin especially got a lot of book time because his nature was so interesting as was his dynamics. He truly believed in his power to destroy the world and to watch as he dealt with blow after blow from Vin and Elend was great.

The action was super! This book was much more fast paced than the second novel. There was politics in this book, mainly about the war both Elend and Vin were in, but there was so much more fighting throughout it. This led the book to be fast paced and I just couldn’t put it down.

I can’t say too much more in fear of spoilers but overall this book was a fantastic conclusion!! I cannot recommend this trilogy more and I have to say it has become my all time favorite trilogy. I want to reread it all over again already.


WARNING: THIS IS THE SPOILER SECTION – PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! 

There are a few things that I really wanted to discuss and get my feelings out about this book.

First we have Sazed’s character development. Sazed is possibly one of my favorite characters of all time. Throughout books one and two he is completely faithful and a strong man. In book three we see how much the loss of Tindwyl has changed him, he has completely abandoned his religions and doesn’t know if anything is true anymore. We see a devastated man attempting to become whole again and he just doesn’t know how. It was utterly devastating to see how broken Sazed was but only to watch him grow as more information comes to light. Most importantly that Sazed is the Hero of Ages!!! Yes, that’s right!

I wasn’t exactly shocked to find out that it wasn’t Vin. I figured it couldn’t be her because it would have fit in too perfectly. I think that Sazed was a fantastic choice because he only wanted to bring good into the world and in the end he righted everything.

Next, I wanted to discuss both Elend and Vin. I knew that they had to die in the end but it was still a massive blow to my fragile heart at this point in the book. I have attached below a fantastic piece of artwork below of both Elend and Vin laying on the new grass and I have to say it brought some tears to my eyes. The death of Elend was particularly brutal. I couldn’t believe it when Marsh decapitated him! I was stunned and I had to sit there for a minute to recollect my thoughts. I wasn’t expecting that to happen, especially since Elend had already been stabbed and was dying. Vin’s death was in retaliation of Elend’s death. That was the catalyst she needed to destroy Ruin. Without Elend Vin didn’t have a reason to keep going and there was something beautiful in how she fought back in Elend’s name. She even says at one point right after Elend’s death that she had given him up the moment he died at the Well of Ascension. She gave him up to save him and that made me completely lose it! I was a sobbing mess at this point.

Third topic of discussion is Spook! I would have never guessed how big of a role he would play when I first picked up the book. Spook was another character who went through extensive growth in this book. His love for Kelsier fuels him (and almost gets him killed) but it was also the love for his uncle Clubs. Spook never forgave himself for leaving Clubs behind to die and it has shaped him. He wanted desperately to be apart of things and in the end he was a main part of the crew in the last book, ultimately bringing water back to the people of Urteau.

Fourth topic is TenSoon! If you read my previous review then you will know of my love for this kandra. I loved seeing him throughout this book and reading his chapters. They were some of my favorite chapters to read because we readers were able to get to hear more about the kandra themselves and get more information about their history and how they lived. A very big part of me wanted a Vin and TenSoon reunion so badly. He spent the book searching for Vin and it was heartbreaking. In the end he grew to care for Vin and push aside his hatred for humans. His growth was one of my favorites to read about because he formed a friendship with Vin. It was upsetting to learn that he was transformed back into a mistwraith due to Ruin forcing him to remove his blessings. I can only hope that there is more for TenSoon in the second era of Mistborn books.

Lastly, I have to mention the downfall of Marsh. Oh Marsh…. I had such high hopes for you after The Final Empire but I was truly mistaken. One of the great things about this book was the discussion of Hemalurgy which is the process of creating Inquisitors, Koloss, and Kandra. Marsh has taken hemalurgy to a completely new level and add Ruin into the mix, Marsh is no longer human. He is no longer Kelsier’s brother, Sazed’s friend, or even a member of the crew. He is the enemy and by the end of the book he feels like the enemy. He killed Elend. He attempted to kill Sazed and Vin. The only redeeming thing Marsh did in this book was rip the earring from Vin’s ear to save her from Ruin’s influence.

Once again I would like to take a pause for all of the amazing characters we lost throughout the trilogy. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, TenSoon, Sazed, Clubs, Doxson, old Marsh, and Tindwyl were all so fantastic and they will be missed greatly. *queue up my tears again*

Once again, 15/10 would recommend this book! I can’t believe I finished the trilogy. These are definitely books I will picking up again.

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Favorite Quotes:

“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.”

“Lately, I feel like my life is a book written in a language I don’t know how to read.”

“Faith means that it doesn’t matter what happens. You can trust that somebody is watching. Trust that somebody will make it all right.”

“You’ve managed in our short three years together to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancé. That’s kind of like a homicidal hat trick. It’s a strange foundation for a relationship, wouldn’t you say?”

This book was given 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 102 stars would that I could).

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The Hero of Ages US Cover by Jon Foster.

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Vin and Elend by TenSkies.

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Sazed by Alex Allen.

 

Sunday Post: 7/15/18

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that you’re doing well and that your week treated you nicely. I hope that you all have a great rest of your weekend and have a great week ahead!

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

-Samantha 🙂


Personal Update:

Not much to report on, still just enjoying my time away from school. I can’t believe I am actually going to admit this, but I miss my studies! On the other hand, I did make a trip to Barnes and Noble this past week so there is a book haul coming your way shortly. I am just trying to fill my time with as much reading as I possibly can!


This Week’s Posts:

*I am including all of the posts for this month so far since I skipped last week’s Sunday Post.

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson