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July 2018 Books
Spinning SilverAmber (2)
Series?

Does anyone know if her other book, Uprooted needs to be read before this one? I'm trying to decide if I want to get this book later or not, but I'm staying away from series because I can't keep up with them anymore! Too many books, lol.

The Last Time I Liedkarebear0316 (2)
unresolved... *spoilers*

Where the heck was Lottie?? It seems weird that wasn't explained after drawing so much attention to it. And I still don't really understand how Frannie's husband drowned - but that doesn't bother me as much as the unexplained disappearance of Lottie in Becca's photos. There's definitely some plot holes in this book - but it was overall very enjoyable.

karebear0316 (2)
There's also a typo on page 304 of my book where "breath" is written instead of "breathe." That drives me insane!
The Last Time I LiedJess7 (2)
Loved, Loved, LOVED!!

4.5 stars - WOW! I LOVED this book. It was incredibly suspenseful and engaging the entire time.

Emma returns to Camp Nightingale 15 years after her bunk mates went missing. She is determined to find to find out what happened, but soon after she arrives she feels like she is being watched and old memories come flooding back. She must sort out what happened quickly before history repeats itself.

I couldn’t get enough of this book. There were a few times when the girls dialogue from 15 years ago was a bit unrealistic (“i.e., the major ovaries” comment), but otherwise it was great and I liked the ending. There were plenty of seeds planted along the way and twists to keep me guessing! This is a major binge-worthy book. I highly recommend!

The Last Time I LiedPompa (8)
****spoilers about the very end****

Ok so I was really enjoying this book and then the last 5 pages or so really messed with my head. Specifically when it’s mentioned again how Vivian came back and asked Emma to let her in. What do you think would’ve happened if Emma did? It was just so creepy reading that information again now knowing what Vivian did to the other girls.

Kakidee (3)
I got so annoyed by the ending! Like how does a young girl hide two dead girls and then disappears without a trace? I doubt she had money or transportation to get out of the camp alone let alone start a whole life on her own at 16? Ughhh!
Spinning SilverMO (6)
Unsure

I knew I was getting this novel from the description of saying "every Game of Thrones fan new favorite novel." I just finished reading it and I'm just not sure how I feel. Half the reason I love Game of Thrones is because the characters and the connection you build with them and I think thats what I lacked from this. It took me until almost half way in until I was really interested, and even then I was more interested to just see how she ended the story rather than the actual characters. The story was still interesting but I was a little let down.

The Last Time I LiedMAD222 (2)
Uuuummmmm.....

Is anyone else wanting to stand on the chest of the author and pull the background story out of her head!!! I get the thriller aspect of it but I just want more information to keep me interested in moving forward.

Morgan (2)
I don't know, I think it is suspenseful to keep me reading further. I don't know how far you are in the book, I'm a little over half way through it and there are still lots of questions to be uncovered. Do you mean you want more answers rather than continuous questions/theories throughout the story?
MAD222 (2)
I want a little more information to keep me guessing and changing my mind about how I think it is going to end. Just me though
The Last Time I LiedMorgan (2)
New BOTM member

Hey! This is my first book from here and it's been so fun reading the exciting thriller! I look forward to reading all the discussion posts. I want to wait until I finish, so not to read any spoilers! So far the book is great! I love how the author goes back and forth from past to present and leaves you in suspense to why Emma believes she is behind the girls disappearance that keeps you yearning to read further!

The Girl From Blind RiverMO (6)
Has anyone finished this?

I'm trying to find the motivation to continue on with this book and I have none. Has anyone finished it, and if so is it worth finishing?

elissaerin (1)
It was OK. It was a quick read for me but I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters and I just didn't care what happened to them.
MO (6)
I think that's were I am at. I don't really care enough about the characters to even see what happens. Going to try and finish though!
The Last Time I Liedlaurajfrazier (5)
Spoiler Alert!

I LOVED the book! I have 2 questions...what was the whole thing with the hair from a synthetic wig and remnants of a fake i.d. at the end? Also, why did the lady at the gallery at the end say Vivian died 15 years ago? Wasn't that Vivian??

Calvin (1)
The lady in the art gallery was Vivian, but she said Vivian died 15 years ago because she "disappeared" with the other two girls when she killed them by making a new fake i.d and starting a new life.
laurajfrazier (5)
Thank you!!
Becky (2)
The hair and fake i.d. part at the end was the little clue that Vivian created a new life: new hair (wig) and new identity (fake ID) She said Vivian died because she did. The lady was no longer Vivian she was someone "new"
laurajfrazier (5)
Thank you!!
The Last Time I Liedhaannahbeth (5)
Spoilers!

Overall, I loved this book. But there were times when I hated it, and it left some very intriguing unanswered questions. It seemed to almost pander at times to the mystery. The way that Emma took SO long to figure out that what she found in the trunk was a map of the camp after the shape of the lake and the layout of the camp had already been described numerous times, as well as having looked at several satellite images of it. Much of the beginning of the book seemed to repeat itself frequently. There were several paragraphs that said the same thing two to the three times in a row. It was also so painfully obvious that Peaceful Valley was under Lake Midnight, that I didn't realize that Emma hadn't figured that out until she was actually there.
And I'm still left wondering about some things. First, why wasn't Lottie at the lake when the rest of the camp was? Was Vivian in fact stalking Emma at the camp? What exactly did actually happen to Franny's husband? There is still so much mystery!

ChristineDuane (31)
So many things in this book, where there was a big lead up....and then nothing. The explanation Frannie gave at the end was so rushed. We went through the whole book thinking she was involved somehow and then she says she didnt do anything and its over? Also didnt understand the Lottie thing. That being said I was surprised by the ending even though when I think back, it makes total sense.
Becky (2)
I don't think Vivian was stalking Emma at camp. I think everything was Chet. But yes I still wonder along with you why Lottie was absent from the lake and what happened to Franny's husband.
The Last Time I LiedChristina (2)
An Exciting Thriller

This book definitely captures that creepy summertime Stranger Things vibe. At first I wasn’t a big fan of the Mean Girls feel but the mystery is so intriguing I found it hard to put down. For all of the excitement it did feel like there was a lot of building up to nothing. The ending was unexpected (and awesome!) but I would have rather had more of that than the drawn out whodunnit at Camp Nightingale. I really enjoyed the cinematic element of the writing. Overall, it was a fun summer read!

haannahbeth (5)
I agree. There was a lot of boring build up to an exciting, interesting, and truncated end.
GhostedArtsyalchemist (1)
A Surprisingly Good Read

I usually don’t read lighter reads, but decided to take a chance with this one (I also got Spinning Silver, which I’m still reading right now). I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There were so many twists and turns but made total sense. It was also interesting to see both sides of the relationship, and how the events affected them emotionally in different ways. Using texts and messages as part of the prose was a nice touch, especially in today’s social media age. Overall, I enjoyed this book, especially since it’s my very first BOTM.

GhostedKristie (2)
LOVE!!!!

I read this one in about three days. It has so many great twists and they are believable! I loved the letters and how that helped develop the story.

The Summer WivesMorganWhite (4)
Great Summer Read

Wow! I LOVED this book as soon as I started it. It was so easy for me to visualize the island and characters which made the book feel like a movie. Definitely one of the top 3 books I've read this year so far.

Spinning SilverAmanda (1)
Needed some editing

About half way through this book I started skimming. I think at least 100 pages could have been cut and it would have made for a better book.

ChristinaPiedlow (2)
The length didn't bother me nearly as much as the grammatical errors and typos. I can't believe this book was printed as is. There were sections of the book that seemed like they were originally done through oral dictation, where you'd see the word "do" instead of "to" and other words that sounded similar to the word likely intended. For a writer with this much critical acclaim and a big publishing house behind her, I expected a fully edited book free of typographical errors. It was very sloppy and the mistakes removed me from the story often.
CarolynWhite (1)
I agree that this book was long, but I loved it and I never wanted it to end! I kept thinking it was almost over and then it just kept going.
TiffanyH (1)
Agree!! I thought the beginning and ending were fairly strong, but it lagged so much in the middle.
The Summer WivesChelsea (21)
Nice but predictable

This was a nice yet predictable story. I couldn't put it down early on but midway through everything turned predictable and just a little cliche. The dialogue was weak at times and sometimes the plot felt disjointed, but overall I did enjoy the book. I didn't LOVE it, but I don't regret picking it as my BOTM.

Amber (2)
I kind of felt the same way Chelsea. In the beginning I couldn't put it down, then towards the middle I actually got a little bored for a bit. I did have the "mystery" figured out pretty quick, but I still enjoyed it overall. Mostly because I love historical novels and I loved the visuals in this one.
Spinning SilverRachel (2)
Any American Gods fans?

So who else pictured an old man in Chicago that loves to play checkers, smokes like a chimney and misses the days when he worked at the slaughter house killing cattle the moment the demon’s name was revealed? Haha

SamanthaHils (1)
Yes!! That’s all I could picture
The Summer WivesHaleyBenedict (7)
Oh My Heart

I could not put this book down! Cliche as it might have been, it was one of the best books I've received as a BOTM member. I especially enjoyed the time-shifts, they were well executed and allowed the reader to make inferences while still wanting to read on to find the juicy details. I definitely made some assumptions that were correct, but I wasn't upset to find out they were true. Although I could guess what happened, I still wanted to know how and understand WHY.

I especially loved the parallel struggles both Miranda and Joseph faced during their time apart, as well as the reversed situations near the end. First, with Joseph locked away and Miranda sending letters with no response, and then Miranda (who was, in a way, imprisoned by the island upon her return) receiving the postcards from Joseph to which she could not respond.

And of course, who doesn't secretly love a happy ending?

EmilyPeterson (1)
I completely agree with your insights about the time shifts! I, too, was able to make predictions and was accurate in my assumptions, but, at times, that can be satisfying for a reader. You know you're on the same page (no pun intended) as the author and that you are following their story and thinking about it on more than a superficial level. I also enjoyed the time shifts because they allowed the plot to slow a bit, adding to the suspense, but also providing more details to develop an understanding of characters' motives. Oh, and, I was rooting for that happy ending the whole time :)
The Last Time I Liedrajo (28)
Has anyone else...

Has anyone else been having the problem of their books arriving with the corners crushed, sometimes even with the covers torn? My books have arrived beat up every month for at least the last 4 months. This used to never happen. It's always so disappointing when they look bad before I even open the shrink wrap. Do I just have terrible luck? :(

Hana (5)
I didn't have that problem, but there was one page that stuck out, as if it wasn't put in properly. Not a huge issue, but it didn't look great.
SerinaMolina (2)
Was it page 183? Mine isn’t proper and it’s driving me nuts ????????
CarolineTurner (2)
What a bummer! I've been getting BOTM for a little over a year now and the one time my book arrived with an issue (a leaf was unglued from the binding) I reached out to customer service and they replaced it right away. Haven't had the torn cover/smashed sides issue though. Hope this helps!
Springleshae (1)
This is my second box, the first one was fine, but both books in this box were kind of smashed and wrinkled in the corners.
ewhip (1)
I've been getting BotM for about a year and I've never had this issue. Maybe contact them about it?
Bethany (1)
This will be my first BOTM box and, while very excited to receive it, a bit apprehensive if these are the conditions the books will arrive in.
landerson1291 (1)
I haven't had issues with the cover being ripped, but on page 294 of The Last Time I Lied, there's a pretty big ink splotch that takes up an inch of the page and covers the words :( It's kinda a bummer because I love the book and have been singing the praises of BOTM. Is this something that others are seeing for this specific book?
damroberts744 (8)
You're right, it wasn't an issue save the last couple of months, but I received Circe bent pretty badly at the top (not enough to buy a new copy, even though the cover is great), and also received Calypso with a torn dust jacket. Still love the site, but definitely a bit disappointing.
MAdoor (5)
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!! I thought that "my beat up" box and book was due to ordering the tote bag. It looks like someone looked at my BOTM box and wonder what's in there. Then they did a very poor job of rewrapping it. Now that I know it's going on elsewhere I may have to resign. The books are too expensive to have these problems.
Christina (2)
This is my first time ordering from BOTM and the jacket for The Last Time I Lied is ripped at the top :(. I feel so disappointed! I would never have purchased a book in that condition. The second book I ordered seemed to be in better shape although it didn’t exactly look clean. I hope it will be better next month.
The Girl From Blind RiverHana (5)
Large Font?

I just opened my box and holy moly, the font is LARGE in this book. Anyone else notice this? Almost looks like a kids book or something...

MO (6)
I got mine yesterday and had the exact same reaction! A little bit of a turn off with font that large. Hopefully thats the only negative thing about it though!
Victoria (3)
I just got mine and had to check after reading you comment and YES it is HUGE. I don't see any mention of large print inside. Interesting...
Kayla (94)
Yes! I had the same immediate reaction. I almost wished they made a shorter book with smaller font.