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Kirstin - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

"But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." -WB Yeats.

Kirstin has lived in the Saratoga County nearly her entire life. After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and in Business Administration, Kirstin found her way to Northshire Bookstore as an Adult Literature Bookseller. She currently enjoys reading YA, adult thrillers, mystery and sci-fi.

Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501154652
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Published: Atria Books - November 6th, 2018

Lisa Jewell you beautiful human. Why are you so good at writing addicting mysteries? I really had no idea where this book was going to go, and I'm glad I dived in blind. Just a few words to sum up this thriller: Enchanting; Riveting; Haunting; Suspenseful; Shameful; Beautiful. And, like all of Lisa's books, at its core this book is about family. What is a family? How does it shape you? How does it break you? And what do you become after a great loss. All in all, not disappointed in the slightest, other than that the story is already over. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501128035
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

A summery romcom set in Maui as the maid of honor and the best man take on their families' honeymoon vacation while the rest of the wedding party, including the bride and groom, recovers from a yucky case of buffet food poisoning. JEALOUS! [not of the food poisoning..obviously because of the free Maui trip!] This was a fun read with witty banter, a hate-to-love relationship, a sprinkle of drama, and lots and lots of FOMO as Olive and Ethan enjoy their free Hawaii trip. Not my favorite of the Christina Lauren authors, but light and breezy. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

Lore Olympus: Volume Two by Rachel Smythe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593160305
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Published: Random House Worlds - July 5th, 2022

Rachel will never let me down. I love this series SO MUCH!! A printed collection of Smythe's webtoon series, from episodes 26-49, we continue to follow the adorable beginnings of this contemporary, colorful take on the Persephone and Hades romantic mythology. It's a beautiful series to turn the pages on--highly recommended! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This mind boggling, twisty-turny murder mystery was worth the hype! Aiden Bishop has eight days, and eight different bodies, to wake up and solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. If he solves it, he's free. If he doesn't, he'll have to start all over again. This Agatha Christie-eques purgatory premise was so fascinating to unravel--I'd love to see more of this world soon.
All in all, one of the smartest mysteries I've read to date, with shocks galore. I could NOT put it down! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

It Ends with Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501110368
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2016

This is by far one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking love stories I've read in a long, long time. Lily Bloom is a young woman starting her life fresh in Boston--and everything is Better in Boston. She meets, and remeets, Ryle, a sexy neurosurgeon who is confident in his work and in his feelings for Lily. I fell in love with Ryle in the first half, same as Lily did--squealing over his pining, their first steps towards a relationship, it was all adorable. Until it wasn't.
Colleen Hoover's interpretation on this form of abuse is genius. We're as in love with Ryle as Lily is, so when the red flags glimmer, and then the abuse starts, we're just as heartbroken and confused. How can your life be at its best and worst at the same time?
This was a read full of naked truths, blurred lines, and tons of tears. Well done Colleen, I look forward to reading more of you. Content warning: This is not a through-and-through romance, this is a story about ABUSE. Please be prepared for triggering chapters. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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