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Kirstin Swartz - 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.

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

The It Girl by Ruth Ware - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982155261
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 12th, 2022

As usual, Ruth Ware never misses! The It Girl has a refreshing, dark-academia themed narrative to it, while still feeling like Ware’s voice and thrills we’ve all come to love. Hannah Jones is an excellent final girl, whose love for her best friend April–murdered during their first year at Oxford–has never waivered in the ten years since losing her. And when the possibility of April’s murderer still being out there arises, she is determined to uncover the real truth. That real truth will be staring back at you through these pages, but you will be unable to take off your rose-colored glasses until it’s much, much too late. An absolute hit, I finished it in less than 48 hours! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The Last to Vanish: A Novel by Megan Miranda - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982147310
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - July 26th, 2022

Cutter's Pass is a small town in North Carolina just off the Appalachian Mountains, and home to several mysterious disappearances over the past 3 decades. When the most recent missing person's brother shows up at The Passage Inn, looking for answers, our protagonist Abby--manager of said Inn--is caught up in the long-buried secrets of the town she's come to call home. While the ending was semi anti-climatic, the secrets, shocks, and obsessive narrative from Abby will keep you hooked! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593336823
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Published: Berkley - September 14th, 2021

“Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man,” will be my motto forever.
This brainy rom-com was adorable, fun, and technically a REYLO FANFICTION?! (Star Wars, to those who don’t understand my excitement). Olive is a cute nerdy narrator, and I loved seeing her confidence grow throughout the novel regarding her brains, her research, and her feelings for Adam–which turn and blossom during their fake-dating journey. Adam, meanwhile, is a god. Literally. Olive is so blind, and so lucky. Ugh.
If you want to get lost in a love story, this one is perfect for you! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

Two Nights in Lisbon: A Novel by Chris Pavone - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374604769
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Published: MCD - May 24th, 2022

If a book could embody a poker face, it would be this one. Two Nights in Lisbon was an incredible international thriller that kept you in disbelief, head-swimming, and stressfully ripping through chapter after chapter to uncover the truth (but which truth?). Ariel Pryce wakes up alone in Lisbon, her new husband gone missing. What comes from this is not the traditional black-ops thrill Pavone is known for, but instead a deeply personal story about Ariel, the stakes she’s in now, and the ones she ran from in the past. I loved how much this book surprised me, and Ariel is definitely one of my top mystery protagonists of all time now. Read it, and enjoy the ride. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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