Review: The Acts of Life by Kristin Mulligan

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WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers and is also very aggressive. Read at your own risk!

Okay, you guys know that common misconception that self-published books “aren’t as good as books that are published through a big publisher?”

Go read The Acts of Life by Kristin Mulligan, a fellow Bookstagrammer, and then I dare you to come back and tell me you still believe that!

The Synopsis:

“Sam and Stella are closer than most brothers and sisters. Born only minutes apart, they grew up to be best friends and lifelong adversaries. Sam’s twin sister put the “rival” in sibling rivalry.

Sam ignores Stella’s competitive nature about who’s living a better life. So what if his law degree isn’t getting much use. And his previous relationship was a failure. And his Sundays are spent hung-over with his buddies. Despite Stella’s opposition, Sam is happy.

Stella is happier, just in case anyone asked. She has it all. Skyrocketing career? Check. Impending fiancé? Check. Friends? She was too busy achieving her goals (and stepping on innocent bystanders) to form friendships. All she needs is her twin brother.

Sam has accepted his place at the bottom. And there’s never been a threat to the hierarchy… until Harper. Sam’s unexpected one-night stand has the potential to be so much more. So why isn’t Stella happy for her brother?

A rivalry like theirs isn’t short on secrets. False appearances are easier to fake when you’re already so good at pretending. And for Sam and Stella, the lies are getting in the way of the truth: are they really happy or just acting the part?”

Read This If You Love…

  • Complex sibling relationships
  • Steamy sex scenes
  • A book that will make you sh*t your pants

“Some relationships are better when it’s long distance and in this case, it’s definitely true. We get along better when we see each other sporadically.”

My Review

You’ll notice that I put this in the Fiction category because I honestly don’t even know what genre this book is? If I had to classify it as something, it would be a romantic thriller. Kristin, if you’re reading this, please advise. 😉 We are making this a *thing.*

Anyways, The Acts of Life. WOW. I read it because Chip over at booksovrbros on Bookstagram is obsessed and my thoughts were, “well if Chip is obsessed with this book then it HAS to be good!” And I’m all about supporting fellow bookworms turned authors!

With it being almost 500 pages long, I thought it would take me a while to read. I was wrong. From the very first page, I was hooked and I had this *ahem* romantic thriller done in a couple of days. I could not put it down.

I honestly cannot say too much about the characters or the plot because I really don’t want to even let you guys THINK you know what happens in this book. I want you to go buy it and read it!

All I am going to say is that this book hooks you from the moment you start it and while Kristin Mulligan has you distracted with one thing… BAM! You’re completely blindsided and you don’t even know what hit you. There is an epic plot twist that will make you figuratively poop your pants (I mean, maybe literally, too, I’m not judging).

This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Then after I finished it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Kristin is such a talented writer who can really create the most intriguing story that makes you continue to think about it, even when you’re reading a completely different book after you’ve finished hers.


Go buy it.


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