Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Published by: Doubleday Canada

Published: August 7, 2018

290 Pages

Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Summary                 

When ten guests show up at Mitchell’s Inn they are expecting to have a relaxing winter getaway but a blizzard begins leaving them snowed in and without power. The owner James and his son are the only staff at Mitchell’s Inn and they do their best to make the situation as enjoyable as possible but when guests start turning up dead, panic and fear set in amoung the group. Is the murder one of them or is someone else staying at the Inn?  Continue reading “Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

Tag Tuesday: I Dare You Book Tag

Tag Tuesday: I Dare You Book Tag

I am not sure who created this book tag but I found it on Ali the Hardback Horder’s YouTube channel. This tag is a long one with 19 questions so let’s get on with the questions.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

The longest read book on my shelf would have to be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This book was what started my love of reading again. The longest unread book on my shelf would be Pillars of the Earth by Ken Fowlett. I need to read this I hear nothing but great things.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. My last read was King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. And I plan on reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo next.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Continue reading “Tag Tuesday: I Dare You Book Tag”

Monday Musing February 11, 2019

Monday Musing February 11, 2019

Dear Bookworms,

I hope everyone is have a great Monday. 🙂 I am back with my second post of Monday musings where I just share my thoughts on books I’m reading or just finished. I will also plan on sharing bookish news I’ve come across recently.

Reading Progress

I finished reading An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lepena and I liked it but wasn’t shocked by the plot twist at the end. I will have my review up soon for this.

I finished reading King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard on Saturday. I mostly listened to this on audio book until my time came up and had to delete it off overdrive. Most of what I listened to didn’t quite sink in but I got the gist of it. I won’t start the final book right away I think I will get to it next month though.

I started reading Shadow and Bone this weekend and am half way through it, I hope to finished it tomorrow. I don’t own the second book but I have requested a hold on it at my library and should be able to pick it up tomorrow. So far am liking Shadow and Bone it is an easy read and like the world and the darkling character.

New Releases February 12 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

 

The Sisterhood by A.J Grainger

Seventeen-year-old Lil stumbles across a dangerous secret while searching for her missing sister in this gripping thriller that’s perfect for fans of The Darkest Corners and The Third Twin.

Seventeen-year-old Lil’s heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There’s been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a heart-stopping moment that it’s Mella.

The girl is injured and disorientated and Lil has no choice but to take her home, even though she knows something’s not right. The girl claims she’s from a peaceful community called The Sisterhood of the Light, but why then does she have strange marks down her arms, and what—or who—is she running from?

Nick and June Were Here by Shalanda Stanley

Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, a secret she asked Nick to keep for too long. Between managing her symptoms and her parents, June is just trying to keep it together. Nick is a reluctant car thief, supporting his aunt with the money and focusing on his art whenever he can.

But when June’s condition sends her to the hospital and Nick’s latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?

Movie Adaptations

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James was just release last week and has already been acquired for movie rights by Michael B. Jordan. I’m excited by this news am a fan of Micahel B. Jordan from Friday Night Lights TV show. He hasn’t announced that he will star in it but I hope so. Need to pick this book up soon.

The Witches by Ronald Dahl is being turned into a movie again starring Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch. Not sure who will be playing the boy I’m not sure if they have casted the role yet. Guillermo del Toro is a producer on the film. It has a release date of October 2020. Love Ronald Dahl growing up so am excited for this film adaptation.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what bookish news your excited about.

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Monday Musings February 4, 2019

Monday Musings February 4, 2019

Dear Bookworms,

I hope everyone had a great reading weekend, I had a nice weekend but didn’t get that much reading done. I finished reading The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson and made a little progress on An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena.

Reading Progress

I finished two non-fiction audio books last week, The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Clairshipman and The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau. I recommend The Confidence Code if you are struggling with confidence or are unsure of yourself.  And if you are interested in being in entrepreneur you should read The $100 Startup. I want to read it again but this time I will read it. Continue reading “Monday Musings February 4, 2019”

Books that BookTube made me Buy

Books that BookTube made me Buy

I am guilty of buying books simply because my favourite BookTubers hauled them recently and I am probably not alone in this. Raise your hands if you do the same. 🙋 I have toned down my book buying recently and don’t just buy all the books making their rounds on BookTube. It wouldn’t be such a problem if I actually read the books I bought but for some reason I buy them and don’t read them. Continue reading “Books that BookTube made me Buy”

April Book Haul

April Book Haul

Happy Mothers Day!

What is everyone doing for Mother’s Day? I will be heading to my moms for a visit and to take her to the movies. We are going to see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer. It looks funny and I am sure we will both have a good time.

I know I did one of these recently but I didn’t feature any books from April because it would have just been too long of a post, so here we are. 🙂

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

  • Kristin is one of my favourite authors and I will buy anything she writes. Even thought I haven’t read all her books but the few that I have, have all been great emotional reads.

An American Marriage

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • Solely bought this for the cover and didn’t even read the synopsis but the title does sound interesting.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • I borrowed this from the library and it was past due, so I had to return it before I was done reading it (still not done) and I am enjoying it so I figured I might as well buy it. It is a generational novel following two sisters, one who was sold into slavery and the other who married a slave trader, and it follows each of their family line.

April Book Haul

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

  • The blurb by Celeste Ng is what sold me on this book. “A Tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters”

The Women in the Window by A. J. Finn

  • This book has been all over lately and I love a good thriller, so, had to buy it. Anna has agoraphobia and spends her days in the safety of her home but one night when she looks into her neighbours window she sees something that she shouldn’t have and it spins her life into chaos.

April Book Haul

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

  • So far, I have enjoyed all Chevy Stevens books and I hope that continues with Never Let You Go. This one is about a womenl who leaves her abusive husband and starts a new life.

Still Life by Louise Penny

  • Katie from Life Between Words recommends this series and I trust her opinion. I also like supporting Canadian authors and it was only $8.

April Book Haul

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • I have seen this book on few vlogger’s channels and they all say great things about this book. It is a dystopian, about a travelling symphony and their travels lead them to a violent prophet.

April Book Haul

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

  • Set in 1926, Australia a light keeper and his wife find a baby and a dead man in boat that has been washed on to the shore. The wife wants to keep the baby thinking it is a miracle from god, since they have had trouble conceiving but Tom doesn’t think it is a good idea and that the mother is missing the child.

The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon

  • I seen this on BookOutlet and it is blurbed by George R. R. Martin saying “this is the orginal Game of Thrones” but I didn’t realize that it was the third in the series. Hate when that happens

April Book Haul

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

  • Set in 1590, recently widowed Katharine moves into her uncles manor in Lancashire. While there she meets the schoolmaster, William Shakespeare, and is captivated by Shakespeare’s verse. I haven’t read a fictional account of Shakespeare so that is what intrigued me to pick this up.

The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

  • This movie adaptation looks great and I want to watch it but being a book snob I feel like I need to read it before I watch the movie. The Beguiled is about a wounded union solider who is brought to the Seminary for Young Ladies. The solider begins pitting the girls against each other to gain his freedom.

April Book Haul

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

  • Roaslind Perry has moved to Chicago, to work as a housemain for the privliaged Sloane family in hopes that she will find out what happened to her sister Miranda. I have started reading this and it is more of a romance than it is a mystery.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • I’ve read The Shadow and the Wind and loved it and this one has the same dark mysteriousness to it but for young adults. The Carver family moves into a new house and after they have moved in strange things begin to happen.

April Book Haul

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

  • I  picked this up for the cover, it is soo beautiful. I don’t even know what it is about, I tend to that a lot.

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

  • Second book in the Impluse series. I haven’t read Impulse yet but I will eventually.

April Book Haul

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

  • Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story – a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A dark story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

  • I have already read this but borrowed it from the library and loved it, so needed my own copy and plus I am on a mission to own all her books.

There you have it all the eighteen books I have added to my shelves recently.

Have you read any of these?

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Top Ten Tuesday// Books With My Favourite Colour on the Cover

Welcome,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have had such a busy day I haven’t had time to do this post until now but I didn’t not want to post it because I love this prompt. But really, any excuse to show of my beautiful books I can’t refuse. 😀 My favourite colour is blue and there are many options for me to choose from but I went with these ten.

 

 

 

What is your favourite colour and what are some of your favourite books that are in that colour? Let me know.

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