April Wrap UP

April Wrap UP

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was busy doing some spring cleaning and finished reading The Nightmare by Lars Keplar. I am working on a book review and hopefully will have it posted tomorrow.

In April I didn’t finish many books, I main focus was on finally finishing The Heart’s Invisible Furies. As I have only been reading it since February! I mostly did a lot of listening to audiobooks and toward the end of the month they were all non-fiction. Continue reading “April Wrap UP”

WWW// Wednesday March 28, 2018

WWW// Wednesday March 28, 2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! It’s fun and easy to participate all you have to do is answer the following 3 questions.

 

What are you currently reading?

I am still currently reading The Pursuit of Pearls by Jane Thynne and I am on page 195 of 485. I have to say it is slow going and not quite the page-turner I was expecting. My current audiobook is The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows I just started this while on my way to work and can’t really tell you my opinion so far.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading A Wrinkle in Time on the weekend and it was a nice easy read. I found the concept of a wrinkle in time interesting but it won’t be a favourite. I felt it was missing something. I finished listening to Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I am a health nut so I found this to be a great read. It is terrible what corporations can get away with and it does feel like they are killing us slowly for greed.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

What do you think you will read next?

I still plan on reading The Nightmare by Lars Kepler next.

WWW Wednesday

What are your recent and current reads?

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Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Published by: William Morrow an imprint of Harper Collins

Published on: July 26th 2017

341 Pages

Summary                    

A Debut novel about family secrets, loyalty, and sacrifices. This is a duel timeline alternating between Lucy’s story in 1935 and Justine’s in 1999.

The Evan’s family spend their summer at their lake house in Minnesota and in 1935 the youngest and favourite daughter, Emily, goes missing, never to be found. After the tragedy, Mrs. Evans never fully recovers and spends her life with her two remaining daughters, Lilith and Lucy. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young”

July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my July wrap up, I am so sad that July is over, it went by too fast. It seems like Summer had a late start where I live and then next thing you know it is going to be over. 😥 The other day this guy at work was singing a Christmas song! I don’t even want to think about Christmas yet, it’s too soon.

I finished eight books in July and am well on my way to completing my Goodreads challenge of reading 70 books. I only read three books from my Summer TBR and now have nine books left. I don’t see myself actually completing them all in August but more likely finish in September.

The Girls by Emma Cline                         

July Wrap Up
When I first bought this book up I thought it was going to more psychological but then I found out it is more of a coming of age story and I was slightly disappointed but I do like coming of age stories so, I was like yeah I can get down with that. Turns out I couldn’t and was let down by this book.

2 Stars

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens                 

July Wrap Up
After reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter in June I was in the mood for a thriller and have also been meaning to read another book by Chevy Stevens so, thought I would kill two birds with one stone. ;P I did a review for Those Girls  click the link to know more of my thoughts.

3.5 Stars

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins           

July Wrap Up
I had high expectations for Hawkins new book and I think I might have built it up too much because I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The plot twist at the end I expected I even said I knew it. I do want to do a review for this

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica                   

I didn’t love this one as much as I thought I would because I did love The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This one was a bit slower for me to get into but I did like how it all came together at the end.

3.5 Stars

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge              

July Wrap Up
I finally finished Cruel Beauty it has been on my TBR forever and I tried reading it last year but DNF it. I did understand it  better the second time going in and I liked it ok.

2.5 Stars

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

July Wrap Up
I read this as part of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon for the challenge read a LGBQT+ book. A perfect summer read, I really enjoyed reading Everything Leads to You. A little bit of mystery, great friendship and some romance. I really liked the behind the scenes look at what goes into set design for a movie.

4 Stars

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver               

July Wrap Up
Another book I read for the Bibliothon to complete challenge read a book to movie adaptation. Before I fall was ok but I just felt it was a little long and ended up getting bored with it, I really had to force myself to get through it. I also wasn’t a big fan of the ending.

2 Stars

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain    

July Wrap Up
The last book I read for the Bibliothon, read a banned book. I really enjoyed reading about Huck’s adventures. I think this is a great piece of literature about friendship and racism. I will definitely be reading this one again.

4.5 Stars

There you have it all the books I finished in July. What books did you finish in July?

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Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Published on July 7th 2015

Pages 384

Suspense, Thriller

Purchase  Amazon   Book Depository

Summary                                                  

Those Girls is about three sisters, Dani, Courtney, and Jess Campbell and tells the story of the bonds between siblings, the fight for survival and the need for revenge.

I felt it best to give a vague summary because it’s best to go into this one blind. But warning that this book deals with domestic abuse, sexual assault and torture. So if your uncomfortable reading about that this probably isn’t the book for you. Continue reading “Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review”

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Published on September 29, 2015
Pages 396
Suspense, Thriller
Purchase  Amazon  Book Depository 

Summary                                                    

Twenty-five years ago, Julia Carroll disappears and with no clues as to what happened this leaves the Carroll family torn. Sisters Claire and Lydia end up becoming estranged but after the murder of Claire’s husband they put aside their differences and work together to find answers to Julia’s disappearance. Shocking secrets will be uncovered that will lead down a dark path for which their is no turning back from. Continue reading “Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review”

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
Pages 453
Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Summary                                             

Lady Catherine is an aspiring baker and wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with best friend, Mary Ann, but being the daughter of a Marquess those aren’t the aspirations they have in mind for her. Not only that but she is the favourite of the King and he wishes for her be his Queen of Hearts. Things become more complicated for Catherine when she ends up falling for the court Jester.

Characters                                             

  • Catherine has a passion for creating and sharing delicious creations. She is generally a sweet soul but a little self-absorbed and slowly throughout the book you can see elements of the Queen of Hearts. I have to say that she did frustrate me at times.
  • Jest is new the land of Hearts and becomes the court joker. He is full of non-sensical comments that leaves Catherine pondering. He is mysterious, handsome and swoon-worthy. He was my favourite character and I can see how Catherine would instantly fall for him.
  • Through out this book you are introduced to many characters that are in the original Alice and Wonderland like Cheshire, the mad hatter, the white rabbit, etc.

Thoughts                                               

I had high expectations for Heartless because I love the lunar chronicles but sadly those expectations weren’t met. I think it was a little slow for me and I lost interest, I ended up putting this book down half way through to focus on other things. Which was not what I was expecting, I wanted to be so engrossed that I wouldn’t want to put it down.

I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and friendship were better developed. Catherine and Mary Ann are meant to be best friends but I wasn’t feeling that close friendship bond that bestfriends would have. I am a bit of a romantic at heart and wanted more romance in this book. There aren’t that many scenes with Catherine and Jest and I definitely wanted more. Especially since Jest was my favourite character.

He brought his free hand to hers, patting. “It will be my greatest pleasure to be secretive together, my lady.” – Jest

Bored is what I felt through most of this book and often found myself flipping through the pages wondering when the chapter was going to be over or why haven’t I finished this book yet, I feel like I have been reading it forever. I just was not invested in Catherine and didn’t care much for her quest to open a bakery. Maybe because I knew how the story was going to end, with her being the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you” -Cheshire

There is an element of mystery to Heartless and I would have enjoyed this plot line more if the mystery wasn’t so easy to solve. It would have been nice to have been kept guessing and it would have made me want to keep turning those pages till the very end.

I did enjoy the magical elements and thought it was an interesting idea that you can end up dreaming something into reality. I also enjoyed being reintroduced to the many famous Wonderland characters like the mad hatter or Hatta as he is known in Heartless. In Heartless we don’t just get the origin story for just the Queen of Hearts but for most of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Stuff and Nonsense.” he whispered, the words cracking. “Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?…” – Hatta

I liked that Marissa Meyer embodied Lewis Carrol writing style, there was plenty of word play and she even borrowed direct quotes from the original and made them apart of her story. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the only borrowed works she used, Meyer also incorporated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. I liked that she created the Raven character.

Overall                                                                 

I liked Heartless but didn’t love it. I was expecting something more along the lines of her book Fairest but I did like how Heartless came together at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult re-tellings.

2.75 Stars

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Mysti