Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Good on you, Goodreads

I love Goodreads. I love how it can keep track of all of the books I've read. It can keep track of all of my reviews and so much more. I definitely don't use all of it's features (like updating the progress of each book) but I do love the website. If you don't use it, you really should!

What I'm most happy about though, is now I can add a second (third, forth, etc) time reading the same book! It makes me so happy, because I love to take part in the reading challenge each year, and each year I re-read Harry Potter. And in the past, I just have to change the reading date, or add a different edition to my bookshelf or "cheat" somehow. So when I saw that I can add a second reading date, I was jumping for joy!

Because really, who can read Harry Potter only once?

Thanks Goodreads, for making this reader happy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review: Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

Publish Date: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400 pages
Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for honest review 

Goodreads Synopsis:

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.
When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California's most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he's no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he's initially too traumatized to speak, but he's alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he'll recover his memories; all that matters now is they're together again. It's perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.He isn't Daniel Tate.He's a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he's not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried. 

My Review:

Unfortunately, it took a while before I felt eager enough to pick this one up. I kept putting it off, I was in a sort of reading funk I guess. But when I started, right through to the end, I was hooked. It starts off with lies, and the narrator straight up says “I’m lying!” WHAT? I didn’t know what to make of this, but with a title like Here LIES Daniel Tate, and a synopsis like this one, it totally makes sense. OR does it?! That right there, is how I felt reading this book (for the most part, except for one obvious and disturbing plot twist).
“Daniel Tate” doesn’t know who he is, or who he has ever been, he floats through life, living in shelters for as long as he can, then runs. Then he stumbles upon a perfect situation, a rich family that he can con into taking him in for a while. The longer he stays, the more complicated and strange it becomes and that’s when he realizes that this situation isn’t quite as it seems on the outside. Secrets are made, secrets are revealed and who really knows the truth in this thrilling novel.
The characters were interesting enough, except for a random love interest thrown in for no apparent reason. We could have easily done without it in my opinion. I loved that the story had my mind racing with each page, one minute I thought I had it figured out, then one minute I questioned everything I thought I knew. The ending will have the reader rushing to finish and leave them with their mouth agape, wondering what the hell just happened (but in a good way!) It’s definitely a book worth reading!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

Publish Date: September 19th, 2017
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9781501175749
Pages: 256
Series: None
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together. 
Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems.
Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms.
Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered?
A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another--and ourselves.

My Review:

White Bodies, a psychological suspense that fell just short for me in the end. I was looking forward to this book, something a little different than my usual grab and go book. I was eager for the thrill and a little ready for something creepy. Creepy is what I got when it came to Callie and her twin sister Tilda, but it wasn’t a good creepy. I was seriously creeped out when there was talk of Callie and her obsessive need to eat her sisters things (teeth, hair, urine) Eww. This really didn’t sit well with me, and I was a little put off because of it.
The story (other than the consuming of body fluids/parts) was up and down for me. One minute I was drawn in, then it would take a turn downhill and I found myself willing the story to be done. Tilda, an up and coming actress meets Felix, a man who she welcomes into her life and introduces her sister to. Immediately, Callie notices something off about Felix and becomes fixated on their relationship. She notices his obsessive-compulsiveness. His need for order and cleanliness. And more importantly, his need to control Tilda. It frightens Callie when her sister stops working and eating. Her living space becomes more and more unlike her and more like Felix. There was promises of trips and so on, and nothing comes of it right away. Then the bruises appear and Callie herself becomes the obsessed. She resorts to the internet – to be precise and her suspicions are verified by others living in fear on this website. Confronting her sister about her suspicions, Callie is told it’s nothing; Felix says there are no jobs good enough for her, Felix likes things a certain way, so on and so forth. But then other times, it seems like Tilda is pleading silently for help.
While reading White Bodies it’s hard to tell whether Callie is a reliable character, with there being flashbacks to their twin life as young girls. It was interesting to read this point of view along with everything else happening. I really had no idea which way the story was going to go. I couldn’t completely get drawn in by the characters, as stated before, I was disgusted by Callies tendencies, Tilda seemed lifeless and Felix left a bad taste in my mouth. The owner of the bookstore, and Wilf had a little more personality than the others which made me laugh in the end.
Overall, I’m not sure what I would say about this book or how I would rate it. I’ve looked through other reviews before posting this, and I see that there is a lot of good feedback about White Bodies, people seem to generally enjoy this one. Maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea, who knows.

Friday, October 6, 2017

I'm Back, readers!

Hey guys! It's been a while, I know. There's been so much going on that my blog definitely got the back burner. First of all, my computer broke and I could not write posts because of that, then it was working on and off again, but more importantly, we welcomed another little one to our family and she became the center of everything. đź’— My computer was moved into my basement, where lo and behold it stopped working again. (Which in the end was an OK thing, because the spiders in my basement FREAK ME OUT!!) And I hated being down there. Then one day, I had the nicest surprise at my door... a brand new laptop (thanks Mom!), and here I am.

I have a lot to catch up on. I have a ton of books that need to have my review posted. I feel out of the loop in the happenings in the book world, because while I love my phone and do a lot of things on it, it just wasn't the same as a computer.

I need to do a big thank you to the lovely ladies at Simon & Schuster who continued to believe in me, and send me a book here and there (I promise, I will send you the reviews!) And I hope that we can continue to work together, I truly missed doing this. Also, thank you Random House, your review will be up too! And fellow Canadian, and author C.K. Kelly Martin, we'll be in touch.

I cannot wait to get back up and running, so stay tuned for some posts being sent your way.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blog Tour: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour with the U.S. and Canada. K.A Tucker is one of my favourite authors, so when I was asked to participate in this tour, it was a no brainer! Be sure to check out the rest of the stops along the way, and check out the giveaway at the end of this post!

Publish Date: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501133381
Pages: 368
Series: None
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population three thousand outside of tourist season). 

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine...before the spark fades?

My Review:

I am a huge fan of K.A Tucker, with One Tiny Breath series my all time fave. And I know you're going to hate me for saying this, but I was disappointed with He Will Be My Ruin, and I was hoping for Until It Fades to be my redemption read . And let me tell you this... it was!! I am back to raving about Mrs Tucker and her incredible talent as a writer and story weaver and picture painter. 
Heres my reasons:
Writer - creates such a unique novel which flows flawlessly and seamlessly. 
Story weaver - knocks the ball out of the park with these fantastic characters that are realistic and genuine. And a plot that can keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. 
And picture painter - detail in everything to help reader along and feeling as though you are there and part of the book.
Just incredible! 

Catherine is a small town girl with a history that is known to many (for all the wrong reasons ) and she wants something different. She wants to forget about her past, but her young daughter,and her paycheck to paycheck job make that almost impossible. Then Brett comes along and things start to change and maybe he is what she needed to move on all along.

I really liked how likeable both these main characters are. Catherine is a hard working young single mom just trying to do her best and the love she has for her daughter is clear. Brett is a down to earth guy with a connection to Canada (and being a Canadian too, I loved the Canadian thrown in here and there!) And the relationship they build is a great one. It's fun, flirty and playful.  I read a lot of their interactions with a smile on my face.
It didn't stop there with great characters though. Keith, Catherine's friend is a great guy too. He's been there since the beginning and Catherine could not imagine a life in which he wasn't a part of. Another memorable character is Lou.  She stood up and helped Catherine when she needed it most and she's a smart, kind helping hand. And her no BS attitude is awesome. These characters plus more make for such a dynamic novel.

There's something romantic and sexy about Until it Fades. You'll get that giddy feeling when reading the book and when an author can make you feel, honest to goodness feel, during a novel, you know it's a good one.  KA tucker has done it again, and I can't thank her enough for writing some of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading.


K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Publish Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Gallery
ISBN: 9781501168406
Pages: 496
Series: None
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.

My Review:

I don't even know where to start on this one! All I can say is don't read this at night, alone and in the dark. Holy hell, this is a book that I will add to my list of scary books I've read. And to be honest, that list isn't very long (The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper is on the list too).

Little Heaven is gruesome, vivid, and just plain eerie and creepy. I've never read any other book by Nick Cutter and I can't say that I will if they are all like this one. Not that I didn't like the book, I just don't like to be scared! The writing is great in Little Heaven, the attention to detail is there for sure, along with the creep factor. Cutter definitely left a lot open for the readers imagination in terms of what the characters saw or felt and it was a different experience reading a book like that.

Micah, Eb and Minerva are all very different characters but are all bounty hunters who meet up to check on a young womans nephew. A very interesting plot where you'll go back to when they met for the very first time, or "Beginnings" as a part of the book is called. The way the novel is separated into parts with a few illustrations throughout added to the overall appeal of the book I think.

Overall, Little Heaven, while I was strongly intrigued by the synopsis was a little too much on the horrifying and gruesome end of things for me to thoroughly enjoy the whole thing. I tried, but I think I'll stick to my usual next time!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review: The Lost Property Office by James R Hannibal

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: Nov 8th, 2016
ISBN: 9781481467094
Pages: 400
Series: Section 13, Book #1
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

James R. Hannibal presents a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic in this stunning middle grade debut.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.
But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.
Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short? 

My Review:

Jack is unique, and always has been. He can hear and feel things that most people can't. He's written it off for the first 13 years of his life as just an odd quirk that he has to live with. It isn't until his sister Sadie thinks she sees their missing dad that it all starts to come together and make sense a little to Jack Buckles. 
The book starts off a little slow to be honest, it took a little persuasion to sit down and read at first. Not that it wasn't good or anything, I just wanted something to hook me in! Once past the first few chapters, things start to look up. We meet a strange young girl named Gwen who can help Jack and together they set off on an adventure to find what the Clockmaster is after. Written with such vividness, the reader can easily see what James R Hannibal had in mind, but also so much creativity that the reader could just as easily envision their own world.
It's a history lesson, a mystery, and a magical ride all rolled into one. I can definitely see fans of Harry Potter taking a liking to The Lost Property Office (I mean, it made me start rereading Harry Potter..again!). Fans of Sherlock will also enjoy this. And even if you don't like/know either of those, that's ok! There's something in this book that you'll enjoy!
Also, the cover art is pretty cool! The pretty little bug on the right hand corner of the book is fantastic! And I was happy to see a ton of The Lost Property Office copies out in plain sight on display at my local Chapters. The cover will most likely draw a lot of readers to it!

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