Review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in the Darkness Masaji IshikawaRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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Half-Japanese and half-Korean Masaji Ishikawa lived a poor and hard life in Japan with his family, angry at his violent father and feeling like an outsider. Then, when he’s thirteen, his family moves to North Korea, in search of a better life – the promises of free education, abundance of jobs and free access to doctors lures them. They soon find out the depth of the lies of the propaganda, and life gets much, much harder. Masaji tells the story of his life in “paradise on earth”, and its brutality, the endless hunger, poverty and cruelty and his escape 36 years later. Continue reading

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ARC Review: Hidden Seams, by Alessandra Torre

Hidden Seams Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Erotica

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In Hidden Seams, Marco has just inherited a billion after ten years of selling his reputation, and realizes now just how lonely he really is. Avery works with money laundering, trying to get enough money to support the immigrant women who depend on her to find shelter and a decent job. She is determine if the man who used to publicly date Marco was his father, and he is determined to not let her ruin his legacy. When they meet, however, the intense passion between them is something they can’t fight. Continue reading

ARC Review: Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman

Watch Me Jody Gehrman

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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I had read the synopsis for Watch Me and found it very intriguing, which is why I got the book via Netgalley, but by the time I read it, I’d forgotten it already. And I think that is the best way to enjoy this book – not knowing where it’s heading! So if you want to be kept a little in the dark about the story of Watch Me, skip the next paragraph! Continue reading

ARC Review: All Things Bright and Strange, by James Markert

All Things Bright and Strange James Markert

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian, Supernatural

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It took me a while to decide how I would rate this novel. All Things Bright and Strange is a story set in Bellhaven, a small town in the Southern United States, known for its tolerance and peace between different religions and races. But since the war, things haven’t been the same. Then one day a small chapel is found in the woods, and it brings peace and comfort to the townspeople – but something is not quite right about it, and supernatural forces escape through cracks into the natural world, causing tensions and destruction. Continue reading

ARC Review: Our Dark Stars, by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey Krystal Wade

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Romance

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I am still blown away by this book as I write this review. This was just phenomenal!

Our Dark Stars tells the story of Princess Talia Starchaser, who on her eighteenth’s birthday will confirm her position as the heir to the throne and to her Dynasty, but must also secure her betrothal to Prince Cassian, who she has never met. Cassian is a cruel person, and demands Talia kills her best friend, a companion mock named Ailat who she has known since birth, in front of an expecting crowd. In a fraction of second, Talia must decide what to do, with enormous consequences to her choice. A hundred years later, Mock Captain Will Perrault and his mock crew discover an object floating through space, and when Talia emerges from the container, she is now in their hands.

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Review: The Ghostwriter, by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about the plot when I started reading this book. I had seen it recommended by many fellow book bloggers and highly so, and although I read the synopsis a few times, somehow I completely forgot about it and thought it was a murder mystery. So I was not emotionally ready for the roller coaster it would get my heart through. Continue reading

Review: The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook, by Simon Rego PhD and Sarah Fader

The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach by [Rego PsyD, Simon, Fader, Sarah]

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Mental Health

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Depression is part of my life for so long I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started. Last year, it got worse than it’s ever been before, and I’ve needed medical attention and medication to help deal with it. Right now, I am doing therapy, taking medication regularly and paying attention to the symptoms so they never get that bad again. Which is why, when I was offered to read this workbook, I accepted almost immediately. Continue reading

Review: Scheele’s Green Ghosts (The Lundenwich Society #1), by Terry Graves

Schelles Green Ghosts Terry Graves

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Middle Grade, Young adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery

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I don’t normally read children’s books very often, but I love reading them to have fun and just have a good time. And did this book deliver!

Scheele’s Green Ghosts is the first installment in The Lundenwich Society series, a middle grade story about a group of children who have a gift to sense or see the supernatural and help solve mysteries in order to give peace to ghosts and help them move on. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Drama, Magic Realism

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I picked up The Immortalists thinking it would be a magical realism story which focused on the magical side, especially since it’s classified as fantasy on Goodreads. But really, it’s focused a lot more on the realism side, with small hints of magic here and there, and a gorgeous family epic at its core. Continue reading