Mini-Review: Lying in Wait, by Liz Nugent

lying in wait liz nugentRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”

This is such an interesting thriller – in the very first sentences you know who’s the murderer and who’s the victim. The rest of the story is an unnerving psychological thriller, watching the murderers get away with it, the victim’s family trying and trying to get the truth, sometimes getting closer, sometimes being drifted away. The stakes get higher as the story goes on, and there is a constant tension in the air, even when things are going “okay” (it does get a bit slow sometimes, but just you WAIT). I was very impressed by this novel, and really enjoyed seeing the point of view of the murderer and his family. I must say I do like books where you get the narration from the guilty part – Lydia was so very manipulative, psychopathic and strange, it was great. Really amazing thriller!

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Review: Transcription, by Kate Atkinson

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, WWII, Mystery

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In Transcription, Juliet Armstrong is recruited to join MI5. The year is 1940 and the war has just begun – she believes she can make a difference with her work, and finds the reality of her job alternatively boring and terrifyingly exciting. In 1950, Juliet is a different woman – she works at BBC and has a rather dull life. One day, she sees someone from her past. Little by little, all the people she used to know from her obscure work during the war seem to reappear, and something dark she thought she left behind is coming back to haunt her and make her pay.

I loved this book so much. Juliet is such a witty, funny character who constantly gets underestimated. She’s a talented liar and finds herself a quite accomplished spy as well, whether she wants to or not. Reading about her time as a typist and a spy during World War II was so interesting! The pacing of this novel is fast and it reads almost in a light-hearted way. For people who would like a historical fiction without the sobbing (especially rare for a WWII book), this is it. Continue reading

Review: The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Literary Fiction

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This is one of the most talked about feminist dystopias of the year, and the blurb had that “toxic masculinity” was literally a toxic that made people ill, and thus this community set itself away from the rest of the world in order to survive. The story is, however, not a dystopia but rather a cult story. I picked it up because I love feminist SF, but this was not SF at all, and I think a lot of other people might be confused by that, too. So, now that this is out of the way, to the review!

The Water Cure is the story of a family that lives in an island where toxic things like emotion and desire, dangerous things to a woman in the outside world, are to be purged out of the body. Only love for each other must remain, measured and cautious.  To do that, the three sisters, their mother and father go through therapy sessions – including near-drowning, screaming and allotted crying time. As the only man in the island and therefore immune to the toxics of the outside world, the father goes to the mainland for supplies. One day when he disappears without leaving a trace, their world is shaken. And when men arrive in the island begging for sanctuary, the very emotions they have worked so hard to suppress come to surface. And that means they are all in danger. Continue reading

Review: Sourdough, by Robin Sloan

sourdough robin sloan 1Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism

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Sourdough is such a gem of a book. It tells the story of Lois, a software engineer who just got what should be her dream job: programming robotic arms to perform tasks and earning more than both her parents combined. She made it! A big job not long after graduating! However, as the work goes on, she slowly finds herself feeling discouraged, demotivated and with stomach pains that the company restaurant food seems to aggravate. One day, she finds a menu at her doorstep, and decides to try their spicy soup and sandwich – and it’s love at first bite. Her love for the spicy food and the amazing sourdough slowly helps heal her stomach pains and anxiety, but the restaurant owner must leave and close the delivery service. Before leaving, he gives her a starter to make their famous sourdough. She must keep it alive, feed it everyday and play music for it. As she learns how to bake (at first rather disastrously), she finds a passion for it she didn’t expect at all – and her sourdough comes out with faces on the bread crust for some mysterious reason. Continue reading

Review: The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi (The Gilded Wolves #1)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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The Gilded Wolves has created quite a stir in the YA reader community, giving off Six of Crows vibes with its lovable crew, heists and cool fantasy world. It’s Paris, 1889 and the air is full of tension and wish for revolution. Meet the characters:

Séverin, a rich hotelier who desperately wants his inheritance back.
Tristan, his brother, who loves all things living.
Laila, a dancer with a dark secret.
Zofia, an engineer with a debt to pay.
Enrique, a historian nerd with a desire to prove himself. Continue reading

eARC Review: The Psychology of Time Travel, by Kate Mascarenhas

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the first chapter of this book, we are in 1967 and time travel has just been invented. The four scientists are excited, hopeful, full of dreams. But when one of them, Barbara, goes into a manic depressive episode that is broadcast on a BBC interview, she never again is able to time travel or go back to her work. Fast forward to 2017 and Barbara’s granddaughter Ruby is just now finding out more details about her past and why her mom hates time travel. Then, it’s 2018 and a body has been discovered in a room locked from the inside, shot to death.

Yes, all those things are connected. Continue reading

Review: After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

after i do taylor jenkins reidRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary

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Taylor Jenkins Reid slowly makes her way towards my favorite authors of all times. After I Do is the story of Lauren and Ryan, who fell in love at 19 and now find themselves eleven years later falling out of love with each other.

I loved this book very much. It starts with the story of Lauren and Ryan falling in love, meeting so young and finding in each other someone they wanted to be with all their lives. It was sweet to read about, but nothing too special. I wasn’t taken by story then just yet – it wasn’t unlike any other “marriage struggles” stories I’ve read before. But then. Continue reading

1 Year of Romance Books (Update on my 2018 Valentine’s Day Post)

Hello readers!

If you remember, on Valentine’s Day I posted that I would try more books of the genre, since this is indisputably the least read genre in fiction for me. So today I am showing what I have read since, what I thought of those books and if they helped change my mind!

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What I read since February 2018

The Wedding Date Jasmne Guillory Wintersong S Jae-Jones Hollywood Dirt Alessandra Torre

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Hummm, I didn’t love neither hate this book. While it was entertaining, I didn’t buy the romance at all. It was just not for me, which was disappointing, being one of the few contemporary romances I’ve ever read. Also I found out that ~sexy scenes on Audiobooks just aren’t for me.
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I am so in love with this book. It’s got a lush, dark world building, a mysterious Goblin king, a talented main character, there’s lots of music and pain and love. It broke my heart.
Rating: ★★★★★

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
This was okay. I gave it 4 instead of 3 stars because the steamy scenes were SO sexy and because the main character had a no-nonsense personality, which I really appreciated.
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Romantic Bookish Quotes to Send to your S.O. on Valentine’s Day

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Hello book lovers!

If you like sending cards or love letters to your valentine, then maybe you also find yourself in the same predicament as me: looking for hours for a good quote to really round up what you mean to say, something romantic that isn’t another Shakespeare sonnet. So I collected some of my favorites from YA fantasies, classics and anywhere else that I could think of. Leave in the comments some of your favorite quotes!

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“You’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you. But you’ve slipped into my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Adapted, Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.”
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Review: The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The Fact of a Body Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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The Fact of a Body is the true story of the murder of little Jeremy by Ricky Langley, a strange young man who’s a convicted pedophile. It merges with the story of the author, who was an intern in the law firm working on Langley’s defense after the first trial, which sentenced him to death. Alex is strongly against the death penalty her whole life, but finds herself struggling with her own history. For the first time, she wants a man dead.

This was a difficult book to get through at times, in the sense that the theme of child abuse (especially molestation) is so very recurrent and graphic. This made me wince and felt quite heavy to read about. I considered putting it down several times, but in the end I was entranced by the story and wanted to see where it was going. If you hate open endings, maybe skip this one – it’s not that it leaves you in a frustrating note, but it leaves margin for interpretation and I didn’t really know what to make of Ricky Langley in the end. Not a good person, that is for SURE. But how much of what he did or said was true, we might never know. Continue reading