Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Rocks by Peter Nichols: Book Review

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I totally object to buying e-books and reading on a screen. I love having the physical copy in my hands, turning its pages, and seeing my progress. But books aren’t cheap, and you may wonder how I can afford to buy so many of them. Answer: I use and buy used! Rarely do I buy a newly released book for full price. That being said, it was different with The Rocks. When I read the synopsis, I knew I had to have it right away and couldn’t wait to buy it used a year or two from now. So did buying full price pay off?

This book was a hit for me. It’s set in a dreamy, exotic location (as if I didn’t want to go to Mallorca enough already this book further confirmed that desire). It’s packed with drama, and a lot of messed up stuff happens (which…

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Review: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards


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Release date: October 4, 2016


Genre: YA/Mystery Thriller

Goodreads blurb:

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…


I kept having one thought come to mind while reading this, over and over again and it…

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And I Darken

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This week I read a dark, twisty, alternate history book that took intrigue and deception to another level. Think, Game of Thrones for young adults that takes place in the Ottoman Empire. Oh yea. 

And I Darken by Kiersten White is the story of the Dragwlya children: Lada and Radu. As children, Lada and Radu are ripped from their homeland, Wallachia and are taken to the Ottoman Empire as hostages to keep their father and their homeland loyal to the empire. But Lada and Radu are no ordinary children. 

Lada’s nurse prayed: “Let her be strong. Let her be sly. And let her be ugly.” Lada is all of these things and more. Her heart beats for Wallachia and she cannot be controlled. Radu, on the other hand, is beautiful, charismatic, smart and adored by all. He is drawn to Islam and feels more at home with the Ottoman court then in the dense woods…

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Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 27th, 2016 by Balzer + Bray

The previous book I’ve read by Rosamund Hodge, Crimson Bound, was a huge disappointment. You can read my crappy review of it HERE. Now, I’m all for second chances which is why I requested this book. I’m so glad that I did.
What’s funny is that a lot of people seem to have the exact opposite opinion on these books. The ones who absolutely loved Crimson Bound and Cruel Beauty seem to be very disappointed in this one. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much!


When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor…

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It Ends With Us

It's A Reader's Life

*Warning: Contains extreme spoilers*

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”


I’ve been hearing great things about Colleen Hoover’s books and I can finally see why. It Ends With Us is the most thought provoking, powerful and gut-wrenching book I have read in a long time. If you’re a fan of Rainbow Rowell or Jennifer Niven then this one is for you.

The novel begins on the day of Lily’s father’s funeral. Lily never had a strong relationship with her father after the abuse her mother suffered at his hands and she is finally free of him. On a Boston rooftop she meets Ryle who is strongly opposed to anything to relationships, that is until he meets Lily. The two quickly fall in passionate love and are soon married despite Ryle’s views on the matter. Along the way, Lily reads…

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A Gentleman in Moscow

Katie Lady Reads

As a history buff, I snatched this novel up as soon as it was chosen to be a Book of the Month feature. While I did get it on digital loan from my local library, this is one I wish to own in hardback. Not only is the cover aesthetically gorgeous, the story of Count Rostov is a real treasure. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles transports you into a world of luxury and intrigue within the Metropol hotel. Spanning many decades, the book unfolds on so many levels reaching to a climactic ending. At parts you may find yourself treading along, but I promise you the ending is worthwhile! Really hoping this gets turned into a movie.

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Review: Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge 


Release date: October 4, 2016

Publisher:Berkley NAL

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads blurb:

Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone. Hiding her personal connection to the victim – and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs – Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web? But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates…

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