[#BookReview] MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu @RaincoastBooks

I’d like to thank Raincoast Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:  Young Adult, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Book Blurb:

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution

My Thoughts

DNF.  So let me explain..if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a HUGE psychological thriller/suspense & horror fan.  However, every now and then I like to switch things up and read something out of my norm.  So when the opportunity arose to read a book about girl power, I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try.  Not only did it receive a great review from Amy Poehler (Hello!), but it also got rave reviews on Goodreads.

Let me just say, I tried.  I really tried! But I just couldn’t get into it like everyone else.  I loved the message and appreciate that the author wrote this book to help empower young women.

It may not have been my cup of tea, but a book like this should be included in the high school curriculum if you ask me.  I feel like some of the issues covered would spark some really good discussions and for that reason, I gave this book a 3.

Have you read this novel?  Thoughts?  Have you ever read a book that wasn’t quite your taste, but felt it was still worth talking about because of its message/content?

 

 

 

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[#BookReview] The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich @alexandriaml @Flatironbooks #nonfiction #thefactofabody

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a MemoirThe Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She pushes the videotape into the player and steps back. The screen on the old box television flickers. A seated man slowly comes into view. Pale face, square jaw, jug ears. Thick, round Coke-bottle glasses. An orange jumpsuit. Hand bound in cuffs in his lap.
“State your name,” a deep off-screen voice instructs.
“Ricky Langley,” the man says.

This was my first introduction to non-fiction. I don’t typically read this genre, but received an advanced copy for which I am incredibly thankful to Flatiron Books
To be honest, I am quite surprised at how well this was written. There were times I had forgotten I was even reading a memoir.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters regarding Ricky’s trial. His case was quite intriguing. However, some parts rather slow and I found myself skipping ahead. I appreciated the author’s inclusion of her own personal experiences with abuse and molestation, as these parts were especially difficult to read.

Overall, it was an enjoyable and powerful story.

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[#BookReview] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty @BerkleyPub @BerkleyMystery #lianemoriarty #biglittlelies

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It shouldn’t matter.  She knew it shouldn’t matter.  But the fact was that some people were so unacceptably, hurtfully beautiful, it made you feel ashamed.

SOO..much better than The Husband’s Secret! I was surprised at how addictive this novel was and gobbled up every page! I felt like I was playing a game of Clue, trying to figure out who died and whodunit. It was like I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the end.  Bravo to Moriarty for keeping me on my toes! I had no idea until the end, despite my own conclusions (which were way off).

I had read The Husband’s Secret and was not a fan. However, I believe in second chances, and this just proved it was worth giving this author another chance.

I’m looking forward to watching the series!

My two cents: If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t get to caught up with who’s who in the first chapter.  They reappear throughout the story.  Just sit back with your cup of whatever and enjoy the ride!

Have you read the book or watched the series?

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[#BookReview] The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

My Rating: ❤❤ 1/2 (2.5 Stars)

Book Blurb

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My Thoughts
The first time I saw this book in the book aisle, I thought it was kinda cheesy.  But then my friend raved about it, shoved the book in my hand and told me I HAD to read it.  It saddens me to say..my initial instincts weren’t too far off!

Believe me, I wanted to like this book as much as those who raved about it did.  But unfortunately, it missed the mark for me.

The story was off to a great start.  In fact, it had me so immersed that I was tempted to skip right to the end just to see whodunit.  However, after around the 4th chapter, things started falling apart in my opinion.  It felt like I was reading a case file or play, with parts that were predictable (which I hate).  I didn’t see the twist at the end coming, but on the same note, I found it a bit ridiculous.

*Sigh* as a proud supporter of Canadian authors, I was really rooting for this to be a good read! 😦

Have you read it? What did you think?

 

 

[#BlogTour] Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by @BenHatke @01FirstSecond #ComicBooks #GraphicNovels

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Genre: Graphic Novels, Comics 

Publisher: First Second Books

Publication Date: September 5, 2017.

Blurb

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters—as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.

But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

My Thoughts
Being a fan of fairytales and comics, Mighty Jack offers the perfect combination. I’ll admit, it’s been a reeeally long time since I’ve read a comic book, and just started getting back into it.  But this is a fun twist on the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which takes you on a magical journey to another world filled with goblins, giants and plants with special powers.

In Mighty Jack and the Goblin King, Jack and Lilly must save Maddy from human-eating giants and beasts.

I quite enjoyed this series so far..one that can actually be enjoyed at any age!  Even my 11 year old got into it, and she’s not much of a comic book reader. Since this is a continuation, my only suggestion would be to read the first book before diving into this one.

Author Bio

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
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Have you heard or read this series?  Do you enjoy graphic novels? If so, which ones?


 

 

 

 

[#BlogTour] Book Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Hello booknerds!  Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for No Exit by Taylor Adams. 

I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book, and it certainly does not disappoint.  Check out my review below!

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ 1/2 (4.5 out of 5)

Description

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, or Stephen King.

Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

TAYLOR is the author of EYESHOT and OUR LAST NIGHT

My Thoughts

What would you do if you saw a little girl trapped in a van?

This book had my heart racing and palms sweaty.  If I didn’t require sleep, I wouldn’t have put it down.

It was incredibly fast paced and had me hooked from the start, when Darby Thorne gets stuck in a storm and has to pull over at a rest stop.  From then on, Darby thinks she sees a child trapped in a van.  But with no cell reception, she is stranded with 4 stranded with 4 strangers – one being the kidnapper. 

The only reason I deducted half a star (or heart I should say), was because I had predicted one of the suspects early on.

I loved the character build up and scenery. It was like something you would see in a horror movie.  

I would recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers.

 
Author Bio

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT is Adams’ debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.

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[Book Review] In This Moment by Karma Brown @KarmaKBrown @parkrowbooks #WomensFiction #CanLit

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

In This Moment by Karma Brown

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Genre: Women’s fiction

Publisher: Park Row Books

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Description

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him. 

Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.
Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?

What I thought
Can you imagine what it would be like to witness a life-threatening accident? Or better yet, what if you were the one receiving the news that your child has just been hit by car?

These are the images that Karma Brown so brilliantly paints! This is the first novel that I have read from this author and will certainly be reading more from her.

Have you ever had one of those days where strange things happen and it’s as if it’s the universe’s way of telling you something bad is going to happen?  That’s how this story begins which takes you on a journey of relationships, one woman’s guilt, and a grieving family.

Being a Canadian and fellow Torontonian, I was happy to learn that Brown and I share something in common and it was the perfect way to kick off Canada’s 150th!

The writing was excellent with characters who felt genuine.  I truly enjoyed living inside Meg’s head and going through the mix of emotions.

At first all I can see when I close my eyes is Jack Beckett, the aftereffects of the accident, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep.

…It’s my fault

I wanted a break from all the thrillers I’ve been reading, and this was a very enjoyable read.  One that will be added to my list of picks 😊.

Have you read this book? Or any of Karma Brown’s other novels?

[#BookReview] Shattered by Allison Brennan @StMartinsPress @Allison_Brennan @Netgalley #MysteryAndThrillers 

** I’d like to thank the publishers for providing an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Shattered (Max Revere Series #4) by Allison Brennan
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Aug 22, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Description

Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max’s research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

My Thoughts

When I first started reading this book, it was great.  I hadn’t realized it was part of a series until I marked it on my Goodreads shelf.  Having said that, I felt it was one that could be read as a standalone eventhough I haven’t read the others.

The Good

I really enjoyed getting to know Max who’s an investigative reporter solving cold cases.  She’s clever and very good at what she does.

I thought Brennan did a great job at keeping the reader immersed and filling in who the characters from the previous series were and how they’re connected.

The Bad 

Because there were characters brought in from two different series, it became overwhelming and a lot to take in.  It was easy to become confused since there were so many people and stories to keep track of.  If you’re like me and pace your reading, you will find yourself backtracking just to remember who was who.   

I would have typically given 3 stars, but this was a rare case in which I rated it a 4.  Despite having to go back and retrace a few steps, the storyline was well thought out which made it a very enjoyable read.

Have you had a chance to read this yet?  Or have you read any books from this series?

[Book Review] The Mayfly by James Hazel @JamesHazelBooks @BonnierZaffre #CrimeFiction #TheMayFly 

The Mayfly by James Hazel

**I’d like to thank Bonnier Zaffre Books for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Books

Publication Date: June 15, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Description

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two. 

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for. 

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?



My Thoughts

I kept coming across this book on other blogs and Instagram, and thought it sounded like a really great read.  I was definitely not disappointed!  This was just the high octane thriller I was seeking.  

The story starts off with the discovery of a mutilated body in the woods.  While investigators are trying to piece the crime scene together, we are then taken back to the past during WWII to a German concentration camp, where a mysterious man from the British intelligence shows up.  Fast forward to the present, and we meet Charlie Priest: an ex-detective inspector, turned lawyer who gets an unexpected visit from a fake cop who nearly kills him in search of a flash drive.  Sounds exciting right?  

The story weaves in and out between the past and present, which was cleverly written.  It was like playing a game of Clue.  You literally don’t start piecing all the bits of information until the very end.  Even half way through the book, I was still pulling at straws to figure out a plausible motive and suspect!  Well done James! You truly had me stumped 😊.

This was a fly-by-the seat of your pants type of read. One that I would highly recommend.  

Have you read it?  What did you think?

[Book Review] It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer @Jeffrey_archer @StMartinsPress

It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

My Thoughts

Ever since I read Only Time Will Tell, I have been a fan of his work.  This was a fun, short story about Pat O’Flynn who returns every October for his detainment in prison.  

Archer has a way with words that draws you in from the moment you begin reading.  Once again, he has showcased his talent in writing and offers another read that didn’t disappoint!

** I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Have you read any of Jeffrey Archer’s work?