The One

Title: The One

Author: John Marrs

Genres: Science-Fiction | Thriller

Length: 412 pages | Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Hanover Square

Publishing Date: February 20th, 2018

Rating: 3.25/5

Premise:

A new DNA test guarantees that you will find the one person you are meant to spend the rest of your life with.
As we follow the lives of 5 different people, we find that not all is what it seems.

Review:

I actually finished this book ages ago, back in February, but I did not write a review because I honestly didn’t know what to write, and I had been in a reading and writing slump for a while.

I do remember that I enjoyed the story for the most part, at least until the plot twists came. I didn’t find some of them very believable, as well as some of the characters’ choices, so I was disappointed.

Still, I found it a very thought-provoking book and do recommend it.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from February 9th 2018 to ?
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On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions

On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions
by Renée Paule

Title: On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions

Author: Renée Paule

Genres: Non-Fiction

Length: 216 pages

Source: GoodReads First Reads

Publisher: RPG Publishing

Publishing Date: October 1st 2014

Rating: N/A

Three years later, I am once again a First Reads winner. Unfortunately I was not able to finish this book. I actually did not get past maybe a third of it, I don’t really know.

I dove into a major reading slump in large part because of it, since I found it incredibly pointless and even depressing but felt the obligation to post my review. I think it’s safe to say that after three months I do not intend to pick it back up.

I am going to try and find other books that interest me, to see if I can focus on making reading enjoyable again. Other folks may find this book quite thought-provoking so do feel free to give it a try, it’s just not for me.

Read from Feb 3rd to –
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I would like to thank the author for providing a free copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review.

Feeding Fersia (Conguise Chronicles, Book 2)

Title: Feeding Fersia (Conguise Chronicles, Book 2)

Author: L.S. O’Dea

Genres: Fantasy | Horror | Science Fiction

Format: Mobi

Length: 171 pages | 2734 locations

Source: Author

Rating: 4.75/5

 

Premise:

McBrid is a scientist in Conguise’s lab. He made a grave mistake and in order to survive the Professor’s wrath he needs to create another monstrosity. But this experiment will be quite different. Does he have the stomach to go through with it?

Review:

Hello, ladies and gents!

I know, it’s been ages since I posted a review. That’s because it’s been ages since I actually read a book. As I posted previously my life has taken quite a turn over the past year and I haven’t found the time or energy to read but the author was kind enough to offer me this book to read and review and I am so happy that she did.

Well I have to say that Ms O’Dea did it again. This short book kept me entertained through and through. I loved every single character and their evolution. The story was touching, thrilling, exciting and although the ending was very well achieved and timed I was left wanting more because I was so enthralled by the story and wanted to know what came next for all of the characters. This is a quick read that will grasp you and not let go. I am extremely excited to see what comes next.

Please note that this is a spin off of the main series Lake of Sins and I believe you should read that in order to understand the world building and evolution better, otherwise you will not understand certain references.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from 7th to 11th May 2018
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Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

Title: Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

Author: Christopher Meades

Genres: Contemporary | Magical Realism

Length: 342 pages | 4059 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Park Row

Publishing Date: September 26th, 2017

Rating: 2/5

Premise:

Hannah is about to turn 18 and on her birthday she is to marry a man over twice her age.
A week before, she finds herself questioning for the first time in her life why things are the way they are and what they would be if she were to leave the tight community of Clearhaven. A cryptic story her mother tells her only intensifies her desire, as well as meeting enigmatic, Daniel.

Review:

I wasn’t too sure what to make of this book when I started reading it because even though I enjoyed reading about Hannah and her way of life there were quite some ramblings that, to me, felt pointless. I tried imagining how other characters would view her and could only think of an airhead.

I often found myself wondering who this Hanna was before we were introduced to her. Was she always this absent-minded? Is there really anything to her, besides not wanting to be married to a man more than twice her age and imagining a brave version of herself?

As the story progressed, instead of feeling more engaged I ended up disliking the character more and more, especially when she wanted to leave not because the entire concept of how things were done but because she was so speshul and therefore meant for so much more. And she wonders why other women hate her.

Sadly it was another instance of a very interesting premise being poorly executed. Even the ending was lacklustre and lacking the feeling of redemption I craved. Cannot say this one was a pleasant experience.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Jan 14th to Feb 1st, 2018
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Stacking The Shelves [29] February 3rd

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Hello there!

I know, I know, I really need to stop requesting books, especially as I am reading much more slowly now, but I could not resist this one.


Netgalley

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

What an interesting premise, isn’t it?


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

Tackling the TBR [13]: February 2018

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

Click the image to go to The Obsessive Bookseller

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However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.


Last year finished with a lot of books left unread but new year, new opportunities!


February 2018 TBR Tackler Shelf:

The One by John Marrs (

The One by John Marrs (

our house by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish


Tackler Carry-overs:

 

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djians

When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi

When I Wake Up
by Jessica Jarlvi

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
by Ransom Riggs

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Lying to Children by Alex Shahla

Lying to Children
by Alex Shahla

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1)
by Candace Robinson

Blood and Stars (Legend of Rhyme, #5)
by Jaime Lee Mann

Stillhouse Lake (Gwen Proctor #1)
by Rachel Caine

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel by P. Wish

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel
by P. Wish

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt

We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt

Home by Amanda Berriman

Home by Amanda Berriman

January 2018 Wrap-Up

The first month of the year went really quickly and really slowly at the same time. There is a complicated deadline at work that made me sweat and I got a lot done each day, but there was always more to do. Therefore my reading time was even further reduced, and adding to that I am not finding my current read too engaging.

I am still attending the gym every day before work and watching what I eat so I am still losing weight and having more energy and being in a better mood. I will have next week off work so hopefully I will finally have some time to relax and enjoy a lovely read or two.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 1

Longest Read: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Shortest Read: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Book of the Month: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 1/52

2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 0/35


January Books:

 

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins #5) by L.S. O’Dea introduced some new characters to the series and unveiled a couple of shocking secrets, while Trinity’s love life gets more and more complicated.

I am looking forward to the next instalment.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 
 


Where I got the books:

Author

  • Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5)
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