Every Last Lie

Title: Every Last Lie

Author: Mary Kubica

Genres: Mystery | Thriller

Length: 331 pages | 4486 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Park Row Books

Publishing Date: Jun 27th, 2017

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

When Clara’s husband dies her world shatters. If that wasn’t bad enough, her four-year-old daughter Maisie claims suggest that it may not have been an accident.
What exactly happened to Nick? And why is Clara finding so many lies?

Review:

Every Last Lie started well enough for me. I actually did not remember the premise of the book so I thought the way it was revealed was gripping.
I felt for Clara as her world unravelled, but soon enough little things started to bother me, like the fact that she was stuck on Nick and never once wondered about Maisie’s safety.

The narrative switches between the time before and after the crash, Nick and Clara’s points of view respectively, told in the first person. This works very well.
I did not particularly like nor dislike Nick’s chapters. There were certain things that touched me but most of all I had a problem with how he seemed to worship Clara. I did not find that believable at all.

Clara bugged me with her ramblings; some of her thoughts exhausted me and I found myself fighting the urge to skim through the text. Just when things seemed to begin to get interesting, she would step in and be absolutely convinced that something was true when we already knew it was not. I wish the book had been further edited. There was so much there that was just not needed nor added anything to the story.

I had seen the reveal close to the end coming from a long, long way, so even that did not assuage the feeling of discontent.

It is a suspenseful book but the best thing I take from it is the image of Nick and his daughter playing and how we should appreciate each day as if it were the last.

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 Jul 11th to Jul 16th, 2017
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Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4)

Title: Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4)

Author: L.S. O’Dea

Genres: Fantasy | Horror | Paranormal | Post-apocalyptic | Speculative Fiction | Thriller

Length: 513 pages | locations

Source: Author

Format: Mobi

Rating: 3.25/5

Premise:

As the war between the Allied Classes and Almightys progress, Trinity tries to assert her place in the process, though Hugh keeps pushing her way, while struggling with her feelings for Jethro and Hugh.
In the meantime, Jethro’s changes escalate and he is in love with the wild. He has trouble reigning his instincts, both to fight and to mate. Especially when all he wants is Trinity.

Review:

I have to admit that I enjoyed this book less than the others because there was quite an emphasis on romance. There was plenty of tension and I felt for Trinity and how so many misunderstandings would keep happening, all because of something she couldn’t control. However, after a while I just wanted something more.

Still, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. The struggle between classes, the discoveries Hugh makes and each character’s personal struggles really make me want to know what happens next.

Please don’t be discouraged as I am sure that the things that turned me off are the ones that will attract quite a big audience.

As usual this book read really fast, I enjoyed knowing new parts of the world and I cannot wait for the next instalment!

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 Jul 5th to July 10th, 2017
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Stacking The Shelves [19] July 8th

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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!


I have not requested books in several weeks now and this week’s actually came to me, as a publisher’s suggestion.
So only 1 book added to my shelves this week.


Netgalley

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

*** To read the first four titles in the Legend of Rhyme series, please email Talia at Talia@DigiWriting.com***

Thirteen-year-old Ariana Caine has woken in Coraira, and is torn between finding her brother Asher and learning how to rule the magic realm while Calla is under a protection spell.

Beneath the sea, Starla the mer-queen is bringing her apprentice, Teagan, to the Chamber of Memories to learn more about her parents. But when Starla is beckoned by one of the Ancients, Teagan is approached by a stranger, who promises to lead her to her mother and father. Meanwhile, the sea witch and her sisters are poised and ready to usurp the queen’s reign, and will stop at nothing to gain her powers.

On top of it all, Elora, the infamous witch who has caused so much heartache, is now asking for trust one last time.

Will Ariana choose Coraira over her brother?

Will the sea witch have her wish?

What are Elora’s true intentions?

I have read the previous books in the series and found them lovely. They are very imaginative books for middle graders that I recommend. The publisher offered me this through Netgalley and I am looking forward to it as it is an exciting yet light read.


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.

Borne

Title: Borne

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Genres: Dystopia | Speculative Fiction

Length: 336 pages | 4590 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Publishing Date: June 15th, 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.

Review:

OK, I have to admit it straight out – I am shallow and got this mostly because of the cover. I mean, how gorgeous is that? Mesmerising, really. And such a contrast to the world created here, which is completely bleak.

I had read a previous book by the author and I ended up having much of the same feelings while reading Borne. You see, Mr VanderMeer wants to take you on a journey to discover and experience the wonderful worlds he creates and at times I felt completely enthralled. I particularly really loved Borne’s personality. So like a child, eager to know what was around him.

However, in other instances the writing threw me off and again I wished I had had more explanations. Rachel’s narration style could be quite odd in my opinion and I especially disliked her soliloquy about being a ghost and constantly referring to herself in the third person – or rather this other side of her. It wore me out after a while. As this example, there were some parts I could have done without, as I felt they dragged the book on. Still, there is beauty in all.

As my previous experience, as we come towards the end of the book explanations are hinted at but not given and that also left me unsatisfied.
Still, it was an incredibly imaginative world, with biotech and modified creatures and children – there’s even a flying bear in it, for crying out loud, and the author manages to not make it look silly – and you cannot help to be sucked in by the amazingly complex writing, that carries so much meaning, albeit taking quite a lot longer to go through than I had expected.

Recommended.

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 June 11th to Jul 3rd, 2017
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Tackling the TBR [6]: July 2017

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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.


Luckily I did not add too many books to my pile last month so I am slowly gaining control over my TBR pile.

I need to catch up on my paperbacks, which I plan to do this week since I will be away from work, yay!

Looking forward to some quality reading time and lots of peace and quiet.


July 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)
by L.S. O’Dea


Tackler Carry-overs:

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

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

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

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie
by Mary Kubica

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1) by Louise Phillips

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1)
by Louise Phillips

 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djians

The Fear by Rae Louise

The Fear
by Rae Louise

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

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

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

Holding: A Novel by Graham Norton

Holding: A Novel
by Graham Norton

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

CONDITION - Book One: A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri

CONDITION – Book One: A Medical Miracle?
by Alec Birri

Narcissism for Beginners - A Novel by Martine McDonagh

Narcissism for Beginners – A Novel
by Martine McDonagh

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

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

June 2017 Wrap-Up

June was a quick month where work was so insane I barely managed to read at all. Actually I was stuck with the same book from mid-month onwards and I am still not done. I just don’t have any desire to read… It’s work, sleep and sometimes play games on my phone.

So, sadly, I only managed to read two books this month.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 2

Longest Read: The Night Circus (502 pages)

Shortest Read: Mr Make Believe (344 pages)

Book of the Month: The Night Circus

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 42/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 36/35


June Books:

 

My month could have started a lot better. Mr Make Believe by Beezy Marsh seemed like the perfect light read but I could not related to it and the main character frankly annoyed me.

It felt that the author tried too heard to bring Marnie into such a glamorous world that the way she got there did not seem believable at all, even though the day-to-day situations were, which made me not enjoy the book much.

I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

 

I had been putting off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for a while now because it struck me as an epic that deserved my undivided attention and I was right. I am glad I saved it for when I had time of work. It is quite an endeavour and I highly recommend it to fantasy fans.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

 

Book Depository

  • The Night Circus
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    Netgalley

  • Mr Make Believe
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    Movie Reviews:

 

Features:

 

Other Posts in June:

 


How was June for you?
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