Stacking The Shelves [22] August 12th

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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!


This week I added one book to my shelves.
I have not been doing much reading lately so I need to keep the requests as low as possible more than ever!


Netgalley

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

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

I read book 1 of this series and enjoyed it enough to check out more by the author.
For some reason I did not find the blurb of book 2 compelling enough to requested it but this one sounds interesting enough.
It sure is nice to find authors I’ve previously read and enjoyed on Netgalley!


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.

Movies I Really Want to Watch [4]

Greetings, ladies and gents!

I hope you are all having a lovely week.

Moviewise, I only managed to watch one of the two I picked since last post. 3 Generations was only available in one movie theatre which is pretty far away from where I live and the ratings were pretty low, so figured I would skip it.
Click to see my review of the one I did manage to watch:

Black Butterfly

During the next few weeks several movies premier that I am really excited to watch. Let me know if you’d like to watch any of them!


The Experiment

The Experiment

26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

It seems that this movie actually came out in 2010 but for some reason is only now coming to our cinemas. It sounds like a really psychologically tense movie that I cannot wait to watch!

 


Princess

Princess

While her mother is away from home, 12-year-old Adar’s role-playing games with her stepfather move into dangerous territory. Seeking an escape, Adar finds Alan-an ethereal boy who joins her on a dark journey between reality and fantasy.

This one confuses me. The poster and trailer seem quite down to earth, although also disturbing, but the blurb aludes to fantasy.
I think it should be very interesting.

 


Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

I am really impressed at the trailer. This looks much better than the previous ones, a proper horror movie!

 
 


The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black

As an avid fan of Stephen King’s work I absolutely need to watch it, even though I have the feeling I will be quite disappointed. There is just to way you can squeeze 7 books of this epic saga in 1h35 min. Still, I will try to lower my expectations.

 


 


Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

Tackling the TBR [7]: August 2017

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.


OK, July went by WAY too fast. Seriously, I didn’t even see the end of the month coming!
I have a lot of catching up to do. Several have been piling up in my TBR list so I am holding up on requesting new ones.
In August I intend to read the Condition Trilogy and then we’ll see how it goes.
This is my current TBR!


August 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

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

Stillhouse Lake (Gwen Proctor #1)
by Rachel Caine

The Curing Begins… (Condition #2)
by Alec Birri

The Final Correction (Condition #3)
by Alec Birri

The Blind
by A.F. Brady

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
by Christopher Meades


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

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

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

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

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

July 2017 Wrap-Up

July was one of the craziest months work-wise so I am glad I managed to read at all. Books definitely became my solace.
I was overall really lucky this month! They were mostly great reads.
Shame I didn’t get to go to the movies this month, nothing really piqued my interest. I hear good things about August, though!
I had my third and last Bookishly experience, which ended with a bang. I definitely recommend it and will be posting a wrap-up post for it soon.
I managed to grab my Kindle and head to the beach on the odd weekend so that was great.
So yeah, July was pretty darn amazing!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 5

Longest Read: Betrayed (Lake of Sins #4) (513 pages)

Shortest Read: Holding (272 pages)

Book of the Month: All Our Wrong Todays

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 47/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 40/35


July Books:

 

My first read of the month actually started mid-June. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer is an extremely imaginative book, as is expected from the author.

However, like in my previous experience with his work, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the world he created the writing lost me at times and I never really felt the urge to pick up the book unless I was in a very specific mood. I also wished I had had more explanations by the end, not just hints.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4) by L.S. O’Dea is the fourth instalment of a YA Dystopian series I have been thoroughly enjoying.

This one did not grip me nearly as much as the others because it is quite heavy on the romance. Still, I went through it quickly as usual and cannot wait to find the answers in following books to a few clues given here.

I rated it 3.25/5 stars.

 

I had trouble staying with Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica mainly because the main character annoyed the heck out of me and I did not find certain aspects of the book believable.

Still, I enjoyed it somewhat and it left me pondering about the good things in life and how feeble they are, as well as how even when we mean well we end up doing bad things.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

Well, Holding by Graham Norton was a bit wish-wash for me.
The character development was okay but as a mystery, to me it failed to deliver.
I still enjoyed it, it was a different read than usual, with the overweight sergeant.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

I finished the month with a bang, All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai was definitely the book of the month for me.

The writing completely grabbed my attention, and I have to tell you, I am quite picky with humour.
Even if not fully unexpected, the way the story developed completely had my attention and considering we are talking about time travel here I found it believable.
Definitely recommend it if you are looking for a light read about a heavy theme, with a lot of soul searching and thought provocation involved.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Author

  • Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4)

 

Edelweiss

  • All Our Wrong Todays
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    Netgalley

    • Borne
    • Every Last Lie
    • Holding

     

    Features:

     

    Other Posts in July:

  • Unboxing #3

  • How was July for you?
    Do you have a Wrap-up post? Please link it below!

    Stacking The Shelves [21] July 29th

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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 am really excited about this week’s addition to my shelves. I believe I had requested both and they had been denied so I was really happy that this time I was accepted!
    Both books have been getting some serious hype too so I am excited and nervous in equal amounts!


    Netgalley

    The Blind
    by A.F. Brady

    Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric institution. She boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing if she can’t save herself, she’ll save someone else. It’s this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil.

    When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. What she can’t figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? As Sam gets pulled into Richard’s twisted past, she can’t help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved?

    This sounds quite heavy on the psychological side with a lot of craziness going on. It should be quite gripping.


    Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
    by Christopher Meades

    Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

    But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret–one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option–one too fantastical to believe?

    With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world–and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

    I have had this thing for books involving cults for a few years now. There’s something about the idea of completely alien realities existing in our own and how people react when they are confronted with how things work on the outside.
    I don’t know what to think of the ‘too fantastical to believe’ part of the blurb as the book is only classified as contemporary fiction, but it should still be an interesting and emotional 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.

    Stacking The Shelves [20] July 22nd

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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!


    This past week I managed to relax a bit because I took monday and tuesday off work.
    I have been reading more and totally addicted to Sims Freeplay on my phone.
    I also managed to request two new books!


    Netgalley

    Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1)
    by Rachel Caine

    Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

    With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

    But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

    This book seems to have all the ingredients to make this a very exciting read for me. A serial killer, a strong mother and a mystery. When I requested it I didn’t know it was the first book in a series but who knows maybe it’s one I will be following, we’ll see.


    The Final Correction (Condition, #3)
    by Alec Birri

    A trilogy of dystopian novels based on the author’s own experience of commanding a top secret government unit.

    What if all brain disorders were treatable? No one would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

    So, Professor Savage has been unmasked as the monster Alex Salib always knew he was. But what was their agreement and why is she still determined to see it through? The war on terror appears to be back on track but why does President Kalten seem hell bent on ramping it up – are the Americans seriously intent on starting World War Three?

    And what of the treatment itself? Despite Savage’s arrest, the ‘corrections’ go on but to what end? The laws of unintended consequences are about to cause a seismic shift in the very nature of our existence. But then our new masters know that and won’t let it happen until we’re ready…

    …Ready to accept the unacceptable.

    This ebook is the third in the Condition trilogy by Alec Birri. The first two tiles, A Medical Miracle and The Curing Begins, are also available to purchase from all major ebook retailers.

    I finally have all three books so I look forward to reading them all in sequence!


    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.

    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.