The Follower

Title: The Follower

Author: Koethi Zan

Genres: Crime | Psychological Thriller

Length: 432 pages | 4807 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Random House UK, Vintage Publishing

Publishing Date: May 18th, 2017

Rating: 2/5

Premise:

Julie had the perfect life. But one day she is abducted and everything changes.
Julie does not understand why the wife of her kidnapper endures his demeaning attitude towards her and begins trying to win her over. But is that possible? What secrets is Cora hiding?

Review:

Ah, this book… It had such an interesting premise. A victim and two perpetrators. Can she get out of the situation?
Sadly, it didn’t work for me.

As we accompany Julie through the time of her confinement, the narrative is interspersed with snippets of Cora’s life as she grow up, so it became clear early on that this was as much about Julie’s resilience as it was trying to figure out how someone like Cora becomes who she is. That was all well and good.

However, I found it confusing and that it dragged on. I soon grew tired of it as, although Cora’s memories were interesting, they just weren’t enough to pull me in.

I didn’t get Adam’s character and to be honest he annoyed the heck out of me. Stupid decision after stupid decision, it was just overwhelming. I found my attention wandering during his chapters and only found solace when the stuff he uncovered met with Cora’s account of the past.

On the other hand, what I really wanted to know, which was what made the bad guy be that way and where his religious paranoia came from, was never explained. And although the author tried to justify Cora’s descent into James’ craziness I for one didn’t buy it; one minute she finds him a dangerous nutcase and the next she is following him and slowly after fully believing what she had previously seen as crap.

The ending was beyond rushed and by that time I couldn’t stand any of the characters.

Sorry, can’t say I recommend this one.

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 May 4th to May 7th, 2017
GR Review

My Instagram Experience

So I started my Instagram account roughly a month and a half ago and figured I would reflect on my experience so far.

I started my account very timidly because I knew I would like to post pictures, as I love taking them, but I was also aware that I don’t have any proper skills at it and there is so much beautiful stuff out there. I came to a point where I figured I was either going to try and go pro, and shortly after most likely quit, or try and learn a few tips, taking it easy and doing it for fun. I chose the latter.

Since then I finally bought a better phone – a Huawei P10, which Leica camera is pretty neat. I wonder if I will ever learn to play with all its features but so far I am happy with it.

Contentwise, I would have to say I am still trying to find my voice but I am finding it difficult to stick to fully book related topics. It all started when I began browsing through Bookstagram and found so many neat decorative items that I would love to have.

I have to tell you, I have never shopped so much in decoration stores as I have lately. I am enamoured with all the scented candles and baggies and whatnot and I find myself thinking ‘ooh that would look lovely in a picture’ over the most random items.

The next step is to actually dare to light a candle so I can fully experience the relaxing atmosphere reading with a scented candle must provide.

So in my Instagram account you will find several pictures of my Kindle, since that is how I usually read:

I am trying not to post much food or beverage but I did post this:

Then I also posted a couple of nature stuff:

Here's to new beginnings. #changeisgood #newoffice #naturelovers

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And art stuff:

I guess this would be my most elaborate attempt at a proper picture, I do love the colours:

And of course, my reading nook:

 

I have truly enjoyed browsing through Instagram, especially meeting you folks out there. I have also found some pretty nifty stuff just browsing a couple of hashtags of stuff that I love.

So this is it. My Instagram turned out to be more personal than I thought, I guess it gives a more complete picture of me because it is just much quicker to take a picture than write a blog post, at least for me.

I would love to know how your Instagram experience has been.
Also, do you have any tips to find more people, like popular hashtags of stuff we bookworms usually love, as well as to gain more followers?

Looking forward to your comments!

Stacking The Shelves [13] May 6th

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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!


Well bummer, I was doing so well, keeping my feedback rate above 70%,but these four books sounded really good so I could not resist…

Now if only I could read 4 books a week!


Netgalley ARC

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs, and looked up at the stars and imagined their own constellations. And then, one day, Marianne disappeared.

Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed in her mother’s council flat, plagued by chronic pain syndrome, writing down the things she remembers. As her words fill page after page, she begins to understand that the only way to conquer her pain is to confront the horrors of her past.

Heartbreaking, seductive and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a rich and powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.

I have been trying to read more character driven books as I seem to find those the most enjoyable, although I still need to throw in some different books to keep things interesting, but this seems like a thought-provoking and emotional one.


Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault
by Candace Robinson

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

An upper YA book that intertwines horror with retellings

I have to admit this one drew me in with the cover. However, the description makes it sound like something I would like. A good mystery with a horror twinge. I just don’t get the retelling part. What could something like this be based on? O.o


The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin

The Hours Before Dawn
by Celia Fremlin

Louise would give anything – anything – for a good night’s sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine.

Or would it? What if Louise’s growing fears about the family’s new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband’s interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she’d be able to think straight.

In a new edition of this lost classic, The Hours Before Dawn proves – scarily – as relevant to readers today as it was when Celia Fremlin first wrote it in the 1950s.

Another book where the main character’s strength seems to be stretched to the limit but I am especially curious to read this as it was written in the 1950’s.


Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…


One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Dysfunctional families are right up my alley and this sounds really interesting!


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.

My Reading Nook

I have never felt like a proper bookworm given that I did not have a proper reading nook. I mostly read in bed but now I am proud to say I finally have my own extremely cosy and comfortable reading nook!

I ordered this beanbag which is actually also a mattress so if someone wants to sleep over now they can! Don’t you just love 2 in 1 stuff? So practical.

I can see myself spending a lot of time here.

What do you think?
And do you have a reading nook? I would love to see it!

The Original Ginny Moon

Title: The Original Ginny Moon

Author: Benjamin Ludwig

Genres: Contemporary | Disability

Length: 336 pages | 3486 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Park Row

Publishing Date: May 2nd, 2017

Rating: 4.25/5

Premise:

Ginny loves Michael Jackson, to play basketball and she plays the flute. She is also autistic, so she views the world a bit differently and people don’t always understand her. No one seems to realise how important it is for her to get to her Baby Doll to make sure she is safe, so she will need to come up with a secret plan to do it herself.

Review:

Well, this was a lovely one. I really enjoyed meeting Ginny. This character felt so real.
Before I read this I had some idea of what autism was but I think I had only come across the most extreme cases so I did not really know it was possible to live with this condition and still make a fairly normal life, though obviously restricted.

Ginny only replies to people when there is actually a question, she does not answer if she is asked more than one at a time, she absolutely hates being interrupted, and she will take everything you tell her literally. And she has an outstanding memory.

For the most part I was engrossed in the story but I have to admit after a while the book dragged on a bit for me because Ginny’s quirks are so often repeated and it gets tiresome. Still, there is plenty of tension, with plenty of stuff happening around Ginny that she does not grasp because she is so focused on getting to her Baby Doll.

There is a sensitivity, tenderness and realness to this book that I really appreciated.
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 May 1st to May 4th, 2017
GR Review

International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Folks, this giveaway is close to an end! You only have a couple more days so make sure you enter it now!
Just click here.

Good luck to all!

Ana's Lair

The lovely L.S. O’Dea, author of one of my favourite YA series Lake of Sins, is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite, which just happens to be my e-reader of choice, so you can imagine how excited I am!

And it’s an international giveaway too – anywhere that Amazon ships.

What do you have to do? Just submit your email.

You can enter the giveaway until May 5th.

Click the picture below and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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Tackling the TBR [4]: May 2017

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

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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.


Hello, folks! Sorry about posting this too late, I have actually had some time off at work and don’t feel like doing much besides read and catch some rays.

Okay, I am getting really bad at the whole selecting the books that are a priority thing. I want to read them all! Plus, I like having options! So I hope I am not cheating.

What do you think of my choices? Do you have any of these in your list?


May 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

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

The Teacher's Secret by Suzanne Leal

The Teacher’s Secret
by Suzanne Leal

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

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

The Darkest Lies
by Barbara Copperthwaite

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

The Original Ginny Moon
by Benjamin Ludwig

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

 


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

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
by Sylvain Neuvel

Mr Make Believe by Beezy Marsh

Mr Make Believe
by Beezy Marsh

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 Follower by Koethi Zan

The Follower
by Koethi Zan

 My Sister's Bonesby Nuala Ellwood

My Sister’s Bones
by Nuala Ellwood

 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North