Same book, different cover #2

Battle of the books

Have you seen my cover battle #1?

Here are 5 new book covers for you to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just fun!

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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I choose the first cover. I really like the details, and the second one feels so empty and rather nondescript, it’s not really doing anything for me.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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Definitely the first one because of the beautiful colour tone. The second one doesn’t feel sad or ominous at all.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

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Definitely the X-ray one on the right, book nr 2. I really love that tagline and this alone made me want to read the novel.

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

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Without a doubt, the second one again. The first doesn’t tell you anything about the novel and the second one is just more creative and alluring to find out more. I also like seeing what is mentioned on a cover too. I wouldn’t love a book cover that is called The Key and then there’s just a person on a cover instead of you know, an actual key.

You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac

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Can you read my mind? It’s numberrrr 1. The second one looks like it’s a book from the ’80s (sorry). I just don’t like that style, but hey, I understand if that’s your preference!

So what are your thoughts on the covers (and/or books)? I haven’t read the first and last one yet but I’m interested to read them. 

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Goodreads Monday (February 2018)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2) has a 4.1 Goodreads rating and has been on my wishlist since July 2015, together with I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) and I Don’t Want To Kill You (John Cleaver #3). The series continues with two more books that each get a rating higher than 4.0 so that’s what I consider a solid writer.

Mr. Monster

I killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.

Well, it stopped for a while.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon—the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster”—might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.

So what do you think, yay or nay?

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin #BlogTour #BookReview

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Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community.

While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art.

Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.

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Only Child offered me a fresh and novel perspective on what is quite a topical matter which is occuring, unfortunately, with increasing amplitude. When I hear about such an horrific event in the news, I often find myself thinking about the motive of the shooter, why he committed this senseless act, and I think about the people they killed and who don’t get to live their lives, being taken away so young. Not nearly often enough do I think about the aftermath, about the families and how they need to keep on living, about the brothers and sisters and how their world has irrevocably changed. How do they deal with this?

It was an excellent idea to tell this story through the eyes of 7 year old Zach, because he was affected as well and while adults would be able to rationalize everything and explain their feelings away, his innocence and honesty are very disarming, his naive perspective, trying to make sense of it all, utterly endearing. I couldn’t help but develop a love for him and the connection with him made it all the more touching. I felt sad for the parents as well but my heart broke the way they are occupied with either seeking revenge or escaping from the harsh reality into their work, ignoring a little boy’s feelings and needs.

Zach’s confusion felt real (he describes the gathering after the funeral as a ‘party’), he doesn’t understand what is happening to his family and why his parents react the way they do, why he suddenly wets the bed again or why he gets angry very suddenly. Unfortunately for little Zach, his parents each grieve in their own way and he’s sort of left on his own devices. I saw him struggle with his emotions because they are all mixed up but he works through it on his own, he’s his own little therapist and finds a clever way to seperate his emotions in a clear way. To make it easier for himself he links colours to his emotions, like the green colour is for anger because it makes him think of the Hulk.

All he really wants is for everyone to be happy again and he finds the answers in his Magic Treehouse books where each book of the series reveals a secret to happiness. All they have to do is do exactly what the book says but when his parents don’t even listen to him he has to take drastic measures. He’s courageous and brave and is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

This was a heartfelt and powerful debut about grief and the pursuit of happiness. I hope people will take more notice and it’ll deepen the understanding of how grief affects both adults and children.

I received a free copy of this novel from Pan Macmillan in exchange for my honest opinion.

Check out the other stops of the blog tour as well. Coming up tomorrow: The Bibliophile Chronicles

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Who wants a bookish wedding?

Happy Valentine's Day

I have some pretty great ideas in case anyone (hinthint) is asked today and wants a bookish wedding. Today is the perfect day to dream of one, so yes today of all days you are very much allowed to dream, think and even mention this post to your loved one 😉 !

I hope you can find some inspiration here and you absolutely don’t need to use all of them, you can always make a subtle reference to your (second) passion here or there right? I just want to give you some pretty neat ideas that I came across 🙂

Before the wedding

Library-card inspired save the dates

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On the day itself

Yay you’re married.. time for a bookish confetti shower 🙂

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Bookish Wedding Confetti by Spellbinderie on Etsy

You can find a bookish ring box and guestbooks here as well.

Insert some subtle bookish influences in the table setting

I also found this adorable cake topper

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After the ceremony

Why not have your wedding pictures taken inside a big, beautiful library or a bookshop? 

Just Google and you’ll find plenty of lovely wedding pictures, there are a lot more possibilities than you might think at first.

You can find more inspiration in this post from Buzzfeed featuring 19 dreamy wedding locations

If you can’t find a bookish location you can still take some pictures with the bride standing on a stack of books or you can hold hands and show your wedding rings with a meaningful book underneath

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After the wedding 

Thank you bookmarks

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Thank you gifts

To have and to hold…

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More inspiration on Pinterest on this link or get inspired by this article on Buzzfeed: 31 Beautiful Ideas for a Book-Inspired Wedding

So what do you think of these? Anything you like? I wish I’d seen this before I was married because I would have used some of these for sure. 

Home by Amanda Berriman #BookReview

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Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

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Home is “a safe place, a place where one lives, especially together as a family, it is meant to be a place of affection, joy and happiness, a valued refuge and resting place, a habitation offering security and protection, where friendships flourish.”

I can only agree, a home is supposed to be all of the above, it’s a happy place which is why it’s probably so heartbreaking when you see that one or more of these conditions are broken. There’s a lot going on in Jesika, Toby and their mum Tina’s life that is simply not OK, and will make your heart go out to them. Their poor housing conditions are just one of the many struggles.

The novel is told through the eyes of a very young child and I was afraid the ‘childish language’ would turn me off eventually, but it did not irk me and even enabled the author to deliver the story in a much more compelling manner. I’m sure an adult could have told a story about poverty but if a child talks about how she wants to draw a pond around the ‘tadpoles’ on the wall, and the realisation hits you that she’s talking about mold, it just comes down on you ten times so hard and that’s what this story is supposed to do. It has to make you ‘feel‘ how hopeless Tina, Jesika’s mum, feels at times, caring for two kids on her own, living in what she herself calls a dump, or any other unpleasant name she gives their appartment, and this was further enhanced by Jesika’s childishly naive observations, as all she knows is not to draw on the wall or come near the window or she’ll be told off.

Jesika was a great little protagonist. Above everything else she doesn’t want to do anything naughty and risk being sent away where she has to live with a new mummy. It made my heart squeeze how she’s trying to make the right choice and do the right thing when push comes to shove about telling on her friend Paige, who sometimes wants to be her friend and other times isn’t really friendly at all.

I don’t want to spoil anything but I do think this novel should come with a trigger warning because it does broach a rather unsettling theme as well. I didn’t cry reading this novel and was thankful I was able to keep at least a bit of a distance from the most disturbing events through the narration from another POV which was not as personal as it could have been. I don’t know how I would have coped at all if Jesika would have been affected even more than she already was.

Home was a very touching tale where the harshness of this families’ situation stems from what isn’t said but is felt through the innocent observations of a four-year old and her eavesdropping from the grown-ups. If you’re looking for a poignant story about one of the harsh realities of today’s society and how difficult it can be to find a way out and make a better life, but also comes with some real heart-warming friendships at the center of the story and where you can root for , then don’t pass up the opportunity to read Home.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen #BookReview

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When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.

It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

You will be wrong.

The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.

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What an exhilirating read! I’ve read some quotes telling me this novel is in the vein of The Girl on the Train but it’s nothing of the sort as far as I can see. This is not to be compared and doesn’t need any comparison to other novels. I even predict that future novels will be compared to this one. I really hope that is the case because I really want more of this!

The story starts off with Vanessa’s & Nellie’s story and their perception of the man they love or loved. I know lots of people would like to know a bit more about the actual story and I’m telling you that the budding romance of Nellie and at the same time the discarded feelings of Vanessa regarding Richard will certainly have you turning the pages.

Vanessa is living with her aunt after her husband left her for a younger model. She had to take a job at Saks selling clothing to get by. An old acquaintance runs into her and informs her her ex is getting married again. That is the last thing she wants to happen so she’ll do anything to stop him from marrying again. She already knew everything about ‘the other woman’, where she works, lives.. but a marriage wasn’t something she was anticipating.

Nellie teaches her little cubs at the LearningLadder and is a waitress. She tried to escape her past, fleeing from Florida after graduation so she’s pretty much on her own. She knows nothing of the world and is completely smitten with Richard.

Of course I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was on high alert but alas, I was deceived as well. This initial, first twist in the story came much sooner than I thought and I think it might be the one I even enjoyed most of all.

When I recovered and I got back on my feet it was time to find out more about the reasons why Richard left Vanessa.. he seems so attentive, considerate, you know someone who wouldn’t even look at other women (or pretend not to). I couldn’t wait to find out the reasons for their divorce. What could have been so bad that he didn’t want her anymore? Well I wasn’t prepared for this but it certainly had me gripped.

I liked Nellie from the start but I really grew to like Vanessa as well and aunt Charlotte was so sweet, everyone would love to have an aunt like that! I didn’t like snob Richard or Richard’s sister Maureen from the start though, and I’m wondering if I’m the only one with weird thoughts but there was this unsettling vibe when I read about their sibling interactions. She was supposedly a bit of a little mother for Richard but it just didn’t feel enough like motherly love to me. Neither of Richard’s girlfriends picked up on that througout the story so it might only be my too twisted mind this time.

Just when I thought I finally heard Vanessa’s full story and every stone was turned and every secret unearthed, and the game was finally over, a final brilliant reveal is lobbed at you in the end. I’m very satisfied with the way the story ended. This was a gripping read with a whole lot of character that was pretty addictive to me and I’m very curious about the movie already! This is definitely a five-star read on Goodreads and Amazon :-).

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion. 

WWW Wednesday (07-02-2018)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The tree W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I recently finished :

I might be the last one to have read this but I finally requested AND was approved on Netgalley (whoohoo) and yep I loved this one, I’m joining the fanclub :-).

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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What I’m reading now:

I saw this one on Twitter and when I read the tagline ‘Will appeal to fans of Room, The Lovely Bones…’ I knew I really wanted to read it! It’s told from a child’s perspective but really well done. It’s definitely a poignant story and I’m enjoying it so far.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

Well I know Gemma Metcalfe is a very successful author and I hadn’t read any of her books but the blurb – especially the ending – made me want to grab it and find out more right away :-).

A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

A Mother's SacrificeIt was fate that she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !