Goodreads Monday (November 2017)

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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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Added on April 18, 2014 to my readlist : Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

This novel has a 4.08 star rating on Goodreads. I wanted to show you that there really is more on my readlist than just crime novels. Golden Boy is about 16 year old Max, a person who is not boy nor girl but both. Can you see the cover here, it’s quite brilliant really why they chose it if you think about it.. This is to be a very emotional story!

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The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. This novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

So what do you think, yay or nay? I’m keeping it anyway. I’m quite interested to read about something I know almost nothing about, I’m just waiting for the right mindset to dive into this one.

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The Good Samaritan by John Marrs #BookReview

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She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

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Laura is a caretaker, a mother figure even for the other volunteers at The End of the Line. What nobody knows is that she acts compassionate for some, but is truly a silent killer for others. People who are at their lowest point and finally call and reach out to Laura are met with a professional lady on the other end of the line but one who clearly has a hidden agenda. She always sticks to the roadbook but she has her little ways to find out if people are willing to take the most drastic measures possible. She’s so self-centered and lacks any compassion for another human being and is so effective in hiding her true colours. She finds it a victory if she can add someone to her list. She sucks up the callers’ angst, their uneasiness, their desperation and their confusion. She lives off it and gets a thrill when hearing or imagining their last breath. It didn’t take long at all to realise how evil Laura’s character really was and I loved hating her.

The first hundred pages made my resentment towards Laura grow and grow and I could hardly wrap my head around it when reading how she justifies her actions that she’s ‘helping’ people. She’s got an amazing (awful) track record already and when she answers the phone to Steven who’s suffering depression she clocks a promising new candidate to guide towards the end. It won’t go exactly as she planned though and that’s the understatement of the year!

Myohmyohmy what a twisty turny novel this is! I felt I was watching a ping-pong match and I was waiting for the flatliner announcing the end of the game but there was no such thing.. it just went on and on! There were a lot of punches thrown in The Good Samaritan, both literally and metaphorically speaking. At the start of the novel I didn’t know what to expect really (ok I didn’t read the blurb again after I received it and my memory isn’t what it used to be so I really went in blind and I can highly recommend) but I wasn’t expecting this rollercoaster of events. Once I reached that one pivotal moment in this novel about a hundred pages in, I didn’t want to put it down anymore. After a while, I just didn’t know how this was going to end any more, there was no stopping this woman. The ending was perfect though, it was so unexpected, it left me speechless.

Laura is someone you just have to get to know. There’s so much more to her than meets the eye and she and Ryan made this book such a thrill to read. I already knew John Marrs was a great author (I loved The One) but god he’s really outdone himself again with this one, so orginal and full of suspense, a real must-read.

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

New BFF: The Readers Bay

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I’m welcoming The Readers Bay to the blog today. This 19 year old girl who loves lattes lives in Pakistan. She sure knows her classics and I don’t think I’ve ever met a bigger more enthusiastic fan of Jane Austen! One of her all time favorites is Pride and Prejudice. She looooves physical books and orders plenty of books from Bookoutlet as there’s no Barnes & Nobles in Pakistan. She also NEVER just buys one book at a time but two at the least. You can find out more about our intriguing blog friend on her blog The Readers Bay.

The Readers Bay

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Name: TheReadersBay

Age: 19

Birthday:  15 November

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

I’m currently a sophomore in University.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Umm, I love watching shows on Netflix, doing yoga, and baking!

Your favourite color?

Turquoise, purple and red

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I love collecting diaries and bookmarks! I have approximately 16 diaries of all sizes Lol.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? 

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Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

Me Before You by jojo Moyes. (I know my opinion is quite unpopular here, but I found it too ugh)

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope, never tried it. I feel like audiobooks completely contradict the idea of reading and getting lost in a book.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Historical fiction!!!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

Strange the Dreamer! Aaaah, that cover is to die for!!

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How is your library organized?

It’s not really a library. It’s like a tall, narrow shelf. So I’ve put black and beige books together since they make up more than 50% of the books I have lol. The rest are just arranged according to height (descending)

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My favorite blue books:

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

E-books. Because a lot of the books I want are either too expensive or hard to find.

Do you have a favorite book?

I have a lot of books I like, but I’ve yet to find a book for which I could die for. Lol. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is the only book I’ve given 5/5 stars EVER.

Alice

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

Of course, Caraval!

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?

<100

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

I purchased three books together: I’ll give you the Sun, When breathe becomes air and The ocean at the end of the Lane

What was your favorite author when you were a child?

Enid Blyton, duh. I read ALL series written by her. Literally ALL OF THEM.

From which author do you have most books?

Sidney Sheldon

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

Yup. There are quite a few of them. But the most I’ve read is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. (thrice) and I’ve to read it again because I’ve forgotten the story haha (I have a very bad memory)

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

There are 30 books in my goodreads challenge this year and I’ve read 18.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case ?

I kind of want to stay anonymous for personal reasons, if that’s okay? That is why I didn’t disclose my name above.

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Thank you for participating in this feature lovely, it was nice to get to know you better! 

In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be added!

The Sacrifice by Alec Caruso #BookReview

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What’s it about?

London, England. Dr. Ted Conway has committed suicide. A case that should be easily closed.

After a forced break, Detective Inspector Rei Yoshima is thrust back into work, overseeing the suicide of Dr. Conway, only to discover that things with this case is not what it seems to be.

Trying to determine the unforeseeable truths from hidden lies, clues start finding their way together. As the case begins to unravel, it forces Yoshima into a whirlwind of discoveries, sending her to Cologne, Germany.

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Review

star three and a half

The Sacrifice is the first novel in an exciting new detective series and the story flicks between two different teams of detectives, each one operating in another country. DI Rei Yoshima is partnered with newbie Liam Nolan at The Criminal Investigative Department in London and 500 miles further Müller and Morgan work for the Cologne Police Department. While this might seem plenty to follow, the chapters are short and snappy so it turned out to be easy to read instead and wasn’t confusing at all. Müller and Morgan are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found murdered in their apartment. Yoshima and her partner’s investigation into a suspicious death puts them into contact with their colleagues in Germany and before you know it they have joined forces which created a good dynamic for the story.  I still felt that Yoshima was the real lead detective of the foursome though, the one who brings the most input to the table and she’s the one to be reckoned with the most. The investigation progressed logically and was well-paced. It defiantly let the story flow nicely when the investigators get new ideas and continually follow up on new leads.

The plot had me second guessing for the largest part of the novel and was well thought out. A few details were relevant but it was impossible to detect their importance to the plot. All through the story I was wondering what those newspaper articles and references to Syria have to do with the story but the truth is only slowly revealed. The Sacrifice also ends with a satisfying climax. I love it when everything starts to fall into place. In the final 30 pages I was hit by a whirlwind of revelations and actions and I kept thinking there wouldn’t be enough pages left to wound the story up but the author left no loose ends, safe one or two. You see, all through the novel Yoshima seems to operate at the back and call of a man called Gabriel, a shady criminal type. It is however never explained who he is or why he has such a hold on her, which only makes me wonder even more what their story is and yes, it’s perfect to make me want to read the second book in the series to find out.

I did feel the blurb didn’t give much away and the cover jacket of the novel is even shorter so I really didn’t know what to expect. Unfortunately this caused me to leave this book lying around way too long and I’m almost ashamed to say that I picked The Sacrifice up twice before I finally started reading it. Every time I started it I put it back down again when I flipped it open to the first page and saw the opening chapter of a newspaper article reporting about the Syrian refugee crises. I want to read so I can escape everyday’s misery and that must be why I wasn’t really attracted or captivated from the start, but I can reassure everyone that there’s no politics involved and it turned out to be a different and better story than I expected so we really started on the wrong footing and I urge everyone who has The Sacrifice in their hands not to pin it down to that first chapter. Overall I can conclude this was a good read and credible debut.

I received a free paperback copy of this novel from the author (you can also read the guestpost I posted earlier here). This is my honest opinion.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BookReview

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What’s it about?

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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What a stunning debut! Nate and Juliette are meant to be together, that’s crystal clear for Juliette and when a woman – especially this one – is determined, you know there’s no other way!

Juliette was the perfect girlfriend when she was with Nate so it came as a complete surprise when he told her he needed space and shipped her off somewhere far away, forcing her to live in what she calls a shoebox of an apartment. Out of sight isn’t out of mind for Juliette though, not even close. She’s not going to just stand by and let things go like he wants and the woman is taking on her self-appointed task as a true vocation. She’s thorough and has every angle covered, all while biding her time. She can’t believe he’s denying her everything she wants, putting a rather abrupt stop to her dreams of a shiny future: all she wanted was Nate, the comfortable lifestyle, his families’ acceptance and kids. Was that too much to ask for? When you know where she’s coming from and witnessed how crappy her early life actually was you can’t help but understand on some level why she’s clinging so hard to keep the man of her life.

She starts out with some cheeky actions like looking up his working hours so she knows where he is and checking his facebook profile but her actions spiral way WAY beyond anything classified as normal behaviour.. and all the time he is oblivious! Juliette is a lying manipulative capital B and I loved following her around. How can I even be in such awe for someone so malicious? I don’t have an answer to that one.

It’s been a long time since I met a character like Juliette. I know I shouldn’t make comparisons and I don’t have a habit of doing so but Juliette is so cunning and calculated and she can adapt to whatever scenario is playing out for her, it reminded me of an Amy, if you get who I mean.

I liked this novel very very much and it’s a big contender to get on my fav list of this year. I can highly recommend if you like psychological thrillers and a girl with a vengeance!

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

WWW Wednesday (15-11-2017)

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

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

 

What I recently finished :

A wonderful debut about a woman obsessed with her ex. I’m happy I finally found another novel I was so addicted to and wanted to keep on reading and flipping the pages to see what would be her next move.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

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What I’m reading now:

OK I actually already finished it but wanted to list this one as well. The Good Samaritan is such an excellent read! This is not just a story about one crazy person but someone provoking a crazy person and then.. well you don’t want to have a crazy person on your tail. The consequences are jaw-dropping. One of this year’s favorites!

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

If it’s a book about someone’s who’s lying you can count on it that I’m interested! Can I unmask the guilty one? I can’t wait to find out.

The Confession by Jo Spain

The ConfessionLate one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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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 !

Exposure by Tracy Ewens #BookReview

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What’s it about?

If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera.

After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “ normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does.

Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and time near his family. But now that the buzz of his next film, Full Throttle – Floor It, is hitting maximum fervor, West keeps everyone at arm’s length so he can protect the people he loves… until he can’t.

When the public mistakes a simple kiss on the cheek for a budding romance, Meg and West are caught in a media frenzy. Somewhere amid the backseat getaways and plastered smiles, Meg discovers the man behind the glossy photographs, and West wonders how he’ll ever let her go once the cameras stop rolling. Love is never simple, especially when the world’s watching. How much are two people willing to expose for a chance at a true happily ever after?

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Review

star three and a half

Throw two opposites together and you get.. a very enticing story. The people in this story are two sides of a coin, she is used to being free, alone, breathing in fresh air, he is used to the flash of the cameras wherever he is. Can you see the hurdle there? OK I could spot it a mile away but what’s life (in books) without a little drama, too damn easy I’d say. So I’m not complaining that there were maybe-probably-definitely some big choices to be made here. I was very curious to see how their interest in each other was going to develop… would they give love a chance when it would also imply that one of them had to make a life-changing choice. Were they going to make it? I wouldn’t bet any money on it when I started to read this anyway but you never know…

Meg has led the most interesting life looking through her camera lens, capturing the most amazing wildlife in faraway countries. Reading about her encounters with bears etc made me just dream away. West is an A-list actor and in a few months he’ll shoot movie number 5 of the Full Throttle series. He’s more than a pretty face though even if nobody is interested in that.

She’s been living her life in her own little bubble so Meg doesn’t know who he is when she meets him at the Climate Wellness Symposium where she’s the key speaker and he has to introduce her. They hit it off right away and they’ll be seeing each other a lot more when they make a business deal for the presentation of more climate awareness projects together. They start to really like each other’s company but is there really a future for them ahead when they lead so very different lives?

She: Do I look polished? (..) He: No. (…) She: What image do I project then?

Spring, he thought, or the rich colors of the hills afer a deep all-dry rain. She looked alive and somehow despite her work, she didn’t notice the world could be a dreary place. 

Probably best to keep that to himself.

She’s like a breath of fresh air for him and I can totally see the appeal of this strong and independent woman. He – I like to think he reminds me of Paul Walker – is a good guy who has an eye for detail and appreciates the art in the city. Yes he’s a celebrity and has bodyguards and all that but he comes from a normal family and maintaining a level of normality and looking after his family still mean everything to him.

This was an enjoyable and sweet romance but I didn’t have any heart-melting moments like I always have with my number one author. It was great to see them bond at one moment over the fact that they’re both the youngest of the family. There were definitely some highlights in the story and I really liked that they found redeeming qualities in each other and it wasn’t just a flash of physical attraction, but I still wasn’t swooned by their story like I wanted. I think it was a good read overall but it isn’t a really memorable one for me.

This novel was included in my one-month subscription Bookworm box (May edition) and this is my honest opinion.