Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is Melanie Hobson's first novel. This story is about a broken family, broken hearts, broken vows, broken flowers, and a broken window. Three sisters come back to their childhood home in Hamilton, Ontario due to a family crisis. One sister is pregnant and suffers from pre-natal depression. She comes home in hope to get away from her husband and find family support. One sister takes advantage of the crisis to come home to help and get away from her routine. One sister comes back home to see if she can rekindle a teenage flame. The parents are strange and their story is even more strange. This book had great elements to become a solid story. The relationship between the three sisters is very interesting and I wish the author would have expanded further on that aspect and spend less time on the parents' story. Melanie Hobson's writing is great and I am looking forward to seeing more books from this author.

Thank you Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for this ARC. Summer Cannibals will be in your favourite bookstore on September 11, 2018.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: Origin

Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Brown delivered another fantabulous book with one of my favourite characters: Robert Langdon. Origin is the fifth book in the series. I absolutely love how Dan Brown takes you on thrilling adventures happening at so many places and how he brings history and science to life. Hurry up and make the movie already! I can wait to see this one on the silver screen.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Bellewether

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I requested an ARC of this book because it deals with the French prisoners of war during the 7-year war (1756-1763). Being a French Canadian myself, I am particularly versed in the "Bataille des Plaines d'Abraham" which occurred in 1759 in Québec City. What I did not know was how French officers and soldiers captured in British territory were treated by the British during this time. Susanna Kearsley's books are always well researched and, although they are fiction, they bring insight into the historical context of the story.

Bellewether has two timelines. In the present timeline, Charley Van Hoek, a newly hired museum curator, has been mandated to restore de residence of Captain Benjamin Wilde. While she is researching the history of Captain Wilde, she hears the legend of his sister Lydia who fell in love with Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran while he was held captive on her property according to the treaty of the times. Legend has it that they fell in love and while trying to run away, Jean-Philippe was killed by Joseph, Lydia's older brother and she died of a broken heart. The past timeline, tells the story of Jean-Philippe and Lydia.

Legends which are passed on from generation to the next do not always stay true to the truth. Charley is determined to find the truth and will get some help from a ghost who knows more than she expects.

Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for this wonderful ARC of Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. I absolutely loved the story and learned a lot more about the kinder side of the 7-Year War. This book is beautifully written and an enjoyment to read. This book will be available on the shelves of your favourite bookstore on August 7th, 2018.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Review: The Fates Divide

The Fates Divide The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth is the second and final book in the Carve the Mark Series. I give it 4.5 stars because although the plot is genius, I found the names of the characters and places hard to keep track and had to make a list of names and characteristics, as well as a map of planets and cities to follow the story. Veronica Roth portraits very strong female role models in this book and is not afraid to go outside the stereotypes associated with female heroes. This YA book is a story of fates and how they can be changed. Great series!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: The Favorite Sister

The Favorite Sister The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a 3.5 stars book for me. The characters are interesting, but the story is way too melo"diva"matic for my taste. All my life I tried very hard to stay away from toxic people and this book reminded me that it is a good thing and I should continue to do so. The Favorite Sister tells the story of a group of egocentric, deceitful, and lying reality-show women who are as fake as can be. Kudos to Jessica Knoll for writing a book about such superficial women and still succeeding to make it thought-provoking. Kudos also for surprising me in the end. I did not see this coming and it was a perfect ending.

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