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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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Only two mystery/thriller books have ever had the ability to leave me dumbfounded; Night Film by Marisha Pessl was one and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is the other one. What a ride!!! Stuart Turton presents us with a masterpiece of mystery à la Agatha Christie. The characters (with many ssssss) are well defined and ingeniously calculated. They each bring essential clues to solve this mystery.

Aiden Bishop has 8 days and 8 hosts to crack Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and be free. He will encounter allies and antagonists along the way but constantly will have to look over his shoulder to circumvent being murdered himself. When you think you have resolved the murder… think again! So many twists and turns and not to mention details dropped here and there which will lead you to think you know, but you don’t. The spectacular ending will leave you panting and come to realize that it all makes sense. Well done!!! I must read for all mystery lovers.

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for this thrilling ARC. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton will be at your favorite bookstore on September 4th, 2018.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal

Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying  Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal by Nicki Sizemore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love reading cookbooks. First of all, I love cooking and secondly, I love discovering new ways to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. The past year or so, I often encountered meal-in-a-bowl types of recipes. I tried a few and love the concept. When I saw that Storey Publishing was offering an ARC of Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal by Nicki Sizemore on NetGalley, I jumped on the opportunity to request it. The book is a fast read and it offers wonderful insights into the provenance and nutritional values of grains. Nicki also offers great tips on how to cook the numerous variety of grains listed in the book. The recipes are well detailed and easy to follow. She suggests great substitutions to change up the recipe or to make it vegetarian. There is something for everyone in this cookbook. I am planning to try a few recipes this weekend when I will have some time to prepare the grain portion. I am really looking forward to it!

Thank you NetGalley and Storey Publishing for this delicious ARC. Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal by Nicki Sizemore will be available at your favourite bookstore on September 4th, 2018. This is a great book to have in your kitchen or to give as a gift.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My! My! My! This was such a good book!!! At first, I was worried I would not be able to read it because "losing a child" stories always get me to the heart and I find them hard to read. The story broke my heart, but if I did not persevere, I would have missed out on a well written and complex story with so many twists and turns. Lisa Jewell's writing is fantastic and the story is well structured and keeps you on your toes. I totally recommend this book.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Our House

Our House Our House by Louise Candlish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a spectacular opening!! Fiona comes home from a short holiday to find out that she is no longer the owner of her beautiful home and that a new family has moved in. This must be a mistake!!! In a panic, she tries to reach her estranged husband to sort this out, but Bram is nowhere to be found and no one knows where he is. Fiona will soon discover that Bram has lied to her and is not innocent of this outrageous crime, but she also has her secrets.

The book is written in Fi's perspective in a form of a podcast called "The Victim" and Bram's perspective in a form of a Word document. Both deliver their view and details of the events. The end of the book is equally as spectacular as the beginning. It really makes you think that as hard you plan to hide your crime... someone will find out eventually. This is one of my favourite books this year.

Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for this outstanding ARC of Our House by Louise Candlish. This book will be available at your favourite bookstore on August 7, 2018.

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