Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: Treeborne

Treeborne Treeborne by Caleb Johnson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Picador for this ARC of Treeborne by Caleb Johnson. This book is due in your favourite bookstore on June 5, 2018.

I am not going to lie, this was a hard read. I found the story confusing and anything to do with Crusoe very weird and would have like to understand that part better. The characters were interesting and well defined. Caleb Johnson has a talent for describing the landscapes. Unfortunately, in my opinion, there were too many loose ends and the ending did not bring a conclusion to the story.

I seem to be in the minority of people who did not like this book, so I will let you be the judge if you get a copy.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: The Heart Forger

The Heart Forger The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco is the second book in the "The Bone Witch" series. This is not a series for children or young teenagers. It deals with very elements and can frighten even someone like me. I do like the series because it is complexed, filled with action and constantly on the move. The book reads between the present and the past alternatively. It can be hard sometimes to follow as there are so many characters and places to keep track of in the two timelines. I still enjoy reading it and I am looking forward to the next book in 2019.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: The Other Woman

The Other Woman The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A big thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the thrilling ARC of The Other Woman by Sandie Jones due to arrive at your favourite bookstore on August 21st, 2018.

There is so much I would like to say about this exhilarating book, but I am afraid I would be spoiling the plot. What I can say is that this story triggered strong emotions in me. So much so that I had to check my temper last night before talking to my hubby because I was enraged with the story. After calming down, I could only be thankful to have such a wonderful man in my life who loves me and respects me. Very few books can spark this level of outrage. The Other Woman is a well-written, raw, and unforgiving thriller with many twists. I loved it!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan is a clever thriller. This is a two-act story: past and present with the same actors. The story is well structured and the characters well grounded. Sarah Vaughan delivers a solid mystery-thriller which is both exciting and frustrating. Well done!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List

A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List by Ileana Abrev
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A big thank you to NetGalley and Llewellyn Publications for this whimsical ARC of A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List by Ileana Abrev.

I read this book on my way to visit with my parents in Québec. My mom used to tell me stories about her mother and how she used to be the country doctor in the early 19th hundreds. My grandmother was a “Sage Femme”. Way before doctors came along in that remote region of Québec, she delivered babies, provided natural remedies for colds, headaches, monthly discomfort, toothaches and many more illnesses. All this changed once doctors started to establish themselves in that region and started a campaign to discredit midwives. My grand-mother soon felt like this would turn into a witch hunt and abandoned her practice. Her craft was never passed on to her daughters, therefore, not to me either.

When I came across this book; I was very intrigued and curious and requested an ARC to see if this might help me gain some of the knowledge my grandmother would have had. I am not sure if I succeed, but I really enjoyed all the information Ileana Abrev offers in this book. I already tried one and it worked. My mother has major short term memory issues. While visiting with her this weekend, she lost her wedding rings. I used the knotted sock suggestion and we found her rings within 15 minutes in the most uncommon place. It is a marvel we found them.

If you are curious about how common items which can be found at your local supermarket can help you bring positivity in your home, chase negativity, increase passion in your love life and many more; this book is for you. This is a quick read filled with surprises.

This book will be available at your favorite bookstore on July 8th, 2018.

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