Review: Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong

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I finished this one a few days ago and I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s not my usual genre, but I’ve had the Kindle version for a while so it was time to finally read it. As I normally do, I paired it with the audiobook so I could finish it quicker. The audiobook was great because I couldn’t pronounce any of those Polish names and cities without it. The content was heavy and I went through a few different emotions while reading it — anger, sadness, and disbelief. I still don’t understand how people could be treated that way! It’s not even something I should have to understand because it should have never happened in the first place.

Based on a true story, the story revolves around Halina Shore, a forensic dentist who has been chosen to take part in a war crimes investigation in Poland. The investigation brings up many questions and makes her question everything she knew about her childhood and her own mother . Born in Poland, she emigrated with her mother to Australia when she was a young girl  but whenever she would ask her mother about any family members or what life was like back in Poland, her mother would either change the subject or just not answer the question. Many secrets were revealed and disgusting crimes were uncovered. Although some of the story was obviously made up, I did enjoy the different side stories that developed because they eventually all tied back into the main story.

 

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Review: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a divorced, single mother, meets David in a bar and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, it turns out David is married and her new boss. By some odd chance, Louise becomes friends with David’s wife, Adele. The affair with David continues but little does Louise know how far Adele will go to keep her husband. 

Wow, what a book! This whole story was full of mind games and I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook. I have this weird fascination with accents and the British accents in this story were just lovely. If you like suspense mixed with a large dose of crazy, this book is for you. 

Review: You: a novel by Caroline Kepnes

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Guys, this book was innnnntense! When I first read the synopsis I wasn’t sure I’d be into it because it was basically about this guy stalking someone, but once I started I was hooked. I’m pretty sure the reason I was sucked in so fast was due to the fact that the narrator for the audiobook had the creep factor perfected. Santino Fontana, you did a great job of creeping me the hell out.

The story is about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman when she comes into his bookstore. He then rationalizes every step of his stalking madness, it’s crazy. I told my friend Keren to check out the book and it’s been hard to hold back my thoughts because I want to discuss it! She isn’t finished with the book yet so I have to keep my mouth shut.

After I finished the book, I wasn’t sure how to feel. I don’t want to give anything away, but the stuff this guy did was not normal. However, the way he talked about it so casually, made what he was doing almost seem ok. Keyword there is almost. As soon as I can get a copy of the sequel, Hidden Bodies, I’m shutting myself off from the world and reading to my heart’s content.

Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

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I liked this book, but didn’t love it. The main character, Eilis (pronounced Aye-lish), lives in Ireland with her mom and her sister, Rose. Eilis is taking bookkeeping courses and Rose works at an office and plays golf whenever she has the opportunity. Eilis eventually gets a part-time job with one of the local shopkeepers and while it is better than nothing, it isn’t her ideal job, especially since the shopkeeper is an unpleasant woman.

When the opportunity to go to America comes up, Rose helps get everything together so Eilis can go. Rose will stay in Ireland to help take care of their mother. Eilis’ trip is sponsored by a priest from her town, Father Flood. Once she arrives in America, she is guaranteed a job at one of the local department stores in Brooklyn.

The story is mostly about Eilis’ time in Brooklyn and the life she starts there. Loneliness, homesickness, love, and sadness are all part of the story. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it started out super slow but then there was a point in the book when everything turned around. Once that happened, the actions of Eilis really started to annoy me. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, but you can’t please everyone.

Now that I read the book, it’s only natural that I see the movie. A friend told me the movie was better than the book, which doesn’t happen often. I hope in this case it is true.

Review: Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts

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So this is far from a new book and I don’t normally do reviews on books that are part of a series but hey, it’s my blog so I guess I can do what I want. 🙂

I normally only read Nora Roberts’ In Death Series which is written under her pseudonym J.D. Robb but Dance Upon The Air was recommended in one of my Facebook groups when someone asked for a book series about witches.

After faking her death in order to flee her abusive husband, Nell Channing finds her self across the country on Three Sisters Island. All she wants to do is find a job and a place to live so that she can start her life over. She eventually becomes friends with Mia and Mia helps teach her about the island and island life. While on the island, she ends of learning much more about herself that she ever imagined.

I enjoyed this book because it was more than just a love story. There was drama, magic, and love all mixed together. I used to not be big on reading love stories but they’re actually not that bad. I guess I just don’t like the super corny ones. (That goes for movies as well.)it was an easy read and I finished the book in about three days. 

Review: Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

I listened to the audiobook, first time where I didn’t read the kindle version and listen to the audiobook. I ended up giving this book 2.5 stars on Goodreads because while it started off interesting, by the end of the book I hated one of the characters and felt as though the author tried to add too much to the end of the story.

Angus and Sarah Moorcraft have decided to move from London to a small Scottish island in order to get away from the memories and reminders of their dead twin daughter, Lydia Moorcraft. Unfortunately, that does not happen. Their surviving daughter, Kirstie, tells them she is in fact Lydia and that Kirstie is the one who died. Needless to say, this turns their worlds upside down. Kirstie/Lydia, whichever twin she is, starts acting very weird and the family starts to slowly unravel.

My main issue with this book is with Sarah and her attitude as well as the fact that the author seemed to add a ghost-story aspect at the end of the story. I don’t want to give anything away as far as Sarah goes but I will say that her denial and double standard of things was a big issue for me. I also have issue with how the story ended since it left me with some questions.

Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

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I finished this book during my lunch break yesterday and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it either. The book was good but it didn’t move at a fast enough pace for me. It wasn’t one of those books that I just couldn’t put down.

The book is about a woman, Heidi Wood, who takes in a homeless girl and her baby after seeing them standing in the rain at a train station in Chicago. She does this without consulting her husband and daughter. Not knowing anything about this girl, her husband is immediately suspicious. The story is told from the perspectives of Heidi, Heidi’s husband, Chris, and the girl, Willow. They don’t know her background, where she came from, or why she has bruises on her face and blood on her clothes.

I think I was disappointed in this book because I was expecting more suspense and it just didn’t have it. I also felt as though some parts of the story were not resolved. My friend Elizabeth suggested I read Mary Kubica’s first book The Good Girl so hopefully that one will provide more suspense.