The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

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I’ve been in a young adult kick as of lately, and this just hit the spot.

Thank you to Kids Can Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

The story starts off on a hard note – Raquel has lost her best friend Sasha. But, before long, Raquel gets small messages from Sasha that was left before her demise. Raquel is off on an adventure with Sasha’s long lost brother, Elijah. Join the two of them as they continue to get messages from Sasha while they mourn their loss and gain something special out of it.

Cue the tears! Oh, I loved this book so much! So many emotions. If you loved The Fault In Our Stars, you’ll love this book. Highly recommend it. An adorable story of friendship and love. And, I feel like this is a really unique story line with Raquel and Elijah’s relationship. A refreshing story.

5/5 Stars

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Tied to Deceit by Neena H Brar

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Today I’m participating in Digital Reads Blog Tour’s Tied to Deceit Tour! Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book!

A little bit about the author:

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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books. A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader. Tied to Deceit is her debut novel. 

Author Contacts:

Website:  http://neenabrar.com

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeenaHBrar/

Onto the book: On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh. As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her. Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

I’m a huge fan of mystery novels, if you haven’t noticed already, so I was quite thrilled to pick this book up. Neena is an extremely talented writer. The story flowed so nicely with the descriptions of emotions and locations being so intricate. There’s a little thought that goes into this book when you read it so it’s not an easy pick-up read for pleasure. The names took me a bit to get used to only because I’m not used to reading names from Indian culture. I throughly enjoyed it through the end as it kept me on the edge of my seat.

4/5 Stars

You can find this book on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or simply find it here!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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The Hardcastle family is hosting a masquerade ball and you are invited. Thank you to netgalley and Sourcebooks for allowing me to read this in exchange for my review.

Evelyn Hardcastle has returned from Paris and her parents are throwing a masquerade to celebrate. Only, the ending of this party isn’t as extravagant as you can imagine. The story starts off as Aiden (currently a guest named Sebastian) who wakes up in the woods to find that Anna is missing and presumed dead. He doesn’t remember who Alice is nor remembers who he is. Before long, he meets the Hardcastle family and starts to piece the mystery together before he wakes up in a different body, seeing the same story happen over again. He keeps waking up in a different body, trying to solve the murder. Who is Anna? Will Aiden ever solve the mystery? How long will it take?

I actually went in on this blindly. I was extremely intrigued about the story at first, but got kind of lost and bored after the main event happened (the first death). I was actually caught off guard once I realized Aiden became a new person the next day and I was intrigued all over again. What a roller coaster ride! I think this is the coolest premise for a story and would make a wonderful movie to watch (kind of like Clue!). It’s a nail bitter! You find yourself rooting for Aiden to solve the murder each time and maybe going slightly crazy when he wakes up in a new body. This is a must-read for the year – highly recommended!

4/5 Stars

The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

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Thank you to Berkley publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book starts off at the end – Phillip Rochester’s funeral. Phillip has died (we don’t know how yet) and his 3 ex-wives are there, but not in mourning. The second chapter begins with Imogen, Phillip’s second wife. She is also the only one who has a child with Phillip. We learn that Phillip is abusive (trigger warning) and cheated on Imogen with a younger woman, Naomi. Naomi is Phillip’s third wife. She’s also being abused by him. Imogen and Naomi finally have the chance of a lifetime (Ruby, Phillips first wife, joins along too). Imogen has Phillip locked up in her basement and the chance to finally tell him off. He’s got quite a few tricks up his sleeve in the meantime. Are these ladies safe? Are they going to tell him off? How did Phillip die?

The first third of this book was quite slow. I was beginning to second guess whether this book was really a thriller or not. Reading details about Imogen’s relationship with Phillip and Naomi’s relationship with Phillip was a little dull. It just seemed to drag on. Once Imogen and Naomi had Phillip in the basement, things start to really pick up the pace. In fact, I had to buckle up, strap in, and get ready for the ride. I knew Phillip was a terrible person, but MAN what a twist. You think with all of the thriller/mystery books I read, I would’ve expected it to come. Phillip was such a convincing character, I even fell for all the lies he told! The ending was predictable, but I’ll take it for the adventurous thrill the second half of the book had.

4/5 Stars

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

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Thank you to Goodreads and Wednesday Books for my winning giveaway copy of this book. The cover is gorgeous and it’s a young adult book, so I figured it would be right up my alley!

Memphis is an intelligent, spunky, adventurous high schooler who was raised by parents just the same. M has come across some bad fortune as of recently: her archaeologist father has died in a crash and she is stuck with a guardian couple who don’t follow her love and affection for adventure. One day, a gorgeous British man named Ash shows up and tells M that her father is still alive, being held captive by cultists who want to bring an Egyptian God back to life. M is the key to saving her father because she has the map that the cultists need and desire. Is her father really alive? Is she willing to risk her life to save him? What is this mystery behind this cult group?

This is a modern day Indiana Jones story to me. I went in on this read blindly and, at first, felt like it helped me enjoy the story, but not for long. I was hooked by the first few chapters, but completely lost in the mumbo jumbo of archaeology history. History is not my forte in general, so I found this story to be dull. I was expecting more detailed adventure than what was given. I felt like the ending I was expecting came too late and happened way too fast. I would’ve enjoyed the story a lot more if it were a movie so I’ll keep my eye out for that.

2/5 Stars

 

The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles

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I had seen a lot of talk about this book and wanted to read it for myself. It already has rights to become a movie!

Thank you netgalley and Hanover Square Press for allowing me to read this in exchange for my review.

Samuel is a quirky nine year old who lives in a wondrous estate and is being taken care of by his housekeeper Ruth. Samuel’s mom has gone to America on a “business trip” and Samuel has not heard from her in a long time. He gets postcards from his mom when he’s seeming to question her whereabouts more often than other days. Samuel speaks with his friend Joseph who suggests that something has happened to his mother. His mom did leave months ago without saying goodbye…so maybe something bad HAS happened to her! Ruth seems to dismiss this, so naturally Samuel thinks she is up to no good. What happened to his mother? Is Ruth responsible for her long stay away?

I thought the author did a great job at incorporating the voice of a nine year old boy. It’s not an easy task and I truly felt like I was in his head the whole time. I felt the story dragged on longer than it needed to. It could’ve been a really good short story. Most of the book was Samuel’s sneaking around trying to find clues as to what happened to his mother. I was hooked in the beginning, but felt like I was being dragged through most of the storyline. The ending? Not my favorite at all. It was predictable and boring to say the least. I thought this had a lot of potential, but I digress…

2/5 Stars

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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Shari Lapena is just oh so wonderful, I was beyond myself when I got a copy of her latest book, An Unwanted Guest.

A huge thanks to Pamela Dorman Books and Viking Books for the book in exchange for my honest review.

Come to Mitchell’s Inn, where there are leather club chairs by the fireplace, a bar made entirely out of ice, old fancy wood paneling, a good company. Or so we assume? A large snow storm has hit Mitchell Inn and snowed in half the staff and the guests. They all get acquainted with one another during cocktail hour and converse over dinner. Every one eventually heads to bed, with not a trace of complaints when the next day, they awake to find a guest, the most gorgeous of them all, dead at the bottom of the staircase. This story takes place in three days where we learn more truth behind these guests and what truly happened. If you loved Clue, you’ll devour this one.

I adored this! I could not stop reading! Ironically enough, I read Lapena’s A Stranger In The House while rocking my newborn to sleep, and this while rocking that same child, now a teething one year old, to sleep. I was upset when she woke to say the least. It’s a fast paced read that captures your attention at each beckoning hour of their weekend snowed-in. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but Shari does an amazing job sharing such intricate details about their life where you won’t ever get lost. I love how the names are bolded every once in awhile when she switches focus of the story (that may just be in the advanced reader’s copy, but I hope it stays that way). It keeps you engaged with who’s who and what’s going on. I’m a super huge fan of the movie and board game Clue, so I completely and utterly bought in to this storyline and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to read it again!

5/5 Stars