Monday, April 2, 2018

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and plan to be reading over the next week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's also an opportunity to visit other book bloggers, comment, and add to that ever growing TBR pile! Also, it is one of my favorite link ups because I get to spend hours browsing everyone else titles...

Just Finished:
The last week was a great one for reading.  I finished three books.  This rarely happens since I work full time and have two kids.  I felt so accomplished! Lol.

Friends and Other Liars was given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I don't do a lot of this since I don't have much extra time but the summary of this one was interesting and I did really enjoy it!  The Convent's Secret is the fifth book in the Glass and Steele series and I've loved every book so far.  I can't wait for the next one!  Finally, I had Ready Player One on my TBR forever and it took the movie trailer to get me moving.  Wow!  Such a great book.  Don't miss it if you are a lover of all things 80's.

What I'm Reading Now:

I just started both of these.  A Treacherous Curse is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell series.  So good!  I am not a huge nonfiction reader but I do love some of the legends/unsolved mysteries genre.  Ghost Ship sounded interesting so I grabbed it.

What will I read next?
Not sure.  I have a few at the top of my TBR so I will probably choose from these.

Have a great reading week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Friends and Other Liars

Friends and Other Liars was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I was first attracted to the cover because it added to the mystery of the title but I was also concerned it might be geared to the YA genre. I do read a lot of YA but I was currently looking for something different.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while the characters weren't always extremely mature, they were adults living their lives, trying to find their way and put their pasts behind them.

To all my old friends:
So here you all are. Nice to see you can show up for a person once he's dead.

When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown, it is to the grave of her old friend Danny, a member of a group that was, ten years ago, Ruby's whole world. The crew made a pact back then: stay together, stay loyal, and stay honest. But that was before all of the lies. Because even friends keep secrets. They just don't stay secret for long. Now Danny has left behind a letter for each of them, issuing one final ultimatum: share your darkest betrayal to the group, or risk it coming out in a trap he has created. When past mistakes resurface, the lines of friendship blurb, and four old friends are left trying to understand what it means to lie to the ones you love best.

The beginning of the book packs such a punch that you have no choice but keep reading to find out what other secrets will be revealed throughout the story. Once the initial hook, the book takes the reader back to the character's high school days and, little by little, their true stories are revealed. Chapters rotate perspectives and story development does take some time but I enjoy books about people and relationships so it kept me completely engaged.

The pacing was decent and as the end drew closer, the tension grew until finally, all was revealed. There was a bit of a twist as well where we weren't sure whose secret was whose. Without giving away any spoilers, I liked the way the story wrapped up in the end. It could have gone a different way and I would have been a little bit more satisfied if that were the case but I'm ok with the closing.

All in all, I really liked the book and I would definitely read other books by this author.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday, March 21st

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.

As usual, there are several I'm waiting for such as the newest Throne of Glass book or the next book in the Stoker and Holmes series. Most of the titles I am looking forward to are coming in the fall.

This is one that I am particularly excited about.  I discovered this series a few months back and read the first two books, Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.  I really enjoyed them.

Escaping From Houdini
Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 2018

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they're delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It's up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer's horrifying finale?

What are you waiting for?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: The Woman in the Window

I was a little bit leery when approached about reading The Woman in the Window with my friends for book club. I had read The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Girl on the Train and I just wasn’t really satisfied with either of them. I was concerned that this would be the same type of story however, the only aspect of this concern that came true was the fact that the main character had a drinking problem, which seems to be a trend for female lead characters these days. Aside from that, I loved this book. The characters were real and I was invested in their well-being.  The main character, Anna, was likable even though she was emotionally unwell and I rooted for her from beginning to end. I loved the fact that I didn’t exactly know who committed the crime right away even though I had my theories. I liked the fact that there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. I was also very excited when I found the clue that led us to the criminal right before it was revealed in the story. 

Also, the pace of the story was steady and I found that I didn’t want to put the book down (even though I had to on several occasions). The story wrapped up completely with all questions answered and I felt satisfied when I closed the book. I immediately lent it to another friend and I can't wait to see if she enjoys it as much as I did.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves, February 24th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

One of my reading goals this year is to read more non-fiction so a few of my books are in this genre.  I love unsolved mysteries so, to make sure I accomplish my goal, I grabbed three that I am sure I will enjoy.  One is a reread and the other two are new.


I've read Dead Mountain but I recently watched a horror movie (I love horror movies) based on it titled Devil's Pass, and now I want to read it again.  It is about a group of hikers that went climbing and never returned.  They were found dead but the strange circumstances and evidence did not allow for a clear cause of death.  I found it to be fascinating.  I bought a hard cover this time instead of an e-book and plan to keep it on my shelf.  The other two seem interesting and I'm looking forward to them.

I also grabbed A Treacherous Curse, which is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series.  I loved the first two books so I'm excited for this one as well.

Finally, I was given Friends and Other Liars in exchange for an honest review. It looks great so I'll get started on that soon!

Happy reading everyone!  
Laura :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Crazy, Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians was a lot of fun. I would have never known about this author or series if a friend hadn't recommended it to me so I'm so glad she did. 

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry.

I was hooked from the first scene in the coffee shop where Nick asked Rachel to join him in Singapore for the summer and I stayed hooked all the way to the end.  It helped that the narrator's voice was perfect for the story (I listened to the audiobook).  I always know I am enjoying a book when I start getting emotionally involved in it, talking to it (or yelling), feeling angry, happy, etc... The characters in this book were written so well that I felt like I was going through all of the emotional turmoil with them. Their personalities ranged from down to earth and modest to crazy eccentric and completely out of control. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions and also wanting a few of the characters to be swiftly removed from their high horses. Mostly though, I rooted for the two main characters to find their happiness.

And yes, I grabbed the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, immediately.  I'm really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday, What are You Reading? February 12th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and add to that ever growing TBR pile! Also, one of my favorite book memes because I get to spend hours browsing everyone else titles... 

What I just finished:
Crazy Rich Asians was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it.  It's like a peek into the lives of fantastically rich families in Singapore.  The characters were all completely engaging and I became quite invested in the happiness of the two main characters as they navigated through the sea of eccentric and extremely meddlesome family members trying to plan their lives for them. 

What I'm reading now:
I have two books going right now.  I grabbed the audio of China Rich Girlfriend as soon as I finished Crazy Rich Asians and one print book that I have been trying to find time to finish The Dire King for several weeks now.  It is good but my schedule has been crazy.

What I'm reading next:
I'm really looking forward to my next read.  It is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series, A Treacherous Curse.  These are a lot of fun and I adore this setting.  It is one of my favorites!

What are you reading?