Review: The Girl In The Ice

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Source: GoodReads

Title:The Girl In The Ice

Author:Robert Bryndza

Year of publication: 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Amazon):

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

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4 stars.

That was an exciting, addictive novel. I had trouble putting it down (I’m human and not that young, I need to sleep). This books is fast paced, surprising and very well written.

I really liked the MC, DCI Erica Foster, but sometimes I wanted to grab her, shake her and scream What the hell are you doing?!?! She’s intelligent, but sometimes she doesn’t make the right choices.

The clues to who the murderer is are smart and well placed. I figured out who the person was (the author made a choice to not make it clear if it was a man or a woman) but there was a twist related to it that I did not see coming.

I loved this book, I love how real and human the MC is, and I can’t wait to read more on this series.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and author Robert Bryndza for proving me with an ARC of The Girl In The Ice in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Alternate

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Title: Alternate (Omnibus Edition)

Author: Ernie Luis

Rating: 3.8 stars
It’s an unusual number but I think it’s fitting.

This was a very interesting take on time travel with interesting, complex characters, well built tension and clever twists.

Back in high school, a friend told me she had no regrets. I don’t know if she still stands by that philosophy but I remember that, at sixteen, I already had a lot of regrets and a lot of things I wish I could go back and do differently. I couldn’t fathom the idea of someone being able to go on not regretting a single thing.

This book is about this, it’s about people trying to fix mistakes, trying to right wrongs, trying to save people. It is also about power, about how it can corrupt, rot and destroy somebody.

This is a fast paced, entertaining read. It’s a great addition to the library of any fan of science fiction.

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I’d like to thank NetGalley and author Ernie Luis for providing me of an ARC of Alternate in exchange for an honest review.

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This review was originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: The Girl You Lost

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Title: The Girl You Lost

Author: Kathryn Croft

Rating: 4 stars

Gosh, what a ride!

I know some people who loved it, others found it underwhelming. I found it fun and exhilarating, great things for a thriller.
It is fast pacing, exciting and nerve wrecking. This was an ‘edge of your seat’ experience for me.

The book is not perfect. There were some unnecessary tension build ins (oh my gosh it’s him! No, it’s not…) and some plot points were a bit forced, but it was an enjoyable read.

There are some sad moments and slightly vivid descriptions of violence, but I’ve read worse.

I’m looking forward to read other books from the author.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and author Kathryn Croft for sending me an ARC of The Girl You Lost in exchange for an honest review.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

 

 

Review: Dead Wrong

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Title: Dead Wrong (Calladine & Bayliss, #1)

Author: Helen H. Durrant

Rating: 4 stars

I love how the books from this series are quick reads.

Okay, so I started this series by book 4 ( Dead Lost) but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this at all. If anything, it made me feel like reading an origin story.

This is a great detective thriller with all the elements that makes the genre fun: it’s fast paced, intriguing, well plotted and well developed.

Calladine and Bayliss are great characters, smart and human, relatable in their doubts, wins and failures.

The hints for who was the perpetrator were well placed and it all came together making complete sense.

I already have the second book of the series waiting for me and I can’t wait to read it.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Void

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Title: Void

Author: David M. Staniforth

Rating: 4 stars

My reviews are usually very gut oriented meaning I talk mainly about the impressions a book leaves on me and what I feel reading it. I can’t help it. A book, a song, a movie, a painting, any form of art has to make me feel something – good or bad.

The amazing ratings this book was receiving plus the theme – amnesia – caught my attention. Like many others, I read this book quickly, I was eager to find out along with narrator who he was and what had happened.

This is a well written, well paced novel. The reveal is well done and well paced, and David M. Staniforth was very careful covering all bases, not explaining everything but still making every plot point a satisfying end point.

The angst Tom (the amnesiac) and Penny (his girlfriend) feel is real and touching. Many times you wonder along with them if it’s really worthy trying to recover the memories lost. After all, some things are better left forgotten. Still, they persevere, despite their fears.

This was a self published book, and I urge you to check it out. I’ll definitely be reading David’s other books.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Trainwreck

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Movie: Trainwreck

Year: 2015

Rating: 4 stars

Okay, so I was planning on posting a book review today, but I need to talk about Trainwreck.

I watched this movie yesterday and it was everything I needed and expected.

I am not a big fan of comedy movies, they have to have some specific qualities to make me enjoy them, the most important is brains. It has to be well thought, not just a collection of ideas thrown together. And it has to have heart.

Trainwreck has these qualities and it also have two great leads, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. This is a romantic comedy with leads who are not your typical romcom leads. They are real, they are flawed, they are human. They don’t make exaggerated mistakes for the sake of a joke, they have very human reactions, their mistakes are the ones anyone could make.

This movie has hilarious scenes, and some top notch cameos.

LeBron James and John Cena are great findings and shine as much as Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia and Colin Quinn.

This is such a great movie, I keep forgetting it was directed by Judd Apatow. It has his touch, but to a more evolved level. It is definitely worth watching it.

(Warning: This is a R rated movie, not something to watch with kids or grandparents :~P)

Review: The Magic of Cape Disappointment

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Title: The Magic of Cape Disappointment

Author: Julie Manthey

Rating: 4 stars

I’m not usually into romance, but I needed to read something different, something more light hearted and this book was the perfect choice.

This is a story of being found by your destiny, no matter how much you run from it. It is full of powerful magic, beauty and love. It reads like a fairy tale of sorts, a story of destiny, of breaking rules and boundaries, and finding and accepting yourself in the place and role you tried to escape.

This is also a story about friendship and learning to lean on others.

It’s about true love and soul mates, and how love knows no prejudice.

If you want to read something lovely, entertaining and rich, this is the book for you.

Did I mention the main character, Kay Baker, is a Native American, and descendant from a powerful lineage of medicine women? And she talks with coyotes? Oh, and she can’t cook, but that’s okay because she meets Sam, and although he knows nothing about herbs and healing and would run the other way if he came across a coyote, he is a chef, and a lot more.

I’d like to thank NetGalley and author Julie Manthey for providing me with a copy of The Magic of Cape Disappointment in exchange for an honest review.

This is a self published book, and a great one. I highly recommend it.

 

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Dead Lost

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Title: Dead Lost

Author: Helen H. Durrant

Expected publication: February 29, 2016.

Rating: 4 stars

It’s Summer here right now and I needed a light, fast read, DEAD LOST a gripping detective thriller full of suspense provided me just that.

That’s the first book of this series I’ve read and now I want to read the other ones (although I know I’ve spoiled myself with plot points from some of the previous books).

One thing I really love is when characters feel real, relatable, and both D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss are just that. They’re not sherlockian, higher than thou genius people, they are hard working police officers trying to do their best and who care for the people they are trying to protect.

Dead Lost was fast fun read, one that can easily be read in one weekend.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and author Helen H. Durrant for providing me with an ARC of DEAD LOST a gripping detective thriller full of suspense in exchange for an honest review.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Brief Encounters

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Title: Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks

Author: Dick Cavett

Rating: 4 stars

That was one of the most pleasant reading experiences I’ve ever had.

Dick Cavett is a magnificent storyteller. No wonder he’s been a successful writer, comedian and TV host for so many decades.

This book is a collection of articles Dick wrote for a newspaper and they have everything: tales of joy, sadness, confessions of teen stupidity and innocence, highs and lows. Dick talks about people he loves, some he does not (and who doesn’t fancy him either), people he lost and people the world lost.

He also talks about the beginning of his career, and when it finally found its footing.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of TV, comedy or life.

 

Review: An Invisible Client

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Title: An Invisible Client

Author: Victor Methos

Rating: 4 stars

According to the book, an invisible client is a term personal injury lawyers use to refer to people who “lived and breathed but didn’t officially exist”, who aren’t productive members of the society, I believe.

Rich and powerful lawyer Noah Byron is a personal injury lawyer, and he and his firm doesn’t take invisible clients. Well, not until his ex-wife (who’s about to get remarried, by the way) asks him to talk to his cousin whose kid was ill due to an poisoned cough syrup.

That’s how the book starts. What comes next is a fast flowing legal thriller with a touch of romance and a lot of self discovery.

This is a fast read. There are exciting moments that will leave you on edge and there are touching moments that will either hurt or warm your heart. There are a few clichés, too, but nothing that could compromise my enjoyment.

Warning! (Spoilers)

>> Highlight to read spoiler. There is death of a child, the poisoned kid, and it’s very sad .<<

I had a lot of fun (and tiny heart attacks) reading this book. It’s a fun ride, for sure.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and author Victor Methos for providing me with an ARC of An Invisible Client in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also posted on GoodReads. Link here.