Review: What She Never Told Me

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Title: What She Never Told Me | Author: Kate McQualie | Publication year: 2016

Genre: drama, romance, mystery | Rating: 3 and half stars

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Summary (from GoodReads):

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise’s last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter’s fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she’s been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

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Review:

It took me a while to decide on the rating of this book. I knew it was a 3 and half stars, but I couldn’t figure if it was leaning into 3 or 4 stars. I ended choosing 3 because of its predictability. The book is good, don’t get me wrong, reading it was a nice experience but being able to figure out almost every twist and turn almost as soon as they’re presented stopped me from giving it a higher rating.

The main character, Louise, is interesting and human, she makes mistakes, she hurts and she is hurt. There are other few characters well developed, others not so much.

One thing I really loved was the descriptions of the places Louise visits. They are rich and made me wish to visit them.

All in all, this was a good read, an enjoyable one perfect for a lazy weekend.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Quercus Books and author Kate McQuaile for providing me with a copy of What She Never Told Me in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Our Last Night

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Title: Our Last Night

Author: Taylor Adams

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from GoodReads):

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards
Dan is a professional ghost hunter who’s never actually found a ghost. But his newest case is promising: a cursed Russian rifle (allegedly) haunted by a demon. According to legend, anyone who touches the antique weapon dies within 24 hours. But for Dan, it’s personal — he’s still mourning the death of his fiancée Adelaide, and he’s desperate to find proof that spirits exist. At any cost.

As the clock ticks down, Dan’s paranormal investigation quickly twists into a mind-bending nightmare. He is stalked through time and memory by a terrifying (and very real) demon. And as for his lost love, Adelaide? She might be the only one who can save him . . .

 

This book was a surprise. I admit I’m not a huge fan of horror, but I am curious about the genre, so I was at the same time excited and dreading reading this book.

So, this is horror, but it’s also prominently supernatural. It is also a love story.

There’s two tales happening at the same time. There’s the race against time to stop stop evil and save oneself, and there’s the slow understanding that everything may look perfect when you look back, but that’s just one’s mind choosing to remember only the good.

The book a little to find its rhythm, but when it found, it made it impossible to put it down. As a result, I went to bed 3:30am last night. I couldn’t wait until the next morning, I had to know how it ended!

Also, I think the book dragged at times, a few scenes were unnecessary plot wise. I didn’t skip any of them, though, afraid I’d lose a hint or a sudden development, and trust me, they  were there, not everywhere, but the twists and hints were there, and they helped build an exciting and surprising narrative. Also, I should mention there’s some gore and violent imagery, but if you’re a fan of horror, you’re already expecting it.

This is book is an excellent read for fans of thrillers and supernatural. The love story is also well written, not annoying or too sugary, and true as the layers are peeled and more is revealed.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and author Taylor Adams for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also 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: The Princess Bride

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Movie: The Princess Bride

Year: 1987

Rating: 5 stars

I guess my only question to myself is ‘why did I take so long to watch this?‘ I mean it! For years I’ve heard and read quotes and references to this movie but was apprehensive about it. I guess it was the same apprehension I used to have with Neil Gaiman‘s books.  Everybody who shared the same taste in books and movies with me loved it, what if I watched and didn’t enjoy it like others did? It’s silly, I know, but I was scared of being disappointed. Also, I’m not a huge fan of romance.

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My favorite character, Inigo Montoya.
Well, now I can now say that my fear was unfounded. I loved The Princess Bride the same way I’ve loved every Neil Gaiman’s book I’ve read so far. I’m completely taken by the story, the characters and the brilliant and the light tongue-in-cheek humor is superb. Rob Reiner‘s directional style is delicious as usual. The exaggerated and absurd side of the movie reminds me of Monty Python – and that’s a huge compliment.

If you never saw it, don’t wait any longer. And remember:

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