August Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How many books did you end up reading this month?

I only read 5 out of 9! 😬

What do you do with the books you didn’t get to? Abandon them? Or save them for the next month?

I think it depends on the book and my mood. But if it’s an ARC, then I’ll continue with it and read it the following month.

Here’s how I did for August:

Netgalley

Thirteen by Steve Cavangh ⭐⭐⭐

The Whisper Man by Alex North ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Library Borrows

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley –DNF

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ⭐⭐⭐⭐

YA

Frankly In Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young- currently reading

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo- unread

Middle Grade

The Great Brain Robbery (The Train To Impossible Places #2) by P.G Bell- unread

The Vanderbeekers To The Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser- unread

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Thriller Thursday: Top 5 Creepy Books I Wanna Read #ThrillerThursday #HalloweenReads

If you can’t already tell, I’m a total thriller junkie! It’s my fave go-to genre.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I’d get a head start by listing the top 5 spooky reads on my radar:

1) Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

2) The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

3) Growing Things And Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

4) The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

5) Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Are any of these on your list? What’s on your Halloween TBR??

Frankly In Love by David Yoon @penguinteen @penguinteenca @davidyoon

**Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for my ARC**

Genre: YA

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A girl who can make you laugh is worth laughing with forever.”

This was such a cute and fun rom com.

Seriously. The story of my life! Except the fake dating, which was genius. Being Chinese, I connected with Frank on so many levels.

I loved the exploration of cultural differences and stereotypes. It was done in a very respectful manner.

The Characters

There was a diverse cast of characters which was very well-written.

Frank was easy to love. He’s nerdy, funny and witty. You really feel for him with some of the challenges he experiences. It was fun watching him fall in love for the first time.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Q and Frank. Q was exactly the kind of BFF you’d want!

If you were a fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I think you’ll enjoy this one too!

Is this one on your TBR? Have you read it? What did you think?

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

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The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

** Thank you Netgalley & Forge Books for my eARC. **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Rating: DNF ⭐⭐

I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.

I’m all for courtroom drama, but this…was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!

I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also happens to be Gardiner’s intern.

I also found it juvenile at times. Rachel was like a melodramatic teenager trapped in a 36 year old’s body.

The premise is what hooked me, and I liked the alternating timelines, but I just didn’t have the patience for this one. Sorry..

Have you read this one?

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

The Whisper Man by Alex North #Netgalley @CeladonBooks @NetGalley @writer_north

**Thank you Netgalley & Celadon Books for my eARC.**

Genre: Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

“He stepped silently out from the bushes behind the boy, and then whispered his name.”

This was like Sixth Sense meets Stephen King. All the hype around this book is completely legit. It definitely has the makings of a great horror flick.

This book had such an incredible creep factor! From the description of the scary looking house, to Jake’s drawing of the little girl. It was all so eerie.

“He had captured the odd look of the place well. The curved, childlike lines stretched the house into a strange shape, elongating the windows, and making it look more like a face than ever. The front door appeared to be moaning.”

“And beside him, he’d drawn another person in his bedroom. A little girl, her black hair splayed almost angrily out to one side. Her dress was colored in with patches of blue, leaving the rest white. Little scrapes of red on one of her knees. A corkscrew smile on her face.”

I made the mistake of reading this at night, which was kind of a bad idea! I let my mind run loose and had managed to creep myself out enough, that I couldn’t sleep!!

“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.

If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.

If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass.

If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.”

The Characters

I don’t think there was one character I didn’t like!

Detective Willis is a recovering alcoholic, Tom is a grieving widower and Jake has an imaginary friend.

The Whisper Man was like the boogeyman: terrifying and incredibly well-written.

The story & connecting the dots..

Both Detective Willis and Tom have personal issues they are dealing with, which made for a slower read at times, but it was never boring.

Even though I had figured out the whodunit part halfway through, there were a few twists and elements of surprise that were unexpected.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and think it makes a great one to add to your Halloween list of reads.

Have you read it? Is it on your TBR??

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

Favourite TV Series

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a reading slump or just want to take a break from reading, I like to go on a binge of either reruns, or catch up on missed episodes of shows I’m following.

What are some of your favourites?

Here are some of mine:

RERUNS

Sex And The City

Friends

FOLLOWING

Stranger Things

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Riverdale

JUST FINISHED

Game of Thrones

Divorce

Food In Books: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan #FoodieFiction

Hello Bookdragons!

It’s Throw Back Thursday and I’m throwin it back with a trip to Singapore in Crazy Rich Asians.

I love when something delicious is mentioned in a book, cause those are my two favourite things: food and books! So I’ve decided to add this new segment to my blog where either something yummy is mentioned, or was the focal point of the book.

In Chapter 14, Rachel and Nick arrive in Singapore where Collin & Araminta take them to Lau Pat Sat – the “old market” to eat Singaporean street cuisine.

This chapter was filled with delicious dishes! I could almost smell the aroma coming out of the pages.

Malay rojak salad bursting with chunks of pineapple and cucumber, Hokkein-style noodles in a thick garlicky gravy, a fish smoked in coconut leaves called Otah otah, and a hundred sticks of chicken and satay beef.

As Rachel tasted the char kuay teow, her eyes widened in delight at the rice noodles flash-fried with seafood, egg, and bean sprouts in a dark soy sauce.

It made me wanna hop on the next flight to Singapore for dinner! Don’t these dishes sound yummy? I’m hungry!

Which book made your mouth water?

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This place isn’t kind to gentle souls. It chews them up and swallows them whole

I’m always nervous walking into a book that receives alot of hype. I usually end up an unpopular opinion. The Last Time I Lied wasn’t successful for me, but I did love Final Girls. So this was a bit of a deal breaker.

As the saying goes, “third time’s a charm”. I was hooked from the start! Even though I had figured out the “who” part early on, I still found myself enjoying the story, especially with that fucked up twist near the end.

I don’t want to say too much since it’s a hard one to review without spoilers, but if you’re a fan of American Horror Story, you’ll like this one.

Have you read it? Have you read any of his other books?

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS a bad case. Only a bad client.

This was like learning to drive a stick shift for the very first time. At times it’s moving well, others not so much.

What worked well:

I enjoyed the alternating POV’s between Eddie & Kane.

Kane was a great villain: ever so calculated with impeccable timing.

What didn’t:

Unfortunately, the story itself didn’t quite have the same effect as the premise did.
It was entertaining, but not the nail biting experience I was hoping to get.

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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