Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel @stephwrobel @SimonSchusterCA @BerkleyPub

** Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my advanced readers copy, and to Berkley Pub for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley **

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Riddle me this: if I spent almost two decades abusing my daughter, why did she offer to pick me up today?If you like:

-Domestic dramas
-Suspense
-dysfunctional characters
-Alternating POV’s

HOT DAYMN! My first 5-star read of 2020 and book I can’t shut up about!!

I knew I was gonna love this one from the very first page! If it weren’t for the need to sleep or care for a baby and my kids, I seriously would have blew through this in one sitting!

I’m still at a loss for words cause I’m currently hungover from this one.  It’s hard for me to fully articulate my thoughts without giving away any spoilers.  But I will say this: if I wasn’t feeling sorry for these characters, I was hating them and loved every moment of it! It took cray cray to a whole other level.

This was an incredible debut. I cannot wait to see what Stephanie Wrobel brews up next!

Have you read it? Is it on your tbr?

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica


Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

**Thank you Netgalley & Park Row Books for my eARC **

If you like:

-Multiple POV’s
-Plot twists
-domestic thrillers
-unreliable characters

I wasn’t feelin her last book, but I feel like Mary Kubica really amped up her game with the storyline for this one.  From the creepy looking house, the murder and the introduction of Camille & Mouse 😳

While I enjoyed it as a whole, I wasn’t mind blown like I wanted to be:

-It was a bit slow and lackluster after the 2nd chapter.

-There was some repetitiveness, but there was a reason for it, which I don’t want to give any spoilers.

– I figured out the plot twists within the first 3 chapters.  But having read Kubica’s work before, I already expected a predictable read.

Overall, I loved the ending and still found myself flipping the pages at 2am.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

Have you read it? Have you read any of her other books? Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

3.3K Giveaway Alert! Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Hello booksharks! I’m hosting my first (and quite ambitious) giveaway on Instagram!

** Canada & USA only **

To Enter: follow me @princesspaperback

To show my appreciation for all the Bookstagram love, I’ve partnered with Raincoast Books and will be giving away 1 free ARC of Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo set to release on Oct 8, 2019.

The Challenge

RULES:

This contest will be running for 5 days starting: Mon, Sept 9, 2019.

ENDS: Sun, Sept 15, 2019 12am EST. Winner will be notified via DM

✔ Must have a bookstagram (Instagram) account & must be following me. Please don’t follow to unfollow. I keep tabs.

✔ Check out my stories for daily prompts.

✔ use #gigisnightmarechallenge as well as the daily hashtags I have created so I can see all your awesome posts.

✔ Most importantly.. HAVE FUN & BE CREATIVE!

Must be 18 yrs or older. I’ll be posting each day for fun as well!! 🥂 Good luck 🖤💜

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.

Add it on Goodreads

The Chain by Adrian McKinty #Netgalley

** Thank you Netgalley and Mulholland Books for my eARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Number one: you are not the first and you will certainly not be the last. Number two: remember, it’s not about the money —it’s about The Chain.

Would you kidnap someone’s child in order to rescue yours?

This book starts off intense. I’m not much of a sports fan, but it was like watching game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals (Raptors vs Golden State Warriors). Anything to do with children going missing gives me anxiety!

I had a hard time deciding how to rate this one because the writing fell a little short for me. While it was fast-paced, it read more like a sports commentary. The intensity was there, but it lacked the emotions I wanted to feel. I wanted to feel like it was real..like the pages were coming to life. I think this could have been achieved if the story was told in first person, rather than third.

Overall, it was still a good read. It was addictive and made me wanna keep turning the pages!

Have you read it?

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

[#Netgalley] The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me an eARC

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

My Rating: ⭐⭐1/2

Publication Date: June 18, 2019

I loved All The Missing Girls and was hoping to get the same high with this one. The Perfect Stranger was a complete flop for me and resulted in a DNF. But I believe in second chances and the premise for this one sounded VERY promising.

Unfortunately, I find myself chasing the dragon here.
This was every bit as slow as her last novel in my opinion. The only reason I pressed on was cause I wanted to know what REALLY happened with Sadie, which I had already guessed after the first few chapters.

Although my review sounds mainly negative, there were a couple of things I enjoyed. Megan Miranda managed to create a very picturesque setting, which I liked and I appreciated the alternating timelines. She did manage to throw in a bit of a twist, but nothing that took my breathe away.

Sorry..I really wanted to love this one and hoped it would be the IT book of summer 2019. But sadly, there was no redemption here for me.

Have you read this yet? Or any other Megan Miranda books?

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.

[#BlogTour] Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

** Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for my ARC **

There’s no mercy in this story and packs a good punch right from the first chapter.  There’s bloodshed, magic and unlikely alliances.

I found myself in awe of the atmosphere and setting that Duncan creates. The architecture, snow and the mountains… It had a bit of a Game of Thrones feel to it.

The Characters..

Serefin

I had a soft spot for him right from the start and really enjoyed his parts of the book. I always seem to fall for the bad boys!! Seriously..that scar on his eye had me thinking Jason Mamoa (yum).

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In all fairness, if someone had slashed your eye as a child, I think you’d be out for blood too!

Ostyia

Serefin’s companion..I liked her! She was a badass. Very Kill Bill with her missing eye!

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Nadya

Even though she was my least favourite character, her gift of communicating with different gods and what they could do was pretty neat. I admired her loyalty.

Malachiasz

He kinda comes out of nowhere..he’s dark, mysterious and whaat? Tranavian!

To be honest, I was a bit confused with his introduction into the story and it takes a while to figure out why he’s there.

The way his appearance was described, I couldn’t help but picture the Medjai from The Mummy.

Overall, it felt like I was playing a game Mario Kart. You start off fast, things begin to slow down, but then you pick up speed again.

It was a bit of a heavier fantasy, but I really enjoyed the concept and action scenes.

To read an excerpt: Wicked Saints

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BookReview #BOTM

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GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and mine is going to be frozen.

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My immediate thoughts when I started reading this, was how it reminded me of the Netflix series, YOU (which I loved). I haven’t read the book by Caroline Kepnes yet, so the show is my only comparison.

Juliette, is all kinds of cray cray! Like.. Taylor Swift crazy in her Blank Space video

Previously known as Elizabeth/Lily, she has this obsession with her ex-boyfriend Nate and isn’t ready to let him go. She becomes a flight attendant (he’s a pilot), stalks him on social media & hangs out in his apartment while he’s away. 😬

Seriously..she’s like the perfect match for Joe Goldberg if you ask me.

The story starts off with her childhood, then moves into the present. As the story progresses, we learn about Juliette’s troubled past which helps explain why she is the way that she is. It actually makes you feel kinda sorry for her.

Minor things that bothered me..

-The abbreviations. POA (which gets mentioned several times), TBA..why? 🤦‍♀️

-Things were a little too coincidental, like the fact that Nate just so happens to be related to someone from Juliette’s past, and meets his girlfriend by chance on one of her flights.

-The pacing..It’s a tad slow in the beginning and throughout other areas of the book. However, the author does a good job of keeping you hooked. Brownie points for that.

-The ending..ugh I was disappointed cause I wanted it to end differently. It felt a bit rushed, but it definitely leaves you thinking: That was totally FUCKED UP and what the hell did I just read?!

Overall, I found it very entertaining and wanted to know what Juliette would do next.

A beach & travel worthy read.

Have you read it??

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Netgalley Review: Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer #Netgalley

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: Oct 16, 2018

What It’s About..

Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…

Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.

Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.

My Thoughts..

This totally reminded me of Sex and the City (Season 2, episode 15 Shortcomings) Do you know the episode?

The Characters

Carmen was like Carrie Bradshaw with a hint of Samantha, and Lucas was like kinda like Jared mixed with Josh (the guy Miranda faked orgasms with).

Jays was kind of the Mr. Big of the story.

What I liked..

This book had some really great moments, especially the letters between Carmen & Nice Guy.

I constantly found myself rooting for Nice Guy. After all, he was a genuinely nice guy who was inexperienced with women and sex.

What didn’t work..

It took me a while to get invested in the characters, as it was a bit of a slow start.

I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was lacking..there was no spark.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and I liked that it wasn’t your typical happy ending. 🙂

Have you read it? Or watched Sex and the City?

**Thank you St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my copy**

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