The Push by Ashley Audrain of

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 (3.5 stars)

Even with the trigger warnings, I still wasn’t prepared for this journey. I purposely avoided reading reviews, because I think going into this particular story, less is more. The less you know, the better the enjoyment and reading experience you’ll get from the book.

I’m going to be completely honest, I initially had no intention of reading this one. I didn’t think it’d be my kinda read, but I kept seeing it pop up on my Instagram feed and it was selected in my buddy read group. So of course, I had the FOMO and decided, hey why not?! How bad can it be? While it wasn’t perfect, I’m glad I decided to pick it up, cause I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

I will say however, I wouldn’t have pegged this as a thriller or even really suspense.

This was a very raw, emotional and dark portrayal of motherhood. We have 3 separate timelines and POV’s (Blythe, Cecilia & Etta). There were a couple of times I was a bit confused as to who’s story we were reading and what timeline were in, because it bounces back and forth between the present and Blythe’s childhood memories. I caught on quickly though and enjoyed it regardless. There were definitely times I found it hard to read since it dealt with child abuse, mental illness and loss of a child. It was a lot to digest and process.

I had so many things running through my head when it came to Blythe’s story, but I found myself rooting for her and believing her. Her experience as a new mom, really hit home for me. My first born was colic, cried 6 hours a day, hardly slept and wanted to be held ALL the time! It was incredibly exhausting and not what I envisioned motherhood to be back then. Having gone through PPD myself, I understood Blythe in those moments. However, I never neglected my child or went through a lot of the other things she was going through, so I couldn’t relate to it. But I definitely felt her emotions!

THE CHARACTERS

FOX- He was such a dick! It was heartbreaking to watch Fox be as dismissive as he was, and to do what he did!

MRS. ELLINGTON -I loved her and loved that she took on the motherly role that Blythe so badly needed. I wish we got to see more of what happened in her relationship with Blythe in the 2nd half of the book.

CECILIA & ETTA – I couldn’t stand these two women. They were just awful!

I was a little disappointed with Gemma & Blythe’s relationship. I was hoping for some drama in that department. I was surprised and irritated that Blythe never confronted her about the affair. Then what was the point of going through all that trouble?!!

THE ENDING..

Don’t worry, I’m not gonna spoil it. But you’ll either feel satisfied, or you won’t. In this case, it worked well enough for me.

I did think the 2nd half of the book stretched a little longer in some areas than it really needed to, making the ending seem a tad rushed. There were some missed opportunities that I would have preferred and love to have seen instead.

Overall, it was still a good read and one I’d say, is worth picking up.

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn’t behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born—and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim @fsgbooks @MacmillanUSA @AngieKimWriter

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Contemporary

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow. This book! Talk about a hangover!! I think I found this summer’s IT book! 🤗

Miracle Creek was chosen as June’s book club read with The Traveling Friends group on Goodreads. (You can also follow their blog @twosisterslostinacouleereading)

I had been humming and hah-ing over this one in fear that it was going to be another overhyped story. I’m so glad I decided to join in on this one, cause it totally lived up to the hype.

For all my thriller readers, it definitely wasn’t a thriller. But it did have a hint of mystery and that element of surprise at the end. So if you still enjoy a good court case involving murder (like me), then this one’s for you.

I loved the narration! It was told from multiple POV’s with each character’s version of events. Nothing is what it seems. Each victim has their own personal story and journey, and Angie Kim did a hell of a great job connecting them all. While I don’t have any experience caring for a disabled child or one on the spectrum, I think the author managed to capture the reality of what it would be like and the emotions that come with it.

Every character had some unlikable quality to them (which was probably the whole point), but you still somehow feel that tinge of sympathy for them. I found myself empathizing with Young majority of the time and hoping she’d find some way to rebuild that mother-daughter bond she so deeply yearned for.

The ending..OMG. While I love happy endings, I loved that the author chose to end things the way she did.

I thought this was a really well-written book that kept my focus the whole time! When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.

This is definitely going on my favourites list for 2019, and one that I would highly recommend!

Have you read it? What did you think?

In rural Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine. A pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives,” it’s also a repository of hopes and dreams: the dream of a mom that her child can be like other kids; the dream of a young doctor desperate to cure his infertility and save his marriage; the dream of the Yoos themselves, Korean immigrants who have come to the United States so their teenage daughter can have a better life.

When the oxygen chamber mysteriously explodes, killing two people, all these dreams shatter with it, and the ensuing murder trial uncovers imaginable secrets and lies.

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[#BookReview] The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo @FlatironBooks @yangszechoo

Genre: Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Magical Realism

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

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Every now and then, I’ll pick up a Reese Witherspoon book selection if the description sounds like an interesting read.

I walked into this one not knowing what to expect. I hadn’t read any reviews on Goodreads (which was a good thing), but had seen the cover pop up a few times on Instagram.

It was a slower read, which I typically don’t like, but Choo has a way of keeping your eyes glued to the page with her writing. It was easy to get absorbed in the storytelling. I loved the mix of Chinese and Malaysian folklore and superstitions. This one had a little bit of everything: history, romance, a hint of magic and mystery.

I enjoyed the alternating POV’s, which is told from third and first person between Ren and Ji Lin.

Fun Fact: Ji Lin’s Chinese name is destined for knowledge and intended for a Male. I too, have the word Ji in my name, hence my name Gigi! And just like Ji Lin, my name was also intended for a male 🙂.

Just like any book, this won’t be for everyone. Some might be put off by the relationship between Shin and Ji Lin. But if you were a fan of V.C Andrews from back in the day, then this ain’t nothin. 😉

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one and would recommend it to those who enjoy multicultural fiction!

Have you read it? Are you a fan or part of Reese’s Hello Sunshine Book Club?

When 11-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.

Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.

As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

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