Contagion by Erin Bowman @erin_bowman @HarperCollinsCa @HCCFrenzy

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was like Guardians Of The Galaxy meets The Walking Dead. Except everyone on the ship is human.

I’m a newbie to reading Sci-Fi and after the last 2 tragic DNF’s (The Luminous Dead & Aurora Rising), I was starting to lose faith in the genre. But this..It kept me up all hours of the night reading!

I really enjoyed the alternating timelines and POV’s. The last 30% of the book was an intense ride. I had the same adrenaline rush as when I watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Characters

Toby..
That’s all I’m going to say about him.

Dylan

You know that annoying character in every slasher/horror flick, that you just wanna punch in the face? Well for me, that was her.

I’d have to say Thea and Coen were my favourite characters. I’m excited to see where they take us in the next book (Immunity).

Overall, I loved this story. It felt like I was watching a Blockbuster hit with everything I was looking for: great storyline and cast, actim then I think you’ll enjoy this one!

Have you read? What did you think? Did you read Immunity?

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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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.

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: DNF

⭐⭐ 1/2

..the average person has thirteen secrets that they live with-five of which they’ve never told a soul. That was our focus, at the resort: secrets

Thrill Level:

Drama: ☆☆☆☆

DNF at 116 pages 🙊🤦‍♀️

Not gonna lie. I wanted to give up much earlier, but I was determined to give it a chance and see how things would unfold.

The author does a good job at leaving a trail of crumbs to reel you in, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get me hooked.

The premise sounded so promising! I even liked the style, which included emails and a Hollywood gossip article. It just took way too long to get into all the couples’ secrets. By then, I no longer cared nor did I connect with any of the characters.

Sorry guys..I really tried, but I just wasn’t feelin it.

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows.

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding #Netgalley

** Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my eARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Welcome to the sugar bowl.

How far would you go to solve a financial crisis?

This was Pretty Woman meets Fatal Attraction.

I really enjoyed Her Pretty Face, so naturally, I was looking forward to reading The Arrangement. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite have the same effect on me, and was off to a rocky start .

What didn’t work for me:

The writing was a bit underwhelming. It didn’t always feel like storytelling and was lacking a certain quality. I think it may have worked better if it had been told in first person.

The story was slow building. A little too slow in my opinion. I nearly gave up, but really wanted to know how things would go down.

What I did enjoy:

The last 80% of the book was like a rollercoaster ride and the best part. I like the twist Harding threw in there! That wasn’t the person I had my finger pointed at, but I was extremely close!

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read and was a bit of a guilty pleasure..like reading a tacky gossip magazine full of sex and sugar daddies.

Have you read it? Have you read Her Pretty Face?

Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favours are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.

[#BookReview] Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s as unfair to dislike someone because they’re attractive as it is to dislike someone because of a deformity.

Have you ever read a book where the story turns out completely different than what you thought it would be about?

Eleanor Oliphant was soo not what I was expecting and caught me by surprise.

I liked Eleanor and really wanted to fall in love with this story like everyone else who raved about it did, but I just didn’t.

What didn’t work for me..

– The story was off to a great start, but after about 30%, it started to feel tedious. I felt like I could skip ahead a few chapters, not miss anything, and still know what was going on.

To be honest, I nearly DNF’d this one a couple of times.

– The book was described as “funny” and “hilarious”. I somehow failed to see that. Exactly which parts were funny? 🤷‍♀️

What I did like..

The characters:

Eleanor’s mom was just plain awful and evil! I hated how degrading she was, but I also thought she was a very well-written character.

I enjoyed getting to know Eleanor and Raymond.

Raymond was a good guy and found myself rooting for him.

Overall, this book was overhyped for me. I can see why so many readers loved this one, unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. 🤦‍♀️

Have you read it? What did you think??

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

[#BookReview] The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

I had to sit and really think about how I felt with this one! In all honesty, the Prologue and last 30% of the book were the best parts.

After reading the first 20% I almost wanted to give up! There’s a lot of background story on Theo, which made for a slower read and had me thinking at one point whether there was even a point to all this. I assure you, there is! You just have to be patient and keep reading.

I was a bit disappointed that majority of the book was actually centered on Theo. I was expecting to hear more of Alicia’s POV. But I was determined to find out if Alicia ends up speaking or not, and if she really killed her husband which is what kept me going.

Aside from the slow pace, I thought the author did a brilliant job with the big reveal and adding tidbits of information on other characters to second guess yourself.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

March Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How did your reading go this month? Did you read all the books that was on your March list?

It was a good month for me. I was able to read additional books that weren’t on my list, but were on my tbr:

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams –⭐⭐ 1/2

Where’d You Go Burnadette? by Maria Semple -⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – DNF

The Pisces by Melissa Broder – ⭐⭐⭐

[#BookReview] The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Ummm..well this was…interesting? I’ve never read anything like this, so it was definitely bizarre and left me questioning how I would even rate it.

I don’t read erotica, but sex with a merman?! I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Aside from the steamy scenes, this story touches on some dark, yet serious topics such as depression and suicide.

Lucy is on a downward spiral. She’s lost the passion for writing her thesis and just broke up with her longtime boyfriend Jamie.

I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it or roll my eyes either.

There were times she rambled on, but I was quite entertained by Lucy’s interactions with the men she meets.

Definitely a summer or beach read.

Have you read it?

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself.

Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

[#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.

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