Saturday, May 12, 2018

Book Review: Still Me- Jojo Moyes-Fiction

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes.

Title: Still Me: A Novel
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Fiction
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Language: English
Hardcover: 400 pages
Meet the Author: Jojo Moyes
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life. 

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and to live boldly in her brave new world.

My Thoughts

I was hesitant to read this book because I was afraid as to how the Author was going to end the story. It took me a few months to finish it. I think part of it had to do with that fear of knowing it was going to end. I loved Me Before You so much, it will always be my favorite of the three books and even though I still think book two and book three were not that necessary but have to stay after finishing Still Me that all those fears and expectations are gone and replaced with a feeling of satisfaction and happiness. 

The Author did a pretty good job in continuing what we saw on After You, giving us more of Louisa Clark, this time in New York, a new job, a sort of new beginning for her, introducing all these new characters which at the end in different ways help Louisa to finally realize a change is needed. I love how this book gives Louisa a much needed closure and perhaps  a new beginning? Hopefully that is the case. Have to say I cried a few times specially those times when Will was mentioned but that feeling of knowing he is always present in Louisa's life one way or the other gives the book that sense of familiarity that we have in Me Before You. Definitely two characters almost impossible to forget.

Overall, I liked and enjoyed Still Me a lot, a very good ending to Louisa Clark story.


Book Review: The Favorite Sister- Jessica Knoll-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of The Favorite Sister: A Novel by Jessica Knoll.

Title: The Favorite Sister: A Novel
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Language: English
Hardcover: 384 pages
Meet the Author: Jessica Knoll
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
From Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times bestseller and the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series. One won’t make it out alive. So…who did it?

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.
My Thoughts

Unfortunately, this book was nothing of what I was expecting based on the description. A promising premise, really looked forward to reading it with the expectation of a great thriller but it just was not the book for me. Had a really hard time going through it, never felt a connection with the characters, was never invested or engaged with the story.

Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for sending an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

National Poetry Month-April 2018

Hello dear Readers,

One of the most exciting months of the year for me is April. Why, you may wonder? Because we celebrate National Poetry Month here in the United States and around the world. As a reader and writer of Poetry, I could not be more excited.

For that reason, more than any other month so far, I have been reading a lot of poetry which is a way to celebrate the month but also helps and motives me to keep working on my current WIP which is a book of poems. 

Below some helpful links to know more about National Poetry Month and different ways you can celebrate.

And of course, could not end this blog without sharing my favorite poem.

I like For You To Be Still/Pablo Neruda

I Like For You To Be Still
I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not touch you
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
And it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth
As all things are filled with my soul
You emerge from the things
Filled with my soul
You are like my soul
A butterfly of dream
And you are like the word: Melancholy

I like for you to be still
And you seem far away
It sounds as though you are lamenting
A butterfly cooing like a dove
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not reach you
Let me come to be still in your silence
And let me talk to you with your silence
That is bright as a lamp
Simple, as a ring
You are like the night
With its stillness and constellations
Your silence is that of a star
As remote and candid

I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
Distant and full of sorrow
So you would've died
One word then, One smile is enough
And I'm happy;
Happy that it's not true

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018

Hello dear readers and writers,

Is that time of the year again. Yesss. The first CampNanowrimo of the year. The other one takes places in July and then we have Nanowrimo in November.

This year I will keep working on my current WIP, my poetry book. 

For those participating good luck and Happy Writing.

For more information on Camp Nanowrimo, click in the link below.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Book Review: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Watch Me by Jody Gehrman.

Title: Watch Me 
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Language: English
Hardcover: 320 pages
Meet the Author: Jody Gehrman
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"Riveting, chilling, and page-turning. Be prepared to stay up all night." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline.
For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.
Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.

My Thoughts
What a disturbing but great read this was. One of the creepiest psychological thrillers I have ever read. There were times even though I just wanted to keep reading but I had to stop, take a little break just to be able to handle what was coming next. 

A lot of unexpected twists and breathtaking moments which is what makes the story this good and the characters. After reading You by Caroline Kepnes I never thought I was going to come across more characters like Joe Goldberg, so obsessed, possessive and with such sick minds but then you read this book and you are introduced to Sam and Kate and oh God, what a ride. 

Liked the writing, a very interesting plot and also liked how the story is told from dual points of view, alternating between Sam and Kate. Watch Me, a great psychological thriller which I totally recommend. 

Thank you St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Book Review: The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen.

Title: The Wife Between Us: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Language: English
Hardcover: 352 pages
Meet the Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"A jaw-dropping psychological thriller." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"Fiendishly the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." –Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. 
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.

My Thoughts
What a way to start the New Year. This book is already one of my favorites of 2018. 

Lots of unexpected and jaw-dropping twists. I could not put it down, so addictive. For a lover of this genre as I am this was the perfect book to kick off my reading year.

At the end of the book description it says Read between the lies. After you finish it that statement becomes so so real that is almost impossible not to feel blown away. These are a few of the feelings I had while reading the book. I was shocked, surprised, hate and love at the same time for the characters, trying to make sense of all the things happening. When I thought I had it figured out there it was, the twist I was not expecting at all. Fast paced, full of suspense, complex characters, a very clever plot. This book has it all and more. One of the best books I have read on this genre which I recommend a 100%.

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Release Tuesday #1: January 02, 2018

Hello dear Readers,

Releasing today another book in the DC Icons Series. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.

Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Series: DC Icons Series
Genre: Teens-Sci-Fi-Fantasy
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 02, 208
Language: English
Hardcover: 288pages
Meet the Author: Marie Lu
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

The new, eagerly anticipated BATMAN YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
The city's elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most nefarious criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

In this second DC Icons book--following Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer--Bruce Wayne is proof that you don't need superpowers to be a super hero, but can he survive this game of tense intrigue, pulse-pounding action, and masterful deception?

Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Bruce! Each first printing in the DC Icons series will have a limited-edition poster--collect them all to create the full image!

"The trickiest aspect of any Batman narrative is getting into Bruce Wayne's head, and [Lu] doesn't miss a beat. . . . An engaging character piece with enough Batman allusions to intrigue fans and newcomers alike."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced story line, action-packed fight sequences, and hi-tech gadgetry expected from any Batman story make this a fun read with wide appeal."


Monday, January 1, 2018

Reading Goals 2018

Hello dear Readers,

With the new year just starting I set some reading goals for 2018. 

As I have done the last few years, I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 35 books and a few other goals which you can see on my picture below. However, what I really hope I can accomplish this year is go back to where I was before and that is to read everyday. 2017 was a pretty busy year and there were days I simply didn't have time to read at all and honestly I don't like that so we will see how it goes.


Best Books I Read In 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Another year came to an end and with it a lot of great books.

Here are my favorite books or the best books I read in 2017. No particular order, and not all of them were published in 2017 but I read them in 2017.

You can click on each Title to read my Review.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book Review: Emma in the Night: A Novel by Wendy Walker-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of Emma in the Night: A Novel by Wendy Walker.

Title: Emma in the Night: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 320 pages
Meet the Author: Wendy Walker
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." –Booklist, Starred Review
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.
Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.

My Thoughts
Another psychological thriller which kept me interested from page one to the end. This one in particular with a lot of unexpected twists and definitely an unexpected ending, did not see that coming. Very complex characters which have to deal with a lot of internal struggles, family relationships can be hard at times and Emma in the Night shows us a very clear example of that. With a refreshing writing Wendy Walker gives us a story full of suspense, complicated, very self-centered but reliable characters, unexpected twists and an ending which will be hard to forget.