The Hunt by Jacqueline Terrill is a gripping piece of fiction. This action-packed story follows Rachel from the moment her life starts rapidly falling apart. Her husband has changed and seems to have many secrets. After a brief fight, Rachel and her husband Seth part ways. While Rachel believes the separation would be brief, Seth has other plans. In a sequence of unfortunate events, Rachel’s life is turned upside down. She is constantly in danger and is forced to toughen up and stand up for herself. This experience reconnects her with an estranged friend.
The Colour of Your Voice by Daniel Newwyn is a story that took me by surprise. The beauty of the writing is what dragged me into it.
Violet knelt down to the ground as the sounds of Turner grew quieter and quieter. She clenched the painting in her hand, her hiccups mixed in tears, bitter. The ground beneath her drenched into a puddle.
The sky changed colour. The colour of the earth was as dark as his voice.
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas is the second romance novel by this author I’ve read.
And as well as in Punk 57, Douglas has created a relationship that is “borderline” abusive. It is my understanding this is usually categorized as a dark romance, and I agree.
Since I’ve read one book by this author before I can now say with certainty that Douglas is phenomenal in world-building and developing a plot. I think the plot and the setting of this book are amazing. I haven’t read anything similar before, and the fact that it is so well written only enhances my enjoyment. The story follows Erica and Michael. They are both from a small wealthy community and have been in each other’s lives since they were children. Erica has always been fascinated and in love with Michel, but he has ignored her. And then some shit went down which ended up with Michael’s three friends in jail. Michale and his friends were very respected in their town and have been named the Four Horsemen. And as their biblical namesakes, they wreaked havoc. One night a year, the Devil’s Night, they would put on their masks and run around town doing petty crimes. It all seems a lot like the movie Purge, but PG-13 (even though the shit they pull is certainly R rated).
I’ve decided to try a bit of a different approach to this book. It won’t be a book review in a traditional sense, but more of an essay. I will cover some of the main controversy of this book and share my own opinions on it. Also, I will try to research/explain why this book had such an impact. All of this might end up being total bullshit, however, I am pretty excited to try out this new approach to book analysis. If all you’ve read interests you, continue reading… (Since this is my first time writing in this format, your opinions, comments, and heated emotions are most welcome.)
It by Stephen King is one of the most iconic books of the horror genre. This book was first published in 1986 and has since been republished many times. The most recent republication was in 2019, and it accompanied the release of It Chapter Two movie.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is a sweet romance novel. It’s not my first Christina Lauren book and I must say I am pleasantly surprised how much more I enjoyed this one in contrast to the previous ones.
“And I get it. As much as I hate him . . . I think I’m starting to like us.”
We follow the story of Olive and Ethan. They are enemies. A few years ago Olive’s twin sister Ami and Ethan’s brother Dane started dating. So, soon, Ethan and Olive met. Olive felt an immediate attraction to Ethan, however, he didn’t seem interested. Actually, he was visibly repulsed by her appearance. This triggered years of rivalry between them. Fast forward to Ami and Dane’s wedding… under unusual circumstances everyone but Olive and Ethan got food poisoning. A decision was struck that they should then go on the honeymoon vacation so it would go to waste since the bride and the groom were half alive.
Enemy Queen by Robert Steven Goldstein is an interesting new novel. I cannot exactly say in which genre category I would put it in… perhaps general fiction, or mystery? It is certainly adult fiction.
Well, well, well… this is quite a unique book. I enjoyed it very much. There were moments when I got a bit bored and wanted to put it down for a moment, however, in general, the book was engaging, fun and interesting.
The story follows two friends: Professor and Counselor. They are both older men (age isn’t specified, but I guess around fifty years old). They both have a few failed marriages behind them. So, when the Counselor had moved to their little town a few years ago, it had been natural for them to move in together after quickly becoming good friends. They found many common interests, the most pronounced ones being wine and chess. Throughout the years they had built an enjoyable routine for themselves. After coming back from work they would cook together, drink wine (and sometimes bourbon) and play chess. As they spent so much time together, their love lives had been pushed to the side. Until one evening, while enjoying a bottle of wine, they jokingly started talking about sex. They agreed that after all the women they had, not one of them was truly their friend.
Sex and Sexuality in Victorian Britain is a phenomenal piece of non-fiction written by Violet Fenn. As a true history junkie, I was beyond excited when I got approved to read this book! I was a bit suspicious that I wouldn’t like it before I started reading. And I was wrong. I sincerely enjoyed this book. It was educational and well-researched, so that didn’t disappoint me. What I enjoyed most were the real-life examples and experiences of people from the Victorian age. I found it really interesting to read their letters and diary entries.
Cold Hearted Bastard is a romance novel written by Jennifer Dawson. It is the first book in the Bastards Series. The story follows Gwen and Jackson. They are both celebrities in the culinary world. Gwen is a chef and the owner of one of the best restaurants in Chicago. And Jackson, he is a genius, a chef of world renown. However, six years ago, Jackson went off the grid. No one knows why he’s disappeared. A few restauranteurs have sought him out throughout the years, but he had turned down all offers to come back and cook for them. Gwen has a plan. She’s confident she can convince him to come work for her. Little does she know that meeting Jackson will change her life forever.
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is one of the most disappointing books I’ve read in a while. The summary, a girl who finds a business man’s cell phone and it turns their lives upside down, seemed phenomenal. I haven’t read a similar premise before so I was excited to dive into this one. And I was hit in the face with how bored I was. The trope that drew me in didn’t have any importance. It was important on the first few pages and afterward completely unimportant.
This was the most generic and formulaic romance novel in existence, it included all the main tropes (I am of course exaggerating).
Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett was a quick read, but a bit underwhelming. It was one of those judging-a-book-by-its-cover moments since the cover is beautiful in my opinion. The beautiful title only deepened my wish to read it. Well… the book/novella isn’t necessarily bad. It is just a bit disappointing. The plot was almost non-existent, which isn’t unexpected since the page count is so low. The steamy scenes are a bit under-described for a book I would call smut. It wasn’t dirty enough to be smut, but also the plot wasn’t developed enough for me to call it a romance.
“Life is ten percent what happens to you; ninety percent is how you react to it. I chose not to engage.”