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.
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.
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas is a romance novel like no other I’ve read before. And I am still unsure if that is a good or a bad thing…
This a story of two teenagers, both angsty, misunderstood and very much in love. For nearly seven years Ryen and Misha have been communicating through letters. Everything suddenly changes when they meet for the first time. The events that follow aren’t easily explained.
This is a true coming of age story. We follow the tale of two kids being faced with life-changing circumstances that change their lives forever.
Beautiful Malice is a young adult thriller written by Rebecca James. It revolves around the protagonist, a seventeen-year-old Katherine Patterson who is running away from her past. She moves to another city and changes her name, just to live her most painful memory behind. And then, a new person enters her universe – a beautiful, smart and outgoing Alice.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, the plot was developing quickly and there wasn’t a moment I felt bored or uninterested. However, I cannot say that this book changed my life or that I will recommend it to all my friends. It simply wasn’t that good. The plot twists were well done yet I felt little as I read them. I enjoyed almost all of the characters and I disliked Alice with a passion from the moment she was introduced. The characters weren’t immensely complex, but they were multidimensional and most of them had depth. Furthermore, I found the insta-love and insta-friendship unconvincing, but somehow it didn’t bother me very much.
Seeking the Truth is the first volume of a graphic novel Through Lya’s Eyes. The graphic novel was created by Carbon in collaboration with an illustrator Justine Cunha. The plot of the novel revolves around a young girl Lya who after she suffered a terrible car accident is keen on finding the man who is responsible.
I would categorize this graphic novel somewhere between middle grade and young adult since it deals with a touchy subject but in a way very close to a younger reader. What drives the main character Lya is revenge, but the way it is portrayed is simplified and not so dark. Furthermore, one more thing I would give as an example of why it is middle grade is the speed at which friendship between Lya and her coworker was created.
Murder Between the Pages is a novel written by Linda Hope Lee. It is a mystery revolving around Nina Foster, a librarian in a small town. Nina Foster’s best friend has been murdered and Nina finds herself investigating the murder. In the process, she uncovers many intrigues and secrets about people close to her, but she also stumbles upon a man who intrigues her as much as all those secrets.
In this fast-paced novel, you are faced with many characters whose problems and personalities are very much real.
This book is more than anything else an easy read. The fast pace of the plot is, in my opinion, one of the best aspects of this book. The characters are a bit two-dimensional, there is not a lot of depth to them. This isn’t something that makes the book enjoyable, however. I cannot say that I didn’t have a good time reading this book since that would be a blatant lie! I liked the adventures of Nina Foster very much. I liked coming up with theories to who the killer was and most of all I enjoyed the fact that they were all at the end proven wrong.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a novel by Stuart Turton. It follows a mysterious story of the main character whose name we don’t immediately know since he himself doesn’t know it. The book begins in the woods where our protagonist wakes up cold and afraid and witnesses what he believes is the murder of a woman named Anna. He is then thrown into a wild goose chase filled with weird occurrences and interesting people who carry sad and thrilling backstories.
I was incredibly excited when I found out I was approved to get an arc of this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and the premise of the storyline really throws me out of my socks. When I first opened the novel I was filled with enthusiasm. I really was.
The Good Girl is a mystery, thriller novel written by Mary Kubica, a young author. This is her first book, published in 2014. It was quickly followed by Pretty Baby, her second book, published the next year – 2015.
This book is written from four points of view, and sectioned into two time periods, before and after the abduction. All this makes the plot all the more complex and at first, I did not know how to appreciate the way this book was put together, but now, as I have finished it I understand how plot twists were artfully fit in the book. Even though I think the plotlines were amazing and really well-though-out I found them quite predictable. Also, I think some of the plot twists must have been added in the end, only to make the book even more enigmatic, but because of that were not exercised were good.
At Bertram’s Hotel by the greatest crime novelist, Agatha Christie, is a novel about a mysterious old-fashioned hotel in London. Many strange things happen in Hotel Bertram, but in the end, you discover that you simply could not anticipate how strange they really were. The thing that causes the discovery of Bertram’s secrets is the disappearance of an old forgetful priest Pennyfather.
I think that I liked the story much more before I even read the book. It was so much better when I could discover the secrets of the Hotel Bertram in my mind.
This story had so much more potential than it fulfilled. The writing was quite simplistic and I really do not think it was special.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a gripping mystery written by Robin Sloan. The main character Clay Jannon finds himself unemployed and through a sequence of events, almost as if the universe itself wanted it so, he finds a job in a mysterious bookshop owned by an intriguing old man named Ajax Penumbra. We then follow Clay as he discovers secrets of the bookshop and some buried much deeper than books under a veil of dust.