The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Hello, my lovelies!

Here I am with yet another book blog tour post. This time I was contacted by the publishers of St. Martin’s Press and kindly offered to read and talk about a book “The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin.

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Main info:

  • Edition: kindle
  • Edition language: English
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication date:  August 4th 2020
  • Pages: 352
  • My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Synopsis

After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

51169341The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

My thoughts

Guys! I loved this book! IT was a long time, that I haven’t read such a good ARC. What a treat it was to go through it.

I was rooting for the girl that was raped so much, that I just couldn’t put this book down. I had to know, how the trial will end and it didn’t disappoint. All this book was so realistic, that all the time that I read it, it felt like I was in the court room in the jury box. When I read chapters of the podcast, it felt like you actually listen for a real podcast. I think it could be a great film.. Netflix! Where are you, when you are most needed?

In all honesty, this book is a prime example, that you don’t need very explicit, gruesome and vivid descriptions of the crime scene or the crime, that was made, for the book to be interesting and gripping.

I liked the main character Rachel a lot, even though sometimes she made some questionable things, it made her even more relatable and humanlike. I hope, that the author decides to make a book series about her and her podcast. Because the idea of using a podcast was very unique and made this book even more apieling.

So, I guess you can already tell, that I definitely recommend this book, please give this one a chance and you won’t be dissapointed.

Where to buy it:

Macmillan

Books-A-Milion

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

xxx

Simona

 

July Wrap Up

Hello, my lovelies!

I can’t believe, that July is already over. Seems I just blinked and it’s over. But! Somehow I managed to read 10 books. I am a quite slow reader, so that was almost a miracle.  I won’t go into much details, because we will be here for ages, also if you want to hear a little bit more of my thoughts, you can check my youtube channel.

IMG_4692So, here is what I read in a month of July:

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid “The Seven Husbands of Evelin Hugo”. Anfortunately this book wasn’t what I expected. After what I was hearing about it, I thought it wil blow my mind, but it was just good. I’m glad I listend it on audio, otherwise it would have took me ages to finish it. In the end I gave it ♥♥♥♥
  • Jenny Kane “Midsummer Dreamsat Mill Grange”. This one was one of the worst books I have read this year. Non of the characters were likable, the love triangle was horrible, there were some scenes, that it was even uncomfortable to read. And it was booooring. So I gave it ♥♥
  • Merisha Pessl “Night Film”. This book like being in a weard dream. It made me feel creeped out and it played with my mind more than once. But, the ending was anticlimactic and almost ruined the book for me. I gave it ♥♥♥♥
  • Brittney Morris “Slay”. I’m not the right persong to talk much about this book and about characters experiences, because I’m, not black and it’s not my voice should be heard. I only say, that I wasn’t fan of all that gaming stuff that this book was full of, that’s why I gave it ♥♥♥
  • Angie Thomas “On the Come Up”. After reading THUG I had huge hopes for this one. However it wasn’t my cup of tea. I wish this book concentrated more on violance against black students instead of rap. I was contemplating even on dnf’ing this book, but in the end I gave it ♥♥♥
  • Stefan Ahnhem “9th Grave”. I was recommended to read this book by some of my friends and I thought I will love it from what I heard about it. But I didn’t. There were some questionable scenes, that weren’t addressed at all, all the characters were horrible and didn’t have any redemable qualities. Also it was just too messy: too many characters, too many plot twists, too many unecessery sceans. And the violence! Some of the scenes were used just for shock factor and were totally unecessery for the story. I gave it generous ♥♥
  • Adrienne Woods “Venom”. It’s a short novelette in the Dragonian series. The only thing I will tell is that you should read it before starting the second book. There are some scenes in this book, that will have some inpact to the rest of the story. I gave it ♥♥♥♥
  • Kyung-Sook Shin “Please Look After Mother”. It was a serious book and made me think about my own life a little bit. Being a mom myself I felt for this woman. To be treated like this of your own children and your husband is horrible. But the ending was a little bit confusing for me and some parts were a little repetitive. That’s why I gave it ♥♥♥
  • Mary Anne Redmacher “Living with intentions”. There is nothing much to say, because this books is about what we all already know – about loving yourself. I’m glad I read this book, because it reminded me some things, that I forgot or just ignored. Even my husband noticed, that this book made some impact for me. But some parts in my opinion wasn’t necessery and was repetitive. That’s why I gave it ♥♥♥, althoug I know I will reread it again.
  • Anne Gracie “The Perfct Waltz”. It’s a book in a series about 4 sisters and I already read one before. I gave that book 5 stars. So, of course, I thought that this one will be as good as previous. But it felt like it was written by two diferent authors. This story felt too melodramatic for me and the characters were not as likable as in the other book. But the last nail in the coffin was two scenes, that litterary were on the verge of rape. And it wasn’t addressed at all. That’s why I gave it ♥♥♥

How was your July? I hope you were safe and read a lot!

xxx

Simona

 

Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

Hello, my lovelies!

This time I want to introduce you with a book, that I read recently. I’m participating in a book blog tour with a bunch of other amazing book bloggers. If you want to check them out here are the dates:

The book I’m talking about is Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane.

Synopsis

53438299._SY475_Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life… and the interfering ex who won’t leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor in Devon, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start afresh.

What Thea didn’t anticipate was how hostile the volunteer team, led by the formidable Mable Hastings, would be about accepting new leadership. And with the deadline looming before the grand opening, Thea is in desperate need of more volunteers.

A broadcast appeal on the local news attracts the interest of arrogant but undeniably attractive celebrity historian Shaun Cowlson, who wants to make a TV programme about the restoration. It’s hard enough adding one more big personality to the mix – but then her ex turns up as one of the volunteers! What seemed like a dream come true is fast becoming a total disaster! Can Thea find a way to save the manor?

Extract

The meeting hadn’t started, yet no companionable chatter criss-crossed the table. The lemon cake remained untouched. Mugs of tea and coffee mugs cooled, un-drunk. The alcohol sat unopened. Thea struggled not to squirm as eight sets of eyes rested on her. Only Tina was smiling.

The faces of the volunteers – five women and two men – held an air of awkward patience which declared they’d listen politely, but then they’d carry on as they had before.  With an encouraging nod from Tina, Thea cradled her coffee cup. Taking comfort from its warmth, she broke the uneasy silence.

‘First of all, I’d like to thank you all, not just for coming out this evening, but for everything you’ve achieved at Mill Grange over the past five years.’

Not allowing anyone the chance to comment, Thea ploughed on with a speech she’d been semi-rehearsing on and off since she’d arranged the meeting two days ago. ‘It’s incredible what you’ve done, and—’ seeing a flicker of objection in Mabel’s eyes, Thea hurriedly raised her palm ‘—I don’t mean incredible in a patronising way. You’ve had few resources, a limited budget and no training. Everything you’ve achieved has been for the pure love of it. I have tried to tell you how much I admire your work ethic and how much I can see you all care for Mill Grange…’

‘But?’ Mabel put down the tea mug she’d just lifted up with an exaggerated thump.
‘There is no but.’ Hoping her rising anxiety didn’t show, Thea continued to address the stony faces around the table. ‘Whatever I’ve done to offend you, I’m truly sorry, but we need to work together. We owe it to Mill Grange.’

‘We?’ Mabel’s eyes narrowed. ‘You turn up one day out of the blue, without a word of warning, and take over. How do you think that made us feel?’

‘What?’ Puzzled, Thea turned to Tina, who appeared equally baffled. ‘You didn’t know I was coming to work here?’

Mabel tilted her head to one side, clearly unconvinced that Thea hadn’t been aware she’d been a surprise to them. ‘We did not.’

Tina lowered her coffee cup from her lips. ‘You were sent an email, Mabel. I was copied in on it, so I know it was both sent and received. The chief trustee, Malcolm, fired it off to you personally as he sees you as the volunteers’ spokesperson.’

‘An email.’ Mabel spoke flatly as she looked down at her clenched hands, and Thea guessed that checking her email was something that rarely crossed the old lady’s mind.
Taking the diplomatic path, Thea said, ‘Obviously it can’t have reached you, Mabel. The Internet is hardly reliable here. So, it appears I was thrust upon you without warning. But I promise you, I didn’t know you were unaware of my appointment.’ She looked across to Tina for confirmation. ‘To be honest, I was surprised a representative from the volunteers wasn’t at the interview.’

‘In normal circumstances they might have been. Perhaps because you came so highly recommended, they didn’t see the need this time.’

Thankful that most of the volunteers were beginning to look less hostile, Thea took a sustaining sip of coffee. ‘Maybe we can start again?’

The author

Jenny KaneJenny Kane is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction series. Her first novel, Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press), was a Kindle bestseller. The final novel in this series, Another Glass of Champagne, was released in June 2016. Jenny Kane’s Cornish romance, A Cornish Escape, hit No.1 in the Amazon Romance, Contemporary Fiction, and Women’s Fiction charts, and was followed by a sequel, Abi’s Neighbour, Jenny’s seventh novel.

You can find Jenny here:

  • Twitter: @JennyKaneAuthor
  • Facebook: @JennyKaneRomance

You can buy this book here:

 

I hope you will give this book a chance and enjoy a perfect summer read.

xxx

Simona

July TBR

Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you’re doing fine and are as safe as possible.  Last month was crazy, strange, powerful, impactful and I hope that everything that happened and are still happening will finally bring changes. We can’t go on as it is now, at this point the world must change. We still have a long way to go and educate ourselves, but I strongly believe, that these BLM protests were a strong first step in a right direction.

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Now after that statement, I want introduce to you my July TBR:

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl.  I already started this book, but I still have a lot to read, that’s why I will count it as my July book.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Tayor Jenkins Reid. I also already started listening to it, but like with Night Film I still have almost half of the book left. Also it’s perfect book for LGBTQIA+ representation.
  • Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane. This is an ARC, that I was kindly offered to read and review by the publishers of Aria. I’m also participating in a book blog tour for this book, so my review will be up on July 14th, so look up for that.
  • Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin. I think I have mentioned before, that I have a challenge for my self to read 12 oldest book from my shelves. This book is one of them, also now I try to read more books with diverse characters and books with more representation of other races. So this will work perfect for this challenge. I had to read this last month, but it happened so, that I didn’t have time.
  • Spøklsene på Frostøy|| Hvite Mareritt by Hilde Hagerup. This is for my challenge to read at least one book in Norwegian language, also it’s also one of the 12 books I have to read until the end of the year.
  • 9 kapas by Stefan Ahnhem. I miss reading books in Lithuanian language, because it’s not that easy to get books translated in Lithuanian, when you live in Norway. So I always ask my mother to send me one or two books. I think it’s a book translated from Swedish language.

Here are my main books I’m planning to tackle. However I’m pretty sure, that I will be able to read more.

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Also… Guys! Now I have my youtube channel, where I also mainly talk about books, so it would be great if you could check it out!

 

xxx

Simona

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Hello, my lovelies!

Here I am with yet another book review. I know, I know I should write something else also and I promise to do so in my next post.

This time we have a book by one of my favorite authors – Liane Moriarty.

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  • Edition: hardback
  • Edition language: Norwegian
  • Publisher: Panta
  • Publication date: 2019
  • Pages: 621
  • My rating: ♣♣♣

Synopsis

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer—or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

My thoughts

Lets just start with that, that Liane Moriarty is still one of my favorite authors and I still going to read every book she will publish, however this time I was disappointed.

Lets start with the things I like about ”Nine Perfect Strangers” Firstly, I like how there are more than one perspective, each and everyone character has something to say from their point of view. This type of writing always captures my attention. For me it seams like you can know and understand every character much better.

Secondly, I love that every character has both sides, by that I mean, they are not only bad or only good. Each of them has a secret and dark side of them. It makes you connect to everyone, because you can find a part of yourself in them. All characters are just humans instead of being heroes or villains.

However this time I was disappointed. At the beginning of the book I didn’t understand, why the rating of this book is quite low on the goodreads, but after few chapters I noticed, that it was beginning to be a little bit boring. It took me almost a month to reach a middle of the book, and that is never a good sign.

Also, I don’t know if I haven’t saw, or there were’t any trigger warnings. Because there are a few and I was unpleasantly surprised and triggered by some of them. I wish I would have known about them before I started this book, I would have prepared myself. So be warned, that there are triggers for child loss, suicide and substance abuse.

Talking about substance abuse I was shocked, how all the situations were handled. Seems like nothing was properly addressed and just swept under the carpet. It never happens like that in reality, at least I hope so.

Also in the middle of the book, after a plot twist, everything went down hill, the book became a little bit ludicrous, that finally I became intrigued by it, just to see how worse can it get.

So, in the conclusion, I can’t say that I recommend this one for you, better try other Liane Moriarty books.

xxx

Simona

Review of Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Hello, my lovelies!

Here I come with another short review. So if you want to know some of my thought, just keep on reading.

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  • Edition: kindle
  • Edition language: English
  • Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus
  • Publication date: May 14th 2020
  • My rating:

Synopsis

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?

My thoughts

I think you guest from my rating, what are my thoughts about this book. It´s not good. I´m sorry to say, but what did I just read?

Firstly it took me 9 days to read first 30% of this book, everyday I had to force myself to pick it up and, if I didn´t have to review it, I would have dnf´d it at that point. Alas I kept torturing myself for almost all month.

Seems like author was so eager to write this book, that she just could´t stop herself from using almost all book tropes imaginable: soulmates, soulmate bond, soulmate dreams, missed opportunities, “ships in the night”, mistaken identities, memory loss and so on. One or two of them would have been enough, but now it was just too much and in the end it get even irritating to read.

Speaking about that “one and only love”. Fifteen year old, who even didn´t see each other and have talked about 15 minutes fall in love? Really? And throughout all the book they barely interact. It´s just a drama overload.

And even the characters didn´t help to redeem this book, none of them were at least a little bit likable.

I´m sorry to say, but even writing about this book I feel angry of waisting all those days for this read.

Don´t recommend!

xxx

Simona

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

Hello, my lovelies!

Here are, once again, a little post of a book that i had recently read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers of “Head of Zeus”, I´ve got a chance to participate in a blog tour for “The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson.

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Here you can see some of lovely people, who also participates in this amazing event.

Synopsis

aAfter Rebecca’s mother dies, she must sort through her empty flat and come to terms with her loss. As she goes through her mother’s mail, she finds a handwritten envelope. In it is a letter that will change her life forever.

Olivia, her mother’s elderly cousin, needs help to save her beloved home. Rebecca immediately goes to visit Olivia in Cornwall only to find a house full of secrets—treasures in the attic and a mysterious tunnel leading from the cellar to the sea, and Olivia, nowhere to be found.

As it turns out, the old woman is stuck in hospital with no hope of being discharged until her house is made habitable again. Rebecca sets to work restoring the home to its former glory, but as she peels back the layers of paint and grime, she uncovers even more buried secrets—secrets from a time when the Second World War was raging, when Olivia was a young woman, and when both romance and danger lurked around every corner…

A sweeping and utterly spellbinding tale of a young woman’s courage in the face of war and the lengths to which she’ll go to protect those she loves against the most unexpected of enemies.

My thoughts

What a beautiful book it was, such a joy to read. It didn´t take long to finish it, because I was so immersed in the story and all the secrets of an old house, that everytime I picked up this book, I lost sense of time. No wonder I gave it ♥♥♥♥.

This book written in a two time lines. One is in present day and the other in a Second World War days. Like often happens to me, so was this time also, I loved Olivias story more, than what was happening with Rebecca. I guess, I jus was more intrigued with Olivia, because of her character and how strong – willed she was. Even in present time she haven´t lost her spark. I wish to be at least a little bit as feisty as she is.

Talking about Rebecca, I loved how she evolved through out the book. She reminded me of a butterfly, who spreads it´s wings and can finally fly. This book shows how one person can take over your life and be so toxic to you, that finally you loose your self esteem and your courage. I´m glad Rebecca, had a chance to change her life.

The third character, who made me smile and even laugh at times, was Olivias parrot. But I won´t tell much about it, you should read a book and see for yourself, how funny it is.

The story was well written and had some plot twists, that I didn´t expect at all, and that made me to like this book even more.

All in all, this book was cozy, heartwarming and thrilling. I hope you give it a chance and read it. And I will definitely check out other Jane Johnson books.

About the author

cJane Johnson is a British novelist and publisher. She is the UK editor for George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb and Dean Koontz and was for many years publisher of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Married to a Berber chef she met while researching The Tenth Gift, she lives in Cornwall and Morocco.

Follow Jane:

Twitter: @JaneeJohnsonBakr

XXX

Simona

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Hello, my lovelies!

Everyone knows, that I´m always so happy, when I get another invitation to participate in a book blog tour and have a chance to read a new book. This was no exception. However this time my post will be a little bit different. Instead of a review I will give you a short snippet of the book.

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Synopsis

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.

48761179._SY475_1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar…

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?

Extract

So, you like Monet?’

I don’t know anything about Monet.’

Why do you have the book then? Do you like art?’

I like Bartholdi and Viollet-le-Duc if that counts.’

Never heard of them,’ the boy said in a low, timid voice.

I’m not surprised. They’re not as famous as painters are, for instance.’

Yes, I love painters. Well, I mean I love paintings. Mostly by Monet. I like Cezanne too. Degas, sometimes. Pissarro. Manet less. Renoir is okay too. And Toulouse-Lautrec—’

He spoke so fast. She stopped him. ‘Can I have it back now?’

What?’

The book.’

Oh, sorry, of course.’

Zara stretched out her arms just a bit and felt the edges of the book. He let go of it.

Thank you,’ she said. ‘You’re not from around here, are you? Your accent—’

I’m from New York. But I go to school in Switzerland.’

Apart from Paris, New York was her favorite city in the whole world even if, just like Paris, she had never seen it. She knew everything about it. New York was every artist’s dream. The skyscrapers, the fantastic architecture, the bridges, the statues, the parks. She had read many books about the city and even more about the statue.

You’re lucky. I’ve always wanted to visit New York. Maybe one day. I’m fascinated with Liberty Enlightening the World,’ she said in one breath.

Enlightening what?’ he asked tentatively.

The statue. The Statue of Liberty. That’s what it was initially called. Did you know the mastermind behind it lived here, in Colmar? The old town is filled with his sculptures and fountains. They’re magnificent.’

No, I didn’t know that,’ he said.

Yes, Colmar is not just a pretty small town on the Alsatian wine route. But let’s keep it between us because if word gets out, this place will be swarming with tourists.’

He chuckled, and her heart fluttered. She tried imagining what the face of a boy with such beautiful laughter looked like. She wondered if you could like someone without seeing them, without knowing anything about them. There was something about him. Something that made her feel things she’d never felt before.

Too late. I’m a tourist, so your secret is out. Tell me about this man who built the statue.’

He didn’t build it; he designed it. You know who built it? Gustave Eiffel, the same man who made the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Don’t feel bad, not a lot of people know this.’

But you do,’ he said. ‘Hey, you never answered my question.’

What question?’

The painting. Is it here?’

I’m afraid not,’ she said. ‘In Paris, perhaps. Like I said, I am not that good with—’

Paintings,’ he said and chuckled. ‘Apparently neither am I.’ He sounded disappointed. ‘Well, at least I tried.’

Did you come all the way from Switzerland for this? What’s so special about it?’ Maybe there was something about Impression, Sunrise that would explain her dream.

It belongs to my family.’

Really? Then how come you don’t know where it is?’

It’s complicated.’

My mother says that everything worthwhile is at least a little bit complicated. Besides, I’m in no rush. Tell me,’ she said, sitting on the floor next to him.

She forgot about the watchdog, about getting caught. It didn’t seem to matter anymore.

Alright then. Claude Monet made four identical Impression, Sunrise paintings. One he signed, the other three he kept secret and gave to his closest friends – among them, my great-grandfather. Years later, during World War II, the painting was stolen from our family’s house in Newport.’

And someone told you it might be in Colmar?’ asked Zara.

Not exactly. No. I just – I felt I had to come here. Not sure why. I saw the signs pointing to the museum, and here I am.’

I’m sorry you didn’t find what you were looking for,’ she said.

I…’ Silence.

Yes?’

About the author

Olivia’s love for words started as a child when she spent all her summer vacations watching her grandfather, who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania, edit hundreds of books. She is a former investigative journalist for a newspaper and a television network in Romania, now a Marketing Director in Silicon Valley – in between she lived in Paris where her love for the Alsace region was born.

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Follow Olivia:

Twitter: @olilara_writes

Facebook: @olivialaraauthor

xxx

Simona

April Wrap Up

Hello, my lovelies!

Another month just flew by and this time I read a record amount of books. Usually I read between 5 and 7 books and in a more busier month about 4 books, but this time I managed to read 11 books. I guess being quarantined and participating in the OWLs Magical Readathon helped a lot. So here is my list:

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  • Theresa Talbot “The Quite Ones”. I gave it ♥♥♥ and already wrote I review. You can find it here if you want to read more of my thoughts.
  • Edgar Allan Poe “Varnas ir kiti eilerasciai”. I gave it ♥♥♥. It´s short poems collection that I read for OWls Arithmancy prompt. I had to read something outside my favourite genre and poetry is definitely one of the things I read least. But I enjoyed this one.
  • Raven Snow “One Last Spell”. This tinny book was for OWLs History of Magic prompt. It was mediocre even though I usually love books about witches. But this one looked childish. I gave it ♥♥♥
  • Jenny Oliver “The Summerhouse by the Sea”. This one was my choice for Defence Against Dark Arts prompt. I had to read a book that is set at the sea/coast. I chose to listen to this on audiobook and was very pleasantly surprised. It was so easy to read, reminded me a lot of my own life, made me rethink a lot of things about myself and even though it´s suppose to be a fluffy romance book it made an impact on my personal life. So of course I gave it ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Madeline Freeman “Crystal Magic” another young adult book about witches and this one was just in the middle for my taste. I won´t be continuing with this series. I gave it ♥♥♥
  • Caitlin Crews “Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy” was for Ancient Runes prompt, where I had to read a book with a heart on a cover or a word “heart” in the title. I wasn´t huge fan of this book and also wrote a review for it. You can find it here. I gave it ♥♥
  • Adrienne Woods “Firebolt” was a book for my last prompt of OWLs – Transfiguration. For this prompt I had to read a book that included shapeshifting. And I enjoyed it immensely. Already have next two books in this series. Usually I´m not attracted to books with dragons, but this one was just great. I gave it ♥♥♥♥
  • Lucinda Riley “Midnight Rose”. Another audiobook I chose to listen this month. The first part of this book was a little bit slow for my taste, but the second part was amazing and in the end I gave it ♥♥♥♥
  • Olivia Lara “Someday in Paris” one of the worst books I read so far this year. My review for this book will be up on my blog on 27th of my. I gave it only ♥.
  • Anna Premoli “Accidentally in Love” was on my kindle over few years and I finally decided to read it. And it was OK nothing special or very memorable about this one. I gave it ♥♥♥
  • J.K.Rowling “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone”. I knew, that at some point I will want to reread my Harry Potter books once again. And it was a perfect time to do it. I chose to listen all of the series on audio this time and it is just pure perfection. Of course I gave it ♥♥♥♥♥.

How was your reading month? How many books have you read this time?

xxx

Simona

The Quite Ones by Theresa Talbot

Hello, my lovelies!

I´m coming here today with another very late review of book, that I´ve got from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Edition: kindle
  • Edition language: English
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication date: September 12th 2019 (see what I mean by ” very late”)
  • Pages: 354
  • My rating: ♥♥♥

Synopsis

If only someone had listened…

When the supposed suicide of famous Scottish football coach Harry Nugent hits the headlines, the tabloids are filled with tributes to a charitable pillar of the community that gave so much back to sport and to those less fortunate.

But something isn’t right. Normally celebrities are queuing up to claim to have had a very special relationship with the deceased, but investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil is getting the distinct impression that people are trying to distance themselves from Harry.

Oonagh’s investigation leads her to uncover a heartbreakingly haunting cover-up that chills her to the core… and places her in mortal danger from those willing to protect their sadistic and dark secrets at any cost…

My thoughts

Firstly everyone has to know, that I honestly tried so many times to start it, however after few pages I just put it aside.

But this month I forced myself to finish it and this book was good. Nothing great, nothing bad, just right in the middle.

Honestly, I think this book needs a trigger warning, because of the topics, that are described in it. I´m not easily disturbed, but this book made me feel uncomfortable quite a few times. So I just can imagine, how can it affect someone who is triggered by child abuse and rape. Although, even if the idea of the book was solid, I wasn´t a fan of writing style. I felt bored almost all the time I read it. But this is my problem, not the book.

Talking about characters, I have to say it felt that it was a second or a third book in a series, because you had small glimpse into a past and you know, that something happened to them, to make them who they are now. So once again it´s my fault, that I didn´t checked before reading, because it was a little bit irritating to not know the whole story.

The ending was certainly unexpected, however it left more questions, than answers.

All in all I recommend this book even though I didn´t enjoy it as much as I hoped to, but maybe you will like it a lot more.