Posted in This week in books

This Week In Books (August 31st 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard /
Miller’s Valley, Anna Quindlen

french guesthouse

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

Not going on holiday this summer, I was looking forward to travel back to La Cour Des Roses. Still, I opened this book with a tiny bit of trepidation, wondering if the sequel would be as good as the first book. It turns out I worried for nothing. I loved it!

miller's valley

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”

Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

After reading Annie’s review I decided this would be the perfect story to give audio books another try after that horrendous Throne of Glass disaster. I probably won’t review it because the format does not really suit the way I prepare for review. But I enjoyed the story and I will check out the narrator’s other pieces.

≈ Now ≈ The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater

the dream thieves

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

I have heard the second book is just as good as the first. The more I get into series, the more I wonder about reviewing them after the first book. Anyway, the book was calling me with its charming little voice, I had to change my reading plans and grab it!

∨ Next ∨ My Grandfather’s Eyes, B.A Spicer

my grandfather's eyes

Alex Crane is not a nice woman. But she understands what it is to be set apart from other people, and she knows the pain of unrequited love.

Inside a small cupboard at the top of the stairs during a Christmas game of hide and seek, five-year-old Alex Crane listens to her cousins as they dance downstairs chanting, ‘Poo face! Poo face!’ She raises a small hand and covers her moles, glowing with shame and confusion. She does not want them to find her. Already reeling from the loss of her beloved grandfather, the cousins’ careless words cut deep. But there is worse to come, and Alex discovers that there are very few people in the world whom she can trust. Years later, self-assured but emotionally disaffected, Alex marries, knowing that the only person she cares for is her closest friend, Lizzy. Trapped and with diminishing hope, Alex almost gives in to Richard’s suffocating devotion. However, the discovery of a family mystery takes her over. She pieces together clues and delves deeper into the past, recalling scenes from her childhood which mask a devastating truth. The cupboard at the top of the stairs cannot hold Alex forever.

Still very intrigued about this book, I’m hoping for a good story and a strong plot!

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

Posted in Wrap-up

August Wrap-up!

Summer is gone. And with it, the lazy days spent trying to not melt, the cruel heatwaves that won’t let you sleep correctly, the mosquitoes (a girl can hope!), and the little amount of free time you can get when you don’t have to work. Let’s go back to business!

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What’s new?

Hair. My hair is new. No, I did not buy a wig, although it would be fun. Instead, I fulfilled one of the goals I had set for 2016: take the jump and find a good hairdresser that would accept my radical color change.

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I had forgotten how good and happy finally having the hair you want makes you feel. Netflix knows how difficult it was to find a hairdresser, I feel I’ve been on a terrible quest for a year. Wait, it’s not a feeling, it’s reality. You would not believe the number of hairdressers who don’t want to take risks. When risks means do more than a few highlights.

Other than this, nothing really happened. It is not necessarily a bad thing, I like my routine. I haven’t been able to find a psychologist. Apparently, everyone in France needs one. I should not be surprised with everything going on… But I’m not losing hope, and until I get better, I study, read and have TV shows marathons to keep busy.

I’m always eagerly waiting for September, as it means classes are going to begin and I’ll be buried in work.

Now off to the interesting stuff!

Books I read in August

(Clicking on the title will take you to the review if it available)

Blog Tour: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry 3* and a half

What Happens When The Lawyers Are The Bad Guys? Vincent Scarsella 2*

Are you happy? I mean, Furiously Happy? Jenny Lawson 1000*

If You Were Here, Alafair Burke, 4*

Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard (review to come)

Can You Feel The Magic? Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 3*

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln 4*

1984, George Orwell (audio book reread) 5*

Miller’s Valley, Anna Quindlen (audio book)

Books read previously but reviewed in August

Portmanteau, Paul T. Beardow 4*

Happy Families: Give me Mrs King, The Unlucky Stepmother 3*

Books I purchased

There’s a slight improvement here, I only bought 9 books in August! Well, September might be wilder as I won a giveaway over @ Sci-fi and Scary (thank you Lilyn!) and it’s my birthday month, so I’m hoping for a nice book haul!

Books I received for review

Remember when I said I was cutting back on ARCs? Yeah, me neither! But look at those covers!

Book I won / received as gifts

I was lucky enough to win two giveaways in August, one from the lovely Holly @ Bookaholic Confessions and an Amazon gift card from Lilyn that I intend to spend mostly on books she recommends. I also received 13 Minutes as a gift from Beth @ Reading Every Night for our Souvenirs From Across The World package.

Book of The Month Award

Okay, this one is easy. If you were lucky enough to avoid my waves of love for Furiously Happy before, you’re stuck now! Give this book a chance and adopt a Rory!

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Blogging Life

I am pretty happy with my blogging activity this month. I postponed a few posts because I was too lazy of the holidays and the disappearance of many fellow bloggers, so I have some new things coming soon!

This Week In Books

SunTags

Life

And that’s a wrap! What did you do in August? Let me know!

Posted in Book Reviews

One (last) Day In The Life of: A Captain

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Title: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
Author: EXO Books
Publisher: EXO Books
Release date:
November 15th 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 133
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Story

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

Continue reading “One (last) Day In The Life of: A Captain”

Posted in The Pub Corner

You’ve Got Mail! #SFATW

In case you missed the news of the brilliant project launched a few months ago by our very own French ray of sunshine, Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane, here is what Souvenir From Across The World is about.

Souvenirs From Across The World is an original idea created for all book bloggers from all around the world, but is not limited to it. If it’s mainly created for book bloggers because of a possibility to get books as a gift, every blogger can participate.

This feature was created to get to know each other a bit better, especially where we are all from, share a bit of our countries, cities, cultures, traditions, writers, authors. The main goal of Souvenirs From Across The World is to create a link between all bloggers, from everywhere, and to share a bit of the diversity that makes everyone unique on the blogosphere.

Finding the idea awesome, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to be a Santa in July! I was matched with the amazing Beth @ Reading Every Night from one of the countries I really want to visit (and invade), England!

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Lazy Saturday Review: Would You Recognize Your Own Son?

Have you ever struggled with a review? Staring at a blank screen with an unwilling blurb and a lazy mind? Waist-deep in the mud, trying to find get the upper hand on those stupid words. The most frustrating part being that you did not hate the book, you just don’t know how to write a proper review. That’s when I remembered Lipsyy’s brilliant idea of Lazy Saturday Reviews. Here’s what she has to say about it:

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I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

Let me tell you it works pretty well!

my husband's son

Title: My Husband’s Son
Author: Deborah O’Connor
Publisher:
Bonnier Publishing / Twenty7
Release date:
June 16th 2016
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Story

You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

A captivating psychological thriller with a devastating twist, perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard and Gone Girl Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples. Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together. By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney. But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him. Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . . Continue reading “Lazy Saturday Review: Would You Recognize Your Own Son?”

Posted in This week in books

This Week In Books (August 24th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Last Day of Captain Lincoln, Exo Books / Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, J.K Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

lincoln

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

Following Lilyn’s recommendations is always a good idea. I would not have picked this book myself, but I would have missed a very special day.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The jury is still debating about The Cursed Child. Hopefully, the verdict will be out on Friday for the Hype or Like Review.

≈ Now ≈ Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard

french guesthouse

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

I freaked about about not having enough time to read and review The Cursed Child so my trip to the French Guesthouse was postponed. Now, I’m reading this in the garden, surrounded by flowers. My idea of a great holiday in France.

∨ Next ∨ My Grandfather’s Eyes, B.A Spicer

my grandfather's eyes

Alex Crane is not a nice woman. But she understands what it is to be set apart from other people, and she knows the pain of unrequited love.

Inside a small cupboard at the top of the stairs during a Christmas game of hide and seek, five-year-old Alex Crane listens to her cousins as they dance downstairs chanting, ‘Poo face! Poo face!’ She raises a small hand and covers her moles, glowing with shame and confusion. She does not want them to find her. Already reeling from the loss of her beloved grandfather, the cousins’ careless words cut deep. But there is worse to come, and Alex discovers that there are very few people in the world whom she can trust. Years later, self-assured but emotionally disaffected, Alex marries, knowing that the only person she cares for is her closest friend, Lizzy. Trapped and with diminishing hope, Alex almost gives in to Richard’s suffocating devotion. However, the discovery of a family mystery takes her over. She pieces together clues and delves deeper into the past, recalling scenes from her childhood which mask a devastating truth. The cupboard at the top of the stairs cannot hold Alex forever.

Because I can’t stay away from darker reads!

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

Posted in Book Reviews

What Happens When The Lawyers Are The Bad Guys?

lawyers gone bad

Title: Lawyers Gone Bad
Author: Vincent Scarcella
Publisher: Digital Fiction Publishing
Release date:
February, 26th 2016
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐️⭐️ and a half

The Story

“Lawyers Gone Bad,” is the story of beleaguered attorney disciplinary counsel, Dean Alessi, and his trusty investigator, Stu Foley, in their fight against lawyers gone bad – that is, lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. In this case they’re investigation the local District Attorney who may have committed the ultimate ethical wrong – murder.

Novelist Vincent Scarsella draws on his over 18 years of real life experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, New York to craft a gripping, suspenseful novel about lawyers gone bad.

But the story is more than a crime novel. It concerns friendship, loss, unrequited love, and ultimately, justice. It seeks to answer the question, does what goes around, come around? “Lawyers Gone Bad,” follows on the success of Vincent Scarsella’s debut crime novel, “The Anonymous Man”, about which The Buffalo News said: “’The Anonymous Man’ gets decent marks for creativity and intricacy…it’s a fast read that runs through familiar local settings to a satisfying conclusion. Scarsella has the makings of a good storyteller…he and [Jack] Fox could go places.” Continue reading “What Happens When The Lawyers Are The Bad Guys?”

Posted in Tags & Awards

The Goodreads Book Tag

Hello lovelies. It’s currently 3-ish pm on a Sunday and I am writing my Suntag post. I was sure the tag of the week had been prepared, written, formatted and scheduled. Turns out I only hallucinated or dreamed doing all of this (probably both). I was tagged by the adorable Michelle @ Book Adventures to do the Goodreads Tag, thank you dear 🙂

My love story with Goodreads started slow. No love at first sight. Rather a “what the hell is this and how do I keep it organized” kind of first date. It took us some time but we’re doing good now. My shelves are not perfect and I keep forgetting to add books to read, but my Read shelf is up to date and my reviews feel at home on the website.

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Are you happy? I mean, Furiously Happy?

Everyone has human heads in their closet.

Do you have a happy book? You know, the kind of books you bring along everywhere, whose spine died when you opened it for the 3475th time, whose pages are colored by tea spills, tears, sticky fingers or the Mars bar that melted inside of your bag. You may have chosen it for the characters, for the story, for a quote. It does not have to be a real happy book, but it is a book that makes you feel better, that makes you feel less alone in the big weird world we live in.

I have a happy book. I found it on a sweltering Sunday. I picked it because of its cover, wondering about the meaning of its title.

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Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Picador
Release date:
October 1st 2015
Format: paperback
Rating: All the stars in the sky
Continue reading “Are you happy? I mean, Furiously Happy?”