This week in books

This Week in Books (December 7th 2016)


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 ∧ Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn / The Gift by Louise Jensen


Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

This is an exciting time! My bestie Jill finalized her book and I was lucky to get an advance copy! I’d been nagging her for one so I jumped on it. Of course, once it loaded on my Kindle, I panicked. What if I don’t like? Knowing myself, I would have told the truth but I was still worried. I shouldn’t have. I was not disappointed. Corrupt Me comes from a genre I am not really used to but it did not prevent me from enjoying it … A Lot!

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The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is seriously ill. She’s lost all hope of getting the heart transplant she needs to live. But just as her life is ebbing away, she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie.
Who was Callie and how did she die? Jenna is determined to find out.

The closer Jenna gets to those who loved Callie, the more questions arise about her untimely death. Someone knows what happened to Callie. Why won’t they talk?

Jenna is about to uncover the truth, but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

When you love a debut novel as much as I loved The Sister, you can’t miss the second book from the author. The Gift was my most anticipated read of the end of the year. I was eagerly waiting for the release when Twitter told me it was available on NetGalley! I did a happy waffle dance and forgot my promise to not request a book until I reached the 80% and rushed to get it. Let me tell you this book owns its title. It’s a real gift.

≈ Now ≈ Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

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The Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland is just about to begin when a shocking murder temporarily turns the owners of the new Highland Bookshop into amateur detectives, in an enthralling new cozy mystery novel from the beloved Molly MacRae.

Set in the weeks just before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four new owners have taken possession of their new bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, Janet Marsh’s move into her house has been delayed due to vandalism; she’s convinced the vandal is Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. Then, when the women go to look for clues that might tell them to who is guilty, they find Una Graham’s corpse (murder!) in Janet’s garden shed. Constable Hobbs answers their emergency call. He’s calm and quietly pleased, as he’s never had a murder case. Then the contents of a dozen or so garbage bags are discovered behind the bookshop. The letters inside are nasty. They explain in minute detail how and when each of the recipients has hurt Una. The more the women find out about Una, the more people they discover who detested her and aren’t sad she’s gone. If Janet and her bookshop crew are reading the clues right, they’re about to expose the most sensational story the town of Inversgail has ever heard.

A delightful and deadly novel about recognizing strengths, accepting weaknesses, and finding a way to be true to oneself, Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an enthralling new Scottish mystery series.

I’m nearing the end and I must say this is just what I needed: a light story, a mystery and an array of interesting and likeable characters.

∨ Next ∨ Delete by Karl Olsberg


A dangerous game – or a murderous reality?

For role-playing gamers like Mina and Thomas, reality can blur when you spend too much time online. But when Thomas disappears, not only from the virtual world but also from real life, Mina sets out to search for him. When she discovers that other Berliners have gone missing, all of them participants in the same game, she worries that she will be next.

Chief Inspector Eisenberg heads up a team that is supposed to track and prevent potential terrorists. But identifying suspects via pattern recognition doesn’t help – you can’t arrest someone before a crime has been committed. Faced with uniting a brilliant but unruly team made up of hackers and coders, Eisenberg is drawn into the puzzle of the missing gamers – all of whom had the same in-game experience immediately before they disappeared.

Will Eisenberg and his team be able to unravel the truth from the fiction before it’s too late?

This one sounds different but so good. I hope it delivers!

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

54 thoughts on “This Week in Books (December 7th 2016)”

  1. “…I did a happy waffle dance…”

    I’m intrigued. What does this look like, exactly?

    Aaaah, hurray for Jill’s book getting so many positive reviews! That makes me so happy for her. Also hurray for enjoying the other two books you’ve read/are reading; here’s hoping you enjoy Delete just as much. =)


    1. It’s just me deciding to celebrate with waffles so dancing while I’m making them haha!
      I was so happy to see Jill had managed to keep me interested in a romance! I’m not a big fan of the genre so I dreaded feeling bored but it’s impossible to be bored with her 😀

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    1. Go go go! These stories won’t disappoint you! 🙂 Louise Jensen brings something very special to her characters and her writing is powerful and has a cinematic feeling that transports you into the book instantly.


  2. I have taken against cozy murder mysteries for no particular reason but love the sound of the other books on your list. I’d spotted the Gift on Netgalley but am also on a request ban. I may need to reconsider 🙂


  3. So many wonderful books. I didn’t know that The Gift was available on NetGalley. I have just requested and I hope it will be as good as The Sister. I am glad you loved Jill’s book.I can’t wait to read it soon.Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading 🙂


    1. I thought The Gift was even better than The Sister! 🙂 I hope you love it as much as I did! Jill’s book is just like her, full of surprises, hilarious, on the less romantic side of the road, and just awesome. Happy reading to you too!

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    1. Plaid and Plagiarism was a nice and light read, the characters were the strong element in this book 🙂 The Gift impressed me even more than The Sister. I just couldn’t stop reading. I hope you love it just as much 🙂

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    1. You’re in for a treat with Louise Jensen’s books, they are brilliant! 🙂 So gripping and the characters are great. Plaid and Plagiarism was a nice change, nothing too complicated but I had a good time with the story. Thank you for the link, I’m a bit late but I’ll check your post now


  4. The premise of The Gift sounds great, so I’m glad you think it lives up to its title! And this is the second positive mention I’ve seen of Plaid and Plagiarism in two days – as a Scot I’m always a bit worried about books set in Scotland in case they don’t ‘feel right’, but I’m very tempted to try this one…


    1. The Gift lived up to my expectations, it even surpassed them! Such a fantastic read. I feel the same way about books set in France, I never know what I’m going to find and it is quite scary, especially when the author doesn’t have any real experience of the country and the life around there! I can’t vouch for Plaid and Plagiarism’s take on Scotland so I’d love to hear your thoughts on it 🙂

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  5. I know Jill can write and entertain as no other 😉 but it’s no sweet young loving I think, so I wisely didn’t volunteer for this one. Glad you liked it ! I would like to read The Gift though, so now I have two titles from this author I want to read ;-). Never heard of Karl Olsberg, is this a debut? It does sound a bit different than what we’re used to read !


    1. Haha, I understand. I had been on her back for weeks to get the book so I did not resist, but I must say it takes some time getting used to some specifics of the genre! I cannot recommend The Gift enough. Louise did a wonderful job. Delete is not a debut, the author has been writing for a decade if my memory is correct. I was intrigued by the blurb so I jumped on the offer when I received the translated work 🙂


            1. Haha, I’m literal. If you say 2017, I’ll say Jan 1st xD Okay, I’ll have it read and reviewed at some point for sure. I’m still buried under a few ARCs *goes back to her NG shelf*


                1. You should see me when I have to drop a review there, haha. I know exactly where to look to avoid temptation and I do my business like a robot. Then I allow myself to eat chocolate as a reward! (Any excuse for chocolate …)


  6. Aaaaahhh you made me want to request The Gift now! I enjoyed The Sister as well, but I didn’t request this one because I want to reach the 80% (I’m at 73%, sooo close). You’ve convinced me to just ignore that; I’m opening Netgalley as I type this. 😉 Delete sounds great as well… I hope you will enjoy your books and happy reading!


    1. I reached 65% today and I should be writing two new reviews for ARC tomorrow so I’m slowly getting closer to 80, but no matter the numbers, I knew I would request The Gift because Louise Jensen was a real discovery seeing her tweets made me feel so anxious to get the book, haha! Delete sounds different, and perfect as I’m looking for new things to add to my list 🙂 Happy reading!!

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      1. I ended up requesting The Gift like you suggested and it’s now waiting for me on my kindle… The 80% will have to wait a little while longer haha. Happy reading!


  7. The Gift & Plaid and Plagiarism sounds really interesting. I’m really happy that you were able to request an ARC for The Gift though. That is definitely a dream come true for a fan of the author! 😛

    – Lashaan


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