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Meet Quality Pressure

Books aren’t the only ones having to live up to expectations.
This is me explaining why the blog suffered from a lack of posts recently, so you don’t have to read it!

I have been blogging for more than a year. I’m still not over it. I can’t believe it’s been twelve months since my quivering finger pressed the button who gave life to Chocolate’n’waffles. Time flew but I remember not having a clue what I was doing or supposed to do. I still don’t know what I’m doing but don’t tell anyone.

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This Week in Books (January, 25th 2017)

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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.

So, no, The Widow was not read and won’t be in the near future. A ridiculously invention called ARCs suddenly took over my schedule. Will I ever read Fiona Barton’s book? Want to take the bets?

But on a happy note, I survived and ‘enjoyed’ Robinson Crusoe. Continue reading “This Week in Books (January, 25th 2017)”

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Meet My Book Boyfriend #BlogTour #CorruptMe

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Finally, the day has come! I have been dying to talk to you about Corrupt Me. If you take a look at my reviews, you won’t find romance. I like it in TV shows as long as they don’t overdo it, but I like my books with only small touches of love. I easily get bored reading about characters being in love. I need more. Well, Corrupt Me gave me more, a lot more than I expected.

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Title: Corrupt Me (Book 1 in the Philly Corruption series)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Release date: January 17th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 231
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

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Run for your Life

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Title: PsychoAnalysis
Author: V.R Stone
Release date: October 16th, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 269
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgment and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

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Lazy Saturday Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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From Lipsyy : 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!

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Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3 in The Raven Cycle)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release year: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 389
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half!

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

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This Week In Books (January 11th, 2017)

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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 ∧ PsychoAnalysis, V.R. Stone

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A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

This one was not as I expected. I’ll be vague and mysterious until I review it 😀

≈ Now ≈ Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe / In The Days of the Comet, H.G. Wells

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Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history, and his story has spawned hundreds of retellings. Inspired by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who lived for several years on a Pacific island, the novel tells the story of Crusoe’s survival after shipwreck on an island, interaction with the mainland’s native inhabitants, and eventual rescue. Read variously as economic fable, religious allegory, or imperialist fantasy, Crusoe has never lost its appeal as one of the most compelling adventure stories of all time. In addition to an introduction and helpful notes, this Broadview Edition includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe’s 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, explorations of solitude, and Defoe’s own writings on slavery and the African trade.

With a new semester comes new assigned readings! Oh joy.

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A comet rushes toward Earth, a glowing orb filling the sky, promising doom. Humanity is too busy hating, stealing, scheming & killing to care. As luminous green trails of cosmic dust & vapor stream across the heavens, blood flows beneath: nations wage wars, bitter strikes erupt, jealous lovers plot revenge & murder. Earth slips past the comet by a narrow margins, but all succumb to the gases in its tail. When everyone wakes up, they are completely & profoundly different.
In the Days of the Comet is Wells’s tale of the last days of old Earth & the extraterrestrial change that is the salvation of the species. An ill-fated romance between Willie Leadford & Nettie Stuart unfolds in a world buried in misery & bent on destruction. After Earth passes thru the comet’s tail, suffering, pettiness & injustice melt away. Willie, Nettie & all around them are reborn. They now see themselves & their world in a dramatically new way.

To help with the classics, I decided to.. add a second classic to the list! Time to start the sci-fi challenge with In the Days of the Comet.

∨ Next ∨ The Widow, Fiona Barton

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We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows

After a little less than a year of waiting, I am finally days away from reading The Widow.

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

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Got a Secret, Can You Keep It?

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Title: Don’t Tell Anyone
Author: Eleanor Gray
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication date: December 8th 2016
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐️⭐️

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This Week in Books (January 4th 2017)

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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 ∧ How to Throw Your Life Away, Laurie Ellingham

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Have you ever wondered how much it would take to make you snap? For thirty-two year old Katy Davenport it was the littlest thing… All her boyfriend of five years had to do was answer her question about dinner. Not ignore her. Not continue to watch the football like she didn’t exist.

In that moment Katy snaps. One moment of insanity and Katy throws her life away.

The policeman who arrests her laughs. Her best friend cheers. And her anger management counsellor insists on embarrassing her in front of the entire class. For Katy this is just the beginning as she struggles to find her place in a whole new world where her ex-boyfriend refuses to move out of her house, and Katy finds herself snapping again and again. Will Katy be able to control her anger for long enough to pick up the pieces of her life?

How To Throw Your Life Away was everything I needed it to be: light, fun and cute.

≈ Now ≈ Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater

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The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

I have missed the author’s writing. It feels like coming back to the first book. So far, no complaints.

∨ Next ∨ PsychoAnalysis, V.R. Stone

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A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

Look at that beautiful cover! Add the promising blurb and you have me really excited to read this!

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