Posted in Book Reviews, Wrap-up

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Is it just me or did the shortest month of the year felt like the longest one? I am under the impression so much happened this month that there were really 90 days to February rather than the usual 28. Maybe it is just my brain trying to hold on to the winter by secretly making hours count double and days stretch more than my legs during a yoga session. Anyway, this is the end!

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The Silent Wife by @KerryFSwayne @bookouture #BlogTour

No Suntag today! But I am not leaving you with nothing to read. Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Silent Wife by the amazingly talented Kerry Fisher! Enjoy my review and check out the rest of the stops!

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Title: The Silent Wife
Author: Kerry Fisher
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: February 24th 2017
Format reviewed: eARC
Number of pages: 312
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Demolished Man

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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: The Demolished Man
Author: Alfred Bester
Publisher: Millenium SF Masterworks
First date of publication: March 1953
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought by myself
Number of pages: 250
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder?

Ben Reichs heads a huge 24th century business empire, spanning the solar system. He is also an obsessed, driven man determined to murder a rival.
To avoid capture, in a society where murderers can be detected even before they commit their crime, is the greatest challenge of his life.

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Posted in Life in General, Mental Health

Blog Therapy n°1: First Setback (mental health post)

What do you do when your next appointment with the doctor is 17 days from now?

You talk. More precisely, you talk to yourself. Then you think it is not enough. In order to benefit from its calming powers, this kind of ramblings must be shared. So, you talk to yourself through your blog. Isn’t what a blog is for? I have started to see Chocolate’n’Waffles as my private therapist. FREE therapist, something that you can’t find in real life these days! It calms me down when I’m restless, it keeps me busy when my mind is clouded with the wrong thoughts, it is the best escape door. And it is a good tool to let your emotions go and bother people with them, haha! This is a post you can skip if you don’t want to read about anxiety today, as I doubt I’ll be talking about books, unless it is to say I threw one at someone!

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Posted in This week in books

This Week in Books (Feb 22nd 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 ∧ The Silent Wife, Kerry Fisher

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Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he’d done something terrible?

A heart wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

It’s good to be reminded all families have issues… Even if the Farinelli take it to the extreme!

≈ Now ≈ The Devil You Know, Terry Tyler

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Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.

One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Suspecting everyone is something I love to do, maybe a little bit too much… I hear you say paranoid. Yep. But when your favorite genre is psychological thrillers, you can’t help it!

∨ Next ∨ I Found You, Lisa Jewell

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Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours?

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.

My very first Lisa Jewell!

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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Eyes are the Window to the Soul: Blink by @KimLSlater @bookouture #blogtour

I couldn’t be more excited to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for the amazing Blink by Kim Slater! Here is my review, enjoy and get ready to add another book to your TBR!

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Title: Blink
Author: K.L. Slater
Date of publication: February 16th 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 295
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. 

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter. 

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister. 

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Posted in Tags & Awards

Suntag: Get to Know Me Better

Okay, we need to talk. We’ve been into this relationship long enough… I feel there are things about me you need to know…

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I was not formally tagged for this but I really liked Michelle’s post (find it here) and I thought it would be a nice change as for once, books are not the center of attention. What do you mean, I am self-centered?! I just like talking about myself… or not. If you haven’t noticed yet, this is a fun and light post, not to be taken seriously!

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Can Life Get a Reset Button? A non-angry review of a book by @LaurieEllingham

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Title: How To Throw Your Life Away
Author: Laurie Ellingham (@LaurieEllingham)
Publisher: Self-published
Date of release: April 14th 2016
Format: eBook
Source: I bought it!
Number of pages: 256
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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?

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Ice Ice Baby: Parker by @jquinnbooks

I cannot believe I am late to the party to one of my favorite couple’s Valentine’s Day release! But let me make amends and try to convey just how good Parker is, if you don’t already know it!

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Title: Parker (1st Book in the Face-Off Series)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Date of release: Feb 14th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
Number of pages: 221
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.

Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.

Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.

She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.

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Abstract Art

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Title: The Beautiful Dead
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Date of publication: January 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 341
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

TV crime reporter Eve Singer’s career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders—each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there’s a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder—possibly her own.

A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end, The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer’s reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.

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