Posted in Blogging Life

Why It’s Okay to Leave our Book Blogger Super Hero Costume in the Wardrobe!

When I started blogging, I was looking for something to keep myself busy. I was stuck at home. My life was about getting up, watch hours tick by, and go to bed. I was going crazy and needed to find a way to use my brain. Books came back into my life, and the strange idea I could share my feelings about stories and someone might actually read about them began to appear.

Two years and two months later, my life has completely changed. I go out every day, I resumed my studies, I found new friends online and in real life, and I even got a job. The endless hours I had to blog and share the love has awfully dwindled.

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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From LipsyyI 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!

the wife between usTitle: The Wife between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Macmillan
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 346
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

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Fate or Luck: The Karma Farmers by Pierre Hollins

Hello! Today on the blog, we discuss… The Karma Farmers and everything you can find between the pages of this book! Thanks a lot to the lovely Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of the blog tour!

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Title: The Karma Farmers
Author: Pierre Hollis
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
Date of publication: 2017
Format: e-copy
Source: Blog Tour Operator! (love saying this)
Number of pages: 368

Bradley Holmeson a thirty-something bookshop manager, is attempting to cure hisexistential dilemma with quantum physics. A reluctant philosopher embroiled in an occult experiment, he meets the violent, the obsessed and the dangerously misguided, armed only with his defensive sarcasm – all to win back the woman he loves.

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What’s Your Favorite Color: Blue Night by Simone Buchholz @OrendaBooks

It’s a blue kind of Thursday and a very special trip to Germany today on the blog!

Thank you to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for picking me up for the drive! This review is my thank you to them and the author.

Blue Night cover finalTitle: Blue Night
Author: Simone Buchholz
Translator: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 9th Feb 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived… Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

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Under One Roof: The Reunion by Samantha Hayes @bookouture @samhayes

Welcome on my stop for one of the most chilling stories I have read. Sometimes what looks normal turns out to be awfully scary. Really…

As usual, this review is my unbiased thanks to the fabulous Bookouture team and the wonderful Kim!

coverTitle: The Reunion
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 9th Feb 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 386
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

They were all there the day your sister went missing. 
Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down

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Take a Look in the Mirror: #ForceOfNature by @janeharperautho, @LittleBrownUK @kimberleynyam

I am beyond thrilled to be one of the stops on the Force of Nature blog tour for Jane Harper’s latest story! Welcome to Hel.. Sunday’s post!

This unbiased review is my huge thanks to Little Brown UK and Kimberley for including me in this blog tour!

force of nature coverTitle: Force of Nature
Author: Jane Harper
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Date of publication: Feb 2018
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 400
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

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This Is The End: Killed by Thomas Enger @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas #BlogTour

I hate goodbyes… But some are more memorable than others…

Thank you to my darling Karen and the wonderful Anne for having me as part of the blog tour for Killed. This post is unbiased and I take responsibility for any fangirlism.

 

killedTitle: Killed
Author: Thomas Enger
Translation: Kari Dickson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 15th Feb 2018
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SOMEONE HAS TO DIE…

Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits
opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped

into the water.

Henning knows that the same fate awaits him.
And he knows that it’s his own fault.

Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his
sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?
Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited
finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted,
disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and
one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.

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Open the Curtain: @Bookouture @cerilowepetrask #CoverReveal

Hello, hello, hello!

Yes, I am very excited! Today on the blog, I am sharing something different from my usual genres and it comes from one of my go-to publishers, so DOUBLE WIN!

Now you are wondering what I am talking about, right? Let me show you!

Thank you to my queen Noelle from Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this project!

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#BlackHeart Extract! @annaloulondon @Bookouture

Happy Bookouture day here on Chocolate’n’Waffles! Today, as part of the tour for Black Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherly, I’m sharing an extract that I hope will make you curious!

Thank you to the beautiful Kim at Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

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There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’

When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Rileysuspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry. 

Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more? 

Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. 

Dan is on the trail of a twisted individual who is much closer than he realises. Can he overcome his own demons and stop the killer before it’s too late? 

An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter. 

Previously published as Last Cry.

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