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Lazy Saturday Review: When All Is Said by Anne Griffin @AnneGriffin_ @HodderBooks @SceptreBooks

It’s the weekend already! Time flies, and books too! Today, we’re discussing a very special book. One that stays with you, one that makes you think and makes you feel all the feels. Time to fill our heart with emotions…

I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the publisher.

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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!

Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!

whenallissaidTitle: When All Is Said
Author: Anne Griffin
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of hardback publication: 24th January 2019
Format: ARC
Number of pages: 272

I’m here to remember – all that I have been and all that I will never be again.’

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual – though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.

Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.

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Lazy Saturday Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult @jodipicoult @HodderBooks @ThePigeonholeHQ @HodderPublicity

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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!

Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!


For this one, I need to thank both the publisher on NetGalley and The Pigeonhole for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.

a spark of lightTitle: A Spark of Light
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of publication: October 2018
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley / the pigeonhole
Number of pages: 355
Rating: 5 🧚‍♀️

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard #TheTaintedVintage @CBCrime @fahrenheitpress

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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!

Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!

Late Lazy Saturday Review coming! I could get used to rewriting my review in the evening… Anyway, I’m wandering away from the subject of this post!

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I’d like to thank the formidable Emma from damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me to read and review The Tainted Vintage.

the tainted vintageTitle: The Tainted Vintage
Author: Clare Blanchard
Date of publication: July 2018
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Format: E-copy

In the small Czech town of Vinice the mayor has been found dead in his wine cellar.
Detectives Jana Dvorska and Ivan Dambersky are called to the scene and soon realise that despite appearances, Mayor Slansky’s death was most definitely not from natural causes.

Almost immediately, the close-knit community closes ranks to try and brush the unexplained death under the carpet with the minimum of fuss.
Dvorska & Dambersky are drawn deeper and deeper into secrets that many hoped would remain buried forever and they’re forced into pursuing an investigation where their own lives are put in danger.

The Tainted Vintage is the first book in a wonderful new series set in and around The Czech Republic, an area rich in history, literature and culture that still remains largely unexplored by contemporary crime fiction fans.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan&Fiona Staples @UrbanComics @ImageComics

To end 2017, what better than a small review of a book from a genre I never thought I would read?

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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!

sagaTitle: Saga (Vol 1 and 2)
Scenario and graphics : Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Date of publication: France: 2012
Number of pages: 185
Format: Hardcover
Number of pages: Vol 1: 186 / Vol 2 144
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Note: I am reviewing Saga in English after having read the volumes in French, therefore I can’t really discuss the translation, as I haven’t had a chance to check the original version.

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Bird Tribunal @OrendaBooks

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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 bird tribunal.jpgTitle: The Bird Tribunal
Author: Agnes Ravatn
Translation: Rosie Hedger
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: January 2017
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 185
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough. Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Cursed by Thomas Enger @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas

I haven’t felt any pressure reviewing for a while, but this particular book had me on edge, looking for the right way to convey just how I felt, without going into details, without missing important points, or without forgetting all I wanted to say. Okay, I can hear you from here. What’s the difference with every other review? The book is different. That’s the key!

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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!

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Title: Cursed
Author: Thomas Enger
Translation: Kari Dickson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: May 1st 2017 (paperback)
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 442
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history. 

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Lazy Saturday Review: One Little Mistake by @emmacurtisbooks @TransworldBooks @RosieMargesson

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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!

one little mistakeTitle: One Little Mistake
Author: Emma Curtis
Publisher: Transworld Books
Date of publication: June 15th 2017 (paperback)
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 448
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .

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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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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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Lazy Saturday Review: Dream a Little Dream of Me…

I borrowed this idea from Lipsyy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found. Here is what she has to say about it: lazy saturday review

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 Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher:
Scholastic
Release date:
September 30th 2014
Format: Paperback
Rating: ⭐️⭐️ and a half

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.
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