The Great Glorious Goddamn of it all by Josh Ritter

Rating: 4 out of 5.
I just finish reading "The Glorious Goddamn of it All" by Josh Ritter.  Set in the times of lumberjacks and adventure in the old settler times, this book captures a time in history where people survived on instinct and reputation, and had to fight for everything they were given.  There were no rules in place, so people had to use their wits to make the best life possible.
In this book, the main character wants to be a lumberjack against the wishes of his father and sets off to claim what is his and profit from an wild plot of land where claiming the trees could make him a fortune but could also lead to his death.
The story follows his life and although the language is rough, it is properly used because it sets a tone for the reality of the time in which it is set.
The author, Josh Ritter, does an excellent job of using descriptive words that portray the emotion and harsh reality of the time, and the reader is transported back to that era in part because of the imagery created through the auhor's words.
This book is heartwarming because the reader wants the boy to succeed, and make his life better, and the journey, although filled with sadness, is a journey worth taking with this book.
Although not my normal choice of genre, I decided to take a chance with this book and was not disappointed.  I loved the characters and felt engaged in what was happening in the story.   Thank you to Net Galley for giving me an advance copy of this book to enjoy.
I hope all my friends will take a chance and try this book.  Let me know what you think....
#thegreatgloriousgodamnofitall
#NetGalley
#americanfiction
#lumberjacklife
#joshritter

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I just read a great book called, “The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I would consider it to be a psychological thriller because it keeps the reader guessing until the very end….and let the tell you… the ending is AWESOME.

Without giving too much away, the story focusses on an artist who shares some secrets about past happenings at a camp that she used to attend while she was young with some other girls. Three of the girls from her group mysteriously disappear one night, never to be found.

Fast forward many years, and the main character, Emma, has the opportunity to return to the camp where it all happened as an art instructor. Emma can’t resist returning and is soon swallowed into finding out what really happened that fateful night fifteen years ago. The further she looks into the mystery, the more intrigue she finds and she may be too far up to her eyeballs in trouble.

The author does an excellent job with slowly building up the mystery and tying it all up quite nicely at the end. But the last few pages had me sreaming with delight. Totally did not see that coming.

A must read for anyone who enjoys this genre or pshycological or mystery thrillers.

#thelasttimeIlied

#rileysager

#psychologicalthriller

#mysterythriller

#thrillingending

Until next time….happy reading

Fail to Fight by Maci Dillon

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I just read the book “Fail to Fight” by Maci Dillon. I will start by saying that this is not the typical genre of book I choose. Normally, I like mystery or psychological thrillers. I chose to step out of my norm and explore the world of sexy romance as I like to call it. This book is quite short, and there will be another book revolving around other characters that were introduced by the author.

This book revolves around ex-lovers Chloe and Will who were deeply in love and then broke up and then didn’t speak to each other for ten years. When Will’s new wife tells him he needs to get over Chloe, Will decides to find her and put closure to what happened between them and why they broke up.

So they meet up and realize that they still love each other very much and can’t live without each other, and then Will asks Chloe for a second chance and she says……. read the book to find out!

The suspense was good and the characters had some but not a lot of layers to them. They were too much of the stereotypes in these type of books. I HATED that he calls her “little one”. I find that so condescending. But…the author did a good job of describing the attraction between them. The sexy scenes were good, but at the end of the day….. I think I will stick with psychological thrillers.

I would like to thank Net Galley for providing me with a free copy, and wish the author good luck with her next book. This is a book that fits with the genre, but I guess I am not a fan of this genre.

Happy Reading all…Talk soon.

#failtofight

#NetGalley

#sexyromance

#femalelead

#sexyscenes

What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished a really good book, “What hurts the Most”, by Willow Rose. It is the first in a series which explains the ending ALOT…

This story is about a young woman named Mary who is very likeable and appealing to the reader. Mary lives in New York as a single mom newly separated. She is forced to go to Florida, her childhood home to solve a mystery, but in so doing has also to face the demons of her own troubled past…including a damaged relationship with her father.

Mary encounters a mystery that has ties with the past she is running away from. She must rely on her own instinct as well as her old friends to find justice for herself and for her family. BUT…. all is not what it seems and at the end there is a GIANT twist. At first my reaction was…WHAT!!!!! But then when I read that the author is beginning a series on the adventures of Mary, I though, brilliant! Now I want to read more of course, because I like Mary and I want to find out what she does next.

A crafty book, well-written and well paced. There were alot of characters introduced in this story, so I hope that they are not all featured in the next story. It was hard to keep track of all the names, but now I understand why… future characters for future books. Alot of potential drama was introduced in this book that could play out in future stories. The author did a great job of creating well-liked and relateable characters that the readers want to know more about. Plus, there is an excellent villain in the GENERAL dah…dah…dah…

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this genre. Thanks you to Net Galley for providing me with a free copy of this book. Happy Reading everyone!

#whathurtsthemost

#NetGalley

#marymills

#mysterythriller

#psychologicalthriller

#willowrose

This Love Kills Me by A.B. Whelan

Rating: 3 out of 5.
I just read "This Love Kills Me", by A.B. Whelan.  The story focusses on the death of a beloved woman named Julia the mother of a small child, who is thrown off a boat during a cruise with her husband and his family.  After three years and no answers, the quest for the truth continues with an on-line group who wants justice, a former lawyer, and a mysterious young woman who has led a troubled life of her own and wants to see justice done to the her old friend Julia.

While the premise is promising and some parts of the book were indeed interesting, there was too much that didn't capture my interest.  I did finish the book, because I wanted to know who the killer was, but even that reveal left me dissatisfied.  First of all, the main character was extremely flawed which made her rootable, but she made so many bad decisions in the book, that I became irritated with her.  Second of all, there were alot of subplots which were not satisfactorally answered for me.  If I write about them here, I will give away too much.  Third of all, the final reveal didn't make sense to me, because so much of the book revolved around the husband.
Suffice to say that the ending was not what I hoped it would be.  I was disappointed with the ending and relieved that the book was over so that I could read something else. I actually thought that at the end, Julia would make an appearance and that all along she was alive.  I won't say anymore because then I am giving away the story. I felt the author's writing style was a little young for my taste.  There were parts of the story which made me uncomfortable to read and there were so many sub stories that were introduced but not expanded on.
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a free copy.  I wish I enjoyed this novel more, but at the end of the day, it just wasn't my favourite.
#thislovekillsme, #whodidit, #mysterythriller, #lovehurts, #lovekills

Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillipi Ryan

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Her Perfect Life” by Hank Phillipi Ryan. It was an interesting concept, introducing a main character who lives a perfect life. This perfect life is disrupted by the possible reappearance of her long-gone sister Cassie, who left without a trace many years earlier. This has caused Lily (the main character) to seek privacy in her life especially around her daughter.

The book’s main plot line is to find out what happened to Cassie and where she is currently which Lily does through a very mysterious stranger. Of course there are some red flags throughout the book which make it a compelling read, but it was a bit cliched toward the end. There were a few minor plot lines that were never addressed, and overall, the ending fell flat. I wish there was more drama and intrigue and suspense and conflict. Instead, it ended with a bit of a whimper instead of the bang I so wanted.

I suppose it is good enough to read since I managed to read to the end, but I was almost relieved when I got to the last page, if I were to be completely honest.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy. And thank you to my readers for tuning in.

Happy Reading Everyone!! Talk Soon

#mysterythriller

#herperfectlife

#perfectlily

#sisterlove

The Maid by Nita Prose

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just read a great book. It is called “The Maid” by Nita Prose. It was an absolutely delightful read and I thoroughtly enjoyed this book. This book takes place in a fancy hotel and the main character is a very diligent and thoughtful Molly, who absolutely loves cleaning. SHe is very awkward and doesn’t quite know how to navigate through social situations.

Through life with her grandmother, she has learned how to survive in a world she doesn’t quite fit into. She is awkwardly naive and has been taken advantage of, but has survived and tries so hard that the reader just wants her to be happy.

In her job as a maid, she is put in charge of cleaning a rather shady character’s hotel suite and in so doing she discovers his dead body in the suite. What follows is a series of events where she must figure out who she can trust and follow her instincts so that she won’t get blamed for the man’s murder.

The character of Molly and the supporting characters are so engaging and delightful, that I found it hard to put the book down. I really wanted a win for Molly and her friends. I wanted her to be recognized and appreciated for the wonderful person that she is.

The ending was very satisfying and showed Molly in a new light which left me smiling. I would like to thank Net Galley for providing me with an advance copy of this book and I most highly recommend this book to all. You will be smiling when you finish this book. It is so different from anything I have ever read that I found it to be a breath of fresh air.

I give it five stars out of five stars.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!!!

#mystery thriller

#suspense

#murder-who-done-it

#whocanyoutrust

#themaidbynitaprousereview

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

A story which takes place on a college campus and includes characters who share a commonality: they are ‘psychopaths’ enrolled in a special program which treats their condition. There is a series of murders which take place on campus and three of the students in the special program decide to work together to figure out what is going on. The main character, a girl named Chloe, is also planning revenge on a boy who did her wrong when she was a youth. Of course, because they are psycophaths, there is a degree of mistrust between all of them which they must navigate through to achieve their goal. Added to the main mystery, each character is involved in a sub-plot which is equally interesting. The author did an excellent job of providing a background to the main characters so that the reader was invested in what happened to them. Even though there was no major event throughout the story (except for the big reveal which happened at the very end), there was well-written intrigue to keep the reader interested and turning the page (or scrolling in my case). The chemistry created between the main characters was well written and I cared about the three main characters and wanted to see them win at the end. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mystery thrillers.

My rating 4 out of 5

The Push by Audrey Audrain

I just read a great new book that has me so excited I just have to write about it. I bought it a few weeks ago, but because I don’t like to read more than one book at a time, I had to wait until I was finished my previous book before I started this one.

The Push is described as a psychological thriller which is why I chose this book. I don’t agree with this description. It is certainly psychologically thrilling, but not in the classic way other pshychological thrillers are. Instead it is a deep and unnerving look at motherhood and all it’s ups and downs. At times it was a euphoric read. At other times it was gutwrenchingly sad, at other times is was downright terrifying.

The characters are superbly written, and the author takes her time crafting a wonderful story of maternal ties and how our mothers determine what type of mothers we will become, whether we know it or not.

The story follows a women who has two children, but shares a different bond with each child. This leads to alot of guilt and remorse and second-guessing. The main character is written with such compassion that you just want to give her a hug.

I loved the intensity of this book. In fact, it was so intense I had to put the book down a few times. It really affected me in such a way that I couldn’t stop thinking about how we treat our own children differently and why that is so.

I highly recommend this book to read, as it an excellent book all around. Well developed characters, with a great plot and an eye-popping ending, that makes you sad that the last page has been reached.

Happy Reading!

Introducing….Me

I am so excited to be able to share my love of books with an audience. I have loved books my entire life. I can remember riding my bike to the community library when I was a child and sitting in the aisles reading until I was told the library was closing. I loved Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Little House on the Prairie. My favourite book as a child was the Princess Bride. It captivated me and my imagination. That’s what I love about books…they have to power to transport you and take you away to another time and place.

Books had such an impact on me that I studied to become a teacher. My principal recognized my love of books and urged me to pursue further education and become a librarian.

So that is where I am today. My children are teenagers, and so I have time to recommit to my love of reading. I can devour books in no time and I get so excited when I am finished a book that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I started writing reviews on GoodReads and I still do. But then I joined NetGalley which provides free copies of books for “professional readers”. I was encouraged to start a blog, to share my opinions.

I decided this would be a good use of my free time, since a deeply care about books and want to share my thoughts. Some books are great and when I find one, I want to shout it from the mountain tops. Some books are…well… not for me, and it is probably important to share that as well.

So I will continue to read books at my pace. I am still teaching full time, so I don’t have a lot of free time. When I finish a book..good or bad… I will blog about it, and as I become more tech-savvy, my blogs will hopfully become more interesting…..Baby steps for now..

So Join me on my journey to finding books that capture our imagination and our hearts!

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#psychological-thrillers

#mystery-thrillers

#reviewingbooksoneatatime