Book Review: The Mother-In-Law @SallyHepworth @MacMillanUSA @StMartinsPress #TheMotherInLaw #Netgalley

Thank you to Netgalley and MacMillian USA for my advance copy of this book.  I am so terribly sorry my reviewed has been delayed, but I’m here with it now!

I just want to note that my husband was reading a magazine where The Mother-In-Law is featured as a book to read this summer…he made sure to let me know about this book because I had to go out and get it to read it…I let him know I already read it and he was right, I did love it!

Lucy meets Ollie, falls in love, and hopes to gain a mother since her own mother died when she was young.  Lucy gets everything except a mother…from the get go Diana, Ollie’s mother, does not like Lucy and makes no qualms about it.

They have a strained relationship.  When Lucy births her first child, Diana puts priority in helping a refugee instead of being there for her family…so you get the idea of the type of person Diana is.  Yes, I loved hating her as I read this book.

A weird thing happens though…toward the end of the book I absolutely love and respect the relationship that Diana and Lucy have.  Is it a good one?  No.  It is one that is oddly filled with trust and some respect.  Yes.

Overall this story tells a tale of a mother who has all the means in the world, but refuses to help her own children.  She has a charity where she works with refugees from other countries and that is where her passion and assistance lay.  This starts to cause a rut between her and her children and well…you just need to read it.

The ending.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating an ending where we see a little into the future with what happens with everyone.  I will tell you, you may think you know who killed who (yes, someone dies), but you will not have pegged who did it.  Or why they did it.

This is a wonderful 4 star read.  It’s a page turning mystery that you won’t be able to put down until you know who did it.  Plus, the strained relationship is a train wreck you can’t help but keep watching.  Pick this book up, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Details

Title: The Mother-In-Law

Author:  Sally Hepworth

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

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Book Review: Cold Day In The Sun

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Cold Day In The Sun!  How much did I like this book?  I read it in ONE day!

This is a young adult novel about a group of hockey players in high school.  Our main character is Holland “Dutch” Delviss.  She plays on her high school’s boys varsity hockey team, and rightfully so, she’s that damn good.  She has always played with the boys (partly due to the fact that she has 3 brothers) and sees nothing wrong with it.

Let’s break this book into 3 parts; a romance, a town trying to be featured for the state’s HockeyFest, and being a woman in a man’s world.

But you know being a woman playing a “man’s” sport comes with its challenges.  Holland faces more roadblocks than any of her teammates.  From people saying she has taken a place on the team away from a boy who deserved it to opposing team members calling her a slut and then intentionally taking her out after she scores a goal.  But let’s face it, this is what girls everywhere face when they want to do something with the boys.

I think about my daughter and how unfair the world can be.  I think about my own experiences.  I took a lacrosse class in college and there was one other girl in it.  We were always the captains and picked the players and were expected to only play against each other.  I took a coaching football class in college as well and was accused by the teacher that I didn’t write my own papers.  How could I know so much about football?  It wasn’t until I took my chicken scratch notes in to show him I did NOT cheat for him to give me the grades I deserved!  Were any of the guys treated like that in class?  No.  I love how this book brings to light the reality of what goes on and I am so happy that Holland is a role model for girls in her town.  She is a true character of what modern day feminism looks like.  I applaud her so much.  She never backs down from the, “why don’t you just play with the girls” and stands up for what is right!

Ok, so I got on a pretty serious note, how about I lighten it up?  HockeyFest.  When HockeyFest comes to town it brings your town’s hockey game to state-wide (and potentially nation-wide) viewing, college & NHL scouts, and all the attention you could imagine.  Guess what it all hinges on…an interview with Holland.

Did I mention there was a romance in this book?  Yes…but the question is, with whom?  Holland has a rule to never date her teammates and that’s a sound piece of advice to give yourself.  Talk about making things complicated…ut oh…Holls made things complicated.

This is a fun, quick read and I found myself cheering Holland on throughout this book.  I felt she helped grow her teammates when it comes to women and how we’re treated and I appreciate that so much.  It is so important for young girls not to be scared to be themselves.  This is a book that isn’t to be passed over for the message it sends everyone.

I am going to give this book 5 stars.   This is absolutely a 5 star young adult novel that I feel would be appropriate for ages 13 and up.  There is some foul language (nothing teens haven’t heard or say themselves) and slightly PG make out scenes (but again, nothing kids in high school aren’t doing).  I would highly recommend this book to any teenage girl who wants to empower herself.  I think the boys would gain something out of the book as well, like, how to treat girls better.  Huge shout out to Holland for bringing sexism out in the open and I applaud her for the changes she makes in her town.  Pick up this book as soon as possible!

 

Details

Title: Cold Day In The Sun

Author:  Sara Biren

Publisher: Amulet Books

Expected Release Date: March 12, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Book Review: Once A Liar

Thank you to Netgalley for access to reading Once A Liar in exchange for my honest review!

I don’t think I have ever disliked a protagonist as much I have in this book.  Almost immediately I could not stand Peter Caine; egotistical, disrespectful, liar, cheater, and borderline psychopath are words I would use to describe him, but, I couldn’t get enough.

The book flips between then and now and we follow Peter from a marriage to his law firm partner’s daughter, birth of his son, cheating on his wife, death of his law firm partner, divorce, new girlfriend, death of his ex-wife, and then the death of his side girl, Charlie Doyle.  Did you get all that?

The primary focus of this book is who killed Charlie Doyle, the daughter of the district attorney.  The district attorney who would pimp her out to people to bribe them.  The district attorney who so desperately wanted Peter to join his side and work for him.  The district attorney who wasn’t aware of the affair Peter was carrying on with her, in fact, only his ex-wife knew.  How long had the affair been going on?  Well, let’s just say it hadn’t really stopped…

Peter has no remorse for anything he does and is just so focused on being on top and making money.  The job of being a criminal defense attorney has taken a toll on him and turned his heart into stone.  Someone could absolutely be guilty on all counts, but, Peter would make sure they would walk away without a slap on the wrist.  He even walked away from his own son, never forming a relationship with him.

I had to see how this ended because I had to see SOMETHING happen to Peter Caine.  I found the book to be fairly predictable early on with who killed Charlie.  If *I* could guess who did it, I don’t see how anyone couldn’t predict it.  You guys know I never see endings coming.  The book reaches it climatic part right at the end of the book and gets resolved quickly.  I felt a little conflicted about the end because I ended up hating a lot of people, ha!  That’s all I will say!  I used to feel bad for everyone who knew Peter and then, nope, I take back all of my sorrow I once had for all of you cold, heartless people!

I am going to give this book 3.5 stars which I will round up to 4 on sites like Goodreads and Amazon.  It was pretty predictable and it felt odd to read a book where you can’t stand the protagonist the entire read.  I also felt like the death of Charlie wasn’t justified enough.  I mean, I get it and the whole point of the book was revenge, but, I just didn’t enjoy how the death of an innocent person was used for it.  It felt a little much for me.  Does that make sense?  The writing was great, I just did not particularly care for the way revenge took place.  Have you read this book?  What are your thoughts?

 

Details

Title: Once A Liar

Author:  A. F. Brady

Publisher: Park Row

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

First Line Friday

My first First Line Friday courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews, a blog I started to recently follow.  This week I picked a book from my Netgalley shelf that I just started reading.  Side note, props to me for actually picking a book from my post My Top 5 Kindle Books To Read In 2019!

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First Line:

 

No regrets.  Stupid name for a signature cocktail.  Brears had found the recipe online, this tequila-Baileys thing.  Seven shots plus the deejay speeding everything up plus the pink wine Leanza had drink before the ceremony were killing her bladder.

 

Ok, maybe I went beyond just the first line, but, I’m new to this so forgive me.  Make sure you check out Hoarding Books Blog and drop me a line with what you are currently reading right now!  PS, do we think drinking is heavily involved in this read?

Top Ten Tuesday

I decided to take part in some of That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesdays this year!  It looks like a fun adventure to go!  This week we are highlighting our top ten most anticipated reads of the first half of 2019!  I listed these in scheduled release order!

 

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The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

This is scheduled to be released on February 5, 2019.  It is currently sitting as my next read on my Kindle courtesy of Netgalley!

 

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And Then You Were Gone by R. J. Jacobs

I love a good suspenseful novel and this looks lie it will deliver!  Scheduled for release on March 13, 2019.

 

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Lovely Little Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

This book is scheduled for release on April 2, 2019.  Thanks to her Facebook page I have an advance reader’s copy of this book ready to go!  I am SO excited to read this!!!!

 

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The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I keep hearing so many great things about this novel, it is scheduled for release on May 14, 2019!

 

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The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver

I read a Kindle Single by him and was hooked, I have decided I want to try a full length novel by him and what better than a brand new book?  This book is scheduled for release on May 15, 2019.

 

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Montauk by Nicola Harrison

Being released just in time for summer on June 4, 2019, this looks like it will be a great beach read!

 

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand has quickly become a new favorite author of mine!  This is scheduled for release on June 18, 2019.

 

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Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

This book will satisfy my book by 2 female authors in my 2019 Popsugar Reads challenge.  I am a huge fan of young adult novels and cannot wait for this to be released on July 16, 2019!

 

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The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader

The title is what draws me in so much!  Scheduled for release on July 16, 2019.

 

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Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Scheduled for release on August 13, 2019.  This is currently on my Netgalley shelf!

 

I made sure to link each book to its Amazon page so you can read more about it.  One thing is for sure, I love all their covers!  Yeah, I judge books by their covers, I admit it!  Are any of these on your to be read list for when they are released?!  What do you think of my choices?  What book are YOU looking most forward to being released in 2019?  I can’t wait to chat with you!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Book Review: The Girl Without Skin

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have ever read that has been translated.  While reading this book I could tell it had been translated as some parts didn’t quite make sense, but, it did not detract away from this book.  There are a lot of Greenlandic names as this book takes place in Nuuk, Greenland.  Those names took some getting used to and by the end of the book they were a breeze!

The story begins with Matthew Cave, a journalist who has sought out a new life in Nuuk; one where he doesn’t have to remember his pregnant wife.  He gets called to go out and report on the uncovering of a Norseman (pre-Viking) mummy.  Little does he know what he is about to stumble upon.

Slight spoiler alert: the mummy is not that of a Norseman, but of a recent murder.

Trigger warning.This book details sexual abuse in young girls.  As the story progresses we find a link to this mummy and a few unsolved murders from years ago.  Matthew meets Tupaarnaq, a young woman accused of killing her family (her time was served in prison), and together they dig deeper in to what is really going on.  The mummy disappears and another is murdered as Matthew starts to investigate.  The story begins to be told in 1973 and present day (2014) as Matthew believes the current murders are connected to the disappearance of police officer Jakob Pederson and a sex abuse ring he was investigating.  I won’t delve any deeper as I don’t want to ruin the book for you!

Overall, I am giving this book a solid 4-star rating.  It is a true Scandi crime novel and an alluring one at that.  I could not put this down.  Nordbo does a beautiful job at painting amazing details in the surrounding environment in this book as well, I felt as if I was in Greenland myself.  I did predict the ending of the book, however, there is enough action going on to keep you happy even with the predictability.  If you are a fan of crime novels this is a must read for you!  The Kindle edition is out now and the paperback version will be released on June 11, 2019!

Details

Title: The Girl Without Skin

Author: Mads Peder Nordbo

Translator: Charlotte Barslund

Publisher: Text Publishing Company

Release Date: Kindle Edition- October 1, 2018

Paperback Edition- June 11, 2019

ASIN: B07DZL7PSD

IBSN-10: 1925603830

 

Book Review: Slay Bells

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I apologize for the late holiday review (yes, I finished this in 2018), but, I’m still watching Hallmark Christmas movies.  I love the holidays!

This was my first cozy mystery read.  I will warn you right now, I am apparently not a cozy mystery genre fan.  I found this book to be too cheesy at times and lacked some substance for me.  However, I can look past what makes a cozy mystery a cozy mystery and provide an honest review about the overall writing. 

Despite all the cheesiness, I was hooked in to this book.  The premise is a troupe of performers stay at Plum Cottage while they perform nightly during the Christmas Festival in Christmas Village.  There are a lot of characters introduced in the beginning, to the point where it’s overwhelming, and are quite eccentric.  Mrs. Claus helps her friend who owns Plum Cottage and suddenly one of the troupe members is murdered.

What intrigued me was how the murder happened and who did it.  I could not forecast how exactly the murder happened nor could I figure out who did it (until much later in the book).  A second murder also occurs which is also as equally puzzling as the first; this is why I kept reading.

The premise of the murders was so mind boggling that I ignore the cheesiness of the book just to figure out how they were committed.  Mrs. Claus has a lot to do with solving the murders, which is something that is a bit bizarre.  And yes, there are references to her husband who is very busy this time of year, along with her pet ferrets, coincidentally named after famous reindeer.  I would have preferred a more realistic storyline instead of a happier, light one, but, to each their own.

I will say I was shocked with how both murders were committed.  I was not surprised at who did it, the author alludes to who did it as the book progresses.  However, those murders!  I really could not figure out in my head how they were committed and just wow.  The first body is found in the snow with no footprints around it.  I will say that how the murder occurred is revealed at the very end and blew my mind.  The second murder is crazy in its own right as well.  If not for the uniqueness of these murders, I doubt I would have kept reading.

Overall, I would rate this book 3.5 stars (which ultimately rounds up to 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon).  I would recommend this book if you’re into a puzzling murder case around Christmas time and can look past an overly cheesy barrage of characters and storyline.  If you know you do not like cozy mysteries, don’t pick this book up.  If you are curious, go ahead and try it, just know that I warned you.

 

Details

Title: Slay Bells: A Christmas Village Mystery

Author: T.C. Wescott

Publisher: Better Mousetrap Books

Release Date: November 23, 2018

ISBN-10: 1732135819

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