January Book Haul!

Hey guys! This month was just crime thriller month! I just bought lots and lots of crime thrillers! I didn’t mean to buy so many books this month but it just kind of happened. They were cheap, they were pretty, they were intriguing and they tempted me. So here is my January book haul in all it’s glory!

Fear1) Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

I have been waiting a year to read this book so as soon as the publication date hit, I ordered a copy on Amazon. Unfortunately I checked reviews and it doesn’t have great reviews. Really sad about this because I really wanted this to be such a mind-blowing book! I’m still going to read it since I’ve been waiting so long for it to come out. I might be a bit hesitant though going into it and won’t expect too much from it so I’m not as disappointed!

 

 

 

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SPOTLIGHT: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Hey guys! Today I am spotlighting Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict! I read The Other Einstein and it was absolutely fantastic! It was such an enthralling read and this one sounds equally exciting! Historical fiction is a fairly new genre for me to branch out to as I rarely read any historical books but The Other Einstein was such a phenomenal story. The writing was beautiful and so heart-wrenching at times.

I was excited when the publisher reached out to me about taking part in a blog tour for Carnegie’s Maid and I chose to spotlight it. The synopsis makes the story sound so empowering and it’s one I look forward to reading myself soon! Check out all the details below!

image004Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication date: 16 January 2018

Synopsis: 

From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.z

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can’t let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future—and her family’s.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

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REVIEW: The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child FinderTitle: The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Pages: 288
Published by: Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:

Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience, that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure.

But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss

Hey guys! I think this is a really interesting topic because although you didn’t like a book you read, you’d still like to have a heated debate about it with other people! I love having an intense discussion with other people about certain books, it’s a lot of fun because you both get really passionate about the story and the characters! For this post I’m just going to pick out 5 books I wanted to like but sadly didn’t and then talk about what I’d like to discuss for each book with other people! Enjoy!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

Lord of Shadows1) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I really didn’t like this book and thought it was really boring but I have noticed so many other people loved it and gave it five stars. So I’d love to discuss it with someone to see what they liked about it and if there was anything they disliked. The ending also shocked me to the core and I was utterly devastated when I read the last few pages. I’d love to discuss the ending with other people and see what they thought of it. Honestly it destroyed me because I was not expecting it at all. I want to know if any other readers were expecting that ending and if they were upset by it also.

 

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ARC REVIEW: Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes

Hell BayTitle: Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes
Pages: 432
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

Trapped in a storm, with no way out …

DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider.

Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm.

Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time. 

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WWW Wednesday!

Hey guys! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! Haven’t done one of these in a while so thought I’d just give you all an update on what I’m currently reading and what I plan on reading next, so you can see what reviews will be coming up on my blog! Lets get into it!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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To take part, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

The Child FinderCurrently reading:

This was very kindly sent to me for review by Orion Publishing Group. Only fifty pages in so far so haven’t really formed an opinion yet but it is interesting. It flips between the past and the present and it’s from the perspective of Naomi Cottle who finds missing children and Madison Culver who has been missing for three years and is presumed dead. That’s all I have so far because the synopsis doesn’t really give too much away! It’s quite short so hoping to finish it on the weekend!

 

 

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REVIEW: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2)

Lord of ShadowsTitle: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 701
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 23rd May 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm.

Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands.

Caught between the call of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear – before it’s too late.

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Books I Didn’t Get to In 2017!

Hey guys! I messed up and posted next weeks Top 5 Wednesday post this week so to make up for it I am doing this weeks topic today, if that makes sense? I was supposed to talk about books I didn’t get to in 2017 but ended up talking about forgettable books instead! Oops! Sorry for the mix up and please enjoy this post!

So these are books I was really excited for in 2017 and really wanted to read but just didn’t find the time. I am definitely prioritising them this year because I went out and bought them so I need to read them!

He Said:She Said1) He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I was freaking out when this book was published because it looks absolutely amazing. Like the cover instantly caught my attention and the synopsis sounds so chilling! Everything inside of me was screaming at me to read this book and I was like okokok I NEED THIS! But I never actually read it! I bought it, shelved it and then forgot to pick it up. Very annoyed and disappointed with myself. Hoping to pick it up in February!

 

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Forgettable Books

Hey guys! So like an idiot I read the list of topics for January in a rush and accidentally ended up posting the topic for the 17th on the 10th! I thought ‘Forgettable Books’ was this week but it was actually ‘Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017’! Sorry for the mix up and enjoy my picks for ‘Forgettable Books’ a week early, I guess!

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I was actually really excited to get to this topic because it seems like such an interesting one. I’m really excited to see what books people find forgettable and if we share any! I’m just revisiting old favourites and realising they are no longer my favourites because I can’t remember nothing about them. I don’t have a clue what happened with regards to plot and characters, even though they are 300-400 pages. So they have made my list for forgettable books! Enjoy!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

insurgent1) Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Quite an old book now but I’m being completely honest with you all when I say I have absolutely no idea what happened in this book or what it was about. I have read this book twice and I just have no clue what happened. I can’t remember anything about it. I really hope no one asks me what this book is about because I wouldn’t have a clue what to tell them. Even the first book, I have a vague idea of what happens but I can’t remember it fully. So this series is just very forgetful for me. I mean I loved the books when I read them but obviously the writing isn’t that memorable if I can’t remember anything about the plot or the characters.

 

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