Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I finally feel like my normal self with books and reading, so I have quite a few to share today. 

A Heart So Fierce and Broken - Brigid Kemmerer
sequel to a curse so dark and lonely
Oh goodness gracious me this was so good! Very different compared to the first, took a bit longer to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. I think I might have maybe liked the characters and story more in this one? Maybe. I was kind of shocked how it went, definitely not what I expected. Cannot wait for the next one.
Received arc.
Every Last Breath - Juno Rushdan
romantic suspense
This one came highly recommended from my bestie Heather. Yes, it is romantic suspense, but in my opinion, definitely one that non-romance fans could read. This was fantastic. Fast paced, thrilling, unputdownable. Already requested the next one from the library.
A Study in Scarlet Women - Sherry Thomas
gender swapped sherlock holmes
This was so fun! I really enjoyed it. At times I got a bit confused because it is very detailed, slow paced and character-centric (and lots of them). Overall though, it was an enjoyable fun read. I loved all the characters, especially Charlotte. If you are a big Sherlock fan or are expecting something super serious, you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for a fun, light mystery with great characters, I recommend.
A Madness of Sunshine - Nalini Singh
mystery set in isolated new zealand
Nalini Singh can do no wrong in my eyes. I admit, I was a bit worried about this one since I love her paranormal and contemporary romances, but this was fabulous. I thought it was written well and very interesting. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the story. I admit I was prepared to be like 'go Nalini for trying a new genre, I still love her even if this wasn't my fave', but instead, I loved it so much and I absolutely recommend it. Also, a few people tagged it as romantic suspense because I think they were expecting that from Nalini even though she said it wasn't romantic suspense. There is a teeny tiny minuscule romantic subplot, but in my opinion, nowhere near enough to call it romantic suspense. Bottom line - I loved it, but I am a hardcore Nalini fan.
Don't You Forget About Me - Mhairi McFarlane 
chick lit, main character's journey to becoming herself
I wiffle waffled on what category to put this in, people who don't read romance might consider it a romance but romance readers likely wouldn't (I don't). There is a romantic subplot but it's more along the lines of chick lit (I use that term lovingly, not demeaningly). Light and fluffy with sad/intense thrown in. It was very long and slow in the beginning, but I enjoyed the second half a lot. It was very cute and charming. I'd recommend if you're looking for a 'beach read'.
Received from Netgalley.
Thirteen - Steve Cavanagh
mystery thriller where the serial killer is on the jury
It gave me hives to read this book for book club without reading the first three in the series... kidding, kind of. Anyway. This book had a lot of flaws and ridiculousness but I read it in one day and I was interested, I really enjoyed it. One of those books that you roll your eyes at certain things but have fun reading it anyway. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but I wouldn't not recommend it either.
Dreamland - Sam Quinones
opiate epidemic
I liked the topic. I liked learning about it. This guy was a journalist and it shows - it felt like I was reading a bunch of articles about the same topic, which would have been fine except it was so freaking repetitive. I feel like it had great potential but was super boring. I am well aware it is non-fiction, but you know some non-fiction books read like fiction because they tell a great story while also teaching you stuff? You get to know people as characters and feel lots of feelings? This isn't one of those. I enjoyed it more after talking about it at the new book club I attended, but ultimately, not my jam.
Must Love Coffee - Sarah Mayberry
I love Sarah Mayberry's writing. I love that she's Australian, I feel so at home when I read her books. This one was a little hard-in-a-good-way for me to read because the heroine just went through what I am going through. I almost put it down for that reason but figured Sarah wouldn't let me down, and she didn't. I cried. I loved it. It was just the perfect book for me, at this point in my life. It was also just totally adorable and fun.
The Widow of Rose House - Diana Biller
Oh my goodness I just adored this book! There honestly isn't a single thing I would change about it, I loved every single aspect. The story, the side characters, the dash of ghosts. Fun, funny, adorable, sweet, adored it. It's definitely more historical romance than historical fiction, but if it sounds at all interesting to you I highly recommend. I need more from this author, like, yesterday.
Received from Netgalley.
Well Met - Jen DeLuca
This was very cute. Loved the setting, nothing like I've read before. The side characters also really made this book for me. The main characters had some personality inconsistencies that bothered me, but overall it was cute and I'd pick up another from this author.
Received from Netgalley.
Faker - Sarah Smith
This was tons of fun - definitely got The Hating Game vibes if that was your jam. It wasn't absolutely amazing, but it was cute, fun and an easy read.
Winston Brothers 6 & 7 - Penny Reid
I'm honestly still not sure how I feel about these two. I was champing at the bit to get to Billy & Claire, just like I was to get to Kat & Dan in Penny's other series... but whereas Kat & Dan's book was well worth the wait, Billy & Claire's was... anticlimactic. As a catch up to the Winston brothers, it was amazing. As a love story, lacklustre.

Still reading The Heart's Invisible Furies - I am enjoying it a lot, it's just slow. I don't mind though.

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Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend A Madness of Sunshine and anything else that tickles your fancy.

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