The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

9781101906682Wow, I had no idea how creepy this would be! It’s about the haunting “curse” of being a girl in the Roanoke family and follows two cousins Allegra and Lane. All the Roanoke girls look oddly the same and you find out why they are all so special.

Most of it was so disturbingly creepy that I didn’t want to keep reading it, but kept anyway. I HAD to know what was going to happen!

There’s thrill, suspense, creepy, gross and disturbing. If you want to read about a family that is screwed up and disturbing then pick this one up.

Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars.

I received this from Blogging For Books for review.

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

9781524760984This a psychological thriller about a murder that happens between a group of kids and mostly haunts the main character Eddie many years later. The story unfolds in chapters titled 1986 and 2016 for most of the book. It is creepy and disturbing at times. I liked the story line from past to present and the amount of pages. I didn’t guess who did any of the murders but I had guessed from the very beginning about one part. It was just too predictable.

Overall this was a really good debut from a new author. It wasn’t mind blowing but, it was entertaining enough that I finished it in less than 24 hours. Read this if you want to be creeped out and keep you guessing. This comes out January 9, 2018.

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for review.

The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam

IMG_6051This is a Russian historical novel about a famous poet Alexander Pushkin and his younger wife Natalya. Alexander must provide for his family but jealousy and anger cloud his judgement and Natalya must endure all the consequences. The female is always to blame. 

I liked the historical aspects, character development and timeline of the story which is many years. The one part I didn’t like was how the death of Alexander seemed to be dragged on through many pages.

This lovely book comes out January 2, 2018.

Overall I give a rating of 4/5 stars .

*I received this advanced reading copy for review from the author and NetGalley.

Lullaby Road by James Anderson

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This story is set in the desert of Utah where a truck driver named Ben finds himself in trouble at the start of his day. He finds a boy at the gas station alone in the cold and must decide if he will leave him there or take him along. Ben deals with lullabies, fugitives, threat, mystery and secret horrors of his past all while driving in winter conditions on Route 117.

While I liked the details of Ben’s past, present and the eccentric characters of the desert, I didn’t like the length. I thought it was too long by about 50-100 pages. Upon looking online, this story is a sequel to his book  The Never-Open Desert Diner. It would have been more cohesive if I had read that because the desert diner is mentioned frequently. I would have been able to learn more about Ben’s past. Read this if you like secluded desert towns, murder, mystery and fugitive themes. This book comes out January 16, 2018.

Overall I gave a rating of 3/5 stars .

*I received an advanced reading copy from a Goodreads giveaway and was not obligated to review.

The Wife Between Us By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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This is a psychological thriller that made me reread certain parts a couple times and made me think, did that just really happen? I definitely didn’t see the story ending like it did or even predicting it. There is character development, drama, and OMG moments. I didn’t like the similar topics I’ve read before in a popular thriller novel. Read this book if you wan’t a thriller that keeps you guessing. The Wife Between Us comes out on January 9, 2018.  There is also a movie coming out soon. Overall I rate this 3.5-4/5 stars.

Disclaimer: This was an advanced reading copy I received from St. Martin’s Press.

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

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Dunbar is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s King Lear in modern times. It follows Dunbar as “King Lear” and how he is manipulated into a care home by his two eldest daughters Abby and Megan. They want to take over his global media corporation and will do anything to make that happen. Dunbar plans his escape and one of his daughters ends up finding him at the end.

I have not read King Lear but have heard it’s dark and most people’s favorite story. This novel would probably be more enjoyable if I had known the original story so I could compare and contrast. I found the characters not really developed and a lot of business talk that I was not interested in. There were certain scenes of sexual nature I didn’t enjoy as well. I fell asleep twice trying to read this.

Overall I give it 2.5 stars. I loved the dust jacket and art, the gold foiling is beautiful. If you like Shakespeare’s stories you may want to check this book out. I received this book from Blogging For Books for review.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Read December 4, 2017

Homegoing is a novel that shows two different generations of half sisters Effia and Esi in 18th-century Ghana. Slave trade, British colonization, racial issues, coal mines are some of the topics you will read about. I loved the character development. Each chapter showed insight into each generation to present day in Harlem. This is a must-read and may be my favorite I’ve read this year. 5/5 stars!