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review 2017-09-22 18:08
The Stranger You Know, Jane Casey
The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) - Jane Casey

Although this suspense, mystery was a little slow to get into, it soon had me spending late nights to read more. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. There was a lot going on in this story and the heroine had a lot of guts and stamina to handle her job working in the British police force. It had a fantastic ending as well. Lots of twists and turns in this and it certainly kept me turning the pages. Sometimes I thought I knew who did it and then sometimes not. Not for the under 18 readers.

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review 2017-09-10 21:27
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito



Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS



My Thoughts



Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 


Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 



Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.


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review 2017-08-26 19:17
This was strange, but I like strange.
The Devils You Know - M. C. Atwood

The Devils You Know starts off a little slow but once they get in the house things take off and it's one weird moment after another as each room in the house has another obstacle to get through after another. 


It's about five totally different teenagers who all have a secret they fear getting out and when they sign up for a tour of this house that has a strange legend attached to it they find out there is something strange in that house.  


It's really hard to explain so this one will be a short review as it's really just one of those books you have to read for yourself. It's full of creepy stuff like dolls that attack you, the sea room was just creepy! Inside the house not everything wants to kill them so they do run across a few good helpers. The wizard is one of my favorites he was just so darn cute. 


Can't say I was a fan of all five teens as there was moments when I wanted to strangle a couple of them but then again they are teens. 


Five very different teens go in but the house does change them and I guess when you have to fight for your lives together that would happen. Has kind of a strange ending that makes you have to think a bit. I had to talk it over with a friend who had also read it. 


Fair warning it does have a lot of foul language in it. This is this authors first horror book and I thought she did a great job.

If your are doing Halloweeen Bingo I think it would be good for Chilling Children or Demons.

Source: www.amazon.com/Devils-You-Know-M-C-Atwood-ebook/dp/B01MT6ZBDW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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review 2017-08-09 16:17
Hum If You Don't Know the Words - Bahni Turpin,Katharine McEwan,Bianca Marais
What a wonderful and fantastic read this book was. I have just finished reading it and I know my outlook for this day has just notched up quite a bit. The feeling that this book has left me with is amazing.

A story of a young girl, Robin, who is 9 years old and how her whole life, her family and those around her changed drastically all in one day during the Apartheid in South Africa. A story that had me laughing, crying, shocked, mortified, and shaking my head a lot. I really grew to love these characters and loved that I got to spend a day and a half with them. Actually, I wanted to spend more time with them, however, the book came to an end. An ending that had me hoping, smiling, fist pumping and definitely crying.

Robin is a character that will not let you go. I am so grateful to Penguin Group/Putnam and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley and the opportunity to read this incredible book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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text 2017-08-01 09:20
July: Colophon
Please Mr. Einstein - Jean-Claude Carrière
The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time - Keith Houston
Dangerous To Know - Renee Patrick
Lincoln as I Knew Him: Gossip, Tributes, and Revelations from His Best Friends and Worst Enemies - Harold Holzer
The Secrets of Wishtide - Kate Saunders
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World - Kelsey Garrity-Riley,Yee-Lum Mak
The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories - Michael Sims
Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness - Nathanael Johnson

colophon: a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer's emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing.


I don't have a printer's emblem, unless you count my gecko, but otherwise colophon seems to fit our monthly wrap ups pretty well.


I read 24 books this month, mostly in a the-game-is-almost-over rush to squeeze as much in as possible.  It's no longer practicable, sadly, to easily keep up with the number of pages read, because of at least two anthologies I only dipped into, rather than reading completely.


I had a great quality reading month with 2 Five-star reads and 7 four-and-a-half star reads. Far and away my favourite was Please Mr. Einstein by Jean-Claude Carrière.  


I had just one 1-star read, Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay  and it's already in the black box and a distant memory.


How was everyone else's reading month?

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