New Teen Contemporary Romance #BookReview #Netgalley #FromTwinkleWithLove

๐Ÿ“šย “Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you. ”ย  ๐Ÿ“š

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Title: From Twinkle, With Love

Author: Sandhya Menon

Genre: Teen Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Date published: May 22nd, 2018

Page Count: 336

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

A Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated Sophomore Novel of 2018!

Available in Scholastic Book Clubs starting Fall 2018!

An Indie Next Summer 2018 Pick!

One of Popsugarโ€™s 10 Exciting Summer Releases!

synopsis

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Royโ€”a.k.a. Sahilโ€™s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man โ€œNโ€ begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure itโ€™s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, sheโ€™s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373464-from-twinkle-with-love

 

My Review

From Twinkle, With Love takes place in June, Colorado Springs, told from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Twinkle Mehra, who feels like an invisible “wallflower”.

A refreshing, modern, coming-of-age story about learning from mistakes and discovering your true self. This story has a diverse cast of characters, which is always nice to read. Sahil, the twin brother of Twinkle’s crush Neil, is my favorite character. He’s an adorable, ideal example of how young modern men should treat women.

I enjoyed the use of letters, text messages, emails, and blog posts to tell the story. It made for an interesting, quick-read, which is great for the hesitant reader.

Despite a few plot holes, From Twinkle, With Love is a light, funny,ย  charming novel for readers 12 and up (no sex, drinking/drugs). A great summer read ๐Ÿ™‚

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.

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Author of light, bright, diverse YA. Hiding behind my coffee cup, eavesdropping on your conversations.https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14834224.Sandhya_Menon

http://www.sandhyamenon.com/

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New Thriller by Canadian Author #Findyouinthedark #Netgalley

๐Ÿ““ Find You In The Dark, Canadian author Nathan Ripley’s dรฉbut novel, is an Adult Thriller (Crime, Mystery).ย  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.ย  ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Title: Find You In The Dark

Author:ย Nathan Ripley

Genre: Adult, Mystery/Thriller/Crime

Publisher: Text Publishing

Date published: March 2018

Page Count: 352

 

 

synopsis

Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.

Detective Sandra Whittal takes that a little personally. Sheโ€™s suspicious of the mysterious caller, who she names the Finder. Maybe heโ€™s the one leaving the bodies behind. If not, whoโ€™s to say he wonโ€™t start soon?

As Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder, Martin makes a shocking discovery. It seems someoneโ€”someone lethalโ€”is very unhappy about the bodies heโ€™s been digging up.

Hunted by a cop, hunted by a killer. To escape and keep his family safe, Martin may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever imagined.” Goodreads

 

My Review

 

Martin Reese and his wife, Ellen, have a teenage daughter named Kylie. Ellen’s sister is missing for twenty years. The serial killer charged with her disappearance is dead. After selling his tech company, Martin starts buying info from a dirty cop about missing women, trying to find his wife’s sister, and during the process he becomes obsessed with digging up the bones of murdered women. Find You In The Dark made me ponder the gray area between right and wrong, and ask myself just how far I would go to find someone.

The Ragman! Oh how I enjoyed his character. I wanted to read more of his dark, twisted, thoughts, motivations, and actions. What an interesting monster he is.

This is a slow burn, but somehow I found myself longing to read it, wondering what was going to happen next, and staying up way past my bedtime trying to figure out who Martin Reese really was. I now realize I love to read stories about people who live a secret life.

I disliked the clichรฉ rich-man-not-paying-attention-to-beautiful-wife story line. Ellen is a spoiled, selfish woman. I didn’t care about her at all. She is overprotective when it comes to her daughter, yet doesn’t wonder what her own husband is doing on overnight solo camping trips.

The pace is slow for a thriller over the first half of the book, and I felt like the characters didn’t come to life until the last quarter. If you like a fast-paced thriller, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re into a slow burn with a sprint to the finish, then be sure to check this one out.

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According to a note from the publisher on Netgalley, Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Naben Ruthnum, a winner of Canadaโ€™s prestigious Journey Prize for best short story published by an emerging writer.

“Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Ruthnum is of Mauritian descent.[5] He has a master’s degree from McGill University, where he wrote his thesis on the role of Oscar Wilde in the development of the ghost story in British literature.” Wikipedia

“Nathan Ripley is the pen name of literary fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum. His stories and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queenโ€™s Mystery Magazine, among other places. He lives in Toronto.” Fantastic Fiction

Nathan Ripley on Twitter

Some Of The Best From Tor.com 2016 #BookReview #Free #KOBO

๐Ÿ““ย Some Of The Best From Tor.com is a collection of 25 stories, each with a beautifully illustrated cover, published in 2016. I stumbled upon this free KOBO ebook while searching for a book by Caighlan Smith, who has a short story in this anthology. Keep scrolling to see my rating for each story (P.S. quite a few were a 5 star read for me!)ย  ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Title: Some Of The Best From Tor.com 2016

Author:ย Anthology

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror

Publisher: Tor.com

Date published: January 2017

Page Count: 667

 

 

 

My Review

 

“Clover” By Charlie Jane Anders ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Art of Space Travel” By Nina Allan ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Destroyer” By Tara Isabella Burton ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Traumphysik” By Monica Byrne ๐ŸŒŸ

“The High Lonesome Frontier” By Rebecca Campbell ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Lullaby for a Lost World” By Aliette De Bodard ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“A Dead DJinn in Cairo” By P. DJeli Clark ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Breaking Water” By Indrapramit Das ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Autobiography Of A Traitor And A Half-Savage” By Alix E. Harrow ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The City Born Great” By N.K. Jemisin ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Everything That Isn’t Winter” By Margaret Killjoy ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Weight Of Memories” By Cixin Liu ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Maiden Thief” By Melissa Marr ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Caretakers” By David Nickle ๐ŸŒŸ

“Your Orisons May Be Recorded” By Laurie Penny ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Meat + Drink” By Daniel Polansky ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Three Lives Of Sonata James” By Lettie Prell ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Great Detective” By Delia Sherman ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Finnegan’s Field” By Angela Slatter ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“The Weather” By Caighlan Smith ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Terminal” By Lavie Tidhar ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Her Scales Shine Like Music” By Rajnar Vajra ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“La Beautรฉ Sans Vertu” By Genevieve Valentine ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“That Game We Played During The War” By Carrie Vaughn ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“A Fist Of Permutations In Lightning and Wildflowers” By Alyssa Wong ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Places to get this book:
https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765391957

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Best-Tor-com-2016-Original-ebook/dp/B01MS8EZ9X

https://www.tor.com/2017/01/10/free-ebook-giveaway-of-some-of-the-best-of-tor-com-2016-edition/

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/some-of-the-best-from-tor-com-2016

Our Dark Duet By Victoria Schwab #BookReview

๐Ÿ““ย Our Dark Duet is the conclusion to the Monsters of Verity duology. If you haven’t read This Savage Song, then be warned – spoilers ahead! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Title: Our Dark Duet

Author:ย Victoria Schwab

Genre:ย Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Date published: June 2017

Page Count: 510

 

 

synopsis

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waitingโ€”one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?” Goodreads

 

My Review

Six months after Kate Harker left Verity, she is now a monster hunter living in Prosperity. She comes face to face with a new kind of monster. This shadow monster has Malchai red eyes and Corsai claws. It feeds on chaos and violence. The “Chaos Eater” leaves a piece of itself in her eye, giving her the ability to know where it’s heading. When Kate realizes that it’s heading to Verity she decides to go back and find August.

Our Dark Duet is a story about the moral gray area that lives between the dark and light. If we can see a guilty soul glow red, does that mean we get to end their life? Can people (or monsters) change?

 

Kate Harker is the daughter of Callum and Alice Harker. Kate is a stubborn, fearless fighter with a strong personality. She has strong feelings for August Flynn.

Callum Harker, who was the leader of North Verity. In This Savage Song, Kate shot him and August reaped his soul.

Sloan: a Malchai. He caused the car crash that killed Kate’s mother, Alice. Sloan was made when Callum committed a sin.

Henry Flynn: leader of FTF (Flynn Task Force). Married to Emily. Adoptive father to Ilsa, Leo, August, and Soro.

Ilsa Flynn: August’s sister, also the first Sunai. My favorite character. She is strong, but gentle. Graceful, yet deadly.

Leo Flynn: August’s brother, was also the second Sunai. August reaped Leo’s soul, and now August seems to be hearing Leo speak to him in his mind.

August Flynn: the third Sunai to be created. He met two other Sunai, Isla and Leo, after he was adopted by Henry and Emily Flynn.

Soro Flynn: the fourth Sunai created. Androgynous and prefers gender-neutral pronouns (is referred to as “they” in novel).

Alice, is a monster born when Kate committed a sin. Alice purposefully named herself after Kate’s dead mother. I particularly enjoyed Alice. She is ruthless, cunning, devious, and strong.

Our Dark Duet is filled with action, suspense. A very fast read for a book with over 500 pages. If you feel attached to any character, prepare to get your heart ripped out.

I didn’t like this book as much as This Savage Song. I can’t quite explain why, but I felt more connected to the characters while reading the first book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were from one perspective. The ending wasn’t quite enough. It didn’t resolve any of the big problems. It left me wanting more, and not in the good way.

In summary, this is a mediocre plot with great characters. If you read This Savage Song, then yes, go ahead and read this. You may end up feeling disappointed, but at least you get to let your mind wander to this fantastic world with interesting characters.

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Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.”

https://twitter.com/veschwab/

May TBR [2018]

Monthly TBR: Julyโ€ฆ | Echoing Books

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Title: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Date Published: June 2017

Page Count: 510

Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis: “THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waitingโ€”one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?”

 

Find You In The Dark

Title: Find You In The Dark

Author: Nathan Ripley

Publisher: Text Publishing

Date Published: April 2018

Page Count: 352

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Synopsis: “A chilling debut thriller in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.

Detective Sandra Whittal takes that a little personally. Sheโ€™s suspicious of the mysterious caller, who she names the Finder. Maybe heโ€™s the one leaving the bodies behind. If not, whoโ€™s to say he wonโ€™t start soon?

As Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder, Martin makes a shocking discovery. It seems someoneโ€”someone lethalโ€”is very unhappy about the bodies heโ€™s been digging up.

Hunted by a cop, hunted by a killer. To escape and keep his family safe, Martin may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever imagined.”

 

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Title: Look At Me

Author: Mareike Krรผgel
Translated by Imogen Taylor

Publisher: Text Publishing

Date Published: February 2018

Page Count: 288

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis: “Katharinaโ€™s husband isnโ€™t coming home for the weekendโ€”againโ€”so sheโ€™s on her own. When their chaotic daughter Helli has a nosebleed, Kat has to dash off to school to pick her up.

Then their son, Alex, announces heโ€™s bringing his new girlfriend home for the first time. Katโ€™s best friend from college is coming around tonight too, and sheโ€™s wondering if she should try to seduce himโ€”but first she needs to do the shopping, the vacuuming and the laundry, deal with an exploding clothes-dryer, find their neighbourโ€™s severed thumb in the front yard and catch a couple of escaped rodents.

When sheโ€™s got all that sorted, perhaps sheโ€™ll have time to think about the thing sheโ€™s been trying not to think aboutโ€”the lump sheโ€™s just found in her breast. Because you canโ€™t just die and leave a huge mess for someone else to clean upโ€ฆcan you? And wasnโ€™t there supposed to be more to life than this?”

 

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Title: Some of the Best From Tor.com 2016

Author: Various

Publisher: Tor.com

Date Published: January 2017

Page Count: 667

Synopsis: “An anthology of 25 of Tor.com’s favorite short stories and novelettes selected from the 57 stories they have published in 2016. These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Carl Engle-Laird, Liz Gorinsky, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Justin Landon, Diana Pho, and Miriam Weinberg. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Raincoast Books

Date Published: June 2003

Page Count: 768

Synopsis: “Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down…

 

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Title: Man Gone Down

Author: Michael Thomas

Publisher: Grove Press

Date Published: December 2006

Page Count: 431

Synopsis: “On the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, the unnamed black narrator of Man Gone Down finds himself broke, estranged from his white wife and three children, and living in the bedroom of a friend’s six-year-old child. He has four days to come up with the money to keep the kids in school and make a down payment on an apartment for them in which to live. As we slip between his childhood in inner city Boston and present-day New York City, we learn of a life marked by abuse, abandonment, raging alcoholism, and the best and worst intentions of a supposedly integrated America. This is a story of the American Dream gone awry, about what it’s like to feel preprogrammed to fail in life and the urge to escape that sentence.”

April Wrap Up [2018]

I read 6 books in March:
3 Young Adult (1 Sci-Fi, 2 Fantasy)
2 Adult (both Mystery/Thriller)
1 Middle Grade (Fantasy)

2396 pages

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2 – ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

1 – ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Gemina

Title: Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Date Published: October 2016

Page Count: 659

My Review: Book Review ~ Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)

 

 

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Title: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Publisher: Graphix

Date Published: September 2009

Page Count: 219

My Review: Review on Goodreads

 

 

 

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Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Date Published: October 2014

Page Count: 391

My Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue โš˜ (The Raven Cycle Book 3) #BookReview

 

 

 

Crooked Kingdom

Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Date Published: September 2016

Page Count: 546

My Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) #BookReview #SpoilerFree

 

 

 

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Title: The Man Who Died

Author: Antti Tuomainen

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: October 2017

Page Count: 245

My Review: The Man Who Died #Thriller #BookReview #SpoilerFree #Themanwhodied #Netgalley

 

 

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Title: The Broken Girls

Author: Simone St. James

Publisher: Berkley

Date Published: March 2018

Page Count: 336

My Review: The Broken Girls