Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just another great week of reading, a quiet weekend helped!!
A meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph
The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
Brain Storm by Elaine Viets
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Currently Reading:
Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

Next on the TBR pile:
Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner

Friday, September 23, 2016

Boy, 9, Missing
by Nic Joseph

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He's tried to move on in the last twenty-three years, even though his father certainly hasn't. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. Perhaps if Sam would have just said something, anything, about what happened that night, but Sam still seems unable-or unwilling-to utter a word about the accident.

And now, twenty-three years later, Sam's own nine-year-old son has disappeared.
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Francis lost his younger brother in a drowning in their home and more than twenty years later he is moving back home for a job opportunity, but the wounds haven't healed and he is swept into the past from the first time he crosses the border.  The crazy thing is that his child isn't aware of his past, none of it.  

I loved this book.  I can't place in one genre, instead I think it is a combination - family drama and mystery.  Yes, there is a mystery - what happened to Lucas and Matthew, but I feel as though the heart of the story are the two families and how a tragedy can affect them to their core for years.  

I guessed wrong when I made the guess as to who kidnapped Matthew and sometimes when I am wrong it affect my reading of the book, but in this case I loved the outcome more than the path I thought it was headed.  I love when a book surprises me!

I loved this one and can't wait to see what comes next.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2016 Challenge: 28 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Sourcebooks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Vanishing Year
by Kate Moretti

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Going into fall one of the types of books that I love to read are the creepy ones and this one had a major creep factor!  Zoe Whittaker is now living the high life, but her past was very very different and not many people know the full story.  She thinks that she has hit the jackpot with a husband who can take care of her, but is her life truly perfect.  

Do not judge the book by the shortness of this review, it is just too creepy and good that I just can't share too much and ruin it!  Zoe was a great character.  This was one of those books where I may have shouted at the book DON'T OPEN THE DOOR or something to that affect.  I love when a character and a book move me so much that I physically react and am "talking" to the book.  I love it!

So if you love a book with a fair amount of creepy then this one is definitely for you.  

I was excited to find out after reading this book that Kate Moretti had a fair backlist, so I will be picking up something else from her soon.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2016 Challenge: 27 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Secret Ways of Perfume
by Cristina Caboni

Publisher: Berkley NAL
Pages: 416
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Ten-year-old Elena lives in Florence with her cold and distant perfumier grandmother. Only when enveloped in aromas does Elena feel at home, and she has nurtured a unique gift: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume, and experience the feelings it evokes.

Years later, Elena’s talent leads her to the cobbled streets of Paris. There she rediscovers an old, secret family perfume recipe that no other perfumier has been able to replicate.

As Elena begins to open her heart to new adventures she meets a man who is guarding his own secrets. From France’s sun-drenched lavender fields to the ancient heart of Italy, together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories and new hopes . . .


Kritters Thoughts:  Elena comes from a long line of ladies who have devoted their lives to the perfume world.  She ran away from that world and thought the man she was with would help her build a new life; instead he is almost repeating her childhood and she must go to Paris to find a new path.  

The one thing that I didn't love about this book was the amount of time spent on Monique, Elena's best friends life.  I felt as though there were a few spots where I could have read less of her story because it didn't affect Elena's story; I just felt like it was too much and I wish it had been left out a little.

Beyond that, I loved it.  I have read quite a few books at this point about perfume and there were a few times in those books that they felt so technical and I lost the story - NOT so in this one.  Of course there were technical moments, but they didn't interrupt the narrative, but instead added to it at the right times.  

So add this one to your list of great perfume novels.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Goodbye Year
by Kaira Rouda

Publisher: Sparkpress
Pages: 312
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated facade of her life. Will and his wife are fine as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class). 


Kritters Thoughts:  What a GREAT read!  This was absolutely an ensemble book where the author had to include a page to define the family and who was in each family that the book centered around - 5 families!  Not only do the parents and their drama take place in the book, but the seniors in high school also get a chance to tell their sides of the story.  

First, I loved the place in life that this book took place.  The parents are dealing with impending empty nest syndrome and the kids have legit senioritis.  I think of this transition as a full family transition and it affects everyone in the home, so what a great time in a family's life to highlight in a novel.  

I am a Kaira Rouda fan, I love how she keeps it real in books, but doesn't overdramatize things one bit.  There was only one spot in this book in one storyline where I shrugged my shoulders and wasn't in love, but I can't reveal the spot, it would ruin too much!  This one spot did not in one way affect my overall feelings of the book and this makes me want to forgo what I was going to read and go find another Kaira Rouda to read!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

I actually don't know how all this reading actually happened, but I am so grateful, this year has been the hardest year in regards to finding reading time.  My reading numbers are actually their lowest in a long time, so to have a great week and weekend makes me so grateful!
A meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Marrow by Elizabeth Lesser
The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti
The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda
The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni

Currently Reading:
Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph

Next on the TBR pile:
The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Girls in the Garden
by Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Kritters Thoughts:  The idyllic neighborhood with the perfect community park seems like the perfect spot for Clare to move her two daughters after a tragedy occurs at their home taking their father away from them.  She thinks the community feel may help them heal.  But tragedy can strike anywhere and in the first chapter, the reader finds out that Clare's older daughter is found in this idyllic park unconscious and in a compromising situation.  The story then goes back in time to show what events lead to the incident in the park.

I always love a book that opens with the main event and then takes the reader back in time to show all the puzzle pieces to get the characters to that conclusion.  This book not only did that, but had an end chapter to give a full story conclusion as to how the characters were 10 months after the incident - I am so glad!  I loved getting to visit the characters after the incident and see where it took them.  

If you have read Lisa Jewell, you will know that she is so good at writing each individual book and making them unique, she doesn't use a formula or follow the same steps.  I love that I know it will be a solidly good read, but will still be different from the others I have read of hers.  I haven't read everything she has written!  

Have you read Lisa Jewell?  Do you have a favorite?


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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