Book Reviews

Our House by Louise Candlish

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Author: Louise Candlish
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For those of you who are fans of Gone Girl and Big Little Lies, you will enjoy this new novel by Louise Candlish. Infidelity, lies, blackmail, murder, and betrayal are in abundance in Our House.

I must be mistaken, but it looks exactly as if someone is moving into my house.

Fiona (Fi) Lawson comes home after a trip to find that people are moving into her house. She and her ex-husband, Bram, are practicing bird’s nest custody of their children: sharing the same house in order to maintain as close to the same life as they possibly can for the boys. However, Bram’s created a web of lies that leads to the destruction of this agreement. But has he gone too far with his new exploit?

He planned not only to steal my property, but to help himself to my wife.

Bram is nowhere to be seen, Fi no longer has a home, and Harry and Leo aren’t at school. Secrets are everywhere and no one is as s/he seems. The situation seems to be getting worse and worse, and infinitely more complicated.

Where is Bram? Why are other people living in the house? How did everything come about?

He was convinced it would be easier for you if he wasn’t here to bring more shame on you.

There was so much more potential! I was really intrigued at the beginning, but as the story went on, I expected more “aha!” moments than I received. I really enjoyed seeing the story from both Fi and Bram’s perspectives. There was one twist I did not see coming, but I should’ve given the clues. Nothing gets past me (…except for this once)! 

This is a light and easy read laced with slight thriller traits. I would recommend this for people who enjoyed Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.

Expected publication date is August 7, 2018.

 

Book Reviews

Suicide Squad, Volume 5: Walled In

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 5: Walled In
Author: Matt Kindt (Writer), Sean Ryan (Writer), Jim Zub, Patrick Zircher (Artist), Andre Cuelho (Artist), Roger Robinson (Artist), Rafa Sandoval (Artist), Jason Masters (Artist), Carlos Rodriguez (Artist), Jim Fern (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Task Force X, the infamous “Suicide Squad”. A secret government program for imprisoning super villains and using them in deadly missions no one else would dare take.

All of our favorite villains have been freed from Belle Reeve! There isn’t only one Suicide Squad present on the scene these days. Another villain is looming: The Thinker. Infiltrating the Reverse Suicide Squad through radio frequencies, he plans to have the new team destroy the Suicide Squad.

While aboard a military cargo jet, Waller meets Dr. Algot Issen, a geneticist, and inquires about his genetic testing equipment to control super-powered beings. 

In order to stop O.M.A.C., Waller and James Gordon Jr. release a secret prisoner, none other than King Sharks’s dad, himself! But he is bent on killing Waller and anyone else who gets in his way.

James Gordon Jr. has coerced Harley Quinn to his side. However, as usual, Harley has some things up her sleeve.

But, as suspected, both Suicide Squads ban together in order to defeat O.M.A.C. But there is a secret revolving this being capable of mass destruction. What is it? What will happen with the Squads? Will the Thinker win?

Bookish Features

May 2018 OwlCrate Box

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MAY 2018
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

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Sky in the Deep
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OwlCrate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, and Exclusive Pin

 

This was my first OwlCrate box and I ordered it after it already came out (which is why this is posted so much later). I loved that it came with an additional book and I am so excited to read Sky in the Deep!

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Food

The Best Pulled Pork You’ll Ever Have

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This will be my last recipe post for a while as I would like to focus on my book reviews as the primary source for my blog. Thanks 🙂

Recipe: The Best Pulled Pork You’ll Ever Have
Vendor: Yours Truly!
Calories: Who cares!

Time: 8 hours (5 mins prep)

 

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Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8-10 lb. Pork Butt Roast (aka Shoulder) (I use Hormel)

 

  1.   Carefully, rinse all blood off of Pork Butt.
  2. The night prior to cooking, mix together dry ingredients and spread all over meat.

 

 

Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8-10 lb. Pork Butt Roast (aka Shoulder) (I use Hormel)
  1. Pour Chicken Stock in crockpot.
  2. Carefully place rubbed Pork Butt into crockpot.
  3. In crockpot, cook on High 10-12 hours. Cook on low 6-8 hours (usually I start it before work and it is done by the time I get home).
  4. Naturally, the meat starts to pull away from the bone. Use two forks and start to “pull” the meat. I actually remove all fat from the meat.
  5. After pulling all of the meat, add barbecue sauce to consistency you like and put on “Warm” in crockpot.
  6. Serve meat (on a Hawaiian roll), add a little sauce on top, and enjoy!
Book Reviews

Read, Rewrite, Burn Book Tag

I saw the “Read, Rewrite, Burn” book tag on Fiction No Chaser and knew I had to do it! This is the book version of Kiss (let’s keep it PG), marry, kill and a ton of fun!

The Rules

  • Randomly choose 3 books
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread
  • Repeat until you’ve completed six rounds (or however many rounds you want to do)

Round One

I loved Okayest Mom, but I want to know more about the kids and I want to see pictures! La La Lovely is so inspiring and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher I would never like to read again, even if my life depended on it :/

Round Two

While I guessed the ending of Two Girls Down, I really enjoyed how it all came together. The character development was great in The English Wife, however, I wish the ending would’ve panned out differently. I didn’t dislike Not That I Could Tell, but I didn’t love it more than the others and it reminded me slightly of Big Little Lies, which I wasn’t a huge fan of.

Round Three

Onyx & Ivory was a unique idea, so obviously should not be rewritten! The Darkest Minds was another great read, however, I found it predictable at times and a little stagnant. For those that have read my review of Shadowsong, you’ll know I was disappointed in the second novel of the Wintersong series.

Round Four

 

I only chose to burn Tamarack County because it was my least favorite of the three. It was a hard choice between the first two, but I went with the one that I thought was a lighter read, which is exactly the mood I’ve been in lately.

Round Five

No competition – Agatha Christie always wins. Wintersong I liked, however, the characters can be annoying at times and like, “Really, girl, priorities!”. Our House was good, but I felt there are a lot of similar-type novels out there.

 

Round Six

That was an easy BURN! It was a tough choice between The Mayflower Bride and A Soldier’s Song on which I liked more (who I liked more of the male characters haha). I felt The Mayflower Bride was more original, but I really enjoyed both stories!


This was a fun and easy tag! Just what I needed in this busy week.

Which ones would you choose?

Bookish Features

WWW Wednesday – July 11, 2018

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading See All The Stars by Kit Frick. This is an ARC I received from NetGalley and a Buddy Read I will be doing with Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks.

I am also reading Suicide Squad, Volume 5: Walled In by Matt Kindt. This is the fifth and final event in this comic series.

Just Finished:

Since my last post, I finished Our House by Louise Candlish and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

I also finished Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish by Ales Kot. This is the fourth comic in the Suicide Squad event.

Reading Next:

Next, I will be reading Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson and Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. “The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

2. “Onyx & Ivory“, Mindee Arnett

3. La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday“, Trina McNeilly

4. “Okayest Mom“, Natalie Gwyn

5. “Two Girls Down“, Louisa Luna

6. “The Unforgotten“, Laura Powell

7. “The Broken Girls“, Simone St. James

8. “Then She Was Gone“, Lisa Jewell

9. “War of the Staffs (War of the Staffs, #1)“, Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick

10. “King’s Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2)“, Jill Williamson