Book Reviews

Our House by Louise Candlish

Our HouseTitle: Our House
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?

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?

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Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett

Onyx and IvoryTitle: Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1)
Author: Mindee Arnett
Rating: ★★★★

I received this in the May 2018 FairyLoot box.

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Kate Brighton, member of the Relay (aka Rime Postal Service), inherited her new name after her father took a go at assassinating the high king. Every day poses some troubles with nightdrakes on the prowl to devour any Relay members and their horses if they don’t make it behind castle walls on time. But Kate has a secret…she is a wilder: she can use magic to influence the minds of animals. However, if she is caught, the same beautiful magic could quickly lead to her death.

In moments like these, atop a horse and flying over the ground, she glimpsed her old life. She became Kate Brighton again. Daughter of Hale Brighton, master of horse to the high king. She was free. A girl with a future. Someone who mattered.

Things take a turn when Kate saves the life of Corwin Tormane (with the help of magic), the high king’s son and her former lover. Unbeknownst to the lie behind the secret weapon, Corwin invites Kate and her two closest friends to accompany him to Norgard in hopes that with their help (and the manufacturing of this new secret weapon), the people won’t have to live in fear of the drakes any longer.

The uror sign was a horse. One half of his body was inky black, the other white as ivory.

The sign of the uror was always equally half black and half white, and always would appear when it was time for an heir to be named king. Edwin and Corwin were tested for their “worthiness as heir”, bringing them to multiple decisions and tasks, many times making them re-hash not-so-pleasant moments of their lives.

What is Kate’s father’s secret? What led her father on his attempt to assassinate the king?What will Kate do with her secret power? Will she ever tell Corwin, and if she does, what will happen? Who will become the heir?

Was anyone else’s favorite Dal? He was funny, serious when needed, and always trying to brighten the mood. Then again, I tend to always like the supporting characters more than the protagonists.

The world is black and white and all the shades of gray in between

A war storm is brewing. Who will win? What devastation will come from this brawl? 

Besides for the opening scene (ugh! it almost made me cry…I used to ride horses) and infidelity (oh, how I hate thee), I really enjoyed this novel. Also, the cover is absolutely astonishing. 

MAY 2018 FAIRYLOOT

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Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish
Author: Ales Kot (Writer), Matt Kindt (Writer), Patrick Zircher (Artist), Rick Leonardi (Artist), Neil Googe (Artist), Sami Basri (Artist), Carmen Carnero (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

We last find ourselves with the almost-destruction of our beloved Suicide Squad. But, one member was believed to not have survived… But fear not, Waller and her team have figured out a new serum that brings people back to life!

A new sheriff is in town, adding a more kills and fighting into the pre-existing, butt-kicking team. Not only him, but the addition of a new super-fast feminine Squader.

And maybe that’s some of the true measure of love – – the kindness we give to those who are too damaged to ever perceive it.

Not falling in love, but staying in it.

Regardless of what comes.

But someone not part of the Suicide Squad and, perhaps, closer to Waller, shows up and plays a big role in Volume 4…James Gordon Jr. This guy is creepier than the Joker himself. And to make things more interesting…he is in love with Waller (hah! Didn’t know anyone could love her).

A giant monster built from dead bodies and controlled by the “Mother” rears its ugly head in this volume, however, I have a feeling she will show up more in the next volume (hopefully?).

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What I really enjoyed was that the reader was able to delve deeper into the lives of Deadshot and Harley Quinn prior to the Suicide Squad, and also, later of the Squad disbanded and had their nano bombs removed from their necks. Harley Quinn was not portrayed as being as weak as she had been in previous volumes.

This was definitely the best comic of this event so far! It was an easy, fast read that flowed well and kept the reader engaged and wanting more the whole time. If you didn’t like the previous volumes and weren’t thinking of continuing with the event, please do! This one makes it so worth it!

 

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Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth, #21) by M.C. Beaton

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Title: Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth, #21)
Author: M.C. Beaton
Rating: ★★★

This was my July 2018 Mystery Book Discussion group read at my local library.

John Heppel is a new guy in town, a published writer and newly-inducted screenwriter for a television series. He is the Gilderoy Lockhart of Lochdubh, Scotland: makeup-ready anytime production crews could be near and never one to pass by a chance to toot his own horn. After providing writing classes to the locals (who all somehow wish to be writers), he is mysteriously found dead…a supposed suicide. 

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Hamish MacBeth is the local constable, redhead, and typical young male afraid of losing his bachelorship (not sure if that is a word?). 

MacBeth is one of those guys who goes with his gut even though it might get him into some trouble. And that is exactly what he does… convinced one of his beloved townsfolk isn’t the murderer, he sets his eyes on those of the production cast. But everyone seems to be lying…at least a little! After being provided with a “fake” screenplay, he is convinced that someone from the television crew is behind the murder, and possibly the murder of another woman. 

When Hamish’s ex-girlfriend and reporter shows up, things are bound to get more complicated. And of course, all of the ladies in town think it is time Hamish finds a wife. However, after a near death and the resolution of the murder, MacBeth misses his opportunity to tell Elspeth (his ex-girlfriend) how he really feels and instead, is left with the comfort of his new cat and dog (which he seems to care about more than anything). 

One big thing that bothered me was Hamish is so poor, but he’s cooking lamb chops for dinner. What?! Also, the ending was unnecessary. The cat brought no relevance to the story whatsoever. 

JULY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

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The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6) by Christopher Fowler

Victoria VanishesTitle: The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6)
Author: Christopher Fowler
Rating: ★★★★

Arthur Bryant And John May (similar to Holmes and Watson) are senior detectives at the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), on their way to retirement. We find our two detectives on a new case: four woman (similarly aged) have been killed publicly in pubs.

During this investigation, the PCU is facing closing by headquarters due to the detectives straying from the beaten paths. Jack Renfield, former nemesis, has been promoted as their senior and is a strict law-abider, forcing the detectives to try to be on their best behavior.

After a shocking twist, the murderer is apprehended. The detectives are getting older, and with that, their health is deteriorating, which has caused some issues along the way. 

But seeing as you’re here too, tell me, how long would it take a man to build a Victorian pub from scratch and then dismantle it again? Could he do it in a single night?

One night while Bryant is walking home, he notices a middle-aged woman entering the Victoria Cross pub. Later, he finds out that the same lady was murdered. However, later going back to the scene of the crime, Victoria Cross no longer exists. Is it his memory issues or is there something more?

I thought this was a great read for those who are choosing to read the novel as a standalone. Never having read a Bryant and May novel in the past, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much. It was easy to distinguish and get a feel for who the characters really were, which is definitely something I look for in a novel.

Who is behind all of the murders and what was the motive? What is the connection between the women?

MAY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION