Book Reviews, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense/Crime Fiction

Book Review: Since She Went Away by David Bell


I picked up Since She Went Away as part of my Books by the Banks TBR.  David Bell attends the BBTB book festival every year as Cincinnati, Ohio is his hometown.   Convenient right? Obviously being within an hour away from Cincinnati myself, I had heard of David Bell before, but I just hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his work.  The BBTB was the push I needed to finally pick up one of his books.  As Since She Went Away was release in June, this was the book that he was promoting at the festival.


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ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense/Crime Fiction

Book Review: Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

Fracturedcov.jpgI requested Fractured to review after it was confirmed that Catherine McKenzie was attending the Books by the Banks book festival that I attended last month.  You can read about my experience here → Book Event: Books by the Banks Book Festival.  I was thrilled (see what I did there?) when my request was approved.  This was my first time any of Catherine McKenzie’s work, and I must say I was not disappointed. Continue reading “Book Review: Fractured by Catherine McKenzie”

ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Book Review: June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore


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Author: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Genre: Historical Fiction • Mystery

Version: Hardback (400 pages)

Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2016)

Source:  NetGalley & Blogging For Books

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Book Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.

As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

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Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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1232Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Series: #1 in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series

Paperback: 487 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books (February 1, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0143034901

ISBN-13: 978-0143034902

Amazon // Goodreads // TSOTW Soundtrack // TSOTW Tour of Barcelona

Book Synopsis:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

My Thoughts:

Warning: The following cannot be classified as a review because nothing I could write would do this book justice.  Instead, it will be me ranting about the greatness that is this book.   You have been warned…

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ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult

Fantasy Friday! Book Review: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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51uYkzBn5RL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Frances Hardinge

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Amulet Books (April 19, 2016)

Awards: 2015 Costa Book Award – Book of the Year

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1419718959

ISBN-13: 978-1419718953

Amazon // Goodreads // Excerpt

Book Synopsis:

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge. It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot suppress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter …

My Thoughts:

 First off, let’s talk cover.  When I saw the cover for The Lie Tree, I had to know more.  I don’t know what it is about apples, but I’m a sucker for a book cover with an apple on the front.  The peel with writing etched on it makes this cover look a little dark and mysterious.  Seriously though, it is stunning.

This book was originally published in 2015, here is the original cover…


As much as I adore the cover with the apple, after reading the book, I think the original cover is a better fit.

I’m going to be honest here, I was apprehensive going into this book.  This year, I had been working on trying to read more YA books, however I had read 3 this year and each one fell flat for me.  I was starting to wonder if the YA genre just didn’t appeal to me…Am I too old for YA?  I’m happy to report that this book restored my faith in the YA genre!

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