Book Review: The Body in the Ice (A.J MacKenzie) @BONNIERZAFFRE @AJMACKNOVELS

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 4.58.45 PMOn Christmas Day in 1796, a frozen corpse is found frozen into the ice of the horse pond at New Hall. With no murder weapon, no motive and the victim’s identity unknown, Reverand Hardcastle, his trusted friend (Amelia Chaytor) and a new captain (Edward Austen) are summoned to the scene to investigate.   It is only then that they realize, the secrets of New Hall are more dangerous than they initially appeared.

I don’t often dabble into historical fiction, but every so often, I make an exception! The Body in the Ice by A.J Mackenzie (a pseudonym for a husband and wife Anglo-Canadian writing team) had all the components of a novel I would read to escape my everyday life. Unique characters, a mysterious plot and cheeky humour, made this one a slow and easy read.

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Book Review: I Found You (Lisa Jewell) @lisajewelluk @SimonSchusterCA

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 6.56.19 PM.pngI Found You by Lisa Jewell was one of the most originally written novels I have read this year; a slow burning mystery and then a fast race to the finish, Jewell had me captivated with her complex characters and her smart prose.

This was one of my most anticipated April reads. I have countless novels by this author on my TBR shelf, but, for whatever reason, they always end up in my bag log.   So, needless to say, I was pleased as punch when #cjsreads made this one of our picks and forced me to move this one to the top!

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Weekly Wrap Up: April 22, 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-5-43-21-pmWell, it’s that time of the week again!

Weekly Wrap Up is the post where I share my general blog updates, my latest Netgalley approvals, my posts from the past week and a wrap up of my top “bookstagram” posts.

What. A Week.

I worked several twelve (and thirteen!) hour days and then had a major blogging snafu! Keep reading for updates and all my blogging news from the last week.

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Book Review: So Much Love (Rebecca Rosenblum) @RebeccaRosenblu @RandomHouseCA

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 10.22.33 PM.pngSo Much Love, the debut novel, by Rebecca Rosenblum follows a small town when a young woman (Catherine) vanishes.   As life goes on and people begin to adjust to their lives without her, her outer circle of acquaintances and people closest to her experience devastating loss and incredible resiliency.

This novel was completely unlike anything I have every read; I would categorize this one as a contemporary thriller. Intense subject matter collides with strong prose and character relationships to create an intimate look into one woman’s captivity and all of those left behind.   This is not your fast paced, run of the mill style thriller; instead, Rosenblum creates a slow burn that will have you sucked in.

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Blog Tour: The Body in the Ice (A.J Mackenzie) @bonnierzaffre @AJMacKnovels

So pleased to be on the blog tour today for The Body in the Ice by A.J Mackenzie!

I am coming at you today with an extract of this period mystery; I am having some serious computer issues currently, so my review for this novel will stay tuned!

Keep reading for a synopsis of this book and to catch a sneak peak of this novel

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Book Review: The Escape (C.L Taylor) @AvonBooksUK @callytaylor ‏#theescape

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Jo Blackmore, against her gut feeling, agrees to give a stranger a ride. The stranger knows Jo, she knows her husband (Max) and she knows Jo’s daughter, two-year-old, Elise.   “Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…” What starts as a subtle threat, soon turns into Jo’s worst nightmare as everyone begins to turn on her and, soon, she has no other option but to try and escape.

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Book Review: The Trophy Child (Paula Daly) @RandomHouseCA

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The Trophy Child, the newest release by Paula Daly, was not your typical mystery story. Part police procedural, part psychological drama and part suspense, I devoured this one in the course of a few sittings.

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Book Review: Penance (Kanae Minato) @mulhollandbooks

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As children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were separated from their friend, Emily. Hours later, she is found murdered. Unable to provide any answers to the police and unable to find the murderer, Emily’s mother curses the girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter’s murder.

I am always looking to add diversity to my reading rotation, so when I saw Penance, by Kanae Minato, and realized I had never heard of this author before, I decided to add this novel (translated from its original Japanese) into my rotation. I have never read any books by a Japanese author before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What an experience.

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Book Review: Change Agent (Daniel Suarez) @itsDanielSuarez @DuttonBooks

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 2.09.28 PMIn the year 2045, Kenneth Durand, an Interpol agent who leads a team against genetic crime, feels the sting of a needle and his transformation begins.   Durand finds himself identified by a cartel in charge of some of the most exclusive black market genetic labs and wakes up in the hospital, completely transformed as Interpol’s most wanted suspect. Now a fugitive, Durand must go deep into the underground world and evade police capture to try and retain his own DNA.

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