Monthly Wrap Up: July 2017

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Happy last day of July!

I really struggle in the summer; I am not a fan of the heat so I really spend most of July complaining and wishing Bath and Body Works would put out their fall candle selection.

I felt like I was incredibly busy this month and not doing much reading at all so I was surprised when I counted up my July titles and realized I managed to get 32 titles read!

I also hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal!  I have read 213 books so far this year and that ain’t too shabby!

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Keep reading to see what books I read this month…there were quite a few gems!

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Book Review: Girl in Snow (Dayna Kukafka) @danyakukafka @SimonBooks

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I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries; it is very hard for me to find any originality in texts. Enter, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, which felt like a breath of fresh air for me.   From the character development to the POV, I felt like this novel had something that others are lacking for me lately.

The plot opens with the discovery of a young girl (Lucinda), neck snapped, buried in the snow. From here, everything changes. Small town cop, Russ, begins to investigate while dealing with his own personal issues.   A social pariah, Jade, is irritated with the hype; she hated Lucinda. Cameron, struggling with her death, and what he knows about it, is forced to face parts of himself that he longs to keep buried.   Each character with a secret, each character seeking solace, Kukafka’s tale is weaved creating an unnerving story of love, loss and obsession.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Party (Robyn Harding) @SimonSchusterCA

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I was hesitant to pick up The Party, by Robyn Harding, based on a number of mediocre reviews I was reading. Well, now that I have finished, it just goes to show you that entertainment truly is in the eye of the reader because I loved this novel.

Jeff and Kim host a sweet sixteen party for their daughter, Hannah, with some rules: no alcohol, no drugs, no boys. However, rules are broken and the party turns tragic. In the aftermath, relationships are tested, secrets are revealed and nothing will be the same.

 

I found this one absolutely unputdownable; I binge read it over the course of a couple of hours. Harding has an uncanny ability to captivate her reader with quick prose and eloquent story telling. I loved the way the book was narrated; quick chapters told through the eyes of alternating characters (both teenaged and adult).
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Book Review: In A Dark Dark Wood (Ruth Ware)

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 12.27.06 PM.pngIn A Dark Dark Wood, the debut novel by Ruth Ware, seemed to be a book that I had seen popping up everywhere over the last couple of years; I had purchased this book wayyyyyyy back when it had first released and it had sat on my shelf.

Poor thing.

After reading Ruth Ware’s newest release, The Lying Game and enjoying it (you can check out my review for that one HERE), I dusted off my copy and dove in!

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Book Review: Sweet Pea (C.J Skuse) @CJSkuse

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Every so often, I stumble across a book that gives me extreme book envy. Usually, this is caused by books that release in the UK wayyyy before their North American arrival and, in the case of Sweet Pea by CJ Skuse, this was the case!

Janel, my pal from Keeper of Pages, told me this one was a must read, so I began to hunt it down and eventually persuaded my local library to order a copy.

Sweet Pea follows Rhiannon, your average woman (average job, average boyfriend, average home, average friends) who goes about her daily life. Making kills lists and murdering men in the park. You know, average stuff.

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Book Review: The Last Place You Look (Kristen Lepionka) @KMLwrites @FaberBooks

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I am always looking to add a new crime series to my repertoire so I was thrilled to discover The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. This novel, the first book featuring private detective, Roxane Weary, followed Brad Stockton, a boy from a rough neighbourhood, who sits on death row after being convicted of murdering the parents of his girlfriend, Sarah Cook. Sarah disappeared that night and was never seen again. Now, as his execution approaches, his sister hires PI Roxanne Weary to try and find Sarah. Reeling from her own personal tragedies, Roxanne finds herself drawn into the investigation when she sees parallels between Sarah and one of her own father’s investigations into that of an unsolved murder.   With time running out and danger lurking around every corner, Roxanne must use all of her resources to try and find out the truth.

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Book Review: The Lost Ones (Sheena Kamal) @sheena_kamal @WmMorrowBks

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I first discovered the work of Sheena Kamal when I read Eyes Like Mine, which was previously published in the UK. Now that book is being published in North American under the title The Lost Ones and I am thrilled that #cjsreads decided to read this for one of our July picks.

Not only is this book amazing, but it also features tons of Canadian content- which- let’s get real- I am completely biased about!

The book, which appears to be the first in a series, introduces a brand new anti-heroine with flawed, recovering addict, Nora Watts. Working as a PI and journalist, Nora finds herself caught up in the case of her missing daughter. Along with the help of her ex-sponsor, her employers and her sister, Nora begins the hunt for her daughter and gets wrapped up a parallel crime when one of her co-workers is murdered. This one had me glued to the pages and flipping rapidly to understand how all these moving pieces fit together.

My original review of this book can be found HERE, but since this is a #cjsreads title, keep reading to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of this one!

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