BOMG Book Review: The Arrangement (Sarah Dunn) @HBGCanada @LittleBrown

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The Arrangement, by Sarah Dunn, was on the top of my TBR list, so, when the library alerted me to the fact that this title was available for me to pick up, I dropped all my scheduled reading and ran like a psycho walked calming into the library, remaining completely serene to pick up this book. I am so glad that I did; this book was downright addicting.

The novel opens with a married couple, Lucy and Owen, having a dinner party with some of their friends. These friends are talking about a scandal in their group of friends; a couple revealed they are having an open marriage.  Following suit, their friends are going to give it a true. Initially, Lucy balks at the idea but what starts as a joke between Lucy and Owen turns into a true experiment, as they agree, that for six months, they will adhere to some guidelines and experience an open marriage.  As each begins their own affairs, they must decide what makes them truly happy and, in the end, if they will choose their original happily ever after or follow their experiment.  Continue reading “BOMG Book Review: The Arrangement (Sarah Dunn) @HBGCanada @LittleBrown”

BOMG Book Review: Company Town (Madeline Ashby) @torbooks

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In the near, but distant future, Hwa is one of the last people in her community without any genetic or bio-engineered enhancements. Starting as a bodyguard in with the United Sex Workers of Canada and moving up the ranks as the personal bodyguard to the child of the wealthiest family around, Hwa is forced to question everything she knows when a series of interconnected murders begin to plague their community. Company Town, by Madeline Ashby, was an interesting read.

As a Canada Reads contender (and a choice for my book club), this novel intrigued me. I had heard so many things about this book, so, even though it was completely outside of my comfort zone, I purchased this book and dove in.

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Blog Tour: The Beachside Flower Stall (Karen Clarke) @karenclarke123 @bookouture

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 3.13.09 PM.pngTen years ago, Carrie Dashwood left her hometown (and never looked back!) after her best friend, Megan, and her first love, Tom, hooked up.   When her aunt calls her, needing her help to run her flower stall (Ruby’s Blooms), in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley, Carrie finds herself with quite the surprise as she is recruited to arrange flowers for a wedding, which happen to be the nuptials of Megan and Tom! Can Carrie keep her cool and find her own happily ever after?

Heartfelt and hilarious, The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke was the exact read I needed to get into a “spring” mood and break out of my, seemingly never-ending, reading slump.   This book had me laughing out loud and rooting for the underdog.

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BOMG Book Review: The Change Room (Karen Connelly) @RandomHouseCA ‏@karenmconnelly

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I mentioned that I would be incorporating lots of different books in my reviews moving forward and Karen Connelly’s The Change Room was something completely different for me!

A sort of a twist on the “coming of age” story, Eliza, a middle aged, married woman, finds herself in an adulterous affair with a woman (Shar) she meets at the pool.   What starts in the change room soon takes over Eliza’s life as she battles between what she feels is right and what she feels in her heart.

I initially chose this book, not only because I wanted to switch things up, but also because a Canadian author wrote it. I am making a serious effort this year to #readthenorth. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I I read this novel easily over the course of a few sittings; I found myself completely engaged in Eliza’s world.

However, this one left me feeling conflicted. I don’t know if I loved this novel or if I hated.

I felt an instant connection to the Eliza character. Something about her was so realistic and she truly was well developed. One thing I liked about her was her banter; she was funny and smart. A few things she said had me smirking with delight. She seemed to be modelled after an “every woman” type of character. She works hard, loves her family but, for whatever reason, finds herself with discontent. For whatever reason, Eliza kept reminding me of the protagonist from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.

I struggled in the middle of the novel because, as much as I enjoyed the character development of Eliza, I didn’t find myself interested in Shar. Not even a little. I’m not sure if I was supposed to be shocked by her sexual experience and feel as if she was an edgy, breath of fresh air into Eliza’s life. But I didn’t. In fact, she kind of bored me.

By the end, I was even more conflicted as I loved the general storyline but hated the abrupt ending.

Regardless of my mixed feels regarding the actual content of the book, I must applaud Connelly for her writing style. As mentioned, she kept me engaged and wondering how this would play out. I also must applaud her on tackling such subject matter; this novel does portray sexually explicit material but I never found it to be “in your face” or too much. Instead, it was very authentic.

I also felt like the story screamed a prominent and glaring message about the fluidity of sexuality.  Eliza does not identify as straight or gay or bisexual. She identifies as Eliza. I felt like this message was very important, especially in the society that we currently live in.

Overall, I enjoyed this one as a break from my regular reading and would not hesitate to read another novel by this author.  I would recommend it!

 

 

BOMG Book Review: Maybe Someday (Colleen Hoover) @AtriaBooks

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 3.23.18 PM.pngOn her 22nd birthday, Sydney’s idyllic world is shattered when she discovers an affair between her best friend and her boyfriend. With nowhere else to go, she finds herself in a strange living arrangement with a musician, Ridge, across the hall and his roommates. As Sydney and Ridge begin to write music together and their attraction grows, Sydney cannot help but hope that maybe someday…

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Book Outside My Genre- Book Review: One True Loves (Taylor Jenkins Reid) @tjenkinsreid

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After an EXTREME book slump, I decided to pick up this novel as a cosmic palette cleanser. I needed to get back in my groove.

You know guys, sometimes it’s easier for me to just settle in my doom and gloom where everyone dies and I’m expecting it.

Books like this? My heart can’t take!

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Book Outside My Genre: Mischling (Affinity Konar) @affinity_konar @leeboudreauxbks @RandomHouseCA

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.20.59 AM.pngI have always been fascinated by historical fiction set in the Holocaust; I think it has something to do with the stories of human survival. I find myself completely enveloped in these types of novels. The characters are what make them. I relish in their tenacity and cheer for them as they defy odds.   I cry for their loss. I will them to live. Needless to say, this novel gave me all the feels.

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#cjsreads2017: The Whole Art of Detection (Lyndsay Faye) @MysteriousPress

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-6-18-39-pmBy Jove!  #cjs reads have chosen something completely different for our first March read.   We read The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye which is out TODAY!  Keep reading for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts…

 
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Book Outside My Genre: Book Review- All Our Wrong Todays (@elanmastai @DuttonBooks)

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The future that people figured in the 1950s that we’d have? It happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, people ride around in flying cars and walk on moving sidewalks. Everyone works in laboratories and food never goes bad. Even though Tom lives in a utopia, he feels as if he cannot find his way. Through a hasty decision, Tom ends up in a time travel mishap and ends up in our 2016: the world that we know. Here, his career is different, his family is different and from his utopian background, this new reality feels like a dystopian wasteland. Torn between his desire to forge a new life in this new reality and fixing the flow of history, Tom finds himself on a search for answers to figure out what the future is truly supposed to be….
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