Book Review: Gather the Daughters (Jennie Melamed)

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 2.53.59 PM.pngWhen I first read the synopsis for Gather the Daughters, the debut novel by Jennie Melamed, I was instantly intrigued. I am a sucker for anything that surrounds a cult or had any cult vibes, so, based on other reviews, I figured this would be right up my alley. Although this novel ended up being quite different from what I was expecting when I began, I ended up really enjoying Gather the Daughters.

Set on an isolated island, where ten men and their families built a society of controlled breeding and domination. Taking part in ritualistic behaviour, the daughters of the island take part in scenarios that drag them from adolescence into adulthood before their teenage years are over. However, after one daughter sees something she cannot forget, she must share it with the others and suffer the consequences. Told in alternating chapters between different daughters of the island, this dark debut will leave you disturbed and bewildered.

The first thing that stuck out to me was the tone of the novel. This one read like a mix between Lord of the Flies and the Handmaid’s Tale. I thought this was really interesting. The language choice of Melamed makes it feel like a classic and, due to the content of the novel, I felt like this was a really smart choice. It made the time period of the novel feel ambiguous and, I feel, it added another layer of unrest and eeriness to the text.
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Blog Tour: Dead Girls Can’t Lie (Carys Jones) @Aria_Fiction

Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 10.07.13 AM.pngWelcome to my stop on the Aria blog tour for Dead Girls Can’t Lie!  I am thrilled to be hosting a spot today and, if you are new, welcome to Clues and Reviews!

I always get so excited when an author I have read before comes out with a new work.  I was thrilled to find out that Carys Jones, the author of Wrong Number and Last Witness was coming out with a new book this month.   The synopsis hooked me right away:

Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?

When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…

When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe… 

This one had K.A Tucker, He Will Be My Ruin, vibes (which was a book I had BINGE read a few months ago) written all over it.  Now that I have finished Dead Girls Can’t Lie, my feelings are a bit mixed.

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Book Review: I Know A Secret (Tess Gerritsen) @tessgerritsen @randomhouse #rizzoliandisles

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 9.10.26 PM.pngWhen #cjsreads is choosing titles for our upcoming months, we usually decide together on titles. It is easier that way.   The only general rule we try to stick by is to avoid any novels that are deep into a series; it makes sense for our sanity. However, when I discovered that I Know A Secret, the twelfth novel in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen, was coming out this summer, I begged and forcefully pushed my friends to read this book asked kindly and, since they are nice, Chandra and Jessica obliged. Am I glad they did!

I’ve mentioned about a bajillion times on my blog how much of a Gerritsen fan I am, especially in regards to her Rizzoli and Isles series. I picked up the fifth book in the series randomly last summer, binge read it and ended up going back and devouring the first nine in the series before deciding to pace myself.   Kick ass female leads are pretty much my favourite and Gerritsen has created two brilliant characters in these novels; downright addicting, they are!!

The newest installment is no exception. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. Gerritsen is a master storyteller and this is consistently made clear in her novels. From the rich character backgrounds to the fast-paced, dark, suspenseful plots, she leaves no stone unturned and weaves the story brilliantly. In fact, I find the series gets better with age! This novel is a highlight in the series!!

If you are a crime lover that has yet to dive into this series, you are seriously missing out! I urge you to go and check out The Surgeon (the first in the series), I promise, it does not disappoint!!!  You can absolutely read this as a standalone, but trust me, you will want to go back and read the rest of the series anyways!!

5/5 stars.

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one…or if they regretted listening to my intense book recommendation.  Yikes.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-5-43-21-pmAfter taking a few weeks off, I am back in action with the “It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?” post.  I cannot believe how much I rely on this post to keep me on track and focused for the upcoming week!  Needless to say, I missed it!

In case you don’t know, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week.

It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

Last week, I went through a bit of a reading slump!  Between wedding events, another move and work, I was pretty much running on empty and struggled to finish just about any book!  Luckily, I feel better than ever now and am excited to get some serious reading done this week!

Keep reading to see what I read last week, what I am reading now and what I plan on reading this upcoming week.

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Book Review: Girl on Point (Cheryl Guerriero) @uncle_cher

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As someone who reviews book, it is no surprise to hear that sometimes books become buried on my shelves. Unfortunately for me, this means that sometimes a hidden gem can become forgotten! When I stumbled across Girl on Point, by Cheryl Guerriero, in my “to review” pile, I had one of those “HEY!” moments and I picked it up immediately. I am so glad I did.

I felt from the start that this one had an original plot.   After her sister is killed in a convenience story robbery, Alex, an athletic, straight A student, is devastated.   Upon investigation, it is noted that the act was probably one of gang violence but without any certainties, the police cannot do much. Determined to avenge her sister’s murder, Alex disguises herself and joins the gang responsible. Crossing the line into enemy territory, Alex finds herself in danger, her morals questioned, and her life at risk as she infiltrates the world of gang life and dangerous criminals.

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Hey You! Read This! (The Abduction Thriller Edition)

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMConfession time: I am a bossy book reader.  I read books and  then force people around me to read them make subtle and kind recommendations to others.

I cannot help it, I want to share the book love. I want to chat about what I’ve read.

My “Hey, You!  Read This!” feature will hone in books I have read and would recommend in different genres and subgenres.

This week, I have decided to kick off my newest feature with one of my favourite sub genres in the thriller category: abduction thrillers. Call me crazy, but I am a sucker for an abduction thriller.  Anything that involves a kidnapping, a psycho holding several people in their basement or people rising like a phoenix from the ashes to wreak havoc on their captors have me pretty much glued to the pages.

Interested?

Keep reading to see what made my top picks….

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Book Review: The Dark Net (Benjamin Percy) @Benjamin_Percy @HMHbooks

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 2.17.51 PM.pngWhen I first stumbled across The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy on a list of summer releases, it jumped right up to the top of my TBR pile and became one of my most anticipated reads for August. After reading a few other novels that discussed the dark net and the secret underbelly of the web, I couldn’t wait to dive into this one and creep myself out reading about this anonymous and criminal arena.

This book ended up being 100% completely different from what I was expecting.

The novel follows several characters: a young girl, Hannah, who is blind. She is being fitted for a high-tech visual prosthetic that is supposed to help her see. There is a journalist, Lela, who stumbles across a dark story that should have been kept hidden. There is Mike Juniper, a man who runs a homeless shelter to try and make up for the sins of his past and Derek, a hacker.   This random array of people comes together to try and fight literal demons that are hiding within the web.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Dark Net (Benjamin Percy) @Benjamin_Percy @HMHbooks”

Book Review: The Weight of Lies (Emily Carpenter) @EmilyDCarpenter

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 9.04.14 PM.pngThe Weight of Lies, the newest release by Emily Carpenter, was a book that I had been recommended to me by several of my favourite bloggers, so I knew I had to read this one ASAP!

The novel opens with Meg, reformed party girl and daughter to superstar writer extraordinaire Frances Ashby. Ashby, who is best known for a best-selling horror novel, Kitten, has made her fortune off of the murder of a young girl that inspired the book. Forty years later, and sick of her relationship with her mother, Meg is pushed over the edge by a personal tragedy and agrees to write a tell-all book about her mother.    Digging into the past, and the cult classic her mother wrote, Meg finds herself in Bonny Island, Georgia questioning the facts of the decades-old murder.   And, when Meg finds herself in danger, she realises her mother’s book isn’t the only horror that came from Bonny Island.
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Book Hoarding: What’s Been On My Backlist the Longest?

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMI am a book hoarder.

I said it.

I admit it.

I embrace it.

But it still gets me into quite a bit of trouble!  I am aways buying books with the full intention of reading them right away.  And then they sit on my shelf for months years DECADES.  Danielle over at The Blonde Likes Books did this post and I figured it was time to (wo)man up and face the music.   She decided to go through her Goodreads “to read” shelf and show the 10 books that have been on her list the longest.  Helping not only with her Beat the Backlist challenge but also making some accountability happen.

So, today, I am following suit.  Here are my top 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf the longest and I am making my solemn vow to have these read by the end of this year!

Let the countdown commence!

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