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!

 

 

Sitting Down With Sherri Smith: Author of Follow Me Down #authorq&a @SL_Smith_ @TORBOOKS

 

Whenever I find an author who is from Canada or lives in Canada, I basically do a joyous happy dance!  Needless to say, when I found out that Sherri Smith lives in Canada, I needed to have her on Clues and Reviews!  Keep reading to find out what she had to say about switching from historical fiction to thrillers, who she’s cast in a Follow Me Down movie and life in general!

Full disclaimer:  she is hilarious and I am going to make her be my best friend.  That is all. 

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Book Review: Never Let You Go (Chevy Stevens) @ChevyStevens @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress

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Never Let You Go, the newest release by Chevy Stevens (out TODAY!), was a novel that I sat down to read one chapter and ended up devouring in an afternoon.   And at 400 pages, this was something that is no easy feat! Emotional, thrilling and suspenseful, there wasn’t much this novel left me wanting.

This was actually my first experience reading a Chevy Stevens novel, but my friend Chelsea at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me was always singing her praises. She was right and I have been majorly missing out!

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Blog Tour: The Hell of It All (Bob Kroll) @ecwpress

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So excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for The Hell of It All: A T.J Peterson Mystery. This novel follows retired Detective T.J Peterson who finds himself re-engaged with a woman from his past and vows to help find her daughter. Peterson is dragged into the underworld of contract killing, money laundering, drugs and prostitution to help find the missing girl. He is into the hell of it all…but will he make it out?

This novel gave me mixed feelings. Let me break it down.

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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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Book Review: The Best Kind of People (Zoe Whittall)

screen-shot-2017-01-15-at-8-13-42-amWhat if someone you loved and trusted was accused of the unthinkable? When a popular teacher, and beloved husband/father, George Woodbury is arrested for sexual misconduct after a school ski trip, the people around him are shattered. His wife Joan deals with denial and rage. His daughter becomes a social outcast. His son puts his own life on hold to try and assist in his father’s defense.  How can they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?  Continue reading “Book Review: The Best Kind of People (Zoe Whittall)”

Book Review: The Hatching (Ezekiel Boone)

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The Hatching, by Canadian author Ezekiel Boone, follows groups of people, throughout the world, as they begin to make a gruesome discovery.   An ancient species, which has been dormant for thousands of years, is now awake. And it is hungry. Hungry for flesh…

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