Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review: Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay

*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I don't know many French authors of crime books, simply because not many of them are translated in English. So I was very excited when I found a gem like this one. Crossing the Line is actually second in the series and I figured that out by requesting the third one on Netgalley. After the third one, I came back for the previous books. I didn't find the first one, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the next book in the series.

The story begins with anatomy class at medical school when a strange message is found in a tooth of a corp. "I was murdered"-it says. Is it a sick student's joke or is there something more going on? The body belongs to a well-known pharmacist who has committed a suicide. But why would someone who is suicidal leave a message "I was murdered"? 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book review: The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Christmas is the most joyful time of the year. While everyone is celebrating, Evie cries all the time. She has lost her baby. Her marriage is falling apart. It is not Christmas for her this year. Lucky for her, her friends are always there by her side. They send her in their house in rural France so she can escape from everything and find herself again. But when you don't expect to find something, you will find it. In the middle of nowhere, while the snow storm lurks around, Evie finds friendship and love, a completely new beginning. Can she finally find herself and start her life again?

Evie's story is very touching. She loses her baby even before the baby is born. Her husband is running away all the time, it is his way of coping with pain. But Evie is a fighter, even if she runs in rural France just to escape Christmas. With little help from her grandmother's cooking book and lots of help from the neighbors, she starts all over again. And nothing can stop her. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book review: Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Sue Watson did it again! After Younger, Thinner, Blonder and Love, Lies and Lemon Cake, I wasn't expecting anything less from this fabulous author. Every single word in her stories is sweetened with chocolate, vanilla and cupcakes and there is no way you'll feel down after reading them. Every one next is even better and better and this time she really nails it.

The plot centers around Angel sisters. Sam is young widow with little son. She owns a bakery, she runs it since her husband died, it's her escape from the outside world. Tamsin is very rich, but when her husband leaves her and she loses her house, the only one she can turn to is her little sister. Tamsin hides a very big secret, their childhood wasn't like Sam remembers. Tam did everything in her power to protect her little sister. But now it is time for Sam to protect her big sister.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Thin Girls Don't Eat Cake by Lindy Dale

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Olivia is being dumped by her boyfriend just because he thinks she is not that attractive with her clothes off. That guy Connor thinks she is fat. Following her mother's advice she starts zumba lessons. But as clumsy as she is, she hurts her foot and meets the knight in shining armour. Does Cole also think that she is fat? 

The story has a great start and I was hooked from the very first page. But as I continued reading  I've found the writing style little bit confusing. I had a feeling that two different people were writing the book. The story starts as a chicklit with lots of comic moments. Olivia is the main character and the story is written in first person. And than goes Cole and his emotional story is written in third person, but when Olivia is mentioned in his story, she is also in third person. That confused me little bit. It is ok if the story is told from two different POVs or from main character's POV, but this was like reading two different books.  I am not sure if this is the idea of the author or it needs some editing. But that's just me.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Tour: The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter (Book Review)

This was a rather interesting read and definitely not my usual one, but I enjoyed it greatly nevertheless. It’s an interesting story set in 19 century India, in a time when India is ruled by the East India Company. Xavier Mounstuart, famous author, goes missing and William Avery and Jeremiah Blake are called in to find him. William and Jeremiah can’t be any different. William is not fascinated with India and dreams of the day when he’ll be back home. Only thing he does seem to enjoy is the friendship of his Scottish friend and the British girls who’ve been brought to India to find a husband. This all can be very funny to most of us, but arranged marriages are totally acceptable even now in some part of the world, so it was rather interesting reading about this. Jeremiah seems to have blended in, retiring from the company and enjoying India and the way natives live, and of course he’s not very interested in going on this quest to find Xavier Mountstuart.

Is there a point to this quest? Could the famous writer be alive or has fallen in the trap of the Thugs, the murderous sect of Kali-worshippers?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book review: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I've read a few memoirs in my life and some of them were really inspiring. So, when Hilary offered me her memoir for reviewing, I said to myself: "Well, why not?". And I wasn't wrong.

This is a story for a girl who I can easily compare with the ugly duckling that becomes a beautiful swan. From a shy girl who lost her father at the age of fourteen and was bullied at school, she becomes beautiful  and smart woman who knows what she wants from life. She is in a relationship with a guy she loves and he loves her, but he is afraid of commitment. I must admit that she has a lot of patience. I would kick this guy out of my life after a year or two. But not her. She gave him unconditional love and patience and she waited. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Book review: Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

*Copy provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Ok, baking, cakes, batter and romance. Ms. Neeley, you've got me. I love books that involve cakes and romance in them. So, let's talk about this book.

Do you believe in witches? Do you believe that the name of your soul mate is written in the stars, or should I say, in the batter? Well, the people of Buttermilk Falls, New York, do. Every week single men of Buttermilk Falls gather together at Emma's bakery to see the name of the soul mate of one of them appearing in the batter she bakes. Emma does a little bit magic and plays a matchmaker every week. But can she play a matchmaker for herself?

Book review: Prime Deception by Carys Jones

*Copy provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Lorna Thomas had a great story. A story that she would sell for a lot of money. For the last six months Lorna had been the mistress of The Deputy Prime Minister. But John Quinn, the journalist in the most popular tabloid in London never had the chance to write the story. Lorna Thomas killed herself. 

The only person who really knows Lorna is her twin sister. Laura knows her sister better that anyone else and one thing is for certain, she did not commit a suicide. Lorna loved life, she would never ever kill herself. In order to find out what really happened, Laura takes Lorna's place, at work. Working together with The Deputy Prime Minister himself it is not an easy job at all. He loved Lorna and having Laura by his side is like a second chance. But for Laura is not that simple. Her whole life she tries to live in her own shoes, not her sisters'. She loves her sister very much but it's her own face that she wants to be seen. What really happened that night when Lorna's car crashed into a tree?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

*Copy provided from NetGalley*

Broken Monsters is a book that really intrigued me. My feeling are mixed and not sure how to rate this book. There are intriguing parts that I like, and there are some parts that really confused me. So, let's start from the beginning. I'll try not to include spoilers.

The story starts with a found body. Not just a body, but half human, half deer. Yes, exactly that. To make the things worse, the victim is a young boy who already survived shooting couple of years ago. Detective Versado works on the case. Trying to solve this one of  a kind murder and catch this really sick killer, it's very hard for her to handle her personal life, especially her daughter Layla.

Like mother, like daughter. Layla has her mothers' sense of justice. With her best friend Cass, they hunt sexual maniacs on internet. Nothing is too dangerous for these girls.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: Murder Takes Patience by Giacomo Giammatteo

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Frankie Donovan finally settles down. With his girlfriend Kate and that little boy Alex, he finally has some kind of family. But things are far from perfect. The social services are after Alex since his drug-addict mom left him. Frankie, or FD as he calls him, is the closest thing to a father for Alex and he doesn't need another home. But the law says different things.

Two bodies have been found in a hotel room. Brutally killed, the two bodies of the lovers are found with a note. It seems that there is a serial killer on sight.

Getting on and on with the investigation, Frankie involves himself into a puzzle that seems it can not be solved. When the things get tough, friends are there for help, one particularly. That's all about: friendship, family, honor.