Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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— please note, this review does contain spoilers —

Early on this summer I read the first three novels in the Cormoran Strike mystery series by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, and very much enjoyed them. I had some minor issues with certain aspects but overall I liked the series, and the fourth novel, Lethal White, became one of my most anticipated new releases of the fall season. Unfortunately this book was a major letdown for me, to the point that I decided not to continue with it, which is something I rarely do. So this is less of a book review, and more of a breakdown of problems that made it a novel I simply could not get through. Rather than be too vague, I will include some things that would be considered in the spoiler territory for Lethal White and the third book, Career of Evil, so proceed with caution. Continue reading “Lethal White by Robert Galbraith”

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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“A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.”

Many mystery novels are compared to the works of Agatha Christie, but most don’t even come close. It seems like the go-to way of marketing mysteries these days, and while I don’t tend to buy into the hype, sometimes my interest is piqued. This was the case with An Unwanted Guest, which drew me in from the description alone. It is a cold, winter weekend in the Catskills, and Mitchell’s Inn is the perfect getaway for those looking for a few cozy days, unplugged from technology. The weekend starts off well enough, for most of the guests, however when a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests have to make the best of it. That is until one of them is found dead. And then another. Panic sets in, but with no way to leave and no way to alert authorities, all they can do is wait for help and attempt to survive. Continue reading “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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“Life up here may be simple but it’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone. Water runs out; pipes freeze; engines won’t start; it’s dark for eighteen, nineteen hours a day, for months. Even longer in the far north. Up here it’s about having enough food to eat, and enough heat to stay alive through the winter. It’s about survival, and enjoying the company of the people that surround us. It’s not about whose house is the biggest, or who has the nicest clothes, or the most money. We support each other because we’re all in this together.”

Calla Fletcher left the Alaskan wild at only two years old when her mother took her to Toronto, leaving behind Calla’s father and a place she could never come to call home. Twenty-four years later all Calla knows is a busy, city life, when she learns of her estranged father’s diagnosis. Soon after, she finds herself back in the small Alaskan town where she was born and braving the unfamiliar terrain in an effort to finally get to know her father. While life in Alaska is a tough adjustment for her, it is the perfect fit for Jonah – the pilot who helps run her father’s plane company – who is convinced that the city girl is not cut out for the rural life. What begins as animosity eventually turns into friendship and possibly more. But going down that road may mean repeating her parents’ mistakes. Continue reading “The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker”

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself.”

Wow. This book. I ended up picking up The Kiss Quotient over the weekend on a whim, and ended up with a book that I absolutely loved. We are introduced to Stella, a thirty-year-old econometrician, who works with data all day, and usually everyday because it’s something she loves and finds a great amount of comfort in. She is incredibly successful in her career but not so much in the dating department. A big factor in her struggle with intimacy and relationships is that she has autism, which impacts those interactions. Convinced that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, she hires Michael, a male escort. The interesting proposal is something Michael can’t afford to turn down, and the two find themselves in a practice relationship. But something that starts out as a fantasy starts to feel all too real. Continue reading “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang”

Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases

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Hello Autumn! This is by far my favourite time of year, and there are plenty of new releases to get excited about as well. It looks like, for me, it will be a season of mystery, adventure, and intrigue, with new instalments in favourite series. Here are my most anticipated books of the season: Continue reading “Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases”