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”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Book/Movie Adaptation)

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“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

When sixteen-year-old Lara Jean has a crush so in intense and consuming, she writes a letter to let out her emotions and put it to rest. In her life she has loved five boys and written five letters that she keeps in a hatbox given to her by her late mother. Her letters are her most prized possessions. They are personal and honest and not meant to be seen by anyone, least of all her former crushes. But one day the letters get out and Lara Jean’s love life is no longer just imaginary.  Continue reading “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Book/Movie Adaptation)”

Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review

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I finally decided to read the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J. K. Rowling. As a fan of mystery novels and a fan of J. K. Rowling, you would think that I would have grabbed these books the second they were released, but somehow they never really piqued my interest that much. Recently though, while searching for some page-turning mysteries, I decided to finally give them a read. I ended up reading them all back to back within one week, so it’s fair to say that I’m completely hooked.

The series centres around Cormoran Strike, an Afghan war veteran struggling to get by as a private investigator. His girlfriend has left him and he is down to one client when a mistake by a temp agency sends him an assistant. Robin has recently moved to London and this temp assignment is not something she expected, but it is certainly interesting. From here we dive into the cases investigated by Strike and Robin, while getting to know the two characters and see the development of their partnership. Continue reading “Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review”

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

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“Tangier and Lucy were the same, I thought. Both unsolvable riddles that refused to leave me in peace. And I had tired of it – of the not knowing, of always feeling as though I were on the outside of things, just on the periphery.”

Alice Shipley is shocked to see her old friend Lucy Mason in Tangier, where Alice had recently moved with her new husband, John. The two friends were inseparable during their college days, however an incident occurred that altered that friendship, and they hadn’t spoken since. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, Lucy appears on Alice’s doorstep as if nothing happened, and is attempting to fall back into their old way of being. Alice tries to convince herself that this is a good thing since she has not adjusted well to her new life in Tangier, and Lucy being the fearless one between them, always made Alice a little more bold, a little more brave. But it isn’t long before Alice starts getting that familiar, unsettling feeling when it comes to Lucy Mason. And when her husband disappears, she starts to question everything, including her own state of mind.  Continue reading “Tangerine by Christine Mangan”