Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Debut Author Challenge

 Hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl

1. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

2. Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

3. A List of Cages by Robin Roe

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

6. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

2017 New Release Challenge

2017 New Release Challenge

Hosted by Lexxie @ Un-Conventional Book Views & Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!

The rules for the 2017 New Release Challenge are simple:

Books have to be released and reviewed in 2017.
Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2017 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.

The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2017, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2017.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels  in the New Release Challenge:
1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed


Finished: 20


Around the Year in 52 - 2017 Book Challenge

I'm behind with all of my book challenges, heck, I did not even pick one this year. However, I saw the Around the Year in 52, challenge on youtube and decided to give it a try. The crossed out ones are completed while others are the novels I'm planning on reading for the different challenges. It took a while but I managed to find one for all 52 challenges.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #157


Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter






Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games That I Want To Read/See/Play # 75

Books: 8/28


Movies: 8/25

Games:  8/31

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm - (I already bought this months ago) 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

32195204 Summary from Goodreads:

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Plot. I'm a fan of originality and this mystery/thriller supplied that. The novel switches from the main characters POV to the classic cult horror novel written by her mother. The whole mystery surrounding the origins of the horror novel made it a compelling plot.

Twist/Ending. I felt that the novel veered away from predictable twist endings and I did not see the big reveal coming. I was completely overwhelmed by the end because the author put a bunch of twists and reveals in a short amount of pages.

Main Character. My favorite character was by far Meg, she is a flawed but compelling main character. I enjoyed the fact that the novel was solely from her point of view, besides the sections from the horror novel.

Side Characters. The side characters were also well crafted and it was difficult figuring out who the killer was. I struggled with unraveling the main mystery because I liked all of the characters and did not want any of them to be the killer. Plus, there was a ton of horses in the novel, so bonus points! :)

What I Disliked:

Pacing/Structure. I'm a fan of short chapters but I felt that some of them went too quickly and it made the story hard to follow. Plus, the horror novel sections before each chapter were choppy and hard to keep up with as well.

Information Overload.
The last half of the novel bombarded the reader with twist after twist and it was a little jarring. It felt like too much was happening in a short amount of time. Besides that aspect and the pacing the novel was a good read.

I recommend checking out this thriller if you enjoy unpredictable endings and interesting plots.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars