At The Mountain’s Edge Book Review

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Content Warnings for: Death of Family Members, Abuse, Murder, Drinking, Gambling, Violence

This book follows Ben Thompson and Liza Peterson as they navigate the new and often unforgiving world of the unsettled Northern Canadian Territories, during the gold rush. The book starts off by showing Liza’s ridicule of her father’s plan to sell everything, pack up and move to Dawson City in the Yukon. Her mother is extremely upset and distraught by the thought because she was already made to do this once in her life, leaving all her family and friends behind. I related to their insecurity and anxiety over such a huge life-changing move. I enjoyed Ben Turner and his immediate character development he makes in order to show just how much he wants to be a part of the North-West Mounted Police. The fact that we see both Liza’s strength and kind spirit during her 40 day journey to the first leg of their journey on the way to Dyea, the first stop towards Dawson City makes her so extremely likable even with her character facing some adversity. The story line of Ben at times seemed “easy” (as in he gets what he wants without much struggle or fight to get there) even though he has so much character development in his early chapters. I love how Genevieve writes such believable settings, like how dangerous a place the northern parts of Canada were in the 1890s and early 1900s, especially for the women who followed their men and families to the Klondike. I also liked how she clearly researched Indigenous Tribes who lived in the North at the time, most of whom still live in those places today. Liza’s relationship with her brother is the literal most adorable and best thing ever. Even though her brother Stan seems to have some delusions of grandeur when it came to the adventure they were on. The descriptions of the Yukon and the beauty are some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. It made me feel as if I was the one who was there, and after reading this book I so much want to visit it. The extreme depression the characters felt due to the extreme isolation, extreme weather, and the multiple illnesses and injuries was completely relateable to me and I connected with it on a very personal level. I always enjoyed when Liza got sassy, especially when her family tried to tell her to change out of her trousers because of what people might think. I cheered when she stood her ground and refused to do so. I loved that she danced to the beat of her own drum. The book took an extremely sad turn when Liza, Stan and other prospectors are caught in an avalanche on the Chilkoot Trail. Liza’s trials are so emotionally trying that at times it’s hard to think that one person could go through so much and still stay standing. I was glad however, that she had people she could rely on to get her through her trials. When Liza got to Dawson City she fell on good luck which made me feel so happy for her because of all the trials she had to face in the getting there. I do have to say that the slow burn romance was at some points so frustrating, especially since I am not a particular fan of hate to love tropes in books for the most part but I forgive it because the book is so intriguing and good. I love that Ben is out to help the little guy and has a zero tolerance policy for abuse towards women, it was so nice to see in a character. The romance between Liza and Ben is so dang cute, he shows chivalry in so many places that it’s hard not to cheer for this romance. The Yukon in this book is not kind to our characters though and tested them so much more than 2 people should ever be tested or would be able to handle. Although this book was emotionally frustrating in some places I could absolutely feel the tensions as they built and I just wanted to keep reading to see how they solved the issues they had. I also felt the longings, the fear, & the sadness. It jumped right off the pages for me and was so relatable. The ending of the book though left me wanting so much more of Ben and Liza. This book was written so well.

*****I received this book as an early copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest review*****

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On The Come Up Review

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for the following reasons:

I read this book with Melanie And I’m so glad I did, this book was everything. From the pop culture references to Nas, Biggy, 2Pac and L’il Kim. Through Brianna struggling to come to terms with an event that traumatizes her almost as much as when Kahlil (and yes they do reference THUG so many times) was shot by the cops, probably even more because it is her lived experience. To the relationships she needs to navigate. This book was everything we needed and more. Watching Bri navigate her dreams through this story was sometimes heart wrenching but so many times I was cheering for her and really wanted her to make it. She experiences more than one 16 year old should have to experience and at times it felt like life was taking it’s toll a little too hard on her. I can’t even put into words how good this book was and how much I think people need to read this. Thanks again Melanie for taking the time to buddy read it with me. I cried in places and I cheesed and my heart blew up in so many places. And I totally called who Sonny was chatting with, which made me drop my jaw so damn hard.

HER: A Psychological Thriller Review

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“After four, I quit counting. What’s the point if you know it isn’t going to stop?”

Sadie is jealous. Why wouldn’t she be? Her life is falling apart. Meanwhile, her new neighbor is everything she is not.

Ann is perfect—the kind of woman everyone loves to hate—and a best friend to die for. She hosts over-the-top dinner parties, takes parenting to an entirely different level, and makes ambition look sexy as hell.

Sadie learns quick: the best way to cure jealousy is to befriend it. She also learns there’s more to her new friend than meets the eye. She’s patient, she’s kind, and possibly a serial killer.

It isn’t until Ann’s proclivities hit a little too close to home that Sadie has to ask herself how much she’s willing to overlook in the name of getting what she wants.

Exquisitely paced, Her is an unnerving and electrifying psychological thriller about jealousy, passion, and the dangerous places desire can take you. Full of enough tension and twists to make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat, it keeps you guessing until the very last page.

 

I give this book  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for the following reasons:

Right from the beginning this book was effed up, the narrator was plotting the murder of her, whoever who is. We don’t find out who they are either until about chapter 2. So it was extremely intriguing right from the start, you are drawn in and kept wanting more. Sadie holds a lot of hostility for Ann right from the very beginning of her being in town and you can tell just by how she talks about her throughout the book, and admits in the narrative that she had avoided her since she came to town before meeting her. Sadie is a divorcee who is desperately trying to win her husband back throughout the book. Ann in contrast is what one would call a certifiable sociopath who continues to have people killed who she feels has jilted her. During the book Ann does many manipulative things for her own ulterior motives under the guise of being a good friend. Such as getting Sadie a job at the school as a substitute teacher when Sadie needed a job, only Ann wanted to use that position for Sadie to spy. This made me feel honestly worried for Sadie. And while I did like this book I feel duty bound to warn people about possible content triggers in this book. I had a lot of trouble with the borderline consent issues in the book, because Ann was so manipulative and mentally abusive she did a lot of things that Sadie does not say no to but that you can tell she is not 100% comfortable with even though she agrees to them, though not explicitly. However, Given the fact that Sadie has been the victim of mental and emotional abuse by her ex husband (which is found later in the book) her response to Ann’s behavior is understandable given the similarities between the ex and Ann in behaviour. It just went to show how extremely unlikeable of a character that Ann is. The twist in this book is something that I did not expect and was quite utterly SHOCKED by. All in All I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was intriguing and super fast paced straight from the beginning. Britney knows how to weave a great story and she’s done it again in what is hands down her best work yet!

***** I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review******

Shadow & Bone Review

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Good Reads Synopsis:

 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 star for the following reasons:

What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men 

From the map in the front of this book and from the descriptions used in the very first pages it is very clear that this book takes place in an alternate Russia. I really enjoyed the writing style of the book, which I guessed that I would because a lot of the people who share my same book-taste really enjoy Leigh’s writing style. So right away in the prologue we meet the Grisha who do not seem all that nice or interested in the people of the land. From there it jumps to young adult Alina and Mal, they were 8 years old in the prologue, and young adult Mal & Alina are in the king’s army about to cross the fold aka the unsee. I loved the pacing of this book. I could totally sympathize and identify with Alina and her feelings for Mal & the way she identifies how she needs to keep them secret because telling him would hurt her more than keeping it secret currently is. The Fold reminds me of Siberia but completely dark and creepy, kind of like a metaphor about how someone would feel if they were sent to Siberia for punishment. In chapter 3 we finally meet The Darkling and from first impressions I did not like him, he was rude, arrogant and just seems very aggressive. We also find out that Alina is really a Grisha in this chapter. Which to me was interesting and gave me total Red Queen vibes. Alina is taken back to the kingdom to meet the King & Queen, The King was very impressed with Alina but the Queen in her mannerisms did not seem as impressed. The Darkling wanted Alina to wear black like him but Alina declines and that totally offends The Darkling, after which she finds out no one has ever been invited to wear his colors which made her feel kind of guilty. I find the relationship between Alina & The Darkling very weird, like I was so unsure as to whether I should root for them or not. Alina seemed so uncomfortable in her new role as a Grisha and yet so eager to please him. It was just really weird. The Apparat was also a super creepy dude. For awhile I was enjoying the slow burn romance between Alina & The Darkling, and he was growing on me at one point, but at times it was really slow and I wished it would go a little bit faster. I thought at one point that Mal was being a super brat never writing Alina back only to find out that he never received a letter from her, so he was redeemed from that. I loved the friendship that developed between Genya & Alina. When I read the part where Alina opens the box with the kefta of The Darkling’s colors I was literally shocked but I was slightly satisfied by Zoya getting knocked off her proverbial high horse. The twist with Bahgra’s conversation with Alina was so damn shocking, and it made me HATE The Darkling, he became such a total jerkwad. I became so happy that Alina escaped The Darkling’s grasp and it actually made my heart burst when Mal ended up helping her. I feel like he has always loved her and she was so naive and oblivious that she did not see it, or how deep his love actually went. The end of the book was so phenomenal and heart-wrenching but I cheered so hard for Alina when she became empowered and realized how much power she actually had, and fought for love. I can’t wait to read Siege and Storm.

Sweet Tea & Secrets Review

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Sleuth Callie Aspen wants to light up the Fourth of July tea party by solving a celebrity’s decades-old disappearance, but her digging results in more fireworks than she expects.

Last Christmas, Callie Aspen left her tour guide job and settled in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Now, she helps out at Book Tea, her great aunt’s vintage tearoom, where each treat has a bookish clue. Though she’s excited to start her new life, Callie worries she may regret having burned her bridges behind her. Fortunately, she finds immediate distraction in the preparations for a spectacular Fourth of July tea party, which will recreate key moments from the town’s rich history.

Intrigued to learn that 1980s TV star Monica Walker was last seen in Heart’s Harbor before she vanished—allegedly to elope—Callie probes the townsfolk for information. She’s stunned when several locals share contradictory stories about the last day before Monica’s disappearance. Did she intend to leave her hit TV series? Was she being stalked by her ex? And why is the newspaper editor who investigated the story at the time so anxious about the cold case heating up?

When one of the talkative townspeople turns up dead, Callie aims to catch the killer. But it’s no picnic: Deputy Falk doesn’t want her meddling, and the locals suddenly know more about the past than they’d been at liberty to admit. If Callie and the Book Tea crew can’t crack the case, they’ll pay a very steep price in Joy Avon’s explosive second Book Tea Shop Mystery.

I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for the following reasons:

Being that this is the second in a series and I have not read the first one, I feel like I am able to connect with the characters. The book is written in such a way that if you don’t read the first you can still understand the plot and characters without reading the first book, which I very much love about cozy mysteries. I will however, still be looking for the first book in this series because I really enjoy Joy Avon’s writing. This book follows Callie, Falk, and Quinn who are looking into a decades old mysterious disappearance, into virtual thin air, from 1989; of starlet Monica Walker. Callie has come back to Hearts Harbor, Maine to help her great aunt Iphy run her bookshop Book Tea and she is romantically interested in Falk, who she feels is kind of giving her the cold shoulder and has cooled off of their closeness they had in December when they solved another case together. Callie is also trying to plan a big 4th of July celebration for the town to celebrate their history, in which is being hosted by her aunt’s tea bookshop. Quinn is a mysterious stranger who has come to Hearts Harbor for the specific purpose to investigate the disappearance of Monica Walker who he believes could be his birth mother. Things start to get much more mysterious around 60% in to the book and while I’m not so shocked that I’m like “Holy Eff what just happened?” I was very confused by the events that took place and where the book was going and who is committing the crimes that are happening. I did suspect that Callie’s predictions may be correct but I was not going to be surprised if it actually wasn’t the person that she suspected or if a switch and bait happened. The book just kept getting more and more confusing as time went on (I found it a good thing because it kept me on my toes and kept me from actually guessing the conclusion too early in the book), and the second twist that happened was much more of a “Holy Eff” moment than the first one was. I can say I definitely was not expecting the final plot twist and the reveal of who committed the crime. I really loved this book it was perfect mix of excitement and mystery. Although I have to know what happens next between Callie & Falk and I can’t wait until the next book in this series.

******* I received this book from Netgalley on behalf of Crooked Lane Books in exchange for my honest review and feedback. The opinions herein are of my own volition and have not been swayed in any way by Netgalley or the publisher*******

 

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Origin Review

This is the 5th installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown and yes the story is a bit overdone at this point with virtually the same plot done a different way, same Robert Langdon and yet another beautiful and seductive woman to be solving his mystery with. Like a subdued version of James Bond with less action.

 

Blurb on Goodreads:

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 star

Origin

 

So I’m giving this book 5 stars but not because it was an enjoyable read. There are very few Dan Brown books that I can honestly say I wasn’t a fan of, this was one of the 2 of them. So why am I giving it a 5 star you ask? Well because like a train wreck I could not look away, it pulled me in so hard that I needed to know what happened, not because I thought it was going to be good but because I knew it was going to be bad so I needed to find out how bad. The ending of this book did not live up to any of the other books. And the only book I disliked more than this one was The Lost Symbol. However, the writing was still very good so Dan Brown you redeem yourself only because I very much enjoy your style of writing.