Top Ten Tuesday : Recent additions to my Goodreads TBR

Hello all! So, I don’t have a list of books I want to read just for Spring 2019, like the topic of this weeks TTT suggests. So I’m just going to list the recent additions to my Goodreads TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is currently being hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.



Well Met: An enemies-to-lovers rom-com set in a small town. Count me in.

 
Releases – September 3rd.

 

 

Skyward: So what if I haven’t been able to read Mistborn yet? I’m still allowed to add another book by Brandon Sanderson to my TBR. Okay?

 

Releases – November 6th.

 

 


Sapphire Flames: The latest book on the Hidden Legacy universe which I really love. I’m excited to meet my favorite cast of characters.

 

 

Releases – August 27th.

 

The Seduction Expert: A contemporary romance with the main theme of women empowerment? Can I resist?

 
Releases – May 27th.

 

 

Husband Material: This one’s about a widow who relies on data and algorithms to find balance in her life. The premise interests me. But the reviews have been mixed. So I might not end up reading it. Who knows?

 

 

Releases – December 30th.

 

 

Passion On Park Avenue: I can always trust Lauren Layne to appease my heart with a good romcom. This one has the enemies-to-lovers trope that I simply adore. And it’s about 3 friends. Definitely ticks all the boxes for me.

 

 

Releases – May 28th.

 


Messy, Wonderful Us: A women on a journey to Italy to find out more about her mother with her best friend on tow. I always love myself a good fiction focusing on families and friendships. I hope to not be disappointed by this one.

 
Releases – May 30th.

 

 

Say You Still Love Me: K. A. Tucker? Yes. Second chance romance? Yes. A rich girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks? Yes. Please please don’t let me down!

 

Releases – August 6th.

 

 


The Friend Zone: The maid of honor about to secretly go through a medical procedure which would make her unable to conceive. A best man who wants a big family some day. The attraction is real. So is the conflict. I can’t wait to see how the author handles such a great premise!

 

Releases – July 9th.

 

The Bride Test: I liked The Kiss Quotient a lot. But I’d have loved it if I’d read it when I was in a mood for the kind of romance it was. So I’m hell bent on picking up The Bride Test, a sequel to the Kiss Quotient, when I’m in the right mood for this. But make no mistake, I’ll definitely read this one.

 

Releases – May 7th.

 

 


 

 

ARC Review : The Murder Book (Cold Case Investigation #2) by Lissa Marie Redmond

*I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in return of an honest review.*


Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in the hospital certain of two things: she was stabbed and left for dead…   and the person who did it was a cop.

After being brutally stabbed at her desk late one night, Lauren Riley works her way backwards through the haze to piece together who attacked her and why. A mysterious phone message forces her to enlist the help of a retired lieutenant to track down a witness who is desperate not to be found. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department’s hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect.

Packed with suspense and featuring a detective who relentlessly—and with morbid humor—gets the job done, The Murder Book continues a series praised by Kirkus Reviews as “an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller.”


It started out well enough. The beginning gripped me just as I’d hoped it would. But the charm wore off as the story progressed. I struggled to retain the same interest throughout the book that I felt at the beginning.

I think my biggest problem was the writing. There were many grammatical errors and some words felt misplaced. I hope the final version of the book gets the proper editing it deserves. Because it’s difficult to enjoy a book when you get distracted by such mistakes.

Lauren is a smart protagonist. Though, I felt that she was written as too impersonal, considering the past she’s had. Teen pregnancy, prostitution, domestic abuse, two divorces, stalkers – for someone with such terrible experiences, I was expecting a bit more emotional depth. It didn’t help that whenever we find out about each of these experiences, the mentions are written too casually. Also, having a protagonist with all of these happening to her has a cliché written all over it.

Maybe, if I’d read the predecessor to this book which I didn’t know existed until after I finished the book, I’d be less frustrated with the back-story of Lauren. There will be a third book too, going by how this one ends.

The main mystery was plotted out fine enough. There were no big shocking twists or unpredictability. It was the process through which the team gets to the results that mattered. I really liked Reese and Lauren’s equation. They were perfect partners for each other. It was also refreshing to have no romantic angle there. Charlie Daley was also a welcome addition to their team. Their team dynamic was the best part of the book for me. I also liked the realistic portrayal of the inner workings of the police department.

Ultimately, Murder Book disappointed me by not delivering the intensity and excitement I’d been expecting from this Mystery/Thriller.


My Rating: ★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 8th February, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon

ARC Review : 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

“I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in return of an honest review.”


Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…


 

Sally Thorne did it, y’all! She lived up to the expectations. And dare I say, she even exceeded them? Because I really didn’t expect to enjoy 99 Percent Mine as much as The Hating Game. But I did!

I could say that my love for ‘unrequited crush’ and “having a thing for the brother’s best friend” trope was what made the book such a hit for me. But I just read a book with the same themes a couple of months ago and was left unimpressed. The same tropes at the hands of another writer made the world of a difference. Execution matters, okay? And Sally Thorne seems to have mastered it. It’s almost like she peeked into my heart and basically wrote a book based on my romance wish-list that even I wasn’t aware of.

I will not be going into any comparisons with The Hating Game. Because I think that would be unfair. These are two entirely different stories with different sets of characters. All I’ll say is that both of these books provided chicken soup to my soul when I needed it. And that’s that.

I love romances with slow-burn and a whole lot of unresolved tension. This book served all that on a platter for me. The chemistry between Darcy and Tom was off the charts. Thorne excels at capturing the initial uncertainty, insecurities and the push-pull play between a couple. She did it in her debut book and she does it here again. I felt the good kind of frustration to see these two navigate their feelings for each other.

Darcy was a self-destructive character. Her life is a mess. She’s got a lot of insecurity issues along with a sort fuse for a temper. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the twin-angle. Although, I went in for the romance, I was rooting for Darcy and her twin brother Jamie to pull through too. And Jamie? He was an asshole with a marshmallow for heart. The love-hate relationship between the two siblings was perfectly portrayed in the book. I might not be a twin but I have a brother with whom I kinda share a similar equation.

I could see why Darcy fell so hopelessly for Tom. He was too good to be true! Who wouldn’t fall for a sweet and considerate guy like him? He was the rock solid anchor that always balanced the two extremes of the two twins. It was obvious how important he was to both of them and to see him being always pulled between the two was adorable! He might not be the perfect guy that Darcy sees him as, but he’s pretty damn close.

You know what else I liked? How Darcy took the lead in many of their important moments. She was never passive and also knew when to back off too. So when both of them made any progress, it was done mutually.

There were both hilarious and heartfelt moments that made it a welcome addition to my favorites shelf. I foresee a lot of rereads in the future. And Sally Thorne has solidified her status as my favorite contemporary romance author with this book!

Can we have a book on Jamie now, please?


My Rating: ★★★★★


Publication Date: 29th January, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Edelweiss)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon

ARC Review : The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

“I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC in return of an honest review.”


From award-winning author G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.

G. Willow Wilson’s debut novel Alif the Unseen was an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and it established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she delivers The Bird King, a stunning new novel that tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker.

Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.


I am at a loss of words.

This is the kind of writing that deserves all the awards in the world. There were so many lines and passages that made me stop and just soak the words in. I was awed by the details and nuances of the writing. The research that went into this must be applauded.

Before I go into the story, I’d like to take some time to commend the author for giving us a glimpse of what the Islamic empires were indeed like back in the day. There’s a lot of misconception about Islam in the present time. And a lot of that is owed to the fact that it’s linked with all things conservative and unprogressive, in many spheres. But back in the days, the Islamic empires were known for their richness in cultures and tolerance, be it in the Middle east, West or the Indian Sub-continent. I could go into details about how Muslims at large were far more progressive and accepting back then than they are now, but this is not the post for that. I’d just like to applaud Wilson for showcasing a culture the details of which have faded over time.

I was overcome with sadness as I read through the beginning. We start with an empire that is about to be lost. Thinking of the realness and the actuality of that part of the story made me melancholic as reading about history generally does. After all, there’s always someone that loses in history. Never a happy thing to read about.

“Let me tell you something important. The real struggle on this earth is not between those who want peace and those who want war. It’s between those who want peace and those who want justice. If justice is what you want, then you may often be right, but you will rarely be happy.”

I love that although this book is a high fantasy, the backdrop is a real historical event. It makes me appreciate the nuances even more. The author blends historical fiction with high magical fantasy in an effortless manner.

There is a wonderful cast of characters each of which had richly stood on its own. But it was Fatima and Hassan who were the heart of the book.

Fatima is a not a character made of goodness. She’s selfish and spoiled. There’s vanity in her. But what I loved about her were her vulnerabilities. Beneath it all, she is a character that just wanted to be loved. The concept of consent that played out in her mind was beautiful to see. The part where she says that she would have perhaps fallen in love with the Sultan if she could have the freedom to initiate her affection, spoke volumes.

“Yes, you were taught to waste your anger. It’s convenient for girls to be angry about nothing. Girls who are angry about something are dangerous. If you want to live, you must learn to use your anger for your own benefit, not the benefit of those who would turn it against you.”

Hassan is the palace mapmaker. From the very first scene, I felt so much affection and adoration for him. He had this naivete that was unexpected. His and Fatima’s friendship is EVERYTHING. And the author rightfully explores it compellingly.

Theirs is a love story without any romance. The love these two have for each other is complex and inexplicable. Fatima feels the closest to him because he is the only one who doesn’t desire her. He’s the sodomite between the two, but he’s also the one with more faith than Fatima. They have a complicated relationship because there is jealousy and bitterness along with affection and love with no happy resolution in sight. This book is the journey of these two to make a story for themselves, for once, that’s not made up.

“What if our stories are like my maps? What is a story but the map of an idea?”

This was a fantasy story but that was by no means the main focus of the book. Amidst all the actions and adventure, the themes that play out are characters’ search for love, happiness and freedom. The character growth and evolution that we witness is the real winner for me.

“Happiness, she decided, came only in pauses, neither regularly nor predictably.”

The writer excels in world-building and is outstanding in her prose. Because of that, the pace might feel uneven at places, but I didn’t mind it. The ending was bittersweet and I kinda ended up wanting more. But I guess this isn’t a book that can be tied neatly with a bow. The feelings it invoked in me deserve as many stars as I can give it.

Highly recommended!


 
My Rating: ★★★★★


Publication Date: 12th March, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon


 

ARC Review: Do You Feel It Too? by Nicola Rendell

*I’d like to thank the publisher for providing an ARC of the book via Netgalley for my honest review.*


A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…

For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.

Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.

There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.


It was instant attraction for Gabe and Lily. In fact, we begin the book with Gabe noticing Lily at a festival in Savannah. He plans to accidentally come across her and make it a meet-cute with her. What ends up happening is not what he planned but it sure is meet-cute. What follows is a lot of sexual tension and a couple of steamy encounters, and before you know it, they’re in love.

Things I liked:

The juxtaposition of the wanderer hero and grounded heroine. That made for an interesting conflict.

Having Savannah as the setting provided a mystic vibe to the book. The possibility of a ghostly encounter at any moment was thrilling. There was also some comic-relief and sub-plots that didn’t really catch my interest.

I loved Gabe and Lily both as individuals and a couple. Neither of them were repressed emotionally. They were open about their feelings most of the time. Especially Gabe who was a swoon-worthy alpha guy. He was relentless and unapologetic in pursuing Lily, and respectful at the same time.

Things I did not like:

Insta-love. Not my thing. And Gabe and Lily fall in love pretty fast. Too fast!

I like it when the main characters are willing to go to any extent to make their relationship work. And I could buy Gabe – the forty year old bachelor – willing to give it his all to make things work with Lily. I could accept that they had chemistry and he didn’t want to nip it in the bud. And oh boy, did they have chemistry!

But my problem was with the “love”. Having chemistry with someone and willing to make it work is one thing. But falling in love within a couple of days of meeting each other and taking major life decisions based on that? I guess I’m too cynical to buy it. And Gabe was willing to give up a huge part of what made him who he was for Lily. I could see why Lily would be hesitant.

I also wasn’t a fan of the sub-plots and comic moments. But Gabe and Lily were adorable enough for these things to not have mattered as much, I guess.

Don’t mind me. You’re gonna love this book if you don’t mind insta-love and steamy scenes.


My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publication Date: 20th November, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book in – Goodreads | Amazon

ARC Review: Unwritten by Tara Gilboy

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*


Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe.

But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother’s warnings, Gracie seeks out the story’s author, setting in motion a chain of events that draws herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy tale ending.



This was such a different foray from my usual reading choices

Unwritten is a children’s book. More specifically, middle grade. But I was really fascinated by the synopsis and ended up requesting for an ARC.

It sort of follows the idea of “Enchanted”, a movie I adore.

12 year old Gracie gets vision or what her mother calls glimmers of a different world. She dreams of fires. It turns out that she was a part of  a fictional world, an unpublished novel by a writer who’s real. That book even has an evil queen. Her mother with a group of accomplices escaped from the world of those fictional pages when Gracie was just one year old. According to her mother, the writer of Gracie’s book had written her to die as a child. That is why, her mother escaped that world to escape that cruel fate.

If it sounds vague to you, that’s because it is. Gracie’s mother is not very forthcoming about the details. She has told Gracie only the bare minimum – that she was destined to die and that’s why she had to be brought to the real world – to keep her safe. But Gracie has a lot of questions which her mother doesn’t want her asking. Her mother wants to let go of the past. But Gracie’s glimmers and nightmares won’t let her move on. That’s why when she gets the opportunity to meet Gertrude Winters, the writer who wrote her story and whom her mother despises, she leaps at the chance. But because of her desperation to find out the answers to her story, she sets things in motion that could put her future in jeopardy.

There is something very fascinating about the concept of characters from books crossing over  into the real world. There were enough twists and unexpected reveals to make the idea work too.

I liked how the book made us question the idea of villains, fate and parallel worlds. This story seemed to be a take on one of my very favorite quotes by Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter –

‘Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’

I liked the character of Walter and how he wanted to find the scientific rationale behind everything. Characters that are science nerds are always a welcome addition to any book.

Of course, it wasn’t all perfect. I think, the execution could’ve been better. There was lack of proper character development and world-building. Maybe, because it was for children, this book felt too short to me. I felt like more time could’ve been spent on building the world and establishing the plot. But a shorter length meant a tighter story line and fast pace, which I can’t really complain about.

I’m just pleasantly surprised that I ended up liking the book as much as I did. Goes to show that trying something different every once in a while isn’t always a bad thing.


My Rating: ★★★★☆


Publication Date: 16th October, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon


 

ARC Review: A Year Of Extraordinary Moments by Bette Lee Crosby

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*

 


From USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby comes a heartwarming novel about letting go of the past to make way for a brighter future.


Tracy Briggs has finally gotten her act together. She’s focusing on her own life and helping her hearing-impaired son learn to talk. With her sister married and exploring a new career, Tracy has begun to run the family’s magazine business and feels her life is pretty much perfect. That is, until her son’s deadbeat dad shows up in Magnolia Grove asking for a second chance.

Now that her son is getting the help he needs and a promising new romance with his teacher is in bloom, Tracy wants to keep her life just as it is. But her ex isn’t taking no for an answer. And when a spirited elderly woman enters Tracy’s life in an unexpected way, she’ll have to work harder than ever to keep her new life on track.

Torn between the past she knows and the uncertain future, Tracy must decide what is best for both her and her son, learning along the way that ordinary choices can bring extraordinary possibilities.



 

This one was a surprise

I had expected this book to be from a singular point-of-view, after reading the synopsis. The blurb made me think that Tracy would be the focal point of the book. But it totally defied my expectations.

Tracy did not even feel like the main character. I think it was Alice, the dying grandmother of Dominic. Dominic is a deadbeat guy who left Tracy soon after she gave birth to their son. This is a character who I found to have very few redeeming qualities. He is a chronic liar and a self-involved guy who was insecure even about his son getting more attention than him.

At the beginning, I thought this book would be about the redemption of Dominc. I found that to be intriguing because like I said – I didn’t find many redeeming qualities in him. But no, this book wasn’t about his redemption. I still can’t narrow it down to one story or an arc or even a character this book was about.

But as I mentioned before I got distracted by my own train of thought, if I were to pick a main character, I’d have to mention Alice. This is a woman who has only a few months to live because of Cancer. Her only wish before she dies is to see her grandson mend his ways and move his life to the right track. She feels that it would be possible if Dominic reconciled with Tracy and his son Lucas – both of whom she only heard about through town gossip but never from Dominic himself. Dominic is tight-lipped about it when she asks him about it. So she takes it upon herself to make some much needed changes.

On the other hand, we have Tracy.  She’s a great mother to Lucas who is deaf and has recently just started hearing because of Coachlear implants. She has her mother, an elder sister Meghan and a friend Gabriel as her support system. I must say, it took me some time to warm up to her, even though she had all the makings of a genuinely nice character from the very beginning.

The first time we meet her, she is insistent on not letting her friendship with Gabriel become anything more. In the next scene, Gabriel asks her out and she enthusiastically says yes. What a whiplash! I would’ve liked a better transition from point A to point B. But like I said, I do slowly warm up to her eventually.

I also would’ve loved to see some insight into what made Tracy fall in love with Dominic in the first place. There was barely any romance in the book but I didn’t mind that. But I’d have preferred a bit more depth in the love story we do see.

Bette Lee Crosby’s writing style is not what I’m used to. I think my issue with this book was that I never became a part of it. I know it sounds odd but I felt like an outsider throughout the book. Do you get what I mean? But I’ll just chalk it up to the “It’s not you, it’s me” factor.

This book was a good read about families, relationships and flawed characters. An extra star for being able to surprise me, which is a rarity.



My Rating: ★★★★☆


Publication Date: 16th October, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Amazon

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

 

Fall is here and so is Top Ten Tuesday list of ny TBR of Fall 2018. It’s a weekly thing hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. So this list will include both upcoming releases I plan to read as soon as they come out and also already released books I hope to start this Fall.

Fingers crossed!

So, without further ado, here goes my list –



Upcoming Releases That Actually Come Out This Fall

 

                            

Vengeful| V. E. Schwab : Is there anyone who is NOT excited about this release?

Release Date: 25th September, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Muse Of Nightmares | Laini Taylor : I love Laini Taylor. I loved Strange the Dreamer. And I need a happy ending for Lazlo and Sarai.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Mass : I’ve been low-key following this series. I’ve probably even forgotten half of what happened in the first few books. But I do plan to give a reread to the previous books. Because I’m sorta looking forward to the conclusion.

Release Date: 23rd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Consumed| J. R. Ward : I love books about firefighters. Make it a female firefighter and I’m sold.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

That Night | Amy Giles : I was really intrigued by the synopsis. Hopefully this book will live up to the expectations that I have.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Barnes & Nobles

A Year Of Extraordinary Moments | Bette Lee Crosby : I actually received an ARC of this book. I hope to be reading this in the coming week. I have liked what I’ve read by Crosby so far and hope to like this one too.

Release Date: 16th October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon



Books Already Released That I Intend To Start Soon

               

The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah : I’ve heard such good stuff about this book and the author in general that I can’t wait to dive into this!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman : I’ve been meaning to start this for months now. Hopefully, putting it here will give me the kick I need to start it!

Children Of Blood And Bone| Tony Adeyemi : Another book I’ve been delaying to read. I have no excuses for not having started it yet. I really need to start it asap!

Vicious | V. E. Schwab : You can’t make me start a book I’ve been delaying if a sequel has been announced. That was the case for Vicious. But now that the sequel is almost here, I’ve got no excuse to not start this soon.


So, there you go! I hope I can actually read all these books and enjoy them! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s lists!

 

(ARC) Book Review: The Girl Made of Clay By Nicole Meier

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*


An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it.

After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.

Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?


 

First things first – Such a beautiful cover! I wanted to own the physical copy of this the moment I saw it. I still want to own the copy after finishing the book.

I always love myself books that have heartfelt stories centered around family. And this novel was all about family. We see a father-daughter relation that starts off as frosty and slowly evolves into something more. There are other story lines too. But the father-daughter relationship stole the show for me.

Sara has had a rough past. She’s forever been the responsible caretaker, even when she was a child and her father left her with a mentally unsound mother. Even now, she has to take care of everything with her pilot husband frequently flying away and leaving her with a household, a ten year old asthmatic son and a pet dog to look after. It’s definitely not easy being her, and her estranged father’s injury only makes it harder.

Her father Thomas (TR) didn’t leave a good first impression on me at the beginning. But I slowly warmed up to him, just like Sara. But it was not easy for Sara to come to that point. And she can’t be blamed. Which child would welcome their parent back after being abandoned in their childhood?

You also tend to feel frustrated for her, about how her husband Charlie keeps leaving for long stretch of flight duties. Although, when Charlie is present, he seems to be considerate and supportive of her most of the times. Still, I wasn’t a fan of Charlie. Sam, though, Sara’s son was adorable and the relationship between was really beautiful. Both Sam and Charlie are good parents.

We see Sara struggle a lot to be welcoming to her father throughout the book. Her stream of conscious was believably complicated. Both she and her father are not big talkers so we see a lot of streams of consciousness most of the book. And that made the book slightly slow paced.PU

There were many secrets and mysteries that were not completely unpredictable and yet the reveals and resolutions in the end were well executed. There was nothing too extraordinary about the plot but I still found myself engaged because of the lovely evolution of the relation between Sara and her father.

If you’re in mood for a simple read with themes of family drama, second chances and forgiveness, then this is the book for you.


Publication Date: 25th September, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

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My Rating: ★★★☆☆