What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty–Audiobook Review

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What would happen if you were visited by your younger self and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

Yes, she did it again! It is no news that Liane Moriarty is one of my top ten favorite authors, and one of the reasons I keep coming back to her books is the fact that she never disappoints me. She has an uncanny talent for making everyday life  interesting. Her character development is fantastic, and she is an amazing story-teller.

What Alice Forgot is one of those novels that although the premise is quite unlikely to happen, it is still written in a way that makes you ponder your own life and choices you make in relationships. I found myself constantly reviewing things I had or had not done in my previous marriage, and the things I used to take for granted in relationships.

My only issue with the audio version of this book was the narration. I felt that at times I could not distinguish between Alice and her sister’s voice, so I had to constantly rewind a few passages in order to understand what was going on. Overall a great read. I highly recommend it!

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Review: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

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Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man. Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet. Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget.

Entertaining is the word that comes to my mind when I think of a word to describe  Eliza Kennedy’s debut novel I Take You. This was a relatively fast and fun read. I can’t say that I particularly loved the main character, Lily, or that I agree with her lifestyle and choices, but I can’t deny the fact that this is a pretty funny book that had me laughing out loud at some parts. The ending left something to be desired, but overall I really enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it to fans of this genre.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

3 star

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm where anyone can play along.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Today’s Teaser Tuesday sentences come from the book we chose to read this month in my book club. Station Eleven is a dark, post-apocalyptic novel by Emily St. John Mandel. I have barely started the first few chapters, and so far I haven’t been able to make up my mind about this novel, but I’m curious to see where it leads me.

“When he woke later in the morning, there was an instant when he didn’t know where he was. He had never in his life been so cold.”

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Review: Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

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It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.

Wow! If I could give you a word of advice about this book is not to read it right before you go to bed. This is by far one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year. The narrative is extremely gripping, the storyline is compelling, intricate and full of twists and turns. The characters are a psychological mess, but all these elements somehow work together and what you end up with is an extremely graphic, right out shocking, story.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to the faint of heart, but if you like psychological thrillers with a pinch for the graphic and the macabre, you will definitely love this book.

I’d like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Details:

Title: Swerve/Author: Vicki Pettersson/Genre: Psychological Thriller/ ISBN:9781476798578/Publisher: Gallery Books/Rating: 4-Stars/Read: August, 2015.

*Virtual Book Tour Stop* Review: A Fearful Lie by Jean Fournier Johnson

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By the time Gloria sees the little boy step out from between the parked cars it is too late. She hears the sickening thud as her vehicle strikes his body. She remembers that third drink at the bar, her husband’s career as a police officer. Fearful that if she stays she will ruin the lives of those she loves, Gloria drives away. She leaves the child on the sidewalk for his mother to find.

Having convinced herself she can live with this decision, Gloria is surprised to find her guilt beginning to take a toll on her family. Turning away from her marriage as it falls apart, she decides to atone for her crime by devoting her life to helping others.

What better place to start than with Marisa, the mother of the boy she killed?

A Fearful Lie is a book with a great premise. The first couple of chapters are suspenseful and original. Unfortunately, I felt the story took a complete turn and I suddenly lost the initial interest. The narrative is well-written in first person, but the book reads more like a memoir and it became a little monotonous and tiresome towards the middle of the book. The characters were flat and not really compelling. I could never truly warm-up to Gloria and although the end is not a predictable one, it failed to deliver a wow factor.

I received this book free of charge from Ravenswood Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

2 star

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Purchase Links

A Fearful Lie/Amazon/Amazon UK/Kobo/iBooks/Google Play

About Jean Fournier Johnson

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Jean Fournier Johnson was born in Nova Scotia, educated in Quebec and lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada. She has two children and three grandchildren. A FEARFUL LIE is her first novel.

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