Review: Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

Review

One of the things that caught my attention about this book was its cover. And after reading the synopsis I was really interested in reading this book. I started reading this book unaware that this was a book in a series, but luckily for me, this small detail did not prevent me from fully enjoying and understanding the plot.

The story starts with Dr. Diana Jagger a surgeon on trial for the murder of her husband Peter.  Only months after their marriage, Peter is killed in a suspicious car crash. Although Peter’s body is never found, Dr. Jagger becomes the first suspect and Jack Parlabane is hired to investigate the case.

Black Widow was one of those books with a slow start that all of the sudden had an unexpected twist that completely set things back in motion. This book really blew me away and kept me awake until late hours of the night in expectation for what was coming next. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that this is book seven of the Jack Parlabane series. This story certainly stands alone and will certainly keep you guessing until the surprising finale. Great read!

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is scheduled to be published November 1, 2016.


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Real Neat Blog Award

I’d like to thank Book Huntress’ World for this nomination! If you haven’t yet, please check out this neat blog.

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Do you read non-fiction books?

I seldom read non-fiction. On the few occasions I read non-fiction it is usually biographies.
Which book or series do you consider a must-read?

The Lord of The Rings by J. R .R. Tolkien
How do you pick your next book to read?

From several sources, Goodreads, Publisher’s Weekly, book blogs, etc…
Do you use bookmarks, or dog-ear?

Bookmarks, of course 🙂
Do you read beautiful passages a number of times, to savor like a wine tester?

Yes
Do you drop the book if you are not engaged in first 50 pages?

I don’t have a set rule for when to drop a book. I have given up on books in the first chapters as well as half-way through the story.
Which book would you most like to see done as a movie?

I don’t usually like movie adaptations of books, with very rare exceptions.

My Nominees: (If you are not into awards or tags or if you have already received this award, please disregard!)

My Questions for the nominees:

What’s your favorite book of all-time?

What’s your favorite book quote?

What’s your favorite book cover?

What’s your favorite author?

What’s your book pet-peeve?

If you could, what book character would you be?

What’s the title of the latest book that you were not able to finish?

 

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Review. This is a weekly post, usually on Sundays, where I’ll share the books that I’m adding to my shelves. I’ll include books I purchase, books from my local library, e-books, audiobooks, and books for review.

 

ARCs FOR REVIEW

Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno (Author)

PURCHASED

This week was super busy, so I didn’t get any books from the library. I did look at some of my weekly book deals and Kindle Unlimited for some purchases. I hope to catch up on my reading this coming week. How about you guys? What books have you added to your shelves?

Captivating Covers

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Captivating covers is a book meme created by Jbelkbooks. Once a week you showcase “captivating” book covers that you come across. It may be a cover that you saw online, at a book shop, or at a library. You don’t have to have purchased the book as long as the cover has  captivated your eyes.

This week as I was navigating through NetGalley I came across this beautiful cover. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley is a fantasy YA book with an interesting title and great cover.

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Title: Fate of Flames

Author: Sarah Raughley

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Scheduled to be published: November 22, 2016

Blurb

Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series. When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement. But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms. Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy. Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together. Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?


3-Days, 3-Quotes-DAY 3

I’ve been tagged by Shruti from This Is Lit  to do the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.
Thank you, Shruti!
The Rules
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day
For this last day of the 3-Days, 3-Quotes, I’ve chosen a quote of a very nice YA novella by Tahereh Mafi.

“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time” ~Tahereh Mafi, Destroy Me.

I Tag:

If you’ve done this tag already or if you’re not interested in participating, please disregard the tag 🙂

Review: A Scone To Die For by H.Y. Hanna

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective. But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?

Review

A Scone to Die For is the first book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery by H.Y. Hanna. I thought this book was a cute and light cozy mystery. Jane Austen’s fans are certainly going to recognize a little influence of her novel Persuasion. I liked the plot, and I was surprised with the twist in the end. Gemma’s character is likable and down-to-earth. I really liked the interaction between Gemma and Devlin and hoped for more in this book, but I’m certain that the relationship will be better explored in the next books in the series. Another thing that I liked about this book was all the descriptions of food and the English life. The English scone recipe at the end of the book is certainly a plus. This book is an easy-read, cozy mystery that I recommend to the fans of the genre.


About The Author

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H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense writer and the author of the bestselling Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. She has also written romantic suspense and sweet romance, as well as a children’s middle-grade mystery series. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a MSt in Social Anthropology, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism. A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Auckland, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli. You can learn more about her (and the real-life Honey and Muesli who inspired the characters in the stories).


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3-Days, 3-Quotes-DAY 2

I’ve been tagged by Shruti from This Is Lit  to do the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.
Thank you, Shruti!
The Rules
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day
This is one of my favorite book quotes. I think about this quote often and it comes from one of my favorite authors.

“Face your life, Its pain, Its pleasure, Leave no path untaken.” ~Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book.

I Tag:

If you’ve done this tag already or if you’re not interested in participating, please disregard the tag 🙂

WWW Wednesday

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This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

Just started this book last night but so far so good.

The Blurb 

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey has become the target of a serial killer who believes he’s been appointed God’s executioner. In Copper Creek, Montana, Gwen Marcey is struggling to put together her life after cancer and divorce. When her dog retrieves a skull of a murder victim and leads her to the victim’s grave, Gwen uses her forensic art ability to identify a serial killer. She is horrified to discover all the victims look like her fourteen-year-old daughter.The murderer is a “lone wolf,” a member of the terrorist group Phineas Priesthood-and he has a score to settle with Gwen. Unraveling the tangled Christian Identity movement, where race-not grace-provides salvation, Gwen is in a frantic rush against time. She must use all her skills to uncover the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Recently Finished

Review coming up soon.

The Blurb

Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That’s the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream—a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf’s head on the handle. All four are subsequently found with their wrists cut — apparent suicides — and the weapon used in each case was a wolf’s head dagger. Police zero in quickly on Richard Hammond, a controversial psychologist who conducts hypnotherapy sessions at a spooky old Adirondack inn called Wolf Lake Lodge. It seems that each of the victims had gone there to meet with Hammond shortly before turning up dead. Troubled by odd holes in the official approach to the case, Gurney begins his own investigation — an action that puts him in the crosshairs of not only an icy murderer and the local police but the darkest corner of the federal government. As ruthless as the blizzard trapping him in the sinister eeriness of Wolf Lake, Gurney’s enemies set out to keep him from the truth at any cost — including an all-out assault on the sanity of his beloved wife Madeleine. With his emotional resources strained to the breaking point, Gurney must throw himself into a deadly battle of wits with the most frightening opponent he has ever faced.

Reading Next

June has become the month of cozy mysteries 🙂

The Blurb

Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town. When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death. Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to defend the people and the town she loves—even if it kills her. 

What about you guys? Have you read any of these titles? Please share what you’re reading in the comments. 🙂


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3-Days, 3-Quotes-DAY 1

I’ve been tagged by Shruti from This Is Lit  to do the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.
Thank you, Shruti!
The Rules
  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day
Romance is on my mind tonight, so nothing better than a quote from one of my all-time favorite book.

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To join in just grab your current read, open to a random page, share 2 sentences (without spoilers), and don’t forget to share the title and author so others can add it to their TBR list.

This week’s teaser comes from Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts.

“And you don’t know what it’s like to embrace it, to learn to use it instead of trying to deny it so it uses you.” ~p.77. Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts.

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