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Review: A Daughter’s Deadly Deception


Title: A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story
Author: Jeremy Grimaldi
Publisher: Dundurn
Release Date: November 12th 2016
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Crime
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.

In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot..

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A Daughter’s Deadly Deception is a great read if you want to gain more insight into the Jennifer Pan case, which is both horrifying and intriguing.  Read more


Review: The Murder Game


Title: The Murder Game
Author: Julie Apple
Publisher: Lawsome Books
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Pages: 340
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Source: Netgalley

❝ Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Murder Game follows two different narratives. In one, the reader follows prosecutor Meredith as she works on a murder case with an old law school friend as the witness. The other consists of flashbacks as the reader follows Meredith and her friends on their adventures during law school. The two aspects complement each other perfectly and gradually give you hints about the whole story and the mystery.  Read more


Review: A Court of Mist and Fury


Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

As befits a bookworm, my gift for graduating University was a book. Wonderful in itself as that was, I was slightly horrified (and trying hard to hide it) when I unwrapped A Court of Mist and Fury. I strongly disliked the first book in the series and had in previous months harbored no intention of reading the second installment. Since I had received it as a gift I decided to give it a shot anyway, and it blew me away!

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Fanmix Friday

Fanmix Friday: Me Before You

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Read more

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