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Review: A Daughter’s Deadly Deception

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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

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Review: The Murder Game

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

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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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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Review: I’ll See You in Paris

I'll See You in Paris CoverTitle: I’ll See You in Paris
Author: Michelle Gable
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Source: Netgalley
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❝ Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?

The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is such a charming book and I enjoyed every second of it! Read more

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Review: Rise of the Reaper

rise of the reaper coverTitle: Rise of the Reaper (The Broken Lands #1)
AuthorLorna Reid
Publisher: Ravensforge Books
Release Date: November 20th 2015
Pages: 396
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Author
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❝  Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone’s mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though years have passed, the burning pain of her disappearance still consumes him – as does his need for answers. Then one lazy summer day, Danny and his friends Katrina, Poppy, and Russell discover their parents’ long-hidden secret – and their lives change forever.

They enter a fragmented, broken world of magic, blades, and blood in a quest for answers, but the mystery of what happened to Danny’s mother only becomes more terrifying – and yet there is hope. But there are other, bigger threats at hand, too, as evil begins to stir and the Oracle’s prophesies herald a coming darkness.❞

The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Though it took me a while to get into, I think Rise of the Reaper is an adventurous and fun read, especially suitable for young(er) teens. Read more

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Review: Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls CoverTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Pages: 357
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.❞

For the longest time I’ve contemplated whether I should give this book a try or not, especially since Delirium did not live up to the hype surrounding it. I decided to give Vanishing Girls a go since the synopsis really appealed to me. Though I did enjoy the book on a superficial level, a closer inspection made me come to the conclusion that the plot is poorly executed, the book mediocre at best.   Read more

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Review: Finding Hope

26384905Title: Finding Hope
Author: Colleen Nelson
Publisher: Dundurn
Release Date: April 12th 2016
Pages: 200
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
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❝ Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.

At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first. ❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Finding Hope was a quick read for me, as I finished it in a few hours. I appreciated the book’s themes, but thought it was an okay read. Read more