Stacking the Shelves – December 30

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received had a NetGalley wish granted from Disney Book Group:

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Thank you Disney Book Group for granting my wish!

What books did you get this week?

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Review: Watching You

Title: Watching You
Author: Lisa Jewell
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: December 26, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

Review:

I loved this book!

The chapters were short which made the book a quick read. I read it in one day! It was fast paced too, with important plot points in every chapter.

Even though there were many characters, it was easy to follow them. All of their lives were woven together, but it wasn’t obvious at the beginning. I loved the way that the story slowly unfolded until the end.

It took a long time for me to figure out who was the victim and who did the crime. I figured it out just before it was revealed. It wasn’t an obvious crime, but it made sense.

This is a great thriller!

What to read next:

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Have you read Watching You? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – December 28

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. Yes. Father Christmas. You may wonder how I know the true story of father Christmas, and I will tell you that you shouldn’t really question such things. Not right at the start of a book.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… A Boy Called Christmas (Christmas Series #1) by Matt Haig.

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Goodreads synopsis:

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.

Are you still reading?

Good.

Then let us begin . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

Have you read A Boy Called Christmas? What did you think of it?

Review: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1)

Title: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1)
Author: Ben Clanton
Genre: Children’s, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

Review:

This is an adorable book!

I had seen this series around, and I wanted to read it for a long time. Narwhals are unusual creatures because they really look like unicorn whales. They don’t even look real.

I laughed out loud a few times while I read this book. Narwhal is learning about who he is while he teaches his friend Jelly the jellyfish. For example, he knows that a group of narwhals is called a pod, so he wants to make his own pod. Instead of finding a bunch of narwhals, he gathers his sea creature friends, such as a shark and an octopus and gives them horns to wear so they look like narwhals too. This part was funny, and educational because it teaches kids about sea creatures.

This short book is entertaining for kids and adults.

What to read next:

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) by Ben Clanton

It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Have you read Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – December 27

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Royals by Rachel Hawkins.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . 

Review:

I loved this book!

This story is a unique twist on A Christmas Carol. A company called Project Scrooge plans out a night of ghosts for a new Scrooge every Christmas Eve. They spend the whole year studying the Scrooge so they can provide the most effective memories for that night. However, this year is different because Holly, a former failed Scrooge, falls for their current Scrooge, Evan Winters III.

Though this book is centred around Christmas, it does not have to be read during Christmas. I read it at Christmas because I thought it was meant to be a holiday story, but it could be read any time of year. Most of the story takes place in the year leading up to December 25th, so it could be read at any time.

I was completely surprised at the ending. I never could have guessed what happened. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised.

I really enjoyed this book. I’ll be recommending it all year!

What to read next:

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, Jodi Meadows

Have you read The Afterlife of Holly Chase? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday – December 26

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto. The release date is February 12, 2019.

Goodreads Synopsis:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken

What books are you waiting on this week?