Review: The Homecoming

Title: The Homecoming
Author: Andrew Pyper
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bestselling author Andrew Pyper returns with a riveting psychological thriller about how the people you’ve known your whole life can suddenly become strangers.

What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie?

After the death of their absentee father, Aaron and Bridge Quinlan travel to a vast rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of his will. There, they meet up with their mother and troubled sister, Franny, and are shocked to discover the will’s terms: in order to claim their inheritance they must remain at the estate for thirty days without any contact with the outside world. Despite their concerns, they agree.

The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined—revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. Why does Bridge have faint memories of the estate? Why did their father want them to be sequestered there together? And what is out there they feel pulling them into the dark heart of the woods?

The Homecoming is at once a gripping mystery, a chilling exploration of how our memories can both define and betray us, and a riveting page-turner that will have you questioning your very existence.

Review:

This book was a mix of suspenseful thriller and horror. It was a wild roller coaster ride!

There was a lot of suspense in the story, because we don’t know much about the events that lead to the beginning of the story, including the characters’ backgrounds. The characters all find themselves at an isolated house, and are forced to stay there to inherit millions from their father. However, we don’t know how they got there or even much of their relationship with their father. He remains a mysterious figure until the end of the story.

There were actually some fairytale elements to the story. They compare the house to the witch’s house from Hansel and Gretel. There are even a couple of monsters in the woods. It’s a twisted fairytale. It was getting so gruesome that I had to stop reading it before bed one night!

Right away, I made a prediction of what would happen at the end. I was only half right, and I was glad because I was hoping it would be a more complicated ending than I predicted. I liked that I still had some questions at the end, so I can just imagine what some of the answers would be.

I couldn’t put this book down! It’s a great thriller!

What to read next:

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Have you read The Homecoming? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – March 2

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!

This week, my parents bought me a Kindle eReader as a birthday gift! It is amazing. I like it so much better than using the Kindle app on my tablet. It is a lot easier to read, so I am getting through books even faster than before. Thanks Mom and Dad!

I bought a boxed set at Indigo:

Shatter Me Series Box Set by Tahereh Mafi

I received three books from the Frenzy Presents event with HarperCollins Canada:

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh

Thank you HarperCollins Canada for these books!

I was approved for one book on NetGalley from ABRAMS Kids:

The Boy Next Story (Bookish Boyfriends #2) by Tiffany Schmidt

Thank you ABRAMS Kids for this book!

What books did you get this week?

The Wicked King Preorder Unboxing

This is my unboxing of the The Wicked King preorder box from Owlcrate. I love this special box that it came in!

This is a gorgeous scarf! The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it has crowns, swords and leaves on it.

I love this acorn necklace. I wear it all the time!

This candle smells amazing. It’s called The High King.

This is a cute pin which is great for the OwlCrate pin collection.

This pin goes with The Wicked King. It says “Strike and Strike and Strike Again.”

I love this crystal soap called “The Undersea.”

This tea smells amazing. It’s called Faerie Fruit, which is Everapple and Elderflower scented.

This is a great pouch with a Holly Black quote on it.

This is a print from the book!

I love this reversible bookmark!

And finally, here is the book! It has an exclusive cover, which is so different from the original one! I love it!

Did you get this preorder box? What did you think of it?

Review: Riverdale: The Day Before

Title: Riverdale: The Day Before
Author: Micol Ostow
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 26, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One. 

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie? 

Told from multiple POVs, your favorite characters tell their story their way.

Review:

I was so excited to read this book! It’s super fast-paced. I read most of it in one sitting!

Each chapter is narrated by a different character, either Archie, Jughead, Betty, or Veronica. This story takes place the day before the Riverdale TV series begins. That means that Betty is in LA doing an internship (which I don’t remember being in the show) and Veronica is in New York City, because she hasn’t moved to Riverdale yet. Archie and Jughead are in Riverdale, but they have drifted apart.

This story does some foreshadowing for what’s to come in the series. Though there is the mystery of the murder that happens at end of the book, fans of the show will already know what happened. Between chapters, there were other forms of narratives, such as texts and emails between other characters.

I loved this book! It is a must read for fans of Riverdale!

What to read next:

Road to Riverdale, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Have you read Riverdale: The Day Before? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – March 1

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:

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather, Abraham Portman.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? What did you think of it?

Litjoy Unboxing – January 2019

This is my unboxing of the Litjoy January 2019 box.

I love the new charm bracelets that are going to be included in quarterly Litjoy boxes! There is a banner to hold pins and buttons. There is also a sheet to make a fortune teller!


I love these pirate themed coasters. The shot glass is amazing too!

We got two books in this box! The first book is Ship of Smoke and Steel. The extra book is Brightly Burning, because the book in the previous box wasn’t the printed the way they wanted.

The trading cards in this crate are characters from Throne of Glass. I also ordered the Harry Potter trading cards as an add-on!

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?

Owlcrate Unboxing – January 2019

This is my unboxing for the Owlcrate January 2019 box!

I love this branch bracelet! It’s beautiful!

This “Master of Death Socks” are super comfy!

I love this pouch from the Darker Shade of Magic series!

This is a letter opener, which is the Sting Sword from the Hobbit.

I love the art on this banner with a quote from Philip Pullman.

This is a great luggage tag! It’s definitely useful to have an extra one!

This is the first of the pin in the monthly pin collection from Owlcrate! It matches the book in the box.

The book is The Gilded Wolves. I’ve heard it’s great so I can’t wait to read it!

The theme for the next box is Whimsical Beasts.

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?