It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – July 8

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – July 7

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Wilder Girls

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Books with Sunshine on the Cover

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Books with Sunshine on the Cover. Here’s my list:

1. Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton

2. Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

3. The Illiad by Gareth Hinds

4. Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within Vol. 3 by Tania del Rio

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Books with Sunshine on the Cover?

Review: The Best Lies

Title: The Best Lies
Author: Sarah Lyu
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Told in alternating timelines, Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl in this twisted psychological thriller about the dark side of obsessive friendship.

Review:

This was a gripping YA thriller!

There are two alternating narratives in this story. One is in the present, which is right after Jack has died. The other tells the story of Remy and Elise’s friendship. Remy seemed like an unreliable narrator, because she had to lie in her testimony. However, there were reasons for her lies.

Even though I knew how the story ends, with Jack’s death, I was still hooked on the story. There were some other twists before the end that I wasn’t expecting. Elise was a complex character, who went through a lot over the course of the story. She was classified as the “villain,” but I ended up feeling a little sorry for her.

I loved this story!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Have you read The Best Lies? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – July 6

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 5 books from Penguin Random House Canada:

Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan

Bunny by Mona Awad

Wherever She Goes by K.L. Armstrong

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from Simon and Schuster Canada:

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from Wattpad:

Cupid’s Match by L.E. Palphreyman

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from Graydon House:

Husband Material by Emily Belden

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, Wattpad and Graydon House for these books!

What books did you get this week?

Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

Review:

I was hooked on this story right from the beginning. It was so intriguing. Hal received a letter saying that she was going to receive an inheritance from her grandmother who just passed away, but her grandparents had died years ago. Since she needed money, she decided to play along with the family. However, she ended up getting tangled up in their complicated family.

The story was quite fast-paced. Everything moved quickly with new twists in every chapter. When I thought I had it all figured out, I discovered I was wrong, which kept me in suspense. I also loved that Hal was a tarot card reader. It added to the mystery of the story.

I loved this mystery! I highly recommend it!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Have you read The Death of Mrs. Westaway? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – July 5

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:

“Jude lifted the heavy practice sword, moving into the first stance – readiness. Get used to the weight, Madoc had told her. You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong. It will hurt. Pain makes you strong.

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black.

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Goodreads synopsis:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Check out my review for The Wicked King here.

Have you read The Wicked King? What did you think of it?

Review: Don’t You Forget About Me

Title: Don’t You Forget About Me
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher event
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to rise again…

The hilarious new heartbreaker from Mhairi McFarlane!

If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.

Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.

Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years… 

Review:

This book was hilarious and heartbreaking.

I kept laughing out loud at the beginning. Georgina reminds me of a grown-up Georgia Nicolson from the series by Louise Rennison. She has hilarious anecdotes about working in various restaurants and bars. She also has a great outlook on life, which came across in her funny stories.

This story took a dark twist that I didn’t see coming. It happened close to the end. The twist changed the way I thought about Georgina, and made her seem like a much more intense character.

I loved this book!

What to read next:

Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Have you read Don’t You Forget About Me? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – July 4

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 The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. 

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