Review: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

Title: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Timesbestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not. 

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

Review:

I was looking forward to this book after the cliffhanger of the previous one, but it was so disappointing.

The main problem with this story was that it didn’t progress the plot. There were some interesting flashbacks to what happened when Noah was in the hospital, which was in the Mara Dyer series. However, there were also flashbacks to Noah’s ancestors, which could have been explained in a couple of sentences, rather than multiple chapters.

I had a hard time keeping track of the characters by the end. There were some new people, but they all seemed the same. They had long drawn-out conversations about the same things over and over. There wasn’t much that actually happened in the story, other than many conversations.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I expected a lot more from the book.

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

What to read next:

Shatter Me (Shatter
Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) Maggie Stiefvater

Other Books in the Series:

Have you read The Reckoning of Noah Shaw? What did you think of it?

Best Books of 2019

I’ve chosen my favourite books of 2019! This year, I picked one book from each genre that was published in 2019, that I loved! I used the Goodreads Choice Awards as the basis for these genre categories.

Fiction

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3) by Graeme Simsion

Review

Mystery/Thriller

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Review

Historical Fiction

The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore

Review

Fantasy

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Review

Romance

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Review

Women’s Fiction

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Review

Nonfiction

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly

Review

Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn, Vol. 2: Harley Destroys the Universe by Sam Humphries

Review

Poetry

When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur

Review

Debut Novel

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Review

Young Adult Contemporary

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Review

Young Adult Thriller

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Review

Young Adult Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh

Review

Young Adult Fantasy

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

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Middle Grade

Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Shwab

Review

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Review

Picture Book

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, Mika Song

Review

(All images from Goodreads)

What are your Best Books of 2019?

Blog Tour Review: Husband Material

Title: Husband Material
Author: Emily Belden
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: Graydon House
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: December 30, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sometimes love is unpredictable…

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.

Review:

This story started out as a romantic comedy, but turned into a suspenseful story.

There were so many twists that kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had things figured out, there would be another unexpected twist. I liked that so many surprising elements were slowly revealed, such as how Decker died and what had happened in the past between Charlotte and Brian.

I don’t think the title or cover of the book really matched it. From the title and cover, it looks like a fun romance, but there were some dark parts to the story, including Decker’s death.

I really enjoyed this book! I was glued to it until the end.

Thank you HarperCollins for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

The Love Solution by Ashley Croft

Author Info:

EMILY BELDEN is a journalist, social media marketer, and storyteller. She is the author of the novel Hot Mess and Eightysixed: A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals. She lives in Chicago. Visit her website at http://www.emilybelden.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @emilybelden.

Buy the Book:

Have you read Husband Material? What did you think of it?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? – December 30

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 Husband Material by Emily Belden.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by Michelle Hodkin.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison.

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

Jill's Weekly Wrap-Up – December 29

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 8 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Husband Material

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 Husband Material by Emily Belden.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sometimes love is unpredictable…

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – New Year, New Books

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 New in the Title. Here’s my list:

1. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

2. Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Vol. 1: A New Beginning by Jody Houser, Rachael Stott

3. New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

4. New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephanie Meyer

5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

(All book cover images from Goodreads)

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of New Year, New Books?