Title: Queenie Author: Candice Carty-Williams Genre: Fiction, Romance Publisher: Simon and Schuster Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: March 19, 2019 Rating: ★★★★★
Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.
Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.
As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.
With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.
This is a modern romantic comedy.
Queenie is a British woman who works for a newspaper in London. She is of Jamaican descent. Her storyline reminded me of Bridget Jones’s Diary, because of the way she has to balance her work with her romantic life. However, there were some serious issues in the story.
I really liked the way realistic issues were addressed in the story. Queenie got a little carried away with dating multiple men after her serious relationship ended. She ended up at health clinics a few times because of these encounters. I appreciated that she had to deal with the consequences of her actions, unlike many characters in romance stories.
The story wasn’t all serious. There were some funny parts as well. Queenie refers to her friends in their group chat as the “Corgis” because they support their queen. There were also some funny situations with Queenie’s grandparents. Though there were a lot of serious parts of the story, I enjoyed the light humour as well.
I really enjoyed this story! It’s a refreshingly modern take on a romantic comedy.
Title: The Au Pair Author: Emma Rous Genre: Fiction, Thriller Publisher: Berkley Books Source: Publisher Format: Paperback Release Date: January 8, 2019 Rating: ★★★★
Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.
Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.
Who is the child and what really happened that day?
One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.
I was so excited about this book! I love thrillers like this. It was kind of a mystery but very suspenseful like a thriller.
I was so intrigued throughout the story. It was hard to stop reading, because I wanted to figure out what happened. There were dual narratives. It alternated between Seraphine’s perspective in 2017 where she’s trying to figure out who the baby in the picture is, and Laura’s perspective in 1992 where she was an au pair for Seraphine’s family before her birth.
I love it when books surprise me at the end, and this one definitely did. However, it was impossible to guess the ending because some information is left out until the end. I don’t like when this happens, but it was necessary to hold the suspense until the end.
I really enjoyed this story!
What to read next:
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Have you read The Au Pair? What did you think of it?
I always know when Jill releases a post because in my mind her pink graphic (see pink stripes below) is synonymous with her posts. She alternates between reviews from many genre’s, weekly wrap ups, and commentary. Her voice is articulate, genuine, and exudes a niceness that is emphasized by her pink stripes. It would just be wrong to love pink and write naughty reviews, wouldn’t it? If you haven’t checked out her blog, then please click the link below, but COME BACK! You won’t want to miss her answers to my 10 questions.
I had an awesome blogging year in 2018, with reaching 1000 followers, being added to the blogging databases for some major publishers, and attending BookCon and other book events such as launch parties, book signings, and fall previews.
I don’t usually make resolutions, but I want to make some blogging goals for 2019. They will keep me accountable and make me work harder, since I will be constantly working towards my goals. Here are my goals:
Have a NetGalley rating of 80% (my current rating is 68%)
Post at least one Blogging meme a day and six reviews a week
I will be adding Six for Sundays and Top 5 Wednesday to my weekly blog roster
Clear my inbox at least once a week (and reply to comments much faster)
Write 1,000 words a day for my creative work
My last goal isn’t about my blog, but it is a writing goal that I want to work on. I want to get my first book published and I’m almost finished my first draft, so I need to work hard to get to the end.
Hopefully with these goals I will have another great blogging year.
Have you made any blogging goals or resolutions for 2019?
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 Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.
Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.
The only thing is: they didn’t do it.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?