Redemption Point by Candice Fox Review

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Redemption Point by Candice Fox review, ISBN 9780143793366, 410pp

A fellow Australian bookstagrammer introduced me to Candice Fox. My friend kept raving about what a great crime writer Candice is and I finally listened to her advice and read Crimson Lake. I was instantly hooked by this book and author. Redemption Point is the second book in this crime series, though you could read it as a stand-alone book if you want to. But I recommend that you read Crimson Lake first!

I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge crime fiction reader, but I do appreciate reading this genre when it’s well-written, has awesome plot twists that I can’t guess, and characters who are interesting and unique. Candice Fox delivers all this and more. If you like Australian author Jane Harper’s books, and you’re after something a bit grittier but just as good, this is a great series to try. Continue reading

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Review

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, ISBN9781785031052, 456pp

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is a book that I’ve been seeing everywhere for a long time. I’ve wanted to read it forever. But for some reason it took me ages to pick it up. Then I saw it for sale in a little book store in Thailand when I was on holiday and it seemed like the time was finally right to buy it. So, I did.

I don’t know why I hesitated to read this book. I’ve always loved books based on fairy tales, folklore, myths or legends. Perhaps it was the Russian setting. I’ve struggled in the past with books set in Russia, usually because of the character names. I find with Russian names that the characters will have one name and then a nickname. This can make it confusing to keep track of who is who. But I do love a Russian setting with all that ice and snow. Continue reading

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes Review

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The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, ISBN 9781405909051, 515pp

I read The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes a few months ago while on a long car trip. Luckily my husband drove so I could read. This was a re-read for me but I read this years ago so I couldn’t remember much of the plot. It was the perfect book to read in the car as the plot involves a road trip to Scotland.

If there’s one thing Jojo Moyes does well it’s creating characters who you can’t help but feel for and cheer for. The One Plus One is told from the perspective of four characters. Jess Thomas is a single mum separated from her deadbeat husband and working two jobs to try and make ends meet. Ed Nichols is a rich, talented software developer with a lot of brains but not the best sense when it comes to relationships. Tanzie is Jess’s tween daughter and a math genius. She has the chance for a better future at a new school, but money is an overwhelming obstacle. And Nicky is the teenage son of Jess’s ex who she has taken under her wing. His difference and love of eyeliner makes him the constant target of the local bullies. Continue reading

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, ISBN 9781472255877, 310pp

I read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory when I was in transit. I was flying from Koh Samui in Thailand to Singapore, waiting five hours at Singapore airport, and then flying eight and a bit hours back to Australia. I was also in the midst of a painful rib injury so it wasn’t the best time for me. But The Wedding Date was just the entertaining read I needed to get me through this travel hell. It made time go faster and took my mind off my discomfort. But this book passed by in a bit of a blur. Excuse me if the following review is on the vague side.

Let’s see what I remember… The Wedding Date starts with a meet cute when a power outage strands two people together in a hotel elevator in San Francisco. Alexa Monroe is at the hotel to visit her sister, while Drew is staying there for the wedding of an ex-girlfriend to his friend. He’s even the best man at this wedding. The problem is that he’s lacking a date. Continue reading

Elevation by Stephen King Review

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Elevation by Stephen King, ISBN 9781473691520, 132pp

Elevation by Stephen King was a quick and easy read (which is why I chose it). My husband has been bugging me to read a book from his vast Stephen King collection for quite a while. I chose Elevation because it’s new and on the short side (only 132 pages).

Like many of Stephen King’s books, it’s set in the small town of Castle Rock. (A place I wouldn’t want to live because weird stuff always happens there!)

Scott Carey is experiencing medical issues – he can’t stop losing weight. He is losing weight without doing exercise or changing his diet. And he looks exactly the same (muffin top and all) even though scales are registering the kilos coming off fast. Continue reading

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Review

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes review
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes review, ISBN 9780718157845, 515pp

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes caught me by surprise. It has now become my favourite Jojo Moyes book apart from Me Before You. I’ve been reading a lot of Jojo Moyes’ backlist lately, ever since my husband gifted me a whole heap of her books. I wasn’t in a huge rush to read this one. Then I read her collection of short stories — Paris For One — and there was a short story about a young married couple living in Paris, just before the outbreak of World War One. I really enjoyed their story and was thrilled to discover it was continued in this book. Continue reading

Roomies by Christina Lauren Review

Roomies by Christina Lauren Review
Roomies by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9780349417554, 355pp

Roomies is my first ever Christina Lauren read. I’ve seen a lot of love for Christina Lauren from book bloggers and bookstagrammers so I finally wanted to try this author (or I should say co-authors) for myself. I read this on my recent holiday and it was the perfect book to read whilst laying by the pool. It was entertaining, non-taxing on my brain and just a lot of fun.

Set in New York city, Roomies is about two young people who enter into a marriage of convenience. Holland is a twenty-something woman working behind-the-scenes at her uncle’s widely popular Broadway musical. She has an unrequited crush on a sexy street musician who plays guitar magically and who she casually watches perform at a subway station – even though the station is far out of her way. One night, she actually talks to this sexy musician and Continue reading

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox Review

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox review
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox, ISBN 9781784758066, 405pp

I have to admit that I would never have picked up Crimson Lake by Candice Fox if not for the repeated recommendation from a bookstagram friend. Candice Fox is an Australian crime writer who has about eleven books under her belt, including a few co-written with publishing superstar James Patterson.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like reading crime novels by Australian authors — Jane Harper is my favourite — but I don’t read this genre too often and I have a “to be read” pile bursting at the seams. But my husband found me a second-hand copy of Crimson Lake and I was then out of excuses. I had to give Candice Fox a chance.

And my verdict? Crimson Lake is one of the best books I’ve read for ages. Continue reading