Book Review: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Published by Ecco on March 27, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, historical fiction, suspense

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: publisher

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The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

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Book Review: The Darkness, by Ragnar Jónasson

The Darkness, by Ragnar Jonasson

The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson

Published by Minotaur Books on October 16, 2018 (expected) (first published October 15th 2015)

Series: Hidden Iceland, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 352

Source: Netgalley

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Ragnar Jonasson burst onto the American scene with Snowblind and Nightblind, the first two novels in the Dark Iceland series, and the praise was overwhelming. Now he launches a new series featuring a completely new sleuth, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police department.

When a young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, is found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of Iceland, Hulda starts to ask questions. But it isn’t long before she realizes that no one wants her to investigate this murder. She eventually must decide whether solving this case is worth losing her life.

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Audiobook Review: The Ice Twins, by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins, by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc. on May 19, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, horror, suspense

Format & Length: audiobook, 11:54:07

Source: library

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One of Sarah’s daughters died. But can she be sure which one?

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

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10 Awesome Audiobooks You Won’t Want to Put Down

10 Awesome Audiobooks You Won't Want to Put Down

My first experience with an audiobook was as a young girl, about ten years old, driving down to Florida for vacation with my dad. The drive from northern New Jersey to southern Florida takes twenty plus hours, so my dad had the brilliant idea to stop and buy an audiobook to entertain us for a good portion of the trip.

We decided on Inca Gold, the twelfth book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series. Compiled of 17 CDs, it came in at about 20 hours long, which was the perfect length. I was decidedly too young for some of the scenes and felt extremely awkward listening to them with a parent, and we glossed past those parts. (Lesson learned!) But the action and adventure elements of the story kept my attention for the entire car ride. And so began my love of audiobooks!

To your brain, listening to a book is pretty much the same as reading it. That being said, they are different experiences. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – the narration can really make or break an audiobook. Great narration helps pull the listener into the story, making it more immersive and sometimes even just a little better than reading the print version of the book.

The audiobooks I’m sharing today are those that I literally did not want to put down. I’d sit in my car for a few extra minutes, spend extra time cleaning, or find other busy work to do to listen just a little longer. Are you ready to see them?

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September Reading Wrap Up

September Reading Wrap UpIn September, I took a break from reading review copies and focused on reading books that I already own. I had a backlog of reviews that I scheduled out throughout the month and enjoyed reading simply for the pleasure of it without spending as much time as usual analyzing and writing. It certainly was nice to just read at whatever pace I chose at any given moment! But I am looking forward to get back into a balance of review copies and books of my own choosing, which seems to be my current happy place.

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Audiobook Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King's Daughter, by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Published by Penguin Audio on June 13, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: audiobook, 09:59:16

Source: library

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The Marsh King’s Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too . . . until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

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Audiobook Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Published by Hachette Audio on November 10, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, science fiction

Format & Length: audiobook, 12:06:03

Source: library

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What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power? In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

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Audiobook Review: Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Published by Macmillan Audio on January 31, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: audiobook, 11:32:00

Source: library

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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong and how far a person might go to protect their marriage s secrets.

Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave listeners reeling.

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Audiobook Review: Everless, by Sara Holland

Everless, by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland

Published by HarperTeen on January 2, 2018

Series: Everless, #1

Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, young adult

Format & Length: audiobook, 09:59:00

Source: library

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Audiobook Review: Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Published by Recorded Books on June 16, 2009 (originally published October 1993)

Series: Earthseed, #1

Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, post-apocalyptic

Format & Length: audiobook, 12:05:00

Source: Audible

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God is change.

That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman’s diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs – and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy.

Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

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