Book Review: The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Published by Wednesday Books on January 15, 2019 (expected)

Series: The Gilded Wolves, #1

Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 464

Source: Netgalley

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Set in a darkly glamorous Paris, the book follows a charismatic but cursed heir of a massive fortune as he plots to steal one of three ancient and powerful artifacts of fate. He and his crew will navigate the elite gatherings of secret occult societies, traveling through Paris’ catacombs where they must confront their worst secrets as well as a destiny they never imagined.

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Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot's Christmas, by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Published by HarperPaperbacks  in December 1992 (first published December 19, 1938)

Series: Hercule Poirot, #20

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

Format & Length: paperback, 243

Source: purchased

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Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense–creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters–brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to audio. In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder–and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case. The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons–one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive–and their wives return home for Christmas. But a heartwarming family holiday is not exactly what he has in mind. He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults and finally announces that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will. Poirot is called in the aftermath of Simeon Lee’s announcement.

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Top 10 Books I’m Anticipating Most For 2019

Top 10 books I'm anticipating most for 2019

Happy New Year! 2018 was a great year for me but I’m hoping 2019 is just as good, if not better. And I hope the year to come is a great one for everyone!

For this post I want to share the ten books that are due out in 2019 that I’m most excited for. These all sound SO good and I’m looking forward to picking up each and every one of them. In a range of genres from cozy mystery to Nordic Noir and domestic suspense to fantasy, hopefully there’s something on this list that will spark your interest as well.

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December (& 2018) Reading Wrap Up

December Reading Wrap UpDecember always goes by so quickly! I get so excited for the Christmas season and then it passes by in the blink of an eye. But even with all the holiday celebrations, I managed to read quite a few books more than I expected!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to revisit my 2018 bookish goals. I had an idea in my head of how well I did with accomplishing these goals, but actually checking and writing this out helped me determine what really worked for me this year and how I want to adjust my goals/reading habits for 2019.

Click on through to see everything I reviewed, read, and wrote in December, along with a recap of my 2018 goals and how they fared…

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Top 10 New Releases I Read in 2018

Top 10 new releases I read in 2018

How was everyone’s Christmas?! I had a blast celebrating with family and friends and have since been relishing having the week between Christmas and New Year’s off for the first time in over a decade! It feels like such a luxury to be able to sleep in after a busy holiday season and I am loving it.

My previous post shared my favorite backlist books I read this year and now it’s time to talk about my top ten new releases from 2018! While I was surprised at the wide range of genres in my favorite backlist books, this list does include a fair amount more of mysteries and thrillers. There is some variety here, though, and I’m really glad to have read each of these books.

Let’s see my picks now, shall we?

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Top 10 Backlist Books I Read in 2018

Top 10 backlist books I read in 2018

It’s that time of year to look back on the past twelve months of reading and decide on “best of” lists!

This year I decided to break it up into two lists: backlist books and books published in 2018. I had a few reasons for this decision:

1- I read more this year and therefore had more to choose from.

2- About half of the books I read this year were review copies and wanted to spread the love evenly.

3- What’s life without whimsy? (unapologetic Big Bang Theory reference)

My biggest surprise of this list is the wide variety of genres it includes. For someone who proclaims to favor mystery, thriller, and suspense, there’s a fair amount of fantasy and dystopian on this list – and even two nonfiction!

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Book Review: Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper's Golden Shoes, by Keira Gillett

Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes by Keira Gillett

Published by author on July 1, 2016

Series: Zaria Fierce, #3

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, middle grade

Format & Length: e-book, 300

Source: author

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“Nothing can save you now, Princess.”

How can anyone be tricked twice? Isn’t there even a saying about that? Zaria Fierce is determined to get things right this time and with the Drakeland Sword in her possession she’s ready to take on trolls, dragons, and whatever else may come… but first she and her friends are going to have to figure out just how much trouble they’re in at home.

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5 Habits To Help You Read More

5 habits to help you read more

It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about New Year’s resolutions! Being a bookish person, I tend to hear many people say that one of their resolutions is to read more.

Obviously I think reading is a wonderful pursuit. But I would never tell someone how much they should read. That’s an entirely personal choice. Some might be happy to read one book a year while others won’t be content unless they read a hundred. (Or more!)

That all being said, I have some tips for you if you’ve made the choice that you’d like to read more in the upcoming year. Ready to see them?

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Book vs. Movie: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, young adult

Format & Length: hardcover, 444

Source: library

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Book Review: No Mercy, by Joanna Schaffhausen

No Mercy, by Joanna Schaffhausen

No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen

Published by Minotaur Books on January 15, 2019 (expected)

Series: n/a

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

Format & Length: ebook, 320

Source: Netgalley

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Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.

No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen’s heart-pounding second novel.

Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than “getting in touch with her feelings.”

For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker.

Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer’s closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn’t quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job—stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone’s past but her own—a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.

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