Traitor by Jonathan de Shalit

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Series
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Author(s): Jonathan de Shalit
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Spy Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501170485


The odds that you’ve read about this author’s life are pretty slim. I’d probably even say impossible. Jonathan de Shalit is nothing more than the pseudonym of a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community. There’s something quite fascinating about an author whose books need to be vetted and approved particularly by a special Governmental Ministers’ Committee. With Traitor, Jonathan de Shalit definitely proves his experience in the field through minuscule details and delivers a decent spy thriller.

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

anatomyofascandalcoverTitle: Anatomy of a Scandal
Series
: No
Author(s): Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Legal Thriller, Mystery Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501172168


Sarah Vaughan takes on a timely and paramount matter in Anatomy of a Scandal as she takes out her scalpel in an attempt to meticulously examine themes of sexual assault, consent and power. After having dipped her toes in chick lit (The Art of Baking Blind) and historical fiction (The Farm at the Edge of the World), this courtroom thriller will give fans of mystery thrillers something to devour in the dark corners of their bed.

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S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett | Blog Tour

OMG IS IT TRANG? Yes I’m back after a whole week hiatus LOL 

After Flame in The mist, I noticed that my opinion might differ a lot from the popular ones. Usually I find something bad when it’s hyped but for the last novel I actually loved while the majority hated it.

Thankfully, STAGS feel like the same thing. It got everything I ever wanted in a novel.

However, I must warn you, there are A LOT of mixed reviews for this one.

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Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

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So as always, I will state why I loved it and just keep in mind you are reading my very subjective opinion about it. It’s my review after all right ? 😉

  • The boarding school setting. Something about schools and academic life always attracts me in novels and anime. The world is so immersive. And this one is no different. We got introduced in the fancy life of them private schools and their teenagers. I love the fact that this school was so secluded from everything else that it survives the evolution of times. Time seems to be still and they are left to create a society on their own. 

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  • The villain theme. A lot of people complain about this is not the morbid-gory-thriller they expected, but I believe they’ve missed something that’s by far better than the gore. Because the obvious facts cannot be seen, it would be too boring. The author plays with the hypocrisy and disguise theme to reveal to us a frightening fact:  humans can convince themselves that they are so right by doing evil things. 

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  • Constantly adding new twists and that ending was just perfect. If you noticed in my reviews, endings and the mindblowing plot twist fact is a huge deal to me ( I even mentioned it in my rating system). And to be honest, if I didn’t like the rest of the book, the ending alone was worth the reading experience. 

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

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Series
: The Wounded Kingdom #1
Author(s): R.J. Barker
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: August 1st 2017
Pages: 408
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316466493


With R.J. Barker’s debut novel, fantasy lovers tag along with Girton Club-Foot and his wise master assassin in their hunt of an assassin. This coming-of-age story blooms with deceit and lies that serve to develop a teenage assassin in his understanding of the Tired Land’s culture and history, but also in his understanding of who he is and what he will become.

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IQ by Joe Ide

1118_iq-coverTitle: IQ
Series: IQ #1
Author(s): Joe Ide
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9780316267731


It has been such a long time since I picked up a crime novel that was this ridiculously entertaining. Nominated for best first novel for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award and Strand Critics Award, IQ is Joe Ide’s introduction to a brand new unlicensed and underground detective. And this is no protagonist that you’ll soon forget.

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A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Ellis_AMapoftheDark_HCTitle: A Map of the Dark
Series: The Searchers #1
Author(s): Karen Ellis
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Pages: 290
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9781473662773


Karen Ellis, pseudonym of author Katia Lief, releases a thriller mystery tale focused on a special agent with a disturbing past and a kidnapping of a teenager. One part police procedural and one part thriller, A Map of the Dark is a fast-paced story that delivers an emotionally-charged and highly personal hunt.

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

thewidowcoverTitle: The Widow
Series: No
Author(s): Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: February 16th 2016
Pages: 324
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780143197607


Author of The Child, Fiona Barton’s debut took the world by storm in an unexpected fashion. Its popularity grew exponentially, but the real question lies in its quality. Is it any good? It is a bit odd to have read her latest book before her first novel as a writer, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I was able to enjoy this one and appreciate her ability to write a fantastic suspense story.

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

thegoodaughtercoverTitle: The Good Daughter
Series: No
Author(s): Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: August 8th 2017
Pages: 511
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780062430243


Aficionados of thrillers have heard plenty of great things about Karin Slaughter. Author of Pretty Girls, the Grant County series and the Will Trent series, her ability to write captivating stories filled with wonderful characters and breathtaking mysteries is undisputed. The Good Daughter is her most recent novel that delivers a character-driven family drama centering around two women who have been struck by tragedy at a very young age.

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What The Hell Did I Just Read and Stephen King’s IT

The title of the post is also the title of the book by David Wong, the 3rd installment in John Dies At The end series. Honestly, he couldn’t pick a more fitting title.

Talking about wtf, I thought it would be also very appropriate to include my review for Stephen King’s IT in here as well.

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter : Yes, Jessica Jones wrote a novel

YES PEOPLE !! JESSICA JONE’S ACTRESS WROTE A BOOK 😀 ! 

Let’s be honest, with all the celebrities wanting to write books (and Youtubers…), I was skeptical whether this was going to be good or not. So, how did Krysten Ritter deliver?

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I always have a hard time appreciating contemporary thrillers (as you can see in my previous reviews for A Stranger In The House or The Girl On The Train), but this one did its job.

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It’s a fast-paced gripping thriller with an incredible story background and depth.  

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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murderorientexpresscoverTitle: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: 1934
Pages: 315
Genre(s): Mystery, Classics
ISBN13: 9780062073501


“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

— Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

In this timeless classic, Agatha Christie challenges the world to dethrone her from a position that only she could attain through a inconceivable, gritty and captivating crime story.

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Origin by Dan Brown : Artificial Intelligence vs Gods

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Alright y’all, Dan Brown is back! WOO but as the fifth instalment… it’s quite well… predictable.

The title is self-explanatory – it’s about the ORIGIN OF THE WORLD. If you’ve read his other sequels you will PROBABLY see the pattern in all his stories. Im not going to spoil the exact pattern here for those who haven’t read any of Dan Browns yet 😉 In general, Dan Brown has this ability to throw us a bunch of facts, create a story around it and pick THAT ONE TRENDY MYSTERIOUS QUESTION and put a murder on it.

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The story of Origin unfolds this way:

  • Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire computer genie was on the verge  of revealing to entire world what is the origin of the world when he was shot to death.
  • Robert Landon has to find out who killed Edmond (who is also his former student)
  • We learn that Edmond’s discovery will shock the world, especially putting religions to shame.. but WHAT IS IT? TUN TUN TUN.
  • This is where Dan Brown settle for his theme : Religion vs Science and the rise of computational theories

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Books for Stranger Things fans

If you are a hardcore fan of Stranger Things like me, you would binge watch everything from Season 2 and then got stuck of having nothing to do after… But, luckily for us, there are books ! 😀 So here are some books that can delay your withdrawal symptom of  Stranger Things feels for a bit or for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, reading these books would be a nice way to prepare for it 😉

To start off, what is Stranger Things ?

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Netflix Tv Show. Setting : 1983. Event: A boy goes missing. A monster. Weird events happening. Dark things going on. Romance here and there. A waffle lover and X-Men mutant.

In order to choose which books will be included in this selection, here’s a list of themes that appeared on Stranger Things : 

  • Supernatural aspects ranging from monsters to creepy interdimensional stuff
  • Nostalgia (so anything from 60s to 90s) 
  • A horror/suspense event
  • A bunch of kids in bikes 

From that, I choose the books that have the same themes. So here we go!

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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The funny thing is I stumbled on this book in a random book sale beside my neighbourhood library. It was the most beautiful story I’ve ever read and It’s a book you will remember. If you like that 60’s vibe and a touch of magical realism,  some suspense and horror elements, this is for you.

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson—a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever.

 

 

Paper Girls Vol.1 By Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

This graphic novel screams Stranger Thing but all girls version!! I picked this up after my friend Brianna, who worked at Indigo, recommended this graphic novel to me and I loved it. It has the right kind of humor, beautiful artwork and that 90’s vibe.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough // Brilliant Constructed Crime YA

MY RATING : ★★/5 

I don’t always appreciate thrillers nowadays BUT this one is one hell of exception.  

The overall plot is around Natasha who was dead for 13 minutes in a freezing river, she woke up from a coma and can’t recall what happened or how she ended up dead. Okay, past me was like : REALLLY? Another AMNESIA-JUSTIFYING-CRIME-THRILLER? I started reading and you know what? It was pretty good!The fun thing is, this girl SURVIVED she wasn’t some other protagonist who has amnesia and forget what she saw that night and has to force herself to remember to help the police with another murder (cough cough The Girl on The Train vibe). This story is about the girl. She’s the victim, she was the one who was dead and she was the one who had amnesia.

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A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré

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“It’s over. I’ve fought to the last lie. I’m dead and I’m out of ammunition.”

— John Le Carré, A Legacy of Spies

    One of the godfathers of spy thrillers returns to the battlefield with A Legacy of SpiesIt’s hard to ignore the legacy of John Le Carré himself when brought to reflect upon the whole universe of espionage that he was able to bring to life, from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. His latest novel serves as a fantastic throwback to his greatest work and brings back one of his signature characters, George Smiley, in a story overflowing with tough moral decisions. As much as I would’ve loved to recommend this as a stand-alone novel which features one of the most charismatic, authentic and fascinating characters, Peter Guillam, also known as George Smiley top disciple, A Legacy of Spies will mostly please fans who have read his previous novels, notably the two mentioned above. Nonetheless, John Le Carré’s latest book continues to highlight his talent as a story-teller and immerses you in the world of spies like no other story.

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IT – Movie Review

MY RATING : ★★/5

I’ve always been sceptical with horror movies, because one I haven’t seen a good one yet. Two, I saw a horror movie once and it was spanish, that was one of my best experiences In my opinion and my own definition of horror, I’m sorry but American horror movie do not come even close in the horror section compared to Japanese, Thai or even Spanish. However, I was curious about IT movie and its phenomenon.

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AND…It was really good, not because it was a horror movie, it was very good because it was the perfect suspense and thriller movie. But according to the screams on the movie theatre, I think the horror side was on point.

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What is IT about? Basically Stranger Things with a lot more suspense and OMG-SCREAMING moments. 

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We have these children who are bullied by the tough guys and they are forming their own Loser’s Club. But Billy, one the boy has his brother disappeared a few years ago and is even more sensitive since there are a lot of children disappearances these last few days. While no adult in town would do anything, the kids are starting to see some hallucinations about strange things, supernatural and on top of it, a clown.  Continue reading

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

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“This is something I know: no matter how far you have run, no matter how long you have been lost, it is never too late to be found.”

— Rene Denfeld, The Child Finder

    Every once in a while you’ll come across a novel that’ll succeed in doing the impossible. For me, Rene Denfeld’s latest novel The Child Finder does exactly that. After her successful and mesmerizing debut novel The Enchanted, she now continues to tackle similar themes through a mystery thriller like none other. There are subjects in life that will always remain grim and unbearable, but then there are authors out there with a never-before-seen skill with words who will find ways to charm and maintain a relentless grip on you while tackling some of the darkest and most painful incidents that could occur in the lives of some. The Child Finder is my first sighting of a book that harmoniously brings together the beautiful and the horrible this year. Through raw and magical writing, Rene Denfeld offers us a hypnotizing look into what entrapment, survival and redemption is all about. There’s nothing pretty in the world that she disentangles for us, yet she still somehow manages to tinge this story with warmth, light and hope. This is a story that strives in showcasing the very foundation of human survival.

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The Child by Fiona Barton

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“You can bury the story… But you can’t hide the truth.”

— Fiona Barton, The Child

    Fiona Barton unleashes a phenomenal new mystery starring Kate Waters in The ChildDrawing upon her own personal experience as a journalist, readers are treated with an impossibly addictive story that will keep you immersed and alert till the very end of this adventure. Set in London, The Child thrives in digging into and unearthing questions and answers that have paralyzed and traumatized individuals countless years ago. It all begins when a workman unintentionally discovers the skeleton of a buried baby. Who is this Building Site Baby? While the story kicks things off with Kate Waters pursuing this story, convinced that it is one that merits the attention of the world, Fiona Barton tosses in a couple more point of views and succeeds in building up the intrigue like no other story. In this suspense-filled psychological thriller, Fiona Barton continues to show great promise by delivering another wonderful book for fans to indulge in, especially those who’ve enjoyed The Widow and are looking for more refined stories to read.

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A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

MY RATING:/5

Oh my god, another suspense-thriller-in-fashion-trend that I didn’t like? How surprising.

What’s wrong with this new novel? Originality. Let’s look at the blurb.

img_2280The novel starts with Karen running off from a restaurant, got into an accident and bam she forgets everything (* HRMM* Can you please not make another amnesia type of story in Girl On The Train Style, because that book was bad enough.) Coincidentally *gasp* there was a body in the restaurant where she left. From the other side of the city, her husband, Tom, comes home to the most unexpected turn of events. Now he’s wondering if he knows his wife at all. So the whole plot resolved around the murder and the mysterious accident that got Karen into this whole mess. Continue reading

Book Lover’s Day ft 4321, Spill Zone and The Heart We Sold reviews

How fitting it is that today is Women’s Day, Book Lover’s Day and my best friend’s birthday, WOO 😀 ! She’s an incredible woman and bookworm ❤ Shoutout to NHII  😀

I have decided to put together some reviews of the books I’ve read these past months but didn’t makea full review for it 😉

4321 by Paul Auster 

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I’ve been a fan of Paul Auster since his New York Trilogy, and oh my god he didn’t disappoint with this one.  Okay be aware, it’s a 900 pages novel with small fonts. Whenever I bring the book people thought I was bringing a dictionary around LOL. However, the long narrative justifies the beauty of Auster’s writing. He proved once again he can change from the detailed thought process of prose in New York Trilogy to a historical and storytelling style in this one. I loved the fact that he took that risk and produced a wonderful plot with a complex structure.

 “The torment of being alive in a single body was that at any given moment you had to be on one road only, even though you could have been on another, travelling toward an altogether different place”- Paul Auster

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