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ARC Book Review: Suddenly One Summer by Fleur McDonald

suddenly one summerTitle: Suddenly one Summer
Author: Fleur McDonald
Publishing: October 2017 by Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
Genre: Mystery; Australian; Romance
Pages: 331
Synopsis: When Brianna Donahue was three years old, her mother mysteriously disappeared while farming in Merriwell Bay, Western Australia. Committed to the family’s farm, Brianna works the same land with her father, while raising her two children as her husband works as a fly-in fly-out lawyer in Perth. One scorching summer’s morning, her son Trent goes missing and, while frantically searching for him, Brianna must come to terms with the fact that her marriage has large cracks in it.
Over two thousand kilometres away in South Australia, Detective
Burrows receives a phone call reporting stolen sheep from an elderly farmer. It becomes clear that Guy has early signs of dementia and Dave becomes intrigued with his family history. Was there a child, or was there not? No one seems to know.
While trying to save her marriage and battling the threat of bushfires back in Merriwell Bay, Brianna is faced with challenges: her father’s new girlfriend, who on the surface seems pleasant, seems to have a hidden agenda; Trent is having nightmares, triggered by his accident; and Beau, her youngest, is afraid to let her out of his sight.

So how will Dave’s investigation impact Brianna’s world?

Suspenseful and incendiary, Suddenly One Summer is an intriguing and heartfelt story of the unlikely connections of life on the land.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or review in any way.

open bookSuddenly one Summer follows two groups of characters, Brianna and her family on their farm in Western Australia, and a detective in South Australia. The entire time there is something linking these two groups, but it is not until the last few chapters that things begin to fall into place and it all makes sense.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The fact that is by an Australian author and based in country Western Australia (where I am from) as well as South Australia, makes it easier to relate to the characters.
This book was very cleverly written, and I enjoyed each separate story and was kept interested in finding out how they connected, throughout the entire book.
The writing style of this book is fantastic. I found it really easy to follow and it didn’t get slow or boring at any point. I didn’t find myself wishing for the point to be made, it just went at a good pace the entire time.

suddenly one summerThe way in which the stories intertwined towards the end of the book I thought was really well done. I didn’t see the connection coming until it was right there happening, which was great. I hate predicting the ending and then being a bit bored with the outcome – this was not the case for Suddenly one Summer! 
I haven’t read any others by Fleur McDonald, but I will be picking up more when I find them that is for sure!

I would like to say thank you to Allen and Unwin Publishers for sending me a copy of this book, I really loved it!

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DNF Book Review: The Never Dawn by R. E. Palmer

Hey bookworms!
I have just decided to DNF a book, which makes me sad. I read just over half and just couldn’t get into it. It was sent to me to review by the author, so I was trying really hard to get into it and get it finished but I just couldn’t..

The Book:

the never dawnTitle: The Never Dawn
Author: R. E. Palmer
Series: The Never Dawn, book 1
Genre: YA; Dystopian
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: Author for Review
Synopsis: All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside

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My Review:

I did receive this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Because of this I really wanted to be able to finish the book, however, I found the pace to be way too slow for me. I had made it to just over halfway and was only just beginning to discover that there were secrets from the leader.
I really wanted to enjoy this one, as I usually am a fan of YA Dystopian books. This one just needed to get a bit quicker paced and it may have held my interest for longer.

I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters either in this story, and the protagonist kind of got on my nerves..

Has anyone read this one? What did you think of it?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my DNF review.
Until next time, happy reading

Kim x

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Audiobook Review: While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

About the Book:

34659431Title: While You Were Sleeping
Author: Katherine Croft
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Narrator: Julie Maisey
Duration: 9 hours & 4 minutes
Publishing: March 2017 by Audible Studios
Genre: Mystery; Fiction; Thriller; Crime
Synopsis: You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.
But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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My Review:

While You Were Sleeping by Katherine Croft was on my Audible shelf for a while, I am really glad that I got around to listening to it.
This one did not take me long to get through at all, I was hooked from the very beginning 🙂

if you have been keeping up with my reviews lately, you may have noticed that I have picked up a number of books by authors that are new to me, and this one was no exception. I have not read any other books by Katherine Croft, I am just sorry that it took me so long to discover her work.

From the get go I was involved in the story. How could someone wake up in bed next to a man and not remember what happened..especially when that man turns out to have  been stabbed to death. Of course I wanted to know what happened, so extra points for starting off strong.
As the story evolved, I had a number of suspects in my head, but as usual I was completely off the mark with who the actual killer was. It was a complete shock to find out who did it, and it did not come to light until the third last chapter, which was really great!

As far as the characters went, I connected with the main character, Tara, I wanted her to find out who it was, and to prove that she was right about it not being her or the person that everyone else thought it was (sorry, no spoilers here!) I was on her side the entire way through the story. 
The other characters were just as good. I cannot say that I didn’t like any of the characters – except maybe the creepy stalker guy! All of the characters were multi-dimensional and great to follow along with.

The narrator for this book was great, she had a voice that changed well with the different characters, I wasn’t getting bored with her narration which is a big tick from me!

For anyone who is a fan of mystery/suspense books, I encourage you to pick this one up as I think you will love it!

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of While You Were Sleeping I hope you enjoyed it!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

About the Book:

behind closed doorsTitle: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B. A. Paris
Genre: Mystery; Suspense; Fiction
Publishing: 2016 by Harlequin MIRA
Format: Paperback, 351 pages
Source:
Library
Synopsis: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.
He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 1/2
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This book has been on my TBR for the longest time, so I had to pick it up when I found it at my local library.
In this book we follow Grace, a young woman who has fallen madly in love with her new man Jack, a successful and charismatic lawyer. Everything is going amazingly well, until their wedding, that is when things turn bad.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away for those who haven’t experienced Behind Closed Doors, but I couldn’t put it down, I needed to know how Grace’s story was going to end. I must say that the ending was one of the best I have read in a long time, it just clicked and I really enjoyed it.
I will admit that the beginning of the story, where they are beginning to get to know each other did go on a bit, but once it got into the main focus of the story, it was fast-paced and I was into it 100%.

I enjoyed the writing style in which each chapter went back and forth between past and present, this allowed me to fill in any gaps in the story, I didn’t find myself questioning the plot for too long, and again, the structure of the ending was great!

Behind Closed Doors was a page-turning, chilling mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It will not be my last book read by this author if they are all like this one!

Meet the Author:

b.a paris.jpgB A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

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Until next time, happy reading!

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Audiobook Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A Tucker

About the Book:

He will be my ruinTitle: He Will Be My Ruin
Author: K. A. Tucker
Format: Audible Audiobook
Narrators: Kate Rudd & Olivia Song
Duration: 11 hours, 39 minutes
Publishing: 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Synopsis: Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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As soon as I read the synopsis for He Will Be My Ruin, I had to have it. It sounded as though it was right up my alley, and I was right!
We follow two characters in this story – Maggie and Celine – both narrated by different people in the audiobook. Celine has died – through suicide – so her best friend Maggie flies to New York to pack up Celine’s life. However, the entire time Maggie is convinced that he friend did not kill herself, it just wasn’t like her. The police are no help, they cannot be swayed in their decision, so Maggie hires a private investigator to look into it. What she discovers shocked her, and I will be honest, it shocked me too. I felt such sympathy for Celine, and was so invested in Maggie’s search for answers.

As the story continued, I thought that I knew who the killer was, it wasn’t until the end that I found out the truth, and I was amazed. This story had such a twist ending, that surprised me – it was fantastic. 

I really enjoyed the audiobook version of He Will Be My Ruin, the narrators were brilliant (although I had to laugh at the attempt of an Australian accent right at the end, I swear I don’t sound like that!!) and I had no trouble following along with which character was speaking at any time. The writing style was easy to follow and I wasn’t finding myself getting confused with the plot. The characters were diverse and growing throughout the story, I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them.
Thinking about it, I can’t really find anything that I didn’t like about this one – hence the five star rating 🙂
He Will Be My Ruin was the first book I have read by K. A Tucker, and I am really looking forward to discovering more books! If anyone has any recommendations, leave a comment below!

About the Author:

k. a tuckerK.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 16 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her upcoming Adult Suspense novel, Keep Her Safe. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker! I hope you enjoyed it, and it makes you want to read it if you haven’t already. I highly recommend it!
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Book Review | Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox

About the Book:

never neverTitle: Never Never
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #1
Genre: Crime Thriller; Mystery; Fiction
Published: August 2016 by Century Australia
Format: Paperback
Source: Library Book
Synopsis: When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.

Shocked and in denial, Harry is transferred to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is sent into the outback – the never never – to investigate the disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it. As Harry delves deeper into the murky lives of these miners, she finds that Danny isn’t the first to go missing.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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This book has been on TBR for a while, and while I was perusing the shelves in the library the other week I came across it, so figured it was meant to be 🙂
Detective Harriet (Harry) Blue is a sex crimes detective in Sydney Australia, but when her brother is arrested for some of the most viscous crimes in Australia’s history, her boss sends her to a mine site across the county, just out of Perth, Western Australia where there are reports of a missing miner.

As you may have noted above, I gave this book 5 stars, the first reason for this was the setting. As a Perth girl born and raised, it really excited me to read a book that is set in my backyard, and hearing they way the characters spoke, with the odd Australian slang or wording was just so natural to me!
The characters in this book were very likeable and multi-dimensional. Harry Blue was a hard and motivated police detective who wanted nothing else than to keep her head down and find the missing miners. When it turned out that there was a killer in or around the mine, she became even more determined. I admired Harriet, she was trying to stay strong and not think too much about her brother and what was happening at home in Sydney, she was just focused on finding the murderer.
The writing style was first person for the majority of the chapters – where Harriet was the center. The others which were focused on the killer’s POV were third person and he was described at “The Soldier” as he thought that’s what he was.

I was hooked into the story very early on, the chapters were short and left you hanging onto every word so that you needed to turn the page and find out who the killer was. I liked how the authors painted a few characters as possible suspects to the reader, I was almost convinced I knew who it was. At the very end, however, I found out who it really was and I was in shock..they were the last person I would have thought of, in-fact they weren’t anywhere near my potential suspect list.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have already reserved the second book in the series, Fifty Fifty.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to put Never Never on your TBR lists and read it as soon as possible. If you have read it what did you think?? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of this post!

Thanks for popping in to read my review of Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox and until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

About the Authors:

james pattersonThe son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.

Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.

In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first novel to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.
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candice fox

Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia’s wealth of true crime writers.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel.

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Audiobook Review | The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

The Book..

The ChemistTitle: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Fiction; Romance; Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Length: 17 hours, 1 minute
Narrator: Ellen Archer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.69 / 5
Synopsis: In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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I have had this book sitting on my Audible shelf for the longest time, and with my determination to be better with my reading this year, I thought I would choose to listen to The Chemist first.
This book follows a woman who is on the run from the Government that she used to work for, until the decided they wanted her dead. Everyday is about survival. Until one day when she receives an email from her former boss asking for a favour – in exchange for her freedom. It is the favour that changed everything.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot, as it could spoil it for those who haven’t read this book yet. 

I quite enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and surprises that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. The extra characters of Kevin and Daniel were really entertaining and I found myself hoping for their survival, as well as Alex’s. There were a large number of dogs in this book also, and I am a sucker for dogs, so this aspect got a big tick from me.

Eventually there was a romance between two of the characters. I have read a few other reviews in which the reviewer did not like the fact that a romance blossomed. I did see it coming, and it did turn into a main feature of the plot, but I think in some ways it made it make more sense..why else would Alex have stuck around to help the two boys if she hadn’t felt something for one of them? 

The narrator of the Audible version of The Chemist was Ellen Archer. She did a really good job of the voices and the overall telling of this story. I never doubted who was speaking thanks to her. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book, it did get a bit confusing towards the end with working out who some of the people were and where they fit, but I figured it out eventually.
I gave this book a 4 out of a possible 5 stars 🙂 

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. Hopefully this has encouraged you to pick it up for yourself 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!

The Author..

stephanie meyer.jpgI was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family’s otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, and I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen (+ ie = me). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to Google myself now.

I filled the “Jan Brady” spot in my family–the second of three girls; however, unlike the Bradys, none of my three brothers are steps, and all of them are younger than all the girls. I went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, the kind of place where every fall a few girls would come back to school with new noses and there were Porsches in the student lot. (For the record, I have my original nose and never had a car until I was in my twenties.) I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and I used it to pay my way to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. I majored in English but concentrated on literature rather than creative writing, mostly because I didn’t consider reading books “work.” (As long as I was going to be doing something anyway, I might as well get course credit for it, right?)

I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts; in fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can’t recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words. This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first “hello” to the wedding; of course, we were able to skip over a lot of the getting-to-know you parts. We’ve been married for ten-and-a-half years now and have three beautiful, brilliant, wonderful boys who often remind me of chimpanzees on crack. I can’t write without music, and my biggest muse is, ironically enough, the band Muse. My other favorite sources of inspiration are Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer, to mention a few.

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