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Weekly Check-In

Hey there!
Welcome to another weekly update for my blog! In today’s post I am going to share with you about the books that I am reading this week, what books I have finished since the last update as well as which books I am looking at reading next!

Reading This Week:

Suddenly One Summer by Fleur McDonald: This one was sent to me from the publisher, it is a book by an Australian Author and I am really enjoying the story so far, I am intrigued to see where it goes. Currently sitting at 36% on this one.
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: This book is one that I own, I am reading it for the Beat the Backlist Challenge, which I am not doing as well with as I hoped..but it is still early in the year so I can fix that. This one is going well, it is a little odd character-wise, but I am into it and need to know what is going to happen! Currently at 32% for this one.
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The Never Dawn by R. E. Palmer: This is an ebook that was sent to me from the author for review. I am still sitting at 50% I haven’t managed to pick it up since my last check in post, its not looking good to get it done soon, but I am still a little optimistic. I’m just not feeling it too much..
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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan: This book I got from Netgalley for review. I am only 18% into it but I am hooked so far, need to know what was in the woods..
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Recently Read & Reviewed:

I have only finished & reviewed one book since my last check-in (slack, I know..) and that was:

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While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft (Audiobook): I absolutely adored this book! It was my first by this author, and I will definitely be picking up more in the future. It shocked me right at the end, and that is exactly what you want from a mystery/thriller. Check out my review here.
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Reading Challenges Update:

2018 goodreadsI am currently on 8 books for this challenge..which is one book behind schedule..

library loveI am sitting on 2 books for this challenge, which is a very poor performance!

2018 audiobook challengeI am on 3 books for this challenge, which it not too bad I guess..

novel knights - teamI have only read one book for this challenge..appalling I know!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading my latest check-in post. I would love to hear what books you are all reading this week, and what you have recently finished 🙂 feel free to leave me a comment below!

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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Weekly Check-In

Hi Bookworms!
Welcome to another week here on booksarelove 🙂 I know that I have been really slack with these posts, but it is a new week and I am going to do my best to keep on track (even though I am buried in uni work..)
This week I have done a bit of reading, but as usual, not as much as I would like. Keep reading to see how I have been doing!

Currently Reading This Week:

While You Were Sleeping by Katherine Croft: This one I am listening to on Audible, and I am 14% in so far, and I am LOVING it. I want to know how you can wake up to someone who has been murdered and a) be okay, and b) not have a clue what happened?? I am hoping that it continues and ends amazingly! Will keep you in the loop!

The Never Dawn by R. E. Palmer: This one I received from the author in exchange for review, I am half way through, but I am struggling to get into it..so far it is a bit drawn out but I am hoping it gets to the point soon!

Finished & Reviewed Last Week:

He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker: This was an audiobook that I had through Audible, and I absolutely loved it. I was hooked from beginning to end, and I was completely shocked by the ending, which is something that I love about this genre when it is done well. Click here to read my review of He Will Be My Ruin.

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris: This one may have taken me a while to read, but it was only because I was stupidly busy with university and didn’t get to spend much time with it. Having said that, when I did get a chance to read it, I devoured the pages. I absolutely loved this one the entire way through! Click here to read my review of Behind Closed Doors

Still to Begin This Month:

I know that there is not much of this month left, but I am SERIOUSLY behind in my TBR for the year. The three above books are technically from the month of February and I never got a chance to start them. But I am hoping that I am going to get a chance to at lease pick them up this week!

Reading Challenges Update:

2018 goodreads For the 2018 Goodreads Challenge I am currently sitting at 7 books (which puts me one book behind where I should be, according to Goodreads).

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For the 2018 Library Love Challenge, I am sitting at 2 books. This is definitely not ideal! I will be fixing this as soon as I can!

2018 audiobook challengeI am currently sitting at 2 books for the 2018 Audiobooks challenge, again this is terrible and I will be fixing this!

 

 

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my weekly check-in. How are you all going with your reading goals? What are you reading this week? What have you recently finished reading? I would love to hear all about 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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My Review:

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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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris! I hope you enjoyed it, if you haven’t already, I urge you to pick this one up as soon as possible, it was fantastic!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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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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My Review:

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!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Check – In

Hi my lovely bookworms!

Yet again, I failed my TBR in the month of February *sigh* and I’m not doing much better in the month of March either.

In February I only managed to read one book:

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I also DNFd one book:

the light between oceansI was listening to the audiobook version of this book, I just couldn’t get into it, and the narrator had such a monotone voice, it was boring me a bit..I think that is why I wasn’t able to get into it..the story itself was alright. I might try to read the actual book, see how I go with that..

March TBR

I have only just begun Behind Closed Doors out of these ones – I am 77% done with it –  they were the ones I was meant to read in February, but they have turned into my March reads.

My March Audiobook:

He will be my ruin

I am 90% done with this one, with only just over an hour to go, so expect my review in the coming days!

There are 18 days left in this month, therefore I have that long to finish off the end of these two that I am currently reading, and complete the three extras..I don’t know if I can do it, especially with study to do as well, but I will do my absolute best!

What are you all reading this month? is your progress going better than mine? I would love to hear about it all!

Until next time,
Happy reading!

Kim x

 

 

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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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My Review:

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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