Friday, November 11, 2022

Book Review - The Nursery by Sue Watson

The Nursery

The Nursery by Sue Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Synopsis: Then: Morning light shines into the nursery, casting shadows across the pale pink walls and wooden cot in the middle of the room. She opens the door expecting to hear the soft coo of her daughter Sofia stretching herself awake. But the room is silent. The cot is empty. Her little girl has vanished…

Now: Twelve years have passed, but Emily will never forget the night her life changed forever and she’s happy to have her daughter back beside her. A teenager now, Sofia, who was once a star student, is getting into trouble at school and she’s started asking questions about when she was a baby, but Emily can’t tell her what really happened the night she went missing. Nobody would understand why Emily did what she did, and if anyone ever found out, she could lose her daughter forever.

My Thoughts: Oh wow what a page turner this was! I thought I had it all figured out but the twists kept coming right up until the end which was a jaw dropper for me!

This is a tale of not knowing who is a friend or foe, the usual teenager growing up drama, and a mother desperately trying to keep a secret and protect her child in the process. There was not a dull moment in the story at all and oh my gosh that ending...... WOW!

There were times I wanted to yell at Sophia to listen to her mother before she got hurt...listening to folks on the internet. She was quite snotty at times to her mom and I felt so badly for Emily because even though she was keeping things/secrets from her daughter it was purely out of love.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Book Review - Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson

Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories

Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Help little ones be patient until Christmas with this storytelling twist on the timeless Advent tradition. Each day, starting December 1st and counting down to Christmas Eve, children can read a story that recounts how Santa and Ms. Claus, the elves and the reindeer get ready for the big night ahead, from Santa's initial fitness test (will he make it through the chimney this year?) to a behind-the-scenes look at Santa's toy factory. A book that captures all the excitement and the magic of the holiday season.

My Thoughts: Suffering Succotash this was an adorable story book! Any child from 1 to 100 will love this! I enjoyed the colorful pictures and it just made Christmas getting here seem so quick as we follow along with Santa and his crew on their daily duties getting ready for the big day. This will totally become a holiday tradition book to read each year!

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Book Review - A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor

A Sliver of Darkness

A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Synopsis: The debut short story collection from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man, featuring ten bone-chilling and mind-bending tales

Timeslips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies. C. J. Tudor's novels are widely acclaimed for their dark, twisty suspense plots, but with A Sliver of Darkness, she pulls us even further into her dizzying imagination.

In Final Course, the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party. In Runaway Blues, thwarted love, revenge, and something very nasty stowed in a hat box converge. In Gloria, a strange girl at a service station endears herself to a cold-hearted killer, but can a leopard really change its spots? And in I'm Not Ted, a case of mistaken identity has unforeseen, fatal consequences.

Riveting and explosively original, A Sliver of Darkness is C. J. Tudor at her most wicked and uninhibited.

My Thoughts: I don't normally enjoy or even read short story collections but I love this authors writing and couldn't pass this up. I was surprisingly pleased and happy I did give the book a chance! Each short tale is started with a brief introduction as to where the author came up with the idea for it and it gave me more of a personal feel because of that.

There were a nice variety with a bit of something for everybody it seems and I only really came across maybe two that I only felt meh about. Some of my favorites were Gloria, End of the Liner, and Dust.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Book Review - To Be A Mother by Emma Robinson

To Be a Mother

To Be a Mother by Emma Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:  What if your only chance to be a mother was to give birth to his first wife’s child?

All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mother. And since I married David, it’s gone from being a dream of mine, to a dream of ours. And I want it for him too – it’s the happy-ever-after he deserves after the tragic loss of his first wife, Katherine.

We have tried and we’ve hoped. But today I’ve just found out it’s impossible. That I’m unable to become a mother. My heart breaking into thousands of pieces, I beg the doctor to tell me there’s another way.

But it’s David who speaks. Telling me that just before Katherine died, she had gone through fertility treatment. Now her eggs legally belong to David. To us.

It could be my only chance to be the mother I’ve always longed to be… But can I really carry his first wife’s baby?

My Thoughts: My first book by Emma Robinson but wow it was so good and I feel like she handled some really sensitive subject matter splendidly! In todays society so many women struggle to have children of their own whether naturally, thru invitro, or even adoption and hence the title "To Be A Mother" comes in with our main character Hannah who desperately wants to have a child with her husband David.

With quite a few jaw dropping moments for me as things progressed and the couple try to decide if using Davids first wife's eggs would be a good fit for them as it seems to be one of their last options when told Hannah's eggs would not work. That in itself made me sit back and ponder if it would be something I would consider myself if in her shoes measuring out the pros and cons of the situation.

I flew thru this! It had some of everything and was really fast paced. It was very easy relating to Hannah and her problems as well as other drama she had to go with it. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing this earc for my honest opinion!

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Book Review - Division X by Ryan August Hill

Division X

Division X by Ryan August Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:  Twenty-four years old, no job, and kicked out by her parents, Randi Matheson is living at her aunt and uncle’s trying her hardest to complete a novel she can’t seem to start when a carnivorous monster interrupts her middling life on a full moon night. Attacked during an ordinary family dinner, Randi’s relatives are murdered, and she is bitten by the beast. Surviving the slaughter, Randi returns home to her distressed family only to become a monster herself under the next full moon. Nearly devouring her younger brother, she is stopped by the intervention of Division X, a company devoted to the killing and capture of paranormal threats. She awakens in a containment cell the next morning to be given an ultimatum… work for them as a new weapon in the fight against evil or be dissected. A cure to her lycanthropy is promised along the way, and with real motivation to stay alive, Randi pushes herself to the brink to return to her normal life. Small town horrors lie in wait with even smaller heroes to stand against them. Can Randi save them and herself, or will everything crumble to the wills of evil?

My Thoughts: Note that this is the first part in a series which is something that I overlooked when I began reading which could explain some of the slower areas. It took a while for me to get into this and even then I found myself somewhat confused sometimes because although I was enjoying myself, especially the gory slasher bits, I would have to go back and reread some parts because it felt like I had missed something? There is one section even now that I truly don't know if it was "for real", a dream, or what.

Overall though it was quite a cool story! I was beginning to get into the characters and how they connected and am very interested to continue on with it to find out where or what happens to them all. It has great potential to be something big as it continues and more of The Division is explained....

Thank you NetGalley and Brother Mockingbird Publishing for providing this eARC for my honest thoughts.

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