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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