David Mitchell’s “The Bone Clocks”

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I was told that you cannot read a book by David Mitchell and not want to indulge in another one immediately.

I was lucky enough to buy two of his books at once: Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Both have multiple first person narrators and there’s an essence of realism and hyper-realism, that you cannot help but sweep in and out of, without feeling like you had a one of a kind experience.

Crispin Hershey, one of the six narrators in this book says, “a book can’t be half-fantasy any more than a woman can be half-pregnant.” As I was reading, I couldn’t help but wonder how he does it, how stories are interwoven that you cannot help but take each word into account and have characters slip in and out of narration.

I’ll definitely look out for more of his works, however one thing is certain after reading Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks back to back (and keeping them in my library) I am not ready to delve into another realm with David Mitchell just yet.

You can get a copy of the book on: Amazon

 

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Book Review: Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

YA/250 pages/ Amberjack Publishing (January 29,2019)

About the book: Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .


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I love the cover.

I also love how the author created two sisters; one is not excited about the all the attention they get online and the other thrives on it. Their relationship coupled with their Mom’s involvement in the social media relevance and ‘clicks’ gave me ‘Momager’ feels. It was hilarious as it was a great read.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that it speaks of the current times and the angst not only young but everyone experiences now with content we share online. We cannot escape the vlogs, blogs and lifestyle updates- constantly catching up with people’s lives.

It’s fast paced, touches on internet use and privacy and also has surprising twists and turns, just what you need to enjoy reading it!

I would like to send my regards to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for granting me an eARC to read.

Get a copy on: Amazon


About the author: Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara J. McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. She loved growing up in a big family, where there was always someone to play with, someone to fight with, and something to read. After graduating from Arizona State University, Kara worked as a freelance writer and a blogger. Now she writes novels for teenagers from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

Visit the author’s website: here

 

 

What She Gave Away by Catharine Riggs

348 pages/ Thomas & Mercer/ Santa Barbara Series/ Mystery/Thriller/Women’s Fiction

This is a delicious read, thrilling enough for you to know just how revenge is best served cold.


 

About the book: Imagining the best way to destroy a person’s happiness is Crystal Love’s favorite game. Devious and unpolished, the plus-sized loan analyst couldn’t be more out of place in her new town of Santa Barbara, where the beautifully manicured women never age and the ocean views stretch farther than the million-dollar lawns. And yet her eye for the power dynamics at play in this tony community is dead accurate.

Kathi Wright, on the other hand, has made it her life’s work to fit in with the plastic people who surround her. But when her husband—a wealthy bank president—dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing. Then the FBI shows up, asking questions she can’t answer and freezing assets she once took for granted.

While Kathi struggles to outrun the mess caused by her husband’s mysterious death, Crystal seems focused on her game. But why? And who are her targets?


This has got to be the first book I read where I did not empathize or sympathize with the lead characters. Crystal is very aloof at first and as you read on, the layers to her icy nature unravel, but even then, I neither pitied her or rooted for her. Mimi, on the other hand, well, she’s quite the sidekick.

I love how we get both Crystal and Kathi’s perspectives.

I do wish however that for some reason Marco did not get shoved out of the action like he did. I have a feeling that he’d be the one card that Crystal could pull if she ever needed to get even with someone years down the line.


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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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In Barkely Cove, a small quiet town (well the thing about small towns is that they are never quiet, endless chatter and gossip carries the day) in North Carolina has been the bed of rumors of the “Marsh Girl.”

So when the body of the handsome, coulda-been great athlete, Chase Andrews, is found in the late 1969, and the Sheriff calls it foul play, then everyone knows it was the Marsh Girl who killed him, but what’s even sad is that the one they call the Marsh Girl is Danielle Clark. She’s an author, artist and writer who has kept a detailed and intricate recording of the nature and creatures in the swamp.

She’s also ‘Kya’ the little girl who had to grow up on her own, whom they laughed at for spelling dog as G-o-d on her first day of school. The girl whose Mama and siblings up and walked away, leaving her to fend for herself and steer clear of her Pa’s drunken state and his surly moods.

She’s a wild beauty, but where people see what’s untamed, Tate Walker saw a friend, a possibility and taught her how to read and write and urged her to share her work with the scientific world, but also broke her trust so bad, she lost herself in her anguish.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a pleasure to read in one sitting. You can enjoy it in the silence of your own room, out in the garden…or create your own world of silence just as long as you are undisturbed and do not have to stir, because you might miss the glimpse of humanity, the lively descriptions of the marsh that bring it to life and the story of a love unbound and unbroken by prejudice and time.


It began with an invitation, “Well, we better hide way out there where the crawdads sing. I pity any foster parents who take you on.” Tate’s whole face smiled.

“Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation,” Kya whispered with a slight edge.

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Where to get the book: Random House and Amazon

About the authorDelia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. Photo of Delia Owens

 

Book Review: The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

272 pages/ Flux Books/ Out on: March 5th 2019

Summary


Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?


This book tugged at my heartstrings and not in a good way. It brings to light an abuse of power, trust and protection and you have a seventeen year old, Victoria, who is kicked out of her home by her Father and thrust into a foster care system in a blink of an eye.

In reading the book, I felt Victoria’s rage, mistrust, angst and most of all, the need to simply move on, to somehow live her life without focusing on what she struggles to forget, but this trickles down to her step-sister Sarah, and suddenly the feeling of anger, wanting to break someone into pieces comes to light.

The author brought to light abuse, challenges of foster care, the burnout of social workers and more than that, in her redemptive arc, she made reading this bearable.

Aside from the very appealing cover, the title is also representative of the story within.


I received a complimentary eARC of this book courtesy of Netgalley.

You can get a copy of the book on: Amazon


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About the Author: Nikki Barthelmess is a journalist and author of young adult books. She entered foster care in Nevada at twelve, and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and teachers who encouraged her as a writer. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has worked as a maid, cashier, newspaper reporter, and event coordinator, among other odd jobs. Nikki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her pride-and-joy Corgi pup. Send her a tweet @nikki_grey on Instagram as @nikkibarthelmess and her website: www.nikkibarthelmess.comNikki Barthelmess

Finding My Way Home in The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I love The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

Let’s just get that straight because well, I am not one to delve into any dark tale, but this one…now this book’s delicious!

I was apprehensive at first because the author’s from Dublin and for some reason, I find Irish Writers and their writing either melancholic or way too nostalgic, so I was on the fence at first, but I’m glad I couldn’t keep this down. (I’ve also not changed my feeling about most Irish novels 😦 .)

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About the book


350+ pages/ Washington Square Press/Supernatural Crime Fiction/Children’s Fiction

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book… The Book of Lost Things.

My favorite lines

The stories in books hate the stories contained in newspapers, David’s mother would say. Newspaper stories were like newly caught fish, worthy of attention only for as long as they remained fresh, which was not very long at all.

In this land, it seemed that hunger inevitable overwhelmed cowardice, and the harpies of the Brood…


I am glad I bought this book because aside from the twist on the fairy tales, it felt great accompanying the lead character, David, on his journey through life from his childhood, the loss of his mother, and his outlook of what happens in his life.