Later by Stephen King – Review

Later by Stephen King
Series: N/A
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Published March 2nd 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Horror
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback
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The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel ITLater is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

This is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Jamie. He is a regular kid with one exception. He has a scary gift; a secret that his mom urges him to hide.

Jamie lives alone with is mother Tia. Everything was going great until some money related problems started to happen and changed their lives’ course.

His mother knows what he can do, but it scares her too. Seeing herself with no other choice, she decides to use his gift to save their lives. However, that exposes Jamie’s gift to Tia’s police officer girlfriend, Liz.

After their relationship ends badly, Liz continues to keep an an eye on Jamie. She knows what he can do now and it might just come in handy…

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A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins – Review

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
Series: N/A
Publisher: Doubleday 
First published August 25th 2021
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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‘What is wrong with you?’

Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous. 

Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t mean she’s a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill. 

Look what you started.

We start this book with a murder followed by different timelines and character backgrounds until we know what really happened – not only to the murdered character but to every single character in their past and what lead them where they are now. We follow:

Laura, a girl wrong by life in all ways possible, after an accident in her youth that left her both mentally and physically scared.

Theo and his wife Carla, who had the perfect marriage until their little boy of 3 died in an accident.

Angela, Carla’s sister who, after the accident, was never the same. Going into alcoholism and living a miserable life.

Her son Daniel, who has a really bad relationship with his mother and a tough life.

Miriam, a middle aged woman living just near where Daniel was murdered. And suffering herself from a tragic youth and a dealing with her life being stolen.

And finally Irene, a sweet old lady friend to Angela and Lauren – the latter of whom she tried to help the best she could, treating her like the child she never had.

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A Cozy Christmas at Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery – ARC Review

A Cozy Christmas at Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery by Alex Brown

Series: Carrington’s, Book 4 (reads as a standalone)

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

Publication Date 14 Oct 2021

Genres: Holiday Romance

Pages:

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Bridget smiled to herself, certain she could see one of the stars twinkling extra brightly in that moment as if to acknowledge her wish and convince her that, yes, Mulberry-On-Sea was just the place they all needed to be. Surrounded by those happy memories of holidays and special times where nothing bad ever happened… 

All you knead is love this Christmas … and plenty of baked goods!

Finding yourself without a home in the weeks before Christmas would break most people, but for Bridget Carrington it’s a chance to start again. Mulberry-On-Sea has always been her happy place and she’s hoping it can work its magic this festive season and heal her family after a difficult year.

Now, as the community wraps Bridget and her children – six-year-old Freya and fourteen-year-old twins, Oscar and Olly – in their warm embrace, she starts to feel like herself again. With a new business, kids who are starting to smile, and the promise of a second chance at love, Bridget’s holiday season might just be a happy ever after…

In mood for a cosy feel-good holiday novel? I always love to read this type of novels in the winter, they just make me smile and feel all ready for Christmas and all the cold weather!

This one follows a mother, Bridget, with her three kids: Freya who is six, and Olly and Oscar both 14, after they lost their father about a year ago. Bridget is now trying to make ends meet, but it’s almost Christmas and she is about to lose their house. She sees herself with the only option of going back to her childhood town Mulberry-On-Sea. They move to a tiny cottage at the beach, where she tries her best to keep her family afloat by doing what she knows best – baking. She is lucky enough to have the road to the town closed because of the weather and so, there’s a shortage of bread. All she has to do is put herself to work and hope for the best. But Mulberry-On-Sea holds a lot more than that for her and her kids.

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September Wrap-up and October TBR

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Hey guys!! How has your month been?

Mine could have been a bit better than it was. I’m starting to read a bit more but it has been a slow progress. I’ve been dealing with some other unexpected things on the side and reading as been difficult to incorporate in my routine. But hopefully next month is a bit better.

Check out what I’ve read this month:

September Wrap-up


TOP book of the month:

Before the Devil Breaks You was probably the best of the month. I love this series and how thrilling and full of life each book is. They are also perfect for some spooky vibe as we near October!

What were your favorite reads of September? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


Currently Reading:

Really Enjoying both of these!

I’m now in book 4 of Dune and has been a surprise for me since I’m not the biggest fan of Sci-fi.

A Cosy Christmas at Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery is an unsolicited ARC I got and am definitely enjoying!

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October TBR

What’s on your TBR for October? Are you excited for any of these or have you read any of them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

People We Meet on Vacation – Book Review

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Series: N/A
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published May 11th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Romance
Pages: 364
Format: Paperback
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Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. 

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Alex and Poppy are the complete opposite but that never mattered, they bond on a drive to their mutual hometown and something just clicks. After that they are the best of friends, until one day, that wasn’t true anymore. After over a decade they maintained that friendship tight but two years ago everything changed. Alex and Poppy haven’t talked since. But that doesn’t mean they forgot each other. Poppy is miserable about it and on a whim decides to just contact Alex, and proposes a Summer vacation to get back what they’ve lost. 

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Across the Green Grass Fields Review

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #6
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published January 12th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Novella
Pages: 174
Format: Hardback
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A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

Welp… That was boring.

In this book we follow Regan, a 7-year-old that fills all the boxes in being a normal girl. She has two best friends until the day things changed and she had to choose sides. One of the friends is a bit different and plays with snakes and so, the other cast her aside. At 11 years old, Regan notices she isn’t like all other girls and starts worrying why. She talks to her parents who fortify all the fears she was having. She is intersex. No matter how supportive the parents are and how much they love her, different is different. And different is bad. That’s when she finds a door that takes her from one world to another. The Hooflands!

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Owlcrate Unboxing August 2021

Hey guys! Here’s the unboxing for Owlcrate August’s box! Hope you enjoy! The theme of the month is Dark Academia and this time I have help unboxing it!

Owlcrate is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I would highly recommend getting. Plus, if you live in Europe like me, it still arrives incredibly fast and somehow  (for me) it doesn’t get more expensive than any other box coming from Europe – although obviously, it changes from country to country…

If you want to check out what this box included, just keep reading! I will show photos of all the items, information on them and some of my thoughts!

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