November 2016 Wrap Up!

November Wrap Up

Hey guys!

This month sure did zoom past us. It definitely felt that way to me at least. As Christmas fast approaches, so does the mall craziness (a.k.a my job). My stress levels are at an all time high this time of year.

Not only did I get strep throat earlier this month, but I’ve also not been able to go to the gym as much as I want! But on the good news side of things, the lovely Jenna from Reading with Jenna came to visit Toronto! It was such a fun week spending it with her. I took her to a lot of bookstores, and we definitely ate our way through the city! We also took time and watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Finally we had a board game night with Joey and Maria from Big City Bookworm. It was definitely the highlight of my November!

Phew…. boy am I exhausted! So let’s get to how well I did in books!


 

Wrap Up Books I've Read

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 2nd, 2016

Paper Princess by Erin WattNovember 9th, 2016

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – November 9th, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. ParisNovember 12th, 2016

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent HartingerNovember 16th, 2016

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys – November 23rd, 2016

Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst – November 28th, 2016

Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes – November 29th, 2016

Obsidian Blade by Morgan Rhodes – November 30th, 2016

Only 7 novels + 2 novellas this month!

Other books I’ve started:


 

Wrap Up Reviews

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – 4/5

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3/5

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5/5 

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in December:


 

Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Crystal Storm – November 2nd, 2016

Windwitch – November 9th, 2016

Roseblood – November 16th, 2016

History is All You Left Me – November 23rd, 2016

Frostblood – November 30th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Recent Adds to my TBR – November 8th, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Humor – November 29th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Awards

November Awards

N/A

November Achievements

700 Blog Followers November 2016

28,500 Blog ViewsNovember 2016

11,500 Blog Visitors November 2016


 

Wrap Up Book Tags

Beauty and the Beast Tag – November 20th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

N/A


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

October 31st to November 6th

November 7th to November 13thBIG REVEAL: Wonder Woman Warbringer

November 14th to 20thBIG REVEAL: Lord of Shadows

November 21st to November 27th


And that was November. I did more reading this month than in the past couple of months, so as always, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in December!

Until next time,

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | REVIEW

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Doubleday Canada on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Couple Next DoorAnne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.”

🌟🌟🌟

3 Stars

First Line:

Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head was swimming.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟    MYSTERY 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        SUSPENSE 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is mystery and suspense novel about the repercussions of leaving your baby home alone and the struggles to keep a family with too many secrets together.

The Good

I must say that the marketing for this The Couple Next Door was highly effective, at least here in Canada. Everywhere I went there was an advertisement for it. One the subway trains, at bus stops, all over the Indigo/Chapters stores. It was part of the reason that piqued my interest.

From the very beginning The Couple Next Door had me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to know who kidnapped the baby and the reasons behind why the parents thought it was a good idea to leave her behind to attend a dinner party next door. So the mystery and suspense was on point in this book!

The characters were well fleshed out during the duration of the book. Anne has a dark past that not many people know about and she continues to doubt herself if she harmed Cora the night of her kidnapping. Marco seemed to be the level headed one of the couple, but we soon learn the struggles he goes through when he is at work. And don’t get me started with their neighbors Cynthia and Graham. I was quite surprised with their impact on the story!

Lapena does a fantastic job with the writing. She knows when to reveal information, but never too much at a time. This resulted in my many frustrated, but thrilling gasps as I hurled my book across the room. I’m the type of person that likes to have the facts. So I knew I had to get through this book ASAP. Luckily it is such a quick and easy read that I finished it within two days.

I still can’t get over that last chapter though. It was the perfect way to end the The Couple Next Door. Creepy as hell!!

The Bad

While I’ll enjoyed the mystery of who took baby Cora, there was still much left to be desired. There are some certain plot points that I didn’t agree with and wish things went in a different direction.

The big big reveal near the end was definitely one of them. To avoid spoilers, I will opt out any information about it. Just know that I wish the person behind the kidnapping of baby Cora was someone else or that their motives for doing so were a little more compelling.

Then their was the narrative voice Lapena decided to tell the story in. At times it got lost on me. Anne did this, Anne did that, Marco this, Marco that. Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Anne wilts in the heat of the summer night and watches her hostess with narrowed eyes. Cynthia is flirting openly with Anne’s husband, Marco. Why does Anne put up with it? Why does Cynthia’s husband, Graham, allow it? Anne is angry but powerless; she doesn’t know how to put a stop to it without looking pathetic and ridiculous.

That was just the second paragraph of the book. Do you see what I mean? Maybe it’s just me that it bothers!


Although I’m not overly happy with how the mystery was solved, I still enjoyed my reading experience and would recommend reading it for yourself. Let me know what you guys thought of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Shari LapenaShari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction.

The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut. She lives in Toronto.

September & October 2016 Book Haul

BOOK-HAUL-NEW

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in September & October! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis


Owlcrate

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in The Night by Sarah Porter


Simon & Schuster

Tattoo Atlas

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen


ARCs

 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Indigo)

Frostblood by Elly Blake (Indigo)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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