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I’m so glad it is August. As I mentioned in my wrap up July was horrible, but I am looking forward to good things in August. We are getting close … Continue reading August TBR: Let’s Read Some Thrillers
July was not my month. It was a hard month physically, mentally, and spiritually. Because of that, I didn’t read much. In my tbr I said that I expected not … Continue reading Good Riddance July: Books Read This Month
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Today I am participating in my first blog tour. I will be reviewing Pestilence by Pamela Taylor. I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour, but when I received my copy of the book there was a note included. Pamela said that she recognized my address and decided to write. Weirdly enough, her father was a pharmacist at a pharmacy that my family frequented. I really enjoyed being able to connect with her. It brought back great memories for me. Now on to the book.
Set at the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred the second son must seek a destiny foreseen by his grandfather. Alfred’s brother has taken the throne, and it’s worse than anyone imagined. The kingdom is shattered and Alfred must decide how to help the kingdom built by his family.
Pestilence was a great read. The contrast between Alfred and his brother was striking. I’ve always enjoyed that element. As an only child, it’s interesting to see how siblings can be so different. Alfred’s loyalty was to the kingdom, while the king’s loyalty was to himself. The story follows Alfred on his journey to help protect the kingdom. It was a high stakes mission because he bordered on the line of treason.
I loved when Alfred decided to keep record of the actions of the king. As a history lover, I think documentation is so important. It gave a clearer picture as to what was happening in the kingdom.
I think it is important to read the first two novels to get a clearer picture of the kingdom. Let’s see how the story develops in the next installment.
My Rating: 4/5
Guys, I finally finished a book! I’m actually getting to do a review! I picked The Stranger Diaries for my monthly challenge. The Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge prompted me to read a book nominated for an award in 2020. The Stranger Diaries won the 2020 Edgar Award for best novel. It deserved it.
Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder, but most of the time it is a work of fiction. She is a high school English teacher that specializes in gothic horror. Clare’s life collides with her favorite novel when her friend is murdered. When Clare turns to her diary to document her feelings, she discovers writing that isn’t hers. Suddenly, she finds herself living in a horror novel.
The Stranger Diaries is what I wanted The Broken Girls to be. For instance, it incorporated a haunted school, a horror novel, and a murder mystery. Each element brought great depth to the story.
Above all, I loved the inclusion of multiple points of view. It had Clare’s point of view, her daughter Georgie’s, and Detective Sergeant Harbinder’s point of view. Even with multiple points of view I couldn’t single in on one suspect. There wasn’t a character that I didn’t suspect.
I didn’t expect the ending. It wrapped up so well. The friendship that developed between Clare and Harbinder was great. The Stranger Diaries was a well developed mystery with a lot of depth. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until now. It is definitely underrated!
My Rating: 5/5
I had the best time camping this weekend. We stayed near Little River Canyon. If you are ever in the area you need to check it out. It is such … Continue reading Camping Weekend Success: Reading Update