” I realized that no matter how many friends you make during your life journey, your family is your backbone.”
When Jordanian student Siwar Salaiha is murdered on her birthday in College Park, Maryland, her consciousness survives, finding refuge in the body of a Seattle baby boy. Stuck in this speech delayed three-year old body, Siwar tries but fails to communicate with Wyatt’s parents, instead she focuses on solving the mystery behind her murder. Eventually, her consciousness goes into a dormant state after Wyatt undergoes a major medical procedure.
The concept of passing away and returning, but in a different form, is definitely a deal breaker for me to read about. Siwar is trapped in a body that does not belong to her. She is fully aware she was murdered and that is something she can’t forget. There’s so much of her story in his. Two perspective that you can easily recognize.
I believe I have more complaints of the characters rather than the structure of the novel. Which is great! because the author really did a good job of making me feel something because of their personalities. When I first started to read the novel, I didn’t know how she was able to pull the plot but she did. And then, with a plot twist I didn’t see coming.
This is a fast pace novel with an interesting perspective of possible reincarnation. Anyone interested in that sort of theme, this is the right book for you. This is a four star review.
*This is an arc e-book that I was given in exchange for a review. They Called Me Wyatt is expected to be published on July 11, 2019.*
I manage to have had some time off for myself, and I believe I’m in the right state of mind to move forward and to also continue with my blog. I’m happy to get back into what I love and I’m happy some of you were able to still be supportive despite my absence to the blogging community. I’m grateful and thankful.
On another note, despite being in the middle of February I would still like to share with you some of my anticipated book releases for this month which most likely I will only purchase one book each month. Maybe you can all help me decide.
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.
When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?
Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins
Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.
In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.
Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.
For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.
It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.
The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
So that’s it. Let me know which ones you’ll be purchasing or considering to purchase. Until then…
“Humans often fail to see what is close to them and obvious to others.”
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
Had this novel on my TBR for years and I finally decided to read since it was getting close to valentine’s day and I wanted some contemporary romance. This definitely exceeded my expectations. It has the Eleanor Oliphant vibes if you had a chance to read that book (you really should).
Don Tillman is a very intelligent guy who is trying to find a wife. That’s not weird. But he is finding a wife by some questionnaire he came up with (kind weird). Being too smart it’s kind of hard for him to understand how he needs to go with the flow and do something fun an unexpected. Along comes Rosie. She’s the total opposite of what Don can envision in a wife he’s looking for. However, he still wants to be around her and to help her find the true identity of her biological father.
It’s a true comedy romance for me and I found it very easy to read and easy to feel attach to Don and Rosie. Heck, I wouldn’t mind dating Don because he is nice and smart despite the lack of social skills. With Rosie he opens up more and does what he never really does. It’s total out of character for him and I for one kept rooting for him until the very end. This is a light reading which I also gave a five star rating. I love you Don Tillman. Sorry he’s my ideal kind of guy even though he’s fictional and older (like 13 yrs older). Maybe I should do a questionnaire so I can find myself an ideal kind of guy lol.
“We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”
I fell in love with this novel. Everyone has a story and not all are easy to read. Ove is someone who you can say. a grumpy old man who you would just want to avoid. However, some people knew he was more that what meets the eye, and thus comes a friendship around the neighborhood.
A very interesting diverse characters the autor created , which I would find weird to put in place, ut surprisingly they all fit well within the story. I get very attached to all of them. It’s funny how they don’t seem insulted nor scared with Ove’a outbursts and grumpiness.
The flashback was good. Got to learn more of Ove and what type of person he is and how he manage with the death of his father. He’s always been the same type of hardworking guy he was and still was.
I was of course sadden with what happened to his wife and how it affected him. It doesn’t tell you directly how he feels but with the actions he tries to do, it’s obvious what he wanted to do. No matter how much he tried to push people away, they didn’t leave, they just kept coming and including themselves. They looked up to Ove and he may seem that he found that annoying, but to him, he was always someone who fixes things.
This is a five star book. Definitely recommend this book to all!
So I will just trying to catch up with and I really hope I can finish this weekend. Even though I will be working this weekend, there’s always time to squeeze in some reading. A chapter or two lol . I may also try to watch something new on Netflix or on Hulu. Have been in a rut and I just watch reruns of Bob’s Burgers. It’s still funny but I know there’s new shows worth watching. But first things first, I got to read!
My books for this weekend:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I finally taking the plunge to finish this book. I’ve also been seeing some bookstagrammers currently reading this one right here, so in a way it’s motivating me to read it. Believe it or not, I still remember what happened on the first book. I know most of you would reread the book, but It has to be a great book like Harry Potter to be rereading it. That’s just me.
The Haunting of Hill House by Sherley Jackson
As I said, each month I will be reading at least one classic and I chose to read The Haunting of Hill House. I’ve seen the Netflix series and it was moving. I want to see the hype and learn more of Jackson’s work.
I’m confident to finish the Hill House novel and hopefully I can finish half of the Crooked Kingdom book before Monday. But I guess I should Monday as part of my weekend since I won’t technically work that night. Woo can’t wait for my night off lol. I’ll be ranting about it on twitter and on my Instagram. If you haven’t added me on goodreads, you should! right here —> MY GOODREADS
Usually I post my anticipated book Release the first day of the month, but I didn’t even realize I haven’t posted one and so now I am right now. There’s tons of new book releases and it sucks I am currently on a book buying ban. However, I did say I can buy only one new book each month and so I am being careful with what to choose. Any other books I wish to buy will have to wait. In the mean time, I am making a list of books I wish to buy later in the year, once I finish all my books that I own. It’s all about discipline lol. so without further a due, here are my anticipated book releases for the month of January 2019.
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.
But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?
A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.
Looker by Laura Sims
In this taut and thrilling debut, an unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor—the actress. The unnamed narrator can’t help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment lies between them. The actress, a celebrity with her face on the side of every bus, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and their three adorable children, while the narrator, working in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat.
When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness. Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining—at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.
The Au Pair by Emma Rous
Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.
Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.
Who is the child and what really happened that day?
One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.
Golden Child by Claire Adam
Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.
When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn’t come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters–leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.
Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts
and started the apocalypse.”
Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited – not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.
But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?
The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as – from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond – humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
So this is it the third book of the series and I wished It didn’t have to end. I really loved it. I love how Karou had her friends helping her to the end and having some romance between her and Akiva. I miss them so much and of course I love reading about her friend, Zuzana ann Mik. and what can I say about Ziri? everything! he helped Karou and felt very happy he found someone when he was just stuck on Karou.
The battle was not much of a story to be honest. In my opinion, the anticipation of the war was more longer than the war itself. but I still enjoyed the adventure they had. Even though there’s a huge gap between reading the first two and the third one, I still remember most of the story. And I’m very surprised to have known who is who lol.
Can I also just say I love Karou and Akiva! I mean seriously I love their story and how they fell in love. I can’t remember if I cried or not when Karou was executed (first book). I just know I was moved and I was moved until the end.
I give this book 5 stars. This is a fast book to be honest, the reading is quick and engaging with the creative world Taylor has created for her characters. Would recommend of course and I will also be definitely be reading her Taylor’s next series of a new story, Strange The Dreamer.