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TWO SISTERS LOST IN A COULEE READING

Two sisters coming together sharing their book reviews and just talking books!

Thoughts by Brenda: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found YouI Found You by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read June 21-24, 2017

I Found You is my first book by Lisa Jewell and she is now on my radar and I will be looking at more of her books to read.

I Found You is an intriguing, clever and interesting mystery with secrets, lies and plenty of suspense that starts off a little slow and on the lighter side and then turns more darker as we learn more about the intriguing and likeable characters and their stories. It is well paced and well written with two stories told in the present day and are interwoven with a third story from the past.

I loved how the story opened up with the mysterious man on the beach and was immediately intrigued by him and wanted to know more about how he got there. I found myself very curious as to what were his buried memories. I was equally intrigued by the young women searching for her husband and liked her right away. The story from the past had me wondering as to how it tied into the other two stories and was excited to keep those pages turning to find out how. I found all three stories interesting and engaging and they had me questioning who is who, who is the bad guy here and who should I trust and trying to figure out their hidden secrets.

Lisa Jewell does a great job pacing and weaving the three stories together and revealing just what I needed at the right time to keep me guessing but allowing me to figure some things out leaving me feeling quite clever when I did. This was a very satisfying read for me that I highly recommend.

Thank you, NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for providing a copy for me to read and review.

 

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Traveling Sisters Review: Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2)Evil Games by Angela Marsons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA, BRENDA and KACEEY!!

Oh my goodness this was even better than the first book, SILENT SCREAMS!!!

EVIL GAMES (DI KIM STONE #2) by ANGELA MARSONS is an action-packed, dark, chilling, interesting, and suspenseful psychological thriller that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could.  What an extremely fitting and wonderful title for this book…..it was perfect!!

DI Kim Stone is back here in a thrilling cat and mouse game with one of the best, cunning, unique, and interesting sociopaths we have ever read.  At first we thought Kim has met her match but soon learned our sociopath has met hers. We were on the edge of our seats rooting for our favourite detective.  That’s not the only case Kim was working on as upon opening the book we were quickly introduced to Kim and her team capturing a despicable and disgusting child molester.  A case that appears to be solved but of course there is more here than meets the eye!

ANGELA MARSONS delivers another complex and layered story here and has created a scary mind-blowing sociopath who is such a good character that we disliked so much but on the other-hand loved.  What an awesome and complex villain she made.

DI Kim Stone continues to fascinate us and has us laughing out loud with her wicked sense of humor. We enjoyed getting to know her a little more and were heartbroken as we learned more about her dark sad past. We loved how Marsons gave us a glimpse of Kim’s soft side and vulnerable side as we could see her reactions and feelings as she related to and cared for the victims in her cases.

After being off our game for Silent Scream, we all had our game on going into Evil Games and we were all ready for the twists and turns.  We all started out strong with Brenda picking up on Alex’s evil games first and Norma and Kaceey right behind piecing things together.  Kaceey figuring out the big reveal early on with Norma right behind her picking up on one of the major clues while Brenda was twirling around in left field by herself.  With some confusion on all the sisters parts we were able to piece together who done it (not twirling Brenda) and our sociopath’s games making us all feeling quite proud of our gameplay.  Sure made for some interesting and fun discussions.

We are definitely keeping our game on and are looking forward to the action-packed
race against time as DI Stone tackles her next case in book three.

 

Sister Read Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird BoxBird Box by Josh Malerman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sister Read Review by Norma & Brenda

Holy Sh*tty Balls this was one heck of a creepy book!

5 creeped out Stars for Norma & 4 freaking out Stars for Brenda
So for the purpose of this Sister Read it gets a combined rating of 4.5 Stars!

BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN is a wonderfully creepy, scary, eerie, and downright terrifying tale that grabbed our attention right from the very start to the heart-pounding finish.  This book was extremely hard to put down!

BIRD BOX made us both feel fearful of the unknown and we could definitely feel the eerie presence of the mysterious creatures in all of the surroundings while we were totally engrossed in this novel.  We couldn’t even imagine living and carrying on everyday life blindfolded or with our eyes closed.

To sum it all up it was an extremely entertaining, unsettling, interesting, and fast-paced read that left us both a little fearful of leaving the house without a blindfold. Highly recommend!!

 

Review by Norma: Project Apex by Michael Bray

Project ApexProject Apex by Michael Bray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars

Date read:  June 22 – 23, 2017

What if man’s thirst for knowledge resulted in it’s own destruction?

Why I wanted to read this one…….I was really excited to get a chance to read Project Apex as I was looking forward to reading something totally different than I normally would choose to read.  I am glad that I accepted the opportunity to read this novel.

What it’s all about……A zombie style apocalyptic novel with superhuman soldiers.

Synopsis:  Richard Draven is a scientist interested in the healing properties of primates and transferring them to humans. When he discovers a new species of monkey with amazing regenerative powers, he has no idea that his report will set off a chain of events with dire consequences.

Six years later, and Draven’s research has been put into practice. The government has engineered a virus which has begun human trials. It’s job – to make the armed forces of the world better, stronger, faster in their numerous conflicts across the globe. Something, however is not right. Disturbing reports about the behaviour of those modified by the virus are growing in number raising concerns amongst those in charge that something has gone wrong. As the Apex teams go dark and stop responding to orders, the government discover that there is a much more sinister force at work.

Joshua Cook is the alpha male, the first man to be administered the virus and bond with it successfully. Joshua is tired of the human race, tired of their self-destructive nature. He has a plan, one which involves wiping the slate clean of the ‘lesser’ edition of the human machine and repopulating the earth with his own kind. As the full and devastating scale of Joshua’s plan begins to unfold before the eyes of the world, the government are forced to turn back to Richard Draven in an effort to find a way to stop Joshua and his growing army before he can eradicate humanity from the planet.

A tense, global thriller taking place across multiple countries, from the government-centric streets of Washington to the slums of Mumbai and the burning heat of the Iraq desert, Project Apex features a rich and varied cast of characters each with their own motivations and sub plots through the main narrative as they tell the very human story of a disaster on an unprecedented global scale where people are forced to do things they never imagined possible, and in some cases revert back to the instinctive savagery long repressed by our species as society starts to crumble the world over.

Why I actually enjoyed this one…The action in this book is non-stop and described very well that I could really see it happening and felt the terror from the characters that were caught in the crossfire.

What I didn’t like…..Some of the events that took place was a little too graphic for my taste and I was a little lost in some of the unfamiliar detail.

PROJECT APEX by MICHAEL BRAY is an action-packed, tense, fast-paced, fascinating, and descriptive tale that did hold my interest right from the very start and as more was being revealed it was hard to put this novel down. The ending does end a little abruptly though to entice you to read the second book in this series.

MICHAEL BRAY delivers a well-written read here with an interesting and unique storyline.  The premise of this tale plays out so realistically and to me it was an absolutely scary and terrifying look into an apocalyptic threat that had me fearing for this “new world” and what it means to the future of mankind.  As I was reading this I definitely could imagine this story being made into a movie.

Overall, I did mostly enjoy this novel and might consider reading the second book in this series sometime in the future.  Would recommend!

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Brenda’s Thoughts: In This Moment by Karma Brown

In This MomentIn This Moment by Karma Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read June 18-22, 2017

3.5 rounded down

In This Moment is my second book from Karma Brown and I could see why she is known for her emotionally charged books from the first one I read The Choices We Make but I didn’t find this one very emotional at all but for the most part I did enjoy it.

When we first meet Meg she is living a pretty normal happy life with her husband and daughter. When in one moment a tragedy hits and everything changes for Meg and she blames herself for her part in the tragedy. The tragedy brings back a painful secret that she has buried and things start to unravel in Meg’s world. As things start to unravel we see Meg struggling with her guilt, we see her concerns and fears for her daughter and her guilt leads her to an attraction.

I thought Karma Brown does an excellent job here exploring guilt and forgiveness and I could really feel Meg’s struggles with her guilt and keeping things together. However things started going sideways for me as Meg starts to become more concerned for her daughter and I couldn’t feel her desperation in keeping her daughter safe physically and emotionally. It just came across as nagging to me and the only emotion I was feeling was annoyed. I also didn’t like the direction the story went with an attraction Meg starts to develop and that is when I started losing interest. I wanted more from from the story and would’ve liked it to explore other things that I thought were missing from the story.

One part of the ending I loved and found it very touching and it did pull at my heartstrings and the other part of the ending not so much. It wrapped up too quickly and I didn’t get the answers I wanted from what I thought was missing. It left me wanting more but not in the good way.

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Traveling Sisters Read:  Beartown by Fredrik Backman 

BeartownBeartown by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA, BRENDA and LINDA!!

5 stars! Well that was a “barn burner” of a read for Norma and Brenda!!

4 stars!! For Linda! (So for the purpose of this review 4.5 stars rounded up to 5)

BEARTOWN by FREDRIK BACKMAN is a powerful, memorable, emotional, spirited, and an uplifting but yet gut-wrenching novel with some moments of humour thrown in along the way that kept us all engrossed in this tale of a small town community’s commitment to the well-loved game of hockey.

BEARTOWN is a novel that delves deep into the emotional side of the human spirit/human nature which is packed with passages of wise insights and full of wisdom. Brenda started out making notes, changed to underlining passages in the book and finally giving up because there was too many and thought she might as well mark the whole book.

FREDRIK BACKMAN explores the emotional, physical, and mental side of the players, and has a remarkable ability to make us see and understand them and how they are seen through the eyes of the community. He had us engaged not only with the players but the community as well. He explores right and wrong, fear and courage, limits and loyalty of friendship, the bond and love a parent has for their children and their worst fear, that left us asking ourselves many questions.

Norma and Brenda giggled to ourselves every time Canada was mentioned and wanted to know where in Canada he was actually referring to. It’s not like it’s that small of a place. Toronto? LOL.

Linda who has read and loved all of Backman’s books did find it started out a little slow and had a little bit too much hockey for her but it did pick up in the second half though. Some of his language and subject matter was a little more colorful than she is used to from Backman. This added to our discussions and the fun we had reading and discussing this book full of awesomeness.

Highly recommend this absolutely amazing, insightful, & inspiring novel! This is a favourite read of 2017 for Norma & Brenda!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Wow! I have to thank Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll for our very first nomination.  This is all so totally new to me so I will do my very best…….

Mischenko and I originally connected on Goodreads and I really enjoy reading her reviews and chatting books with her!  Please check out her blog if you haven’t already done so as she has an absolutely amazing blog!!!  This has been one of our very best weeks that we have had blogging thus far and I think that I have Mischenko and this wonderful award of the Sunshine Blogger Award to thank for that, so thank you!

Also, a very special thank you to everyone for visiting my blog that I share with my sister, Brenda.  We genuinely appreciate each and every one of you for stopping by and “liking” and commenting on our posts!

 

This award nomination is for the Sunshine Blogger Award. 

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Rules:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.  List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

~*~ My Q & A Asked to Me ~*~

(Norma’s answers and Brenda’s answers are noted below)

If you never had to sleep in your whole life, what would you do with all that extra time?

Norma:  Being an insomniac already I have a whole lot of extra time to READ!

Brenda:  I would read!

What fictional place would you most like to visit?

Norma:  Have no idea! I don’t really put myself into fictional places as I have no imagination whatsoever.  But, I have often wished that I was just like Bewitched!  lol 

Brenda:  No idea.

What’s your favorite genre of music, or your favorite band?

Norma:  My absolute favourite is Country.  I grew up listening to Country and it stayed with me into adulthood.

Brenda:  I have no favourite.  I like silence and prefer to listen to a book.

What’s your favorite song right now?

Norma:  Anything by Keith Urban!

Brenda:  None.  It really has been along time since I have listened to any music.

What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?

Norma:  Oh, I have read quite a few good books so far this year!  But, I think my absolute favourite was The One Man and All The Ugly and Wonderful Things.

Brenda:  I have quite a few too and would say All the Ugly and Wonderful Things   would be a favourite.  This question really had me thinking.

Are you an early riser or do you like to sleep in?

Norma:  Most definitely sleep-in!  My best sleep is in the early morning.  Just too bad I have to wake up to go to work!  lol

Brenda:  I am up early and love mornings. It’s my favourite time to read.

What’s your favorite childhood book or fairytale?

Norma:  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Brenda:  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

What’s most likely to send you off on a rant?

Norma:  Not too much will send me off into a rant. I am a go with the flow kinda gal and accept things for just the way they are.  But, I guess maybe one little thing that might send me off on a rant would be being misunderstood.

Brenda:  Drama…..I really need to keep my life free of it.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Norma:  I have been very lucky to visit some amazing places.  Hawaii and Prince Edward Island.

Brenda:  Europe.  I have been to a few places there. 

What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Norma:  Haha, I tend to be obsessed over quite a few things that I love!  Books & purses come to mind!!  But, I guess what I don’t get the point of would be the obsession over celebrities.

Brenda:  I like Norma’s answer! 😊

Would you rather have an evening out, or a night in?

Norma:  Evening out with my hubby!  I tend to spend a lot of time alone during the day so an evening out is pretty special to me.

Brenda:  Evening at home with my family.

 

I nominate…….

Kristin’s Novel Café

Jessica’s Reading Room

My Novelesque Life

DiscoveringSooz

hirdeshchaturvedi07

Renee (Itsbooktalk)

Suzy Approved Book Reviews

Dees Rad Reads and Reviews

lavender books

Snazzy Books

FNM

Here are my 11 questions to the nominees:

  1. What cheers you up?
  2. Which do you use most often the dictionary or thesaurus?
  3. What is the weirdest thing about you, are you proud of it?
  4. Mountains or the beach?
  5. If you had to be trapped in a TV show or a book for a month, which show or book would you choose?
  6. Describe to me your dream vacation or best vacation.
  7. List five words that best describes you.
  8. What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble?
  9. What is your favourite book genre and book that you have read in that genre?
  10. What is your least favourite book genre?
  11. What is your favourite thing to spend money on?

Thank you so much and I look forward to reading your answers!  Happy blogging!!

 

Traveling Sisters Review:  Silent Scream by Angela Marsons 

Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, #1)Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA, BRENDA and KACEEY!!

SILENT SCREAM (DI KIM STONE #1) by ANGELA MARSONS is an action-packed, tense, fast-paced, and a suspenseful thriller with lots of surprising twists and turns along the way that kept us all reading and guessing right to the very end.

SILENT SCREAM opens up great and caught our attention right away but then got a little weighed down for us with the array of characters that had us a little confused and struggled somewhat keeping them all straight. How did they fit into the story and when were they introduced? So then things started to go a little slow for us however when the action picked up and the boat started rocking we could not put this novel down. It felt like the calm before the storm for us.

DI Kim Stone is a fascinating and feisty female character with a wicked sense of humour and a soft side to her that we all absolutely loved. We loved the glimpses into her past and felt heartbroken by her childhood memories. Allowing us to see the vulnerable side of her.

ANGELA MARSONS delivers a complex and layered story here that is cleverly written in such a skillful way that allowed us to really get into the unique and distinctive characters and the storyline.

There is little snippets throughout, at just the right time, giving us a glimpse into the killer’s creepy motives adding some tension to the story for us.

The confusion with the characters and the slow start threw Kaceey off her game and she never saw the twists coming. Norma simply had a hard time getting her groove back after not reading much on vacation and was also stumped and felt like the author offered all those distractions early on to confuse her. Actually quite clever! We all thought we had it figured out only to find out we didn’t. Brenda is always off her game when it comes to thrillers and was so excited that she figured something out only to find out she didn’t. We all had a good laugh over this.

In amongst some darkness with subjects like abuse and neglect there is light with kindness from some of the characters that had us loving them even more.

Angela Marsons sure has left us wanting more and we are ready to dive into book two of this series very soon. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for DI Kim Stone next. Highly recommended!

Thoughts by Brenda:  The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King's DaughterThe Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read June 12-13, 2017

 

This one came in from the library the day before I was leaving town and I was so excited to get it. I wasn’t sure how I could read it in a day along with the other things I had to do. Well once I started reading I couldn’t put it down and everything else just waited. It became a very quick read for me.

The Marsh King’s daughter is a heart pounding, compelling, interesting and unique character driven psychological thriller. When we first meet Helena she is happy and living with her family but news that her convicted father has escaped from prison has Helena is a heart stopping game and race against time to stop her father from reaching her family.

As Helena is racing against time we learn from flashbacks about her childhood being raised in captivity by her father. Innocent and naive, young Helena is oblivious to the fact that her and her Mother are being held captive. We see how she pieces together who and what her father really is. We see her go from adoring her father to realizing how controlling and evil he is and seeing how her weak cold mother is controlled by her father to understanding her Mother’s love for her.

Karen Dionne has created some compelling characters here that had me feeling very different emotions towards each. I loved Helena and her determination to stop her father. I felt sorry and heartbroken for her broken Mother and I loathed her Father.

Just a heads up there is a hunting scene that I was unprepared for for that was a bit disturbing and I didn’t like that.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was a highly engaging, entertaining, fast paced race against time for me, that I am very glad I finished in time. I highly recommend.

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