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I just thought I’d switch things up by starting up my own site and share a bit more with you guys than I do on my bookstagram and Tumblr!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Seher and I’m a reader based in Pakistan! I read just about everything I can get my hands on! That being said I adore fantasy and poetry! I used to post exclusively on Instagram, but now I’ve decided to try and maintain my own blog!

If you prefer Instagram, that’s all good! I’ve linked that below! And if you prefer getting your reviews and giveaways on Tumblr and Twitter, those will be here too!

I’m also using this as a more creative space, so you’ll also get plenty of tarot card posts, restaurant reviews (from Islamabad), and pictures of the sky after it rains! I’ll also be posting my writing update, which is something I’m trying to get back into!

This is The Girl Who Reads in chaos mode!

I maintain two tumblr accounts! Which does sound like a bit much, but both serve for different moods!

My book tumblr lets me post more content than I can on my bookstagram, so you’ll find more posts here (in the future) and more excerpts, etc!

https://bookstagramofmine.tumblr.com/

My poetry tumblr is a mood. Things that I love are posted there!

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/alliwanttodoiscollectpoetry

You can also find me on twitter (where I generally just cry and complain about life)

I listen to music on Deezer! I know its not spotify, but I just love the Flow button!

I have a lot of badges from all the sites I usually review on and now you have to see them because this is the first time I’ve had a place to put them! 🙂

100 Book Reviews
Reviews Published
Professional Reader

And last but not least, my google reviews!

  • Aliens Captive ~ Tina Moss

    Aliens Captive ~ Tina Moss

    Alien’s Captive ~ Tina Moss

    I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ALIEN’S CAPTIVE by Tina Moss Blog Tour hosted
    by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

    Review

    This was really sexy. Tina Moss created a planet of males who want to only look after and satisfy their females, and are protective but respect boundaries, and give space, and are oh so perfect. Admittedly, Xelen had some man pain, but the second he and Ava talked it out it went away, like the male actually wanted to be in a healthy place. I also do appreciate Ava as a character, a scientist who has crystals and a manifestation journal. I do think she threw herself into the mission too quickly, but that’s a small thing!

    A perfect read if you want to read about perfect men who come with vibrators attached!

    Thank you Rockstar Book Tours for a chance to read and review this!

    We also have this amazing playlist!
    My picture relies heavily on picsart!

    Giveaway

    Now onto our giveaway!

    1 winner will receive a finished copy of ALIEN’S CAPTIVE, US Only.

    Subscribe to Tina’s newsletter for your chance to win!

    http://smarturl.it/tinamossnews

     The book itself is $0.99 on amazon in ebook form, and $12.99 as a paperback!

    It’s also free for those of us on Kindle Unlimited!

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  • Mary by Kate Cunningham

    Mary by Kate Cunningham
    Mary by Kate Cunningham

    Mary by Kate Cunningham ~ The Girl Who Reads Book Review

    Thank you Random Things Tours for the chance to read and review Mary by Kate Cunningham

    A bit about Kate Cunningham

    Kate Cunningham has worked for a development charity and as a primary teacher. She now writes books that are either directly about history, or inspired by events from the past.

    The inspiration behind Mary

    When I set out to write about a post-pandemic dystopian world, the plan was to just visualise it, not live it. I was happy to delve into the past, throw in some imagination and write a fictional story.

    But the spirits of time decided to mix things up a bit. The edits were complete at the end of 2019, just as we were thrown into the reality of a very real new contagion that would change all our
    priorities. Eight months later I went back reconnected with my characters and their story. I reread my script with trepidation — my perspective had shifted, but the story stood.

    The spark that lit this story was Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary, the flames were fanned by stories of pandemics past, present and future.

    Who was Typhoid Mary?

    Mary Mallon was a woman in the United States, an Irish immigrant to be precise, who caused between 51 – 122 cases of typhoid! She was an asymptomatic carrier and didn’t wash her hands after using the bathroom.

    Gross.

    On the other hand, she’s the first person in the US to be an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid, so that’s a record!

    Anyway, I just found this blog post, so I figured that I’d just cite it here instead of writing stuff down! Work smart and not hard folks!

    I hope I have you intrigued, so here’s the blurb if you don’t to read my spoiler laden review!

    MARY has only ever seen white. The white of her walls, the bed, her clothes and the bio suits the Testers wear when they come in to take samples. 


    Every day is the same – white.


    But for the new Tester, Vander, it is a reminder of his own life, trapped by indenture, forced to spend his life repaying the cost of raising him, like all the other Red Plague orphans.


    When Vander decides to help MARY he starts a chain of events that will challenge friendships, revisit past betrayals and threaten the safety of a world teetering on the brink of catastrophe.

    Warning: Contains scenes relating to a pandemic and some violence.

    Book Review

    Mary is definitely better for people who love reading about the pandemic. It took me a while to register that I literally do not like Vander and Mary because they don’t, especially the former, ever really seem to get smarter or just more careful.

    Like Vander I really disliked, just because buddy, did you not realise that Mary was carrying a disease and that’s why everyone was suited up? I mean even if he thought it was to keep her safe from what they might have exposed her to, did you not think that what if I kill her by bringing her out here?

    Also, she’s been wiped clean and knows very little, how did that dynamic not make it weird?

    I can’t blame Mary, but I can’t like her either. On one hand, it’s literally not her fault, but on the other, I’m still angry that an asymptomatic carried can just walk around like that and never realise that it’s her fault!

    But yeah, I guess that the part of me still working from home because of the pandemic.

    Mary by Kate Cunningham
    Mary by Kate Cunningham

    Of course, the whole cast and crew around them wasn’t that much better, but I feel like they’re perfectly appropriate for the world around them, which is cruel and hard. The child bank concept was really interesting to me.

    The author has really taken some things from the world we live in and applied them to the book. I guess that’s why you get angry while reading it. I can understand why you’d want to keep Mary locked up, even though I register that it’s not an okay thing to do to a person, regardless of the situation.

    It’s important to feel uncomfortable while reading, and I think that’s what I appreciate most about Kate Cunningham’s book. I also feel like it would be great book to read in a classroom or book club because you wouldn’t be able to stop arguing!

  • The Divine Chronicles by JoAnna Grace

    The Divine Chronicles by JoAnna Grace
    Divine Awakening by Joanna Grace

    The Divine Chronicles Cover Reveals

    I am so excited to be on all the cover reveal tours for The Divine Chronicle series by Joanna Grace!

    While The Divine Chronicles series originally came out as early as 2013, JoAnna Grace partnered up with Hidden Hollow Book Tours to reveal the new covers for her series!

    If you asked me why JoAnna Grace decided to revamp the covers, I have no idea! But am I here for the new ones? 100 TIMES YES!

    Check back every Monday for the next 7 weeks to see each new cover in the tour! If you head on over to my insta, fellow bookstagrammers will also be able to take part in the awesome giveaway we’re hosting!

    Divine Awakening – Prequel

    Divine Awakening as the prequel, technically serves as the first book in the The Divine Destiny series, and the first one to have its new cover revealed! Check out all the details right here!

    https://atomic-temporary-199482612.wpcomstaging.com/divine-awakening-by-joanna-grace/

  • Divine Awakening by JoAnna Grace

    Divine Awakening by JoAnna Grace
    Divine Awakening by Joanna Grace

    Cover Reveal for Divine Awakening by JoAnna Grace

    As mentioned here, JoAnna Grace decided to change up the covers for her gorgeous romantic fantasy series The Divine Chronicles!

    Divine Awakening is a prequel novella that came out after the first book of the series in 2014. Eight years later it’s the first of the series to have it’s new cover revealed and I am in love!

    Divine Awakening by Joanna Grace

    Blurb for Divine Awakening

    This is where she found her Divine Destiny… Small town café owner, Avery McClain, created a safe world. Her best friend and protector added to that comfort. So how did it all fall apart in 48 hours? A mysterious stranger is the key. She’s helpless against his charms and the magnetism of his body. But can she risk her vulnerable heart to a man who demands every piece of her? Ryse Castille is much more than your average bounty hunter. He’s a son of the gods and his prey isn’t quite human either. An Olympian serial killer has Avery in his sights and Ryse has to find him before he succeeds. Torn between duty and desire, he does whatever it takes to earn her trust and complete his mission. When the power of Ryse’s presence brings out Avery’s true identity he must act quick before they all go up in flames.

    Sale

    At $0.99 Divine Awakening is absolutely a bargain on the kindle store and I would highly recommend you get over there!

    Giveaway

    And if you’d like to get the book for free, then I would suggest you head on over to instagram and enter in this fabulous giveaway!

  • To Drown as a Cure for Thirst by Blake Auden

    To Drown as a Cure for Thirst by Blake Auden

    To Drown as a Cure for Thirst by Blake Auden

    “i think the darkest parts
    of anxiety
    are a little like that:

    it isn’t there
    and then it is”

    Thank you NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the chance to read and review To Drown as a Cure for Thirst by Blade Auden! The book comes out on the 22nd of October and I’m looking forward to getting my own copy!

    Long story short; I loved this book, and its going into my top reads of 2022 shelf! I’m also going to have to check out the rest of Blake Audens books! This felt like a well thought out collection, with all the pieces consistently good!

    I’m probably going to read Tell The Birds She’s Gone next, because it’s available for free on Kindle Unlimited, which is awesome!

    Blurb

    The fifth collection from poet Blake Auden, To Drown as a Cure for Thirst, is a delicate exploration of grief and how it affects—and is affected by—time and memory. 

    Written in the wake of a global pandemic, the book touches on themes including loss, healing, personal reflection, mental health, and love, even in the face of the things that haunt us. Auden’s most personal and deeply honest collection to date, these pages examine the idea that we can overcome what winter has taken, and that to hurt is simply an act of remembering.

    To Drown as a Cure for Thirst
    Blake Auden
  • The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

    The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
    The Merciless Ones

    Book review for the tour organised by TBR and Beyond Tours

    Where we discover that names are powerful enough to create gods.

    The Merciless Ones ~ Housekeeping

    There’s nothing worse than ordinary men.

    Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours for the chance to read and review The Merciless Ones by Naming Forna!

    The Merciless Ones came out on the 31st of May and is the second book in the epic fantasy trilogy The Gilded Ones. It’s absolutely not a standalone and a reader will be very confused if they don’t read The Gilded Ones, as this second book really picks up from there. It is published by Delacorte Press, which is an imprint of Random House. 

    All 462 pages, this book is roughly the same length as the first book The Gilded Ones, which was 422 pages, and went on sale on amazon kindle the day after I bought it. I’m actually not too salty about that because The Gilded Ones was worth full price.

    I signed up for the book tour without having read The Gilded Ones. This was in part because I’d seen the book everywhere and I wanted to brag about having been on the book tour for this one, with an arc! I really wanted to read The Gilded Ones because of how lovely the cover is, and being on this tour was the perfect excuse to bump it up in my TBR Stack.

    The Merciless Ones Banner
    The Merciless Ones Book Tour

    Book Review:

    While The Gilded Ones ended on a hopeful note, The Merciless Ones starts off with the corpses of four young women mounted on pikes. 

    It’s set 6 months after the goddesses were freed by Deka and focuses on the backlash by the jatu, who now seem to be more powerful than ever after get their hands on some arcane objects. Deka, as the Nuru, the child of the four goddesses fights against these priests while dealing with her own PTSD. She is joined by her bloodsisters, and as they stick together they realise there is something more sinister at play. As they grow in strength they understand that gods can also be created through the power of human belief. 

    In that sense there is a lot to love about the sequel. The idea that gods can be created or at least powered through prayer or belief is a powerful one to say the least. It’s also incredibly relevant in the world that Namina Forna has created in the book, as well as the world we live in today where we know we’ll need to radically change how we live and what we believe in if we want the planet to survive or to ensure that we have rights over the self.

    The book also challenges the sexist belief that just because women are in charge it’s a utopia. It’s absolutely more about the way we wield power than who wields power that matters; not just your gender. It is also an important lesson on how we make ideals of our gods and heroes, and ignore all the wrong that they have done or are continuing to do so.

    It’s also great to see how there were so many jatu and alaki. It really adds a really great dimension to the book, not just in terms of the plot, but a commentary on how so many of us are so different, that it’s actually most of us.

    I liked that Deka grew as a character and constantly tried to be the right sort of hero and role model, but that she was human and needed help. I love her relationship with Keita and I think Namina Forna put in some really positive themes in their relationship, like how he spok to her about how she couldn’t shut him out in situations. That being said, most of her friends blurred into one and didn’t stand out to me. Britta, of course, is always by her side, but I didn’t particularly care for the thing with Li, and Britta as a whole was just a bit annoying to me.

    My favourite characters in this book were easily White Hands, Elfriede and Anok. I think with White Hands that easy for everyone to understand; she’s badass, but the way Namina Forna depicted her in this was amazing. Like massive respect for Forna. I suppose it’s harder to explain why I like Elfriede. I like her as a character, but not as a person. But I also respect that she did what she could to survive. She collaborated with the existing system to become the first in her role, but even as she died, the priests still couldn’t stand her.

    “This is another distraction,” she explains. “Another impossible aspiration to distract women from the misery of their lives. To make them dream, if only for a glittering moment, that they can be more. Clever. Insidious, but clever.”

    I think this quote is emblematic of the greater problem of the book. While it’s a great quote that explains Elfriede’s role in this new society, and is well written, I think it’s moments like these that make the book more suited for slightly younger readers. An older reader may not need something like this spelled out for them. 

    I was also not a fan of how everything turns out perfectly okay for most people at the end. I think one particular character should have stayed dead. There was also this sense that Deka comes into her new powers too quickly. One of the reasons why the first book is interesting is because we see her working towards them; while in this book everything related to her abilities is like second nature to her. I didn’t care for all the happily ever after love stories, they just bored me!

    While I didn’t love this book as much as the first one, I’m 100% going to be reading the third book because the world Namina Forna created is fantastic!

    Beyond The Merciless Ones

    You can check out the full tour right here! Keep scrolling below for more on the author, as well as the blurb!

    Namina Forna

    About Namina Forna

    Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, andthe authorof the upcoming epic fantasy YA novelThe Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads.

    Book Blurb for The Merciless Ones

    Fans of The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone will love the second book in an epic fantasy series about a girl who is the key to saving the empire–or its greatest threat.

    It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster.

    But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.

    Deka knows freeing the goddesses is just the beginning. She can tell whatever dark force out is powerful and there is something sinister out there threatening the kingdom connected to that symbol–something merciless–that her army will need to stop before humanity crumbles. But Deka’s powers are only getting stronger…and her strongest weapon could be herself.

    Content Warning: Scenes of violence, including some graphic violence and description of sexual assault

  • I’m on the BBNYA 2022 Panel!

    I’m on the BBNYA 2022 Panel!
    BBNYA 2022

    But I’m getting ahead of myself!

    BBNYA stands for The Book Blogger’s Novel of the Year Award!

    It’s an indie award that’s completely judged by book bloggers, like you and me, from all over the world!

    It’s sponsored by the Folio Society, which makes the most gorgeous collectible editions of the world’s great works of fiction and non-fiction. I drool over their website regularly!

    The goal is to give indie authors a chance, without being overshadowed by bigger authors and publishers as well as show the world that book bloggers do know how to pick out fantastic reads!

    BBNYA 2021

    I wasn’t on the panel for BBNYA last year, but you can check out some of their awesome winners right here!

    I also reviewed 3 BBNYA books last year and I’m linking those guys right here!

    Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Dean:

    While Beneath Cruel Fathoms placed 6th overall, it was definitely my favourite of the three books I read!

    Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn

    Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden

  • Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne

    Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne
    Book Tour posted for Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne.

    Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne: Book review for the book tour organised by Random Things Tours!

    Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne

    Unaccustomed to Grace is a collection of short stories by Lesley Bannatyne. It published earlier this year in February by Kallisto Gaia Press! At 172 pages, it’s a short read, but with each word carefully chosen you don’t feel like you’re missing anything!

    Before we get into my review, I want to thank Anne from Random Things Tours for the chance to take part in this tour! Random Things Tours is one of my favourite book tour companies, mostly because Anne always puts forward some really great reads!

    Book Review:

    Unaccustomed to Grace is a collection of short stories, each with a different character. When I first started reading the book it was hard for me to see how the title, Unaccustomed to Grace, tied into the stories. After a while, that became clearer.

    The characters in the book read as people who have things done to them, instead of taking action themselves, whether they are parents, a pregnant teen, a nurse trying to make friends, or the teenage boy breaking into a house with his buddy. I thought that a moment of action defined these characters, but stories like Corpse walks into a bar, Gravity, Waiting for Ivy, On Tuesday I will kill him, Summerland, and The boy in the boat all make it clear that while the art of letting go, contrary to whatever Elizabeth Bishop says, is fairly hard to master, but it’s only in its practice that these characters can achieve, not peace, but a moment of grace.

    While Lesley Bannatyne is known as the ‘Queen of Halloween’, that doesn’t play a huge role in the book. However, it’s easy to think we’ll get something more centred on that day when the opening story is Corpse Walks into a Bar. Despite the presence of the darker side of human nature, I feel as though the characters in these stories, as complicated as they are in their own ways, are fundamentally good. And it’s this assumption of goodness, of grace, that Lesley Bannatyne wants you to take home.

    Unaccustomed to Grace by Lesley Bannatyne

    Blurb for Unaccustomed to Grace

    Unaccustomed to Grace is a collection of short stories where the unlikely outcome for irresponsible acts and unfortunate events result in redemption. Bannatyne’s mastery of the written word informs these stories of common conflict with a brilliantine magic rarely found in contemporary literature. From the unlikely romance between a zoo employee and a spiritualist/activist to the redemption of a grandmother’s long-rehearsed vengeance, these heart-warming stories are the contemporary fables we need in these stressful days.

    Lesley Bannatyne

    About Lesley Bannatyne

    Lesley Bannatyne is an American author who writes extensively on Halloween, especially its history, literature, and contemporary celebration.  She also writes short stories, many of which are included in this debut collection Unaccustomed to Grace (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022). Her work has been published in the Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Christian Science Monitor, and Zone 3, Pangyrus, Shooter, Craft, Ocotillo Review, Fish, and Bosque Literary Magazines. She won the 2018 Bosque fiction prize and received the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for fiction, the 2020 Ghoststory.com fiction prize, and was a finalist for many others, including the Tennessee William Literary Festival Writing Award, the Carve Prose & Poetry Contest, and the Hudson Prize. As a freelance journalist, she has covered stories ranging from druids in Massachusetts to relief workers in Bolivia. Lesley is a graduate of Wheaton College (MA) and holds an ALM from Harvard University Extension Studies. She lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.

  • A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood

    A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood
    A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood

    A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood ~ NetGalley Book Review by The Girl Who Reads

    Thank you NetGalley and Allison & Busby for the chance to read and review A Taste for Killing!
    
    A Taste for Killing came out on the 12th of May, 2022, and can be ordered online! This is book 10 in the Bradecote & Catchpoll series! 
    
    It's also review number 233 on NetGalley, which means I now have 99 more to read to hit the ever elusive 80% feedback score!
    
    I also realise as I type this that I've been calling it A Taste of Killing instead of A Taste for Killing and that would explain a lot about why one of my team members probably wants to skin me alive! I now have to go back and edit that in a lot of places. 
    

    Disclaimer:

    Keep in mind that my review will have a lot of spoilers! So if you don't want any spoilers, just click the right here to check the book out on Amazon or just scroll past and read the blurb! 
    
    You also need to keep in mind that the book has mention of sexual harassment so keep that in mind when you're reading it!

    Book review for A Taste for Killing

    January, 1145. Godfrey Bowyer, one of the least likeable people in Worcester, dies a painful death by poisoning. Suspicion falls on a whole host of people; his wife Blanche, who ate the same meal but survived; his (rumoured to be bastard) brother who is in a ton of debt; the cook who hated the wife and may have intended to kill her; the servant who was pregnant with the masters child; the man whose wife Godfrey harassed.
    
    While A Taste for Killing is interesting, it's a slow read mostly because it's written in the same dialect that was used in 1145, which slows a reader down. That being said, it keeps your interest for the most part and you can tell that they aren't going to stop digging and take an easy answer. 
    
    I had no idea that taste for killing was part of a larger series when I requested it, so I'm not sure if the characters are growing or staying the same. I didn't find most of the characters memorable, all three of the men kinda blur into one for me, and as this was a series I've missed things like when Walkelin fell for Eluned, etc. 
    
    While I love Blanche as a character, I wasn't happy that she was the one who had done it. I feel like that was so easy to do as she's an outsider and suddenly that one priest remembers her. She was fairly smart to have gotten away with what look like 2 other deaths, and I don't think she would have risked this all so suddenly; there were too many loose ends for her to do this so suddenly.
    
    
    A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood

    Book Blurb:

    January, 1145. Godfrey Bowyer, the best but least likeable bow maker in Worcester, dies an agonising death by poisoning. Although similarly struck down after the same meal, his wife Blanche survives. The number of people who could have administered the poison should mean a very short investigation for the Sheriff’s men, Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll, but perhaps someone was pulling the strings, and that widens the net considerably. Could it be the cast-out younger brother or perhaps Orderic the Bailiff, whose wife may have had to endure Godfrey’s attentions? Could it even be the wife herself?

    With Bradecote eager to return to his manor and worried about his wife’s impending confinement, and Underserjeant Walkelin trying to get his mother to accept his choice of bride, there are distractions aplenty, though Serjeant Catchpoll will not let them get in the way of solving this case.

    This is the 10th title in this series, however it can be read alone!

  • Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry

    Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry

    Book review for Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry!

    Brought to you by TBR and Beyond Tours and The Girl Who Reads!

    Housekeeping:

    Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry is a YA thriller that comes out today, the 24th of May (depending on tour time zone)!

    It’s published by Christy Ottaviano Books, and all 289 pages it really goes by in the blink of an eye!

    Book Review:

    This all feels eerily familiar. And then I know why. “This is getting to be like a bad movie or book,” I say. “A group of strangers, trapped at night in a creepy old motel during a blizzard. And then you add a killer, picking them off one by one”

    Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry Book Tour

    That’s a pretty good summary of the book! Only they’re teenagers, and everyone except their teacher and Travis is unhinged. Even the other team are weirdos, mostly because of Knox.

    You’ll get plenty of horror movie tropes in this book! I’m adding them in the next para so I don’t spoil this for you!

    All the horror movie tropes in Two Truths and a Lie

    The bus breaks down, no electricity, no signals, a group of strangers, a love interest, the murder took place here all these years ago with the killer never being caught, Ouija board moving on its own, newspaper clippings, diverse group of teenagers.

    End of all the horror tropes

    I read Two Truths and a Lie at 3 am! It was a very quick read, but it wasn’t a deep read. I didn’t pick up on any hints that the author may have given.

    I thought it was a light fun read, in case you want to read something in the night with the AC on and a light chill in the room! This isn’t a mind blowing, change your life, make you seek out different sort of books kinda read. This is book just to entertain, and that’s perfect! I have listed a lot of tropes, but honestly, the tropes are what make it fun! I also loved the Ouija board, and the thing with shadows! It adds a nice supernatural element to it; even though we’ll never know if we were being warned or not.

    At some point I though we’d end on a cliffhanger because the author couldn’t possibly wrap up so quickly! But there was a nice neat ending which I liked, although I could have used more about Knox!

    Question of the Day:

    What Agatha Christie novel was featured in this book?

    I just want to see if anyone can guess! No prizes, but will say you are an “Amazing Human/Genius and the Grand Champion of the Nine-Nine.”

    You should be able to guess that reference at least!

    April Henry

    About April Henry

    New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozendifferent ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in Puffin Post, an international children’s magazine. By the time April was in her 30s, she had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 26 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right.

    Synopsis for Two Truths and a Lie

    A group of teens are trapped in an old motel with a murderer in this chilling YA mystery byNew York Timesbestselling author April Henry.

    Nell has always wanted to be an actor, but doubts her ability. As a member of her school’s theater program, she prefers working backstage. On the way to a contest, an unexpected blizzard strands her acting troupe in a creepy motel. Soon they meet a group of strangers from another high school—including the mysterious and handsome Knox, who insists they play the game Two Truths and a Lie. When it’s Nell’s turn, she draws a slip of paper inked in unfamiliar handwriting:

    I like to watch people die.I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve killed.

    Suddenly a night of harmless fun turns into a matter of life and death. As guests go missing, it becomes clear that a murderer is hiding in their midst ready to strike again. In a room full of liars and performers, the truth is never quite what it seems. Nell is going to have to act like her life depends on it—because it does.

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    I’m on the #booktour for #TwoTruthsAndALie by April Henry, who has the incredible honour of having had Roald Dahl try to publish one of her stories! She’s also making up for her peaceful childhood by giving us nightmares with books like these! I’m linking my review in the comments! QOTD: what was the last YA thriller you read? #TempoAPP @TempoApp#voiceeffects #booktok #booklove #bookreview

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  • Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

    Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

    Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin; Book Review brought to you by The Girl Who Reads courtesy of Random Things Tours

    “He should have got therapy, Noor…It wasn’t binary. It wasn’t death or deletion. I can see him now, making his decision between honour and disgrace.“

    Housekeeping:

    Tell Me an Ending, a debut novel by Jo Harkin, is a sci-if almost dystopian book that would be perfect for fans of Black Mirror. It came out on the 1st of March and was published by Scribner.

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    Review for Tell Me an Ending

    We’ve all wondered what it would be like if we could just delete a memory. If we could erase our trauma just like that. But don’t our memories make us who we are? Doesn’t the body also remember? Can it really be that easy?

    Tell Me an Ending follows the stories of different people, whose lives overlap, who have all been impacted by the erasure of memories. Noor works at the clinic, Mei’s mother is important in the company, Oscar was one of its earliest patients, William had an illegal procedure, Finn was afraid that his wife had an affair and so on.

    Jo Harkin does a fantastic job of exploring the consequences that this could have on a person, and people around them. It’s made more intriguing when people find out that memories can’t just be blacked out like that, and can be restored. The changing perspectives kept things going in what could have been a really slow book. This was definitely a great debut novel and I can’t wait to see more of Jo Harkin!

    About Jo Harkin:

    Jo Harkin studied English Literature at university. She daydreamed her way through various jobs in her twenties before giving in and becoming a full-time writer. She published four real-world literary fiction novels under a pseudonym, before deciding to follow her passion and move into speculative fiction. Her focus is ‘what if’ stories with an emphasis on human lives. She lives in Berkshire

    Blurb for Tell Me an Ending

    Across the world, thousands of people are shocked to receive an email telling them that they once chose to have a traumatic memory removed. Now they are being given the chance to get that memory back.

    For Mei, William, Oscar and Finn there is a piece missing, but they’re not sure what. And each of them must decide if the truth is worth the pain, or better left unknown.

    For Noor, who works at the memory clinic Nepenthe, the process of reinstating their patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into the programme, she will have to risk everything to uncover the true human cost of this miraculous technology.

    An exploration of secrets, grief, identity and belonging – of the stories we tell ourselves, and come to rely on, Tell Me An Ending is a sharp, dark and devastating novel about the power and danger of memory.

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    Just finished this book for a booktour! 3 stars! What did you finish today? @tempoapp_official #booktwitter

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