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BOOK REVIEW: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Title: Twice in a Blue Moon
Author: Christina Lauren
Illustrator: —
Series: —
Published: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 351
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment WeeklyMy Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

My Thoughts:

So this was my first foray into Christina Lauren’s books and I’m feeling underwhelmed. It could possibly be because I read some extremely stellar romances prior to picking this one up, but after reading many thoughts on Lauren’s books, the general consensus seems to be that their books are amazing, but plenty of reviews are mediocre about this one, so at least I’m not alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to like this one and I was enjoying the first part of the book when we meet Tate and Sam 14 years prior to the present day. But then we get to the present day and it just wasn’t what I had wanted. It seemed strange for there to be a lack of tension and betrayal, and the relationships felt almost forced, both between Tate and Sam and between Tate and her dad. If I’m being completely honest, I wanted the romance to go one direction and it went in the other and just felt flat.

The other thing that kind of irked me is that we get this HUGE chunk of backstory in the beginning and then it jumps to the present-day for the rest of the book. I’ve read books where the backstory is a prologue and then it jumps in but 10 chapters, a third of the book, is the backstory and it wasn’t even overly gripping. For me, I prefer when the backstory is weaved throughout the book and maybe I was spoiled because I had read Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love prior to this and the backstory of Miles was presented so much better than this one.

I can’t really pinpoint what I disliked about this book — the lack of confrontation, the fact that there are huge chunks of the present told in movie script that didn’t really have any relevance, the fact that neither Tate nor Sam are all that likable. It also seemed really unbelievable that so soon after Sam and Tate part ways in the beginning, Tate becomes this amazing actress.

I finished this book quickly, mainly because I wanted to move on to something else, and in the end, it really was just forgettable and unremarkable. That being said, I do want to give Christina Lauren another chance and try another book, so fingers crossed that it will be a much better experience.

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BOOK REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Illustrator: —
Series: —
Published: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 324
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

My Thoughts:

This was my very first Colleen Hoover book and oh my gosh, it will NOT be my last. I had heard so many amazing things about Colleen Hoover’s books and knew she had a huge backlist of books, but even though I’m a huge romance lover I never picked one up. I was at Costco the other week and they had 3 of her books available in paperback so I decided to pick one up and I am so glad I did! I started this one evening and finished it the next evening. My eyes hurt the day after from reading so late but it was THAT good. I couldn’t put it down!

I loved Miles and Tate together, and I loved the brotherly love between Tate and her brother Corbin, the friendship between Tate and Cap, and the friendship between Corbin, Miles, and Ian. I just loved it all. Never one to shy away from a smexy romance, this book brought it ALL and I was smiling through the whole thing! Colleen Hoover can sure write a great sex scene and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to more of these in her other books.

Along with the current story of Tate and Miles, there’s the backstory, going back 6 years which is told from Miles’ perspective. It’s one of those backstories where you just KNOW something is going to happen but I don’t think I was fully prepared for what did happen. It really put meaning to the title of the book and it was nice to have some more substance on top of the romance. It was also nice that both Tate and Miles have jobs that we see because I’ve read plenty of books where it’s just relationship this, relationship that, sex, sex, sex, and they’re just lacking, you know?

But Colleen Hoover is great. I loved this book and immediately went BACK to Costco to buy the other two books they had available and I look forward to pecking away at all of the Colleen Hoover backlist. I think it will be a super enjoyable ride!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Illustrator: —
Series: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, #1
Published: June 9, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 333
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Synopsis:

The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all–or mostly all–excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh, this book! I have never been one to annotate books, but this book had me changing my mind. From the first few pages, I wanted to highlight and mark so many lines and just remember every little instance of what I was reading. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It might only be June, but this could possibly be my favourite of the year.

Nina Hill is one of those characters who just speaks to my soul. She is who I long to be and probably one of those book characters I most closely resemble. Of course, I’m not one of those bookish people who really anything and everything they’ve ever read, but that’s okay. I might not be a trivia winner and wealth of bookish knowledge, but I love that Nina is.

This book also had romance, which I loved. Some reviews I read mentioned that the romance wasn’t necessary but I love that it was there, and as a bookish person who likes to be alone, I completely understood and appreciated the romance. I love how Tom understood Nina and how they complemented each other, even if Nina had her reservations. Aside from the romance, I loved Nina’s existing and new relationships and her struggles to figure out where she fits with the many new people in her life.

This is one of those books that I want to read over and over again and I want to devour everything Abbi Waxman has written. This book was perfect and it’s the kind of book that just goes with a rainy day, a cup of tea, and a cat in your lap.

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BOOK REVIEW: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Title: Hook, Line, and Sinker
Author: Tessa Bailey
Illustrator: —
Series: Bellinger Sisters, #2
Published: March 1, 2022
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 385
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

My Thoughts:

I have always been a sucker for the friends to lovers trope in romance books and I have to say, this book was fantastic! Or should I say, fin-tastic since it’s nautical? Regardless, this was THE book I needed to remind me of my love for romance and it kind of cannonballed me into buying ALL the romance and pulling everything off of my shelf that would be deemed romance because once I was done one, I needed it ALL.

I loved this story. I loved Fox and I loved Hannah and their whole friendship. As I write this, I’m currently reading another story with a similar trope of the-guy-helping-the-girl-get-another-guy and I love it, too, so that’s just perfect. This was actually my first Tessa Bailey book and it was an amazing feeling to realize that I was loving this book to then see that she has a CRAP TON of books available to read. That is just the best feeling in the world as a reader! I had also been one of those readers who has to read the first book in the series first, but I didn’t actually realize this was a series until about a third of the way in and there was no way I was putting this book down to read the first one!

I loved the emotions this book conjured up in me. Hannah and Fox’s relationship was just *chef’s kiss” and I love how Hannah helps him realize that he IS worth all the good things that come his way. It was so nice to have that focus on both Hannah and Fox’s careers, as well as their friendship and impending romance. And Tessa Bailey writes in such a way that you can’t just put the book down — at least, you don’t want to. This was so good and I can’t wait to read all of her upcoming books and even dive into the first book of this series. I may already know what happens in that book but that’s okay. I am fully prepared to experience the ride!

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BOOK REVIEW: Every Step She Takes by K. L. Armstrong

Title: Every Step She Takes
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Illustrator: —
Series: —
Published: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages: 320
Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis:

A gripping new thriller by the author of the instant bestseller Wherever She Goes.

Sometimes there’s no use running from your past. . . .

Genevieve has secrets that no one knows. In Rome she can be whoever she wants to be. Her neighbours aren’t nosy; her Italian is passable; the shopkeepers and restaurant owners now see her as a local, and they let her be. It’s exactly what she wants.

One morning, after getting groceries, she returns to her 500-year-old Trastevere apartment. She climbs to the very top of the staircase, the stairs narrowing the higher she goes. When she gets to her door, she puts down her bags and pushes the key into the lock . . .

. . . and the door swings open.

It’s unlocked. Sometimes she doesn’t lock it because break-ins aren’t common in Rome. But Genevieve knows she locked the door behind her this morning. She has no doubt.

She should leave, call the police. What if someone is in her apartment, waiting for her? But she doesn’t.

The apartment is empty, and exactly as she left it, perfectly tidy and not a thing out of place . . . except for the small box on her kitchen table. A box that definitely wasn’t there this morning. A box postmarked from the US. A box that is addressed to “Lucy Callahan.”

A name that she hasn’t used in ten years.

Edge-of-your-seat riveting, K.L. Armstrong’s new book will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

My Thoughts:

I have always loved Kelley Armstrong books, from her Cainsville series, to Rockton, to her Women of the Otherworld books. She also has some great middle grade and YA series, too. That being said, I have a special place in my heart for her standalone thrillers. I’ve loved both her YA thrillers and her adult ones and there’s just something about her writing that makes you want to read just one more chapter until you’ve finished the whole book and then wondered where the time went.

I will admit that this probably was my least favourite thriller by Armstrong, BUT it was still a lot of fun to read and had my guessing until the end. Honestly, there’s not much I can say in terms of the plot that won’t give anything away, but my thought is that Lucy just wasn’t my favourite character and the mystery didn’t seem like it should have been as relevant as it was. But, Kelley just writes in a way that keeps me gripped so it was still a fun story to read–enough to get me reading 100 pages at a time because I just wasn’t ready to put it down just yet.

If you haven’t read any of Kelley’s books, I highly, highly recommend you start. She is extremely prolific and has a little something for everyone.

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BOOK REVIEW: If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging by Jann Arden (Non-Fiction)

Title: If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging
Author: Jann Arden
Illustrator: Jann Arden
Series: —
Published: October 27, 2020
Publisher: Random House Canada
Pages: 216
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Synopsis:

Jann Arden–bestselling author, recording artist and late-blooming TV star–is back with this funny, heartfelt and fierce memoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity and freedom she’s found at fifty-seven are superpowers she believes all of us can unleash.

Digging deep into her strengths, her failures and her losses, Jann Arden brings us an inspiring account of how she has surprised herself, in her fifties, by at last becoming completely her own person. Like many women, it took Jann a long time to realize that trying to be pleasing and likeable and beautiful in the eyes of others was a loser’s game. Letting it rip, and damning the consequences, is not only liberating, it’s a hell of a lot of fun: “Being the age I am–that so many women are–is just the best time of my life.”

Jann weaves her own story together with tales of her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and the father she came close to hating, to show her younger self–and all of us–that fear and avoidance is no way to live. “What I’m thinking about now aren’t all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death,” she writes, “but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be. If I’m lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from the mirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old woman ferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a life of purpose–not in spite of but because of all her mistakes and failures.”

My Thoughts:

A few years back, I read Jann Arden’s other memoir/autobiography, Feeding My Mother, and I remember really enjoying it. This book was no different. While her previous book was about dealing with her mother’s falling into dementia, this book is about her thoughts on getting older. Being in my early 40s I felt like I could relate somewhat, having had two children and not feeling anything like I did in my 20s (which feels like a hundred years ago).

There’s something about Jann’s writing that is just so beautiful and brutily honest. It’s something I’m not sure I could appreciate back in my early years, but it feels like it’s something that’s written to her younger self, telling that young woman not to waste her life, to be fearless, to appreciate who she is in every breath of her existence.

I’ll admit it, it’s hard growing up and to feel like I’m on some tipping point here in my 40s, but reading this made me realize that there’s still so much more to discover and to hold onto. I still feel those pangs of self-consciousness but also find myself slowly inching towards not caring what others think (this is my life!). Jann’s books read as though you’re speaking with a kindred spirit, someone who understands, someone who gets it, and it’s like sitting down to coffee with that person, saying, “oh my god, yes! me, too! I feel like that, too!”

Between this book and Jann’s last, I can say I am a huge fan of her writing and if anyone is looking for books on growing up and getting older, I will for sure lead them towards Jann’s words.

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BOOK REVIEW: Gallant by V. E. Schwab

Title: Gallant
Author: V. E. Schwab
Illustrator: Manuel Sumberac
Series: —
Published: March 1, 2022
Publisher: Greenwillow
Pages: 334
Genre: Fantasy, Horror (YA)

Synopsis:

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

My Thoughts:

You know the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”? Well, can I just say, this cover is fan-freaking-tastic. It is stunningly gorgeous and I would be remiss if I didn’t say that’s what drew me to the book. Of course, seeing that it was by V. E. Schwab didn’t hurt. I had read a few of her books–namely, the Monsters of Verity series under her full name Victoria Schwab, the Shades of Magic series, and, my favourite, the Villains series–and so when I saw her name, I knew it would be a good read.

As I’m just working my way back into books and reading I was a little tentative going in, with this being a fantasy book, but I have to say that Schwab’s writing is just so addicting. She paints a world that is so easy to picture in your mind as you read and even though this book wasn’t my favourite by her, it was still a really enjoyable read. Honestly, I think the enjoyment of it went up when I read Schwab’s acknowledgments at the end of the book, noting how thankful she was to her parents for being there during the pandemic and how she will always find her way home. That made me understand the book even more and part of me wants to go back and reread it. The illustrations by Manuel Sumberac were beautiful and the whole layout of the book just lent itself to the enjoyment. As much as I don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s hard not to notice how beautiful this one is.

As I said, this wasn’t my favourite, but it did pique my interest in Schwab’s writing again and made me want to dive back into her worlds.

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BOOK REVIEW: New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan

Title: New Girl in Little Cove
Author: Damhnait Monaghan
Series: —
Published: March 2, 2021
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 304

Synopsis:

When a new teacher arrives in a tiny fishing village, she realizes the most important lessons are the ones she learns outside the classroom.

It’s 1985. Rachel O’Brien arrives in Little Cove seeking a fresh start after her father dies and her relationship ends. As a new teacher at the local Catholic high school, Rachel chafes against the small community, where everyone seems to know her business. The anonymous notes that keep appearing on her car, telling her to go home, don’t make her feel welcome either.

Still, Rachel is quickly drawn into the island’s distinctive music and culture, as well as the lives of her students and fellow teacher, Doug Bishop. As Rachel begins to bond with her students, her feelings for Doug also begin to grow. Rachel tries to ignore her emotions because Doug is in a long-distance relationship with his high school sweetheart. Or is he?

Eventually, Rachel’s beliefs clash with church and community, and she makes a decision that throws her career into jeopardy. In trying to help a student, has she gone too far? Only the intervention of the ‘Holy Dusters,’ local women who hook rugs and clean the church, can salvage Rachel’s job as well as her chance at a future with Doug.

My Thoughts:

On May 31st, I decided that my butt needed a good kicking, and gosh-darn-it I WAS going to get back into reading. I missed it so much and thought CONSTANTLY of reading, wondering when and how to work some reading time into my day. Me, personally, I like to have a few books on the go, so I started a book that evening and when I wanted to read the next afternoon I just had to start something else of a completely different genre. I picked up a stack of books and read the first paragraph of each and this gem of a book, New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan, was chosen.

This book was the perfect story to start on a sunny afternoon–and one of my favourite tropes. New girl in a new town, knowing nothing of the people or customs of that town: this equals perfection to me. I’ve always been drawn to stories like this. It was a bit of a bonus, too, this story being set in my native Canada. It’s set in Newfoundland in 1985 and is the story of Rachel who accepts a teaching position at a school far outside of her bustling city. She’s a “come from away” and everyone is unsure of her. Now not only does she have to teach French in a Catholic school to a bunch of hooligans, but she also has to find and maintain relationships with the townspeople.

Honestly, when I read the first chapter of this book, I had to pick up my phone and look up the author to see if she had any more books available because I was hooked. I knew instantly that I was going to love this book. It was reminiscent of books like The Bookshop on the Corner, or When Calls the Heart, and has loveable characters like Rachel, who’s just trying to survive her teaching job; Phonse, a fiddling janitor full of charm; Lucille, who knows the whole town and is always there to help; and Doug, a comrade to Rachel, also setting out on a new teaching job.

My favourite thing about this book is that it sucked me with it being an outlander story with a hint of romance, but there was so much more to it. This book deals a lot with culture and how naive some people can be towards the customs and ways of a new place, and it has plenty of heart between Rachel and her students and Rachel and the townspeople. There is frustration and sorrow, but plenty of love and miracles, too.

I am very excited to see what Damhnait Monaghan writes next – she is definitely on my radar.

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Waiting on Wednesday #2: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme originally created by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. Tressa has since carried on the tradition as Can’t-Wait Wednesday over at her blog, Wishful Endings. It spotlights the books we are most excited to read that have yet to be released.

Title: The It Girl
Author: Ruth Ware
Series: —
Published: July 12, 2022
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.

April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.

Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.

My Thoughts

I absolutely love Ruth Ware’s books. She reminds me of Agatha Christie and all of her books have an addictive quality with great characters, perfect ambiance, and, of course, wonderful mystery! I can’t wait to add this to my collection.

Curious about what I’ve been previously waiting for?

What books are you waiting for? Are you a Ruth Ware fan?

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Waiting On Wednesday #1 – A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme originally created by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. Tressa has since carried on the tradition as Can’t-Wait Wednesday over at her blog, Wishful Endings. It spotlights the books we are most excited to read that have yet to be released.

Already, on my first post, I’m breaking the rules! When it came time to write that oh-so-anticipated first post, I wasn’t sure what I should start with; until I remembered this wonderful meme from back in the day.

Waiting on Wednesday is supposed to be just that — books you are waiting on; however, I’m bending the rules slightly because it’s supposed to mean books that have yet to be released, and this particular book was just released yesterday.

As far as first posts go, I’m very excited that mine will be about one of my most-favourite authors, Kelley Armstrong.

Title: A Rip Through Time
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Rip Through Time, #1
Published: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 352

Synopsis:

In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.

May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.

May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Mitchell had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.

When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.

Outlander meets The Alienist in Kelley Armstrong’s A Rip Through Time, the first book in this utterly compelling series, mixing romance, mystery, and fantasy with thrilling results.

My Thoughts

If you entered my house, you’d see I have three shelves dedicated to my favourite authors — two of those being Kelley Armstrong and Diana Gabaldon. So when I see that this book is dubbed as “Outlander meets …” you can sign me up. I love anything time travel and Kelley always writes very compelling, can’t-put-down books and I honestly can’t wait to read this.

What books are you waiting for? Are you a fan of Kelley Armstrong books?