Monday, February 29, 2016

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA |Amazon

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.
She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.
It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

I don't consider myself a big fan of the Thriller genre. The premise really has to have something special for me to give it a go, and The Passenger definitely sounded like it would be intriguing!

The Passenger was one amazing reading experience! It was mysterious and so thrilling! I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. The Passenger wastes no time, it explodes right off the bat with Tanya finding her husband's body and the suspense doesn't stop until you turn the very last page. 

There were some very minor details of this book that got a little lost; a few plot holes here and there, but that will not take away from the overall experience of this novel. Lisa Lutz crafts a heart-pounding story and takes you on a ride through a woman's life, through the before and after.  The story is delivered from Tanya's(and her aliases) point of view and it is done extremely well! 

This is my first novel by Lisa Lutz, although I have heard of her! Almost every bookworm I chat with will always recommend The Spellman's series, a series that I will now have to indulge in!

I found The Passenger to be a quick, heart-pounding read with a unique storyline. One that will keep you reading until the very last page. You'll simply be dying to know how it ends!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 369 Pages
Series: Me Before You #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

“I thought, briefly, that I would never feel as intensely connected to the world, to another human being, as I did at that moment.”

I am in mourning. I am mourning the end of one of the most charming love story's I have ever read. This novel has now set the bar so high for love story's that I don't even want to ever attempt another one, knowing that it can't simply be as lovely as Me Before You.  

I've cried reading books. I've cried A LOT. But, I don't think I have ever wept. While reading this book, there were moments that tears just silently streamed down my face, and I could feel my heart shudder with the emotion. Conversation with me pretty much became useless while I was reading this book. 

JoJo Moyes did a spectacular job crafting this beautiful story. Lou Clark is a character that has so much whit and charm. I truly laughed out loud many times with her humour and whitty comebacks.  I can almost guarantee that you have not read a character that is quite like Louise. She is unique in ever sense of the word. And then, there is William Traynor. A womanizing, adventurous and successful man who has the world in the palm of his hand; Only to have the only world he has even known ripped away from him due to an accident that leaves him a quadriplegic.  Of course he is going to be angry, lived even. Of course there are going to be parts of him that are dark and ominous. There is going to be parts of him that are unknown. Shut down. But yet, although he has his moments, he was actually one of the most charming characters. His sarcastic humour will having you breaking into smile throughout the novel. His experiences in life before and after his accident give him a wisdom that a lot of people don't have.

Then the story of Lou and William begins. The funny, frustrating, epic story of these 2 characters and You will then experience one of the most beautiful friendship begin.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I have seen it flooding the social media sphere ever since it's release, but it was not until I received the paperback for review that I finally read it, and now I will forever be grateful to Penguin Publishing for sending me this one of a kind book!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: None
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA |Amazon

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Me Oh My! I had this ARC sitting on my bookshelf since before Christmas and I fought a constant daily battle to not grab it and devour it in one sitting. My goal was to wait closer to the release date, but I tell ya, that was no easy feat!

This is Sepetys' third novel, and I am not surprised that it was another outstanding success! Ruta Sepetys has such a wonderful talent of creating characters that you will forever be in love with. You will cry for them, hurt with them, laugh with them and miss them immediately after you turn the final page and say goodbye.

Salt to the Sea was delivered in the most perfect way, in multiple perspectives. This group of characters whom were experiencing the same horrors that came during Hitler and Stalin's WWII, were told by four very different point of views. It was haunting, beautiful, ugly and terrifying. I have always had a love for History; And a more special place in my heart for the WWII era. There is something about this era that I am drawn to. I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to this time, however, I had no idea about the Wilhelm Gustolff. Salt to the Sea humbled me. It will definitely make you look around and be so very thankful for everything you have in your life!

Sepetys has this amazing ability to take the horrendous ugliness of war and weave around it a beautiful love story. She created a family within this small group of characters that no war could tear apart. The relationship between Opi and Klaus, the wondering boy, was truly an honour to read. Their relationship was so tender and loving. Emila was such a sweet and endearing character. The unimaginable things that she suffered through would have broken the strongest of men, and yet, this young girl was still standing tall and mighty. And, of course, the relationship between Joana and Florian. Who knew that during a heart-wrenching story of War you could find light and relief inside of an innocent love story.

It is no surprise that I was completely blown away by Salt and the Sea. Sepetys had me at Hello when she debuted with Between Shades of Gray. I can now add this book snugly next to her previous books in my all-time favourites list. I expect to see her work among the most famed literary writers years from now. She has earned a spot on those shelves!

Yes, Salt and the Sea will make you cry, it will make you shudder and wince. But, it will also make you laugh, make your heart grow fonder and educate you. It will bring to life a story that needed to be told.

I miss this book already!

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