Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mini Review: Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

This was the perfect read to lose myself in during the Thanksgiving long weekend. It's a dark and atmospheric tale about 2 sisters. It was a gripping thriller that focuses on the complicated relationship between sisters Penny and Hattie. 
The story is told from Penny's point of view. This book is not similar in the storyline at all, but I could help but relate the characters to Sally and Gillian from Practical Magic. Penny is the more structured and sensible, dark-haired sister (like Sally) and Hattie, the free spirit, red-haired sister(like Gillian). It's likely just me making this comparison. 
Petrou's writing is very vivid. The story unraveling like a movie in your head, that is delivered at the perfect pace. It's a very character-driven novel and the author crafted them beautifully. It's a small, intimate character cast that just adds to the overall atmosphere of the book. I really enjoyed this book. A quick, unique read that was a great pick for the #readcanlit book club!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Fiction | Romance
Pages: 378 Pages
Format: e-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review

Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
I don't know what the heck I was expecting when going into this book, but whatever it was, it went far beyond it! 

I am embarrassed to say, that even though I have 3 others sitting on my bookshelf, this is my first K.A. Tucker, and now I completely see what all of the hype is about! Tucker focused heavily on character development in this novel, which I absolutely loved. We are immediately thrust into Piper's no non-sense world when we are introduced to her. She is VP at her dad's multi-million real estate development firm. And next in line to run the charge when her dad retires. Piper is a boss bitch! It is a male-dominated industry but Piper had no problem standing toe to toe. Girl power! The Spice Girls would be proud.

The book jumps back and forth between the present time and 2006, when Piper was a counselor at Camp Wawa, and where she first lays eyes on Kyle Miller. Let's just say that Tucker deserves an award in itself when it comes to character description if ya catch my drift! *wink, wink* 

Tucker then weaves together a complicated and beautiful story that tackles first loves, friendships, rekindled love and all the difficulties and messiness in between. Say You Still Love Me unfolds at the most painfully perfect pace. There were times that I just wanted to fast forward because the suspense was KILLING ME! But, I patiently waited and allowed the story to tell itself. I absolutely loved every minute of this book! I hate that I wanted so long to finally read this author but now I can say that I'm hooked!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mini Review: What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron

Meet Clara. Clara's sister killed popular, golden boy neighbour, Griffin. Why? Only Clara knows. Will she come forward with the information? It's not as easy as you think.This book took an unexpected turn. It had more of a creepy vibe than I thought it would. What Happened That Night has some gut-wrenching moments that definitely tugged on my heart. The writing was great but the characters lacked some depth and emotion which is why I gave it 3.5 stars rather than 4. I felt the reactions of certain scenes really fell flat and weren't very realistic. The story itself really stands strong though and makes up for the characters. It's a page-turner that left me guessing on more than one occasion. The story alternates between 'before' and 'now' and the author did a great job at the delivery. It unfolded at a great pace that really intensifies the suspense. Overall, I liked it. I just wish the characters had a bit more depth.
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