What Norma’s Reading!

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

From Goodreads:  Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Review by Norma: The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

The Fire ChildThe Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  December 28 to 30, 2016

Oh my goodness, The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne was an extremely good psychological thriller that is extremely tense, gripping and a scary read which I thought is definitely worth another 5-star rating from me.

Okay, I am doing things a little different with this review. There are a few things that make a novel really stand out for me and they are:

1. The Cover: The cover usually has to grab my attention in some way as this is normally how a book is chosen to be read by me. / This cover absolutely did that for me; it looks suspenseful and the setting has an eerie feel to it.

2. The Title: Has to be somewhat appealing, anything with the word child in it usually is for me. I get why this title was chosen for this book but cannot actually mention here as it would be a little bit of a spoiler.

3. The Plot: “You will be dead by Christmas.” Absolutely messed with my head! I didn’t know if what was happening was reality or something paranormal. Kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat with the anticipation of not knowing what was the truth or not. It was haunting, clever, suspenseful, shocking, tense and imaginative. I felt so many emotions while reading this one. I was scared, confused, shocked, fearful, mad, sad, and happy. That is good writing to make me feel so many different emotions while reading a book.

4. The Characters: Now I don’t necessarily have to like the characters or have some connection with them to enjoy a book. I feel that everyone has their own opinions or reasons why a character resonates with them or doesn’t. / I found that I mostly enjoyed all the characters and the setting of this book made it that much more spooky for me. Carnhallow even sounds spooky! I found it was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved. Jamie was my favourite character.

5. The Ending: I am pretty open here in regards to how an author chooses to wrap up their novel. For me as long as the reveal is well executed, exciting, somewhat surprising, has me totally engaged in what I am reading and end up feeling totally satisfied then it will get high praises from me. / This one definitely gets high praises as I didn’t know what was happening and where it was going to end up and it did not disappoint. It was quite surprising, satisfying and very pleasing for a complete reading experience.

To wrap it all up it was an extremely good thriller which was entertaining, enjoyable, scary, quick and easy, fast-paced, and an interesting read with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

Review by Norma: Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

Gone for GoodGone for Good by Harlan Coben

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  December 25 to 28, 2016

GONE FOR GOOD has so many surprising twists and turns to make it a most enjoyable read by HARLAN COBEN which gets a 4.5 star rating from me!

I really like this authors writing style and his dialogue is terrific throughout this novel. Most of the chapters were nice and short with most having some type of revelation to keep you interested and wanting to keep turning those pages.

The plot was filled with lots of twists at a surprising speed that kept be totally engaged in what I was reading. I found that it was so entertaining and fast-paced that I didn’t even want to guess the outcome even though I can now see that we were given a few clues. I found that we were given enough information on each character that it was easy to follow along with them and the storyline.

Will Klein was my favourite character as I felt for him and was rooting for him. HARLAN COBEN actually made me feel that Will was talking directly to me, the reader!

To wrap it up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy, fast-paced, and interesting mystery with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!!


What Norma is Reading: The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

The Fire ChildThe Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

From Goodreads:  The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, THE ICE TWINS.

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

What Brenda is Reading

Little Black LiesLittle Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

From Goodreads:  In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

But three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.

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Thoughts by Brenda: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date Read:  December 23 to 27, 2016

Nightingale is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of two very different sisters and their different roles they played in World War II, Nazi-occupied France.

As the war progresses, we see how each sister changes as they fight to survive. One learns to fear less and the other to fear more. They learn things about themselves and each other and the sacrifices they are willing to make for the ones they care about and for what they believe in.

I love it when a book makes me feel the sacrifices the characters make for each other and makes me ask myself what would I do. That’s what Kristin Hannah has done for me with The Nightingale.

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