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The woman in cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

imagesOverall rating: 3/5

I picked this book up on a whim on sale, and I’m not sure what attracted me to it. I’m not sure if I heard anything about it before I started reading it, but it was alright.

I didn’t find any of the twists super amazing, and I wasn’t really blown away with anything in the story.

After experiencing a robbery in her flat, travel writer Lo Blacklock has to organize herself enough to go on a cruise on a luxury cruise ship Aurora. The trip starts off bad after Lo has an argument with her boyfriend, Jude, and she tries to throw herself into covering the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship.

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Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom

51PH0fb-q0LI originally watched the movie based on this book before knowing it was based on a memoir, and I had to go out and buy it immediately. I’m a fan of Aaron Sorkin films, and Molly’s story was intriguing to me. (Plus, who don’t love Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba?!)

Molly tells the story of how she ran one of the most exclusive, high-stakes unground poker game in Los Angeles and New York City, and all while she was in her 20s.

After experiencing an injury that took her out of competitive moguls, Molly skips Law school and heads to LA. She works at a number of bars as a bottle-service waitress and eventually gets hired as an office manager for a real estate developer. Her boss gets her to help him plan his weekly poker game, and she eventually takes the game over from him. Continue reading “Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom”

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

17888952Overall rating: 2/5

I’m going to start this review by saying that it took me a very long time to read this book and that I almost didn’t finish it a number of times. This was mainly because I went into this book thinking it was going to be something different, and I’m not sure why.

Wishful thinking, maybe.

Like the name says, Mitch Albom’s story follows the events in a fictional, small town in the United States after the residents begin to receive phone calls from the dead. They claim to be calling from heaven, and give very vague descriptions of the afterlife. While some people are receiving calls from loved ones, others hear from acquaintances or people they didn’t really like.

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Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

51hKaNd4OHL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_Overall rating: 4/5

I recently repurchased this book, because I originally had a very beaten up version of this book that I read every summer while I was growing up. The previous owner, along with me, read the book so much that a large chunk fell out, and I couldn’t read it anymore. I came across the book, exact same cover and all, inside a Wal Mart, and simply could not avoid buying it.

Rereading this book was like pulling on an old, extremely comfortable sweater you forgot about.

Summer Sisters follows Victoria “Vix” Leonard and the friendship that she has with Caitlin Somers. Their friendship begins when Caitlin invites Vix to her father’s summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, and Vix’s world is turned upside down.

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13 by Kelley Armstrong

13330913Overall rating: 5/5

I am finally done! After years, I’ve been reading this series on and off since high school, I have finally finished the main stories from Women of the Otherworld series, and Kelley Armstrong ended the series off very nicely. She brought all of the main characters from her previous books together for the finale, and they all meshed well together.

Picking up where Spellbound left off, Savannah Levine survives an explosion with her brother, Bryce, at the medical location of the Supernatural Liberation Movement (AKA SLAM, as Savannah nicknamed them), and works alongside most of the Cabals and other supernaturals trying to prevent SLAM from revealing that supernaturals exist. Savannah is also trying to find the antidote of potion that SLAM’s leader, Gilles de Rais, claims to give the drinker immortality, even though Bryce is very close to death.

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Spellbound by Kelley Armstrong

spell-boundOverall rating: 4/5

I cannot believe I am almost done this series! Spellbound was very good and may be among my favourites in the Women of the Otherworld series. I have one more book to go, not including the novellas Armstrong has written, and I am done! (I am also a little sad!)

Spellbound picks up right where Waking the Witch left off, with Savannah Levine waking up in a random motel with Adam Vasic and realizing she’s lost her powers. She swore she would give up her powers when the wrong person was listening, and has to protect herself while powerless.

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

51XkbyaEYXL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Overall rating: 4/5

The Princess Diarist, written by Carrie Fisher, is one of the first memoirs that I’ve read, and I was very excited to read this one. I grew up watching the original Star Wars movies, and Princess Leia was one of the few (maybe only?) female character that I was able to connect to in that universe.

When I found out that Fisher had written memoirs, among other books, I realized I knew very little about the actress, and wanted to hear about her experience in her own words. I was happy to read that Fisher was as excited as I was when she was asked to come back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I shared in her confusion and frustration when her appearance was discussed during the press tour. (Mark Hamil and Harrison Ford’s appearances were never discussed, to my knowledge.)

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The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

91T3e9tuB0LOverall rating: 3/5

The Dream-Hunter takes a step away from focusing on a Dark-Hunter and delves deeper into the Greek patheon. As I gleaned from the title, we learn more about Dream-Hunters and how one came to love a human. Not one of my favourites in this series, but always a decent read when I’m in the mood.

Arikos, a former dream-hunter turned Skotis, makes a deal with Hades to become human to experience the emotions he lacks and to get close to a human who dreams have kept him interested for her vivid dreams, Doctor Megeara Kafieri. Without thinking, Arik promises to give Hades Megeara’s soul in exchange for making him human for two weeks and plans to go back to his life as a skoti.

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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

indexOverall rating: 5/5

After watching the show Mindhunter on Netflix,I was intrigued when I found out it was based on a book and knew that I wanted to read it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect before I started reading, but this book did not disappoint me.

John Douglas tells the story of his career as one of the first FBI profilers, who helped come up important phrases such as signative to explain a criminals actions, and the many cases that he was involved in during that time. Douglas helped put a number of high profile killers behind bars and interviewed some of the most sadistic and notorious murderers to understand their motives from behind bars. Continue reading “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker”

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