BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Single – by K.L. Slater @bookouture @KimLSlater #blogtour

Hello and welcome to my stop of the Single blog tour! A huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I actually already had a copy of Single on my kindle when she invited me last month, because as Kim Slater is one of my favorite psychological thriller writers I of course clicked that Read It! button as soon as it was available on Netgalley. Her books never disappoint, and this was without doubt another winner! Want to know why? Please join me while I share my thoughts!

Title: Single
Author: K.L. Slater
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: November 25th 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: November 4th 2019
Pages: 399

“I decided back then that pushing the truth aside was a price worth paying.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Like I said before, Kim Slater is easily one of my favorite psychological thriller writers and every time I discover a new title is coming out I get that feeling of Christmas having come early. Single is already the tenth Slater book I’ve had the chance to read and while I might be a bit biased when it comes to her books, there is no doubt that it was another winner for me. Brace yourselves for the superlatives and the catchy and cliche one liners, because there will most likely be fangirling involved while I describe my experience with this newest story.

You know all those catchy one liners they always try to sell thrillers with? I mean the ‘hooked me from the very first chapter‘, ‘had me on the edge of my seat‘, ‘grabbed me from the beginning‘, ‘gripping thriller with an explosive twist‘ and similar comments? Guess what: they all most definitely apply when it comes to my reading experience with Single. It was hook, line and sinker (oh, here’s another one!) as soon as I opened my copy of Single and read the first few pages. Kim Slater has a way of tempting you and drawing you right in with a combination of an engaging writing style and a compelling plot. Her psychological thrillers always tend to open with a bang, giving you a little glimpse of what is yet to come and the first few chapters will always leave you fully enchanted and impatient to discover how things would develop for the main characters. You should definitely try to clear your schedule before starting Single, because once you read that first page it will be really hard to let go!

Part of the reason that Single is such a gripping psychological thriller has to do with the plot. Cleverly constructed and developed, the plot slowly evolves as things are starting to get out of control. The fact that we don’t know for sure who is behind these escalations for a long time definitely adds a healthy dose of suspense to the story. Secrets and lies are combined with a series of plot twists that change the direction of the story and will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open. Especially towards the end Single starts feeling like a war zone with all those plot twist bombs being thrown at you… And trust me, at least one or two will completely blow you away. I always love it when a story manages to surprise me and while sadly it doesn’t happen all that often anymore, Single managed to do exactly that.

As for the characters… While I did have mixed feelings about most characters, their development and description is realistic and thorough. Flaws, mistakes, secrets and also the mental health issues make the characters feel truly lifelike and especially Darcy was fascinating to follow. Nothing is as it seems and my best advice would be not to trust anyone, as it seems that every single character is hiding something… Single is unreliable narrator at its best, where you can still connect to the main characters but are also led astray and misleaded without you even realizing it straight away. There are two different ‘threats’ in Single, and both make for very interesting storylines you will have a great time unpicking the truth about.

If you enjoy reading a well written psychological thriller filled to the brim with secrets, lies and plot twists that will manage to deceive you as well as an ending that will leave you glabbergasted, Single is without doubt an excellent choice. In fact, I can recommend Kim Slater’s psychological thrillers in general if you enjoy the genre!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. Her eighth thriller, FINDING GRACE, will be published 14th February 2019 and is now available for pre-order.

Kim’s titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson

Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater Author
Instagram: KLSlaterAuthor


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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Pursuit Of William Abbey – by Claire North #blogtour @Tr4cyF3nt0n @OrbitBooks

Hello and welcome to my stop of the The Pursuit Of William Abbey blog tour! A huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I’ve been meaning to try Claire North‘s books for ages now and there was just no way on earth I was going to be able to resist that blurb. Today I’m interrupting my blogging break to talk about this most intriguing story… Please join me while I share my thoughts!

Title: The Pursuit Of William Abbey
Author: Claire North
Genre: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism
First published: November 12th 2019
Publisher: Orbit Books
Finished reading: November 13th 2019
Pages: 432

“And whatever you love most is the thing the shadow kills. That is the first lesson of the curse that was laid upon me.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Orbit Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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As soon as I started reading the blurb, The Pursuit Of William Abbey started ticking all the right boxes for me. A historical and international setting: check. A shocking event that changes the life of the main character forever: check. A curse and everything it entails: check. The promise of a lot of movement: check. That feeling of impending doom: check. Oh yes, the blurb alone already fully convinced me I was going to be in for a VERY interesting ride. And now I’ve had the chance to read The Pursuit Of William Abbey, I can state that this story has one of the most compelling and captivating premises I’ve had the chance to encounter this year.

There are quite a few different elements I loved in The Pursuit Of William Abbey. I’m struggling a bit to decide where to start, but I guess we’ll keep it simple and return to the core of this story. And there is just no way to describe the plot without calling the curse the key stone on which the rest of the story is build. I don’t want to give away too much, but as you might have guessed from reading the blurb, the main character William Abbey is cursed in the beginning of this story and his life changes forever after that. In the rest of the story, this curse is omnipresent and will determine every movement and even thought of William Abbey and those close to him. The curse gives The Pursuit Of William Abbey a touch of the mystical and what I personally would call magical realism. Why? This story isn’t full blown fantasy; instead it’s rather a work of literary fiction with a historical setting and a blurred line between the surreal and reality. This mix of genres is most fascinating and while it might not be for everyone, (historical) fiction fans will find it probably very easy to warm up to this story.

Another thing that stands out in The Pursuit Of William Abbey is both the international setting and diversity of different countries, local customs and politics incorporated into the plot. The nature of the curse alone forces William Abbey to travel a lot, and as the story develops he will have more than one reason to travel the globe. The many many references to different countries, local events and culture definitely made my travel heart happy and gives this story a complex, multifaceted and global feel. From Europe to Asia to Africa to the US; William Abbey never stops and as a consequence we never stop either.

The structure of the plot is also very intriguing. Basically, we start at the end, set in 1917, and then slowly learn more about the events in 1884 and the years after as William Abbey narrates his story through flashbacks. This way, his motivation for his actions in 1917 France are not clear for a long time, and this technique definitely helps you stay invested as you try to find all the answers. There are also quite a few characters in play, and this might be a bit of a juggle in the beginning, but my advice would be to just take your time with this story… This won’t be too difficult, as the pace in The Pursuit Of William Abbey is surprisingly slow in general despite the many different settings, events and quite some action. Part of this slower pace can be explained through the detailed descriptions that help this story come alive… If you are a fan of elaborate and thorough descriptions, you will definitely be in for a treat.

The slower pace in The Pursuit Of William Abbey can also be explained through the extensive character development, and the fact that this book can be considered a mainly character driven story. While the different international settings and events of course play a role, I felt the main focus was on William Abbey, the other key characters and their development. A lot of thought was put in both their descriptions and growth over time. It was also fascinating to see the different attitudes towards and reactions to the curse. The characters helped build the bridge that connects the surreal with the more worldly elements… And they are definitely the reason why this mix of different genres works so well.

I don’t want to talk too much about the plot itself and the things that happen to William Abbey to avoid spoiling the fun of discovering it all on your own… But I can say this about The Pursuit Of William Abbey in general: if you are a fan of slower character driven (historical) fiction, don’t mind a hint of magical realism and love a multilayered international plot, you should definitely add this fascinating story to your wishlist.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire North is the pen name for the Carnegie-nominated Catherine Webb, who also writes under the name Kate Griffin. Her latest book, 84K has been shortlisted for the Brave New Words and Philip K. Dick Awards. Catherine currently works as a live music lighting designer, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a fan of big cities, long walks, Thai food and graffiti-spotting. She lives in London.


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Blogging Break for It’s All About Books!

I’ve mentioned it already in the last two weeks, but I’ve decided to take a break from blogging in November as the blogging slump has been killing me. I’ve been struggling with a blogging and social media slump for months now, and even going light for the Winter season didn’t give me my blogging mojo back… So I’ve decided to go on a full blogging and social media break during the rest of the month (with the exception of two blog tour reviews which will go up on the 16th and 26th). I will also most likely cut back on blogging in December as well, hoping that this way I will be able to start 2020 refreshed and ready to read and review all the books again.

The funny part of this blogging slump is that I still enjoy reading, but I’m currently dreading actually finishing books because it means I have to write review afterwards. I’ve been considerably struggling with my reviews for a while now, not being able to write them straight away as usual and not wanting to read just so I wouldn’t have any new books to review. I’m hoping this break will give me my blogging mojo and review writing inspiration back! Right now, blogging has been feeling like a chore instead of a hobby; the sheer pressure of deadlines and posting every day driving me away instead of making me love blogging again. I’m sure you have noticed I’ve been around less these past few months, bloghopping and answering comments a lot less than usual… That’s 200% the slump talking, as somehow I’m finding it impossible to find that motivation to blog. I’m hoping that this break will help me fall in love with blogging again!

So that’s why It’s All About Books will be mostly silent during the month of November… If you need me for anything, your best bet would be Twitter as I’ll probably still be lurking around there. Thanks for taking the time to read my rambles and I hope you will all have a wonderful month!!  ❤ ❤ ❤


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Stacking The Shelves #101 – November 2nd

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I know I’m taking a break from ARCs, but some titles are just impossible to resist… And of course the minute I decide to take a break, a new K.L. Slater becomes available on Netgalley. Soon after, I saw the second Cady Maddix book was a Read Now, and as I loved the first book last year I just couldn’t resist adding it to my shelf as well. And I honestly didn’t think my request for the new Jo Spain was going to be approved, but I’m not complaining it’s now hanging out on my kindle. 😉

Afterwards, I just couldn’t resist snatching an ARC of Deadly Silence after reading Meggy’s review… Best decision ever! ❤ I’ve already read and reviewed it, so it doesn’t count right? xD A few days later, I made the mistake of reading the blurb of Snakes And Ladders… Not one, but TWO serial killers and a profiler as a main lead?! How can I resist that, especially with that Read It! button right below?! You guessed right, I didn’t. xD Then Bookouture struck again and uploaded a new installment of one of my favorite detective series… I loved the first six books, so of course I HAVE to read book seven as well. 

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Month In Review: October 2019

October is from now on known as #Orentober as well as Halloween month!! I had a fantastic time reading books for both, and I have so many new Orenda beauties waiting for me on my TBR after reading all those fantastic reviews… As it’s currently Spring, I’ve been spending time prepping the garden for the season as well as doing a couple of smaller DIY projects around the house. More of that will follow in the next month as well as some long overdue self-care time and a couple of trips out of town (maybe even a camping trip if the weather plays nice?). I also did the necessary baking during October, although that will probably on hold during November as I’m trying to eat healthier this month. xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in October: 24
  • Total number of books read this year: 223
  • Total number of pages read in October: 7.591
  • Total number of pages read this year: 74.016

My reading definitely picked up again in October, and I think I have the Orenda beauties and Halloween reads to thank for that. I also reread two of my all time favorites… And I found a new 5 star read as well! I did have two DNF reads this month, but with those being the only two below 3 stars, I’m still very happy with the books I was able to read in October.

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November 2019 TBR

I can’t believe it’s November already! I mean, how is it possible that we only have two months left of 2019?! Anyway, October turned out to be a pretty good reading month with lots of #Orentober and Halloween reads. I didn’t get to all of the books on my October TBR, but I read the mayority so I’m calling it a success. 😉

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging in November as the blogging slump has been killing me. More about that in the post scheduled to be posted on Sunday… That will also be the last post for November except for a blog tour review on the 16th and the 26th. First things first, and let’s talk TBR. I’ve been really struggling with my reviews, not being able to write them and not wanting to read just so I wouldn’t have any new books to review. Especially those Orenda books, while absolutely fantastic, have practically destroyed me each time I tried to review them… So in November, I’m going to stay away from them (as much as it pains me as I have so many titles I want to read!) and I’m staying away from ARCs as well.

What will I read then? Since each November the Goodreads Choice Awards go live, I will mostly be reading 2019 releases I have been looking forward to in preparation for that. I’ve added a few backlist titles too, but basically November will be all about 2019 books.. This is only a tentative TBR as I might pick up different titles when the Goodreads Choice Awards nominations are announced; I always like reading as many titles as I can to see if I actually agree with the nominations and winners haha. I’m not sure if I will review all of these as I really need to take a break from blogging, but I know I will most likely end up writing at least shorties reviews for most of these anyway. xD

# TBR #

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch (336 pages)
  • After The End by Clare Mackintosh (384 pages)
  • The Assistant by S.K. Tremayne (400 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (512 pages) 
  • The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup (528 pages)

  • VOX by Christina Dalcher (336 pages)
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (429 pages)
  • Triptych by Karin Slaughter (514 pages)
  • The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware (384 pages)
  • The Family by Louise Jensen (384 pages)

  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (400 pages)
  • The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda (336 pages)
  • Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (400 pages)
  • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (400 pages)
  • Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton (361 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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