Best Of… September 2018 @tjenkinsreid @RachelAmphlett @bookouture

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I think most people will be able to guess what my favorite read of September was after my raving review… And it’s also the second time an Evelyn steals the show. Without further delay, September 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. Not only was it the only full five star rating of the month, it was also one of the top reads of the year and one I cannot recommend enough.

What I said in my review:

he Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo had me hook, line and sinker. Not only was I impressed by the writing style right from the very first page, it was the story itself that fascinated me as well.”

“The character development in The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is sublime. I never imagined enjoying this book so much, but this is one of those books that you just HAVE to try even if you aren’t sure the genre would be for you. Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.”

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There were five titles with a 4,5 star rating in September, but I’ve decided to only feature four of them. Once again the titles belong to a wide variety of genres, just the way I like it. And all of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! In the order I’ve read them:

What I said in my review:

Gone To Ground is already book number six in the series, and once again an excellent read. This series hasn’t disappointed me yet! I always look forward spending more time with Kay Hunter, and time always flies as soon as I start reading the first page.”

“Disturbing, shocking and chilled me to the bone… Gone To Ground is without doubt another excellent to this series. I can highly recommend all six books to any detective thriller fan.”

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What I said in my review:

City Of Ghosts delivers right from the cover until the very last page. I knew I could trust my instincts when I picked up this title, but this first book of a new MG paranormal series has proven once again you cannot go wrong with anything Schwab writes.”

“It was hook, line and sinker when I started reading City Of Ghosts and I had to put all other tasks on hold until I finished reading it. The writing, the characters and their development, the Scottish setting, the ghosts, the plot… There is a lot to love in this story, and Cassidy and Jacob have already found a place in my heart.”

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What I said in my review:

“Make sure to brace yourself before you start this one, because it won’t be a happy journey. Radiance Of Tomorrow tells the story of what happens in the ruined village Imperi after the war in Sierra Leone ended. The beginning sets the tone of what will become a heartbreaking, devastating and very emotional read, with little lights shining upon the hope the characters have things will become better in the future. “

Radiance Of Tomorrow has a wonderful bigger message and is without doubt a very powerful and emotional read.”

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What I said in my review:

“The writing is solid, engaging and makes you fly through the pages as you try and figure out what happened to Seth’s wife and what she is hiding.”

“Suspenseful, well written, shocking twists and slightly disturbing… There is a lot to love in this story and there is a lot to keep you on the wrong path for a long time. There are definitely plot reveals that will manage to surprise you before you reach the final page! The Wife’s Secret is an excellent psychological thriller and a true pageturner.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in September?


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Best Of… August 2018 @sourcebooks @RachelAmphlett

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I think most people will be able to guess what my favorite read of August was after my raving review, especially since I called it my new absolute favorite of 2018. So without further delay, August 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. It’s one of the best books I’ve read to this date and I was blown away by just how good it was. This is THE book I will recommend over and over again to those who haven’t read it yet!

What I said in my review:

“Let’s start with another metaphor: even days after reaching the final page of a new all-time-favorite, I’m still picking up the pieces of my mindblown brain. The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I have read my share of mystery/thrillers during my time on this planet.”

“Brilliant. Mindblowing. Flabbergasting. Extremely well executed. And overall 200% worth your time.”

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There were five titles with a 4,5 star rating in August, but one was a reread so I won’t count it. The four titles I featured here actually belong to a wide variety of genres, just the way I like it. All of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! In the order I’ve read them:

What I said in my review:

Fredrik Backman is a true master in creating unique and flawed characters that you cannot help falling in love with.”

“Basically, I loved every single minute of this book, and while nothing can beat Ove, both My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here currently share a second place on my list of Backman favorites.”

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What I said in my review:

“What a wonderful wonderful read! My only complaint would be that I wish the story would have been longer, because there is so much to love and only a limited amount of pages to do so.”

“For such a short read, the character development is sublime and part of the reason this story works so well. Nancy, Sumi, Kade, Jack and Jill… I just loved the diversity of the characters, and I can really appreciate the inclusion of lgbt elements. ”

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What I said in my review:

Mortals And Immortals Of Greek Mythology is ment to give children a little insight in who is who in Greek mythology with the help of both lovely illustrations and easy to follow short descriptions and stories around the characters.”

“Wonderful to look at and educative at once: this handy and interesting guide will be an entertaining journey for both young and old.”

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What I said in my review:

Call To Arms has exactly the same quality I have become used to. Strong, solid and engaging writing, excellent character development, an interesting plot… This detective thriller has it all.”

Call To Arms is another excellent addition to this series and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book. I can highly recommend this series if you enjoy the genre!”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in August?


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Best Of… July 2018 @RachelAmphlett @bookouture

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I had no new 5 star reads in July, but four titles were without doubt almost perfect. Lots of titles to choose from! But there can be only one the winner… So without further delay, July 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. I’m still kicking myself for taking this long to start the series, and book number four is without doubt the best one I’ve read yet. I can’t wait to continue with the series this month!

What I said in my review:

“As always, the writing is sublime, the plot well developed and the story definitely has some shocking surprises in store. ”

Hell To Pay might just be the best book yet, or at least the story with the most intensity of the bunch. Be ready for some very explosive plot twists and scenes! This one will leave you staring at the last page with your heart beating like a maniac. SO good!”

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There were three more titles with a 4,5 star rating, funny enough all belonging to different genres this time. And all of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! Here we go:

What I said in my review:

“If you love a good road trip story with well developed and interesting characters, lots of sightseeing, funny moments, a dash of suspense and a dose of romance that is just right, you will love The Getaway Girls as well. ”

“Entertaining, uplifting, a pinch of suspense and a healthy dose of summer romance… This story will make you forget about your own problems for a while as you join the main characters on their journey.”

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What I said in my review:

“If you are like me a fan of WWII survivor stories, My Real Name Is Hanna is a must-read.”

“Well written, well developed, emotional, harrowing, heartbreaking and with a healthy dose of local customs and excellent descriptions of the setting… Oh yes, there is a lot to love in My Real Name Is Hanna.”

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What I said in my review:

“For a story that is ment for such a young audience, it is surprising just how much you will be able to relate to the underlying message as an adult.”

“The illustrations and easy and well written prose are to help kids understand and enjoy, but I truly think this is a story for all ages.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in July?


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Best Of… June 2018 @bookouture @jdbarker @RachelAmphlett @Lisalregan

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I had two new 5 star reads in June as well as five other titles with an almost perfect rating. Lots of titles to choose from! But there can be only one the winner… So without further delay, June 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

The Date by Louise Jensen!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. I read a lot of thrillers, but this story simply was something else!

What I said in my review:

“Fascinating, highly addictive and utterly absorbing! If you are a fan of the genre, you simply MUST try this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.”

“Holy cow, what a read! I literally dropped everything I was supposed to be doing after reading the first few pages and couldn’t put it down until I reached the very end. Not only is the writing sublime, but the suspense is spot on and I’m always a sucker for the amnesia element.”

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There was another 5 star read in June (The Border) and five further titles were given a 4,5 star rating. All of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! I’ve decided to include all six titles for honorable mentions, since there are two series involved as well. Here we go:

What I said in my review:

“I really liked how Steve Schafer isn’t afraid to state the hard, painful and shocking facts, describing to us in a realistic way how the teens have to run for their lives.”

“he writing style managed to put me under its spell and I couldn’t let this story go until the very end. Ever feel like putting everything on hold until you reach the final page? That is what happened while I was reading The Border.

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What I said in my review:

“Dark, gritty, twisted, disturbing, intense… Just keep similar adjectives going, and they will apply to this first encounter with the 4MK killer. What a read!”

“Hooked from the first page? Check. More twistedness and new disturbing and horrifying killings? Check. A healthy dose of plot twist bombs that will leave you absolutely flabbergasted? Check. New insights in the backgrounds of the main characters? Check. Fleshing out of the previous plot while adding a LOT of new suspense and a very strong and promising base for an excellent third book? Check.”

Click here for my full review of The Fourth Monkey // The Fifth To Die 

What I said in my review:

“There is just something about the main character that makes it really easy to like her, and of course the whole mystery around what happened will have you intrigued. I’m rooting for Kay here!”

“Highly addictive, well written and a plot and plot twists that will keep you hooked until the very end! Oh yes, if you are a fan of the genre, you are missing out if you don’t read this series.”

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What I said in my review:

“Lightning speed pace, excellent writing, dark, twisted, disturbing, suspenseful… Oh yes, this story will keep you in its claws and there is a lot to love here.”

“Imagine a war zone with plot twists bombs dropping on you, danger around every corner and no clue how to reach the ending safely… Trust me, Her Mother’s Grave is a story you won’t soon forget.”

Review will be posted on July 19th


Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in June?


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Best Of… March 2018 @StMartinsPress @bookouture

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! In March, there was no new 5 star read, but I had a whopping seven! titles with an almost perfect rating! I’m going to be honest here and I was really close to cheating and just name all of them my favorite, but in the end I decided not to take the easy way out. So without further delay, March 2018’s favorite was… *drumroll*

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton!! I was a really tough call, but after careful consideration it was this moving memoir that stood a little out over the rest of the titles.

What I said in my review:

“Powerful, infuriating, heartbreaking and with a dose of hope and forgiveness… The Sun Does Shine is one of the best true crime memoirs I have read to this date, and his story will stay with me for a long time.”

“The pure injustice of it all makes you want to scream, but both his case and experience is very well documented in this memoir and makes for a painful, but inspiring, intriguing and very powerful read. I’m truly impressed by his views on life and his ability to be able to forgive the unforgivable.”

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Six other titles were given a 4,5 star rating last month, and it simply has been extremely hard to bring down that number further. In the end, I felt four titles stood out a tiny bit above the other two. The two titles not mentioned are still excellent reads and deserve all the praise! But this post is getting too long as it is, so I had to make tough choices… And with no further delay, honorable mentions go to the following four titles:

What I said in my review:

The Child Next Door is psychological thriller at its best. Just the right amount of tension, a rich plot and a healthy dose of twists and false leads, but also well rounded characters and a pace that is just right.”

“I was left staring open-mouthed at the last page because I just couldn’t believe what I just read.”

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What I said in my review:

“This newest installment has exactly the same high quality of writing, plot development, twists and the healthy dose of suspense and action I have become used to with this series. ”

“Fast-paced, suspenseful, intense and highly entertaining: Deadly Secrets and the DCI Erika Foster series in general is a must-read for detective thriller fans!”

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What I said in my review:

“Boy, it was one heck of a ride… I found myself hooked from the moment I started reading, and this had a lot to do with the writing style.”

“The premise of The Good Twin is fantastic, and the execution without doubt lives up to expectations.”

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What I said in my review:

“I absolutely adored this story! I was in desperate need of something fun and entertaining to read and this book worked like magic.”

“The writing style is engaging, easy to read and has just the right pace to allow for well developed characters and an interesting plot.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in March?


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Best Of… February 2018 @bookouture @GrandCentralPub

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! In February, there was a clear winner even though I had a lot of other good titles as well. But nothing beats a full 5 star rating right? 😉 I don’t think my pick will come as a surprise, but here we go… Without further delay, February 2018’s favorite was… *drumroll*

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter!! I had been wanting to read this one for ages, and now I finally did, I’ve become an instant fan of her work. She blew me away with this one!!

What I said in my review:

“WOW! That woman can write… It was without doubt a highly intense read with a lot of complicated, disturbing scenes and elements. The plot is well developed, intense, rich and will take you on a very emotional ride.”

“There is no denying the story and it’s many subplots, twists and turns are brilliantly executed and I take my hat off for it.”

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Honorable mentions go to the following two titles:

What I said in my review:

“This newest title has the same high quality of writing and plot development I have become used to associating with her work. The Visitor is psychological thriller at its best!”

“The final plot twists and reveals basically left me speechless and I don’t think anyone would have been able to guess it all. I just love with when a story manages to surprise me!”

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What I said in my review:

Barbed Wire Heart isn’t just a drug inspired criminal story where two different families are taking it up against each other. It’s so much more. And it’s without doubt one hell of a ride.”

” It’s a trigger-happy crime story with a high dose of girl power, adrenaline, action, a splash of family drama and plot twists that you won’t see coming. From the writing style to the underlying feminist message, the originality of the plot and the excellent character development… This story simply blew me away.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in February?


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Best Of… January 2018 @Orendabooks @bookouture @AndrewsMcMeel

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. Because as the title already suggests, I will be doing a special post from now on mentioning my absolute favorite read for each month… Always tricky since every month seems to have various serious contenders, but we’ll see how things will go. In January, there are actually four titles I could call a winner here, and it has been hard to pick just one favorite, especially since there are three different genres here and I loved each book for a different reason. I considered cheating and name more than one as my winner, but that wouldn’t be a good way to start this feature right? 😉 So, without further delay, January 2018’s favorite was… *drumroll*

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb!! It was a tough call, but kick ass bounty hunter Lori Anderson has won the prize. What I said in my review:

“WOW. What a firecracker of a thriller! Between the writing style, premise and characters this book had me under its spell shortly after starting it and I had a blast reading this action-packed and fast-paced thriller.”

“Bounty hunter Lori Anderson seriously kicks ass and isn’t afraid to step on a few toes to get the results she is after. The writing is strong, filled with plot twists and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page…”

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Honorable mentions go to the following three titles (yes, I couldn’t just NOT mention these, because each of them deserves all the praise as well):

What I said in my review:

Keep Her Safe was one heck of a thriller with so many intense moments I found it impossible to stop reading. I practically devoured this story and its many plot twists and the final part of Keep Her Safe definitely had some jaw droppingly fierce moments.”

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What I said in my review:

“Not only did I instantly connect with her style of poetry and the way she expresses herself, but I could also relate to some of the topics she discusses in her poems. Powerful, enchanting, inspiring and so well represented in both the words and format of her work!”

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What I said in my review:

Born A Crime is a very powerful and thought provoking read. I already knew the apartheid was going to be an intriguing topic, and Trevor Noah does an excellent job narrating his personal experience during the end of the apartheid as well as his mother’s experience. “

“Honest, heartbreaking, funny, engaging and gripping… Born A Crime is a memoir you will not soon forget. “

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in January?


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