Friday Finds #111 – December 9th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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Friday Finds #100 – September 23rd

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Babs Book Bistro and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during (in this case) the last weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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WWW Wednesdays #98 – July 6th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m currently reading one of my pending Netgalley reads: My Girl by Jack Jordan. It’s still too early to tell what I will think of it, but it looks like it’s a fast read. I have also finally started Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys; a book I have been wanted to read for a while and it is a nice change of scenery after all those mystery/thriller reads. So far I’m really enjoying it! I also want to continue Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain, but I might read another pending Netgalley mystery/thriller or two before that.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* After a few disappointing reads last week, All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda definitely made up for it all. This book is without doubt one of the best mystery/thriller reads I’ve read this year and on my favorites list!
* I then finished Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, which was quite good, although the many different POVs did make this read a little more difficult to read and less entertaining. Also, I liked some of the characters and prose better than others and I would have liked to see the whole seven sins theme playing a bigger role in the book.
* Last To Die by Arlene Hunt started off slow, but completely recovered with an explosive ending that definitely made this read worth reading! If you like twisted, creepy and intense reads, this one is definitely for you.
* I also read As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka on a whim after thinking about possibly seeing one of my Finnish friends again this summer (who lived in Tampere as well). I really liked the beginning of this read and the setting, but the whole plot and main character was a bit fantastical for a mystery/thriller read and it wasn’t as good as I hoped.
* I’ve also been able to finish Cascadia by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard yesterday evening. I ended up really enjoying this suspense/natural disaster/science story, definitely worth reading! More in the upcoming review…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish at least one of my current reads, I will most likely start reading The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza. I really enjoyed the first book, so I was so glad Netgalley approved my request for the sequel! 😀 I also want to read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, a book that has been on my TBR pile for way too long now and really want to read. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne is high on my list as well, both because I’ve heard great things about it and I was able to get a Netgalley copy of the just published The Fire Child by the same author and I want to read the other book first. My latest TBR jar pick is still The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. (Which I should read soon since it’s been too long since I last read a TBR jar book.)

ARC REVIEW: All The Missing Girls – by Megan Miranda

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Title: All The Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
First published: June 28th 2016 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Finished reading: June 29th 2016
Pages: 384
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“The darkness lives in everyone. She knew this better than anyone. Everyone had two faces, and she looked deep into us until she found it.”

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

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All The Missing Girls had me at the cover and description. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it, so when I was lucky enough to have my Netgalley request accepted I put all other books on hold and started reading this title by Megan Miranda straight away. And my instinct was right, because this is without doubt one of the best mystery/thriller books I have read so far this year. Unlike other popular titles using the unreliable narrator technique (think of The Girl On The Train or Gone Girl), All The Missing Girls did manage to convince me completely. The plot is told backwards, giving an introduction first and then counting back to the day the second girl went missing, which is without doubt highly original. I can understand why some people might find it confusing, since you don’t have all the facts straight away, but it does add to the whole mystery around the two disappearances and makes reading this story that much more entertaining. Both the fact that the story was told in reverse and the many plot twists, ‘hidden’ facts and references to future chapters had me hooked from the beginning and turned All The Missing Girls into a true pageturner. The plot is intriguing and the story is without doubt well written. The main characters are basically all hiding something and their information is unreliable, but somehow I did manage to connect to them anyway. Nic might not be that likeable and the story did have a love triangle, but the rest of the story was so good that I wasn’t really bothered by it. All The Missing Girls is without doubt a must-read for fans of the mystery/thriller genre!

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Nicolette Farrell decided to leave her rural hometown Cooley Ridge after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared ten years ago. They never found her, and Nic has been trying to create a new life elsewhere. When she is back home to help her brother Daniel tie up a few loose ends regarding the estate of their sick father, things soon take a turn for the worse. Because the old wound of Corinne disappearing without a trace is suddenly wide open again when her neighbor Annaleise goes missing… And since the decade-old investigation focused on Nic, Daniel, her then boyfriend Tyler and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson, the four are suddenly under suspicion again. Because Annaleise wasn’t just Nic’s neighbor, but also the group’s alibi the night Corinne went missing… Told backwards – day 15 to day 1 – Nic tries to unravel the truth about not only Annaleise’s disappearance, but also about what really happened to Corinne. And it seems like everyone has been hiding a lot of secrets all these years…

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The mystery/thriller genre is one of my favorites, and All The Missing Girls has without doubt everything I look for in a great suspense read. This book has an intriguing plot, many plot twists, the story is well written, fast-paced and basically makes it really hard for you to stop reading. I love that the story is told in reverse; it’s really original and only added to the reading experience. I also liked how little ‘insignificant’ details of previous chapters suddenly became important with each new chapter… It definitely makes you rethink the whole situation constantly while you are reading and I will probably reread All The Missing Girls at some point to see if I remembered the ‘hidden’ clues right. This book is without doubt recommended!

WWW Wednesdays #97 – June 29th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have actually almost finished All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda already and will do so after finishing this post, but technically I’m still currently reading this… This book is without doubt one of the best mystery/thriller books I’ve read so far this year and a must-read for fans of the genre! I’m also in the middle of Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, which I picked up on a whim and I’m enjoying so far despite a few flaws. I haven’t made much progress with Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain due to the Netgalley books, but I’m continuing it as soon as I finish the other two current reads! And I’ve decided to put all fantasy reads on hold until I’m in the mood for the genre again…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I already knew Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All probably wasn’t going to be as good as Jonas Jonasson‘s other book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I was REALLY disappointed by this read. It was boring, had flat characters, wasn’t funny, it took me ages to finish and I actually thought of DNFing it at one point. More details in the review that will be published later today.
* I also read We Awaken by Calista Lynne, which unfortunately turned out to be another disappointing read. I loved the cover, the blurb and the fact that it talks about asexuality, but the rest of the book just didn’t convince me. It was a fast read, but that didn’t make up for the flaws. More in my review…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish my current reads, I will pick up my oldest ARC: Cascadia by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard. It promises to be an adrenaline-filled suspense story about the after effects of extreme natural events (in this case a massive earthquake and tsunami), so I’m definitely looking forward to it. I also still want to read Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys… And the Netgalley ARC Last To Die by Arlene Hunt is also on my list. My newest TBR jar pick is still The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Teaser Tuesdays #100 – June 28th: All The Missing Girls

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Books And A Beat. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

Today will be teaser number 100! Wow, that really is a lot of weeks of blogging… This week I’m reading one of the Netgalley ARCs that have been approved: All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. It’s actually coming out today and so far it definitely looks like a great mystery/thriller read!

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My teaser (2%):

“I felt my way through the dark, my hands brushing the sharp corners of furniture until I found the light switch in the bathroom. My bare feet pressed into the cold tile floor as I sat on the toilet lid with the phone held to my ear, goose bumps forming on my legs.”

What are you reading right now?