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Lindsay’s Author Series Event with Iain Reid & Anna Porter @SimonSchusterCA @reid_iain @GrimsbyLibrary @annaporter_anna #grimsbyauthorseries

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I had the pleasure of attending another Author Series Event in Grimsby, Ontario last week.   Enjoying a glass of wine with fellow book loving friends while authors read to me – does it get any better than that?  This March event featured Iain Reid and Anna Porter as the guest authors.

I read and loved Iain Reid’s latest novel “Foe” and was looking forward to hearing about his creative process while writing this eerie, tension-filled story.  He was an excellent speaker – his voice had the audience in a complete trance while he read. I found it surprising to learn that Iain doesn’t know the exact direction his story is heading while writing – he lets the characters take him where they want to go.  Iain refrained from giving his opinion on what certain elements of the story mean to him when asked. He created this unique, spine-tingling story with many “open to interpretation” elements. He explained that he wants to leave it open to the readers’ interpretation without clouding their reading experience.  I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of his previous novel, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things.

While I didn’t get the opportunity to read Anna Porter’s novel “In Other Words” prior to the event, I found her presentation and discussion both very interesting and inspiring.   She has quite an impressive background in the Canadian publishing world and has met and developed close relationships with many famous people in the industry. I look forward to checking out her novel in the near future.   

I’m excited for the April Author Series Event where Shelley Wood and Andrew Pyper will be speaking.  Stay tuned…..

Lindsay’s review

Wow! Foe by Iain Reid was an exciting step outside of my usual reading genre! 😱🤯

This novel is a combination of thriller, sci-fi and mystery/suspense. I usually steer very clear of anything remotely sci-fi-ish, however, I will be attending an Author Series event next week where this author, Iain Reid, will be speaking so I thought I’d give it a try. Boy, am I happy I did! This novel had me glued to the words from page one. There was an intense feeling of foreboding and unease that crept through my entire body every time I picked this book up. The suspense was thick and addictive. And that ending left my mind whirling! 

This is one of those books that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. It sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more until you reach the mind-blowing ending. It’s a unique and unforgettable story told through a brilliant narrative. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy!

Have you read Foe or any other books by Iain Reid? Have you read In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time by Anna Porter? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

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Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore @SimonSchusterCA #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore

Lindsay’s review

A charming historical fiction tale set in the early 1900s in Ireland and England. The story follows three young women whose connection weaves thick and thin throughout several years and many life-changing situations. One of the best aspects of this novel is that it largely revolves around an old family castle in the countryside in Ireland. There is love, loss and death. There are ghosts, love triangles and hidden secrets. All of these ingredients add up to one enticing tale that kept me curious to the end. 

While I enjoyed this generational saga, it did feel quite lengthy. My attention did waver in and out as far as feeling truly connected to the characters and storyline. It almost felt as though there was one too many storylines involved that made the novel spread a little too far. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Santa Montefiore for providing me with an ARC to read and review!

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Lindsay’s Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen @StMartinsPress @greerkh @sarahpekkanen #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

After our Traveling Sister Group read and all the great reviews for An Anonymous Girl Lindsay decided to request it and read it. We still wanted to share her thoughts with all of you!

Lindsay’s review
An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

A gripping and thrilling page-turner!

Struggling to make her rent payments, Jessica Farris, finds herself involved in a well-paying psychology study revolving around ethics and morality. The compensation is too good to pass up. Upon attending the first study meeting and completing the initial questionnaire, Jess is offered the opportunity to proceed further into the depths of the examination with the mysterious Dr. Shields. Tension builds as Jess begins to feel paranoia and anxiety about her involvement and she begins to question what Dr. Shields objectives truly are.

This was extremely well written! I was glued to these pages, devouring every single word with curious and hungry eyes. The pace, flow and narration were excellent! Told in alternating chapters between Jess and Dr. Shields, I felt the urge to read ‘just one more chapter’ from start to finish – I simply couldn’t get enough of this unique and mysterious story. The characters were well developed and each one kept me curious as to their true intentions throughout the novel. 

After the intensity of the storyline build up, the ending was a bit of a let-down for me. It didn’t fit with the excellence of the rest of the book, which took away one star. I still would highly recommend this novel as it kept me highly intrigued and guessing all the way through. 

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Ninja Camp by Sue Fliess & Illustrated by Jen Taylor @HBGCanada @SueFliess #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

STORYTIME SATURDAY WITH LINDSAY AND THE KIDS: CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEWS

Benjamin reading & loving Ninja Camp by Sue Fliess, Jen Taylor (Illustrator)
Lindsay’s Review

A fun, action-packed children’s book!

My three-year-old son, Benjamin, was thrilled when I opened my book mail to uncover this exciting story.   Through rhyming dialogue from the Ninja Master and silly scenarios scattered among the pages, this children’s book invites kids to learn the skills and secrets of how to become a ninja warrior. The pages are filled with beautiful, bright-coloured pictures which kept my children intrigued from start to finish.  Benjamin’s favourite part was the training for the ninja moves.   It’s a super cute and highly entertaining journey that I thoroughly enjoyed reading with my children.  My five-year-old daughter loved it too, so it is great for girls and boys.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for gifting me a physical copy to read and review!

EXPECTED PUBLISHING DATE: JANUARY 8, 2019

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Pack your bags and grab your gear: you’re going to Ninja Camp! Listen closely to the ninja master, who will teach you everything you need to know to become a ninja warrior-but it won’t be easy. You’ll have to be sly and swift, strong and speedy, and only then will you become a Ninja of the Night!

This fun and energetic book will delight and entertain kids and parents alike with its clever, rhyming verse and action-packed depictions of the coolest camp around. For fans of Ninja Red Riding Hood who are looking for a lesson in teamwork and cool stealth skills.

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Review by Lindsay: The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount @MistyAMount

The Shadow GirlThe Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

 

Spellbinding.  Haunting. Eye-opening.  Unforgettable. Brilliant.

This novel follows thirteen-year-old Zylia, a shy and lonely girl who is searching for her purpose in life.   Zylia has a large family with loving parents, yet often feels alone and ignored amidst the chaos of life at home with her five siblings.  At school, she feels as if she is constantly in the way and often invisible.

There were times I questioned if the plot was real or fantasy which is usually a turn-off for me.  However, the supernatural elements were presented in such a gradual and soft manner that it flowed beautifully and kept me curious and mesmerized from start to finish.

The characters in this novel got to my heart!   They were real, relatable and deeply affecting. I enjoyed exploring the family dynamic between Zylia, her siblings, her parents, grandmother and classmates.   Each character brought a new layer of intrigue and development to the plot.

The atmosphere is thick, vivid and engrossing which truly enhances the evocative storyline.   Many scenes had me reminiscing about my high school years in comparison to Zylia’s. The themes introduced in this story are deeply contemplative and thought-provoking.   Zylia is a truly unique main character who I adored, was fully invested in and loved rooting for. She will remain on my mind long after I have finished writing this review.

A big thank you to the extremely talented author, Misty Mount, for providing me with a copy of this beautiful novel in exchange for an honest review!  It was a true pleasure to read.

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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay *Review by Lindsay * @tatianaderosnay @StMartinsPress #BookReview #BookBloggers

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

Web_L149-2_blonde_blue-eyesFrom the first page of this story, I felt as if I was transported into the rain-drenched city of Paris, France. The pitter-pattering of the rain against windows, the splashing through endless puddles, the droplets of rain dripping from umbrellas, the constant measure of the waters’ rise. I was entranced by the intensity and beauty of the atmosphere of this novel. The scenes felt so real and vivid that my imagination didn’t have to do much work at all.

This novel follows Linden Malegarde, famous photographer and youngest son of the Malegarde family. He is meeting his parents, sister, and niece in Paris to celebrate his father’s seventieth birthday. While in Paris, a natural disaster strikes, causing extreme flooding and devastation.

Told with exquisitely beautiful writing, Tatiana de Rosnay, captures a family gathering full of love, angst, fear, secrets and uncertainty. Each character adds a deeper layer of intrigue to the family dynamic. This novel has an intense sense of sadness and melancholy but is deeply touching and emotional. I highly recommend this book, but warn readers to pick it up only when ready for a slower, emotional journey.

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Tatiana de Rosnay for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewimg_6527

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