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One More Lie by Amy Lloyd @HarperCollinsCa @AmyLloydWrites @Hanover_Square

One More Lie by Amy Lloyd is available now!

Norma’s Review

Gripping, chilling, & sinister!

ONE MORE LIE by AMY LLOYD is an engaging, dark, suspenseful, and thrilling psychological suspense novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held taut right to the very last page. I was hooked right from the very first page and was racing through those pages as fast as I possibly could to see exactly who was deceiving who. The short chapters definitely helped to make this a fast-paced and quick read whilst ratcheting up the intensity level as the story progressed. 

AMY LLOYD delivers an uncomfortable, intriguing, and well-written read here with characters that totally captivated and fascinated me. The subject matter is a little bit disturbing and I wouldn’t say the characters were all that likable or relateable but they definitely got under my skin though. The voices from our two main characters, Sean and Charlotte were distinctively their own and had me feeling different emotions for each of them. AMY LLOYD handles the tough subject matter really well here and with care. 

Now I wouldn’t necessarily say that this story was all that shocking or twisty but it definitely had one heck of a thrilling and satisfying resolution in the end. 

I’d like to thank HarperCollins Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.

Brenda’s review

One More Lie is a fast-paced, suspenseful engaging and chilling read.  From the very first pages, I was hooked wanting to know about the tangle of lies that lead to one more lie.  


The premise of this story is disturbing and chilling here with the thought and reality of children so young committing crimes. I was fascinated by the unhealthy and toxic relationships here between the characters at a young age and the impact it had on them after a crime was committed.  Amy Lloyd did push that uncomfortable feeling however I never felt that this story was going to go in the direction of anything more than just an entertaining thriller. The tension and suspense increased with each chapter as we become tangled in the web of deceit and lies and I was turning the pages as fast as I could to find out the truth.   The truth in end left me completely satisfied with the way it all came together.

I received my copy from the publisher on NetGalley

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Dark, creepy, suspenseful, and a fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and such a fitting representation to storyline. There was always one more lie…… 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, readable, engaging, and captivating. 
Plot: Disturbing, dark, sinister, memorable, fascinating, suspenseful, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. 
Ending: There isn’t too much I can say about this ending without being spoilerish but I will say that I thought it fit extremely well and was totally satisfied with how everything all played out. 
Overall: 4.5 Stars! The storytelling and the suspense of figuring out the truth from all the lies made this such an entertaining and enjoyable read. Would highly recommend!

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Talent by Juliet Lapidos @HBGCanada @littlebrown @travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Talent by Juliet Lapidos

Norma’s Review

Smart, unique and clever!

TALENT by JULIET LAPIDOS was an interesting, steady-paced, and quirky story that was a little structurally & mentally challenging for me to read. The blurb states that this is a “wickedly funny debut” novel that I definitely didn’t find funny at all or it went way over my head. I kind of lack the sense of understanding the dark humour here. 

JULIET LAPIDOS delivers an intriguing and well-written read here that I really wanted to fully embrace and love. I have this need to broaden my reading horizons and one of these days I am going to thoroughly “get” these types of novels. I love the challenge of reading them even if I do find them a bit grueling to read. 

I wasn’t able to really feel any emotional connection to the characters as I couldn’t connect with the academic side to the story. I missed a lot of the dark humor here with that to thoroughly immerse myself in this storyline. I just didn’t “get” it. Although I was totally entertained and engaged with the narrative, moving this story forward to keep me turning those pages. 

Brenda’s review

I feel like Talent can best be described as an academic literary thriller and is something I have not read anything like before. Like Norma mentioned I do like to challenge myself by reading more books that require me to think differently. I do think it took on a bit of a psychological feel to it as well as some of these characters were unreliable and manipulative. At times it felt a little bit like a psychological playground with the characters. The writing took on a bit of a chaotic feel to the story. It also felt a bit eccentric. Now that can be a good thing and I think here it was, however, the whole storyline was not something I was familiar with. The longest piece of work I have ever done is probably this review and I like to stick to reading fiction and not textbooks. lol

Our main character here, Anna is a grad student struggling to write her dissertation. After an encounter with a stranger, she acquires unpublished notes by a deceased talented author. Anna delves into his notebooks and things got a little chaotic for me with the different formats used to write this story. I also should have focused more on the characters and questioned their reliability instead of trying to figure out the academic dark humor of a grad student. I am not going to say anymore as to not say too much about this story.

I recommend this one to readers who like an intelligent story that explores more of academics and delves into some dark humor around Grad students.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Eye-catching, artistic, appealing, and distinctive. I actually quite love this cover and think it’s a great representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, interesting, and wish that I was talented enough to have “gotten” this one. LOL 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, engaging and smart. 
Plot: Challenging, complex, interesting, thought-provoking, steady-paced, and entertaining. 
Ending: An ambiguous ending that I’m still not exactly sure that I interpreted correctly…..but I’m not so inclined to actually worry about not getting it though and just accepted it for what it was. 
Overall: Even though I didn’t end up loving this novel, I still appreciated and enjoyed the rugged escape that this book provided. 

Thank you so much to HBG Canada / Little, Brown Company for sending us a physical ARC of this book to read and review!

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Sneak Peek: Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant #travelingsistersread @amberjackpub @kimicgrant

Sneak Peek Sunday is a post where give a peek into our thoughts for a book not yet published or we give a peek into an anticipating upcoming group read. It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published.

Today Kim @It’s All About The Thrill  and I are sistering up and taking a peek into two different books. I hope you get a chance to travel over to her blog and check out what she is taking a peek into. I am giving a sneak peek into Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant. Norma, Lindsay and I read this one together. Christina @ Recipe and A Read hopefully will be back soon sistering up with us on our posts.

Expected Publication date: March 5th 2019

Fallen Mountains

Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant

From Goodreads

“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.

Norma’s thoughts: Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!

I was immediately intrigued by the mystery of FALLEN MOUNTAINS and found the setting to be immensely appealing.  I am a total sucker when it comes to dark and gritty tales set in a small rural town. They are by far one of my favorite types of reads and add in great writing, a suspenseful mystery full of secrets and a missing person – well then I am one happy and contented reader!

Brenda’s thoughts: Kimi Cunningham Grant does a great job creating a realistic down to earth feel through her descriptive atmospheric writing and we could feel the emotional connection the characters had to each other and their surroundings. 

Lindsay’s thoughts: I loved everything about this novel!   The characters, the writing, the storyline, the pacing, the flow, the suspense – simply perfect! Red reminded me of Walt from the TV show Longmire which I loved. I felt an immediate connection to this story from page one, instantly sympathizing with Red and his situation.  The atmosphere was thick and wrapped me up completely throughout this rugged and unforgettable tale. I will be thinking of these characters long after I have finished writing this review.  It was a book that I wished would have continued further, not because I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, but simply because I didn’t want to let the characters and storyline go.

Thank you so much to Amberjack Publishing and Kimi Cunningham Grant for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book

Have you read this? Are you adding this one to your TBR list? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

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Come From Away by Genevieve Graham #BookReview #travelingsistersread @SimonSchusterCA @GenGrahamAuthor

Come from AwayCome from Away by Genevieve Graham

Norma’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have never read a Genevieve Graham book before and when I was given the opportunity to read this one I was absolutely thrilled! I have always been quite partial to reading books with themes surrounding our Canadian history and with the setting and the different perspective of World War II that was written here was quite the welcome and refreshing read for me. I suspected that I was in for a treat while reading Come From Away and I most definitely was!

COME FROM AWAY by GENEVIEVE GRAHAM was an emotional, heart-warming and interesting Canadian Historical Romance novel that I found quite the fascinating read. The story captured the setting, time period, heartbreak and the difficulties surrounding the war perfectly and with the romance that develops we see a different side to the enemy.

GENEVIEVE GRAHAM delivers a well-paced and beautifully written story here with interesting, compelling, and believable characters that I found quite compassionate to read about. The story was told in alternating perspectives between Rudi and Grace and through Rudi’s story we really got a different understanding and look into the war. I really enjoyed the romance between our two main characters, Rudi and Grace.

In the end I thought this was a beautiful love story, vividly descriptive and really appreciated reading a part of our Canadian history! Would recommend!

Published on April 24, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Genevieve Graham for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Brenda’s Review

Come From Away is connected to Tides of Honor but can be read as a standalone. It was my first book by Genevieve Graham and I look forward to reading more.  In Come From Away the lives of The Baker children are the focus here and we meet our main character Grace Baker.

Come From Away is an interesting and engaging story of love and war seen from a different angle with some Canadian history here. The angle and setting were very refreshing and I really enjoyed seeing a different perspective to WWII set in Canada.  I loved the feeling we got from the setting and it really set the tone for the story.

Genevieve Graham does a good job weaving romance, war and Canadian history here with more focus on the romance that at times did feel a little melodramatic.  She creates strong, likable and interesting characters and I enjoyed the dynamics between them all. I recommend for historical fiction lovers who like some romance to their stories.

Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Genevieve Graham for a copy to read and review.

 

 

 

 

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Things To Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley @marissastapley #travelingsistersread #bookreview

Things to Do When It's RainingThings to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sisters were lost in the rainy, windy, lush coulee by themselves reading Things to Do When It’s Raining. It was just Norma and I walking in the coulee finding cover and then sitting under the lush trees with the wonderful rain pouring down on us looking at that list of recommendations for what to do when it is raining. We both really enjoyed the “Things To Do When It’s Raining” recommendations that started off each chapter throughout the book and thought that it really contributed to the theme of the story.

THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by MARISSA STAPLEY is an easy, simple, and fast read that explores families secret pasts and ghosts that don’t stay buried. The characters are flawed and interesting with their own demons, secrets and conflict.

MARISSA STAPLEY delivers a well-written, engaging, and character-driven multi-generational family drama story here that was enjoyable, moving and an entertaining read.

MARISSA STAPLEY does a great job creating a vivid atmosphere here with the descriptions of the St. Lawrence River and really set the tone for us with this story. We could feel the magic, the danger and the mystery to the river that carries a lot of history.

The ending was satisfying and pleasant! Would recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, HARLEQUIN – Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada), and Marissa Stapley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Norma’s Thoughts:

Brenda and I were once again ‘Lost in a Coulee Reading’ together! It has been a little while for the two of us reading a book together. We have done a lot of group reads together but not just the two of us. I love our group reads but it is always pretty special reading with my sister!

THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by MARISSA STAPLEY is a character-driven story that was an enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read! It’s an interesting, moving, and engaging multi-generational family drama that was well-written with flawed and interesting characters. The ending was satisfying and pleasant! Would recommend!

I also really enjoyed the “Things To Do When It’s Raining” recommendations that started off each chapter throughout the book. I thought that it really contributed to the theme of the story.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Marissa Stapley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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The Other Girl by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler

The Other GirlThe Other Girl by Erica Spindler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma’s review

3.5 stars rounded up to 4! This was my very first time reading an ERICA SPINDLER novel and I must say that I quite enjoyed it! I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future!

THE OTHER GIRL by ERICA SPINDLER was an entertaining, suspenseful, and an engaging whodunit mystery thriller novel that was slightly predictable but clipped along quickly and held my interest right to the satisfying ending.

ERICA SPINDLER delivers an extremely fast-paced and quick read here with well-developed characters that is told between the present and with flashbacks of events from Miranda’s past when she was 15 years old. I really enjoyed the main character Miranda and as the story unfolds I could really feel her frustration and angst as her world was unraveling.

The story is filled with secrets, lies, and corruption that has a few good twists that even has a little bit of romantic suspense that added another layer to this story for me.

In addition to reading this book, I purchased myself a copy of the audiobook and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed TAVIA GILBERT’S performance and thought she delivered the perfect voice for all the characters.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Erica Spindler for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

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Brenda’s Review

I squeezed The Other Girl in between my Traveling Sister group reads.  It’s a nice short fast-paced read that is easy to fit in if you are short on time.

The story started off with a bang for me and shocked me with a whoa moment that left me gasping right away with the somewhat disturbing scene. Credit to Erica Spindler for that whoa moment.  After catching my breath and continuing on with reading I was hooked and intrigued to find out more about our main character Miranda and the other girl.

There is a little romance going on here with this one and normally this non-romantic likes to stay away from that as the eye-rolling begins.  This one really surprised me and I enjoyed the relationshiThe Other Girl was an entertaining, suspenseful and an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. I highly recommend for readers looking for a fast-paced intriguing read with a little romance on the side.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Erica Spindler for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!