My three 3-star(-ish) reads | Mini Review edition

My three 3-star(-ish) reads | Mini Review edition

Hi everyone! After my last post on my weekly reading update, I kinda ignored my blog for four days. I thought about writing a full review for the three books individually but Sea Monsters and The Cold is in her Bones are short reads so I’m posting a Mini Review for all three of them. Scroll down to read my mini-reviews of Sea Monsters, The Cold is in her Bones, and The Glass Woman:

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Sea Monsters by Chloe Ardidjis(3.5/5 stars): Set in a picturesque town/city of New Mexico,Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis offers us a look into some of teenage Louisa’s days. While reading the book, it was as if I was walking along with Luisa and even though there was no plot, I enjoyed the utter languidness it offered me. If you asked me to sum up the story for you, I’ll say that it was a coming of age story of a teenager called Luisa who is bored with her everyday life; so she decides to go on an adventure to find some missing circus dwarfs. Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis is not a must-read for everyone but I’d recommend it to someone who likes character-driven stories where the writer will immerse you into the character’s life with dreamy prose.

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The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea(3/5 stars) : The Glass Woman pulled me in with the promise of a haunting tale set in Iceland. The cover and the title goes perfectly with that imagery however, I was a tad bit disappointed after reading it. The story is set in the year 1686 and tells of a young woman called Rósa who had to leave her home to marry a wealthy stranger so that she could provide for her family. Life for a woman was hell in this place and this era. Misogyny reined and I felt so damn uncomfortable (to say the least) reading the way women especially Rósa were treated. The story had the vibe of Rebecca and The Miniaturist but it didn’t thrill me as much as I had expected it to. Rósa’s character was wonderfully written and I felt as if I was experiencing the story vicariously through her. I liked the writing; it perfectly resonated with the eerie atmosphere of the book. 

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The Cold Is in Her Bones (3 stars):The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is a fantasy novel inspired by the myth of Medusa. The prologue glued me in but the story lost its rhythm somewhere along. This was set during a time where women were always supposed to be subservient and if anyone was not, then they were feared to be possessed by a demon. In here, we’re told of Milla’s story where she was always ignored by her parents and told to be obedient. She lived a quiet, unhappy life but all that changed when a girl called Iris arrives and soon after, a demon. I loved the atmosphere and the theme of female friendships. However, I lost interest in the story and the characters right around a pivotal moment. Overall, if you want to try a dark fantasy inspired by the story of Medusa,then you should add this to your TBR .

Thanks to the publishers for providing me with review copies in exchange for my honest opinions.
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How did you like my mini review? Did any of the books catch your interest ? If you’ve read Sea Monsters or The Glass Woman or The Cold is in her Bones, then let me know yout thoughts in the comments below!

The Priory is an epic fantasy with a remarkable storyline, l​egendar​​​​y characters a​n​d magical trees

The Priory of The Orange Tree ,Samantha Shannon review
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The Priory of The Orange Tree summary
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WHY SHOULD YOU ABSOLUTELY (without any question) PICK UP “THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE” NOW?

First impressions: “OMG, this is almost 900 pages. How am I going to read it and then write a coherent review of it? ” *Also wonders* “This’ll make a really good weight, my arms need a workout.” “This’ll make a good weapon too”

The Priory of The Orange Tree has been on mine and many other book lovers’ list of anticipated releases of 2019. I went in with zero expectations as I do when books are overhyped but I was so wrong… This BOOK IS BLOODY BRILLIANT !

THE PRIORY is about a divided world, a Queendom without an heir and an ancient enemy whose awakening may just bring about the destruction of the world. The story begins like the calm before a storm, a man walking out of the water. Nobody will realize-not even the woman who rescues the man- that the storm has almost arrived.

“The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey.

The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon

Okay, I use the word ” storm” hypothetically . Just to be clear .

The story follows four narrators – Ead, Tané, Loth, and Niclays – each of whom has different beliefs defined by where they live. The EAST and the WEST are divided over their religious opinions. While the EAST reveres dragons as Gods, the WEST abhors and fears dragons due to their past history involving mayhem caused by The Nameless One, an evil dragon.

A wyrm. A monstrous, four-legged wyrm, close to two hundred feet long from its snout to the tip of its tail.

This evil dragon -the VOLDEMORT- of this world a.k.a. The Nameless One has been locked away in the Abyss for thousand years now and it is said that as long as the Berethnet matriarchy lives on, the dragon will not rise.

What is below must be balanced by what is above, and in this is the precision of the universe.

Fire ascends from the earth, light descends from the sky. Two much of one doth inflame the other, and in this is the extinction of the universe.

I know what you’re thinking now. Of course, “that thing” will happen and that disastrous but momentous event is the trigger that will send our characters on missions that require them to deal with pirates, mythical beasts, magical trees, deadly assassins. This book has everything from lots of action, beautiful and malicious dragons, female/female romance and friendships to court politics. This fantasy celebrates women; you’ll see instances of where powerful women are wronged, erased off of history but they take back their power again. The Priory is brimming with excellent dialogue, spectacular worldbuilding, and a plot that will keep you guessing till the end.

I didn’t want to leave the world of Priory even though it kept me up all night. Some stories never leave your thoughts and The Priory of the Orange Tree is just one of those few for me.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 5 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Samantha Shannon here .

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Publication Date: 26 Jan 2019
  • Paperback: 896 Pages

Have you read The Priory of the Orange Tree yet ? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll buy it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Unboxing The Willoughby Book Club box

Book Subscription boxes : Do you hate them, love them, love them but hate you can’t afford ’em all? Let me know your thoughts!

I, however, fall in the third category. I love Book boxes with special edition books and merches but looking at shipping costs gives me a headache.

Back to the point of this post. Today, I am going to show and tell you why you should subscribe to The Willoughby Book Club.

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Thank you for reading

Review | Cold and Deadly (Cold Justice: Crossfire #1)

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SYNOPSIS: Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dominic Sheridan is an accomplished expert in the Crisis
Negotiation Unit. Practiced, professional, used to dealing with high-stake situations under tense conditions, Dominic is a master at manipulating people. Everyone, that is, but the headstrong rookie agent bent on destroying her fledgling career. As a child, Ava Kanas put her life on the line when the mob executed her father. Now someone has killed her mentor, the man who inspired her to become an FBI agent—and she’s the only one who recognizes it was anything but a tragic accident.
When another agent is murdered and Dominic nearly dies, it becomes obvious a serial killer is targeting the FBI.
Together Dominic and Ava search for clues in the investigation, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when the predator sets their sights on Ava.


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Review | Why Should you read Cold & Deadly ?

Cold & Deadly is the first book in the spin-off series of her Cold Justice books. Being a big fan of Toni Anderson’s books, I was delighted to review this book in advance( Well, obviously this review is not in advance per se but read on).

C & D starts off with a funeral. We see SSA Dominic Sheridan attending the funeral of a close colleague who had committed suicide or did he? Because rookie agent Ava Kanas think otherwise. Her suspicion is ignored by her superiors but soon the funeral is targeted by a shooter and an FBI agent dies in the shoot-out.

This is where Dominic begins to trust Ava’s intuition about his dead colleague’s death and what follows are a series of events that will leave you speechless and terrified at the same time.

What I liked about Cold & Deadly :

  • Plot: I mean it was marvelously written
  • Characters: Flawed characters. Ava and Dominic are both flawed in their own ways, though Ava is the better character out of the two. Also, we get to see some of the characters from the Cold Justice series.
  • Style of writing: Always loved Toni Anderson’s writing, so it wasn’t any surprise. She writes three POVs – the killer’s, Ava and Dominic’s
  • The show of Inequality in the bureau: I could have included this point in the Style of Writing paragraph but this deserves a one of its own. Cold & Deadly shows just how unfair the bureau(and most of the workspace) can be towards women. This is just my opinion. Ava was constantly targeted, since the beginning of the book and if she was a man, she would have been reprimanded and her faults forgotten. Ava -being a woman and a rookie- had to work twice as hard to gain her seniors’ trust and i loved that Toni Anderson wrote about that

What I didn’t :

  • I didn’t like Dominic. He may be a good Hostage negotiator but he was a cold character who had a “poor rich boy” persona and hated commitments. Even though he made a name for himself in the FBI despite having influential connections, some of his actions made me want to punch him. There was a point where Ava’s career was on the line and he was willing to use his friends’ connections but not his own -hypocritical much, Dom?
  • I didn’t like the romance. It didn’t somehow fit with the story.

Overall, If you’re a fan of her Cold Justice series, then I’d recommend that you pick this up. If you aren’t ,then I suggest reading the first book from her Cold Justice series and then decide for yourself.


Verdict: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Author:Toni Anderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® nominee, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Originally from a small town in England, Toni studied Marine Biology at University of Liverpool (B.Sc.) and University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog, and two laid-back leopard geckos. Toni started writing while pregnant with her first child and never stopped. Her greatest achievements are mastering the Tokyo subway, climbing Ben Lomond, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and surviving fourteen Winnipeg winters (fingers crossed). She loves to travel for research purposes and was lucky enough to visit the Strategic Information and Operations Center inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and she also got to shove another car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. Watch out world!

Toni’s books have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and the Top 10 on Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Her novels have won many awards.

Website: http://www.toniandersonauthor.com/

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  • Publication Date: 12th February 2019
  • ebook(ARC): 400 Pages
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