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It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I’ve had such a fun Riley Sager Summer with Lock Every Door releasing this month. I caught the itch. I’ve read the first two of Sager’s novels before, Final Girls and now The Last Time I Lied, but I’m so excited to read them again and review them this time. And I’m in such a thriller mood right now, so this is hitting all the right notes. I’ll be reviewing this soon and definitely recommend for anyone looking for a creepy read.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higgenbotham

I just started this but I’m really enjoying and looking forward to the rest. I loved the Chernobyl mini-series on HBO, which I finished recently, and even though it was hard to watch at times, I found it moving and very well-done. I saw that it was somewhat informed by this Non-Fiction title and since I enjoy some NF now and then, I thought I’d dive in a little further. I’ll report back when I’m finished! This has some great reviews.

Spinning by Tilly Walden

I bumped into this title without knowing much about it at my library but I’m so glad I did. I’m not very far into this story, but so far it is sweet and a little bit sad and so relatable. This Graphic Novel is a coming of age story about the author’s life growing up through all sorts of life’s questions and I’m really enjoying it so far.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I LOVED rereading this series. I had such a fun, emotional, fulfilling time and these stories totally held up over the years. I can’t believe its over honestly, reading it again after all that time made all the thrills feel new and the nuances feel extra-special.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I finally finished it! Haha I don’t know why but this was the book that was always on my TBR and never read. I got it done though! I read this for Reading Rush this year and I enjoyed it a lot. The intrigue, the drama, the twists, I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this YA fantasy series.

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

This was good, and I expected it to just be okay. Super happy. This science thriller came to me by way of BookishFirst and I enjoyed it a lot. It was fast-paced, complex, thrilling and multi-layered, all the things I love in a good thriller. This one hits shelves in September and I’ll be reviewing it fully before then, so keep an eye out!

What I think I’ll read next:

I’m in the mood for something thrilling!!

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

I’ve been meaning and wanting to get to this book for a long time and I’m only now accomplishing it. This is an ARC from Netgalley and its release is quickly approaching! I’ve got until just before August 13th to read and review this little gem and I’m really excited. The Swallows is an adult thriller and I’ve been feeling that call to read something thrilling!

The Killing Gene by E.M. Davey

I’m genuinely looking forward to this. This came to me by way of a review request through my site and when I looked into it- I was very pleased to see that it has some really good reviews. Part science, part action-adventure, part thriller, I’m hoping that The Killing Gene can satisfy my thriller-itch this week. Look for more about this book in a review next week!

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

This looks really crazy and really interesting. I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately! The Chain is essentially about a “chain” of people committing kidnap and blackmail in this twisted cycle and of course all the insanity that comes with, during, and after that. I got to know this author, a Belfast native, when I lived in Belfast and I’ve really enjoyed his other books. I have high expectations! Fingers crossed.

What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment and let me know! See you tomorrow. x — A

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Book Tour, Reviews

Lock Every Door ( + GIVEAWAY )

“No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.”

I had so much fun reading Lock Every Door.

I requested to get on this release tour as soon as I saw it; I’ve been a Riley Sager fan since I read his other two books, Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied. When my copy of the book arrived, I’d planned to read it over the course of a week, juggling my schedule between a handful of other books. That’s not what happened. I powered through this thing like it was my damn job, I could not put it down! This was the Summer Thriller that I wanted and needed at just the right time.

Lock Every Door is everything that I love in a thriller: creepy, visceral, paranoid, and just “over-the-top” enough.” I was pulled in from chapter one, I had to know! What is with all the rules in this building?? What’s the catch to this dream scenario?? What awful thing is waiting in the wings?? I got everything I wanted and more, in answers, in scares, and in fun.

This might be my favorite out of all of Sagers novels and I don’t think that’s by accident. This book was tight, sharp, and buttoned-up; its obvious that Sager has grown as a writer. Satisfying and addictive, Lock Every Door does a cool thing in creating a countdown on the first page. The use of time to further the visceral urgency in this book was a brilliant choice, causing me to turn moments over in my head, wondering how they might all link together at the end. The slow burn of this novel was part excitement, part dread, and part pure entertainment, and before you know it you can’t turn the pages fast enough.

One of my favorite things about Sager as an author is that, again, he delivers a competent and relatable female protagonist who makes a lot of the same choices we all would. Especially in the situation that she gets into (paid to live in a lavish apartment??), I appreciated the modern social concerns that she, as a single young woman, would feel. What’s the catch? (Oh, and you know there’s a catch.) I also appreciated that Sager took this chance to write a thriller that not only delivers pulse-pounding thrills, but also makes a statement about privilege and grief and social judgement. Really interesting and applicable, all while somehow maintaining a tone somewhere comfortably between The Shining and Scooby-Doo.

Lock Every Door is a wickedly fun adventure of a book and I wish I could read it again without knowing the “secret.” I whole-heartedly enjoyed this classic “locked room” chiller, full of Sager’s signature style. Fans of his, and those who aren’t, would be wise to pick up this addition to his work. I had a blast reading it and I hope that you do too.

“Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer.

Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of FINAL GIRLS, an international bestseller that has been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestseller THE LAST TIME I LIED. His latest book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, will be published in July.

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It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

I’m halfway through this book and I have to say that I am enjoying it a lot. It hasn’t hooked me the way I was hoping it would, yet, but to be fair, my expectations for this book were HIGH. I love the fresh perspective of tying a characters powers and fate to religion and gods and it gives the whole story a new twist that I think is original and so fun to read. I’ll definitely be updating you all when I finish this one.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Ha, I started this one kind of on a whim, but I got lucky. I saw it in a new release display at my library and the synopsis sounded utterly creepy and, dare I say it? SCARY. So, of course, I had to bring it home and read it. I’m really loving this one. Again, I’m about halfway through, maybe a little more, and I had to keep my hall light on last night. I know, I’m 12 years old again, I feel it haha. But seriously! The book isn’t “scary” per se, but it definitely holds some scenes that are keeping me up at night with vivid, tangible imagery, and eerie topics that creep into your head when you’re sitting in a waiting room or trying to fall asleep. I hope that the climax of this book lives up to my very high expectations, but we shall see!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I started this book last week and I’m still reading it! I’ve been having to read in rotation, so I can get everything else I need to read by deadlines read, but I’m also kind of enjoying the way that its forced me to savor every moment of this book. Nevernight is SO DARK and I LOVE IT. Mia is unapologetic and brutally fierce, the story is a complex woven tapestry of a thousand different choices and consequences, and I am thoroughly impressed by this book. I’m already so excited to read the rest of the series.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter 1-3 by J.K. Rowling

I’m participating in a Harry Potter reread!! I haven’t reread these books in years and I am so. damn. excited. about reading them again now. I flew through the first three in the series, partly because they’re geared younger than the other four and partly because of excitement, but it feels like going home. I read HP for the first time the year that I too turned 11 and the magic of the twists and turns in this series has not been lost. I am falling back in love all over and over again.

I’m also thinking of doing some sort of blog feature as I read the other four! What do you think??

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

I started this book with the intention of reading as much as I could fit in before the deadline because I’m reviewing it for an exciting book tour tomorrow! (There’s also gonna be a GIVEAWAY! Keep on the look-out!) However, I fell head over heels into this book with no hope of getting out. It was driving, compelling, addicting, and I NEEDED to know the secrets inside the Bartholomew. Oh, and I learned them. I finished this book in one day, you couldn’t pry it out of my hands. I can’t wait to more fully review this book and I’m so excited to be participating! Check back here tomorrow for some exciting Lock Every Door stuff!

What I think I’ll read next:

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

I’m really looking forward to this one! I’ve heard the Jasmine Guillory is a hit and I’ve been reading a LOT of fantasy lately, so I think it’ll feel good to take a break with a fun contemporary. This book is about a girl who’s boyfriend (of like- weeks or something ridiculous) proposes to her in on the jumbotron at a baseball game- and the chaos that ensues after. I think it looks fun, fresh, and like a perfect Summer read. Here’s hoping!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Ahhhh yaaaaay! It’s taken me a while to get through Nevernight, since I’m also trying to continue with my HP read-a-long and books for review, but I am so excited for the next book in the series. And also excited that I discovered these not too long before the third, and final, installment comes out this year. I cannot wait!! This series has hooked me hard.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

So excited for this one! I’ve been enjoying my HP reread like no other, but this book was my favorite in the series for a long time and I suspect that it still will be. I’m really looking forward to diving into it again as an adult and seeing what new things pop out at me, and what holds up and doesn’t. This series is so much fun and I’m having the time of my life reliving the nostalgia and love for these books.

What are you reading this week?? Tell me in the comments!

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It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’m reading this with two friends (Heeey Anita and Jennie! @jenniefromthebook) and I’m already hooked! This is my first time reading this one even though the third book in the series is set to come out this year, and I’m really enjoying it. Nevernight is dark, unapologetic, and addicting. Jay Kristoff has definitely earned a spot in the list of authors who’s body of work I consistently enjoy. Excited to continue this one!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

That’s riiiiiight! It’s time for a reread, folks! I haven’t reread these in years, years, and I am so excited to dive back into these childhood favorites!! I’m listening to them this time around and hearing the words of this story unfold before me again is like taking a long, peaceful walk in the neighborhood I grew up in. This July is going to be one great Harry Potter month!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

This one came out today! I received this ARC just two days ago in order to read it for its upcoming Blog Tour! I’ll be participating as a host this year and I’m so excited to tell you all more about this great, thrilling read. This is my second Riley Sager book and I am not disappointed! Keep an eye out for the tour soon and a GIVEAWAY too!!

What I’ve recently finished:

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Oh, my heart! This book hit me right in the feels, over and over and over. It was beautiful. I read this book for bingo in June and I enjoyed it a lot. This YA contemporary deals with really difficult topics and does so with such a delicate hand and poignant style. I’m very impressed by this book, which I had previously never heard of, which I love. If this sounds like your kind of book, then I definitely recommend!

What I think I’ll read next:

Recursion by Blake Crouch

I’m so excited to read this!! Blake Crouch also wrote Dark Matter, which I enjoyed a lot, and his mind is so sharp with this brand of science fiction. The synopsis of this one sounds just as intense and creative as the last one was, something to do with memory and a technology that could allow us to tangibly relive them, and then of course lots of complicated intrigue and moral dilemmas along the way. I’m so psyched.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

I’m also excited about this one, to be honest. I’m reading this for a Book Exchange, but also because I’ve read most of B.A. Paris’ work and I have really enjoyed all of them. I read the synopsis before I bought it, but really only as a formality. Paris consistently writes thrillers that are psychological, moody, and don’t always end how you expect, and that’s what I’ve enjoyed the most. I look forward to enjoying this one too.

What are you reading this week?? Tell me in the comments!