Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

GenuineFraudRating: 1*

Published: September 7th 2017 by Hot Key Books

Synopsis: Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.


AAAAA, WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!

The book is set very clever – a reader learns what happened – every chapter brings it one step prior to what I have read just now. Still I would suggest for you not to cheat while reading.

Genuine Fraud is about a broken personality who has no real sense of what she is doing, she has, however, a wish to be belong and be loved, needed and every time facing denial she goes off and tries to prove them wrong in the most brutal way, so they have no chance to change. I could say this is not entirely a youth read as some may get wrong ideas in one’s mind. This is a twisted mystery, where one drama escalates to another one and nothing is solved. The book holds so many unanswered topics that it kills to read any further.

The main character Jules has witnessed her parents death and being taken by the same person, her mental stage and whatsoever is under question in my opinion, she is jealous to mostly everyone and doesn’t approve her best friend having relationships with all the guys. She creates double stories and hides her truth self at all times, to everyone and about everything her stories, as a compulsive lair don’t match. For those who start to question her, they must go..

I picked up the book because of the high popularity and the cover intrigued me.
I read through the book until I reached a point –  I don’t care what it is about, I had prior read a review which said it was so interesting and after the last page the reader went straight to the very first page to reread again, and that was the only thing that kept me reading further. But, my own thoughts did not reach this stage at all – kind of wasted reading time.

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Ambitious June reading…

img_20180607_105437-1611355923.jpgHello June!

I have approximately 3 weeks, let’s be honest to read all of these 7 paper and hardback books…How, I don’t know, plus 3  light contemporary ebooks. How many books did you choose to pick up from your long reading list for June? I am assuming you have a never-ending list, always adding some more. Mine, well, these are the books I had set on the library list for months and it’s now or never, I want to read as many as possible books that are set on the reading list and then I will create a new one. Pity is to realize, not all the books are available, some are published in Asia, and my only option would be ordering/buying…which I don’t do, unless I really loved the book and have read it…

Do you recognize a book from the photo? Which one you aim/ have read?

So my June ambitious read:

+ 3 contemporary  ya romances:

It’s possible I might postpone the ebooks for next month, but I do hope to finish these in June.  So, I have crime/detective fiction, 3 fantasy books, 5 ya’s.

Wishing you all a great June!

May Wrap Up

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Hello!

May seems long gone, and June have been here for awesome 6 days already. How happy are you about your May read? Did you read more books than planned? I wish I had, but I didn’t, overall I am glad I made it through the three books I planned to read. 3 books only (!), that’s such a small number to read, yeah, barely made it, hehehe:

I had set possible higher expectations for my May read to be honest, I flew to meet my friends in France  (post about the trip will follow) and I was thinking I will read while on plane, while on bus from Beauvais Paris airport to city centre, but I didn’t  – I fell asleep the moment plane start its engine, the moment when the bus left the terminal! And of course, the idyllic thoughts I will sit and read in the evenings – really doesn’t work – first of all, I had amazing time chatting non-stop and while in Paris alone-the weather was absolutely not reading welcoming, hehe..and I spent a lot of walking, which I planned to, and I am so happy I did. The idea to sit in a coffee place while having lunch and read – failed, maybe if i stayed for a whole week in capital alone… Found too interesting to watch the people pass by and the surrounding architecture! More about it later.

I also made hiking trip and meeting another friend for few days. It’s been a socially active month, which is an emotional booster. May fall to be my birthday month and so I won’t lie it was one of the most fantastic months in the recent years, even I didn’t read that much! I was greeted by more people than I expected, as this year I wasn’t expecting any gifts, but happen quite the opposite. I wasn’t given any books, but other items as stationery for writing letters, notebook “today is the day” to write my faviurite ‘to-do-lists’, pens, bath salt, candles and melting wax, champagne tasting and souvenirs, favorite chocolates and custom tea holder “house” and jeverly.

But do you make the combination of travelling + reading work for you? How do you balance the time?

For June I have set quite an ambitious reading and travelling plan. Fingers crossed it works!

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The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan #3) by Jane Casey

TheLastGirlJaneCaseyRating: 4****

Published: November 15th 2012 by Ebury Press

Synopsis: The teenage girl was the first victim.
Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance. Her mother, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly.
Called to the crime scene in leafy Wimbledon, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband is found lying bleeding and unconscious in an upstairs room. A top criminal barrister, he insists he’s the third victim rather than their prime suspect, even if he is a man who makes enemies easily.
The only other surviving family member is fifteen-year-old Lydia. She was the one to find her mother and twin sister’s bodies – and the only witness Maeve has. But she isn’t talking…


The setting as always takes place in London, Uk. Maeve Kerrigan works together with her partner Derwent to solve which looks a typical family drama crime scene, where a woman and her daughter has been murdered quite drastically. The husband is the main suspect, sort of, but how did he knocked himself off when the paramedics arrived? How and why the other daughter was left untouched? Is there a pattern?

There is no straight direction where the plot will go. What makes it more complex is the husband absolutely don’t care what or who may be the guilty one…suspicious, isn’t it? His whole personality as well as everyone else’s is digging mystery, everyone is keeping secrets and aren’t honest even to themselves. His past is quite interesting and he’s constantly hiding something…

The book is interesting, fast moving 4h read. The main female character, Maeve is intuitive, smart and has social skills to approach the matter right to the point, but not making any stupid comments than her colleagues say… Highy suggest to read the books in the right order, to understand the way each character gets build up in this particular detective book.

I enjoyed the 3rd book in the series! Oh my, I had my suspects and I was wrong, which I like even better as the suspense is kept well, and when i figured the person I have suspected isn’t the one, it’s more interesting then, reading all the why’s and how’s.

 

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn

deannaRayburnRating: 4****

Published: January 16th 2018 by Berkley

Synopsis: London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker.
His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London. But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .
 


This is the third book in the series and it helps having read the previous two to understand both main characters Veronica and Stocker, their humor and each characteristics. The book takes the reader in Egyptian setting, this time there’s a mystery that involves Egyptian gods and curses and the start is pretty mysterious.

Have you read the mystery books of Egypt and other expeditions in the world before? I have and those pretty much remind me of all the myths and mysteries that have involved those who are going on expeditions. I was ready to discover some very interesting puzzle truth..

If you have read the previous books in the series, you know what to expect, that the facts may not be as what they seem to be, the greater story will be discovered underneath. But what I love is Deanna’s writing style, how she has mastered to create Veronica’s character, her spiteful tongue and excellent humor.

The joyful and great teamwork with Stocker. In this book we, the readers, learn more about Stocker’s first wife and his ex-best friend, we learn even more than we have known before, and still Veronica surprises.

I don’t want to give away the mystery. I suggest everyone to read A Treacherous Curse.

Back to Reading!

Hello!

You may or you may not have noticed my absence from posting anything. Yup, I have had a massive Reading Slum for over more than a month and it wasn’t influenced by any book that I read… as it sometimes is… My last read in March was “When Dimple Met Rishi” by  Sandhya Menon and I didn’t post the review on any sites, it was OK read, I wasn’t super excited, but enjoyable and I will be reading the other book by the author, and then I simply wasn’t into reading. I wasn’t interested  to read anything at all, none of the books I have ordered from library, none from my stock, this never happens, those were just sitting on my shelf. I wanted to read but didn’t, my year reading goal will most probably will be affected by this, hopefully in the next reading months I will be able to reach more than the current goal set on Goodreads!

I wanted to read, took out the book, placed it next to the sofa, on the table, making the book visible and attractive to pick up and read and I knew I will be lost in the book as soon as I will actually read and the next minute will be when I have finished the last pages, this, however, did not happen.

I wasn’t into reading or watching any YouTube book reviews. Have you ever been this bad that you have lost interest in any form of reading? I went to cinema twice and I wasn’t excited about the movie choices I made, but it was classy to go for a first show of Avengers movie after midnight ^^ and then in my free time I was traveling/ visiting friends. Going for walks and exploring new places.

But I am back and HUNGRY to read. It’s nearly mid month of May, and being optimistic and realistic at the same I plan to read maximum 3 books:

  1. A Treacherous Curse (#3) by Deanna Rayburn
  2. The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan #3) by Jane Casey
  3. Darkness Echoes – short story collection by various authors

I have started to read Darkness Echoes and the very first first story was spooky enough to get scared, hehehe, those stories are that good!

Ilonita

 

The Lost (Stone and Oliver, #1) by Mari Hannah

TheLostRating: 5 *****

Published: March 22nd 2018 by Orion

Synopsis: Alex should never have agreed to the spur-of-the-moment holiday with her sister. Seven days felt like a year without Daniel, her ten-year-old son. This was the first time they had been apart since he was born and her husband had convinced her it was a good idea.
It was a bad idea. Daniel has gone missing. As local CID officers, David Stone and Frankie Oliver have been assigned their first case together. A small boy’s fate lies in their hands and the pressure is on. And when someone close to Daniel is found dead, they begin to feel the heat.
 


Thank you to Orion Publishing Group for an e-arc in order for my honest review!

This was my first book by the writer and so I was very intrigued by the synopsis and ready for a new detective series + I enjoy the cover. The book has over 300 pages, but it has small print layout, so it took me more than regular 300 over pages read, be ready for a chunky read! The book starts slow but soon it builds up very well written and interesting. This is my first read book written by the author.

The Lost is a new detective series that shows two main characters, Frankie Oliver and David Stone. Stone is Frankie’s boss and has recently started to work within the team, although having a great career in London before. They both work as partners in investigation over a boy called Daniel who went missing right after his football practice. Leaving everyone at the edge, especially his step-dad who’s been left on charge while his mum, Alex left for a week-long holiday in Mallorca with her sister. Daniel is a boy who’s not a stereotyped boy his age, he is very responsible and there is no way he would have planned something adventurous or left on purpose…

The book is great as it brings new suspense and new, much more in-depth, perspective to what’s happening. The plot took me by surprise, oh, it was sooo good! I can’t write it as it would ruin your interest to read it. There are many sides to each of the suspects and reader, be ready to questioning each of them on your own, flipping pages to the very start and thinking who’s behind what! The book touches various topics such as family relationships, loss of a baby, lies, financial breakdown,  and plot twists and turns.

The book also touches David’s and Frankie’s personal lives, their secrets and how those influence their team…. can they trust each other, how much have each of them learned from each other and observed.

I really enjoyed the read and I am looking for the second book # The Insider being published on November 2018, so few months only left for waiting. That’s what I like, having not that long time in between the books.