#BookHaul: September 2017

September has almost come to its end and that means it’s book haul time! My TBR is incredibly thankful this month because my haul was significantly smaller that last month [only taking one post to showcase it]. So let’s take a look at the new, to review and books swapped this month – as usual I’ll leave out the books I’ve received this month and reviewed already.

Review Copies:

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti (thank you Titan Books)

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Book Review: The Visitors by Catherine Burns

The Visitors - Catherine Burns

I was in two minds about whether to read this novel or not but I was swayed by seeing so many positive reviews.

Book Description:

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side. Continue reading “Book Review: The Visitors by Catherine Burns”

Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse Lake #1)

Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake is this month’s Criminally Good Book Club book and what a good book it was! Stillhouse Lake is a lesson in paranoia.

Book Description:

Gina Royal is the definition of average – a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor – the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake – and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed – or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop. Continue reading “Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse Lake #1)”

Audiobook Review: Sealskin by Su Bristow (Narrated by Angus King)

Sealskin Audiobook

Sealskin is this month’s Ninja Book Club book. I have both the kindle edition and the audiobook, after careful consideration, I decided to listen to the audiobook.

Book Description:

What happens when magic collides with reality?

Donald is a young fisherman eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous…and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?

Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape; the resilience of its people, both human and animal; and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is nonetheless a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Sealskin by Su Bristow (Narrated by Angus King)”

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

I’d not heard of this book until Diverse Books Club announced it as one of their September reads. Naturally, after reading the synopsis, I had to get myself a copy and join in.

Book Description:

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead’s razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history. Continue reading “Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”