Wishlist Wednesday: The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.



On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Two covers on top of this post because it is going to be difficult to choose between. I have seen both in the shop already and they are both pretty. And that last sentence from that synopsis.... now I simply need to know how this story goes.

Its Monday August 18 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

So who else is running behind on their reading challenge this year? Having this huge ear infection on both ears kept me home last week. Guessing this would help me catch up a bit I mostly managed to sleep a fair amount of time and made that I did not want to read the books I was reading picking up pieces from different books here and there. In the end I did manage to finish Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.

Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

I decided to just pick up something I felt most like reading and am currently working my way trough & Sons by David Gilbert.

& Sons by David Gilbert

Next have Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie lined up.

Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie

Review: One of Us, Tawni O'Dell

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
One of Us, Tawni O'Dell
Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he's still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.
Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny, in pursuit of a killer, comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania where she now lives with her two children.

This mystery and psychological part of this book kept me reading. Though I did guess most of the connections early on I was still intrigued enough to find out how it would be worked out and when truths would be revealed.
I enjoyed Danny's personality. Despite being some famous person he is not made an arrogant personality which often happens. The sensitive kid can be seen easily. I did have a lot of trouble with Scarlett. Though I can enjoy evil she was so over the top that I had a hard time taking her serious. Still the interaction between both characters was interesting.
I did not like the detailed descriptions of the looks and clothing of the characters. Though I did understand at points why it was done it felt unnecessary to know exactly the complete outfit of a character with brands, textures and colour.

One of Us
Author: Tawni O'Dell
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 1476755876
ISBN-13: 9781476755878
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover
One of Us
3 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: Without You, Saskia Sarginson

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

Without You, Saskia Sarginson
1984 - Suffolk, England.
When 17-year-old Eva goes missing at sea, everyone presumes that she drowned. Her parents' relationship is falling apart, undermined by guilt and grief. But her younger sister, Faith, refuses to consider a life without Eva; she's determined to find her sister and bring her home alive.
Close to the shore looms the shape of an island -- out of bounds, mysterious, and dotted with windowless concrete huts. What nobody knows is that inside one of the huts Eva is being held captive. That she is fighting to survive -- and return home...

As said last week already I am tending to spot thriller mystery books at the moment as my reading is a bit slow. Now I need to know who is holding Eva and why and will she make it out of there!!

It's Monday August 11th 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

It has been busy last week at work. In the evenings I did spend a lot of time with books. I finished Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper and Het Wonderkabinet by Brian Selznick.

Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper Het Wonderkabinet by Brian Selznick.

I am currently reading Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol

Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol

Next up is either How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran or Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie.

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie

What are you reading? My holiday will be in two weeks is it to early to start packing my books?
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