Review: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

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Title: Pride and Premeditation
Author: Tirzah Price
Genres: YA, Mystery, Romance, Retellings, Historical Fiction
Series: Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1
Published: April 6, 2021
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 3/5
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PROS: Jane Austen, murder mystery, strong female mc, retelling
CONS: dragged out, no real plot twists/surprises
TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. 

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book took about 250 pages before it caught my attention. Once I hit 250 I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a YA murder mystery book so I wasn’t expecting huge twists and turns but if I was a DNF’er I would have stopped around page 200-thankfully I can’t just stop reading a book and I’m so glad that I did. The story picked up and it was really good.

Lizzie was a good female mc she was fierce without being overly “I am a woman hear me roar” but she deff put out that vibe. I liked Mr. Darcy from the beginning because a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice inspired book with Darcy as a characters name—C’MON. My favorite literary character was represented good by this young Mr Darcy, with his cold demeanor and introverted self. 

Mr. Collins gave me the creeps FR. I keep forgetting (unsure how because I’ve read more regal romance books than I can count) how things were done back there and how the parents ruled above literally everything. 

Charlotte was a great thrown in the back side character. I like Abigail too. And of course cute little Fred.

I also loved how the story made it known that there would be a second book and in the end it let you know what is was going to be about-I enjoy that instead of wondering if/when/what the second book will be about. 

For a debut novel this one was good, it was just slow to start but then amped right up! 

Review: The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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Title: The Wife Stalker
Author: Liv Constantine
Genres: Fiction, Psych Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~320
My Rating: 4.5/5
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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Woah. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. There’s honestly nothing else I can say. The beginning of the story is kinda slow and you’re waiting to start hating Piper and is she poisoning the kids, is she planning to push them off a cliff—everything’s set up to hate her but the punchline never comes. And then I was getting annoying with them telling the kids Joanna was in heaven when she wasn’t and then OMMMMGGGGG. Just it really caught me off guard and I loved it!

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it! 

Review: Vanilla Bean Vengeance by Agatha Frost

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Title: Vanilla Bean Vengeance
Author: Agatha Frost
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Series: Claire’s Candles #1
Published: February 28, 2020
Pages: ~206
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER

Claire Harris loves nothing more than crafting homemade candles. She has always dreamed of one day opening a quaint candle shop in her home village of Northash, but at thirty-five, she still can’t afford to take the risk. Stuck in a dead-end job at the local candle factory, and back living with her parents, Claire knows her life needs a shakeup.

The last place she expected change to come from was the factory itself, but when the owner is shockingly pushed to her death, Claire’s life is flipped upside down. She isn’t the only person in the village depending on the factory, so when the murder plunges the business’s future into uncertainty, Claire feels compelled to solve the crime.

With the help of her retired-detective father and closest friends, Claire uncovers a tangled web of conspiracies, cover-ups, secrets, and lies, but can she uncover the truth before her candle shop dream slips through her fingers forever?

Book 1 in the Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone. A light, cozy mystery with a candle-loving British amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a first “cozy mystery” read for me. I enjoyed it, it was light and not overly predictable. It wasn’t anything WOW-worthy but I kept wanting to read. Not a long read so I could see myself reading more Agatha Frost books in between heavier reads. I did not realize this was part of a continuing series about Claire, so I can’t wait to read book two soon (Black Cherry Betrayal.)

Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published: January 24, 2019
Pages: ~406
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: ALCOHOL/DRUG USE, ANIMAL DEATH, GUNS, MURDER, PTSD, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SELF HARM, MENTAL ILLNESS.

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.
Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.
Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
If you can stomach the incredulous character that is Miranda then it really leads up to certain key points in the story. It’s like we were made to be annoyed with her. There are some twists in the story that I was even like 🤔😳 but nothing OMG worthy. You kind of get the jist of where the story is going towards the latter 3/4 of the book. It was a great read and towards the end I couldn’t put it down just because I needed to know the ending and how everyone ended up—did they go their separate ways or still stay connected somehow?! AND there’s like a little romance thrown in too lol.

Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~352
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL & DRUG USE, SELF HARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER, VIOLENCE

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave? 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a good read, it was really predictable which made it less than lackluster. But the unfolding of the characters and the little girl/her own things she was dealing with. Was very interesting. The neighbors were suspicious, I was suspicious, but knew the plot less than half way in.