The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Release Date: 2nd January 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
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Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times--and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
As psychological thrillers go, The Woman in the Window is an intriguing one, but it’s not all that original. I feel like I’ve read most of these plot points before in various other books, and nothing really stood out here.
Since I fell off the blogging bandwagon a couple of years ago, I wasn’t able to keep up with one of my favourite features on my blog. I absolutely love discovering new authors, and I love supporting the YA newbies, so this feature is one of my favourites. I wanted to bring it back this year because I’ve already read some great 2018 debuts, and I hope to read many more! Without further ado, here are the debut authors whose books are out in February.
American Panda / A Girl Like That / People Like Us / Your One and Only / I Stop Somewhere / The Queen’s Rising / By a Charm and a Curse / The Tombs / Down and Across / Road to Eugenica
My February TBR was kind of a success in that I read six whole books from it! This never happens to me because I tend to get distracted. I’ve decided to do what I did last month again because it worked out so well for me. I’ve picked out some new releases, some review copies, and some backlist titles that I’ve had on my shelves forever.
If Obsidio isn’t on your TBR this month then what are you doing with your life? I didn’t love Illuminae, but Gemina really picked up, and I’m now dying to see how the trilogy wraps up. I’m super excited for Tyler Johnson Was Here, and I think Nothing Left to Burn sounds fairly unique. Unique enough for me to buy it, anyway!
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Release Date: 26th December 2017
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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.
Which is where the list comes in.
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.
I was a bit hesitant to read Love, Life, and the List because I was really disappointed by the last book I read by Kasie West (By Your Side). She’s an auto-buy author for me, but I was so let down by that book that I almost reconsidered. I haven’t read Lucky in Love yet, but I heard mixed things about that one, so by the time Love, Life, and the List came around, I was very much on the fence. (Ha!)
Me in February
I don’t think I even did anything that interesting in February! The month was mostly taken up by work, which caused stress, which meant I didn’t want to do much. Then we got let out of work early last week (twice!) because of the blizzards, which means the chaos is just not going to stop.
I went to Cadbury World with some friends, which was really nice. I mean, lunch was sooo good, and seeing them was great, but the actual tour of Cadbury World was dull. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all, and it was super busy and there were children running around everywhere. The “free” chocolate wasn’t enough for me to want me to go back. But we had a great day overall, especially as we hadn’t been together as a group in nearly a year.
I’ve now been vlogging for an entire month over on my Booktube channel, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s kind of making me want to get back into making actual videos rather than just vlogs, but vlogs are so much easier to do and I don’t think I have the time to vlog, Booktube, and book blog right now. One thing at a time, I think!
Also, I saw Black Panther and I LOVED IT.