Book Review: One by One by Ruth Ware

Book Review: One by One by Ruth WareOne by One Release Date: 12th November 2020
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Rating: four-stars

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

I have been loving Ruth Ware’s books this past year. I have read everything she has written to date (you might be interested in my video in which I read her backlist and decide what my favourite is), so when I saw One by One up on Netgalley I had to grab it.

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Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy LefteriThe Beekeeper of Aleppo Release Date: 2nd May 2019
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Rating: three-half-stars

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

I had to take several breaks while reading The Beekeeper of Aleppo because it is a HEAVY read. It follows Nuri and Afra, husband and wife, as they flee Syria to join their family in the UK as refugees. The main bulk of the story takes place in Syria, where we see how their lives were before and after, and in Greece, where they stay for a while as part of their journey.

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Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Inheritance Games #1
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: 3rd September 2020
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

She came from nothing.
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.
Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.

They had everything.
Now she must move into the mansion she's inherited.
It's filled with secrets and codes, and the old man's surviving relatives -
a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got 'their' money.

Now there's only one rule: winner takes all.
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?

I’ve missed Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing. We got off to a rocky start with her paranormal books, but as soon as she switched to writing mystery and thriller books I knew that she was going to be an author that I love.

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Book Review: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

Book Review: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnisBe Not Far From Me Release Date: 3rd March 2020
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Rating: four-stars

The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she's alone - and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

Give me ALL the survival stories! I want to read about people being stuck in the wilderness!

I’ve realised that since reading Be Not Far From Me, I’ve been really into survival stories. I knew I liked them before I read the book, but now I’ve realised that these stories are something that I want to actively pursue. Thank you to Mindy McGinnis for reigniting this fire in me.

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Book Review: The Space Between Worlds by Michaiah Johnson

Book Review: The Space Between Worlds by Michaiah JohnsonThe Space Between Worlds Release Date: 4th August 2020
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Rating: three-half-stars

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

If you’ve been around here for a while then you might know that parallel universe stories are my jam. I absolutely cannot get enough of them, as I find the entire concept so intriguing and exciting. When I first heard about The Space Between Worlds, I knew I had to snap it up, because it sounded exactly like the kind of thing I would enjoy. I am here for anything about travelling between parallel dimensions.

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