05 April 2017

The House by Simon Lelic - My Review


IMG Obtained from Net Galley


I just recently finished this really intense, unexpected thriller and I can't wait to tell you guys about it. Here is what the book is about -

Via NetGalley -

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door. And now the police are watching them...
My Review

When I started this book, I thought it would be a ghost story. Although you have some haunted characters, this isn't quite a ghost story. It starts out with the couple writing their stories about what has happened since they moved into their new house. Jack starts out focusing on the house and the discoveries he has made since they arrived. Following his initial reaction to the house, Sydney talks about this girl she befriends named Elsie.  This book is a close first person account about this couple's experience and at first it's as if you are privy to a private conversation and that is what makes this so unique.

One really incredible piece about this book is how you piece together what's going on in this couple's life.  I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that it's about how the past will catch up to the future. For any horror story or haunted house story fan, this book does remind us all - be wary of an old house with a great deal.

I'm also a fan of good endings and will never give the ending away, but I was highly pleased with house this story ended too. The only troubling part is Sydney goes over some abuse she handled as a kid by her father and that was almost too vivid and cruel for me to read. I actually had to skip through that.

I highly recommend this story and you will not regret reading it!

Right now it's going to be published later this year, so add this to your reading list on GoodReads.

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You can also follow the author on Twitter too!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

01 April 2017

An Excellent Subscription for Bookworms

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April is here! And you know, if you are a bookworm or if you know a bookworm, you should sign up for the "Book of the Month" subscription service. Here's why it's a stand out service:

1) You can choose which book you want to read for the month before they mail it out.

2) It's inexpensive! For example right now they have an April promotion for a 1-month subscription, for only $5! You can purchase a 3 month subscription for $9.99 per month AND you get a free tote. 

3) Really cool people select the books for the month! For example, Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ) and Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl) as judges this April.

So I think you should sign up. I've used it before and every time I'm always surprised by the book selection and also you can some fun little trinkets too like a bookmark or something extra special like that. 


29 March 2017

More of Me by Kathryn Evans [Book Review]



About the Book (Courtesy of NetGalley)

"Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she’s a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she’s anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free."

My Opinion 

Oh this book was WEIRD you guys. But you know? Not in a bad way. So you have a girl with a bunch of sisters, all ages. But they aren't really sisters. They're versions of her. So this girl, Teva, who is about to turn 16 (and face another transformation) is battling like crazy to keep her life. Because she knows the second she gets near her next birthday, she'll split apart again and a new version of her will come out.

While she's balancing out THIS horrific thought, she's also battling her younger self. The one who is 15, who wants her life back. It's a complicated roller coaster although it's also filled with typical things that happen to us as teenagers - from trying to figure out what we want to do with our life, to finding a boyfriend and keeping a boyfriend, maintaining friendships, and learning how to explain around the weirdness of our personal life. Really if you have a teen who struggles feeling like they're weird, or their life is weird, or your inner teen STILL struggles with feeling weird, you need to read this book. Any one of us who ever looked back on our younger selves and wondered what on earth we were thinking needs to read this book. It does have some slow parts that I thought dragged, but overall, it's a really cool and very DIFFERENT kind of read. It's not overly science fiction, not too young adult either, it's a great balance and you're sure to enjoy it.

Purchase now on Amazon. Or add it to your must read list on Good Reads.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

17 March 2017

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen [Review]



Imagine coming home and someone you expected to be home isn't there. But not only are they gone. They're stuff is gone too. Every photograph of them, clothing, furniture item, sheets, and even down to the last coffee bean is gone. And you go into email and social media and every trace of them is gone there too. Even emails you exchanged with each other. It's like they never existed.

That's the case for Hannah who came home to find her boyfriend, Matt gone. She can't figure out why he left but despite the urging of her best friend she can't let it go either. He couldn't have just left her. She's sure of it. And thus begins and obsessive journey to find her boyfriend. She even risks her job to find him.

This was an enticing thriller although a tad unbelievable at times. With how driven she is at work, I couldn't wrap my head around her willingness to potentially give that up to search for boyfriend. But still that didn't stop me from being really into finding this guy and also guessing along the way for why he was likely missing. I even went the sci-fi route at times! And when the ending came around I was bit thrown, but it did make me think. I also wish there were more instances of foreshadowing of the potential reason why Matt went missing. Overall though this was an excellent thriller and despite some flaws I would say it is worthy of three and a half stars. If you liked Girl on the Train, you will enjoy this. It reminded me a lot of that book.

This book will be available to purchase on Amazon very soon so make sure you remember to buy it! 

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

08 January 2017

Nightmares, Edited by Ellen Datlow [A Review] #AmReading



I'm a huge fan of short story collections these days. I've gotten more into writing my own short fiction lately so I always love reading stories that I can reflect on for inspiration. I am especially a huge fan of the creepy ones.

With the short story collection, Nightmares edited by Ellen Datlow, you have a strong collection of short stories that will disturb you long after they are over. It contains twenty four stories and each one unique and disturbing in it's own way. One in particular called, "The Clay Party," I read during my commute home that left me with a queasy stomach that reminded me a bit of the "Donner Party" with an extremely morbid and weird twist.

Another story, "Dead Sea Fruit" stayed with me. It's a story about a man who turned young men and women's tongues into something that left a horrible ash taste that rendered them unable to eat. The relationship between him and new dentist becomes curious when he refuses to kiss her.

As with all short story collections, some I couldn't connect with and others I found much too gruesome for me to really enjoy. But this is a fantastic collection of short stories that I think is worthy of your reading throughout this dreary cold January. Isn't it a fantastic way to get through this endless winter?

So, Friday the 13th is just next week so if you want to creep yourself out next weekend, I highly recommend purchasing this collection of short stories. It'll definitely stay with you long after it's over (and those are my favorite kind of books!).

Purchase now on Amazon. Visit the publisher's website for more details.

I have included an affiliate link in this post. I receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

24 November 2016

Book of the Month - Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals! #AmReading #Books

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Calling all bookworms!

The best gift for a bookworm is a gift of books. What better way to do that with a "Book of the Month" club gift? Well, if you are hounding down the deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, well you should check out what "Book of the Month" has to offer this year!

This limited time #TreatYourself offer is only for November 25th THROUGH 27th and when you purchase a gift subscription you can get 50% off a 3-month membership AND also receive a free book and tote. Don't you just love receiving when you give? Purchase Now

And for #CyberMonday ONLY, you can get 50% off a 3-month subscription and receive a free book and tote along with it. Awesome, huh? Purchase Now.

I personally tried out the Book of the Month (check out my review here) and I think it's such a cool way to find new books recommended by some pretty famous people sometimes AND you even get to talk about this book with the people who chose the book (they're sometimes famous!)

14 November 2016

Virtual Scavenger Hunt - You're Invited! (Have Fun, Win Prizes!)

I'm doing something a little bit different this time!



Next Sunday running from about 12pm PST with winners announced around 5pm PST, there will be a "Virtual Scavenger Hunt"! And I really hope you will join me. It will be easy to participate and each question you answer is an entry to win a $50 Starbucks Gift Card!

Make sure you join me over on my Facebook page here.

It will be about Suzanne Eglington's newest book, "Beckham 101" and I can't wait for you guys to get to know this book! If you missed out on the Twitter Party I had over this past weekend, this is a great chance to know the book.

Make sure you let me know in the comments if you are joining in! I hope to see you there!

Disclaimer:  I have been compensated to host this event. I am not eligible for prizes.

28 October 2016

Twitter Party Announcement! Join me November 13th at 3 pm PST [Win Prizes!]

Ready for another Twitter party?

Well, I'm so excited to join you guys again to celebrate the launch of a new book called, "Beckham 101" by Suzanne Eglington. I think you'll like chatting with this romance author, she'll have some interesting things to share with us about her newest book!

Here's a brief summary of her newest book called Beckham 101 -

BECKHAM 101 is the third installment in the Kate and Robert Chronicles by author Suzanne Eglington. Eglington invites readers into the intimate inner world of the newly wedded duo as they learn to navigate life as a committed couple. Settling down brings new perspectives and people into Kate’s and Robert’s lives, along with the exposure of more of Robert’s mysterious past. For Kate, being married to a top cop means managing both desire and reality.

You'll have the chance to win one of 4 $5 Starbucks Gift Cards and the grand prize winner will receive a $25 Starbucks Gift Card. Join me on November 13th at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm Eastern) to celebrate the launch of her book. Be sure to use hashtag #Beckham101 if you are participating and make sure to RSVP below so I know you will be joining in!. Also be sure to follow me @BeingTheWriter and @Suzeglington on Twitter for updates!

If you have RSVP'd, click to tweet out the message below & invite your friends to join us!

RSVP for Twitter Party on 11/13 at 3pm PST! Chat @Suzeglington about her book #Beckham101 & win prizes. #giveaway http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/2016/10/twitter-party-announcement-join-me.html 

Here are some disclaimers -

Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag # in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize. Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes. I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.

30 September 2016

Cooking for Picasso - A Book Review & Giveaway #amreading





Recently I finished a charming book called, Cooking for Picasso and I can't wait to tell you about it! I happened to pick up this next book following the heels of a vivid thriller. So the transition for me to this book, which reads at a totally different pace, made my initial experience of the first couple of chapters a bit rough. But you know what? I was very nicely surprised about how this book turned out.

First, here's what the book is about -

A novel inspired by a true incident: In the spring of 1936, Pablo Picasso, unable to paint because of his turbulent love life, secretly left Paris and rented a villa on the French Riviera. No one is certain what happened to him, but suddenly, Picasso picked up his brush and created a series of remarkable paintings, including two pictures of an unidentified young woman. From this intriguing episode, author Camille Aubray creates a fictional story about Ondine, a young chef working in a local café, whose life is transformed by the artist's visit to her seaside village of Juan-les-Pins. Running parallel to the tale of Picasso and Ondine is the contemporary story of Ondine's American grand-daughter, Céline, who ventures to the South of France on a quest to uncover family secrets about what really happened when her grandmother crossed paths with Pablo Picasso. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Céline discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine and love that enable her to embrace her own future. Like Hemingway in The Paris Wife, Picasso is one of a handful of early 20th century figures who still has real star-power. COOKING FOR PICASSO explores the great artist and his work in a human, intelligent and highly engaging new light.


I finished reading it over one of the last hot weekends of this summer/fall season. First you meet Camille, who shows up (in the present) on this elaborate boat for a very elusive reason that you will later figure out. You jump right into the 1930s where you now are introduced to Ondine who works at the restaurant owned by her parents. She's instructed to deliver meals to a patron who lives nearby. And then she realizes who the patron is - the famous, Picasso. But how does the modern tale of Camille enter into it? Well, there is a portrait of Camille's grandmother Ondine, painted by Picasso, which she's not even sure exists. And so the journey begins to find out if the portrait exists, and if it does, what happened to it?

Like I said, it took me a little bit to get involved in the story, the first couple of chapters were just a bit slow for me, but once I delved into the heart of the story, I loved it. The mix between the two generations - the 1930s and the present - went seamlessly for me. I loved the contrasting world and the battle to discover a painting that may or may not even exist. The portrayal of Picasso is interesting and although I really don't know too much about the painter's life, this really provides intriguing insight into who he was as a person. 

I think if you love historical fiction, this is the perfect book for you. It's a mix of mystery and romance. It's a light-hearted read with a lot to give and I was so happy to have read this. This will be a book I plan on re-reading, actually.

I am so happy to announce that I get to giveaway a copy of this book to one lucky reader! Enter a comment letting me know if this books interests you and what you like about it. Ends 10/15. US Only.

If you can't wait to read this, make sure you visit Amazon and purchase your copy today!

**UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for entering! The winner is Teresa Young. Thanks for entering everybody!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links are included in the above posts for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. 

13 September 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - A SciFi Thriller I Won't Long Forget


I had the chance to receive a copy of the book Dark Matter by Black Crouch in exchange for an honest review.  And I was reluctant at first, I mean I hate to judge a book by the cover, but there was something jarring about the bold red and the dark text. So it sat on a shelf for a while until a exhausted my stack of "to be read" from the library. It was the long Labor Day weekend, and knowing that this book was there, I started reading it.

Now, you are first introduced to Jason who has a normal evening with his wife and son, Charlie. Until his wife convinces him to go see an old friend who is celebrating his recently received prestigious award at a local, nearby bar. Jason goes to say hello and congratulate his friend, but he doesn't stay long at the bar. He leaves with the slight twinge of resentment and maybe even regret over his own choices with his life and career. Walking the long way home though, brings him back to center a little bit, until he senses the presence of someone. When the masked gunman prods him to get into Jason's own car, telling him to drive, his life isn't the same after that. 

This is just the beginning in this intense thriller. Just as the description says, before Jason blacks out, someone asks him, "Are you happy?" The answer to that question is the core of the story.

I read a review that said that you can't describe this book without giving things away. And I kind of agree. So I won't launch into a more descriptive review here, but I will summarize how I felt by saying this is a very unique and amazing thriller that I was very impressed by. I read it (nearly) one day, except I savored the ending over the course of two days because I hated seeing this come to an end. This book made me think about all the decisions I've made in my own life that brought me to where I am and makes me wonder that very question myself, "Am I happy? What would I change if I could?" It's science fiction but the science doesn't distract or confuse me. The characters are strong and the core plot of the story kept me enthralled to the end. The bizarre situations this main character finds himself in are very vivid and real feeling, despite the weirdness. Plenty of people seemed to criticize the writing and I didn't have any issues with it. I felt like the short sentences helped build upon the pressure and intensity of the moments and actions in the story.

I am highly recommending you check this book out. Purchase this book now on Amazon.com. Or get this from the library! Overall, you will be glad you read this.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post includes an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.
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