Emily Suvada – This Mortal Coil

“Protecting others is a universal instinct, and it can be overwhelming when it kicks in. We’re all born with it, which means that it’s coded somewhere in our DNA. Our conscious thoughts and memories are built up throughout our lives, but instincts are different. Instincts are genetic. And that makes them susceptible to coding.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse

  • Published On: November 7 2017

  • Pages: 464

Synopsis: Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Review: I had to pick this book up because 1- THAT BOOK COVER IS STUNNING & 2- the synopsis made the book seem super interesting. I really enjoyed the book & imagining all that happens like it was actually happening was just woah. What if someday some of the things that are written about in the book, becomes a reality? (Maybe not to such an extent tho). I really liked it, I can’t wait to know what happens ahead!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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Sarah Vaughan – Anatomy of a Scandal

“Rape, like domestic violence, happens across all classes: could happen to each and every one of us.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Atria

  • Published On: January 23 2018

  • Pages: 400

Synopsis: Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

Review: This is one of those slow fire burning thrillers & not the action packed, jaw dropping twists that most thrillers have, keep that in mind when you go into the book. It was a good read switching between different POVs & included flashbacks. Some of the flashback chapters early into the book felt a little dragging to me but ofcourse it’s all important to the later chapters. I really like court cases & it really played in my head like a crossover between Scandal (because of the PM & all) & How To Get Away With Murder (with the trial & everything).

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

Cynthia Clark – If You Only Knew

“secrets have a way of repressing your being, making you feel stifled, as if you’re not yourself any more. And the longer you keep a secret, the more it crushes your soul, making you want to scream, scratch at your skin, tear your hair out”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Aria Books

  • Published On: October 1 2017

  • Pages: 299

Synopsis: A wife, a mother, a killer. One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life. Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most. .

Review: Another day, another book finished. This one though, I loved! This book made me feel like I was reading a Clare Mackintosh book, I could not put it down & I did not want to put it down even during class 😂. I really enjoyed how the plot unfolds, a really good book about how far people are willing to go to protect our families. I really recommend picking this up!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Quarterly Favorites!

I remember seeing someone do a similiar post over on Instagram or YouTube & I loveeeed the idea! We all do our monthly wrap ups & rate them but I thought we could try Quarterly favourites out!

The books I loved in the past 3 months:

1- Beautiful Potential – J. Saman:

I’m so glad I got the chance to read an ARC of the book on the recommendation of @earlybookishbirds. I shed tears, I laughed like crazy & I had my heart broken. I could not put this book down, could not stop thinking about it & I think I’ve read it twice 😂.

2- The Truth Beneath The Lies – Amanda Searcy:

It’s one of those thrillers that you don’t have to read in between the lines of. THIS WAS A GREAT READ. An amazing plot woven together through short & alternating chapters.

3- If You Only Knew – Cynthia Clark:

I finished reading this book within a day! I could not stop reading it even during class 😂. I was hooooked! An amazing read that made me feel like I was reading a Clare Mackintosh book 🙌🏼. Really recommend.

4- Pretty Little Killers – Rita Herron:

An. Incredible. Book. Honestly I kept writing Pretty Little Liars instead of Pretty Little Killers 😂. Smoothly written & thoroughly enjoyed it! Really recommend reading it.

5- Flow – Clare Littlemore

Another book recommendation by @earlybookishbirds that I LOVEEED. Played in my head like it was a Divergent movie 😂. I’m excited to read book 2 when I can. A great recommendation!

❗️What books that you’ve read in the first 3 months of 2018 would you list as your quarterly favorites?

Meet the bookstagrammer!

#meetthebookstagrammer

IT’S ONE YEAR OF BOOKSTAGRAM AHHHHHHHHHH *runs around screaming* 😂😂😂😂. ✨

As a get to know me:

👉🏼 My name’s Seema! (My friends call me Keema (desi dish literally translates to minced meat – no joke 😂).

👉🏼 I’m 19 (birthday is on August 2!)

👉🏼 The books that got me into reading were the Nancy Drew books & The Famous Five books! (guess that’s where my love for thrillers comes!!!)

👉🏼 I am reading majority of the day 😂 but I prefer to be reading in bed after a long day 😄.

👉🏼I’m currently in my last week of Sophomore year doing my undergrad!

👉🏼 Fav bookish merch are bookmarks!! ✨

❗️So what’s the story behind me starting bookstagram?? 😆 My bestfriends wanted to start blogging & as a way to make sure the 3 of us stay motivated to do it, they forced me to create an account too 😂 (altho I had just wanted to help them out bts). A year later I’m the one still doing it because I LAAAAAAAAAAAAAV IT & can now not imagine life without it? 😄❤️. ✨

First people I followed in the bookstagram world: @africaanah @theguywiththebook & @crimebythebook ✨

First friend made through bookstagram: @thebooknookae ❤️

❗️When & why did you start bookstagramming?! ✨

❗️Are you interested in a giveaway I have planned???? I’m so excited for it to go live for you guys! (Also, is it just me who finds them so stressful???) 😂😂

Megan Abbott – You Will Know Me

“Whenever I confront my own weaknesses, I look in the mirror and say, “You have taken things from me. You will take nothing more.”

Now it is only desire that rules me. Desire to win, yes, but also to be the best. To be extraordinary”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Little Brown

  • Published On: July 26 2016

  • Pages: 352

Synopsis: Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate.

Review: I’ve had this book in my TBR for quite a long time & so I finally picked it up. It was a good read, with an interesting plot but I felt quite disappointed with the ending. The book had me interested enough for me to finish it within a day but towards the end it felt like something was missing, could’ve been better.

Rating: 💎💎💎

Lisa Gardner- Alone

“They were living in the media age, and in the media age, cops didn’t get to fire their weapons. Cops were honoured if they got themselves killed in the line of duty, but they were never supposed to draw their guns, not even in self defence.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Orion

  • Published On: March 1st 2010

  • Pages: 362

Synopsis: Alone . . . Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man’s finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react . . . and forever pay the consequences.

Alone . . . that’s where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son’s death . . . and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital.

Alone . . . a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he’d done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous . . . and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them together is a moment of violence—but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who’s woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.

Review: This book gives me vibes of a potential TV series! Each chapter in my head played like a different episode. I really enjoyed it. Chapters switching between the main characters of the story gave a 360 degree view of everything was happening. Had a “do I hate this character or not” relationship with one of the main characters 😂. Shows the depth of psychological problems that come from childhood traumas.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎