Weekly Wrap Up: October 20th through October 26th 2019

Books I’ve Read:

The Brutal Time

Fever

A Hundred Suns


Books with Pending Reviews:

Fever—Review coming October 29th, 2019

A Hundred Suns—Review coming April 7th, 2020


Books with Published Reviews:

Snowfall on Cedar Trail—Review Here

Small-Town Secrets—Review Here


NetGalley Requests:

A Bad Day for Sunshine


Author/Publisher Requests:

Things in Jars—Publisher Request (Atria Books)

Stranger in a Small Town—Author Request

Small-Town Family—Author Request


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz/Cover Reveal:

In Restless Dreams—Cover Reveal

The Merkabah Series—Book Blitz

Masks—Book Blitz

Between Wild and Ruin-–Book Blitz

Slider—Cover Reveal

A Ghost of a Chance—Book Blitz

Veiled Vixen—Book Blitz

Things She’s Seen—Book Blitz

The Fire—Cover Reveal

This Earl of Mine—Excerpt

Sealer’s Game—Book Blitz

The God King—Book Blitz

Haskell Himself—Cover Reveal

Pirate’s Curse: Division One—Book Blitz

Let It Be Me—Book Blitz

Finish What You Start—Book Blitz

Claimed by the Demon Hunter—Book Blitz

The Living Canvas—Book Blitz


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Himself by Jess Kidd

Himself

Title: Himself

Author: Jess Kidd

Publisher: Atria Books

Date of publication: March 14th, 2017

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Fantasy

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 368

Series: No

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland’s west coast, he brings only a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village’s lies.

His arrival causes cheeks to flush and arms to fold in disapproval. No one in the village – living or dead – will tell what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby, despite Mahony’s certainty that more than one of them has answers.

Between Mulderrig’s sly priest, its pitiless nurse and the caustic elderly actress throwing herself into her final village play, this beautiful and darkly comic début novel creates an unforgettable world of mystery, bloody violence, and buried secrets.

My review:

Told in 3rd person, Himself is a book about a young man trying to find out what happened to his mother in a small village in Ireland. With supernatural, mystery and crime-woven into the book, Himself is a book that will suck you in and not let you out until you finish it.

I was truly surprised at how much I liked this book. I couldn’t get enough of it and found myself reading it while waiting for my kid’s bus while cooking supper, eating supper and at night in bed. It was literally book crack for me. I couldn’t get enough of Mahony’s story and of all the other secondary plotlines going on.

I really liked Mahony and definitely felt for him while he was searching for answers for what happened to Orla and who his father was. He had so much opposition but also had so much help, if that makes sense.

The mystery of who killed Orla was a true mystery to the end. The author did a great job of hiding his identity. It was only when the dog was killed and then showed up by the killer’s side was I clued in. Well, that and the other two murders in the village.

I loved the supernatural elements of the book. The ghosts, the storm, the pagan stream in the priest’s house (which was ironic and funny to me), just added more depth to the book. I like that the ghosts were not who they were in real life and they kept their secrets as well as they did when they were alive.

What I really liked about this book was that not all the storylines were resolved in a way that was satisfactory or not at all. One storyline, I do think I figured out who it was ( read the book if you want to know what I am talking about….haha).

How many stars will I give Himself: 5

Why: A great book that had so many layers to it, it resembled an onion in my mind. Once I peeled one layer back, another one appeared. The characters were multi-dimensional (hence the layers) and the storylines were not all happily resolved.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Older teen (16+)

Why: Violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**