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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Other Mrs. REVIEW

The Other Mrs.

Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row
Release Date: February 18th 2020
Print Length:  405 pages
Genre: Psychological Thrillers/ Domestic Thriller

Edition: audiobook


BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon #CommissionsEarned

Reason for Reading – Borrowed from the library via Hoopla app. I saw its going to be a Netflix movie and wanted to read it first. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  



Synopsis:

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.


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Awesomeness Factor: 5 / ★★★★★



Main Characters

  • Dr. Sadie Foust- has periods of time she can't account for, suspect for neighbor's murder
  • Professor Will Foust- cheater, partial stay-at-home-dad
  • Morgan Baines- murdered neighbor
  • Mouse- POV from a young girl with horrible step mom
  • Imogen- Will's angry/moody niece, mother died by suicide
  • Camille- the other woman, had an affair with Will, jealous of Sadie

Characters: 5 / ★★★★★

Plot

The Foust family is trying to recover from infidelity when Will's sister suddenly dies and they inherit a house with custody of his niece on a little island town. Sadie had a slight breakdown at work so this opportunity, although tragic, came at a perfect time. Soon after moving in a neighbor is found murdered and Sadie is a suspect. Troubles seem to continue to follow the family when the other Mrs. begins to stalk Will and impersonate Sadie hindering the investigation.

Plot and Themes: 5 / ★★★★★


Setting

coastal island town in Maine requiring a ferry ride for commute

Setting: 5 / ★★★★★




Theme

The couple working on reconciliation after infidelity, getting over jealousy. Murder mystery

"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness – 5 / ★★★★★


What did I like about the book?

This is my first book by this author. I absolutely love mystery/psychological thrillers so this fast paced story with unreliable narrators is definitely my preference. There are multiple POVs so we hear from Sadie as her mental health deteriorates and anxiety increases. Mouse, an innocent little girl suffering from abuse from her new stepmom, and Camille, the 'other Mrs.' with an agenda progress the story in a twisty way. I also enjoyed Will's POV at the end.

SPOILER:
At first I thought Sadie was being hypnotized somehow (I blame watching Betty on Riverdale) and that explained her erratic behavior and time lapses. The plot twist was better. I wanted to read this story before watching the Netflix movie but now I have no idea how its going to play out without revealing the twist too early. 


What did I not like about the book?

N/A - loved it

Date Started/Finished : February 23rd-25th 2020

Writing: 5/★★★★★
Story – 5 / ★★★★★
Romance – 4 / ★★★★★ marriages are complicated
Angst – 4 / ★★★★★ Sadie's poor anxiety
Content Flow – 4 / ★★★★★




Recommend? YES!

Recommend To – If you like domestic thrillers with unreliable narrators, you'll enjoy this
Would you encourage others to read this book? absolutely! This was a quick read for me
Would Read More from Author? Definitely

The Other Mrs.The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Overall Rating: 5/★★★★★    based off Goodreads' ratings

5 stars – LOVE, it was amazing, highly recommend.








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Friday, February 28, 2020

Blood Countess REVIEW


Blood Countess

Title: Blood Countess
Series: Lady Slayers book 1 (can be read as a standalone)
Author: Lana Popović
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: January 28th 2020
Print Length:  293 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror, Young Adult

Edition:  audiobook


BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon  #CommissionsEarned

Reason for Reading – Borrowed the audiobook from my library via Hoopla app. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  



Synopsis:

A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula 

In 16th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.


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Awesomeness Factor: 4 / ★★★★★



Main Characters

Anna Darvulia- lesbian, naïve 16 year old, attractive, mid-wife apprentice with an affinity for healing
Countess Elizabeth Báthory- bi-sexual, manipulative, youth obsessive, sadist

Characters: 4 / ★★★★★

Plot

Countess Baithory is a wealthy women with powerful influence and a reputation for being unkind. Anna's first encounter with the countess was when a stray cat she was trying to rescue caused an accident during the Countess' commute. They locked eyes, recognized each other's stunning beauty, and started a toxic relationship that does not end well for almost anyone they know.

Anna had a reputation for being a witch because she had a knack for treating illnesses. Her mother was a midwife and she spent a long time apprenticing and developing her skill. The Countess, obsessed with her aging beauty convinced Anna to help create an elixir at the expense of her co-workers.

Plot and Themes: 3 / ★★★★★


Setting

16th century Hungary

Setting: 2 / ★★★★★

Besides the lady of the house having a whole bunch of servants, there isn't anything that makes me think its in a particular location or time period. Does not influence the story.



Theme

The things we'll put up with for love

"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness – 3/ ★★★★★


What did I like about the book?

Anna Darvulia cannot keep a secret at all! As soon as she's sworn not to not tell a soul about the Countess she runs and tells her mom and best friend. Kind of reminds me of my youngest. As soon as anything happens she's posting on Snapchat, everything is public knowledge.

Speaking of my kiddos. My oldest daughter and I were talking about how GenZ is hated because of being so lazy (although, they are still kids, so...?). The main character has always shadowed her mother and then went to work to completely support her family as a teenager. My 17 year old has worked 2 jobs and gone to school full time half of the time she's been employed since her 15th birthday. I don't think its that far fetched. Anna fell hard for her mistress and let love blind her from reality. Isn't that how it always is?

The villain of the story, Ms Blood Countess herself, stays true to nature the entire book. Her growth was to be increasingly cruel in front of Anna and no longer pretending innocence. I liked the way she convinced Anna to do her bidding. She was manipulative and unapologetic.


What did I not like about the book?

The main characters are homosexual. I did not realize this was a love story between women before borrowing it. I understand the plot was driven by Anna's feelings towards the countess and it was written in a way that makes since... but I wouldn't have picked it up if I had known.

The book seemed to take FOREVER to read. There was repetition and it was slow. I liked the dark descent but... it was not a fast read. Her fellow workers turned against her and she became obsessed with her mistress, willing to do anything to stay in her good graces. Sounds like not a bad thing but it just felt anticlimactic. 

Date Started/Finished : February 7th-19th 2020

Writing: 4/★★★★★
Story – 3/ ★★★★★
Romance – 3 / ★★★★★
Angst – 1 / ★★★★★
Content Flow – 3 / ★★★★★
Image/ Illustration – 5 / ★★★★★
Intellectual Depth – 2 / ★★★★★



Recommend? there are other dark stories out there


Blood Countess (Lady Slayers #1)Blood Countess by Lana Popović
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Recommend To – If you like villains, bloody stories, YA historical fiction
Would you encourage others to read this book? eh, its ok. If you are interested in the story of Countess Baithory then this story may be fun.
Would Read More from Author? maybe

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Overall Rating:3 /★★★★★

based off Goodreads' ratings: 3 stars – liked it, average read. The story was what I was expecting.







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Disclosure: This book was borrowed from my library. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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