Jin and his kisses were such a hint last month that I decided to let him send you more kisses with this July wrap-up! Wow, it’s August already! I don’t know if I feel as if July went by quickly or slowly…it seems to change for me depending on the day. But I feel like it’s the former more than the latter. Summers usually fly by for me because I’m a lot more busy with friends and family while we’re enjoying the (usually) nicer weather here in Canada. Winter has all of us feeling a lot more lethargic, which is fine since that means more reading and blogging time for me. But anyways, here is what’s been going on on Flavia the Bibliophile in the past month!
Title: The Spy Across the Table
Author: Barry Lancet
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Action
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: June 20, 2017
Page Count: 448
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage—putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.
Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he’s devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.
Hello everyone! (Please enjoy the kisses sent to you from my BTS bias, Jin, GIF on the left)! He is seriously the cutest and dorkiest, and I love him. But anyway! As some of you may have noticed, I did not post a monthly wrap-up for May, and that’s because I was away on vacation for most of that month, and therefore hadn’t posted enough to put in a wrap-up! So, just as I’ve done with March and April, I decided to just attach the posts from May to my June wrap-up, and just put them up that way together. It just made more sense to me!
I am very excited to be partnering with Simon & Schuster in order to bring you guys this giveaway! The giveaway is U.S. only, (sorry international followers! I will be hosting an international giveaway very soon!) And the book being given away is Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet, which came out today!
“Pacific Burn is a page-turning, globe-spanning tale of murder, suspense, and intrigue that grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Barry Lancet is truly a gifted author, and his character of Jim Brodie is unlike any private investigator you’ve ever encountered in literature.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel
Before the link to the actual giveaway, I would like to first share some images and info about the book with all of you (courtesy of Simon & Schuster):
Title: The Fixer: The Naked Man
Author: Jill Amy Rosenblatt
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: August 8, 2015
Page Count: 162
A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: “Katerina—I need some help. Be a good girl and come over here and I’ll make it worth your while.”
It’s an offer NYC college student Katerina Mills should refuse. But how can she?
A desperate situation….
After ditching her cheating lover (and boss), she’s stuck in dead end temp jobs. Her dad just ditched her mom and his promise to pay Kat’s college tuition bill.
She has two weeks to come up with $14,000 or she’s out of her apartment, out of school, and out of luck.
And it’s time for another #ReadThemAllThon update! For those of you who don’t know about it, #ReadThemAllThon is a readathon which is Pokémon / Pokémon GO themed!
For info about the readathon, you can read my sign up post for it here.
As you may know (if you’ve read my last update), I had a bit of a wonky start due to not having finished Nevernight when the readathon started, and then suffering from an intense book hangover afterward. I managed to push through, though, and read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab at a relatively okay speed, all things considered. Haha. I finished and reviewed This Savage Song, and then moved on to Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter.
Title: Ghostly Echoes
Author: William Ritter
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Date published: August 23, 2016
Page Count: 348
An e-copy of this book was kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: “Tread lightly, Miss Rook,” warned Mr. Jackaby. “It would not do to push Miss Cavanaugh too far or too fast.”
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.
I was tagged by Pore Over the Pages to do the Stranger Things Book Tag! I finished the series maybe 1 or 2 weeks ago (I can’t keep track of time too well, haha). But anyway, it was an amazing show, and I can’t wait for the next season! This book tag was created by A Running Commentary, and it should be quite fun! So, here goes…
Title: The Gilded Cage
Author: Lucinda Gray
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date published: August 2, 2016
Page Count: 188
E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George’s head.
Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.
Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?
I’ve decided to join my first readathon! Many fellow bookworms (including the creator of this readathon, Aentee from Read at Midnight), have said that readathons have been a great way for them to tackle their TBR piles! So, I decided to give it a try because my TBR pile is getting out of control (it’s not a pile anymore, but 3 shelves), and because I love anything and everything Pokémon-related! This is just an awesome readathon idea.
Disclaimer: Pokémon does not belong to me, but to Nintendo!
Okay so, to quote Aentee directly, for those who may also like to join, or just simply want to know that the heck it is that I’m talking about, hahaha: