Off Balance Review


Title: Off Balance

Author: Dominique Moceanu with Paul and Terri Williams

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Touchstone

Pages: 256 pages

Genre: Non Fiction – Memoir

My Rating: 5star


In this searing and riveting New York Times bestseller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of success…and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later.

At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships.

Off Balance vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contributed to Moceanu’s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Here, Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a public battle with her parents.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanu’s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that Moceanu discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanu’s footsteps in an astonishing way.

A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.”

my review

Growing up I absolutely loved Dominique Moceanu. I specifically remember thinking that she sorta looked like me and that she always seemed so happy.

I started off reading this book thinking it would be meh, but wow it ended up being so good it’s another book I read in just one sitting.

I was shocked to see that the image she protrayed as a young gymnast was absolutely nothing like her experience. I don’t want to spoil the book at all but wow it was so good!

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service Review


Title: On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service

Author: Rhys Bowen

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 5star


A delightful new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.”

my review

Berkley sent me this book and I was incredibly excited when they reached out to me about it. I had already read the first three books in this series and knew it would become one of my favourite cozy mysteries.

Georgie is such a strong female character and absolutely hilarious. The situations she gets herself into always make me laugh.

I loved everything about this book and this series!

If You Find Me Review


Title: If You Find Me

Author: Emily Murdoch

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martins Griffith

Pages: 256 pages

Genre: Fiction

My Rating5star


There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.”

my review

I loved this book. It kind of reminded me of Kristin Hannah’s book Magic Hour, which is hands down one of my favourite books.

This book had so mcuh depth to it, it blew my mind. As someone who works in the field of children’s mental health the protrayl of everything in this book was so well done.

An absolutely beautiful beautiful book. Amazing.

Dreamology Review


Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 336 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating5star


Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?”

my review

This book!

I’m a sucker for anything dream related, psychology related, neuroscience related, and fairytale related ….. what happens when all those things are put together in one book?

My favourite book.

LOVED this to pieces.

I have to admit that if you’re not into brain science or psychology there might be parts that are difficult for you to read or take away from the story. But for me it just added to it’s greatness.

This is a book I will often re read


The Love that Split the World Review

The Love That Split the World

Title: The Love that Split the World

Author: Emily Henry

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 396 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 5star


Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.”

my review

I had heard so many mixed reviews of this book I had no idea if I should get it or not. I was madly in love with the cover though so I caved and bought it. I’m so glad that I did.

Another book to add to my list of favourite books. I have always been interesed in First Nation stories. I think they are beautiful. This book had so many that just added to the absolute beauty of it all.

A book that touches on love, familiarity, attachment, comfort, right and wrong, so many different things.

The end result is a beautiful story

Scorched Eggs Review

Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)

Title: Scorched Eggs

Author: Laura Childs

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…”

my review

Another book from Berkley Publishing that I didn’t get around to until this summer.

I was a little hesitant to read this one because I had read the first Tea Mystery book by Laura Childs and it just didn’t do it for me. There wasn’t anything bad about the book I just didn’t find myself wanting to continue the series.

This series is way different. I liked it enough to want to continue with the series.

What made this book so enjoyable was the characters. They are all so well thought out and have so much personality that it makes the story enjoyable to read.

Murder, Plainly Read Review


Title: Murder, Plainly Read

Author: Isabella Alan

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In the latest from the author of”Murder, Served Simply, a”n Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock s got this mystery covered With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library’s annual book sale. Luckily she s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina. And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver if she hopes to prove Austina s innocence before the real killer books it INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS”

my review

Another book that I recieved from Berkley Publishing last summer and finally got around to.

I was actually pleasently surprised by this one. I didn’t think I would like it because I have no interest in Quilting. But the writing and setting were so good that I found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

I love how distinct the Amish world and the “every day” world were written. You could always tell which part the main characters were in. The talking styles and everything about the characters aligned with the setting.

The actual mystery was really good as well and well thought out.

Also there was a library in it, how could you not enjoy it? great book!

A Useful Woman Review

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)

Title: A Useful Woman

Author: Darcie Wilde

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 357 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society—including who among the ton is capable of murder…

The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion.

So, when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom, Almack’s, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine.

Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death, but the mysteries of her own heart as well…”

my review

I recieved this book from Berkley Publishing last summer and finally got around to it since I’m on a mission to finish all my books I have bought at home.

This was a pretty good book. Rosalind reminded me of Georgie from the Royal Spyness books which is never a bad thing. I love when characters have so much personality and are hilarious.

The overall mystery was well thought out and written as well. A great book!

The Conspiracy of Us Review


Title: The Conspiracy of Us

Author: Maggie Hall

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Putnam Juvenille

Pages: 330 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.”

my review

I’m a sucker for a book with a dress on a cover. So lets just go ahead and assume any book that has a dress on the cover …. was a cover buy!

I actually ended up really enjoying this book. I love the whole YA which guy is she going to go for kind of thing.

Also it’s just a really cool spy book!

The characters are well written, its a fast paced book with lots of twists and turns but it makes you feel for the characters. Excellent read

A Curious Beginning Review

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

Title: A Curious Beginning

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. 

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.”

my review

This was another book sent to me by Berkley Publishing. I love the cover on this. Absolutely gorgeous.

The story is really good but I think what makes this book is the characters. They are amazing! Veronica is hilarious and once again another strong leading female. Her interactions with others are just priceless. You will laugh out loud.

When she meets Stoker the book just explodes with greatness! <— that sounds cheesy but seriously so good! Their banter and interactions with each other is basicaly what is making me need to read the rest of this series ASAP.

A great historical mystery book!