ARC Review: The Ballroom by Anna Hope

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Title: The Ballroom
Author: Anna Hope
Release Date/Publisher: September 6th 2016 by McClelland & Stewart
Finished: September 17th 2016
Pages: 320-ARC Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Where love is your only escape ….

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors,
where men and women are kept apart
by high walls and barred windows,
there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
For one bright evening every week
they come together
and dance.
When John and Ella meet
It is a dance that will change
two lives forever.

Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

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I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Peguin Random House Canada.

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Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Release Date/Publisher: August 18th 2015 by Broadway Books
(first published 2011)
Finished: July 17th 2016
Pages: 369-Paperback-Won

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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Review: City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan Novels #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: January 2nd 2016 by Random House Canada
Finished: January 4th 2016
Pages: 480-Hardcover-Given from publisher
Series:
1. City of the Lost
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend’s ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she’s heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he’s more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.

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I was given a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: Deceptions (Cainsville #3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: August 18th 2015 by Random House of Canada
Finished: October 6th 2015
Pages: 458-Hardcover-Bought
Series:
1. Omens
2. Visions
3. Deceptions
4. Betrayals
5. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

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Review: Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin

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Title: Sins of the Warrior (Grigory Legacy #4)
Author: Linda Poitevin
Release Date/Publisher: September 18th 2015
Finished: September 2nd 2015
Pages: unsure-eBook ARC-given for review
Series:
1. Sins of the Angels
2. Sins of the Son
3. Sins of the Lost
4. Sins of the Warrior

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing and pregnant with Lucifer’s child, her sister has descended into madness, and the human race has begun a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In a desperate bid to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.

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