ARC Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Release Date/Publisher: February 21st 2017 by Berkley Books
Finished: November 25th 2016
Pages: 384-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

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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.

What I Thought:

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

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Review: The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

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Title: The Inventor’s Secret (The Inventor’s Secret #1)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date/Publisher: April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
Finished: January 3rd 2014
Pages: 368-ARC-given for review
Series:
1. The Inventor’s Secret
2. To come

Synopsis from Goodreads

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

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Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
AuthorAnne Blankman
Release Date/Publisher: April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: March 8th 2014
Pages: 416-ARC eBook-got from Edelweiss
Series:
1. Prisoner of Night and Fog
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

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Title: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Release Date/Publisher: January 23rd 2014 by Viking Juvenile

Finished: December 13th 2013

Pages: 448-Paperback-ARC

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

What I thought:

I received a copy of this to review from the publisher, thank you! The final copy could be different, I’m not able to compare since it’s not released yet.

I am so in love with this book! I almost didn’t even want to finish it because then it would be done, but at least I can keep this copy and eventually get a final version.

It’s set in 1909 in an era where women didn’t have the right to vote or much freedom at all, but some kept fighting for it. I actually really liked the suffragettes in this story that were mentioned. What they fought for was so important and I really felt for the women that had to go through so much just to push this change.

Another great thing is that if you’re not a history buff there’s actually a section in the back that explains certain things more, such as the clothing, the lifestyle and the artists mentioned. There’s even a nice bibliography and a recipe!

I was worried that I wouldn’t like Vicky, with her being an artist I figured she would be annoying, snobby or even act too modern for the setting. But she was actually great! She loved art so much that she was even willing to give up happiness just to be able to learn more. She seems like she has a real talent for it even though the men don’t think women can really excel at anything. That’s not saying that she doesn’t make some silly decisions. although because she’s a woman she doesn’t always have the option otherwise.

If you’re looking for that swoony man then this book definitely has one. Will, while not rich, is such a nice, sweet and caring guy. Some of the things he does just for Vicky just made me smile. I really was rooting for him and her to get together in this. I can’t tell you what happened though because you’ll have to read it.

I really loved reading this book and I had a hard time putting it down. It has romance, art and a perfect historical setting that just might inspire women to go out there and do what they love. Definitely read this!

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