Tuesday Top Ten – Books I Want to Be Under My Christmas Tree!

It’s almost Christmas! It definitely feels like Christmas time. The red cups are out at Starbucks. The Christmas music is playing. There’s a slight breeze blowing in California. You know, more about typical Christmas time.

And the best part about Christmas – you know beside the whole spending time with your family thing, cialis 40mg I guess lol – is presents!

I’m kidding. Mostly.

But I thought it would be fun to make this week’s Tuesday Top Ten a sort of wish list. The one thing that I want the most under my Christmas tree every year is a huge stack of books. So here are the top ten that I wish would appear under my tree this year.

For the Record by Charlotte Huang

I honestly hadn’t even heard of this book until my dear friend Stephanie mentioned that she was friends with the author and that everyone should read it. I liked the title and the cover, case so I immediately looked it up. And it sounds absolutely amazing. The premise is great, I love the idea of mixing music and love and all of that. I honestly think its going to be a great read so I really want to get this book in my hands.

The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – New Editions

Okay, so I already have these books. I already have multiple copies of a lot of these books. But I absolutely am in love with these covers and I really want these box sets in my life. I am so so in love with these covers. Don’t ask me what I would do with all these extra copies because I’m running out of room but I really do want them…

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

This book has been out for awhile and I had it for awhile, through the library, but I couldn’t make myself read it. Not because it isn’t good because its Libba Bray, so of course its good. But I’m in such a slump and I really feel like if I have my own, physical copy, it’ll help. I love Evie and I really want to continue to read her story into this book so hopefully I can get this gorgeous thing in my hands soon.

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

I both super super want this and also super want to avoid it at the same time. I want to read it because its sports and its BASEBALL and its romance and all of that sounds so awesome and the love interest sounds fantastic. I also don’t want to read it because I’m writing my own baseball romances right now so I don’t want to be influenced by others. But it just sounds SO good, and it IS YA…I want it. I don’t know when I’ll read it but I definitely want to read it.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Why do I want this book? Because its Huntley Fitzpatrick and she writes so well and her romances are so damn good. I’ve been wanting my hands on this baby for months and for some reason, I haven’t bought it yet so maybe this one will make its way under my Christmas tree. Plus its a companion to the first book I read by her so it makes it even better.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

All I’ve heard are amazing things about this book and I just want to make this happen already. I tried to get it from the library but I’m, like, 27th on the waiting list and I’m just not down for that. So I need this, physical copy, in my hands so I can finally read it. It sounds fun and exciting and awesome.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

This is the first of this series that I have not jumped on automatically. So obviously I need this in my life. Because I’m constantly reading YA books, I’m not quite used to buying adult books, which means when a book is 25 dollars, my wallet kind of wants to cry. But these Cormoran Strike novels are SO damn good and I’m sad that I haven’t had a chance to dive into this book yet!

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

I’ve seen this book. Haven’t read it yet but I flipped through it one day at Barnes and Noble and its just absolutely gorgeous. Nail Gaiman is an incredible writer and I really need this book in my life. Its just SO beautiful and I really need this. Plus its Neil! Ugh. Neil just makes me happy in whatever book he writes.

Stay With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout

Mostly because I don’t have it. I literally have every other book in this collection and I don’t have this one. Which makes no sense whatsoever…I feel like I bought these books completely out of order haha. So yeah, having this book under my tree would just make me happy because my Wait for You collection would be complete.

The Fidelity Files by Jessica Brody

I have read every single book by Jessica Brody. Except her adult series. And the drives me absolutely insane. One, because she’s an absolutely fantastic writer and two, she’s my friend and I feel like a fail. I’ve had such a hard time finding this book so I really wish I could wake up to find this underneath my Christmas tree. It just SOUNDS like it would be a great book too. One day, one day…

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What are some of the books you hope are under your Christmas tree this year? Share in the comments!

Top Anticipated October Releases!

Young Adult

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl #2 (sort of)

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, dosage but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

My Thoughts: I literally can’t wait to get my hands on this book. As soon as Rainbow said she’d release it, I have just been counting down the days to hear more about Simon and Baz. Its so weird to be such a fan for a fandom that’s not even real but its so true. I adore Simon Snow and I can’t WAIT for this book!

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

My Thoughts: I think that Mindy has a beautiful way of writing and an incredible storyteller and I’m really excited to read this book. I’ve had an ARC for months but just haven’t had the time to read it, but I’m so excited for it!

Cinderella’s Shoes by Shonna Slayton 

Cinderella’s Dress #2

The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she’s been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants. But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

My Thoughts: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first book in this series and Shonna is so nice as hell, and I can’t wait for the second one. The main character is just sassy and wonderful and I really can’t wait for more adventures in this historical romance.

The White Rose by Amy Ewing 

The Lone City #2

Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm. But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

Release Date: October 6th, 2015

My Thoughts: I’ve already read this book and its incredible and such a great follow up to the amazing book that is The Jewel. I’m lucky that I was able to read this already and I’m glad that its coming out soon!

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now. When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Release Date: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts: I mean, come on. Black Widow AND the amazing Margie Stohl…I was sold from the moment that I first found out this was going to be an actual thing. There needs to be more of Black Widow in the world – and all the female Marvel and DC characters – and I’m glad this book is coming out and I’m stoked about Margaret being at the helm.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves? Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

Release Date: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts: I literally can’t handle the excitement that is this book. When I read that first book…I couldn’t handle how excited I was when I finished this book. Its just so insanely good. Sara is an incredible writer and storyteller and I think there should be more fantasy like this in the world. I can’t wait to see how this story continues.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Young Elites #2

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Release Date: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts: I’ve literally had this in my possession since July and I haven’t read it, no matter how excited I’ve been about it. I hope to read it before its released because my goodness, the first one was just incredible and I can only imagine that it gets better and better.

Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Trust Me #2

Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.

Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.

Release Date: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts: Mary Elizabeth is awesome and her first book is so fun. I love it because the main character is just not what you expect, and she’s not exactly a hero and that’s what makes it so fun because you love her the entire book. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans she gets up to in this second book.

Poet Anderson…of Nightmares by Tom Delonge and Suzanne Young 

Poet Anderson #1

Jonas Anderson and his older brother Alan are Lucid Dreamers. But after a car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

Release Date: October 20th, 2015

My Thoughts: One of the coolest YA authors writes a book with Tom Delonge from Blink 182? Do I honestly need to say much more than that?

New Adult

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

The Ivy Years #5

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. There’s something haunting his dark eyes and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

Release Date: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts: I read this a few days ago. Amazing. Just keep writing Sarina. I’m just in love.

Middle Grade

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase #1

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Release Date: October 6, 2015

My Thoughts: I just got this in the mail and I’m really so very excited to read this. I am wary, of course, I love Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus as well, but I never was sold on the Egyptian series so I’m hoping Magnus Chase captures me in the same way Percy did once upon a time. I have high high high hopes for it!

General 

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike #3

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Release Date: October 20, 2015

My Thoughts: The first two novels have just been absolutely amazing. JKR has a way with mystery and crime. She has a way of making her voice shine but also creating a whole new voice with these incredible novels. And I love that she still writes as Robert. It makes me happy as hell. I can’t wait for this!

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What books are YOU excited for in the month of October? Share them in the comments!

Book of the Week-The Cuckoo’s Calling

When I first discovered last Saturday that J.K Rowling had written a new book, thumb under a psuedonym and it had been widely accepted and hailed as author to watch… I couldn’t even begin to tell you how happy and excited I was. J.K Rowling is easily my favorite author. What she has done for me, ask as a writer, ailment a reader, and just a person, with her Harry Potter series…its incredible. She’s a fantastically talented writer, and she’s an inspiration.

I completely understood why she did this. After seven ridiculously popular books that were translated into eight ridiculously successful movies, JKR had a lot of pressure and expectations on her, as a writer. Then when The Casual Vacancy came out, it was received to mix reviews, most of them fairly negative. I think people didn’t know how to handle something so vastly different from Harry Potter. While a political thriller isn’t exactly the kind of genre that I tend to gravitate towards, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think JKR’s talent comes across.

With this new book, she had the freedom to write, just WRITE, with no expectations, no pressure, none of that. And it shows how absolutely talented she is, because it garnered much attention, and people were hailing unknown author, Robert Galbraith, as an author to watch. Little did we know that it was JKR.

Now that the news is out, bookstores are scrambling to get this book on their shelves. An unknown author, Robert Galbraith was probably only on a handful of B&N shelves, and probably with no more than a few copies. Stores are selling out, and Amazon is backed up, what with their “1-3 week shipping”, even for Prime. JKR is a little sad that it already came out that it was her, but I don’t think she has to worry too much, and you’ll find out why in my review.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

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GoodReads / Amazon / Barnes and Noble 

Note: It is currently sold out online at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon said it will ship between 1 and 3 weeks of order. 

Genre:
adult, contemporary, mystery, crime

Part of a Series?
According to GoodReads, it is Cormoran Strike #1, so I am assuming there will be more novels

You May Like if You Liked:
This one is a bit harder for me. I don’t normally read crime/mystery novels so I couldn’t really tell you :/

Plot Summary: 

Cormoran Strike is an ex-military man, retired from the military after losing part of his leg. When he comes back, he takes the job of a private detective. He’s in immense debt, and he has just a VERY dramatic break-up with his fiancee, Charlotte, and is now living in his office. He is in desperate need of a case, and soon.

Robin is a young woman, just moved to London to live with her new fiance, Matthew. She needs to find a permanent job in London, and is currently temping. She is assigned to Cormoran Strike, even though he doesn’t have a dime to pay her.

Then John Bristow walks into his office, offering him a ridiculous, impossible case, but offering to pay him twice the usual amount. See, John’s sister is Lula Landry, the famous supermodel, who just three months before, pitched herself off her third story flat balcony into the snow below, in what the police are calling a suicide. John doesn’t believe it though, and that’s where Strike comes in.

Strike doesn’t actually believe that Lula Landry was murdered, but he’s desperate for some money and so he takes the case, and soon he’s wrapped up in the case, finding out more about Lula and the life she lived, and discovering that there is more to her death than previously known.

The Bad: 

Nothing. Absolutely, positively nothing. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. NOTHING.

The Good: 

I am not a murder mystery fan, or a mystery or a crime novel fan. Its not that I don’t like them, they just aren’t usually what I gravitate towards. My experience that in genre is limited to the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton but that is about it.

After reading this novel, I am interested to see what other mystery novels are out there that I might be interested in. But then, perhaps, they wouldn’t live up to this novel and my expectations would be too high.

J.K Rowling has always been able to spin a wonderful story, with deep and well-developed characters, and with plenty of mystery to keep your eyes glued to the pages until the very end. My very favorite chapter in all of the Harry Potter novels is the chapter in Goblet of Fire where Albus Dumbledore questions Barty Crouch Jr, under the Veritaserum. It brings all the mysteries and unanswered questions of the novel all to one boiling point and you literally are reading that chapter with eyes wide, in such surprise as everything is all revealed.

J.K. Rowling masters this YET again in this novel in such different ways. She accomplishes the same sort of build up, the mystery, the unanswered questions and delivers the same punch, the same sort a-ha! moment. I am really bad with mysteries. I can never guess who did what, and when, and why, or any of that. I just can’t figure that stuff out. I’m terrible. And JKR weaves such an intricate line of clues and stories that I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. There were times where Cormoran was satisfied or he had a knowing smile, and all I could was, what on earth did he just figure out? I couldn’t figure it out at all, and that’s what made me race through the pages to finish. I just had to know how it ended. I had to find out if Lula was really a suicide or a murder.

JKR is an amazing writer. I think sometimes people don’t appreciate her because she’s only really ever had Harry Potter, and after a few successful books, you could almost say the success of the sequels after that were based on her popularity. I obviously don’t believe that because I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and she’s my favorite author. I think people still failed to see the talent she holds in The Casual Vacancy. Anyone who fails to see her talent in this book is kidding themselves. Everything from the story she tells, the subtle clues she creates, the descriptions of places, and people, the development of her characters to the ability to keep a reader enrapt for hours makes her a truly fantastic writer. She has an ability that isn’t granted to most.

So why are you still reading this? Go! If this is the story you’ve been waiting for JKR to create since the end of Harry Potter, then go, find it now. You will not be disappointed. This book grabs you from page one, keeps you addicted to the characters, especially that of Cormoran Strike, and leaves you racing through the pages to get to the end, just like she has always done. There is a reason that this book, by an “unknown” author, garnered attention, high praise and brought the title of “author to write”. No matter what name she writes under, she still commands an incredibly talent, a literary presence that refuses to go unnoticed.

Rating: 

5 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not: 

Of course! I was so happy to find out that JKR had written a new book, and I was dying to read it right away. The best part of it was, it turned out to be a truly fantastic book. I read JKR as a child and a teenager, like the characters in the Harry Potter novel, and now that I am an adult, I get much enjoyment from reading her adult novels. Harry Potter will always be my number one, forever, because there is nothing like it, but a book like The Cuckoo’s Calling shows us that Joanne Rowling as talent and literary permanence besides Harry Potter. Go. Now. Find a way to purchase this book because you won’t regret it.

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Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Book of the Week. Don’t forget to check our previous reviews here.

Last week’s review was on The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, which hits bookstores at the end of August.

Lastly, don’t forget to enter to win an my Tammara Webber ebook contest! You could win the entire Between the Lines series or a copy of her standalone NA novel, Easy!

Happy Reading!

J.K. Rowling’s Secret Identity Revealed!

So many of you probably have already heard, physician but Saturday, information pills it came to light that an up and coming mystery author, Robert Galbraith, is actually Harry Potter author, J.K Rowling, in disguise. Mr. Galbraith was supposedly an ex-military man and his debut novel had gained many favorable reviews, being held as an “up and coming author to watch”.

The debut novel is entitled, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and is an adult mystery novel, and was released in April.

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It was revealed and confirmed by JKR on Saturday that it was indeed her. She had hoped to keep the secret for awhile longer, because, “being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience.”

I can see where she’s coming with that. The Harry Potter series is the best selling book series of all time, and the movie adaptation series is the highest grossing franchise of all time. JKR is under the microscope at all times, and is under the inevitable criticism as well. When her book, The Casual Vacancy was recently released, it was received with mixed reviews. Writing under a pseudonym was probably very liberating at her, to not have to write and publish with such incredible pressure and also to have a more open mind with critics.

Like I said, The Cuckoo’s Calling has been receiving great reviews since its April release and since Saturday, its now the number one book on Kindle and stores and websites have been selling out of them.

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The book follows Cormoran Strike, an ex-military man who is now a private detective. Fresh off a break-up with his fiance, Charlotte, and in debt to his ears, Cormoran takes on a case mostly for the money. John Bristow is the older brother of Lula Landry, a famous model, who died three months ago, in a supposed suicide, when she leapt off her third story flat balcony. John, however, doesn’t believe this and is convinced it is a murder and hires Cormoran, a school friend of his brother’s, to solve the case.

I’m about half way through it so far, and I am seriously loving it so far. I am not a huge mystery novel reader; I tend to read Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries but that’s about it. The book has the signature J.K. Rowling voice, but is so absolutely unique in the story and the story-telling.

I know that some people didn’t like The Casual Vacancy. It was, I must admit, very hard to get captured by it and most people would probably give up. In fact, according to GoodReads, The Casual Vacancy is one of the TOP books that are abandoned.

However, I really liked The Casual Vacancy and I am notorious for abandoning books. I was determined to give it my 110% because she is easily my favorite author and I’m glad I did because the book picked up and was really, really good. Not exactly my cup of tea but I loved it. Now that I am reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I am even more in love with this book. The mystery has been building, densely and slowly, but I’m waiting to see what sort of things come to life in this book.

I hope to finish this by Thursday so I can do it as the Book of the Week, and do a spoiler free review for all of you.

What do you think of JK Rowling writing under a pen name? Do you think the reviews of The Casual Vacancy and the reviews of The Cuckoo’s Calling were so different because of the author names? Do you plan on reading it? As always, share in the comments!