Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet

by H.P. Wood

It wasn’t anything what I expected but in a good way. I think I was expecting Water for Elephants which I didn’t like as much. However Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet was full of magic and charm. I feel into the world and loved every minute of this magical book. If you are looking for a magical book to read this summer grab a copy. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is sure to delight and perfect for summer reading.

summary: After Kitty Hayward’s mother vanishes from their Coney Island hotel in 1904, Kitty finds herself alone, hungry, penniless, and far away from her native England. The last people she’d expect to help her are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities that is home to a handful of freaks. But even the unusual inhabitants of Magruder’s may not be a match for the insidious sickness that is plaguing Coney Island…

Thank you so much netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 


The Widow

by Fiona Barton

First off I want to say the back cover description says “If you’re a fan of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train you will love The Widow” I’m not a fan of either so I went in thinking I’m not sure I’m the right reader for this book. However so many are talking about it like they talked about the other 2 books so I had figured why not give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised and I did like this creepy page turner book. I found myself catching moments here and there to read a little bit more. How that wife could stand behind her man and never leave him and expose all his gross secrets I’ll know or understand. The Widow is really all about the person who can stand behind these monsters, the why and how. She still leaves you hanging a bit but then I guess for each person the reasons would be different. For me I think Jean is just a crazy as her monster of a husband.

The Widow is a fast paced page turner and while it wasn’t a hands down absolute favorite of mine I did like it. I think the creepy factor of what the monster did is what made my skin crawl.  I found out that this is her first book and that really surprised me the writing quality is right up there with Lisa Gardner, Joy Fielding and Mary Kubica. This book stayed with me long after I finished it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really good book that leaves you thinking and with even more questions after you finish.  I know she is already an international bestseller with The Widow but I have a feeling that if her other books are as good as this book than she will be one of those go to authors when you are looking for a great book to read. I would read another book of her’s and will be on the look out for more from her.
summary: Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth–that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.
thank you so much Berkley Publishing, NAL (New American Library) and Fiona Barton for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Under A Dark Summer Sky

by Vanessa LaFaye

Florida Keys, 1935. Hurricane Season.

Tens of thousands of black and white men scarred by their experiences of war in Europe return home to find themselves abandoned to destitution by the US government. The tiny, segregated community of Heron Key is suddenly overwhelmed by broken, disturbed men with new ideas about racial equality and nothing left to lose. Tensions flare when a black veteran is accused of committing the most heinous crime of all against a white resident’s wife. And not far off the strongest and most intense hurricane America has ever witnessed is gaining force.

Look at that cover I love it, and it really makes you pick up the book. With in the first few pages of this book a crocodile tries to take a baby away for a meal and the I thought the dog died trying to save the baby. That was some intense few moments enough to grab the reader and make you not want to put this book down. I for some reason when I first got a copy of this book I thought it took place after WWII but it must be WWI they are talking about since 1935 is pre WWII either way no biggie because this book is so great! I loved the story and how everything unfolded. Under A Dark Summer Sky is about picking up the pieces and healing from all the injustices they have experienced not just with the non acceptance of the war but of the racial tensions that are a constant threat in their day to day life. This is like a Florida Keys The Help. This book is right up there with one of my all time favorite books The Help I really enjoyed it so much!

This book has it all a hurricane, some romance, lots of tension, a crime, and picking up the pieces and beginning  the healing process. The town of Heron Key is full of tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. The help looks out for one another and the residents are not to happy about all the help being around. Under A Dark Summer Sky explores how the veterans of the war were treated. I knew the Vietnam Vets were treated horrible they were not even allowed to wear their uniforms home. I didn’t realize that vets of WWI were treated the same. I like how she brings to light the unfair treatment of these men that put their life on the line and gave up so much just to keep the same residents that don’t want them around free, protected and save.

Vanessa Lafaye is a wonderful storyteller and I am shocked this is her first book. I was wanting to read more from her and hopefully she is busy on another book because I’m ready for more from her. She creates a setting and is so great at describing everything going on you can just picture it in your head. Her characters are fully developed and the story is full of hope, suspense, healing and survival.

I devoured this book in a weekend and this is perfect for summer reading. Grab a copy and pencil out a big chuck of time because your not going to put this one down.

thank you netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Vanessa LaFaye for allowing me to review an ARC copy of Under A Dark Summer Sky. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.