It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!
10 book setting I would love to visit are:
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!
One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!
Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.
Jess’s character felt new and fresh to me. I liked the fact that she’s led a completely different life to Ben and even though they’ve had their differences and grown apart she doesn’t give up her search. She’s definitely wary of those around her and I appreciated how she didn’t just take everyone’s word at face value and dug around a little more to unearth all the dirty little secrets.
The multiple POVs were a great touch I think. It made it easier to differentiate between all the different characters and added depth to the plot. Learning what everyone was doing prior to Ben’s disappearance and seeing how they all weave together was very satisfying.
The setting of this apartment building in Paris was fantastic. We really get a sense of just how gritty and dark Paris can be and how one’s perception of a place can just be so wrong. Having all the secret passages between the apartments and the mysterious nature of the concierge added to the overall tone of the book.
In terms of all the different twists and reveals it was very dramatic for sure. I can’t say it was the most shocking thriller book I’ve read but I feel like the entertainment factor was so high that I was just happy to go along for the ride. In retrospect the main twist was quite obvious but during my read I really didn’t predict any of the main plot points which made for a easy and fun experience.
⭐️4/5 stars I was here for the drama of it all!
If you are unaware what the Buzzword Readathon/Challenge is see my prior post HERE. Last month the buzzword was pronouns/possession words and I ended up completing Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca which was a memorable book for sure. With February the prompt is to pick a book with a location in the title and I already know the book I am going to read which is:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022!
Gallant by V.E. Schwab (expected publication March 1st 2022)
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas (expected publication February 15th 2021)
There the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (expected publication January 4th 2022)
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (expected publication February 22nd 2022)
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo(expected publication May 10th 2022)
League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (expected publication February 22nd 2022)
Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes (expected publication January 4th 2022)
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (expected publication January 4th 2022)
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige (expected publication January 11th 2022)
Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett (expected publication June 21st 2022)
Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was books I’ve read but won’t be purchasing. I’m still somewhat on a book buying ban and have restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
The Night Country by Melissa Albert
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Burn by Patrick Ness
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
He Started It by Samantha Downing
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis