“He had seen Laurent open his mouth and strip paint from the walls. He had seen Laurent lift a knife and in cold blood slit open a man’s throat without so much as a flicker of his golden lashes. Laurent didn’t need to be protected from anything.” - C S Pacat, Kings Rising.
So I just wanted to post about a certain trilogy that I recently picked up and I have fallen in love with. I haven’t stopped talking about it and probably won’t for a while now. It was the perfect series to read to get me out of my reading slump (I was reading before but only fanfics, which by the way, if that was included in my reading count, I would have already completed it by now). The writing in this series was beautiful and I highlighted so many quotes on my kindle. I have also bought merch already 😅 Anyway, I’m so glad I read it and it will be all I think about for the next few months!
Book Review .
Uncertainty is unsettling
You know that feeling where you start a book and finish it, and not knowing what the hell was going on? Need to Know is this kind of a book. A CIA analyst is in pursuit of uncovering a Russian sleeper cell with all its members, to discover one day that the closest person to her heart is one of Russian sleeper cell’s members. A wife, mother and last but not least a loyal and committed laborer for her country is on a long and doubtful journey of searching for the truth, but would she find it? .
This’s a story about a woman called Vivian Miller, whose life has turned upside down after she stumbled across her husband’s name and the father of her four kids. From that moment, a web of uncertainties, doubts, overthinking, misjudgments and reconsideration woven themselves into Vivian’s mind and life and make her an unreliable and suspicious person towards herself and country. .
I loved how the writer throughout the whole reading journey made me doubt this or that character, and at the same time made me analyze their intentions and plans. The ending left me literally uncertain, unsettled and sympathetic towards a torn up character whose top priorities are her family and work, but most importantly a question popped up on my mind, what would you do if you have a spy of a husband who’s so caring, loving and never ever has made you doubt him or his intentions? Do you think he’s a well- trained one, or an honest one, but circumstances imposed on him to be that way? An exciting and riveting read. Pick it up if you want some wondering in your reads. 3 🌟
QOTD: Which book has been on your TBR an embarrassing amount of time? (Don’t worry no judging here 😅)
Today I went on a picnic with part of my family - about thirty five of us. It was nice. We had some laughs, ate nice food, and too much junk food. Also drank lots of water because it was extremely muggy. Ugh have I mentioned how over this hot weather I am? 😭
#hollysandlisasbookishjanuary / Space Vortex - book that’s been on your TBR the longest: I’m pretty sure This Savage Song was part of one of my first Book Depository sprees, and that was a fair while ago. But I’m finally reading it! Yay!
In fact, I’m going to go read some more of it! Woo! Hope your weekend has been a great one 🌸
In the Sunday spotlight series I shine some light on an amazing blogger, bookstagrammer or other lovely book community person as a way of sharing the love and support I have received from the wonderful book blogging community since the release of my book First Came Forever. This Sunday the spotlight is all on the fabulous @thenerdyworldblog.
Click the link in my bio to find out why I love this wonderful blog so much!
And of course, head over to @thenerdyworldblog to share some love and follow her amazing bookstagram and book blog!
#recensione 🇮🇹 📝💕
Sono stata attratta e sedotta dal titolo di questo romanzo come non mi succedeva da tempo.
Ho cercato di resistere - per le prime due volte, almeno - vista la mole smisurata di future letture che già affollano la mia ben nutrita libreria. Alla terza, però, ho ceduto.
Risultato: 264 pagine avvincenti, scorrevolissime ed emozionati, divorate in due giorni.
Cesare è un personaggio incredibile, capace di farti spuntare un sorriso proprio quando meno te lo aspetteresti; uno di quelli che abbracceresti con lo stesso slancio con cui strozzeresti anche.
Potrebbe essere tranquillamente l’inquilino ultrasettantenne del piano di sotto, quello del piano di sopra o magari, proprio quello della porta accanto. Con i suoi realistici difetti e la saggezza-non saggezza della sua Terza Età, cerca di combattere come meglio può i rimpianti e i rimorsi annidati tra le pieghe della sua stanca quotidianità.
Tutti gli incontri fatti, i molteplici lavori cambiati e le tante esperienze accumulate nel corso degli anni lo hanno terribilmente indurito, rendendolo molto più ruvido e burbero di quanto non sia in realtà.
Ma l’ostinazione nel non perdersi mai d’animo di fronte alle difficoltà, reagendo “a modo suo” nel trovare sempre una soluzione ai problemi - anche e soprattutto quando non richiesta - lo rendono qualcuno di veramente difficile da dimenticare.
E che dire del suo strampalato entourage? I problematici figli, Sveva e Dante, croce e delizia della sua esistenza; l’amico di sempre, Marino, invecchiato un po’ peggio di lui; Eleonora Vitagliano, la gattara, che la nipote vorrebbe vendere insieme a tutta la casa; la verace infermiera-squillo Rossana e, infine, Emma. In ognuno di loro c’è qualcosa di così fortemente autentico da farti provare la sensazione costante di essere parte anche tu della movimentata e ingarbugliata vecchiaia del signor Cesare Annunziata.
Sullo sfondo, una Napoli silenziosa fa da perfetta cornice a una storia forte, intensa e molto, molto commovente.
I'm a little bit early but I am celebrating 500 followers! (Also because it is my birthday tomorrow so I thought I’d combine my happiness). 🎉 Woooo! I want to thank each and every one of you. You might not think it means much, but I am so happy that you have chosen to follow me and enjoy my love for books. ♥️⠀
To celebrate I have 2 prizes on offer. ⠀
🔥Prize 1: A book of your choice from The Book Depository - worth up to $25 AUD ONLY. To be eligible for this prize The Book Depository MUST ship to your chosen location. ⠀
🔥Prize 2: An Australian paperback copy of #Unearthed by @amiekaufmanauthor and @meaganspooner. (I recently read this book and LOVED IT. I know you will as well).⠀
✔️Follow me - if you follow just to win & unfollow you will not be able to participate in future giveaways (and I will know who you are- I'll be watching)⠀
💙Like this photo - because this giveaway and book are awesome!⠀
👭Tag at LEAST 3 friends you think might be interested in the giveaway⠀
🎥Share on your story for 24hrs (MUST tag me so I can see it and count it!)⠀
EXTRA ENTRIES: 🌟⠀
+1 entry for following me on twitter: mashleasreads (same follow rules above apply)⠀
+1 entry for reposting and tagging me in the photo and keeping it up for 24hrs at least⠀
+1 entry for adding me as a friend on Goodreads (same username - can either comment or DM me with your GR username so I know you did)⠀
🌈GIVEAWAY CLOSES IN TWO WEEKS. SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY. 10PM AEST🌈⠀
Thats it!! Have fun guys, and please be patient with me, this is my first ever giveaway! Thanks once again for your support and love.⠀
The thing with blue hair is that, with time, it becomes more and more like the ocean. A spectrum of different tones and nuances of blue and silver-ish green 🌊
Or in a less poetic way of seeing it: a messy thang 😂