Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci – Reivew

Welcome guys!!! Today’s review is of Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci. This was an amazing thriller with a political conspiracy that was so twisted, I couldn’t see, let alone guess the ending. I also really liked Oliver Stone, and loved Mary Chapman.

Book: Hell’s Corner

Author: David Baldacci

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci’s most stunning adventure yet.An attack on the heart of power . . . “In sight of the White House . . . “At a place known as . . . “HELL’S CORNER John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he’s fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It’s in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing. British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone’s partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake. In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell’s Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone’s and the Camel Club’s last stand.


Quote: “Everyone has choices. You make them and then you live with the consequences.”

*Oliver Stone aka John Carr. I read the last book in the series, without knowing, and yet I was still able to enjoy this. It even made me more curious to learn more about Stone and his past. Even though Stone is old, he is still as sharp and quick as he was in his younger days and I liked that. He didn’t let age get the better of him, and he also didn’t really care about the fact that he upset a lot of important people. He only cared about his friends, his partner, and his back. He was willing to sacrifice himself for them and I really admired that.

*Mary Chapman. I. Need. More. Mary. I was horrified when I found out that this was the 5th book and the current last one, and that it was also published in 2010 meaning that there is pretty much a 0% chance that I’ll get more Mary. She is really sassy, and I loved her amazing British self. She’s also much younger than Stone, but just as seasoned and smart as he. They made an amazing team and she also added a lot of humor in an otherwise humorless book. She’s also from MI6 which is terrific, since I love MI6 (and FBI and CIA…). I also liked how she learned to question orders, and also how, even though she was loyal from the start, she grew even more loyal as the story progressed and was ready to sacrifice herself for Stone and his friends. And that’s really something, because she doesn’t really know his friends but she trusts Stone and he trusts them, and so she trusts and helps them too. It was just uplifting and put a permanent smile on my face.

*Plot. I really liked the conspiracy aspect, and how it was introduced from the get-go. I had a few theories, and was exasperated at first because no one seemed to be thinking about my ideas, but it turned out that my theory was wrong. The plot was intense, the characters were being led all around the place, and I was following right behind them. I also really liked the dynamics between the FBI, NIC, NSC, CIA, ATF, and all the other countless agencies that were involved. It was also hilarious how Mary was baffled at all the politics going on, and the fact that agents didn’t even trust their agencies, and how each agency seemed to be trying to bring the other down.

*The Ending. I was shocked, I was in disbelief and I really believed that (no spoilers!) it actually happened. I was going to cry. It was so amazing, fast paced, and wowing, and it was a really satisfying end, even though I sincerely wish that there were more books with Mary, or that she got her own series. *sighs*

*Restaurant Scene. There is this scene, Chapter 79, page 330 in the hardcover, in which Stone and Mary were arguing at a restaurant, and Mary got up to go, and Stone grabbed her wrist to stop her, and this guy comes over and tells Stone to let her go. And then Mary says:

“We were just arguing over who was going to pay the check. But thanks for coming to a lady’s aid, love.”

Chapter 79, Page 330

I just loved it (And I also loved the “love” part too lol). It’s pretty trivial, and I’m probably over-exaggerating, but I really really liked that moment. It just made me feel so happy and warm.


Quote: “And just because they’re no longer a superpower doesn’t mean they don’t want to be again.”

*Nothing. I can’t think of a single thing that I disliked about this. Maybe it should have been a bit faster, but no, I think it was perfect.


Quote: “Every time I walk with Alex I’m reminded both how lucky I am to have friends like him and also how unworthy I am to have friends like him.”

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The plot was great, the characters were fabulous, and the ending was totally unexpected and shocked me so much that I couldn’t believe it.

One sentence summary: An amazing political thriller with two spectacular main characters.

Overall, 5 stars

★★★★★

That’s it for this review! Have you read Hell’s Corner? Were you just as shocked by that ending? Do you know any books with amazing female agents from MI6 or another government agency? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Review

Welcome guys!!! Today’s review is of my new all-time favorite book, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo. I was supposed to review this last month and it totally slipped my mind?? But here we finally are! I loved the characters, the plot was okay, but the team, was ridiculously awesome. There are spoilers in this review and in the comments, so if you’d like, you can skip straight to The Wrap to here my final thoughts.

Book: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


SPOILERS BELOW!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

Quote: “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

*Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker. No words need to be said. Okay fine. I love his grayness, how he murders and attacks and kills mercilessly. How he has no conscience unless it had to do with his merry little band. His terrible childhood. How he is totally swoon-worthy. Also because I’m twisted and have this strong desire to love him, or make him see the world without wanting to kill or just thinking other humans are pieces of a chess game. His tragic past also added to his character and just made me understand and feel for him even more. His love for money and what can only be called arrogance made the story even more hilarious. (When he nearly drowned, and Nina tells him he has to live to get his 3 million kruge, and he instantly clears and says 4 million-that made me laugh so much)

*Inej. She’s been through so much trauma which drives her everyday. I love how at the end, even though her shoes were melting to her feet and she was tired and exhausted, the thought of saving other girls from slavery spurred her to continue. I also absolutely love Inej and her relationship with Kaz. Every single time they spoke to each other, it was filled with sarcasm hiding their love and admiration for each other. The way she also worries about the whole group and about every plan was just sweet and amazing.

*Jesper and Wylan. These two are amazing. Jesper for his quips and Wylan for being so cute and worried. Their constant flirting too was hilarious and I loved them both individually, and together. Wylan was adorable and is the only one who acted his age. It’s not that surprising, since he didn’t have a really horrible past compared to the rest of the Dregs.

*Nina and Matthias. I didn’t really like Nina? But her optimism, and her loyalty to her people and the way she flirts with everything was cool. Matthias was the same. His constant sour mood and the way he slowly warmed to the rest of the Dregs and actually began joking with them was great. Also, their enemies-to-lovers romance was okay, though I didn’t really care about them. Together they made Kaz’s merry little band complete.

*Dialogue. All the dialogue in this book is genius. Purely amazing. The sarcasm, the wit, the awesomeness that is every word in this book makes me want to read it again and again. There’s a reason this book has 18 pages of quotes on Goodreads (and I think that is still not enough…).

*Diversity and Representation. This book is amazingly so diverse. The characters are a mix of skin tones, and many are bisexual or gay. Nina is curvy and is also considered the most gorgeous of them all. Kaz is also disabled and yet he’s still one of the most feared gangsters in the Barrel. I also love how it doesn’t consume his character or that it isn’t the focus of the story. And Wylan is dyslexic, yet he’s still amazing and smart and it doesn’t make the gang feel any different towards him. They all suffer from PTSD and it’s handled while also not taking over the story which I thought was perfect.

*Plot. The plot was okay. I didn’t really care about the heist, but more about the characters which is a bit surprising, since I LOVE heists. I thought it was just meh and I focused more on the characters than on the plot.


Quote: “Take good care of my babies,” Jesper said as he handed them over to Dirix. “If I see a single scratch or nick on those, I’ll spell forgive me on your chest in bullet holes.”

*Wylan’s POV. My adorable little Wylan did not get his own POV. I would have loved to read his POV and figure out what he was thinking, and how he was coping with Jesper’s constant flirting, and being the only one with a decent conscience compared to the rest of the crew. It was really disappointing that he was left out.

*The Ending. (Note: A friend has pointed out that I might have read this wrong, but until I re-read it, I think I’m going to leave my initial opinion the way it was.) I could tell and feel that there was going to be a trap at the end of the book. The fact that Kaz walked right into it without anticipating it made me upset. I was surprised that he agreed to go to an island picked out by someone else, and even more surprised and frustrated when he realized it was a trap after it was too late. The reason he didn’t give Van Eck Kuwei was because he just wanted to cheat him, not because of a trap, and I felt that that was a little out of character for him.


Quote: “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” 

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The characters are spectacular, the plot was okay, and I can’t wait to read book 2. I’ve definitely found my new favorite book and this is going to be probably at the very top of my favorite books of 2019.

One sentence summary: An okay heist with strong and complex characters.

Overall, 5 stars

★★★★★

Have you read Six of Crows? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations for books similar to this? Am I the only one who didn’t really like Nina? Let’s chat in the comments below!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – Review

Welcome guys! Today, I bring to you my review of A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I read this over the weekend after a friend of mine kept recommending it to me. This was an honest, painful, and cute read.

Book: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


Quote: “If the decision you’ve made has brought you closer to humanity, then you’ve done the right thing.”

*Shirin. I really loved Shirin’s character. She was strong, fierce, and unapologetic for her beliefs. It was painful to read about the racism and bigotry that she faced and it was sad to see her try to be so strong while still feeling so much pain inside.

*Her parents and Navid. I loved Shirin’s parents pride in their Persian heritage and all the food that they cooked, as well as the Persian sentences that they sprinkled through-out the story. I adored Navid and his bluntness and how he also embarrassed Shirin. I also loved his over-protectiveness and love for his sister.

*Story. I loved the message that Ms. Mafi was sending with this book. This is a book about acceptance, about not hurting other people because they have feelings as well. It’s a book about tolerance and about other people’s differences. There’s also a romance that was cute, though I didn’t really like Ocean.


Quote: “I wondered, for the very first time, if maybe I was doing this whole thing wrong. If maybe I’d allowed myself to be blinded by my own anger to the exclusion of all else. If maybe, just maybe, I’d been so determined not to be stereotyped that I’d begun to stereotype everyone around me.”

*Ocean. I didn’t really like Ocean. I don’t know, he just didn’t click with me. Maybe because he was so naive. But I thought the romance was still cute.


Quote: “I understood too well what it was like to feel like you were defined by one superficial thing-to feel like you would never escape the box people had put you in.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I loved the message that was being sent and Shirin was an amazing and strong character. I would recommend this and I really hope you enjoy it if you read it!

One sentence summary: A cute contemporary romance with an important message.

Overall, 4.5 stars rounded to 5

★★★★★

Have you read A Very Large of Expanse of Sea? What did you think? Have you read any other by Tahereh Mafi? Let’s chat in the comments!!

I Found You by Lisa Jewell – Review

Welcome back friends. It’s Monday, and today I bring to you my review of I Found You by Lisa Jewell. I finished this last week Wednesday and though I guessed how the stories were woven together, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There was one aspect that wasn’t fully resolved, but it wasn’t something that detracted from the story.

Book: I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: ‘How long have you been sitting out here?’
‘I got here yesterday.’
‘Where did you come from?’
‘I have no idea.’

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.

Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.


Quote: “Because deep down inside, she was scared. Scared of being alone, scared of being an outsider. Scared that she had all of her chances of happiness; and blown each and every one of them.”

*Story-lines. I really loved the three story-lines. It was interesting to read about the history of the characters and how it tied to the current mystery. I was also curious to see how Lily’s story fit in with Alice’s and the backstory.

*Characters. I really liked Alice. Her far-from-perfect life and the constant mistakes that she makes made her more down-to-earth and a loving person. I originally liked Lily, but as the story continued, I began to dislike her bossy and somewhat entitled attitude. ‘Frank’ was okay, and at the end, I felt so much for him.

*Plot. A man who has lost his memory, a woman whose husband has gone missing, and a tragic backstory that is uncovered slowly makes for a great plot. Though I guessed how everything fit together before the big reveal, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The suspense was great, and the end was okay.

*Slow. It was a little slow, but I liked the tension.


Quote: “But when it is just me. Alone. With myself—there is no sunshine.”

*Legal Aspect. A person gets kidnapped/attempted murder in this book, and the kidnapper/failed murderer isn’t arrested or prosecuted. There’s no mention of a possible trial, or any charges and I find it very hard to believe that it was ignored. It irked me but it didn’t detract anything from the story.


Quote: “Do you see now why I know something bad has happened?”

In the end, I really enjoyed this, I would recommend it, and I hope you like it if you read it. The mystery was a little slow, and I guessed the big twist before it happened, but the slow revelation of what was really going on was amazing. This is one of my favorite reads of the year.

One sentence summary: An intriguing mystery with a slow build-up and a great, yet predictable, ending.

Overall, 5 stars!

★★★★★

Have you read I Found You? What did you think? Have you read any other books by Lisa Jewell? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Review

A review of The Fixer
J R Lynn @ Eternity Books –  Book cover is from Goodreads

Spoiler Free

Book: The Fixer (Fixer Series)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.
And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.



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