The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond…✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Start date: July 9, 2017
Finish date: July 12, 2017
Note: I won a copy of The Marriage Pact from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

What a wild ride. I quite enjoyed this one up until the tragically plotted ending. There were many good things about The Marriage Pact though, so let’s focus on that first.

In Michelle Richmond’s new psychological suspense, we meet newlyweds Jake and Alice who are offered to join a mysterious and exclusive group. The only catch? They must follow the rules of The Pact or face the consequences. Much like their fresh marriage it’s all very new and exciting, however the enthralment can only last so long until the oddities of the secretive organization become more apparent.

I was on board with this story the minute I started it. I loved how quickly I was sucked in, and how invested I became in Jake and Alice’s relationship. I believed them as the picture perfect couple who were made for each other, and who made one another so damn happy it would make others puke. This opinion wouldn’t last long as the story continues and that’s perfectly okay because it is what Richmond wants you to feel. It was an actual roller coaster ride of emotions and backtrack of initial thoughts.

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Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips…✧ ✧ /5

Title: Fierce Kingdom
Author: Gin Phillips
Start date: July 4, 2017
Finish date: July 8, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Fierce Kingdom from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ / 5

What an interesting concept that ultimately fell flat not even halfway through. There could have been so much more to the story, but I was left yawning and disappointed.

Fierce Kingdom is about “the unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.” A mother and son find themselves trapped in a near empty zoo with a couple of trigger happy gunmen. The only thing is we rarely encounter these gunmen and much of the action occurs near the end. If you’re looking for a “thrill ride,” this is not the book. Instead, it really is about the relationship between mother and son and that in itself was written wonderfully.

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The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ /5

Title: The Japanese Lover
Author: Isabel Allende
Start Date: September 1, 2015
Finished: September 7, 2015

✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ /5

I won a copy of The Japanese Lover through Goodreads giveway, and this is my first time reading one of Isabel Allende’s work. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her writing so I was excited to dive right into this. Let me just start off by emphasizing how much I enjoyed this book. At first I was a little wary of coming across stereotypical aspects of Asians or Asian culture (I’m looking at you Rainbow Rowell and your atrociously racist representation of Park in Eleanor & Park. For a hilarious review of a terrible book, check out Angry Girl Comic’s thoughts on it here), but I was so relieved when I found none.

So what is The Japanese Lover about? Alma Belasco is sent to San Francisco to live a life of luxury and safety at her aunt and uncle’s mansion during the second World War. It is here where she meets a young Ichimei Fukuda, her relative’s gardener’s son. Alas, their friendship and romance are thrust into jeopardy as Ichimei is sent to an internment camp with his family. From then on, they reunite on and off. Fast forward to present day where Irina Bazili, a new care worker who begins working at Lark House nursing home, comes across the now elderly Alma. Together with Alma’s grandson, Seth, they try to uncover what really happened with Ichimei, and they attempt to piece together the secretive relationship between the two.

Note: This review contains no spoilers.

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