Top Ten Tuesday – First 10 Books I Reviewed
Top Ten Tuesday / April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is  (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland) This list is quite the throwback to 2013. I actually was surprised to really think about that and realize I’ve been reviewing for 6 years because it often feels like I’m still “new” at this. This list has a number of books that are still favorites to this day, a couple where I am not sure I would rate quite the same if I were to review them now and some that still deserve more attention.

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple Cover Lover
Top Ten Tuesday / May 8, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is :  Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I listed only books I’ve read, though a number of them I read before I started writing reviews (Lies of Locke Lamora, Way of Shadows, Beauty, Odd Thomas). BUT … this list is all about the covers, so here you go!   The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life. Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate. Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help…

Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
4.5 Stars , Reviews / February 16, 2017

Captivating from the very first page, Behind Her Eyes is a story that I just could not put down. I *had* to know what happened next, and puzzle together the mysteries that were unfolding. I was addicted in the best possible way to the characters and stories, craving answers with each turn of the page. A large part of the beauty of this story is the mysteriousness of everything, so I won’t go into too much plot detail. I will briefly mention the Louise (the main POV) is a single mom, who may not be perfect, but I found to be very likable. She works hard to give her son everything he needs and her world pretty much consists of him and her work. But, when she meets a man and feels a connection, she is excited. It feels good to have someone look at her that way again, and make her feel that excitement of a first kiss with someone new. Little did she know, that encounter would impact her life in major ways, and not necessarily in the picturesque way one might fantasize about. When she gets to work the next day and meets her new boss, she is shocked to…

Friday Firsts – Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Friday Firsts / February 10, 2017

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. 1 THEN Pinborough, Sarah (2017-01-30T22:58:59). Behind Her Eyes: A suspenseful psychological thriller (Kindle Location 40). Flatiron Books. Kindle Edition. Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour. Look at my hands. Count my fingers. Look at clock (or watch), look away, look back. Stay calm and focused. Think of a door. 2 LATER It was nearly light when it was finally done. A streaky gray wash across the canvas of sky. Dry leaves and mud clung to his jeans, and his weak body ached as his sweat cooled in the damp, chill air. A thing had been done that could not be undone. A terrible necessary act. An ending and a beginning now knotted up forever. He expected the hues of the world to change to reflect that, but the earth and heavens remained the same…

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough
3 Stars , Reviews / May 12, 2014

This is going to be quite short, as I am finding this to be a very hard book to review. I enjoyed Pinborough’s fairy tale retellings and while this looked quite different, I was hoping I would still enjoy it as much as I did those. After reading Mayhem, I do think it is well written and it I believe it has a good audience out there, but unfortunately when it came down to it, I don’t think I am a part of that audience. There is some grim humor in this, which I quite appreciated, but it just wasn’t enough to hold me. Firstly, I want to be completely fair and honest here. I listened to the audiobook and I don’t think that helped matters. The narrator was good, but I found the format to be confusing while listening. The timeline for this book jumps around, the dates given at the beginning of each chapter. I found myself having a hard time keeping track of whose perspective we were getting at times, and definitely where the current section fit in the overall chronology of events. There is a good chance I may have enjoyed this particular book better if…

Poison by Sarah Pinborough
4 Stars , Reviews / May 26, 2013

  Poison by Sarah Pinborough will take you for a wicked ride through fairy tales as you have never before imagined them. It is a fresh, and slightly naughty twist on the stories we all know and have grown up with. It has a comfortable familiarity as many different characters, tales and settings are twisted, bent, and woven back together with Pinborough’s signature on them. A signature that brings the characters to life and makes them much more real and relatable while retaining their fantastical traits that have always defined them. No longer are the dwarves a people happy to mine all day for the benefit of others. Now they are lower class citizens, enslaved by the kingdom, taking on a rougher, dirtier appearance than we are used to. But Pinborough manages to still portray them as a people full of fun and camaraderie. And of course, their beloved friend, the princess called Snow White is still much loved by people and nature, but now she has a more carefree, reckless way to her fun in the forest. And a penchant for enjoying all of the earthy pleasures afforded her. What fairy tale could be complete without an evil, wicked witch of a stepmother?…