Remember back in August, when I helped reveal the cover of Sun Storm, by Marlow Kelly? At that point, I said the novel sounded like the type of book that makes you question who’s going to survive, but in the best way possible.
I’ve had the chance to read it now, and you know what? My initial impression was right. Not only is Sun Storm a wonderful romance, it’s also a great choice if you want something suspenseful.
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Romance can be good all on its own, but adding a second element can take a novel up to new heights. If I’m reading a romance novel, one of my favourite secondary elements is suspense. Not the type of suspense that makes you wonder if the couple will end up together; I’m talking about the type that makes you wonder who’s going to survive.
Sun Storm, by Marlow Kelly, sounds like exactly that type of novel. The summary had me hooked, and I couldn’t resist helping to reveal the cover. And I have to say, the cover helps build suspense just as much as the summary.
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The relationship between a cover and book summary can have more of an effect on a potential reader than a lot of people realize. Sure, they both have to be great in their own right. But their they also need to come together to create a cohesive theme or vibe, rather than contradict each other.
Melissa Eskisehir Ousley’s cover and summary of Pitcher Plant: A Pacific Northwest Suspense do a wonderful job of coming together to create that cohesive vibe. And it’s one that fits the book’s summary perfectly: downright creepy. Which makes me very happy to be helping to reveal the cover.
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Have you figured out yet that I tend to be pretty slow to read really popular books? This isn’t on purpose, but it does seem to happen fairly often. Gone Girl, the Percy Jackson series, On Writing… and those are just a few of my more recent late-to-the-party reads.
I doubt my streak is going to end any time soon. It certainly didn’t when it came to today’s recommendation: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.
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I’m not sure why I’ve been so attracted to novels that deal with memory lately. But I have been, which has led to me reading some really interesting books.
Like Lisa Jahn-Clough’s Nothing But Blue — which is a novel I highly recommend, by the way.
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There’s something about old novels that I love. I’m not sure what it is, exactly; maybe having the chance to discover an author or series that has plenty of books already available, or maybe the idea of reading something that has dropped out of popular trends.
Regardless of the reason, old novels draw me in. So when my parents offered me the chance to look through a couple of boxes of their old books and take home whichever ones I wanted, I jumped at it. I ended up with quite the collection — I filled a box with everything from historical fiction to fantasy.
I’ve only read a couple of the novels so far, but I’ve already found one I want to recommend: Comes The Blind Fury by John Saul.
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Well, I’m back from that little break that I took, and I have a great book to recommend in order to kick things off this week.
I admit, Alex isn’t a book I own myself. I bought it for my mom for her birthday, and, once she finished it, she told me that it was something I needed to read.
I have to say, she was right. This book didn’t go at all in the direction I was expecting it to, which made it so much better than I was anticipating.
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