The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee

Title: The Towering Sky


Series: The Thousandth Floor #3

Author: Katharine McGee

Pub Date: 2018

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Previous books in the series:

  1. The Thousandth Floor
  2. The Dazzling Heights

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.
Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.
Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.
Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?
Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.
And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?
In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose.

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Just Eat It: How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas

Title: Just Eat It

Author: Laura Thomas

Pub Date: 10 Jan, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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This isn’t just a book. It’s part of a movement to give women power and control over our bodies. To free us from restrictive dieting, disordered eating and punishing exercise. To reject the guilt and anxiety associated with eating and, ultimately, to help us feel good about ourselves.
This anti-diet guide from registered nutritionist Laura Thomas PhD can help you sort out your attitude to food and ditch punishing exercise routines. As a qualified practitioner of Intuitive Eating – a method that helps followers tune in to innate hunger and fullness cues – Thomas gives you the freedom to enjoy food on your own terms.
There are no rules: only simple, practical tools and exercises including mindfulness techniques to help you recognise physiological and emotional hunger, sample conversations with friends and colleagues, and magazine and blog critiques that call out diet culture.
So, have you ever been on a diet? Spent time worrying that you looked fat when you could have been doing something useful? Compared the size of your waistline to someone else’s? Felt guilt, actual guilt, about the serious crime of . . . eating a donut? You’re not alone. Just Eat It gives you everything you need to develop a more trusting, healthy relationship with food and your body.

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The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

Title: The Cerulean

Author: Amy Ewing

Pub Date: January 29th, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Title: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Pub Date: February 7th, 2019

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

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February Releases – Favourite Covers

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Top spot for the prettiest fantasy book covers are taken by Enchantée by Gita Trelease (pub. Feb 5) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (pub. Feb 5). The first book is “debut fantasy about an orphaned girl who uses dark magic to save her sister and herself from ruin”.  The latter is touted to be an African Game of Thrones, “In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.”

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January 2019 – Reading Wrap-up

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January brought my first 5-star read of the year – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, an amazing fantasy novel inspired by Chinese history. But I also was close to getting my first 1-star read, but after all, I ended up with two 2-star reads, two books that were kinda ok, but not worth my hate towards them. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne was a big disappointment after all the fun that author’s previous book The Hating Game brought me. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen started promising and thrilling but never delivered – longer review on the 7th February. I had a pleasure of spending over 6 hours listening to Colin Firth reading The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, I didn’t find the story riveting, but it was interesting and a different in comparison to other books from the 1950s. I finished my reading January with non-fiction Just Eat It: How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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Title: 99 Percent Mine

Author: Sally Thorne

Pub Date: January 29th, 2019

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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