'The Flower Arranger' is one of the books I should've read and reviewed a long, long time ago. I was supposed to be a part of the blog tour around the publication, and I cannot emphasize enough how ashamed and sorry I am that I couldn't even think about it at the time. I couldn't even write an email about not doing it. I'm so sorry! I hate that this past year was so chaotic that I couldn't even do a blog tour for them, even if I agreed to it very much in advance. On the other hand, I'm not 100% sure that my review would have suited a promotional tour. It's not really a bad one, but to be honest, not completely a good one, either. 'The Flower Arranger' has a fairly good promise as a debut novel, but it fell a bit flat for me. Or my expectations were too high, who knows. Anyways, here's my review.
Hey everyone, I'm not at all ready to come back right now (I stick to the beginning of July with that), and I'm crazy behind with my reading... But what I promise, I promise, and I agreed to do this blog tour, so... Here it is! My review & blog tour post for the second novel by the super talented Wes Markin!
This is my stop in the blog tour for 'One Last Prayer for the Rays', and I have to tell you that I'm so excited about this book! Of course, I expected it to be good, otherwise I wouldn't have wanted to participate in the tour, but it was absolutely great! I enjoyed it very much. And that's pretty much to say, because when I started reading I wasn't even in the mood for reading a thriller (I just had to do it for the tour, because for some unexpected reasons, I didn't have time later), and guys, I am a huge mood-reader! This book managed to get me in the mood for reading its kind, and that's a huge achievement. So, here it is: this is my blog tour post of a 5-star rated book! 😉
My second book by T. C. Wescott, and one in holiday spirit! I was so excited to read it a week before Christmas. Huge mug in my hand, hot beverage to drink, snow falling outside... it was PERFECT!
What better there is in a terrible, cold, wet weather (when all day seems to be evening and you can't decide if the thing falling from the grey clouds is rain or snow) than taking a journey into a mystery novel set in sweet and fun Hawaii? Well, I can think of a lot of things that are great to do, but this was definitely one of them!
If you're familiar with the classic children's novel 'Pollyanna', you know very well what the so-called 'glad game' is. (I wasn't...embarrassingly I had to look it up...) If not, I'll tell you in a nutshell: it's making yourself think of something you can be glad about, even in the worst of situations. It's basically thinking positive... it's a game of optimism. So when I read the title and the description of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game' (and then went and read about who this Pollyanna girl is...) I knew that I must read a book where Sherlock meets this game and this girl! Cynical, rational Sherlock and naive, optimist Pollyanna interact...? It must be hilarious!
In the autumn I get many times into crime story reading mood than usual (even though I'm really a huge fan of the genre, so that's something I do normally as well), so at this time of the year a cozy mystery is something I found myself contently doing. A hot coffee and a book, under a blanket... that's the dream! And I managed to live it for a little time, even though these are a very stressful and busy couple of weeks for me.