The Hunting Wives by May Cobb {BLOG TOUR} | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb is a book that has been taking over my mind lately! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, as it combined elements of a mystery/thriller with a group of middle-aged rich women who shoot for fun. Those two things are rarely combined in one book, so I was very intrigued by the initial synopsis, and especially after hearing the very early buzz for the book. When I was contacted by Penguin Random House to read the book early and review it as part of the blog tour, I couldn’t say anything but YES!

The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.
Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.
Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.
(Synopsis from

WOW. This book is the definition of a delicious thriller. I read it in just about 24 hours, because I truly couldn’t get enough of it!

The characters in this novel are all very interesting, and are much more complex than they initially seem. Each characters has been through some kind of drama or trauma in their lives, or is about to find themselves in a real problem after the novel takes off. Sophie, the main protagonist, was my favourite character in this story. Out of all the other women, she seems to most real and genuine. The other women give off some very strange vibes once the reader is introduced to all of them, and because the reader is reading from Sophie’s perspective, it is very easy to root for her success in the story. That being said, a malicious girl group is something I always enjoy reading about in novels, and this one was no exception! They were all so interesting to read about, and I could honestly read a book about each of their individual lives!

The writing style of this book was quite good. I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel, and how quickly the speed picks up by the end of the book. However, at the beginning of the novel, there were some flashbacks and flash forwards that happen very quickly, which at times, was hard to keep up with. Because I read this book as an eARC, I had to keep going back to the beginning chapters to check the dates of the events that the story opens up with.

The story itself had me hooked until the very last page! As I previously stated, the story really picks up in the second half, as the murder is introduced in the second half of the novel (however, the story technically also opens up with the murder, so that isn’t a spoiler). Part of me wishes that we got more time to uncover the mystery of the murder, but then again, I understand that a lot of character building needed to happen in the first half for the reader to remain invested in the overall story.

The biggest flaw I had with this book is its predictability. I love to be shocked when reading a mystery/thriller novel, but unfortunately, I had correctly predicted the majority of the ending by the three-quarter mark. That being said, being able to properly predict the ending of any story technically means that the author properly laid out the clues and throughly explained the story to the reader.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and gave it 4/5 stars! I recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a sexy mystery/thriller story! Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an eARC and inviting me to participate in the blog tour! If this book sounds interesting to you, be sure to pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library!

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People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Last year, I read Emily Henry’s 2020 release titled, BEACH READ, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was my second-favourite book of 2020, and is one of my favourite books of all time. The review I wrote and published on my blog for the book was my favourite review I wrote last year, and still manages to get quite a few reads to this day! Needless to say, Henry’s 2021 publication, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION, was my most anticipated book of this year. Over the past few weeks I have been in quite the reading slump, but this book managed to get me out of it, as I read the entirety in under 24 hours!

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
(Synopsis from

Emily Henry has done it again! A fantastic book, with incredibly kind and relatable characters and a really great plot line. While I still like BEACH READ better, I actually prefer the characters in this book. Poppy and Alex were two characters that I could see being real-life friends with. They were written very successfully, as I could clearly picture them in my mind and place them in different groups of people that I have in my life. Poppy’s personality is very similar to mine, as she had a great sense of humour and always remembered every tiny detail of each trip she took with Alex. Alex is someone that I could definitely see being friends with. He had a very serious personality, but Poppy managed to bring out the best in him whenever they were together. By the end of the novel, I loved reading about his more soft and emotional side, as he went through a lot of character development over the 12-years that this story covers.

The entirety of this book centres around my absolute favourite romance trope, friends-to-lovers! Both Poppy and Alex were friends before romance sparks began, and like all friends-to-lovers romances, the angst and questioning was so delicious!

At the beginning of the story, I was actually quite unsure if this specific novel was appropriate to read during these times. One thing (among others) that the pandemic has taken from us is the ability to travel. Since this book essentially revolves around several different trips Alex and Poppy go on, I was really worried that this entire book was going to depress me, as it the travel aspect would overshadow the romance and make me feel sad. However, that was not the case! I really enjoyed the snippets of each trip the reader was exposed to throughout the story, and none of the trips made me feel lonely or miserable. Henry only focuses on one or two events per trip, so there is not an influx of unnecessary detail given to the reader. If anything, this book made me excited to go on vacations once we are safely able to do so!

The writing style and pacing of this novel was perfection. Emily Henry has fantastic writing abilities that seem to make all of the aspects of both her previous novel and this novel seem real. This book is written in first-person perspective in the voice of Poppy, which I always enjoyed reading from. I loved being able to go inside Poppy’s head throughout this story, which is why I always prefer first-person perspective in all of my romance reads!

All of that being said, the one element of the story that took down my rating was the ending. I found the ending to be quite rushed and anti-climactic. While all romance novels typically have the same ending, I knew what to expect from the ending. That being said, there are a few events that lead up to the conclusion that I felt were rushed and not as dramatic as they were leading up to be. I would have liked a bit more “shock value”, even the conclusion of the story was still satisfying overall.

Emily Henry introduces readers to two loveable characters that share a lifetime of memories that readers will not soon forget! I gave this book a 4.25/5 stars, and would recommend it to all travel lovers who need a dose of romance and travel in their reading life!

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In My Mailbox #16: Early Spring 2021 Releases

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Over the past few months, even though I wasn’t doing much reading or blogging, I still received some very exciting new Spring releases that have either just come out or are set to be released very soon!

The first book I received was ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron. This book came out in early March, and I have yet to read it. However, I am very excited to start it, as I have heard some great things about the characters and themes in this book! Thanks to HBG Canada for the ARC!

The next book I received was BROKEN (IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE) by Jenny Lawson. I have read a few of Lawson’s previous books, and I have really enjoyed them, so I am really looking forward to reading her newest book! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for this ARC! This book is already out, so be sure to get your copy if your a fan of Jenny Lawson’s books!

I then received THE MURDER GAME by Carrie Doyle, which came out in early April. I can’t remember the last time I read a YA thriller, but I am very intrigued by this story! Thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC!

The next book I received was TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean. One of my goals this year is to read books by a more diverse group of writers. I have heard a lot of phenomenal things about this book, and I plan on reading it very soon! Thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! This book comes out next week, so be sure to pre-order a copy if it intrigues you!

EVERY BODY SHINES, edited by Cassandra Newbould, is one of my most anticipated books of the year! I am a big activist for body positivity and body acceptance, so when I first heard of this new anthology, I was SO excited to read it! This anthology comes out on June 8, and I hope to have each story read and reviewed by that time! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for the ARC!

The second to last book I received recently was SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass. Over the past few years, my highest read genre was mystery/thriller, although, this year I have barely read any of them! I hope to get my thriller read count up by starting this very novel! This book comes out on August 10, but I plan on reading it very soon. Thanks to Harper Collins Canada for sending me this ARC!

The final book I received recently is MISFIT IN LOVE by S.K. Ali. I read Ali’s 2019 publication and absolutely LOVED it, so I am very excited to read her newest book! This book is actually the sequel to SAINTS AND MISFITS which I have yet to read, but I plan on reading them both back-to-back soon! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC!

Those are all of the books I have received recently, which are also books I hope to read very soon! Thanks to all of the listed publishers for all of these great ARCs, and thanks to all of you for reading my posts!

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May 2021 TBR

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I am so excited to return from my long blogging and reading break! During the first quarter of the year, I mostly only focused on my school work, as I had quite a bit more working during my second semester compared to my first semester. As of April 12, I completed my first year of university, and I am incredibly proud of myself and the work I submitted! I plan on sharing a post all about my first year of university as an English major, and that post should be out sometime within the next week!

Anyways, as I stated earlier, I took a long break from reading and was solely reading books that were required reading for English classes. Now, I am so excited to get through my this month’s TBR, which is a collection of most anticipated books that have come out recently, as well as some backlist titles!

The first book I plan to read this month is THEY NEVER LEARN by Layne Fargo. This book is the May selection for BooksandLala’s Late Night Book Club, which I have never participated in up until this month! I had never heard of this book until she announced that it was this month’s selection, however, after reading many reviews for it on Goodreads, I am very excited to start reading it! As you can probably tell by the reflective plastic protection, I picked this book up from my library.

The second book I plan on reading this month is another library book titled THE PISCES by Melissa Broder. Currently, my favourite book of the year is MILK FED, Melissa Broder’s 2021 release. You can read my review for that book here. This book is one of Broder’s backlist titles, which I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about. Because I love Broder’s writing style and odd themes, I am really intrigued by this novel and hope to read it very soon!

The third book I hope to read this month is THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan. This book focuses on many themes to interest me, including body positivity, judaism, and of course, romance! This book was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I hope it lives up to all of the hype!

The fourth book I plan on reading this month is THE MINDERS by John Marrs. John Marrs is one of my favourite authors of all-time, and his newest book sounds incredibly intriguing! Words cannot express how excited I am to read Marrs’ 2021 release!

I then hope to read SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne. I read THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne earlier this year and loved it, and some have said that they enjoyed this one even more! I know next to nothing about the story that is written in this book, but I am still very excited to read it!

The sixth book I hope to read this month is TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean. I received an ARC of this book from Raincoast Books last month, and I am really looking forward to reading this seemingly emotional and touching story.

Last but definitely not least, I hope to read EVERY BODY SHINES edited by Cassandra Newbould. This is an anthology that features stories that centre around plus-sized teenagers! Since this is a short story collection, I hope to read a few stories here and there throughout the month while reading other novels. I am SO excited to read these stories and jump into the lives of so many diverse, complex, and relatable characters! Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book!

Those are all of the books I hope to read this month! What are you planning on reading this May?

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