This week in books

This Week in Books (April 19th 2017)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

With life happening, last week saw almost no reading done, but I’m back on track again!

∧ Then ∧ The Cobra Effect, Christy Esmahan 

the cobra effect

Cory Banks, a workaholic researcher, has been focused on one goal his entire life: finding a way to clean up the oceans. Living in India, he genetically engineers a bacterial strain that will degrade plastics. Disaster strikes and the bacteria grow out of control, eating holes in boats, buoys, life jackets, etc. Desperate to stop the bacteria, Cory comes up with a plan to create a virus that will specifically attack them. But to do this he needs the help of a virologist and there’s only one person who is skilled enough to handle this emergency on short notice. Her name is Sarah Spallanzani and she also happens to be his ex-girlfriend. Having recently finished her travails in The Laptev Virus, Sarah agrees to take on the problem. But tension mounts when Sarah discovers a second bacterial strain and suspects Cory of sabotage.

When I said I was back on track, it means I cut the WiFi and got this book read in an afternoon! Apparently, not checking Twitter every five minutes helps a lot with the reading… Anyway, this book was mostly in line with the previous installment. Review to come soon!

≈ Now ≈ Pirates of Venus Edgar Rice Burroughs / The Darkest Lies Barbara Copperthwaite

I said I was on fire, didn’t I? For the first time in … a long long time, I started two books at the same time, that’s how crazy I am! Okay I’m just one chapter into each, but shush, don’t rain on my parade.

pirates of venus

The shimmering, cloud-covered planet of Venus conceals a wondrous secret: the strikingly beautiful yet deadly world of Amtor. In Amtor, cities of immortal beings flourish in giant trees reaching thousands of feet into the sky; ferocious beasts stalk the wilderness below; rare flashes of sunlight precipitate devastating storms; and the inhabitants believe their world is saucer-shaped with a fiery center and an icy rim. Stranded on Amtor after his spaceship crashes, astronaut Carson Napier is swept into a world where revolution is ripe, the love of a princess carries a dear price, and death can come as easily from the blade of a sword as from the ray of a futuristic gun.

Because I really need to get going on the Sci-Fi challenges! I would never have picked this on my own!

the darkest lies.jpg

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming.

A Bookouture psychological thriller by a lovely author! Couldn’t miss that one!

∨ Next ∨ One Little Mistake Emma Curtis

one little mistake

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .

I just love this cover so much. It’s kinda simple but so promising!

That’s it for this week! What’s on your reading list? Let me know!

41 thoughts on “This Week in Books (April 19th 2017)”

  1. I love the look and sound of both of the psychological thrillers, haven’t read anything by these authors yet. I don’t know how you can read two books at the same time and wish you could tell me your secret. There’s always one that I’d like more than the other and eventually end up reading while ignoring the other I think…

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    1. Me neither, I’m very enthusiastic about those books, I was reading fantasy before and I missed my favorite genre. Haha, I cannot read two books at the same time, that’s the problem! My head won’t let me! So I tasted both last night and will go with whatever I’m in the mood for this afternoon!

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  2. The cover for ‘Pirates of Venus’ looks pretty epic. I might have to give it a go based on that alone! Like you, it’s not something I would pick on my own 😛 But I’ve said 2017 is the year I’m going to read books I wouldn’t normally read so who knows?

    ‘The Darkest Lies’ sounds great! Books with massive twists are the best, especially when you cannot even hazard a guess as to what the twist might be. You find yourself reading and thinking “I think I know what’s going to happen! Oh no, actually, that’s way too obvious!” It’s great when a book can keep you on your toes like that 😀 Hope you’re enjoying it!


    1. I know, I went “What the hell?” when I saw that cover, haha! I wonder how people come up with those covers! 2017 is the year we take risks with reading, go! 😀
      Haha, that’s exactly what happened with The Darkest Lies! I am about to finish and … Well, twists are definitely around!! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Yeah, I’ve noticed that correlation between no Twitter and more reading, funny that, right? It’s funny how both crime books start with the premise: she seems to have the perfect life but then…


    1. Twitter is a robber of time! I’m so much more productive when I cut off social media! But only when it’s for reading because I love checking all sites when blogging 🙂
      Funny I hadn’t even noticed the similarity between the two books!
      Happy reading!


  4. I also have Darkest Lies though I have never read anything by the author before. One Little Mistake sounds so good. I hope that you will enjoy both your current and next reads. Happy reading.


  5. I love the cover of ‘One Little Mistake’, too! Both your thrillers sound intriguing! I hope you enjoy ‘Pirates of Venus’. I don’t think I would have picked that one either. 🙂

    I have a hard time reading two books at once, too! I’ve been trying it lately, though. Right now, besides reading one book, I’m listening to another while working out, but it’s going too slow! I want to finish it! Haha! And when I read the Game of Thrones books, because they are so long, I will read 100 pages or so between books.

    Happy Reading!


    1. Haha, Pirates of Venus… I’m afraid to start it!!!!
      My brain doesn’t know how to cope with two stories at once, it’s crazy! I never went further than the 100th page of A Game of Thrones xD Martin’s writing is not for me!
      happy reading! Thanks a lot for visiting!


  6. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on The Darkest Lies! I can’t wait to read that one myself; it has all the signs it’s going to be another bookouture winner. 😉 Happy reading! ❤


  7. These sound like interesting books Donna, so I hope you enjoy the ones your currently reading/have next on your TBR list. I guess cutting out the wi-fi works to take away all distractions in the form of the internet. Also wow for starting two books at the same time. I wouldn’t be able to do that because I’d start mixing them up in my head, but if it works for you then it works for you!
    Happy reading. 😀 ❤


    1. I had a massive Internet and phone breakdown for 24 hours and it only came back yesterday afternoon. I got two reviews, one post, and two books read, so yeah, WiFi is a monster, hahaha! But I did feel lonely, as I don’t see many people. Not being able to chat online was difficult.
      I started them at the same time but had to then read them separately, my brain can’t juggle two stories at the same time!

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      1. Oh that sucks, I guess. The same thing happens with my internet sometimes, it’s never gone down for 24 hours but it does go on and off at odd times throughout the day. Really really annoying but at least you got a lot done, and at least you internet is back now! 😀


  8. I’ve been seeing The Darkest Lies around a lot lately – it does sound pretty good! Hope you have a great week 🙂 Thanks for visiting earlier, and linking (as always) 🙂


  9. I like the sound of the last 2, the thrillers. Sounds good to be trying other genres though. I read my first ya dystopian through being a bookblogger and was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Though now I do tend to stick to the genres I like best.
    Twitter is such a time robber isn’t it!! I find myself reading a bit, then checking Twitter on the authors page and seeing if anyone else is reading the same book or had has read it.
    Good for you for reading 2 books at the same time. I try to read a paperback one and one on my kindle at the same time, but they need to be different genres so I dont confuse the characters.
    Happy reading Donna.


    1. I used to stick to the same genre until I realized I was being more difficult to satisfy. A change of genre helps me keeps my expectations of every story on a good level so there’s no pressure on the book to be super-extra-amazing every time. I’m glad you enjoyed a dystopian, I love them!
      I cling to Twitter because I’m alone most of the day and I need some social interaction if I don’t want to turn bunkers! 🙂 But it’s a bad habit to check every five minutes!
      I tried but failed to read two books at the same time. My brain doesn’t like!
      Happy reading, dearest 🙂 xxxx

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