The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. And if you thought historical fiction was out of my comfort zone then surely an adult murder mystery detective story is way on a different planet but you know I HAD to read JK Rowling's (under a pen name) book, The Cuckoo's Calling. I enjoyed it, it kept my attention the whole stinking time and it was long. Am I aching to read the next, no but I do want to get to it eventually. Am I wishing I had read it sooner, no but I'm happy I read it. I'd say if you've been curious do yourself a favor and check it out. I listened to the audiobook which I really enjoyed. And for those of you who are expecting Harry Potter Rowling just know this is an adult book with adult themes and lots of swears just in case you're uncomfortable with that sort of thing. <em>Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince…. Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen. I don't often read novellas but I really liked listening to the story of The Queen from The Selection series. While I liked getting her back story I was a bit disappointed in how she was portrayed. We know she gets the guy in the end (I mean the title and ahem she's the Queen) but it seems like she got him by blindly and mindlessly doing what he wanted and that rubbed me the wrong way. Not exactly the kind of character I want my nieces reading about. I get that not all characters need to be great but it's such a short tale it had the feel of "she gets the guy but being a doormat". Maybe I'm being harsh or hypersensitive but that was my impression. That being said I did enjoy listening to it. You should go listen to the audiobook and come back and tell me what you think. Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life. Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over. When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself. Another sports book this time hockey and figure skating. If you need a book for when you want to run away from your life or swap lives with someone else this is for you. It's got some serious themes but reads in a lighthearted manner making it really kind of great. Cute boys and Summer sports camp complete with some cool friends makes Being Sloane Jacobs a great book to take on your next weekend trip.
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