Friday, 3 June 2016

High Stakes & High Seas - 2 Books To Help You Cruise Into Summer

Not long ago, I was approached by Simon & Schuster Canada to review two deliciously exciting tales that take place out at sea. With summer just around the corner (at the time) I pounced at the opportunity to read them.  Without spoiling my review (which you can find below) I can honestly say that these two titles, although similar in setting, were vastly different and completely blew me away. I absolutely cannot wait to hear what others have to say about My Last Continent and What We Become! Below, you will find my comparison review on both titles. Happy Reading!


My Last Continent
By Midge Raymond
Release Date: June 21st, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
An unforgettable debut with an irresistible love story, My Last Continent is a big-hearted, propulsive novel set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape—“original and entirely authentic love story” (Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project).

 It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of emperor and Adélie penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations and sorrows of their separate lives and find solace in their work and in each other. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is tenuous, imperiled by the world to the north.

 A new travel and research season has just begun, and Deb and Keller are ready to play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research destination. But this year, Keller fails to appear on board. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from the Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

 As Deb and Keller’s troubled histories collide with this catastrophic present, Midge Raymond’s phenomenal novel takes us on a voyage deep into the wonders of the Antarctic and the mysteries of the human heart. My Last Continent is packed with emotional intelligence and high stakes—a harrowing, searching novel of love and loss in one of the most remote places on earth, a land of harsh beauty where even the smallest missteps have tragic consequences


What We Become
By Arturo Perez-Reverte
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--#1 bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant.

En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.

Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.

Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble—and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering readers a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over forty years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.

Earlier last month I was approached by Simon & Schuster Canada in regards to reviewing What We Become and My Last Continent. What intrigued me about these two titles were how similar they both sounded in setting, but how drastically different they were in circumstance and event. I was eager to dive into these two titles and couldn't wait to see what Arturo Perez-Reverte and Midge Raymond both had in store for me in these highly anticipated summer reads!

What We Become was the first title I picked up as part of my binge read. Taking place en route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, it features a passionate love affair between Max and Mecha on a luxurious cruise ship. This passionate affair, although at first assumed to have ended on that cruise ship, follows the duo throughout the years in a variety of circumstances. Perilous missions, disastrous encounters, all filled with suspense, are a few of the events that pull this duo together, and it irrevocably had my attention from beginning to end. It was enchanting, wonderfully written, and ignited my imagination. I adored it! Max and Mecha were phenomenal characters that captured me, heart and soul,  and had me gripping the pages and begging for more. It was perfection!

Next, I immediately dove into My Last Continent. This one had a more suspenseful premise so I saved it for last, and was right in doing so. The tale follows the yearly ritual of Deb and Keller, whom often escape for an uninterrupted romantic getaway. However, this time Deb receives a distress call from a cruise liner and later discovers it's the very one Keller is one. In what has to be one of the most compelling dramas I've ever read to date, Deb was a character that truly pulled me into the thick of the story. She was a compelling character that truly shined during the high stakes events throughout the title. I was utterly enthralled!

What We Become and My Last Continent, although quite similar in origin setting, were vastly different in aspect of event, suspense, and even character growth. I absolutely adored both titles to pieces and found that reading both back-to-back to be one of my most unique reading experiences. Like looking at two sides of the coin, What We Become and My Last Continent is sure to have everything a reader is looking for in their next compelling summer read.

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes
Highly Recommended

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  1. Bookish Willow3 June 2016 at 10:47

    Excellent review

  2. These two books sound incredible
    Thanks for the review

  3. Both books look/sound exciting. I'm looking forward to reading them.