Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for providing me a copy of book in exchange for a fair review.

Emmy hasn't been dealing with things well, she quit the mountain bike team after Lucas's death and hasn't won first place in a long time. Just when things are starting to look up she finds out that her mom has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer.

Now she is trying to navigate her feelings for Cole, her place on the team and the reality of losing her mom as she knows her. Then an accident almost changes everything and Emmy has to decide what is really important.

I am going to note that I didn't realize this was a sequel or a follow up until after I started reading it. Love, Lucas is the first book. However, I didn't feeling like I was missing anything by not having read it first. Emmy is a passionate mountain biker who is still kind of reeling from Lucas dying a year ago.

Lucas is Emmy's first love, but they really never had a relationship. She never told him how she felt until right before he died after he revealed that he had been in love with her for years, but he was too afraid to tell her.  Cole moved to Utah during that time frame and has only been Emmy's friend up until now. He is helping her train for her rematch against Whitney.

She feels more than a little guilty about her feelings for Cole, but she cautiously begins to deal with the past and the present until the moment that everything changes. This was a quick easy read. It had me in tears several times, and I enjoyed the book and it's message a lot.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Thanks to Hachette and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Paul is a bit down on his luck not that he is really telling anyone that, for years he is has been stretching the truth and living off the fact that he once wrote a successful novel. Then he runs into Andrew, whom he doesn't quite remember until he mentions that Paul had dated his sister.

Paul doesn't really remember that and doesn't plan on seeing Andrew again, but when he calls he answers and accepts the invitation to dinner. Once there he meets Alice, and even though she really isn't his type he finds himself intrigued by her and asks Andrew for her number. Soon he is seeing her regularly and tries hard to get himself invited on their trip to Greece.

But really maybe he shouldn't have, because while Paul may think no one knows the truth about him, he has a tendency to forget people and things that aren't useful to him. Of course, he finds himself really falling for Alice but does he really know her? Will all his lies finally catch him?

Whew what a book, I am not sure if I love it, but it was something that is for sure. Paul isn't a very good person, the only thing redeeming about him is that he realizes it in the end. However, on the other hand all of the "good people" aren't that good either. I was wrong with my first theory however, I did suspect some of the rest before it was revealed. I still was surprised by quite a bit. It's hard to root for or feel sympathy for these kinds of characters, but it was a great read.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Thank you to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Jamie is the single mother of Kylie and Bailey, one day while on the way to a birthday party she stops at Kmart for the gift when she returns to the car they are gone. Her sister hires famed private investigator Alice Vega to find the girls.

Alice hires Cap to help her and the two begin looking at everything. The deeper they look the worse it looks. Meanwhile Jamie is losing it at the thought of never seeing her girls again.

I know my description was super short but there are so many twists in this book that I can't reveal them all it will ruin this experience. I couldn't stop reading, and man did I love Alice Vega. I say to you that I am really heartbroken this isn't a start to a series because I could read about Alice Vega solving cases every single day for the next year and not begin to tire of her.

This book is horribly dark and scary, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Alice and Cap would find. Would it be good news? or bad news or maybe a bit of both. This is my first book by this author but it won't be the last. I feel like I am not even expressing this the right way, I want to rave about this book, but I don't want to give away even a single twist. The way the author ties it all together is masterful.

I mean I won't lie I had no clue, I suspected like two pieces of the puzzle, but not in the right way at all. Normally I have a pretty decent idea of what is going to happen or who did it, but this kept throwing me every time another twist was revealed.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Thanks to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Penelope is the President of the Larks and things are going pretty well for her until Gretchen turns up dead, and her whole world is shocked to the core. When another friend turns up dead, Penelope really begins to wonder who is killing her friends and if she will be next. When Cass the strange quiet guy at her school begins reaching out to her, Penelope finds herself unable to resist him.

But when Courtney melts down, and yet another friend turns up dead, Penelope knows that someone is killing the senior Larks. She joins forces with Cass to figure out who is killing all of her friends, but will Cass be the death of her? Or will he save her life?

This gave me total Scream Queen and Pretty little liar vibes, and I was pleased to see that the author said that Scream Queens inspired this! I loved every minute of it, even though a lot of the characters were not likable at all. Even Penelope had moments where I cringed.

Honestly this one kept me guessing almost until the end, I did suspect but wasn't sure before the reveal so kudos for that! This was a quick fun read. I can't wait to see what she writes next, hopefully another thriller!

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy are military brats on a base outside of New Orleans. Meg is in a relationship with John but still caught in in feelings for Shia. But she really wants to be an officer's wife doesn't she? Jo wants to see the world, but when she meets Laurie suddenly she wonders if she can have it all.

Beth just wants to play music, and Amy wants to be Meg more than anything. While Meg hopes to leave her past and trouble from Fort Hood way behind her. Meanwhile, their mom is quietly worried about their father. She hasn't heard from him in awhile.

This is a retelling of Little Women, and in a lot of aspects it gets it right. The Spring Girls does have the same feeling as Little Women. The military aspect sort of adds and detracts from it. I am always a tad worried when I read a book that tells the story from a military aspect because more often than not the author doesn't get it right. Why would that bother me? Because I was a Army brat and in the military and a military wife. Lol yes I did all three.

For me though the crux of the story was so good that what bothered me about the military setting was set aside. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was rooting for all of them. Although Amy was a bit left out, I really loved Meg and Jo. Even though Meg drove me crazy a bit, more than once. But since, Jo was my favorite in Little Women, it would only seem right if she was my favorite here as well.

Release Blitz!!

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.
The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.
The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.
Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.
Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.
And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.
With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.

Meet Anna Todd:
Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.

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