Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

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

Jasper has just buried his father when a strange man approaches him about his father's will. Jasper figures there isn't anything worthwhile and blows the guys off. A few days later the brakes on his car fail and he ends up in the river. A woman saves him, but then they start torturing him asking him questions about IT, whatever it is.

Jasper has no clue but when Cyrus saves him from the woman and her partner he realizes he needs to find out. That is when he learns that he is the last direct descent of Benedict Arnold, and his father was looking for information that could change the whole game. The game is that the True Sons of Liberty duel with the descendants of American Traitors and have been doing that for the last 200 plus years.

Before long Jasper is on the hunt to find that information that changes everything, if only he lives that long. After several attempts on his life, the League knows that they have traitors in their midst and someone will do anything to keep Jasper from finding out the truth.

This was a promising book with an interesting concept. I can't say too much because it will spoil it, but if fell a little short for me. I just didn't quite love it, but I did devour it and I loved the alternative history. I am not sure if I can put into words, but basically, it seemed a tad anticlimactic. All the dueling and the attempts on his life just to find out that.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

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

Liza is a once successful novelist, struggling to write her new book. Meanwhile, in real life, her marriage is struggling because her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend and law firm partner Nick.

Liza is writing a novel about Beth who discovers by accident her husband is having an affair. Beth stumbles upon them having dinner in a restaurant. She soon gets caught up in trying to find out what is really going on.

Liza is taking an experimental hormone designed to help her get pregnant and one of the side affects is forgetting things. She is stunned when Sgt.Perez says that he saw her at the range recently and that her aim had improved. She doesn't really think anything of it until Nick's body is found and the police come to her house.

When David is arrested as a suspect and she bails him out, things are beginning to spiral out of control. Why can't she remember things?

I know that is all rather vague but this is the type of mystery that spoilers will ruin everything. I do admit that I began to suspect the ending somewhere in the middle of the story, but I loved every minute of this book. The chapters vary from Liza's viewpoint to the that of the story she is writing, and the end will leave you feeling stunned and wondering what the heck just happened in a good way.

I don't know how I feel about the ending the author doesn't quite spell things out, but little is really left to the imagination and I honestly had a hard time feeling sorry for David. I didn't like him very and this might have been the only time I was rooting for the wrong person in this book. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Louise is surprised to receive a friend request from Maria Weston, especially since she disappeared 25 years ago and hasn't been seen since then. Feeling more than a little freaked especially since she has a secret to hide, she searches Facebook for her old friend Sophie and sends her a friend request. She then arranges to meet her because she wants to ask her about the request she received.

Louise begins to feel like she is being followed and watched, and with each passing day, she gets more and more worried that the truth will come out about what she did to Marie. She even reaches out to Esther, whom she had ditched during school as well when she became sort of popular.

During this time is confronted by the fact that she keeps all of her friends at a distance, and the secret is killing her, but when someone dies at the reunion she knows it is only a matter of time before her past comes back to haunt her.

My only real complaint was the fact that took so long for Louise to finally come clean about what she had done to Maria, and clearly, her actions haunted and controlled her life. So many times I wanted to shake her and be like just be honest, just tell someone, and every time she did, if they didn't react well it cemented the feelings she had about herself.

I really enjoyed the exposure of how fake social media is, and how even years after the fact it can tie and make you relive those high school days. Louise really struggled to become a better person, but she always felt defined by her actions as a teenager. While this is a mystery at heart it is also an eye opening perspective on bullying from both points of view. While it may show the motives of all bullies it does show how peer pressure and other factors can make an otherwise decent person do really stupid things. 

Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #11)

Thank you to DAW and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. I also won a copy of an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

October is back and enjoying life, things have been a little slow but she is happy. That is until her mother shows up and asks her to find her sister. What's worse is when she refuses her mother, she takes Jazz and Tybalt as hostages.

That sends October to Sylvester and with an impossible request. She has to wake Simon and have him help her find August. Sylvester grants that request so long as October helps wake his daughter and win her a pardon when it is done.

The trail starts at her mother's tower and leads them back into Blind Michael's realm, but it doesn't stop there. Things aren't always what they seem, and sometimes people don't realize the cost of the Sea Witch's help.

First, if you haven't read this series please go start with Rosemary and Rue it will be so worth your time. I love this series it is hands down one of my favorite urban fantasy reads. I have to say this is this the first book in a long without a lot of Tybalt in it and I loved it but I missed him. It also made me really dislike October's mother and sister.

However, like the prince who as promised this one really started to answer questions, and really opened the door wide for where this series is going. That also makes me a little sad because it might be showing the end of the road and I just don't know that I can live without October.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: The Walls by Hollie Overton

The Walls by Hollie Overton

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

Kristy is a public relations officer for the prison and she is doing the best she can do until one day her son gets in trouble at school and she finds that he has been taking martial arts classes behind her back. When she confronts his teacher Lance, it ends up in a friendship that changes her life.

Soon he becomes a huge part of her life, and when she kisses him and then backtracks he disappears and when they finally have a talk she decides that she can't live without him. Meanwhile, Kristy finds herself developing a friendship with an inmate on death row. As she gets to know him she is convinced that he didn't kill his kids.

Kristy and Lance get married and then everything changes, first, it is just a pinch or a bit of a temper and soon he is hitting her. But what can she do everyone is convinced that he is a wonderful man, but she soon finds that he isn't everything he claimed to be. Kristy is soon faced with impossible choices as the walls close in around her, can she do what she needs to do?

I am still not quite sure how I feel about this book, because it causes me moral dilemna's, on the one hand, I totally get where the author is coming from and it is interesting... On the other hand, it glorifies and justifies something I just can't get on board. Plus the I loved the death row aspect and I thought it was going to have more to do with the story instead it was kind of a filler even though it did touch on the execution of an innocent man, but it really didn't do anything to shine the light or really address that issue.

I liked Kristy, and I just don't know that only person who notices that she changes is an inmate at the prison. I mean I get that the guy is charismatic and wonderful, but other people know he isn't soo I guess in some aspect it felt like a sudden change and a stretch for me. That's is about as much as I am going to spoil this, I did read it all in one sitting and I really enjoyed it even if I haven't worked out how I feel about it now. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review of A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

I won a copy of the ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

A woman is racing away from something when she ends up crashing her car into a pole. Across town Tom arrives home to find his home unlocked and his wife missing. Thinking nothing of it he makes dinner and waits, by as time passes the more worried he gets so he calls 911. Shortly after police officers arrive at his house to tell him that his wife has been in an accident.

They also relay the details of the reckless driving which will most likely result in charges, when Tom arrives at the hospital he is stunned to find out that Karen doesn't remember a thing. Soon their neighbor Brigid arrives to visit with Karen, and Tom wonders what is going to happen. They consult with a lawyer, but both Karen and Tom are completely shocked when a set of Detectives arrive at their house to question Karen about a murder.

Soon Tom is at a complete loss as to what is going on or even who his wife is, Karen is frightened but knows she couldn't possibly have killed someone. Meanwhile Brigid is watching and waiting.

I hate being so vague, but so much happened in this book that I know  I would give away major details if I really want on about this book. I am still not quite sure if I like the ending, but it thrilled me and threw me for a loop. Everything I suspected was not quite right. I will say that I really didn't like any of the characters, they were all liars and just a tad crazy. However, it worked I couldn't stop reading this, I just could not until I finished it.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review of 99 Red Ballons by Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Red Ballons by Elisabeth Carpenter

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

This book is told with several different viewpoints, and an unnamed man, unnamed girl, Stephanie, and Maggie.  The unnamed is a kidnapper, the unnamed girl has been kidnapped and Stephanie is the Aunt of a young girl that has just been kidnapped, and Maggie is the grandmother of young girl Zoe who was kidnapped in the 80s.

The story opens with the unnamed girl meeting a man outside a sweet shop and how he convinces her to go with him. It then switches to Stephanie who has just learned that her niece Grace has been kidnapped after walking home from school. Almost immediately you start to learn that Stephanie and her family have secrets.

Maggie begins to receive calls and flowers from an unknown person who tells her they have a surprise for her, but mainly she is shocked Grace has been kidnapped in the same manner as her granddaughter Zoe.

I can't tell you much more than that because it will spoil the story for you. I will say that I was a bit confused at first as to the alternative perspectives and who was who. For a longer time, I didn't understand why Stephanie had a part in this story, but I will say that this was engrossing and I was unable to put it down.

I had to know what was going to happen, and I was completely shocked when it was finally revealed who the unknown people were in those chapters. I guessed wrong several times as to who and how people fit into the story. I also must admit that I loved the inclusion of 99 Red Ballon, that is one of my favorite 80s songs and I love to hear it in German.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review of A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for a couple of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Hadley borrows her boyfriend's car on the night of the one year anniversary of her best friend's death. He then posts a naked picture of her on Facebook, and when Hadley runs up into the tower to think, she runs into her ex-boyfriend Josh.

She then invites him to go to the party with her and as they are leaving an accident almost occurs and the path diverges. In one path Hadley, Brooklyn, Josh and Mia all head to Cincinnati to plan the ultimate revenge on Ben for posting that picture, in the other they all go to the party.

So in different paths, the same things unfold in a different timeframe. Hadley finds that her boyfriend is upset about more than the car, and then secrets start coming to light.

So I know I was vague but spoilers, come on now you know me by now. What I will say is I loved this, I admit I was intrigued when I saw that it was compared to Sliding Doors, which I love. It is the only movie I love with what's her name in it. I wasn't sure that I would love this, and I admit when it goes to different paths you have to be paying attention it took me two chapters to catch on. So just so you know it starts off all on one timeline when it seems like they are going to hit a car it then switches between paths.

I loved the friendships in this book, loved them! Hadley was okay she grew on me as the book went on. I wasn't sure about Josh he was frustrating in both paths, and Ben was just well I can't say too much about him, but yeah..

I couldn't stop reading this, I had to see how it would end I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of Dead Girls Can't Lie by Carys Jones

Dead Girls Can't Lie by Carys Jones

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

North has just found out her best friend Kelly has been found on a jogging trail hanging from a tree and the police believe that it was a suicide but North knows that isn't true. Kelly used to tell her that if she was ever found hanging from a tree on a jogging trail by a dog walker that it was murder, not suicide.

North has had trouble in the past so most people believe that she has gone over the edge with her determination to prove that Kelly didn't kill herself, but she knows that Kelly would fight for the truth if it was her, and so she sets out to find the truth.

North learns that Kelly was pregnant and it wasn't her boyfriend Dean's baby, everyone else uses that as the excuse to justify the suicide. However, that just cements North's convictions and she begins to dig deeper knowing that the yacht is the key to what happened to her she makes plans to go visit the yacht and find the truth.

Soon it seems that she in over her head, lucking Elijah from work has been keeping her company and helping her uncover the truth. But the crew is afraid, and the only person it willing to talk to her and she is told that it isn't uncommon for girls to leave the yacht early and just disappear.

I am torn in my feelings for this book, the mystery was a bit pat, but I loved the characters and I loved North's determination to do right by her friend no matter the cost. I couldn't stop reading the book at all I finished it in one sitting.

I will say initially I was wondering if the twist would be something different, I know vague but I hate spoilers and I realized if I typed out what I was going to say that I would steal that wondering from you and I just can't do that! Ha sorry, I am bad... 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review of The Next Together by Lauren James

The Next Together by Lauren James

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Katherine and Matthew meet at the University in England. When Katherine looks him up online to find out more information about him, she finds articles from 20 years earlier that name a different Matt and Katherine as terrorists.

When she confronts her gran she finds that Katherine was her Aunt and they never believed that she was a terrorist. As Katherine begins a connection with Matthew they are soon drawn into the past to uncover the truth of their relatives.

However, they soon find that they meet over and over again. In 1854, 1754 and so many other timelines. But, they always die and this time Katherine wants things to be different. Trying to stay one step ahead of the government that killed the previous versions of them is tricky! Will they be able to complete their mission? Will they find out the truth?

Whew, at first this sort of seemed like a straight out past lives book, but it was so much more than that. It alternates between 3 different timelines 1745, 1845, and 2039 with documents and journals from the 2019 timeline. In each place, they randomly meet and fall in love. Sometimes it isn't a smooth ride for them and they often end up in dangerous places. Like the English border during Bonnie Prince Charlies's uprising or the Crimean War.

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but this was a fantastic read and I did consider the ending a bit of a twist. I did not see that coming, and I admit I had reached a certain level of frustration like what were they supposed to do? Why did they keep coming back? I must say I was happy with the ending it wasn't anything crazy, but it was interesting and special I thought. A reminder that sometimes the right two people can create or change something in just one way that changes everything forever. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review of Two Dukes and a Lady by Lorna James

Two Dukes and a Lady by Lorna James

Thanks for Entangled and Netgalley for giving me a copy of an eARC in exchange for a fair review.

So I got my dates a tad mixed up and this going up early. Since my baby will be testing for Kindergarten next Monday it kind of works out!

William and Charles have been best friends forever, Lilly was also a good friend of theirs until she was married and shipped to America without them even knowing it. Five years have passed and both William and Charles are now Dukes, and they have heard that Lily is back.

Lily is penniless and at the mercy of her uncle. On top of it all apparently, her husband owes quite a bit of money and people are hounding her about his debts. She hopes to see her friends William and Charles, but wonders why they just abandoned her all those years ago.

However, once she sees them it is like no time has passed, although they are even more handsome than she remembers and both of them want her. Lily feels guilty because she is unable to choose between the two of them, but she knows she has to get married. So she flips a coin and then proposes to Charles. She is shocked when he agrees and then they broach the subject of her being with both of them.

She will be wife in name to Charles, but William will treat her as his secret wife, and suddenly Lily no longer has to choose at all. But, before she can be happily ever after she starts receiving threatening notes trying to extort money out of her. What has her husband done? What will be exposed? Is their friendship strong enough to survive sharing the only woman they ever loved?

Whew, this book is hot....sizzling... I had a couple of issues with some minor things, but I devoured this it was so good. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I actually wish it had been longer. It just wrapped up too quickly for me.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cover Reveal of Drift by Amy Murray

About the book:

I’m not crazy. My mother may have died with everyone believing she was insane, but I refuse to accept that as my fate. Even if I am recalling memories about a life I never lived. A life that includes the mysterious James—a guy I’ve only just met, but feel as if I’ve known all my life. The memories are coming hard and fast, and I’m falling down a rabbit hole with consequences that far exceed anything I could have ever imagined. And now, someone is trying to kill me.

Someone from my past who knows about my visions and is looking for something he believes I took from him. All I have to do is figure out how these memories relate to the present and maybe I’ll survive to live another day.


About Amy Murray:

Amy Murray graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology. She and her family live in Cypress, Texas, and when she can’t escape to Galveston bay, she enjoys modern quilting.