Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review of The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Randapp Platt

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Randall Platt

Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy of this finished book in exchange for a fair review.

Abra Goldstein is dead, well not really but she does have her own gravestone in the cemetery.  But don't call her Abra, just call her Arab and well don't call her a girl either. She knows from spending the last two years in Vienna that the Nazi's don't care for Jews or girls, and she plans to leave both behind and survive what is coming.

So she returns home to Warsaw and resumes her street life. She avoids the ghetto and soon meets a mother who is hiding out in the cigarette factory she used to own. Arab comes up with the plan to have her make cigarettes and Arab will sell them.

Arab carries on for more than a year with the scheme, making connections and friends even among the Nazi's, but soon she meets Otto and he changes everything. He dares her to think that she can save some of the Jewish children in Warsaw. As plans go well you know what they say....

I admit it took me a minute to get into this book, but once I was hooked I couldn't stop reading it. I love historical fiction and there are some great world war II ones out there. Both adult and YA, and this one was up there. I did wish that the author included more information about the basis for this book because I was intrigued to learn about the real story. I like learning and I love learning about lesser known stories of the Holocaust. 







Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review of Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole


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

I don't even know where to begin I literally just finished this book and I couldn't stop reading it... So let's start at the beginning Kale has a secret, he time travels. For the last six months, he has only been going to one place WW II. He hasn't been the same since this starting happening. He has PTSD and is growing more and more withdrawn from his regular life and the people in it.

Harper has known Kale almost all her life, but it has been a few years since she has seen him. She moved in with her Uncle Jasper and is ready to pick up her friendship with Kale. She knows that he leaves, but she made a promise many years ago to never ask so long as he promises to always come back.

As soon as she sees Kale for the first time, she knows that something is different and she is torn by the promise she made and finding a way to help Kale. As Kale's home continues to fall apart and his friendship with Harper starts to become something more, he will have to face the truth and make a decision.

Like I want to say so much more about the plot because I feel like I over simplified it, but you know how I feel about spoilers. But I loved Harper and Kale, I love how she helped him figure out things and how she gave him roots to come back too.  Their love story and how she deals with him disappearing and just trusting and believing him is something we can all aspire to have in our relationships.

I will also admit that the book darn near had me in tears several times, I was on the edge of my seat at the end. I didn't know how it was going to end or what the purpose was, but I was nervous. Suffice to say that I loved every minute of this book, it was such a unique and simple explanation of time travel. Kale was a wonderful main character and Harper just made everything better. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen (Taking Shots #4)

Thank you to Entangled and Netgalley for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Disclaimer I was unaware until I started reading this today that it was part of a series!

That being said I don't feel like I was missing out on anything but picking this up on book 4, after reading it and loving it I will be going back to read 1-3!

Lindsay is the editor of the school paper and reformed Puck Bunny when Ryder makes his way into her life. She has done everything she can to run away from and avoid falling into her former behavior. She is shocked when he offers to help tutor her in math and explains the math to her in such a way that she can actually understand it.

Ryder doesn't understand why Lindsay keeps running away from, but the more he gets to know her the more he wants to be with her. As they continue to fight their feelings and her past, and his past will they be able to admit how they feel? Or will everything work against them?

I could not stop reading their story, I absolutely adored Lindsay and Ryder. She was so honest, that I cringed for her when she had to tell him embarrassing things. I couldn't wait for them to stop chasing each other and get together. That twist had me reeling and wanting to yell at someone. I know I am vague but spoilers.... Just from reading I can maybe guess who the first three books are about, but I loved the dynamics and friendships.

I also feel that I must admit that I might have a thing for hockey players too because the title and the cover are exactly why I wanted to read this book, and this is the second romance series about hockey players that I have devoured. Well, I will be devouring this one. I highly recommend it, and meanwhile, I will be going to the beginning and reading them all!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Interview with Sara Wolf

I interviewed Sara Wolf, I reviewed two of her books on the blog! She was so nice!

Did you always want to be a writer? Ever since I turned twelve and discovered the magic of fanfiction, I've wanted to be a writer! Although, I think I wanted to be a vet sometime when I was very little.

What inspires your writing? Other books, of course! I love reading, and seeing other writers write so much better than me always inspires me to do better in writing my own books.

What was the hardest part writing “Remember me Forever”? The hardest part was writing all the scenes where Isis falls into a hole of partying, drinking, etc. She was obviously doing it because she was in pain, and it hurt my heart so bad for her. I just wanted to scoop her up and put her in a blanket. 

What is your favorite thing about writing “Remember me Forever"? My FAVORITE thing was FINALLY getting to write a bunch of fluffy/sweet scenes with Jack and Isis cuddling, kissing, etc. They've had such a rough time, it felt great to see them together and happy, you know?

Do you have any habits while writing? For example: a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background. I absolutely can't live without Potato Snack, which are these Korean potato chips, but long like french fries? It's hard to explain, but I love them more than life itself.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing? I love to relax by playing video games! I stream games too on Twitch.tv, sometimes (my niece showed me how to do it), and it's so much fun to play knowing people are watching! My friends/family likes to poke their head in and say hi in the chat every so often.

What or Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in "Remember me Forever"? The new characters Isis meets were definitely inspired by my own friends, Diana and Yvette in particular. I love them so much. They were incredibly fun to write, and I hope I did my lovely friends justice.

What is your next project? My next book that's going to be published with Entangled is a YA/Fantasy called BRING ME THEIR HEARTS. It's about a girl with no heart who has to steal a prince's heart. I also have another YA/Contemporary called BURN BEFORE READING, which is a story about a girl who meets three brothers, and falls in love with one. 

What do you think is the most special thing about this world you have created? Isis is undoubtedly the most special thing about the world I've created. I love her spunk, her sass, the meaning behind her name (Egyptian goddess of love who protected the weak!), everything. Everything about her was just so special, and I'm so glad to see she's touched a lot of people's hearts the same way she did mine.

What is the one thing you want readers to walk away from "Remember me Forever"? That you are never too damaged/broken/unworthy of love. You are always worthy of love, the sort of love that makes you feel worthy, instead of insecure or scared or unworthy.

Is this the last book, and if so how do you feel about that? This is the last book! I'm very sad to see all these lovely characters go, Jack and Isis especially. But I feel like I gave them a happy ending that they can live their lives out in well.

 If could describe your book in five words, what five would you use? Oh this is six, but it's so good! Love meets hate. Ice meets fire.

Thank you to the lovely Sara Wolf for taking the time to be interviewed! I am excited about your new projects!!! They sound fantastic. Meanwhile, Remember me Forever is the last book in the trilogy. Love Me Never is book one!!! Go check them out now!!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Remember me Forever by Sara Wolf

Remember me Forever by Sara Wolf

Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Isis is back and it's been a few months since Sophia's suicide. She hasn't been handling it well, but what makes everything worse is that Jack just took off. He didn't say one word just completely disappeared.

So Isis is trying to be okay with everything and is doing the best that she can. After a summer vacation at her Dad's, she returns to Ohio to get ready to attend Ohio State. Once at Ohio State, she meets Yvette and after having a fabulous conversation they discover they are roommates. 

As Isis continues to adjust to life at college and without Jack, she is thrown into a tailspin when she discovers that Nameless also attends the college and that Jack is here as well. Can Isis let go of the past? Can she leave Jack behind? Will Jack finally come to his senses and tell Isis's how he feels about her?

I have loved every single minute of this trilogy. I devoured all three books and reading this one today made me want to re-read them all. The only thing that made me a little sad was Isis was not herself in this book, and I know it was showing her that way because of everything that had happened, but I missed the girl who got in a game of wits and revenge with Jack in the first book. That is my only little complaint.

I did very much adore seeing her leave some of the pain behind, of finally becoming free from the past, that made it all worth it. I love her snark, and her friendships. How she has puked on more than one person's shoes, and that despite being broken she picks herself up and tries so hard to move forward. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review of Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Whew where to start... my mind is blown!!!

Hannah is a successful business woman who returns home one night with some exciting news.  When she arrives home to find her boyfriend of four years Matt is gone. Everything he owned is gone, all of her old stuff is put back in its original place. Where has he gone? What happened?

She is so humiliated that the only person she tells at first is her best friend Katie. As time goes on Hannah continues to fall apart. She finds that his number is disconnected and even his mother has moved. She finds out she is pregnant and gets in trouble at work. But weird things are going on in her house. Stuff has been moved, new flowers put in, a cd in her car...

Is Matt messing with her? Is she losing her mind?

Gah I have like a ton of things I want to say about this book, but spoilers for real I can't comment on what I really want to because it will spoil the whole damn book. I will make this vague reference the ending made me feel slightly uncomfortable and it really took a minute to wrap my head around everything.

That was how it is supposed to be I think, I think that was the author attempt and it was masterful, because I really felt a certain way towards Matt the whole book, and I will say my opinion of Katie was not improved by any circumstances. The clues are slowly revealed and you just don't put them together until the end when you look back and suddenly it is so clear.

If you are looking for thriller that deals with a subject I don't I have ever read about in a fiction book then look no further! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Blog Tour of Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

From the imprint that published Fiona Barton’s instant New York Times bestseller The Widow and Clare Mackintosh’s global phenomenon I Let You Go, comes Mary Torjussen’s GONE WITHOUT A TRACE (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; 978-0-399-58501-2; April 11, 2017; $16.00)—an electric, compulsive thriller about a boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance, and its corrosive effects on the woman he left behind.
 
In GONE WITHOUT A TRACE, young professional Hannah returns from work to find her live-in boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened. As she struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows she’ll do anything to get answers. Where has he gone? Why has he left?
 
Then the messages start—cryptic and creepy texts and videos—and Hannah realizes that someone is watching her every move. And there are signs that someone has been in her house.
As her search for Matt progresses, Hannah treads further into madness and obsession—and the only way out is to come to terms with the one shocking truth she just can’t accept. . .

For anyone who has ever asked “Was it something I did?” GONE WITHOUT A TRACE brings to chilling light the doubt, fear, and obsession that can lie dormant in our most intimate relationships.
 
Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, says: “Gone Without a Trace has one of the most interesting narrators I’ve ever come across.”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: A Twist in Time

A Twist in Time A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again Julie McElwain proves that she's an author whose here to stay. Her prose and grasp of Regency England's justice system and social mores is dead on..pun intended. This is no run of the mill murder mystery nor is it a straight laced romance novel.

Kendra Donovan, the youngest FBI recruit goes on a mission of vengeance in 2015 and winds up going through a wormhole and ending up in Regency England right after the war with America and Napoleon. Kendra has to try to adjust to a world where women are regarded as property and unintelligent while also trying to solve a series of murders.

In Julie McElwain's follow up novel 'A Twist in Time' Kendra Donovan's hopes of returning to her own time prove unsuccessful. At the same time Lady Dover is brutally murdered and Alec is accused of the crime. The Duke of Aldridge and Kendra journey from Aldridge Castle to London to clear Alec's name and find Lady Dover's killer.

Julie McElwain takes us through the investigative process mixing Kendra's knowledge of current criminal investigation and 18th century police procedures. She doesn't stop there though. She immerses us into the society that existed at that time. She doesn't shy away from highlighting Kendra's struggle as a woman in Regency England, nor does she sugar coat the unfair justice system that existed.

Kendra is reunited with Sam Kelly the Bow Street Runner and our favorite Regency Englishwoman Lady Rebekah as well as the inestimable Dr. Morris. We're also introduced to the Beau Monde also known as the Ton and all it's seedy, sordid, dealings.

Through the course of her investigation we meet the Weston Family. Lord Weston is having an affair with Lady Dover but by this time in the investigation it's more a matter of who ISN'T having an affair with her. Turns out the widow Dover had quite a few "admirers" and she wasn't above blackmailing them to get what she wanted. What's a 20th century woman to do when faced with 18th century societal morals? Kendra Donovan digs out the Weston families deepest darkest and dirtiest secrets to find the person responsible for Lady Dover's death and to clear Alec's name before the House of Lords can convene to decide whether or not to charge him.

There are so many twists and turns throughout Julie McElwain's second novel that you might find yourself getting a tad lost but you'll have a blast getting to know Regency England right along with Kendra. I for one can't wait to see what Julie brings in the next book.

Will Kendra Donovan find her way back to the 20th century or will she decide to say in England?

Will she agree to marry Alec or will Alec change his mind once he learns Kendra may not be able to have children?

We're getting close in timeline to when Jack the Ripper stalked the alleys of White Chapel so I don't think I'm alone in wondering if Kendra Donovan is going to be called on to help investigate those crimes.

I haven't forgotten about what Kendra left behind in 20th century England so I'm wondering what her plan is if she DOES get back to her own time?

I have so many questions but it looks like I'll be waiting with the rest of you to get those answers.



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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cover Reveal for Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton



Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton


To win her trust, he’ll have to surrender his heart.
Trusting Tanner is a sexy new adult romance coming May 8th from Entangled Embrace. Check out the cover!

About Trusting Tanner:
The Collins Brothers #1

Tanner Collins is the embodiment of perfection—tall, dark, sinfully sexy—and completely out of Juliana Shea’s league. Knowing she’d never survive a repeat of her last disastrous relationship, she parks Tanner firmly in the friend zone. But man, he’s hard to resist.

Juliana is exactly what Tanner wants, and he’s determined to win her over with his kindness and humor… But one night—a night he can’t even remember—threatens to take it all away.

With the flick of a “send” button, their hope for a future together is shattered. But Tanner isn’t the type to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.

TRUSTING TANNER releases May 8, 2017

About Lexi Lawton:
Born and raised in Central New York, Lexi Lawton is an only child who found companionship in books. When she was old enough to put pen to paper, she began writing her own stories of love, suspense, and heartbreak. She hasn't stopped since. Represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Lexi is actively pursuing her dreams of publication.

Today, Lexi lives in Michigan with her husband, four kids, three pit bulls, and two cats. When she's not writing, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends, and obsessively listening to anything by Luke Bryan.

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