Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

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

Rebecca is a hot mess because four months ago her husband went missing and the same day he disappeared so did Kayleigh Jackson. Since that happened everyone has linked the two together and she is knows unable to face all the attacks. She has abandoned her house in favor of living in the caravan, and her drinking is out of control.

Rebecca struggles to come to terms with the man she thought she knew and all the allegations against him. Not long after he went missing she found out he lost his job, and he wiped out all of their money. Everyone acts as if she is just as bad as him, she has lost nearly everything, but in moments of sobriety she decides that she needs to know what happened.

I am not sure how I felt through this book, and I can't say too much without spoilers, but on the one hand I felt it was horrible how everyone treated her, and I could see that the doubts were eating her alive. She wasn't always likeable, but the situation was definitely realistic.

I can't say I didn't see the end coming I suspected it heavily but I wasn't actually positive until I read it. Overall a quick gripping read from a totally different perspective than normal.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes

Thank you to Paula Stokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review!

Genevieve wakes up in the hospital and she can't remember what happened. She soon finds out she was involved in car crash and it killed her YouTube sensation boyfriend Dallas Kade. As time goes on she finds out that the other driver was supposedly drunk at the time of the crash. Then an all out war ensues on Twitter attacking the man.

Genevieve doesn't remember still, but she can't help but feel bad for him. Soon she begins to remember bits and pieces and begins to wonder if it wasn't his fault at all. Fed up with all the media attention she retreats to her Dad's house in Utah and begins to confront the truth.

Yes, I am going to leave that there just like that because I hate spoilers and this book is too good for me to ruin the need for you to read it yourself. First off I have to say that Paula is quickly becoming one of those authors that I don't even need to know what the book is about I am just going to click want to read and go forward. When I got her newsletter with ARC sign ups I thought why not...

I was so excited when I got the email that I was receiving a copy of this book, and sorry life has been a tad hectic I meant to read this and review it two days ago when it came out. So my thoughts about this book, I loved it, I loved learning more about Genevieve in bits and pieces and her relationship with Dallas.

I totally understood how she felt about everything, and her almost complete withdrawal from social media, and when she ran to her Dad's house I got that too. Her fears, whew I am going to get into that in a second, most likely in a generic manner so as to not spoil things in the books.

Thank you, Paula, for writing this book, I mean the culture that is really taking over social media needed to be addressed and you did it beautifully, sadly I don't think it will change a thing. Genevieve's fears about public perception and the way people handle things on social media are spot on and so realistic it's scary.

Social Media, is ugly, there I said it and in the last year or so it's become extremely ugly. I actually avoid Twitter and I am seriously considering deleting it. Especially considering almost everyone on there that I follow or follows me doesn't actually know me in real life. Mostly because the things I see on there every time I get on there break my heart. The hatred is real, and honestly pretty much everyone on there attacking people need to just add the #hypocrite to their posts. I grew up without social media where you had to have the legit courage to be mean to a person's face or talk about them behind their back. So I have zero respect for the bullying disguised as talking a stand for what you believe in.

So as Paula left in the novel every action you take on the internet can have real life consequences and you should consider that long and hard before taking part in attacking someone even if you think it's justified. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Enigma by Tonya Kuper

Enigma by Tonya Kuper

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

Josie and Reid are back and everything is fraught with danger on top of it all she has to live with killing someone. Worse there is a traitor in the resistance and the Consortium is still after her. Her family is in danger and she had to figure it out before it is too late.

Her powers are continuing to develop as well, and living with and training with her boyfriend is making things even more difficult. Soon she will have to us herself as Bait and hope that she can survive what is coming.

I have to say I wish I had reread the first book, the length of time between the two releasing made it so that I really didn't recall what happened in the first book. I remembered I liked it, but I couldn't remember much else. So I didn't enjoy this as much, it was well written and interesting. Tonya wrapped up the duology really well.

This was a quick good read, it was fast paced and I kind of wish there was more. However, it didn't hold my interest as much as the first book did. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

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

*** Disclaimer I requested this book months ago and was unaware of any controversy surrounding it until I logged into to do this review. So I am just going to address what I saw from some of the reviews. First off I didn't know what doxing was until reading other reviews, but having just literally read this book, the author is making light of this she is shining light on it and how potentially dangerous as well as fame. She address stalking and obsession as well. Lastly I don't agree with the choices Tony made, but given that he is a teen and he was humiliated and that is the way current young people address thing it's actually a really plausible scenario.***

Tony has recently broken up with Holly the star of the school. He did it privately and he thought everything was good until he goes back to school and she reads all his private emails and letters to her. In a moment of anger Tony decides to sign her up for everything from Tinder to whatever, and he makes her location and phone number known.

Then a day later he receives a call from Holly and he thinks she is being dramatic until she screams. In a panic he rushes over to her house and finds the phone, but he doesn't tell anyone because he is sure that she getting revenge on him. Then she is reported missing and everything blows up. Tony becomes suspect number one and things continue to spiral out of control. Another girl goes missing and her body is found the next day.

I am still pondering how I feel about the ending, because whew this was a ride. I have read almost everything Hannah Jayne has written so I knew this would be good and I loved it and hated it. I have seen some hate it because of the Gone Girl comparisons and I get where they are coming from. I loved Gone Girl, but I hated the characters. I liked Tony, I thought he was stupid and made stupid choices and he paid for them.

On the other hand I think Hannah brilliantly shines light on today's culture, by having Tony doxing Holly, she shows how people act today. I didn't agree with it or like any of it, but I see this constantly Twitter is a humiliation show these days with people dragging everyone into whatever current problem they have with something. I think it's gross which is why I am not on twitter very much these days which is also how I missed all the controversy surrounding this book.

I don't understand the need to publicly shame and humiliate people that is so prevalent these days. On top of it with social media controlling everyone's lives it has also allowed people to indulge their crazy. When I was a teen you had to stalk and humiliate people the old fashioned way now people stalk Facebooks, Twitters and everything else, locations are posted and it's actually pretty easy to know where a person is and what they are doing. So safety is out the window and in a twisted way Hannah shows that in The Revenge. I think what Tony did was crap, and what all the other characters did was crap too, but it is kind of the norm today despite what illusions we might cling too. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Damaged Like Us

Damaged Like Us Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The twins do it again. Just when I didn't think the Addicted series characters could get any better Becca and Krista Ritchie give us Damaged Like Us. This is a spin off series from the original Addicted series and it pick up with the Hale, Cobalt, and Meadows kids as adults. This first book centers on everyone's favorite adorable kid Maximoff Hale. If you read the Addicted Series you'll remember Maximoff as the Batman loving, water addicted swimmer, adorable little kid and big brother to the Hale kids, Luna, Xander, and Kinney. At the end of the Addicted series it's mentioned that Maximoff Hale is a loving, kind, loyal and responsible little boy who is constantly taking on more than he should to the chagrin of his parents especially his father Loren Hale. Not much has changed in the Damaged Like Us series for Maximoff Hale except we find out in this book that he's come out as bi-sexual. The entire world is focused on him and his actions and Maximoff Hale is VERY aware of that, allowing public opinion to dictate his actions to a large extent. Maximoff a.k.a Moffy to his friends and family is still struggling to get the world to see that Loren Hale is his biological father and he takes great pains to distance himself from his Uncle Ryke whom he bears a marked physical resemblance to.
In this new series Moffy and Jane are the closest and best-est of friends not just because they're cousins but because the intense scrutiny in their lives has made it impossible for them to trust anyone outside of the immediate family. Later the media will twist this relationship, as they are known to do, anytime these families get together, or hell just exist.
The  story begins with Moffy getting a new bodyguard one he doesn't want. Enter Farrow Keene 27 year old bodyguard to Lily Hale now being transferred to Moffy's detail. There's a complicated relationship already in place between Moffy and Farrow that highlights the fact that these two have known each other since they were kids as Farrow's father was and still is the families concierge doctor.
Here's what these two authors do so well. They take a volatile subject, addiction, alternate lifestyle, paparazzi, family dynamics and they make these characters who deal with, experience, and live through these situations believable, relatable, and above all HUMAN.
We see Moffy struggle to deal with the insensitivity and hostility that comes with being born into a famous family. We see his kindness in spite of or maybe because of all of that. We see him as a person with flaws but who struggles every day to navigate the treacherous waters of his life under the intense eye of the media and we see him (for the most part) succeed. The best part, the very best part in my not so humble opinion is seeing him learn to trust enough to fall in love. To LOVE to open himself to that vulnerability and we get to see him be loved in turn.
I can't tell you what these books have meant to me. As the child of an alcoholic parent it was validation to read the Addicted Series and to know, to feel, to UNDERSTAND exactly what Loren Hale dealt with in his own home with his own alcoholic father. As a woman it was vindication to watch Lily Hale overcome an addiction that society would turn into something awful and filthy. To see her strength in overcoming that. Maximoff Hale's story only further cements why these books have gathered such a huge following. Why we as readers have fallen in love with these people. Becca and Krista Richie give real emotions, real stories, real situations that many of us are either dealing with now or have dealt with in the past. These books are like literary therapy. They show us the light at the end of very dark tunnels and they give us the courage and the fortitude to keep going.
Becca and Krista always approach these topics with sensitivity and tolerance allowing us to explore our own morality and sexual identity in a safe and positive way.
If you read nothing else this year you have to read Damaged Like Us.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Damaged Like Us Pre-Release Party Give Away

Today we're excited to be a part of the Fizzle Force "Damaged Like Us" Pre-Release Party!!! As part of a collection of online book bloggers and fangirls of the dynamic twin duo's writing The Book Whisperers will be raffling off a Kindle eCopy of Damaged Like Us. To enter just head over and join the Fizzle Force Pre-Release Party post your answer in the comments section below. We're picking, not one, but TWO winners for this special occasion.

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For those not familiar with the dynamic twin writing duo Krista and Becca Ritchie are the authors of the "Addicted to You" the book series that follows Loren Hale and Lilly Calloway on their journey to find sobriety, strength, family, and love. It's a very powerful and realistic look at addiction, societies double standards, and the power of media both social and on air.

If you haven't read the Addicted Series we here at The Book Whisperers highly recommend you pick it up. Damaged Like Us follows the children of the original characters and as such may be hard to follow for those that haven't read the original series.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of Talk British to Me

Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman

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

Teague is working in a coffee shop  a little worried about money when she stumbles into a job as assistant. She meets Mateo by accident when she literally drops hot wings on him. Mateo has a bit of a secret, he is Bennett, The Dating Guy, and he has a contract with the radio station that says no relationships.

He has never had a problem with that until he meets Teague. He does stay upfront with her and say that he doesn't want a relationship with her, but he can't stop thinking about her. Teague can't stop thinking about him, but when she finds out he is the son of her boss, the reasons they can't do anything keep stacking up.

They spend more and more time together trying to maintain that they are just friends, but things are spiraling out of control. Mateo has to figure out if he loves his job more or if Teague is the one for him.

This was a super cute and fun read! I literally couldn't stop reading it, and I loved that they didn't hop in bed and fall in love and then struggle. Like they didn't hop in bed, struggled not to have a relationship, then sort of had one and then he messed it up. It worked though, I really like them as a couple and as characters in general.

Since this is the beginning of the series I hope to see them again!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Sacrificial Muse

Sacrificial Muse Sacrificial Muse by Maegan Beaumont
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Sabrina Vaughn Series is AMAZING!! As a long time lover of murder mysteries and thrillers this book covers all the best elements of that genre and then it goes a step farther and gives us believable and four dimensional characters. I absolutely loved this book when I checked it out from the library unsuspecting and unknowing it was the second book in the series. From page one I was captivated by the dark feel of this story. Sabrina Vaughn is a character you can empathize and sympathize with. She's a young woman who has endured so much at such a young age and she's used that personal tragedy to forge herself into a formidable Homicide Detective. She has that Eve Dallas feel from J.D. Robbs futuristic detective series but Sabrina's Meagan Beaumont's world is a much darker place to be.

I suggest reading this book with the lights ON!

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Review: Mace

Mace Mace by Claire Donovan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I never thought I'd say this..but I couldn't finish this book because the content was so beyond twisted that it crossed the boundary into evil for me. I've read some seriously messed up stuff. Studying abnormal psychology for fun in college kind of messed up stuff and I couldn't finish this book. There's just something about incest even if only implied incest that makes me sick. I also didn't like the male character him being a pimp and the way he treated women including his step sister was just twisted and wrong. I couldn't buy him as a loving son when he treats women that way..I just no, that was too unbelievable for me. I found the female character to be weak, needy, and lacking in self-esteem ripe for her step brother to abuse. I'm not saying the book was poorly written just that I myself don't find any reading pleasure in those kinds of situations.

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Review: Beautiful Liar

Beautiful Liar Beautiful Liar by Signy Cullen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautiful Liar by Signy Cullen

Full disclosure I am friends with this authors older sister however; I do not actually know, nor have I ever met the author herself. This review was requested by said friend and I agreed to give it a fair and unbiased review.

I read this authors first book "Farther Side of Away" back in 2013 I believe, may have been 2014 and I was not overly impressed. That story was a bit disorganized and difficult to follow so it was with some trepidation that I picked up Beautiful Liar. I could not have been more surprised when I began reading and realized that THIS book was far and away better than her first one. As a reader and a review it's not uncommon to see this with new writers. Like any other craft it takes time and experience to hone the craft. If you, like me, read this authors first book and took a pass at this one I encourage you to back track. Beautiful Liar was a well researched, well thought out book. It was nothing like Farther Side of Away and a lot of the issues I had with that book were resolved in this one.
Beautiful Liar begins with a jail break and the law enforcement officials who track the escaped convicts. Enter Noah a U.S. Marshal. Whatever you thought a U.S. Marshal was like Noah is none of those things. He reads as a young hot dogger, and he mentions he sometimes wishes he lived at home with his parents still. He likes the excitement of the job but not so much the "boring" parts as he deems them. If you're an older reader you may not like Noah at first, you may in fact prefer Deputy U. S. Marshal Tim Noonan, the "team captain" if you will of the U.S. Marshals. He is older and more seasoned on the job but if that's not your aesthetic there's Marshal Thomas Carol described as an older deputy dressed in typical tan suit, mismatched tie, and a full beard. Now that's what I think of when I hear the world U.S. Marshal...I blame all those old westerns my dad used to make me watch. If you like wise-cracking law enforcement types there's Deputy Marshal Philip Mills who likes to make all the "kiddie" jokes he can toward Marshal Noah. The feeling you get when you're reading about these Marshals is that this is a typical give and take between a tight knit team. The relationships between the Marshals reads like a family and anyone whose ever been in the military, or married into it, or any branch of law enforcement would understand the bonds that exist among these personality types. That comradery, loyalty, duty, and honor that binds them all together. In essence that feeling of Family that's unique to these types of people. The author has a firm grasp on those dynamics and that comes across to the reader.
I felt that the author gave a bit too much information at the beginning about Noah. For instance I didn't think it was necessary to tell me that he went into the Marshals right out of college. She could have just said "at 26 Noah was the rookie" and I think we would have all got it. If it added to the story then I could see using it but it just sort of feels like word filler to me and as a reader I've always felt a bit insulted by that kind of thing from an author. The other thing that unnecessary information does is it makes Noah come off as inept. I don't think the U.S. Marshals would have recruited him out of the University if he were stupid but the way she writes his inner monologues about his looks makes him appear to be shy, inept, and bumbling. Like a Deputy Doo-Right instead of an intelligent, yet unseasoned U.S. Marshal. So that was a downside for me in this book. I had to work a bit harder to get over that initial introduction to this character.
Enter the CIA I'm not going to go over too much about this I'll let you draw your own conclusions. I will say this..the female CIA agent comes across as unbelievable. I think she was a good liar, I didn't find her believable as an agent. She came across more as a parody of herself and I couldn't take her seriously in the story. She was good for some unintended comic relief though.
All in all the story itself was good. I liked it. I liked reading it. I'm a total sucker for crime thrillers, who dun its, escaped convicts and shady government ops. This book hits a lot of those notes that makes that genre fun to read. I'm hopeful and optimistic that this author will continue to hone her craft and improve as writer. I look forward to reading the second book in the Beautiful Liar series and this new author grow into her craft.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review of The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

Thank you to Negalley and Disney-Hyperion for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Tori has recently moved to Maryland, her family has inherited a plot of land and house just in the nick of time. Since Tori's dad died they have lost everything and had no choice but to move from DC to this small town in Maryland. Even though she finds it strange that they have a random plot of land in the middle of the Slaughter family farm.

Tori also cuts, but her mom knows about that so when she heads out to the old dead tree to cut herself she doesn't think anything of it until she finds a boy later. Nathaniel Bishop tells her that he was hanged from that tree and that Emmaline must have brought him back.

When Matilda the old lady that lives near them tells her that Emmaline brought him back, Tori knows something deeper and darker is going on. Will Slaughter has gone missing, and Tori keeps finding Alister Slaughter on their property. She knows they are looking for something, and it has something to do with why they inherited the property.

Sins of the past are coming to light, and Tori is falling for a boy who has long been dead. Will she be able to set him free? Will she be able to find the proof she needs in order to save her family?

I have read all of Elle's books so when I saw this it was an automatic request! While I didn't love it as much as her other books, I soon found myself sucked into the mystery and wondering what was going to happen. I love Tori, despite all that tries to break her and her cutting she still gets up and tries again and again.

I also loved the Gothic southern feel to the book. Buried secrets are some of my favorite things to read about and this did not disappoint, especially since it brought up indentured servants a part of our history that we really don't spend a lot of time focusing on. I have to say that I hated that it ended, I wanted more and I want to read more about Tori, but alas this is a standalone so I have to just be happy with what I have. 

Review of Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

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

Julia and the gang are back, although there are some new characters and new location. Wyn is still on the outs with Julia, but he is hanging around. Julia is searching for Ko Dan in order to get the book out of Theo.

Unfortunately assassins are after them because they want Theo and Julia trying to keep ahead of them. Also there has been changes with her ability to vanish, now she seems to disappear completely and appear in a hellish world in which the creatures seem to recognize her.

What does this mean? Will she be able to find Ko Dan? Will she be able to save Theo?

I was a bit disappointed in this one, I don't know if it was the length of time between reading the first one and reading this one or just the change in location, but I couldn't connect with the characters this time around. I couldn't remember who half of them were to be honest. I really enjoyed the first one, but this didn't appeal to me as much.

It dragged on without too much happening and was kind of confusing at points. Sigh I wanted to love this as much as the first one, but Julia has some bad luck in the romance department, in fact I feel like the love interests could have just been left out. I did love her relationship with Theo. That was the highlight of the book, but I did get a bit of the mother vibe from that.

There is supposed to be a book 3 so I will be interested to see how she ties this all up.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kiss Me Kill You by Larissa C. Hardesty

Kiss Me Kill You by Larissa C. Hardesty

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of this eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Emily is a romantic at heart and her best friend Lilly is pushing her to start dating. So when she works up the nerve to ask Paul out she is humiliated and embarrassed when he says no. Paul didn't say no because he doesn't want too, Paul has a secret. He is Emily's watcher and he knows what she is, even if she doesn't.

Things are changing for Emily, no one has noticed her until but when Jake the hottest guy in school asks her out she knows she can't say no. When he kisses her, he ends up passing out and Emily is confused. When Lily tells her that they are Succubi and they feed on men, Emily thinks she is just playing with her. However, when her mom freaks out on her about Jake, Emily thinks they have all gone crazy.

Plus there is this thing with Paul, he is who she really wants and he doesn't seem to affected when she kisses him. True love isn't for Succubi though, Emily finds out that Paul is her watcher and her mom and everyone is being threatened if she doesn't comply with what the Powers want.

This is was a cute easy read, and I felt for Emily she wasn't raised to understand any of that world despite the fact that her best friend, her mother and her best friend's mother are Succubi. I think anyone would have a hard time coming to terms with having to turn in souls to the Powers.

I did like Emily and Paul, but they were a little too much back and forth and all over the place for me to really love them. However, I love that he seemed to embrace how she felt even though he was raised differently than her and he knew what they had to do. In the end he really did have her back. I kind of feel like that ending was a little to much of a cliffhanger for my tastes especially it appears to be a standalone. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

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

Gris has come to the small town of Hidden Creek to hunt fiends. He is a watcher and he also shape shifts into a gargoyle. Piper's dog has been killed when she decides to investigate the new renters at the farm near them. When Gris hears about Piper's dog he decides to help her.

Gris is also trying to figure out why this town is so haunted by fiends, after facing nine of them at the old mill. The deeper he gets into the investigation the weirder things become. He is finding curse bags, and unearthed grave of a watcher. Plus the jealousy of his cousin, it seems like he will never get to the bottom of what is going on in Hidden Creek.

The closer he becomes to Piper, the more he starts to fall for her, but she is in danger. There are curse bags in her rooms, and the fiends are drawn to her. Will he be able to figure out what is going on? Will he be able to save Piper?

I haven't read that many books pertaining to gargoyles. This was a interesting twist and I enjoyed the mystery as well the paranormal aspect of it all. Piper was interesting and sort of dark with her OCD and self-harm, which also explains why the fiends were so drawn to her. I liked the fact that Gris wasn't necessarily trying to change her, but work with her and I love how she figured him out so quickly and could see the truth.

This was quick, interesting read and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review of House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

I won a copy of the ARC from a Goodread Giveway.

Louisa is running from some local townspeople one day when a strange woman offers to help, in fact, she offers her a position at Coldthistle House. While en route there Louisa and the old woman meet Lee and his uncle, who just happens to be heading to the stay at the same place as boarders.

Once at Coldthistle House, Louisa jumps into work and meets her co-workers, but it is only once she meets Mr. Morningside that she realizes that there is something strange about this place and it's owner. Her real shock comes when she meets Mary, and she looks just like her imaginary friend Maggie when she was a child. But then one night she is drawn from her room and finds a strange book that attacks her.

Once Mr.Morningside hears about this he explains that she is meant to be apart of this house because normally the book would kill anyone it touches. It also apparently lures all the boarders to the house as well, but not for the same purpose. It sits in judgment of the those who stay at the house, in fact, the boarders are evil people who just keep getting away with the things they are doing. Louisa knows that Lee isn't like that other and she works hard to try and figure out what is really going on with him and his uncle so that she can save his life.

I have read most of Roux's work, starting with the Asylum which is also a sort of gothic horror story. I really love her work. She draws you in and spins a tale that you can't help but enjoy. I thought maybe at first there would be like a Jane Eyre vibe, but I wasn't expecting this at all. Loved every minute of it, I couldn't stop reading this.

I am also very thankful that it is the start to a new series, I can't wait to see where Roux's goes with the next book!

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, 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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