Monday, August 15, 2016

City of the Lost (Casey Duncan Novels #1) by Kelley Armstrong



Publication: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: Publisher

New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers us to Rockton, a secret little town in the far north where the hunted go to hide. And where a hunter has now come to play.

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana's abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…

Casey Duncan was one of my favorite characters in this book. She is smart and strong, but she feels constant guilt regarding an event in her past. Her friend Diana, who has an abusive ex, convinces Casey to consider moving to Rockton.
But you can’t just decide to move to Rockton. There is an application process and a thorough screening involved. The town is very very isolated, and once the “counsel” approves your application and you arrive, there is no leaving unless they allow it or if the residents break one of the rules. Living under different aliases, the people living in Rockton are all hiding from something, so no one is who or what they seem. Rockton gave off a small town/wild west vibe to me. Food and water are rationed. Everyone has to work to earn their keep. Entertainment is limited, unless you count the town brothel. And the sheriff keeps a tight lid on everything. Or at least he tries to.
Even though Casey’s past is a little shaky, she is a very good detective. Although Dalton (the sheriff) has made it clear that he does not want her in his town. Wanted or not, she is needed. Casey soon finds out about a rash of grisly murders occurring and takes it upon herself to help investigate. Since the town is surrounded by miles and miles of wilderness, could it be dangerous wild predators? Or could something or someone far more sinister be at work here?

I first fell in love with Kelley Armstrong’s writing when I started reading Omens (The Cainsville Series #1). The world building and the characters are usually strong, interesting, and multi-layered.  And that’s especially true with this book.
The City of the Lost is an entertaining story that captured me from the first chapter. It’s filled with complex and gruesome murders and unique quirky characters. I’m always leery of romances thrown into mysteries, but this one was well done IMO. And it didn’t really have a strong presence in the story. Even though there was always something going on, things never felt overwhelming. There were a number of surprises sprinkled throughout the story. The mystery was cleverly done and the culprit was not easy to guess. I am excited to see what direction Kelley Armstrong takes this new series. And even more excited to read book two, A Darkness Absolute, slated for release on February 7, 2017.



RATING: 4 out of 5.



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Blog Tour & Giveaway!!




Thank you for joining me on my stop of this blog tour!




Publication: August 2,2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


I went into this book fairly blind, which I think is the best way to start it. So I don't want to give away too much info and spoil the story for you.

I will tell you this though, I thought I could read It Ends With Us and not react too much...not get emotional. Turns out I was wrong. There were certain parts in the story where I. Just. Couldn't. I had to take a breather and walk away for awhile.

This book does take you on an emotional journey with characters that are almost too real. I fell in love with them. I wanted to get to know them all. The story grabs you and refuses to let you go until the very end. There were times when I didn't want to stop reading it.

It Ends With Us has the power to change the way you view things and leave you an emotional wreck at the end of it all.


RATING: 4 ½  out of 5


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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IT ENDS WITH US
BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501110368 | August 2, 2016 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501110375 | $7.99
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld



Publication: April 19, 2016.
Publisher: Random House
Source: Publisher
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Eligible was a pretty fun read. It was easy to get into and I read it in a fairly short amount of time. I am a HUGE Pride and Prejudice lover, so I was a little bit skeptical when I first saw this book. But I’ve been interested in retellings lately, so I gave it a go.

Jane is 40, single, and determined to have a child of her own through artificial insemination.

Liz is a 38 year old magazine writer. Like her sister, she is also single, but she has an off again on again affair with a married man she hopes to be with permanently. Their lives change slightly when their father falls ill and she and Jane rush home to Cincinnati to help take care of things.

Lydia and Kitty live at home with their parents and are as self-absorbed as ever. (Just like their mother, who has a major shopping addiction that she refuses to kick.) They get into one fad after another and this time it happens to be CrossFit. Lydia takes a bigger interest in the exercise program when she falls for someone her parents won’t approve of.

It’s in Cincinnati that the Bennets meet Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. Of course Jane happens to catch Mr. Bingley’s eye.

Even though I naturally wanted Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to end up together, I didn’t feel a big connection with them like I hoped I would. I mean they decide to have sex even though they pretty much hate each other. And even though that turned into something more, I just wasn’t feeling it.

All in all, I thought that the characters were very interesting and that Curtis Sittenfeld was able  to create a unique and modern spin on a great classic. She also manages to touch on several current day issues.  And while I did not fall in love with Eligible, I did think that it was both lighthearted and funny. The ideal book for the summertime.

P.S. If you have been thinking of checking out this book, today is the day to pull the trigger! I believe this is for today only, Sunday July 31, 2016: The ebook version of Eligible is on sale for $3.99 on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google, and Itunes Books!!



RATING: 3 out of 5.



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch Blog Tour & Giveaway!!


Thanks for joining me on my stop of Amanda Panitch’s Never Missing, Never Found Blog Tour! I first discovered Amanda Panitch when I read her book Damage Done last summer. It was a good story with real characters that kept me guessing from the first page. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, then definitely check it out this summer! You can take a peek at my review for it here.

Her latest book, Never Missing, Never Found is another YA Thriller/Mystery novel that sounds every bit as attention grabbing as her first book. Take a look at the premise below and enter to win 1 copy of the book. The contest is open to US/Canada Residents only until July 29, 2016!!





Publication: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.
Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?



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Amanda Panitch grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. Amanda now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch, and visit her online at www.amandapanitch.com

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Cover Reveal & Giveaway!!


I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!


The Cover Revealed


Title: 100 HOURS
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

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Description:

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.

About Rachel Vincent

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.



The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific. 

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