Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

A NetGalley e-book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book but I didn’t love it. 

The beginning was hard to get into. I didn’t really like or care for any of the characters. Some of the interactions felt forced and not life like. Once the story really got going (over halfway through) it got me hooked in but the ending was not a total surprise.

After the Tanner sisters disappeared three years ago one returns, but where is the other? The daughter that returns starts weaving a tale that seems too improbable. A lot of her actions don’t match up to her story, but is that just a side effect from her dysfunctional family? Regardless, only a few people really know what happened that night and one has returned and started talking.

A quick read and worth the read. Just got to hold on through the first half of the story.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Couple with Common Cents - Ryan Eidson

I received this from a GoodReads giveaway.

It was a quick story with some brutal truths that can make you feel uncomfortable. I think everyone can relate to at least one character portrayed. Finances are never an easy conversation and I think this short story gave great ideas on how to broach a super sensitive topic.

Does tie back to religion but it was useful and relevant mentions.

Great book to help you get started and I really appreciated the reference to Dave Ramsey as I just started my own baby step journey. I can see this as a book that is picked up and read more then once to help keep in mind the end journey and all the struggles that everyone faces, not just you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Monster of Selkirk - Book 1 "The Duality of Nature" - C.E. Clayton **with giveaway!**

So happy to be able to be part of this book tour! I was given a free copy of the e-book in exchange for an honest review. There is a giveaway hosted for this book and the link can be found below!

I LOVED this book. It gave me a Lord of the Rings vibe and I quickly grew attached to all the characters. I stumbled at the start to get used to the names and lay out a picture but this is a new world so that is expected! I literally could not put this down to the dismay of my husband!

More information on the Author, synopsis, other hosts and giveaway are below!

Title: The Monster of Selkirk - Book 1 "The Duality of Nature"
Author: C.E. Clayton
Synopsis from Amazon.com: Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.
As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn't like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis's name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

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C.E. Clayton was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts that ranged from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). This was before she packed up her life, husband, two displeased cats, and one very confused dog and moved to New Orleans. Now, she is a full time writer (mainly in the fantasy genre), her cats are no longer as displeased, and her dog no longer confused. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website:

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Tour Schedule:

July 8th:
Jen (http://www.happylilbooknook.com)

July 9th:
Sarah (http://www.transientdrifter.blogspot.com)

July 10th:
Paige S.

July 11th:
Kira (http://thelonelybookclub.blogspot.com)

July 12th:
Paige G.

July 13th:
Priyanka (http://abooklionshideaway.blogspot.in/)

Jordan (http://www.readbyroe.com)

July 14th:
Jess (https://xlittlebookwormx.wordpress.com)

Blog Tour Organized by:
Happy Lil Book Tours
*Hosts were provided with a copy of the book for review purposes in exchange for their honest
reviews and opinions.*

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Owl Always Hunts at Night (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger #2) - Samuel Bjork

A Penguin First to Read ARC e-book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so disturbing.

Second in the Holger Munch and Mia Kruger series, I felt like I missed a lot of character development from not reading the first one. The plot itself though can be read as a standalone.

A young woman is found murdered in a ritualistic manner with no forensic evidence to be found. Mia is struggling with inner demons and Holger drags her back from death to work on the case.

There are no physical leads until a hacker uncovers a copy of what was once live video footage in the deepest darkest part of the Internet, of a young girl trapped in hell.

This is not action packed or fast paced but it still manages to horrify you.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino #1) - Loreth Anne White

A NetGalley e-book in exchange for an honest review.

“He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared…”

Warning, lots of triggers in this story.

We open the book into an intro where a girl is fighting for her life hooked up to ventilators her mind screaming to help the others. From there the plot continues to escalate.

The first in the Angie Pallorino series this book really takes off and leaves you with high expectations for the rest of the series.

Two years ago Pallorino worked two rape cases where the serial rapist had very distinct callings cards. After two silent years he has popped up again and his crimes are escalated to a new extreme. Pallorino has her own demons between her ailing mother, the loss of her partner months ago and slowly losing her mind. She has found comfort in anonymous sex and knows that she is going to get herself into trouble, not realizing how soon. Enter in new guy James Maddocks.

James is now her not so anonymous hookup and he becomes her new partner for the case, and her boss.  They are both fighting to keep their personal lives separate while trying to find the serial rapist.

Those are not the end of her problems though. As she chases the killer and the truth of what is happening she stumbles across secrets from her own past.

This is a big book, 524 pages, but a quick thrilling read.

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Wrap and July TBR

Going to start something new to add a little structure. Either the first of the month, or first Monday, haven’t decided, let me know your opinions, I will post a wrap-up of the previous month and the new month’s TBR list!

Disclaimer, I have a ton of book on the July TBR because I will be on vacation for 5 days without children! I am hoping to get a ton of reading in while I hide from the sun on the beach!

June Wrap-up
Books Finished: 13
Currently Reading: 4
July TBR

TBR List: 20
Currently Reading: 6
Books Finished: 1
Seven Suspects
Renee James

The Beauty Myth
Naomi Wolf

A Million Little Pieces
James Frey

Requiem for a Dream
Hubert Selby Jr

The Empty Chair
Jeffrey Deaver

Daryl Gregory

The Drowned Girls
Loreth Anne White

Real Marriage
Mark Driscoll

My Friend Leonard
James Frey

Mia Castle

Yes Please
Amy Poehler

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Diane Ackerman

Everything Everything
Nicola Yoon

Fever 1973
Laurie Halse Anderson

Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham

The Bookshop at Water’s End
Patti Callahan Henry

Emma in the Night
Wendy Walker

Saving Paradise
Mike Bond

Kelly Oliver

The Ninth Circle
C.A. Harland

These books were selected for various reasons. Some are to finish up previous challenges as well as this month’s challenge, some are ARCs/ free books in exchange for honest reviews, book club picks, and just random ones that I want to read!

A = Amazon Top 100 Free
B = Borrowed
F2R = First to Read (Penguin) – Honest Review
G = GoodReads – Honest Review
NG = NetGalley – Honest Review
P = Purchased

A = Audio
E = E-book
P = Physical

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blackout - Marc Elsberg

A NetGalley e-book in exchange for an honest review.

A modern reality on the end of the world. Blackout is about… a blackout. All of Europe is plunged into the dark. The electric grids collapse and surges in power and technical failures keep everyone in the dark. In our modern world everything relies on electricity, and I do mean EVERYTHING. Take a moment and just go through your morning routine.

*alarm goes off, typically these days that is your phone, the one that you plugged in to charge while you slept *head to the bathroom to get ready. Can your toilet flush more than once? Can your taps turn on? Do you have enough windows to let in natural light to see what you are doing? *breakfast. Can your food last without electricity? Where do you even get your food? Where do they get their food? *jump in the car to head to work. Electric cars, electric trains and other public transports, do those affect your commute? *at work, do you use a computer? Electric equipment? *Gas, how is that pumped to the surface to fill up your gas tank? * and just keep going from there.

What caused the blackout though? How did an entire nation’s grid collapse?

A former hacker starts investigating the situation when he notices some anomalies. Of course he becomes prime suspect in the disaster and the following chaos as millions of people are left without power, food, water and basic sanitation needs.

I wanted to love this book. This is quickly becoming a huge subgenre in the thriller/post-apocalyptic world. The loss of power would not kill people, the symptoms of lost power would though. By the thousands people will die.
I just couldn’t fall into the story. It was hard to fall into the characters and felt a little disjointed. It was good to see the effects on different groups of people but I felt this part was dragged out and not executed in the best way. I liked the technical and dry side of explaining how the electric grids were connected and what that would mean for the people that are so heavily reliant on them. It definitely makes you take a pause and review your own life. What would happen if you were in a blackout that lasted longer than a few hours?