Thursday, 19 April 2018

Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse 
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Kristine's Thoughts:
** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Two centuries ago three sisters were accused of being witches. Their crime was making all the men fall in love with them. Stones were placed in their pockets and they were taken out in the harbour where they would meet their demise. For a few short weeks each summer the Swan sisters return to get their revenge by entering the bodies of local girls and luring young men into the harbour and to their death.

Although the story does detail some of the swan sister's lives the story took place mostly in present time over one summer. I enjoyed the tidbits about the three sisters and actually wished that there was a little more. It really added to the overall story. The book focused mostly on Penny who had the strange ability to see the sisters and who's body they were inhabiting, a secret she guarded closely. With her new friend Bo, they tried to make it to the summer solstice unharmed.

Admittedly, this type of book is not normally my cup of tea. If it can't really happen I tend to be quite critical of it. This book however was an exception. It leaned a little more towards magical realism than fantasy and I found I could get behind that. It was kept simple and not complicated by a far fetched, over the top plot like I find most in the fantasy genre are.

There were some twists and turns, none that I can mention without giving the story away. It kept me wanting to know more and the pages turning. Would Penny tell her secret? Could she save Bo? At the end I was left mostly satisfied however I did struggle a little bit with Penny and Bo's relationship. I'm not sure I fully understood or felt it or even wanted it to happen if I'm being completely honest. I was initially in their corner but events that occurred tainted my hopes for them. My rating and final feelings in regards to this book were impacted pretty strongly by my mixed feelings over Penny and Bo. I am very curious how other people felt about how it played out.

Over all The Wicked Deep was an entertaining and easy to read book that I think its target audience (YA) will thoroughly enjoy.



About the Author
Shea Ernshaw is an Oregon native and YA author. She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes. She drinks loads of tea and believes sunrises are where unicorns hide.

She lives with her two cats, a dog, a husband, and a stack of books beside her bed she still needs to read.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Review: It Might Be You (The Harrisons #5) by Jennifer Gracen


When Officer Nick Martell learns that a sick child needs his help, he flies to the young Harrison boy’s side. But once in the heart of the wealthy Harrison family, Nick faces a shocking truth—he is none other than a Harrison son himself, born of a secret affair. Though the blue-collar bachelor struggles to accept the elite clan as his own, compassion for the vulnerable boy compels him to stay. That, and the deep spark of connection he feels for the child’s beautiful nurse . . .
 
Amanda Kozlov never felt such a strong and sudden passion for a man before. But falling for Nick is not an option—the life the rugged cop leads is too dangerous, the wounds he carries from his explosive family history too fresh. Yet watching Nick bond with the young boy in her care, experiencing tenderness in his arms, Amanda longs to take a chance on the one man who could save the Harrison heir—the only man with the power to shatter her heart. And as drama swirls around them, only time will tell if they’re brave enough to give their love the future it deserves .


Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Zebra

Terri's Thoughts

I had received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I read the story some time ago and I am very late for posting my review so I offer my apologies.

This is book five in a series and I would recommend reading the previous stories before this.  I had read some but not all of the series and it took me a while to get some of the characters straight.  From the stories I had read, including this one I think I can safely say that the entire series is a good one.

I simply loved Nick.  Everything about his character was loveable and the fact that he was willing to help a child, whom he thought was a complete stranger, really pulled at my heartstrings.  This was the highlight of the story for me.

While I liked Amanda, I found at times her fuse was a little quick to set off, and her walls didn't really make sense.  I understood her hesitation about first responders but at the end of the day, the heart wants what it wants.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this series and enjoy!

About the Author


Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two young sons. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who seek better days, authentic characters, and satisfying endings. When she isn’t taking care of her kids, doing freelance copy editing/proofreading, reading, or talking to friends on Twitter and Facebook


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

We Will be Returning Shortly


A message from Kristine & Terri.

I am sure that you have noticed that the blog has been pretty silent recently. Over the last couple of months,  Kristine and I have been dealing with some personal matters that has taken our attention away from reading and sharing our reviews with everyone.  Our posts have been sporadic or none at all lately.  I just want to let you know that we have not taken a permanent departure from sharing our book reviews and we plan to get back on track shortly.  I appreciate everyone's patience during our absence and hope that you will be happy to see the reviews returning shortly.  In addition, we are tossing around the idea of adding in some travel reviews to our posts so that we can share our love of travel along with our love of books.  I hope we can make it happen and I hope you will like this future enhancement.

See you all again soon!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Release Day Blitz: Trick's Trap by Lucy Leroux


 
She’s a gamble he’s willing to take.
When world-class poker player Patrick Tyler meets his match, Tahlia, in an underground game, he’s immediately drawn to her swift talent and striking beauty. But it’s not long after their meeting that she mysteriously disappears. With nothing but a bloody crime scene as a clue to her whereabouts, she’s presumed dead.
Or so he thought…
A chance encounter changes everything.
Alone, afraid, and homeless, Tahlia needs Patrick now more than ever. Feeling compelled to help, he throws her a much-needed lifeline—a lady’s choice card game. When Tahlia’s family finds out Patrick’s plans, they will stop at nothing to get their hands on her. Will Tahlia be able to protect him from her family or will this game of high stakes end in the most devastating loss?

***Trick’s Trap is the fifth full-length novel in the Singular Obsession Series. No cliffhangers and no serials. HEA. Each novel stands alone. Not suitable for readers under 18.***

About the Book

Trick’s Trap
by Lucy Leroux
Series
A Singular Obsession #5 (Each Story is Standalone)
Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publisher
Candy Cap Publishing
Publication Date
April 16, 2018
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About Lucy Leroux

Lucy Leroux is another name for USA Today Bestselling Author L.B. Gilbert.
Seven years ago Lucy moved to France for a one-year research contract. Six months later she was living with a handsome Frenchman and is now happily married to him…and still in France.
When her last contract ended Lucy turned to writing. Frustrated by the lack of quality romance erotica she created her own.
Cursed is the first of many regency novels. Additionally, she writes a bestselling contemporary series. The ‘Singular Obsession’ books are a combination of steamy romance and suspense that feature intertwining characters in their own stand-alone stories. Follow her on twitter @lucythenovelist or http://www.facebook.com/lucythenovelist or visit http://www.authorlucyleroux.com.
*For fans of paranormal romance and adventure check out the author’s bestselling Elementals series. Fire: The Elementals Book One is now available on Kindle Unlimited.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Book Blitz: Because of you by Renee D. Pellegrino



 






















 When Danielle discovers her boyfriend also has a boyfriend, she flees Altoona for Lexington, Kentucky and the rent-free cottage of her new employer, handsome lawyer-rancher Sam Thompson. The cottage proves to be less than idylic, however, drawing intruders, blackmail and violence–climaxing in an attempt on Danielle’s life. Amidst the terrors, Danielle must deal with her growing feelings for Sam against the sabotages of his former fiance, Nora Reynolds, and even Nora’s father. And just when Danielle realizes Sam is the “lid” her grandmother had promised she’d find, a secret from her past is discovered and forces Danielle to leave Sam and return to Pennsylvania.

 About the Book

Because of You
by Renee D Pellegrino
Series
n/a; standalone
Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publisher
Independent
Publication Date
April 1, 2018
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About Renee Pellegrino

Renee Danielle Pellegrino was born Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1974, and is of Italian descent. Her la nonna (grandmother) told stories of coming to America on a banana boat, and how their windows in the kitchen of the home in Italy viewed the Swiss Alps. Family was always important to her Nunny, who instilled the desire for large family gatherings during the major and minor holidays. During her childhood, experiencing these family dinners, her Uncle Terry inspired her to become a writer. Uncle Terry challenged Renee to become an avid reader by introducing her to the writings of author, Stephen King. They encouraged her to become a writer. Uncle Terry, could often be heard, “Write your stories down, little one.”

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Review: Home With You by Shirlee McCoy



The Bradshaw brothers never dreamed they'd return to their hometown. But tragedy has brought them back together in Benevolence, Washington, where they’re finding generosity, surprising revelations—and unexpected love . . .  
Sullivan Bradshaw is in way over his head. A car crash killed his brother, Matthias, and critically injured his sister-in-law. It’s Sullivan's turn to care for the couple’s six children and the ancestral farm, but the die-hard bachelor and art professor is hardly family-man material. What he needs is the perfect nanny-miracle worker-saint. What he gets is pretty Rumer Truehart, a free spirit who will change everything he ever thought he wanted . . .

Rumer learned the hard way that nothing is for sure, much less forever. And she certainly  understands why Sullivan’s unhappy childhood makes him a strictly no-commitments kind of guy. But she can't help being drawn to this thoughtful, gentle man. And when trouble strikes, she’s determined to win his trust—and show him love can be a promise for keeps.


Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Published February 27th 2018 by Zebra


Terri's Thoughts

I had received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.  This story came out at the end of February and I am just getting around to writing a review as life has gotten in the way of my reading time.

I went in to this story with somewhat low expectations.  The reason being is that the whole nanny-employer romance has been written a million times and I thought I had read them from every angle.  This story taught me not to judge a book by its cover (pardon the pun) as it soon showed me that there is still a fresh take on an old plot.

The main reason is the children.  Normally there is one or two super cute kids inserted in to the romance however in this case their were six.  These were six very different and all adopted children that had issues of their own.  This made the story more interesting for me as it really shifted the spotlight to them instead of Sullivan and Rumer and in my opinion this was a good thing.  It made their journey seem a little more natural and lets be honest was a refreshing change from the usual plot of attraction where we are subjected to numerous near kisses before submitting to their attraction and not much else.

This story taught me a lesson that you never really know what you are going to get until you read the story.  This is the second story I have read by McCoy and based on how I enjoyed this one, I really need to go and take a look at her other work.



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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

#1 bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged new standalone novel about marriage and family, and how those we love and know best can sometimes surprise us the most.

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprises, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

With a colorful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous, yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating--and surprising--they truly are.


Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by The Dial Press
Genre: Womens Fiction/Chic Lit

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

After a visit to the doctor for insurance purposes Sylvie and Dan found out that they were both extremely healthy and that they should live very long lives. Another 68 years together according to the quirky and unusual doctor. This news would make most people happy but it put Sylvie and Dan into panic mode. How in the world would they keep things fresh and interesting for that many years? This was how Project Surprise came to be. It was a plan to execute a number of different surprises for each other to keep their relationship fresh and exciting. However, as all things in life, things didn't always go as planned and what started out as a series of surprises turned into secrets and discoveries.

This book started out in typical Kinsella fashion with a bunch of quirky characters and a humorous and somewhat outrageous plot. I was hooked immediately and I was thoroughly enjoying the blunders and missteps that went along with each surprise. However, it didn't take long for the book to shift and the tone to change. It started becoming a little more serious and a lot more dramatic but not in a funny way. Although I was still enjoying it, I missed the style that I have come to know and love from Kinsella. While I was craving some light hearted humour I was getting some pretty serious relationship drama with only a sprinkling of humour.

Fans of Kinsella's usual style may not enjoy this book as much as her others because it had a different feel to it. That was the case for me. Although I still liked it, it was my least favourite of her books to date. The characters were still unique and quirky but the plot wasn't as quirky as I was hoping. The very beginning and the very end were fabulous but the middle lacked a little of that special something that she is known and loved for. It was still very much worth the read but different from what you might expect from her.

  



About the Author

Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.

In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).

Sophie’s next novel, Surprise Me, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered, and will be published in February 2018.

Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.


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