Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LOLA by @mscrivnerlove Book #Review

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.

Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

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My Review:
Lola belonged to a gang in South Central Los Angeles.  Everyone thought that she was just a member, but the reality of it  is that she leads them. Because of society's way of thinking, it's assumed that her lover Garcia is the leader.

Then there's little Lucy. Her mother is a drug addict and Lola is determined that Lucy doesn't end up like her and has a better life than she ever did.

This was a fantastic book with a strong female lead. There's tons of action and twists to keep you riveted. Melissa Scrivner Love has written a wonderful novel everyone will enjoy. 


I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

About the Author:

MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by @MeganLMiranda Book #Review

Synopsis:
In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a “fiendishly plotted thriller” (Publishers Weekly)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest review.

Leah thought that she knew everything about her friend Emmi.  They both desperately needed a fresh start and chose a small town to do so. Suddenly a young woman is found assaulted and the woman looks remarkably like Leah.  Added to that Emmi has not been home in days  and Leah suspects foul play.  With the help of a newly transferred detective she uncovers much more than she bargained for. 


I absolutely loved this book! The story is scarily plausible and kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.   It was so suspenseful that it had me intrigued and I was drawn in from the very beginning. This is an amazing novel that every mystery lover will enjoy.  

About the Author:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults, including FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Roanoke Girls Book #Review

Synopsis:
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return,
The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. 
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My Review:
Lane didn't know what it felt like to be loved. Her mother, Camilla, spent most days crying and the rest ignoring her daughter. The only thing Lane knew about her mother was that she ran away from Roanoke, she never wanted to speak of her past, other than to say that she never wanted to return there.

After Camilla passes away, social services finds family for Lane to live with. Lane had no idea that she had family, and now she was headed to her wealthy grandparents that are also raising her teenage cousin at Roanoke. During that brief summer at Roanoke, Lane learns about love and the dark secrets at Roanoke.

I really enjoyed the toggling between past and present. The story was so suspenseful, that it was difficult to put the book down. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the very end. This was a great thriller everyone will love.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:

Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS (March 7, 2017), is her first novel for adults.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Silent Corner Book #Review

Synopsis:
A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
I very much need to be dead.


These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn
why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.


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My Review:
The Silent Corner is the first novel in the Jane Hawk series.  Jane Hawk, a brilliant FBI agent, has lost her husband from a suicide.  Other than a very ├žryptic and bizarre note, there were no signs of depression.  This forces Jane to begin investigating other suicides of happy, successful people.  Her actions puts her and her sweet five year old son, Travis, in mortal danger.  She isn't sure who she can trust.

Dean Koontz has written a riveting tale of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  This is definitely one of those books that will keep you up at night.  I hated to see it end and I cannot wait for the next installment.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names
Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Fifth Petal Book #Review

Synopsis:
Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?
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My Review:
 I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Fifth Petal is book two of The Lace Reader series.  In this portion, a few years has passed since book one.  Towner has decided to stay and although the relationship with her mother is strained at best, Towner has restored her aunt's tea room, and has it serve as a halfway house for the women living at Yellow Dog.  The mystery opens on Halloween night, teenage boys heckling an old mentally ill homeless woman.  They claim she's a witch, and when one of the boys die.  The outraged people of Salem want justice to finally be served.  Will Rafferty be able to find the killer before there is a witch hunt like olden days?

Brunonia Barry once again brings us a story rich in the history of the Salem Witch Trials.  There was so much suspense, this book held me at the edge of my seat.  I was engrossed until the very end and was taken by surprise by the end.  This was a great suspenseful novel with lots of unsuspecting twists.

About the Author:
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of THE LACE READER, THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES, and THE FIFTH PETAL, which will be released in January 2017. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction, a People Magazine Pick, and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Brunonia chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee and serves on Grub Street’s Development Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Salem Lit Fest, an annual event that brings people to Salem, MA from all over the world. She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary, and their dog, Angel.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grace and the Preacher Book #Review

Synopsis:
At the age of twenty-four, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires, but has only met through his letters.

Theophil Garrison is on the run from a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. Ten years ago, his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo with the escape he needs.

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

My Review:
I received a free copy from Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Once again, another great novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The story was a fantastic lesson in trusting God to send the one your heart loves. We get to see Grace, and Theo, the young man pretending to be her new pastor, grow in faith together. I loved Grace, she never gave up. It is such a beautiful, sweet story rich in faith, with characters we can all relate to.



About the Author:

With over 40 titles on library shelves and more than 1.5 copies of her books in print worldwide, Kim Vogel Sawyer enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Empty-nesters, Kim and her retired military husband, Don, are active in their church’s music ministry. Additionally, Kim helps lead women’s fellowship and enjoys teaching at writing conferences and spiritual retreats. When she isn't writing, Kim enjoys quilting, traveling, and spoiling her granddarlings.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lace Reader #Book #Review

Synopsis:
Look into the lace? When the eyes begin to fill with tears and the patience is long exhausted, there will appear a glimpse of something not quite seen... In this moment, an image will begin to form? in the space between what is real and what is only imagined. Can you read your future in a piece of lace? All of the Whitney women can. But the last time Towner read, it killed her sister and nearly robbed Towner of her own sanity. Vowing never to read lace again, her resolve is tested when faced with the mysterious, unsolvable disappearance of her beloved Great Aunt Eva, Salem's original Lace Reader.
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My Review:
Sophya aka Towner has returned home to Salem, Massachusetts after finding out her Aunt Eva was reported missing. The women in the family have a special gift of reading lace, something Towner avoided. As she deals with the disappearance of her Aunt, she begins to deal with the ghosts of her past. Will she be able to pick up the pieces when all is revealed?


This was a fascinating story of Salem and those considered witches. That stood as the backdrop to Towner's story, which had many twists right until the very end to keep you engrossed. There are also many emotional moments, so keep a box of tissues handy.



About the Author:
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of THE LACE READER, THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES, and THE FIFTH PETAL, which will be released in January 2017. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction, a People Magazine Pick, and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Brunonia chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee and serves on Grub Street’s Development Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Salem Lit Fest, an annual event that brings people to Salem, MA from all over the world. She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary, and their dog, Angel.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pleasures (A Nova Scotia Murder Mystery) #NewRelease

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Tourists discover a young woman dead on the shore. The third full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series finds Mandy’s brother begging her to catch his girlfriend’s killer. When she learns the murdered girl was a college student by day and exotic dancer by night, the pool of suspects fill an ocean. When all the evidence points to her brother, can Mandy and Aaron find the real murderer before it’s too late?
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With an overactive imagination and a love for writing, Laura Stapleton decided to type out her daydreams and what-ifs in order to share her lovable characters and their worlds with readers. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, dog, and a few cats. When not at the computer, you’ll find her in the park for a jog or at the yarn store’s clearance section. Find Laura online at https://twitter.com/LauraLStapleton, https://www.facebook.com/LLStapleton, and at http://lauralstapleton.com.  Subscribe to Laura’s newsletter and keep up on the latest updates and new releases.   Get the first book in the series for FREE when you opt in to Laura's newsletter through Instafreebie HERE















Welcome to the first full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series soaked in romance and murder. When a family friend of Mandy Hays washes up on shore, everything points to homicide. But how, when he was alone on a fishing trip? Her sexy neighbor, Dr. Aaron Nicholson, knows much more than he can say. As the evidence piles up, all of the victim’s family and closest friends seem guilty. Need to know more? Grab your copy of this “enticing page turner!” today.
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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Returning Book #Review

Synopsis:
Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant's baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they've never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he's ushered the city into a new era of "peace"--one where the Scientist Roth Reynard's Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned--a truth she'll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

The Returning is book three and the final book in The Seer series. This was an eagerly anticipated finale to a brilliantly written series by debut author Rachelle Dekker. Usually, by the time you've reached the final book in series, the story tends to slow down. But The Returning kept my interest right to the very end!

The story begins 20 years in the future, with a greatly anticipated good vs evil battle. I liked that they focused on Elise and we get to watch her grow from victim to victor. I loved the message that the story gives; that we as Christian are to always let our light shine to those around us.


About the Author:
The oldest daughter of "New York Times" bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

If I'm Found Book #Review




Synopsis:
It started with the USA TODAY bestseller If I Run. Now Casey's journey continues in If I'm Found.

Casey doesn't know why Dylan let her escape just as the police were closing in, but she knows she's got to hide again. New name, new look, new city, new job.

But hiding isn't enough. Somehow, she's got to bring Brent's killer to justice. Can she gather enough evidence without getting caught? And even though she wants to trust Dylan, can she really?

When they go after her sister, Casey knows her time is running short. Turning herself in presents its own set of problems but if it will help protect Hannah, she’ll gladly do it—but will it?


My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

If I'm Found is the riveting sequel to If I Run. As you know, in book one Casey Cox was accused of murdering her best friend. She's uncovering something bigger, and even saves a kidnapped teenager along the way, why would a killer do that?

I thought book two was even more exciting. You can easily see that Casey has inherited her father's keen detective skills. Thankfully the private investigator hired by the Pace family to locate Casey believes in her innocence and will stop at nothing to keep her safe from the crooked cops.

This book has heart pounding, nonstop action. The kind of book that keeps you up at night unable to stop reading until the very end. Which by the way, leaves us eagerly anticipating the next installment.

About the Author:
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots while challenging her readers. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
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