Saturday, April 14, 2018

Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt
Published by MIRA
Published on January 23, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction, Mystery and Thriller
Page Count: 336
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardback

Description: How well do you really know your best friend?

Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.

Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.

Hello Readers.

Wow! Just wow! I love a good mystery and I was definitely not disappointed with this one. The premise was fantastic. The characters were strong and interacted well. They were relatable and likeable. The scenarios were well thought out and were presented smoothly. Just when I thought that I had it totally figured out, I was thrown for a loop. Not many books do that for me so this was a very pleasant surprise. 

I am rating this book Five Blue Books because it had me on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion. It was well written and I will be looking more into this author. Highly recommend!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying By Karen M. McManus
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on May 30, 2017
Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers, YA
Page Count: 368
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardback

Description: Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
      Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
      Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
      Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
      Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
      And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Hello Readers.

I ordered a copy of this book after it was recommended to me. I thought that I would give it a chance. It looked like it had promise. I could not stop reading this book! I had to stop because life but I thought about it while I was not reading it. Kept me on my toes. Found myself trying to guess the ending. Some mysteries have a way of exposing their secrets early on. This book was full of little breadcrumbs to lead us through the story but did not give too much away. 

I am rating this book Five Blue Books because it was a geniunely great read. Strong story, likeable characters, relatable, and surprising. It is one that I will be reading again. Will be looking into other works by this author. I strongly recommend it.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Woman No. 17: A Novel by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17: A Novel by Edan Lepucki
Published by Hogarth
Published on February 13, 2018; Reprint edition
Genres: Women's Fiction
Page Count: 352
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback

Description: High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. 

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. 

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

Hello Readers.

I was optimistic when I read the description of this book. It looked fantastic and I really enjoyed the proposed concept and could not wait to read it. I started almost immediately. I am usually a fast reader. People comment on it all the time. This book took me a while to read. I was right about the concept. A really good premise. The problem I found with the book was definitely not the concept. It was very well executed. The problem I had was with the characters. I hated them. This is not something that I say often. I truly could not stand the lack of character growth. I wanted to reach into the book and throat punch the main characters. 

I am rating this book a very generous Three Orange Books because it was well written and I can see how some people may enjoy it but I did not find it to be a pleasurable read.  If I rated it solely on the characters, it would be lower. I highly doubt that I will recommend this book.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Still Alive...

Hello Readers.

I apologize for the silence. I promise that I am still alive. I have been dealing with some health issues. I have not been able to type so that has definitely caused some issues. Did you know that you can wash your hands so much that your skin pretty much starts breaking down? I didn't know that was possible. However, it definitely is. With the diaper changes for both kids and the normal hand washing, my skin started cracking and then developed little cysts. This was followed by wounds that are taking forever to heal. I currently have two fingers that look like they belong to a mummy with their bandages. I am in pain but I am here. Yay!

I did read a lot during the silence so I have a number of reviews that I need to write. Please bear with me. Still healing.

Thank you for your patience!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

School for Psychics: Book One by K.C. Archer
Published by Simon & Schuster
Published on April 3, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Supernatural, Paranormal
Page Count: 368
Source: Publisher
Format: ebook

Description: An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.

Hello Readers.

I was quite intrigued when I first saw this book. It looked like something that I could really enjoy so I jumped at the chance to read it. Being a lover of paranormal and supernatural books, I went into this hopeful. For the most part, I was not disappointed. 

Strong characters. Great premise. I found myself wanting to read constantly. I was drawn into a story where the characters were relatable even if they were "different" from the norm. I was in the school. I was working on my abilities. I was there. I love when a book does that. 

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was delighted to get the opportunity. I am rating it Four Red Books because I feel it is a pretty solid start to a series. I wish I could rate it higher but there were moments that were predictable and bordering on cliche. With that said, I greatly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what follows in the rest of the series. I will definitely be recommending School for Psychics. 


Unlimited Supply Of Coffee (100th post)

100 POSTS! I can't believe it! Thank you for reading!

Hello Readers.

I sat down to work on some reviews today and I thought that I would write a little something about my life these days first. After all, I am more than just a book reading and reviewing machine. At least, I believe that I am. I may be. Hmm...*Ponders this*. 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101101 01100001 01101110 00101100 00100000 01110010 01101001 01100111 01101000 01110100 00111111 00001101 00001010...

My time on here has been limited recently because my kids have been wearing me out and every time that I sit down to work I have been falling asleep. Nothing really scandalous or interesting. I am just a parent with very young children and they have unlimited energy and I do not have unlimited coffee.

I am still reading every chance that I get and so I have a lot of reviews in my head but I just need to get them on here. It is tricky getting time to work on here some days. I hope to get back in the swing of things soon. Have had a little time to refresh why they are with their grandparents this weekend. Thank God! I needed this.

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*I am human, right?
  Time to work.