Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading? is a great weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It's where we share what we've just read, what we're currently reading, and what we're starting next. 

My eyes were a mess last week. I struggled so much with my vision that I only managed to publish one of the posts that I had planned and I was unable to visit or comment, but I'm hoping to stop by and catch up with everyone this week. The last time we posted an It's Monday! What are you reading?, we introduced you to our newest addition, the kitten that found us - Loki. Before I get to the books, a quick update on our little hellion darling.

   

He's growing fast and ruling the house. My allergies are under control, and the biggest thing we're still working on is trying to get him to play nice with the other pets. He is living up to his name. Now, on to the the books!

Previously read:

   

Tower of Dawn was brilliant! Such an amazing addition to the series! Sarah J. Maas is a writing wizard!
Crazy Love You was my third Lisa Unger book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read another one by this wonderful author!

Currently reading:  


I'm so excited to get back to Dr. Evelyn Talbot and the Hilltop community but also to find out what the terrifying Jasper is up to!


Up next: 

  

Looking forward to both of these!

What are you reading this week? 
Hope you have a happy Monday! 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #73: Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.


Title: Renegades  
Author: Marissa Meyer 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Expected Publication: November 7th, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. 

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.



What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

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Friday, September 8, 2017

On My Shelf: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan


On My Shelf is an awesome feature hosted by Teresa at Readers Live A Thousand Lives that anyone can join. The idea is to spotlight a book from your TBR shelf; it's a fun way to discuss books with fellow bloggers and, with their help, decide which books are must-reads... and which ones can wait a while longer.
    

This book has been described as a "valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over." Just take a look at the summary, and you'll see why I grabbed it for my shelf:

Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile — a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending. 

Have you read The Bookshop on the Corner? What are your thoughts? 
Do I drop everything and start reading -- or put it back on my shelf for later?  

Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you next week! 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday Thrillers: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


Title: Emma in the Night 
Author: Wendy Walker 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Published: August 8th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back...

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime. 






This is my second book by Wendy Walker; and for the second time, she has kept me glued to a story from first page to last. Emma in the Night is incredibly riveting. I love an unreliable narrator, and I believe someone in this story is as unreliable as they come. Three years ago, both Emma and her younger sister Cass disappeared in the night. Then one day, Cass comes back – and she has quite the story to tell about what happened to her and her older sister. Kidnapped and held at an isolated island are the bones of the story that Cass shares. But Dr. Abby Winter is having a hard time with some of the details… and with the storyteller… and with her family. Abby is a forensic psychiatrist and also an expert in the study of narcissism and how it affects a family. There’s more to the story that’s being told, but how far will Abby have to go to find the truth… and what will she do with it when she has it? 

I trusted no one going into this fascinating story; and while I’d love to say I figured out everything before the reveal, I’ll come completely clean and admit that I had three different theories and that one of them was halfway right. So, that not only made the reveal thrilling and entertaining to reach, but it makes this book a complete win for me. The characters are captivating but not all of them likable, which is something I delight in in a thriller. I very much enjoy the author’s writing and the way she builds a story. I wanted her to both hurry and slow down at the same time. I wanted the end of the book but didn’t want it to end. It’s those conflicting emotions that make this a great book and make me eager to read what Ms. Walker writes next! 

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




Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released August 8, 2017.

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded  the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure.  She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

Wendy is currently writing her third thriller while managing a busy household.

You can find Wendy online here: 


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #72: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.


Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic 
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Illustrator: Sara Kipin 
Publisher: Macmillan 
Expected Publication: September 26, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.


Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. 


Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. 


This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. 




What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Release Day Review: Close to Home (The Tracy Crosswhite Series, #5) by Robert Dugoni

Title: Close to Home 
Author: Robert Dugoni 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer 
Published: September 5th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s acclaimed series continues as Tracy Crosswhite is thrown headlong into the path of a killer conspiracy.

While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.

When she uncovers the driver’s ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn’t just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn’t acting alone. For Tracy, it’s all hitting very close to home.

As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she’s putting herself in harm’s way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.




I could hardly wait for this new installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series, and author Robert Dugoni certainly didn’t disappoint. 

When twelve-year-old D’Andre Miller is killed in a hit and run, Tracy and her fellow detectives in the A-team of the Seattle Police Department's Violent Crimes Section are called to the scene. Though this is not the kind of case the team usually investigates, the sensitivity and nature of the crime require the case to be thoroughly examined by Seattle’s best. It is an absolutely heartbreaking storyline as this beautiful and promising young boy loses his life in such a terrible tragedy. It’s not just hard for this mom to read; but it’s also an extremely painful investigation for Del, one of Tracy’s fellow detectives, as he is still mourning the loss of his teenage niece who recently died of a heroin overdose – also an ongoing investigation. It seems these two cases wouldn’t have anything at all in common, but Mr. Dugoni weaves these two storylines into an intriguing and shocking intersecting outcome. 

This novel has a very different feel from its predecessors by exploring an entirely new territory in the naval base in Bremerton. The inclusion of the military court and naval base makes this story really stand out in the series, and it’s extremely fascinating. Though I should not have been surprised when it comes to this series, I was absolutely glued to the pages – even though I would have sworn before reading that this one might not resonate with me as much as some of the others. I just love when an author proves me wrong. 

It’s always so good to visit Tracy, Dan, and the gang; and catching up on their personal lives is something I always look most forward to. It’s like seeing old friends, and I love that we get to know Del better in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, the investigations, and all the twists and turns this series is known for. Another wonderful addition to what has become one of my favorite mystery and crime series. 


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

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