Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TLC Book Tours: When The Lights Go Out (Review)

About When the Lights Go Out

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (September 4, 2018)
A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica 
Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.
Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.
Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?
“Kubica brilliantly unravels the lives of two women in this tense and haunting tale of identity and deceit. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT will keep you questioning everything-and everyone-until the riveting conclusion. A twisty, captivating, edge-of-your-seat read.” –Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS

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 I'm a big fan of Kubicka's books, and though this one wasn't my favorite, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book! The writing was excellent and kept me engaged, the story was gripping and hard to put down, and I really appreciated the author's accurate portrayal of grief while describing Jessie's feelings regarding losing her mother. I didn't love the ending--but the author definitely wrote a page turner I couldn't put down!

About Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Connect with Mary

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

Here's my list! It does include a few ARC's I was lucky to get :)

 

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Have you read any of these? Are any of these on your Fall TBR? Happy Reading!

Friday, September 14, 2018

High Five for Friday: September 14

 

Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
 
1. New Books this Week

 
I just got approved for the new Cathy Lamb book on NetGalley (yay!!) and just downloaded the newly release Christina Lauren book because literally EVERYONE was saying how much they loved it! Excited to read it soon!

2. Books I've Been Loving this Week

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Just started this one Wednesday and am enjoying it so far!

3. When I Wasn't Reading 


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Surprise, surprise--going to talk about yoga here :)  On Monday, I went to a Yoga + Beer class at Eola Hills Winery--one of the last few outdoor classes of the summer. This one was extra special because we had live music--the incredibly talented Kevin Paris! It was an absolutely fabulous class! Check out his music on Spotify--it's so relaxing and perfect for yoga. A group of us went and it was one of the best classes of the summer!

4. So Random

  So I have a Kindle and read both on my Kindle and physical books. Sometimes I'm reading a book on my Kindle and a physical book at the same time. But lately, all I've wanted is physical books. I have not wanted to read on my kindle. I don't know what the deal is. I literally have The Summer List on my Kindle but picked up the physical book from the library on Wednesday. Please tell me I'm not alone? I'm sure the mood will pass!

5. Weekend Plans  

No real solid plans yet...we participate in fantasy football so we spend a lot of time watching the NFL games on Sundays! Will also walk the pups  and try to relax and read a little. Pretty low key weekend!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)

Here's my list! I love these books!


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My all time favorite. It's relatively well known but I never miss a chance to talk about it. I'm excited to read the second one that's coming out February 2019! 

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Another one of my all time favorites. Fantastic book!

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Any of T.A.'s books, really. They are a delight! 

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Laugh out loud funny!

 
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All of Kerry's books, not just this one!

 
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Well written and addictive!

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This who series is fantastic! The Ceruleans series.

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Same deal here--I'm a big Cathy Lamb fan! Plus she's from Oregon like me!


What are some "Hidden Gems" on your list? I'm excited to see others' lists on this one!

Happy Reading!
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WWW Wednesday September 5

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The Three Ws are:

 
What are you currently reading?  

What did you recently finish reading?  

What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
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Was so disappointed by the August Reese Witherspoon book club pick. It started out with potential, but I just didn't care about or connect with any of the characters. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was delightful. I can't wait to watch the Netflix movie! Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was absolutely fantastic. Quirky, relatable, honest. So, so good. I highly recommend it.
 
Currently Reading
 
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JUST started this one. Have you read it?
 
 
Up Next
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Release Blitz: Pumpkin Everything


Happy release day to Beth Labonte! Her new sweet romance/romantic comedy, PUMPKIN EVERYTHING, is available now!


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Published by Beth Labonte on September 1, 2018
Genres: Sweet Romance, Romantic Comedy

 
After calling off her fall wedding, horror novelist Amy Fox is left with a broken heart, a mega case of writer's block, and a serious aversion to all things pumpkin spice. When she receives news that her grandfather has broken his wrist driving through a Dunkin Donuts—literally straight through the front windows—five hundred miles away, in her hometown of Autumnboro, New Hampshire, Amy has no choice but to return to check on him. If she doesn't make sure that he's back on his feet, Grandpa may be moved into assisted living, and Amy's beloved childhood home will be put on the market.

Knowing she must return, Amy worries about the only thing worse than pumpkin spice—a reunion with Kit Parker—her childhood best friend, first love, and entire reason for skipping town in the first place. As the two reconnect, a second chance seems possible...if only Kit weren't holding on to a secret that just might unravel everything.

Set against the scenic backdrop of the White Mountains, New Hampshire, Pumpkin Everything is a small town, sweet romance, and the perfect way to kick off the fall season! A pumpkin spice latte wouldn't hurt, either.

About Beth Labonte




Beth Labonte received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as an administrative assistant for fourteen years, turning to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth now writes full-time and resides in Massachusetts.



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

TLC Book Tours: Tear Me Apart (Review and GIVEAWAY!)

About Tear Me Apart
Print Length: 496 pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (September 1, 2018)
The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apartis the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.
One moment will change their lives forever…
Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.
Who knows the answers?
The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.
With vivid movement through time, Tear Me Apart examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.

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What a wild ride of a book!! This book had so many layers--psychiatric facilities, family secrets, mysterious deaths, cancer--all super heavy stuff. Despite all the heavy themes, the author wove it together perfectly to tell a gripping story of the need for truth among years of family secrets and lies.  Though I had put some of the pieces together earlier in the book, I was still unable to put this one down because I had to know what happened to Mindy. The characters were so interesting and well developed. My favorite character was Mindy's aunt Juliet--who risked everything to help find out what happened in Mindy's past. The book switched between letters from two psychiatric ward patients in the early to mid 90s to Mindy's life today, and as the book went on, more and more pieces fell into place.

This was my first time reading J.T. Ellison's work and it certainly won't be my last. When you read it, make sure to read the author's note at the end--there's good information in there that relates to the story.  This is a must read psychological thriller!
 
 
 About J. T. Ellison

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

Connect with J. T.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 
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