Book Review: The Secret by K.L. Slater

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Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC copy of this book to read and review.

This was the first book by K.L. Slater that I have read and let me tell you that it won’t be my last. I’ve read many wonderful reviews on this and other books by K.L. Slater so I was very excited to begin reading this book. I was not disappointed.

This book follows the story of two sisters Alice and Louise and Louise’s son Archie. Louise is a very busy woman and often has to leave Archie in the care of someone, while she works long hours. Louise asks her sister Alice to watch Archie and to Alice’s dismay she agrees. Alice suffers from anxiety and this is a big step for her. She is not sure how to care for children but agrees to watch her nephew Archie from time to time.

The book is told from the alternating views of both Alice and Louise, in the present and parts flash back to the past. Louise is a working mother who has had to work for everything that she has and Alice is the sister that has had everything handed to her and Louise feels that Alice has it too easy in life. As a result they have their differences at times but for the most part get along.

While in the care of his Aunt Alice, Archie slowly begins to open up and share details of his life and his feelings. Alice is determined to find out more about what happened and what Archie knows, and slowly we being to learn things and uncover a secret that only Archie knows.

This book was amazing and I was unable to put it down once I started it. There are so many lies, secrets and betrayal in this book, and it keeps you on the very edge of your seat right through to the end. You’ll find the pages are turning themselves to uncover they secrets in this family and learn what Archie knows. Lots of surprises and oh my gosh moments to have you guessing to the very last page.

A must read book to add to your tbr list if you haven’t read it already.

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Book Review: Blog Blitz: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

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The Gathering

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

Purchase Links –

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The Gathering Author

Author Bio

With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries. Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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My Thoughts:

This book was a pleasure to read from the very beginning. I enjoyed the character development of the characters in the book and how you got to know their personalities individually and as a group. The book dives into their past and their present to help you understand what makes them who they are today.

The story has a few twists and turns that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read what happens next. I was guessing as I was reading along what was going to happen next or how it would all end and was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed reading the story.

The ending was amazing I loved it, and leaves you wondering what will happen next. This was a book I really enjoyed reading, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Book Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

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This book follows the story of a woman named Louise. One day she receives a friend request on Facebook from an old friend she had in high school named Maria Weston. The only problem is that Maria died all those years ago while they were in high school. Didn’t she?

This book is written in two different timelines. The present and 1989 when they were in high school. We learn pieces of what happened back in 1989 when a group of friends were going though high school and the events that led up to the fateful night of Maria’s death. But are we sure that Maria did in fact die? Could she still be alive?

I love how this book alternated between the two different timelines to give you pieces of the puzzle slowly. Bit by bit you slowly uncover the truth of what happened and how each person played a part. You learn about each character and what makes them the adult they are today. You learn to love them. You learn to hate them.

There are many twists and surprises in this book that will have you guessing the whole way through.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

 

Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

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Thank you to Raincoast Books for this free gifted copy of the book to read and review.

This book is full of shocking twists and turns and takes you on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Just when you think you have it all figured out you realize that nothing is what it appears. And the cover of this book. Stunning! An unreliable narrator, lies, betrayal, deception, and secrets. What else do you need in a book!?

This book follows the main character Amber. It starts with Amber as she wakes up and is unsure where she is. Is she in a hotel room? She quickly comes to realize that she is in a hospital but she has no memory of what happened or how she ended up there. Why can’t she remember? She can hear others talking around her and nurses and doctors checking in on her but she cannot ml once, she cannot speak, and she cannot open her eyes! What is going on? Amber realizes she is in a coma. Everyone around her has no idea she can hear everything said and done around her.

She is married. Where is her husband? Surely he should be here with her. Shouldn’t he? Amber cannot shake the eerie feeling that her husband and sister had something to do with her ending up in the hospital. If only she could remember what happened that night that placed her in the hospital.

This book alternates between the present with Amber in a paralyzed state, the week leading up to the accident, and a number of childhood diary entries from many years ago. Slowly we uncover the mystery of what happened and get piece by piece to put together.

I was hooked on this book from the very beginning.  And the title of the book fits so perfectly. I found chapter after chapter I was hooked and wanted to read more and more to uncover what happened. I was unable to put this book down. Several shocks and oh my gosh moments that leave you wanting more.

I loved learning about the characters in this book and how you get many glimpses into their past from childhood up to their current adult lives. You get an understanding of their life and events that has shaped them and their personalities into what they are like today.

This book was a debut by author Alice Feeney and I am definitely a fan. I will be sure to be on the lookout for more titles by this author.

With an ending that will leave you speechless this book is a must add to your collection!

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Book Review: The Replacement – Book 1 of The Replacement Series by Bianca Sierra-Luebke

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Thank you to the author Bianca Sierra-Luebke for providing me a free e-reader copy of this book to read.

This is a YA, sci-fi novel that follows the story and life of the main character Angelica. Angelica has met a man named Merrick and they have fallen in love. Angelica would do anything for Merrick even after he told her that he is from another world and is not human but is a Lymerian. Now that they have been caught, they both have to pay the price for falling in love as they have broken Lymerian law.

Lymerians are from another world and have been living on earth in secret. Lymerians are discouraged from falling in love with humans but Merrick told Angelica who he truly was and told her that he wished to be a human.

This was a wonderful story and was a pleasure to read. I loved entering into this other world of Lymerians and learning about their laws, their way of life, their history, and everything about them. You are introduced to many different characters in this book and I loved how you get to know so many details about them all and learn about what they have been through and how that has shaped their personalities and makes them the person they are today.

The story is full of heartbreak, deception, lies and betrayal right through to the very end. I found myself unable to put this book down as I was wanting to see what would happen next.  This book is full of shocking twists, turns and surprises and will keep you guessing the whole way through. I loved how there were so many twists and shocks right through to the very last page.

The ending of the book leaves much to be anticipated in the 2nd book in the series. I am so happy this is a series and I highly anticipate and am excited for the release of the 2nd book in this series. I can’t wait to continue reading the series to see how the story continues to unfold.

This is definitely a must add to your collection and if you haven’t read it yet make sure to add it to your to be read list. I am sure you’ll love it as much as I did.

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Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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Thank you Dutton and Penguin Publishing Group for the free eARC copy of this book to read and review.

Two Truths and a Lie. A common game many young ones like to play with friends. This book is written in two alternating timelines – the present and 15 years ago. 15 years ago Emma is brought to a summer camp called Camp Nightingale. Upon arrival at the camp, she is shown to the cabin she will be staying in, and meets her cabin mates Vivian, Natalie and Allison. They are all a bit older than Emma and she is eager to fit in and get them to like her. One night Emma awakens to the other 3 girls in her cabin sneaking out late at night. In a sleepy daze, Emma notices them leave the cabin and Vivian closing the cabin door, with her finger pressed to her lips, hushing Emma back to sleep. That was the last time anyone has seen or heard from the girls. After this happened, Camp Nightingale closed. What happened that eventful night? Where did the 3 girls go, and why did they never come back?

Jump ahead 15 years. Emma is an artist and runs into Francesca Harris-White, the past owner of Camp Nightingale, who is interested in reopening the camp. Francesca expresses her interest in having Emma join the camp counselors and instructors at Camp Nightingale and offer an art painting program for the campers. Emma is hesitant to join, especially with what happened there 15 years ago.

Emma decides to give it a try. Upon arriving at Camp Nightingale she is surprised that she has been chosen to stay in the same cabin she slept in all those years ago. While there, she is curious to uncover the mystery of what happened all those years ago. Emma begins to find little clues that lead to some answers and begins the journey of uncovering the truth of that long ago fateful night.

This book was amazing from beginning to end. It pulled me in from the very first page and kept my interest the entire way through. I loved reading about the various characters in the book and all about their personalities.

Each girl in the book had her own issues and it was interesting to see their individual personalities shine through and how they acted as a group of friends with one another.

Many times I found myself guessing at what would happen next or thought I had figured out exactly what happened all those years ago, only to find out I was wrong again and again, which I loved.

Such a gripping, thrilling book and many shocks, twists and turns throughout. Such a chilling read. And that cover I love it. I loved the ending and the final shocks and twists that come to light.

Overall a fantastic book and a must add to your tbr list if you haven’t read it already!

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Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

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Thank you to Berkley and Penguin Random House for the free ARC copy of this book to read and review.

In the near future, the American government has silenced half of the population by placing a wrist band on all of the female population, women and children alike. The wrist band on each female counts each word spoken by the female, and pulses on their wrist as each word is spoken. They are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. Go over that 100 words, and you pay the price, depending on how much you go over in words.

This book follows the family and life of Dr. Jean McClellan. She is married and they have 1 daughter, and the rest of their children are boys. While sitting around the family dinner table, her husband and sons talk about their day – how work was, what they learned in school, etc while Jean and her daughter are silent as they have limits on the words they can speak.

Jean is determined to do something about this new rule the government has put into place. Women can no longer hold jobs, girls are no longer taught in school to read and write. Jean strongly feels that this is not right.

This book was amazing! I loved the way it was written and the author’s style of writing. It held my attention from beginning to end and was so hard to put down, I read this in a day. It was that good of a book. A crazy roller coaster of a ride, this book did not disappoint. Several twists and turns to keep you interested throughout.

I cannot say enough great things about this book. It was a pleasure to read. If you are looking for the next great book to read then this is it. Be sure to add this one to your tbr list!

If you could only speak 100 words a day, what would you say to be heard?

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Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the free eARC of this book to read and review.

This book follows the Hardcastle family. One evening the family is hosting a masquerade at their family home. During the masquerade their daughter Evelyn will die. How did Evelyn die? Is someone responsible for her death? Who is it?

Evelyn will continue to die every day until the circumstances surrounding her death re revealed. Aiden Bishop has to determine what happened that fateful night. Aiden is tasked with uncovering the truth and identifying the killer. Until he can solve Evelyn’s murder, each day he will wake up to that one day over and over again to the date of the masquerade. Evelyn will continue to die. However, each day Aiden will wake up in a different body of some of the guests at the masquerade until he can solve the mystery of her death.  Will Aiden be able to solve the mystery and stop the cycle?

This book was very interesting and it had me intrigued from the very beginning. Once I began reading it was hard to out this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next and see if Aiden would be able to uncover what really happened that night.

It was very interesting to see Aiden wake up each day in the body of the different guests. To play the day over and over again from the different points of view of the various guests.

A must read to add to your TBR list if you haven’t read it already.

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Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Thank you to St Martin’s Press and Raincoast Books for the free finished copy of this book to read and review. I have heard so many wonderful reviews on this book so when I received a copy in the mail I couldn’t wait to begin reading.

Creepy, shocking and deception.  Three words to describe this book. This book follows the story of a husband, wife and their daughter.

Hanna is the daughter. She is sweet but silent. She loves her daddy but she does not talk. All she wants is to be with her daddy and is sweet as can be when he is around. He dotes on her and gives her kisses, hugs and cuddles. Hanna will do anything for her daddy and all she wants is for it to be just her and daddy. The only problem is mommy. Mommy stands in the way of it being just Hanna and daddy. Hanna will do anything to get mommy out of the way, even if for good.

Suzette is the mother. She takes care of her daughter Hanna on a daily basis while her husband is at work. Hanna does not go to daycare or school as she has been expelled and has gotten in trouble many times and thus has to be home. Suzette really does love her daughter but has had enough of the struggles she has with Hanna. Hanna may be sweet and kind when her daddy is around but Suzette knows what Hanna is really like. Not the innocent sweet angel daddy thinks she is. Suzette is chronically ill and gets to see Hanna’s evil side. Hanna likes to play tricks and games on mommy and they begin to increase in severity. Suzette begins to wonder if there is something seriously wrong with her daughter.

I seriously loved this book. It has so many shocking twists, turns and surprises. Several times I was gasping and shocked to read what I was reading but in a very good way. So much deceiving and evil scares that gives you the creeps. I loved this book from beginning to end and once I began reading I could not put it down.

If you have not read this book you seriously need to. It will leave you with goosebumps and chills. Be ready for a heck of a ride as this book takes you on a wild journey. And remember…. sweetness can surely be deceiving.

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