Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover @SourcebooksFire @rebeccahanover @NetGalley #TheSimilars #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger #netgalley

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1st, 2019

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the eARC copy of this book. I was thrilled to have received a copy.

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SYNOPSIS: 

When six clones join Emmeline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class in this exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover.

Junior year just got a lot more cut-throat.

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re clones. And they’re joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about: Who are these clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law against cloning to create them? Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him.

Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, except she keeps getting pulled deeper into their clique. She can’t escape the dark truths about the clones or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

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MY REVIEW:

This book! Wow! The Similars had me hooked from the very first page. It was a gripping, thrilling, and entertaining read from beginning to end. I love to read YA novels of this type, and this book certainly did not disappoint!

Imagine going to school, or anywhere for the matter, and seeing exact look-alikes of people that you know… imagine ever further if you had a look-alike of yourself? Such an intriguing concept for sure! Would you be able to tell the original person apart from the exact look-alike? 

I enjoyed reading about Emmaline’s experiences with the 6 similars that attended her school and the whole idea surrounding why there were 6 similars to begin with. What was their purpose in the world? Would they have the opportunity to be welcomed in society like every other human being, or would they be shunned from society for being “clones” and treated as such? 

I felt bad for Emmaline, especially after the tragic loss of her best friend Oliver and then coming face to face with his exact look-alike similar named Levi. It was like seeing Oliver all over again, except it wasn’t. Not really. Levi might look like Oliver, but he wouldn’t have Oliver’s memories, personality traits, mannerisms, etc that made Oliver…well, Oliver.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: A Thousand Doors – An Anthology of Many Lives

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PUBLISHER: Two Tales Press

PUBLICATION DATE: November 5th, 2018

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Thank you to Two Tales Press and Netgalley for the free eARC copy of this book to read!

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SYNOPSIS:

WHAT IF… 

We’ve all played the “what if” game. For Mia Jensen, “what if” is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life. 

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Forty-year-old Mia Jensen is home after a terrible day, trying to figure out how she’s come to this point in her life, when she hears a strange noise from the kitchen. She investigates, only to be brutally attacked and left for dead. As she dies, she experiences some of the lives that could have been hers had she only made a different choice. 

Can one woman find peace with the path she’s chosen before it slips through her fingers forever? 

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MY REVIEW: 

This book was so uniquely written and I loved the idea of just how different it was! I was not sure how the book would all come together given the fact that several different authors contributed parts to the story to make the book as a whole, but I was interested in the uniqueness of it and was thrilled to have received a copy.

This book did not let me down! It was a cleverly written book and all the contributions from the different authors all came together beautifully to create a wonderful, gripping novel. Well done to all the authors! What a fantastic and different way to compose a book! I loved it!

I enjoyed reading about all the different lives Mia could have lived had she made different choices. Some lives were more glamorous and satisfying than others, some full of happiness and love, some full of heartbreak and disappointment, but it was interesting none the less to read about all of the different paths that her life could have taken given her differing choices along the way.

What a masterpiece of a book to have come together in such a unique way. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end.

If you could have the chance to view all of the possible different lives you could have lived had you made different choices along the way, would you take the opportunity to see them? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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My Review: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: When You Find Me by P.J. Vernon @pjvernonbooks @crookedlanebks #whenyoufindme #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer #partner #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane

PUBLICATION DATE: October 9th, 2018

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Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and review. This book cover is absolutely stunning and I was thrilled when I received a copy of this book in the mail!

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SYNOPSIS: 

Her husband is missing.

Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found.

Her life is unraveling.

When a stranger named Annie calls claiming to know Paul’s whereabouts, Gray reluctantly accepts her help. But this ally is not what she seems: soon Annie is sending frightening messages and revealing disturbing secrets only Gray could know. As Annie’s threats escalate and Gray’s grip on reality begins to slip, the life she thought she had and the dark truth she’s been living begin to merge, leaving an unsettling question: What does Annie want? And what will she do to get it?

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MY REVIEW: 

What a book! Wow! Gripping, thrilling, suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller! This book was seriously a great thriller from beginning to end. I found myself immersed in this addictive storyline and was unable to put this book down.

Gray drinks a lot, which makes her a very unrealiable character, but makes her character so interesting. Many experiences she is unable to remember or only has pieces of memory of things have have happened. Which of the things she recalls can you take for the truth or true memories?

Many shocking twists and turns to keep you entertained and turning the pages to read more. I love a book that grips me and keeps me turning the pages and this book did exactly that for me. I kept wanting to know what would happen next and found myself immersed in the story with all it’s shocking revelations and thrills along the way.

Just who is this Annie girl who is contacting Gray and how does she know Gray’s husband? Why does she keep sending Gray threatening messages?

If you love psychological thrillers look no further than this book! A definite must read for psychological thriller fans. Make sure to add this one to your to be read list, as I am certain you will not be disappointed!

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks @courtney_s #Sadie #findsadie #bookreview #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018

 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books and Raincoast Books for the free review copy.

This was the first book I have read by Courtney Summers and believe me I am one of her newest fans.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

 

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

 

MY REVIEW:

 

Wow this book! Addictive, powerful, compelling, and dark with loads of shocking twists.

The style of writing in this book was absolutely fantastic! It’s not often you read a book as told in a podcast format and although it was a different book for me to read in this way I loved it! It was so unique and lends to the plot very nicely. Well done Courtney!

The different points of views flowed nicely in the story and came together in a fantastic way to give the reader a full picture of what was going on. The podcaster takes on the role of detective and is determined to uncover the whole story and the truth of what happened and deliver the story to his podcast listeners.

A young girl who takes after her little sister, as their mother is addicted to alcohol and drugs and doesn’t take care of her two young daughters. Sadie finds herself as the motherly role for her younger sister and is devastated when her young sister is found murdered. Sadie is determined to find the person responsible for her sister’s murder and is set on making them pay!

We see the world from Sadie’s eyes and her point of view as she sets out to find her sister’s murderer. Her journey takes her to several places where she meets several different people and she is left to fend for herself and she tries to uncover the truth.

Will Sadie find the person she is looking for and get the revenge she desperately seeks?

A definite must read! All the stars for this powerful, addictive book!

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Book Review: A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay @doubledayca @PenguinRandomCA @linwood_barclay #ANoiseDownstairs #bookreview #partner #bookblogger #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: July 24th, 2018

 

 

Thank you to Doubleday Canada and Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay to read and share my review with my social media followers. I have heard many wonderful things about this book from other bookstagrammers and book bloggers and I was thrilled to have received a copy to read. This book guys. I loved it…

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Paul Davis is hearing some very strange noises in the night. He hears the clickety-click of a manual typewriter–as if someone is vigorously tapping the keys. The eerie sounds began soon after his wife, Charlotte, bought him a classic antique Underwood. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear anything unusual.

Is Paul losing his mind? Maybe. Or is something really there? Eight months ago, he stumbled upon Connecticut’s infamous “Apology Killer”–a psychopath who forced his victims to typewrite personal apologies to him before he cut their throats–disposing of two mutilated bodies on Milford’s Post Road. Most shocking of all, the killer was his colleague, someone he thought he knew. Paul’s been seeing a therapist for months to recover from the nearly fatal encounter, but his nerves and short-term memory have suffered since the traumatic event.

There’s only one way to learn if the noises are real or a figment of his hyper-imagination. One night, Paul rolls a sheet of paper into the machine. The next morning, when he checks the page, there is a chilling message:

“We typed our apologies like he asked but he killed us anyway.”

As he desperately searches to find a rational explanation for the note and the noises, Paul slowly begins to consider the unthinkable: The message is authentic, and the women butchered by his colleague are reaching out to him from beyond the grave.

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MY REVIEW:

A Noise Downstairs was an incredible book that I devoured from beginning to end. The title was perfect for this book and many times I got the chills and was creeped out from the eerie and mysterious typewriter. I would definitely get spooked out if a seemingly normal typewriter was making noises in the middle of the night and leaving me chilling, mysterious typed letters in the morning. How creepy is that!? It was a great story from the very first page and will keep you hooked until you turn that very last page.

This was the first novel I have read by Linwood Barclay and I am now one of his newest fans. I definitely want to read more of his work after reading this book.

The main character Paul and his wife Charlotte are very likeable characters. Paul is struggling with his memory and what he had gone through and is trying to live his life day by day with the help of his son Josh and his wife. There were many twists and turns in this book to keep the reader interested and wanting to know what would happen next.

A dark thriller that will have you reading late into the night to see what will happen next. Will Paul solve the mystery of the creepy typewriter? Who exactly is typing those creepy, bone-chilling messages for Paul late in the night? Are the messages trying to tell him a story or are they sending him a warning? Without giving away any spoilers you’ll have to read this book yourself to find out.

I definitely recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers. You will not be disappointed!

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Blog Tour & Book Review: The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland @bookouture @ShaliniBoland #ShaliniBoland #ThePerfectFamily #bookreview #bookblogger #blogtour

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture
PUBLICATION DATE: November 6th, 2018

 

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Perfect Family.

Happy Publication Day to The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland! Thank you to Kim at Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this book’s Blog Tour!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’

Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.

The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.

After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.

But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.

And she realises it’s only just beginning…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this completely addictive psychological thriller of secrets, lies and betrayal will make you gasp out loud at the heart-stopping final twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

 

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:

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PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF THE PERFECT FAMILY BY SHALINI BOLAND HERE:

 

 

MY REVIEW:

 

The Perfect Family was the first book I have read by Shalini Boland and what a fabulous psychological thriller! I loved reading all the twists and turns in the book and it keeps you hooked. You will find yourself flipping through the pages and not wanting to put this book down. There is so much going on you just want to know what will happen next.

Gemma is married with two young girls and is struggling with balancing a family life and being a successful working woman. Her work keeps her quite busy and she is finding it difficult to keep on top of the family responsibilities as well, such as cleaning the home, the laundry, and finding time to be with her family as well.

At the suggestion of her mother in law she decides to hire a live in nanny to help with the housework and the caring of the girls, and it is working out brilliantly. Finally Gemma finds she can focus on her career while someone is there to help the with the girls, get homework done, do the laundry, do the household cleaning, etc and Gemma can relax and have more quality time with her girls.

Things are going great, until Gemma becomes suspicious of the new nanny. Is it all in her mind? Should she not trust the nanny? Gemma is not sure.

This book is full of twists and I loved it right through to the very end.

If you haven’t added this book to your TBR list yet you definitely should. A fabulous book! I am definitely looking forward to reading other books by Shalini Boland!

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FOLLOW ALL THE STOPS ON THE PERFECT FAMILY BLOG TOUR:

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Blog Blast & Book Review: Deliver Me by Karen Cole @QuercusBooks @QuercusUSA @MillsReid11 #DeliverMe

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PUBLISHER: Quercus Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: November 1st, 2018

 

Thank you to Milly from Quercus Books for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Blast for Karen Cole’s new book Deliver Me, and for the free eARC copy of the book to read on Netgalley.

Can we just take a moment to enjoy this book cover? I love it, and it fits so well with the title of the book and the story line that goes with it. Plus it is kinda creepy, but in a good way! 🙂

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

A gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll’s I Am Watching You and C.L. Taylor’s The Fear.

THE NIGHT SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER WILL BE THE ONE SHE CAN’T FORGET….

When Abby’s doctor tells her she’s two months pregnant she doesn’t believe him. She can’t be –  she hasn’t had sex for over a year. But to her astonishment and dismay, multiple tests confirm it’s true.

Desperately searching for an explanation, Abby recalls New Year’s Day – the terrible hangover, the hole in her memory where the night before should have been and the inexplicable sense of unease – and realises that this baby must have been conceived at her best friend Danny’s NYE party.

Horrified that someone would have taken advantage of her intoxicated state, Abby enlists the help of Danny to find out which of the party guests assaulted her. But, when she starts to receive anonymous messages, it seems that while she has been looking into the father of her baby, someone has been watching her…

 

MY REVIEW: 

 

This cover completely drew me in and the caption on the cover – wow! This book was a gripping thriller from beginning to end. A young girl attends a NYE party, and a couple months later finds out she is pregnant but has no memory of how that could be possible? Not very much of a memory from the NYE party night in question? A recipe for a great psychological thriller for sure!

While reading this book I couldn’t help but feel so bad for Abby. She has been through a lot in her young lifetime and appears to be a lovely young woman, and then to find out she was pregnant and has no idea who the father could be or the night it could have happened? For sure a big nightmare! She is desperate to find out what happened that night as her memory is spotty at best, and is desperate to fill in the blank holes of that night by asking several people who were also there that night what they can remember and tell her about that night in question.

Piece by piece she gets little glimpses and answers of the night in question and is able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to get a little understanding of what really happened that night. She still has a lot of questions that remain unanswered though and is desperate to find out the complete truth.

Strange things start to happen though and she becomes suspicious of many different people. She receives flowers and other gifts from an unknown person, and she gets spooked out. Who would be sending her these things? Is the father of her baby doing this? And who exactly is he? Why can’t Abby remember?

Terrified to leave her house, as she has no idea if she is being followed and watched at all times. She is not sure who she can trust. Can she trust her sister and her brother in law both whom she lives with? Can she even trust Danny, her best friend?

Overall I really enjoyed this book and the suspense and thriller aspect of the book. If you haven’t read this book yet be sure to add it to your TBR list. Hope you enjoy this book!

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