Book Review: The Nowhere Child by Christian White @CWhiteAuthor @MinotaurBooks #ChristianWhite #TheNowhereChild #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books
PUBLICATION DATE: January 22nd, 2019
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Thank you to the Publisher, Minotaur Books, for gifting me a beautiful paperback ARC copy of this book for me to read and share my review with others. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty-six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two-year old girl vanished from her home in Manson, Kentucky. An American accountant who contacts Kim is convinced she was that child, kidnapped just after her birthday. She cannot believe the woman who raised her, a loving social worker who died of cancer four years ago, crossed international lines to steal a toddler.

On April 3rd, 1990, Jack and Molly Went’s daughter Sammy disappeared from the inside their Kentucky home. Already estranged since the girl’s birth, the couple drifted further apart as time passed. Jack did his best to raise and protect his other daughter and son while Molly found solace in her faith. The Church of the Light Within, a Pentecostal fundamentalist group who handle poisonous snakes as part of their worship, provided that faith. Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.

Now, with proof that she and Sammy are in fact the same person, Kim travels to America to reunite with a family she never knew she had. And to solve the mystery of her abduction—a mystery that will take her deep into the dark heart of religious fanaticism where she must fight for her life against those determined to save her soul…

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MY REVIEW:
This was the first book I have read by author Christian White and it won’t be my last! I loved this book from the beginning to the very end.
The Nowhere Child is told from alternating timelines and alternating point of views. The story jumps between now from Kim’s point of view in Australia, to then from a man named Jack Went’s point of view in the USA and parts by his daughter Emma’s point of view.
Jack Went is the father of 3 children – Stu (9 year old son), Emma (13 year old daughter) and Sammy (2 year old daughter). Emma knows that her parents marriage is not always a happy one and she thinks that if her parents got divorced they would be much happier. Emma appears to be your typical teenager, and it was refreshing to see things from her eyes and view things the way she does.
One day young Sammy suddenly disappears without a trace from her family home. Where has Sammy gone? Was she kidnapped?
Jump ahead to the present. Kim is living in Australia and is one day approached by a stranger who proceeds to tell her about a missing child case in the USA many years ago. Kim wonders what this has to do with her and why this man is telling her this story… Could Kim have a connection to this missing child from the past? If so, what exactly is the connection?
I found this book to be an addictive read from the first page right through to the very end. I was hooked and read this book in just over a day. Once I started I did not want to put it down and I found myself flipping pages to see what I would learn next.
Full of shocking twists and turns, and revelations that will shock you, this book does not disappoint! If you haven’t had your eyes set out on this book be sure to add it to your to be read list!
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MY RATING: 5/5 stars
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Blog Tour & Book Review: Red Snow by Will Dean @willrdean #RedSnow #BlogTour #WillDean #Tuva2 #TuvaMoodyson #TeamTuva @PtBlankBks #RandomThingsTours @annecater

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PUBLISHER: Point Blank

PUBLISHED: January 10th, 2019

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Hi there and welcome to my stop on the exciting Blog Tour for Will Dean’s new book titled RED SNOW.  Red Snow is the second book in the Tuva Moodyson murder mystery series and after reading the first book titled Dark Pines I was thrilled to read this book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected?
And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

 

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes.
The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

 

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths
before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already
terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop
the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

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MEET THE AUTHOR:

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WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before
the age of eighteen. After studying at the LSE and working in London, he
settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy
forest clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he
compulsively reads and writes.

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MY REVIEW: 

Wow this book! Tuva is one heck of a female heroine and is such a wonderful, charismatic, funny, and determined character. I loved reading about her adventures in this book and I truly love how hard core she is! She has a wonderful personality and it is clearly shown in Red Snow.

Red Snow takes place in the small Scandinavian town of Gavrik, where it is bone chilling cold and snowy. We are introduced to the liquorice factory owners and their family, where at the very beginning of this book a death takes place. Was it a suicide, or was something more sinister in play? Tuva is determined to find out.

Although this is the second book in the Tuva Moodyson series, it can easily be read as a standalone book. Some of the same characters from the first book, Dark Pines, are in this book as well which I quite enjoyed. Some of the characters are questionable at best and many have their own fair share of secrets and deceit that they bring to the story.

I do hope there are more books in this series, as I love Tuva’s character and I am not yet ready for her to leave just yet. We need more Tuva!

If you haven’t had your eyes on this series yet be sure to check it out and get your hands on a copy. You will not be disappointed.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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CHECK OUT THESE OTHER STOPS ON THE BLOG TOUR:

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Blog Tour & Book Review: The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic @Simon_Lelic @BerkleyPub @penguinrandom #TheLiarsRoom #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: January 15th, 2019

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Happy Publication Day!! Thank you to Tara from Berkley, Penguin Random House, for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Tour for Simon Lelic’s new thriller titled The Liar’s Room. I have read novels by Simon Lelic before and have loved them, so was thrilled to be invited to take part in this tour. Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC copy of this book!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Two liars. One room. No way out.

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna’s help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna?

And what has he done to her daughter?

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MY REVIEW:

This book! Wow! I loved the book from beginning to end. A Fast paced thriller that leaves you wanting to read more and more, and leaves you not wanting to put this book down! I devoured this book!

The story line takes place over the course of a couple of hours in the counselling office of Susanna. We get glimpses into the past to understand what happened all those years ago, then the book flashes forward to the present with Susanna and Adam in her office. Some parts of the story are also told from her daughter Emily’s point of view.

The book keeps you guessing. I thought I knew what was going on close to the beginning of the book, but I was wrong. I love a good thriller that keeps you guessing.

The main characters in the book aren’t without their flaws. Susanna has her fair share of secrets, not only from her past but in her present as well. What could she be hiding, and why? Adam is clearly a troubled teen, with a questionable past. He is dark, deceitful, vindictive and has an agenda. What does he want with Susanna?

Full of shocking twists and turns, with lots of lies and deception to keep you hooked to the very shocking end, this book is fabulous and is a must read. Be sure to get your copy of The Liar’s Room now, on sale today!

Thank you for reading my review and for stopping by on my stop of the blog tour!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer @rrschaeffer @HMHbooks @HMHteen @RaincoastBooks #NotEvenBones #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner

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PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018

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Thank you to Raincoast Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer to read and share my review with other. This book cover is stunning I love it! When I read the synopsis of this book I knew it was one I had to read, and I was not disappointed!

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet–her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place–because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

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MY REVIEW: 

Dark, magical, and deceit. Three words to describe this book. I loved this book and the dark twisty story line from beginning to end. The writer grabs your attention from the very beginning and demands your interest the whole ride through to the very end!

Young Nita dissects supernatural beings and her mother sells the body parts to others who consume them. Whether it be for super powers, strength, health, supernatural body parts are a hot commodity and Nita herself is not exactly a normal human.

I enjoyed the supernatural vibe to this book. Full of supernatural beings with different powers, strengths and weaknesses. Nita is introduced to a lot of different supernatural characters in this book, and there is no shortage of lies, betrayal, deception and secrets. Who can Nita trust? Can those closest to her be trusted? Can those who set out to harm her be trusted?

I enjoyed Nita’s character. She was stubborn, determined, and a fighter. She didn’t take no for an answer and fought for what she wanted and what she believed in. Despite the fact that she dissected supernatural beings she had a good heart, and sometimes it got the best of her and was her downfall.

Overall an incredible story that I flew through as it was such an entertaining, addictive fantasy world, and that ending!! Whew I loved it! I am excited for the release of the second book in this series, coming out later this year.

A must add book to add to your to be read list!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle @KimberlySBelle #ThreeDaysMissing #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Park Row

PUBLICATION DATE: June 26th, 2018

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Those closest to us are often the most dangerous…

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: the call that comes in the middle of the night.

When Kat Jenkins awakens to the police on her doorstep, her greatest fear is realized. Her nine-year-old son, Ethan, is missing—vanished from the cabin where he’d been on an overnight field trip with his class. Shocked and distraught, Kat rushes to the campground where he was last seen. But she’s too late; the authorities have returned from their search empty-handed after losing Ethan’s trail in the mountain forest.

Another mother from the school, Stef Huntington, seems like she has it all: money, prominence in the community, a popular son and a loving husband. She hardly knows Kat, except for the vicious gossip that swirls around Kat’s traumatic past. But as the police investigation unfolds, Ethan’s disappearance will have earth-shattering consequences in Stef’s own life—and the paths of these two mothers are about to cross in ways no one could have anticipated.

Racing against the clock, their desperate search for answers begins—one where the greatest danger could lie behind the everyday smiles of those they trust the most.

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by Kimberly Belle and I have heard so much praise for Three Days Missing.  After picking up my copy at a local bookstore I was excited to begin and I knew I would not be disappointed. Kimberly Belle has a way with writing that draws you in and captures your attention throughout the entire book. I was on the edge of my seat and I was flying through the chapters, eager to see what would happen next. Three Days Missing was a fast-paced thriller that leaves you wanting more.

I enjoyed the who done it vibe to the story. There were a few times when I thought I knew who might be responsible and behind young Ethan’s disappearance, but I was wrong again and again. I love when a story keeps you guessing, and makes you doubt everyone involved. Even those closest to you are under suspicions of being responsible. Who can you trust, if even those closest to you in your everyday life cannot be trusted? Those who know you daily life, your ups and downs, your innermost thoughts and secrets?

Three Days Missing is full of characters who are diverse, complicated, and have their own fair share of secrets. Full of shocking lies, twists, turns, betrayals, deceptions and lies, this book will rock you to the very shocking end!

I loved this book and I hope you do too!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen @StMartinsPress @sarahpekkanen @greerkh #AnAnonymousGirl #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019

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Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free physical ARC copy of this book to read and review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

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MY REVIEW:

This book follows the life of makeup artist Jessica Farris. She travels to the homes of her clients, to do their makeup, whether it be for a night out to a club, for a wedding, for a photo shoot, etc. She loves what she does and enjoys her job.

One evening when she is at the house of her last client for the day, she overhears a voicemail left on her clients phone regarding an upcoming appointment this weekend, stating the time and location of the meeting. Intrigued, Jessica learns that her client has decided not to show up to this appointment, and decides to secretly go in her place.

Dr. Shield’s, a Psychology Professor, is doing a study on morality and ethics, and has several questions for the subjects in her study. Dr. Shield’s pays her subjects for their time and their honest answers, and all questions for the study are delivered in a private room via a computer. All Jessica has to do is type in her answer to each question, and answer as honestly and in dept as she can.

Before she knows it, Jessica is in way over her head with the study. The typed answers on the computer soon turn to real life situations, where Dr. Shield’s wants Jessica to follow through with certain tasks and challenges in society, and Jessica has to pass certain “tests”. Jessica begins to wonder just what this study is about, and why Dr. Shield’s has her doing such tasks.

3 words to describe this book: obsessive, gripping, and riveting!! Wow! What a book!

This book certainly lived up to all of the hype I have been reading about when reading other bloggers and reviewers talk about this book. I loved the writing of this novel, and Hendricks and Pekkanen did not disappoint! Even though this book is not released until January 2019, I had to read this book as soon as I got it.

I was hooked from the very first page. Hendricks and Pekkanen have a style of writing and a way with words that captivate their audience and sucks the reader in. The pages literally turn themselves. I read this book in one sitting, it was that riveting. You will find yourself immersed in this book right through to the shocking end! You will be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire way through this book, and before you know it you will be at the end.

If you haven’t had your eyes on this book yet be sure to be on the lookout for it and add it to your to be read list. You too will love it!

All of the stars for this fantastic book!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous @EJRous @BerkleyPub #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer #TheAuPair

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PUBLISHER: Berkley 

PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019

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Thank you to Berkley for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour, and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC copy of The Au Pair by Emma Rous to read and review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Seraphine and her twin brother, Danny, grew up in their family’s grand estate, Summerbourne, on the Norfolk coast in the lap of luxury.  But one grim sadness hovered over their entire lives: hours after their birth, their mother threw herself from the nearby cliffs to her untimely death.  And shortly after that, their family’s beloved au pair fled, leaving their father alone with twin infants and the couple’s three-year old son.

Two decades later, Seraphine is back at Summerbourne, mourning her father’s recent death, and going through old photos. An alarming family photograph, dated from the day she and Danny were born, raises some serious questions: in it, her mother sits, happily holding only one of the twins, flanked by her older son and husband.  But if she’d given birth to twins that day, why is there only one baby in the picture?  Which baby is it, and more importantly, why did she jump from the cliffs that same day?  Or did she?

Only one person can know the whole truth: the then-young au pair, witness to all of the family’s salacious secrets, who left in disgrace on the day their mother died.  Seraphine is determined to find her to get some answers.

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by Emma Rous and after hearing so many wonderful things from others about this book I was excited to read it. This book had me hooked from the beginning. A family full of secrets, lies and keeping up with appearances. What more could you ask for in a thriller novel?

I enjoyed reading about the family dynamics and secrets of the Mayes’ family. So many secrets are revealed and truths are told that will shock you right through to the very shocking ending. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing and has no shortage of surprises and shocking twists.

Which secrets did the Mayes’ family au pair learn? Why did she abandon the Mayes’ family all those years ago?

If you love thrillers this book is a definite must read to add to your list. You will not be disappointed!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars