Blog Tour & Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd @Hanover_Square @HarperCollins @AmyLloydWrites @netgalley #onemorelie #blogtour #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Hanover Square Press

PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2019

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! This book is released today!

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Amy Lloyd’s newest novel One More Lie. Thank you to Hanover Square Press, Harper Collins, for gifting the eARC copy of this book to read via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.

As the story builds, Lloyd teases and hints with glimpses of Charlotte’s troubled past, culminating in a shocking conclusion that will leave readers chilled to the bone. For fans of Sometimes I Lie and Behind Her Eyes, Amy Lloyd flexes her muscles with a crime fiction novel of unyielding suspense, creeping paranoia, and dark temptation that peers into the horrors that lurk in the human mind.

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MY REVIEW:

Gripping, thrilling, and addictive. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read through the chapters and uncover more of the story and what truly happened that one dark, and fateful day. What happened all of those years ago for Sean and Charlotte to get into so much trouble as 10 year old’s that they would be tried in court as adults? Are young children truly capable of such a heinous crime or has there been some mistake?…. some accident?

I enjoyed reading between alternating timelines. Parts of the novel are written in the present and parts are written in the past. I enjoyed how this allowed us as readers to get glimpses into the past and get small bits of the truth a little bit at a time, which I found added to the  whole suspense and climax of the novel. Everytime we got a piece of information from the past they in jumped to the present, I was left wanting to know more. As we gather more and more pieces of what truly happened we are slowly able to see the full picture. I also liked how parts of the novel were told from His (Sean’s) and Her (Charlotte’s) point of view.

It was clear that Sean was a troubled boy. He grew up in a single parent home, his father was hardly around to supervise and look over him so it was clear to see how he could easily get into so much trouble and be somewhat of a trouble maker. Sean and Charlotte quickly become good friends, doing everything together. The good and the bad.

In the present, Sean and Charlotte having spoken in years. Charlotte is given a new name, a new identity, to protect her from the public and prevent them from knowing who she truly is. As a part of her parole she has to wear an ankle monitoring device and see her counselor regularly. Charlotte and her counselor have a good and close relationship and Charlotte has been seeing her for years. Charlotte is having a difficult time adjusting to life on the outside of prison, as she was in jail since she was at the young tender age of 10. She has to cope with living on her own with room mates, holding down a job, getting to and from work, etc. Which is a lot for her to handle since this is all so very new to her.

Charlotte cannot remember what truly happened all those years ago that put her and Sean in prison. She knows part of what happened but the rest of the day is blocked from her mind. Was what happened that day so awful that she has blocked out the memory of what happened as a way to block the truth and protect herself? Will she ever regain the memories back and if so, how will she deal with the new memory?

A great book that I enjoyed reading and had me hooked to the very end.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Blog Tour: He’s At Your Door by Alex Sinclair @ASinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Hesatyourdoor #blogtour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 20th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the newest novel by author Alex Sinclair titled He’s At Your Door. Thank you to Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for gifting the eARC of this novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Karen Rainey lives a sheltered life on the edge of the city. For the last five years, she has rarely left the home unless it was unavoidable. She has her food and anything else she needs delivered to the front door. She works from home to avoid venturing outside.

But Karen isn’t agoraphobic. She’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, Zach, who is serving a life sentence in prison for a string of bank robberies after Karen testified against him. With the constant threat that Zach might send someone to find and kill her, Karen keeps a low profile.

To aid her in paying the rent each month, Karen takes in the occasional housemate, opting for students from the local university. Her current housemate, Beth, is a young student who has no idea about Karen’s past.

But when a mysterious package is left on her doorstep, it sends Karen’s world into turmoil.

Has Zach found her?

Isolated and frightened, Karen befriends Beth but refuses to tell her everything about her past.

Trapped inside their home, Karen and Beth soon begin to lose their minds.

But is the threat really outside or is it closer to home?

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MY REVIEW:

When I heard that Alex Sinclair was releasing another novel I was thrilled as I have read his previous books and loved them all. This book did not disappoint. He’s At Your Door is full of twists and turns, and surprises that you will not see coming. I loved how the story kept me guessing to the very end, and it was such a gripping thriller it was a pleasure to read.

Trapped in their home, Karen and Beth who are roommates slowly feel like they are truly trapped forever and cannot escape. Prisoners in their own home, with a man outside who wants to get into the house, they feel like they have no where to turn. Will they be able to escape the man that is outside their door or will he eventually get inside their home? What does the man want with them and who exactly is he?

I loved how the novel was written from Karen’s point of view and how we learned about her past that lead her to who she is today. She feels trapped in her own home, and although she isn’t agoraphobic, she does not leave her home. She orders in food, works online, and rarely ever goes outside – all due to her past and her ex Zach, who is in prison serving a life sentence. I cannot imagine living a life where you feel trapped in your own home, never to go outside.

A gripping novel, that will leave you reading page after page and guessing the whole way through.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Blog Tour: Birthday by Meredith Russo @Mer_Squared @RaincoastBooks #Birthday #BirthdayBlogTour #BlogTour #bookblogger #booblog #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 21st, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Birthday Blog Tour, written by Meredith Russo. Thank you to Raincoast Books for inviting me to be a part of such an exciting tour and for gifting me an ARC of this book to read and share my review with everyone.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:


Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

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MY REVIEW:

I absolutely loved this book and the story that evolved. I enjoyed reading about the two main characters, Morgan and Eric. Born on the same day at the same hospital, and their lives crossed paths that one fateful day due to a snow storm that left their families trapped in the hospital until the storm passed. They were destined to meet and become the best of friends.

Both characters were very interesting and likable, and I found it quite interesting to read about their character development throughout the book as they grew from young pre-teens into adulthood. It was interesting to read things through their own eyes and experiences and get a glimpse into their deepest thoughts and feelings. Each chapter alternates from Eric’s and Morgan’s point of view and I loved this style of writing. We got to see things through the eyes of both main characters and it was fabulous.

I also enjoyed how the novel was written in sections according to their birthday each year – 16th birthday, 17th birthday, etc. It allowed the reader to see their personal growth as the story progressed and how they grew as young adults year after year. I thought it was special how they always seemed to celebrate their birthdays together each year.

Birthday is a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling happy and will tug on your heartstrings. I loved this story and felt so immersed in it, that I was unable to put it down until I came to the very end.

Thanks for stopping by on my stop of the blog tour. I hope you enjoy the book. On sale now!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: Mine by Courtney Cole @GalleryBooks @Court_Writes @netgalley #Mine #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Gallery Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an e ARC of this book to read and share my review via Netgalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Our world was crumbling. You took advantage.
He was weak. You’re weaker.
A wedding ring isn’t a challenge. It’s a promise.
But that promise wasn’t for you.
Get some self respect. And get your own life.
My husband isn’t yours.
He’s mine.
And no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be me.
You don’t have the balls.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a book! Tessa seems to have it all. A handsome husband, a great job, a beautiful home, 3 amazing children, and a lot of money. Her husband Ethan travels a lot for business, and one weekend Tessa drops her children off at her parents home so she can have a weekend alone with her husband. He is due to arrive back home from his recent work trip later that evening. Tessa is excited and cannot wait to have some alone time with her husband.

While driving back to their home hours away to prepare for her husbands arrival, he calls to let her know that he is sorry but he has to extend his trip to secure a business deal and will not be back that evening. Tessa is devastated, she was so looking forward to spending this weekend with her husband and had everything all planned out.

When Tessa gets home, she picks up her husbands ipad and sees a text from a strange woman. Her name is Lindsey. What the heck is going on? Who is this woman? Tessa quickly learns that her husband appears to be having an affair and her whole world as she knows it comes crumbling down.

This story is told in alternate points of view. Tessa’s POV in the present and Lindsey;s POV in the past. I enjoyed the way this was done to give us some background information on Lindsey and how she met Ethan. It was interesting to read how her story evolved and to hear things from her perspective.

Nothing is as it seems, and both women are ready to fight for the man they love. Who will win? The wife or the mistress? Will one come out on top, will they stay with Ethan? Both are ready for the fight of their life, and both are determined to be the winner. A nail biting, vindictive novel full of lies, secrets, and the ultimate betrayal. A great book!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan @StMartinsPress @MinotaurBooks @Allison_Brennan @netgalley #nothingtohide #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: April 30th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC via Netgalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

With a background in psychology, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. Still, her latest case is leaving her stumped. A third body has turned up in San Antonio—and it bears the same unique and troubling M.O. as the first two. The killer is clearly trying to send a message. But what is it—and to whom? All roads keep leading Lucy down a dead end. . .

The victims are all married men who led honest lives alongside their adoring wives, but have nothing else in common. When Lucy catches each widow in a lie, she realizes that things are not at all as they seem. What begins as a seemingly straightforward investigation turns into something far darker and more sinister than Lucy could have ever imagined. Can she solve this case before more lives are lost. . . including her own husband?

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MY REVIEW:

This is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series that I have read and although it is book #15 in the series, you can easily read it as a standalone as I did. I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel and I am definitely interested in checking out the other books in this series.

FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is a very likable character. She was very knowledgeable in her work and seemed like a kick ass FBI Agent. She knew what she wanted and how to get it, and was hardworking, determined, and not afraid for fight for what she wanted and what she believed in. This case baffles her. Three murdered married men, with no clues, no evidence, no DNA left anywhere, nothing. How can that be? Determined to solve this case, she sets off to uncover what truly happened and bring those responsible to justice.

Lucy is partnered on this case with a member of the local police department who has no use for her or anyone else from the FBI. He states they have messed up his investigations before and he would rather work alone. Despite this fact, Lucy grows on him, and it is interesting to read and their working relationship and seeing him begin to warm up to her and the idea of working with her, even though she is an FBI agent.

This case is more than just a murder investigation. It is not as cookie-cutter and straight forward as that, as there are forces more dark and sinister at work here. What that is exactly, Lucy is determined to find out.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: Strangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos @LouiseMangos @netgalley #strangersonabridge #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: HQ Digital

PUBLICATION DATE: July 6th, 2018

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Thank you to the publisher for the e copy of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

She never should have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her normal morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she never expected to save a man from suicide. But she does. And she shouldn’t have.

Adamant they have an instant connection Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

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MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed this book and the family drama that ensued in the story. Alice goes for her usual morning jog and sees something while jogging past a bridge. A man standing there who appears to be ready to jump. Determined to see what was going on and to save a man’s life, Alice decides to approach him and talk him down from the bridge. Alice manages to save the man from suicide, but then he becomes obsessed with her.

The man’s life she saved goes by the name Manfred. He is convinced that they crossed paths for a reason and believes it to be destiny. He is convinced this means they are meant to be together and he tries to convince her of this. He follows her and her family, and stalks them. It creeps Alice and her family out, and Alice approaches him many times, but he still doesn’t seem to get the message. Manfred continues to attempt to convince Alice they are destined to be together. 

Alice becomes frustrated with Manfred’s continuous advances, and tries to take matters into her own hands. The police don’t take her seriously, neither does her husband, and it seems Alice has nowhere to turn. Determined to protect her family, she is desperate.

Alice was a complex character. She loved her family, her husband and their two sons, and was kind and caring. Afterall, she did save a man from jumping to his death. She made some bad decisions in this novel, and sometimes I didn’t agree with her and her decisions, but it added to the suspense and build up of the story. Overall, an enjoyable read.

Will Alice be able to convince Manfred to stop stalking her and her family and leave her alone? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Never be Alone by Paige Dearth @PaigeDearth @netgalley #neverbealone #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Fiction with Meaning LLC

PUBLICATION DATE: March 21st, 2018

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Thank you to the publisher for the free e-ARC of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:


**WARNING** 18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.
 

A child with no parents. An evil foster mother. A runaway with nowhere to go.

With no family, Joon is sent to live in a foster home. After years of cruel treatment, she decides to run away and live on the streets.

Now homeless and vulnerable, twelve-year-old Joon finds herself alone again. Even after a group of homeless teens takes her in she can’t be sure who to trust and quickly learns that safety on the streets comes at a price.

Can Joon survive her new living conditions? Will she escape from the people who want to harm her?

This is an emotional story of one girl’s fight to find love and belonging under the most unusual and dangerous circumstances. 

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MY REVIEW:

Beware that there is a lot of sensitive topics and content in this book that may be a trigger for some people and may not be suitable for everyone.

Wow this book was amazing! I cannot say enough about how gripping, emotional and raw this book was. I loved it!

This book was a true page turner for me and I found myself so deeply immersed in the storyline and events of the novel that I was unable to put this book down. I would have read it in just one sitting if I didn’t have other things going on, it was that good of a book.

The main character Joon was an incredible character. It was great watching her character growth throughout the novel, and watch her blossom like a flower in such adversity. She was exposed to so much as a young child and it was interesting to read about her growth as a person and character in the book. After losing her parents at a young age she was brought to live with a foster mom named Aron and two foster brothers. Of course being so young at the time she was nervous and apprehensive of being brought to live with strangers in a strange home. Her social worker tried to ease her fears and told her this was a great family for her to be raised with.

Joon soon learned that her foster mom Aron isn’t who she presents herself to be, and although she seems sweet and nice when others are around, Aron knows different. What goes on behind closed doors is so nasty and ugly, I felt bad for poor Joon.

Eventually Joon escapes years later from the home and lives on the streets, vowing to never return to Aron and her abusive home. Joon is then faced with homelessness and learning how to survive on the streets. She swears anything is better than living with Aron.

Joon is a strong character, full of love, kindness, and determination. She is a sweet young girl who I felt so bad for reading this novel. I felt as if I was a part of the novel as well, and right there along with Joon as she was living her life on the streets. I had so many emotions reading this novel, and found myself on the edge of my seat as I read chapter after chapter.

Without saying too much about this book you have to read this one for sure! Be sure to add it to your TBR you will not be disappointed.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Heart Keeper By Alex Dahl @alexdahlauthor @HoZ_Books @Aria_Fiction @netgalley #theheartkeeper #blogtour #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl. Thank you to Aria Fiction for the invite to be a part of this exciting blog tour.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she studied Russianand German linguistics with international studies, then went on to complete an MA increative writing at Bath Spa University and an MSc in business management at Bath University. A committed Francophile, Alex loves to travel, and has so far lived in Moscow, Paris, Stuttgart, Sandefjord, Switzerland, Bath and London. Her first thriller,The Boy at the Door, was a Sunday Times Crime Club star pick.

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Twitter: @alexdahlauthor

Facebook: @alexdahlauthor

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Website: headofzeus.com

Twitter: @HoZ_Books

Facebook: @headofzeus

Instagram: @headofzeus

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

How do you mend a broken heart?

It’s been three months since Alison Miller-Juul’s world fell apart when her six-year-old daughter, Amalie, died in an accident. Three months of sympathy cards, grief counselling and gritting her teeth, but it’s still only the vodka and pills that seem to help.

Across town, Iselin Berg’s life is finally looking up. Her seven-year-old daughter, Kaia, has survived a life-changing operation. After years of doctors, medication and hope, they can now start thinking about the future.
When Alison uncovers a dangerous secret, she is left in turmoil. She can now see a way to heal her broken heart, but will she risk everything to do so?

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MY REVIEW:

After reading The Boy at the Door and loving it I knew I had to read this novel. So I was thrilled when Aria invited me to be a part of the blog tour.

Addictive, heart breaking and thrilling . This book was amazing. I had so many feels reading this book and I loved that! A fabulous story of one family dealing with the loss of their daughter and watching their lives unravel before their very eyes and another family whose daughter received an organ transplant. Without giving too much away about the book this is a must read.

This book touches on organ transplants, organ donors, tragedy and loss of a loved one. Be sure to sit down and hold on tight, you are in for an emotional roller coaster ride as you read through this book.

Thanks for stopping by my stop on the blog tour and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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