Book Review: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah @sophiehannahCB1 @HarperCollins @WMMorrowBooks #PerfectLittleChildren #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: William Morrow

PUBLICATION DATE: February 11th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an eARC of this novel via Edelweiss to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?

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MY REVIEW:

A gripping thriller that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I found myself wanting to know what exactly was going on, and why the children didn’t look a day older than they did years ago. That intrigued me and kept the suspense going. I had my own thoughts and ideas of what was going on but I was completely wrong! The suspense, secrets, and many surprises shocked me and I didn’t see them coming at all. I love that in a novel, when it keeps you guessing all the way to the end and this book does exactly that.

An enjoyable read that I would highly recommend.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

BLOG TOUR: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel @stephwrobel @BerkleyPub #DarlingRoseGold #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: March 17th, 2020

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Happy Publication Day to this amazing book!!

Thank you to Berkley for inviting me to be a part of this exciting blog tour for Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel and for sending me a copy of this book to read andn share my review. This book is available now, so be sure to grab your copy today! You’ll enjoy this one!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

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MY REVIEW:

A dark and twisted novel that takes you into the lives of a twisted and sinister mother-daughter duo. Both Rose Gold and her mother Patty each have their own issues – they are dark, twisted, edgy, sinister, great liars, and so very devious. So… Who to believe? Do we believe Patty, that she did everything and anything possible that was needed to help her daughter be the healthiest and the best that she could be? Were all the lies about Patty just that – utter lies to destroy her? Did she have her daughters best interests at heart? Or do we believe Rose Gold? The poor innocent daughter of Patty who was a victim of so much heartache and mistreatment from her mother Patty over all of those years, from infancy to her teenage years?

This book had me HOOKED as I devoured the pages and I loved how the chapters went back and forth between Patty and Rose Gold’s point of view, and also varying timelines from past and present. It built up the suspense and gave in depth info of each character, and I loved the fast paced nature of this book. Their relationship was definitely full of drama, lies aaand betrayals, and I LOVED IT!! So, who would you believe? Is one truly innocent and one to blame? Are they each to blame in their own twisted ways? Are they both out for revenge? You’ll have to read this highly anticipated novel to find out and believe me, you will love it!!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing @BerkleyPub @smariedowning #MyLovelyWife #MyLovelyWifeBlogTour #BlogTour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: March 3rd, 2020 in paperback – original publication date March 26th, 2019

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Hi there and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for the exciting paperback release of My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. Thank you to Berkley Publishing for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book when I was a part of the hardcover publication date blog tour last March, and for inviting me to be a part of this exciting blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of this amazing novel with an exciting new and dark cover! Such a beautiful new cover for such an amazing, incredible book!

This amazing book is now available in both hardcover and paperback copies, so be sure to go and grab your very own copy (or both!) today! Trust me, you won’t regret it and will LOVE this book!

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. 

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, thrilling, exciting, and edgy! Wow, this book was amazing! I loved it. My Lovely Wife is a thrilling and addictive thriller that will have you not wanting to stop reading! Page after page, this book will have you hooked from the first chapter!

Imagine being married and being a seemingly “normal” couple. Married with children, well known in their neighbourhood with many friends and acquaintances. They have dinner parties, attend popular work and neighbourhood functions, and are well liked. But they share a sinister secret. They enjoy hunting down the perfect person to murder, and what’s even more…they are addicted to the thrill of not being caught and getting away with it. The selection process is a lengthy and a selective one. The perfect person they will murder next has to pass a series of checks and and tests. They will not just kill anyone, but they will watch the person for some time to see if they are the perfect person for the next kill.

I enjoyed this book so much! I was immersed in the dark edginess of this book, and I loved the Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe in this book. It was so difficult for me to put this book down, I just wanted to sit and read this in one sitting! I enjoyed reading the interesting and sinister dynamics of their marriage and the lengths they both went to in order to keep their marriage alive.

I loved reading the husband’s selection process in choosing their next victim. It was comical yet dark and edgy, and I loved it! A true masterpiece of a novel that I really did enjoy straight through to the end. And that ending.. WOW!! I definitely didn’t see that coming, and what an ending it was!

You definitely need to check this book out!! Samantha Downing killed it (see what I did there… haha) with her debut novel. Way to go Samantha! I am so very excited to read your next book He Started It which is released in April!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

BLOG TOUR: Who Slays The Wicked by C.S. Harris @BerkleyPub @csharris2 #WhoSlaysTheWicked #WhoSlaysTheWickedBlogTour #blogtour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: March 3rd, 2020 (paperback)-(hardcover published April 2nd, 2019)

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Thank you to Berkley for inviting me to be part of this blog tour! HAPPY PAPERBACK PUBLICATION DAY!!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When the handsome but dissolute young gentleman Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is called in by Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy to help catch the killer. Just seven months before, Sebastian had suspected Ashworth of aiding one of his long-time friends and companions in the kidnapping and murder of a string of vulnerable street children. But Sebastian was never able to prove Ashworth’s complicity. Nor was he able to prevent his troubled, headstrong young niece Stephanie from entering into a disastrous marriage with the dangerous nobleman.

Stephanie has survived the difficult birth of twin sons. But Sebastian soon discovers that her marriage has quickly degenerated into a sham. Ashworth abandoned his pregnant bride at his father’s Park Street mansion and has continued living an essentially bachelor existence. And mounting evidence–ranging from a small bloody handprint to a woman’s silk stocking–suggests that Ashworth’s killer was a woman. Sebastian is tasked with unraveling the shocking nest of secrets surrounding Ashworth’s life to keep Stephanie from being punished for his death.

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MY REVIEW:

Although this book is part of a series, none of which I had previously read prior to this novel, I quite enjoyed reading this book. I now want to go back and read all the other books in this series, to understand more about each character, and how they relate to one another and to get a better understand of what makes them tick, and what makes them who they are.

Sebastian St. Cyr, after finding out that his niece Stephanie’s husband Lord Ashworth was murdered, is tasked with helping to catch the killer. All of the evidence points towards a female suspect, and even Stephanie herself is a suspect. It is up to Sebastian to find the killer and prove Stephanie’s innocence before it is too late and she is punished for his death. So who is responsible??

I loved reading along as the story unfolded and the mystery of who is responsible for killing Lord Ashworth. There were many interesting characters that were fun to read about, and since they were all new-to-me characters I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was entertaining reading about Sebastian St. Cyr and his determination to find the murder suspect. I love a good murder mystery and trying to guess who the murderer is, and then finding out I was wrong only to guess again. And this one keeps you guessing. I love that in a book and if you do too then this book is perfect for you!

This book is on sale today! SO be sure to go and check it out!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco @RaincoastBooks @SourcebooksFire @RinChupeco #WickedAsYouWish #WickedAsYouWishBlogTour #booksonthebookshelf #blogtour #firereads #getbooklit #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: March 3rd, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a beautiful ARC copy of this book to read and share my review, and for inviting me along on the blog tour!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

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MY REVIEW:

First of all I want to bring attention to the beautiful cover of this novel. It is stunning! I also loved the author’s writing style and the cute titles at the beginning of each chapter. This novel is full of a wide variety of characters, and it was interesting to read about them all. I loved the world building in this novel as Chupeco takes you on a magical journey. Tala especially was an interesting character that was fun to read about and I loved reading her story and that of her family.

This novel brings you into a whole new fantasy world that was fun and interesting to read about. It was full of mythology, culture and history, and I enjoyed reading about the Filipino culture in the novel. I also enjoyed the fairy-tale vibe to the book and all the magic it entailed.

Thank you for reading my review and be sure to be on the lookout for this book. I hope you enjoy reading this book as well!

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MT RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: The Genius of Women by Janice Kaplan @DuttonBooks @JaniceKaplan2 #TheGeniusofWomen #partner #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Dutton

PUBLICATION DATE: February 18th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher, Dutton, for gifting me an eARC of this novel to read via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling journalist Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system—and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway.

Even in this time of rethinking women’s roles, we define genius almost exclusively through male achievement. When asked to name a genius, people mention Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one survey, the only female genius anyone listed was Marie Curie.

Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and inspiration, she makes surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history, in fields from music to robotics. Through interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and dozens of women geniuses at work in the world today—including Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li—she proves that genius isn’t just about talent. It’s about having that talent recognized, nurtured, and celebrated.

Across the generations, even when they face less-than-perfect circumstances, women geniuses have created brilliant and original work. In The Genius of Women, you’ll learn how they ignored obstacles and broke down seemingly unshakable barriers. The geniuses in this moving, powerful, and very entertaining book provide more than inspiration—they offer a clear blueprint to everyone who wants to find her own path and move forward with passion.

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MY REVIEW:

When you think of a genius, which names comes to mind? Do you think of the usual mentions such as Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci? If you were asked to name a female genius, who would you think of? You might find yourself having to think longer and harder for a name. Many people have previously thought of geniuses as being male… often forgetting female geniuses. I love how Kaplan explores and challenges this way of thinking and bringing to light the fact that geniuses can in fact be women. Men aren’t the only ones who are capable of being true geniuses.

Kaplan writes this novel in a very interesting way that grabs your attention and make you question any previous teachings and thoughts about what constitutes a genius. A lot of research went into this novel and was truly an enjoyable read as you read through each chapter. I enjoyed reading about the many women geniuses in this novel who paved the way to their own success in the face of a male-dominated world.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this book, on sale tomorrow – February 18th, 2020!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher @DarkMarkTarryn @HarperCollinsCa #TheeWives #TheWivesNovel #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Graydon House

PUBLICATION DATE: December 30th, 2019

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Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for gifting me a beautiful ARC of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

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MY REVIEW:

OMG!!! This book guys! Such an incredible, addictive, roller coaster ride that you will love right to the very shocking and twisted ending! You will find yourself completely immersed in this novel as you read shocking chapter after chapter, and it will leave you wanting to read more. Imaging having to share your husband with not one, but two other women. Certain days of the week he spends with you and then is gone the other days to spend with his other wives in turn. Would you be able to share your husband with other women? Would you be completely fine with it, or would you ask questions and be jealous but put up with it?

I was hooked on this book as I flew through the chapters. I enjoyed reading the novel from Thursday’s perspective and learning how she managed and coped with such a unique marriage arrangement with her husband Seth.

A book full of shocking secrets, twists and turns and lots of drama, this novel is a definite must read. If you haven’t read this book yet be sure to add it to your TBR!

I absolutely LOVED this book and cannot wait to read more books by this author!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

 

Book Review: The Look Alike by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler @StMartinsPress #TheLookAlike #bookblogger #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookreview #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: January 28th, 2020

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a physical copy of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

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MY REVIEW:

This book had me hooked! Sienna’s grew up dealing with her mother’s mental health – her mother had paranoid delusions, and now many years later Sienna is fearful she is turning out to be just like her mother. Was Sienna truly suffering with her own mental health and did she have the same paranoid delusions her mother did, or is something else going on? Not sure what to believe we follow Sienna’s story unsure what’s true and what is not.

I enjoyed the suspense of not knowing what was truth or not, and guessing and second guessing along the way. A great book that will have you immersed in the story as you slowly uncover what is truly going on.

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MY REVIEW: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour: Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb @HarlequinBooks @HQIntrigue @DebraWebbAuthor @WitnessProtectionWidowBook @bookblog @bookblogger @bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Harlequin Intrigue

PUBLICATION DATE: January 21st, 2020

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Thank you to Harlequin Intrigue for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for providing me an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Can the witness protection program keep her identity secret?

After Allison James finally escapes her marriage to a monster, she becomes the star witness in the case against her deceased husband’s powerful crime family. Now it’s up to US Marshal Jaxson Stevens, Ali’s ex-boyfriend, to keep the WITSEC widow safe. But as the danger escalates and sparks fly, will Jax be able to help Ali escape her ruthless in-laws?

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MY REVIEW:

I love a good police procedural novel, one that leaves you wanting to read more and keeps you hooked the entire way through. This one does just that, with a romantic twist in it as well, which I loved!

Jax and Ali have a romantic past, as he is her ex-boyfriend. Hearts were broken, feelings were hurt, and time has passed.. Ali has since moved on and gotten married, but have those feelings healed? When Jax is placed to protect Ali from her late husband’s crime family they are both struggling with their feelings and emotions over what happened between them. He is sent to protect her, but will he be able to do his job properly when there are so many emotions and a shared past involved?

A great story that will have you flipping pages to see what happens next. If you like police procedural novels you will love this one as well.

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Blog Tour: Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz @lauriestolarz @WednesdayBooks #janeanonymous #janeanonymousbook #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #tffbc

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PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books

PUBLICATION DATE: January 7th, 2020

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Thank you to the publisher for an ecopy via NetGalley, and to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for inviting me on the tour!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

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BOOK LINKS:

Goodreads | Amazon Bookdepository |B&N | Kobo |Google Books

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Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels. Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

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MY REVIEW:

A great book that will have you guessing with all the twists and suspenseful events. I loved how this book drew me in and had me reading more as I wanted to know hat would happen next.

I really enjoyed reading about Jane’s character development throughout the novel. It was interesting to read alternate timelines, as the story was told partly from “then” when she was held captive, and the “now” when she has found freedom again. I enjoyed how it went back and forth, only giving us glimpses and pieces at a time, slowly, until we got the bigger picture of what truly happened.

An emotional roller coaster, that covers many sensitive topics, including mental health, abduction, imprisonment, etc, this book will have you feeling so many raw emotions. You will be hooked once you start reading this novel, and you will want to read it all in one sitting!

Great job on a wonderful book Laurie! I look forward to reading more novels written by you!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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