Sunday 23 September 2018

Catching Up!

I officially have never been this behind in life.  Due to this, I'm taking a bit of break to catch up on my reading and reviews. 

Will be back soon, and hopefully caught up. 

Thanks for understanding.

Thursday 20 September 2018

The Truth About Us by Aly Martinez Blog Tour #bookreview #teasers

The conclusion to the heart-stopping Truth Duet by Aly Martinez just went live!

Today we are celebrating the release of the second book in The Truth Duet by Aly Martinez. The Truth About Us is now available! The first book in the duet, The Truth About Lies, is available too and both titles can be read for FREE as part of KindleUnlimited!


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THE TRUTH ABOUT US (The Truth Duet, #2)

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Truth: Penn Walker entered my life like a summer storm—dark, ominous, and filled with thunder.


After witnessing my husband’s murder, I didn’t have much of a heart left to offer a man.


But Penn took it all.

Every jagged shard.

Every broken bit.

Even the dirty and twisted pieces that I wish never existed.


Lie: I didn’t need him to save me.

Lie: I knew exactly who he was.

Lie: Losing him wouldn’t destroy me.


But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.


THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES (The Truth Duet, #1)


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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Inkslinger PR
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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My The Truth About Us Review . . .

At the end of The truth about lies we are left with a  cliffhanger, and thankfully the Truth about us starts exactly where were left off in the previous story.

Cora, is trying to get used to her new normal.  But she's not the only one.   Once Cora realizes the truth she has bit of an uphill battle to trust in this new reality. 

My favorite part of this duet is the banter between all the main characters. 

"Christ.  Another fucking Nancy Drew.  And he says he doesn't have a type."

I love the support of Drew for Penn.  Even though with their history you could see where he might tap out but he never does.  We all need more Drew's in our life, whom are loyal and full of love and support.

"We are the truth, Cora.  We are the only truth in this entire fucked-up situation."

"We were the only truth that mattered in any of this.  We earned this.  I won't lose that.  I won't lose you."

When stories have mystery and intrigue it's hard to give a review justice.  Because you don't want to say too much to spoil it.  I liked the duet.  I'm a huge fan of Aly Martinez.  So, I can't wait for more from her.  I loved how this ended.  It was a perfect ending for Cora and Penn. 

Can't wait for Drew and Catalina's story in 'The Way We lied'

4Truthful thumbs up!

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Monday 10 September 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers Blog Tour #bookreview #excerpt #QandA


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.

For the complete experience: The Girls Podcast



Welcome to Cold Creek, Colorado. Population: eight hun- dred.

Do a Google Image search and you’ll see its main street, the barely beating heart of that tiny world, and find every other building vacant or boarded up. Cold Creeks luckiestthe gainfully employed—work at the local grocery store, the gas station and a few other staple businesses along the strip. The rest have to look a town or two over for opportunity for them- selves and for their children; the closest schools are in Park- dale, forty minutes away. They take in students from three other towns.

Beyond its main street, Cold Creek arteries out into worn and chipped Monopoly houses that no longer have a place upon the board. From there lies a rural sort of wilderness. The

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highway out is interrupted by veins of dirt roads leading to nowhere as often as they lead to pockets of dilapidated houses or trailer parks in even worse shape. In the summer- time, a food bus comes with free lunches for the kids until the school year resumes, guaranteeing at least two subsidized meals a day.

There’s a quiet to it that’s startling if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, like I have. Cold Creek is surrounded by a beau- tiful, uninterrupted expanse of land and sky that seem to go on forever. Its sunsets are spectacular; electric golds and oranges, pinks and purples, natural beauty unspoiled by the insult of skyscrapers. The sheer amount of space is humbling, almost divine. It’s hard to imagine feeling trapped here.

But most people here do.

You live in Cold Creek because you were born here and if youre born here, youre probably never getting out.

Thats not entirely true. There have been some success sto- ries, college graduates who moved on and found well-paying jobs in distant cities, but they tend to be the exception and not the rule. Cold Creek is home to a quality of life we’re raised to aspire beyond, if we’re born privileged enough to have the choice.

Here, everyone’s working so hard to care for their families and keep their heads above water that, if they wasted time on the petty dramas, scandals and personal grudges that seem to define small towns in our nation’s imagination, they would not survive. Thats not to say there’s no drama, scandal, or

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grudge—just that those things are usually more than residents of Cold Creek can afford to care about.

Until it happened.

The husk of an abandoned, turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse sits three miles outside of town, taken by fire. The roof is caved in and what’s left of the walls are charred. It sits next to an apple orchard that’s slowly being reclaimed by the nature that surrounds it: young overgrowth, new trees, wild- flowers.

There’s almost something romantic about it, something that feels like respite from the rest of the world. Its the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts. At least it was, before.

May Beth Fosterwho you’ll come to know as this series goes on—took me there herself. I asked to see it. She’s a plump, white, sixty-eight-year-old woman with salt-and-pepper hair. She has a grandmotherly way about her, right down to a voice that’s so invitingly familiar it warms you from the inside out. May Beth is manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park, a lifelong resident of Cold Creek, and when she talks, people listen. More often than not, they accept whatever she says as the truth.

Just about . . . here.

This is where they found the body.

911 dispatch. What’s your emergency?

SADIE Blog Tour Q&A
General Q&A

1.     Did you experience more difficulty writing one or the other, or did you like writing in one form more? How much of the novel did you write in chronological order, and how much did you jump around?

I enjoyed both of them. Writing Sadie’s perspective was very familiar to me because all of my books feature an intensely close first person, female point-of-view. Writing West’s perspective, the podcast format, proved a little more challenging. Not so much because of the way it was written (scripts) but because each episode had to propel Sadie’s narrative forward and give us a different way of looking at the things she went through.

So far, I’ve only ever been able to write in chronological order!

2.     Was this how you always envisioned the book or did it change as you wrote it?

Regina Spektor said something really interesting about writing songs that I’ve always loved and related to as an author. She said, “[A]s soon as you try and take a song from your mind into piano and voice and into the real world, something gets lost and it’s like a moment where, in that moment you forget how it was and it’s this new way. And then when you make a record, even those ideas that you had, then those get all turned and changed. So in the end, I think, it just becomes its own thing and really I think a song could be recorded a million different ways and so what my records are, it just happened like that, but it’s not like, this is how I planned it from the very beginning because I have no idea, I can’t remember.”

I feel something similar when writing—the heart of my idea remains intact, but the way it takes its ultimate form is always a little different (or even a lot different) than I might have been expecting, which makes it difficult to recall the starting point. But that’s okay as long as the heart is still there and you’re satisfied with and believe in what you’ve created.

3.     What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters? Which of your characters do you most identify with, and why?

When I first started Sadie, I was extremely skeptical of West—he had to prove himself to readers over the course of his narrative and given the nature of his job, I was curious to see where writing him would take me. I really loved the way his arc unfolded. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by it, but more gratified by it than I realized I would be.

I identify with little pieces of all of my characters, but I like to keep those to myself because I don’t want risk readers thinking about me while they read. I like my role as an author to be invisible.

4.     What gave you the idea for SADIE?

One of the things that inspired Sadie was the way we consume violence against women and girls as a form of entertainment. When we do that, we reduce its victims to objects, which suggests a level of disposability—that a girl’s pain is only valuable to us if we’re being entertained by it. But it’s not her responsibility to entertain us. What is our responsibility to us? I really wanted to explore that and the way we dismiss missing girls and what the cost of that ultimately is.

5.     Do you have a favorite scene, quote, or moment from Sadie?

My favorite moment is a spoiler, but my favorite quote is this: “I wish this was a love story.”

6.     If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

I used to have an answer for this kind of question but the older I get, that’s changed. I wouldn’t tell her anything. Her experience as a writer unfolded the way it was supposed to and I like how it’s turning out.

About the Author
COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
Genre: YA Thriller

My Sadie Review . . .

It has been forever since I've read anything from Courtney Summers and what a mistake that was.  I forgot how edgy and different her stories are and at the same time full of so much potent emotions.

This time around Sadie is written in such a unique manner that you are pulled in from the start.   And this book isn't just a book, there is also a whole podcast around it as well.

I have only read this book and not listened to the podcast, so this review is strictly for the book.  The book starts as if written like a podcast then goes back in forth to first person from Sadie's POV.   The whole reason Wes is doing the show is because Sadie is missing and her surrogate grandmother wants her found.   Sadie has gone missing after the murder of her younger sister.

And for Sadie, her little sister Mattie is her whole world.  Her only world really.  After the loss of Mattie, it destroys Sadie. But now she has a reason to right wrongs and that's what she does.

~It's not about finding peace.  There will never be peace.~

At the same time Wes is trying to put all the pieces together and find out what happened to Sadie.  During his investigations we keep getting glimpses into what truly was happening to Sadie or what Sadie had experienced. 

The way the book was set up was brilliant, and so refreshingly different.  Is there a HEA?  No, but its a YA thriller and a HEA isn't what I expect in a thriller.  Sure am I sucker for the HEA? Yes, but I was left content with how this book ended.

This book had so much depth to it and it pulled you in.  It's more of an experience than a read.  I very much recommend this book.  And even though much of the content was heavy there was also so much love.  The love of sisters and the bond that it creates.

4.5 An emotional experience but worth the journey thumbs up!

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