“The Other Woman”–Review

51krAwxmLbL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! How’s your reading going? Looking for some new recommendations? Here’s my review for my latest read.

He loves you. But she loves you not. And she’ll stop at nothing.

Emily’s had her fair share of bad involvements. But, then, she met Adam. It wasn’t long before they’d really clicked. Then their relationship became serious. Perhaps it was moving a bit fast, yet Emily and Adam couldn’t be happier.

Then it came time to meet Adam’s dear old mother, Pammie. Pammie appears sweet and welcoming—at least, when her sons are around. With Emily, however, she’s a completely different person. She’s conniving, manipulative, a liar. She does everything in her power to make Emily’s life miserable and to drive her away forever. Anything to make her look like the bad guy in front of Adam. But Emily’s not backing out. Despite the future mother-in-law from hell, Emily can’t reason with Adam, who refuses to see his mother for who she is.

The longer the relationship continues, the worse Pammie gets. What does Pammie have against Emily? And how can Emily convince Adam that his mother is out to destroy their relationship?

I definitely give this book five stars. The author has created quite the convincing antagonist. I’ve heard quite a few stories about unhealthy in-law relationships, but this novel takes the cake. It definitely has a pretty good twist, so I recommend you check out this one.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. The Other Woman will be available on August 21, 2018.

About the author: Sandie Jones has worked for more than 20 years as a freelance journalist and has written for The Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly, and the Daily Mail, among other publications. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman is her debut novel. For more info, click here. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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“As the Tide Comes In”–Review

517prxxWd1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, bloggers! I hope you’re enjoying some new books. Here’s my latest review.

Never knowing her real family, Tara Abbott grew up in foster care. At 18 years old, she’s asked to look after her estranged half-brothers, who may end up in foster care if no other family members can take them in. Tara eventually agrees, putting her life plans on hold to become a mother to these boys she grows to love.

Years later, an unthinkable loss happens and Tara loses her sense of direction in her life. She ends up leaving her home in North Carolina for Georgia’s St. Simon’s Island to find answers to her past. Once she’s there, however, disorientation takes over and she’s caught between what’s real and what’s imaginary. She, then, meets a group of older women who call themselves the Glynn Girls—Luella, Julep, Sue Beth, and Dell—along with a young firefighter, named Gavin. While the Glynn Girls and Gavin try to help her in her time of grief, all Tara wants is to be left alone. But no one’s giving up on her. Will Tara eventually be able to make peace with her grief and finally let everyone else in?

Although this is a decent story of love, loss, and hope, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the book. It’s not a bad story, in my opinion, but I guess it just didn’t move me. I did, however, like the scenes with Luella and Charles. No matter, I recommend this novel for fans of Christian fiction. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this book from the Waterbrook Multnomah launch team, in exchange for an honest review.

*As the Tide Comes In will be available on August 21, 2018.

About the authors: Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times and CBA best-selling author of over 20 works of fiction and nonfiction with more than a million copies sold. Her books have been featured on ABC’s Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband.

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom. She has edited, brain-stormed, and researched books with her mother-in-law, Cindy Woodsmall, for almost a decade. The two also coauthored The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance.

“Vox”–Review

41chbgIfn4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_If you had only one hundred words a day, what would you do to be heard?

Dr. Jean McClellan always had been in denial when it came to the future. Although she and many others had been warned many times of the possibilities of horrifying changes, Jean shrugged it off. It couldn’t possibly happen, she’d think. Not in America.

But it did happen. Now that the government has turned back time, women are no longer allowed to hold down jobs, have access to any reading materials, or own cell phones or even an email address. To make matters worse, every woman and girl is forced to wear a bracelet which limits their speech to one hundred words per day. Should they go over the limit, they’ll suffer a painful electric shock. Even when women go out in public, they have to be cautious because of the constant surveillance, otherwise they’ll suffer the consequences.

After a year of limited speech, Jean is offered an opportunity to go back to work on a temporary basis, even having her bracelet removed while she’s employed. Although she’s suspicious at the idea, Jean is tempted. There’s a chance she’ll be doing something right, yet the whole thing can be a set-up. This could be her chance, however. A chance to finally fight back, to be heard. To free her daughter from silence and a future of endless slavery. To teach her sons to do the right thing.

Even on limited time—before she has to go back to a life of a hundred words a day—Jean has to ask herself what she’s willing to do to stay free.

Once I read this book, I started thinking about dystopian novels, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Stepford Wives, and 1984. In fact, the author wrote this book as a warning regarding today’s gender politics and the importance of the power of speech. With all the awful events happening in the world, we need to ask ourselves what we would do if we were forced to remain silent. And what would we be willing to do to be heard again? Because at times when we think certain things can’t or won’t ever happen, they actually can—if we choose to do nothing. This book made me so mad, yet curious as to what was coming next. I encourage you to read it, so feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this free copy from Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.

*Vox will be available on August 21, 2018.

About the author: For more info on Christina Dalcher, click here. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

“Baby Teeth”–Review

41DDOH9MtlL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Sweetness can be deceptive.

Meet seven-year-old Hanna. She’s the sweetest and the smartest. At least, when she’s around her adoring father, Alex. All she wants is to live happily with him, but one person stands in the way—her mommy, Suzette. And Hanna is willing to do anything to have Mommy out of the picture, indefinitely.

While she’s been homeschooling Hanna for years, Suzette starts to wonder where she’d gone wrong. Has she been a neglectful parent? Had she missed something? And why does her own daughter seem to hate her? Hanna doesn’t speak and Suzette and Alex have never been successful at keeping their daughter in school. With Hanna’s unusual and disturbing behavior, Suzette fears that something is seriously wrong with Hanna. The problem, however, is that Alex doesn’t see it; all he sees is Hanna’s sweetness toward him. Could he possibly be in denial? The longer this keeps up, the sooner Suzette just might be on the brink of insanity. How can she prove to her husband that their sweet, little Hanna might be dangerous?

Indeed, Hanna is quite a disturbed little girl and I really wanted to know the reason behind her detailed, graphic imagination. It definitely didn’t end the way I’d expected, but it was still pretty good, but I won’t spoil a thing. No matter, I encourage you to read this one. Who’s side will you take? Hanna’s? Or Suzette’s? Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. Baby Teeth will be available on July 17, 2018.

About the author: You can find Zoje Stage on Twitter and Facebook.

“Bring Me Back”–Review

51vWWmNEwqL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! For those who’ve enjoyed the previous books by B.A. Paris, here’s a review of her latest book.

She vanished. He lied. The past won’t stay buried.

During their vacation in France, Finn and Layla go out for a drive. Then they stop at a service station to use the restroom. When Finn walks back to the car, however, Layla is gone. After frantically searching for her, Finn calls the police. He told the police the truth about that night….just not the whole truth.

It’s been over a decade since Layla’s disappearance. Although Finn has moved on, the past is haunting him. All of a sudden, he comes across possible evidence that Layla just might be alive, evidence that’s linked to Layla’s past. Every day that more clues turn up, Finn can’t help wondering if he’s being threatened, so he tries hard to search for answers. Every day of his coming up empty-handed, though, is making him crazy. Is Layla really alive? And why did Finn lie to the police all those years ago?

Granted, I do enjoy a book with secrets, twists, and suspense, but this one was just okay. The writing was decent, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the author’s previous books. No matter, don’t let that stop you from checking out this new thriller. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

Bring Me Back will be available on June 19, 2018. *I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: B.A. Paris is the internationally best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. She grew up in England, but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. This is her third novel. Follow her on Twitter.

“Jar of Hearts”–Review

51b6zk2LjaL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_Happy Friday, bloggers! I finally finished reading this great thriller, so here’s a quick description.

A terrifying night between high-school friends. Dark secrets held for far too long. Now, there’s a crack in the story of that long-ago night—and the consequences are deadly.

Fourteen years ago, Georgina Shaw’s best friend, Angela Wong, had disappeared after a party. Rumors and gossip spread fast. No one knows what to believe. After all, Angela was the most popular girl in school; she was worshiped by all. They all figure she’ll eventually show her face again. But no one knows what happened. Not even Kaiser Brody, who also was a best friend of Georgina and Angela. Georgina, however, is the only one who knows what happened. But she doesn’t tell a soul.

But when Angela’s remains are found 14 years later, near Geo’s childhood home, Kaiser—who is now a Seattle police officer—is sent out to arrest Geo for her involvement in their best friend’s death. Geo’s reputation, including her rising career in a Seattle pharmaceutical company, is instantly ruined when she’s sentenced to five years in prison. Once she’s out of prison, however, Geo tries to readjust to her new freedom. But the past, including her guilt, always comes back to haunt her.

The worst isn’t over, however, when more bodies are discovered. Not only do they seem to be a message to Geo, they’re also a possible lead to Calvin James, Geo’s high school boyfriend. While Kaiser is working to take down Calvin, Geo is forced to come clean with the truth of everything that happened 14 years ago, no matter how badly she wants to keep it buried.

This book was an excellent thriller. I loved the suspense and the conflict. Most of the chapters got me so angry, leaving me wondering whose side to take. More secrets were revealed and some of it just left me sad and I’d think, “No wonder it turned out this way.” Did Geo deserve what she got? Well, I suppose we readers will have our own opinions. No worries, though, I won’t spoil a thing. I’ll just encourage to get your hands on this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

*Jar of Hearts will be available on June 12, 2018.

For more info on the author, click here.

 

“The Fallen Star”–Review

51lBd901daL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_“If kinging were easy, everyone would do it.”

Hello, bloggers! I finally finished reading The Fallen Star, the sequel to The Goblin Crown: Billy Smith and the Goblins, so here’s my review:

Although Billy Smith overthrew the corrupt General Sawtooth and claimed the Goblin Crown, his troubles still aren’t over. The Hanorian Army—the humans who had long ago invaded Kiranok—are still preparing to wipe out the entire goblin race. With goblins dying left and right, the remaining survivors are almost losing hope. Billy and his friends, Lexi, Kurt, and Hop, are crafting plans to finally bring an end to the war. With her magic quickly growing, Lexi goes up against the powerful wizard, Mig, while Hop and the quarterback, Kurt, set off to find the mysterious Fallen Star, which may be the answer to defeating the powerful Hanorian Army. At the same time, however, it may awaken an even darker force. Even though Billy has his doubts about his new title as the Goblin King, he just might be Kiranok’s only hope.

I actually took my time reading this book because I wasn’t sure how I’d felt about it. Although I didn’t love the first book, I found it worth reading, especially during the second half. No matter, I must say I’m sorry I doubted fantasy fiction. The Fallen Star did start to get interesting. In fact, I’m really curious to know how it all ends, when/if Billy, Lexi, and Kurt make it back home, and if they do, what will they tell everyone?

Now I await the final book. If you haven’t read the previous book, check it out. I recommend it for fans of middle grade/fantasy fiction. The Final Star will be available on June 12, 2018. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from Turner Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.

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