“No One Ever Asked”–Review

41jn62mamlL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Three families. Two school districts. A dozen miles between them, but worlds apart.

When South Fork High, an impoverished Missouri school, loses its accreditation, the affluent community of Crystal Ridge is informed that they’ll be accepting South Fork students into their school. This news, however, has many parents worried because of South Fork’s history of violence.

While the merging of these two school districts continues to create tension, the lives of three different women come together: Camille Gray, the PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser, who faces a new struggle that may just tear her family apart; Jen Covington, a career nurse and new mom who struggles with her new role, all the while questioning whether or not she’s cut out for it all; and Anaya Jones, the first woman in her family to graduate from college and a new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the biggest challenge she never expected.

As the constant racial tension and discrimination rises within the Crystal Ridge community, the three women have to ask themselves at what cost they’re willing to protect their loved ones.

This story is based on real-world events, discussing the way people look at one another, how easily many are quick to judge, and the tragedies that can occur when many are blind when it comes to the truth. This story definitely left me guessing and I highly recommend it. Also, I enjoyed reading Anaya’s story and how well-written the book is. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

No One Ever Asked will be available on April 3, 2018.

About the author: Katie Ganshert is the award-winning author of Life After, several additional acclaimed novels, and multiple short stories. She lives in Iowa with her family. For more info, click here. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



51ZGckGkZVL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers and bookworms! I started the beginning of this new month with a new book I couldn’t put down, so here’s my review.

Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated with the elite. Since she was a young girl, she’d fantasized about attending prestigious prep schools and fitting in with her peers, to finally escape from her own reality. Now in her early twenties, Imogene takes a job as a teacher’s assistant at the Vandenberg School for Boys, in Westchester, New York. As she gets to know her new surroundings, Imogene begins to feel like she finally belongs.

Then she crosses paths with Adam Kipling, a handsome and privileged, much younger student at the school. Once she acknowledges Adam’s charming ways and status, Imogene is instantly drawn to him. Although she’s aware of the strict zero tolerance policy of teacher-student relationships, an illicit affair happens between them. Despite the consequences should she be caught, Imogene can’t help her strong feelings for Adam—which becomes an obsession—and she’s willing to risk anything to be with him, all the while losing herself in the wrong person.

This story left me wondering what would happen next. Oftentimes, I’d shake my head during certain chapters, and then there were moments where I wasn’t sure whether to feel bad for Imogene or to hate her for whom she was becoming, for what an unhealthy involvement was doing to her. Well, I won’t leave any spoilers, so I’ll just encourage you to read 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.

Indecent will be available on March 6, 2018.

About the author: Corinne Sullivan studied English with a creative writing concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications. Indecent is her debut novel.

“Sometimes I Lie”–Review

41fsIXhitVL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_My name is Amber Reynolds.

There are three things you should know:

1. I’m in a coma.

2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.

3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber learns she is in the hospital. She may not be able to open her eyes, let alone speak. But she can hear everything and everyone, although they have no idea. Even though she doesn’t remember how she wound up in a coma, Amber suspects her husband had something to do with it.

This story alternates from Amber’s paralyzed present, the week before the accident, and a series of childhood diary entries from 20 years ago. Every chapter leads up to the most important question: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

I must say I did enjoy the suspense from this book, especially the chapters with the childhood diaries. Once I got to the ending, it made me wonder if the narrator was actually telling the truth or not. For those who’ve read the book, what do you think?

Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

Sometimes I Lie will be available on March 13, 2018.

About the author: Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She has spent 15 years with BBC News, where she has worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer, and One o’ Clock news producer. Alice is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. She has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Sometimes I Lie is her debut.


“She Regrets Nothing” Blog Tour

51ulC5YpqALIn the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

Good evening, bloggers! Sorry I’m a bit late with posting this, but better late than never, right?

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about reading She Regrets Nothing, by Andrea Dunlop, which will be available on February 6, 2018. In fact, I’ve come across positive reviews from other fellow readers.

Here’s the listed info for the launch events:









I’m definitely looking forward to the L.A. event. And it’ll be a fun Valentine’s Day. Author events always inspire me to write more, so I encourage other aspiring authors to join the celebration.

For more details on the launch event, feel free to check out the author’s page.

Happy reading!


“Pretty Lost Dolls”–Review

411UUFkwQEL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Welcome home, little doll…

Detective Jade Phillips is back in the second installment of the Pretty Little Dolls series. In fact, she’s back in the same cell where her captor, Benny, held her prisoner for four years, along with her sister, Macy—who Jade had left behind during her escape over eight years ago. While she is fighting to stay strong and to overpower Benny once and for all, Jade has high hopes that she’ll make her escape again and to finally bring Macy home. But after years of Benny’s abuse, Macy has lost her mind. Will Jade still be able to save Macy?

Meanwhile, Detective Dillon Scott—Jade’s lover and partner on the police force—is doing everything in his power to find Jade and to destroy Benny. Until Benny is dead, Dillon knows Jade will never be at peace.

Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down. It definitely got better, especially because most of the chapters were from Benny’s point-of-view. If you’ve read the previous book, you know how much of a psycho he is. In this book, though, he gets worse. This installment was twice as disturbing and graphic, but it’s still worth reading. Also, the book had more of Dillon’s perspective and I liked that he was quick to act when it came to Jade. His love for her was strong and he was willing to stop at nothing to have her back.

If you haven’t read the first book, Pretty Stolen Dolls, I encourage you to do so. You just might love it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. As I’ve mentioned regarding the previous book, the second book also contains violence, language, and adult content. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the authors: K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including dark romance, taboo romance, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her supportive husband and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. For more info, click here.

Ker Dukey’s books tend to be darker romance, edge-of-your-seat, angst-filled reads. Her advice to readers: “When starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.”
For info on Ker Dukey, click here.



36382422Watch Your Back.

A strange woman is haunting Tatum’s nightmares. When this woman—the one Tatum calls the Skeleton—begins to appear in her reality, Tatum starts to wonder if she’s going crazy. Why is she the only one who sees this woman?

It isn’t long before murders start happening in her neighborhood. Along with her sanity, Tatum’s life is on the line. Unfortunately, she can’t bring up the woman; it’ll just make her sound crazy, after all. Then she learns that her nightmares, the recent deaths, and the Skeleton all are connected. But is the Skeleton the murderer? And how can Tatum prove she’s not insane?

Good evening, all! I just realized that this is my first book review for this year, so I’m excited to share a new read. Not only did this story catch my attention, the title especially aroused my curiosity. After all, how often do I come across a book with my name as the title? I rarely read horror novels, but this story was interesting. In fact, I’m curious about the next book, Kallista, which should be available this year.

As always, feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the author: Hailing from Johannesburg, Southern Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories all her life, whether reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember. Ensared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for a horror genre, when Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry, and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t writing, you can find her knitting, scrap-booking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian also reviews for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean. At least, not in the traditional sense. Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.


“Grist Mill Road”–Review

619Paq6gYqL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It’s the year 1982, set in an Edenic hamlet 90 miles north of New York City. In the nearby woods, three teenage friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are bound together by a terrible crime. One is guilty, the other is a victim, and one is a witness, yet claims to not have been a witness. So what really did happen?

Fast forward to 2008, in New York City.  The three friends unexpectedly meet again. Although the crime occurred 26 years ago, the three are still haunted by the past, and it gets worse as more secrets are revealed.

Each chapter alternates from the past to the present, from the point of view of Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah. While some of the stories were interesting, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the entire book. Although I understand why the crime occurred, I just don’t think the whole conflict was really resolved, in the end, especially when it came to Matthew’s story. But I won’t spoil a thing. Either way, I’ll give it three stars because of the suspense. As always, though, I don’t discourage anyone from reading a book I didn’t really enjoy, so check it out and feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

Grist Mill Road will be on sale on January 9, 2018.

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

About the author: Christopher J. Yates was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. His first novel, Black Chalk, was named a Must-Read by The Boston Globe and New York Post and named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio. Grist Mill Road is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.