“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.

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“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.

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“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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“Exhibit Alexandra”–Review

518kDHHwmRL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_He thought he knew everything about her, until she went missing.

The story begins with Alexandra Southwood’s disappearance. While the police are investigating her disappearance and questioning her husband, Marc, Alexandra finds herself held against her will in a strange room. She’s forced to watch news clips of her coping husband and daughters who are desperately seeking information on her whereabouts. While held in the strange room, Alexandra thinks back to her memories when she met Marc, leading up to the life they’d eventually build together.

Meanwhile, Marc is keeping contact with the police. When he’s informed of his wife’s bloody belongings that were found, the case goes from missing person to a murder investigation. While friends and family tell him that he may have to accept that his wife’s gone, Marc thinks otherwise. He cannot—will not—accept that his wife is dead. He loves her too much. They’ve always been so happy…

Until months later—while the case is still going on—Marc comes across some letters addressed to Alexandra which may prove that she may not have been so happy after all. Marc, then, embarks on his own journey to find her, to finally get the answers to questions he’s asked for months.

I did like where the story was going. Once I learned the reason behind her disappearance, it made me so mad. In a good way, of course. I just couldn’t believe it, though. No worries, I won’t leave spoilers. All I can do is recommend you read the book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Natasha Bell grew up in Somerset and studied English literature at the University of York. She holds an MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago and an MA in creative writing from Goldsmiths. She lives in southeast London.

“Kiss Me Like You Mean It”–Review

COVERMy love is poison. His kiss is mine.

 “The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never loved each other at the same time, but couldn’t let each other go. 
 
 Now here I was telling our story over drinks midday in an airport bar with my old diary clutched in my hand. Telling some version of our story, anyway. 
I left him once with no goodbye. Now I was returning home to give him what he needed to move on. 
“It’s important. It’s what you’re thinking.”
 
I knew what his message meant, sent in the middle of the night after I woke from a fever dream. He was finally ready, and so was I. I just needed to finally give him the kiss he begged for. The one that meant goodbye.
Based on a true story, the main character, Gwen, is in an airport bar as she tells her story of her on-off relationship with Connor Stratford and how it all changed her throughout the years. This is the second novel I’ve read by this author and I think it’s definitely worth reading, especially because many readers can relate to the topic of this book. Some chapters upset me because of Gwen’s actions. Later on, however, I’ve learned that there was more to her than the fact that she always wanted what she couldn’t have. Still, I just had that love-hate relationship with her.
J.R. Rogue’s narration and dialogue is beautiful and poetic, so I highly recommend you check out her previous works. As always, feel free to leave your comments. Happy reading!
*I received this advance review copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited high school crush and has never stopped writing about heartache.She has published multiple volumes of poetry such as Tell Me Where It Hurts, Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, and two novels, Burning Muses and Background Music. Her third novel, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, will release on March 22, 2018.

 

Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise and Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees.

 

You can also follow the author on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and you can check out her site here.

“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.