New Release Tuesday!!!! 9-18-19

Tomorrow is my birthday and I consider these releases to be the best present! I have one ARC coming out, and one book I preordered that I am stoked about.

        First, the ARC:

the.... deaths of evelyn hardcastleEvelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 pm.  There are eight witnesses for you to embody, and you will relive the day 8 times.  Figure out who killed her, and you’re free…

I adored this book.  It’s an interesting premise with good world building and great character development.  The mystery in in itself kept me guessing and writing style kept me turning pages. 

normal star rating normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating  Read the full review: The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

Now, I have been a fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series since the first book came out.  Audrey Rose is an interesting character, and the premise takes older tales and twists them a bit.  There were some issues with writing style at first that I put down to being a debut author, and a young one at that.  The second book, Hunting Prince Dracula, Kerri Maniscalco was more fluid and showed growth both in character development and writing style.  They were five and four star books for me, respectively, simply because they are great reads that pull you in.  When I found out about Escaping From Houdini I immediately ordered the book and I get my hands on it tomorrow!
escaping from HoudiniFirst, I love this cover.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!? 

Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell embark on a journey to New York where they will be looking into another murder mystery.  Who would imagine that one awaited them aboard the ship?

Privileged young women are going missing only to be found murdered.  Can Audrey and Thomas solve the murders before too many of the boat’s passengers are taken?  

I can’t wait to get into this one!!!

        So those are my releases for this week.  Have you read them?  And have I missed any?  Let me know!

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The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

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Title: The 71/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Pages: 432

Genre: mystery, thriller

Is this part of a series?  No

Publish date:  September 18th, 2018

Summary:

      Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered…. again and again, and her killer is never caught.  One man will relive that day eight times, as eight different men.  If he can find out who killed Evelyn Hardcastle, he escapes.  No more days on loop, no more hosts, he can have his life back.  If he fails…. it begins again.  At a house party where everyone seems suspect can he really be expected to figure who the murderer is?  Will that even be enough for him?  Moving from one host to another, one clue to another, one ally to another…. what happens if he finds something at Blackheath worth saving?

My Thoughts:

This was a stunning debut novel with a lot of great characters and world building.  I was constantly surprised by how engrossed I became with the plot, the drama…. the lives of the hosts and Aiden’s struggles.  I literally have 26 pages (one sided) of notes saved for this book.  There were so many twists and turns, descriptions and phrases…. it was a masterpiece. 

         At the beginning, Aiden is scared, angry.  As he moves along, though, he finds reasons to move forward and play the game.  People he cares about, people that were kind, promises and friendships springing up in a hellish environment.  The relationship he has with Anna is one that truly intrigued me.  Unlike Aiden she only has one body, and one day.  She relives this again and again, never free.  When the two team up, it’s amazing watching them move together. 

          I loved the flow of the book, from host to host and sometimes back.  It’s definitely an intense mystery and one that kept me guessing.  I am so enamored of this book that I cannot wait to see what the author comes out with next.  Turton is a definitely an author to watch out for.  Five stars!  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

    On the adult content scale, there is a lot of violence, language and substance abuse.  I would say that this one if for older teens and adults.  I give it a six.  mature audience.

     I was lucky enough to receive and eARC of this book from Netgalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks!  pro_reader_120

The book comes out 9-18-2018.  Be ready!!!

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I have a new toy!

I got myself an elfin book form Amazon and I am loving it!  These are notebooks with special paper that, so long as you use the right pen, can be scanned onto an app, saved and wiped clear with a damp cloth.  I am lazy so I use napkins.  It’s great!  I have always preferred hand written notes- shopping lists, book notes, day planning…. everything.  My handwriting is atrocious, but it helps me think.  On the other hand, it’s super wasteful- right?  I mean all those notebooks, all that paper…

But what if one page could be used dozens or even hundreds of times?  That’s what the claim is anyway.  I have used my front page about 12 times now and the worst I will say is that there are slight indents in the page from past writing- but that doesn’t show up in the pic at all, so it that really a deterrent?  I have found the erasable pens at Office Max and Target, so I don’t even have to wait for them to come in from Amazon!  With Christmas coming up fast, why not consider this for your budding author, student, or artist (half the pages have no lines making them ideal for sketches).   I will say, though, that I didn’t care for the Elfin app- I went straight to Office Lense per my husband’s recommendation and it’s so user friendly!  I will be posting some pics, but please note that the hand writing is, as I said, really bad and has nothing to do with the app.

 

Just think what someone more artistic could do!  Lol

-Amber

New Release Tuesday! 9-11-18

Hi guys!!!! This week I have an ARC coming out and a James Patterson novel.  Let’s get started!

the exex revfiengeThree very different women with one thing in common.  Phillip.  They all loved him, they all suffered at his hands, and they have all had enough!  I adored this book, even when I couldn’t agree with steps the characters took.  It just drew me in and kept me guessing!  Highly recommended.  Read full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

juror #3A new book from Patterson!  Of course I preordered it for my kindle app.  I am super excited about reading this one, but don’t know when I will get to it.

Ruby is new to Mississippi and to the bar.  As a new lawyer under Judge Baylor’s circuit, she’s surprised to find herself as defense against a racially charged felony.  Who can she turn to  for help understanding the case, who can she trust?

…………It sounds so good!

 

 

 

 

So those are my new releases for this week.  Did I miss any?  Let me know!

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The Summer List, Amy Mason Doan

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Title: The Summer List

Author: Amy Mason Doan

Pages: 384

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Is this part of a series?  No

Published: June 26th, 2018

Summary:

           Laura and Casey were best friends- inseparable since the day they met.  Floating, skating, scavenger hunts, secrets and dreams…  So what happened that summer night to tear it all down?

Seventeen years later, Laura gets a note- an invite.  Can things really be fixed after so long?  Once there, they find that there’s one last scavenger hunt with the biggest prize of all.  Can the two adults stick together, get through the weekend, and maybe make a new friendship out of the ashes of the past?

My thoughts:

This book was gorgeous and heartbreaking.  I loved how teen Laura and Casey were, back then.  How they responded to one another, and to Casey’s mom, Alex.  She was a mess, but she loved them both like crazy.  I have to admit there were parts that confused me, I was forever trying to figure out who the narrator of the summer camp was.  Once it was revealed, though, it made perfect sense and added a lot to the story.  While the writing was jumpy- really far from the fluid writing styles I normally gravitate toward- I couldn’t help loving it.  The story was spellbinding, and the characters were gorgeously imperfect.  I especially liked JB…. it’s easy to see why Laura would loose her heart to him.  For me, this was a definite five star book.   normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, there’s a lot.  Language, substance abuse, sexual content- though not very explicit, the relationship in itself can be a trigger.  I give it a six.  mature audience.

The book is out! Have you read it?

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The President is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton

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Title: The President is Missing

Authors: James Patterson and Bill Clinton

Duration: 12 hours and 53 minutes

Genre: Mystery/ thriller, politics

Is this part of a series?  No

Published:  June 4th, 2018

Summary:

President Duncan is facing a cyber- terrorist threat like nothing he’s ever seen.  In order to protect the country and stop the threat he must do some unorthodox things.  Keeping secret and hiding out, he has some of the best minds in the world working on the case…. but will it be enough?

Patterson’s way with words added to information and detail only a former president would know, this is a great political thriller.

My thoughts:

         So, this book is getting mixed reviews and mine aren’t going to be any different.  It has a lot of great aspects.  I loved the premise and I felt like the characters were well developed and really interesting, especially Duncan and Bach.  Some people are saying that certain aspects- like the more procedural parts- seemed like they were written by someone else.  I saw this, but not to a crazy amount- there’s always a little bit of it when he writes with another.  It did not deter my enjoyment.  

My main issue is with the format I chose.  I love the voices for each of the characters, and that Back’s sections came with music sometimes.  Unfortunately Bach’s parts were way lower that the others, so I was constantly turning the sound up and down.  No matter how high I had it, it was hard to always catch everything Bach said.  I hate that.  This alone dropped it a star for me.  In the end, it’s still a fast, interesting thriller that held my interest.  Three stars for the audio book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, I give it an eight.  It has a lot of violence, language and substance abuse.  Parental_Advisory_label.svg

The book is out! Have you read it?

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Hope Never Dies, Andrew Shaffer

 

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Title: Hope Never Dies

Author: Andrew Shaffer

Pages: 304

Genre: mystery (slightly old time noir, slightly campy, all cozy), humor

Is this part of a series?  Lord…. I wish.  This seems to be a standalone novel but it has to be said…. I would buy book 2 *winks at Shaffer*

Published:  July 10th, 2018

Summary:

       We seem to poke fun at the things we love…. and the author loves the bromance between Obama and Biden.  Six months after the election finds the former vice president at loose ends and slightly salty about it.  He misses his BFF who seems to be doing fine without him.  When Obama’s appearance coincides with awful news- a friend of Joe’s has died suspiciously- it’s time for the two buddies to fall into a new role… amateur detectives!  Escaping the Secret Service, breaking into seedy hotels and engaging in a standoff against a biker gang…. it’s nothing the duo can’t handle, right?

My thoughts:

       First- this is a spoof.  It’s meant for fun and the characters aren’t necessarily perfect representations of their real life counterparts.  You can’t take this too seriously- that isn’t what this book is for.  It’s for those that loved the memes.  Or those that just need a good laugh.  It’s a great cozy mystery that kept me guessing, with great characters and a lot of witty dialogue.  I adored it!

I loved the portrayal of Biden- so loyal and caring.  Feeling his age but not wanting to give in to it.  Obama- the super-cool bro who just wants to help his friend and doesn’t know how to bridge the distance between them.  The relationship between them was really interesting.  For me, this is a five star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, there’s some language and violence.  Nothing too out there.  I give it a four.General.svg

Have you read the book?  What did you think?

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