New Release Tuesday!!! 1-15-19

untitledHey guys!  This week I have two new releases to share, and a couple books I just learned about.  Let’s get started!
liar liarJames Patterson has come out with another detective Harriet Blue book.  Blue finally has a name for the George River Killer who hurt so many women…. and ruined her brother’s life.  It won’t be easy though… Regan Banks has gone underground, and everyone is watching her to be sure she doesn’t do anything crazy.  One phone call begins an intense game of “catch me if you can” clues lead her from town to town, littered with victims from Harry’s life.  Can she catch a killer and get revenge, or will she loose everything?

Not going to lie, I am a bit on the fence about this series.   The first two were good, but not great; and I still don’t feel completely connected to Harry.  Still, when I saw that this one was coming out I pre-ordered it.  I do want to see where they’re going with this.

 

96 words.jpgI saw the cover for this book and immediately fell in love!  I mean, how could you not?  17 year old Raya Liston is getting ready to go to UCLA, trapped in a future that she feels has already been planned for her.  When her grandmother dies she decides to go to India, to visit the ashram where Grandma and Grandpa fell in love.  She’s hoping to find her center, her path….. instead she finds love.  Love of a country, love of a friend, and love of a boy that teaches her that in Sanskrit there are 96 ways to say love.

This one just sounds so cute, and I am really hoping for some nice descriptions and cultural references while she’s in India.  I always love that!

 

 

As for the two I  just learned about; the New York Times Book Review did a spread for two books that I haven’t heard a lot about, but that seem really interesting.

We are displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, by Malala Yousafzai is my first pick here.  I adored I Am Malala when I read it years ago.  She came across as anyone’s little sister.  Just a girl that wanted to live and learn.  The terrible things that she went through broke my heart, but made her into a strong woman and an amazing human rights activist.  Now, when the immigration crisis looms and so many people are torn about what to do it’s important to remember- these aren’t numbers, they’re people.  Here, Malala shares her own story, but also the stories of girls she met in refugee camps.  I feel like this book is going to be amazing.

Also, it’s come to my attention that someone put The Diary of A Young Girl (Anne Frank’s diary) into graphic novel format.  This is either going to be amazing, or terrible.  I am super excited though!  I have seen some other works done this way, my favorite being a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s shorts and poems.  If done with respect and care, this could be amazing.

 

So, that’s my picks for this week.  Have I missed anything?  What are you guys excited for?

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New Release Tuesday!!!! 1-08-19

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Hey guys!  Happy New Release Tuesday!  I have three awesome books to share that I got as ARC’s and one that I am drooling over.  Let’s get started!!!!

the light over london The Light over London, Julia Kelly was an absolutely gorgeous historical fiction.  I have seen a lot of people likening it to The Nightingale, but I was getting some serious Laura Madeleine vibes here- which if anyone knows about my obsession with the author is high praise.  The duel story lines merged seamlessly, the story had a great flow, stunning descriptions and fantastic characters.  I adored this book and will be looking into the author for further books.

 

 

 

Even If I fall, Abigail Johnseven if i fallon  is a really beautiful YA book.  Two broken teens have lost their brothers- one to death and one to jail.  In a small town, neither one can live down the stigma, nor find someone that they can just… talk to… about it.  That is, until they find one another.  How is she supposed to open up to the boy when it was her brother that killed his?  How is he supposed to look at her and not see everything he lost?  And yet… they do.  Little by little they help each other heal, and learn to dream again.  Will their new found relationship last, though, when everyone finds out- and has an opinion?  

 

 

in dog we trustIn Dog We Trust, Beth Kendrick  is a great slice of life type book.  You have the scrappy workaholic Jocelyn, trying to keep her head above water and her family’s laundry service afloat while Mom recovers from surgery.  One choice changes her world.  When she sees two dogs about to be run over, she darts out to save them both.  The pedigree pup’s owner is thrilled, and wants to hire her to take care of the dogs- walking, playing… that type of thing.  The driver is aghast…. and cute for a yuppie.  Suddenly Jocelyn has a boyfriend and yet another job.  Fast forward six months.  Prince charming is not so charming and oh-so-gone, as is the boss…. but the dogs remain, having inherited the bulk of the owner’s wealth, and the house.  Jocelyn is as surprised as anybody when she is named their caretaker but she will do anything- including how to care and train show dogs and buy mutt boyfriends- in order to make this work.  There’s just one issue- Liam.  The owner’s only son, though estranged, feels he has a case against the dogs and Jocelyn.  As the two battle over the inheritance, the fur really starts to fly.  What would happen, though, if the combatants ever gave way to their attraction?

My thanks to Netgally and First to Read for allowing me advanced reader copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews. 

winter of the witchThe Winter of the Witch  is one that I have been eagerly awaiting.  I fell in love with Arden’s other books in this trilogy and have been a huge supporter of Arden’s since The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden.  I can’t wait to see how this series ends!!!  I preordered it months ago, but am in the middle of another book so it may take a moment.  This is probably going to be my next read though.

 

 

 

            And now for the new release I am most excited (and jealous) about… congrats to my UK friends!  This book launches there today, but we won’t see it in America until April.  I did end up buying it on Book Depository and hope to get it soon…. but I don’t actually know how these things work.  We’ll see!!

 

the binding(Summary from Book Depository):

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.

Forever.
Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.
Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.
            This book is already getting some much deserved love from other bloggers.  I think I first heard about it (and where to buy it) from My one thousand lives.  I immediately knew I had to have this.

So that’s me for the week.  What are you most excited about?  Have I missed any?

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New Release Tuesday!!! 10-04-18

Hey guys!  This week I have two new releases to discuss.  One is a great contemporary fiction with a lot of humor and heart, the other an intriguing historical fiction with aspects of magical realism.  Let’s get started!

my favorite half-night standThis has been a great year for contemporary romance!  I found several I loved.  This one here was interesting because I loved the interaction between characters.  Millie stinks at getting personal- she’s smart and funny but extremely guarded even with her best guy-friends.  Reed is an open book, and actually craves connection.  When sparks start to fly between them can they find a way to be together or will Millie loose her best friend?

I had some issues with the vagueness of Millie’s work when we went into detail about Reed’s work day… it just seemed odd to me.  As per usual, some of the things the characters did made me cringe… but I loved them still and was rooting for them.   This is a four star book for me- would recommend.

once upon a riverA little girl is brought into an ancient tavern dead.  When the local healer is brought in there is no doubt… except that she isn’t.  She comes back to life!  Is it a miracle?  Is it science?  And what to do with the child now?  She doesn’t talk.  Doesn’t seem to feel a strong affinity for anyone…. so who does she belong to?  Two families, one a wealthy couple and one a farming family, are eager to claim her as part of their family.  So is the pastor’s housekeeper.  Who does she belong with and where did she come from?

I hated this book at first- not going to lie.  I would be getting into the flow of the book, eager to learn more about the characters in front of me when out of no where we’d veer off somewhere else.  Different characters, a discussion on the actual starting point of the Thames, an empathetic pig…. you name it.  Eventually it all ties together gorgeously, and you have a fantastic story (I found the use of magical realism here especially well done).  The question is, how much patience do you have?  Because in the first half of the book the author will try it several times.  Still, it’s definitely worth it in the end.   This is a four star book for me-would recommend.

So, that’s me for the week.  What are you excited about?  Have I missed any releases?  Let me know!

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New Release Tuesday!!! 11-27-18

Hi guys! This week I want to try something new.  We will go through my ARC(s) that come out, as per normal; then the ones I bought or are considering.  After that, I want to do an honorable mention/ new to me section before closing because I often discover books through blogs and the New York Times book review that may have been out for some time but isn’t getting a lot of chatter for whatever reason.  Let’s get started!

I have one ARC coming out this week:

the adultsI loved and hated this book-  the characters were well developed if sometimes a bit cliché, and the premise was intriguing but there were times where I felt like the presentation could have been better.  The changing narratives was necessary in order to give you background and information on each character and their thoughts, but I felt like this devise was over-used.  There were times where the narrator changed, but the segment did nothing to move the story along.  Then there were pacing issues.  At times we moved so slowly that I had to give myself frequent breaks from the mini drama/ tedium…. then there were sections where you knew it would be important to understand, but it was racing along so quickly that you felt like you lost something.  Despite this, I found the book to be interesting and fairly entertaining.  It won’t be in my list of best books of all times, but it’s a witty and fairly quick read.  I did love Scarlet, even if Poppy and the adults were complete messes.

I have two pre-ordered books that came out this week:

whispered word       The Secret, Book, & Scone Society floored me.  I loved the characters, the town, the author’s word choices….. just everything.  I have bought 13 books from this author simply because I wasn’t ready to let this author go.  (An eight book series that I adored and a few books from other series’ that I am having fun with, but none that drew me like this one.)  Since letting go of the last page, I have waited for the next installment.  This is definitely one of my “read or die” books of the year, and no matter how broke I was, or how many other books I had to read, there was no way I wasn’t buying this one.

Nora just wants peace and quiet, to sell books and heal herself.  Instead she has a teenage runaway with a hospital ID and wearing purloined clothes and bruises.  Who is she, where did she come from?  When a connection is found between a dead customer and her runaway, Nora and her friends must discover is she is a murderer, or the next target.  Then there’s the new business in town, Virtual Genie, a cyber shop that buys people’s unwanted items for cash.  Griffin Kingsley looks like a god-send for the town, listening to his people, plying children with candy and adults with caffeine…. but with the recent murder can the newcomer be discounted as a suspect?

broken heart attack         Little more than a month ago James J Cudney (Jay from This is my truth now) came out with the first book of the Braxton Campus mysteries, Academic Curveball.  Widower and single father Kellan came home for his father’s retirement party and stayed to solve a murder.  Filled with great characters, heart and laughs this one was an instant favorite.  That said, HOLY CLIFF-HANGERS BATMAN!  I couldn’t wait for book two so that I could learn more- and as luck would have it, I didn’t have to because it came out just over a month after the first book.  My preordered eBook dropped yesterday and I am so excited!

Kellan snags a ticket to the college’s dress rehearsal of King Lear and goes with Nana D and her friends.  During the second act on of them seems to have a heart attack but Nana smells a rat.  She wants Kellan to find out what really happened to her friend.  With his romantic and work life already in upheaval will he be able to juggle an investigation with everything else?

Now, for my honorable mention of the week:

og romancing in cyberspace      Lord, where do I begin?  First, I love the name.  This one came out in June but I just saw a blurb for it for the first time in the New York Times book review.  There are no reviews for this in either Goodreads or Amazon, which is odd to me; but for $3.99 and being only 102 pages, how could  I go wrong?  Then there’s the premise- an older gentleman’s tales of internet dating- crazy first dates: a bath-tub meet up, smudging, and other odd incidents- how does this not sound like a great time to everybody?  I bought it immediately and can’t wait to dive in.

 

 

 

So that’s me for the week.  Have I missed any?  Which ones are you excited about?

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New Release Tuesday! 11-13-18

Hey guys! This week I have one ARC, a book that I am on the fence about, and two books that, while not out yet, will be before next Tuesday. Let’s get to it! I cannot say enough good things about this book.  I read The Story of Arthur Truluv and adored it.  It was gorgeously written and I loved the characters, but it left me a bit unsatisfied.  I wasn’t ready to let go of the other characters.  How is Maddy after the events of the book?  And Lucille?  This book answers those questions, breathing life into these characters and letting you know them better, while introducing even more colorful characters.  I am seriously author-crushing on Berg right now.  Is that even a thing?  Who cares!  Go get the book!! Look alive twenty five
Let’s be real here.  I am a fan of Evanovich.  Her characters are just a hell of a lot of fun!  That said, I have been gravitating more toward the Knight and Moon series, and Lizzie and Diesel than this one.  It just got to be too much- too much sexual drama, too much ineptitude, too many references to Lula’s former profession…. it became a culmination of bit jokes.  Do I still enjoy them?  Yes, they’re my dirty secret.  But they aren’t ones I re-read, so do I need to OWN it?  That said, it’s release day and I am #149 in line at my library for the eBook version.  God knows I have other books (both bought and ARC’s) to read until I get my mitts on it…. but I have never been one for waiting.  What do you guys think?  Buy or borrow?
Now then, there are two that actually come out Friday.  I still want them here because they are this week’s new releases. FB the crimes of...I am so ready for this one!  Seriously, I pre-ordered it and may freak out and set an alarm super early so I can read before work.  I loved Fantastic Beasts and am dying to see what Rowling does with this one.  That, and I am going to see this in theaters so I have to be ready.  I’m so excited!!! Blurb from Goodreads: At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.   a ladder to the skyBoyne is the author of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and he’s back with a book that just sounds amazing.  I missed out on the ARC when First to Read was offering and I am still kicking myself.  Of coarse I pre-ordered this one too.  I am just going to leave the blurb from Goodreads here: Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent – but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful – but desperately lonely – older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice’s first novel.  Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall… So that’s me for the week.  Have I missed any?  Which one are you most excited for? new sign off

New Release Tuesday!!! 10-30-18

Hey guys!  This week’s going to be quick because I only know of one release for the week.

the proposalThis is an absolutely fabulous contemporary romantic comedy from the writer of The Wedding Date.  I read the first one and I loved it.  It was smart, sassy, funny and sweet.  Needless to say when First to Read had this on their roster I could not wait to get my hands on it.  I will say that you should totally read the first book before this one because then you meet Carlos and get some understanding about who he is and his dynamic with his friend Drew.

This one, though was interesting to me.  Two people that want nothing to do with relationships- I mean complete commitment phobes- find themselves falling for one another.  I loved the way they interacted, the story line, that there was some sadness and drama mixed with the laughter…. just all of it.  What are you waiting for?  Get to the book store!!!!

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New Release…. Monday? 10-15 -18

That’s right, this week I am doing my New Release post a day early because one of the books I pre-ordered dropped in my Kindle app today.  I have one cozy mystery and one ARC to share.

First, does everyone know James at This Is My Truth Now?  I absolutely love his reviews and have bought every book he has written to date.  He is a great blogger, interesting and super charming- imagine what he can do with a book!  I have to be honest, though, the two older books are both in my far-too-large TBR pile- not because I don’t want to read them…. but because I am terrible at not buying books/ requesting
ARC’s.  I want to read them- I will read them!  Every time I see a review about his books I think…. wow, that sounds amazing.

But I digress.  Today marks the release of his first cozy mystery (which I own and will read before October is over…. promises!).  I read a couple small clips on his site and was completely sold.

academic curveball(From Amazon)

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

James has also done his own post for the release with an adorable mock-interview.  Read it here.

easy preyThis was my ARC for the week.  A teacher’s racy pics get blasted on the internet.  Only three students had access.  Mouse, the overachiever who will do just about anything to escape his father’s rule.  Drew, the too-charming jock who can get any girl’s pics; and Jenna, a young woman still reeling over the betrayal of last year when something similar happened to her.  All three deny having anything to do with this…. someone is lying.  An interesting who-done-it, but if I am honest it just wasn’t completely for me.   normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

So that’s my new releases for the week.  Have I missed any?

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