Archives for September 2016

Blog Tour: The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti (Heather’s review, giveaway)

the-vanishing-yearThe Vanishing Year
written by Kate Moretti
published by Atria Books, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazoniBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
This is harder to answer than I expected. I enjoyed the book in that it kept my attention and I finished it, but I felt let down by most of it. I was expecting great things as the buzz on this book is incredible. I felt the book was lacking in several areas–areas that would make this book deserve the buzz it’s getting.

First, I felt as if the characters weren’t as well-developed as they should have been. This book requires in-depth characters: many facets and differing personalities. I felt the author skimmed over the important parts of their personalities and left the nuances out. The secondary characters were just that, secondary. You got to know them as much as you needed to for their place in the story.  

 

Second, I saw what was coming and how it was going to come together about a third of the way through the book. For a suspense book, that bothered me. After that point, it was just a waiting game to see how the author put it all together. 

 

Third, I think the plot was a bit underdeveloped as well. This story could have been so much more if the author had spent more time developing the plot as well as the characters. The premise is amazing, but it needed to be fleshed out more. The search for Zoe’s mother could have taken a little longer (personally, I think it came together waaay too quickly). The speed with which Zoe shifts her trust from her husband to the reporter is mind-boggling, the initial visit with her mother is odd, and I had a hard time with the relationship between Zoe and the housekeeper. Zoe lived there for a year and barely said two words to the housekeeper. I feel as if that relationship, especially, should have been more.

 

This book could have been so much more.
3 stars

Would I recommend it: Probably not. There are a million books out there and I wouldn’t want someone to be as disappointed as I was when there’s definitely something better out there to read.

 

Heather

About the book – from Goodreads: Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.

 

Kate MorettiAbout the author: Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

Find Ms. Moretti here: web, FacebookTwitterGoodreads

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Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Seas by Colleen Oakes (Chrissy’s review)

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wendy-darling-seasSeas (Wendy Darling #2)
written by Colleen Oakes
published by Sparkpress, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did enjoy this read. I was surprised by how invested I got. I didn’t want to put it down. I read it every free chance I had.

Last summer, I read the first installment of the Wendy Darling series, Stars. It was a good read and definitely gave me something to think about. (You can check out my review here.) To be perfectly honest, I was expecting Seas to be a bridge book . . . a book to get us to the end. Boy was I wrong. This book was exciting, thrilling, scary, heartbreaking, lonely, sad, and thought-provoking. It made me look at all the Peter Pan stories I know differently. My beloved Disney Fairies movies (my kids are big fans!) have a different ending now. Disney’s version of Peter Pan is very different to me now. Even Disney Jr.’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates has a different feel for me, especially where Hook and Smee are concerned. (If you haven’t noticed, my kids love Disney . . . TV and movies. I am a fan of the Disney Fairies movies as well. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is my favorite. But I digress . . .) I even bought J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to read the “original” tale.

Anyway, back to Seas! It was phenomenal. All the backstory about Neverland, Peter, and Hook really had my mind spinning. The story line with Michael had me in tears. And I do not cry during books. I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve cried while reading a book. Smee is a favorite. Hook is very different from the version as told by Peter. And Peter . . . well, he is not my favorite by a long shot.

As I said, this book had me turning pages until the end. The end . . . oh, the end . . . left me with an audible gasp and a “Holy . . .” Fabulous. My only question: When will Shadow come out? I can’t wait to see what happens.

5 stars

 

Would I recommend it: Yes. Be sure to read the first book, though. You can find Stars (Wendy Darling #1) here.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From the author of Queen of Hearts comes the much anticipated sequel to Wendy Darling.

Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream – and the betrayals have just begun.

Will Wendy find shelter with Peter’s greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game, one that could forever alter not only her family’s future, but also the soul of Neverland itself?

 

 

colleen-oakes-headshotAbout the author: Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom Series, the Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016), and the Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Oakes can be found swimming, traveling or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel. Visit her on Twitter @ColleenBlooms.

Colleen, like the rest of us, LOVES a good fall read. Let’s be real, there is nothing like sitting in front of the fire place with a glass of hot apple cider reading and an amazing YA book. To help you overcome the inevitable book hangover that you will get after reading Wendy Darling: Vol. 2: Seas, we are giving one lucky winner who posts and tweets about the book during the above time frame a gift card to Barnes & Noble! And as an added bonus, we are throwing in a Wendy Darling inspired Seaglass Yankee Candle. Not only does it match the cover of the book (meaning it is it going to look fly in all of your bookstagrams), but it also goes along perfectly with the seas theme!

Find Ms. Oakes here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – September 27, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

This week’s featured blogger is Maureen at Maureen’s Books! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

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Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!



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EFC Promotions Blitz Sign-Up: Ameriguns by Scott King

 

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Ameriguns
written by Scott King
expected publication: October, 2016

 

About the book: 

After surviving a mass shooting, FBI Agent Nathaniel Ryder is forced to confront his worst fears as AMERIGUNS, a group of lone wolf gunmen, put Washington D.C. under siege. When Ryder’s superiors suspect him of orchestrating the terror, he must go on the run, unable to trust his co-workers or friends. Only he can clear his name and put an end to the killings.

About the author: 

Scott King is a writer, photographer, and educator. He was born in Washington D.C., and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University and his M.F.A. in film from American University. “DAD! A Documentary Graphic Novel,” Scott’s first book, was published in Fall ’09. In addition to his writing, he is known for his board game photography, specifically his annual calendar that highlights card and hobby games.

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Find Mr. King here: webTwitterGoodreads, Amazon

 

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The Sunday Post – September 25, 2016

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The Sunday Post* is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received, and let you know what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

*The Sunday Post was inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox feature. Kimba wanted it to be about more than a book haul for ARCS and thus created the Sunday Post.

It’s been another busy week. I’ve been editing and reading and doing the stay/work-at-home day-to-day stuff. The kids are in school and so far having a great year. (Yes, I know it’s only September, but they are really enjoying school. So, I count that as a win!) I have successfully made a sourdough starter and I’ve been having fun trying out new recipes to use the discarded starter on. Crackers are the best! I made my first loaf of sourdough bread from this starter yesterday. I can’t wait to try it today! I’m currently reading Wendy Darling–Seas by Colleen Oakes, and I am loving it! Look for my review by the end of the month.

 

Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!

  • Monday: We will have a new Blitz opportunity. Be sure to stop by.

  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!

  • And a lot more is lined up for the week. Be sure to stop by!!

 

We are still looking for hosts for two upcoming tours.

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Chrissy
 

 

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Fall into Books $250 Giveaway

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September 23rd to October 15th

 

I’m excited to join this awesome group of bloggers and authors to bring you one fabulous prize!!

A $250 Amazon Gift Code or you can choose to receive $250 in Paypal Cash.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Torn by Simon Williams

Torn: The Story of an Undeserving Wallaby Drowning in a Septic Tank

Torn: The Story of an Undeserving Wallaby Drowning in a Septic Tank 
written by Simon Williams
published by Simon Williams, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazonGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did. Torn suffers from a distinct lack of editing, but it’s hard not to become enamored with Mr. Williams; he’s the sort of guy you’d want to invite to your backyard BBQ. It was hard for me to sift through all the extra “thats,” but Mr. Williams’s sense of humor kept me reading.

3 stars

 

Melissa


About the book – from Goodreads: 
The funniest, most heartfelt book ever written, one that every one will love to read. At some time in my life I was young, carefree and reckless with my whole life ahead of me. Then one day I woke up and realized that everything had changed. All the things that I loved dearly about my life have been torn from me and I was challenged with putting the pieces back together one laugh at a time.

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – September 20, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

 
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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

This week’s featured author is Nikki LeClair at Nikki LeClair Books! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

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Julie’s Review: Still Mine by Amy Stuart

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Still Mine
written by Amy Stuart
published by Simon & Schuster, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazoniBooksBook DepositoryGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: Let’s just say I finished it! Touted as a “get-under-your-skin thriller,” this novel had potential. I, however, did not find it to be so. The character development was on the weak side, and I found the plot hard to follow at times. I am a big fan of multiple POV writing but found this author’s use of it to be confusing. Although I kept reading, I was not terribly invested in the fruition of the story.

3 stars

 

Would I recommend it: Probably not. I found the ending to be predictable.

 Julie

 

About the book – from Goodreads: The Girl on the Train meets The Silent Wife in this taut psychological thriller.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VANISH FROM YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE NO STORY BEHIND?

SOMEONE WILL MAKE ONE UP FOR YOU.

Clare is on the run.

From her past, from her ex, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, the local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she’s hiding. As it turns out, she’s hiding a lot, including what ties her to Shayna in the first place. But everyone in this place is hiding something from Jared, Shayna’s golden-haired ex-husband, to Charlie, the charming small-town drug pusher, to Derek, Shayna’s overly involved family doctor, to Louise and Wilfred, her distraught parents.

Did Shayna flee? Was she killed? Is it possible she’s still alive?

As Clare uncovers the mysteries around Shayna’s disappearance, she must confront her own demons, moving us deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of lies and making us question what it is she’s really running from. Twisting and electrifying, this is a get-under-your-skin thriller that will make you question what it means to lose yourself and find yourself in the most unlikely places.

 

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The Sunday Post – September 18, 2016

The Sunday Post

 

The Sunday Post* is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received, and let you know what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

*The Sunday Post was inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox feature. Kimba wanted it to be about more than a book haul for ARCS and thus created the Sunday Post.

It’s been a while since we participated in The Sunday Post. We’ve been busy here at EFC. We launched out new business, EFC Promotions. We are looking for hosts for two tours coming up.

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Last week at EFC:

  • Sunday: Take a look at the subscription boxes we received last month. There’s also a giveaway that ends today!

  • Monday: We are taking part of the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour and Funky Fall Blog Tour, both hosted by BookSparks. Check out Keep Her by Leora Krygier and Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams.

  • Tuesday: Boost It Tuesday! — Check out The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis and enter to win a copy!

  • Wednesday: We are giving away a copy of When in French by Lauren Collins.

  • Thursday: I reviewed Matt Archer: The Short Stories by Kendra C. Highley. I loved it!

  • Friday: Check out Libby Mercer’s newest release, How Meg West Was Won. I’m reading it now and enjoying it!

  • Saturday: We took the day off from posting. Sometimes we have to do that.

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!

  • Monday: Julie is reviewing Still Mine by Amy Stuart.

  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!

  • Friday: Be sure to check out the Fall Into Books giveaway!

Don’t forget to check out all of our current giveaways.

If you are in need of any editing or proofreading services, please visit EFC Services, LLC.

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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