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Chrissy’s Review: How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr

How Do You KnowHow Do You Know? (Seeking Happily Ever After #1)
written by Meredith Schorr
published by Booktrope

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy Ms. Schorr’s new release. It was a good read that went fast and kept me reading from beginning to end. I laughed. I was sad. I was hopeful. I experienced it all.

I enjoyed watching Maggie grow and come to terms with herself. You can’t help but love Maggie. She’s real, klutzy, comical. She’s down-to-earth, relatable. I’d go out for a drink with her and her friends during Happy Hour. And I loved the ending. It was fabulous. And not at all how I thought it was going to end.

I think How Do You Know? will relate to quite a few women, their status notwithstanding. I don’t think it matters if you are in your early twenties, turning forty, single, or married, we all asked ourselves, “How do I know?” What was funny to me was that I remember thinking that I would be in Maggie’s position when I hit 40. I would bet most women have thought that, or at least considered it. Some may be experiencing it. Whatever the circumstance, you will get what Maggie is going through.

All-in-all, a good read!


Would I recommend it: Yes, I would recommend it. I would recommend all of her books.


About the book: 
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women’s fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the ‘proverbial clock’ that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.




Book Blast: XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me by Brad Magnarella (spotlight, giveaway)

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XGeneration 7XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me
written by Brad Magnarella
published by Brad Magnarella

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About the book: In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between Washington and Moscow are close to breaking.

But in sleepy Gainesville, Florida, fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mainly worried about starting high school, earning a spot on the varsity soccer team, and keeping her older sister from running her life. And then there are her nighttime experiences. Experiences where she awakens in her backyard—out of her body—with the disturbing sense that someone is watching her.

For Scott Spruel, the start of high school means the chance to start over. And he’s willing to ditch everything—computer hacking, Dungeons & Dragons marathons, even his comic book collection (well, except for his X-Men)—if it means getting closer to Janis, the secret love of his life. But will Scott’s past be so easy to shed. And what about the eerie delay on his telephone, a delay he senses through powers he is only beginning to understand?

Welcome to the gripping new series, XGeneration: part The X-Files, part Freaks and Geeks, and totally ’80s.

Rated 16+ for language.

Brad Magnarella 7About the author: Brad Magnarella grew up in North Central Florida. As a boy he discovered Marvel Comics, text-based gaming, Bruce Springsteen, and Stephen King, roughly in that order. The prize, however, was a creek that wound through his neighborhood, providing him and his friends a wooded sanctuary in which to lose themselves, while discovering natural Florida.

A graduate of the University of Florida and American University, Brad has long aspired to write the kind of fiction that colored his childhood. His books include The Prisoner and the Sun trilogy and the first in his new young adult series, XGeneration.

Brad lives in Washington, D.C. When he’s not writing, he’s somewhat hard to find.

His latest book is XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me.

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DNF: Falling Immortality by Robert Downs (Jaclyn’s review)

Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private InvestigatorFalling Immortality 
written by Robert Downs
published by Rainbow Books, Inc, 2011

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

Where I stopped reading: about 15% through

Why I stopped reading: I couldn’t get into this book. The story is told from the point of view of a private investigator. The book starts with him getting a new case, an unsolved murder. The main character is immediately unlikable. The author alludes to some financial windfall that allows him to work only when he feels like it. I know this was supposed to be bait for a subplot within the story, but it wasn’t enough of a draw. The book is terribly written and quite difficult to read.



What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Falling Immortality is 3.06 stars. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 3 stars. The average rating on Amazon is 3.3 stars. At Barnes & Noble, the average rating is 3.3 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.


About the book – from Goodreads: Debut, hard-boiled mystery fiction for men. Stephen King’s son describes a fitting genre as MANfiction (the opposite of Chick lit).

Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn’t what it seems to be and he doesn’t have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey’s challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can’t seem to remove his head from his butt. And he’ll need all of his wits to complete the task.


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Release Event: After Lucas by Tudor Robins (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

Today is the Release Event of After Lucas by Tudor Robins, organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions. After Lucas is a YA novel and the second book in the Stonegate Series.

About The Book: Thanks to the talent of her pushbutton super-horse, Ava, Mavis wins every ribbon, trophy, and championship she competes for. No rider effort required, and not much skill either – Ava does it all.

So, when Mavis’s dad loses his job, and Ava must go up for sale, Mavis is swamped with … relief.She knows it’s the wrong thing to feel, but Mavis is used to feeling, thinking, and acting the wrong way. It’s why she has no friends.

Also, riding’s been really boring, for a long time.

With super-Ava sold super-fast, Mavis is ready to start enjoying her horse-free life.

Until she meets Lucas. Lucas is everything Ava’s not. Stocky, dirty, untrained, and unproven, the former trail horse has the complete opposite on Mavis as her former show mare did.

Mavis likes Lucas. She loves him, even.

Lucas has a lot to learn, but it might be Mavis who gains the most from their new, unlikely, partnership.

The Facts: 

Publication Date:
October 31st, 2017
Stonegate Series #2
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The first book in the Stonegate Series Objects In Mirror


The Perfect Horse

This is such a great topic for pretty much all my books and, particularly, to help launch After Lucas. In fact, by suggesting this topic, you’ve actually made me see a theme—or at least a pattern—in my books.

Essentially, girl has “perfect” horse. Girl loses perfect horse. Girl has to re-think equine perfection. Whether it’s Grace losing Sprite in Objects in Mirror, Meg losing Major in Appaloosa Summer, or Mavis losing Ava in After Lucas, my main characters often have to give up the horse that seemed perfect, and figure out how to deal with the loss.

The stories are different—Grace eventually gets to ride Sprite again, Meg can’t go back because Major has died, and Mavis . . . well, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell you Mavis isn’t exactly sad to lose her perfect horse.

It’s the journeys that matter, though. In leaving behind the horse they knew, maybe loved, and were comfortable with, all these characters have to face challenges. They have to grow—both in their horsemanship and as people.

By the end of my books, my characters are usually smart enough to realize the perfect horse is the one you have with you, that you get to ride and spend time with.

As to my perfect horse (because I’m afraid you’ll think I’m dodging if I don’t answer this!), while I think many horses are perfect for many people in different circumstances, I do have a major weakness for tall, skinny, off the track thoroughbreds.

I’ve fallen hard for a few horses like this—mostly big, lean, strong bays; you know the type—if they were a guy they’d be six-foot-three with dark hair and they’d be devastatingly good at sports, and every girl would like them, and they’d most definitely break your heart.

Fortunately, I’m currently lucky enough to love a towering, chestnut, OTTB named Martin’s Pride, and also fortunately, he’s just silly enough that if he was a guy he wouldn’t break your heart—he’d just make you laugh—and he also has a wonderful owner who has been generously sharing him with me for a couple of years now.

So perfect, for me right now (and hopefully, for a long time to come), is Martin. How about you? I’d love to year about your perfect horse.


About the Author: Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. 

For more information about Tudor please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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DNF: Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson

Goodnight from London
written by Jennifer Robson
published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017

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

Where I stopped reading: page 127 of 361

Why I stopped reading: I just couldn’t get into this book. It sounded like it was right up my alley–I love reading historical romance fiction books set during World War II–but this book just moved too slow for me. The premise is interesting, but it just didn’t take off. After thinking about it, however, I may give it another read at a later time.



Have you read Goodnight From London? If so, should I give it another shot?


What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Goodnight From London is 4.02. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were a majority of 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 5 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.

Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.

As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.

Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
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Jaclyn’s Review: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching YouI Am Watching You
written by Teresa Driscoll
published by Expected Publication October 1, 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

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Did I enjoy this book? 
This one was really good!!! This reminded me of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. A mysterious and tragic event occurs and nobody really knows what happened. You enter the story a year later and from the point of view of a few different characters. By now we have established that I like books that are told from multiple points of view, so this book gets bonus points from me. I fear that this type of storytelling may become overdone, but I’m not there yet. This book stills reads as original and a good thriller. It was captivating without being overly scary or gruesome.



Would I recommend it? Totally! I couldn’t put this one down!! Read this one!!




About the book – from Goodreads: When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.


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Chrissy’s Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side
written by Kasie West
published by Harper Teen, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book? I did enjoy By Your Side. It was a sweet read that had me reading every free chance I had.

First, how awesome would it be to be stuck in a LIBRARY with a cute boy?? What a premise! I liked where the story went after they got out of the library, too. This book also deals with a heavier subject . . . anxiety disorder. I understand why she didn’t tell her friends about it, but because it was so severe, I would have thought she would have at least told her closest friends so they could help her if the need would arise. So, while I understand her keeping it a secret, I wish she would have been open about it with her close friends. Also, With that said, there were a few things I had to overlook . . . Why couldn’t she get out of the library from the inside? And why weren’t there phones? I would think a business would have a phone. However, it was easy to overlook those circumstances and just go with the story.

All in all, this was another fun read from Ms. West. I can’t wait to read more from her.


Would I recommend it? Sure! It’s a good YA contemporary read.



About the book – from Goodreads: 
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?



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Blog Tour: Shadow by Colleen Oakes (Chrissy’s review)


Shadow (Wendy Darling, Vol. 3)
written by Colleen Oakes
published by SparkPress, 2017

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I really did. The Wendy Darling series is a fantastic series that gives a different glimpse into the Neverland world. You can read my reviews of Stars and Seas at the links provided.

I don’t want to spoil Stars and Seas, or Shadow for that matter, so my review will be on the vague side. Read those books, then this one. Seriously.

Shadow had me staying up WAY past my bedtime reading. I had to know how this story ended. The emotions were there, and dang it if Ms. Oakes didn’t have me tearing up again. (I’m telling you, I don’t cry during books, movies, etc. But man, this one had me misty-eyed just like Seas.) Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat. I was heartbroken. I was happy. I was every emotion at some point. Some questions were answered; some hopes were dashed.

Shadow is a fitting end to this fabulous Peter Pan retelling. Am I satisfied with the finale? Yes. Do I wish for more? Absolutely. But, sadly, all stories must end sometime.



Would I recommend it? Yes, but definitely read the first two books first. Seas is my favorite.



About the book: 
Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage—the Shadow.

To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter’s manipulative game—a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life.

As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter’s connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise—but if Wendy can’t call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter’s dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same.



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DNF: Dreams of Youth by Christopher Abraham

Dreams of Youth: The Vindicated

Dreams of Youth 
written by Christopher Abraham
published by Christopher Abraham, 2015

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

Where I stopped reading: page 132

Why I stopped reading: I tried. I really did. I tried to get past the grammar issues and enjoy the What Dreams May Come vibe, but then I got to chapter 13, where Abraham introduces a third set of unrelated characters, bringing the total character count up to what seemed like seventy zillion. I felt like I was starting all over at the beginning of an entirely different book, and I’ll be honest, the plot lines of the first two sets of characters are so weird I just couldn’t take anymore.




What others have rated this book: There are no ratings and no reviews on Goodreads.  There was one 4-star review and one 3-star review on Amazon. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: The first novel in the Dreams of Youth Series.

“From vindicated actions to twisted hearts, the shooting stars form our destiny.”

It’s a sickening feeling in ones core when ones life cannot be defined. Dusk Hollow, a young man living on the planet known as Eryu, experiences this first hand. When someone precious to him is taken, Dusk must face the trials and tribulations of that undeniable truth. He will do all that he can to get her back. He will journey through landscapes he could only picture in his head. He will defy the odds against those who wish to crush him. He will deny death.


There sits a girl who always gazes at the stars, wishing they would take her someplace far away. Her mother disappears one afternoon and her story unfolds thereafter. Through blank pages and close friends, Essa Starlight begins to understand who she is. She learns sometimes that harsh words are said with good intentions.

This is a story where a dream can shape everything.

This is a story, where what’s inside matters most.


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Heather’s Review: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon


Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4)
written by Diana Gabaldon
published by Delta, 2001

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Did I enjoy this book: 
Yes, but not nearly as much as the other three. In fact, after reading this one I had to take a break. This book opens with Brianna taking her turn through the circle of stones to find her parents and hopefully save them from a fatal moment. My heart was all for that trip, but the problems and situations that came after just made my head spin. I found a few of them unnecessary, and when Jamie’s nephew, Ian, sacrificed himself–I almost gave up.



Would I recommend it: Yes, but only if you’re planning to finish the series. And I do plan to–in 2017.



About the book – from Goodreads: In this breathtaking novel—rich in history and adventure—The New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Once again spanning continents and centuries, Diana Gabaldon has created a work of sheer passion and brilliance….

It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.

Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century—their daughter, Brianna….

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history … and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past … or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….


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