Blog Tour: A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester (spotlight)

 

A Dangerous Year (Riley Collins #1)
written by Kes Trester
published by Curiosity Quills Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities, learning political strategies from her ambassador dad and defensive skills from his security chief. The only thing they didn’t prepare her for: life as an American teenager.

After an incident forces her to leave her Pakistani home, Riley is recruited by the State Department to attend Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to covertly keep an eye on Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire whose new code-breaking spyware has the international intelligence community in an uproar.

Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. Now, Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s, as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends or the ultimate betrayers.

 

 

 

About the author: A native of Los Angeles, Kes Trester’s first job out of college was on a film set, though the movie’s title will remain nameless because it was a really bad film. Really.

As a feature film development executive, she worked on a variety of independent films, from gritty dramas (guns and hotties) to steamy vampire love stories (fangs and hotties) to teens-in-peril genre movies (blood and hotties).

Kes produced a couple of independent films, both award-winners on the festival circuit, before segueing into television commercials. As head of production for a Hollywood-based film company, she supervised the budgeting and production of nationally broadcast commercials (celebrities, aliens, talking animals!) and award-winning music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, and OKGO (more celebrities, aliens, and talking animals!).

In an attempt to raise kids who could actually pick their mom out of a line up, Kes turned to writing fulltime. Her contemporary novels for young adults are cinematic, fast-paced, and above all, fun. Add an understanding husband and pack of rescue dogs to the mix, and that’s also an apt description of life in the busy Trester household.

Find Ms. Trester here: web, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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Fall Reading Challenge: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Chrissy’s review)

 

Emma in the Night
written by Wendy Walker
published by St. Martin’s Press, 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 did. I read this book every free chance I had and even stayed up late to finish it.

Emma in the Night had a few twists that I didn’t quite see coming. It kept me reading from beginning to end. I can honestly say I didn’t care for most of the characters, but they kept me interested in their story. And what a story Cass had to tell when she returned from going missing three years ago.  Her story led everyone on a path to the truth. I can’t give you many details because it will ruin the book, but it was a page-turning read.

 

Would I recommend it? I would. It’s a good psychological family thriller.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

What do you think of my student ID? 😉

 

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues Blog Tour: Bridge of the Gods by Dian Rios (Melissa’s review)

Bridge of the Gods (The Silver Mountain Series #1)Bridge of the Gods
written by Diane Rios
published by She Writes Press, 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? 
So here’s what happened. I promised I’d have this book finished for the blog tour, then promptly forgot about it until two days before I was supposed to post. So obviously I’m reading like a maniac–while folding laundry, while stirring dinner . . . you get the idea. Here’s the thing: this is a book based on a world where mountains decide to fall asleep. Because the only thing less mobile than a mountain is a SLEEPING mountain. Guess what. This is not at all a fast read. It’s downright molasses-in-winter slow.

If I’d have had more time (totally my fault), I’d likely have said how I loved the sleepy, old world pace. I’d have drawn lovely parallels between nature and prose and mentioned how despite the creepy body-collecting ambulances this was a beautiful ramble through both the outdoors and the plot. As it were, though, I just kept thinking to myself, “HURRY UP ALREADY! I KNOW FROM THE BLURB YOU’RE GOING TO GET KIDNAPPED AND SOLD TO VAGABONDS. WE’RE NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE BOOK AND YOU’RE STILL HOME! GET ON WITH IT!”

Though I do feel like Rios waited until the midpoint of the book to really get things started, I did enjoy it. I love Chloe and Shakespeare. I love the idea of “natural magic” instead of wands and spells. I LOVE Mrs. Goodweather (and I sort of want to steal her recipe book). I was hoping for some resolution at the end, but I suppose I’ll just have to wait for the next book to see how things play out.

 

Would I recommend it? I mean, YES, but please make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy it . . . this is not the sort of book one ought to read on a deadline.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe’s abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Set at a time when technology is first touching the west, there is an evil rising in the land. The country is under attack, and all creatures, man and beast, must hide. The old legends speak of an ancient, natural magic deep within the mountains and rivers, and as Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that it still exists deep within the forests. Friendship can be found even in the darkest of places, and it doesn’t always come in human form. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

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Jaclyn’s Review: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17Woman No. 17
written by Edan Lepucki
published by Hogarth, 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 kind of liked this book. It was definitely not my favorite, but I really wanted to see how it was going to end. What’s funny is I actually didn’t like what was happening throughout most of the book, but I liked that I had such a strong reaction to the plot. The main characters are written well–you alternate between liking and hating them. You are constantly questioning motives and meanings behind actions.

 

Would I recommend it: If you want to read a book that is not a cheerful, happy, fluffy book, this is for you. This book is a bit dark and doesn’t have a happy/warm and fuzzy ending. If you like books that aren’t cookie-cutter clean, I would go for it.

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

 

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)Stealing Snow
written by Danielle Paige
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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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 mean, if by “enjoy” you mean “binge read all afternoon while letting the children overdose on screen time,” then YES. ALL THE YES. I mean sure, the book has its flaws (mainly, how does a girl who spends her formative years in an insane asylum seamlessly adjust to an alternate, magical reality so gosh darn quickly?), but wow. I fell in love with this book, and I can’t wait to see what Snow does next. Hurry, Ms. Paige! Hurry!

 

GOLDEN LINES

“It is possible with enough time and imagination to break your own heart.”

“Sometimes we have to steal our future.”

“And maybe, just maybe, it didn’t matter how you looked going into battle. It just mattered that you went.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, yes, yes!

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

 

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues Blog Tour: The Raven God by Alane Adams (Melissa’s review)

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3)The Raven God
written by Alane Adams
published by: expected publication Sept 12, 2017 by Sparkpress

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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 think I waited too long between the first two books and this one. I struggled a bit to find my way back to the characters, and when I finally did remember their stories, I just wasn’t as invested as I should’ve been. I blame me. The story itself is still cool–I mean, how often do you get to read about “modern day” Norse mythology?

Anyway. I guess I’m disappointed in myself more than the book–I expected to love it as much as I loved the first two books in the series, and, well, I just didn’t.

 

 

Would I recommend it: I mean, YES. I think it best to read the series back-to-back (especially if you’ve a terrible memory like mine). Don’t let my failure stop you from reading–Alane Adams is still awesome!

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

 

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues Blog Tour

Bridge of the Gods
written by Diane Rios
published by She Writes Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe’s abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Set at a time when technology is first touching the west, there is an evil rising in the land. The country is under attack, and all creatures, man and beast, must hide. The old legends speak of an ancient, natural magic deep within the mountains and rivers, and as Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that it still exists deep within the forests. Friendship can be found even in the darkest of places, and it doesn’t always come in human form. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

 

 

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball
written by Dori Jones Yang
published by Sparkpress, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules–to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty–and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball. As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomes increasingly alienated and disturbed. Eventually, Leon faces a tough decision, torn between his loyalty to his birth country–and his growing love for his new home. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, poignant, and nuanced novel based on a little-known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s. This story dramatizes both the rigid expectations and the wrenching alienation felt by many foreign children in America today–and richly captures that tension between love and hate that is culture shock.

 

 

The Raven God
written by Alane Adams
published by Sparkpress, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

 

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017: August Books and a Giveaway

 

This month brought some really great reads for BookSparks’s Summer Reading Challenge! Check out these awesome book boxes and books!

 

 

 

Sour Heart
written by Jenny Zhang
published by Lenny, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.

 

 

 

 

The Leavers
written by Lisa Ko
published by Algonquin Books, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

 

 

 

Girl in Snow
written by Danya Kukafka
published by Simon & Schuster, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.

 

 

 

Stealing Snow
written by Danielle Paige
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

 

 

The Goddesses
written by Swan Huntley
published by Doubleday Books, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful.

When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy’s husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana’s hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she’s ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her.

A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers.

 

 

 

 

Truly Madly Guilty
written by Liane Moriarty
published by Flatiron Books, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

 

 

The Guineveres
written by Sarah Domet
published by Flatiron Books, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named “Guinevere”―Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win―and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards; however, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confident “The Guineveres,” bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives. Author Sarah Domet explores their almighty friendship as the desperate teens concoct a plan to escape from the isolated abbey.

 

Emma in the Night
written by Wendy Walker
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Whatever After by E.M. Tippetts

 

Whatever After (Someone Else’s Fairytale, #5)
written by E.M. Tippetts
published by E.M. Tippetts, 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? 
It wasn’t a bad addition to the Someone Else’s Fairytale series. (You can find my reviews here: Someone Else’s Fairytale,  Nobody’s Damsel, Break It Up, A Safe Space, and My Wicked Half-Sister.) It was a quick read; I finished it in just over a day.

I love Chloe and Jason. They are a great couple, normal, down-to-earth despite Jason’s celebrity status and Chloe’s past. However, I missed them in this book. There just wasn’t enough of them together for me. At one point, I was ready to DNF this book, but I kept reading. On the whole, the story was just a bit too much for me. I would have liked it if it was just about her best friend’s wedding and problems happening with it. Or just the issue with her brother. Some parts felt rushed. I did like how the author showed the scenes that Chloe wasn’t a part of. We were put in those scenes, not just told about them via dialogue. That was a nice way to give the readers a bit more of the action.

I do want to read the next book in the Someone Else’s Fairytale series. I want to see how they handle the next phase of their life.

 

Would I recommend it? I liked the other books better. If you want to keep up with Chloe’s story, then read this one.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chloe’s got it all: a happy marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, her first child on the way, and the chance to be the maid-of-honor in her best friend, Lori’s, upcoming wedding. The stresses of the past year are behind her… almost.

Chris Winters, Chloe’s half-brother, still isn’t in jail, even though he’s the main suspect in a double homicide. The police don’t have enough hard evidence to charge him with the crime, but Chloe is certain it was him. After all, he tried to kill her when she was a child.

When Chris begins to stalk Lori, Chloe is furious and decides it is past time he was locked up for good. She has the best security team money can buy, yet she knows they’re missing something, and mistakes in this business can be deadly. The deeper she digs, though, the less the facts add up.

Chloe’s got mere weeks to figure out how to keep her best friend safe, save the wedding from disaster, and get Chris back in jail where he belongs. That is, if she can gather enough evidence before he strikes again.

 

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (Chrissy’s review)

 

Hello, Sunshine 
written byLaura Dave
published by Simon Schuster, 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 did enjoy this read. It wasn’t quite what I expected, and I’m happy about that.

Hello, Sunshine starts off with the leading lady, Sunshine Mackenzie, telling the readers not to like her. And I questioned that from the beginning. And that questioning kept me reading until the end. This book moved. Sunshine’s fall from the top was swift and merciless. And then she had to rebuild her life . . . whether that was the same life or a different life or an old life, she had to come back from the bottom. I liked the road Sunshine took. It wasn’t what I was expecting. The reveal toward the end was a surprise for me. I didn’t see it coming at all. This book had a few other surprises, too. I definitely read it every free chance I had.

Hello, Sunshine was my first Laura Dave book, but it won’t be my last. I have Eight Hundred Grapes sitting on my shelf. I will be reading that soon!

 

Would I recommend it? Sure! If you like chick lit/women’s fiction, definitely pick up this one!

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly), “winning” (Publishers Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

 

 

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