Officially Obsessed: Red Covers

Another new feature you ask? Why not?! I’ve been envisioning a feature called Officially Obsessed for awhile now, but was so bogged down with reviews that I didn’t have the time to put anything into motion. Basically, I wanted a place where I could fangirl about anything and everything book related with no limits on a theme. While some of the material might coincide with Cover Love, I’m intending for this feature to appear consistently on the blog regardless of publishing schedules and ever changing seasons. This is a piece where I’ll pick some aspect of the book world that I’m currently hung up on and gush about it here.

This edition I’m officially obsessed with-you guessed itRED COVERS!!! I’m not sure if it’s the sheer fact that there are simply more of them around right now, but every one that I’ve received in the mail puts giant butterflies in my tummy. They are bold and demand to be seen and touched. Don’t act like you don’t pet your books. We all do it; just ask Amy @ Novelgossip. 😉 Upon further thought, it seems red covers are “the thing” for the summer season and I for one am glad they are so popular! I’ve included some pictures of my red covers below, along with descriptions of the upcoming reads that you may be interested in adding to you TBR. Which cover is your favorite? What bookish things are you officially obsessed with?

PART OF THE SILENCE BY DEBBIE HOWELLS

A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.

When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.

It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown–or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?
As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda–and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.

BEST DAY EVER BY KAIRA ROUDA

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

THE WEIGHT OF NIGHT BY CHRISTINE CARBO

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts an apocalyptic glow over the imposing peaks and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig firebreaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with an incendiary monster threatening to consume the town, Monty seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator.

While the two work frantically to determine the true identity of the victim, a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together while battling time, the elements, and their own unresolved inner conflicts.

THE ALMOST SISTERS BY JOSHILYN JACKSON

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy–an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.


These are some of my arcs with red covers, along with a final picture containing more arcs/fun reads with red spines. Have you read any of these books? If red isn’t your color, what is your preferred hue that makes you go gaga? Stay tuned for the next obsession; who knows what I’ll pick up next?

Advertisements
Posted in General Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Q&A with Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Happy Tuesday everyone; today I’m incredibly pleased to bring you a Q&A with uber successful writing duo Lisa & Liz! Most of us have been eagerly anticipating the release of their newest book THE GOOD WIDOW which is available June 1st, especially since this is their first time teaming up to write a novel of suspense. I was incredibly lucky to receive an early copy and guys, if you haven’t you’re going to want to add this one to you TBR immediately, it’s THAT good. If you missed it the first time around and would like to read my spoiler-free review you can find it HERE. Read on below if you’d like to hear a little more from the duo on their newest book, their writing process, and more.

Q&A WITH LISA AND LIZ:

Tell us a little about yourselves. How did you meet and what inspired you to begin a writing career together?

We met in 1987! Lisa was a new student at the high school Liz attended. She walked into Liz’s freshman English class wearing overalls and red-rimmed eyeglasses and for some reason, Liz didn’t hold the outfit against her. She quickly offered to show her around the school and they’ve been best friends ever since. Twenty years later, they sat down to write their first book.

We’d talked about writing a book together for years. As teens, we’d daydream about it as we compared notes on the latest Danielle Steel book we’d devoured. But time passed, life happened and two decades disappeared in the blink of an eye. Lisa was on a trip to Hawaii and started writing. She emailed it to Liz and the timing could not have been worse. Liz had just had a baby and was roaming around with a hollow look in her eyes as she tried to figure out motherhood. But Lisa was not taking no for answer—she even threatened to write it without her! (gasp!) That novel, we don’t talk about today. It was terrible! But it was the best thing that ever happened to us because our writing team was born.

Your previous books have fallen under the contemporary/women’s fiction umbrella. What caused you to switch genres and publish a novel of suspense?

We were almost exclusively reading suspense. One day, we looked at each other and said, why don’t we write the genre we are loving so much?

You’ve stated in your acknowledgements that you took a joint trip to Hawaii in researching for TGW. How did your families feel about the trip? Any funny stories you could share from your time spent there?

If by “our families” you mean our husbands. Well, let’s just say they would have appreciated more than ten days of notice! We had written almost the entire book before we went on this research trip. (Not the usual order of things, we know.) We realized, even though we’d been to Maui before, we needed to step into our characters’ shoes and see the story from their point of view. We feel the book became ten times better as a result. (And so far, people have singled out our descriptions as part of why they love the book.)

Funny stories? Always, when we are together! Liz bottomed out our rental car on the Road to Hana and as a result, something was dangling the entire time we drove on the unpaved back road—making us a little nervous as it was getting dark and we had spotty cell service!

Which character was your favorite to write and which was your most difficult to bring to life?

Jacks was our favorite character to write. We really like her and want to be friends with her. She’s tough, she’s smart and she’s flawed. She learns from her mistakes, she loves deeply and she is a great friend.

James was the most difficult—it’s always tricky to write a character that has done something other people will disapprove of. But that’s the thing about life—no person is all good or all bad. People are complex, and we had to make sure we revealed that.

Can you describe the process of co-writing a book? What are the logistics behind who writes which parts? As you both live on opposite sides of the country, do you come together in person for any part of the process?

We live two thousand miles apart so our writing process takes place almost entirely over email, text and phone calls. Once we’ve decided on the plot of the book and who the characters are, we start writing. One of us writes a chapter, passes it to the other person, she edits and passes it back. We repeat this process until we are happy with the chapter. Then we move on to the next and the next… The only time we get together in person and write in the same space is when we take our research trips.

We see that your next novel is set in Mexico; can we expect another novel of suspense? Can you give us any juicy details about the next book and if we should expect to see any repeat characters?

Yes! The book is set in Tulum! Another research trip was involved, but this time, we traveled there before we wrote one word of the book! It’s called Girl’s Night Out. It’s about four longtime friends who travel to Mexico hoping to repair their friendships that have fractured over the last year, but one of them disappears before that can happen.

YOU CAN PURCHASE THE GOOD WIDOW HERE! AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AND OUT ON JUNE 1ST!

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children.

Posted in Author Q & A, Interviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Review: Beartown

Book Title: Beartown
Author: Fredrik Backman
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Sports
Goodreads

Date Read: 05/10/17
Pub Date: 04/25/17


People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

I’m sure anyone who has either read this book or heard anything about it by now realizes this is a huge departure for Backman from his usual tale. About a month ago I was recording a podcast with the lovely Anne Bogel and one of the recommendations she gave me was to read Beartown. While we all know Backman for his uplifting fiction that is both touching and emotional, this was described to me as “a serious, heavy read that lacked his whimsical trademark”. There are few things I love more than reading a book that is wholly different than what an author is known for, so I knew I had to pick this one up quickly and see what all the fuss was about. When Sam from Clues and Reviews suggested a buddy read I knew that time had come (SPOILER ALERT-SHE LOVED IT TOO). I’m so glad that I picked this up when I did; I’m currently in major book hangover mode and can’t seem to settle in with another story until I work through my feelings on this one. Bare with me as this review will be long winded.

“It’s only a game. It only resolves tiny, insignificant things. Such as who gets validation. Who gets listened to. It allocates power and draws boundaries and turns some people into stars and others into spectators. That’s all.”

Hockey has never been my thing. I grew up in the deep south where football is praised more highly than any other sport, but baseball was where my friends and I found ourselves watching games in high school. Most of my guy friends were on the team, and I remember the awe inspiring excitement we felt at every win and the crushing agony of each loss. I attended a small private school that wasn’t known for it’s ability to crush it’s opponents in sports, but during my high school years we had an exceptionally good baseball team (2 of our players ended up playing professionally years later). It was difficult for our school to get behind the idea of team spirit and to fan the flame of hope when we were crushed in each game season after season, but I remember the anticipation that began to grow amongst the student body those years. This experience is what allowed me to fully succumb to the excitement of the hockey scenes in this story. Hockey is a large piece of this book and I’d go as far as suggesting that hockey is it’s own character in the novel, but it wasn’t from an overly technical point of view. I found that the overall plot and the hockey scenes awoke that same feeling I used to have while watching high school baseball and it brought to life a sport I never dreamed I could become entranced by. I think Backman said it best when he wrote “Hockey is like faith. Religion is something between you and other people; it’s full of interpretations and theories and opinions. But faith… that’s just between you and God. It’s what you feel in your chest when the referee glides out to the center circle between two players, when you hear the sticks strike each other and see the black disk fall between them. Then it’s just between you and hockey. Because cherry trees always smell of cherry trees, whereas money smells of nothing.”

“A great deal is expected of anyone who’s been given a lot.”

 This seems to be the central theme surrounding the book. There are a great deal of characters in this novel; the ever-changing and growing cast seems to add multidimensional aspects to the story that cause it to leap off the page and bury deep into your mind. There were certain characters and views that I was naturally more drawn to (i.e. Amat, Benji, and Kira), yet I found each tongue necessary in the overall narrative to give the clearest picture; this also caused myself to question my knee-jerk reactions and judgements I dropped along the way. In an attempt to not spoil anything for future readers, I’ll just state that the content is heavy and much darker than a traditional Backman story, but it still holds that magical quality where you seem to be watching the exchanges and thoughts happening from just outside the realm of reason. There is nothing in this tale that hasn’t been written before, but the way in which it is told was especially unique and the subject matter is timely and necessary.

“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway.
All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow.
Do good anyway.”

The above is just a fraction of the wisdom handed down from Amat’s mother, and I highly recommend picking up a copy just to read the rest, but my purpose for posting above is to clarify how this sums up the moral of the story. Even with all the injustice surrounding the evil act committed in this novel, there are consistently small glimmers of hope. Please do not misunderstand; this is not a happy go lucky book. There are no feel good finishing pages, although there is still that seed of sunlight planted. What I found separated this from being just another depressing story was the shining examples of forgiveness. There are many examples of diversity on all ends of the spectrum included in this story as well, and the author has woven them through in such a way where it doesn’t feel forced or awkward; there is nothing screaming “Look at me! Look at how diverse my characters are! Please pat me on the back for simply including them!” No, these characters were infused with a subtle realism that caused me to take a step back after turning the final page and bask in the awe I felt from what Backman created with this book. While I could ramble on for days, I’d rather stop here and highly suggest that you pick up your own copy and experience first hand the sheer brilliance of Beartown. This book wrecked me; it pulverized my soul and made me realize how easy it would be for this story to come to life. Highly, HIGHLY recommended for anyone willing to give this novel a fair shot. I’m not sure this story, nor these characters, will ever fully leave my consciousness, and I simply cannot wait to experience whatever Backman choses to craft next.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Beartown is his latest novel.

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Review: Where I Can See You


Book Title: Where I Can See You
Author: Larry D. Sweazy
REVIEWED BY: MARY
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime Fiction

Date Read: 05/10/17
Pub Date: 01/10/17

4 STARS

 

Haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was eight years old, detective Hud Matthews begins his own investigation to find out what really happened so many years before. When a rare murder occurs in the lakeside community, Hud’s veteran skills are called upon to capture the killer. Pulled deep into the threads of the community with ties to the past, Hud quickly becomes a target, not only of the killer, but of those who wish the past to be left alone. As Hud gets closer to discovering the truth about the crimes, he has to face a choice of enforcing the law, or stepping outside of it to make sure that his version of justice is served.

When I was a kid, I had a friend whose family had a lake house. It was a beautiful home in Delevan, Wisconsin that sat on a hill with the lake just out the back door and down the gorgeous stone steps. I loved going there for weekends in the summer and spending the entire day in the sun, and then sleeping in with all the windows wide open so the cool lake breeze could lull you to sleep. The days seemed endless and perfect. I was always so enamored with the idea that my friend got to live a sort of double life; the one she had during the school year; and the one she had during the summer. She had a whole other group of friends at the lake. I always wondered what it was like for the folks that lived there year round. Did they look forward to the summer, to reuniting with their seasonal friends? Or was it hard to have your life disrupted by a surge of people that infiltrated your town and your life for a few months every year. I was always intrigued by that dynamic.

Hud Matthews grew up as a year round kid, in a picturesque lake town that attracted summer dwellers each year. Families rented cabins on the lake and enjoyed the long days, warm sun and time away from their real life. Hud worked in his family’s souvenir shop, which catered to the tourist and kept him busy. At the age of 8, Hud didn’t have a care in the world and his mother, who loved him dearly, seemed as happy as he had ever known her to be. So, when she waved goodbye and got into a black car smiling and eager, he didn’t think twice. He never could have predicted that that would be the last time he’d ever see her.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. In that time, Hud searched. He searched for his mother, he searched for clues, he searched for answers, but he found nothing. After a decade of dead ends and silence, he left his lakeside town in hopes of starting over. It worked, for a while, but the past always seemed to be lurking in the shadows. The unanswered questions of his youth still echoing in his mind only grew louder after Hud became a police officer. His nature was to question, to uncover the truth and punish the guilty, something he longed to do for the sake of his mother. In the end, Hud had no choice but to return home.

In his absence, the town he grew up in had changed from an idyllic summer getaway to a forgotten, run down memory. A dead body in the lake marked Hud’s homecoming, that of a young woman who had been murdered, an ominous sign of what was to come. The events that followed led Hud down a path he never expected, a path that had existed all his life, hiding in plain sight.

WHERE I CAN SEE YOU takes place in a once gorgeous and thriving, now dismal lakeside town that sets the stage for this chilling read. Throughout the book, the setting was so intricately described I could feel the eerie chill coming off the lake. The darkness of the setting lends beautifully to the building suspense that keeps the reader on edge throughout the book.

The story is told by jumping back and forth between Hud being questioned by a detective, and Hud’s narration of the events as they unfolded. This reminded me strongly of one of my all time FAVORITE reads, William Landay’s
Defending Jacob. Mr. Sweazy did a nice job with his rendition of this side-by-side story telling from the main character’s point of view. I was constantly trying to piece together clues from each narrative in hopes of figuring out who the culprit was, and if the crimes of the past were related to those of the present.

I give WHERE I CAN SEE YOU 4 stars. It’s a quick read with plenty of dark twisty suspense and an ending that leaves you wanting more. It pairs well with Shannon Ridge Petite Syrah and a warm summer night.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here on the blog. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Larry D. Sweazy (pronounced: Swayzee) is the author of thirteen novels: WHERE I CAN SEE YOU, the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series (SEE ALSO MURDER, SEE ALSO DECEPTION), A THOUSAND FALLING CROWS, the Lucas Fume Western series (VENGEANCE AT SUNDOWN, ESCAPE TO HANGTOWN), the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series (THE RATTLESNAKE SEASON, THE SCORPION TRAIL, THE BADGER’S REVENGE, THE COUGAR’S PREY, THE COYOTE TRACKER, THE GILA WARS–Berkley), and THE DEVIL’S BONES (Five Star). He won the WWA Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013, and the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for books the Josiah Wolfe series. He was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007, and was a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana literary competition in 2010, and won in 2011 for THE SCORPION TRAIL. And in 2013, Larry received the inaugural Elmer Kelton Fiction Book of the Year for THE COYOTE TRACKER, presented by the Academy of Western Artists. Larry has published over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE; THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING DETECTIVE: AND 25 OF THE YEAR’S FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES!; BOYS’ LIFE; HARDBOILED; Amazon Shorts, and several other publications and anthologies. He lives in the Midwest with his wife, Rose.

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/12/17

Welcome to this week’s wrap up! It was another busy week on the blog; I debuted my new feature called Mini Review Monday, posted a couple of ARC reviews, and really enjoyed showing you guys my cover love choices for some upcoming 2017 releases. I’m planning on posting my next MRM on 5/22, as I don’t want to push myself into cramming in more than I can fit, but I’m definitely planning on continuing it as there was such great feedback regarding that segment. Next week I have plans of posting a few reviews and some discussion posts; I can’t wait to share some of the things I’ve had swimming in my head for weeks! As always, I enjoy hearing which books you’ve read and which ones you’re looking forward to; please share them with me below!

NETGALLEY APPROVALS:

I requested/approved 2 books on NetGalley this week:

I also found some freebies/deals for my kindle this week, along with my kindle first pick:

POSTS FROM LAST WEEK:

Mini Review Monday-5/8/17

Review: Blackout/Nightblind

Cover Love: Upcoming 2017

Review: It’s Always The Husband

BOOKSTAGRAM:

Here are some of my favorite pictures from my Instagram this week:

That’s it for this week! Feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads. Until next week, have a great weekend and happy reading! ❤

Posted in General Post, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Review: It’s Always The Husband

Book Title: It’s Always The Husband
Author: Michele Campbell
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Domestic Suspense, Fiction

Date Read: 05/09/17
Pub Date: 05/16/17

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

This was a read that requires a difficult review. I’m torn down the middle as the first half and the second half seemed like completely different books. While scoping out reviews via Goodreads, I have found what seems to be a central thought regarding this story; the book appears to be marketed to the wrong crowd. If I hadn’t been made aware that my expectations were leading me in a false direction, I probably would have been sorely disappointed in this book as well. This isn’t a criticism toward the author; she has no say in how the publishers and PR decide to project her work. I’m hoping by addressing an uncomfortable subject that this will lead the right readers to pick up this book and enjoy the story as is.

Right off the bat I could tell that Campbell has experience in the Ivy League circuit; her knowledge is abundantly evident in her writing and she crafted three of the most privileged characters I have experienced in years. I was completely sold on the credibility of this story; my only issue with the first half was that the pacing is a bit slow. The characterization is heavy here, and I appreciate that, but the lack of plot development almost made me put it down. However, right at about that 50% mark we start taking off and things get rolling! I was completely sucked in for the final half; the ending was not predictable but I had to sleep on it and wrestle it a bit before I really took to it. Once I sat on it, I appreciated how the author weaved together the ending and could see evidence of such from the beginning. This was a fantastic example of how unlikeable characters pitted against each other can really ramp up your pulse and keep you from turning out the light due to needing to read “just one more chapter”.

As I mentioned above, I think readers who are expecting breathtaking suspense and high paced action will be disappointed; this is not the book for you. Those who enjoy heavy characterization with lighter suspense and a dramatic ending will thoroughly enjoy this; I’d go as far as classifying this more as domestic fiction with a side of suspense. Hopefully this clears the air for some future readers and draws the right person to devour this deliciously deceitful book. As it’s a quick read, I can see It’s Always The Husband being a solid choice to bring on your summer vacation.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here on the blog. 

AUTHOR BIO:

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.

She’s had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Cover Love: Upcoming 2017

Happy Wednesday everyone! Lately I’ve found myself glancing over my TBR on Goodreads  mesmerized by all the dreamy covers on my wishlist (do not pretend that you don’t do this too) and thought it would be fun to do a post on some of my favorite jacket art. For the purposes of this post I narrowed my list down to 10 covers, 5 are YA Fiction and the other 5 Adult Fiction, and they are all books that have not been published but will be this year. I’ve included the summary of each book below in case one catches your eye and you’d like to learn a little more about it. Which covers are your favorites from this list? Are there any not listed here that you can’t wait to get your hands on?

1) BAD ROMANCE BY HEATHER DEMETRIOS

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

2) THE CHILD FINDER BY RENE DENFELD

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old by now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as “the Child Finder,” Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl, too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

3) JANE, UNLIMITED BY KRISTIN CASHORE

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

4) BRING HER HOME BY DAVID BELL

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…

5) INVICTUS BY RYAN GRAUDIN

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

6) WHEN WE WERE WORTHY BY MARYBETH MAYHEW WHALEN

A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

7) GENUINE FRAUD BY E. LOCKHART

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

8) DO NOT BECOME ALARMED BY MAILE MELOY

When Liv and Nora decide to take their families on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. The children, two eleven-year-olds, an eight-year-old, and a six-year-old, love the nonstop buffet and the independence they have at the Kids’ Club. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor misfortunes leads the families farther and farther from the ship’s safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.

What follows is a riveting, revealing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the once-happy parents now turning on one another and blaming themselves try to recover their children and their lives.

9) FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS BY JULIE C. DAO

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

10) LITTLE BROKEN THINGS BY NICOLE BAART

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

That’s it for this edition of Cover Love; I hope these beautiful pieces of book art were able to brighten your day a bit. Quick- go update those Goodreads TBRs and Amazon wishlists STAT! 🙂

Posted in Cover Reveal, General Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments