Cover Reveal: The Rising Storm

Hey guys! I’ve got a YA cover reveal for you today; this is the first book is a set trilogy and the hope is that all three books will be published by the end of 2018! This one is currently set to publish in April of this year and I cannot wait to read it. Below I’ve included a little more info about the book and the author; scroll beyond that and you’ll see the gorgeous cover! Spoiler alert- IT’S PURPLE!!!! ❤ If you’d like to pre-order the book I’ve included the universal Amazon link as well.

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Review: The Storm King

Book Title: The Storm King
Author: Brendan Duffy
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Coming Of Age
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Pub Date: 02/06/18
5 STARS

Burying the past only gives it strength–and fury.

Nate McHale has assembled the kind of life most people would envy. After a tumultuous youth marked by his inexplicable survival of a devastating tragedy, Nate left his Adirondack hometown of Greystone Lake and never looked back. Fourteen years later, he’s become a respected New York City surgeon, devoted husband, and loving father.

Then a body is discovered deep in the forests that surround Greystone Lake.

This disturbing news finally draws Nate home. While navigating a tense landscape of secrets and suspicion, resentments and guilt, Nate reconnects with estranged friends and old enemies, and encounters strangers who seem to know impossible things about him. Haunting every moment is the Lake’s sinister history and the memory of wild, beautiful Lucy Bennett, with whom Nate is forever linked by shattering loss and youthful passion.

As a massive hurricane bears down on the Northeast, the air becomes electric, the clouds grow dark, and escalating acts of violence echo events from Nate’s own past. Without a doubt, a reckoning is coming–one that will lay bare the lies that lifelong friends have told themselves and unleash a vengeance that may consume them all.

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Review: As Sick As Our Secrets

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Book Title: As Sick As Our Secrets
Author: A.B. Whelan
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery
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Pub Date: 02/14/18
4 STARS

You could have saved her. All clues were in front of you. Only you refused to open your eyes.

Seeking an outlet from her boring and purposeless marriage, Olivia Campbell finds herself deeply involved in a vigilante investigation into the murders of the Fifty Shades Killer. As Olivia traces back the footsteps of a missing girl, she can’t stop connecting the dots between the girl’s kidnapping and her husband’s unorthodox lifestyle. Fighting her own demons, she feels obligated to bring the killer to justice, even at the cost of her life. Now, torn between life-altering decisions, Olivia finds herself more alone than ever.

The clock is ticking. Which decision is the right one? 

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NetGalley Update: February 2018

Hey Gang! Happy Monday and I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. Once again it’s time for a monthly NetGalley update. Last time we checked in I had 11 unread titles on my shelf. I’m pleased to announce that I read and cleared 2 of those off my list (Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones and The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard). I’m not very pleased to announce that I added 5 new ones since then, but one is a copy I received as a physical arc as well, so it almost doesn’t count. Right?! Right. Do you want to know which ones I added? I would assume so, otherwise you must be lost and very confused. So here we go!

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Review: The Social Affair

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Book Title: The Social Affair
Author: Britney King
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Goodreads
Pub Date: 01/18/18
5 STARS

A timeless, perfect couple waltzes into the small coffee shop where Izzy Lewis works. Instantly enamored, she does what she always does in situations like these: she searches them out on social media.

Just like that—with the tap of a screen— she’s given a front row seat to the Dunns’ picturesque life. This time, she’s certain she’s found what she’s been searching for. This time, she’ll go to whatever lengths it takes to ensure she gets it right—even if this means doing the unthinkable.

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I’ve been sitting here agonizing over what to write in my review of this book for three days now and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to keep it brief for your benefit. No quotes, no plot specifics, NADA. If you’re disciplined enough I would go so far as suggesting you don’t even read the blurb before you dive in, just go for it. I keep circling back around to the fact that I have no words to fully describe was a breath of fresh air this experience was. There was no mainstream hype, no over-building of expectations like when I finally pick up something after months of salivating, it was just like every other “twisty domestic thriller” currently on the market. No, I was able to mostly go into this one blind, and I highly recommend that you do the same. The only warning I will give is that those sensitive to situations of domestic abuse and violence of all types may want to approach with caution. This is a dark tale with unsettling consequences.

Fun fact– while this book is a standalone novel, all of the author’s books have ties to each other through characters that may be a brief snippet in one book and the focus of another. I most definitely will be going back to see how they all fit together and think that this is an absolutely brilliant strategy in creating unique tales. If you enjoy sexy thrillers that have a dash of mysterious cult in them, you should read this one. There was something that felt so realistic, current, and relatable about the story; the use of social media and the frightening power it can use to consume us was eye-opening. Trust me; you NEED this book. Do yourself the favor of purchasing it immediately. Don’t give me that book buying ban excuse; it’s only $3.99 (at the time of this writing) on kindle! You’ll thank me later.

*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy.

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Dennis Reviews: Into The Black Nowhere

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Book Title: Into The Black Nowhere
Author: Meg Gardiner
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Unsub #2
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Crime Fiction
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Pub Date: 01/30/18
5 STARS

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss. 

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

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Beyonce. Oprah. Meg Gardiner. All three iconic legends, but only one of the three has soooo successfully entertained me to the brick of super fandom. Ladies and gents, it’s Ms. Gardiner, bitch.

After I read UNSUB this past fall, I knew that I immediately had to click onto Amazon and pre-order Into the Black Nowhere . I knew it was being released on January 23rd, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I would check Amazon’s order menu in hopes that they screwed up and issued me a copy before the publication date. Sadly, no negligent workers were looking out for my mental sanity. January 23rd rings in and I ran down to check the mail and was ecstatic to find this beauty in my pile of mail. I was in the midst of another read, but was (im)patiently waiting to start round 2.

Caitlin Hendrix is back, in Virginia with a whole new clique, and serving you FBI realness. Ms. Hendrix was recruited to join the team after her successful capture of The Prophet in UNSUB and immediately jumps into a new case located in Solace, which is a somewhat neighboring suburb for Austin, TX. Several twenty-something year old women have been declared missing by county police and the FBI is called in due to the pattern and nature of these instances. All the women are physically similar and the disappearances have all happened on a Saturday night. Police and FBI are unsure how to advance, until a body of one of the women shows up—dead.

Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner. Sorry, I thought by saying your name three times it might actually give me the opportunity to meet you and thank you for this series. I just simply devoured this book—I can’t describe it any other way. Writing, as always, was top-notch for even the most greedy thriller and suspense junkie. Into the Black Nowherediffers from UNSUB and I feel like as an honest reader and reviewer, I have to let you know before you pick up this book. It is not going to have the same format nor plot development as it’s predecessor. Sorry, it just isn’t as intense as UNSUB, it just isn’t. We rarely get to hear any further developments of Caitlin’s private life with Sean and when we do, it’s irrelevant for the most part. However, we do get an original crime-fiction thriller that hasn’t been seen before. Ms. Gardiner’s stories are based on real-life serial killers and in this story we are given a fan fiction of the Ted Bundy’s hysteria, but we are given more that just a new interpretation of a story we’ve all heard. We see a cat and mouse game gone awry; we see a new kind of suspense this time—dare I say more realistic? This is the type of read that you want to make sure all doors are closed, shower curtains double checked, and windows locked. Although the two books are vastly different in their story telling, they are also given the same Meg Gardiner UMPH that you are expecting. This series is the Game of Thrones of crime-fiction. Ms. Gardiner gives zero f’s about who lives and who dies and that plot twist always makes for the juiciest story. Expect red herrings. Expect to be scared. Expect to pre-order Book 3 whenever we find out more information about it!

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Dennis Reviews: Six Stories

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Book Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Six Stories #1
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction
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Pub Date: 03/30/17
4 STARS

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

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Six Stories has been on my radar since I saw everyone ranting and raving about it all summer long. I know that I’m a little late to the party, but honestly it was perfect timing for me to pick this read up. I’ve never listened to the podcast Serial, but I always hear water-cooler talk in the office about it. I’m more of a Bitch Sesh podcast listener #RealHousewives, but I do love crime-mysteries and figured that this story would be an original telling of a genre that has gotten so played out. I’m here to tell you ladies and gentlemen, Six Stories wiped the socks right off me! What an interesting, forward-thinking approach that (in my opinion) has reinvented the crime-fiction genre. Mr. Wesolowski, kudos to you for thinking outside of the box, while incorporating current pop culture phenomenon.

Six Stories mostly takes place in 2017, with Scott King as host and creator of Six Stories—a crime discovery podcast similar to the popular Serial. Scott’s new series for his podcast will venture back to the 1997 murder investigation of teenager Tom Jeffries; found a year after in rural Scarclaw Fell. Scarclaw Fell is a popular forest consisting of acres and acres of wildlife brush for camping, hunting, and just outdoorsy “fun”. As Scott King interviews Tom Jeffries’s social circle, a picture begins to be painted that definitely should’ve been more accurately told back in 1997. Was Tom Jeffries murdered? Why did it take a full year for the body to be found? Why did someone want this teenager dead?!

Six Stories was a very interesting and dynamic read for me because I’ve never read a book that was told in the form of a podcast. Matt Wesolowski’s approach to writing this story never ceased to amaze me and by the time we got to Episode 3, I really felt that I was reading the transcript of a podcast! It wasn’t your typical [enter stereotypical crime-fiction plot here] kind of story, which I am truly grateful for. If you know me *somewhat* personally, you would know that thrillers, horrors, and crime-fiction novels are some of the only ways that my pea-brained attention span can focus. I really appreciate when an author can venture into a popular genre and deliver. I cannot wait to start Hydra as soon as possible. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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