Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #18


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

This was another busy week for me.  I really hope things calm down very soon because I like quiet time a lot more than running around all of the time.  Work has been very busy and I am still catching up from the few days that I took off a couple of weeks ago.

The puppy is feeling much better this week but my senior dog had to get her teeth worked on at the vet on Friday which was very stressful since it meant going under anesthesia and being gone for the day.  

My daughter is extremely busy.  She is going to play her trombone trio at the state level tomorrow which is pretty exciting.  She got invited to go to prom with a senior last week so I know that we will spend some time this week getting ready for that.  She also has a band concert this week as well as other end of the school year craziness.

Digital Books & Audiobooks



The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (NetGalley)
Blood Defense by Marcia Clark (Kindle First)
The Journey by Isobelle Carmody (Audible Freebie)

I have been trying to stop myself from requesting any books until I get caught up but I couldn't resist The Girl I Used to Be when I saw it listed as a "Read Now" title.  I always pick one of the Kindle First books but none of the choice really popped out at me this time.  I thought that Blood Defense looks somewhat promising so I decided to go with that choice.  I love it when I am able to grab freebies on Audible so I didn't hesitate to add The Journey to my library.  I think it will be a great listen during my work day once things calm down there a bit. 

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel @neuvel @DelReyBooks @randomhouse

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine Del Rey
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: April 28, 2016
Source: NetGalley


An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in the cutting-edge cadences of interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and by a struggle for control of earthshaking power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—the object's origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery—and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I have mixed feelings about this one.  I couldn't get enough of this book when I first picked it up.  I was hooked.  I started telling people to read this book before I even finished it.  I was that in love with the beginning of the story.  I kept reading and while I never disliked the book, the story started to drag and I found that I wasn't enjoying it like I had been.

This story is told differently than most.  Most of the book is told in the form of interviews.  I really did like the conversational quality to the flow of the book.  One of the biggest mysteries in the book has nothing to do with the robots.  I was almost desperate to find out the identity of the individual conducting the interviews.  Seriously....who is this guy?  There are a few journal entries to add into the mix but the bulk of the novel is told as a series of interviews.  I really liked this method of story telling at the start of the book but I started to tire of it before the story was over.

The idea behind the book really got my attention.  A giant alien robot scattered around the world sounds like a dream to me.  I loved learning along with the characters and really wanted to dig a little deeper into the alien technology.  The second half of the book seemed to move away from discovery into politics which I did not find nearly as enjoyable.

I didn't connect with any of the characters in this story.  I felt like I only got to know most of the characters at the surface level.  The interviews are divided up between quite a few characters with Dr. Franklin, Kara, Victor, and Ryan being the key players along with the US President's aide.  The character that actually shows up the most in the book in the nameless interviewer who started to become more lifelike by the end of the story but only to a small degree.

I do think that a lot of readers will really enjoy this one.  It is unique in its method of story telling with a very creative plot.  I did enjoy it even though I didn't fall in love with it.  This book is listed as being the first in a new series and I will most likely pick up the next book just to see where this story will end up going.  This is the first book that I have read by Sylvain Neuvel and I wouldn't hesitate to read his work in the future. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Del Rey via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.


About the Author

SYLVAIN NEUVEL dropped out of high school at age fifteen. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics, and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review - Coloring for All Seasons: Spring @GreenleafBookGr #ColorAndChill

Coloring for All Seasons: Spring
River Grove Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Publisher


“With the coming of spring, I am calm again.”
– Gustav Mahler

Spring is that captivating time of year when the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and plants come alive again. All across the globe, people shed their winter coats and step outside to celebrate this season with festivities and a collective appreciation of nature.

Coloring is a meditative pastime that has been proven to help practitioners focus and relax. By concentrating on specific patterns and hues, coloring can unlock creative potential and help alleviate stress. Each step of the way, from the initial choice of which shades to use to the soothing act of filling in each design, Coloring for All Seasons: Spring is an invitation to unwind.

We have carefully selected forty-six plates of spring flowers, butterflies, and animals to help immerse you fully in the season. Seasoned meditation practitioners and beginners alike will rejoice in Coloring for All Seasons: Spring. So grab your crayons, pencils, or markers and prepare to find a sense of inner calm. Within these pages of detailed patterns and inspiring beauty, we invite you to add some color to your world!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I was very impressed with this coloring book.  I really found this adult coloring book to be very high quality.  The focus of the book is spring and there are lots of wonderful drawings that represent the season beautifully.  The artwork represents a wide range of styles and I love some of the related quotes worked into a few of the pages.  I think that this coloring book will appeal to a very wide audience.

I really like how the artwork is very different from page to page.  Some of the pages will require much more detailed coloring than some of the others.  I can choose the level of difficulty based on my mood.  I also like the variation in styles.  Some pages are more whimsical while others seem a bit more lifelike.  The patterns are really quite beautiful.  I was very happy to see that the pages of the book are printed on only one side.  There is less of a chance of color bleeding through the page but I would still probably place something under the page if I were using markers.  Since the designs are on one side of the page, the art could be removed from the book if you choose.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to try an adult coloring book.  There is nice variety of styles and difficulty to sample.  This book was presented to me in a completely charming fashion with colored pencils and flowers surrounding the book.  This coloring book would make a wonderful gift.  I plan to look for the other seasons in the series soon. 

I received a review copy of this book from Greenleaf Book Group for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #14 - Marrying Winterborne

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:


Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 31, 2016

A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

Pre-Order:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!


Why Am I Waiting?
I love Lisa Kleypas so I am always excited to see a new book with her name on it.  I still have not had a chance to read the first in the series Cold-Hearted Rake but it is on my shelf and ready to go.  I haven't read everything that Kleypas has written but I have read a large percentage.  I have yet to be disappointed in her work.  I am not a fan of this cover but I am sure the story inside will be wonderful.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Releases - April 26, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

April 26, 2016  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:
Love of the Game by Lori Wilde
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

Lori Wilde’s returns to the beloved town of Stardust, Texas with Love of the Game.

In the third addition to the Stardust series, Lori Wilde introduces Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond. Axel was living the good life but even the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But when he needs physical therapy after a shoulder injury, he’s stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas. Even though Stardust has a reputation for love, this pitcher seems to be striking out with his gorgeous physical therapist.

Kasha Carlyle can’t strike out on her new job as the physical therapist for the Dallas Gunslingers. She has one week to get Axel Richmond back in action or she can kiss her job and her chance to seek custody of the orphaned sister she never knew existed goodbye. Even with his major league good looks, Kasha must find a way to resist his charm.

But as his injury heals, Kasha realizes his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing. It may require all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy movies in extra innings for them to find love.

Love of the Game is a wonderfully charming read that will capture the readers and have them rooting for more!

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

"The characters are as fantastic as Estep fans have come to expect." – RT Book Reviews

Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic

The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service

If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.

Jessie loves her son Lucas more than anything, but it tears her up inside that he was conceived in an affair that ended her marriage to a man she still loves, a man who just told her he's getting remarried. This time around, she’s determined to bury the secret of Lucas’ paternity, and to repair the fissures that sent her wandering the first time.

Gabriela regrets that she wasted her most fertile years in hot pursuit of a publishing career. Yes, she’s one of the biggest authors in the world, but maybe what she really wanted to create was a family. With a chance to do it again, she’s focused on convincing her husband, Colin, to give her the baby she desires.

Claire is the only one who has made peace with her past: her twenty-two year old daughter, Emily, is finally on track after the turmoil of adolescence, and she's recently gotten engaged, with the two carat diamond on her finger to prove it. But if she’s being honest, Claire still fantasizes about her own missed opportunities: a chance to bond with her mother before it was too late, and the possibility of preventing her daughter from years of anguish. Plus, there’s the man who got away—the man who may have been her one true love.

But it doesn’t take long for all three women to learn that re-living a life and making different decisions only leads to new problems and consequences—and that the mistakes they made may, in fact, have been the best choices of all…

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25647300-down-with-the-shinehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23203977-the-art-of-not-breathinghttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26245853-the-last-milehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29775575-keep-me-in-mind?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review - Love of the Game by Lori Wilde @LoriWilde @avonbooks

Love of the Game by Lori Wilde
Series: Stardust, Texas #3
Harper Collins - Avon Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: April 25, 2016
Source: Publisher


Lori Wilde’s returns to the beloved town of Stardust, Texas with Love of the Game.

In the third addition to the Stardust series, Lori Wilde introduces Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond. Axel was living the good life but even the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But when he needs physical therapy after a shoulder injury, he’s stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas. Even though Stardust has a reputation for love, this pitcher seems to be striking out with his gorgeous physical therapist.

Kasha Carlyle can’t strike out on her new job as the physical therapist for the Dallas Gunslingers. She has one week to get Axel Richmond back in action or she can kiss her job and her chance to seek custody of the orphaned sister she never knew existed goodbye. Even with his major league good looks, Kasha must find a way to resist his charm.

But as his injury heals, Kasha realizes his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing. It may require all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy movies in extra innings for them to find love.

Love of the Game is a wonderfully charming read that will capture the readers and have them rooting for more!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I really liked this romantic story.   This is the third book in the Stardust, Texas series but I think it would read perfectly fine as a stand alone novel.  I did read and enjoy the first book in the series so I knew that I was in for a treat when I picked up this newest installment.  I was not disappointed.  The characters were interesting and the romance was really sweet with a lot of chemistry.   It was a really nice romance to get lost in for a little while.

Kasha was a really interesting character.  She has had a troubled past until she joined the Carlyle family.  She is very cautious about how she approaches things and has a strong need to always be in control of her emotions.  She has just started working for the Gunslingers as a physical therapist and is trying to stay under the radar during her probationary period.  Everything changes when she gives her honest opinion about Axel's recovery plan.

Axel is the star pitcher for the Gunslingers.  He is working really hard to get his shoulder healed so that he can start playing again.  Axel is the type of player who pushes himself and he has a very hard time getting used to the idea that what his shoulder may actually need is a bit of rest.  He is very goal focused with dreams of eventually playing for the Yankees in the World Series never far from his mind.

I liked Axel and Kasha together.  There is a lot of chemistry between the pair from the very beginning.  They don't actually act on any of their feelings for a long time in the story and I think the build up made everything sweeter when things really started to happen.  They were both so thoughtful of each other and really took each other's needs into consideration.  They both have dealt with major issues in their past that have shaped their outlook in life.  I thought that they were really good for each other.

The only thing that drove me a bit crazy was the way that Kasha's sister, Emma, was constantly compared to a child.  She is not a child.  She is an adult with Down's Syndrome which is a very different thing.  I spent a lot of years working individuals with developmental disabilities and this is one thing that always drives me crazy.  Kasha does learn a lot about his sister during the story and by the end of the book she does adjust her thinking by the end of the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.   This story doesn't really have a strong sports theme even though one of the main characters plays a sport.  I have read and enjoyed several other books by Lori Wilde.  I do plan to read more from this very talented author including other books from this series.  I really want to know what else is in that hope chest!

I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers - Avon for the purpose of providing an honest review.
The Series - Stardust, Texas
Book #1 - Back in the Game - My Review
Book #2 - Rules of the Game
Book #3 - Love of the Game
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #17


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I had a crazy week.  I have been horrible at keeping up with things this week.  I apologize for the fact that I have not been around to visit blogs like I usually do.   I hope to get around to see everyone very soon.  After posting every day this year, I skipped posting twice this week.  It has been an off week in terms of blogging.

 It was really hard to go back to work after taking some time off and my puppy was sick for part of the week making for some not so fun clean up duty.  My daughter returned home from her trip to Philadelphia with her band and saw some pretty neat things on her trip.  She had a great time but I guess this has been our week to try to adjust to normal life again.

My daughter's selfie with the Liberty Bell


Print Books


Love of the Game by Lori Wilde (Publisher for Review)
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn (Won @ Lisa Loves Literature)

Can you believe it?  I only added 2 books this week.  This is really some kind of record.  I just didn't have any time to shop or try to add books myself if I am being honest.

I am really excited to have Lori Wilde's new book, Love of the Game.  I really liked the first book in this series so I started this one right away.  I won Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend at Lisa's blog - Lisa Loves Literature - as part of the book tour hosted by Irish Banana Tours.  I am not quite as excited about this one after reading a few reviews but I will give it a chance.  It has definitely sparked a few interesting conversations around my house already.


What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review - The Obsession by Nora Roberts @BerkleyNAL @FirstToRead

The Obsession by Nora Roberts
Penguin Publishing Group - Berkley
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Date Read: April 19, 2016
Source: First to Read


The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her


My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book.  More than I thought I would to be honest about it.  I have read Nora Roberts before but it has been years since the last time I picked up one of her stories.  For some reason, this book's description really appealed to me so I decided that it was time to try Nora Roberts once again.  Were her books always this good?  The opening part of the book really grabbed a hold of me in a way that I did not expect.   When I think Nora Roberts, I think of romance but this book was so much more than that. 

The story focuses on Naomi beginning when she is just a young child.  Naomi follows her father into the woods one night hoping to get a peek at her birthday present.  Instead, she finds a young woman locked in a cellar that her father has been holding captive.  She helps the woman escape and her father is sent to jail as a serial murderer. 

Naomi was such a strong character from the very beginning.  She immediately decides to do what she knows is right regardless of what it will cost her and her family.  Her uncle Seth and his partner, Henry, take in Naomi, her brother, and their mother but their life is far from easy and they soon suffer another major loss.

As an adult, Naomi is a successful photographer.  She buys a large house on the west coast in need of major remodeling.  She soon connects with many of the local residents and starts to really make a home for herself.  There is an instant attraction between Naomi and Xander and they seem to fit together well.  When the town that she has moved to is struck by murder things become intense.

I did figure out who the murderer was fairly early in the story but it didn't take away from the suspense for me.  Even though I had a good guess, I wasn't positive that I was right so I kept turning the pages.  I enjoy a bit of violence in a story so those parts of the story worked very well for me even though they may be too much for more sensitive readers.  I really don't remember this kind of violence in a Nora Roberts book before but I have to say that I liked it. 

I really liked the psychological aspect of the story more than anything.  I never have given a whole lot of thought to what it must be like to be a family member of someone like Naomi's father.  The impact on how she lived her life and thought about things was significant.  Xander's personality worked well with hers.  He was very patient and seemed to know just what she needed.  I really liked them as a couple.  The romance didn't overtake the story at all and I thought it was really nicely balanced.   

I would highly recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense.  I have read quite a few books by Nora Roberts and am looking forward to picking up more in the future. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Berkley via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, The Witness, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #13 - The Woman in Cabin 10

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

Pre-Order:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!


Why Am I Waiting?
I enjoyed Ruth Ware's debut novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood.  I am really hoping that this one will be just as good.  I really hope that Imogen Church narrates this audiobook because then I will definitely be trying to get my hands on an audiobook as soon as it is available.   

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Releases - April 19, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

April 19, 2016  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:
Worth It All by Claudia Connor
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story,” recommends Carly Phillips. Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.

She's fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she's doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she's done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He's struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he's more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can't shake the feeling that something's missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige's daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They'll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

Maestra by L.S. Hilton
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
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A shockingly original thriller - the launch title of Zaffre, the new fiction imprint of Bonnier Publishing Fiction

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End's less salubrious bars - although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.

When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar's clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when an ill-advised attempt to slip him sedatives has momentous consequences, Judith finds herself fleeing for her life.

Now alone and in danger, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous - and the inside track on the hugely lucrative art fraud that triggered her dismissal.

Set in the exotic palaces and yachts of Europe's seriously wealthy. With a heroine as wickedly perceptive as Amy Dunne and as dangerous as Lisbeth Salander, this marks the beginning of a sequence of novels that will have readers around the world on the edge of their seats and holding their breath.

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them...until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett's stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

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