Friday, September 30, 2016

Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway - The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston @jenmcqwrites @avonbooks

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston
Series: Seduction Diaries #3
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Date Read: September 27, 2016
Source: Edelweiss

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor.

Every girl dreams of a hero….

No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.

But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.

When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore’s is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.

When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.


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

My Review

This book was just a whole lot of fun to read!  I enjoy a good historical romance every now and then so when this book popped up on my radar, I decided to take a closer look.  Once I read the summary, I knew that I had to read this book since the main character always seems to have her nose in a book.  I felt an odd kinship with the heroine before I even started reading the book based on the books description.

Mary has spent her life safely tucked away with her books.  She goes to London to spend time with her sister who is in the later stages of pregnancy.  When she seeks the safety of the library at a crowed event, her life takes a sudden turn and not only is her reputation destroyed but she has overheard an assassination plot.  West is scoundrel known for all of his ill deeds.  When he sees the lady from the garden go to the library during the party, he follows her.  Now he must deal with the ramifications of tarnishing the reputation of an innocent while trying to figure out the assassination plot that they overheard.

The characters in this book were great.  Mary had a lot of spunk and was not at all afraid of saying no to others.  I loved how she seemed so educated on just about every subject just from reading about it.  West was fun.  He didn't make apologies for his prior behavior and owned up to everything when questioned.  He seemed like he was actually a much more caring man than he showed through his behavior.  It was really nice watching his character develop throughout this book.

I ended up really liking this pair as a couple.  West treated Mary with a lot of respect and honestly valued all of her opinions.  I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between them at the start of the book but as their relationship developed so did their chemistry.  I loved how each of these characters seemed so much stronger together than they did apart.  There was enough heat in some parts of the book to keep things interesting.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance.  This is the third book in the Seduction Diaries series but it really can be read perfectly fine as a stand alone novel.  I have read any of the prior books in the series and had no trouble keeping up with the story.  I definitely plan to look for more books from this author in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway
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“McQuiston’s third Seduction Diaries novel is to be commended for its complex and unusual plot and for featuring characters the reader comes to care for. A surprising, readable story about healing, forgiveness, and trust.”   — Kirkus

“The story is equal parts mystery and romance, and just when readers begin to feel cheated, the twists and turns navigate to a stunning ending.”— Publishers Weekly

“Pure Escapism. Ms. Mcquiston created a romance as epic as the characters who lived it. [...] With easily identifiable main characters and a thrilling story, it was a no brainer for me to gift this book with 5 stars and a Top Pick.” — Night Owl Reviews

”McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series captivates readers with clever plots and engaging characters. Incorporating plenty of sexual tension, bantering dialogue and a mystery into this installment delivers everything fans expect from McQuiston. This is truly a delightful addition to a reader’s library.”— RT Book Reviews

“THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL is full of interesting characters and their interactions, especially those between West and Mary. There is also plenty of suspense concerning the assassination. The era is also a change from the Regency that so Dominates British historical romances.”— Romance Reviews Today

“Regency romance fans will adore this addition to McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series”— Booklist

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review - Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King @AS_King @DuttonYR

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Date Read: September 18, 2016
Source: First to Read

Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she explores the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original —and yet it still hurts.

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


My Review

This book surprised me.  I really didn't know what to think going into it.  I grabbed it just because it looked somewhat interesting.  I actually try not to read too much about a book before I sit down to read.  For much of the book, I had no idea where things were going but I couldn't stop reading.  Things shifted in the story at a point and what this book is really about became more clear.  In the end, I really enjoyed this story.

Sarah is in the middle of a crisis.  Nothing seems original to her and she doesn't want to do much of anything.  She is about to be expelled from school since she hasn't been going.  Nothing original happens there anyway.  Past and future Sarahs keep popping into her life but don't always offer a whole lot of help.  She spends her days following a homeless man around, walking around abandoned buildings, and trying to be original.

I really thought for the first part of the story the book was about mental illness.  Sarah seems so depressed and when she started running into other versions of herself, I was sure she was hallucinating.  I was wrong.  This book is really about something else that starts to be unraveled as Sarah works to piece together her past.  The bit of magical realism in the story was surprising but it helped to tell the story in a unique manner.

This was a really fast read for me.  The way that the story was told was captivating.  I knew that there was something going on and I had to keep reading to find out what it was.  I liked that a bit of magical realism made its way into the story since it was completely unexpected.  Sarah voice was compelling.  From the very beginning of the book, I felt for this girl and wanted to find out what brought her to this place in life.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I think that it is a book that touches on a difficult topic in a completely new way.  This is the first book by A.S. King that I have had a chance to read but I definitely plan to check out more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Dutton Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

A.S. King is the critically acclaimed author of seven novels for young adults, most recently I Crawl Through It. Her fiction has earned numerous awards, including an L.A. Times Book Prize and a Printz Honor, and over three dozen starred reviews. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #32 - Silence Fallen

 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:


Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

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

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


Why Am I Waiting?
I have so much love for this series.  I was really surprised to see that another Mercy Thompson book is being released next year since there is sometimes 2 years between books in this series.  This book sounds really exciting with Mercy being kidnapped by the most powerful vampire in the world.  I just wish I could get my hands on it now.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Releases - September 27, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

September 27, 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:

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25606951-reckless-creed


In the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O’Dell find themselves at the center of a dire and mysterious case.

In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.


 

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28446375-the-trouble-with-mistletoe

If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ... 


The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25980816-the-perks-of-loving-a-scoundrel

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor.

Every girl dreams of a hero . . .

No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.

But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.

When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.

When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.




Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22299763-crooked-kingdom?ac=1&from_search=true

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


 
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27274370-the-vanishing-year?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28507352-the-life-she-wants?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23989925-swarm?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28446368-mercury?ac=1&from_search=true

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review - The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Date Read: September 13, 2016
Source: Edelweiss

If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...

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

My Review

This is such a great story!  I haven't read a lot of books written by Jill Shalvis yet but everyone that I have picked up so far has been really good.  This series is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it would be great as a stand alone novel.  This was one of those books that just put a smile on my face while I was reading it because the story was just delightful.

One of the things that I really love about this series is the wonderful cast of characters.  This book features Willa and Keane.  Willa owns the local pet story which added to the charm of the book for me since I just love a dose of animals in any book.  Keane is in real estate and construction and Willa considers him to be completely off limits due to a past that he doesn't even remember.  She still just can't say no when he comes to her for help with his aunt's cat.

I loved Willa and Keane as a couple.  I liked that instead of keeping secrets throughout the book this pair actually talked about things.  There were a few things that they both needed to figure out but most of the issues dealt with what they each wanted in their own life.  I liked the chemistry between the pair and thought that they just seemed to match up perfectly.

I thought that this story had a really nice flow to it.  There were some parts of the book that were serious and others that were more silly than anything else but it all worked together perfectly.  The Christmas part of the story was really fairly small.  There is some talk of decorations and Santa but nothing too over the top which is perfect for me.  The touch of humor in the story was very well done as well.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is a sweet and fun story filled with great characters.  I am becoming quite the fan of Jill Shalvis and can't wait to see what will happen next in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #38



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

This was really an average week around my house.  My daughter was really busy with Homecoming activities leading up to the dance tonight.  We actually have a really full Saturday planned with watching my daughter march in the homecoming parade, then she competes with her marching band and we will go to help out, and then we have to hurry up and get ready for the dance.  Reading seemed to be rather slow going this week and I hope I can squeeze in some reading time on Sunday.   

Digital Books

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn (NetGalley)
The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries (NetGalley)
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen (NetGalley)
The Visitor by Amanda Stevens (Kindle Purchase)

I was so excited to be approved for the new Ania Alhborn book.  I absolutely loved Brother and can't wait to read more of her work.  I requested the Sabrina Jeffries novella because sometimes I enjoy shorter pieces and I really want to read more of her work.  Gone Without a Trace sounded too good to pass up.  I caught The Visitor on sale for $0.99 so I just had to have it. 

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, September 23, 2016

Audiobook Review - Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @TantorAudio

Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison 
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows #3
Tantor Audio (Audio)
Publication Date: January 2, 2008
Date Read:  September 5, 2016
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 16 hours 4 minutes

Rachel Morgan is back! Best-selling author Kim Harrison returns with a new supernatural adventure that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris won't want to miss.

Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate, Ivy, is off the wagon; her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn't sound like he's coming back, while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting; and there's a turf war erupting in Cincinnati's underworld.

And there's a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain. Now there's hell to pay: literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

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

My Review


I liked this audiobook but it was bit of a disappointment after absolutely loving the first two books in the series. This was a re-read for me but I actually didn't remember anything about it from my initial read years ago. I am actually pretty sure that this is the book that I stopped on when I started the series the first time. It was a good book but it wasn't anywhere near as entertaining as the first two in the series were for me.

This book started out really strong with Rachel having to deal with Big Al. Things looked pretty bad for her and I had no idea how she was going to outsmart him. She ends up getting a bit of help from his familiar and a werewolf insurance agent. It was a close call for Rachel and while she is trying to recover a secret slips out and Jenks ends up mad...and leaves. I missed Jenks constant presence in this book.

This book really seemed a bit more focused on the character relationships. I can't say that I really liked all of the developments in this installment. Nick can't handle being near Rachel so he leaves town. Rachel starts dating Kisten and while they have chemistry it seemed to happen way too fast. Ivy is having her own struggles with Piscary and staying in control. Jenks needs some time away to cool down. This felt like more of a transitional book that may be laying the framework for future books.

I did enjoy the narration in this audiobook. Marguerite Gavin is really the perfect narrator for this series. She is Rachel in my mind but she also performs all of the different voices very well. I never have any trouble understanding who is speaking and her delivery really keeps my focus on the story.

I would recommend this book to others. This is the third book in the series and I really do think that this series needs to be read in order since everything builds from the earlier books. Readers who try to read this as a stand alone will most likely be quite lost. I am looking forward to starting the next audiobook in this series very soon!
About the Author
photo by Myra Klarman Photography
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive.  After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow.  She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles and a Hollows prequel, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home or in the garden.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review - Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland @km_sutherland @PenguinTeen

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons for Young Readers
Publication Date:  October 4, 2016
Date Read: August 25, 2016
Source: First to Read

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been expecting just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.


My Review

I liked this book but have found that it is a rather tough one for me to rate.  I was initially grabbed by the awesome cover and after reading the description, I just had to read it.  There were things that I really liked about it and other parts that just didn't do a lot for me.  I have been wavering between 3 and 4 stars and have finally settled on a 4 star rating since it was a rather enjoyable read overall.  It was a really quick read that took a few turns that I didn't expect.

I loved the characters in this book.  Henry was great.  I loved him and his group of friends.  His parents and sister were also quite amazing.  I wasn't as sold on Grace.  From the beginning of the book, it was very obvious that Grace was keeping something major to herself so it is no wonder that her character was more of a mystery.  I did enjoy the interactions between Henry and Grace when they were together.

The main focus of this book is really solving the mystery that is Grace and Henry builds a relationship with her.  Grace does have some tragedy in her past which is greatly impacting her present.  Henry is patient and tries to be there for Grace even though he wants to move forward and focus on a future with her.  For Henry, Grace becomes his total focus often to the detriment of other things in his life.  In addition to being a story of first love, Henry learns a lot about himself, his family, and his friends over the course of the story.

I would recommend this book to others.  I do think that this book is appropriate for older teens.  There are some elements to the story that younger teens may not be ready for including drinking and sexual situations.  This is the first book by Krystal Sutherland that I have read and I plan to look for her work in the future.

I received an advance review copy of this book from G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

Krystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia, a place that has never experienced winter. Since then she’s lived in Sydney, where she edited her university’s student magazine; Amsterdam, where she worked as a foreign correspondent; and Hong Kong. Krystal has also interned at Bloomsbury Publishing and was shortlisted for the Queensland Young Writers Award. She has no pets and no children, but is fond of naming inanimate objects: in the Netherlands she owned a Dutch bicycle called Kim Kardashian, and a small, inflatable velociraptor called Herbert. Our Chemical Hearts is her debut novel.

Author Links:  Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review - The One Man by Andrew Gross @The_AndrewGross @MinotaurBooks

The One Man by Andrew Gross
St. Martins Press - Minotaur Books
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Date Read: September 10, 2016
Source: NetGalley

In this riveting historical thriller from New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross, a US intelligence officer is sent into Auschwitz to help one man escape.

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl—a renowned physicist—holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.

Bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines, this historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely new and compelling.

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

My Review

This was a different kind of story.  One that I really could not have imagined.  I have read quite a few books written or co-written by Andrew Gross so I thought that I knew what to expect when I picked up this book but I was completely wrong.  This book was so much more.  I would have never even dreamed that a fictional mission set in such a vivid and horrible historical event could have even worked...but it did.

This story is set during World War II with the majority of the book taking place inside Auschwitz.  Despite the fact that this was a fictionalized story, there were parts of this book that were hard to read because of how realistic it was.  There were moments in the book that honestly made my heart hurt.  I thought that the parts of the story where we were really in the head of Alfred were some of the most powerful and emotional.

Nathan Blum is a Jewish man who left Poland and now lives in the United States.  He has been working in military intelligence but he is offered a very dangerous mission.  The military wants him to go into Auschwitz and escape with one very important man.  He agrees even though the odds are completely against him.   Nathan proves to be not only incredibly brave but also very resourceful as he proceeds with his mission.

Alfred has no idea that anyone may be trying to help him escape.  He does know that he has very important knowledge that needs to be shared with the world.  He meets a younger prisoner, Leo, who he feels is capable of learning and sharing this information when he is gone.  The men form a bond as they spend time with each other and we do spend time with each of them at the camp.

This was one of those stories that I really wasn't sure how things would end.  I was really nervous as Nathan tried to complete his task at the camp.  So many things could go wrong and they often did.  There were a few complications and twists that I didn't see coming.  This ended up being a heartbreaking and exciting story.

I would recommend this book to others.  I think that Andrew Gross did a fantastic job of creating a exciting mission inside of a well known historical event.  I have enjoyed his work in the past but with this book, I think he has moved on to a whole new level.  I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

I received an advance review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His latest novel, The One Man, is a World War II thriller coming August 23, 2016 from Minotaur Books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Releases - September 20, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

September 20, 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:
 
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

My Review

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…



Home by Harlan Coben
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans


Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben’s next gripping thriller, to be published in September 2016.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28374062-the-kept-womanhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28118037-metaltown?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28449257-the-wonder?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28372019-the-bookshop-on-the-corner?ac=1&from_search=true
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