Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Releases - March 20, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks

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:

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
A wise, old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality.

Tomorrow tells the story of a 217 year-old “give or take a year or so” dog traveling in search of his lost master.

His adventures take him through the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles and the world of the Sun-King and to nineteenth century Venice. As he travels through Europe he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once) marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit.

With the rich historical vision of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and the captivating canine perspective of A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrow draws us into a unique, century-spanning tale of the unbreakable connection between dog and human.

Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Find it at:
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate

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A modern day Fatal Attraction meets The Girl on the Train, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author Courtney Cole, now writing dark psychological suspense under the name Courtney Tate Evans.

From the outside, Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream: a successful ER physician, she is married to a hardworking and handsome psychologist. Together they own a charming house in the Chicago suburbs. But Cabot has a dark personal past and her memory has holes she tries to fill in. Her sleep is ravaged by recurring nightmares of that night when, as a teenager, she found her father standing next to the bodies of two people he had shot dead. It is what she can't remember about that night that utterly haunts her. Her father is still alive in jail for that terrible crime. At times now, despite her success, she fears she is truly unable to determine what is real and what is not. Then she starts to suspect that something is amiss with her husband and realizes that nothing--and no one--in her life is as it appears.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Find it at:
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A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare...

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced. . . .
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Audiobook Review - Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde @cryanhyde

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Narrated by Nick Podehl and Teri Schnaubelt
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
Date Read: February 8, 2018
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes
Source: Purchased
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love with a man like Calvin. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.
My Review

I enjoyed this book.  I really thought that this was going to be a book about a dog based on the cover.  I obviously did not read the book's summary prior to starting this audiobook.  There is a dog in the book but that dog is really not the main focus of the story.  This was a story about race, love, and what really makes up a family.  I am so glad that I stumbled upon this wonderful story.

This book is told from two points of view.  Dr. Lucy takes care of animals and the occasional human that comes to her for help.  She lives a rather isolated life on her ranch and likes it that way.  Pete is a 12 year old boy that happens upon a wounded dog laying on the side of the road and feels compelled to help.  Pete finds help for the dog in Dr. Lucy and so much more.

The characters in this book were wonderful and they all had their own complex story to tell.  Dr. Lucy has been through a lot.  The book is set in a time where people do not want to take a female doctor seriously so Lucy uses her skills to help animals.  Pete has had a lot to deal with in his short life.  Despite the way he is treated, he is still such a good kid and works hard to do what he feels is right.  Justin and his father, Calvin, are new in town.  The town has not been welcoming to them and has treated them poorly because of the fact that they are African American.

I loved the way that the relationships between these characters developed.  If the rest of the world would simply go away, these four people would be very happy.  Pete and Justin have so much in common and I loved watching their friendship progress.  Lucy goes from being alone most of the time to have a real connection to Pete, Justin, and Calvin.  Everything about their interactions seemed natural and it made me very angry that the local citizens did everything they could to not allow any of the connections to exist.

The narrators both did a great job with this story.  I really do enjoy it when audiobooks utilize multiple narrators.  Nick Podehl did a great job with Pete's point of view which was no small task since the character is a 12 year old boy.  Teri Schnaubelt voices the parts that were told from Dr. Lucy's point of view.  Both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion into the story telling and were very pleasant to listen to for long periods of time.  I would not hesitate to listen to either of these narrators again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a very well told story that really care about the characters.  This was the first book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I have read but I wouldn't hesitate to read more of her work in the future.

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA's Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #111

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

My Life
This was a much better week.  I didn't have too many extra things to try to squeeze into my schedule.  I did have an eye appointment and ordered a new pair of glasses and contacts.  On Friday night, my daughter performed in her school's variety show with her jazz ensemble.  Other than that, it was my normal schedule of work, household chores, blogging and reading. 

Books for Review
Cowboy Bold by Carolyn Brown (Publisher)
The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump (Publisher)
Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason (Publisher)

I was thrilled to get a surprise package this week with these three books from Forever (Grand Central Publishing).  I am really looking forward to reading all of these!

Marek by Sawyer Bennett (NetGalley)
Nights at Seaside by Addison Cole (Author)

I always enjoy Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey series so I downloaded Marek as soon as I saw it listed on NetGalley.  I have been saying how I to read Melissa Foster's work so I am eager to listen to one of her books written under the name Addison Cole.

Books Purchased
Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I added these beauties to my collection this week because I am planning to attend the book signing for Obsidio tonight.  I cannot wait! 

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, March 16, 2018

Audiobook Review - Peripeteia by Sarah Lyons Fleming @SLyonsFleming

Peripeteia by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer
Series: The City #2
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Date Read: March 8, 2018
Length: 19 hours 51 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
From the universe of the Until the End of the World series
Book two of The City Series is here!
(Note: The City Series can be read before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Months into the apocalypse, the zombies show no signs of dying, but it’s clear everyone in Sunset Park will die without enough food to outlast the undead. Add in the less-than-sociable new neighbors only blocks away, and the hunt for sustenance has come to feel more like a race than a ramble.

Sylvie is happy in her new home with the people who’ve become like family, though she’s still working out how to let them into her heart. Eric wants in, and he wants to find his sister, but he can’t do both at the same time. If he can do the second one at all—getting into the city was hard enough, getting out may prove impossible.

Despite setbacks—and a couple million zombies—it seems fortune is working in their favor. After all, food, security, and family are extraordinary when just being alive is a notable accomplishment. But fortune can turn on a dime, and all it takes is one misstep.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  I am so happy that I stumbled upon this author because I am having such a good time with her books.  This is the second book in The City series which really does need to be read in order.  This book had me hooked from the very beginning.  It is not a short audiobook but I still listened to it in just a few days because I never wanted to put it down.  I went into this book with high expectations and am happy to report that those expectations were all met or exceeded.

I got to know Eric, Sylvie, and the rest of the group in the preceding book and I was really excited to get the chance to spend some more time with them in this book.   Watching the bonds grow and strengthen between these characters is really what I enjoy the most about these books.  Like the previous book, this installment is told from both Eric's and Sylvie's points of view so we really get to know those two characters really well.   I think I liked both Eric and Sylvie more and more as the book progressed.

The story continues with the high excitement level that was set in the first book.  The group is in New York City trying to survive with zombies everywhere.  And the zombies may not be their biggest problem.  There are daily problems that need to be address such as finding food and water and other things needed for survival that the group must address.  There are also safety issues involving the zombies and other survivors that take up a lot of energy.  Resources in the city are limited and they aren't the only group trying to survive.

This book does have some pretty major developments.  Just when things are looking good and everyone starts getting comfortable, things happen.  Situations change and the group has to adjust.  I have to admit that I was pretty nervous for the characters in this book because there are a lot of intense situations.

I loved the narration.  Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer do such a good job with this series.  I was a bit surprised that the narration was a bit different than what was used in the first book.  In this book, Luke Daniels performs the chapters from Eric's point of view including the female voices while Therese Plummer performs the chapters from Sylvie's point of view including the male voices.  In the first book, the male narrator handled all of the male voices throughout the book and vise versa which I really liked and was looking forward to in this book.  I quickly adjusted and enjoyed the book but wish that this book would have been done the same as the first book.  That being said, I had no issues with any of the voices that either narrator used and thought that they both brought a lot of emotion to the story.

I do recommend this book to others.  This series has a little bit of everything.  There is romance, some humor, action, and zombies working together to tell a rather unique story.  I can't wait to read more of Sarah Lyons Fleming's work very soon and plan to listen to the next audiobook in this series just as soon as it is available.

The Series - The City
Book #1 -Mordacious - My Review
Book #2 - Peripeteia
About the Author - Sarah Lyons Fleming

I'm a Laura Ingalls devotee, wannabe prepper and lover of anything pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic—-or anything in between. Add in some humor and romance, and I'm in heaven.

Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books, making artsy stuff and laughing my arse off. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse. But I'm working on it.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review - The Woman Who Couldn't Scream by Christina Dodd

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream by Christina Dodd
Series: Virtue Falls #4
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: March 14, 2018
Length:  352 pages
Source: NetGalley
From the New York Times bestselling author comes the fourth novel of suspense taking place in Virtue Falls, Washington.

Beautiful Merida is married to a wealthy older man who takes her around the world as his trophy. Merida is everything a man could want. But a traumatic accident years before left her without the ability to speak. When her husband dies, she knows it's her chance to exact revenge on those responsible for her accident—and that vengeance begins in Virtue Falls. Reinventing herself, she slips into village life, biding her time. But someone knows exactly who she is and will use this chance to finish what was started years ago. And this time an accident for Merida will mean silencing her forever.

My Review

I liked this book but I didn't love it.  It has been years since I have read anything by Christina Dodd but I have really enjoyed her writing in the past so I was excited to get the chance to read this book.  This is the fourth book in the Virtue Falls series and I think that I might have gotten a bit more out of it if I had read the previous books before jumping into this one.  I didn't have any kind of difficulty following the story but there were times that I just felt like I was missing something.  I did like the book and was eager how things would work out.

This book really seemed to be telling more than one story.  There is Merida, a mute woman, who has been recently widowed.  The other main focus was on Kateri, the newly elected sheriff.  Both of these woman had there own issues to deal and relationships to figure out.  I honestly think that I might have like the book a bit more if the focus didn't shift back and forth as much as it did.  There were quite a few times that I was pulled out of the story a bit as the point of view changed.

There is a whole lot going on in this book.  So much.  There is a convict on the loose, a string of murders occurring in Virtue Falls, a relative in town causing trouble, romantic issues, a long lost lover, a comatose friend, plus a frog god.  It was probably too much in a lot of ways and started to seem unrealistic.  I am okay with the frog god not being realistic but I would have liked for a little more believability for the rest of the story.

I really did like Kateri.  She seemed to be able to handle just about anything but was willing to take advice from others.  I liked Stag as well but he wasn't in the book as much as I would have liked but he seemed to really be what Kateri needed.  I also really liked some of the members of the police force and the older bar owner.  Merida and Benedict never felt completely real to me.  I didn't dislike them but I wasn't sure if I should trust them either.

I think that my biggest issue with the book was that things just seemed too convenient at times.  As the excitement of the book peaked, the characters would catch a break that was too good to be true.  Problems were solved a little too easily and solutions showed up just when they were needed.  I am glad that all of the loose ends were wrapped up but I would have it to feel a bit more real.

I do think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one.  I enjoyed this book even though I had some issues with the story.  I do hope to read more of Christina Dodd's work very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martins Press via NetGalley.

Virtue Falls Series
Book #1 - Virtue Falls
Book #2 - Obsession Falls
Book #3 - Because I'm Watching
Book #4 - The Woman Who Couldn't Scream
About the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her more than fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review - Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub

Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub
Series: Mundy's Landing #1
Publisher: HaperCollins - William Morrow
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Date Read: March 7, 2018
Length:  416 pages
Source: Edelweiss
From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.

Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley, Mundy's Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan's fears to life again.

The town's violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy's Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood.

My Review

This book was very well done.  I have had a review copy of this book for a very long time and really regretting the fact that I didn't read this one a long time ago.  I love a good mystery thriller and this book pulled me in right from the start.  I had such a good time trying to figure out how everything would come together and who the killer would be in the end.  I glad I finally decided to give this book a try.

I have to admit that some of my favorite parts of the book were the parts that let us in the killer's head.  I liked the fact that we get to meet the killer from the very beginning of the book and even learn his name very early.  His identity and everything about him was still a complete mystery to me.   The book isn't overly bloody but getting to really see the thought process of this killer really took the story to a new level.

Rowan is a teacher and mother of three in the town of Mundy's Landing.  She leads a happy life now despite a mistake that she made and put behind her in the past.  When a simple package shows up that could threaten everything, she tries to figure out what is going on.  Mick, Rowan's teenage son, leads the busy life of a high school boy.  He plays a sport at the school and works a part-time job where he is trying his best to be noticed by the pretty teen girl.  Rowan and Mick tell the majority of the story along with the killer but we do also get to hear from a couple of police detectives and Rowan's sister, Noreen.

There were times in the book that I did wonder where things were leading.  Honestly, I couldn't understand why Rowan was making such a big deal about things.  I kind of wanted to tell her to just move on but I had a feeling that there would be more to the story and there was.  It was really the killer's point of view that helped keep the story moving forward.  By the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough because I had to know what would happen next.

I would recommend this book to others.  I liked how all of the pieces of this book came together to tell a very exciting story.  This book is the start of a trilogy but I really felt like the story in this book is complete.  I am not sure if I will be reading the other installments in this series but I do hope to read more from Wendy Corsi Staub in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins - William Morrow via Edelweiss.

Mundy's Landing Series
Book #1 - Blood Red
Book #2 - Blue Moon
Book #3 - Bone White
About the Author

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Releases - March 13, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks

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:

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Find it at:
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell

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The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.

Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

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The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Review - Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @Flatironbooks

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Date Read: March 10, 2018
Length:  272 pages
Source: NetGalley
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?
My Review

I really enjoyed this book.  I am actually a little surprised by how much I ended up liking it.  I decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the description.  It was that same description that had me worried that this book may not work for me.  I love the idea of unreliable narrators but I have had mixed luck with them.  Let me just say that this book worked very well for me on all levels.  I read almost the whole book in a single day and could seem to stop turning pages.  I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

This is Amber's story.  Amber is in a coma and can hear what is going on around her but can't respond.  I was immediately drawn into the story because I felt like I needed to know how Amber ended up in that coma.  I wouldn't really say that I liked Amber or any of the other characters in the story but I didn't dislike them either.  I had no idea who to trust at any point in the story.

The dual timelines in this book worked well.  Piece by piece, we learn the details of what events led up to her hospitalization as well as everything happening around her while she is in the coma.  I was really equally interesting in both timelines and thought that the story switched from then to now at just the right moments to keep the story moving forward.

This book was full of twists and turns.  It is really best to go into this book as blindly as possible which I was thankfully able to do.  As I read the book I quickly discovered that everything that I thought I knew about the story was completely wrong.  I was taken by surprise many times over the course of the story and sometimes had to take a short break just to process what I had just learned.  I quickly began to expect the unexpected and I still found that I was shocked by some of the twists along the way. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I loved how this book kept me guessing until the very end.  I am really impressed with Alice Feeney's style of writing and hope to read more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Flatiron Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

ALICE FEENEY is a writer and journalist. She has spent 15 years with BBC News where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O'Clock News Producer. Alice is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #110

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

My Life
I need to stop and take a breath after this week.  I am completely worn out.  Last Saturday, I was going non-stop all day long.  I did get to play with my niece and nephew and my daughter found her prom dress on that day so I feel like I got some things accomplished.  My daughter had a jazz performance on Wednesday and it was my turn to take her to practice on Thursday so both of those days were completely booked.  I don't know how some people balance a busy schedule on a regular basis because just a couple of days of completely packed days left me exhausted.

I am still working to catch up with comments from the days that I wasn't able to get around to everyone.  I do appreciate everyone's comments and hope to be caught up soon.

Books for Review

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (Bookish First)

I have actually never read a Gayle Forman book before but I have heard great things about her work.  I had enough points to claim a copy when it was on offer from Bookish First a couple of weeks ago.  I am really looking forward to reading this one very soon.

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, March 9, 2018

Review - Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #6
Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Date Read: March 8, 2018
Length: 416 pages
Source: NetGalley
In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, an inn owner and her shape-shifting lodger find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others--vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget....

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki's don't have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe--one of the shape-shifting Others--discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken--and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.
My Review

I enjoyed this book.  After reading the earlier books in the series last year, I was really curious about this newest installment.  I knew going into this book that it was set in the same world as the previous books but it would feature different characters.  I was relieved to find that I liked this new group of characters right away.  I had a really nice time with this story.

Vicki is a rather new resident in the area.  She recently acquired a resort property, The Jumble, on Lake Silence as part of her divorce agreement.  The resort is just starting to conduct business with its first renter.  When a body is discovered near the resort, a chain of events begin that will put everything in jeopardy. 

This book had a colorful cast of characters.  Vicki was easy to like.  She was such an honest and dependable person that hasn't always been treated well by others.  Grimshaw was the calm authoritative voice of reason that everyone needed.  He really seemed to care about Vicki and the residents in town.  Julian is a good friend to Vicki and Grimshaw and steps into help and give advice when it is needed.  I really liked how the wider group of characters quickly felt like a community working together.

There was a lot of action to keep everyone busy in this book.  Vicki's right to The Jumble ends up being called into question by a group that has their own agenda.  The property has a very detailed list of rules that must be followed since it is in the territory of the Others that Vicki has worked to follow while those who want to take the property plan to ignore.  I really liked seeing how scary some of the Others could be when agreements were not followed.  I was never quite sure how things would work out and was a bit nervous for the characters at times.

I would recommend this book to others.  I think that anyone new to the series would be okay jumping in with this book but the background information from the earlier books was very helpful.  I thought that this book came to a very satisfactory ending.  I am really not sure whether their will be future books with this group of characters or not since the story felt very complete but I would certainly welcome any future installments. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace via NetGalley
The Series

Book #1 - Written in Red - My Review
Book #2 - Murder of Crows - My Review
Book #3 - Vision in Silver - My Review
Book #4 - Marked in Flesh - My Review
Book #5- Etched in Bone - My Review
Book #6 - Lake Silence
About the Author
Photo: © Merri Lee Debany
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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