Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fresh Releases: June 19, 2018

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris Goodreads and Amazon

That's the only one I've got for this week, but I know there is more out there. What exciting releases are you looking forward to?

Monday, June 18, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Hanging Women by John Mead

I'm very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Hanging Women by John Mead!! When I got the email for this, I was interested. I really do enjoy reading Historical Fiction from time to time. I find it fun, and I love going back to a different time and experiencing that world. I just want to thank Rachel's Random Resources and John Mead for letting me be a part of this tour.

The Hanging Women
by John Mead
Buy it on Amazon UK or Amazon US

Summary: A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the power house of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riots and gangland killings.  A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.
As a result of Jack `stealing' Philomena's diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers' rights movements in America of the late 1800's). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremest factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby's, a secret `nightclub for deviants', where Stevens and Inspector O'Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.
With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it's too late.
My Reading Right Now! Thoughts: I really enjoyed this mystery and this step back into a turbulent time in history. I really tend to enjoy historical fiction. I like going back to a past time, seeing what life was like. Now don't get me wrong, I'm glad I live in the time I do. I like having internet, cell phones, and a plethora of great books published every month. I also like not having to wear dresses all the time, I really like pants. Anyway...
This was a fun read! I liked that it was a mystery and that we experienced it through the eyes of Jack Stevens. He was a character. I liked how he did his own thing.
I liked the time period that it covered. It was eye-opening in all the things that took place and happened.
The mystery was good too. It kept me on my toes, guessing and scratching my head.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this. If Historical Fiction and Mysteries are something you like to read, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out.

Meet the Author John Mead!
John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a lecture in Denver about the history of the American midwest, describing a time and place that was very different from that espoused by popular culture, which started him thinking this would make a excellent period in which to set a crime story.  
His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and intolerance held back many others. The situation for some African Americans and women was improving but it was still a time when to be anything other than white and male made you a second class citizen.  The city was the manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast influx of immigrants swelling its already booming population brought great wealth but also corruption and criminality. The midwest and Chicago typified a way of life, the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism, from which much of modern American social values have grown.

John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a Whitechapel noir.

Thank you for stopping by my Tour Stop for The Hanging Women by John Mead. Be sure to check out all the other stops on this fun tour! Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and John Mead for letting me be a part of it.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Reading Right Now! (167)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Title: City of Bastards (Royal Bastards #2)
Author: Andrew Shvarts
Provided with a free review copy from Disney-Hyperion through Netgalley

I was lucky enough to get an arc of this through Netgalley. Thank you Disney-Hyperion!! Sadly, I did not read it before it was released. Good news for you, it's out now! But I'm a baaaad reviewer.
Anyway, I read and reviewed the first book Royal Bastards not that long ago and I really liked it. I was excited to see what would happen in the sequel. I wondered what it would feel like, because the first book is very much a band of misfits, journey book. In this sequel, the dynamic of the group has changed and they've reached their destination.
I'm so so close to being done with this sequel, so I can give you my thoughts at the moment. I think I enjoyed the first book a little bit more, but this one is still really good. It's different from the first book and I miss some of those differences. It's still funny and I like seeing things from Tilla's POV. There's also some shocks, twists and turns. 
As of right now, I think this is a pretty good sequel and it's definitely a series I enjoy. My full review will be up when I finish the book, which should be soon.

My Plans For What To Read Next
But Maybe These:


Widows (Dolly Rawlins #1) by Lynda La Plante -- I really need to read this one because I won it from the BookishFirst website annnd if I want to win more then I need to review what I've already won, if that makes sense. This is also going to be a movie, so that makes me more interested. I think it's about a group of women and their husbands have died in a crime gone wrong. They think their husbands' were double crossed, so they decide to carry out the crime for themselves and get revenge.

Weave a Circle Round by Kar Marren -- I got an arc of this one through Netgalley too from Tor. Again, I did an awful job of reading it before it got released. There's just something about me and ebooks, I'd rather go for a physical book first. So, I checked out a physical book from the library and am excited to read it. I think this is about weird neighbors who move next door and mystery!

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and plan on reading next. What are you reading?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Chilling Tales of the Unexpected by Ann Girdharry

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Chilling Tales of the Unexpected by Ann Girdharry! I was provided with a free copy for honest review. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Ann Girdharry for letting me be a part of the tour. Chilling Tales of the Unexpected is a boxed set of four short, twisty tales that will give you goosebumps. When I got the email for this set of dark tales, it sounded like so much fun and I knew I had to take part. I love a good twisty, turny, scary tale, and these did not disappoint!

Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Boxed Set
by Ann Girdharry


Four twisty, short reads.
Addictive works of suspense,
That will leave you breathless and give you goose bumps…

Trading with Death
What sacrifice might we make for those we love? In the face of death, will we be selfish or selfless?

Tell Me a Secret
Deceit, lies and secrets – how well do we know those close to us?

Sweet Justice 
We follow Tess as she confronts the dark side…

Written on the Apple Tree 
A moment from a past life, a possession, or a simple meeting between strangers?

My Reading Right Now! Thoughts: I really enjoyed these stories. They were fun, fast, and chilling! I didn't think there was a bad story in the bunch. Sometimes with short story collections, I have one or two I really like and the others tend to be just meh, but each story in this collection was good. I enjoyed the topics presented and the ideas that they brought up. They were fun to read. They had some good twists, a little bit of scare, and were satisfying. These stories were a good time. I don't think I had a favorite out of the bunch, I enjoyed them all. I'm really glad I got a chance to read and review this collection.

About the Author: Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years.
Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

She writes suspense and thrillers, is a book reviewer and occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post UK. Her crime thriller novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, was an Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist 2017. Two of her thrillers are READERS’ FAVOURITE Five Star Books. 

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour stop for Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Boxed Set by Ann Girdharry. If it sounds like something you would like, I'd definitely recommend giving it a read. Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and Ann Girdharry for including me in the tour.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fresh Releases: June 5 - June 12

Welcome to a little something different. I'm a book addict, which is fairly obvious. I wanted to showcase some new releases. I get books to review through Netgalley and some Physical arcs, and I'm not always the best at reading them on time. I thought this could be a way to show off some of the new, exciting releases. Let's Do It!

June 5, 2018


City of Bastards (Royal Bastards #2) by Andrew Shvarts: Goodreads and Amazon

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf: Goodreads and Amazon

June 12, 2018

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hiller: Goodreads and Amazon

Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1) by Andrew Shvarts

Title: Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1)
Author: Andrew Shvarts
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Released: May 2017
Source: Library

Summary: Tillandra is a Bastard. Her father is Lord Kent of the Western Province, her mother is dead. As a Bastard, Tillandra lives in the castle, but is not part of the royal family. There is the slight chance her father might legitimize her, but that will never happen. Tilla spends her time avoiding history lessons and hanging out with her half-brother Jax.
The castle is set to host the Princess of Lightspire and her Uncle. Lightspire controls all the kingdoms, so her visit is important. At the feast, the Princess does the unthinkable, she sits at the Bastard Table! Tilla is now stuck entertaining a princess, which involves sneaking out of the castle with a Zitochi warrior named Zell, the Bastard of Hempstadt Miles, who harbors a crush on her, her brother Jax, and the Princess Lyriana. They stumble on something that they were never supposed to see, become aware of information they were never supposed to know. They are now fugitives on the run, trying to stay ahead of vicious mercenaries and stop a war. These Bastards have their work cut out for them.
My Thoughts: I liked this a lot more than I thought I was going to. I thought it was going to be a standard YA Fantasy kind of thing, but it turned out to be a great adventure, band of misfits story. It was great! It had a lot of humor to it and I just really enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of an older YA version of The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, which is one of my favorites. It's a band of Bastards who are thrown together by fate, make an epic journey, and become friends.
I enjoyed the way it was written. It drew me in and had a lot of humor to it. It wasn't typical fantasy writing, which might be why I enjoyed it more.
I enjoyed all the characters too. Tilla was cool. Jax was funny and genuine. Miles was a nerd whose knowledge proved useful. Zell was the perfect brooding bad boy. Princess Lyriana had some nice moves. I really enjoyed getting to know them all on their journey.
This also did a great job of giving me conflicting feelings on what was right and wrong for our characters. They are trying to do what is right, but what really is right?
Tilla's struggle with her feelings for her father was also very interesting. There was a good conflict there. All her life she's sought his love and approval, but is it even worth it? He's her dad and will always be her dad, but he puts her in a tough position.
I'm also not a big crier when it comes to books, but this one made me shed a tear. I'm still not over it. There was also a twist that is still getting me.
Royal Bastards was AWESOME! I had such a good time reading it. I can't wait to see how their journey continues. If you like band of misfit stories, then read this one!
Bastards Unite!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Reading Right Now! (166)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Title: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)
Author: Ilona Andrews

I've decided to unofficially commit myself to a goal of starting older urban fantasy series and trying to read a book each month, at least. I say unofficially, because I'll probably fail, and that way I won't feel as bad when I do. Makes sense right? right.
So, I've been hearing about the Kate Daniels series for a while. I've heard good things about it, that it is a good series. So I thought I'd try my hand at reading it.
I do have other series that I want to read too. Like the Patricia Briggs books, the Dresden Files, and that one about the witch. I have big plans haha.
So far, I'm a little meh about Magic Bites. It's all right, but I'm not in love with it. This is the first book, the introduction to the series, and I guess I just expected more introduction. I feel like I got thrown into a thing where I'm already supposed to know the characters and backstories and world, but I don't because it was never explained. My main struggle so far with this is the world, I don't really get it. I'm thinking it's set in the future and the world as I know it now was somehow destroyed by magic? I don't know where the magic came from or how it's destroyed everything, but basically it made buildings crumble. And there's gross looking, animal like vampires that are controlled by people like puppets. There are shape shifters that can turn into all kinds of animals, but they don't sound that cute. And then there's Kate Daniels, a mercenary with secrets that I don't know yet.
I just feel very thrown into the deep end with this one. I've got 100 pages left to read. Right now, I'm leaning towards giving it a 3/5. It's just okay. But, I am going to continue on with the series. Maybe I'll understand more in the next books and get everything.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?