Wednesday, February 26, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Before He Vanished by Debra Webb

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Before He Vanished by Debra Webb. I was provided a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Harlequin Intrigue and Debra Webb for letting me be a part of this mysterious tour.

Title: Before He Vanished
Author: Debra Webb
Published by: Harlequin Intrigue
Released: March 1, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: His disappearance changed her life forever.

Twenty-five years ago, Halle Lane's best friend vanished from their Tennessee town. When a childhood photo brings Liam Hart to Winchester, Halle is certain the man is the same child who vanished. Now Liam seeks out Halle to help him investigate the circumstances of his mysterious past. Can Liam and Halle uncover the truth before a killer buries all traces of the boy Halle loved--and the man he may have become--forever? (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: What a fun book with a really captivating mystery. I really liked it! Debra Webb did a great job of keeping me on my toes and guessing until the last page. I am always a fan of a mystery, and this one definitely delivered.
I enjoyed the two characters of Halle and Liam. I liked how they teamed up to find out secrets and a killer. They made a good team.
This was great! I'd definitely recommend it if mysteries are your thing. It's quick, it's fast, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

DEBRA WEBB is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Shades of Death, the Faces of Evil and the Colby Agency series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense as well as numerous Reviewers Choice Awards. In 2012 Debra was honored as the first recipient of the esteemed L. A. Banks Warrior Woman Award for her courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity. Recently Debra was awarded the distinguished Centennial Award for having achieved publication of her 100th novel. 

With more than four million books in print in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood when her mother bought her an old typewriter in a tag sale. Born in Alabama, Debra grew up on a farm. She spent every available hour exploring the world around her and creating her stories. She wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the Commanding General of the US Army in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint in NASA’s Shuttle Program that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has expanded her work into some of the darkest places the human psyche dares to go. Visit Debra

Thanks for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Before He Vanished by Debra Webb. Thanks so much to Harlequin Intrigue and Debra Webb for letting me be a part of this tour.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Reading Right Now! (244)

My reading this month has been sad. I just haven't had the time to really sit down and read during the week because of work. I had a big project at work and it wasn't that fun. 
So... what I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-- Stormrise  by Jillian Boehme -- I'm liking this. At the beginning, it has a very Mulan feel. Like Mulan but with different characters. Some of the situations are very similar. That's okay though, because I love Mulan. I also really love the cover for this book. It's nice.
The dragons are not what I thought they were going to be. They have hair, six legs, I'm not even sure if they fly. They can run really fast, but I don't think I ever got the impression that they could fly. It's different.
So I'm really planning on finishing this this weekend. That would then make three books read for February so far. I am slightly ashamed that it's not more.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Inebriated by Katey Taylor

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Inebriated by Katey Taylor. I received a free copy of this book for honest review. Thanks so much to Xpresso Tours and Katey Taylor for letting me be a part of this Tour.

Title: Inebriated
Author: Katey Taylor
Published by: Katey Taylor
Released: February 26, 2019
Source: Review Copy from Author and Xpresso Tours

Synopsis: Barely seventeen and as pretty as can be: the summer is their playground. Cait and her best friends Steph and Allie take on San Francisco's party scene with fake IDs and short dresses. 
When Cait meets Adrien Cross, the charismatic lead singer of her favorite indie band, she's introduced to a hedonistic world of liquor and lust that she never wants to leave.
But then that world spirals out of control and the harsh realities of reckless living take a toll on Cait and the ones she loves.
What will be left when the makeup masks wash off, the bottles are empty, and Cait begins to lose her grip on everything?
Katey Taylor's heart-wrenching debut novel will have you strapped into the intense rollercoaster ride of Cait's life and one chaotic summer that will change it all. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: A rollercoaster ride is right! This book was intense. A lot of stuff happened, things went down, and consequences were felt. I really enjoyed Katey Taylor's debut novel. I think it was an eye opening look into what can happen when you live fast and loose. Cait's focus on just living large really does end in a kind of disaster.
I wish Cait's parents had been there for her more. Had noticed what she was doing. I think it really shows that parents need to be a part of their children's lives, try to teach them and protect them before letting them loose in the world.
Inebriated was a really intense read, not for the faint of heart, and I'm glad I got to experience the journey. It's an awesome debut and I can't wait to see what's next from Katey Taylor.

Katey Taylor is the author behind the emotionally wrenching Young Adult Novel Inebriated. Katey's passion for storytelling stemmed not long after she first learned to write with a pencil. Every story she writes is infused with a piece of her heart and her absolute muses of music and travel. She's a San Francisco Bay Area native living in a house that sits on a bayside lagoon with her husband and two cats.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Inebriated by Katey Taylor. Thanks so much to Xpresso Tours and Katey Taylor for letting me be a part of the Tour!

BLOG TOUR: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. The synopsis really drew me in and convinced me I needed to read this book. I received a free copy from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Hannah Capin for letting me be a part of this fun Blog Tour. Wednesday Books is one of my favorite publishers because they release such good things.

Title: Foul is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Published by: Wednesday Books
Released: February 18, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target. 
They picked the wrong girl. 
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly. 
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Wow! This was dark, brutal, and I loved it! Foul is Fair is an intense ride, filled with revenge, and a girl gang. You don't mess with these girls, they have long memories and won't forgive and forget. 
I love a good brutal book, so I was all for Foul is Fair. I enjoyed every minute of it. I kept flipping pages, being shocked, and not wanting to put it down.
I really enjoyed Hannah Capin's writing. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more books by her.
Revenge on this level was craaaazy, but so much fun to read about. If you're ready for a book that's not going to play nice, then Foul is Fair would definitely be the one. I really liked it and I'd recommend giving it a read.

Hannah Capin lives in Tidewater Virginia. She ​holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and Columbia University. When she isn't working on her next book, you'll find her sailing, singing, or scheming with her friends. She is the author of THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB and FOUL IS FAIR (2020).

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. I'm really glad I got to read this crazy story. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Hannah Capin for including me on this fun tour!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo. I received a free copy from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Alyssa Palombo for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: The Borgia Confessions
Author: Alyssa Palombo
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: February 11, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: 'Under Palombo’s skillful hand, the entangled world of the Borgias comes vividly to life, exposing the dark facets of class structure and the all-consuming greed that comes with ambition--and love." - Heather Webb, internationally bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris and Meet Me in Monaco 

During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes with jealousy and resentment at the way that his foolish brother has been chosen for the military greatness he desired.

Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, where she has seen how the whims of powerful men wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people. But now, employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by Cesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.

As war rages and shifting alliances challenge the pope’s authority, Maddalena and Cesare's lives grow inexplicably entwined. Maddalena becomes a keeper of dangerous Borgia secrets, and must decide if she is willing to be a pawn in the power games of the man she loves. And as jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within, Cesare is forced to reckon with his seemingly limitless ambition.
Alyssa Palombo's captivating new novel, The Borgia Confessions, is a story of passion, politics, and class, set against the rise and fall of one of Italy's most infamous families--the Borgias. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: What an interesting foray into a history that I really knew nothing about. I really enjoyed The Borgia Confessions. I don't really know much about that time period or the people involved, but Alyssa Palombo's writing really created a vivid picture and brought it all to life. I feel like I learned something. 
It was full of politics and the quest for power. These characters weren't people that I really liked or enjoyed, but they were definitely believable and ruthless. I had a lot of fun being a fly on the wall to the Borgias. 
Alyssa Palombo really did a good job of bringing them to life and I could tell that she was really into her subject matter. I really liked her writing and being introduced to this notorious family. I'm definitely going to read more by Alyssa Palombo.
If you want to witness the Borgias, whether you are familiar with them or not, I'd definitely recommend giving The Borgia Confessions a read. It's a book where the story leaps off the page and you are immersed in the life and times of the Borgias. Italy will never be the same.

My name is Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, traveling (or dreaming of my next travel destination), at a concert, or planning for next Halloween. I’m a metalhead and a self-proclaimed French fry connoisseur. I also own way too many hoodies, pairs of sunglasses, and pajamas, but never enough books.

I am the author of four historical novels, The Violinist of Venice, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, and the upcoming The Borgia Confessions, all from St. Martin’s Griffin. I am represented by Brianne Johnson of Writer’s House.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @AlyssInWnderlnd.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo! Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Alyssa Palombo for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: The Next Together (#1) by Lauren James

Title: The Next Together (#1) 
Author: Lauren James
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Synopsis: How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? 

Maybe the next together will be different...
A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, "original" historical documents, news reports and internet articles. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was such a unique read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the format of the story. I'm always a sucker for mixed media books. They are always so fun for me to read. I think the mixed media worked really well for this.
So this story is about two people who meet over and over at different points in time. They fall in love, and it always seems to end in tragedy. In The Next Together, we are following four different timelines of Katherine and Matthew: 2019, 1745, 2039, and 1854. I found each timeline really easy to follow. Each timeline story was really interesting and engaging. Each Katherine and Matthew were slightly different too. They were the same characters, but they were their own characters too. It's hard to explain, but I'm glad that it managed to do that.
I will say, if you're not a fan of insta-love, you might not like this. It very much focuses on the romance between each Katherine and Matthew. It can feel insta-lovey even though it's really not. It's weird, I know.
The ending didn't really give me any of the answers I wanted. I'm confused. I want to know Who? What? and Why? I'm going to read the sequel, so maybe it will give me some of those answers.
I'd say the last fourth of the book got a little confusing. Overall, I liked it. I'm definitely going to read the sequel. It's a unique book.

Very Unique

Thursday, February 13, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie. I was sent a free e-arc for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press and Gigi Levangie for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: Been There, Married That
Author: Gigi Levangie
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Released: February 11, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: A hilarious new novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal.
When he changes the locks, she changes the rules.

Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.
But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does. Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?

Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next…and how she’ll rise from the ashes. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Been There, Married That is definitely over the top. The characters are very exaggerated. The situations are pushed to the limit. It definitely has its share of funny, ridiculous, and crazy scenes. I mostly liked this book. It was a fun read. It delivered on what was advertised.
I don't know if it will be for everyone. The characters are kind of crappy people. They are vast exaggerations who kind of try too hard. When you don't want to punch them in the face, they can be funny.
I enjoyed Been There, Married That and I'm glad that I got to read it. It was an experience. 

Gigi Levangie is the author of six prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is the original writer of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie! Thanks to St. Martin's Press and the author for letting me be a part of this tour.