Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Title: We Sold Our Souls
Author: Grady Hendrix
Published by: Quirk Books
Released: 2018
Source: E-arc from publisher through Netgalley / Physical Copy from Library

Synopsis: A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of HorrorstorMy Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success -- but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry's meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris's very soul.
This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that's darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul...where only a girl with a guitar can save us all. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thank you to Quirk Books for letting me read an early copy of this for honest review.
I just have to say it, ROCK ON!! I mean, this is the book where you should be allowed to say that right? This is the second Grady Hendrix book I've read, (the first one was Horrorstor) and boy do I like the guy. His books are this odd mixture of quirkiness, weirdness, and horror. I'm definitely going to read more by him.
Sooo We Sold Our Souls was a weird, wacky, scary, fun ride! I'd categorize this as weird horror, and if you like weird horror, then Grady Hendrix is your man. I loved it! This book was an experience. It took me on quite a ride. I don't claim to know a lot about Heavy Metal, but I felt the music within me while reading this. It was odd and it was a lot of fun.
There were two distinct parts of this book that genuinely scared me in different ways. I'm only going to say the tunnel and the truck, read it and you'll understand. So, I can say that it definitely delivered on the scares. The whole book wasn't scary, but there were moments that were genuinely terrifying. There were also moments that were kind of amusing in a messed up way. And there were moments that genuinely surprised me.
I'm not going to spoil anything about We Sold Our Souls, or at least try not to, but the reader gets a big hint of where the story is going just from the title alone. We Sold Our Souls is an experience to read and I definitely recommend giving it a try. It's one wild ride. Crazier than anything that happens on the tour bus.
Poor, poor Kris Pulaski. I loved that she was a rock chick, but really X out the chick part and just see her as an awesome rock star guitarist. She was really fun to follow, even though she had a lot of crap to deal with.
I really liked the whole journey of this book. It was weird, it was fun, it was scary, it was a salute to the feel of rock n' roll. I highly enjoyed it and definitely recommend.

Epic Guitar Solo in 3... 2... 1...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fresh Releases: March 19, 2019

These Book Releases are Fresh Fresh.
I've got a lot of them today, but I know that I don't have them all.


-- Inspection by Josh Malerman -- Oooh wheee I'm excited for this one. I'm actually reading Goblin by Josh Malerman right now. And I just heard that Bird Box is getting a sequel. I see a lot of Malerman in my future.

-- The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst -- I like the cover, I'm interested in the premise, and I like the author. I know I own books by her, I'm just not sure if I've read them or not. Book Hoarder problems, am I right?

-- Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young -- The cover got me. I also do like this author and can say with certainty that I've read part of her Program Series.

--  Winter War Awakening (#3) by Rosalyn Eves -- Yet another series I need to start.

--  Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale -- It sounds cute!

-- Sherwood by Meagan Spooner -- Yes Yes Yes, I want it.

-- Internment by Samira Ahmed -- I was lucky enough to win a copy of this through a twitter giveaway and I'm definitely interested in seeing what I think of it.

-- To Best the Boys by Mary Weber -- The cover got me.

-- The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley -- Look at it! It's pretty. Also it's Science Fiction and I love a good Science Fiction tale.

-- Red Hotel by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman -- I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this from Netgalley, but haven't read it yet. It sounds like a fun, action thriller.

-- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams -- I entered into a giveaway for this one on BookishFirst, but I sadly did not win. The cover really stands out to me and the synopsis sounds good too. I want to read it.

-- Run Away by Harlan Coban -- Another juicy thriller to sink my teeth into.

Whew, that was a lot of Fresh Fresh Releases. I know I didn't get them all. So many good books coming out in March. My TBR is going to be dangerously teetering. Did I miss any good ones? Which ones are you most excited about reading?

Monday, March 18, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Right Girl Wrong Timing (Offsides #3) by Natalie Decker

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Right Girl Wrong Timing by Natalie Decker. As soon as I saw the cover for this cute book, I knew I needed to read it. I received advance reader copy of Right Girl Wrong Timing from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to Swoon Romance, Natalie Decker, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for letting me be a part of it.

Title: Right Girl Wrong Timing (Offsides #3)
Author: Natalie Decker
Published by: Swoon Reads
Released: March 12, 2019
Source: e-arc from publisher

Synopsis: Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found her true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her advisor pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Reject Breakfast Club.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.

Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about his being late and calls him names like “manwhore” on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.

Can Austin and Addy ever be a thing?

Right Girl Wrong Timing is book 3 in the Offsides series by Natalie Decker.

My Thoughts: As soon as I saw the cover for this cute book, I knew I needed to read it. Right Girl Wrong Timing didn't let me down, it was cute. I enjoyed both characters and how their lives weren't perfect. Addy and Austin had a lot of issues to work through, there was a lot of back and forth between them that I enjoyed. I do wish they would have spent a little less time fighting and a little more time getting along.
I really enjoyed the writing style in Right Girl Wrong Time. It was very addictive and easy to read. I'm going to have to check out more from Natalie Decker for sure.
I enjoyed the romance between the two characters. It was cute. 
I also sympathized with Addy being the third wheel, that sucks.
Even though it's the third book in the Offsides Series, I think it can be read by itself. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but I had no problem jumping right in to this third book.
It's a cute story and I'd definitely recommend it.

Meet the Author Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand
between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which
some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all
times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write
a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and
books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school,
and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never
lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the
kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity.
If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends,
then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying:
Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour post for Right Girl Wrong Timing by Natalie Decker. I definitely recommend picking up this cute read. Thanks so much to Swoon Romance, Natalie Decker, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for letting me be a part of it.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Reading Right Now! (197)

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


-- Shadow and Bone (#1) by Leigh Bardugo -- Sooo I decided to do a reread of Shadow and Bone once I heard the news of the Netflix adaptation. I read it more than a couple years ago, I think, and I just never continued on with the rest of the series. I want to reread Shadow and Bone and then finally continue with the rest of the series so I can be caught up when the Netflix series premieres.
Even though this is the second time I'm reading this, it still feels fresh. I don't really remember many of the finer details of this book. I remember the big plot points, but not the story as a whole. So it doesn't really feel like something I've read before, if that makes any sense. So I hope to finish this maybe over the weekend.
And as a side note, it's been the longest time since I reread a book. I need to do it more.

-- Goblin by Josh Malerman -- I'm so excited to read this one!!! Once I heard about this book, how it was limited limited edition, I wanted to get my hands on it, but I didn't want to spend the coin on it. It was kind of pricey and I'm a cheapskate. I was lucky that one of the public libraries that participates in the NC State Consortium that my library is a part of, had it! Out of all the libraries, there was just one copy available. I've read the first couple pages and I'm interested. I already got a little freaked out. I don't really know what this book is going to subject me to, but I'm excited for it.

And I've got my eye on this one

-- The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart -- The cover got me on this one. I don't really know that much about it. I hope it's good.

And that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and what I have my Eye on Reading Next. What are you reading this weekend?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Truth About Love and Dogs by Michele Gorman/Lilly Bartlett Cover Post! UK vs. US Covers

Today I have an exciting post that's a little different from what I normally do. I was lucky enough to be approached by the author of The Truth About Love and Dogs to do a little cover backstory. Michele Gorman/Lilly Bartlett has one book with TWO COVERS!! It is the UK edition and US edition of The Truth About Love and Dogs. She's going to take over the blog for today and explain the process behind the different covers of this book!
Thank you so much Michele Gorman for this fun post!


Cover post

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”
So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way!

The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!
Happy reading!
Lilly xo

If you want to connect with me on Facebook or through my newsletter then you can get involved in my next cover choices!

Author Bio:

Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit... readers and reviewers call them "feel good", "thought-provoking" and "laugh out loud". She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BLOG TOUR: End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for End of the Lie, the third book in the Anastasia Phoenix series by Diana Rodriguez Wallach! I believe this is the conclusion to the Anastasia Phoenix series. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Entangled Teen, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

Title: End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3)
Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released: March 4, 2019
Source: arc from publisher

Synopsis: With her harrowing tale of espionage and near death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire her parents helped create.

She thought wrong.
Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves... or even herself?

My Thoughts: This was a really fun series and I'm glad I got to read it. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for letting me read it. I think this is the conclusion to the series, and it ended in a satisfying way. All the questions got answered, all the loose ends were tied up. I'm glad I got to go on all these adventures with Anastasia Phoenix.
End of the Lie was full of action, fast-paced, and fun. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I liked seeing Anastasia grow as a character. Seeing how she rolled with all the punches life threw at her.
I don't think there are enough action books in the YA market, so I'm always really glad when I find an action series. There are always tons of fantasy, magic, romance, contemporary, but action always seems to be ignored. I loved the action in this, the danger. So if you're like me, looking for a good YA action series, I'd definitely recommend this one.
I also enjoyed the romance. It was sweet.
I'd definitely recommend giving End of the Lie and the whole Anastasia Phoenix series a read. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It has action, it has romance, it has danger, it's the whole package!


Check out the First two books in the Anastasia Phoenix Series Proof of Lies and Lies That Bind!

 Meet the Author
Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013). In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

Thank you so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach. It's a fantastic read and I hope you check it out. Thank you so much to Entangled Teen, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for letting me be a part of the tour.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Title: An Anonymous Girl
Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Released: January 8, 2019
Source: Review copy from Publisher and Netgalley (e-arc) / Physical Copy from Library

Synopsis: The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone. (Synopsis From Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Netgalley for providing me with an early copy for honest review.
An Anonymous Girl was Very Good! Very Good I say. I had already read and really enjoyed The Wife Between Us, so I was excited to see what Hendricks and Pekkanen brought to the table next. An Anonymous Girl did not disappoint.
I was gripped throughout the whole book. I just needed to know what was going to happen. I was hooked. There was so much suspense, so much craziness.
There were a lot of small twists in An Anonymous Girl instead of one big, shocking one, which is pretty much the complete opposite of how their The Wife Between Us was. It contained characters that were very compelling to read about. I feel like I can't say much because I don't want to spoil anything at all. I want every reader to experience this for themselves without knowing too much about it. I think that would be the most fun way to read it.
I'm still unsure of how I feel about the ending. There was so much build up, so much tension, so much crazy, that when the ending came, it just seemed kind of tame. I mean, I liked the ending, I guess I was just expecting a great big, mighty, not-what-I-was-expecting shock, and that didn't really happen. I think the ending did fit the story though.
An Anonymous Girl was very, very good and I definitely recommend it. I felt like I couldn't look away while reading it. I'm definitely excited to see what Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen come out with next. Read It!!

Note to Self: Be Very Wary of Morality Studies