[Book Review] Doll House by John Hunt @JohnHuntFiction @brwpublisher #Mystery #Thrillers #Horror


Doll House by John Hunt

* I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion*

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Horror

Publication Date: January 19, 2017

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Synopsis

Olivia is excited for university. She will be on her own, in a new place hopeful to meet new friends.

On the night she moves in, she is taken off the street by two masked men. She is placed in a room which is little more than a cell. A pink cell. A room made for a doll. She is now part of their collection.

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My Thoughts

What should have been an exciting time in Olivia’s life, quickly turns into her worst nightmare.  

Olivia goes away for university and gets taken away by two masked men before she even makes it to her first day of class.

For five years, she is held prisoner in a pink room with furniture bolted to the floor where she is raped and tortured.  

This was a very gruesome and disturbing story..like something out of a horror movie.  We are quickly introduced to the Gorilla & Jackal.  The two masked men who enjoy inflicting pain by mutilating their victims and eating their body parts.

Initially I wanted to rate this book a 3 because of all the grammatical errors I found.  But the story was so intoxicating, I decided to give it a 4.  There were times I felt my adrenaline rush, but there were also times I found myself having to stop reading because it was starting to get inside my head.  This is definitely not for the light hearted.

For me, the best part was wanting to know if the Jackal would ever get caught and revealing who he was.  

The author did a great job of taking the reader through the emotional journey of Harry, Olivia and the Jackal. 

If you can handle the graphic nature of this novel, I highly recommend it.

My Rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Have you read Doll House? What did you think? If not, is this a book you think you would read based on the content?


[#BookReview] The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney @CynthiaDSweeney @eccobooks

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Genre: General Fiction

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

What It’s About

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts

I had read some mixed reviews about this, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  But it was on sale on iBooks during Boxing Day, so I decided to give it a shot.  Glad I did, cause I was pleasantly surprised.

The story begins with Leo sneaking away from a wedding with a hot young waitress.  He then gets into an accident which jeopardizes his siblings’ inheritance called ‘The Nest’.  That’s when we’re introduced to the rest of the plumb siblings: Jack, Melody & Bea (Beatrice).

Each sibling has their own financial problem and secret they’re hiding from their spouse, and need that money..fast! 

The book centres around the wealthy and dysfunctional Plumb family.  All 4 siblings are spoiled and have some sort of drama in their lives which involve either lying or cheating.  

I loved how each character, even the ones outside the family circle were somehow connected.  Each person had their own story which kept things interesting.  However, because there was so much going on, I found it hard to really connect with any of the characters at first.  It was a bit predictable where Leo was concerned, but there were some events that took place that I didn’t see coming.  In the end, everything works out which is what I wanted to see.

My Rating 

❤️❤️❤️❤️


[Book Review] Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar by Erica Graham @EricaGrahamAuthor#kidlit #ChildrensBooks

Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar by Erica Graham

**I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Sept 16, 2016

Synopsis

When Teri hears a small voice calling her, she never would have guessed who she would meet…a cricket! But not just any cricket. This cricket has a guitar. He is hoping that Teri can help him replace a broken string on his guitar. Will Teri’s creative thinking be able to help cricket, or will cricket never play his guitar again? 

My Thoughts

This was a cute little story about a cricket who needs a new string for his guitar.  It teaches the ‘T’ sound, which is a great way to get your little one learning different letter sounds.

One of my boys has absolutely zero interest in doing school work, unless it involves colouring or pictures of superheroes.  He will however, sit through story time.  So this was a really great way to sneak a lesson in the sound of the letter ‘T’.

My Rating

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Purchase Link: Amazon



My name is Erica Graham and I am the author of the children’s book series “Talking Tales”. I graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with my Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, I am married and have two very loving and energetic young children. As a mother, I understand the difficulty caregivers have finding time to work on speech with their children. This was the inspiration that began my journey as a children’s book author and illustrator. In my pursuit to create a fun and easy way for therapists, children, and their caregivers to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, I have written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language.Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.


[Book Review] If You Were Me And Lived In Ancient Greece @caroleproman #KidLit #ChildrensBooks

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece by Carole P. Roman

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 24, 2016

Synopsis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. 

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun.

My Thoughts
In this story, Roman takes you on a journey of what it was like to live in Ancient Greece.  You get to learn fun facts like Greek Gods, table manners and culture.

My daughter A has ADD and is homeschooled.  It has been quite the challenge getting her interested in world history and geography.  Like me, she LOVES to read and collect books!  So I was very excited to learn of Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In..series. It was the perfect way to teach a history lesson without being bombarded with too much information all at once.  Even my 4 year old was able to sit through it!  We really enjoyed the illustrations and the fact that some of the more difficult words included how to pronounce it properly.  

I look forward to reading some of the other books in this series.

My Rating 

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has just been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013, Shelf Unbound Best Series, Back to School Resource Winner, IAN, National Indie Excellence Award, MoonBeam Award for If You Were Me and Lived in…Scotland. She is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in…exploring customs and culture around the world. She co-authored Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide To Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, which earned a 5 Star ForeWord Review Clarion Review. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

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[Book Review] #TheBoneWitch by Rin Chupeco

I received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Fantasy

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Fire

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
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My Thoughts

*Sigh* When I read the description for this book, I had high hopes and was super excited to get a copy.

The story had a really great start.  We are introduced to Tea, who turns out to be a Bone Witch and accidentally raises her brother from the dead.  Because this is shunned upon in her village, she ends up leaving with an older bone witch who trains her to become an Asha.

After the witch takes Tea, the story becomes slow..too slow for my liking.  Nothing really happens after that (no joke), which was disappointing.  I was expecting a much faster paced book about witches and dark magic. One that would be packed with action.  Instead, I got more of a story about Geisha.  Had I known this ahead of time, I wouldn’t have chosen this particular book. I also thought it was a bit too descriptive which made me lose interest.  Unfortunately, I did not end up finishing this book, which is a shame because I really wanted to like it.

It may not have been my cuppa ‘Tea’, but it could be yours.

My Rating

❤️

Have you read this book or any others from this author? Thoughts?

Book Review: Kissing The Crisis

Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else

-Ogden Nash


Kissing the Crisis by Kara Martinez Bachman

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Humor

Publish Date: February 1, 2017

What It’s About

Ever wonder what life is like past your 40’s?  We all hear about the “mid-life crisis”.  In this book, Kara candidly shares her many adventures and stories of what it’s like to be a woman in your forties and going through that mid-life crisis we all hear about.

My Thoughts

Bring out the Bengay and glitter ladies! We’re about to embark on Kara’s adventures of being forty-something.

I’ve been in need of a good chuckle, and this was just what I needed.  So maybe I’m not quite 40 or have any use for Bengay..yet.  But I’m close enough and found myself giggling and relating to Kara at the same time.

The days with only one child underfoot were suddenly free of the complications and competitions of sibling rivalry, free of endless comparing of grilled cheese sandwiches to see whose was better melted.


Women just need to let crazy-lady loose.

We find creative ways to let loose, whether we have children or not.  We find the particular restaurant, the particular bar, dance club or the movie theatre or the park bench that makes us feel like teenagers again.

When you marry in your twenties and start a family young like myself, you find yourself in some of the same predicaments as Kara.

I loved that each chapter included a quote to match the title, and could be read as a standalone.  Even though there were times I skimmed through some of the stories, there were others that made me laugh even if I couldn’t relate to the incident like, Wonder Bread for Frenchmen, Pancho Villa and the Mexican Boat People or Screwed by Warranty

Whether you’re a woman in her forties about to experience that mid-life crisis or a mom with tween aged kids, I would recommend Kissing the Crisis.

Where To Find It:

Amazon

My Rating

Hey, y’all. I was born and raised in New Orleans and when you hear me speak, you can kinda tell (yep … I’m a yat).  
My essays have appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, and I’ve been heard on NPR’s State of the Re:Union, where they inserted blues music behind my voice in a feeble attempt to make me seem cool. I’m former staff and a current freelancer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, where I primarily cover entertainment and home and garden stories.

My essays, poetry and nonfiction reporting have been included in several anthologies, numerous parenting magazines, and a variety of regional, national and foreign publications, websites and literary journals. 

I’m a married mom to two kids. I love donuts, dogs, kahlua, laughing, complaining, sloth, nostalgia, most words, and that feeling you get the second before you sneeze. I curse more than I should and am usually antisocial. People make fun of how I drive.

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Book Review: Low Life

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Low Life by Allan Walsh

What it’s about

Callum Green huddles in his dingy apartment, scared and alone – unless you count the corpse of his dead girlfriend in the corner. Even she doesn’t want him here, but he‘s stuck in this nightmare and “They’re” coming for him, he must get out – Now! But ‘The Caretaker’ doesn’t want Callum to leave. He wants to look after Callum… and he’s going to take real good care of him.

-Goodreads

Where to find it

Amazon

Kobo

My Thoughts

They call me the Caretaker.

Low life is a short horror story about a man named Callum Green who’s trapped in the same nightmare, over and over again. Taunted by the Caretaker, he tries to escape but can’t. Every time he does, he winds up in the same spot: on the brown-tainted mattress in his apartment.

Although this story had a good creep factor to it, it left me hanging with questions and a bit confused.  I wanted to know more about Callum, his girlfriend and his past.

My rating
 

About the author


Allan Walsh is an ‘Indie’ writer and artist, born in sun–scorched Australia and raised in the grungy suburbs of West London. He is a keen martial arts fan and movie buff, influenced by cult Asian film directors such as Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow, Spec Fiction novelists the like of Joe Abercrombie and graphic novelists such as Wendy and Richard Pini. Allan currently resides in Brisbane, where he enjoys creating new worlds through his writing. 

Links

Website: Allan Walsh

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/allan.walsh.549/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8202457.Allan_Walsh/



Book Review: The Twilight Wife

I received a free Advanced Reader’s Edition from Simon & Schuster Canada, via Goodreads Giveaway

What it’s about:

Kyra Winthrop is a marine biologist who has been piecing together the last 4 years of her life since her diving accident.  She can’t remember her husband or the life they built together on Mystic Island.  While trying to rebuild the memories she lost, small fragments of her past resurface.  Is everything what her husband says it is? Or is it all a lie?

My thoughts

A.J Banner doesn’t waste time! I was pulled into the story right from the get-go.  The story starts off with Kyra having no recollection of her life with her husband Jacob, or the last 4 years of her life.  After her diving accident, she can only remember bits and pieces but can’t make any sense of it.  She has to rely on Jacob and her friends to fill in the missing details.  

Every time Kyra had a glimpse of her past, I was right there with her wanting to know more and what it meant.

This was an easy read with just the right amount of mystery.  Enough to make you wanna keep turning the page.  It had a really good twist and is a book that I would definitely recommend.

My rating: 

   

Genre: Mystery

Publish Date: Dec 27, 2016



‘Twas the night before Christmas..

The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house.  Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

I received a free copy from NurseryBox Books in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays next to Halloween.

This is the classic Christmas tale, The Night Before Christmas with a bit of a furry twist. Instead of your traditional human family, it features a family of bears.  

I jumped at the opportunity to review this book because it’s a family favourite and one that we read every Christmas.  I must admit,  I was a bit skeptical since I have never read a story in digital format to my children.  It’s always been a physical book with lots of colourful illustrations, so I wasn’t sure how they’d react.

It certainly didn’t disappoint.  My kids loved it! Each page has one sentence with a beautiful picture to accompany what is happening.

I thought the bears were a cute touch, even though I prefer people. 

My rating: 

  

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Where to find it: Amazon || iBooks || Barnes & Noble || Kobo || Google Play 


A series I started, loved, but haven’t finished.

I want to thank Fictionophile for letting me post this.  She recently made a post about a series she started and loved, but never had a chance to finish and I wanted to share mine. You can click on the banner here to follow her blog:

Here’s my series that I started and LOVED, but have yet to finish-Only Time Will Tell( The Clifton Chronicles  #1) by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Historical Fiction, fiction & literature

What it’s about:

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

-Taken from Goodreads

I was recommended this book by a fellow Goodreads member, and had it on my TBR list for a really long time (like really long.  We’re talking a couple of years).  I wasn’t even sure if I’d enjoy it, but was bored one day and decided to read it.  Omg.  I fell in love with it.

I absolutely loved how Jeffrey Archer broke down his chapters by character.  Every time one chapter ended, I kept wanting to know more about what was going on with that particular character.

I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say that it gets even more interesting.  In fact, I think it will be even better than the first book!

Do you have a series that you’ve started, LOVED it, but haven’t finished?