[Book Review] The Mayfly by James Hazel @JamesHazelBooks @BonnierZaffre #CrimeFiction #TheMayFly 

The Mayfly by James Hazel

**I’d like to thank Bonnier Zaffre Books for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Books

Publication Date: June 15, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Description

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two. 

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for. 

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?



My Thoughts

I kept coming across this book on other blogs and Instagram, and thought it sounded like a really great read.  I was definitely not disappointed!  This was just the high octane thriller I was seeking.  

The story starts off with the discovery of a mutilated body in the woods.  While investigators are trying to piece the crime scene together, we are then taken back to the past during WWII to a German concentration camp, where a mysterious man from the British intelligence shows up.  Fast forward to the present, and we meet Charlie Priest: an ex-detective inspector, turned lawyer who gets an unexpected visit from a fake cop who nearly kills him in search of a flash drive.  Sounds exciting right?  

The story weaves in and out between the past and present, which was cleverly written.  It was like playing a game of Clue.  You literally don’t start piecing all the bits of information until the very end.  Even half way through the book, I was still pulling at straws to figure out a plausible motive and suspect!  Well done James! You truly had me stumped 😊.

This was a fly-by-the seat of your pants type of read. One that I would highly recommend.  

Have you read it?  What did you think?

[#BlogTour] The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack @HFVBT @Gwen_Womack @PicadorUSA #HistoricalFiction #TheFortuneTellerBookBlast #BookBlast

The Fortune Teller
by Gwendolyn Womack

Paperback Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Picador
Paperback; 368 Pages
ISBN: 9781250099778

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Mystery

 

 

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE MEMORY PAINTER COMES A SWEEPING AND SUSPENSEFUL TALE OF ROMANCE, FATE, AND FORTUNE.

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, deciphering ancient texts—and when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect Semele’s life. But what happened to the tarot deck? As the mystery of her connection to its story deepens, Semele can’t shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Bossard. Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to interfere—someone who knows the cards exist, and that the Bossard manuscript is tied to her. Semele realizes it’s up to her to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

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YouTube Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ws3VTKpjnGc

Praise for The Fortune Teller

“Beginning as a clever mystery based on an ancient manuscript and evolving into a family epic spanning centuries, an international thriller, and a destined romance, The Fortune Teller has something for everyone. Offer it to fans of A.S. Byatt’s Possession and Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series.”―Booklist

“Womack alternates back and forth between a whirlwind history that spans thousands of years and the suspense of Semele’s search…Entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The Fortune Teller is a gripping, twisting tale that spans thousands of years, thousands of miles, and perhaps even crosses over to the ‘other side.’ A fascinating read that is that unlikely combination of unputdownable and thought-provoking.”—B.A. Shapiro, bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist

“There aren’t enough words to adequately describe how much I love The Fortune Teller. It is a gripping and masterfully woven combination of history, mystery, fate, adventure, and family ties: a true page-turner that enthralls from the first sentence with unique characters, fascinating settings, and intriguing artifacts. Womack brilliantly illuminates how there is more at play in the world than logic can explain.”—Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

“The Fortune Teller takes you on an international thrill ride across centuries—with fascinating research and memorable characters—proving once again that Gwendolyn Womack is a magician, keeping readers turning pages with wonder and awe.”—M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

“What a mesmerizing journey. The suspense increases steadily throughout the novel, as Semele realizes her identity is caught up in the mysterious manuscript and that the truth of her own abilities is a secret people will kill for. Readers who enjoy the novels of Katherine Neville, Kate Mosse and Diana Gabaldon will savor this treat.”—Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown

About the Author

Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack studied theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video, and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. Her first novel, The Memory Painter, was an RWA PRISM award winner in the Time Travel/Steampunk category and a finalist for Best First Novel. She now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her son.

For more information please visit Gwendolyn Womack’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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100 Pages a Day

Literary Chanteuse

Wednesday, June 7

Just One More Chapter

A Dream within a Dream

Thursday, June 8

The Lit Bitch

Trisha Jenn Reads

Friday, June 9

T’s Stuff

The Never-Ending Book

Monday, June 12

Persuing Stacie

Books of All Kinds

Tuesday, June 13

Books & Benches

Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, June 14

Back Porchervations

Thursday, June 15

The Paperback Princess

Friday, June 16

A Literary Vacation

Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Monday, June 19

Laura’s Interests

History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, June 20

Yelena Casale’s Blog

Wednesday, June 21

Creating Herstory

WS Momma Readers Nook

Thursday, June 22

Caryn, the Book Whisperer

Friday, June 23

Book Nerd

Monday, June 26

CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, June 27

Ageless Pages Reviews

Wednesday, June 28

A Fold in the Spine

Thursday, June 29

The Book Junkie Reads

So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, June 30

Passages to the Past

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[Book Review] It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer @Jeffrey_archer @StMartinsPress

It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

My Thoughts

Ever since I read Only Time Will Tell, I have been a fan of his work.  This was a fun, short story about Pat O’Flynn who returns every October for his detainment in prison.  

Archer has a way with words that draws you in from the moment you begin reading.  Once again, he has showcased his talent in writing and offers another read that didn’t disappoint!

** I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Have you read any of Jeffrey Archer’s work?

[Book Review] Every Last Lie by @MaryKubica 

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Park Row Books

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Description

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”  
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. 

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

My Review

I’ve heard so many great things about Mary Kubica.  So of course I jumped at the chance to read Every Last Lie.  Now I understand what the hype is all about!  Kubica has a way with words that intoxicates you from the start.  

It’s been a long time since I was this hooked on a book!  Yay! Happy dance.  

The last time I was this excited was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  I would’ve finished in one night, but I couldn’t keep me eyes open any longer and the sun was starting to rise.

This book is narrated by alternating POV’s: Clara (the wife) and Nick (the husband).  The story starts off with Clara receiving news that her husband has gotten into an accident, and was DOA with her 4 year old unscathed.  As Clara is trying to piece together what really happened the day of the accident, she slowly unravels the secrets he’s been hiding.  Was it really just an accident? Or was he murdered?  Why had he kept things from her?

Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Kubica cleverly threw me back in a loop making me second guess my initial thoughts.

The characters were well developed and despite finding Clara a tad annoying at times, I absolutely loved this story.

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Have you read this book? Or any others written by Mary Kubica?  What do you think of this author?  Tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment ☺

[#BookMail & Review] @MacKidsBooks #KidsLit #ChildrensBooks #ChildrensFiction

As you all know, story time is a fav pastime for my kids and I, so they were super excited to receive these wonderful books in the mail.

**Thank you Macmillan Children’s for our Arm’s in exchange for an honest review **

So I thought In would do something different this time.  Rather than list every single book and writing separate reviews, I’m just going to mention the ones that made the list of favourites and are in no particular order:

1. What’s Your Favorite Color by Eric Carle and Friends

If you enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you will certainly enjoy this one.  It is filled with colourful pictures and fun reasons why each colour is a favourite.

2. The Jelly Bean Tree by Toni Yuly 

3. Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin 

4. Tractor Mac: Worth the Wait by Billy Steers

5. Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket

My kids (particularly my 11 yr old) love Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, so it was no surprise they enjoyed this one.

6. Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson 

My kids had a hoot with one!  I read it with a French-english accent which made my little ones roar with laughter.  They also loved the little escargot and thought it was cute.

7. The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard & Benjo Davies

My 5 year old loves stories about giants..especially Jack & The Beanstalk.  So this was a definite winner.

8. Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

9. Daytime Nighttime by William Low

Cat Nap & Daytime Nighttime were perfect reads for my 10 month old.


[Cover Reveal & Giveaway] A Wild & Remarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry @Jen_castleberry @parliamentbooks

A Wild & Remarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry

Blurb: 

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.

With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

Author Bio


Jen Castleberry lives and writes in Virginia Beach.  The middle sister of three, she finds herself drawn to stories which celebrate the fierce feminine spirit and the poignantly sympathetic nature of sisterhood.  Her background is in Animal Welfare.  All of her pets are named after superheroes.
More info at http://www.jencastleberry.com Sales Copy:

“Men bow to nothing but gold, glory, flesh, and death.”

“The road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations.”

“A swallow. A blink. A wobbling room. A shorn, boyish reflection gazing out of her tears. And a scream.”

“The Fire Scale came.  It came and ruined Ithil.  It made the whole town burn.  It made her a boy.” “She is wild, though she is plain.” 

Pre-Order Links

Goodreads | B&N | iTunes | kobo scribd | inktera |

Jen is giving away three different Amazon gift cards! One on her Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

[Book Review] The Child by Fiona Barton @PenguinCanada 

**I’d like to thank Penguin Random House Canada for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Child by Fiona Barton

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2  (3.5 out of 5)

Description 

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

My Review

This was a tough one for me to rate because I actually struggled a bit at first. There were parts that were so slow, I wanted to cry. 

Normally, I would have ditched the book, but I was totally submerged in wanting to see how the story behind the building-site baby unfolded. 

I’m glad I kept pressing on because it had some redeeming qualities which made it an overall good read.  I really enjoyed the six degrees of separation between the characters.  The story is told from multiple POV’s: Emma, Angela, Kate, Jude & Will, which was well done in my opinion.  I wouldn’t have categorized this as a thriller though.  It read more like a soap opera or drama.

Even though I had predicted certain parts, Barton did a pretty good job of keeping the reader guessing until the end.

Have you read the book? What did you think?

[#BlogTour] Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse by Dan Cummings @dancummings85 @SagesBlogTours 



Sparks: Welcome to the MadhouseBy Dan Cummings

Genre: Supernatural/Action & Adventure

Book Blurb

Dave Reynolds has grown jaded with his life, locked in a dead end janitorial job at the Ravenswood Institute for Mental Health, he quietly yearns for some excitement to stir up his mundane existence.  

That is until he learns that far below the hospital’s grounds lies the Madhouse, the regional headquarters of the Frontline Unified Battalion of Arcane Resistance (FUBAR), a clandestine government agency tasked with combating supernatural evil. If that wasn’t enough of a surprise, he also learns that he is a Spark, an individual with latent gifts, carrying the residual energy of a nigh extinct race of universal protectors.  
Drafted into service, he is accidentally afflicted with a curse, casting the sensible, rational aspects of his personality into a subconscious prison, unleashing a clownish psychotic who is as deadly as he is irritating.  
A wild card personified, Dave must now lead Whiskey Team, a motley crew of fellow Sparks and freaks including a punk rock witch, a werewolf, a medium and his ghostly best friend, and a female Japanese ninja, against the Alliance of Nyx, an ancient demonic organisation with designs on global conquest.  
Now, if Dave’s reckless antics don’t get his team killed, they may just stand a chance in this war.
Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads

 

 About the Author

 Dan Cummings is a self-published author from Liverpool, England. He is also a lowly nerd with a short attention span and shorter fuse (depending on poor sleep), but when he is able to stop ranting with his own internal monologue and focus for a few minutes he enjoys putting the noise in his head on to paper. A lifetime fan of monsters, comic books, sarcasm and casual violence, it is inevitable that these constituents regularly crop up in his books. Heartbreaker is his first foray into horror, whilst Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse, is the first instalment of an on-going supernatural, action/adventure series.

Author Link: Twitter

[Book Promo] The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zara @ZarkWriting @aurorapub #HistoricalFiction #MiddleGradeFiction #KidLit

The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zara

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Publisher: Updrift 

Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Book Blurb

The last thing eleven-year-old Ruby Tabeata expected to happen on her way to a Jack Kerouac reading was to be hauled to the police station.

It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of Beat Generation artists in Greenwich Village. Ruby dreams of meeting famous poets while becoming one herself; instead, she’s accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and is forced to live in a children’s home. As Ruby struggles to return to family and friends, she learns her only choice is to follow her heart.
Join Ruby’s journey as she finds unexpected friendships, the courage to rebel against unjust authority and the healing power of art in this inspiring middle-grade novel by Jenna Zark.

Purchase Links

Amazon | B&N | iTunes 


Author Bio

Jenna Zark is a columnist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist. Her play A Body of Water was published by Dramatists Play Service and produced regionally after its debut at Circle Repertory Company in New York. Other plays were produced in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and St. Louis. As a former staff writer at Scholastic Choices magazine, Zark wrote extensively for middle school and junior high students. Columns, poetry, essays, and articles have been published in TC Jewfolk, Stoneboat literary magazine, Minnesota Bride and numerous other publications. Zark is also a member of a lyricist’s collective in the Twin Cities that performs at local cabarets. She’s still trying to figure out if it’s harder to write a play, a novel, or a song.

Author Links

Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon |
 

Liebster Award ~ Discover New Blogs 


First off, I’d like to thank Naty from Naty’s Bookshelf for nominating me!  Please check out her blog when you get a chance! 

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who has nominated you for the Award.

 • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

 • Nominate up to 11 people

 • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Okie dokey..here were go:

1. What is your favorite genre?

I actually have more than one.  But if I had to choose only one, it would be mystery/thrillers.

2. Which book of this genre would you recommend to someone who is trying to start reading it?

Ooo..that’s a tough one.  Either Gone Girl or The Girl On the Train.


 3. Is there a stereotypical plot from your favorite genre that you dislike?

Hmm..no not really.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have read books in this genre that haven’t been repeated..yet..

 4. Do you have a guilty pleasure book?

Yes..children’s books.  Lol.  I love Robert Munsch.  Especially The Paper Bag Princess.

 5. What is your favorite movie?

I’m a fan of Tim Burton, and my 2 favourite movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.

 6. What is your favorite color?

Blue.

 7. Do you have a system to organize your bookshelf?

Yes! I like to organize my books in alphabetical order by author last name.

 8. Which fictional character would you take to be your partner in adventures?

Good question! I would take Hermoine Granger.  She’s loyal, clever and logical.  Plus, she has a magic wand which could come in handy! 

9. What are you currently reading?

The Child by Fiona Barton

10. What is your bookish pet peeve?

My pet peeves..ooh, I hate predictable plots & endings.  It ruins the whole experience.  Overly descriptive stories bug me as well.  I end up getting bored and frustrated.

 11. Do you have a favorite author?

Yes!  Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss & J.K  Rowling 

My Nominees

I apologize in advance if you’ve already done this.

Erica Robyn Reads

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Eldon Farrell 

Jessica Jesinghaus

Jessica’s Reading Room 

Heather Cilley

Dinh G

Emie’s Nook 

Very Biased Reviewer 

Restless Soul

Chloe’s Books Blog

 
My Questions (copy & paste)

1. What is your favourite genre?

2. Who is your favourite villain?

3.  If you could be a character from a book, who would it be & why?

4.  Who is your favourite author?

5.  What are you currently reading? And are you liking it so far?

6.  Which genre do you absolutely hate?

7.  How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?

8.  What are your bookish pet peeves?

9.  Which do you prefer: Hardcover, Paperback or ebook?

10.  Have you ever bought a book without reading the description?

11. Where is your favourite place to read?