Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by: Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a riveting tale set during WWII that focuses on love, loss, and bravery at its finest moments.


Everyone Brave is Forgiven is about Mary, a privileged young socialite, Tom, a school administer and the ticket to Mary getting a job in teaching, and Tom's friend Alastair, an art restorer that ends up enlisting. This has to be one of the first novels I have read by Chris Cleave. I have to say that I throughly enjoyed reading it. Each character were all equally important and creative in their own way. The struggles that they go through make them both honest, realistic, and believable. 

The transformations that each character goes through is not only strongly shown throughout the novel but also depicted quiet beautifully. The descriptions of the Siege of Malta and London, during the bombing, left me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. The courage that these characters show during such traumatic events left me feeling both moved and deeply emotional. 

The plot was both interesting, intriguing, and engaging throughout the novel. Truly highly emotional and captivating until the very end. This is an honest view on how war changes a country and the people in it. 


Overall, Everyone Brave is Forgiven is definitely a novel you should pre-order today.



Expected Publication:
May 3 2016


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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.



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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Simon & Schuster, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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Chris Cleave was born in London and spent his early years in Cameroon. He studied experimental psychology at Balliol College, Oxford. His debut novel, INCENDIARY, won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and is now a feature film. His second novel, LITTLE BEE, is a New York Times #1 bestseller with over 2 million copies in print. GOLD is his third novel. He lives in London with his wife and three children. Chris Cleave enjoys dialogue with his readers and invites all comers to introduce themselves on Twitter; he can be found at twitter.com/chriscleave or on his website at http://www.chriscleave.com

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Anything You Want by: Geoff Herbach

Anything You Want is a contemporary YA standalone.


Anything You Want mainly revolves around Taco getting Maggie, his girlfriend, pregnant. I don't know what to say...

Taco is such a weird character to read. He was clueless throughout the majority of the novel and let me feeling that his mindset was definitely younger than his real age. He, nor Maggie, did not consider putting on a condom or even getting on birth control (really, anything would have done the trick people). This let me feeling even more withdrawn from the novel. 

Then Taco is suddenly "excited" (*eye roll*) about the fact that Maggie is pregnant. He didn't seem to grasp that babies cost money, lots of money. Formula, diapers, education, clothing, ext. 

I just never found myself getting into the novel. It felt both ridiculous (specifically Taco's POV) and disappointing. Even now as I write this review, I do not believe I will pick this novel up again. Ever. 



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Expect a bundle of joy—er, trouble—in this hilarious, heartwarming story from the award-winning author of Stupid Fast Geoff Herbach

Taco's mom always said, "Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better." That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco's dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie- even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back.

Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can't wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there's getting Maggie's parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn't have to climb the side of the Corrigans' house to see her...
 



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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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Geoff Herbach is the author of the award winning Stupid Fast YA series as well as Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders. His books have been given the 2011 Cybils Award for best YA novel, the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and many state library associations. In the past, he wrote the literary novel, The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Geoff teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato. He lives in a log cabin with a tall wife.



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Friday, 22 April 2016

His Deception by: Patricia Rosemoor

His Deception is a standalone romance novel that will leave you in suspense.


Katelyn Wade is the owner of a cafe and bed and breakfast. However, she doesn't want people to know that she is the daughter of an notorious business man. So she hides her identity and grows her business without her father's help. But when a gunman attacks a local college campus, Katelyn's tranquil life begins to crack. 

Thorn, a man hired by Katelyn's father to look after her without her knowing, is soon replaces Katelyn's bartender, Sam, who mysteriously doesn't show up to work. As things hit closer to home, Katelyn and Thorne can't help their growing attraction. 

When things lies begin to unfold and secrets are revealed, who in the end can you trust with your life. 



I enjoy reading mystery novels (especially ones that contain romance) but when I read His Deception I found myself getting distracted or, at times, not wanting to continue reading. The only thing that I can say I enjoyed would have to be guessing who the murderer was. However, that was all for me, that was the only true thing I enjoyed about this novel. 

The automatic trust Katelyn gave Thorn was very questionable, to me at least. She didn't check anything prior to hiring Thorn as a bartender. When he suggests going away, she doesn't hesitate on going with him and leaving. There was no hesitation even when knowing that she was doing all this with a stranger, a person she doesn't know much about. Thorn didn't even open up fully about his past. How can anyone trust one person fully if that person does not open up. Besides that, there didn't really seem to be connection between both characters. 

Don't get me wrong, the plot and storyline are delightful but I just found myself not enjoying this novel. Definitely not a novel for me. 




Expected Publication:
April 26 2016


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Summary from Goodreads:
In an explosive novel from the bestselling author of Dangerous—hailed by Virna DePaul as “smooth, sexy, and suspenseful”—deception and desire intertwine as an undercover bodyguard gets too close to the woman he’s sworn to protect.

Tabloid drama isn’t Katelyn Wade’s style. The illegitimate daughter of a notorious tycoon, Katelyn has worked hard to build a successful business on her own terms. She doesn’t put much stock in the rumors that she’s being targeted by someone with a vendetta against her father—until one of her employees at her restaurant turns up dead. Suddenly, she can’t trust anyone. Especially not her new bartender, a man with an instinct for trouble . . . and a body made for sin.

Katelyn has no idea that Thorne Hudson is being paid to protect her. He certainly never meant to seduce her. Crossing professional lines never ends well, especially when the slightest distraction could put both their lives at risk. But even Thorne’s military resolve, honed by years of training, is no match for Katelyn’s undeniable sex appeal. And after one taste of her lush lips pushes him past the edge of temptation, Thorne aches to tell her the truth—just as soon as he knows she’s safe from harm.
 




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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Random House - Loveswept, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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With 96 novels and more than seven million books in print, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with "dangerous love" – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories. 



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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

It Takes One by: Kate Kessler

It Takes One is the first novel in the Audrey Harte series.


It Takes One is a mixture of both mystery, thriller, and suspense. It mainly revolves around Audrey Harte, a PhD criminal psychologist that is finally returning home after seven years. 


When Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's sexually abusive father, Clint. Audrey was sent to a juvenile detention centre for three years well Maggie was sent to a psychiatric hospital. However, since then both Audrey and Maggie's lives have changed. 

Audrey has now been living in Los Angeles, a psychologist on a frequently watched television show. Whereas, Maggie still lives in their small town, Edgeport, and is regularly a troubled drunk. However, Audrey knows that she will have to face the whispers and rumours that have haunted her and her family. 

Audrey doesn't exactly expect her first night in town to end with picking up her echoic father from a bar, getting into a fight with a drunken Maggie, her old crush Jake witnessing it all go down, or even worse...Maggie to turn up dead. Her head bashed in by a rock, an eerie similar way to how Clint died years earlier. 


Now, Audrey is on a mission to find out who murdered Maggie before everyone decided that she is the one to blame...and before he murder can set their sights on her. 



Who would you kill to protect someone you love?



Where do I even begin? I really enjoyed reading the first 40% of the novel. The mystery aspect of It Takes One is what eventually pushed me into finishing the novel. 

It Takes One seemed so predictable. There was no doubts that Audrey would clear her name and learn something during the process. The thing that truly surprised me was the identity of the killer. 



A major problem I had with the novel had to be that everyone from Edgeport seemed to have something wrong with them. Each one of the characters seemed to have a mental health problem, addiction, abuse, hot-tempered, etc. I understand that flaws make a character better, and frankly more believable, but it just seemed like too much. It was just too much thrown together. 

Maggie (a prime example) faced abuse, obsessions, multiple personality disorder, and turmoil over her sexuality/sexual orientation. Like seriously.... Everything just ended up feeling repetitive and uninteresting. 

I would definitely recommend that all characters within It Takes One, by Kate Kessler, seek help one way or another. 



Expected Publication:
April 26 2016 


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Summary from Goodreads:
They say there are no secrets in a small town...

Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She'll have to face the whispers and the rumors that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's abusive father.

Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Audrey can't believe it can get worse.

Then Maggie turns up dead.

Now, Audrey has to find out who the murderer is - before everyone decides that she is to blame. And before the murderer can set their sights on her.

It Takes One is the first in a brand new thriller series where a criminal psychologist uses her own dark past to help law enforcement catch dangerous killers.
 




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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Redhook Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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As a child Kate Kessler seemed to have a knack for finding trouble, and for it finding her. A former delinquent, Kate now prefers to write about trouble rather than cause it, and spends her day writing about why people do the things they do. She lives in New England with her husband. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titl...


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Monday, 18 April 2016

It's In His Kiss by: Eve Devon

It's In His Kiss is a hilariously romantic novel that will sweep you off your feet. 


It's In His Kiss is about Sephy King and Luke Jackson's
relationship between one another and their daily lives. Sephy King and Luke Jackson are best friends. She is trying to make her new lingerie business a success but her photos for the launch party are disastrous. Luke is willing to help her strip everything off, model sexy underwear and take some photos. But when suddenly things start to heat up, Sephy suddenly wishes that they were in bedroom alone. 

In return to helping Sephy, Luke asks that she poses as his fake fiancée to get his parents off his back. It's risky but she is sure she can pull it off.....until he kisses her. 



Luke Jackson has to be one of the best book boyfriends I have ever read. He was so patient, loving, caring, and so bloody hot! All of the characters felt so realistically flawed and had family issues (Sephy with her ex and her daughter who needs a male role model in her life & Luke with her issues with his parents). I adored every moment that existed within this novel and look forward to reading more of Eve Devon's work.




Expected Publication:
April 21st 2016


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Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…

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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Harper Impulse, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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Eve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines & happy ever afters...

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve Devon a taste for adventure; her love for romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals! 

When Eve wasn't consuming books by the bucketload, she could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down her adventures. As a teenager, Eve wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, still hooked on romance and mysteries, she worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realizing she was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense herself. 





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Friday, 15 April 2016

Eligible by: Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible is the fourth novel in The Austen Project but it can be read also as a standalone.


Eligible is basically a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


Having read Pride and Prejudice in high school, and loving it, I had high expectations for Curtis Sittenfeld's novel Eligible. It of course extended any and all expectations I had. It was both hilarious and inviting, I didn't want Eligible to ever end. 

In this new modern retelling, there was a sense of modernity that left me feeling both excited yet oddly saddened (by the fact that Mr. Darcy would be quiet different in this retelling versus the original work of Jane Austen). However, Eligible still kept true to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Bennet was still irresponsible with money and Mrs. Bennet was still her social climbing self, with both prejudice and a shopping addiction. Their daughters are single and they are getting older. There is still differences, being that it is focusing on a modern version. Jane and Elizabeth are living in New York whereas their parents and sibilings (i.e. Mary, Lydia, and Kitty) are living in Cincinnati. 


In this Curtis Sittenfeld's novel, Eligible, Elizabeth Bennet is a journalist, Jane is a yoga instructor, Mary is a perpetual student of online courses, and both Lydia and Kitty are CrossFit fanatics. Having the Bennet women working, and not needing to depend on men to keep their house or land, left me feeling both empowered and ecstatic. When Chris Bingley, Harvard educated ER doctor, lands in Cincinnati with his best friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, a neurosurgeon, things get very entertaining very fast. You see, Bingley was on a television show called Eligible - basically like The Bachelor - which his sister, Caroline, talked him into... however he didn't find a wife on the show and is still in essence eligible. Making the title of the novel fitting for this modern day retelling. 



This is was a fun, captivating, hilariously addictive novel to read. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone that enjoys reading light, fun, contemporary, romantic novels. 





Expected Publication:
April 19th 2016


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Summary from Goodreads:
From the bestselling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Austen’s classic set in modern day Cincinnati.
The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City.
Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.
Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . .
Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip's friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste.
But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.


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ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Random House Publishing, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (due out April 2016) as well as the bestselling novels SisterlandAmerican WifePrep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications, including The AtlanticThe New York TimesVanity Fair,TimeSlateGlamour, and on public radio's This American Life. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently lives in St. Louis, MO.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law by: Katherine Wilson

Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law is both a memoir and a cookbook. 

Only in Naples is not what I expected. I thought that the novel, cover, and description hinted a more food related memoir. However, this novel mainly focused on Katherine Wilson's journey from America to Naples, Italy. She goes from living with her wealthy family in America to having an internship at the U.S. Consulate in Naples, Italy. Which she obtained thanks to her family's connections. 

The rest of the novel focuses on Katherine Wilson's time in Naples. How she met her future mother-in-law, her husband, and how her life changed in ways she never thought it would. 

That being said, I would have given Only in Naples a five star rating if the recipes weren't so  . The novel was also rather slow-paced, leaving me at times inpatient and wondering when the novel would end. Lastly, I felt that the novel also jumped around a lot. 

In the end, this novel was just not it for me. 



Expected Publication:
April 19th 2016


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Summary from Goodreads:
In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and Peter Mayle, this enchantingly warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad, where a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean. It is all thanks to a surprising romance, a new passion for food, and a spirited woman who will become her mother-in-law—and teach her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love.


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KATHERINE WILSON was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, where she studied with Toni Morrison and Peter Sellars. She has lived in Italy for the past nineteen years, working in television, film, and theater. Most recently, she acted in Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer, with Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland. She lives in Rome with her husband and two children. 

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Monday, 11 April 2016

The One That Got Away by: A.J. Pine

The One That Got Away is the first book in The Kingston Ale House series


The One That Got Away mainly revolves around Jamie Kingston and Brynn Chandler's relationship. They have been best friends since middle school. When Brynn gives Jamie a kiss, there friendship was tested. Planning to never cross the line again, they continue on with their friendship. 

Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember and now he is ready to tell her. However, she now has her sights on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. Their time alone brings old hurt and Brynn is left to decide if the one that got away is at the end of this journey or if he has been her side all along. 


I am a major sucker for road trips and friends turned lovers. Fear has kept Jamie and Brynn from trying to move from friends to lovers. Being afraid that if they crossed the line, their relationship would fall apart and nothing would ever be the same again. However, when an old high school crush of Brynn's is at their high school reunion, they must face their past and any possible future together. The characters are relatable (especially their insecurities), the struggles were real, and the plot was delightful.

If you like novels filled with romance, heartache, tears, and laughter, then I would definitely recommend you read this novel. 



Expected Publication:
April 18 2016 


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Summary from Goodreads:
How far will one man go for the woman he's loved since high school?

Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler's best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they've had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.

But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he's ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.



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AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

AJ Pine is the author of IF ONLY and WHAT IF with Entangled Embrace and the upcoming ONE NIGHT and ONE LIFE with Penguin/Intermix in 2015.




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