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16 04, 2017

Review: I See You by Molly McAdams

By | April 16th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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i see you mcadams book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Rorie has the perfect relationship with Declan…or does she? After one unforgettable night of pure passion, Rorie accepts that the mysterious stranger she knows only as Jay wasn’t meant to be. What if that night with Jay had to happen because it was the only way that Declan could be brought into her life? And if that’s the case, why, after all these months of happiness, love, and security with Declan, is Rorie still unable to forget that night?

In I See You, Molly McAdams presents a heart-wrenching love triangle that made me believe in fate and the power of true love.

14 04, 2017

Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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fate of flames book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Four girls, each with control over one of the four elements, are the only force that stands against humanity and it is in their hands when Phantoms, massive beasts made of pure terror, appear and begin destroying the biggest cities in the world. Since the appearance of Phantoms, cities have taken measures to protect the remaining civilizations and four girls continue to fulfill their duties as heroes. When one Effigy dies, another becomes her replacement in an instant, continuing her duties, for as long as they’re needed.

13 04, 2017

Review: The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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echo of twilight book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Love, betrayal, heartbreak, and the bonds of friendship are center-most in Judith Kinghorn’s The Echo of Twilight. Pearl Gibson is about to embark on a new journey as a lady’s maid. As her travels bring her to her new post, she encounters a charming young artist named Ralph, and a forbidden love is born. Settling into her new position, Pearl develops an unusual friendship with her employer, Ottoline, one that will shape her future in ways she never could have seen coming, bringing her the greatest joy she could ever know and the deepest sadness she will ever experience.

13 04, 2017

Giveaway: The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |14 Comments

horse dancer book coverEnter to win a copy of The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Henri Lachapelle wants only the best for his granddaughter Sarah. And that means following in his footsteps to become a member of France’s elite equestrian academy Le Cadre Noir. He gives her a beautiful horse named Boo, and Sarah quietly trains in city parks and the narrow lanes of London. Henri believes Sarah’s horsemanship will grant her access to a better life away from their rough inner city neighborhood. But when her grandfather falls ill, Sarah must juggle school, hospital visits, and, of course, Boo.

12 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagan

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Management & Leadership, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Motivational, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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extreme you book coverPlease join Sarah Robb O’Hagan, author of Extreme You, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

When I saw the title of this book, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read it. There is something empowering about reading an empowering book from such an empowering female. Before jumping into this review, I have to say that simply reading the first 30 pages of Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s book motivated me more than ever.

Extreme You is a very simple concept that is often overlooked by millions of people around the world. We live in a culture where many people tend to conform to the societal standards of what is acceptable.

12 04, 2017

Review: Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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lola by melissa love book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love took a little while to get me interested, but once I got into it, I was under Lola’s spell just like the rest of her crew. The Crenshaw Six is a small time gang in Los Angeles that is being led by 26 year old Lola Vasquez. To the outside world and her neighborhood, Lola is just a tiny woman, loyal to her man Garcia, who everyone believes is the actual leader of the gang. But behind closed doors, Lola leads with a fierceness and commanding quiet that comes from years of having to raise herself and her little brother in the barrio.

As the chapters rolled on, I relished learning more about the complex woman that is Lola. She needs to be tough because of her position, but she’s often even shocked at herself and the things she does. She is never afraid to say what’s on her mind, and she never lets a man believe he holds any power over her. She is in a relationship, yes, but it’s more out of convenience than love. Make no mistake, Lola is out for number one.

11 04, 2017

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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orphan's tale book coverReviewed by Savannah Sawyer

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff was life changing in a way that I’ve never experienced with any other book. I picked up this novel thinking it was simply an account of a girl who snatched an infant from a train cart destined for doom on a terribly freezing night. Instead, Jenoff gifted me the privilege of following Noa on her journey and witnessing her transformation from a timid young girl to a resilient and self-assured aerialist.

Noa was kicked out of her home mercilessly by her father after spending a long night under the sheets and becoming pregnant with a German man at the fresh age of fifteen. She sought refuge at a home for pregnant, vagrant women, planning to give up her baby the moment it was born. Noa gave birth shortly after arriving, and bonded with her baby before having him snatched away and more than likely sent to imminent death since he wasn’t the Aryan baby that most favored in Nazi-Germany. After giving birth, Noa became truly homeless.

11 04, 2017

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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behind closed doors book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, the reader comes face-to-face with the age old question of whether or not the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Everyone knows that couple that seems to have the perfect marriage, right? That’s what Jack and Grace seem to have. Jack is charismatic and handsome. He always seems to know what to say to put everyone at ease. And Grace…well, she is the perfect wife. She has the perfect figure and knows how to do everything a good wife should know how to do. She is a fantastic cook, an amazing gardener, has an immaculately clean home, and dotes on her disabled younger sister.

10 04, 2017

Review: Border Child by Michel Stone

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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border child book coverReviewed by Stacie Nielsen Bortel

Border Child (follow-up to The Iguana Tree) begins with Lilia and Hector back in Mexico, three years after their deportation. The young couple is dealing with the aftermath of the loss of Alejandra, their daughter, who was taken by a stranger at the border. Losing a child is every parent’s worst fear, and Lilia and Hector have the added agony of blaming themselves – and each other – for losing her. To make matters worse, there is the torture of not knowing if she is still alive. Although Lilia has since given birth to a healthy boy and is pregnant with their third child, she is consumed with grief and guilt over losing Alejandra, and their marriage is suffering the consequences.

10 04, 2017

The Ms. Collection Clothing Rental Subscription Review

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |5 Comments

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As I mentioned in my review of EricDress.com, given my travel schedule for work, I buy the majority of my clothes – and almost everything else – online. And while I don’t blog about non-book related topics too often, every now and then, a bad shopping experience almost begs to be blogged about.

Recently, I’ve been limiting my purchases to staples like jeans, essential tops, a good blazer, etc. For more trendy, wear-it-once type of items, I’ve been trying out rental clothing services, with new ones seemingly popping up every day. Before I go further, I do want to note that the purpose of this post is to simply share my experience. I have not received any free clothes and have personally paid for every item I rented or purchased.