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27 06, 2016

Giveaway: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

at the edge of summer book coverI have a copy of At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe.

26 06, 2016

Review: Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen

By | June 26th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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sweet breath of memory book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen is a book that I had to read in small increments. It is a good book, but it is very emotionally charged.

After losing her husband, John, who was fighting in Iraq, Cate Saunders struggles to get by. She lives her life day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. Never knowing when the grief will consume her, she decides to move to Amberley, a small but vibrant town in Massachusetts, to start over.

Although her new job as a caregiver isn’t as fulfilling as she hoped it would be, she finds friends in the locals.

26 06, 2016

Mailbox Monday, June 27, 2016

By | June 26th, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |8 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Paper Review Copies

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25 06, 2016

Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

By | June 25th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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exquisite captive book coverReviewed by Jamie Friddle

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios is a thrilling and sensuous fantasy about a jinni named Nalia who has been sold into slavery. The story rapidly captivates the audience and keeps a steady yet fast pace throughout the novel. Fans of myths, fantasy, and magic will adore this new series that has a modern twist!

Demetrios is an excellent creator of worlds and is very unique, using imagery to create a glorious yet chilling setting. The main protagonist and heroine is Nalia, the only surviving Ghan Aisouri, and the rightful heir to the Arjinni throne. Nalia was the only survivor of a deadly attack that killed nearly everyone she loved, except her young brother who is in a work camp, held captive by the Ifrits.

24 06, 2016

Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |6 Comments

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all is not forgotten book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

One night, a crime of almost unimaginable brutality is committed against 15-year-old Jenny Kramer, a smart, well-liked girl in the small town of Fairview. After she is questioned by the police, Jenny’s parents make a simple decision: To give her ‘the treatment’, a new process of drugs intended to erase recent short term memory from trauma victims. But when Jenny tries to kill herself 8 months later, her parents are forced to come to terms with the fact that there may be something lingering deep in her mind. A local psychiatrist believes he can retrieve these lost memories, help Jenny heal, and perhaps even help catch the person who assaulted her. But the things he digs up in Jenny’s head may end up tearing Fairview apart as secrets come to life that threaten the foundations of her family, her support network, and her town.

23 06, 2016

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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the fireman book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

It’s hard to be unique; to find a voice that stands out in an over-saturated market, especially when one writes in genres like horror and fantasy. Joe Hill, however, has established a narrative voice that is poignant and entertaining in his new novel, The Fireman. The novel is an epic conglomeration of genres—incorporating aspects of a medical thriller, sprinkled with fantasy, horror, and even a little romance. In creating this swirling mix of genres, Hill tells a tale of human experience. He shows through his depictions of human interaction in the face of catastrophe that the human experience is one of suffering, regret, learning, and triumph.

22 06, 2016

Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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the choices we make book coverReviewed by Colleen Turner

I need to say right up front that Karma Brown’s debut novel, Come Away with Me, made my top ten best books of 2015 and so I jumped at reviewing her newest, The Choices We Make, as soon as I saw it come up for review without even reading what it was about. Her debut blew me away with how real and raw she was able to make her characters and the surprise twist towards the end that I never saw coming. I just KNEW I was going to love The Choices We Make and I am so happy to say that she didn’t disappoint.

The Choices We Make is the story of Hannah, a woman who is unable to have the one thing she wants more than anything in the world–a baby to call her own.

21 06, 2016

Review: The Dog That Whispered by Jim Kraus

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the dog that whispered book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever thought your dog was trying to talk to you? Or at least paying really close attention (cocking his head sideways, raising ears and staring at you with great intensity) when you were talking to him? (Or her, of course!) After you read The Dog That Whispered, you might realize the concept isn’t so far-fetched, after all.

Thurman is the dog who whispers, well, actually growls and grumbles but in an almost conversational way. After seeing him on TV as a dog up for adoption, Gretna Steele felt so strongly about him that she took herself off to the Animal Shelter to adopt him. Only after they were both back at her apartment did she discover that as a tenant of the Heritage Square Senior Apartments and Retirement Village, she was not allowed to have a dog. That little problem meant nothing to Gretna, for didn’t she have a perfectly wonderful son who needed such a dog?

21 06, 2016

Review: The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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return of the witch book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

The Return of the Witch is a sequel to The Witch’s Daughter. In The Witch’s Daughter, we are introduced to Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith, a practicing witch who is, at the time the novel begins, three hundred and eighty-four years old. She befriends a young girl by the name of Tegan and sees a potential that causes her to tell her story to Tegan and ultimately bring her into the life of witchcraft.

Elizabeth tells the history of how she became a witch, as well as stories of her past life and how a man/warlock by the name of Gideon Masters entered her life, helped train her and for lack of a better term, “stalked” her throughout time. Gideon believes he is owed something by Elizabeth and is out to get what he wants at any cost.

20 06, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

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love & friendship book coverWelcome to the Janeite Blog Tour of Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman!

Enter to win one of three hardcover copies of the book below–and visit the rest of the blog tour stops for more chances to win!

About the book

Whit Stillman has taken Austen’s never-finished epistolary novella, Lady Susan, reimagined it as a straight narrative, and added the hilarious new character of Rufus, Susan’s apologist nephew, who aims to clear Susan’s good name come hell or high water (even if he is doing it from “the ignoble abode” of debtors’ prison ). Despite many indications to the contrary, Rufus insists that Susan is, “the kindest, most delightful woman anyone could know, a shining ornament to our Society and Nation.” Rufus then appends his earnest tale with a collection of his aunt’s letters, which he claims have been altered by Austen to cast the estimable Lady Susan in a bad light.