Her Pretty Face by: Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face Publication date: July 10, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
I read and enjoyed Robyn Harding’s The Party, last year.  I was excited to see if I liked her newest release as much as I did the last one.  I definitely did!  I read this book in less than two days and it had me guessing and second guessing myself at every page.  Robyn can really write a psychological thriller!
I won’t tell you anything about the story line but I can say it makes you second guess everything you think you know about people.  At about the halfway point, be prepared to not be able to put the book down until it is over.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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pro_reader_120I received this e-ARC from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Exhibit Alexandra by: Natasha Bell

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Description:

A shocking, original psychological thriller about a mother gone missing and the family she leaves behind, ultimately proving how unknowable even those closest to us can be. 

Alexandra Southwood is missing. Held in a room against her will, she’s forced to imagine how her husband, Marc, and two daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. She thinks of what’s lost, remembering the beginnings of her romance with Marc and the beautiful family they built together.

Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but his wife. He shifts from utter despair to frantic action, and when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He embarks on his own journey, through the dark maze of the art world that so gripped his wife, following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask.

My Review:

I received this book from the publishers through a now defunct website that provided books to reviews in exchange for honest reviews.

I listened to this book on audio and I really didn’t know what to expect.  I found it to be an interesting book.  It is a story of life imitating art imitating life.  It was hard to determine what was actually happening and that made me sympathize with Marc.  How do you continue living life and raising your two girls when you have a feeling that your missing wife is still alive and out there somewhere?

I was an intriguing read and I gave it 3 crowns.

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The Last Time I Lied by: Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
I really enjoyed Riley Sager’s first book and was very excited to see the description of this one.  I devoured this book in about two days.  This kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what was going on.  I kept trying to guess as to who did it and every time I did, I was wrong.  I love that he is able to keep me guessing until the very last page.
This is the perfect summer read as it takes place in a summer camp.  The tried and true camp favorite game of Two Truths and a Lie is so well woven into the fabric of this story.  This was an excellent thriller.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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pro_reader_120 I received and E -ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dive Smack by: Demetra Brodsky Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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Praise for DIVE SMACK

“A tense psychological drama with a voice that pulls you in and a twist you won’t see coming, Dive Smack is an instant Hitchcockian classic!” —Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten

“A twisty, witty thriller readers will love puzzling through to the very end. A visceral, delightful debut.” —Carrie Mesrobian, author of William C. Morris award finalist Sex & Violence

“This riveting debut will plunge readers into an accelerating coil of twists and turns as if in free fall, plummeting them from a precipice as they cling to the dwindling hope of safe entry into the mysterious darkness below.” —S.A. Bodeen, author of The Compound

“Brodsky’s debut combines an engaging school story, filled with best friend shenanigans, first love, and a fascinating look at competitive diving, with a tense psychological mystery.” —Booklist

“In an impressive debut, Brodsky injects her teen drama with ambiguity, and a subtle hint of paranormal phenomena, leaving readers to guess at what’s really going on. Strong characters and a compelling mystery make this a real page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly

“A taut thriller with a twist ending that will blow your mind.” —Kim LiggettBram Stoker Award-Winning Author of The Last Harvest

“Complex, thrilling, and with a pitch-perfect narrative voice, Dive Smack will leave you on the edge of your seat and unable to put this one down.” —C. Desir, author of Bleed Like Me

“Heartbreaking, human and heroic, Dive Smack is a Perfect 10!” —Karen LaFace, 1992 USA Olympic Springboard Diver

“A taut roller coaster of a thriller chock full of dark family secrets, twisty lies, and finally, the redeeming power of truth.” —Michelle Zink, author of This Wicked Game

 Dive Smack
SYNOPSIS
 

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

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MY REVIEW:
At first, I felt as if this book was a bit young for me.  The characters are in High School and the beginning explained a bit about the sport of diving.  I was concerned that I was not going to like this because of my age in relation to the characters.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how absorbed into the story and the mysteriousness of it I became.
Demetra does a great job of making the reader feel as if they with Theo as he tries to figure out what is going on with him and what has happened in the past.  Guilt plays a big part in this story but she does a good job of explaining that in order to get rid of guilt, you must speak of it.  It does contain suspenseful moments, action and what seemed to be science fiction type situations.
I am reviewing this book as if I were it’s intended audience and it was a great read!  I gave this book 4 crowns.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:
Giveaway is open Internationally | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

5 Winners will receive a Copy of DIVE SMACK by Demetra Brodsky

ENDS: JULY 12, 2018
Thank you to Demetra Brodsky, TOR Teen and JeanBookNerd for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  
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All We Ever Wanted by: Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted  Publication Date:  June 26, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
I really enjoyed this story and the character development in it.  Not all of the characters learn from their mistakes but I quickly came to like Tom and Nina.  Raising children is one of the hardest jobs in the world, if not the hardest, and this book brings that to light.
No matter how or where your child has grown up, there are situations beyond the control of a parent.  The teens in this story are proof of that.  Lyla wants to belong and Finch is entitled and Polly is scared and insecure.  This sounds a lot like most of the teenagers I know.
This was well written and the content kept me interested.  I liked that this was told from multiple perspectives.  It wasn’t a YA book nor was it solely an adult read.
I gave this book 4 crowns.

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pro_reader_120 I received this e-ARC from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lying In Wait by: Liz Nugent

Lying In Wait

Description from the Publisher through Netgalley:

From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed.

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

My Review:

I really don’t know how to feel about this book.  I wasn’t too invested in the characters as no one was 100% likable or honest.  The story line was so screwed up, it was a bit of a turn off.  It was a quick read but I am not sure if I would consider it an enjoyable read.  It was depressing and a bit aggravating.  I don’t think I would recommend this book.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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When Life Gives You Lululemons by: Lauren Weisberger

When Life Gives You Lululemons Publication date: June 5. 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
I have read the first two books in this series a very long time ago.  I have also seen the movie.  I can’t remember my feelings about the books but I enjoyed the movie.  When I saw that this was the third book in the series, I just had to get back into that world.
I have to admit that I had a hard time with this book.  Emily as a feature character, annoyed me to no end.  She was a whiny bitch who had no regard for anyone until the end of the book.  The other two women, Karolina and Miriam were almost as obnoxious to me.  The main story line of Karolina’s major issue was decent but I don’t know if it was worth reading 352 pages of it.  God, that sounds so harsh but I honestly believe there are many books that are currently out there right now or will soon be released that will be a much better read.
I am not knocking this book entirely,  I enjoyed some parts for what they were worth, just not the book as a whole.  I wouldn’t have made this the 3rd book in the Devil Wears Prada series.  It is clearly a spin-off.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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pro_reader_120 I received an E-ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.