Foe by: Iain Reid

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Description from the publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
I listened to Iain’s previous work, I’m Thinking of Ending Things and absolutely loved it.  When I saw that I was approved for a review copy of his latest book, I was thrilled.  This was a another book that made you think a bit.  Iain seems to like to do that to his readers.  I appreciate that aspect of the story but found the rest to be lacking.  I did not think that the ending was shocking, I would say it was out of the blue, at best.
This was a fast passed read and I was able to finish it quickly but the story itself was forgettable for me.  I highly recommend his previous work and slightly recommend this one.
I gave it 3 crowns.
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The Book of M by: Peng Shepherd Blog Tour & Giveaway

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The Book of M

SYNOPSIS
 

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Praise for THE BOOK OF M

“A beautiful and haunting story about the power of memory and the necessity of human connection, this book is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece and the one dystopian novel you really need to read this year.” ―Bustle

“I was both disturbed and inspired by Max’s and Ory’s journey through apocalypses large and small. Peng Shepherd has written a prescient, dark fable for the now and for the soon-to-be. The Book of M is our beautiful nightmare shadow.” ―Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“The Book of M is exciting, imaginative, unique, and beautiful. Shepherd proves herself not just a writer to watch, but a writer to treasure.” ―Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Half a Life

“Prepare to fall in love with your own shadow. And to lose sleep. Shepherd is urgently good, and has written one of those books that makes you look up at two in the morning, to a world that’s new, newly scary, and freshly appreciated: what all the great stories do.” ―David Lipsky, New York Times bestselling author of Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself and Absolutely American

“A beautifully written existential apocalypse, following everyday people on a search for love, memory and meaning across the richly realized and frighteningly familiar ruins of America.” ―Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas

“Sheperd’s debut is graceful and riveting, slowly peeling back layers of an intricately constructed and unsettling alternate future.” ―Publishers Weekly

“First-time novelist Shepherd has crafted an engaging and twisty tale about memory’s impact on who or what we become. For aficionados of literary dystopian fiction such as Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven or those who enjoy stories of cross-country travel.” ―Library Journal

“Fans of Station Eleven, listen up!…This one is g-r-e-a-t.” ―Book Riot

“Eerie, dark, and compelling, this will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014).” ―Booklist

“Brilliant debut… The Book of M is right up there with Station Eleven: achingly beautiful literary novels about a changed world.” ―Refinery29.com

“Outstanding and unforgettable…The Book of M is a scary, surprising, sad and sentimental story that will be deeply felt by readers while capturing their imaginations and hearts.” ―BookPage (Top Fiction Pick)

“For fans of Station Eleven, this summer release will have you engulfed from beginning to end.” ―Popsugar

“[Shepherd’s] first novel, The Book of M, tells the fantastic story of ordinary people caught up in a catastrophe in which people lose their shadows — and their memories.” ―Arizona PBS

“Beautifully written, Peng Shepherd delivers an extraordinary story about love, hope, the unquenchable search for answers that may never come, and, ultimately, survival…The characters all have such depth to them that it’s impossible to not become invested in the story, which twists and turns often.” ―TheRealBookSpy.com

“The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.” ―TheNerdDaily.com

“It’s a great setting for a murder, and each of Rader-Day’s prickly millennials feels capable of murder—to say nothing of sleep-deprived, near hysterical Eden. Readers will have fun following the subtle clues.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Reminiscent of books like Stephen King’s The Stand, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and Michael Tolkin’s NK3… she keeps the journey interesting, makes us care about her characters, and invites us to think about how we are all the stuff of dreams.” ―Toronto Star

“The Book of M shines consistently, first in the sense of magical wonder that permeates each of its pages, and second, in the emotional depth that Shepherd is able to draw out of her characters… brutal and brilliant in equal measure.” ―The Contemporary Clerk

“Shepherd’s tale pushes the post-apocalyptic story in a new and exciting direction, making readers ponder questions about reality, self-perception and relationships.” ―Shelf Awareness

Peng Shepherd
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. The Book of M is her first novel.

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My Review:
I absolutely loved this book.  I listened to it on audio and thought that added so much to the reading experience.  I found this book to be heart-breaking in a good way.  I was very emotionally invested in each character of the story.
I have been involved in a few discussions about this book and the main concern from others is the thrown in elements of magical realism.  However, I feel that if you take the story as a whole and evaluate what it really happening, those elements add a dimension to the story.  If you lose your memories, wouldn’t you forget that animals really don’t speak?
I was moved by this story in such a way that when the book was over I found myself with my hand to my heart just relishing in the moment.  I can’t wait to see what else Peng Shepherd writes!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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ENDS: SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
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Nobody Said It’s Be Easy by:Patty Blount Nerd Blast & Giveaway

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SYNOPSIS
 

This is Patty’s third contemporary romance with Tule Publishing Group, inspired by a TV commercial in which a Dad says, “With four daughters, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll always have nail polish on my fingers.”

It’s been two years since former engineer Gabriel Ivers lost his wife and accepted a job as a building superintendent to be home with his children. His focus is being both mom and dad to his girls, until the beautiful Amelia Blake moves next door and reminds him he’s a man as well as a dad. Just as he begins to hope that his life can once again hold more than homework, chores, and movie-and-manicure nights with his girls, he discovers the reason for the fragility beneath Lia’s warm smile.

Lia is trying to move on with her life after a miscarriage ends all hope for a baby, and a subsequent betrayal destroys her marriage. She’s charmed by her new neighbor with his sparkling manicure, multi-colored hair clips, and his brood of girls, but disturbed by the sexual tension that sizzles between them. Gabe and his daughters remind her of everything she’s always wanted and it would be so easy to take what he’s offering her. But is she ready to risk her heart again, especially when her heart isn’t the only one in play?

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. Good thing Gabe is a fighter who’s determined to prove to Lia he’s in this for the long haul…the rest of their lives.

 
Praise for NOBODY SAID IT’D BE EASY
 
“Patty Blount creates a community you’ll want to visit in this heartfelt, realistic romance with a hero everyone will adore!” ―Jamie Beck, national bestselling author of Before I Knew and Unexpectedly Hers 

“Patty Blount’s Nobody Said It’d Be Easy is a sweet, heartwarming story with genuine emotion and a Single Dad To-Die-For!” ― New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra
Patty Blount
Patty Blount grew up quiet and a bit invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice in books. Today, she writes smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. She’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters. Let’s be real; Patty’s not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women’s rights and loves delivering school presentations.

Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker winner and SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Visit her website at pattyblount.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active online. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she’s cool (even though she knows it’s not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

 
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ENDS: SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
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The Other Woman by: Sandie Jones

The Other Woman Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Synopsis:

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Review:

This was a fast-paced, well written thriller.  Everyone usually has horror stories to tell about their mother-in-law but Emily has the best story.  Her mother-in-law to-be, Pammie, is certifiable.  She does things to Pammie without anyone knowing and poor Emily is trying desperately to appease her fiance.  The hidden comments, the pictures of exes that appear in photo albums, the invite to Emily’s ex-best friend to her hen party; these are just a few of the things that Emily has to deal with.

How can Emily survive a relationship with her beloved fiance when his mother will do  everything she can to sabotage it?  This was an entertaining read and I had a hard time putting it down.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Fifth to Die by: J.D. Barker

The Fifth to Die

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
Last year, I read the first book in the 4MK Thriller series, The Fourth Monkey, and I loved it.  When I saw that the second book was about to be released, I requested it to review right away.  This is a stellar second book in a series.  I loved every, single page!  J.D. Barker has a way to transport the reader right into the story.   I was yelling out loud while reading this book, which made for some funny looks from my husband.  I would realize that I had my hands covering my head while I was reading at work.  I loved every second of this book.
I am so glad that there will be a third book to this series and I will definitely read anything Barker writes.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Smothered by: Autumn Chiklis

Smothered  Publication Date: August 7, 2018

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The Shortest Way Home by: Miriam Parker

The Shortest Way Home  Publication Date:  July 31, 2018

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My Review:

I adored this debut novel from Miriam Parker.  It was exactly what I was in the mood for without knowing it.  It was one of the best books I read this month.  I loved all of the characters in this book and really was invested in the story.  It is a novel on the shorter side at 320 pages and I read it very quickly.  I wanted a glass, okay, really a bottle, of wine and plate of cheese by a fire while reading this story.

I highly recommend this book.  I gave it 5 crowns.

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