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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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

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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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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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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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Best Beach Ever by: Wendy Wax

Best Beach Ever

Description from the publisher through Netgalley:

My Review:
My girls are back!!!  Reading this series is like catching up with a group of your nearest and dearest friends.  This is book #6 in the series and if you haven’t started it yet, what are you waiting for?!
I loved this latest installment of the girls of Ten Beach Road.  Each woman brings her own charm and shenanigans to the story.  Each woman is easy to relate to and genuine.  This story brought to light hidden fears for each woman and it showed their strengths too.
As always, I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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How Hard Can It Be? by: Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Description:

Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world.  Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

My Review:

I did not read Allison Pearson’s first book about Kate Reddy so I was unfamiliar with this character.  That being said, you can read this book without having read the first one as it does hold up as a stand alone.  In this sequel, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and needs to return to work to support her family.  She has two children, one in her teens the other, almost there, and a husband who is taking time off from working to better himself.

Kate is going through peri-menopause and is finding that it isn’t easy to return to work after having raised a family for the past 7 years.  There were so laugh-out-loud moments in this book.  Even though I am not near the age of Kate, I could put myself in her shoes.  I am wondering however, if I were around that age, would I have found this book to work a bit better for me.  I am not saying that this wasn’t a good book, I am simply feeling that I was not the correct target audience for it.  It was a bit drawn out and I was getting a bit bored but I powered through.  If I were to pick up Allison’s first book on Kate Reddy, I may relate to that a bit more.

I recommend this book for anyone in their mid to late 40’s+.  I think that if you like a contemporary read with humor and realistic situations, you would enjoy this.  For me, a late 30 year old already in the workforce with children,  I couldn’t relate as much.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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I received an unsolicited ARC of this book from St. Martin’s press in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you, St. Martin’s Press.