Beach House Reunion By: Mary Alice Monroe

PubBeach House Reunionlication Date: May 22, 2018

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My Review:
This is book #5 in the Beach House series by Mary Alice Monroe and I have a confession; I have only read book #1 and that was probably a decade ago and book #4.  However, I love this series and the characters in them.
I was instantly transported to the Isle of Palms with the nicest neighbors and a great group of people.  I loved the dynamic between Cara and her niece.  Their relationship was something really special to read about.  I highly recommend this series from start to finish even though I didn’t read all of the books.
I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go By: Amy E. Reichert

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

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My Review:
Gina’s world has been crashing down around her since her husband’s unfortunate death.  Her relationship with her teenage daughter is one of stress and turmoil.  She doesn’t know how to communicate with her and barely does until she is forced into it.  Adding to her lists of stress, her mother suffers a sudden stroke and long held secret is forced into the light.
I liked this story but I am finding that it was a bot forgettable.  I finished this book at the beginning of the week and have found myself having to read the description in order to recall the plot and my feelings about it.  Amy writes well and is descriptive but maybe this wasn’t the story for me.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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How to Walk Away by: Katherine Center

How to Walk Away  Publication date: May 15, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised to come to this #Bookmail recently.   I hadn’t heard of this book before receiving it but then all of a sudden, it was everywhere I looked.  I really didn’t know too much going into this but what an amazing read!

Synopsis:

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

My Review:

This novel blew me away.  I had no idea that a fictional book could touch my heart the way this one did.  It was a pleasure to read and I found myself thinking about Margaret when I wasn’t reading the book and long after I was done.

I highly recommend this book.  The cover art is stunning and the words in pages create such a impactful experience for the reader.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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A big THANK YOU to St. Martin’s press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.  #WalkAwayGirlfriend #HowToWalkAwayBook

Mister Tender’s Girl by: Carter Wilson

Mister Tender's Girl

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My Review:

Loosely based on the Slenderman story, this book gives you the creeps as you try to figure out how a drawn image can have so much influence on people.  As you continue to check around for a stalker that is watching your every move, you are also trying to determine who it is and how they know so much about a past that you have kept hidden for years.

I loved this book.  I was equal parts creeped out and intrigued.  I would put the book down to take a breathe and immediately would want to keep reading it.  I have finished it a few days ago now and I can’t stop thinking about it and recommending it to those who love the horror genre.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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pro_reader_120 I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.

 

To Right the Wrongs by: Sheryl Scarborough BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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To Right the Wrongs

Synopsis 
 

Barely three weeks after catching the killer of Erin’s mother and their biology teacher, Erin and her crew are back, up to their elbows in forensics projects. But this time it’s with the full approval of their parents.

With Uncle Victor at the helm, Erin and her best friends, Spam and Lysa, are prepping a new classroom for CSI summer camp, where they will serve as camp counselors. Meanwhile, Erin’s super-hot new boyfriend, Journey, is graduating, just in time for him to take a position as Victor’s intern in the new CSI lab on campus. Journey and Victor are going to take another look at the evidence in the murder trial that sent Journey’s father to prison. The girls are under strict orders not to meddle with the murder case, but that’s easier said than done…

 

Praise for TO RIGHT THE WRONGS

“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.” ―Booklist

“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.” ―Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky

“The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers.” ―School Library Journal

“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.” ―Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying

“Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past…there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end.” ―VOYA

“A compulsive read. Scarborough has created a thrilling book brimming with life, murder, and adventure.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Flying

Sheryl Scarborough
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

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WEBSITE: http://www.sherylscarborough.com/
TWITTER:  @scarbo_author
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/148975.Sheryl_Scarborough
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mediasherpa
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/scarbo_author/

MY REVIEW:
This was a cute, fast paced read.  It reminded me of a Nancy Drew meets Harriet the Spy mix.  I do think that this is a bit of a younger YA book.  Although the main characters are juniors in High School, it just didn’t feel that way.
I though the plot was good and it kept me interested but this was a bit young for me.  I didn’t read the first book in the series but I got the point of it in the recaps throughout the book.  I would recommend reading them in order.
This was well done and I can see it becoming the next young female detective series.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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– 12 Winners will receive a Copy of TO RIGHT THE WRONGS by Sheryl Scarborough.

ENDS: APRIL 14, 2018
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Tiger’s Dream Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Tiger's Dream

Synopsis 
 

A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

 

Praise for TIGER’S CURSE

“…a sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure. I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails-all within a few pages. In short, Tiger’s Curse is magical!” ―Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

“High adventure ensues. As in Tiger’s Curse and Tiger’s Quest, this story is part action-adventure and part romance…The novel will satisfy the saga’s fans, who will be delighted by the prospect of a fourth volume.” ―Booklist

“Houck cranks the love-o-stat up another notch…Hypersteamy romance…’hot, melty, smoldering’ (but still chaste) make-out sessions…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Forget vampires and werewolves, tigers are the new hottest thing…a guaranteed page turner with a huge twist at the end that will leave you breathless.” ―RT Book Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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WEBSITE: http://colleenhouck.com/
TWITTER:  @ColleenHouck
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3097905.Colleen_Houck
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenRayHouck
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/colleen.houck/

MY REVIEW
If you have been following me for some time, you will know that this series is one of my favorite series.  The Tiger’s curse series is full of magic and fantasy, love and turmoil, magic and time travel.  I am so in love with these characters and when I found out that the last book  in the series, wasn’t really the last book, I was ecstatic!  And here is it, the final book in the series.
It was fantastic!  I absolutely loved going back into this world and reliving some of the past books with a different perspective.  Kishan is the main voice of this novel and I just fell more in love with him.  Rough and tough Tiger on the outside but soft mush on the inside!  YES!!!!  This was such an amazing read, the whole series really.  If you haven’t picked the series up yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!  If you were just waiting for this one to be released…GO!!!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I am happy to offer you a chance to win a copy of Tiger’s Dream and some swag from Colleen Houck.
Tiger's Dream Giveaway
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– 5 Winners will receive the Ultimate Tiger’s Dream Swag (Physical Copy, Necklace and Book Plate) by Colleen Houck.

– 5 Winners will receive an E-Copy of TIGER’S DREAM by Colleen Houck.
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ENDS: April 6, 2018
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Cookbook Review: Tasty Latest & Greatest

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ABOUT TASTY LATEST AND GREATEST from Penguinrandonhouse.com

Tasty, Buzzfeed’s popular cooking brand, delivers both comforting and healthy weeknight dinners for meat-lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike, plus treats like ice cream, chocolate desserts, and rainbow recipes galore. You’ve been mesmerized by their top down recipe videos, but there’s still something about having a tangible album of edible deliciousness at your fingertips. Enter: TASTY LATEST & GREATEST. This cookbook is just that: 80+ winning recipes, anointed by fans like you, that have risen to the top of the heap, powered by likes and comments and shares and smiles and full bellies. They represent how you’re cooking today. Whether it’s a trend-driven dish like a pastel glitter-bombed unicorn cake or a classic like lasagna, every recipe has staying power. Now you can deliver on the promise of a great dish whenever the urge strikes. Get ready—your cooking is about to go viral.

My Review:

I love this cookbook.  The recipes are not long and draw out, they are detailed yet simplistic.  Some recipes have a finished product photo while others have step-by-step photos.  The recipes range from 4 styles of deviled eggs to giant Cinnamon buns and homemade Gnocchi.  This week I made Baked Ratatouille and even though I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, I used it as a guide and it was delicious!  I can’t wait to tackle some more Tasty recipes.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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