Stalking Jack the Ripper 

This book sat on my book case for ever and ever. I’m sad I waited so long to read it. This book is about a girl Audrey wadsworth who in secret is learning her uncles trade of being a coroner which at a time when women were only supposed to have kids, cook the food and gossip about petty things over tea with the other women of the rich. While learning this trade, slowly people are getting murdered mostly prostitutes. The thing about these murderes there extremely grousome some of the worst there country has ever seen. These are the older days which forget the year so these horrific crimes are not common slowly Audrey has determined to find out who the murder was since her, her uncle and one of her students finds the facts of things they forensics. Only thing was fully sure but page 85 I took my guess who the murderer was and i guessed right. But even with this and talking about gruesome images and as watch in your mind how Audrey is disecting the bodies I look foward to book 2. 5/5 ~~~~ JUSTIN 

Textrovert- Lindsey Summers (Arc)

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“What I wish is that you didn’t exist. When are you coming back?
In a week.
What am I supposed to do till then?
Dream of me. Word on the street is I’m pretty impressive if you know what I mean 😉”

I won this book in a Goodreads first reads giveaway. Opinion is my own!

I’ve always wanted a man with dreamy eyes to sweep me off my feet and call me baby doll. And then I woke up from my dream, glad I wasn’t a sixteen-year-old girl anymore and poked my gorgeous husband.

Imagine this…. you lose your phone!! I think ninety-nine percent of the world would freak out. All the crazy, weird pictures on your phone, the hilarious drunken texts and your not cleared browser history. All cringe worthy. Makes you hold your phone close like a baby.

Kelley is one of those girls that would lose her head if it wasn’t attached. Always leaving her phone somewhere and forgetting that place. She goes through phone after phone and her parents are cutting her off. She goes to the fair with her best friend and she leaves her phone on a picnic table. Realizing her problem, she runs with all her might and with her luck she finds it. Stuffing it into her pocket for safe keeping.

When she gets home, she receives a strange phone call from a guy claiming their phones got switched up. Looking through the phone, she indeed has the wrong phone and they are stuck that way for a few days until Talon gets back from football camp.

Her twin brother Zach is the star quarterback for their high school football team and all he can think about is crushing their opponents at the next game. The hatred runs deep with this rivalry and huge college scouts will be watching. He must out beat the other team’s captain, JT.

Keeley is smitten from the start with Talon but doesn’t want to admit it. He’s quite the charmer and she falls just as deep as he does. After swapping phones they continue to still talk daily. This becomes something more than a phone swap, but Zach isn’t too thrilled. There are a few secrets that Talon forgot to mention while secretly dating Keeley. Ones that can ruin their relationship even before it begins.

Even though this was a hundred percent predictable, I still highly enjoyed this. It was different in a lot of ways. Usually, girls are glued to their phones all day every day, they password protect their phones and will likely do and fall for charmer with the bright blue eyes. Keeley had other things in mind but lead to the ultimate prize. Which shocks not only you but me. Predictability is one of those things that can ruin an entire book for me. This was too cute not to love.

I look forward to reading more work by this author and will likely be rereading this again very soon. We all need a little pick me up in our lives and this is a good way to start.

 

5/5

Only Daughter- Anna Snoekstra (Arc)

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“I’ve always been good at pretending. At playing roles. I realize that’s what I’ve been doing here. Being a tourist in someone else’s life. A parasite. I am always wearing a mask, playing a character. Perhaps because I’m afraid of what will be under the mask, something ugly maybe or worse, nothing at all.”

Received an arc at BEA Chicago 2016!

This has been one of the greatest debuts from one of the nicest authors I have ever met. She even signed my book. Paws off, everyone!!

Only Daughter had the perfect mix of the past and the present and terrifying scenes to make you have trust issues for the rest of your life. You think you might know someone, but you’ll never see their demons until it’s too late.

Being the only daughter is rough when you have two younger brothers who cry and whine that you never invite them to do anything with you. Bec has great friends, has a job, crushing on an older man and loves to shoplift with her best friend. One night she feels something in her room, sees something with her eyes and then it was gone. But she now has that feeling like someone is always watching her, following her home from work and it makes the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. And then she was gone.

The unnamed girl lives quite a not so glamorous life. Her dad wants her to come clean about the credit card theft she has done and doesn’t think her home life is all that worth living. She decides to live on the streets. Not knowing where she’ll sleep at night or even if she’ll have food in her belly to make her strength last throughout the day. Until she notices a news report about a missing girl. They look like twins, except for a few very light differences, but not enough to make people guess.

Eleven years later, Bec comes home. She claims to have escaped. All she wants to do it go home and be with her family. What we find out is that the unnamed girl is taking the place of the real Bec. Pretending to be her and lying to her family all for the comfort of love, a warm bed and an endless supply of meals.

As days lead into weeks and the Police are no closer to finding her so-called kidnapper(s), she must keep up this charade of being Bec. Her brothers come home and join in on the welcome home parade. Things seem to be getting fishier and fishier. And then the mysterious text messages start to pop up on her phone about get out and hurry before it’s too late…. let’s not forget about the black van that keeps following her.

Things progress and your heart is in your throat….. What will happen to this imposter? Will Becs family ever learn the truth of their dau disappearance?

I’ve read a lot of reviews about this book and a lot of them complain about the ending. I thought the ending was original and fantastic. Who would have seen that coming? It was almost perfect. There were a few things that kind of bugged me about this, but they were forgettable with a story that was as well written as this one.

I might have found a new genre that is now capturing my interest. Move over shirtless beefcakes and let the murders commence!!

4/5

What To Say Next- Julie Buxbaum (Arc)

“I realize we all walk around pretending like we have some control over our fate because to recognize – that no matter what we do, the bottom will fall out when we least expect it- is just too unbearable to live with.”

We have all had that one crush. The one person we looked at nonstop, who we dreamed about and who we changed who we were to make ourselves more appealing to that person. And then we all grow up. You are successful and taking over the world one karate chop at a time. Then you spot that High School crush! He still has that million dollar swoon smile, he’s balder than an eagle, is sporting two kids by his side and can pound brews like he’s in college. All you can really think to yourself is…. Phew! Dodged a bullet with that one!

Not everything is as good as it seems. With one blink of an eye, your entire life can change and not for the better. Kit finds out the hard way that her life isn’t so perfect. 

Kit is one of those girls that becomes popular due to an association. Even though she is pretty and smart, she wouldn’t be where she is today without her friends. Lately, she has been getting away with murder because of the tragic accident that took her dad’s life. He was in a car accident and dies shortly after he was rushed to the hospital. Not liking the way she has been treated lately, she decides to shit with the kid people refer to as S**thead. 

David is what we like to call different. He’s quiet and takes everything extremely literally. He has been diagnosed with Aspergers, but he doesn’t believe that he fits the description. Everything in his life has to be just so and he is at the top of his class. Talk about genius!! He’s picked on incessantly, which makes him a loner in his school. His sister is none other than Lauren, who was the most popular girl in the school and she is helping him get through school life with a list of rules on how to act in school. 

As Kit walks into the lunchroom, she decides to head into another direction and she sits with David. Which shocks not only her but him as well. Not knowing what to do, he talks to her and tells her like it is without a filter and she loves it. She needs that honesty in her life right now with people acting like they are walking on eggshells around her. This is a breath of fresh air for her. Not she makes it a daily habit of spending her lunch with him and maybe some time in between. 

They decide that they are going to figure out what exactly happened with her dad’s car crash and see if they can come up with an answer to the accident. But someone isn’t being honest when it comes to being out in the open. 

Then the secret notebook comes to light and it spreads throughout the land. Destroying the hopes and ambitions of young David. 

David falls hard for Kit and with the help of his sister, he’ll do what it takes to win her heart. But will this feeling be mutual or a failure from the start?

I had the highest of hopes for this book. My friend just raves and rants about this authors books and I was excited to dive right in after receiving it from First in Line. From page one I was instantly disappointed. The two main characters seemed so fake. That their friendship was built on the good ship lollipop floating through hell. Guess what!? It doesn’t exist… it’s all a lie. I’m not sure what I was more upset with, the fact that their friendship was fake to the max or that the words they use to talk to each other weren’t anything normal. 

It was truly rough to get through most of this book. The scenario just seemed so unreal and blown out of proportion. It makes me want to take off the other book of her from my TBR. 

Who wants a free arc?
2/5

New Author Spotlight!!

Happy Friday. It’s that time again for another author that has caught our attention and we need to brag about it.

JT and I added a book on Goodreads and the author was right on the ball with a generous offer of an ebook of his very first book. We were, of course, stoked about this and jumped at the chance. I had no idea that I would fall in love with this book and how it made me miss the East Coast more than I already did. It triggered something in me to want to go back home and stay for a very long time. And the drumroll, please……

 

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Brian Michels!!! Come on down!!!

The Last Bar in NYC is his first novel and we hope not his last. Here is a brief synopsis:

 

Thank heaven for New York City bartenders. They satisfy your boozy thirst in a strife filled life and a good one will listen to anything on your mind when no one else will. Our barman/narrator is one of the good ones. He’s been disposed under chins and elbows and cocktail napkins and ashtrays and spilled drinks for decades in New York City for countless drinkers willing to confess anything to a bar top. From one bar stool to another our barman’s raw and soulful voice delivers a metropolitan story of good times, struggle, regret and salvation – a story put together with well-known real life places, countless celebrity faces and amazing characters only found in New York City. Maybe you live in New York or simply wondered about living there. Maybe you’ve dreamed of tending a bar or owning a bar or sitting in a bar in New York City. Maybe you’ve always wanted to meet a bartender from the prohibition era who pissed into Al Capone’s beer or a horse-betting Rabbi that can explain the world order or see Mickey Mantle fall down drunk with his face buried in a filthy barroom toilet. Maybe you’re interested in a wine and beer stained, cigarette burned oak top metamorphism that will add some hardened experience to your teetotaler life. Or maybe you just have a tiny sadistic stripe and you’d like to witness what a big city, countless smokes and lots of drugs, liquor, sex, and bearing witness to the eternal under the neon glare of Times Square can do to somebody, to anybody. From 1966 and his first job in a South Bronx bar at 4 years old opening cans of beer to shining shoes in bars across the Bronx to serving booze in iconic bars and restaurants all over Manhattan our Barman spars with the life force of New York City for fifty years until last call when he’s faced with an unforeseen betrayal and is left almost broke, without a plan and nearly a hollow man. That is until he learns to forgive and luckily realize that life without warning has just begun.

Stacy’s Review!! – I couldn’t put this book down and I hope you feel the same way. I will add some links to add it to Goodreads and to purchase the book.

Cheers!!

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The Girl Who Drank The Moon- Kelly Barnhill (Arc)


“What was a name, anyway? You can’t hold it. You can’t smell it. You can’t rock it to sleep. You can’t whisper your love to it over and over and over again. There once was a name that she treasured above all others. But it had flown away, like a bird. And she could not coax it back.”

Received an arc copy from my blogging partner who received it at Ala Orlando 2016! Thanks!!

I’ve been putting this off for so long. It sat there with its beautiful cover taunting me. I couldn’t pick it up. A good friend read another book she wrote and told me how disappointing is was. After hearing that, I packed it away. Until a coworker read it and loved every second of it. So, out it came and I tried it for myself. 

The word of the day: Disappointing! The story was there and I felt that this could have been one of my favorite books of this year. Then you read how the author portrayed the story to paper and it was ruined. So blown out and repetitive. Thought it was super heavy for a MG book. I can’t see kids falling in love with this, let alone wanting to pick up something so huge. 

I wanted thick magical lore and got a never ending winding staircase. 

Every year the small town leaves an offering of the youngest born child in the woods. It’s known among the land that if there is no offering, the witch will raise hell for all to fear. 

Xan is this so-called Witch and she travels far and wide to rescue the babies that are left in the woods. She delivers them to free areas to parents in dire need of a baby. 

A child is ripped from her mother’s arms and left in the woods for the Witch to take. Some of those Elders believe it dies before the Witch can take care of it. Antain believes the worst and wants nothing to do with this offering. Which takes away from him being one of the Elders. 

This year the baby seems to be special. Her hair and eyes are as dark as the night sky and she has a crescent-shaped birthmark on her head for the world to see. Xan (witch) finds her in the woods and lets her drink from the moon. Drinking from the moon gives the girls magic that she needs to be taught how to use. Xan puts a spell on her to make her mind go blank when she tries to remember her magic or read any of it. 

Reversing all of Luna’s magic has made the health of Xan deteriorate and it seems to be getting worse day by day. 

Antain finally marries and has a child with a woman he has been in love with for his entire life. There is a tiny problem to his newborn bliss. His son is the youngest child born and must be sacrificed to the witch in the woods. He comes up with a plan and must kill the witch.

The Grand Elder hearing this news. He goes to someone he can always trust and begs her to kill Antain. Now the hunt is on!!

Of course, a lot more happened than what I wrote, but this is as far as I can go without losing my mind again. There were a lot of times where I had wanted to give up, but I didn’t. Kept telling myself that if I gave up I would miss something so mesmerizing and spectacular, that I would kick myself later. Now all I want to do is kick myself for actually finishing this. 

I feel an arc giveaway happening very soon! I’m confused at all the awards it’s won…..
2/5