Genre: suspense

#IndieMas 2016 Day Four

Posted December 6, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Events and Features, Giveaway / 3 Comments

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Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors.

On the fourth day of #IndieMas my author gave to me

Thrills and Romance,
Pulse Pounding Action,
 Two Adventures,
And Sci Fi and Fantasy

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#IndieMas 2016 Day FourFall Far from the Tree by Amy McNulty
Published by Patchwork Press on September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 242
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Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.
Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting "outsiders," fugitives who’ve snuck onto her father’s island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task.
Fastello is the son of the "king" of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples’ increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them.
An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers’ care.
Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the "barbarians" who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed.
When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

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#IndieMas 2016 Day FourStrays by Emma Kendrick
Series: Red Kings MC #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services on May 4th 2016
Pages: 361
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Best friends Jackie and Tyler set out on an adventure to find somewhere to call home, hoping to escape the violent city life and settle down in a quiet place where they can make something of themselves. What they find instead is the notorious Red Kings Motorcycle Club, outlaw bikers that rule the city's criminal underground.
Only able to avoid them for so long, the unsuspecting pair get thrown into turf wars and drug trafficking before they can even figure out what's happened. And as Tyler is dragged deeper into the club's illegal activity, Jackie remains stuck in limbo as she tries to resist the pull of one Dean Rockwell, the MC's most dangerous member.
Torn between the tight-knit family of bikers and the safety of a normal life, can Jackie navigate the treacherous new waters without losing herself and her best friend? Or will a series of unfortunate events lead her down a path that she can't come back from?
"Emma Kendrick definitely has what it takes, and has gotten herself another loyal fan, anxiously awaiting the release of her next story. If you love bad boy bikers, as much as I, pick up a copy of Strays....it won't disappoint!" - CommonBookSense.blogspot.com
Available on Kindle and Nook!

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FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Posted September 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment

FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the RipperStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson on Sept 20, 2016
Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult, suspense
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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four-half-stars

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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This is a picture of me while reading Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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OK, maybe not really. However I think it accurately represents my excitement while reading it. I loved the story. Audrey Rose is my new hero. She defies her father, society and her culture to follow her dreams. She dissects bodies and solves mysteries and wears pretty dresses. She doesn’t pick the easiest route but she sticks to what she wants and she works hard for it. I admired her persistence, I related to her struggles, I want to be her when I grow up.

I can’t review Stalking Jack the Ripper without mentioning how much I loved the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas. They had my absolute favorite type of chemistry, arguing! Thomas annoyed Audrey Rose and she griped and groused at him and it was obvious to everyone how they were perfect for each other. I want to read about them sniping at each other forever.

Seriously, whenever you find a book where the love interests are arguing with each other, I want you to immediately think of me. That’s a book I want to read. Bonus points for sarcasm!

After what seems like an entire month of lackluster reads and books I couldn’t be bothered to review, I wish I could read Stalking Jack the Ripper again for the first time. Luckily, @KerriManiscalco posted this tiny little snippet on twitter a few days ago. I’m already itching for the sequel. This doesn’t help…. but it kind of does.

Enjoy!

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From Instagram!

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About the Author

kerriKerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.
It will be available everywhere September 20, 2016.
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Tour Schedule

September 20th

September 21st

A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review + Favorite Quotes
Paminthecity – Review
The Eater of Books! – Promotional Post

September 22nd

A Crave For Books – Review
Jrsbookreviews – Review
The Reader and the Chef – Promotional Post

September 23rd

Hiver et Cafe – Review
BookCrushin – Review
Two Chicks on Books – Promotional Post

September 24th

Wishful Endings – Review
NovelKnight – Review
Soph Reads Books – Review
Waiting For Wentworth – Promotional Post

September 25th

Bookish Wanderess – Review + Playlist
Curling Up With A Good Book – Review + Favorite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist
Once Upon a Twilight – Promotional Post

September 26th

coffee and characters – Review + Favorite Quotes
Ink of Blood – Review
Storybook Slayers – Review + Favorite Quotes
Roadside Reader – Review
The Bookkeeper’s Secrets – Promotional Post
four-half-stars

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Rockstar ARC Review: How to Disappear

Rockstar ARC Review: How to Disappear

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler Published by Simon Pulse on June 14th 2016 Genres: suspense, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy whoÂ’s sent to kill her. Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And sheÂ’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near NicoletteÂ’s house. Which is why she has to disappear. Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight AÂ’s and athletic trophies canÂ’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and […]

Posted June 16, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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IB Interview: PLEASE DON’T TELL by Laura Tims

IB Interview: PLEASE DON’T TELL by Laura Tims

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims on January 1st 1970 Genres: Thriller, suspense Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, thatÂ’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it. What Joy doesnÂ’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailerÂ’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice. In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. ItÂ’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong. LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository   ABOUT LAURA TIMS: Laura Tims is the author of PLEASE DON’T TELL, coming Fall 2015 from HarperCollins. She’s a mental health advocate, a cancer, and a reasonably cute organism. She likes Tumblr, anime, Neko Atsume, Homestuck, Steven Universe, and Undertale. She likes you even more. […]

Posted June 2, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 4 Comments
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Review: You by Caroline

Review: You by Caroline

You by Caroline Kepnes Series: You #1 Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 30th 2014 Genres: Thriller, suspense Pages: 422 Format: ebook Source: library Buy on Amazon When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and sheÂ’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting. As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of BeckÂ’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into BeckÂ’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder. I try not to swear too much on this blog. You never know who might be reading this. However, thereÂ’s only one phrase I can think of that adequately describes this book. This book, is a total mind fuck. I mean that in the nicest way possible. I loved this book. It was surprising and chilling. IÂ’m still reeling from the reality […]

Posted May 10, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Edge of Wild

ARC Review: Edge of Wild

Edge of Wild by Danika Stone Series: Waterton #1 Published by Stonehouse Publishing on May 1, 2016 Genres: Thriller, suspense, Adult Pages: 329 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesnÂ’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich canÂ’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim? Edge of Wild was really different from other books I’ve read this year. It was a suspense thriller and the entire time I had no idea what was going on. I loved it for that! I was on the edge of my seat, continually wondering what was happening, who […]

Posted May 4, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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IB Review: Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

IB Review: Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository This book is special and rare because the description was very accurate. I am a huge Joss Whedon fan, so when I saw that this book was billed as like Cabin in the Woods, I knew I needed to read it. For those of you unfamiliar with Cabin in the Woods, go watch it. Whatever you do, DON’T look up spoilers. This book is like that too. It’s going to be so hard to review because any little thing I might say gives away something important. However, I will say that I was not disappointed. This book had a similar feel to Cabin in the Woods and some really fun twists and turns. Drop of Night is a little bit of a slow start. It takes a little time to set everything up. The reasoning is sound and sensible but just not that exciting. Exciting came later. If you can stick with it, I promise the excitement comes. Once the book gets going, it’s nonstop action. It’s a real page turner and you won’t want to put it down. It’s hard to get that action movie feel in book form. Drop of night handles it really well. If you like plot twists, action, or intrigue, definitely give this book a shot! About the Author: Stefan […]

Posted March 14, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I love the chance to feature the first chapter of a book! Its like a sneak peek.  I think this one really sets the tone for this book. I sure want to know what happens next! This one should pique your interest and make you wish for more. Chapter 1 I stepped out into the cold, dark night, searching for a familiar face in the parking lot. With a crumpled fold of white chiffon in my hand, I gently shut the car door, wondering why Eric was nowhere to be found. Locking my silver Volkswagen Beetle with the push of a button, I glided across the black pavement. The incessant clicking of my heels against the ground made me even more aware of my presence in a formal white gown. The Winter Ball had never been my idea, but Eric had insisted, since his antiquated high school did not host dances. Maple Creek High, on the other hand, had no problem renting a Hilton hotel ballroom for the evening. With the rate of tuition increasing every year, the PTA felt no remorse in demanding what they wanted. Inside the ballroom, a cluster of students migrated towards the center of the dance floor. Teenage boys jostled into each other, too distracted by the cleavage-baring dresses worn by their teasing girlfriends. Junior […]

Posted November 27, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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