Genre: Thriller

FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 25th 2016 Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian Revolution has just begun… Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I was definitely expecting some sort of fairy tale retelling when I picked this one up. Right on the back, is says […]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 4 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

  What I love This week’s book comes out in just six short days! None of us have to wait very long. I think that Gemina is one of most people’s highly anticipated reads for this year. I know that I’ve been looking forward to it since I closed Illuminae for the first time. However I wanted to take this WoW post to urge you to try the Illuminae and Gemina Audio books! I know that you wouldn’t think the Epistolary format of this books would make good audio books. However, I just finished listening to the Illuminae audio book in my car and it’s one of the best audio books I’ve ever heard. It has a full cast and tons of special effects. Just like the combination of primary documents in the physical books drags you into the story, the audio book is captivating. It’s impossible to walk away from. This Waiting on Wednesday is a special edition because I can’t wait for the Gemina Audio! I’ve already preordered the YA Chronicles box, so I will be getting a Gemina Hardcover but you can bet I will be listening to the audio as well. Do you like audio books?

Posted October 12, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Strays by Emma Kendrick

Awesome Indies: Strays by Emma Kendrick

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book. Strays is about two best friends that get wrapped up in the crime and danger of the Red Kings MC. Tyler is excited by the idea of having a place he can finally use his computer savvy skills, but Jackie is a little less accepting of his new friends. This first novel is their initial journey into the biker world and the consequences they end up facing because of it. If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? Strays is book one in The Red Kings Series, which is currently planned to be three books, but could be more. The series will follow Jackie, Tyler and multiple charters of the MC as they deal with their illegal businesses and rival gangs. The series is also first and foremost a romance, so there’s plenty of that along with other family dynamics amongst the club. I don’t want to spoil book one for anybody, but the ending makes it pretty obvious that there will be more to come. What was the hardest part of writing this book? The hardest part was having so many characters. I knew I wanted to introduce more than one charter to give the book a more widespread feel and also for plot reasons that I don’t […]

Posted October 7, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking 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 Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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. This is a picture of me while reading Stalking Jack the Ripper. 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 […]

Posted September 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Crash Alive by Christopher Kerns

Awesome Indies: Crash Alive by Christopher Kerns

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Was this book inspired by something in particular? The inspiration for Crash Alive came from talking to my daughter. She’s a big reader, and interested in science and learning to code, but didn’t have any books with a strong, tech-savvy female protagonist. So, I decided to create one. Since the book has been published, I’ve received a lot of feedback from both men and women that Haylie Black—the heroine of the story that can hack any system in her path—is a refreshing take on a central character that they haven’t seen before. How do you develop your plots and characters? I based a good amount of the technology, locations, and secret societies that appear in Crash Alive on things that exist in the real world, so those details help to drive the plot of the story. For example, in the book, Haylie is trying to solve an internet puzzle to find her missing brother. That puzzle is based on a real-world phenomenon called Cicada 3301, a strange collection of puzzles and codes across the internet that no one has solved. By diving into the details of Cicada, I was able to plot out a storyline that was both exciting and a mirror of reality, at least to a point. How much research do you do? A ton, and it’s one […]

Posted September 16, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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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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Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas Published by Delacorte on April 19th 2016 Genres: mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesnÂ’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day theyÂ’ll disappear for good. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch. But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, CallieÂ’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth. Only the closer Tessa gets to […]

Posted April 18, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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