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May 31, 2016

Loved It: Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

Series: Standalone
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October6, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher
Genre: Literary Fiction | Mystery

Published in the UK as: Redemption Road

Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter’s acting class, the next day’s meeting—when she’s rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car just seconds before it’s engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears.

Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something’s wrong. She’s having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that were wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn’t merely forget—she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it’s got something to do with the man who saved her life.

As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth—from yourself…?




May 30, 2016

Loved It: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Cime | Mystery | Thriller

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...a novel with "an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never—ever—lets you go." (Daily Mail, UK) On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.




May 25, 2016

Takeover: D.E. Haggerty + Baking Tips & a Skinny Baker

Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
Death by Cupcake 1
Cozy Mystery
April 11, 2016

A mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense.

Callie’s life is rather awesome. She owns a successful bakery and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coaster adventure. Cupcakes not included.

Nom. I love cupcakes although I have to admit, I'm not the best baker. Good thing Callie's around to give me, and you, tips... or something to that effect.


May 24, 2016

Takeover: Katherine Reay On Her Austen & Brontë Influence + Giveaway

Omnibus Collection
Thomas Mercer
May 3, 2016


Dear Mr. Knightley
Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Lizzy & Jane
Elizabeth left her family s home in Seattle fifteen years ago to pursue her lifelong dream chefing her own restaurant in New York City. Jane stayed behind to raise a family. Estranged since their mother s death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together once again.

The Brontë Plot
When a rare-books dealer goes to England, she discovers more than just the famous writing haunts she discovers how to love and be loved in today's modern world.

I read The Brontë Plot and I absolutely loved it! I was even thrilled when I found out that Katherine Reay's books are all inspired by Austen and Brontë. So I have to ask Ms. Reay why, after all this time, among many other great authors and stories, why still return to Brontë and Austen? And from a writer's perspective, why are readers still fascinated with the characters they created and why they continue to be the archetypes for moderns heroes?


May 23, 2016

Sunshine


Hey guys!

Just letting y'all know that I'm signing off this week. I'm off to visit the wizard, see a few superheroes, and a standing appointment with doctor who likes to rhyme. 

I have a few people taking over while I'm out. I'll see you when I get back next week, til then, have a great rest of the week!










Talk Supe


May 22, 2016

Liked It: Struck by Amanda Carlson

Series: Phoebe Meadows 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: May 24, 2016 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy

When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…




May 21, 2016

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [202]: #LostGirl, #GraceandFrankie, #TheOriginals @Netflix


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 





Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged

May 19, 2016

Shelley Liked: Dissolution by Lee S. Hawke

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley | 168 pages
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Publisher: Blind Mirror Publisher
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: YA |Science Fiction


What would you sell yourself for?

Madeline knows. She’s spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.

So when your loved ones are in danger, there’s a bounty on your head and your entire city might turn out to be a lie… what would you sell yourself for?




May 18, 2016

Loved It: Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Series: Standalone
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romantic Suspense

No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One and River Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….




May 17, 2016

Liked It: A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: 
Publisher: Alibi
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Karen Odden’s enthralling debut historical mystery transports readers to Victorian England, where a terrifying railway disaster plunges a headstrong young noblewoman into a conspiracy that reaches to the highest corridors of power.

Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother’s life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family’s buried secrets. The more she learns, the more she must risk. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul’s very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, Elizabeth uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out for her to see justice done.




May 16, 2016

Loved It: The Daughters of Red Hill Hall by Kathleen McGurl

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: April 14, 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical/Contemporary Mystery

When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the local museum, she is immediately intrigued…

On a fateful night in 1838 two sisters were found shot in the cellars of Red Hill Hall. And when Gemma begins to delve deeper into their history she begins to realise that the secrets of that night are darker than anyone had ever imagined.

As the shocking events of the past begin to unravel, Gemma’s own life starts to fall apart. Loyalties are tested and suddenly it seems as if history is repeating itself, as Gemma learns that female friendships can be deadly…

Perfect for fans of The Emerald Comb, The Pearl Locket, Rachel Hore and Kate Morton.




May 14, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Series: The Invisible Library 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Tor UK/Roc
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Recommended By: Nocturnal Book Reviews
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.




Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [201]: Strawberry Festival w/o Strawberries


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 





Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged

May 12, 2016

Shelley Liked: Between the Bleeding Willows by D.A. Roach

Series: Demon Hunter 1
Format: E-Galley | 284 pages
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal

At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most... At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash-her mother's gold ring.

But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring. She finds a gate to the Demon Realm.... A battle is brewing, and Killian-head of the Demon hunters-preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They've been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it's been nearly impossible since Rya-a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power-devoured the soul of his Clan's necromancer.


Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer's powers and she may break through the gate at any moment. Apparently Rya isn't the only one Killian has to worry about... When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can't understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn't need.

Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis-a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy. And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself-and her ring-at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.





May 11, 2016

Loved It: Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish + Guide to the Underworld & #Giveaway

Series: Kincaid Strange 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: May 10, 2016 
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy

For the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...

For starters, she's only 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.

And then she becomes the target...As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.




May 10, 2016

Books & Crafts: Country Living Fair 2016

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May 9, 2016

Loved it: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: 
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss 
Genre: Women's Lit | Mystery

The bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected—and first female—state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesn’t see many homicides.

As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one’s times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present’s standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn’t want to.





May 7, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: The Deepest Poison + Final Flight by Beth Cato

The Deepest Poison | Final Flight
Beth Cato
Clockwork Dagger Novellas 0.5 & 2.6
Steampunk
Harper Voyager Impulse



Because it's Mother's Day, I'll make this short so everyone can go back to celebrating the most important persons in the world! If women are good enough to bake babies in the bun, nurture and raise every single being on planet Earth, furry friends included, then we're good enough to rule it!


Happy Mother's Day!

Back to Beth Cato's Clockwork Dagger shorties!

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged [200]: Mother's Day with Deadpool


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 




May 5, 2016

Shelley Liked: Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

Series: The Malediction Trilogy 3
Format: E-Galley | 384 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Angry Robot
Source: Angry Robot

The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.




May 4, 2016

A Shot of YA: Down With The Shine by Kate Kyrus Quinn

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: YA | Fantasy

Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade





May 3, 2016

A Shot of YA: Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines

Series: Blackhollow Academy 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.


Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she's got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can't afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.

The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.

As an illusionist, she doesn't have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems...

Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.




May 2, 2016

A Shot of YA: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: YA | Thriller


Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.