Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine if you could take a pill and forget a traumatic event in your life. Sounds great right? But what happens when you still feel the emotions tied to that event? And how do you deal with those emotions when you're not even sure why you have them. Months after Jenny Kramer is raped at a party, she starts to see Dr. Alan Forrester to help her deal with the emotions of the trauma. All Is Not Forgotten is told from the Doctor's perspective as he treats Jenny and her family.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

One thing that really struck me about this book, is the perspective it is written from. They say that all therapists have therapists and as a reader of this book, I felt like Dr. Forrester's therapist. You feel as though you are sitting across from him as he tells you the story from his point of view. He talks about Jenny's case, her parents and a couple of his other clients that are relevant to this story that takes place over the course of a year. From the time of Jenny's attack to the time her attacker is caught, you hear the story as it was told to him, by Jenny, her mother, her father, the police detective investigating the case, and even his own involvement in the situation apart from his care of Jenny.

This is a twisted story with lies and surprises around each corner. You never know who you can trust. Trying to attach Jenny's emotions to an event that has been eradicated from memory, is no easy task. Trying to avoid outward influences on the outcome of the situation and trying to make everyone understand that whatever is recovered can not be used in court stirs the emotions of all involved.

Released last year, but released this week in paperback, get your copy today!  Also Wendy Walker has released a new book this year called Emma In The Night released this week as well.  Look for my review to thatbook in a couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Winning Wednesdays!! Bookish Giveaways!!

Here's list of a few giveaways I've found this week.  Try your luck, maybe you could win**!!!

Girl of the Lake by Bill Roorbach
Enter to win one of two copies of the book.  Please note, this giveaway is on Facebook and you will have to be a member to enter this giveaway.  This giveaway is by another blogger Suzy Approved Book Reviews  She usually has several giveaways on her Facebook page.
This is for US Residents Only--Ends July 20, 2017 at 12pm EDT

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
Enter to win a copy of the book with a personalized inscription from the author.  This giveaway is on Instagram and you will need to be a member to participate.  All instructions for this giveaway are listed on the post.   I just finished this book, click the title for my review.
This is for US Residents only -- Ends July 21, 2017

Author Giveaway by J.L. Leslie
Enter to win one of the following prizes: 
1) $10 Amazon GC
2) 3 E-books of your choice from Ms. Leslie's  collection
3) Swag pack ( bookmarks, chapstick, postcards, coloring sheets, and more!)
This giveaway is on Facebook and you will need to be a member to enter.  All instructions for the giveaway can be found there! 
This is for US Residents only -- Ends July 25, 2017

40+ Romantic Comedy and Chick Lit books plus a New E-Reader
Enter to win 40+ books from BookSweeps.  The Grand Prize winner receives a Kindle Fire and all participating books. One runner-up receives all books. 

This is for Residents of North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand -- Ends July 24, 2017


The Lust of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller 
Enter for your chance to win a copy of the book and an Olive Oil Cake from Amy's Bread in New York City
This is for US Residents Only--Ends July 25, 2017 --  Putnam Books

Doubleday Getaway Summer Reading Box
Enter  for your chance to win a #DoubledayGetaway Summer Reading Box from Read It Forward and Doubleday Books.  The box includes tons of summer goodies; great reads from Edgar Cantero, Meg Mitchell Moore, and Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza; and specialty cocktail recipes from PUNCH!
Open only to US Residents--Ends July 31, 2017

Book Riot Giveaways
Enter several giveaways offered by BookRiot this week.  You can win Books, gift cards, t-shirts, etc. Please read the rules on each giveaway before entering. 



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Two From the Heart by James Patterson

Two From the Heart by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is divided into two short stories. The first is about Anne McWilliams. She lives on the beach in North Carolina, where she has lived for the past few years following a divorce from her husband. She is an old school photographer, so when a hurricane moves through and takes out half of her house that includes her darkroom, she is beyond devastated. Instead of dealing with the mess, she decides to travel the country and take new pictures and hear the stories of the people that go with those stories. How will this journey change the rest of her life?

In the second story, Tyler Bron is a millionaire, who, on paper, appears to have it all. But in reality, he has never had a life. Always focused on himself and getting to the top of his career field. He has no friends, only work colleagues who he really knows nothing about. So he hires a writer, Damian Crane to write a new life for him. But will Tyler be able to handle all that life has to offer?

This is a newer James Patterson novel released earlier this year. On my quest to read all of his stand alone books, I'm giving this on 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the stories and the one about Tyler was the most interesting to me. Each main character is at a point in their lives, where they need to make some changes in order to continue to live. I think that Tyler makes the most extreme change of all.

Even though James Patterson pumps out several books a year, he is still one of my favorites and I enjoy reading his books. I always know I can finish one of his books in 2-3 days and it will hold my attention.



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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

JUST RELEASED THIS WEEK!!

Billie Flanagan is an exciting woman. She lives for the moment. On the other hand, her husband, Jonathan, and her daughter, Olive, are a little more reserved. When Billie goes missing after a hike in Desolation Wilderness, her family is sure she is dead, but when Olive starts to have visions of her mother, she is unsure. Together, Jonathan and Olive embark on a quest to find Billie, and in the process discover secrets she kept and a bit about themselves as well.

Thank you to NetGalley, Spiegel & Grau, and Random House for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Sybilla "Billie" Flanagan is the type of character you're not sure if you love or hate. She lived her youth free and reckless and now as a wife and mother, she's your typical "room mom" always there for school activities, to help where needed, snacks for Olive after school, and a home cooked meal on the table every night. But this is not the life she envisioned for herself, she misses the days when life was much more carefree. After spending time with her husband and daughter at the beach, Billie decides to take a weekend hike to sort out the thoughts that are going on in her head. Unfortunately, she never makes it home. Much to the devastation of her 16 year old daughter, Olive, who was going through enough as a teenage girl in high school. When she starts having visions of her mother at every turn, and Jonathan finds things hidden amongst Billie's belongings, they question whether she is really dead, or if she has just left them. Together, they will try to find the answers to the questions they have.

This is the first book I have by Janelle Brown, but it will not be the last. This was a totally enjoyable book. You felt like you were sitting with Olive in the Subaru searching all over for her mother. This was a great summer read. There are a couple of twists you don't see coming, but it fits with the character of Billie. The more you learn about her, you're not sure if you want to be her friend and go along for the ride, or hate her for all the secrets she keeps from the ones she loves. I wasn't sure if I was routing for Olive to find her mother, or to just accept the fact that she was dead.

Highly recommended!!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Winning Wednesday!!! -- Bookish Giveaways!!!

 
Here's list of a few giveaways I've found this week.  Try your luck, maybe you could win**!!!

The Lust of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller 
Enter for your chance to win a copy of the book and an Olive Oil Cake from Amy's Bread in New York City
This is for US Residents Only--Ends July 25, 2017 --  Putnam Books


WIN 43 BOOKS FROM AMAZING AUTHORS
Enter for your chance to win Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke's favorite books of July.  Books from authors like Elin Hilderbrand, Ruth Ware, Nikki French, and Daniel Silva.  So many amazing books.  Also check out their blog about this contest.
This is for US Residents only--Ends July 17, 2107


Doubleday Getaway Summer Reading Box
Enter  for your chance to win a #DoubledayGetaway Summer Reading Box from Read It Forward and Doubleday Books.  The box includes tons of summer goodies; great reads from Edgar Cantero, Meg Mitchell Moore, and Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza; and specialty cocktail recipes from PUNCH!
Open only to US Residents--Ends July 31, 2017

"Smart Girls Read Romance" and a $50 Gift Card to The Ripped Bodice
Enter for your chance to win a "Smart Girls Read Romance" T-shirt and a $50 gift card to The Ripped Bodice, the only all romance bookstore!!  This giveaway came from BookRiot.
Open to US Residents only--Hurry this ends July 16, 2017

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal  
Enter to win one of 10 copies of  The Lost Ones from Harper Collins.  Named one of Time Magazine's Top 10 Thrillers of the summer.
Open to US Resident only -- Hurry this ends today July 12, 2017 at 5pm

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One Folgate Street is very unique. It is a minimalist designed apartment that is completely white and sterile. There have been very few residents at this address, the questionnaire alone is enough to turn most away, but Emma and Jane aren't like most women. They have both experienced a kind of trauma in their lives and see One Folgate Street as a way to make a fresh new start. When they each begin to experience things with the house, "glitches" it's enough to scare them. But with such an airtight contract with demanding rules, will they be able to leave this house or will it keep them trapped forever.

This book is full of crazy people and I love it! Psychological thrillers are really starting to become my favorite genre. Emma moves to One Folgate after being burglarized in her previous apartment. Jane moves in after her child is stillborn. The story unfolds as they both move into the house and learn it's quirks and it adjusts to them. It goes back and forth between each woman as they tell their story of living in this house. As each of them discover things about the house, the company who built it, the architect who designed it, and the previous tenants, secrets come to the surface and we discover new things about each character and how their pasts have got them to this point in life.

This book was very hard to put down. I had to know what the hell was going on. Who was being honest and how was just plain crazy. Is One Folgate a place you would live? I don't think I would get past the questionnaire. The first question alone is enough to make you think, the landlord is already too much into my business. "1. Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life." Could you live in a place completely controlled by an arm bracelet and periodical questions to update the biometrics of the whole house?

The Girl Beforewas a fast read for me. Hard to put down and very intriguing. I had to find out how these strange relationships were going to end. Was this house going to destroy these women before they were free from it? Will they ever be able to live anywhere ever again or will this house consume them for the rest of lives? This book is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger


The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heather Mulgrew is on a summer trip with two of her closest friends from college. They have just graduated from Amherst College and Heather has a job waiting for her at Bank of America in New York City. This trip is exactly what they need before beginning the rest of their lives. On the train to Amsterdam she meets Jack and from that moment forward, her life will never be the same. Jack has a freedom that Heather has never experienced and together they build a great friendship that quickly turns to so much more.

Thank you to St. Martins Press along with Karen Masnica and Caitlin Dareff for sharing their reading, discussing and experiences with this love story. I received two copies from them along with a letter that told me to share my second copy and I did that with my mother. I can't wait to share my thoughts with her on this book.

The story starts with the three girls traveling across Europe after graduating from college. This is something I have always wanted dreamed of doing. When Heather meets the handsome stranger on the train to Amsterdam, he changes her life forever. He makes her think about her future and life in general in a entirely different way. Their connection is instant but the trip won't last forever. What is going to happen when the time comes for Heather to return home. Will Jack change his plans for her or will this just be a summer fling?

This book evoked a lot of emotion in me. Heather is following Hemingway's story through Europe while Jack is following his grandfather's journal from after WWII. I gave this book a 3 star rating because it didn't really grab me the way I thought it would. The story was interesting and the flow was good, but there were parts that had me confused. Some of the language seemed European even though the main characters were American. I'm not sure if that was because of their education and love of books, or as the writing was intended. For those who like a good love story will enjoy this book. Get your tissues though!



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