BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): THE HOW & THE WHY by Cynthia Hand

Imprint: HarperTeen (November 5, 2019)
On Sale: 11/05/2019
Pages: 464
List Price: 17.99 USD Age: 13+
ISBN: 9780062693167
ISBN 10: 0062693166



Praise for THE HOW & THE WHY

“The novel’s great strength is the emotional depth of its characters and the complexity of their relationships. A heartfelt and hopeful story about coming of age as an adoptee.” ―School Library Journal

“Hand explores adoption’s multiple dimensions with great insight and sensitivity. Inclusive and illustrative: an engaging lesson in timeless family values.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Cynthia Hand is the master of pulling at your heartstrings. The How & the Why tells both sides of an adoption story with love, compassion, and care. You’ll be reaching for your tissue box with this one — if you can stop turning pages long enough, that is.” ―Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of Letters to the Lost

“Beautifully rendered and superbly shaped. Hand has crafted an absorbing novel that focuses on family, friendship, teen pregnancy, adoption, personal choices, and serious health issues. Give this exquisite novel to readers seeking an emotionally intricate story.” ―Booklist (starred review)

A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Far From the Tree, from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand.

Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies…

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
I’m not a big contemporary fan. I’m just going to put it out there. When it comes to YA contemporary, I need some kind of substance. Not the Hallmark love story (I actually like that in my adult contemporary fiction). THE HOW & THE WHY is not a Hallmark love story, but it will tug at your heart.
The book is written in two point of views, our main character, Cassandra, and her birth mother, S. S’s side of the story is the before. Before Cass was born and adopted into the family she’d love forever. Cass’ side is a fresh eighteen year old girl navigating college applications, potential boyfriends, and a mother’s sickness. All the while, slowly realizing that maybe she does want the beginning to the happily ever story her parents made her adoption out to be.
I’m not adopted, but I have family closely linked to it. My aunt is my mother’s older sister and she found my mom and my grandmother after, I don’t know how long she searched for them. If you put the three together, you can see they all share the same smile. I do too. I don’t know why, but it’s always seemed to be something that I actually felt proud of. I am proud that my aunt could find the extension of her, to find the courage to do it. I am proud of my grandmother for recognizing the struggle she would have had if she had kept her baby. Not to mention she probably wouldn’t have met my grandfather and therefore, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have gotten to know that internal strength is a trait with the women in my family. And, now, I’m about to cry about this.
What I truly love about this book is that it made me wonder what it was like for my aunt. It made me wonder what it was like for my grandmother. It makes me more open and loving to the hard decisions that pregnancy can result in.
There are subtle moments where you will see how S and Cass are similar. Like my family and the smile we share, the two characters share some physical attributes and some personality traits. It is amazing to see the intricate knitting of nature and nurture in this book if you look closely. It isn’t a “versus” thing, it’s an “and” thing.
I’ve read only one other book where Cynthia Hand was one of the authors and I can see where some of the humor in that book comes from. Cynthia brings to life characters that seem like everyday people. Their struggles are real, but it is not the overdramatized struggle you see in other teen contemporaries. There is no “you don’t understand” here. There is a girl who knows her background, who is trying to find her courage, and there is a support system that are willing to help her through it.
I am happy I got this book and I will definitely be reading more of Cynthia Hand (with her fellow partners in crime and her solo works).
Final Rating: 4/5
Photo Content from Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel THE HOW AND THE WHY (Fall 2019). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and a entourage of imaginary friends.

 
       
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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): SNOW CREEK by Gregg Olsen


Print Length: 268 pagesPublisher: Bookouture (November 18, 2019)
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07XSB35SS

Publisher: Bookouture (November 18, 2019)
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07XSB35SS


Praise for GREGG OLSEN’S NOVELS
“Gregg Olsen’s Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Envyexplores a serious topic–cyberbullying–in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can’t wait for the next Empty Coffinnovel!” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor
“Gregg Olsen’s Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.” ―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy
“Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!” ―GirlsLife.com
“Olsen’s characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!” ―RT Book Reviews
“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels
“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly
“WICKEDLY CLEVER! TWISTED.” ―Lisa Gardner
“OLSEN WRITES RAPID-FIRE PAGE-TURNERS.” ―The Seattle Times
“GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT.” ―Kay Hooper

Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

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MY REVIEW

I was given a copy of SNOW CREEK for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

SNOW CREEK is a small town mystery about secrets and no matter how far you hide or seclude yourself, the isolation only brings out the truth in the end.

The book is cleverly written, weaving the history of Megan Carpenter with the main mystery and a secretive couple who are thrust into the story. What really grabbed me was the setting. I’m actually well acquainted with the Pacific Northwest area. I’ve lived in Bremerton for a few years and I have a friend who knows Port Townsend intimately. In fact, I visited that area with my friend this year. Needless to say, reading the book really hit my own love of the place and tied me in.

The mystery about was interesting, but it is the couple and main character, Megan Carpenter, that my interests lay. There is quite a hidden history with Megan, one that plays really well with the family of the murdered victim. You find yourself gripped to the moments where she is listening to her taped therapy sessions, trying to figure out just what haunts her.

Overall, this book is one you don’t want to leave until you are done. It was a great distraction away from my responsibilities, making it easy for me to be pulled back in every time I set it aside. My only suggestion is for you to have time set aside to read this book. You won’t want to put it down.

Final Rating: 4/5

Photo Content from Gregg Olsen

Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner’s Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): THE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco

ISBN: 9780062821799
ISBN 10: 0062821792
Imprint: HarperTeen On Sale: 10/15/2019
BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General


Praise for THE NEVER TILTING WORLD

“The Never Tilting World is what happens when Garth Nix meets Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a dark, lovely, and even timely look at a world that’s fallen apart, with just the right blend of epic action and twisted magic.” ―Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper

“Visually vivid, magical, and exhilarating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Dark and richly drawn, The Never Tilting World is a lavish fantasy about sisterhood, sacrifice, and finding strength in a treacherous world. Chupeco’s writing is lushly descriptive, transporting me to the brink of the abyss; while reading it, I could swear the world stood still.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of For a Muse of Fire

“Multiple plot twists and a breathlessly cinematic tone will attract fantasy and romance fans alike.” ―Booklist

“Complex, brutal, romantic, and terrifying. With a phenomenal cast of characters who stick to your bones and vivid worldbuilding that shows up in your dreams, this is a book that demands to be experienced.” ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and editor of His Hideous Heart

“This rich fantasy spotlights power’s corruptive influence, love’s redemptive nature, and the urgent concerns of climate change. The tale’s scope and creativity astound.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A great choice for fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of The Never Tilting World by the publisher for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
Rin Chupeco is one of those authors that I have to really sit back and just stare at in awe. I know that sounds weird, but when you come across a story that has as big of imagination and conceptual idea as what she comes up with, that’s all you can do. Ms. Chupeco develops these intricate worlds, magic systems, and brings to life a story that conjures up so many thoughts.
The magic system is interesting. Everyone in the world, or close to everyone, has either the ability to or latent ability to access magic. The magic is elemental based with the Goddesses being the only four able to use multiple incanta at the time. The magic is described as setting patterns and opening gates with their eyes. For some awesome reason, my brain is hitting on different magic imagery in anime. And I’m loving it.
As mentioned before, there are four Goddesses. In terms of mortality, they aren’t technically immortal. That said, they are essentially the Avatars (see Avatar: The Last Airbender) of Aeon. There is also a physical aspect to them that show they are filled with all this energy and power. Their hair changes color, like a prism in a way… or, I guess a better description would be like those fun white sequins that have a rainbow effect going on. So, the hair is that color, but it also just moves around on its own (think rainbow medusa). I know that’s weird, but I like that there is a huge distinction between the regular people and the Goddesses. It can be either detrimental or positive for them depending on where they are at. Which causes narrative conflict, and I’m all for that.
 The book is written in four different narrations, with some joining of the twins (Odessa and Haidee). Usually, the four different points of view would bother me and confuse me, but actually, this helps explain the world and story better. You have a better grasp of things and will learn something new about the dangers through these different personalities.
And each one is different. You have Lan, a ranger and healer. She has this duty-bound personality who will do something illegal, but not for herself. There is Arjun, a nomad with one hand. He is skilled in what he does and can be a bit full of himself, but all that is a facade. Then we have our Goddesses, Haidee and Odessa. Odessa is ill but doesn’t let that get in the way of her trying to do what’s right or what makes her happy. Haidee is the same, but without the illness and maybe a bit more gumption.
The differences in the narration style are slight in that each voice is so distinct. You experience the world through their eyes and you learn a little about the mystery of the older Goddesses, Latona and Asteria. I could go on and on about this, but I don’t want to give anything away.
The monsters and creatures are interesting. I am feeling the Mad Max vibe with the Hellmakers. The Frozen-esque vibe is there too, but I’m personally getting the idea of Attack on Titan or other animes. But that could just be me. No matter what, the world is so interesting that you can’t help but be immersed in it.
On a side note, Bug loves the cover (which I do as well). It sparked a heavy conversation with him on the fantasy and science aspect of a world that never moves. In this alone, I love the book. I have a feeling my 7yo will pick this book up when he’s older.
The only thing I will say against the book is that 400+ pages isn’t enough. What I mean by that is that the world is this much more interesting and I can’t wait for more, but I have to. And that sucks.
Final Rating: 4/5
Photo Content Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and the Bone Witch trilogy.

       
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BLOG TOUR(REVIEW) : WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by Merry Jones

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing (October 7, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946802409
ISBN-13: 978-1946802408



Praise for MERRY JONES

“A nurturing and protective elementary school teacher is thrust into a web of unspeakable evil. Riveting, suspenseful and diabolical, Child’s Play keeps the reader anxiously and eagerly turning the pages.” ―Mary Jane Clark, New York Times best-selling author on Child’s Play

“…thrill ride…packs a wallop. By the end, the body count of Child’s Play adds up to eight (plus one rape), and delivers the shocking answer.” ―Mystery Scene on Child’s Play

“Surprising, dark, and even disturbing. A fragile and vulnerable young teacher faces a terrifying first day of school―and that is just the riveting beginning. Timely, provocative and sinister, this twisty story of family and friendship is not for the faint of heart.” ―Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author on Child’s Play

“What’s behind these horrors culminates in helter-skelter chaos. Elle’s home becomes the center of a tragic universe, since she ‘attracted tragedy and death.’ That combination is magnified many fold as bodies pile up. And readers are left enchanted by another ‘Elle-oquent’ thriller.” ―BookReporter on Child’s Play

“The murder of the principal and a teacher on opening day at an elementary school, a terrifying scenario. In Child’s Play Merry Jones showcases her unique skill in delivering this dark, very dark, thriller with a modicum of humor. The end, well, you won’t see it coming amid the tortuous twists and turns. Merry Jones at her best!” ―Patricia Gussin, New York Times best-selling author of After the Fall on Child’s Play

“In Jones’s fast-paced third Elle Harrison novel (after 2014’s Elective Procedures), the Philadelphia second-grade teacher believes that she failed Ty Evans, a former student who later confessed to killing his abusive father, but she hopes to redeem herself with his younger brother, Seth, now enrolled in her class. With Ty newly released from juvenile detention and clashing with their alcoholic mother, Seth’s home life is unstable. When the draconian school principal and a humorless teacher―both of whom treated Ty cruelly―are murdered, Elle is torn between belief in his innocence and her desire to protect Seth. Meanwhile, the realtor charged with selling her house becomes increasingly aggressive, and when someone drugs and rapes Elle, she doesn’t know whether to suspect the realtor or the killer. The identities of the rapist and murderer are obvious well before Elle or other characters identify them. Still, Elle’s complex feelings toward her late husband―who was murdered while they were separated―add nuance and depth.” ―Publishers Weekly on Child’s Play

Nora Warren hides her dark side well because she’s had years of practice.

The wife of a lawyer and mother of two girls, she slides under everyone’s radar, never revealing what she really is—a murderer.

At least, she feels like one.

Nora’s plagued by the secrets surrounding her older brother’s suicide decades earlier. Yet she lives as though he never existed.

Now, in her thirties, Nora suspects her husband, Dave, is having an affair with her friend, the wife of a leading US Senate candidate. When her friend’s body is discovered—another apparent suicide—Nora is left with haunting secrets and choices that dredge up her grim nature, the side of herself that no one ever sees. Will she act on her impulses? Mustn’t she?

How far will Nora go to protect the life she has built for herself?


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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of What You Don’t Know for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
The first thing that grabbed me about this book is the interesting way the narration goes. The best way I can describe it is that this book is more of a character study than a mystery. You know there is a mystery and you are questioning what is happening, but everything revolves around Nora. It is Nora you are left really wondering about.
The book is written with the past and present interlocking. It is well written and grabs you. You are taken through her preteen years and the main thread of the story. That said, the story itself could seem a bit slow getting there. But that doesn’t bother me. It’s the way Nora is written that had me wondering who she really was and how she was going to interact with everything around.
Despite the possible slow feel at getting to the main plot, the book was hard to put down. It is very easy for the reader to get to the halfway point in one sitting. Merry Jones did a great job of engaging the reader, hooking them, and fishing along the river.
I honestly can’t say more about the book aside that even though the blurb feels like you will know the whole story, you won’t. If I say anything else, I would be seriously spoiling the book (which doesn’t bother me, but it might you).
All in all, I really liked how it was written and I found myself being sympathetic and understanding much of Nora, but still questioning everything.
Final Rating: 4/5

Excerpt from Nora’s preteen years:

Nora was on her bike, waiting while the high school bus struggled up the hill, sputtering to a stop.

The doors folded open and the driver yelled, “No more roughhousing, you two. Next time, you’ll walk home, the both of you.”

And, oh God, Tommy tumbled out backwards into the street, landing on his butt and scuttling backwards like a panicked crab as Craig Troeschler jumped off and followed after him, swinging Tommy’s empty backpack. Tommy raised his hands, protecting his head. The doors closed and the bus chugged away with a dozen noses pressed against the windows.

Nora tried to look away, but Craig’s voice boomed at Tommy.

“Don’t ever take my seat again! Hear me, you sorry piece of shit? Next time you see me standing on the bus, what are you going to do?”

Craig whapped the backpack at Tommy’s hands and head, and Tommy turned away, dodging and cowering. His face flushed crimson, even darker where black fuzz grew in unshaven patches along his jaw.

Tommy muttered something.

“What? I didn’t hear you.” Craig’s grin gleamed, vicious. He kept swinging the canvas bag.

“I said I’ll get up and give you the seat.” Tommy hunched, arms protecting his head.

“You’ll give me the seat?” Slap. “What else will you do?” Whap. “Say it.”

“I’ll go away.”

“Wrong!” Craig bent over him, growling. “What will you do?”

“Crawl. I’ll crawl away.” Tommy’s voice was husky. A swallowed sob.

Craig stopped smacking and jeered. “That’s right, crybaby douchebag. You’ll get on the ground with the rest of the dirt and crawl out of my sight.” He threw the book bag at him, spit at the ground, and sauntered off across the street.

Toward Nora.

Nora didn’t move, couldn’t. What had just happened? Craig Troeschler was an older kid who lived in a red brick house up the street. What did he have against Tommy? And the driver—he and all the other kids on the bus must have seen what Craig was doing. Why hadn’t they stopped him? Unless—

The realization hit like a slap. It appeared like a rewind, like scattered shards unshattering and reconnecting into an unbroken whole. In a short, silent moment, Nora knew why Tommy hid in his room and never invited anyone over. Why he slunk around without making a sound. She’d known he wasn’t popular or cool. But the truth was far worse: Tommy, her big brother, was the brunt of jokes. He was a wimp who got bullied. A loser. A freak.

Nora’s whole body went numb. She wished she hadn’t seen what happened. It wasn’t her business. She wasn’t part of it, had nothing to do with it, had stumbled into it by chance. What should she have done? Intervene? Stand up for her older brother and confront an even older, bigger Craig who had just acted meaner than anyone she’d ever seen before, who even on that warm spring day was wearing a black biker leather jacket that matched his greased-back shoe-polish-black hair?

Nora didn’t know what her role should be, how she should act, so she did nothing. Even when Craig walked right up to her, standing at the bus stop with her bike, she said nothing. For a flickering heartbeat, she thought, oh God, he was going to pick on her for just standing there, witnessing, or for being Tommy’s sister. Did he know she was his sister? But he passed her by without the merest glimpse, not even a grunt.

Tommy looked up, then, probably to make sure Craig was gone. For an endless, permanent, never-to-be-forgotten moment, brother and sister stared at each other in silent recognition of Tommy’s humiliation, his perpetual victimization, his tormented hopelessness.

Copyright © 2019 by Merry Jones

Photo Credit: Bill Eckland

Merry Jones is an award winning author who has written humor (eg. I LOVE HIM, BUT…), non-fiction (eg. BIRTHMOTHERS), and dark suspense (eg. the Zoe Hayes mysteries, the Harper Jennings thrillers, and the Elle Harrison suspense novels). Now, with her twentieth book,WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, she’s entering the domain of domestic psychological suspense. Jones taught college writing courses for fifteen years, and leads seminars, appears on panels at writing conferences, and, with fellow members of the Liars Club, cohosts a monthly writers’ coffeehouse and the weekly Oddcast, a podcast devoted to writing and other creative endeavors. 

Jones’s work has been translated into seven languages and has appeared in magazines, such as American Woman and Glamour. Jones is a member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Philadelphia Liars Club. The mother of two and grandmother of one (so far) lives with her husband in Philadelphia, where she is an avid rower on the Schuylkill River and a member of Vesper Boat Club. Visit her at MerryJones.com.

       
PART ONE
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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250299705
ISBN-13: 978-1250299703



Praise for THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

“Don’t underestimate the girls in the Arkettan welcome houses because you might just lose your life. Davis’ The Good Luck Girls is a dust-filled, bloody fairytale set in a menacing world haunted with the reminder―the price of freedom is high, but it’s worth fighting for at all costs. Rise up, teen readers!” ―Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

“This dystopian debut is deeply connected to today’s social issues, and readers will feel that impact.” ―Booklist

 

Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of The Good Luck Girls for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
Okay, I should probably say that this book deals with two heavy subjects. The umbrella term for the subject is Human Exploitation. The Good Luck Girls are girls who “give good luck”. If you aren’t sure what that means, in the plainest terms these girls are forced sex workers. And then you have the forced miners which seemed very similar to slavery or indentured servitude without the ability to be completely free. Two different types and heavy handed subjects, but both under the umbrella of human exploitation. If this is something that bothers you, you shouldn’t read the book.
That said, this was the reason I loved the book. Charlotte Nicole Davis handles this heavy subject in a well said way without being too delicate or too preachy. You feel the anger coursing through these girls, you want them to survive and thrive and kick ass. You become one of them or, at the least, one of their supporters.
I actually love Westerns and the world crafted around this story of runaways is very similar to the wild west. Add in spirits and scary men able to torture you with their minds, and you have the base of a good series. It felt like the wild west and it felt very dangerous.
As for the writing style, I mentioned it a bit above. Charlotte Nicole Davis’ writing voice is exactly what I like in a storyteller. It was to the point in the way that the language is very similar to our own and easy to be pulled in. The characters are well written, diverse, and all have secrets but they protect each other under a common thread. Like I said before, it was easy to be pulled in and that makes it hard to put the book down.
All in all, this is a different sort of YA fantasy and I am 100% on board with it. I already have book two on my TBR list and I am impatiently waiting for it.
Final rating: 5/5
Photo Credit: Brett Pruitt

Charlotte Nicole Davis is the author of The Good Luck Girls, a young adult fantasy novel releasing in Fall 2019 with Tor Teen. A graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Charlotte loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a cat with a crooked tail.

      

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 19, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765396734
ISBN-13: 978-0765396730

Praise for NEVER-CONTENTED THINGS
“Sarah Porter is a genius. Her language is lush and dangerous, and her books burn with the beautiful, ferocious intensity of a bonfire in the darkest night. Read Never-Contented Things with the lights on. Then read it again.” ―Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte
“Sarah Porter’s Never-Contented Things creates a creepy new world like none I’ve seen before. Eerie, edgy, and filled with mystery, Porter takes us to the depths of the magical and psychological.” ―Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
Praise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW
“You’ll never think of your nightmares the same way again. Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter’s writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL
“Sarah Porter’s darkly imaginative WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW intrigues from the start. Tragic and engrossing, filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family, and the strange and sometimes dysfunctional ties between siblings. Highly recommended!” —Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of THREE DARK CROWNS


Seductive. Cruel. Bored.
Be wary of…

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy from the publisher via Jean Book Nerd Tours for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for the review.

Okay. Right off the bat, this book confused me. Wait . . . I should clarify. It confused me because of the narrative format. The book is written in different point of view clusters where in each piece, the reader only gets a taste of what is going on. I love unreliable narrators and there is an unreliability with each one individually. But together, you see the broader picture.

The book is right away dark and weird. It is about the codependency between two foster children who aren’t blood related, but are seen as siblings. You will feel the creeps with their relationship. You will want to put down the book and either let it fester until you need to keep reading or you eventually DNF. Do not DNF. The story is more than that, more than the weird feels, and more than the fae in the book.

Speaking about the fae, these guys aren’t seen all the time. You do meet them, you do get a feel about them, but they aren’t the focus of the story. They are the vehicle behind the emotional and mental roller coaster Ksenia goes through to find a way to heal and not need someone in an unhealthy way.

I felt that this book was very close to old world fae. If you don’t understand what I mean, I mean old world fae where akin to demons. You don’t eat or drink in their world. You could easily be switched with another. A man once killed his wife because he thought she was a fae changeling. Fae are horrifying. And the power they have is scary.

Now imagine that old world with a modern setting. With two young adults who are trying to navigate their feelings, the world around them, and their queer identities. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to let on the rest of this book. Suffice to say, it is about the power of human connection and trauma. It is about getting lost in your own world in order to find happiness, but never really be in touch with reality. It’s about growing up and finding personal resolution.

Seriously, read this book.

Final Rating: 4/5

Photo Content from Sarah Porter

SARAH PORTER is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night—all for the teen audience. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): Art of Death by Becca Vincenza

Art of Death
Becca Vincenza
(Curse Breakers, #1)
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

What if a single act of rebellion had the power to change your fate?

Rowan and Abel Hayes’ birth ended a centuries-old family curse, but being a curse breaker has its drawbacks. Now they live a life full of rules.

When Rowan breaks a rule, she sets a powerful chain of events into motion that she never could’ve imagined. Abel is kidnapped, and it’s up to Rowan to save her twin. Can she rely on the aid of an old friend who once betrayed her? Or will new enemies prove too strong for her to handle?

(New Adult, contains language and sexual content. 18+)

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

Art of Death is my first book by Becca Vincenza and it was a fun read. This book follows the story of Rowan, a set of fraternal twins who are more special than you can imagine. What’s great is the second book is the same timeline only from a different perspective. I really like that concept. It makes the world even more expansive.

To keep with that thread, the world in this book is already in depth. You only catch glimpses of it and there has to be more. It is the right amount to just give you a taste and have you wanting more. What’s great is that we learn more about the world and what it means to be a Curse Breaker as Rowan goes through it.

Rowan is stubborn and curious. I did think she had a bit of an attitude at first, but it’s easy to see that this is her trying to take control of a situation. It’s cool to see that even though so much stress is being pushed on her, she isn’t completely losing it. She knows when to tamp down her coping mechanism and it may take her a while to ask for help, but she does recognize when she needs it.

All in all, this is a good first book for a series and I’m liking the world Vincenza crafted. Will I be picking up the sequel? Yes. I need to know what happens on the other end of this timeline.

Final Rating: 3/5

 

Author Bio:

Becca Vincenza lives in *wonderful* Michigan. For a passion of all things paranormal and adventure, she writes both in Urban Fantasy worlds, and Paranormal Romance. When she isn’t writing, she is reading and vice versa.

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BLOG TOUR: Cursing by Lynne Murray

Cursing
Angie
Faust Series Book 1
by
Lynne Murray
Genre:
Urban Fantasy 
 
The
day she killed her boss…
Everything
changed.
She
never laid a hand on him to take his life. She didn’t have to.
As
her boss lies on the floor with a dozen witnesses staring and
paramedics working in a futile effort to save him, a mysterious
stranger approaches Angie with a bizarre offer.
It’s
a job with the ExtraTerrestrial Protection Agency, a secret
organization. Can Angie trust a group whose very existence is ultra
classified?
She
has to decide in a hurry because her newly released power starts
drawing attention from life-draining, telepathic, Mindworms and alien
scientists obsessed with abducting humans. Most terrifying of all,
she’s stalked by one of the most fearsome predators in the
galaxy.
If
you loved Men in Black or Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles
series, buckle up for a wild ride with Angie Faust in Cursing. Get it
now!

Chapter 1

 

Things changed the day I killed my boss. I was trying so hard not to.

He died quickly from cardiac arrest in front of a dozen witnesses in the glassed-in fishbowl of a conference room at Wolfe, Savage and Steele, the law firm where we worked. I never touched him physically. I didn’t have to. His name was Carroll Caine.

The Office Manager’s death interrupted an extended yelling session aimed at me. Caine was a short, square-built man with small bulging, blue eyes, a permanently red face and silver hair, cut brush short. For some reason, he had singled me out for verbal abuse almost from his first day on the job. He retired from the Navy as a Warrant Officer. Law firms like to hire former non-coms on the theory that they work well with a formal chain of command. But for Caine, taking orders from civilian lawyers he didn’t respect chafed him like a sandpaper jockstrap.

He took it out on his subordinates. I was a favorite target.

Understanding why Caine attacked me so often didn’t protect me when he did.

My other co-workers looked away in embarrassment or relief that, at least for the moment, Caine wasn’t singling them out. Not Francine, the woman sitting next to me in the conference room. She was petite, blonde and eager to score points with Caine by digging up the slightest hint of an error on my part.

Caine picked a bad day to stand over me and settle in for an extended rant. My Aunt Bess had simply disappeared six months earlier and without her, I had no one. The pain of her loss had retreated to a dull ache most days, but sometimes it flared up into a sharp pain of grief and confusion.

I focused all my attention on breathing slowly and letting his word roll over me.

I huddled in my chair, trying to make myself invisible, staring down at the pad of paper in front of me, a pencil gripped in my hand.

Caine paused for breath as if savoring looking down at me. He leaned in close. “You’d already be out of here if I didn’t suspect you might have a hidden disability and you’d sue all our asses. Is that it, Angie?”

“Look at me!”

I slowly looked up and met his eyes. Bad idea. The urge to let loose the anger that built in every cell of my body. I blinked when a cloud of black dots like a swarm of tiny insects filled my vision, swirling between Caine and Francine. I glanced around. Most people stared at the table or Caine. No one else gave any sign of seeing the whirling dots.

Great Angie, you’re hallucinating, just what I need.

“Keeping something up your sleeve, Angie? Maybe you lied on your employment application?” His spit landed on my face. Droplets hit my glasses. I wanted to wipe them off, but I didn’t move a muscle.

I could smell Caine’s rage under the Bay Rum aftershave and lingering cigar smoke on his breath.

Something inside me settled. Everything seemed sharper, clearer and despite the black cloud of dots passing between Francine and Caine. It couldn’t be real. A voice somewhere in the mists of early life echoed in my head.

Stop the heart.

Deadly calm washed over me. I felt myself starting to shake as if there was an earthquake. There was not. Yet an inner vibration shook me physically like the roars I heard when my aunt took me to the Lion House at the San Francisco Zoo at feeding time.

I focused on Caine. Not on his face, on his chest. Every sound in the room fell away. I found his heart. I raised my hand to point at him, still holding the pencil.

He straightened up. A slow smile on his face told me he was hoping he had made me mad enough to do something stupid. He had.

“Ya gonna hit me, Angie?” he asked.

“No.” I couldn’t remember ever feeling so calm.

Now.

I snapped my arm a few inches back as if I meant to throw the pencil at him. Caine instinctively rocked back on his heels, but there was no escape for him. Energy tore through me. My fingers tingled as I completed the short gesture toward his chest. I sensed the familiar but unknown force piercing him like a tool. It reached for his heart and grabbed it. And squeezed.

The pencil broke in half. The eraser end bounced off the table and fell on the rug. I lowered my arm, feeling his heart, frozen in a spasm as if my hand really was squeezing it. The inner shaking stopped and I took a deep breath, suddenly, oddly at peace.

Caine’s knees gave way and he crumpled to the floor. He twitched a few times. I don’t know how, but I could feel his life leave his body. He wasn’t coming back.

I stood up and backed away as two co-workers rushed past me to attempt CPR. They knelt beside him, but I knew they wouldn’t be able to revive him. I jammed my hands into my pockets and finally let go of the top half of the pencil. I kept my head down because I couldn’t help myself from smiling. The roaring inside me was gone. The swarm of black particles was gone too.

I took my hands out of my pockets and saw a couple of wood slivers had pierced my skin. I was bleeding. It didn’t even hurt. I didn’t feel anything but relief at the sudden quiet when Caine shut up.

Then the fear hit.

Everything I learned growing up told me I should go home, grab my getaway pack and leave town. It would be hard to run without my aunt organizing our escape.

I didn’t want to move again. I loved San Francisco. The rent-controlled apartment was my true refuge with my grandfather’s books lining almost every wall.

Maybe I wouldn’t have to run. Maybe no one noticed how Caine had died. People drew back to the edges of the room while efforts to revive him got more frantic. No one paid the slightest bit of attention to me. It wasn’t as if I’d physically touched the old man. Maybe no one would blame me.

Scratch that.

As I surreptitiously dabbed Caine’s saliva off my face and glasses with the cuff of my long-sleeved blouse, I raised my head and looked straight into the eyes of the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen. He twirled a pair of sunglasses in his hand and continued to stare right at me.

He had a tousled mop of sun-streaked light brown hair. He wore a tan suit about the same shade as his hair and a light blue shirt and gold and darker blue striped tie. His angelic face, even features and sensual lips seemed familiar. Maybe I’d seen him in one of those semi-porn underwear ads—the kind where you don’t look closely at the model’s face because you’re too busy checking out that impossibly lithe and muscular body. He leaned against the receptionist’s desk as if he owned it, as if he owned any place he stood simply by standing there.

He stowed his glasses in his jacket pocket and raised a blond eyebrow at me as if asking a question with luminous blue eyes.

The receptionist, a sixty-something retired airline stewardess with a British accent, had already called 911. Now she leaned over her counter at the perfect angle to check out Underwear Model Man’s ass at the same time that she watched the drama around our co-workers struggling to revive Caine.

Underwear Model Man held my gaze and nodded at me. I flinched in surprise. He didn’t quite smile, but his eyes crinkled as if we had a secret understanding. A deep feeling of dread settled like lead in my gut. This couldn’t be good.

I made it past the reception desk and nearly to the elevator when Underwear Model Man fell into step beside me. He was taller than me. I’m five ten, he must have been around six feet.

“Meet me for coffee after work,” he whispered, leaning close. He smelled of Irish Spring soap. “There’s someone you need to talk to. Someone you have a lot in common with. You won’t regret it.”

I kept moving without answering. Every woman in the place stared at this guy. He was that magnetic. The last thing I wanted at this particular moment was anyone paying attention to me.

But the stranger followed me and held the elevator door while I got in. “Seriously, you owe it to yourself to listen to an offer that would get you out of this…place.” He didn’t have to say “This hellhole,” it was implicit in his tone. I couldn’t disagree with him. The only thing I liked about Wolfe, Savage and Steele was the paycheck.

“An offer I can’t refuse, huh?” I snapped at him. “That turned out so well for the guy who found the horse’s head in his bed.”

The man chuckled. “No dead horses, I promise. But your skills deserve better.”

“You know nothing about my skills,” I kept my voice low.

“Don’t I?”

Francine and three other women slipped past Underwear Model Man into the elevator with me. They all stared at and me, then back at him again.

He let go of the door and it closed before I could say another word.

An older woman whose name I didn’t know commented on how fine that young man was. Then the elevator bell dinged for our floor and we all filed out in silence. No one mentioned Caine.

 

Underwear Model Man was leaning against the building waiting for me when I went out the front door. He’d taken off his tie and it was hard not to look at the tanned skin and a curl of golden chest hair showing where the top button of his shirt was open.

“Hi, I’m Chad Falconer.”

At least I didn’t have to keep calling him Underwear Model Man. Automatically, I responded, “Angie Faust.” I instantly regretted that. Now he knew my name.

I needed to get away fast. Men like him don’t follow women like me home from work without some agenda. Whatever his reason it didn’t involve flowers, dinner dates and happy endings. Maybe he sensed how desperately I missed my aunt. Predators can read body language and track wounded animals.

“Whatever it is you’re selling, I can’t afford it.”

He grinned as if I’d said something terribly witty. “Fair enough,” he said, falling into an easy pace beside me. Chad persisted, walking closer and tilting his head down to get my attention.

“Whoever you are and whatever you want, I don’t trust you,” I said.

“The only reason you should listen to me at all is that you and I seem to be the only two people who understood what was going on this morning.”

I stopped so fast he almost ran into me.

“My boss had a stroke or heart attack while he was yelling at me. He was an old man. He had a strenuous day of verbally abusing people. His heart just gave out.”

“It doesn’t usually happen that way though, does it?” Chad said. “I don’t know about you, but the people I want to see die usually go on to live a disgustingly healthy life of making everyone miserable and die peacefully in bed at 95.”

“You can’t blame me for what happened,” I concluded, my voice wavering a little.

He seemed to understand because he stepped away a foot or so. “Believe me, Angie, blame is the last word I would use to describe you or anything you do.” He stepped in front of me to stop for a moment but he held out his hands out with palms up. “Would you do me a favor?”

“Maybe. Will you let me alone if I do?”

“Absolutely. The only thing I ask is that you come with me to a coffee shop and meet someone who understands your great gift.”

“Gift?” I snorted a small burst of laughter at that thought.

“Seriously, it’s a public place, a café not far from here. No pressure.”

I stared at him. I never admitted that I was responsible for the violent things that happened around me. My aunt and I rarely spoke about it. “Where is this place?”

“It’s an easy walk. Come on, it will only take half an hour of your time.”

I admit I was curious and absurdly relieved that he didn’t seem to be selling anything or whipping out a chloroformed rag and forcing me into a car. But mainly I agreed because of a vain hope that there might actually be a way to cope with whatever the hell it was that I had been fighting my whole life.

 
Lynne
Murray was born in Illinois, but she grew up in transit due to her
father’s work with the military. She’s lived in Texas, Alaska,
Florida, Washington state, and Southern California, before landing
and staying in San Francisco.
Lynne
writes the kind of books she loves to read. Those usually feature a
lot of action, quirky characters and supernatural attitude. She just
might read anything that isn’t tied down, but some of the books that
have to be restrained also make it onto her list. Her favorite
authors include Illona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs, Kim
Hamilton, Terry Pratchett and T.H. White.
She
now lives and writes and stares out the window at the ocean with a
group of rescue cats, who rescue her right back with heroic feats of
purring.
 
 
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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): A Killer’s Alibi by William L. Myers, Jr.

Print Length: 426 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 19, 2019)
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B078H6PXD5



Praise for A KILLER’S ALIBI


“William Myers’ riveting new novel is not just a crackerjack legal thriller, it is also a wrenching portrayal of a whole range of father-daughter relationships,showing how they can damage, how they nourish, how they go dangerously offtrack. A story not to be missed.” ―NewYork Times bestselling author, William Lashner

I was blown away…A Killer’s Alibi in three words: Sharp, Shocking and Intricate. ―Novel Gossip Book Review

For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.

When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.

On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her sexually abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.

As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters–some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.

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RANDOM FACTS ABOUT A KILLER’S ALIBI


Set in Philadelphia

Built on relationships between fathers and daughters

Features strong women characters with their own agendas

Features a Mafia kingpin with a femme fatale wife

Protagonist attorney Mick McFarland and his client, crime-lord Jimmy Nunzio, are both Machiavellian schemers, who have to dance around each other to achieve their goals.

Protagonist Piper McFarland comes into her own, becoming a driving force in her quest to win freedom for Darlene Dowd, a woman convicted of killing her sexually abusive father

The book features two kinds of characters: Bad people doing bad things for bad reasons, and good people doing bad things for mixed reasons

Piper and Mick learn the truths about their killers’ alibis only after it is too late

It’s never what you think it is

MY REVIEW
I received a copy of the book from the author via Jean Book Nerd Tours for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
A Killer’s Alibi follows two cases, both concerning the father/daughter relationship. In contrast, we also see the relationship between Mick McFarland and his own daughter, Gabby. I love parallels in books and this one was well done. You can see bits and pieces where the narratives could be similar, but are altogether different.
The book is a little slow to get into in the beginning. It’s well written and interesting, but just a bit slow. It’s not until the reader gets a feel of all the players that we get sucked into the narrative. About the halfway point, everything starts to converge and I wasn’t flipping the pages fast enough.
This isn’t an action driven book. It is a mystery, but more like a Law drama. I found myself thinking the Law & Order theme song as I was reading. Which is a good thing, that’s a television universe I can binge watch and never get bored. I like that we get to see what goes on in the courtside as well as see how the defense attorneys do their job. It really astounds me that they can fight tooth and nail for a person, but still know that their client isn’t the greatest person.
Don’t get me wrong, I like that they can, but I’m not sure I could be in that position. I find it interesting and great that there are people who can without losing their own moral compass.
Anyways, you don’t need to read the previous books first to get a feel of the characters or world. I was able to relate and get involved in their own personal stories while still enjoying the mystery about their cases. I would recommend reading them though. Because, really, I liked this book!
Final Rating:4/5
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William L. Myers, Jr. is the No. 6 best-selling author for Amazon Kindle in 2017 for his debut novel, A Criminal Defense. That was the first in what has become the Philadelphia Legal Series. The third book in that series, A Killers Alibi debuts February 19, 2019.
A Killer’s Alibi has had rave early reviews including New York Times Bestselling author, Bill Lasher—

“William Myers’ riveting new novel is not just a crackerjack legal thriller, it is a wrenching portrayal of a whole range of farther-daughter relations, showing how they can damage, how they can nourish, how they go dangerously off track. A story not to be missed.”

Born in 1958 into a blue-collar family, Mr. Myers inherited a work-ethic that propelled him through college and into the Ivy League at The University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From there, Mr. Myers started his legal career in a Philadelphia-based mega defense firm. After ten years defending corporate America, he realized his heart wasn’t in it. So, with his career on the fast track to success–he gave it all up and started his own firm. It was time to start fighting for the common guy.


That was twenty-five years ago and since then, he has focused on representing railroad employees and other honest, hard-working people who have been injured by others. He has represented thousands of clients in his tenure and has become a highly-regarded litigation attorney up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

 
       
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BOOK TRAILER REVEAL: Realm by Alexandrea Weis

Print Length: 483 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (May 14, 2019)
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07NQC9RSY

ONLY LOVE COULD DEFEAT THE GREATEST CONQUEROR THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.

Based on a true story.

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

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Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

        

 

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