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Book Review: What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards

What You Hide

Cover art is copyright of Sourcebooks Fire.

 

I’ve been on a real thriller/ mystery kick lately, so I was thrilled (see what I did there?) 😉 when I received an early copy of What You Hide, a new YA mystery from Sourcebooks Fire. This was a very fast-paced, suspenseful novel.

I recently blogged about why I love the young adult genre, and What You Hide is a perfect example of everything I mentioned in that blog!

Bonus: the library plays a prominent role in this book!

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Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl

Cover art is copyright of St. Martin’s Press

 

Earlier this year I read The Wife Between Us, a collaboration by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. That book had a twist that wowed me like few other books ever have. It was a great example of what psychological thrillers should be – unpredictable, unputdownable, and unforgettable! When I saw that this duo has a new book coming out in 2019, I jumped at the chance to read it. I was excited, yet a little skeptical. Could they really pull off another great psychological suspense thriller?

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Book Review: The Ghosts & Jamal by Bridget Blankley

The Ghosts & Jamal“It had been good to climb, as good as anything he had ever done. It had not been so good to fall, but he would recover. All in all, he thought, it was worth the fall, just to have climbed the tree.” – The Ghosts & Jamal

Jamal is a thirteen year old boy in rural Nigeria whose favorite drinks include Fanta and Sprite. He seems like everyone else except that he lives with epilepsy. His epileptic episodes are misinterpreted by his family as “bad spirits” coming upon him. So Jamal lives apart from his family, in a separate hut on the outskirts of his village. This isolation will ultimately save Jamal’s life during a terrorist attack on his village. I read Jamal’s story in one sitting. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I was worried for this young man – for his health, for his safety, and for his feelings – as he set out on his own to try to escape the attackers and to find his grandfather, or anyone else who survived, and might be able to help him. I feared for him and wanted to help and protect him. Continue reading


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Book Review: Surprise Me By Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me

Cover art copyright of Random House Publishing Group

I had intended for my next post to be about book promotion services that I offer through Kait’s Bookshelf, such as a Social Media Blast. My thought was that with Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, authors might want to take advantage of those services to promote their books. But, life had other plans. Just after my last blog post, our family lost someone very special to us. My father-in-law received a stage four cancer diagnosis in January. He lived this last year of his life like he always did – enjoying life. He spent a lot of time with family doing the things he loved. On Thursday, November 16, 2017, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

In the days following his passing, I tried to write a new post and keep reading. But I found myself unable to concentrate. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday had all passed me by. After a few days of sadness and grief, once the “dust settled” so to speak, I found myself able to once again take comfort in reading. Reading has always been an escape for me. It was nice to pick up a new book by one of my favorite authors and disappear into a new, wacky world for a little while. I still plan to blog about book promotion services as they can still be used for the upcoming Christmas holiday and anytime of the year. But, for today, I’d like to focus on a new book review.
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Book Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (Advance Reader Copy)

The Best Kind of People

Cover Art is copyright of Random House Publishing Group

I received an advance reader copy of this upcoming book from Random House through NetGalley. In The Best Kind of People, we follow the wealthy Woodbury family as their seemingly perfect lives come crashing down when George, beloved teacher and family man, is accused of sexual misconduct. This book is less about whether or not George is guilty and more about the effects the accusations have on his family. In The Best Kind of People, Zoe Whittall tackles the contemporary issue of rape culture and offers an engaging character study and a look at how our society views scandals and accusations such as these.

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ARC Book Review: The Writers’ Retreat by Indu Balachandran

The Writers Retreat

Cover art is copyright of Jacaranda Books

I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this book from Jacaranda Books, so I owe them a big thank you! I requested a copy of this book after reading the synopsis which sounded right up my alley. A woman named Amby is fed up with her corporate life at a bank and decides to pursue writing full time. Sound familiar? If you’ve read any of my past blogs about my decision to leave my corporate life to go back to school in pursuit of my degree in writing, then you understand why this resonated with me. I had to read this book!
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Review: Small Admissions: A Novel by Amy Poeppel

Small Admissions

Cover Art is copyright of Atria/ Emily Bestler Books

I ran across this book on NetGalley and was excited when I received an ARC as the publisher stated that fans of Sophie Kinsella should enjoy this book. I do love Sophie Kinsella’s work and not just her Shopaholic series but her stand-alone novels as well for their fun, quirky, relatable characters. Well, Ms. Poeppel has introduced some fun, quirky, and relatable characters of her own in what proved to be a light, enjoyable read that kept me entertained. I found myself relating to her main character, Kate, (and no, it’s not just because she has a fabulous name!) as well as her minor characters of Chloe and Maureen. This book was filled with familiar situations (who hasn’t had a broken heart or a rift with friends or been nervous starting a new job?) and relatable characters. Keep on Reading!