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Review: Things You Save in a Fire

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I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center is a book about a female firefighter, Cassie Hanwell who is as tough as any man. Even though Cassie is tough, deep down she has issues with accepting love and forgiveness. There is a lot of depth and interesting sub-plots to this story.

Center weaves together the challenges of a female firefighter in an all male firehouse, the relationship with her estranged mother, and overcoming her past to experience love. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life allowing the reader to feel sympathy and empathize with the challenges Cassie experiences.

I very much enjoyed this book. The writing flowed together nicely through the various sub-plots. I admired Cassie’s strength in a traditionally “man’s world,” as well as her vulnerabilities.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and captivating. If you love books that hold a lot of substance, I would highly recommend this one. 

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#WildHorse by Kyle Richardson #BlogTour and Giveaway

We are excited to kick-off the Wild Horse Blog Tour! Kyle Richarson’s novelette releases Tuesday 7/30/19 so we hope you’ll join in on the fun, enter the giveaway (below) and follow the tour with us 7/29 thru 8/9! Full Schedule

WILD HORSE (a novelette) by Kyle Richardson

EBOOK RELEASE DATE: 7/30/19

GENRE: Dystopian, Superhero, YA, Novelette

BOOK PAGE: https://www.meerkatpress.com/books/wild-horse/

SUMMARY: Grady has found a crack in the wall—a crack to the outside world. But all he knows about life outside the compound comes from books, magazines, and a photograph of a creature that no longer exists. Things change when he meets a girl with raspberry-yellow hair, and a secret that could lead them to a world beyond the walls. A world where their abilities could change everything … or lead them both to ruin.

BUY LINKS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kyle lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast, moonlights as an editor at Meerkat Press, and has a terrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the most inopportune moments. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology and Daily Science Fiction.

AUTHOR LINKS: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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EXCERPT:

Grady finds it in the spring, when the leaves are sprouting from the trees in tiny pink-green buds. There are no trees in the courtyard, there’s only dirt and rocks and other kids that look like Grady—their heads shaven, their clothes loose and gray, the skin under their eyes a creamy blue and red. But Grady has found a crack in the wall, a crack that wasn’t there before—a crack that isn’t supposed to be. Whenever the guards aren’t looking, he leans his face against the wall and peers through the crack at the world outside. He does this with his left eye first. Always his left eye first. The gap is so tiny it’s like squinting through a nostril. But in that nostril there’s the sky, purple as a bruise, and beneath it there are scrawny trees with tiny pink-green buds. Today the trees bend and sway, like they know Grady’s watching. Like they’re dancing just for him. And his cracked lips spread until he’s smiling, big and dumb.

This is when he hears the voice. “What’re you looking at?” The voice comes from behind him, small and smooth and wild, like the picture of the horse taped to the ceiling above his cot. It knocks something loose in him, something that tumbles free, something that falls but doesn’t seem to ever land. Whatever it is, it just keeps on falling, lost somewhere inside him. Grady frowns and squirms, but the stupid feeling doesn’t quit. “Go away,” he tells the voice. He doesn’t bother to turn. “I’m looking at spring,” he adds, “but you wouldn’t know what that is.”

The voice that’s like a wild horse, it tells him, “I do too know what spring is. And I know that you’re mean and I don’t like you.” Then the voice is gone, and a guard walks by, and Grady looks away from the wall as if the crack isn’t there at all. And stomping away from him straight across the courtyard, like she’s trying to knock the world off orbit with the weight of her footsteps alone, is a skinny girl with loose gray clothes and raspberry-yellow hair.

Grady raises his eyebrows. Whatever that thing is inside him, it tumbles even faster.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing style, characters, and the storyline. I also liked how descriptive the story was and the world building. What I did not like about this book was the length. I felt it was too short. I understand that it is supposed to be short, however I felt that the book had a lot of potential to be a full-length novel. I think I would have liked the book more if it were longer. Overall, I thought the story was great and would recommend it. My overall rating for this book is four out of five stars.

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Review: I Spy The Boy Next Door

I received a free review copy from Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

I Spy The Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong is a young adult romance thriller about a teenage girl, Mallory and her interactions and relationship with Troy, the boy next door.

In the beginning, the book was not capturing my attention and clicking with me. However as the story progressed, it got so good that I could not stop reading. I had to find out what would happen next. I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters, story line, and writing style. I loved everything, except for how slow the story started out.

After reading this book, I really want to pick up another book by Samantha Armstrong. My rating for this book is four out of five stars. I am very grateful to Book Sirens for sending me a copy.

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Review: Tattered

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Tattered is a contemporary, new adult, romance novel written by Devney Perry. It is the first book in the Lark Cove series. The book is about a young woman who is trying to raise her six-year-old daughter and make peace with the past, while building a relationship with her daughter’s father.

I loved everything about this book. I loved the writing style, story building, character development, plot, and everything else this book had to offer. There was not a single thing I disliked. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and other works by Perry. My rating for Tattered is five out of five stars.

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Review: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

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I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway is a cute romantic comedy about a young woman who tries to find the perfect boyfriend for her mother. What I like about this book is the writing style, however I did get a little confused at times as the story is told in the form of text messages and emails. I felt that there was a lot of back and forth and it was sometimes hard to follow.

I also adored the humor and the mother/daughter relationship. The character development was great too. Overall, I enjoyed Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend and I would rate the book four out of five stars. I am very grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy. The book releases on July 16, 2019.

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Review: The Game Can’t Love You Back

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The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo is a young adult, enemies to lovers sports romance novel about Jamie and Eve. Jamie and Eve are both pitchers on their high school’s baseball team. At the beginning of the story Jamie and Eve can’t stand each other, but as the story progresses so does their attraction to each other.

I really loved this book. I thought it was so cute and funny too. I was laughing out loud, throughout the book. I thought the writing style and plot were good. I also adored Jamie and Eve. My rating for this book is five stars.

 

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Review: Three Women

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I received an advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is a non-fiction book about the stories of three women from America and their sex lives.

Holy cow! This book was so intense. I got emotional and had to take a few breaks to get through it. Taddeo’s writing was phenomenal and kept me on the edge of my seat. I was really moved by these women’s stories This book is very important to read and both women and men should read it. My rating for this book is five stars.

I am very grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy. Three Women releases on July 9, 2019.

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Review: Cross Her Heart

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I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cross Her Heart is a psychological thriller written by Sarah Pinborough. The novel is about the lies and secrets of three women: a mom, daughter, and friend.

I really wanted to like this book. I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep. I never really finished the book, as I could not get into it. The characters and writing style were not for me. My rating for this book is one out of five stars.

I am very grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy. Cross Her Heart was released on September 4, 2018.

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Review: Flat-Out Love

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park is a book about a girl and her experiences as a first year college student. While this book packs a punch and made me sob, it was still a well-rounded novel and I absolutely loved everything about it. I loved the story line, characters, and writing style. I flew through this book. I did not want to put it down and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more of Park’s works. I rate this book five out of five stars.

 

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Review: This is Not a Love Scene

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher. This is Not a Love Scene was written by S.C. Megale and is a debut novel. I cannot even begin to tell you what this book is about as I was not interested in it, so therefore I could not comprehend it. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the writing style. After I got about halfway through the story, I dnf’d the book. I am very grateful to Wednesday Books for sending me an arc copy to review, however this book just was not the story for me. Hopefully there are other people that would like it. My rating for this book is one out of five stars.