Upcoming YA Release by Sarina Bowen: The Accidentals

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen is coming July 10, 2018! So soon! As I’ve written before, I’m a huge fan of Sarina Bowen. And I am beyond excited for her upcoming YA debut novel. Curious? I know you are! Scroll down for the summary. Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.  I’ve…

EXCERPT- ABOVE ALL by Rebecca Brooks

My summer reading list is shaping up! Excited to read Above All by Rebecca Brooks. At last he turned to go. On his way out, he wished Casey a good night and then reached up to tap the back of the doorframe before swinging the door shut behind him. She really, really wished he hadn’t. Because…

The Marriage Pact: A Review

My two favorite genres are romance and crime. And you wouldn’t believe how often these two intersect. I’ve written about how some of my favorite love stories are buried within crime novels, but this tale takes this concept to a whole new level. The Marriage Pact starts off strong with Jake’s narration. And even though it’s a…

We Could Be Beautiful

“It took me a long time to understand that what I had wanted was not a picture of something perfect. I already had that. What I had wanted was the feeling inside the pictures, the thing I had been trying to buy and drink and eat and not eat and fake my way to all…

Zipping My Way Through the Edgar Award Nominees – David Joy

Goodreads book summary The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high…

Self-Publishing Phenomenon

“Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare.” ― Stepbrother Dearest, Penelope Ward I love a successful self-publishing story! Penelope Ward is one of those self-publishing phenoms. And she should be, because Ward is an excellent writer. In this scenario, Ward also had good timing as well. There was a stepbrother…

Introducing the Maestra: Judith Rashleigh

Official Book Summary Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars –…

The Power of Historical Young Adult Fiction

Spoilers! The future unrolled before her like a ribbon: sleeping with a chair hooked under the doorknob every night, beating carpets on the back steps, cooking the boarders’ breakfast, scrubbing the toilets, changing the linens, pouring fresh water in the basins, haggling with vendors at the Viktualienmarkt, fighting the nightmares about Papa, imagining his bloody…

Beautiful Boss and Other Christina Lauren Musings

What a cover, right?  Hanna is fierce! Christina Lauren almost always seems to be a five star guarantee.  But this novella didn’t really work for me. Since it arrived on my Kindle at the end of February, I’ve reread certain parts hoping something might pull me in…but, no. There were a few reasons why… Anticipation. …

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

“now you have the body shape considered ideal to the women you seek to cultivate—delicately emaciated, with just a hint of a well-managed eating disorder.” ― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend This is another book that was on my large ‘to-be-read’ pile―from June 2015!  So many books, so little time.   I finished this in…