Monday, August 13, 2018

Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube | Blog Tour & Giveaway

#darkbeanthetheice #amelindaberube #blogtour #excerpt #giveaway #sourcebooksfireTitle: Dark Beneath The Ice
Author: Amelinda Berube
Release Date: August 7th, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this compelling ghost story about a former dancer whose grip on reality slips when she begins to think a dark entity is stalking her.
Something is wrong with Marianne.
It’s not just that her parents have finally split up. Or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.
She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her. And the only one who seems to believe her is the daughter of a local psychic.
But their first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. Whatever is haunting her, it wants everything she has—everything it’s convinced she stole. Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

“Bérubé’s debut novel is a sinister exploration of self-doubt, internalized hatred, trust, and a romantic awakening...well-crafted and unsettling.” —Booklist

“Fun frights and a well-constructed's Black Swan meets Carrie.” —Kirkus

“A gripping, creepy story that had me keeping the lights on while I read... Will be highly recommending!” —Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books

#darkbeanthetheice #amelindaberube #blogtour #excerpt #giveaway #sourcebooksfireAbout the Author: 

Amelinda Bérubé has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service. She holds a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University and a master of arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Excerpt from Dark Beneath The Ice 

The silence still clings to me.
If I close my eyes it’s there waiting for me, filling my mouth, heavy as water. Ready to swallow me again.
I rest my forehead against the window, willing the ordinary sounds around me to wash the memory away: the windshield wipers, the spatter of the rain, the rattle in the wheel well. In the driver’s seat beside me, Mom breathes in little hitches, trying not to sound like she’s crying.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Someone I Used To Know by Patty Blount | Blog Tour & Giveaway

#giveaway #blogtour #excerpt #sourcebooksfire #pattyblount #someoneiusedtoknow #rape #healing #aftermath #yareads #realisticfiction
Title: Someone I Used to Know
Author: Patty Blount
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes an unflinching examination of rape culture that delves into a family torn apart by sexual assault.

It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap on the wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain.

It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows he handled it all wrong. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.  

When it all comes to head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.

“Blount has written a heartrending but much-needed view on this subject. This book provides a nuanced look at the toxicity of rape culture and the long-lasting and harming aftermath of sexual assault.”— School Library Journal

#giveaway #blogtour #excerpt #sourcebooksfire #pattyblount #someoneiusedtoknow #rape #healing #aftermath #yareads #realisticfictionAbout the Author:

Powered by way too much chocolate, award-winning author Patty Blount loves to write and has written everything from technical manuals to poetry. A 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award winner as well as Rita finalist, Patty writes issue-driven novels for teens and is currently working on a romantic thriller. Her editor claims she writes her best work when she’s mad, so if you happen to upset Patty and don’t have any chocolate on hand to throw at her, prepare to be a subject of an upcoming novel. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that sadly doesn’t have anywhere near enough bookshelves…or chocolate.

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Excerpt from Someone I Used To Know

Your Honor, thank you for letting me address this court. The first thing I want to say is that I couldn’t wait to start high school. I liked the defendant. I really liked him. And I thought he liked me back. But now I know he never saw me as a person. I was nothing more than an opportunity for him. So now I can’t wait until I’m done with high school.
—Ashley E. Lawrence, victim impact statement

Monday, August 6, 2018

"J" Is for Judgment by Sue Grafton | Book Review

J is for Judgment (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) #bookreview #akinseymilhonenovel #suegrafton #mystery #1993 #challengeTitle: J is for Judgment
Series: A Kinsey Milhone Novel #10
Author: Sue Grafton
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published Date: May 15th, 1993 by
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Audio Time: 9 hr 18 min
Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
"J" is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years. Or so it seemed until his former insurance agent spotted him in the bar of a dusty little resort halfway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz.

"In truth, the facts about Wendell Jaffe had nothing to do with my family history, but murder is seldom tidy and no one ever said revelations operate in a straight line. It was my investigation into the dead man's past that triggered the inquiry into my own, and in the end, the two stories became difficult to separate."

Five years ago, when Jaffe's thirty-five-foot Fuji ketch was found drifting off the Baja coast, it seemed a sure thing he'd gone overboard. The note he left behind admitted he was flat broke, his business bankrupt, his real estate gambit nothing but a huge Ponzi scheme about to collapse, with criminal indictment certain to follow. When the authorities soon after descended on his banks and his books, there was nothing left: Jaffe had stripped the lot.

"Given my insatiable curiosity and my natural inclination to poke my nose in where it doesn't belong, it was odd to realize how little attention I'd paid to my own past. I'd simply accepted what I was told, constructing my personal mythology on the flimsiest of facts."

But Jaffe wasn't quite without assets. There was the $500,000 life insurance policy made out to his wife and underwritten by California Fidelity. With no corpse to prove death, however, the insurance company was in no hurry to pay the claim. Dana Jaffe had to wait out the statutory five years until her missing husband could be declared legally dead. Just two months before Wendell Jaffe was sighted in that dusty resort bar, California Fidelity finally paid in full. Now they wanted the truth. And they were willing to hire Kinsey Millhone to dig it up.

As Kinsey pushes deeper into the mystery surrounding Wendell Jaffe's pseudocide, she explores her own past, discovering that in family matters as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve judgment.

"J" is for judgment: the kind we're quick to make and often quicker to regret.


 My Review:

"The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same."

During Blogmas 2017 I decided to challenge myself to read 5 books from the year I was born (1993). J is for Judgment was one of the books I choose.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Ike and Kay by James MacManus | Book Review

Ike and Kay: A Novel by James MacManus | Book Review #historicalfiction #fiction #history #dwighteisenhower #kay #affair #rumors #WWIITitle: Ike and Kay
Author: James MacManus
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Published Date: May 29th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 288
Format: Kindle Edition

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
The sweeping love story at the heart of the Second World War, vividly reimagining General Eisenhower and Kate Summersby’s infamous, star-crossed affair

In his latest historical novel Ike and Kay, acclaimed author James MacManus brings to life an unbelievably true and controversial romance and the poignant characters and personalities that shaped the course of world history.

In 1942, Kay Summersby’s life is changed forever when she is conscripted to drive General Eisenhower on his fact-finding visit to wartime London. Despite Eisenhower’s marriage to Mamie, the pair takes an immediate liking to each other and he buys Kay a rare wartime luxury: a box of chocolates.

So begins a tumultuous relationship that, against all military regulation, sees Kay traveling with Eisenhower on missions to far-flung places before the final assault on Nazi Germany. The general does dangerously little to conceal his affair with the woman widely known as “Ike’s shadow,” and in letters, Mamie bemoans his new obsession with “Ireland.” That does not stop him from using his influence to grant Kay citizenship and rank in the US army, drawing her closer still when he returns to America. When officials discover Eisenhower’s plans to divorce from his wife they threaten the fragile but passionate affair, and Kay is forced to take desperate measures to hold onto the man she loves . . .

Based on the scandalous true story of General Eisenhower’s secret World War II love affair, Ike and Kay is a compelling story of love, duty, sacrifice, and heartbreak, set against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period of the twentieth century.


 My Review:

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-arc.

I will fully admit that I only know the basics about Eisenhower, and I knew nothing about his staff and those surrounding him during WWII. Which is why I really wanted to read this book and start learning more about him in a fictional sense to see if I wanted to continue learning more about him from a more historical standpoint. So, of course, I have done a little bit of research about Eisenhower and Kay, and while there is no confirmation that they ever had a physical affair, it does seem plausible that it could have happened. As far as I can tell though, and what other historians say it does seem that they might have had an emotional affair instead during the war. This is all just speculation though, and we might never fully know.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Last Summer of the Garret Girls by Jessica Spotswood | Book Review

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls #contemporary #YA #bookreview #sourcebooksfire #summerTitle: The Last Summer of the Garret Girls
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic fiction, YA
Page Count: 320
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

 My Review:

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the free e-book.

Last Summer of the Garret Girls follows four sisters from the ages of preteen to college age. 
We have Des the oldest, Bea a recent high school graduate, Vi who is in early high school, and Kat who is also in high school. 

Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube | Blog Tour & Giveaway

Title: Dark Beneath The Ice Author:  Amelinda Berube Release Date:  August 7th, 2018 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Summary: Black Swan ...