Thursday, October 18, 2018

Top Ten Thriller Movies of Alexdrea Weis & Lucas Astor | Blog Tour for Death By The River | #Giveaway

Title: Death by the River
Author: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

Synopsis:
A high school “American Psycho.”
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.
SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux. 
And that someone will pay with their life.

Author Bios:
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is:  “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.”  ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, 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 award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.



Friday, October 5, 2018

Medallion of Murder by BR Myers | Blog Tour & Giveaway | Book Review

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#anefertarihughesmystery, #medallionofmurder #brmyers #bluemoonpublishers #kindle #2018read #booktour #yareads #mystery #yamysteryTitle: Medallion of Murder
Series: A Nefertari Hughes Mystery
Author: BR Myers
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Published Date: September 18th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, History based, Egyptology, YA
Page Count:283
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5 

Goodreads Summary: 

Still struggling with nightmares from the past summer, Terry tries to bury her secret guilt and enjoy her family’s first Christmas in Devonshire. But when a murdered man is found with a postcard addressed to her, Terry fears the repercussions from that fateful night in Egypt are becoming a reality.

After she receives a coded message from Awad, Terry and her best friend Maude are thrown into the hunt for a lost medallion, an artifact that possesses a great power—and a gruesome destiny. As each clue leads to more disturbing truths (and bodies), Terry begins to suspect she’s the real target of the search. When Awad goes missing, she becomes certain the Illuminati are involved, and has no choice but to risk losing the thing she cherishes the most to get him back. 

But Terry will soon discover the secrets of the tomb cannot be erased by distance or power, because the ghosts of her past are closing in quickly… and this time, they refuse to stay buried.

Author Bio: 
Always in the mood for a good scare, B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Her YA contemporary coming of age novel, GIRL ON THE RUN, was chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a BEST BOOK for TEENS for 2016.

When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and two children—and there is still a stack of books on her bedside table.

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 My Review:

Thank you to Xpressobooktours for the free copy and being able to be apart of the blog tour. 
Full disclosure I didn't realize this was the third book in the series until I went to start reading it. Some of my opinions on it will not fully reflect the series nor should it stop you from starting the series. 

I absolutely loved the history parts of this book. I grew up loving everything about Egypt and I am so glad to finally be seeing it in a YA series. I know several middle-grade series our about Egypt but I personally haven't seen many ya ones, if I'm missing them please let me know what they are so I can read them!

A lot of the relationships I found a little confusing at times to figure out who was who and how they were all connected. I did figure this all out about 20% into the book. This was completely my fault though because I hadn't read the first two books. I also found the Illuminati a little confusing as well, because of how secretive everything about it was.

What I liked.
I really did like the history as I mentioned before. I also liked how the main character Terry does use a prosthetic leg and that is made to be normal, no one was weirded out by it including her boyfriend as they get more serious and started talking about certain things. Terry's best friends are amazing and I adore them. They are supportive and informative and just jump right in and find ways to help Terry solve the problem that they are being faced with. Awad was a character I was a little unsure of at first, because of certain things and I really didn't trust him fully because of how secretive he was being about certain things.

What I felt meh about.
How secretive everything was about certain things. I really didn't see a point in half of it because of how dangerous things got by the end. People needed to know the secrets, but couldn't for reasons that I kind of understand, but I still don't like the reasons.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I will say that this is a series that builds off of each book so it should be read in order to fully understand everything. I do want to read the first two books in the series and reread this one because I do think I missed a lot of things because I just didn't understand what was going on. I will review the first two books when I read them, and possibly add more to this review after I have reread it. 



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Monday, September 24, 2018

Kissed Off by Tellulah Darling | Book Blitz & Giveaway

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Title: Kissed Off
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publisher: Te Da Media
Published Date: September 18th, 2018
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Adventure

Synopsis:
Kissed Off by Tellulah Darling
Genre: YA romantic comedy/adventure
She’s hell-bent on revenge. 
He’s desperate for adventure.
Now the only question is: does this count as a date?
Sixteen-year-old Reiko Mori’s family has clashed with the Markows in a clandestine search for the famed Lover’s Kiss Ruby, ever since their ancestors killed each other over it centuries ago in Japan.
Now, after pulling off a successful museum heist, Reiko’s finally going to be the one who finds the jewel.
Even better? She’s just arranged a study date with hot-but-sheltered sculptor Levi Green to work on their English project. Things are looking good.
Until a mysterious third party attacks Reiko and Levi, intent on stealing her clues to the ruby.
Until Reiko discovers the Lover’s Kiss is actually in Europe, an ocean away.
And until goofy, affable Levi Green turns out to be Levi Markow, mortal enemy number one.
Plan B it is: reluctantly team up with Levi to find the priceless gem before the shadowy and deadly group on the jewel’s trail finds it first.
And if history is gonna repeat itself with the kissing, running, and screwing over, see which one of them comes out on top.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen | Book Review

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen #bookreview #historicalfiction #multipov #romance #flapper #1929 #roaringtwentiesTitle: Bright Young Things
Series: Bright Young Things #1
Author: Anna Godbersen
Narrator: Emily Bauer
Publisher: Harperchildren's Audio
Published Date: October 12th, 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, YA
Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star...

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for...and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

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 My Review:


“That is what I want to tell you about: the girls with their short skirts and bright eyes and big-city dreams.
The girls of 1929.”

   

Friday, September 14, 2018

Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard #Bookreview

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard #bookreview #historicalfiction #WWII #Hiroshima #atomiccityTitle: Atomic City Girls
Author: Janet Beard
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
Page Count:384
Format: Paperback   

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June’s search for answers.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.
   

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 My Review:

I won this one in a Goodreads Giveaway

I think by now we can all just know that anything to do with WWII I will read. So when I saw this book I knew I had to read it and soon!

Atomic City Girls follows several different people as they live and work in Tennesse in Atomic City. With June being the one we spend the most time with. We get to see things from Joe Brewer as well and see the segregated side of the city, and the struggles they were facing.

Top Ten Thriller Movies of Alexdrea Weis & Lucas Astor | Blog Tour for Death By The River | #Giveaway

Title: Death by the River Author: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor Publisher:  Vesuvian Books Publication date: October 2nd 2018...