Don’t Look for Me | Arc Review

Happy Tuesday friends! We are halfway through the month and I don’t know about y’all, but I am apparently so ready to be done with 2020 that I have mindlessly started dating 2021 on some work documents (*inserts face palm emoji, lol).

Anyway, I wanted to stop by and wish Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker HAPPY PUB DAY! I am slowly playing catch up with all my arcs and piles of books at home, but YOU GUYS…. seriously- go get this book (or read the synopsis and review and decide, lol). I will keep it short and sweet, because I want y’all to run to the bookstore!

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Synopsis:

In Wendy Walker’s thrilling novel Don’t Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn’t want to be found. Or at least, that’s the story.

The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

Completely racked with guilt from an accident that killed Annie, her nine year old daughter, Molly feels estranged and alienated from her family. One night while she was on the road, Molly notices a storm is near and is practically out of gas (YIKES!). What happens next is a crazy roller-coaster ride when the police find Molly’s car abandoned.

Told from both the perspectives of Molly and her oldest daughter Nic, Don’t Look For Me is paced extremely well. You are hooked from the first page watching Molly try to live with the guilt of the death of Annie to the very last page. There are a few creep factors and twisty turn of events, so buckle up, buttercups! I generally have to be in a mood for thrillers and even then, there are not many that resonate with me afterward; however, Wendy Walker did such an amazing job with keeping my attention. This book had me so captivated and in awe. It is riveting, well-crafted, and overall jaw-dropping.

Thank you to Wendy Walker, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley, who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! It was such a crazy ride, but one that I cannot wait for everyone to read! SO now that you all have read my review, read the book and come back with your thoughts (or if you have read it, what did you think of it?)!

Book Details:
Title: Don’t Look for Me
Author: Wendy Walker
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Furia | Arc review

Happy Sunday book friends! We are back again with another review and would like to welcome you all to our stop on the Furia blog tour. We also would like to thank Algonquin YA for providing us with our arcs in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis:

An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her. 

If you are looking for an #ownvoices novel, with a strong, independent, and fierce female MC, look no further! This book had us cheering on Camilla (a.k.a Furia) the whole way through. She is a young woman who’s only goal in life is to be a professional footballer.

Camilla is the kind of MC we live for in stories like these. Her fierce belief that she, and all women, deserve the same opportunities that the men get is something that made this such a strong story. Furia faced many hardships, obstacles, and living in the shadow of her brother, but would never let that stop her.

While this may be a YA novel, it does not shy away from some serious topics that were done with care and consideration and portrayed what many women experience in a male-dominated country.

Mendez has a way of pulling you into this story and making you feel like you are on the side lines cheering on Furia and her team. The story is one that we would recommend again and again.

As we previously stated, pick this book up if you want to read about an indescribably strong MC, with a story that will break your heart and mend it all at the same time. This book is out in just two days and you will definitely want to pick it up!

Book Details:

Title: Furia
Author: Yamile Saied Méndez
Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you again to Algonquin YA for providing us copies for review! And as always, thank you all for stopping by our blog and supporting us!

Balancing Life and Books

Hello all you cool cats and kittens!

Happy Monday! Thi here! I wanted to hop on and really just talk for a bit about keeping up with life and maybe books, lol. I can’t do that without acknowledging Christie. She is seriously the best co-blogger/friend I can ask for. I mean, y’all, seriously, I contributed maybe one-two posts the last few months and she took it like a champ. I didn’t want to talk books, and she didn’t ever ask me to step up and make more blog posts! So, Christie, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for keeping the blog running.

I went into a huge reading slump a couple of months ago, and was having the worst time breaking it. During that [and this] period, I decided to focus on getting healthier and lose this quarantine weight (and then some).

Fast forward to the last few weeks, I am slowly getting back in the groove of things with reading; however, I am struggling because I now spend a lot more time on my personal page for fitness purposes rather than my bookstagram. So, if you have any advice on how to balance all parts of social media life, I’d love to hear it! I don’t know how to spice up my bookstagram to make it more creative and it just has me not even wanting to deal with it.

Aside from that, I wanted to hop on and just share a few books with you lovely people! One I recently finished, a current read, and an upcoming read! 🙂

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If you loved Nightingale, historical fiction, strong female leads, The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel is for you! This is the first five 🌟 book I have read in a while and it deserves every positive review it has gotten! It gutted my heart and pieced it together every turn of the page. I finished this book almost a week ago and still cannot adequately leave a review that can explain my love for this heartwarming and touching book. Seriously, stop reading this and go get the book!

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I am currently in between a few books, but wanted to bring attention to an arc, because with all the time I took away from reading, my netgalley is taking a hit. Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker is a suspenseful psychological thriller that I have enjoyed since the first page. It has a pub date September 15 AKA tomorrow. Cutting it close, I know! All I will say right now, in order to avoid any spoilers, is that I am really enjoying it and will be posting a review tomorrow, so keep an eye out! Safe to say you should pre-order it now though if you have not! 😉

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Lastly, I have both Anxious People by Fredrik Backman and One by One by Ruth Ware both on my counter challenging me to start one of them soon, so we shall see who wins! Have you read either one of these? If so, which one should I start with?

As always, thank you for stopping by our blog and if you made it this far into the post- thank you for putting up with my venting session (lol), you deserve some ice cream! 🙂

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore |Arc Review|

Happy Monday book friends! I have finally been able to knock out a few arcs and I am here to share with you one of my most anticipated rom-coms for this year!

A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution—but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.

Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war… 

I want to start by saying thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

In case you didn’t know, Bringing Down the Duke was one of my absolute favorite rom-coms last year and when I heard that a sequel was coming out I knew I needed to read it.

This book, like a lot of rom com sequels, can be read as a standalone. However, since I loved the first one so much, I would highly recommend reading it in order!

The story is told from dual POVs, (YAYYYY!!!) Lady Lucie and Lord Ballantine, as they begin as enemies. I am a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope, provided that it is done well and not an insta-love story. This one does an excellent job progressing their relationship at a natural speed and draws you into their story!

Another thing that is done exceptionally well is Dunmore’s ability to write in such a descriptive language that it makes you feel like you’ve stepped straight into 19th century London. This book is so much more than a rom com as the author brings forth the many issues that women during that time faced and really made me feel like I was fighting this fight right alongside Lucie and the suffragists.

Overall, this story is a well-written Hallmark worthy rom com. It tackles important issues and really makes me want to demand the third book right this minute! If you have not read Bringing Down the Duke yet, I recommend reading that one ASAP. If you have read that one, be sure to pick up A Rogue of One’s Own (out tomorrow, Sept 1st)

Title: A Rogue of One’s Own
Author: Evie Dunmore
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Adult
Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you again to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this book! And as always, thank you so much for stopping by and supporting our blog!

The White Coat Diaries | Arc Review

Hello friends! Can you believe we are in September already? This year has been the longest year in the history of time, but here’s to hoping there will be less hiccups following the rest of 2020.

Without further ado, we wanted to welcome you to our stop on the White Coat Diaries’ blog tour. We would also like to take a moment to thank Berkley Publishing for providing an e-arc to Christie and me in exchange for an honest review. Christie and I have been looking forward to this book since we saw it on Netgalley!

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Synopsis:

Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life.

Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she’s ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the “perfect Indian daughter” have her questioning her future as a doctor.

Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He’s everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attendings, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with the patients. As he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing.

When a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means risking her career and the future for which she’s worked so hard?

To be extremely honest with you guys, we had a really hard time deciding whether or not we would do a review of this book because of recent events involving the author, Madi Sinha. She attacked a POC reviewer on Twitter for stating that she DNF’d this book and that the reviewer was white, fishing for sympathy, and was attacking BIPOC authors. Madi Sinha proceeded by issuing a general apology post and that she was stepping away from social media for a mental break. From our understanding, a personal apology never happened.

We understand Madi Sinha is human, and humans make mistakes. Being a debut author, it is understandable that you want your book to be well-received; however, as an author, we believe you should know that not everyone will like or even read your book. This is a profession that does require you to have a bit more tougher skin than some other professions. That being said, we are disappointed in how she chose to handle a reviewer’s comment. We did choose to continue with this blog tour because Berkley Publisher reached out to us, and the unfortunate event was nothing that they could have predicted.

We saw Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs and knew we wanted to read this book. One of the things we really enjoyed was because Madi Sinha is a doctor, the language and emotions in the book felt very authentic.

Where do we really begin with this book? It was truly a pleasure to follow Norah Kapadia’s journey through being a young doctor in her internship at a very prestigious hospital, as well as, navigating complex family dynamics.

In this story, the author makes you understand the trials and hardships that happen every day for doctors and nurses in fast paced settings. You feel as if you are on the front lines with them and more than once we found ourselves a little nervous as to what the outcomes would be.

One thing that stood out was just how relatable of a main character Dr. Kapadia was. She was a flawed character, just like the rest of us, learning as she goes and making poor choices and many mistakes. It was a breath of fresh air reading a book that reminds us all that we are human and life is about learning from those mistakes.

Setting aside our thoughts on how the author handled herself, this book really was a solid read and one that we would definitely recommend! From there, it is for you decide if you pick it up or not.

Title: The White Coat Diaries
Author: Madi Sinha
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you again to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing us the opportunity to read and review this book! And as always, thank you all so much for stopping by and supporting our blog!

Six for Sunday: Book Covers With Autumn Colors

Happy Sunday! This is the first time we will be participating in Six for Sunday and we could not be more excited!! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme, hosted by A Little But a Lot, and this month’s focus is on seasons and book covers.

This week’s prompt is: Book Covers with Autumn Colors

So without further ado, here is my list:

1. Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning.

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists—including her family and friends—are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne—if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her.

With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?

2. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island — home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions.

As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around — and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary.

3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

5. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

6. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J Maas

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

So that’s my list! When I look at these covers, I can feel Autumn in the air! Maybe this will make all the heat and humidity go away and bring on the crisp fall weather that is my favorite!

Do you agree with the books I chose? Do you have other Autumn covers that come to mind? Lets discuss down below!

As always, thank you for stopping by our blog. You are all truly appreciated!