Baby Teeth: a Review

IMG_8143Baby Teeth

by Zoje Stage

320 pages

July 17, 2018

Free Review copy from St. Martin’s Press

 

Meet Hanna.
She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
Meet Suzette.
She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all. Goodreads Synopsis 

 

Baby Teeth felt like a book of many levels to me. There’s the thriller aspect, where Hanna is just terrifting. It fell a little short on the thriller aspect to me. While the thought of your child acting with such hatred to you is horrible, I felt like the things she was doing while channeling her alter-ego came up weak.
There’s also the whole parenting side of the story. Is Hanna acting this way due to environmental factors? Was she crazy? Could she actually be possessed? There were many parts that put the parents under scrutiny by the reader.  We won’t even go into the daddy issues this poor girl had.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. It made you think, yet also was light entertainment. I did have slight issue with the end. Why? Well, I won’t give spoilers so I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out!

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“Oh my god. Who is that?”

I get asked this question a lot.

“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century. Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is…just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we’re a couple—that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always—but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss—oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

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Kiss of the Spindle

IMG_8139Kiss of the Spindle

by Nancy Campbell Allen

July 2018

Review Copy Courtesy of Shadow Mountain Publishing

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.
In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.
Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.  Goodreads Synopsis

 

Shadow Mountain Publishing has a Steampunk fairy tale series in their Proper Romance Lineup.  The second book in their Steampunk Romance titles is Kiss of the Spindle, a sleeping Beauty retelling complete with shapeshifters, suspense and plenty of action.

One of the things I really like about the Proper Romance series is they really focus on the story and not so much the love scenes.  I need a good plot to keep my interest and I haven’t found one from Shadow Mountain that I haven’t enjoied.

If you enjoy fairtale retellings, steampunk or just a good fantasy novel, then I would highly suggest Kiss of the Spindle for you!

Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for this review.

All We Ever Wanted: a Review

IMG_7FABB7CAE080-1All We Ever Wanted

by Emily Giffin

400 pages

June 26, 2018

Free eArc courtesy of Netgalley and Random House

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning. Goodreads Synopsis

 

Love. This. Book.  I have always enjoied Emily Giffin’s work, and this is no exception.  I finished this book in two sittings, not realizing I was reading for as long as I was.

The characters were so real feeling.  You felt for each and every one.

Them scandal and conflict is very acurate, sadly, for today’s youth.  While not everyone has the access to loads of money (and last minute Luke Bryon tickets) all teens today have phones.  The cyber bullying, the difficulty of proof behind the phone and the feelings that can be irrepairably injured is real to everyone.  Emily did a wonderful job addressing these very real issues.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random house for the free eARC to review.

Heaven Adjacent: a Review

IMG_22EABE63DD37-1Heaven Adjacent

Catherine Ryan Hyde

316 pages

June 19, 2018

Lake Union Publishing

Free eArc copy provided by Little Bird Publicity

 

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.

In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.

Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more. Goodreads Synopsis

Heaven Adjacent is the newest book from the author who wrote Pay it Forward, Say Goodbye for Now and Allie and Bea, all great works.

Catherine Ryan Hyde has a beautiful way of taking characters being delt a rough hand, going through something awful and losing everything and then turning it to show true human spirit.

In Heaven Adjacent I was thinking about what in life do we truly need to be happy?  Do I need all of this stuff filling in my closets?

I loved Rosie’s bravery and watching her evolve.  She could easily become a rolemodel for many readers.

Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me the free eARC through Netgally.

The Cottages on Silver Beach: a Review

IMG_BE56FD279D67-1The Cottages on Silver Beach

by: RaeAnne Thanye

384 pages

July 1, 2018 HQN Books

free eBook ARC provided by Little Bird Publishing

 

For the sake of her brother’s children, innkeeper Megan Hamilton has put her entire life on hold to become their guardian. The last person she wants to ever see again is Elliott Bailey, who she feels is responsible for her brother’s current predicament. But the heat between them is undeniable, and she agrees to help Elliott investigate the cold case that tore their family apart…as long as they keep their attraction under control.

Back home was the last place “temporarily” retired FBI agent and crime writer Elliott Bailey thought he’d end up. But until the Bureau calls him back, he’s got no place else to go, and nothing but time on his hands to write the true-crime book calling his name. Time to really find out what happened to Megan’s sister-in-law, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving Megan’s brother—Elliott’s former best friend—under a cloud of suspicion. Time to prove to Megan once and for all that they belong together, but first they’ll have to survive the secrets that someone wants to keep buried…Goodreads Synopsis

 

 

 

 

Reading a Haven Point book is like returning to your favorite “beach” rental house year after year. Once you return, there’s new friends to meet, but there’s always mention of old favorites and a chance to catch up on life’s ongoings.
This new Haven Point book has more mystery and intregue than books past thanks to FBI agent Elliot and a mysterous disappearance.
All of the Haven Point books can totally be read as standalone. The first one I ever read was book 5, and I never remember all of the cast of characters. However, RaeAnne does a fabulous job of giving just enough of an introduction in each book that it either refreshes your memories or is enough to introduce you to someone new.

Arrogant Devil: A Review

IMG_7737Arrogant Devil

R.S.Grey

354 pages

Published May 10, 2018

free eARC courtesy of R.S. Grey

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along. Goodreads Synopsis

 

R.S.Grey is a rom com/ new adult contemporary rock star in my book.  There hasn’t been a book she has released that I didn’t absolutely adore, and Arrogant Devil was no exception!

A slow burn of a romance between Jack and Melanie and lots of snarky sass and comidic relief abounds. I am totally ready to read it again!

Arrogant Devil is a perfect summer read and if it’s not on your TBR, you should go add it now!