Harley in the Sky

by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

 

This is the first book I’ve read that wasn’t a picture book set in a circus. I’m not a circus fan won’t go to them. But that is a discussion for another time. I will go to Cirque De Soli that is amazing and I consider it more of an work of art and they are athletes. Harley was an acrobat as well and it reminded me of being behind the scenes at Cirque. Harley’s parents want more for her. They said she could train and join their act after she finishes college and has something to fall back on. That isn’t to much to ask in my opinion. But I also get why she didn’t want to go and waste time and money getting a degree she didn’t want. College isn’t for everyone and if you know what you want to do grab it! Harley knows she wants to train and become an act in her parents Vegas show. They have big fight and she leaves and joins the rival act that doesn’t treat their preformers right and are shady. I like how the author showed some shows treat their preformers right and other’s not so much. That is true with any job but I’m guessing more so in the preformance industry. Overall I really enjoyed Harley in the Sky and will get checking out the author’s other books. While  the backdrop of the book is a Vegas show it was so much more. It was a book about a girl following her dreams, stumbling in life, picking herself back up, family both the good times and bad. This book had a lot of heart in it and I enjoyed reading it.

About the book:

Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion and collaboration. But at the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Break Your Glass Slipper

by Amanda Lovelace

Series: You Are Your Own Fairy Tale book #1

 

Trigger Warning:  child abuse, friendships, relationships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, body image issues, suicide, trauma, grief.

I’m not a huge poetry reader but I do like to read them on occasion, my favorite poems are usually nature so this book was a change up in what I’ve read in the past. This is also the first book I’ve read by Amanda Lovelace.  I will say I love that the author posted triggers before you even start to read. I hate when I’m in the middle of the book and bam smacked with something I didn’t expect. There were some that were a bit uncomfortable to read if you see the above trigger warnings you’ll know why. I don’t think they were suppose to be one’s we didnt’ feel uncomfortable reading though they are suppose to be hard to read. Overall while I’m not a regular poetry reader I did like most of the poems and will check out her other books. Maybe even try to read more poetry in between regular books. Would I recommend this to other readers? Yes I would but I would let them now about the triggers.

 

About the book

“more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself.”

amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.

Thank you Netgalley and Andrew McNeel Publishing for sending me a copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Look Alike

by Erica Spindler

 

 

First off can we talk about this cover! I love it, it’s dark, mysterious and so pretty. Okay now on to The Look Alike I’ve read 2 other books by Erica Spindler and loved them so I knew I had to read this one. The Look Alike hooked me instantly and I really got immersed in the story. The characters were well written and seemed realistic and the story line flowed with a few twist and turns. She handled the mental illness of Sienna’s mother very well. It seemed well researched.

Did I figure out the mystery of who killed Sienna’s look alike? Yes with in the first 10 chapters. But that didn’t take away from the book. I still didn’t know how or why it all went down. She sprinkled many plot twist through out and those I didn’t see coming mostly. There was one with her brother that I knew was coming but again didn’t take anything away.

I would suggest this book to many mystery loving friends. I think any one who loves a good old mystery would really enjoy this and any other book by Erica Spindler. I think this is one I will be buying when it comes out because I’d love to have it on my bookshelf .

About the book: Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

Thank you Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Look Alike. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

St Francis Society of Wayward Pets

by Annie England Noblin

 

I read Pupcakes when it first came out and loved every minute of it, loaned to lots of friends and will read anything by Annie England Noblin from that point on. So when I saw she came out with St Francis Society of Wayward Pets I knew I had to read it. This book was so good and had several deep storylines but was able to keep the sweetness about it at the same time. Poor Maeve she just can’t catch a break in a matter of 1 hour she was laid off, found out her boyfriend cheated on her and was mugged. She has to move back in with her parents and thinks her life couldn’t get anymore tragic. Till she gets a phone call from Alice and learns that her biological mom has passed away and left her everything. She isn’t sure she should head to Timber Creek and attend the funeral but she does and ends up staying. Timber Creek is just what she needs and even develops friendships, falls in love and finds out she has blood family. Something she never thought she would have. She also learns that St Francis Society isn’t just the knitting group she is asked to join to take her mom’s spot but a underground network of people who help abused women and get them to safety. So much is packed into this almost 400 page book. I think this might be my favorite ( but then I say that after every one of her books 🙂 for real though I think this hands down will be my favorite of hers) I really wish I could find out more about all of these wonderful characters. I wasn’t ready for their storylines to end.

About the book: Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve Stephens’ life? So, when she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a vintage VW Beetle, and a marauding cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past.

She arrives to the sight of a cheerful bulldog abandoned on her front porch, a reclusive but tempting author living next door, and a set of ready-made friends at the St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets, where women knit colorful sweaters for the dogs and cats in their care. But there’s also an undercurrent of something that doesn’t sit right with Maeve. What’s the secret (besides her!) that her mother had hidden?

If Maeve is going to make Timber Creek her home, she must figure out where she fits in and unravel the truth about her past. But is she ready to be adopted again – this time, by and entire town. . .?

Thank you William Morrow Paperbacks for sending me a copy of ST FRANCIS SOCIETY OF WAYWARD PETS. All thoughts and opinons are my own and not influenced by the free book.

First Cut

by Judy Mitchell and TJ Melinek

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I’ve always been interested in the medical examiner field, and this book while it was a work of fiction was written by forensic pathologist which makes it very realistic and very knowledgeable! If you like medical drama’s, and solving a mystery than FIRST CUT will be perfect for you!

 

About the book:  A gritty and compelling crime debut about a hard-nosed San Francisco medical examiner who uncovers a dangerous conspiracy connecting the seedy underbelly of the city’s nefarious opioid traffickers and its ever-shifting terrain of tech startups.

Dr. Jessie Teska has made a chilling discovery. A suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover up. As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate network of powerful criminals—on both sides of the law—that will do anything to keep things buried. But autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she’s seen it all—even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.

About the Authors: Husband and Wife duo release their first fiction collaboration. If you are a non fiction reader or interested in the medical examiner field check out there book: Working Stiff: Two Years,  262 Bodies, and the Making of A Medical Examiner 

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Judy Melinek was an assistant medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She and T.J. Mitchell met as undergraduates at Harvard, after which she studied medicine and practiced pathology at UCLA. Her training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of their first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Judy Melinek.

Thank you Netgalley and Hanover Square Press for allowing me to read FIRST CUT. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Good Girls Lie

by J.T. Ellison

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Good Girls Lie is an eerie atmospheric thriller set at a boarding school. We get to follow a young girl who is heading to the Goode School in the small quint town of Marchburg Virginia. It opens with the murder of a young graduate and doesn’t stop. This tightly woven tale full of murder, hazing, and secrets will keep the reader turning the pages. You won’t be able to put this one down. If you are new to J.T. Ellison or a long time reader of her’s you will not be disappointed with Good Girls Lie.

 

About the book: Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

Book Excerpt: 

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THE HANGING

The girl’s body dangles from the tall iron gates guarding the school’s entrance. A closer examination shows the ends of a red silk tie peeking out like a cardinal on a winter branch, forcing her neck into a brutal angle. She wears her graduation robe and multicolored stole as if knowing she’ll never see the achievement. It rained overnight and the thin robe clings to her body, dew sparkling on the edges. The last tendrils of dawn’s fog laze about her legs, which are five feet from the ground. 

There is no breeze, no birds singing or squirrels industriously gathering for the long winter ahead, no cars passing along the street, only the cool, misty morning air and the gentle metallic creaking of the gates under the weight of the dead girl. She is suspended in midair, her back to the street, her face hidden behind a curtain of dirty, wet hair, dark from the rains. 

Because of the damage to her face, it will take them some time to officially identify her. In the beginning, it isn’t even clear she attends the school, despite wearing The Goode School robes.

But she does. 

The fingerprints will prove it. Of course, there are a few people who know exactly who is hanging from the school’s gates. Know who, and know why. But they will never tell. As word spreads of the apparent suicide, The Goode School’s all-female student body begin to gather, paying silent, terrified homage to their fallen compatriot. The gates are closed and locked—as they always are overnight—buttressed on either side by an ivy-covered, ten-foot-high, redbrick wall, but it tapers off into a knee-wall near the back entrance to the school parking lot, and so is escapable by foot. The girls of Goode silently filter out from the dorms, around the end of Old West Hall and Old East Hall to Front Street—the main street of Marchburg, the small Virginia town housing the elite prep school—and take up their positions in front of the gate in a wedge of crying, scared, worried young women who glance over shoulders looking for the one who is missing from their ranks. To reassure themselves this isn’t their friend, their sister, their roommate. 

Another girl joins them, but no one notices she comes from the opposite direction, from town. She was not behind the redbrick wall. 

Whispers rise from the small crowd, nothing loud enough to be overheard but forming a single question. 

Who is it? Who? 

A solitary siren pierces the morning air, the sound bleeding upward from the bottom of the hill, a rising crescendo. Someone has called the sheriff. 

Goode perches like a gargoyle above the city’s small downtown, huddles behind its ivy-covered brick wall. The campus is flanked by two blocks of restaurants, bars, and necessary shops. The school’s buildings are tied together with trolleys—enclosed glass-and-wood bridges that make it easy for the girls to move from building to building in climate-controlled comfort. It is quiet, dignified, isolated.

 

 

About the Author:  J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville’s premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

 

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If you are lucky enough to live in a one of the cities she is doing a stop in grab a seat and go listen to her talk, meet her and get her to sign your book. I have to say you are so luck if you can! I wish she was coming to my city or heck anywhere close to my city!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much Netgalley and Harlequin – MIRA books for allowing me to read this nail biter. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Kill Club

by Wendy Heard

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About the Book:A haunting thriller about a woman who attempts to save her brother’s life by making a dangerous pact with a network of vigilantes who’ve been hunting down the predators of Los Angeles.

Jazz can’t let her younger brother die.

Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her, people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to murder the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Jazz soon learns there’s more to fear than getting caught carrying out her assignment. The leader of the club has a zero tolerance policy for mistakes.

And the punishment for disobeying orders is death.

Book Excerpt: The ceiling above the crowd sparkles with strings of golden lights. They twinkle just bright enough to illuminate the faces. I adjust a microscopic issue with my toms and run my fingers through my bangs, straightening them over my eyes. The guys are tuning up, creating a clatter of discordant notes in the monitors. When they’re done, they approach my kit for our usual last-minute debate about the set list. Dao humps his bass in his ready-to-play dance, black hair swishing around his shoulders. “Dude, stop,” Matt groans and readjusts the cable that connects his Telecaster to his pedal board.

“Your mom loves my dancing,” Dao says.

“You dance like Napoleon Dynamite,” Matt retorts.

“Your mom dances like Napoleon Dynamite.”

Andre raises his hands. “Y’all both dance like Napoleon Dynamite, and so do both your moms, so let’s just—”

I wave a stick at them. “Guys. Focus. The sound guy is watching. We’re three minutes behind.” I have no patience for this shit tonight. This all feels extra and stupid. I should be doing something to help Joaquin. His dwindling supply of insulin sits at the front of my brain like a ticking clock.

The guys get into their spots, the distance between them set by muscle memory. Andre leans forward into the mic and drawls, “Arright DTLA, lez get a little dirty in here.” His New Orleans accent trickles off his tongue like honey.

The room inhales, anticipates, a sphere of silence.

“Two three four,” I yell. I clack my sticks together and we let loose, four on the floor and loud as hell. I’m hitting hard tonight. It feels great. I need to hit things. My heart beats in tempo. My arms fly through the air, the impact of the drums sharp in my joints, in my muscles, the kick drum a pulse keeping the audience alive. This is what I love about drumming, this forcing of myself into the crowd, making their hearts pound in time to my beat…

 

 

About the Author: Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle, was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.

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Thank you Netgalley and MIRA books for allowing me to read THE KILL CLUB. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.