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.

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.

Day Zero

by Kelly DeVos

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It’s been a while since a YA apocalyptic book has grabbed my attention. DAY ZERO is book 1 in a duology and I really hope book 2 comes out in 2020 and I don’t have to wait to long to find out what happens. This book is set in the future where the nation is divided between two very divided political parties. The nation has erupted into chao and Jinx’s dad is being blamed for all the explosions and ensuing chaos. Only one thing for her and her siblings to do – go on the run and try to survive! She is called has been raised for this, she should be ready. She has the skills to survive and she knows what to do. But like any training do we remember everything we need to know at that moment when we need it most. Her siblings have not been raised for this and don’t know what to do. This book was non stop action and adventure. If you are looking for a good book for you or a fellow bookworm think about including DAY ZERO on your gift list.

About the Book: If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

Book Excerpt: Dr. Doomsday’s Guide to Ultimate Survival

Rule One: Always be prepared.

I exhale in relief when MacKenna pulls the car into the Halliwell’s Market parking lot. Because of the Sugar Sales Permit waiting list, old stores like these are the only places that carry Extra Jolt soda. I have to buy it myself, because Mom won’t keep any in the house.

She thinks too much caffeine rots your brain or something. Halliwell’s is a squat brown building that sits across the street from the mall and is next door to the town’s only skyscraper.

The First Federal Building was supposed to be the first piece of a suburban business district designed to rival the hip boroughs of New York. The mayor announced the construction of a movie theater, an apartment complex and an indoor aquarium. But the New Depression hit, and the other buildings never materialized.

The First Federal Building alone soars toward the clouds, an ugly glass rectangle visible from every neighborhood, surrounded by the old town shops that have been there forever. Most of the stores are empty.

We park in front of the market.

Our car nestles in the long shadow of the giant bank building.

Charles gets out and stands on the sidewalk in front of the car.

MacKenna opens her door. She hesitates again. “Listen, I know you might not want to hear this or believe it. But my book report wasn’t about hurting you or getting revenge. I’m trying to get you to see what’s really happening here. That Carver’s election is the start of something bad. We could use you at the rally. You’re one of the few people who understands Dr. Doomsday’s work. You could explain what he did. How he helped Carver cheat to win.”

“I’ve been planning this raid for months,” I say. My stomach churns, sending uncomfortable flutters through my insides. I don’t know what it would mean to talk about my father’s work. What I really want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist. Pretend the world is normal and whole.

I reassure myself with the reminder that there’s no way MacKenna is going to the rally either.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see Charles give us a small wave. Before MacKenna can say anything else, I get out and grab my backpack.

Inside Halliwell’s, I pick up a blue basket from the stack near the door. The small market is busy and full of other people shopping after school or work. The smell of pine cleaner hits me as we pass the checkout stations. They are super serious about germs and always cleaning between customers.

I leave MacKenna and Charles at the Click N’Grow rack near the door to check out the seed packets that my brother collects. Dad got Charles hooked on this computerized gardening that uses an e-tablet and a series of tiny indoor lights to create the ideal indoor planter box. Each week, they release a new set of exclusive seeds. Their genetic modifications are controversial…

 

About the Author: KELLY DEVOS is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.

Kelly’s work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.

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Thank you Netgalley and Inkyard Press for allowing me to read DAY ZERO. All reviews are my own thoughts and not influenced by the free book.

Not Even Bones

by Rebecca Schaeffer

Publication Date: September 4 2018 ( Our local Barnes and Noble already has them out and has very few copies left. The cashier told me they can’t keep them on the shelf. They put out a few and they are mostly gone. My Teen bought a copy after reading the ebook ARC. I’m not sure why they are out but Go Run Grab a copy Now!!! )

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Betrayal Is A Bloody Business

 

WOW! Not Even Bones was so creepy good I was really taken by surprise by how this story was written. I really think it is a first for me of this kind. The author doesn’t hold back in dialogue or descriptions. I’ve read a lot of books about Supernaturals or in this case they are called UnNaturals. The girl Nita is a strong girl who makes an uneasy alliance and takes no prisoner’s so to speak. She does things she wouldn’t do on a normal day but sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to in order to survive and escape from a very deadly situation. Yes there is a tiny bit of romance I guess??? I really think it’s just they are good friends but maybe there is something more. The author includes all kinds of UnNaturals everything from unicorns to unnaturals who can heal, glow or feed off of other’s pain. The story explores unnaturals human trafficking and selling of body parts. I guess you could say it parallels what happens in the real world today. My favorite unnatural was the pink dolphins of the Amazon. Mirella was really great and one I was routing for. I saw on GoodReads there is a book 2! I hope I don’t have to wait a year for it to come out. I will say it is gory and bloody but if you can get past that it is a really great book and one my teen and I devoured in a few days time.

About the Book: Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing me to read Not Even Bones. All thougts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Every Single Secret

by Emily Carpenter

 

This is the first Emily Carpenter book I’ve read. I have The Weight of Lies in my TBR pile and trust me after reading Every Single Secret I’m moving that book up to the top. What caught my eye was the cover. I loved the cover and wondered why all the birdhouses. Well  the birdhouses will make sense once you read the book! The setting was creepy and one you just couldn’t put your finger on way it put you on edge. It reminded me of old gothic suspense novels that I’ve read in the past. This book was so good and I never figured it all out. Heck I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the dysfunction going on with Heath, Daphne and so many other characters.  Heath thinks going on a 7 day couple retreat to figure out why he has nightmares and night terrors will help. The doctor is said to be the best in the field but is he really? Once in the secluded house with no phones, wifi or way to contact the outside world Daphne starts to get on edge things are not adding up and she things something is very wrong! Then  everything starts to unravel things go from bad to beyond bad in a heartbeat. Daphne needs to get out of this couples retreat and fast if she is going to make it out alive. Luca is the cook and has been trying to tell her to run but he is also in danger. The writing goes from the day everything comes to a head and then the days leading up to the final day. I really can’t say much without ruining the book but I can say RUN to your local library or bookstore and grab a copy of Every Single Secret! It’s out no and you will not be disappointed. They only thing that will disappoint you is when you finish the last page and your done with this great book.

About the book: Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.

Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read Every Single Secret. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Good Twin

by Marti Green

Publication date: May 15th 2018

 

There is so much I want to say about The Good Twin but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. I will say your going to want to pre-order or get on the wait list at your local library. This book is perfect for summer reading! This book is a clear case of who really is the villain. I mean they all have their moments and money, greed and betrayal are at the heart of it all, isn’t it always. What was so different and great about The Good Twin is that you really do get 2 sides of a story. You get Mallory the first twin we learn about side of what all went down from her life growing up, finding out she actually had a twin to getting in way over her head into something very wrong and illegal! Then we Charlotte’s aka: Charly’s side of the story. We get to know her and find out how it all went down from her perspective. I liked that part of the multi perspective. I also enjoyed that it the book was split into sections and told in its entirety not the constant back and forth like I’m at a tennis game trying to figure out who side I was reading for that chapter. This really worked for me and I think it will work for other readers as well. Their was a lot of back stabbing, surprises and twist and turns. I kinda figured it all out but then guess what I didn’t the author pulled the rug out and I didn’t see that twist coming. I would give The Good Twin 4 solid stars and it would totally be on my re-read list. There was only 1 thing that I didn’t like and it was the speedy tying up loose ends final chapter. It was good I got closure but it felt so fast after her great job at going in-depth on the character’s life and thoughts. Still a great book and I enjoyed it so much, I was reading every chance I got.

About the book: Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.

Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.

It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.

But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.

Thank you so much Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Marti Green for letting me read The Good Twin. I enjoyed this mystery so much. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

There’s Someone Inside Your House

by Stephanie Perkins

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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I love a good spooky book (and movie) – I mean the creepier the better! There’s Someone Inside Your House sounds like it is going to fit the bill and I can’t wait till September when it comes out! I might have to hide it from my teen reader so I can read it first, since she inherited my love all things spooky. I think what intrigues me most about this one is all the Stephanie Perkins books I’ve read are sweet and full of romance so I can’t wait to see this other side of her. I’ve got September 12th marked on my calendar. I might not wait for my birthday a few weeks later and just grab it then. I can call it a Pre-Birthday gift, right? 🙂

Entertainment Weekly did a really great article about how the cover was created. I love reading and watching videos about how book covers and jackets are made. I love the little glimpses into the publishing world. If your like me and love to read that kinda stuff head on over and read the article.

 

 

 

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.