// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Published May 26, 2020 by MIRA
Mystery/Thriller

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play. Continue reading “// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon”

// Summer Reads Blog Tour 2020 // ARC Review // Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarzab #ARCReview #InkYardPress #BreathLikeWater

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Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarab
Publish Date May 19, 2020 by Inkyard Press
Young Adult/Contemporary

Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost—and the beauty—of trying to achieve something extraordinary. Continue reading “// Summer Reads Blog Tour 2020 // ARC Review // Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarzab #ARCReview #InkYardPress #BreathLikeWater”

// ARC Review // If You Must Know by: Jamie Beck #ARC #BookReview #JamieBeck

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If You Must Know (Potomac Point #1) by: Jamie Beck
Publish Date June 1, 2020 by Montlake Romance
Romance/Fiction

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school where she works; in her community; and as a picture-perfect daughter, wife, and mother-to-be. Erin follows her heart—in love and otherwise—living a bohemian lifestyle on a shoestring budget and honoring her late father’s memory with a passion for music and her fledgling bath-products business.

The sisters are content leading separate but happy lives in their hometown of Potomac Point until everything is upended by lies that force them to confront unsettling truths about their family, themselves, and each other. For sisters as different as these two, building trust doesn’t come easily—especially with one secret still between them—but it may be the only way to save their family. Continue reading “// ARC Review // If You Must Know by: Jamie Beck #ARC #BookReview #JamieBeck”

// Harlequin Series March 2020 Blog Tour // ARC Review // Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb #ARCReview #HalequinSeries

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Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb
Published March 1, 2020 by Harlequin Intrigue
Romance/Mystery

His disappearance changed her life forever.

Twenty-five years ago, Halle Lane’s best friend vanished from their Tennessee town. When a childhood photo brings Liam Hart to Winchester, Halle is certain the man is the same child who vanished. Now Liam seeks out Halle to help him investigate the circumstances of his mysterious past. Can Liam and Halle uncover the truth before a killer buries all traces of the boy Halle loved—and the man he may have become—forever? Continue reading “// Harlequin Series March 2020 Blog Tour // ARC Review // Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb #ARCReview #HalequinSeries”

// ARC/Manga Review // Not Your Idol Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino #Manga #NotYourIdol #ARC

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Not Your Idol: Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino
Publish date May 5, 2020 by Viz Media LLC
Manga/Graphic Novel

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan.

After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts. Continue reading “// ARC/Manga Review // Not Your Idol Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino #Manga #NotYourIdol #ARC”

// ARC Review // The Mall by: Megan McCafferty #ARCReview #TheMall #Netgalley

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The Mall by: Megan McCafferty
Publish Date June 9, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Young Adult/Contemporary

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans… Continue reading “// ARC Review // The Mall by: Megan McCafferty #ARCReview #TheMall #Netgalley”

// ARC Review // Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald #ARCReview #Mystery #behindeverylie

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Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald
Publish Date February 4, 2020 by Gallery Books
Thriller/Mystery/Fiction

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald #ARCReview #Mystery #behindeverylie”

// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor

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Saturn and her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute
The Mended Universe Series
YA/Mental Health/Fiction

I’m Sonni, but I’ve been called many other names. Reject. Problematic. Orphan. Murderer.

I didn’t have a plan, never had the luxury. So, when my case worker moved me to Harper Valley Safe Haven as a last resort, I knew I’d leave. I had to. Small towns aren’t for people trying to stay hidden, trying to escape the system and start a new life.

But Six had other plans. I shouldn’t have agreed to help him. I should have ran the moment I saw those eyes, but he claims to know things, stuff no one else would know. My real name– Saturn, my history with the law, and worst of all… he knows who my mother is. Continue reading “// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor”

// ARC Review // Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson

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Timestamp: Musings of An Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson
Published September 17, 2019 by Post Hills Press
Nonfiction/Memoir

I’m a twenty-two-year-old Black introvert who overthinks everything, can’t get a date, yet somehow managed to graduate from Harvard.

My story is probably not like yours. I’m a Black boy from the Midwest. I’ve never been kissed. I’m desperately in love with two women: Aretha and Whitney. I struggle with a mild form of social anxiety. I sing to myself almost everywhere I go. I’m an ex-chitlins (with hot sauce and ketchup) lover. I’ve been called an Oreo. I’ve been stopped by the police while walking home. I’m the descendant of slaves, and a Harvard graduate.

Though our stories may not be the same, the universal themes explored in this poignant and personal literary collection—love, identity, hope, social justice, and coming of age—bond us together. Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy is many things: It’s one Black boy’s journey through college and into adulthood. It’s a compilation of intimate musings, short and long. It’s an anthology of reflections linked to distinct moments in time. It’s a series of meditations on life, love, and the lack thereof. It’s not simply a “Black” book, or even a “millennial” one. It’s a human book.

I wrote it for everyone—and that includes you. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson”

// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC

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Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta
Publish Date November 5, 2019 by Post Hill Press
Romance/Fiction

In 1970s New York, a neurotic Italian-American man is inspired to write a novel about his love affair with a quirky Broadway actress who inspires him to pursue his life-long dream.

Michael Coniglio is at his wit’s end. His girlfriend, Angela, announces in front of the local coffee shop crowd that she has a new lover. The emotional fallout leads him to lose his office job, giving his boss the long-awaited excuse to fire him. Michael goes home to his parents looking for support and professes his childhood dream only for his father to remind Michael that he will never amount to anything.

Just as Michael is about to give up on life, he meets a woman who changes everything. The chatty and quirky Elvira Vaughn brings flavor to his world. The innocent, bright eyed, artsy young woman ran from an abusive home to become a Broadway actress in crime-riddled New York City. Suffering from the depression of her past, the now thirty-year-old looks to a higher power for an answer. Can Michael and Elvira overcome the demons of their past and find their way into each other’s hearts? Continue reading “// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC”