Monday, March 26, 2018

Review of What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner

“I could talk to as many people as I wanted, and I could torture myself with thoughts and memories, with my ‘what ifs’ and ‘almosts,’ but I still had a decision to make. I still had a heart to break. And no one could help me now.

Holy. Shit.

I don’t have enough words to explain how this book made me feel. In fact, I had to wait a couple days to write this review because my emotions were out of control the entire time I was reading What He Always Knew. (and maybe they were out of control for a few days after too…)

At the end of What He Doesn’t Know I was ready to fight someone if they said they were rooting for Cameron. Reese had burst back in my Charlie’s life, and it was like feeling the sun warm your skin for the first time after a long brutal winter.

WELL, in WHAK, Kandi took my brain, my heart, and my sanity and tossed them into a blender.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review of Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Tahereh Mafi wrote the book I didn’t know I needed.
Yes, I said needed.
It’s been four years since I finished the Shatter Me trilogy, and when I heard that Mafi was expanding Juliette’s story I was nervous for a lot of reasons. The biggest one being I wasn’t sure if turning this trilogy into a series would detract from the incredible story that started it all.
I .Was. Wrong.
“Steam fills the room in slow, careful exhalations that cloud my reflections and eventually, I’m forced to look away. But when I do, I’m smiling.
Because for the first time in my life, I actually like the way I look.”

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review of What He Doesn't Know by Kandi Steiner

What He Doesn’t Know
Fiction by Kandi Steiner
March 15, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1985636682
Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

After reading A Love Letter to Whisky I wasn’t sure Kandi Steiner could wreck me any worse, but here I am, a blubbering mess, after finishing What He Doesn’t Know. Anyone who reads Kandi’s writing uses one word to describe it—ANGST.

“The ring on her finger was a symbol of her commitment to another man.

That alone should have sobered me. That alone should have been at the forefront of my mind, but it wasn’t.

Charlie Reid was married, she was Charlie Pierce now, and still, it didn’t matter.

I loved her, anyway.”

I mean?! If this snippet isn't making it clear enough, you are not ready. I was not ready. I actually waited a few days to write this review because I felt so connected to this story that I had to take some time to settle back into reality.

The love triangle is intense, and in a strange turn of events I found myself rooting for an affair between old neighbors. Charlie is married to handsome, hockey obsessed Cameron, but when the boy next door comes back into her life—very—unexpectedly her world goes spiraling out of control. Reese Walker is the catalyst, and like a fine wine he got so much better with age.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"The Simple Wild" Cover Reveal


K.A. Tucker's cover artist deserves a raise! 
That location alone makes me want to pick up this book and read it, not to mention all her previous novels that have turned me into the K.A. fangirl that I am today. 

Are you counting down the days till release too?
Here's an excerpt courtesy of Bookish!:

Review of "The Bakersville Dozen" by Kristina McBride

The Bakersville Dozen
Fiction by Kristina McBride
​Sky Pony Press, August 2017
ISBN: 978-1-510708-05-1
Paperback: 304pp; $17.99
Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

Kristina McBride weaves an intricate web of deceit in her latest novel The Bakersville Dozen. This angsty thriller will leave each and every reader on the edge of their seats wondering how, who, and why at every turn of the page. McBride takes the young adult reader on a new and exciting hunt through the small town of Bakersville leaving you wondering—who do you trust when your whole world flips upside down?

Bailey Holzman is a regular high school senior; she’s readying herself for college, she’s dating her high school sweetheart, and she’s got a great group of friends around her. That is, until “The Bakersville Dozen” is released. Now, Bailey is national news. She’s on a list of thirteen girls who were given very risqué labels, and since the list appeared five of those girls have gone missing. Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman finds a clue in her locker that will lead her on the scavenger hunt of her life—as long as she can get to the final destination in time.

“Follow the instructions precisely,
And you’ll have the chance to
One of your girls.

Break a rule,
Ill pick off
The whole Bakersville Dozen,
One by one

Happy Hunting!”

The scavenger hunt quickly turns sinister when Bailey and her trusted group of friends realize that the prizes at the end of each clue are the missing girls, and if they don’t solve the puzzle in time the bodies they find might not be breathing.

The group is growing increasingly frustrated, and wary, with each clue they are given. It isn’t long before they start questioning whether the sinister mastermind behind it all is one of their own inner circle. The questions tear them apart, but they all still find themselves in the same final location where the sickening answers to all their questions will be revealed.

Kristina McBride has done it again with this YA thriller. She’s mastered the art of leaving the smallest possible breadcrumb clues, while not truly giving anything away. Readers of The Bakersville Dozen will find themselves reading late into the night just to find out what happens next.

Review of "He Will Be My Ruin" by K.A. Tucker

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He Will Be My Ruin
Fiction by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books, February 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-5011-1207-2
Hardback: 340pp, $25.00
​Review by MacKenzie Hamilton 

K.A. Tucker delivers a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat story in her debut suspense novel He Will Be My Ruin. Tucker has proven once again that her intricate plots serve as a lifeline for stories that beg you to keep turning the page. Readers of her Ten Tiny Breaths series and her Burying Water series will be pleasantly surprised by the romance that is woven into this thrilling tale. 

He Will Be My Ruin is a suspenseful murder mystery with a hint of romance in other words it appeals to a very large audience. Maggie Sparkes finds herself leaving her Ethiopian volunteer community and rushing to New York City in order to uncover the truth behind her best friend Celine Gonzalez’s supposed suicide. Unable to leave well-enough alone Maggie uncovers some jaw-dropping secrets that lead her on her own investigation of what she now believes to be the murder of her best friend. 

The further Maggie delves into this investigation the more she realizes that Celine may not have been the person she believed her to be. Regardless of these revelations Maggie will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. She comes to countless forks in the road and each time she is less and less sure who she can trust. 

“How I trusted him, how I fell for his charm, how I believed his lies. How I made it so easy for him to do this to me. How Celine made it so easy for him, by letting him get close. Before he killed her. Just like he’s going to kill me.” From the very first pages of the book you are instantly sucked in and propelled into a story that refuses to let you stop reading. You are stuck in a constant inner battle over who you think is trustworthy, and each time you think you’ve got it figured out Tucker throws you through another thrilling loop. 

He Will Be My Ruin explores the world of illegal art, inner-office romance, depression, jealousy, suicide, murder, and more. Tucker writes a story in such a way that the reader gets to experience the darker side of the human psyche. Would you be willing to cross the line of desperation to uncover the truth? Pick up K.A. Tucker’s He Will Be My Ruin to find out.

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