Friday, March 23, 2018

My Friday Five...

1.  Magnesium. I'm taking it now for my anxiety. My pharmacist told me it helps to keep you calm. Fingers crossed it works.

2.  The X-Files. OMG! That finale was ace! I'm still thinking about it - so much happened at the end! Plus, I loved learning more about William. I wonder if there will be a next season. Of course, it won't be the same without Scully.  I'm hoping Gillian Anderson changes her mind and will do another season - she gave an interview and said that this was her last season on The X-Files

3.  Books.  I've received some pretty great reads this week:


4.  More books.  I've ordered some pretty great reads from Book Depository recently and am just waiting for them to arrive. I can't wait!


5.  Music.  I've been listening to The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and Taylor Swift all week long. I keep playing Ophelia over and over - I just love that song!

And now I'm off to read another essay by Zadie Smith from her awesome book, Feel Free. I've been dipping in and out of it all week - I just love her writing.

Happy reading! Stay warm!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Longest Silence: A Shades of Death Novel by Debra Webb

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

“The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling.” —New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer…

“This psychological thriller is rife with tension that begins on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s a race against the clock that had me whispering to the pair of flawed, desperate protagonists, ‘Hurry,hurry.’ A gripping read.”  New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown

my thoughts:

The fourth in a fantastic series by Debra Webb, The Longest Silence can be read as a standalone novel.

What a book! I was hooked from the start and just couldn't bring myself to stop reading for anything. I absolutely LOVED The Longest Silence!!  This story is captivating, chilling, and chock full of dark and twisty turns that will creep you out. The characters are flawed, determined, and courageous in their fight for justice.  I couldn't help but get caught up in their story - it was gripping, thrilling, and terrifying to read about. I found myself eagerly turning the pages faster and faster to get to the end - I was on the edge of my seat and I loved every minute of it.

Debra Webb has written a fantastic story that I would happily recommend to her fans and fans of suspense-thriller mysteries - you will LOVE this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Longest Silence
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hot Mess by Emily Belden

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

Sweetbitter meets The Devil Wears Prada in this riveting and provocative novel set in the trendy Chicago restaurant scene.

Twenty-something Allie Simon never imagined she’d fall for a recovering drug addict—but that was before she met Benji Zane, Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming chef, who’s known as much for his hard partying ways as for his unparalleled culinary skills. Six months into their relationship, the food and chemistry are out of this world, but the reality of living with a cooking wunderkind hasn’t exactly been all hearts and flowers. Still, Allie’s convinced that her love is the key to fixing this talented man’s broken soul—so when Benji is offered his dream job as chef de cuisine for a new restaurant opening on Randolph Street, Chicago’s foodie hot spot, Allie agrees to invest her life savings in his future. But less than a month after she goes all in, Allie learns a heartbreaking lesson: addicts lie. Benji cracks under the pressure, relapses and disappears, bagging out not only on the restaurant, but on her, too. Left with nothing but a massive withdrawal slip and a restaurant that absolutely must open in a matter of weeks, Allie finds herself thrust into a world of luxury and greed, cutthroat business and sensory delight. Lost in the mess of it all, she can either crumble completely or fight like hell for the life she wants and the love she deserves.

With razor-sharp wit and searing insight, Emily Belden serves up a deliciously dishy look behind the kitchen doors of a hot foodie town.

“Belden has written a story that’s more complicated (and feminist) that I ever suspected. Without giving too much away, I will say that HOT MESS far exceeded my expectations.” -The Bookly Club

“Emily Belden serves the decadence and drama a la mode in Hot Mess. The full-bodied novel takes the resilient Allie Simon on a journey of sex, love, secrets, and the high-end culinary world. You’ll savor every word of this provocative story.” -Abby Stern, author of According to a Source

“[F]ull of fire and fury….Belden’s excellent tell-it-like-it-is read is perfect for foodies and entrepreneurs alike.” -Library Journal (starred review)

my thoughts:

A light, engaging read that could very well turn into a Lifetime movie.  Its got drama, drama, drama.  This is the story of Allie who falls for a recovering drug addict who winds up relapsing. He's a chef who has gotten a gig at the hottest new restaurant in town, which of course Allie invests her money in. After all, she's in love and what's her life savings when love is all around, right? Well, money is money when her druggie boyfriend decides to skip out on the new job and Allie. Say what? Yep, he's gone and now its up to her to deal with this new restaurant, so she can recover her money. Talk about stress with a capital S.

Belden has written a great story that explores the heavy issues of physical abuse and substance abuse, yet manages to keep the tone from getting dark and twisty.  She also delves into restaurant life and provides a great behind the scenes look into an industry that is rife with tension and drama.  I just loved getting to know Allie and finding out how she would manage dealing with all these new found problems thanks to her ex-boyfriend.  Of course, at the same time, I wanted to shake some sense into Allie for not seeing what was clearly going on right in front of her/to her.  She's a character that you love/hate, which makes for quite an interesting read.  Definitely an unputdownable story.

I would happily recommend Hot Mess to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Hot Mess
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Monday, March 19, 2018

If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a dose of Big Little Lies or Stranger Things—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series, in which a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.

Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station—and lives are changed forever.

Aimee En, once a darling of the ’80s pop music scene, claims that a teenage boy stole her car, then ran over another young man who’d rushed to help.

As Liam Miller’s life hangs in the balance, the events of that fateful night begin to come into focus. But is everything as it seems?

The case quickly consumes social media, transforming Liam, a local high school football star, into a folk hero, and the suspect, a high school outcast named Wade Reed, into a depraved would-be killer. But is Wade really guilty? And if he isn’t, why won’t he talk?

Told from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints—Wade’s mother Jackie, his younger brother Connor, Aimee En and Pearl Maze, a young police officer with a tragic past, If I Die Tonight is a story of family ties and dark secrets—and the lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves.

my thoughts:

I am all about suspense-thrillers lately and this one is no exception. I just loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin. What a book!

This is a slow-going story that unfolds every detail piece by piece, making you question everything left and right. Inspired by true events, this story tackles social media and the way it elevates gossip to truth in a nanosecond.  A woman claims her car was stolen by a teenager who then ran over another teenager who was trying to help her.  One boy (Liam) is in hospital fighting for his life, while the other one  (Wade) is keeping his mouth shut and refusing to provide details.  No one knows what really happened, but according to everyone on social media they know 'whodunit'.

Predictable at times, this story can appear a bit too formulaic.  However, the emotional stresses of the characters provide a layer of depth to the story that makes it all feel a bit too real.  That haunting idea that this could happen to anyone is what gives the story that extra push it needs to make it unputdownable. I absolutely gobbled it up in one sitting and loved every minute of it. Definitely a great book to settle down with during these crazy weather days - perfect for chilly/stormy nights.

I would happily recommend If I Die Tonight to fans of Alison Gaylin and anyone looking for their next great read- you will LOVE this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: If I Die Tonight
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!