Book Review: All His Pretty Girls

Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer. She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.
A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.
It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.
But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.
Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a creepy and dark story. I was hooked on page one and couldn’t wait to dive deep into the story. Cox’s writing style is absolutely wonderfully descriptive in such a dark way. The story line was strong and well developed through the entire book and the story flowed very well. 

Of all the mystery/thriller books I have read, this is the first time I’ve really hoped gets a sequel. I could easily see this extending way past this first book. I am anticipating the author letting us know we might get more to this story (please.. Pretty please?) 

I loved Alyssa’s character. She was flawed but incredibly relatable and really easy to connect with. All the relationships in this book seemed very authentic and genuine. The backstories were well thought out and easily connected to each character. 

The overall pace of this book was great. It was fast paced and didn’t drag along at all. There were so many twists and turns and it just really keeps you guessing. If you want a good police procedural mystery thriller…. This book is for you! 

Thank you to Charley Cox, Hera Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.  Order your copy from retailers today!

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Secrets of Chocolate House (Found Things Book #2)

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things was called “a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments” (Publishers Weekly). Now, Brackston returns to the Found Things series with its sequel, Secrets of the Chocolate House.
After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.
But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.
While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.
This time she’ll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely Captivating! As a huge fan of Brackston, I was super excited to get this arc and it fantastic like all her work! 

Xanthe is one of my favorite literary characters period. 

I really wish I had her abilities. I am an antiquing junkie and I would love something that I connected with to sing to me. It would be so cool!

Brackston is just magical with her storytelling. I loved it and I cannot wait to see what further antics Xanthe gets up to in the future. 

This series is one of my favorites of all times. I highly suggest you dive right into this series immediately!

Secrets of Chocolate House releases October 22, 2019.. Order yours today!

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: Hart and Seoul

Merilee Hart has been doing her best to keep things together since her mother left, her art a welcome escape from her depressing new reality. But things seem to go even more awry the moment her next door neighbor’s enigmatic and mysterious nephew arrives from South Korea. Lee is moody, cocky, and utterly infuriating. But when Merri’s closest friends betray her and her father crushes her dream of going to art school, Merri finds herself drawn to Lee, who seems to live within even greater shadows than her own. And just when she thought things couldn’t get crazier, Merri’s world is upended when she discovers Lee’s big and bizarre secret: he is none other than a runaway member of the K-pop mega-group Thunder.
It’s not long before Thunder’s fans, the Storm Chasers, begin to close in on Lee, ready to do whatever it takes to return their favorite idol to his rightful place in the band. Faced with the prospect of even more heartbreak and caught up in an international whirlwind that has a life of its own, Merri realizes that she must find a way to mend herself, gain control of her life, and pursue her dreams – her heart and soul depend on it.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a cute story. I really enjoyed this book a lot! I am a huge fan of K-Pop, so this just tickled my fancy! Hart & Seoul is your typical boy meets girl, neither like one another too much but soon it turns into love kind of story. This was a bit predictable, but nonetheless, was super enjoyable. 

I wish I had more of a backstory for Merri and her friends.  I really feel like their betrayal would have made more of a solid impact on me if I understood their friendship a bit more. To be honest, her friends seemed horrible to begin with and I am not sure why Merri put up with them in the first place. 

Kristen Burnham has a very adorable writing style and her words flowed easily off the page. This book kept me engaged and it was light hearted and fun. This is a great summer read. 

Thank you so much Kristen Burnham, Mascot Books, and NetGalley for the chance to review this title. 
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: The Secret of the Lost Stones

Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and—most heart-wrenching—her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain town of Pine Lake, where she takes a position as caregiver to an eccentric old woman.
A rumored clairvoyant, Lucy is strange but welcoming and immediately intuits Jess as a “loose end” in need of closure. But Jess isn’t the only guest in Lucy’s large Victorian home. There’s also Star, a teenage runaway with a secret too painful to share. And the little boy with heart-shaped stones, who comes with a hope for reconciliation—and a warning.
Soon Jess learns that she’s not the only lost soul running from the ghosts of the past. She and Star have been brought together for a reason: to be saved by the very thing that destroyed them.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great debut novel by Melissa Payne. I was immediately drawn in by both the characters and the plot. I read this book straight through. I absolutely could not put it down. 

This book travels through the phases of grief. I really felt terrible for Jess. She went through so much. She lost her job, her home, and more importantly.. Her son. The death of her son really devastates her (as it does with anyone losing a child). Jess decides to leave her life behind her and drive away. She ends up stuck in the small town of Pine Lake. Jess ends up taking a temporary job  as a caregiver to a rumored local witch named Lucy. Lucy becomes Jess’s salvation, helps her grieve her losses, and start over. 

There is so much raw emotion portrayed in the pages of this book. I enjoyed Melissa’s writing style so much I really hope to see more from her. Each character is unique and greatly flawed just like real life. 

Thank you so so much Melissa Payne for this amazing story. It was truly wonderful to read. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: Clean

When police officer Peggy Whitfield receives a series of social media messages instructing her to commit murder, she is plunged into a nightmare from which there seems to be no escape. If she doesn’t obey the mysterious messenger, she herself could be killed. But if she does as she’s told, she’ll kill her estranged brother. As the bodies pile up, Peggy will have to look closely at her past relationships and work with her kind-of-honest, kind-of-boyfriend in the FBI. But can they contain CLEAN before no one is safe?
Today’s headlines are dominated by addictive iPhones, computers taking over our homes and finances, the invasion of privacy, and shadowy figures influencing our every move from afar. Clean tackles head-on one of current society’s biggest fears: what happens when we use a computer to make decisions, and the computer starts making decisions by itself?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book just really wasn’t for me. I felt like it took too long to to really get started, and even when the book finally felt like it was starting.. I just couldn’t get invested. I will say, the book had a very interesting plot behind it so it kept me reading until the end. 

The story itself seemed to really drag on and on. I feel I would have enjoyed it more had it been split up into maybe two books. I usually really enjoy those books that could actually happen in real life. 

Overall it was an okay book. It is a solid hacker inspired novel but the book seemed to ramble on a little more than I would have liked myself. 

Thank you Tom Lytes, NetGalley, and IPBA for allowing me to review this title. 
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: The Weaver

Most writers choose the endings to their stories . . . most writers are not Weavers.
Laney Holden is a freshman at Madison College whose life goes from normal to paranormal in a matter of seconds. When the antagonist in the book she’s writing shoves her down the stairs at the subway station, she learns she is a Weaver. Weavers bridge the narrow gap between fantasy and reality, bringing their words to life.
Laney soon meets William whom she also suspects is a character from her book—one she’s had a mad crush on since her pen hit the paper. But he’s in danger as her antagonist reveals a whole different ending planned for Laney’s book that involves killing William. Laney must use her writing to save the people closest to her by weaving the most difficult words she will ever write.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story felt so REAL!!!!! For a solid minute, I was questioning my own reality. To be honest, this is just one the most well crafted novels I have read in a long time. The Weaver is one of those stories you just wish would come true. I mean who wouldn’t want their favorite characters to come to life?? (I’m looking at you Jem Carstairs…swoons

Heather Kindt is just a great writer. The story doesn’t drag at all, even in the parts that you would think would need to drag a little. It starts quickly and keeps a solid pace without feeling rushed at all. Kindt jhas such a fluid style to her writing and it just really keeps you enthralled. I really hope we get a sequel to this. 

Laney is such a relatable character. She is introverted and awkward (just like me!) and it made me really connect to the story. The plot was great and I loved the love triangle. I won’t dive into too many details, but I will say you need to read this book immediately. Heather Kindt is definitely an author you need to watch!

Thank you SO much to Heather Kindt, The Parliament House Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel. 
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: A Year in Her Life

Bonnie is a young woman, engaged and passionate about her new job, her feminist ideals, and her friends. Bonnie is also single and looking for a soulmate. Her last boyfriend dumped her after she supported him through law school. Her new boyfriend is nice, but a little boring and they’re not attuned politically. Then Bonnie meets Jane. She’s a little older, experienced, and compelling. They share a commitment to feminism and social justice. Unfortunately, Jane is married. Still, Bonnie finds her attraction growing. She denies it because Jane is off-limits, but Bonnie is compelled and sure the attraction is mutual. Set in 2016, the election is a backdrop to Bonnie’s turbulent year of searching for love. This is a story of growth and maturation told in a voice that grows from timid to hopeful to confident and explores the complexity of relationships as well as themes relevant to the current times.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a well written novel! Alice Benson does an amazing job at exploring tons of deep social topics such as Black Lives Matter, White Supremacy, Women’s Rights, and racial invisibility. A Year in Her Life was such a great controversial read that I highly suggest to anyone (unless you are a Trump Supporter- actually.. Ya’ll should jump in on this too LoL) 

Bonnie’s character is super relatable. We have all been Bonnie at one time or another. I feel like one of the most important parts of Bonnie’s journey, was how she did not recognize the abuse in her own relationships while despite working with abused women. 

All and all, this was a great book. I believe everyone should give this a read. Thank you so much to Alice Benson, Black Rose Writing, and NetGalley for a copy of this book for review.

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.