Review: This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I am so excited to present to you my review of This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. A million thanks to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting be a part of this book tour. You can check out the schedule here.

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Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Received an advanced copy from the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of this book tour

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Rating: 5 stars

Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

Review:

One year ago, at a party in December, a series of events happened that led to the death of a teenager. Five teens had played a part in that death, but no one really knew what happened. Fast forward one year, and each of these students receive an exclusive invitation to compete for a $50,000 scholarship. After the events of last year’s party, they could each use that money for college so they all attend.

Once there, they realize they may have been a little hasty in accepting that invitation. Someone is hellbent on revenge and determined to find out the truth of what happened that night, and they will do whatever is necessary to know the entire story from start to finish.

Each of the characters were so strongly developed. I adored each persons’ chapters and being able to get into their brain to see exactly how they were feeling about the events that transpired at last year’s party, as well as the events at the revenge party. Ruby’s chapters were by far my favourite though. She was such a complex and interesting character with an insane life. No joke, I have no idea how that girl is still standing.

The writing was easily my favourite part of the book. Like I just mentioned, the characters were written beautifully. Not only that, the descriptions threw you into both the past and the present so clearly. I could picture everything as it was happening, and my god, if I never even have to think of a porcelain doll ever again, it’ll be too soon.

I was constantly on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. While it was pretty obvious from the prologue who organized the revenge party, I was engaged all the way through wanting to know every single detail of both the past and present.

Overall, I would highly suggest picking up this book. While, yes, it is obvious who the party is organized by, I think the book is so thrilling and mysterious that it’s easy to look past that and have a wonderful reading experience.

Enter Chelsea Pitcher’s giveaway here:

  • 1 of 10 copies of This Lie Will Kill you, US only
  • Ends December 19, 2018

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About Chelsea Pitcher:

Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She is the author of THE S-WORD, THE LAST CHANGELING & THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN.

Watch for her new YA thriller, THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU, coming December 11, 2018 from S&S/McElderry!

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Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I am so excited to present to you my review of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton. A million thanks to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting be a part of this book tour. You can check out the schedule here.

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Title: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Received an advanced copy from the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of this book tour

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Rating: 5 stars

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

Review:

Wow. That’s all my brain can seem to conjure up after this reading this book. Just wow.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a collection of six intertwined stories that are set beginning in the near future all the way to years and years from now. They explore the possibility of what our future and those extending past our life spans could very possibly look like.

One of the best parts of this anthology, despite the fact that the stories were intertwined, was that it never once felt repetitive or boring. Every story was so different from the last and made you think about the future in different ways. Because each story differentiated from one another in the way that they did, I find it incredibly impressive the way Arwen Elys Dayton was able to intertwine them in what seemed to be such an effortless way.

Each of the characters were so different from the last despite the fact that they all revolved around the same prominent theme. They all had their own voice within the stories that made each one memorable and affected your opinions of them in different ways.

This book was incredible. I literally cannot stress that enough. It really makes you contemplate the future and where we are headed as a species and I honest to god think everyone should read this book. It’s one of those ones that’s going to stick with you long after it’s over.

Enter Arwen Elys Dayton’s giveaway here:

  • 1 copy of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, US only
  • Ends December 11, 2018

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About Arwen Elys Dayton:

Arwen Elys Dayton is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States.

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Review: Heavenward by Olga Gibbs – Blog Tour

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Hi lovelies. Today I’m excited to share with you my review for the Heavenward blog tour. Take a peek below to see the other blogs taking part and a very special offer for my followers!

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Title: Heavenward
Author: Olga Gibbs
Series: Celestial Creatures #1
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/Fraser’s Fun House for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 3 stars

With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?

Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…

Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.

Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.

Deceived, threatened, hunted and now on the run, who can she trust?  

Review:

One of the things I liked most about the book was how accurately I thought Ariel was portrayed. She had one of the worst childhoods you could possibly imagine and it was very much reflected in her personality. She was filled with rage, she made impulsive decisions, and was a sarcastic little fire cracker with mood swings you couldn’t even imagine. As a reader I appreciate that Olga Gibbs didn’t turn her into this perfect teenager out to save the world, while forgetting about the past she presented to us. Ariel is such a raw character and I enjoyed the accuracy of her character throughout the story.

In terms of the boys in this book, I’m team Rafe all the way. I don’t trust Sam as far as I can throw him (and considering I’m 5″0 and he’s an angel, I’m going to wager that isn’t far). But the fact that it was so back and forth between the two made it more interesting to read because I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next with the boys.

The writing of the book was very description heavy at some points. I liked the descriptions because it helped to give the reader an image of what is going on in a world that is nothing like we would ever be living in. However, I thought at some points they were in the wrong place. For example, there were a few moments where someone had said something important to the story or an action scene was about to go down, but before that there were a couple of pages of straight description. It took a little bit away from the big moments for me,

To me, the pacing felt a little quick. It didn’t fully seem that way reading it, but when you get to the end and realize how many things happened during such a short time, you just kind of sit there and think how was all of that able to occur so quickly? Maybe we get to find out angels have a different concept of time in the next book?

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. This was first time reading a novel that involved angels and it was good.

As a follower, I get to share a link with you guys so you can read Heavenward for free. Just click right here! Hope you guys enjoy it!

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About Olga Gibbs:

Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.

She is currently writing a second book in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.

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Review: Raise Your Game by Cassia Leo – Blog Tour

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Title: Raise Your Game
Author: Cassia Leo
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Gloss Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 3 stars

Logan Pierce, New York’s most notorious womanizer, has just offered me a raise and promotion…if I pretend to be his wife.

But neither of us anticipate his brother’s attempts to sabotage our fake marriage.

Now, Logan and I are a team, and it’s game on. This raise is going to cost me.

From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of epic proportions.

Logan Pierce is our new CEO and he needs me as much as I need him.

Logan has thirty days to save Close-Up magazine from bankruptcy. And he needs me to pretend to be his wife at a couples’ retreat, where Logan and I will attempt to snag an exclusive celebrity scoop that will revive our readership. If I can help him save Close-Up, he’ll inherit his father’s publishing empire and I’ll get promoted to editor, with a very healthy raise.

Logan has thirty days to prove to his father that he’s not just a bad boy womanizer. And I have seven days to prove my investigative journalism skills to Logan at a couples’ retreat meant to revive the sex lives of dissatisfied married couples.

This raise is going to cost me.

Review:

I have such mixed feeling about this book. The premise was strong and the synopsis had me hooked instantly. Even the first few pages had a hook like nothing I’ve ever read in a contemporary romance. It started off with a bang that had me flying through the pages at lightning speed. However, the more I continued to read through, the more I wasn’t enjoying it.

Both Sophie and Logan were funny characters who had me laughing at their antics often enough. Sophie needed to go undercover to get what could be the biggest celebrity scoop and Logan needed to prove to his father that he could be more than a womanizier and fix up this magazine to get his father’s shares in the company.

To me the story didn’t really have much flow. While the writing was great, and there were plenty of good flirty and funny one-liners, I felt that the story itself was a little choppy and rushed. The build up to the inevitable relationship between Sophie and Logan didn’t have the kind of anticipation that I was expecting from it.

Overall, the writing was good and the premise itself seemed great. The execuation just fell a little flat for me.

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About Cassia Leo:

New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time re-watching Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. When she’s not binge watching, she’s usually enjoying the Oregon rain with a hot cup of coffee and a book.

 

 

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Review: Five Reasons to Go by Candace Knoebel – Blog Tour

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Title: Five Reasons to Go
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #2
Publisher: Self-published by Candace Knoebel
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 4 stars

One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naïve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

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Review:

Going into this book I was excited because I loved the first one, Ten Reasons to Stay. I wanted to know the story of Jack and Jess and what their storyline was during the time of Corinne and Cole. I was also the smallest bit apprehensive as well because in the first book I hated Jack and Jess with a passion. I was worried I might not like this book because I didn’t like them. Let me tell you right now, that is not the case.

Everything about Jess’s story had me loving her from the start. The fact that she was able to be this incredible person devoting her life to her children and other women no matter her situation with Hank was admirable. She was such a strong female character.

In Ten Reasons to Stay, I wanted to push Jack in front of a truck. I couldn’t stand him. He was a crap husband to Corinne. Although I wouldn’t excuse him completely, I did understand him much better in Five Reasons to Go. And I will say, without spoiling anything, that the character development Jack goes through in this book is top notch.

Jess’ kids were the best. At the end of the day they always had Jess’ back no matter what and recognized how much of her life she devoted to making sure that they were happy and weren’t subjected to the things going on between her and Hank. She wanted them to have the most normal childhood and I’m glad they appreciated her and the good man that Jack was as well.

Comparing the writing to the first book, I didn’t like this one as much. The super loved up moments between Jack and Jess or the sad moments when they were apart were written so dramatically. At many points it felt like every second sentence was a simile and it was killing me. They love each other or they’re sad not being together. We get it.

At first I got a bit scared with the plot because it went over the moments that coincided with Corinne and Jack’s story so quickly. But the more I read the novel and realized how much of Jack and Jess’ story came after Corinne and Cole, I understood. As I read further into the book, it made complete sense, and I’m glad that she ended up writing their story this way.

My one thing with the pacing was that sometimes it seemed to go by slow and at other times the book was skipping ahead by weeks or months. It was a little bit everywhere during the beginning when it briefly went over the parts that coincided with Ten Reasons to Stay and then really jumped back and forth when it was about two years after the first novel.

Overall, I would say this was a good finale to the Risky Hearts Duet. Despite a few issues with the writing and the pacing, it helped put the whole story together in a satisfying way.

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About Candace Knoebel:

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She’s a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from  paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.

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