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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Cold Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today is a super exciting day! It’s my day on the blog tour of COLD SPELL by Mia London & Susan Sheehey!

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Title: Cold Spell
Author: Mia London & Susan Sheehey
Series: Sweet Escape Series #3
Publisher: Amepphire Press
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Recieved an electronic copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

She can’t stand him. He thinks she’s never more adorable than when she’s pissed at him.

Liddy Drake would rather gamble on double black diamond runs than take a chance on love. Escaping dreary San Francisco for a Colorado mountain resort with her besties is just what the doctor ordered. But an injury on the first day lands her in the lap of a loud-mouthed ski instructor who knows exactly how to get under her skin. She doesn’t have time to waste on a playboy with a too-easy laugh and gorgeous blue eyes.  

Luke Sawyer left New York ten years ago for the ski runs of Colorado, concealing his identity as a Rothchild heir. He’d seen money change too many people, never for good. Scrappy, sassy, and oh-so-sexy Liddy doesn’t fall for the mask of his over-the-top charm. He accepts the challenge to show her his true self.

Their chemistry is enough to melt snow-capped mountains, until she finds out the truth. There’s no way her humble background could compete with America’s royalty. How can he melt the ice around her heart and convince her that Mr. Wrong is actually Mr. Right, who loves her just the way she is?

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Review:

The girls of the Sweet Escape Series are back at it again for their third and final girls vacation, and this time they’re headed to a beautiful ski lodge. Liddy has had enough with the way her life has been going and takes it upon herself to set up a girls trip to go away skiing and clear her head.

The mountain top resort has everything you could need. They’re in a glamorous and huge lodge with all the amenities you would want on a vacation. It probably helps that they’re in the middle of the woods and the mountains surrounded by peace and quiet and snow. Sounds perfect to me.

The build up to the romance between Liddy and Luke was so perfect. It was kind of a hate-to-lovers sort of thing, but without being dragged out. It was so cute how she was somewhat annoyed with him because she thought he was cocky but he just ended up being hot as all hell.

Speaking of hot as all hell, this book was so steamy. Liddy and Luke had the best chemistry with each other. Every time they were going back and forth, I absolutely loved it. They were funny, entertaining, and so so adorable.

One of the absolute best things about this series was the friendship between Sam, Jordan, and Liddy. These are three girls who are there for each other through thick and thin and will always build the other ones up. Nothing is better than reading a book that portrays a strong female friendship. Us ladies got to stick together!

Overall, Cold Spell was definitely my favourite of the trilogy, and I would highly suggest that you guys pick them up when you have a chance! All three of them were really great reads.

 

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Sweet Escape Series:

Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

The new Sweet Escape series by co-authors Mia London & Susan Sheehey is the perfect beach read! Super steamy paradise in three, hilarious romance adventures.

Grab DRY SPELL, out now!

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Grab Hot Spell, out now!

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About the Authors:

About Susan:

Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey’s Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn’t take. When not writing, she’s chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas.

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About Mia:

Mia loves to write!

She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.

She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).

Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.

She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up.

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Enter Mia & Susan’s giveaway here. There’s a crazy amount of goodies to be won!

  • Grand prize: $50 Macy’s gift card, all of Mia and Susan’s books (15 ebooks), summer beach bag complete with tote, insulated water bottle, beach towel, and sunglasses, and a box of Godiva chocolates
  • Dark chocolate prize: 3 ebooks from each author (6 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Bittersweet chocolate prize: 2 ebooks from each author (4 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Milk chocolate prize: 1 ebook from each other (2 total) and insulated water bottle

 

 

Cold Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey – Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway

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Today is the release day blitz of COLD SPELL by Mia London & Susan Sheehey, the final book in the Sweet Escape Series! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Cold Spell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 3, 2018

She can’t stand him. He thinks she’s never more adorable than when she’s pissed at him.

Liddy Drake would rather gamble on double black diamond runs than take a chance on love. Escaping dreary San Francisco for a Colorado mountain resort with her besties is just what the doctor ordered. But an injury on the first day lands her in the lap of a loud-mouthed ski instructor who knows exactly how to get under her skin. She doesn’t have time to waste on a playboy with a too-easy laugh and gorgeous blue eyes.  

Luke Sawyer left New York ten years ago for the ski runs of Colorado, concealing his identity as a Rothchild heir. He’d seen money change too many people, never for good. Scrappy, sassy, and oh-so-sexy Liddy doesn’t fall for the mask of his over-the-top charm. He accepts the challenge to show her his true self.

Their chemistry is enough to melt snow-capped mountains, until she finds out the truth. There’s no way her humble background could compete with America’s royalty. How can he melt the ice around her heart and convince her that Mr. Wrong is actually Mr. Right, who loves her just the way she is?

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Excerpt:

“Anyone need skiing lessons? We have the best instructors on the planet, right here at Buffalo Ridge. Or at least the best ones who showed up to their final exams.” He grinned and got a few chuckles from bystanders. “We promise full support and positive reinforcement, and will only make fun of you behind your back. We encourage everyone to take a nice full shot of whiskey before they put on their skis, to help loosen up your muscles and your wallets for extra tips.”

“Oh, brother,” Liddy mumbled under her breath, and pushed through a crowd of teenagers watching the man’s pathetic excuse for a sales pitch.

The instructor continued, “Safety is our top priority, followed closely by leaving all inhibitions at the door.”

Just as I expected—one of those guys.

Liddy had almost made it to the end of the hallway.

“You, the gorgeous woman in the white coat trying to sneak by…”

Liddy froze. And cringed.

The man grinned. “You look like you could use ski lessons. Or at least a stiff drink at the bar.”

She straightened her spine, and addressed him eye-to-eye, despite all the gawkers and bystanders. “Are you the instructor? My instructor?”

“I can be, for you.”

Liddy smiled. “Then, no thanks.”

The man’s smile slipped. A few guests oohed at the burn, and others chuckled.

“Why not?” he asked.

Never mind that I ski black diamonds, I just don’t like you. “If it were with one of the others, I might consider it.”

A few more hisses came from the crowd.
She turned to find the rental shop, but she heard his footsteps behind her, trying to follow.

“Wait, you don’t like me? Everyone likes me.”

“I can’t imagine why,” Liddy threw over her shoulder.

He laughed, the sound of his voice much closer than before. “Why don’t you like me?”

“You’re obnoxious. And I already know how to ski.”

“I could make you better.”

She rolled her eyes. “Modesty is so hard to find these days.”

“I’m not being cocky, just trying to find the best way to talk to you more. It’s not every day an angel walks into Buffalo Ridge.”

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Sweet Escape Series:

Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

The new Sweet Escape series by co-authors Mia London & Susan Sheehey is the perfect beach read! Super steamy paradise in three, hilarious romance adventures.

Catch up on the series now!

Dry Spell:

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Hot Spell:

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About the Authors:

About Susan:

Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey’s Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn’t take. When not writing, she’s chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | BookBub | Newsletter

About Mia:

Mia loves to write!

She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.

She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).

Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.

She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up.

Website | Email | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Enter Mia & Susan’s giveaway here. There’s a crazy amount of goodies to be won!

  • Grand prize: $50 Macy’s gift card, all of Mia and Susan’s books (15 ebooks), summer beach bag complete with tote, insulated water bottle, beach towel, and sunglasses, and a box of Godiva chocolates
  • Dark chocolate prize: 3 ebooks from each author (6 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Bittersweet chocolate prize: 2 ebooks from each author (4 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Milk chocolate prize: 1 ebook from each other (2 total) and insulated water bottle

 

Review: Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Title: Fortunate Encounters
Author: Caterina Passarelli
Series: The Signs Series #1
Publication Date: September 20, 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: 2.5 stars

Sitting at the wrong table turned my life upside down.

I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake—a mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.

Clark Chambers is arrogant, straightforward, devastatingly handsome, and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.

But he only wants friends with benefits. And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.

After an “enough is enough” moment, I turn to the Universe for help & ask for a special sign.

And it’s just my luck … looks like rabbits & romance really do mix!

Review:

Juliette is a high school English teacher who is an avid user of online dating apps in search of her Prince Charming. All she seems to have found are absolute duds who usually leave her with a less than memorable first date. On yet another first date, in a bar that was almost impossible to find, Juliette sits down at a table with a man who scolds her for being late. She’s annoyed but slightly intrigued at this handsome man in front of her.

Two minutes later, her real date shows up and she realizes she sat down with a man named Clark by accident. Of course, they keep running into each other. And eventually Clark proposes they have a friends with benefits arrangement because neither can seem to get each others minds off the other.

This book was pretty short, and because of that, neither Juliette nor Clark were characters who were all that developed. Juliette was a basic heroine with nothing much to her and Clark was afraid of relationships with no real reason behind it. Usually the guys have some trauma of a previous relationship that messed them up real bad. Clark just wants to sleep around and never get attached.

The romance for me fell pretty flat. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Juliette and Clark at all. I wasn’t invested and wasn’t their biggest cheerleader like I would be for the couples in romance books I’m reading. Even the sex scenes were a little bland for me. There was nothing about their love story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The plot somewhat confused me in the sense that the bunnies thing from the synopsis wasn’t a part of the story until really late in the novel. I kept trying to figure out what bunnies had to do with anything, or if it was supposed to be a cat because there was a sign that involved a cat earlier in the novel.

Overall, this was a romance novel that wasn’t anything to write home about. The writing was good, but the plot and the chemistry just fell flat for me.

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Enter Caterina’s giveaway here:

  • $50 Amazon gift card + a signed paperback

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About Caterina Passarelli:

Former TV News Producer turned Romance author, Caterina Passarelli has always had a love for words. From real-life Detroit crime to fictional love stories around the globe, she hopes to take her readers on a fast-paced adventure. Caterina is the author of five titles in multiple genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. When she’s not writing about alpha males and strong, sarcastic women, she is the CEO of an online fitness coaching company. Caterina is the fur mom to her three-year-old rescue dog, Piper, who she spoils uncontrollably. She loves hearing from her readers on her Facebook page!

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