Friday, September 21, 2018

Perfect Girls by Alison James {Book Blog Tour with Review}



Series:
Standalone
Genre:
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Publication Date:September 18th 2018 
Format:Digital 
Published By:  Bookouture 

Goodreads: Perfect Girls on Goodreads
My Review Copy:Thanks to Bookouture 

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Phoebe. Tiffany. Melissa. They all made one little mistake...

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…

The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later - dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

A gripping page-turner that will have you completely hooked until the utterly jaw-dropping twist. Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter will love this crime series, featuring unforgettable Detective Rachel Prince.

Why readers are gripped by Perfect Girls:

‘Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read all year! It was so full of mystery and suspense!! Lots of twists and turns! I loved it!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Full of suspense, it was gritty and you didn’t know what was coming next… had a hard time putting it down and read late into the night and finished it in a day… you really don’t want to miss this one it’s one of my favourites so far of 2018!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars






I could NOT put this book down for a single second without thinking about the mystery and what would happen next. I am so hooked on the detective Rachel Prince in this novel, I quickly went to buy the first two eBooks to read about more of her case work. The storyline, mystery and characters in this story just captivated me completely from beginning to end.

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realize it’s the mistake that will kill her…


The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later - dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

Rachel is a head strong detective that doesn't like hearing the word NO. She is tough and independent and is depicted as being able to handle herself. At the same time we see her vulnerability a few times which made me love her ever more.

I am completely hooked on this story and can't wait to read more from this author. A+ , five stars etc.



About the Author




I was born in the Cotswold's but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyline, before coming full circle to write fiction again. 












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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Summer Read-along challenge with Swoon Reads!

Today, I have the pleasure of partnering up with Swoon Reads, to tell you a bit about a summer read-along challenge I got to take part in thanks to their initiative! 



In case you aren't yet familiar with Swoon Reads, it publishes YA fiction novels with a focus on community readership. 

In their effort of involving book lovers in the publishing process, they have created a strong, interactive community where readers can engage with each other, as well as participate in the publishing process itself - by voting on book covers of soon-to-be-hitting-the-shelves books!  They aspire to start conversations revolving around books and give readers unlimited access to manuscripts! 


Having loved the idea of reading being a form of social activity, I have asked my closest friend, Thai, to read-along a few of the books I received from Swoon Reads a couple months back. First, we have successfully completed a read-along of TO BE HONEST by Maggie Ann Martin (August 21st 2018). We both loved the book and found it both refreshingly honest and quite hilarious. I have posted some more thoughts about it on my Instagram, so be sure to check that out! 



Then, to change things up a bit, we moved on to the Soul Keepers by Devon Taylor - a fantasy/paranormal YA that tells the story of a Harbinger crew, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. 

Both books were incredibly fun to read and discuss together, and we ended up texting each other throughout the reads to discuss certain plot twists or funny events taking place in the books. Bottom line is, it was a BLAST, and I definitely can see how reading can be even more enjoyable when it's not a solitary experience (even though I still do love to read wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of coffee or tea, locked away from the entire world, but hey, bookworms will be bookworms, right?).


Because of some bumps along the pregnancy road, Thai and I didn't get to read Let's Talk About Love together, but I am definitely looking forward to enjoying it during the last warm days of early Fall! Be sure to check out all the book synopsis with links down below!  

Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for kindly sponsoring this post and my summer reading experience! All of the opinions are 100% honest and completely my own . 

Book Synopsis:




Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Swoon Reads
Death is just the beginning.
After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.
Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything... for both the living and the dead.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Swoon Reads
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.


Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Swoon Reads
Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Perfect Duet by Meghan Quinn {Book Blitz, Review }




The Left Side Of Perfect – Release Day – August 30.

For better or for worse,'til death do us part . . . The better captured me; she's who stole my heart. And made me realize I couldn’t live without this woman. The worse of her took my breath away--kicked me when I was down and twisted me into a million knots. When I first met her, I thought she was someone I would never see again. The second time I ran into her, it was a random coincidence. The third? I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the girl I was going to marry. But life isn’t always perfect. You have to take the better and the worse--even if it means giving her up, having her slip between your fingers, and letting her walk away. I’m getting married.
This is forever, 'til death do us part.


What can you say about a book that gives you everything but breaks you along the way? Be glad it is a duet! This first book left me begging for the next immediately. 

Ryan has always thought of herself as chubby, and not meant to be happy. After all that is what her mom always told her growing up. Even though her dad was always in her corner, getting teased constantly has done its damage to her and she can't seem to stop feeling this way even though she is not at all chubby now. 

Colby was meant to be a pilot. He gave up everything in order to make this one dream happen. Now that he has this dream, he doesn't have much else. Unless you count the books on his night stand, his rugged attitude and laundry. 

He was a quiet one and when he met Ryan she brought him out of his shell for one wild weekend. Then she went home. When he saw her again, he was mesmerized but circumstance made them friends. Best friends in fact. 

That was okay with him.
That was okay with her. 
Until it wasn't...….
This is a love story.
It's a story of friendship.
Its a story that leaves you in pieces and begs for more.
Your typically Meghan Quinn book. Perfection.


       

The Right Side Of Forever – Release Day August 31 In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish . . . It sounds so simple, to love someone unconditionally. To give them your heart. So why is she slowly eating away at my soul with every unanswered phone call, every unread text, and every door left unopened? She said yes, and yet, in order for her to be with me . . . I need to let her go.


"You were made for me, and it might have taken us a while to realize it, but now that I've had you, I know deep in my soul you are meant to be mine. And I will die trying to make you believe the same thing.

Just like there is a right and left side of perfect, there is a right and left side of forever. The left side of forever represents the relationships that come and go in your life but have had an impact on the person you've become. The right side of forever provides the relationship that stays with you, the relationship that's imprinted itself so deep into your bone marrow that you live and breathe for that person.
You're my right side of forever, baby."



Three words for this ending of the perfect duet: heart wrenching, magical and meaningful. 


This review is almost impossible to write without spoilers as it is the last book in this amazing duet by Meghan Quinn. I will say little but tell you as much as I can in order to make you read it, because you simply can't miss out on this perfection! 



This second book focuses more on Ryan and the heartbreaking ending to The Left Side of Perfect. We see more of her emotions, and she became the woman she is today. She has dealt with so much from her past and getting put down by someone that was supposed to be her number one fan. It has cost her a lot and she is very closed off. She doesn't feel like she is good enough. 



The beauty of this love story was in the pain and then healing from it. Quinn did a phenomenal job of capturing the emotion on each and every page for her readers to experience along with her characters. It was an absolutely incredible love story told from duel points of view, and it will stay with me for a long time to come.


  AMAZON
  
               
Meet the author:



Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze

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