Mental Break Time

June 11, 2017 Bonnie Announcements 8 Comments

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Ever feel like life gets so crazy that you’re losing your mind? I’ve been trying to write a review for the past week and all I get is static… so I’m taking a bit of a break.

Going through some pretty heavy personal stuff at the moment and I’m not feeling terribly creative lately so I decided to take a step back and regroup. I’ve got a few posts already planned but I figured it was best not to force it.

Life. What can you do?

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Audiobook Sync: Week 7 Titles | Plus One and If I Run (June 8 – 14)

June 8, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 1 Comment

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by June 14th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 15th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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Plus One by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Julia Whelan | Published by Elizabeth Fama | Download available here!

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law. Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to take the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together—a boy the world now tells her she can’t love. Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

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If I Run (If I Run #1) by Terri Blackstock | Read by Nan Gurley | Published by Zondervan | Download available here!

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

June 7, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday, YA 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – All the Crooked Saints by Maggie StiefvaterAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on October 10th 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Shiver

From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family!

Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.

The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.

"The Soria family are saints as well, and the miracle they perform for pilgrims to Bicho Raro is as strange as most miracles are: They can make the darkness inside you visible. Once the pilgrims see their inner darkness face to face, it’s up to them to perform another miracle on themselves: banishing the darkness for good. It can be a tricky business to vanquish your inner demons, even once you know what they are, but the Sorias are forbidden to help with this part. They’ve all been told that if a Soria interferes with the second miracle, it will bring out their own darkness, and a saint’s darkness, so the story goes, is a most potent and dangerous thing." - Maggie Stiefvater, EW interview.

About Maggie Stiefvater

I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.

I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.

I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I like things that go.

I’m nearing the point where I’m about to run out of any back Stiefvater to read (all I have left is Lament and Ballad!) so this is a welcome sight. “Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.” is more than enough summary for me to get anxious.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Non-Fiction Books Recently Added to My TBR

June 6, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is about “Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List”. My interest has recently been piqued in regards to Non-Fiction books with a wide-range of subject matters. It all started with The Plantagenets and spanned out from there. These are the ones I’m most excited about reading.

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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
I’ve always been a fan of anything Tudor related so I decided it was well past time to find out what happened before the Tudor reign.

The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England by Ann Wroe
Perkin Warbeck got about a 6-page feature in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses and it was intriguing enough for me to search out an entire book about him.

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone
Joan of Arc also received a brief mention in Dan Jones’ The Wars of the Roses (that book caused a lot of books to be added to my TBR) and it just made me realize how very little I know about her history.

Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD by John Haywood
Admittedly, the only thing I “know” about Vikings is from the History Channel show, but I find them fascinating so I must know more.

A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up by John O’Bryan
A book about the history of weapons by a comedy writer. Sounds like all sorts of fun.

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Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager
I used to be a nut for True Crime when I was a teenager but haven’t picked one up in a very long time. Add in medieval aspects though and I’m all over that.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Another true crime that appealed to me that I picked up as an extra in my Book of the Month box.

Huế 1968: A Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
I read Most Dangerous as a part of a National Book Award 2015 Finalist and realized 1. I don’t know jack about the Vietnam War and 2. It was fascinating (and horrifying) stuff to read about. I would like to know more.

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
An interesting story about the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. Architecture isn’t super my thing but this one certainly intrigued me.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Biographies are one thing that I’ve read… quite possibly none of now that I think about it. But if I were to pick up a biography, this would be it.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 5th, 2017

June 5, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 Comments

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of June 5th, 2017

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What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Dramatically Ever After (Ever After #2) by Isabel Bandeira [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Spencer Hill Press

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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The Possible by Tara Altebrando [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Breaking (Burning) by Danielle Rollins [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy 0.6) by Danielle L. Jensen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Angry Robot

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1) by Joelle Charbonneau [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Wildman by J.C. Geiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Blind Item by Kevin Dickson & Jack Ketsoyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Imprint

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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen

Firebrand (Alternative Detective #2) by A.J. Hartley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Tor Teen

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1) by Mary Weber [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Thomas Nelson

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Merit Press

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And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Dial Books

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Internet Famous by Danika Stone [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Perfect Ten by L. Philips [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

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Rules for Thieves (Rules for Thieves #1) by Alexandra Ott [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Aladdin

The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Exit Strategy by Lauren Allbright [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Aladdin

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The Kill Society (Sandman Slim #9) by Richard Kadrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper Voyager

Crown of Stars (Nightsong Trilogy #2) by Sophie Jaff [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Nothing Left to Lose (John Cleaver #6) by Dan Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Tor Books

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Saga Press

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Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel by Andy Davidson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing

Small Treasons by Mark Powell [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery Books

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She Rides Shotgun: A Novel by Jordan Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Ecco

You Belong to Me: A Novel by Colin Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books

You’ll Never Know, Dear: A Novel of Suspense by Hallie Ephron [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

Magpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Harper

Defectors by Joseph Kanon [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Atria Books

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Indecent Exposure (Stone Barrington #42) by Stuart Woods [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Owl Always Hunts at Night (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger #2) by Samuel Bjork [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Penguin Books

Shiver Hitch (A Jane Bunker Mystery #1) by Linda Greenlaw [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

What the Dead Leave Behind (Mac McKenzie #14) by David Housewright [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Sick Like That (Alessandra Al Martillo Mystery #2) by Norman Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Witness Impulse

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The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black [Purchase]
Published June 6th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.

The Lost History of Stars: A Novel by Dave Boling [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Algonquin Books

The End of Temperance Dare: A Novel by Wendy Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

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The Essex Serpent: A Novel by Sarah Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Custom House

The Moment of Truth: A Novel by Damian McNicholl [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Pegasus Books

The Fortune Teller: A Novel by Gwendolyn Womack [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Picador

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

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Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

City Mouse by Stacey Lender [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Kaylie Jones Books

The Sunshine Girls by Jane Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Berkley Books

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Viking

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The Farthest Edge (Honey #2) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery Books

The Party: A Novel by Robyn Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

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The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Flatiron Books

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Perennials: A Novel by Mandy Berman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Random House

Lonesome Lies Before Us: A Novel by Don Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Answers by Catherine Lacey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Last Kid Left: A Novel by Rosecrans Baldwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by MCD

Cockfosters: Stories by Helen Simpson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas by Jenny Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books

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Monthly Rundown: May 2017

June 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

hahaha 18 accomplished once again!!! But just barely. There may have been a string of graphic novels read one weekend but eh, still counts. I didn’t realize how positively horrible I did at review writing though… 2? Ouch. So lots of reading, not a lot of writing. It happens.

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Unreviewed Reads

A few of the other reads from May that I don’t plan on reviewing. The rest of the 18 should have reviews in June. We’ll see how that goes. haha

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I love my foodie fiction novels but I had yet to pick up Ruth Reichl. This was an absolute delight and reminded me much of Nora Ephron’s glorious writing style. Just with more food. I purchased Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table this week and hope it’s just as good.

Least Favorite: Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker ★★ photo 25822638_zps0gwbem08.jpg
I had heard some massively great things about this one and I splurged on the audible version and just could not get into the story at all. I really loved the less than typical main character but this one just didn’t do it for me for some reason.

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I am only just now delving into the glories of Foodie Non-Fiction. Read my first Reichl this month and my first Bourdain. It was a good month.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ★★★½Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Uggghhhhh I hate listing this but it’s true. I was disappointed. It wasn’t the worst but it definitely failed to live up to my (admittedly enormous) expectations. It is what it is.

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Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, Yesternight

June 2, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, YA 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightIf We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Published by Flatiron Books on April 11th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

DNF @ 10%

I overlooked the Shakespearean focus of this novel in favor of the comparisons to The Secret History. My mistake. Shakespeare has just never, and I’m resigned to believe will never, be my thing. The opening gives the reader a glimpse at the future, of one of the main characters being released for jail for an unknown crime, and it’s a hook that works. But then we’re introduced to seven characters: Richard, Meredith, Filippa, Alexander, Wren, James, and Oliver. Every single one of these characters, regardless of gender, all blended together without any helpful differentiation to keep track of who was who. The theater kid stereotypes were excessive in my opinion and you practically had to be a theater kid to understand and/or appreciate most of it.

“That was ruthless,” I said, sotto voce.

The author holds a Masters in Shakespeare studies so, being as far from a theater kid as one can get, I can only assume she knows what she’s talking about. Constantly quoting Shakespeare in conversation got old, fast, and by 10% I put on my hipster glasses and called it quits.

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightIll Will by Dan Chaon
Published by Ballantine Books on March 7th 2017
Pages: 480
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon.

“We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves,” Dustin Tillman likes to say. It’s one of the little mantras he shares with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie?

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to symbolize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients gets him deeply engaged in a string of drowning deaths involving drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses talk of a serial killer as paranoid thinking, but as he gets wrapped up in their amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.
From one of today’s most renowned practitioners of literary suspense, Ill Will is an intimate thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception. In Dan Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose, the past looms over the present, turning each into a haunted place.

DNF @ 25%

Dan Chaon is one of those literary writers everyone raves about. Ill Will has received many spectacular reviews but I’ve realized that he has a style that is very eclectic and definitely isn’t for everyone and that unique writing style is what ultimately did me in. I understand the reason for writing it this way (bouncing between narrators and time) because it caused a sense of disorientation regarding the mystery already surrounding the crime (when Dustin was a teen, his mother, father, aunt, and uncle were murdered and he accused his adopted older brother). Not only did the story bounce rapidly between narrators and between time but often there were sentences left incomplete and particular chapters where text was written in columns and you had to flip back and forth between pages to finish the one column before starting the next which was very difficult on Kindle. I’m not sure if Chaon was going for some House of Leaves-esque formatting or what but it left me so confused in trying to figure out how to read it that I failed to get lost in the story itself.

I received this book for free from Library Thing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Life’s Too Short – If We Were Villains, Ill Will, YesternightYesternight by Cat Winters
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 4th 2016
Pages: 374
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Library Thing
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Also by this author: In the Shadow of Blackbirds

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From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.  A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination.  But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.
Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

DNF @ 10%

I’d say that I simply picked this up at the wrong time, mood-wise, except I tried to read this book a handful of times on different occasions and never got past 10%. The pacing was the hardest for me because from the very beginning it’s a slow-build and simply didn’t grab my attention in that 10% enough that I felt the need to keep going. The main character, Alice, was also strangely distant and she never quite captured my interest. Cat Winters is typically a favorite of mine but this one just didn’t do it for me.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 6 Titles | Beast and Of Beast and Beauty (June 1 – 7)

June 1, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 0 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by June 7th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 8th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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Beast by Donna Jo Napoli | Read by Robert Ramirez | Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

Young Persian Prince Orasmyn lives a peaceful life of quiet duty and thoughtful obedience. Tending his fragrance garden gives him much more pleasure than the bloody royal hunts staged by his father. But a single wrong decision sets in motion an ancient curse that changes Orasmyn’s fate forever. Told he will be killed by his own father, he is transformed into a lion on the day of a great hunt. The prince has no choice but to flee beloved Persia and his precious family. Balancing his fading human memories with his new beastly impulses, he makes his way to Europe-where his destiny awaits in the person of a French beauty named Belle. Donna Jo Napoli once again weaves the magic she has shown in books like Crazy Jack and Zel, transforming a well-known fairy tale into an unforgettable epic of duty, love, and redemption. Robert Ramirez’s narration captures all the anguish and struggle of Orasmyn’s quest to regain his humanity.

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Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay | Read by Julia Whelan | Published by Tantor Media | Download available here!

It’s pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren’t afraid of me, we’ll always be enemies at the core . . .

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.

In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.

Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She’s a queen; I’m her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

May 31, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Gather the Daughters by Jennie MelamedGather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
on July 25th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.

GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively readable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.

About Jennie Melamed

Jennie Melamed is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in working with traumatized children. During her doctoral work at the University of Washington, she investigated anthropological, biological, and cultural aspects of child sexual abuse. Jennie lives in Seattle with her husband and their two dogs.

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Debut alert! Like many of you, I’ve become an avid watcher of The Handmaid’s Tale and the summary of this story sounds like some similar alternate reality. Both terrifying and realistic. Naturally, I want to read it.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases (July-Dec)

May 30, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

There are an amazing amount of excellent sounding books releasing in the last half of 2017. Cutting it down to ten was tough, but these are the ten that I’m most anticipating getting my hands on.

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Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Avon
From Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, the thrilling conclusion to her Hidden Legacy series, as Nevada and Rogan grapple with a power beyond even their imagination…

Sea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill | Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Harper Voyager
A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic “robot western” from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud | Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King | Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scribner
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press
From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family.

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Lady Killers: A Compendium by Tori Telfer | Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Harper Perennial
Inspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

The Book of Dust (The Book of Dust Trilogy #1) by Philip Pullman | Expected publication: October 19th 2017 by David Fickling Books
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill | Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich | Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harper
Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event

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