Book Review – Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

June 8, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2018 4 Comments

Book Review – Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo MoyesStill Me by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #3
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on January 30, 2018
Pages: 400
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, One Plus One

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.

Me Before You Series

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase|Review]
After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]

‘Once upon a time there was a small-town girl who lived in a small world. She was perfectly happy, or at least she told herself she was.’

Louisa is back, but this time she’s living in the big city after deciding to start saying yes to all those things that were forever holding her back from experiencing life, with a little help from Will, of course. She’s left Ambulance Sam back in England along with the rest of her family, confident that she’ll be able to create a life for herself while maintaining the old. Her job this time involves New York high society where she’s working for Agnes, the affluent Leonard Gopnik’s second, and much younger wife. Despite the constant demands of her new job and the usually excessive hours, Louisa still manages to make some important connections within the city that never sleeps: a friendly doorman who introduces him to her family and a whole other slice of the city she had yet to perceive, an irascible old woman with a pug named Dean Martin, and a couple of girls she bonds with over a love of vintage clothing.

‘I thought about how you’re shaped so much by the people who surround you, and how careful you have to be in choosing them for this exact reason, and then I thought, despite all that, in the end maybe you have to lose them all in order to truly find yourself.’

There are some books you pick up that you expect to obtain a certain experience from; I picked up Still Me with the intent to read something light and undemanding, yet, that couldn’t have ended up being further from the truth. Of course, there are parts that really are light and undemanding: Louisa’s internal dialogue about a city that fills her full of wonder, the descriptions of her always spirited wardrobe (yes, the bumblebee tights do in fact make an appearance), and her incurably charismatic sense of humor. Still Me is less about the romance (although that of course, plays a factor) but it’s much more an inspiring tale of being true to yourself, finding what sincerely makes you happy in life (we only get one, after all), and to always wear your stripy tights with pride. This book was a pleasant roller coaster of emotions that completely ran the gamut that I would gladly ride again.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 7 Titles | Everland & The Just Men of Cordova (June 7 – 13)

June 7, 2018 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

For the seventh week of Sync, we’ve got a Peter Pan retelling and a classic crime story. Make sure you get these downloaded by June 13th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 14th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for 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!

Everland (Everland #1) by Wendy Spinale | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
Published by Scholastic Audio | Download available here!

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive. London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace | Read by Bill Homewood
Published by Naxos AudioBooks
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The Four Just Men, dedicated to ridding the world of unpunished criminals and profiteers, take their campaign into the treacherous, aristocratic world of gambling, horse-racing and high finance, where blackmail, poison and murder are commonplace. Working outside the law, the Four take it upon themselves to clean things up in their own way.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan

June 6, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernanThe Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
Series: Cormac Reilly #1
Published by Penguin Books on July 3, 2018
Pages: 400
Genres: Mystery
Format: Paperback
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It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind...

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an 'accidental' overdose twenty years ago - of Jack and Maude's drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything...

This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Casey.

About Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel The Rúin sold in a six-way auction in Australia, and has since sold to the United States, the UK and Ireland, and Germany.

Dervla was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven.

She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This gave her the confidence to complete the novel that would become The Rúin, which will be published in 2018 in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

She is represented by Tara Wynne, Curtis Brown Australia.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Quit Too Soon?

June 5, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

It’s taken me a long time to finally be as okay as I am with DNF-ing. It was always a tie between worrying that I wasn’t in the right mood and that it really wasn’t the book’s fault and between simply giving up *right* before it finally got good, of course. Occasionally, there are even instances where I’ve listened to the audiobook and it’s possible it would have gone over a lot better in physical. Those are the ones that really bother me (there are a good number of those).

Honestly, it’s really quite simple: we all read for the enjoyment of reading. If you’re not enjoying yourself then what are you even doing? But despite my new (yet still occasionally rocky) outlook on reading, there are some that I can’t help but wonder if I quit too soon.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (Constance Verity #1) by A. Lee Martinez [Purchase]

Authority (Southern Reach #2) by Jeff VanderMeer [Purchase]
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) by Hilary Mantel [Purchase]
The Lake House by Kate Morton [Purchase]
Rotters by Daniel Kraus [Purchase]
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin [Purchase]

Alright, so are there any on here that you’d like to convince me to give a second chance to? 😉

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 4th, 2018

June 4, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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 4th, 2018

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1) by Kristina Pérez [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Imprint

Save the Date by Morgan Matson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current #2) by Sarah Tolcser [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

City of Bastards (Royal Bastards #2) by Andrew Shvarts [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Penguin Teen

Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden #2) by Joelle Charbonneau [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Dial Books

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Disney Hyperion

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperCollins/HarperTeen

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Poppy

Social Intercourse by Greg Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen

What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Maw by Taylor Zajonc [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Dial Books

The Shadow Thieves (Rules for Thieves #2) by Alexandra Ott [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Aladdin

The Seismic Seven by Katie Slivensky [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperCollins

Guardians of the Taiga (Wild Rescuers #1) by Stacy Plays [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by HarperCollins

The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Ace Books

Adrift by Rob Boffard [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Orbit

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by William Morrow

The Memory of Fire (The Waking Land #2) by Callie Bates [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Del Rey

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Plum Rains: A Novel by Andromeda Romano-Lax [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Soho Press

Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln Michel [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Black Balloon Publishing

The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Penguin Books

The Captives: A Novel by Debra Jo Immergut [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Ecco

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 4th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company and Knopf

Murder to the Metal (Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead Mysteries #2) by Annie Hogsett [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Poisoned Pen Press

A Blood Thing by James Hankins [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Ballantine

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Still Lives by Maria Hummel [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Counterpoint Press

The Lost Family: A Novel by Jenna Blum [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Harper

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Side by Side (Bonnie #2) by Jenni L. Walsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Forge Books

The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing

Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Other Press

The Optickal Illusion by Rachel Halliburton [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by The Overlook Press

Ike and Kay: A Novel by James MacManus [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by The Overlook Press

How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy #2) by Allison Pearson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Berkley

A Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado #2) by Jo Goodman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Berkley

Order of Protection (Courting Justice #1) by Lexi Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Berkley Books

The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones Who Got Away #2) by Roni Loren [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Dreams of Falling by Karen White [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Berkley Books

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster

The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Ever After: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Washington Square Press

We Are Gathered by Jamie Weisman [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Treeborne by Caleb Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Picador

Sweet and Low: Stories by Nick White [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Blue Rider Press

Half Gods: Stories by Akil Kumarasamy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Florida by Lauren Groff [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Riverhead

Small Country by Gaël Faye [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 7th 2018 by Hogarth Press

Kudos: A Novel (Outline #3) by Rachel Cusk [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Upstate: A Novel by James Wood [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Graywolf Press

Days of Awe: Stories by A.M. Homes [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Viking

Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by And Other Stories

The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor by David L. Mearns [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Pegasus Books

Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs by Peter Coviello [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Penguin Books

Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Holt Paperbacks

Rising in Flames: Sherman’s March and the Fight for a New Nation by J.D. Dickey [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Pegasus Books

Mother American Night: My Life and Crazy Times by John Perry Barlow [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Crown Archetype

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Life’s Too Short – City of Brass, The Salt Line, Baby Teeth

June 1, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, Read in 2018 6 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss 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 – City of Brass, The Salt Line, Baby TeethThe City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #1
Published by Harper Voyager on November 14, 2017
Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

DNF @ 15%

There was a lot of hype surrounding this one when it came out and despite the fact that epic fantasy has a tendency to fly over my head, I really wanted to give it a try. For me, epic fantasy has to hook me, immediately, whether it’s with an amazing main character or some pretty spectacular world-building. There was something off-putting to me about Nahri from the very beginning and the world-building was chock-full of a magical world where everything has to be explained and there are tribes and some of them are at war with each other but I honestly couldn’t ever keep any of it straight. It even has its own lexicon, which I really do appreciate the time involved to truly create a world from the ground up, it just didn’t draw me in enough to make the commitment to finish this 500+ novel plus the expected two additional novels in this magical trilogy.

I received this book 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 – City of Brass, The Salt Line, Baby TeethThe Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on September 5, 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.-

How far will they go for their freedom--once they decide what freedom really means?

In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line--a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife.

Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks--and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.

DNF @ 60%

It’s truly rare that I get so far in a book only to DNF but it took me almost 2 months to get to 60% and that was far too much time for a mere 400 pages. The beginning held immense appeal and I thoroughly enjoyed how the author unfolded the details of a world where citizens lived behind walls to protect them from disease-carrying ticks. A group of people ventures beyond the walls on some sort of thrill tour, testing the limits of their survival. As the story develops, we’re also given the backstory of each of the members of the group and as you start to realize the dangerous plot they’ve found themselves in the midst of, you also realize that these seemingly innocuous backstories hold more answers than was previously understood. The world building was fantastic and I even enjoyed the backstories even though I was still at a point in the story where I didn’t understand the ultimate purpose, but as soon as the conspiracies were unveiled it just felt way too far-fetched to be taken seriously and didn’t make a whole lot of sense as a whole. It, of course, can be argued that maybe I didn’t give it enough time to answer my lingering questions, but honestly, after reading this for almost two months, I just don’t care.

I received this book free from the Publisher 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 – City of Brass, The Salt Line, Baby TeethBaby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Published by Macmillan Audio on July 17, 2018
Pages: 320
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Sweetness can be deceptive.

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette's husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

DNF @ 29%

Baby Teeth is the story of seven-year-old Hanna and her stay-at-home mom Suzette. The story alternates between their different points of view painting an extremely unsettling portrait into the domestic life of this family. Hanna doesn’t have anything physically wrong with her, yet she refuses to speak, and her inner dialogue chapters are full of a disturbing vindictiveness towards her mother and complete adoration of her father. Suzette’s chapters show a mother that has reached her limit with an impossible child and a husband that refuses to believe that their child is as bad as she says she is (except she doesn’t tell him half the things that she does, convinced that he simply won’t believe her).

I almost quit when Hanna appears to lust after her naked father’s body, thinking about how when mommy’s gone she’s going to marry him someday. I almost quit when Hanna concocts a plan after using Google that she’s going to pretend to be some woman from the 17th century that was burned at the stake for being a witch. I definitely quit after Hannah made her mother a photo collage of her sleeping body alongside various dead corpses, Suzette said she was going to show it to her father, so then Hanna decides to hurt herself to make it look like her mother did it.

I understand that the whole point of this was meant to be unsettling but it felt gratuitous and apparently even my concrete stomach has its limits.

“Hanna didn’t think it was fair that Sunshine had such perfect hair – the color of Daddy’s. Sometimes she gazed at it, longing to take a knife to Sunshine’s scalp and remove her fine locks. Hannah imagined herself proudly wearing the wig she’d make, unbothered by the stray trickle of blood that might dribble down her forehead.”

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Audiobook Sync: Week 6 Titles | Extraordinary Means & Love and First Sight

May 31, 2018 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

For the sixth week of Sync, we’ve got two contemporary young adult titles. Make sure you get these downloaded by June 6th because a new set of books will be available to download on June 7th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for 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!

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider | Read by Khristine Hvam, James Fouhey
Published by HarperAudio | Download available here!

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything. Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie – and life as Lane knows it will never be the same. Robyn Schneider’s Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist | Read by Pat Young
Published by Hachette Audio | Download available here!

After a lifetime attending a school for the blind, sixteen-year-old Will Porter’s first day at a mainstream high school went about as well as he expected. He accidentally grazed a girl’s boob when reaching for a handrail on the stairs, he sat on another student in the cafeteria, and he somehow drove a new classmate to tears without saying a word. His high school career can only go up from there, right? As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl name Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will could have ever imagined, and as he adjusts to his new sense, he finds the sighted world has been keeping more secrets from him than he realized. It turns out that the girl he’s been falling for doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty. In fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance now appears to be a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed? Told in Will’s voice as he transitions from blind to sighted, this is a story about the nature of perception, love, trust, and romantic attraction. With moments of breathtaking poignancy, it’s about how we relate to each other and the world around us, and how true friendship is one thing you don’t need to be able to see to believe.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Forever Fantasy Online (FFO #1) by Rachel Aaron & Travis Bach

May 30, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Forever Fantasy Online (FFO #1) by Rachel Aaron & Travis BachForever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron, Travis Bach
Series: FFO #1
Published by Aaron/Bach LLC on June 1, 2018
Pages: 498
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
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IT'S NOT A GAME ANYMORE...

In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, is a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items.

Both Tina and James need the game more than they'd like to admit, but their favorite escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, NPCs start acting like actual people, and death might be forever.

In the real world, everyone said being good at video games was a waste of time. Now, separated across a much larger and more deadly world, their skill at FFO is the only thing keeping them alive. It’s going to take every bit of their expertise (and hoarded loot) to find each other and get back home, but as the harshness of their new reality sets in, Tina and James soon realize that being the best in the game might no longer be good enough.

About Rachel Aaron

Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write the Heartstriker books, a new Urban Fantasy series about misfit dragons, starting with Nice Dragons Finish Last. I also wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books about a wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and stop him. PLUS I'm also the author of the new, rolicking fun Science Fiction romance Fortune's Pawn under the name Rachel Bach. Confused yet? I know I am!

I was born in Atlanta, but I currently live a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with my lightspeed son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat dog. Besides my own books, the internet knows me best for writing very fast. The best way to get to know me is probably to read my blog or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m loving all of the gaming-centric books these days. This one sounds like SO much fun and I need it super bad. Good thing it comes out in just a few short days!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 28th, 2018

May 28, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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 May 28th, 2018

Bright Burns the Night (Untitled Duology #2) by Sara B. Larson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Flatiron Books

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Point

Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by HarperTeen

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things #2) by Carolyn Mackler [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Screenshot by Donna Cooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Point

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Push

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Cross Fire (Exo #2) by Fonda Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Razorbill

The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Del Rey

Nightflyers: The Illustrated Edition by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Bantam

Shadow Keeper (Shadow #3) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Berkley Books

Torched (Dark Kings #13) by Donna Grant [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

A Sharp Solitude: A Novel of Suspense by Christine Carbo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Atria Books

Cold as Thunder by Jerry Apps [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by University of Wisconsin Press

Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1) by Laird Barron [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Kensington

Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Park Row

Hydra (Six Stories #2) by Matt Wesolowski [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2018 by Orenda Books

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Liveright

Another Side of Paradise: A Novel by Sally Koslow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Harper

The Council of Twelve (Hangman’s Daughter Tales #7) by Oliver Pötzsch [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Mariner Books

The Dante Chamber (The Dante Club #2) by Matthew Pearl [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Penguin Press

The Angry Tide (The Poldark Saga #7) by Winston Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

A Sin Such as This: A Novel (Love Lies Beneath #2) by Ellen Hopkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Atria Books

How to Forget a Duke (Misadventures in Matchmaking #1) by Vivienne Lorret [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Avon

You Never Forget Your First Earl (The Worthingtons #5) by Ella Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Zebra

They Come in All Colors: A Novel by Malcolm Hansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Atria Books

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 30th 2018 by New Directions

There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Penguin Press

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Audiobook Sync: Week 5 Titles | When Dimple Met Rishi & Baker’s Magic

May 24, 2018 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

For the fifth week of Sync, we’ve got one title about two first-generation Indian-American teens whose parents set them up in an arranged marriage and a YA/ middle-grade title about a young girl that has to figure out how to save a kingdom. Make sure you get these downloaded by May 30th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 31st. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for 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!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
Published by Dreamscape Media | Download available here!

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she’s ready for a break from her family – especially from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn’t interested in doing that right now – otherwise she wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic, so when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him – during which he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn’t planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured Why not?

Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch, Stephen DeRosa, Kenneth Cavett, L.J. Ganser, Robin Miles, Stina Nielsen, Elisabeth Rodgers
Published by Live Oak Media
 | Download available here!

Bee, a young orphan, is terribly hungry when she steals a bun from a local bakery. This desperate act sets off a series of events that takes the twelve-year-old on an incredible adventure that begins with her being hired by the baker and discovering that whatever she bakes reflects her current mood. Bee’s unusual talent comes in handy as she helps her new friend Princess Anika escape the evil mage, meets up with pirates and finds a family. A magical, meaningful story and a most magnificent heroine will delight readers of all tastes!

Happy listening!

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