Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Knockoff

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to BeyoncĂ©. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Doubleday

My Review

I would not call myself a fashionista. Yet I wanted to check this book out because it did talk about laughs. I am always on the look out for a good book that will make me laugh. There were moments that I did find myself smiling from the antics or conversations that took place in this book. Once I picked up this book I was blazing through it reading it. I was more than half way when I put it down.

However I am closer to Eve's age but I really related to Imogen. I am on social media but not a junkie or would I call myself a expert either. I have twitter and facebook accounts. I don't really get twitter and it is only really used when I post a review about a book via goodreads. I briefly tried Pinterest for like 3 seconds. Also, I don't own a cell phone. So I was truly behind Imogen. Plus, I thought Eve was a bitch. She should have been more gracious towards Imogen as she was the one that helped her. The nice gal does finish first.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Scent of the Soul Spotlight + Giveaway

01_Scent of the Soul_CoverPublication Date: February 11, 2015 Soul Mate

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In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess. It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell. Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose. It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

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Something magical happened in the musty basement of Julie Doherty’s local courthouse. She went there intending to research her ancestry, not lose herself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew her into the past and would not let her go. The trail left by her ancestors in those yellowing documents led her from rural Pennsylvania to the Celtic countries, where her love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion.

She became particularly interested in Somerled, self-styled “King of Argyll” and progenitor of the Lords of the Isles. In 1164, he led a fleet of 164 galleys up the River Clyde in an all-or-nothing attempt to overthrow the Scottish crown. What would lead a man of his advanced years to do such a thing?

Of course, history records he did so because the king demanded forfeiture of his lands. But the writer in Julie wondered …what if he did it for the love of a woman?

Those early thoughts led to SCENT OF THE SOUL, Julie’s first novel, available now on Amazon.
Readers will notice a common theme throughout Julie’s books: star-crossed lovers. This is something she knows a bit about, since during one of her trips to Ireland, she fell in love with an Irishman. The ensuing immigration battle took four long years to win. With only fleeting visits, Skype chats, and emails to sustain her love, Julie poured her heartache into her writing, where it nourished the emotional depth of her characters.

Julie is a member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, Central PA Romance Writers, The Longship Company, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.

For more information please visit Julie Doherty’s Website and Blog. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Scent of the Soul Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse
Tuesday, March 24
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Excerpt & Giveaway at Sexy Siren Book Blog
Spotlight at I Heart Reading
Wednesday, March 25
Spotlight at Genre Queen
Thursday, March 26
Interview at Mythical Books
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, March 30
Spotlight & Giveaway at Cheryl's Book Book
Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Griperang's Bookmarks
Sunday, April 5
Review at Carole's Ramblings
Monday, April 6
Review at Book Nerd
Wednesday, April 8
Review at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Sizzling Hot Books
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Thursday, April 9
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, April 10
Spotlight at Romance Book Junkies
Wednesday, April 15
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, April 16
Review at Dreams Come True Through Reading
Friday, April 17
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight & Giveaway at Boom Baby Reviews
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Battle Bugs The Lizard War

Never leave a bug behind-- collect all the Battle Bugs books!

Never leave a bug behind!

Bug Island is under attack! The lizard army is invading and the Battle Bugs are losing. Their only hope against the intruders is a strange creature they’ve never seen before-- a human being named Max. Max doesn’t know how he ended up on Bug Island--but he does know the Battle Bugs need his help!

Paperback, 128 pages Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Scholastic Paperbacks

My Review

This is a book that boys and girls who love bugs will enjoy reading. Bug Island is full of surprises. I like that the bugs featured in this book are not scary, creepy ones but cool, fun ones. Max is a good hero. Also he is relatable. Someone that the young readers will connect with and cheer for. The illustrations in this book are great. They add to the story and help make the world of Bug Island come alive. I was so into this book that even though it was short, it was still a fast read. I read it in one quick sitting. I started out reading this book because I wanted to check it out for my nephews but now even I can't wait to read the next books in this series and revisit Bug Island.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Countess Captive and Giveaway

Publication Date: February 14, 2015
Scarlet Primrose Press
Formats: eBook; Paperback
Pages: 232
Series: Book Two, Fairytale Keeper Series
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling
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During March of 1248, Adelaide Schumacher-affectionately called Snow White-has lost so much: her mother, her possessions, and now her home.

Adelaide hates abandoning her home city, her family’s legacy, and her first love‒Ivo. More than anything, she hates her father growing closer to her mother’s cousin‒Galadriel. Adelaide plots to end their tryst before her fate is sealed, and she never sets foot in Cologne again.

But good and pious can only get Galadriel so far. Never again will she be destitute. Never again will she be known by the cruel moniker‒Cinderella. Never again will someone take what is rightfully hers. No matter what it takes.

The Countess’ Captive is the much anticipated follow-up to The Fairytale Keeper and is book two in The Fairytale Keeper series. The novel combines Grimm’s fairytale characters with real historical settings and events to create a tale that leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.

My Review

I thought this was a nice follow up book from the first, The Fairytale Keeper. I like this series. The way the author has approached this series is creative. In this book, Adelaide has really grown up and matured. She is a strong woman. I thought the way she handled Galadriel was great. I myself was not that fond of Galadriel. Although she was also another strong, intelligent woman. Galadriel and Adelaide were eventually matched in wits. Which they were the only ones that I found held the story together. This time Adelaide's father turned me off with his attitude. For me this time, I read the book and liked it but I was not in love with it like I was the first one. Yet, as I said before this series is different and I do want to read the next book.


Galadriel invites Adelaide to go visit the market in Oppenheim with her and Addie’s father, Ansel. It’s clear by Galadriel’s attire that she intends to play the role of Ansel’s wife. Addie sees this as yet another way Galadriel is trying to usurp her mother’s place.

"Adelaide…" Galadriel calls. I rise and throw open the door. "Oh, there you are."

"Where else would I be?" The dig in my question fades as I look her up and down. She’s traded her velvet for home–spun cloth, her golden hair for an opaque shroud. "Why are you dressed like a peasant’s widow?"

The welcoming warmth on her face quickly cools. "I was wondering if you’d like to see Oppenheim with us."

Us. Now they are an us? My flickering annoyance ignites, kindling rage. No, I should like to shout. No, I don’t care to see Oppenheim with you, you usurping traitor. I’ll never play daughter to you.

She knows this. She knows I haven’t the patience to bite my tongue. Surely she’d quite like me to go along with them and say something unpleasant, to put myself one step closer to a convent.

If only I could bite my tongue. I swallow hard.

Truly, I should go. Who else shall keep them from enjoying the day too much, from forming warm, bonding memories? Only I can do this, even in silence. I serve as a reminder of the life Father thinks he’s lost, though it isn’t utterly lost. He has abandoned it.

I resign with a sigh. I haven’t the will to stay silent.

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Intro: Galadriel gives Adelaide advice so she can return to her father’s good graces, but Addie questions Galadriel’s motives. The two argue and Galadriel, realizing that Addie will never waver, threatens her.

"Tonight you shall join us for supper and be a cheerful, obedient daughter," Galadriel says. "Do that, and perhaps he’ll forget about the convent."

Her advice takes me aback. "Why are you helping me?"

She laughs. "It’s not out of any fondness for you." Her face saddens for a moment but quickly hardens. "I know you hate me…"

"You bedded my father a week after my mother’s death. You were her cousin!"

"It was not planned, you know." She looks away. "We had so much drink. I doubt we even knew…"

"Doubt you even knew what? What you were doing, or who you were with?" I give a short, wry laugh. "Well, I do not doubt that he hadn’t any idea of that either."

Her slap falls hard on my cheek. She draws back, and for a heartbeat, she eyes the hand that slapped me with shock. One of my hands darts to my smarted cheek, the other curls into a fist as we stand in heated silence. Her countess mask returns as quickly as it had faltered.

"What’s done is done, Adelaide, and I cannot undo it." Her voice is distant, almost sad. "I have tried to be kind to you. I came all the way back to Cologne to save you. I saved Gregor from you. I gave you a home when you had none, and I give you one still." A shadow darkens her fair face. "But if you want me to be a villain like the ones from your Mama’s tales, I will gladly rise to your expectations."

She comes close. Her voice lowers to a whisper. "You think me a fool, but you have no idea what you are up against with me. I know why you ran from the carriage. You had to warn your little peasant boy. Is there someone else besides us who knows he burned Cologne’s cathedral to the ground?"

Her words knock the air from my chest. "Ivo would never do such a thing," I lie.

She laughs. "Oh, if Konrad ever got his hands on you again! Your face paints quite the picture, you know. Are you always so easily read or only when it has to do with the peasant boy?"

"You don’t know what you’re talking about."

"Oh, but I do." Her voice is ice. "That night, I sat staring out the window as your Father slept off his drunken stupor. I had nothing else to do. And then I saw him. Your Ivo, he ran right below my window, panicked and covered in soot.

"So back to why I am helping you. I love your father, and he loves you. I know the pain of losing a child, and I wish to keep him from that. If you summon him this morning, it shall upset him. Seeing the welt on your head shall remind him of yesterday. Besides that, it is obvious you are well enough to join us. He will suspect you’re causing trouble again, and that may seal his decision to send you away. It would break his heart to do that, and his heart hasn’t yet mended from its last wound.

"I have offered you kindness, and you won’t take it." The soft, feminine angles of her features sharpen. "Now I offer you a warning. Keep up with your defiance against your father, and he will send you away, but if you defy me in the walls of my home, I swear I will write a letter to Konrad, telling him you confessed to me a horrific secret about how your Ivo burned the great cathedral of Cologne."

"You’re wrong," I say, withholding welling tears.

"And so what if I am? I am a countess, and he is a nobody. Who would Konrad believe?" She whirls around, heading down the hall, and adds without turning: "I think I shall have the letter written and kept in a safe place with a trusted person, just in case anything should happen to me."

About the Author

Andrea Cefalo is an award-winning author and blogger on Medieval Europe. The next three novels in The Fairytale Keeper series will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and their two border collies. For more information please visit Andrea Cefalo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Countess’ Captive Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review at Library Educated
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, March 24
Guest Post at What Is That Book About
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, March 25
Review at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, March 26
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, March 27
Review at Bibliotica
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Saturday, March 28
Spotlight at Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers
Tuesday, March 31
Review at Bookish
Wednesday, April 1
Review at Shelf Full of Books
Thursday, April 2
Guest Post at The Lit Bitch
Friday, April 3
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes
Monday, April 6
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Tuesday, April 7
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Friday, April 10
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Monday, April 13
Review at Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, April 14
Review at A Leisure Moment
Wednesday, April 15
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, April 16
Spotlight at Books and Benches
Friday, April 17
Review at A Book Drunkard

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Silence is bone-chilling creepy and scary!

A terror-filled story of one family and their friends, as they struggle to survive in a world overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt purely by sound...

My Review

Ok, so if you are a fan of horror books then you have to check this book out. The Silence is bone-chilling creepy and scary! In a great way. Right from the moment I opened this book I was glued to it. At first I thought this book was going to have the feel of The Descent. The movie about six female friends who go caving and encounter evil creatures. Which this book did have a little bit of this aspect with the creatures but I also pictured this book as being a silent movie. What with Ally being deaf. This twist with making Ally deaf fit in with the story nicely. Actually the idea of taking this book and turning it into a silent movie on the big screen would be cool. This book also had elements of Resident Evil. So if these references don't get you hyped to read this book than I don't know what would, except maybe for the fact that if you can't handle gore then you may not want to read this book. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Worthy Brown's Daughter. Instantly, I was spellbound by this book

Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon's wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.

At Worthy's trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.

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The Stranger is a must, sit on the edge of your seat read!

The #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense delivers a shocking thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life—and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.

Harlan Coben’s seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers feature unrivaled depths of emotion combined with cutting-edge suspense plots that keep millions of readers turning pages deep into the night. In The Stranger, married parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage is built—leaving Adam wondering whether he ever truly knew Hannah at all.

My Review

It has been a long time since I have read a book by this author. For the most part I enjoyed all of the books that I have read by this author. So when I saw Mr. Coben's latest book, I thought now is a good time to revisit this author and his work. OMG. I read this book in a few short hours.

The idea of a stranger coming into someone's life and telling them something about their significant other's dark secret. That is scary. I felt for Adam and what he went through when he learned his wife's secret. This is why I was invested in the story. The whole time I kept read this book I was trying to piece it together. To figure out what the stranger's motives were. I could not solve it until the reveal. Which by the way the ending was a high note. I can not wait to read the next book. The Stranger is a must, sit on the edge of your seat read!