The Gilded Wolves

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Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400

In 1889 Paris, the Order of Babel manage and guard all of the Forged artifacts and the secrets of the Babel Fragments that make it possible to forge minds and artifacts. Severin Montagnet-Alarie is a well known hotelier and a treasure hunter, which allows him to keep his thumb on the pulse of the city and has afforded him the ability to collect artifacts and secrets of his own. The Order has certainly taken things from Severin, but they coerce him to help him on a mission in exchange for a treasure that he never dreamed possible: his true inheritance. Severin puts together a team no one would dream up to take on this mission: to find an ancient artifact and possibly change the course of history…but only if they survive. 

I was looking forward to this book from the time that I read the first blurb on it, and I was so excited to receive a galley copy of it! Guys, this book did not let me down. It was everything that I was hoping that it would be. Chokshi took the time to create a beautiful, rich fantasy world within the backstop of what we know historical Paris to be. The character development is incredibly well done. The characters are well fleshed out throughout the book, as they alternate chapters and we get to learn the backstories of each. If you’re a fan of fantasy, you can tell that this is the beginning of a fantasy series, as the author is taking the time to set up the world, etc, which can get a bit tedious at times but it never felt stale. There were wonderful twists, riddles, puzzles, and delightful banter to keep me fully engaged throughout the book. I’m anxiously awaiting the next! 

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Love is a Many Splintered Thing release!!

Book 12 in the Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery series has arrived!!

Nick and Mimi have gotten married, and are settling in to life as husband and wife. Things seem to be going well, when Charles offers Mimi tickets for a cruise. In true Charles and Mimi form, this will not be the relaxing cruise that it is planned to be….

I’m so excited to get started on Mimi, Charles, and the gangs next adventure! If you’re as excited as I am, you can buy the book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Many-Splintered-Thing-Detective-ebook/dp/B07JKQTL5J/ref=nodl_

Congrats and happy release day, Jamie!!!

An Anonymous Girl

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Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Psych Thriller

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 384

Jessica sees an ad seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a psychological study on morality and ethics. It promises generous compensation, which she desperately needs. Thinking that she will only need to answer some questions on a survey and be on her way, she signs up without much hesitation. The questions are a bit more invasive than Jess believed they would be, but the real trouble begins when Dr. Shields asks her to participate in a more in depth study. She becomes more and more paranoid, and can no longer tell reality from what is being twisted by Dr. Shields and her psychological experiment. She soon finds out that some obsessions can become deadly. 

This is the psychological thriller that I have been looking for, y’all! This book had everything that I wanted it to have. It had characters that were all well fleshed out; some that were likable and relatable, and some that were not so much. The story flowed really well, and didn’t really lag at all. I was invested from the beginning, and didn’t want to put it down. The best part, though, was that the plot line was twisty and suspenseful enough that it gave me chills and  made my heart race in places. This is exactly what I’m looking for in a great psychological thriller! This was a great read to start my year off with, and I hope this is a good omen for the rest of the year! 

 

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review this book for them.

Best of 2018…

                                                                              The Best of 2018!!!

Hi all!!! 

I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2018! It feels like this year has been extraordinarily long, but has gone by in a flash at the same time, if that makes sense. This year has certainly seen its share of highs and lows, but I hope that your year in books has been one of the highlights! Despite reading quite a bit less than I did last year, thanks to a marked uptick in work and several reading slumps, I can say that my literary journey was definitely a high note of the year. I read so many wonderful books this year from many, many wonderful authors- from old favorites to debuts. It was very difficult to narrow down my favorite reads of the year, so much so that I had to choose a fiction a non-fiction as I couldn’t decide between the final two! So, without further ado- my favorite books of 2018: 

                                Favorite Fiction of 2018: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

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This book, the first in a new series by the amazing author of The Girl from Everywhere duology (another favorite of mine!), was released at the end of September of this year. It is a hefty book at a little over 500 pages (hardback edition), but I got so absorbed in it and it read so quickly that I read it while on a weekend trip. The world building was so phenomenal and the writing so lyrical (literally at times!), that it was easy to get swept away in the novel. I loved the strong female lead, and that this was an own voices novel so the writing was true to the character. This is technically YA Fantasy, but anyone who is a fan of well written fantasy would enjoy this. You can find the full review here: For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, Book 1)

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Muse-Fire-Heidi-Heilig/dp/0062380818/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546224730&sr=8-1&keywords=for+a+muse+of+fire

                            Favorite Non-Fiction of 2018: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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After the review that was posted yesterday, this may come as no surprise, but this is definitely the bet non-fiction that I read this year. This memoir was published in mid November, and I read it while I was on vacation. It took me a bit to write my review, because there was so much that I wanted to say about it, but I didn’t want to just summarize the entire book. I find Michelle Obama so inspirational, and this book made her even more so. She was open, witty, honest, funny, and relatable. This book left me with a feeling of hope. If you’re looking to add more memoirs to your reading list this year and haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it! Find my initial review here: Becoming

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama/dp/1524763136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546225152&sr=8-1&keywords=becoming+michelle+obama

I hope that you guys enjoy these as much as I did! What were your favorite reads of 2018? Anything that I should check out? I’ll be spending the next couple of days attempting to get together some semblance of a reading list for the first part of 2019. There are some exciting new books coming out this year!!

I wish you all an amazing new year!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming

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Author: Michelle Obama

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 448

Publisher: Crown Publishing

I don’t think that I need to tell anyone who the author of this memoir is. Michelle Obama, a brilliant, beautiful former first lady, but she is so much more. She is a wife, mother, Princeton and Harvard Law graduate; a very accomplished woman well before she ever in the public eye as the First Lady of the United States. Inside this memoir, Mrs. Obama opens up her world and tells the readers of her life experiences, both good and bad, and how they molded her in to the woman that she is today. 

I have long admired Michelle Obama as a woman of intellect, grace, and integrity. I can truly say, after reading her memoir, that I admire her even more. She opened up in this book about her whole life. We learn about her upbringing in Chicago, where she was encouraged to use her intelligence to move forward and make a difference. She speaks about her married life, which hasn’t always been roses and butterflies but they worked through it and it is real. She tells us, of course, about their time in politics and the White House and the highs and lows of that life. And we learn what her life is beginning to look like now, as she is settling in to “normal” life again. 

I loved this memoir, because Michelle Obama was so real in it. She told her truth in no uncertain terms. She was raw, honest, witty, poignant, funny, and relatable. There were criticisms of those who followed she and President Obama, but they were measured and not unwarranted or nasty. She made me feel that it was ok if “leaning in” didn’t necessarily work to get me where I needed to be, and I had to go a different route. She, overall, left me with a feeling of hope- not false hope- but hope that we can become more. 

Schmuck the Buck: Santa’s Jewish Reindeer

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Author: EXO Books

Genre: Picture Book/Holiday

Publisher: EXO Books

Pages: 60

Larry and his family are the only Jewish reindeer inhabitants of the North Pole. Larry, however, is even further excluded as he is relentlessly bullied, called names, and just treated in an all-around horrible way. That all comes to an end, though, when Larry comes up with a brilliant plan to save Christmas. 

This was such a cute and sweet book! It had everything, from laugh out loud funny parts, to all the feels parts, and a great message wrapped up in it. It is a fresh new take on a classic holiday tale. The illustrations are lovely, and really bring it to life. This would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s holiday library! 

Marshmallows and Mistletoe Review

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Author: Marianne Rice

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Star Hill Press

Pages: 145

Noel, much as her name would suggest, adores Christmas and everything about it: decorating, cooking, family time, presents, all of it! While she is visiting her parents’ home, she finds herself alone when the power is taken out during a storm. Ian and his young son have been having a pretty rough go of it, but he is really hoping that their move to Maine will be a new start for them. While taking him to see Santa, he slides off the road a crashes right in to Noel’s parents’ mailbox. Now he finds himself stranded in a strange home, with a strangely enthusiastic woman. Will this turn in to a nightmare, or turn out to be exactly what they both have been needing? 

Guys, I was not wrong to be excited about reading this while I was on my little vacation! This turned out to be exactly that “holiday movie in a book” that I was looking for. It gave me all the feels! As always, the characters were nicely developed, and felt like people that you’d want to get to know better and hang out with, The setting was wonderfully atmospheric. This was just so much fun to read and get lost in. If you’re looking for a sweet holiday romance to round out your December reads, I recommend giving this one a try!