Hello friends! I seriously cannot believe that June is over and we are halfway through 2020. This is crazy!! Someone pinch me, am I dreaming? Well, I closed out the mid year with a bang and my biggest reading month yet in 2020. I am mighty proud of myself and had such a blast! I hope you were able to read a few books as well. ☺️
What constitutes as my biggest reading month, you ask? I’ll tell ya! I read 18 books in June! Yes, that’s right… you heard me. 18 BOOKS!! *gasp* *round of applause* I really have no idea how I managed that, but I’m quite pleased. To say the least, I’ve shed my slump and found my reading mojo again and am chomping at the bit for more books. I need my books more than ever right now, what with no end in sight with coronavirus. We are seeing many states spike drastically right now, so I’ll be continuing to stay home as much as possible and live vicariously through books. They truly are the best adventures!
I’m sure you’re all dying to know which books I’ve read, so please enjoy these shoddy graphics I created. LOL! You’ll have to forgive me, as I’m still learning the art of graphics and I promise I’ll get better. So, in no particular order here are the 18 books I read in June 2020!
Most surprising read – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Most disappointing read – The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Most enjoyable read – She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway & My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Let me expound on the above statements a little.
The Alice Network was my most surprising read of June because I’m not big into the Historical Fiction genre. I truly loved this book! I listened to it on audio (Thanks Greece Public Library for having it available through Hoopla!!) and the narrator was fantastic. The characters were so vibrant, realistic and complex that I found myself quickly becoming attached. The dual storylines were very easy to follow, yet captivating and I just couldn’t get enough. I have already recommended this book to some friends and I highly recommend it to all.
As for my most disappointing read, The Mermaid by Christina Henry was a good story and I don’t really have any faults with it other than I was just expecting more from it. What that more is I’m not entirely sure, but the writing was beautiful and the characters were fun. Amelia was the perfect mermaid, and I loved that she wasn’t portrayed as some Disney perfect mermaid. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who is looking for a fairytale type retelling, as this is very much a retelling of The Little Mermaid.
I equally enjoyed two books the most, and I’m rating them that way because they made me laugh and were really fun to read. Both of them are contemporary romance books, or rom-com as I like to call them, but with substance and relatable situations. She’s Faking It and My Favorite Half-Night Stand both make great summer reads or if you need a feel good pick me up.
What’s coming up?! Well, I have another great lineup of ARCs for the month of July and an overly ambitious TBR! You really wouldn’t expect anything less from me, right? If you’re on Instagram head over and check out my corresponding account, lots of great content goes up there almost daily. My handle is @booksnbites13. If you could give me a follow and like some of my posts, in return I’ll give you a shoutout in my story. 🙂 My July TBR post will be going up in the next couple days, so stay tuned and if you’ve subscribed to follow my blog you’ll get the notification as soon as it’s live. I’ve got some coffee to drink and a book to read, so until next time friends!
Hi friends, and welcome back to my final stop on the 2020 Summer Reads Blog Tour with Harlequin. This stop is for She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway and what a great book to end the summer tour program with! I really hit the jackpot with my choices for summer reading, especially with She’s Faking It. Harlequin really puts such lovely tours together and it’s so hard not to sign up for every book offered. I hope you enjoy this post, and maybe even add to your TBR list.
She’s Faking It
Trade Paperback | Graydon House Books
On Sale: 6/30/2020
You can’t put a filter on reality.
Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego…if “chill” means delivering food as a GrubGetter, and if it means “uneventful”.
But when Bree starts a new Instagram account — @breebythesea — one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru Demi DiPalma, owner of a lifestyle brand empire. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking? It’s not a career choice she’d ever seriously considered, but maybe it’s a sign from the universe. After all, Demi’s the real deal… right?
Everything is lining up for Bree: life goals, career, and even a blossoming romance with the chiseled guy next door, surf star Trey Cantu. But things are about to go sideways fast, and even the perfect filter’s not gonna fix it. Instagram might be free, but when your life looks flawless on camera, what’s the cost?
Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.
My initial impression was that Bree was an absolute train wreck in the most hilarious way! Then as I kept reading I was able to start see past her flippant exterior and see more into her character. I loved the theme of the book, as I feel anything social media centered is extremely relatable to the majority. I know that it definitely hit home for me, and made me think about my intention with what I post and focus on with my social media accounts. I’ve never been one to care about follower count, although I do know some people who are obsessed with it. Watching Bree on her bumpy journey was a treat, and the ending made me so very happy. Corny, I know, but that’s the purpose of these cute romance stories! This was a fantastic read, meaningful with a great touch of humor. I highly recommend this read to anyone in their mid 20s to mid 30s as it will be more relatable to that age range, but enjoyable to any reader regardless.
Hello friends, I’m here with another fabulous book review/Spotlight for you! I am just minutes after finishing Wire Wings by Wren Handman and wondering how I’m going to keep from slipping into a book hangover. I am so grateful to The Parliament Press for the chance to read and review before release, which happens to be tomorrow!! This is not a paid review, just an exchange for an honest review.
Graciela does as she’s told: she cowers beneath the towering intellect of her parents, goes to school, toes the line. But in the Waves, a virtual reality world, Graciela can be anyone, anywhere, anytime. Free. In the real world, Graciela is drowning. Her best friend recently passed away, she’s suffering from crippling panic attacks, and her only connection to life is Khaiam, who keeps trying to draw her back to reality.
But how can he compete with the Waves? There, she can be whoever she dreams. And in that world, there’s Thomas, the stunning stranger with haunted eyes she’s only ever met online. Thomas seems to be able to defy the rules of the Waves, and he holds secrets of his own—about the origins of his creation, the nature of AI, and about Gracie’s own past. He will lead her on a dangerous road to truths she isn’t ready for, and the ultimate decision between acceptance and identity, duty and love, life and freedom.
What an imaginative scifi story that isn’t just some cool read about the creation of an AI being, but a story that shows that living with grief can be tough. That dealing with loss, and losing your sense of connection with others and the world around you, can be devastating and invisible to people close to you.
Graciela is dealing with the loss of one of her best friends and immersed herself in the digital world of the waves and diving with her link. It’s her escape from reality, from her grief. With her father’s upcoming press release of their creation of an AI life form, things get a little tricky when Graciela has a chance encounter with it on a dive that turns into much more than a brush with the renegade Charlie. Graciela starts spending more time with “Thomas”, the new name she’s given AI Charlie, and less time in the real world with her friend Khaiam and his friends from school. The struggle of trying to be more connected to people in the real world, versus spending time with Thomas present the most challenging struggle yet.
Such beautiful writing of loss, grief and learning to lean on those around you. This story will draw you in and take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I hope you’re sitting down as you come to the end, because it will be a hard stop that leaves your stomach flipped. I dearly hope that there is a sequel because I am dying for more of the story!
This book would be a great read for anyone who is a fan of The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, as it deals in similar topics/themes of dealing with grief. If you like scifi then you’ll love Wire Wings, or if you’re looking to dip your toes into the genre then this is a book I’d definitely recommend starting with. This was such a fantastic treat to read and definitely a story I will think about often. I hope your summer is going well and that your reading is adventurous.
Hey friends, glad to be bringing you yet another fabulous book tour! I am so excited to present a spotlight on Spit and Song by Travis M Riddle, a magical book that will take you on an adventure of your lifetime. This is an Indie published Adult Fantasy, and is definitely one that you should grab if Fantasy is your jam! I am a lover of big fantasy books, and Spit and Song definitely checks that box. It also delivers an amazing world that is so unique and different, that I tend to fall through the pages as I’m reading and lose track of my surroundings. I’m about halfway through the book at the moment and I can’t get enough! Really looking forward to kicking back at the lake house this weekend and finishing this adventure. Let me tell you more about it! 🙂
Spit and Song by Travis M. Riddle
Published: November 19, 2019
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Age Group: Adult
Kali is a merchant who yearns to leave the harsh deserts of Herrilock and travel across the sea, trading goods and soaking in the sights and cultures. With a new potion on the market undercutting her profits, though, her seabound dreams are put on hold indefinitely.
Failed musician Puk hits rock bottom after yet another catastrophic performance. Wandering the city streets in search of any sip of booze or whiff of fire-spit he can get his hands on, he resigns to the fact that he’s stuck in the desert with no way back home to Atlua.
Until one day, their paths cross with an illicit job opportunity. With its hefty payday, Kali and Puk could afford to finally escape the desert heat and set sail across the gulf.
The black market job would see them travel endless dunes on a road made from a massive dead beast’s ribs and out to a mythical city in the sea, scuffling with monsters and thugs in search of a long-lost book that might be the most dangerous object in the world.
How hard could it really be?
Travis M. Riddle lives with his pooch in Austin, TX, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. His work has been published in award-winning literary journal the Sorin Oak Review.
Sounds intriguing right? How cool would it be to have a city built in the skeleton of some mythical creature?!? Wishful thinking, but if that captured your attention then let me share a peek of the story with you because I am seriously loving it!
– Excerpt from Spit and Song by Travis M Riddle –
The cordol was quite literally taking the bait.
Now was her chance. Kali’s heart and lungs heaved in her chest as she dashed toward the pile of pale orange eggs, huddled together and nestled snugly into the sand.
She didn’t bother to look over her shoulder to find out what Puk was doing. She needed to concentrate, to act as quickly as possible.
Kali came to a sliding stop before the eggs and saw that their mother hadn’t yet reached the bait.
Plenty of time.
She gathered two of the eggs in her arms and held them close to her chest. Two should be enough to satisfy Puk’s acquaintance in Myrisih. It was a more than generous offer, she thought.
Kali turned on her heel and started toward Bella. Puk had not made it back yet with his unimpressive stride, but he wasn’t far off.
To her left, she saw the cordol had arrived at the bait and was busy devouring the miniscule amount of food. It would only be a handful of moments before it curved around and returned to its eggs. She urged her legs to move faster.
Puk was leaning one arm against Bella’s side and panting heavily when Kali made it to them.
“Two?” he wheezed.
“Two,” she said.
She unclasped the empty sack that had come with Bella. The added space was incredibly useful, granting them an entirely empty bag to house the eggs without fear of them smashing against their other belongings. As she closed it tight, Puk uttered a swear.
“What?” Kali turned around and saw what had elicited his alarm.
Somehow, the cordol had already made a speedy return to its den and discovered two of its eggs missing. It reared up and began to sniff the air for its stolen offspring.
There was no time to waste.
Without warning, Kali reached over and grabbed Puk under the armpits then hoisted him up onto Bella’s back. The qarm yelped in surprise and righted himself.
They had to move faster. The cordol had spotted them.
It slithered toward them with ferocious speed. Bella let out a soft whine.
Kali and the cordol moved in tandem.
She leapt up onto the saddle at the same moment the cordol propelled itself into the air. As Kali kicked at the ayote’s sides to take off, the cordol slammed into the ground and burrowed into the sand.
Shit, Kali thought again.
Maybe she hadn’t memorized the bestiary front to back like her sister, but she knew enough about cordols and ayotes to be fully aware that there was no chance they could outrun the beast.
But she had to try.
Better that than give up or resort to violence.
It was a good thing Bella was so young and hated being cooped up. Those factors combined with her fear of the approaching cordol injected her with an absurd amount of energy.
Kali had never seen an ayote run so fast. They were a blur.
Puk’s arms found their way around her waist again, and Kali had to lean forward to avoid being knocked back by the intense wind.
Their mount instinctively weaved side to side, charting a semi-unpredictable path, but it wasn’t enough to outsmart the cordol. It burst from the ground directly in front of Bella, who skidded to a halt, causing Kali and Puk to tumble forward over her head.
Kali crashed head-first into the sand, her legs accidentally whacking Bella on the face. The ayote yipped in shock, but seemed otherwise unharmed.
Puk had absorbed most of the momentum and was flung right into the cordol, knocking the huge, thick worm onto its back.
He scrambled to stand up, but the cordol was faster.
It whipped its lower half into his torso and sent him flying again, screaming “Fuck!” as he careened through the air.
If the stakes weren’t so high, Kali would have laughed at the ludicrous sight. But as it were, she pushed herself up off the ground and swiftly backed up to her knapsack which hung from the saddle beside the bag carrying the eggs.
“Shit,” she muttered aloud this time, distraught that it had come to this.
She extracted her antique dagger from the bag and gripped its hilt.
Just in time, too, as the cordol slid past Bella and rammed into Kali. She braced herself and held on to either side of the beast’s head, stabbing the blade into what amounted for its neck.
It gnashed its rounded teeth and roared with fury, rolling away from her and Bella. As it rolled onto its left side, it pushed the dagger in deeper.
Unfortunately, the beast was undeterred by the weapon sticking out of its body. Once righted on its stomach, it reared up again and charged toward Bella, who held the bag that contained its babies. The scent was probably all over her.
Puk was still many feet away, struggling to rise and rejoin the fray.
Kali needed to do something.
But the cordol was fast. Faster than she could have imagined. It smashed its head into Bella’s side, sending the ayote crashing down.
The egg bag slammed against Bella’s side as she landed, but mercifully it was the bags on her other side that had been crushed by her weight. Hopefully Puk wasn’t carrying anything too valuable.
A line of blood trailed from where the cordol had rolled over to where it now slithered around Bella’s frantically kicking body. It might be more concerned about retrieving its eggs than the dagger in its head, but apparently, the weapon was causing some damage.
That was good.
Kali tried to leap forward but slipped on the shifting ground, once again slamming her face into hot sand.
She looked up, spitting sand out of her mouth and blowing it from her nose, to see Puk running past her toward the fight.
“Hey!” he called in a feeble attempt to wrangle the cordol’s attention. “Look at me! Look at me, I’m a big fat idiot!”
His self-inflicted insults naturally did not register with the cordol aside from earning a passing glance. It quickly turned back to the bag where the smell of its eggs was strongest. Blood streamed from the wound in its head.
Puk stopped running.
Curiously, he reached down and began to undo his boot.
Kali got to her feet and rushed past him as he continued to mess with his shoe. With more preparedness, she jumped forward and grabbed hold of the egg bag.
The cordol roared at her as she tried in vain to pull it free from the saddle. The stablemaster had done too good of a job securing it.
Suddenly Puk’s boot zoomed through the air and lodged itself in the cordol’s throat while it was preoccupied with another intimidating roar.
The beast began to choke and sputter, which was Bella’s cue to get the hell out of there. She scrambled to her feet and took off straight ahead, dragging Kali along behind her as she held on to the egg bag. Bella’s wiry tail whipped her face twice before Kali decided to let go.
She rolled a few times before coming to an awkward stop. Up ahead, Bella continued to run for several feet, but soon came to a halt and looked back at her companions.
Kali spun herself around in the sand and witnessed what was possibly the stupidest death ever orchestrated.
Puk too stood motionless, stunned by his own handiwork.
The cordol was still choking on the boot he’d thrown. It thrashed about wildly, kicking up its own tiny sandstorm as it tried to dislodge the sturdy footwear.
Finally, the animal’s body slowed, and it lay down in the sand before coming to a complete stop. Kali watched its body bob up and down in a handful of halting, beleaguered breaths before it ceased.
Puk was astonished.
He was standing on one foot to protect the naked one from the heat, and he hopped to face Kali.
“I killed it!” he yelled, relief and amusement in his voice. “Killed it with a shoe! Dumbass!”
I hope you enjoyed that snippet, it sure is an exiting part of the book! If you’re wanting to know where you can get your hands on a copy, click any of the links below and enjoy.
Thank you so much for stopping by for my Spotlight of Spit and Song by Travis M Riddle on the blog tour. I promise I’ll post a full review once I’ve finished reading the book, but until then check out some of the other blogger’s stops on our tour. They’ve got some exciting reviews and spotlights for you.
Hi bookish friends, welcome back for Part 2 of Tuesday’s book tours. We’re going to take a little bit of a turn towards the dark and the mad, but I guess you can say “We’re all mad here”! Many of you know that I love all things Alice in Wonderland, and that includes The Balance Series by C.W. Snyder. This series is a beautiful dark blend of Wonderland, the Land of Nod, mythology, biblical beings, fairytales and the stuff of nightmares. Obviously it’s my jam! This is the 2nd book in the Balance Series, and another fabulous adventure.
“Alice hoped to find peace after the death of the Red Queen. Instead, she faces a new foe: a plague of madness that threatens to bring Nod to its knees, shaking the foundations of the afterlife. Forced to flee from her home and abandon her throne, she is led on a journey that has the potential to remake or break her. From the forest world of the Fae to the expanse of the multiverse, Alice and Zee search desperately for a cure before it’s too late.
Along the way, they meet new companions and enemies – the powerful and deadly Magi, the changeling princess Maggie, and the Triad, a sinister trio of brothers who would stop at nothing to subjugate all they see.
The fate of Nod hangs in the balance, and the key might just lie in the one place Alice has never dared to go – the depths of her own mind.”
I enjoyed Queen of Nod almost as much as Child of Nod. It was a half a star difference, and really the only reason for that was I was a little lost at the beginning of the book with the introduction of the new characters. Overall this was a 4.5 star read for me!
The plot is solid and moves right along, and the characters are phenomenal, creepy, mad, and very likable! I love that there are lessons that Alice and other characters learn throughout the books, it really gives that classic fairytale feel to it. I think the blend of multiple stories and myths adds to the dark and intricate world that CW Snyder has built, especially with the real world and other worlds intertwined. I found the concept of being twin-souled really intriguing to me, and I would love to see more of that type of character or state of being in other stories. Another concept I enjoy, is that everything comes with a price. I see that with magic in stories, but this was even more of a favor or help given for a trade. Kind of a Rumpelstiltskin type bargain, in some ways at least. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I don’t want it to end!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review for Queen of Nod(Balance Series #2) by C.W. Snyder. If you like Alice retellings, or dark fantasy then this is definitely a series you need to pick up! Plus, who doesn’t want some gorgeous covers on your shelves! If you’ve read the the first two books, then please leave me a comment and let me know how you’re liking them!
Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!! It’s a busy day here on booksnbites as we have not one but two blog tours! I figured I’d start out with the lighter hearted book to kick off the day. I’m so very excited to bring you along on my tour stop for That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson, a beautiful story about growing up, mother daughter relationships, and the trials of love. This quickly became one of my favorite reads of 2020! If I’ve intrigued you so far, then keep reading! I’m going to give you the juicy details without giving too much away.
THAT SUMMER IN MAINE By Brianna Wolfson On Sale: June 23, 2020 MIRA CONTEMPORARY FICTION/Sisters/Family/WomensFriendship/MothersandDaughters 978-0778351238; 0778351238 $16.99 USD 320 pages
About the Book
A novel about mothers and daughters, about taking chances, about exploding secrets and testing the boundaries of family
Years ago, during a certain summer in Maine, two young women, unaware of each other, met a charismatic man at a craft fair and each had a brief affair with him. For Jane it was a chance to bury her recent pain in raw passion and redirect her life. For Susie it was a fling that gave her troubled marriage a way forward.
Now, sixteen years later, the family lives these women have made are suddenly upended when their teenage girls meet as strangers on social media. They concoct a plan to spend the summer in Maine with the man who is their biological father. Their determination puts them on a collision course with their mothers, who must finally meet and acknowledge their shared past and join forces as they risk losing their only daughters to a man they barely know.
About the author
Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.
This was such a beautifully written contemporary novel about family, the need to know where you come from, and the irreplaceable bond of mother and daughter. I think we all enjoy a good story of lost love, at least I know I do, but this added a whole new perspective to it for me. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and that is part of what makes it so special. You get to follow four women on two journeys. Jane and Susie, on their journey of dealing with the past and how their daughters were conceived and what that means for their lives and relationships now. Then the journey of Hazel and Eve, dealing with getting to know their biological father and deciding what that means for their lives moving forward, but also adjusting to the fact that they are sisters.
I immediately fell in love with Hazel and Jane, and the relationship they had before Jane found Cam and their family grew. Brianna’s way of writing make the character’s feelings so realistic that you can almost feel them right alongside them. I found it harder to relate to Susie and Eve, but that was purely for the fact that their affluent background isn’t something I relate to. It was entirely appropriate and crucial to the story, and I enjoyed their part in it. I actually found it quite easy to like all of the characters, feel pity for them, empathy and joy. This is truly a beautiful story, and one that will swallow you up heart and soul.
So thanks for stopping by, and I hope I’ve been able to add a book to your must read list! If you’ve read this one, please drop me a comment and let me know what you thought. Until then…
Hi friends and hellooo June!!! I love this month because it kicks off Summer and warm weather here in Western/Central, NY. Which means, reading in the sunshine and lake days!! For those of you who don’t know me, my family has a lake house and it’s my favorite place to be. ☺️ There really is nothing better than sitting on the deck in the sun, with the lake breeze blowing and a good book. Ahhh perfection!
So June, new month and that means new reads! I’m considering myself productive to still be getting my TBR post up this early in the month. I’m also celebrating the fact that I think I’m finally out of my reading slump. Yayyy!!! Go me! I originally had this huge TBR stack planned with group reads and buddy reads, but life changes happened, and I offloaded some of the stressful tasks in my life to make room for what really brings me joy. Now I have more time for reading ARCs (advanced reader copies) and blog tours, and still be able to read other books that appeal to my current moods.
For the heck of it, and because this picture is cute, here was my TBR stack (not including ARCs). Obviously it’s changed and no I’m not doing a new picture. That takes time y’all!
From the list I still plan to read the following.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren (buddy read w/friend)
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
The Animals of Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
New Moon (reread) by Stephanie Meyer
Then, the ARCs I have lined up are….
Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle (read and loved, check out my blog tour post)
Queen of Nod by CW Snyder
That Summer in Main by Brianna Wolfson
Spit & Song by Travis M. Riddle
Wire Wings by Wren Handman
She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris (hoping to get it in at end of month)
It’s another big month, I know…. but I am 100% confident I can get through all my ARCs and most of the other books. Wish me luck! I’ll be trying to post weekly updates on Saturdays or Sundays, so stay tuned for those. Now it’s time to get back to work, break’s over!
I’ll leave you with some foodie book pictures that I took so far this month though. Enjoy!
Hey there my fellow bookish friends and followers! Lauren here, and I’m back with another fabulous book blog tour for you! I am just minutes after finishing this amazing Thriller, seriously you’re going to want to grab this book, and I cannot be more excited to tell you about it. Let’s get this party started!! Woohoooo!
First, I’d like to thank Harlequin Publishing for the chance to partner with them to read advanced copies of authors books and participate in blog tours, especially this one! I always look forward to the Mystery & Thriller tours, as they have some pretty fab books in the line ups. I knew right away that Stranger in the Lake was the one I wanted to read out of this Tour line up. I would have picked multiple if I could, but this month was crazy with ARCs and Blog Tours for me. I made such a great choice, and without further ado let me introduce you to this phenomenal read!
Stranger in the Lake
On Sale Date: June 9, 2020
$17.99 USD, $22.99 CAD
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
About the Book:
When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.
At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.
As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.
About the Author:
Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of six novels, including the forthcoming Stranger in the Lake (June 2020). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller, and a #1 e-book bestseller in the UK and Italy. She’s sold rights to her books in a dozen languages as well as film and television options. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
A Stranger in the Lake is a whirlwind story of how “Charlie” aka “Charlotte” managed to fall in love with a rich, handsome man from the other side of the tracks, only to realize that it wasn’t all she thought it would be. Paul seemed to be her Knight on a white horse, until a dead woman’s body shows up under their dock, and everything starts to unravel from there.
I really enjoyed how the beginning of the story started out, just kind of tossing the reading into the middle of it and letting them either sink or swim to try and start to figure out where the pieces fit. It really helped develop the setting, the characters and the start of the plot. I felt like I really connected to all of the characters in the beginning, yes even the condescending Diane the affluent and overprotective mother of Paul, and started to grow attached to them right away. All the while little seeds are being planted that will sprout much later in the story, really making the reader’s mind gears turn until you get to that “oh shit!” moment where you think you’re starting to figure it all out. Well, I felt mighty proud of myself at that moment…. then I kept reading. That’s when I hit the “OH SHIITTT!” moment, and just had that stupid goofy grin on my face, because I am a huge sucker for crazy hairpin twists in books.
This book will pull you in, make you comfortable and then toss you around like you’re stuck in the clothes dryer. The last 40% of the book is where you will not be able to put it down and will most likely have the book (or kindle) right up next to your face where you’ll realize, “oh, that’s too close!”. I highly recommend this for a fun and exciting summer read!! So pre-order your copy right now, or grab it on Tuesday when it’s finally out, and make sure to add Kimberly Belle to your list of must read authors. She’s definitely been added to mine!
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my review and blog tour stop! I hope I’ve been able to add another book to your TBR. If I have, then my job is done. *dusts off hands* 🙂 As always, feel free to leave me some love in the comments. I’d love to know if my Tour Reviews are something you enjoy seeing, and if there are other post types you’d like to see don’t hesitate to share. Until next time my friends!
Hi friends! I can’t believe May is over already and I’m bringing you another monthly wrap up post. June is here, and that means 2020 is almost halfway over. Hard to wrap my mind around if I’m being honest. Slow down 2020!!! I have books to read and time is going way too fast for my taste. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. Just keep your heads up, kindness in your heart and patience for those around you. 💕
Unfortunately, I’ve been in quite the reading slump since about mid-April and didn’t read many books at all. I managed to read a total of 8 books in May, one of them being a 27 minute audiobook of a children’s book about climate change. 😂 Hey, I gotta do what I gotta do to read the BookRiot 2020 Read Harder prompts that don’t vibe with me. I did have some fun nostalgia with Magic School Bus though.
Of the 8 books I read, my favorite was Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire by G.M. Nair. I read this one for a blog tour, so check out my previous posts for a full review. One book that I added to my TBR last minute was Norman 2 by Stephen Lancaster. I was super excited to receive a eARC copy via NetGalley, and will be posting a review next week. It was a fantastic ending to one of the creepiest paranormal stories I’ve ever known, let alone read. I had 2 rereads, Catching Fire and Dead Until Dark, and then the other two books were for review or blog tour. I really enjoyed all of the books I read, so that my friends would be what I consider a successful month of reading!
One thing I hope to accomplish in June is to not put as much pressure on what I read. I will obviously stick to the blog tours that I signed up for, and a buddy read I have, but other than that I’ll let my mood dictate what I read. I’ll go more in detail as to why in my June TBR post going up in the next couple days.
I’ll keep this short and sweet, I am dying to get back to my reread of Twilight. ☺️ If you’ve read any of the books in my wrap up let me know and leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello everyone and welcome back to booksnbites for another fun Blog Tour stop! Today I’m bringing you Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair, a 4 star read for me! I thoroughly enjoyed this books, and can definitely recommend it for fans of David Wong’s John Dies at the End series. Feel free to check out the other bloggers stops and give them some love, I’ll post the link below.
First and foremost I want to give a huge thanks to Storytellers on Tour and GM Nair for sending me a copy of Duckett & Dyer to read and review. I can definitely see this book becoming one of my new favorites! If you also follow me on Instagram (@booksnbites13) check out my review post that is going up later today and give it some love. Without further ado let me tell you more about this fun read! 🙂
Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire by G.M. Nair Published: March 30, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction / Mystery / Comedy Age Group: Adult
Michael Duckett is fed up with his life. His job is a drag, and his roommate and best friend of fifteen years, Stephanie Dyer, is only making him more anxious with her lazy irresponsibility. Things continue to escalate when they face the threat of imminent eviction from their palatial 5th floor walk-up and find that someone has been plastering ads all over the city for their Detective Agency.
The only problem is: He and Stephanie don’t have one of those.
Despite their baffling levels of incompetence, Stephanie eagerly pursues this crazy scheme and drags Michael, kicking and screaming, into the fray only to find that they are way out of their depth. They stumble upon a web of missing people that are curiously linked to a sexually audacious theoretical physicist and his experiments with the fabric of space-time. And unless Michael and Stephanie can put their personal issues aside and fix the multi-verse, the concept of existence itself may, ironically, no longer exist.
G.M. Nair is a crazy person who should never be taken seriously. Despite possessing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, he has written comedy for the stage and screen, and is the author of the highly unlucrative Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire series.
G.M. Nair lives in New York City and in a constant state of delusion. ———
Overall I give this book a total of 4 stars. To me that means I really enjoyed it with no complaints and it checked off all of my boxes except the “THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE” box, which tbh isn’t all that common with me anymore.
I loved the main characters and the fact that they were childhood friends turned young-adult roommates, it added for great humor because of how different Michael and Stephanie are. The Noir, Scifi, Mystery vibe makes for a great setting that keeps the reader captivated. Then you add in what I like to call, your typical David Wong twists. Those are the mind bending, waaayyy outta left fields twists that leave you rolling on the floor laughing or with your head tilted going “Huh?!”. I absolutely am digging the whole portal to another dimension piece, and thought it was done well. The man eating hamburger might just be my favorite odd character/monster in the story.
I am definitely on board to read the next book in the series when it comes, and look forward to additional adventures with the ever comedic Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire. Heck, I might even hire them myself next time I disappear.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my review for this tour! Please get yourself a copy of Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair, you will love it!! Also, don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour and enter for your chance to win the tour wide giveaway!!