That Summer in Maine – Blog Tour

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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.

By Brianna Wolfson
On Sale: June 23, 2020 
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.

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My Review:

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…

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

June 2020 TBR

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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!

TBR stack that quickly got thrown out the window!

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!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

Stranger in the Lake – Blog Tour

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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

Kimberly Belle

On Sale Date: June 9, 2020

9780778309819, 0778309819

Trade Paperback

$17.99 USD, $22.99 CAD

Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological

352 pages

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.

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Facebook: @KimberlyBelleBooks

Twitter: @KimberlySBelle

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My Review –

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!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

May 2020 Wrap Up

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!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire – Review

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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.

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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! 🙂

Book Information

Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire by G.M. Nair Published: March 30, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction / Mystery / Comedy Age Group: Adult


Book Blurb

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.

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Author Information

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. ———

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My Review – **possible semi spoilers**

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!!

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April Wrap Up

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Hi friends, it’s me again! I’m a little late, but finally bringing my April reading wrap up to you. Let’s just say plans for April did not go how I intended them to. But hey, that’s totally fine! Life is good, I did read some books and started watching the Marvel movies. Yes, yes I know… how have I only just started watching Marvel movies. I’m really enjoying watching them in chronological order, and try to watch about a movie once a week. It provides for a nice break in activity between work and reading.

So I had every intention to make April my best reading month ever, only for it to be my slowest. Life! Am I right? I did really enjoy every book that I read, and I made a new connection with a blog tour group. All good things! I ended up reading a total of 9 books for the month of April, a far cry from my ridiculously high expectations of 26 books! Hah! I’m silly for thinking 26 was obtainable. A girl sure can dream, at least this one can.

Books read in the month of April!

And not pictured are

  • Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor
  • Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

I had some great diversity in my reading, which is always fun! It’s nice to shake things up a bit so I’m not always reading the same genre book after book. I was disappointed that I didn’t finish my reread of the Hunger Games Trilogy, and didn’t get to Scythe by Neal Schusterman, but there is always another month. I just need to read Mockingjay to complete the trilogy before the new prequel releases later this month. I love, love, loved Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker, the long anticipated sequel to The Simple Wild. It was by far my favorite book of April, but Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski came in a very close 2nd place.

I also made some delicious food in April, and I quite often curled up with a plate while I read after work. Some of the dishes includes homemade garbage plates, sweet n sour shrimp stir fry, greek salmon w/dill cream sauce, gf banana bread, costa rican gallo pinto and other yummies. I guess you can say, this is where the “bites” portion comes into play with my blog name. Although, I do tend to devour books. Metaphorically speaking! LOL

Thank you all for stopping by and stay tuned for my May TBR post coming in the next couple days. I have blog tours coming up throughout the rest of the month as well. As always, let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned by leaving me a comment.

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

The Summer Villa – Blog Tour

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Hello and welcome back to booksnbites for another fun stop on the 2020 Spring Reads Blog Tour for Harlequin. There were so many lovely books to pick from for this tour, so it was a difficult decision for me but I am so happy that I chose The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill. This beautiful tale of friendship and second chances at life was the perfect spring read. For me, Spring is always a beautiful season of renewal and new chances. I’m very excited to share some details and my review on The Summer Villa with you.

Melissa Hill


Author: Melissa Hill 

ISBN: 9780778359982

Publication Date: April 28, 2020 

Publisher: MIRA Books


MELISSA HILL lives in south Dublin with her husband and daughter. A USA TODAY and international #1 bestseller, she is the author of 13 novels, including The Gift of a Charm and A Gift From Tiffany’s. The Gift of a Charm was a USA TODAY bestseller. Hailed “the queen of the big plot twist,” she combines all the warmth and humor of contemporary women’s fiction with plots that keep readers guessing from page to page. Melissa also cowrites forensic thrillers with her husband, Kevin, under the pseudonym Casey Hill, featuring crime scene investigator Reilly Steel. For more information, visit


When a little white lie becomes the story of your life, what if the truth comes out?

For three woman, it’s a life-changing trip: one finds the man of her dreams, another discovers inspiration amidst Italian food and culture, while a chance encounter with a handsome local ushers in the ultimate life change for the third. But most importantly, it’s the beginning of a deep and lasting friendship between all three.

Now years later, Kim Weston – entrepreneur and owner of internationally successful Italian food and lifestyle business, The Sweet Life – has bought and restored the tumble-down villa to its former glory — and plans to reopen Villa Dolce Vita as a wellness/cultural retreat – a fitting honor to the root of her business inspiration.

To celebrate the villa’s grand opening, she and her Italian business partners are throwing a huge three-day party; flying a group of family, business and media contacts to the Amalfi Coast to join in the celebrations. And most importantly, the (still) close friends who started the journey with her: Annie and husband Nate, whose love story began at the villa, and single mum Eva, whose son was the result of an ill-advised Italian fling.

But in the run up to the planned weekend in Italy, it becomes clear that not everyone is happy about the party, nor are they on board with such ambitious plans for the location. And, as Villa Dolce Vita’s grand relaunch draws closer, old memories and past secrets come to light, and the three old friends are forced to question if anything that happened on that first fateful trip to the villa is at all what it seemed.


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My Review –

This was the perfect spring read, of friendship, second chances and fighting for what you truly desire in life. The beginning took me a while to settle into the rhythm and the swapping of characters and timelines, but once I did I couldn’t get enough of it. I just had to keep reading to see how the storylines converged. I absolutely loved the setting in Italy along the Amalfi coast. Definitely a dream destination for myself and others, it added an extra sparkle to the story.

The main characters are three young women from different backgrounds in life and different countries. You have sweet Collette from England, who took over the family bakery after college while her mum battled cancer, spunky Annie from Ireland who was adopted and had a rough life and just doesn’t give up, and Kim who comes from an affluent NY family and whose parent’s shadows loomed over her so much that she decided to escape and create her own life. It was hard to pick a favorite, as each of the girls had their own quirks and likable traits. I felt invested in each girl’s storyline, from then and now. I really liked how it all wrapped up at the end and felt the ending could not have been more perfect! I might be biased though, because I was team Luca the entire story.

This is definitely a perfect book for anyone who loves Susan Mallery’s books.

Thanks for tuning in to my review and blog tour post for Harlequin’s Spring 2020 Tour train. I hope you enjoyed my review, and make sure to stay tuned as I’ve prepared quite the summer full of fun reads for reviews! 🙂

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

DISENCHANTED by Brianna Sugalski Book Tour

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Hi friends, I hope you’re all doing well and hanging in there. I’m so excited to be able to share my stop on the tour of Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski, a story of magical adventure following Princess Lilac of Brittany on a journey to do the right thing in order to be a queen to be fit to rule her kingdom. Thank you to Storytellers On Tour for inviting me to be a part of this tour, I absolutely love reading and supporting all books published by Parliament House. Please make sure to check out the other stops on the Tour, which is included below. brianna-sugalski/

Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski Series: Disenchanted (#1)
Published: March 10, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fantasy 
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult

Book Blurb

A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger— and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.

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Author Information

With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curious and bewitching—Brianna Sugalski is an author and blogger. Previously, she was a staff contributor for Lifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In- Chief at her school publications.

Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels the country every few years with her husband and children. She admires the luminaries of the Victorian Era; growing up reading period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives that readers will hopefully enjoy.

Ultimately, she aspires to make her own readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to help them discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.

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My Review – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Disenchanted is a magical blend of historical fiction and fantasy that takes the reader on quite a magical adventure. With a riotous discovery of a dark secret on the eve of her tenth birthday, Princess Lilac is forced into a life of isolation until the day of her coronation. Lilac refuses to stay sequestered in her castle tower, and embarks on a perilous and eventful journey to a witch who has sent her a message to meet her in the town of Paimpont, where she has promised to help Princess Lilac rid herself of her dark talent. During this journey we encounter all sorts of magical beings, and really get a feel for the type of ruler Lilac will become. Her spunk and determination kept me entranced the entire story. We also meet Grain, a vampire from the local coven and companion to Princess Lilac on her journey. The author’s blend of fantasy and historical fact from the 100 Years War made for a fun story that was unlike one I’ve ever read before! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for this adventure, and I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This will be a series I not so patiently wait for.

Thanks for passing by to check out my stop on the tour for Disenchanted by Brianna Sulgaski. Stay tuned for my upcoming tours and other fun posts.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

House of Shadows – ARC Review

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Hi everyone, Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend, I’ve definitely been enjoying this lovely sunshine and 60 degree weather we’ve been having. I took my lounge chair outside and read in the sun for a few hours today. I’ve completed 3 books so far this weekend, so I’m excited to bring my review for one of them to you!

I had been dying for a spooky read, and House of Shadows by Darcy Coates definitely quenched my thirst. This is the truest form of Gothic Horror but without all the stuffy dry bits in it. I was on the edge of my seat, devouring each page until I got to the end. Just like hour the evil spirit devoured people in the book. LOL! I’m so excited to share this book and my review with you, so without further ado let’s get to it.

House of Shadows by Darcy Coates
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date May 05, 2020

Description –

Sophie’s world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She’s still reeling from the news when she’s offered an unexpected solution: Mr Argenton, a wealthy stranger, asks for her hand in marriage. Marrying Mr Argenton will restore her family’s fortunes and save them from scandal, but condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally dark mansion situated hours from civilisation. Sophie struggles to adjust to her new position as mistress over the desolate house. Mr Argenton’s relatives are cold, and Mr Argenton himself is keeping secrets. Even worse, the house is more than it seems.

Mr Argenton’s young cousin, Elise, draws terrifying images. Doors slam. Inhuman figures slink through the forest surrounding the house. A piano plays in the middle of the night. Blood drips from the ceilings. Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood’s ancient halls are haunted by the family’s long-dead ancestors. The malevolent spirits—produced by grisly deaths—resent her intrusion into their home.

Trapped in Northwood and desperate for an escape, Sophie’s fate is further complicated as she finds herself irrevocably drawn to the tall, dark-eyed man she married. She suspects her feelings are returned, but Mr Argenton is hiding the truth about the house—and his secrets are so dangerous that they might just be unforgivable.

Also By Darcy Coates:
The Haunting of Ashburn House
The Haunting of Blackwood House
Craven Manor
The House Next Door
Voices in the Snow

My Review –

There is something to be said about the technique of writing a gothic horror novel. It is an art form within itself, devoid of the slasher/gore scenes that people normally associate with the general Horror genre. Gothic Horror brings a more subtle wave of terror, that draft of cold air or the exhalation that you might have just heard, but you aren’t sure because you might be imagining it. I am a firm lover of all things horror, but reading a well written Gothic Horror is one of my favorites. It leaves my skin crawling and has me jumping in my seat as the character thinks they heard, saw, felt something that isn’t real. Darcy Coates does an amazing job and truly embodies gothic horror in her writing!

The characters were strongly written, with development and personality. I grew to absolutely loathe Aunt Rose, and found myself growing fond of Joseph with Sophie as the story progressed. I love the idea of a family curse spanning the generations of a very old, wealthy family. This plot line just never gets old for me, as there are so many directions you can take it. The house and land took on a character of it’s own, and that is proof of some genius writing skill. Not many readers will take too much notice of the setting if the characters are strong enough, but Darcy writes the house to be it’s own character and it just sets your mind to wondering, and wandering. Which, I will strongly advise that you don’t wander blindly through the halls of this house.

I highly recommend House of Shadows to anyone who loves Gothic Horror, and who has read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell or The House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt. It’s a scary story, but not one that will leave you too terrified to go to sleep. I would encourage those who don’t normally read horror because you scare easily to give this a try if you’re willing!

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this book, or any others by Darcy Coates. As always, if you have recommendations for me based on the books I mention or review, please share them with me in a comment! I hope you enjoyed my review for The House of Shadows by Darcy Coates, and stay tuned for more reviews to come as I have a summer full of them.

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Hurry Home ARC Review

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Hi friends! I hope you’re doing well and finding ways to stay busy and are staying safe! *cough*read*cough* 😂 I’m so excited to bring you my next ARC review!!!

This review is for Hurry Home by Roz Nay. This book will be release by Crooked Lane Books on July 7, 2020 and is a must add to your summer TBR lists! It will definitely take you for a wild ride.

Description –

From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

Close to my heart you’ll be, sisters forever you and me…

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

My Review-

There were two things that caught my eye when I requested a copy of Hurry Home, first was the cover and second was the premise. I love stories about sisters, as I’ve only ever had a big brother growing up and always imagined what it would be like to have a sister. So the story of Ruth and Alex really intrigued me. First impressions, Alex seems like she’s always had it together and easy always the golden child. It made sense that she’s have this picture perfect life in a quaint little town in the Rocky Mountains with famous hunk boyfriend. Ruth came of as typical addict, serial lier, who always guilts family into helping them when really they just want some quick cash for their next fix. Alex helps save children from horrible home situations, and here comes Ruth who is a recovering addict and pregnant. What is Alex supposed to do?

Well, not going to spoil that because where is the fun? What I will tell you is that I was on the edge of my seat the entire last quarter of the book. The beginning 30-40% of the book is extremely well done to set the stage and get you stuck in your first impressions. Then it really takes off from there and you better hold on to your seat! I could not put this book down and practically binged it in one day.

I hope this review is cause enough for you to grab a pre-order copy or put yourself on a waitlist at the library, because this really is a must read! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review of Hurry Home by Noz Ray!

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!