Down World Tour – Review

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About the Book

As the site of a former military base, there have always been rumors that East Township High School was the site of experiments with space and time. For years, students have whispered in the hallways of a doorway created within the school, one that can access multiple timelines and realities, a place known as the Down World.

As the new kid in school and still reeling from the unexplained death of her brother Robbie, Marina O’Connell is only interested in one thing: leaving the past behind. But a chance encounter with handsome Brady Picelli changes everything. He will lead Marina to a startling discovery. The Down World is real and the past, present, and future are falling out of balance.

Brady is determined to help Marina discover what really happened to her brother. However, what is taken from one world, must be repaid by another. And Marina is about to discover that even a realm of infinite possibilities has rules that must be obeyed.

Review

This book was right up my alley! You know, that very niche alley that everyone has. And I am glad to say that it didn’t disappoint! I was so invested in the story throughout and I just thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this one. Plus it’s just so bizarre, which I of course love an appreciate.

This is just one of those books that you’re going to find difficult to put down. Now, I can’t get into it too much cause spoilers would be a no-no but this world is so complex. And as more and more unfolds you’re going to be lured even further into the book. Plus there is a dark undercurrent throughout the story that creates a… purpose?… to the plot.

Down World really blew me away and provided me with something that felt fresh. Which I really needed right now because I’ve been *mildly* slumping for what feels like forever lately.

About the Author

Rebecca Phelps is an actress, screenwriter, novelist, and mom based in Los Angeles. She is the co-creator of the website novel2screen.net, which analyzes film and television adapted from other material. Down World, the recipient of a Watty Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, is her first novel. To hear more about the Down World trilogy, follow Rebecca on Instagram @geminirosey, or on Twitter @DownWorldNovel. Happy reading!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Brass Queen Review

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About the Book

In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

Review

What’s more fun than a period piece? A gaslight fantasy is! I just have always had a soft spot for books like these that bend multiple genres into one. And it’s even better when the book has me giggling throughout reading it, like The Brass Queen did.

I mean, there’s just so many elements to this plot that point to an amazing story. And with excellent writing/storytelling on top of that I easily saw why so many people fell in love with this one. Because I did too. I loved the characters, the setting, and the twisty plot. And I mean, you just gotta read it and fall in love with it just as much as I did.

I left this review a little open ended because I think the story is just so much… fresher without knowing too much about the plot. The synopsis gives you just enough to know what you’re getting into and then the book itself gives you just so much more and so much development. So crack this one open and fall into this world!

About the Author

Elizabeth Chatsworth is a British author and actor based in Connecticut. She loves to write of rogues, rebels, and renegades across time and space.

Elizabeth is a Writers Of The Future winner, a Golden Heart® finalist, a Pitch Wars alumna, and a member of the SFWA. She is the author of THE BRASS QUEEN (January 2021), an award-winning fantasy set in an alternate Victorian age.

When she’s not writing, Elizabeth works at the Westport Library and is also a voiceover actor. There’s a rumor she possesses the world’s best scone recipe.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Revenge of the Slut Tour – Review

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About the Book

Double standards are about to get singled out.

In this stunning debut, author Natalie Walton tackles privacy and relationships in the digital age.

As a lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph’s High School. And when intimate pictures of seven female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.

In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls “brought it on themselves.” Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students.

With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the seven young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back!

Review

I know you know that this was one of those books that I took one look at, giggled, and said yep, this is a me book. And it was! I was absolutely delighted by this book and just couldn’t put it down. And it’s just a really empowering book, which is something I can’t say no to. I love a book that just takes something absolutely terrible, and scarily prevalent in our society, and gives the power back to the women who aren’t afraid to take it.

This is a book that I feel (god I’m also feeling old right now) will resonate with *teens these days.* Gasp, I am no longer a teen but it feels like yesterday. ANYWAYS, what I’m getting at is that this book reads like a young adult book should read. It’s a little juvenile and a little mature and just the right combination to fit the teenage mind. And honestly the topic of this book is just where it really excels. It opens up the conversations that we should be and need to be having (adults and teens alike in all honesty). Revenge porn and slutshaming is such a fear for many people and too many also have to deal with the repercussions of someone doing just that to them.

I really enjoyed this read and the characters within. There were just so many aspects that fit what women go through, deal with, and fear. And I loved the empowering narrative behind it.

About the Author

Natalie Walton is the author of REVENGE OF THE SLUTS (2.2.21) and the host of the podcast Sex Ed Taught Me. She wrote Revenge of the Sluts while working toward her degree in sociology and criminal justice.

You can find Natalie on Twitter and Instagram @nataliexwalton.

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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Stay With Me Tour – Review

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About the Book

Love has never been more dangerous.

In the sequel to her riveting debut, She’s With Me, Wattpad superstar Jessica Cunsolo brings us the dramatic continuation of a romance that always defies the odds…

Amelia Collins finally finds happiness in the arms of Aiden Parker, who accepts her for who she is―even when their pasts become hopelessly entangled in their present and threaten to completely unravel their futures. As Aiden’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit and struggles to keep his family together, Amelia fights a battle of her own: how to tell Aiden she needs to leave.

Determined to put real life on hold for just a little bit longer, Amelia and her friends leave the chaos of King City behind for a beach house and holiday celebrations. Still, it’s only a matter of time before close quarters reveal their secrets and Aiden fully understands the awful truth about the man pursuing Amelia.

Amelia knows she can’t outrun the painful memories of the past and killer’s obsession with her. Her beloved friends are in danger, and she will not let them be harmed. Overwhelmed by love but haunted by fear, Amelia must decide if staying with the person she loves is worth risking his life. 

Review

This book was such a good read! It had drama and sparks and action and just really engaged me. And while there is a LOT going on in this story it still just makes you want to read. I mean sometimes you need a book with DRAMA instead of just plain old regular drama.

I know a lot of people don’t particularly care for Wattpad books, but I can’t help but love them. They’re always so… extra, and my extra self loves reading all of that. But where this one differs is the mystery aspect. There’s the typical romance drama but we also get mystery and suspense interwoven in this book. And I really loved that extra depth!

This is a fun book to read so grab book one and book two and get ready for a wild ride! It’s really just such a great story and I can’t wait to see what Cunsolo comes up with next!

About the Author

Jessica Cunsolo’s young adult series, With Me, has amassed over
one hundred million reads on Wattpad since she posted her first
story, She’s With Me, on the platform in 2015. The novel has since
won a 2016 Watty Award for Best Teen Fiction, and has been
published in French by Hachette Romans, in Spanish by Grupo
Planeta, and in English by Wattpad Books. Jessica lives with her
dog, Leo, just outside of Toronto, where she enjoys the outdoors
and transforming her real-life awkward situations into plotlines
for her viral stories. You can find her on Twitter @AvaViolet17,
on Instagram, @jesscunsolo, or on Wattpad @AvaViolet.

*I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review*

Santa in a Snow Globe Tour

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About the Book

How can parents and caregivers explain to the children in their life that, even though some things will be different this year, Christmas magic remains the same?

That’s easy! Let Santa do it!

“Santa in a Snow Globe” is the origin story of how and why St. Nick will be found sitting “in a place that it clear and quite round” when families come to share their wish lists with him this holiday season.

Relayed straightforwardly by Santa to author AH Edelman and illustrated with inclusiveness by Serge Gall–whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Esquire, and The New Yorker–Santa in a Snow Globe offers a starting point for grownups to talk about life’s new realities–including climate change, the Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests–with their kids.

So curl up with your kids while Santa shares his recent observations about the world and offers some timeless advice that includes some hard truths but concludes with a big dose of Christmas cheer. 

Review

I went out to run some errands today and Christmas music was playing in the stores, so honestly this is the perfect day for this tour! And I mean, 2020 needs a little Christmas spirit (can you guess my favorite holiday? Haha)! But this book is so adorable and so perfect for this year. It holds all of the joy and magic of Christmas but also puts into perspective how things have changed this year.

As with everything this year, Christmas is going to bring about something new and unexpected. It’ll be a completely different type of Christmas since we’re in the middle of a pandemic and with that comes a lot of questions not only from the adults, but also the kids. This adorable book will help opening up those conversations we need to have about the holiday season while still bringing that cheer and joy that many of us associate with the season.

I really enjoyed this book as well as the illustrations throughout. Everything just fit perfectly into a little 2020 bubble but I cold see this book being read for many years to come. It contains a lot of motifs that are just a part of the season and I hope that it brings some joy to families.

About the Author

A.H. Edelman is the author of The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair. And, yes, she still believes in Santa. She lives in Montclair, NJ.

About Illustrator

Serge Srećko Gall, originally from Zagreb, Croatia, is a painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Esquire, and The New Yorker. He lives in Hillsdale, NY and is currently working on his autobiographical graphic novel.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Discerning Eye Review

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About the Book

Art dealer Portia Malatesta is devastated when she learns that thirteen works of art were robbed from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To help uncover the whereabouts of the artwork, she sets out to construct a psychological profile of the thief. By analyzing the common theme linking the stolen pieces, she suspects the mastermind behind the heist is obsessed with the interplay of dark and light – not only in art, but also in life.

The FBI enlists Portia’s help in a high-stakes sting operation to recover the stolen works of art – a dangerous proposition that will take her to Colombia, where she’ll have to earn the trust of a notorious drug lord’s married daughter. Risking everything, Portia must navigate the underworld of Medellin – a complicated web of politics, pride and ugly crimes – where a single misstep could have deadly consequences.

Inspired by history’s largest art heist, A DISCERNING EYE is a fast-paced, skillfully plotted journey in which the fate of some of the world’s most prized masterpieces depends on one woman’s perceptive cunning.

Review

It’s heist time! There’s something so synonymous with art and heist plots. And what’s even better is that this story is based off of a real art theft that occurred in 1990. This was an interesting look into the way art fits into our lives as well as spinning bits and pieces from real events into a story.

This story is PACKED with details and clearly researched information. And in some cases this worked really well and in other cases I was losing focus a little bit. But even through these waves I kept wanting to read and find out what would happen next. This book feels both familiar, I mean it is a heist, and innovative. There is a lot of action throughout and a lot of characters to keep you involved in what is happening.

This is a well researched and really interesting story! It’s a compelling read and will leave you wanting to research the art talked about within the pages. And that’s something that I can ALWAYS appreciate! I love when a book encourages me to not only expand my horizons, but learn something new and enter a whole new world of knowledge.

About the Book

Carol Orange has worked in the art world for more than twenty years. She began as a research editor on art books in London and later became an art dealer in Boston. She also worked as an advertising manager for South and Central America at Polaroid Corporation. She lived in Paris for two years where she researched George Sand’s life and writing.. Her short story “Delicious Dates” was included in Warren Adler’s 2010 short story anthology. Another story, “Close Call” appeared in the Atherton Review, Vol. 102. She currently lives in Chicago near her daughter and her family. A Discerning Eye is her debut novel.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

On Traigh Lar Beach Review

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About the Book

Eric Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contact, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Traigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events — from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.

The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to novella Erica calls an Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Sottish rock band Datha unfold in first person culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago — a show where a shooting takes place.

Review

This was such a unique and interesting book! I don’t even know where to begin with my review, but I can honestly say I haven’t read anything like this one before. It just had that flow that draws you in and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read it.

I love how this story unfolded. Everything was both interconnected and yet singular in its own manner. And as you read it you felt as if it was both something brand new and something you can relate to. And I just really love the idea behind these seemingly ordinary items almost taking on a life of their own.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s one where you don’t see coming but once you read it it sticks with you. And I love the feeling of reading a book and then just stewing in it long after I’ve finish it.

About the Author

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff is the award-winning author of six books. She began her writing career in magazine journalism. Her poetry, watercolors, graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured for decades throughout the United States and Canada.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Proctor Hall Horror Tour – Review

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About the Book

COULD FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD NOAH PROCTOR HAVE SLAUGHTERED HIS FAMILY IN THEIR BEDS, ARRANGED THEIR BODIES ON A COUCH AND PUT THEIR HEADS ON THE MANTEL?

EVERYONE IN TOWN THINKS SO, BUT NOAH’S NOT TALKING.

Proctor Hall is one of Lafourche Parish’s oldest sugar cane plantations. After Noah murdered his parents and little sister in 1963, he went away to an institution while caretakers maintained the place. Twenty-six years later the man who never spoke returned home. A girl disappears and people believe Noah’s up to his old tricks.

Four college students visit the now-abandoned farmhouse as part of a class project, and they fall victim to whoever – or whatever – still resides within its walls. Famous paranormal investigator Landry Drake conducts a séance there, uncovers long-hidden secrets and learns that the horror of Proctor Hall is still at work.

Review

Eeee! It’s time for all things creepy with this one! I’m such a sucker for your “typical” bad-decision-making horror stories and this one fit the bill! Plus there’s plenty of spook within, so make sure to put on a tough face before you pick this one up (and if you need it, maybe turn on all of the lights) if you scare easily. BUT, if you love horror be sure to pick this one up!

This is one of those slow build horror stories. You know it’s coming, but you don’t necessarily know when the spook will drop. And that setting, gah, there’s something about Louisiana that just screams horror! And you know I’m a sucker for ghosties. So all of this added up to such an amazing narrative and story.

I just really thoroughly enjoyed this book! And while it is the 7th in the series, I was able to follow along without a problem jumping into this series in the middle. Plus it’s the perfect read for right now!

About the Author

From his childhood, Bill Thompson had a curiosity of the world that led him to remote mountains, jungle ruins, desert pyramids and more.

*I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review*

Historically Inaccurate Tour

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About the Book

It only takes one moment to change your life forever

After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed―new apartment, new school, new family dynamic―and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?

There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself―even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. 

Review

A very happy book birthday to this cutie! This book is just so needed right now. It’s refreshing yet so applicable to what many are going through today. I also love that it focused on a college aged student. I feel like a lot of the books that talk about deportation ignore this age group. And I mean, imagine dealing with this on TOP of the stress of going through college.

This is one of those books that definitely fall into that “day in the life” category. There isn’t necessarily that much that happens in the book, but for a story like this I think that makes it that much more impactful. We get a snapshot into the daily life of Sol for a short period time. See how she deals with everything thrown at her. And how, despite it all, life goes on. Plus Sol is just a wonderful character to read about. She’s got spunk and heart and I really enjoyed learning more about her.

This is a book about family and dealing with losing a key member of that family. Sol’s Mexican heritage and culture is also wonderfully interwoven throughout the story and added a lot of depth and meaning to the themes. And while there are some things I would have enjoyed seeing developed a bit more, this is a nice and short read that you can quickly devour while also gaining something from it.

About the Author

Shay Bravo is a Mexican born author who has now lived half of her life in the USA. She began sharing her work online through Wattpad when she was fifteen years old and has connected with over 114,000 followers. Historically Inaccurate won the 2019 Watty Awards and is her first novel. Shay currently resides in Houston, Texas.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

Lifeline to Marionette Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Don’t give them a reason to say anything more; that’s all you can do.

Jennifer Waitte

Lifeline to Marionette
by Jennifer Waitte
Publisher: Madim Larcy Literary
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

She felt herself fading away.

Jennifer Waitte

A lonely childhood, a haunted past, a secret, and a life controlled by others–she is a woman at the end of her rope, without hope.

Alaina Michelle Sekovich is the daughter of Europe’s most famous living composer. Once his prodigy, they are now estranged. To the world, she is Michelle Seko, a multimedia star and valuable asset of the film and fashion industries.

Michelle was a gifted yet troubled child who sought only to see the suffocating world of her father’s overbearing tutelage. She thought she could change her life by becoming someone else. But when her world becomes herself looking back at her and the face that is her own is a monster she does not know, she finds there is no place she can go, nowhere she can hide, because what she wants to escape from most is the one thing she can never be truly free of–herself.

Lifeline to Marionette is a story about what life under a microscope can do to the soul. It is a story about a young woman whose every move is determined by the people who control her. Their strings are fine but unbreakable, and they pull her painfully in opposing directions until she can no longer bear their tension.

Lifeline to Marionette begins where Michelle’s life is nearest its end. It is a story of exploitation, greed, death, drugs, and secrecy, of familial bonds and human frailty. It is a story about cutting strings and accepting the fall.

And what had he done? Not enough. Not nearly enough.

Jennifer Waitte

Review

This is one of those books that I probably would’ve passed over for a long time and then kicked myself for doing so. So I’m extremely happy I had the chance to be on this tour and read this soulfully dreary yet beautiful book! A close look at the stress and strain that stardom can bring and the spiral that accompanies the slow descent.

There are two intentions written into music. How it should sound and how it should feel.

Jennifer Waitte

This is a poignant book that shares a deep look into the psyche of a person trying and failing to thrive in life. This book is definitely more focused on the characters versus the plot. And that’s what a story like this needs to do. These are stories that give us a glimpse into someone in an ethereal and thought provoking manner.

She started to waver and her hands floated up, like the hands of a marionette being pulled by their strings.

Jennifer Waitte

This is one of those books that will leave you reeling and then haunt you long after you read it. It will leave you questioning how someone got to that point and how your life might have been different given different circumstances. This cast of characters will stay with you for a long time. Overall, Lifeline to Marionette is a thought provoking and haunting story that will take you back to the simplicity of looking at the person more than the adventure.

About the Author

Jennifer Waitte is an award-winning journalist, editor and author. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

For 15 years, Waitte worked as a writer and editor for numerous lifestyle, equine and equestrian sporting magazines. She has won many awards for her writing, editing and editorial direction.

Waitte is an avid equestrian. She competes in the sport of long-distance horse racing and dressage. She lives in Napa, California, with her husband Barry. They own Tamber Bey Vineyards, a boutique winery located in Napa Valley.

Tour Schedule

September 22nd

Momfluenster by Kari Meek – Review
Books and Zebras – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*