The First to Lie Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date : August 4, 2020

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.

An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.

Praise for The First to Lie

“Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game. THE FIRST TO LIE is a masterfully twisty tale full of all my favorite things: interesting women, family secrets, and well-plotted revenge. Start reading early, because you will tear through the pages of this breathless, keep-you-up-all-night thriller.”—Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of JAR OF HEARTS and LITTLE SECRETS

“The First to Lie is a twisty, winding road of deception and secrets that starts with a bang and ends with an explosion. Put this one on your list because Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game.”—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

“With flawless pacing and impeccable character development, Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers yet another powerful, relevant story of deceit, betrayal, and the extent to which someone will go to right the wrongs they have suffered. The First to Lie is a magnificent, intricately plotted thriller that will have you questioning everyone’s motives until the stunning ending.”—Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge


Wow this book is one freaking wild ride! It’s just a web of deception after deception after lies and maybe back to a bit more of deception. And the best part of it all is that it was so good because you could tell that Ryan in an expert in the craft. A mystery/thriller/suspense book can easily fall apart if it isn’t written well, and The First to Lie decidedly does not fall into that category.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, so keep your thinking caps on! There are a lot of characters and they each have their own set of secrets and twists to divulge. And while the plot can sometimes feel a little convoluted, that’s what makes the story so interesting.

After this book I definitely need to check out the other books from the author. And that’s how I know it was a really good read, when it makes me want to find out what I’ve been missing from Hank Phillippi Ryan. But for anyone who likes a good suspense/thriller/mystery, this one is definitely worth the read!

About the Author

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of eleven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”

Her upcoming domestic suspense thriller THE MURDER LIST is a Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2019 from Criminal Element. AJ Finn calls it “a fireworks display of a novel–explosive, exciting and likely to leave you gasping.” BA Paris says: “A cracker of a read!”

Her first psychological standalone, TRUST ME, is an *AGATHA AWARD* nominee. It was named a Best Book of 2018 from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, BookBub, PopSugar, Bustle, CrimeReads and The New York Post. Mary Kubica says: “Dazzling!” and Lisa Gardner says “Mesmerizing!” The Booklist STARRED review says “’s a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense.” 

Her thriller SAY NO MORE is a Library Journal BEST OF 2016. And a nominee for the AGATHA AWARD, the DAPHNE award, and the MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Associated Press calls it “stellar” and Publishers Weekly calls it “thrilling” “unflinching” and “gratifying.”

Her 2015 book, WHAT YOU SEE, is a Library Journal BEST of 2015, an ANTHONY and AGATHA Award nominee, and a Top Pick!, dubbed “exceptional suspense.” It received a starred review from Library Journal which says: “Readers will find themselves racing to the finish!” 

Her 2014 book, TRUTH BE TOLD, won the AGATHA Award for best mystery, and is a Library Journal Best of 2014. It received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, “Drop everything and binge read!” 

THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee. 

THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.

Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. They are now available in all new editions.

Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV. In addition to 36 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank’s won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. 

Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. She’s been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, working with Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Avedon and Richard Goodwin.

Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Career Authors.

Tour Schedule

July 14th- The Caffeinated Reader

July 14th – Nurse Bookie

July 15th -Cover 2 Cover Cafe

July 15th -Biblio Reviews 

July 16th – Mrs Boom Reads 

July 17th – Well Read Traveler

July 17th– Lindas Book Obsession 

July 18th– Sealed With A Book 

July 20th – Ya It’s Lit

July 21st – Reading Girl Reviews

July 22nd– Read A Lot Write A Lot 

July 23rd- SL Reads Books

July 24th – Reading With Mere-

July 25th -The Weekend Booker 

July 27th – Gwendalyn Books

July 28th – Love My Dane Dolly

July 29th – Iowa Amber Reads 

Aug 1st– Momfluenster 

Aug 2nd – Bibliolau

Aug 3rd – The Mary Reader 

Aug 4th – Carol Doscher

Aug. 4th – Reading With Nicole

Aug. 6th –  Always With A Book –

Aug. 10th – Megs Book Club

Aug 10th – Amy Lynn Lifestyle

Aug. 11th – David L Morgan

Aug 12th – Sho Biz Reads

Aug. 14th – Nature Books and Coffee

Aug 16th – Britt’s Bookstagram

Aug. 20th – Read A Latte Thrillers

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

The Request Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder. 

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

Praise for The Request

“David Bell more than delivers on the shocking premise of THE REQUEST, which is a gripping exploration of guilt, loyalty, and desperation. THE REQUEST combines complex characters, social commentary, and expertly meted out plot twists that will keep readers guessing – and gasping – until the final page. Bell is a master.”—Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of  The Swap and The Party

“Fast-paced and thrilling, with twists at every turn, THE REQUEST kept me guessing until it’s satisfying conclusion.”—Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell


Wow, what a synopsis, right?! This book is just a crazy roller coaster ride. I mean, imagine not only if, but why one of your friends would set you up for murder. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout this story, and while some of it might be predictable the “why” behind it all is what shines and makes this thriller so intriguing.

This book takes place over a short period of time, and I think that that really worked for this book. I actually prefer when thrillers take place over short period of time because I find it more realistic and the stakes are higher. What interested me the most is that the characters were seemingly rather ordinary people. Yet you have this crazy plot. Plus it was so successfully done, that the juxtaposition between the two made so much sense.

I have to admit that this is my first read by Bell, but I can see just why he is so popular. I will be definitely checking out more of his books in the future. This is an incredibly fast-paced book, which means you’ll want to binge it in one go! Which, as you know, I love doing. It’s definitely a great book to just sit down and let your mind be blown.

About the Author

David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His previous novels include Layover, Somebody’s Daughter, Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.

Tour Schedule

May 15th – Lindas Book Obsession 

May 16th – Nurse Bookie

May 18th – Bookish With Wine

May 20th – Ya It’s Lit

May 21st – David L Morgan

May 22nd – The Mary Reader

May 25th – The Weekend Booker

May 27th – SL Reads Books

May 27th – Read A Lot Write A Lot

May 30th– Amy Lynn Lifestyle 

May 30th– Sealed With A Book 

June 1st -Really Into This 

June 3rd- Sho Biz Reads

June 6th – Carol Doscher

June 8th – Shalini  

June 8th-Bookapotamus 

June 9th – Momfluenster 

June 11th – Iowa Amber Reads

June 15th – Reading Girl Reviews

June 17th  – Chill Jill And Read

June 18th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

June 19th – Heather Frimmer

June 19th-   Megs Book Club

June 22nd – Audio Killed The Bookmark –

June 24th – Noor The Bookworm

June 26th – Reading With Nicole

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

The Night Before Tour – Review

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About the Book

Paperback Release Date : April 28, 2020

First Dates Can Be Murder.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him.

Praise for The Night Before

“A dazzling hall-of-mirrors thriller: ferociously smart, furiously paced, and — best of all — honest-to-goodness surprising. All hail Wendy Walker.”– AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“I raced through The Night Before, another page-turning cracker from Wendy Walker. You’re in for a treat!”– BA Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“As timely as it is compelling, The Night Before gripped me from the first page all the way to its stunning conclusion. Through twist after twist, the story takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go. A riveting read!” – Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied

“Tightly coiled and perfectly plotted, The Night Before is a wonderfully tense and extremely pleasurable read…Wendy Walker lures us in with a gathering sense of dread, proving once again that she is among the most talented and fearless writers at work today” – Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

“Wendy Walker proves her ingenuity with her latest hair-raising chiller. Teeming with taut writing, an abundance of jaw-dropping revelations, and Walker’s uncanny insight into the dark side of human nature, The Night Before is irresistible.” – Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

“A sharp, suspenseful, roller-coaster of a thriller…Walker unravels the hidden secrets between families and friends in this smart, compelling read. Impossible to put down!” –Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“Pulse-pounding action makes you race to the finish of this addictive thriller…Just when you think you have everything figured out, Walker pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you staggered. The writing sings, and the twists deliver” – Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


So this is one of those books that is kind of difficult to review because I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say is that this book is addicting. I mean, that’s the whole reason behind thrillers. You want to be entranced and shocked, waiting to find out the next big twist and Walker definitely succeeded in doing that.

The Night Before is an extremely easy book to devour. I feel that this is true for a lot of suspense books because you just get so absorbed in the story. There were so many twists and turns in this story and they were mixed between easy to guess/foresee and came out of nowhere. Which I think is a genius idea because it keeps the reader on their toes and keeps the story really interesting.

So, as you can see my review was extremely vague. But I just didn’t want to accidentally give anything away. I think that this is one of those books that it is best for you to go in with a vague sense of what might happen and just see where the story takes you.

About the Author

Wendy Walker is the national bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night and The Night Before. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wendy is currently finishing her fourth thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her three sons.

Tour Schedule

April 14th – Momfluenster 

April 15th – Amy Lynn Lifestyle 

April 16th -Cover 2 Cover Cafe

April 17th – Hooked by Books

April 18th – Miss W Book Reviews

April 19th – The Weekend Booker

April 20th – Love My Dane Dolly 

April 21st  – Read A Lot Write A Lot

April 22nd – Dog Eared Days Of Summer

April 25th – Bibliolau

April 27th – Read A Latte Thrillers

April 29th – Reading With Nicole 

April 30th – Nurse Bookie

May 5th -Really Into This 

May 9th – Ya It’s Lit

May 10th – Chill Jill And Read

May 11th – DB Reads

May 13th – Reading In WBL

May 18th – Christina Stephanie Reads

May 20th – Words With Rachel

May 21st – Gatticus Finch

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

Lark’s Labyrinth Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Print Length: 674 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461177367
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Sold by: Services LLC
Language: English

The Spear that pierced Christ’s side on the Cross has played a secret, but major role in history. Charlemagne, Constantine, Otto the Barbarian, The Knights Templar and Adolf Hitler all owned it… and believed it gave them the power to rule the world.

What if they were right?

The first time Dr. Cait Monahan ever heard of the Spear of Longinus was the night her husband was murdered because of it. That was when the terror began.

…right before the U.S. Government, the CIA, Neo Nazis, the Vatican and a secret cabal of 13 powerful global manipulators sent their assassins after her and her 9 year old.


…just before a lethal secret propelled her across Europe following a riddle that hadn’t been solved since the Holocaust.

…just before Cait Monahan became entrapped in an interdimensional labyrinth that her own husband may have helped design.

Now she’s a player in a game that has led to mystery, magic, mayhem and murder for over 2000 years, and only the help of a tribunal of long dead men may be able to save her.

Vibrant and cerebral, filled with intrigue, Conspiracy Theory and more ancient secrets than the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lark’s Labyrinth pits characters you’ll care about against a mystery you’ll want to solve.

Inside Lark’s Labyrinth is a secret men have killed for …now a woman, her sister, her child and their small band of friends are all that stand between us and the dark, insidious power that’s a hairsbreadth away from ruling the world.

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Praise for Lark’s Labyrinth

“Politics and religion collide as Spellman delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful, and totally enjoyable thriller… The author constructs a blistering story–replete with political and religious intrigue–that never slows down and will keep readers turning the pages of this spectacular thrill ride.” Publisher’s Weekly


“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings

“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child


Well, what a ride! There is just so much packed into this book. While there is so much in this book the world building is extensive enough to help everything make sense. I mean, this is a tome of a book. It’s the thic bottomed girl that I love to see in books (ignore me being weird, I just really like long books). It makes it even better though when I’m reading a big book that continues to make me want to learn more.

You know, it might be the current events that are making me feel this way (honestly though, I’m just typically like this), but I’m really digging all of the elements in this story. I mean, there’s just almost too many to list. Which I know can sound daunting, but it’s really now because everything just masterfully came together. Plus, I’m going to go back to this, but the book is heavy so there’s time for everything to be woven together. But I can’t even say I know what genre I would classify it as because it could fit into so many different ones.

All in all I really enjoyed this book. Don’t be fooled by it’s size, it really lures you in! And since it covers so many different things I think any number of people would be really intrigued by it.

About the Author

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Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Tour Schedule

APRIL 16th THURSDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
APRIL 16th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

APRIL 17th FRIDAY Life Within the Pages REVIEW

APRIL 20th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Author Kelly Riser REVIEW
APRIL 24th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

APRIL 24th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT


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Little Lovely Things Audiobook Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date: April 2, 2019 
Publisher:  Sourcebooks

A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction to prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.

The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. Played out in multiple narrative voices, the novel explores how the lives of those affected fatefully intersect, and highlights the potential catastrophe of the small decisions we make every day. 


So, this was my first audiobook and I’m really glad that it was! I think for my tastes the only types of audiobooks I would like are suspense/thriller type of ones. It just makes it spooky and makes me want to find out more. Since this was my first one I went through some ups and downs of figuring out how I like to listen to it best. I started off at normal speed and that was just a bit too slow for my attention span. Then I messed up and sped it up too much and couldn’t understand anything. Then, just like Goldilocks, I found the perfect speed in the middle.

This is definitely a story that will pull at your heartstrings. I mean, two missing children is every parents worse nightmare. Plus how realistic this book is, I feel like it’s something I would watch on 48 hours, makes it even more terrifying. This is just one of those completely horrifying situations that the main character thought it was just a bad dream at first. It’s definitely a story that looks into the darker psyche of people and how we handle literal worst case scenarios. It is also definitely a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat needing to find out what is going to happen next.

I really liked how the author approached this story. She utilized multiple perspectives, and while I’m not always a fan of this I think it really worked for this story. It helped round out everything that was happening and keep you captivated as you wait for everything to come together. It also added so much depth to the motivations behind all of the characters. The only thing that I am still mulling over in my mind is the character Jay. I appreciate the Native American representation yet I’m not sure how much I like the use of so many stereotypes with him. But that’s just me nitpicking and possible being oversensitive.

About the Author

Maureen is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is her debut as a novelist. She is also an award-winning poet, published in diverse outlets such as Emory University’s Lullwater Review and Yankee Magazine.

Maureen is a foodie and appreciates interesting recipes. She also enjoys painting (especially flowers and sycamore trees), competing in races with her dragon boat team (Go Fierce)!, and reading (of course). She relishes spending time with her three children, her husband and her pets; a ridiculous terrier named Huckleberry, and a plump orange cat, Pumpkin. 

Tour Schedule

April 1st – Sealed With A Book

April 1st – Lost In A Book After SW 

April 2nd  The Magical Pages

April 6th – Gatticus Finch

April 8th  – Sho Biz Reads

April 9th – Bookish With Wine

April 10th – Gingers Book Club

April 11th – The Reading Chemist 

April 13th   – Nurse Bookie

April 15th  – Always With A Book –

 April 17th – Yaaas Or Nahs Books 

April 18th – Christina Stephanie Reads 

April 19th – Ya It’s Lit

April 21st  – Megs Book Club

April 23rd -Really Into This 

April 23rd– Reading Girl Reviews 

April 24th – Shalini

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