Stifyn Emrys is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Identity Break
How far would you go to find yourself?
Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world.
What would you do if that secret were your very identity?
In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium.
But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems. Jason Nix is a star athlete and honors student who can’t seem to remember anything about his childhood. Elyse Van Auten is a budding artist from a broken home whose father left her mother two years ago – or so she’s been led to believe.
Like most teens entering adulthood, Elyse and Jason just want to find out who they really are. For them, however, the stakes go far beyond their own personal quest. Join them on a journey of self-discovery that becomes a desperate fight for survival against enemies determined to conceal the truth … and find out what happens when that fight becomes personal.
This book is near impossible to put down. While the genre isn’t my go-to, I was fascinated by this story and hooked right from the beginning. Emrys builds up a post-apocalyptic world that had me saying “what if” to my friends, and the characters were so intriguing to read about. I know there is a sequel coming, and I can’t wait to see how the story continues. Identity Break is definitely worthy of a 5-star review!
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I received a copy of Double Click by Lisa Becker in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley’s judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
I was very excited once Becker got a hold of me to review Double Click, the sequel to the super-cute and enjoyable Click: An Online Love Story. I of course jumped at the chance – and not only because I knew a character was named after me thanks to a Facebook post while the story was being written. Side note – the Samantha character is a huge gossip with mismatched socks – me to a T Back to my review …I loved it! I’m actually not sure which book I loved more, but since I’m given them each a 5 star review, we’ll just call it even! It was great fun catching back up with the gang, seeing how they have changed and grown and matured (cough, Shelley!) and I whipped through this book in a day. The story is written entirely in emails, but I never felt cheated out of a “real” story or felt that anything was missing. I don’t think this style of writing can be easy, so that I love these books that much makes me enjoy them even more. I hope you can read these!
I received a copy of The Life List by Chrissy Anderson in exchange for an honest review.
The Life List, part I of The List Trilogy, is the ultimate chick lit novel and most of the story is true. Chrissy Anderson, a twenty-eight year old fashion executive, created a seven-point life list at the age of sixteen and she’s been steadily checking off the boxes and mocking the style and life choices of everyone around her ever since. Her life begins to run amuck when she unexpectedly meets a much younger, Leo, who makes her question her “perfect life.”
Chrissy’s lifelong friendships and her marriage are put to the test as she tries to sort out her feelings for Leo. With the help of her brassy, no-nonsense therapist, Dr. Maria, Chrissy learns more about herself than she anticipates. But, it isn’t until the untimely death of her best friend that Chrissy is catapulted into long overdue authenticity and scrambles to correct the mistakes of her past….trying to figure out if it’s Kurt, Leo or both that she has to get rid of to make everything right.
Women of all kinds–twenty-somethings, housewives and superwomen wanna-bes–will all be able to relate to the pressure of constructing the ideal life, only to fall short. Not everyone will agree with Chrissy Anderson’s decisions, but all will pause as they follow along on her journey to ask, “What would I do if I were her?”
Whew. What a book. When you read this (not if, when) be prepared to be entertained, to learn, to question, to laugh, to cry. This book was hard to put down from the first page, and even though I think it was a little on the long side, it was worth ever moment. I finished this book last week and I’m still talking to people about it. The characters are still sticking with me, and I’m even still questioning some of life choices after reading this very thought-provoking novel. I’m not sure I can really list all the reasons why I loved this book so much. There was drama and heartbreak and betrayal and friendships and …. truth. The emotions are raw, the storyline is not pretty at times, and there is some deep stuff to be uncovered throughout the chapters. I am so excited that this is a trilogy, and after begging Anderson for the second novel, I am happy to say The Unexpected List is now on my Kindle. Truly not one to miss.
Lori Verni-Fogarsi is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Unexpecting!
Shelley and David are a couple of almost-empty-nesters preparing to embark on the next stage of their life. They’ve just ordered white furniture and are planning the vacation they’ve waited their entire lives to take.
Their lives are catapulted in a completely different direction when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up on their doorstep and announces that she’s the daughter they never knew they had! Their life becomes filled with dilemmas as they add not only another child, but also a baby to a household that was just about to become serene.
Shelley feels like she no longer fits in anywhere and to top it off, having two teenaged girls suddenly plunged into being sisters and school mates is not exactly warm and fuzzy. When Alexandra’s behavior becomes erratic, the couple is faced with even tougher decisions to make.
Hold on for an emotional yet witty ride as you join this family of characters in a story of love, loyalty, heartbreak, and humor that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
Wow, what a read. I adore books where I have pretty much zero in common with the main character but can wind up being best friends with her. I have also read Momnesia, which introduces us to Shelly, and I highly recommend both these novels. I actually ended up enjoying Unexpecting even more, not always a common occurrence with sequels, but this was just so hard to put down. I got emotional a few times throughout, I was surprised at times, shocked, dismayed, happy, confused…whew! But I loved every minute of it, and this is definitely worthy of a 5 star review!
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I received a copy of The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen in exchange for an honest review. Let’s be serious – how can you not love Pekkanen’s books? I was so excited to start reading her latest offering, and the synopsis had me practically panting. What a juicy, juicy little read! An all-expenses trip to Jamaica is the setting and we meet four women, all struggling with something in their own way. Pauline is the hostess, wife of Dwight, who surprises him by planning a trip to Jamaica to celebrate his birthday with some old college friends. Pauline loves her husband – and yes, his money – but she hasn’t filled him in on the biggest secret she’s keeping – the true story behind her disabled sister. Tina isn’t sure about accepting the invite when she receives it – she has four young children to mother and isn’t sure being away for so long is a good idea. Allie convinces her she needs the time off, but she is struggling herself with the news that a genetic condition runs in her biological family. And Savannah accepts the trip to try to help heal the wounds of her husband’s infidelity. The women and their husbands (minus Savannah’s) head to Jamaica to spend the week basking in luxury – until secrets are revealed and betrayals are made.
It just seems fitting that a hurricane also touches down while this group is on holiday, because all the swirling turmoil in that house just calls for it! Whew, what a bunch of fab little stories woven into one. I was hooked from the beginning, and highly enjoyed reading about each and every character. I did not expect some to act like they did. I was surprised at times, delighted at others, horrified even during a few moments, but my interest was always up. This story made me think a lot about marriages, friendships, love, even motherhood. A definite must-read!
I received a copy of The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins in exchange for an honest review. This is a book that I can say made my spine tingle – tingle! – while reading. There was so much mystery, intrigue, suspense, emotion, that it was impossible to put down. I finished this within a day, and was telling all my friends about it at dinner. Majella is our main character, who is a new mom to daughter Emma, and struggling with her new role that she just can’t seem to connect with. She lives in Queens with her husband Leo, a chef, in the house that she grew up in. While restless one night, she discovers a diary in the attic from her ancestor Ginny – and is shocked when she reads that Ginny was murderer.
Majella wonders if perhaps she is a bad mother because of this Ginny, that maybe she is genetically programmed to fail at motherhood. After all, Majella and her mother don’t have a great relationship, so maybe she is she destined to have the same with Emma. But as Majella continues to unravel the mystery that is Ginny and her Irish family, she forms a new connection with her mother, forges a possible friendship with another new mother, and starts to regain some of her sanity.
There is so much to love about this novel. Readers get a taste of Majella’s life in New York, but also get to see Ginny’s life back in the late 1800’s during the terrible famine times in Ireland. It was fascinating to travel back in time, and so heartbreaking to read about the famine, the fever, and the pure anguish so many suffered during that time. Majella’s journey into motherhood actually scared me a bit (as someone who hopes to have babies within the next couple of years) because she really seemed to be suffering from post-partum depression, and it was incredibly difficult to read about. But the entire novel is so realistic, I could almost imagine myself right there along with Majella. As I mentioned above, this is a story that I talked to about with many of friends – either about the famine and those trying times, or about motherhood and the difficulties some of them faced after giving birth. This is one of my favorite books of the year by far, and one I highly recommend!
I received a copy of Market Street by Anita Hughes in exchange for an honest review. Whew, what a book! Cassie Blake is our leading lady, an heiress to San Francisco’s most exclusive department store and wife to UC Berkeley professor Aidan. She has a wonderful lifetime friend in Alexis, is madly in love with her husband, and overall feels pretty charmed in her life. When she finds out Aidan slept with one of his students her charmed existence shatters, and she runs to the safety of Alexis’s mansion to help her figure out if she can forgive Aidan and keep her marriage intact. While separated, she takes on a new project at the department store to keep her busy and that visits her first love – food. With the addition of a handsome architect at the store and consistently being away from her husband, Cassie knows she has some big decisions to make regarding her future.
Market Street is incredibly difficult to put down. I understood that Cassie loves Aidan and how tore up she is over his mistake, and I really wondered throughout the story how they would end up. I know you should cheer for the husband and wife to be together, but I just thought Aidan was slimy and overbearing from the get-go. I hate saying that I was pulling for architect James to come away the victor, but Cassie is a strong woman and knows what she wants, so she kept my interest piqued.
Since Cassie and her friend Alexis come from a world of wealth, Market Street is filled with fabulous designer clothes, posh parties, and rubbing elbows with San Fran’s elite. And I loved every minute of it! Alexis stole my heart with how deeply she cared for her friend, and her own unique drive and lifestyle that she brought to the pages. I really loved everything about the book, from the friendship dynamic, love story, and emotional decisions, this was a 5 star read for me!
A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women and an invitation no one can refuse. The Power Trip—take it if you dare.
From Hollywood icon and mega-seller Jackie Collins comes a thrilling new novel, The Power Trip, set on a state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don’t control as much of the world as they thought . . .
In The Power Trip you will meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, as he sets sail on The Bianca. You’ll meet his sexy supermodel girlfriend, whom The Bianca is named after, and five dynamic, powerful, and famous couples invited on the yacht’s maiden voyage: Hammond Patterson, a driven Senator, and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra; Cliff Baxter, a charming, never-married movie star, and his ex-waitress girlfriend, Lori; Taye Sherwin, a famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley; Luca Perez, a male Latin singing sensation with his older decadent English boyfriend, Jeromy; and Flynn, a maverick journalist with his Asian renegade female friend, Xuan.
You will also meet Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against Aleksandr. And Sergei’s Mexican beauty queen girlfriend, Ina, whose brother, Cruz, is a master pirate with orders to hold The Bianca and its illustrious rota of guests for ransom.
The Power Trip explorers the decadent playgrounds of the super-rich . . . and leaves you hungry for more.
Oh, Jackie Collins is a naughty lady. I just can’t get enough of her books! While I was initially bummed out that I wasn’t going to be visiting Lucky in The Power Trip, I soon got over that qualm. What a juicy tale! There are so many characters and we get a POV from each of them, but in signature Collins style it’s effortless to keep them apart. You never know what one of them is thinking or what the next action is going to be. This is a seriously big book, but it took me less than two days to read. It’s impossible to put down, and the writing is so smooth yet captivating that you can’t help but devour it quickly.
I received a copy of A Place For Us by Liza Gyllenhaal in exchange for an honest review. This is a captivating and beautifully written novel that will draw readers in from the beginning. We meet Brook Bostock and her family – husband Michael, son Liam and daughter Tilly. Brook comes from a prominent family and is extremely wealthy, but never likes to flaunt that fact. She wants to be accepted into the community as a normal family, but her happy existence is shattered when a teenage girl is assaulted in their home. Lawsuits are brought up, the town is giving the cold shoulder to the Bostock’s, and Brooke is wondering how to keep her family – and her marriage- together.
I enjoyed this book because of how complex this situations are, yet how effortless it was to follow along and be drawn into the story. It is teenagers we are dealing with, and while sometimes I just wanted to scream for the truth to come out, I could understand with all the emotions they were feeling. I actually felt sick to my stomach when it came to one father in this book; his actions were downright horrendous. There are a lot of questions that arise, including moral questions that I asked myself along the way. This was a book that I wanted to tell people about, to get their opinion on what they would do and how they would handle a situation, and that is what makes this book a true favorite of mine.
I received a copy of The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate in exchange for an honest review. What a terrific read! From page one I was hooked into Hannah Sugarman’s life. She works in a think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a gorgeous apartment with her handsome boyfriend, and can be just as successful as her academic parents. Problems: she hates her job, her boyfriend won’t accept her as who she is, and she doesn’t want to be a professor like her parents – she wants to cook. Hannah has a dream of running an underground supper club, just another item her and her boyfriend disagree about. But when the inevitable breakup happens, Hannah decides to do what she wants for once – try to have a cooking career.
This book had me laughing, cringing, and cheering for Hannah all the way throughout. When she starts using her new landlord’s apartment as the location for her supper club I just wanted to wave my hands in the air and yell, “Danger!” But of course, the book wouldn’t have been as much fun if that didn’t happen. Hannah is down-to-earth, a loveable main character, and someone who I wanted to find happiness. I really enjoyed the romance in this book, and it actually might have been my favorite part. Right away, I thought I knew who Hannah would end up with. Then my mind changed. And then changed again. And then again. I love that! I’m also a big fan of foodie books, so with all the menu-planning, grocery-buying, and underground supper clubbing that was happening, I sure was happy. A 5 star book!