The Future Will Be BS Free by: Will McIntosh review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

In this terrifyingly timely tale for fans of The Eye of Minds, a teen and his group of friends find themselves on the run after using a genius lie-detector contraption to expose their corrupt government.

In a Putin-esque near-future America, the gifted and talented high school has just been eliminated, and Sam and his friends have been using their unexpected free time to work on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. They’re all in it for the money–except Theo, their visionary. For Theo, it’s about creating a better world. A BS-free world, where no one can lie, and the honest will thrive.

Just when they finish the prototype and turn down an offer to sell their brainchild to a huge corporation, Theo is found dead. Greedy companies, corrupt privatized police, and even the president herself will stop at nothing to steal the Truth App. Sam sets his sights on exposing all lies and holding everyone accountable.

But he and his friends quickly realize the costs of a BS-free world: the lives of loved ones, and political and economic stability. They now face a difficult question: Is the world capable of operating without lies, or are lies what hold it together?

Review

/sighhhhhhhhh /facepalm… I just..where to begin… I have so many issues with this book that I even cant begin to concentrate to write this review…

So here goes… First off, while i try to realize this book is about a young teenage boy who is sexually frustrated..BUT that gives no right for (yes I know a character in a book) but for them to be written like they were..just no, not okay…

The MC sexualizes his friends for one.. “Rebe was overweight, but in the right places.”…The overweight girl had an eating disorder and the book while the other ones didn’t and her ED was glamorized. First off “in the right places” , i mean really……

Second the MC watches his BEST FRIEND who is a girl take a shower on the other end of a video chat she thought she had hung up. he never tells her, nor does he say sorry…its like he slapped himself on the wrist so to speak and went on with his life… that is creepy as hell to do to anyone let alone your best friend.

The MC came off as an entitled prick whot hought he was owed such things b/c he was a good friend…again just no…so sorry but i cant justify theses actions in a book like this……

 

2 stars from me

I received this e-arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Desperate Girls (Wolfe Security #1) by Laura Griffin review

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Synopsis( as taken from GoodReads)

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.

When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.

When the police come up empty-handed, Brynn turns to a private security firm for protection. But when she defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.

As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.

Review

This book is probably on of my favorite suspense novels I have read this year. Told in multiple points of view this novel follows, an attorney, a bodyguard, and detectives as each contribute to the story in a unique way. They each hold their own voice without blurring over one another. It was fairly easy to discern each voice and not be confused as to who you were reading.

From the first page I was hooked and unable to let go. This novel fascinated me as it wove in and out of the story keeping you entertained. This is my first book by Laura Griffin but it wont be the last. her writing is smart, funny and overall fantastic. She sets a good scene and keeps readers invested in each character.

The action in this book builds slowly at first as you’re given insight in to what happened and quickly builds into a roaring fire! Overall, this is a one click read! If you’re looking for something new and refreshing check out this novel!

4.5/5 Stars

***I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
Shelved: Romance, Suspense
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Gallery Books

Orchid & The Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)
When Gael’s financier father walks out on them during the economic crash of 2008, her family fractures. Her mother, a once-formidable orchestral conductor, becomes a shadow. And a fateful incident prevents Guthrie from finishing high school. Determined not to let her loved-ones fall victim to circumstance, Gael leaves Dublin for the coke-dusted social clubs of London and Manhattan’s gallery scene, always working an angle, but beginning to become a stranger to those who love her.

Review

oooohhh.. The writing to this book was very, very intriguing. This is utterly different than anything I have ever read before. I was first interested in this book after I read the initial reviews on GoodReads and saw some examples of the language used. While this didn’t receive stellar reviews I think it was just because people got caught up on the way the book was written. I, however, found it moving and poetic in a nature. The story keeps flashing forward with each section as Gael keeps growing up, perhaps I could say physically but not as much mentally. I felt there wasn’t tons of character growth for her but that’s how she was written. 3.5 stars from me.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Hogarth

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered by Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

The Clash was an incendiary paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive. We Are The Clash is a gripping tale of how the band—fractured by its Top 10 success—fought to reinvent and purify itself as George Orwell’s 1984 loomed. This extraordinary effort crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions, personal tragedy, and rising rightwing power as personified by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

While the world teetered on the nuclear abyss, British miners waged a life-or-death strike, and tens of thousands died from US guns in Central America, Clash co founders Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon set out to rebuild the band after ejecting guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. Bolstered by coconspirators Bernard Rhodes and Kosmo Vinyl, and three twentysomething recruits—drummer Peter Howard and guitarists Nick Sheppard and Vince White—The Clash launched a desperate last stand, shattering the band just as its controversial final album, Cut the Crap, was emerging.

Review

This book follows The Clash in their last few years against a social, and political backdrop. The events in this book focus around the time when the band was falling apart. At this point Topper was gone off on his own suffering from major drug addiction, Jones was gone-sacked from the band, and manager Rhodes was back (ultimately what changed the band).

“Cut the Crap’ album was out, envisioned by the way Rhodes’ wanted it. Ultimately not what The Clash was but rather what someone thought was appropriate for the changing times.  I noticed one review that stated it felt forced to make the political connection at that time between the band and events in the world. I agree. While The Clash was political in what they thought in saw and the anarchy of it, this was the time that no one knew where they were or what was going on with them. It may have been different if they focused more on the bands early years. Overall I enjoyed the photographs in the book and the book itself as it gave a good insight to the band.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the band itself as it does show their later history. Just go into knowing this was a time when they had disappeared, so the connection -or lack there of- feels kind of forced. Still 4/5 stars.

***I received this book from Akashic in exchange for an honest review***

Shelved: Music, Nonfiction
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Akashic Books

The Moment Before Drowning by James Brydon review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

In 1959, a French Resistance hero investigates a murder in a small Breton town, while awaiting his own trial.

December 1959: a furious anticolonial war rages in Algeria. Captain Jacques le Garrec, a former detective and French Resistance hero, returns to France in disgrace, traumatized after two years of working in the army intelligence services, and accused of a brutal crime.

As le Garrec awaits trial in the tiny Breton town where he grew up, he is asked to look into a disturbing and unsolved murder committed the previous winter. A local teenage girl was killed and her bizarrely mutilated body was left on display on the heathland in a way that no one could understand.

Le Garrec’s investigations draw him into the dark past of the town, still haunted by memories of the German Occupation. As he tries to reconstruct the events of the girl’s murder, the violence and guilt intertwine with his own recollections of Algeria and threaten to submerge him.

Review

Set in the aftermath of WWII, as Europe is still dealing in the aftermath of the French Resistance, this novel follows Captain Jacques Le Garrec. Jacques had been accused of a brutal crime and is awaiting trial. While awaiting his fate he investigates a brutal murder that happened in the Previous winter.

As the novel delves deeper and deeper into this mystery, the novel becomes more and more suspenseful. This novel is fantastically written and well researched. The time period is on point as it delivers beautifully written descriptions. You can tell the author did a good job researching this time period. The setting is well done as is descriptions of locations.

Overall, I found this novel vastly entertaining and impossible to put down. The writing had me hooked from page one! Such a unique little mystery set in a time that was heightened with fear and panic surrounding the the story’s time period. The characters were well written and diverse. I found myself drawn to each character in this book as each pulls the story together in a unique way. This is a definite one click read!

5/5 Stars

***I received this book as an ARC from Askashic Books in exchange for an honest review***

Shelved: Fiction, Suspense
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Akashic Books

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

Review

I loooovvveeeee Barbara Delinsky books!!!! And this moved me so much. This was a wonderfully written, character driven novel. This book starts out so heartbreaking as you see a mother reeling from her loss and trying to learn how to bounce back from it. Mackenzie now going by the name Maggie lives in a small town spending her days making teapots and doing professional make up in the afternoon. Barbara Delinsky writes with elegant prose. Just reading her descriptions of how Maggie made the teapots out of clay was wonderfully detailed and beautifully written.

This novel was so engaging as it built up to Maggie having to help her friend. This novel was a one click read. The characters were real and diverse. They were beautifully and heart-breakingly written. The plot itself was well fleshed out and I did not want to miss a second of it.

This novel really brings tough topics to light. how to deal with the loss of a a child, divorce and when you get cast in bad light over such a heart-breaking situation. You see what it’s like to lose everything including friends, and what it means to start over. How you can go from just surviving day to day to actually living. Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors and this book just makes me love her writing even more.

5/5 Stars

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Shelved: Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Hardcover, 558 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsforHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family’s summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL. 

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s thisclose to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau — the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

Review

This is my first book by Lauren Blakely, and i absolutely loved it! April and Theo were perfect! They just worked as a couple. My swooned for them through the entire novel. While I did expect the ending, it didn’t take away from how much i loved this novel.

This on click read was stunning and written so beautifully. I loved how competitive they were during the family’s game and how they both built each other up. I found myself laughing a lot and really enjoying this book as a whole.

Both characters had sad background sin the love department and you could see each one falling so hard but at the same time staying so guarded. And then little by little that armor wore off till they saw only each other. Super swoon worthy read!

5/5 Stars

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Shelved: Contemporary, Romance
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin