The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4) by Kimberley Woodhouse review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

Review

Yet again Barbour publishing brings another hit in this series! I really love this story line that’s been progressing with each new installment. In this installment it follows the story of Matthew and Faith both spies in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Both of whom are trying to do what they feel is right among this out break of war. Can their sense of duty out weigh their ever building love in tension? Also can they submit to God’s will?

This book was well written! I found that the author did their homework in bringing us a factual representation of that era and what it was like to live in it during such a major point in history. The writing was flawless. I loved the character building in this book as you see each grow spiritually and as a person in general.

I would definitely give this book 5 stars. It is not necessary to read the other books in this series before this one but i do highly suggest it as each one will leave your heart full! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Suicide Club by Rachel Heng review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

Review

This book was absolutely beautiful. The cover grabbed me and i honestly want a physical copy for my bookshelf! The world that was written in this novel was vastly captivating and I found myself drawn in to this dystopian world. This thought provoking read will raise many questions as as think more and more about the mortality of man and its impact on society. Overall I was pleasantly pleased with the world building of the story, however i would had liked a little more background on how someones life is calculated at birth. it is mentioned that an algorithm is used but I would have liked more depth on that and the company that Lea works for. There isn’t tons of action to this as it is more focused on driving the characters and their lives. The characters themselves were written really well and I felt like they did get built up well enough on their own. Overall I give this 4.5 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of The Suicide Club for my honest review.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Henry Holt and Co

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.

#TheFutureWillBeBs-free #NetGalley

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by Delacorte Press

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