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Flaca by Leslie DJ Book Blitz + Review.

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Flaca by Leslie DJ. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 April till 3 May. See the tour schedule here.

FlacaFlaca: an honest account of a Latina with an eating disorder
By Leslie DJ
Genre: Non-fiction/ memoir
Release Date: 20 February 2020

Blurb:
After an intervention during the summer of 2018 Leslie finds herself in a treatment center for an eating disorder she was unaware she had. In her own words, Leslie DJ, author of That Girl and Luz digs deep into her own struggles and battle with anorexia and bipolar II disorder in a brave and sometimes comical account of her life.

You can find Flaca on Goodreads

You can buy Flaca here on Amazon


My thought on the book

In Flaca, the author talks about her journey with an eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Raw and honest are two words I’d use to describe this book. Leslie tells her story with unflinching honesty, highlighting her battle with mental illness. She also talks about her childhood and her obsession with pro-anorexia sites.
The book was easy to follow – even with the heavy subject matter. Nice, short journal-like entries that give readers an insight into what it’s like to suffer from an eating disorder. I appreciated the epilogue – how it showed that just because someone may have recovered, there is always the chance for relapse. I look forward to seeing what the author writes next.

Leslie DJAbout the Author:
Leslie DJ was born to write, photographs of her holding pen to paper can be found within the confines of this book. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School of New York and is an on-air talent at 94.3 FM WBMB Baruch College radio. She is the host of two podcasts including Sinister Girlz a female-centric music podcast that promotes local talents in music and could be found on Stitcher and Apple Podcast. She is a native New York and resides with her pet Chihuahua, Joey and precocious parrots Perry and Cocoa.

You can find and contact Leslie DJ here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram

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The Fallout Blog Tour + Review.

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The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton. 

Publisher – HarperFiction.

Release date – 2nd April 2020. 

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

At the school gates, there’s no such thing as yesterday’s news . . .

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him? Where was his mother? Who’s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.


My thought on the book3 star book review

The Fallout was different from what I was expecting, but it was still worth a read. It started off interesting and gripping, and I was excited to know what happened. The suspense was great at the beginning, however; the story dragged, and I felt it would have been better being shorter. 

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Although they felt believable, I struggled to connect with them. However, I presume that’s because their world is so far from mine, rather than it being a problem with the characters. 

Overall, this book had great potential but parts weren’t to my liking. It gripped me near the beginning but as the story went on; I become bored and my concentration waned. However, still, a great read for anyone who likes books filled with drama and secrets and I’d still like to check out other books by this author.


About the author              

Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Prospect Magazine and The Sunday People amongst others. She has reported from the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children. The Fallout is her third novel.

For more information, interviews and features, please contact Jennifer Harlow onjennifer.harlow@harpercollins.co.uk / @jenrharlow



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The Forever House Blog Tour + Review

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The Forever House by Tim Waggoner. 

Publisher – Flame Tree Press.

Release date – 26th March 2020.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

Bram Stoker Award-winner Tim Waggoner consistently delivers the goods when it comes to hard-hitting horror fiction, with compelling characters and dangerous horrors at every turn. This is Horror

In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldreds . . . or each other?


My thought on the book

The Forever House centres around a new family who move into a quiet neighbourhood. Little do their neighbours know that they are actually demons who feed on the negative emotions of humans, and they plan to lure them into their house to feed on them.

The human characters in this book all have very complex lives and things going on that the Eldred’s love to feed on. The tension was spot on during this book and it was hard to put down once I got into it. It took me a while to become interested, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading.

This was such a unique horror story. It was creepy, gory, and mind-bending. There were some scenes in this book that were hard to read in terms of their content, so I don’t recommend this for the faint of heart.


About the author

Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and since then he’s published over forty novels and five collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular

Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and Transformers, among others, and he’s written novelizations for films such as Kingsman: the Golden Circle and Resident Evil: the Final Chapter. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Workshop of Horror, and Where Nightmares Come From.

In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. His fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year, and in 2016, the Horror Writers Association honored him with the Mentor of the Year Award. In addition to writing, he’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.

 


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Tales Of Unexplained Mystery Blog Tour + Book Review

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Tales of Unexplained Mystery by Steph Young.

Paperback: 247 pages

Publisher: Independently published (2 Dec. 2019)

Publication Date: 2nd December 2019.

Language: English

ISBN-10:1670675947

ISBN-13:978-1670675941

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

Tales of Mystery Unexplained….What happened to Elisa Lam, found dead in a water tower atop a hotel roof? Who were the two men who came to see her & what was in the mystery box they gave her? Why did the location of her gravestone match the zip code of a Bookstore, miles away?

Why was a man found in the same spot he disappeared, but 4 years later, with a hole in his head that no surgeons could explain? And what did this have to do with a séance, doppelgangers & the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Why did a man write the Fibonacci sequence as a clue & tell a stranger he was “Looking for the Beast,” before he disappeared in the barren plains of a desert? Plus many more Tales of Mystery Unexplained.

Steph Young has appeared on national radio shows & podcasts including the UK’s The Unexplained, and Coast to Coast Am, talking about many of these mysteries.

You can also hear some of these Unexplained Mysteries on her podcast on iTunes ‘Tales of Mystery Unexplained.’


My thought on the book

I’ve always been a fan of strange, unexplained mysteries and so this book didn’t disappoint me. Some of these tales I’d heard of but most I hadn’t. There was a couple I wasn’t a fan of but most of the stories gave me food for thought and got my brain working.

I was worried I would become irritated with this book because of my need to know how things work and how they end. However, that didn’t happen and instead, I found myself interested and attempting to put the clues together to try and figure out what happened.

The authors writing style was engaging and kept me reading. Some of the information was repetitive but I only found that a small problem. You could tell the author had done her research, allowing us to follow deeply thought out and well put together cases.

The only thing I didn’t like was some of the stories dragged on. A couple were only a few pages, whilst others seemed to go on forever. This is my own opinion though and it might not bother other people.

I will be checking out Steph Young’s other books as this book piqued my interest, and I’m excited to delve more into unexplained mysteries.


About the Author.

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Steph Young has been a guest on National Radio shows including ‘Coast to Coast AM,’ as well as many more…

Steph’s Podcast on iTunes; “Tales of Mystery Unexplained” discussing Creepy Mysteries of the Unexplained.

Website: Stephyoungauthor.com

Twitter @StephYoungAuth

Instagram @authorstephyoung

 


 

The Diseased Ones Blog Tour + Book Review.

The Diseased Ones
Danielle Harrington
(The Hollis Timewire Series, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 8th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

On the morning of her 16th birthday, Hollis Timewire receives the worst possible news. She can’t become a citizen of the world. She’s a Diseased One.

Born with a biomarker that bestows dangerous, brain-altering powers, Hollis is forced to hide underground with other Diseased Ones, who believe that the government falsified history to cover up their genocide.

Now Hollis must discover the truth, and is willing to risk anything, including her powers, to go back home.

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My thought on the bookHollis’s world seemed terrifying – the way the government have so much control over people’s minds. I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I was supposed to suppress every emotion.

I loved Hollis as a character – tough, spirited, but also had this sense of vulnerability. It was so interesting to watch her finding her feet, so beautiful to see her go from a brainwashed, emotionless robot to flourishing into herself. I admired her quality of searching for the truth, of being brave enough to seek out answers even after everything she was taught to believe.

The relationships and friendships that developed over the book made this story shine. The way that none of them gave up on her, even when she was still convinced the government were the good guys. I loved Jonah – an incredible teacher and the drive of never giving up on anyone. Keith – who I wished we got to read more about, and hopefully we’ll get to see more of him in the following books. Tiffany – who was such a little sweetheart. I didn’t like Ashton – he struck me as a big bully and was horrible to pretty much everyone, but I got the impression he wasn’t supposed to be likeable!

The writing was incredible. Engaging, unique and I could feel the author’s voice coming through. It kept me reading right until the very end and I couldn’t stop.

I’m excited to see where this series goes. The author is so talented and has such a gift for storytelling. There’s a cliffhanger of an ending and I’m desperate to know how this story continues as I have so many burning questions.


Author Bio:

Danielle Harrington is a high school chemistry teacher with a passion for the pen and a knack for storytelling. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Biola University, and although she’s a hardcore science nerd, she’s always been a lover of the arts.

She grew up acting and singing and has turned her love for drama into writing. Danielle lives vicariously through her characters and considers it great fun because she “gets to play all the parts”.

Danielle lives in LA with her husband, Steven, and her two cats, Moose and Turtle. She is working on a four book young adult dystopian fiction series, and she’s beyond thrilled to be launching her debut novel, THE DISEASED ONES, through Acorn Publishing.

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You Too? Blog Tour + Book Review

You Too bannerThis is my stop during the blog tour for You Too? by Janet Gurtler. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 24 January. See the tour schedule here.

You Too?

Edited by Janet Gurtler.

Genre: Non-fiction.

Age category: Young Adult, New Adult

Release Date: January 7, 2020

You Too

Blurb: A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.

You can find You Too? on Goodreads.

You can buy You Too? here:- Amazon ebookAmazon hardcopyBarnes & NobleKoboIndieboundIndigo.


My thought on the book

“But we need to keep talking about the hard stuff. And we need to listen. We need to hear from survivors. We need to work toward making this world a place where other people will be able to say with confidence “NOT ME”. It never happened to me.”

This book is important – so, so important. It highlights issues you don’t want to think about, including – sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Although, this book is aimed at teenagers, I think adults can also learn a lot from this book. It doesn’t brush anything under the carpet – in fact it bravely fought for attention, letting everyone know that this isn’t ok. It covers the challenges we face in today’s (and in past) societies. It shows how harassment and ‘harmless fun’ is anything but and needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, to let everyone know that it shouldn’t be happening. I think this book will make people who’ve experienced these issues feel heard and less alone. And just because someone may not be physically harmed, it can still live with them for a long time. I also think it will make teens aware that their actions have consequences, and can still damage someone for many years after the original event.

It was painful, but also empowering and inspiring. Everyone who contributed to this book is amazing and brave. The raw honesty in which they told their stories was something I cannot describe.

The beauty of sharing, of people coming together to share their experiences – their raw, personal and painful experiences were inspiring, and I think it will help people who’ve been through these things.

Although aimed at teens, I would recommend this to everyone who has the chance to read it. I have never read a book like it and I hope that it will be read for many years to come.


About the author

Janet Gurtler is a Rita finalist whose young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Calgary Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a Golden Retriever named Betty White.

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ARC Book Review | Little White Lies by Philippa East.

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Title – Little White Lies.

Author – Philippa East.

Expected date published – 4th February 2020.

Publisher – HQ.

Series status – Standalone.

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Synopsis

She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…


My thought on the book

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book*

An intense web of secrets, a mysterious lie hanging over them. Little White Lies was a riveting read showing how complex trauma is, and how it destroys not only the victim but also their families.

The two different perspectives worked well and the voices were distinct. I found Jess naive and somewhat childlike and I felt sorry for her. I didn’t connect well with Anne but only because I knew she was hiding something and I couldn’t trust her.

It was intriguing to see what could happen when a missing child is returned after so many years. How it can tear families apart and change not only the kidnapped child but also the ones closest to them.

I quickly realised that all was not as it seemed and some of the characters were hiding things. Anne’s reaction to her daughter coming home was somewhat strange and angered me at points. I couldn’t understand why she reacted the way she did, however, it all becomes clear at the end.

Overall, this book was riveting, exciting and kept me engaged. I had so many questions and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know the whole truth. A great debut novel and I’m so excited for the author’s future books!


Have you read Little White Lies? If so, what did you think?

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Book Review | Lock Me In By Kate Simants.

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Title – Lock Me In.

Author – Kate Simants.

Date published – 3rd October 2019.

Publisher – Killer Reads.

Series status – Standalone.

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Synopsis

A debut psychological thriller from a major new talent

Whatever you do, don’t open the door…

By day, Ellie Power has a normal life. She has a stable home, a loving boyfriend, a future.

But at night, she suffers from a sleep disorder. She becomes angry, unpredictable, violent. Her mother locks her in her bedroom every night, to keep them both safe.

Then one morning, Ellie wakes up, horrified to find the lock on her bedroom door smashed from the inside. She is covered in injuries, unable to remember anything about the night before.

And her boyfriend Matt is nowhere to be found…


My thought on the book

5 star book review

I am in awe of how good this book actually was. The premise of this book intrigued me and I found myself gripped from the very first chapter. Interesting, thought-provoking, and full of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end.

I loved that we got to have some insight into Ellie’s therapy sessions, how it allowed us to work through her issues and to think about what might have caused her problems. The author did a fantastic job of trickling information throughout the book, rather than telling us everything at the beginning. The two POV’s were interesting. I liked reading from the investigator’s POV as well as from Ellie’s. It added a whole new dimension to the story.

Overall, this is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. I couldn’t put it down, the storyline was unique and I was excited to find out what would happen next. I recommend this book to everyone, absolutely brilliant!


How you read Lock Me In? If so, what did you think?

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Book Review | The Rain Belongs Here by Julie Rogers

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Title – The Rain Belongs Here.

Author – Julie Rogers.

Publication Date – 1st November 2019.

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Synopsis

If she succeeds in finding him, he’ll be charged with murder. If she fails, he won’t likely survive on his own.

It’s 2064. Ana lives in the City, an experimental community that has had little contact with outsiders in decades. When her older brother Finn disappears on her 22nd birthday, a seemingly impossible event given the City’s extensive monitoring, she quits school, moves into her station wagon and embarks on an obsessive manhunt. Unable to find him on her own, she’s forced to partner with Aaron, a detective with his own complicated history and agenda.

Together they comb the dregs of the outside world, encountering both the horrors of lawless survivor communities and the unclaimed beauty of the old world. As Ana comes closer to understanding her brother’s disappearance, she’s forced to confront the truth about herself and her place in the City.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

The Rain Belongs Here follows Ana as she desperately tries to find her older brother Finn. The book is set in 2064 in an isolated city with no access to the outside world.

The author has built this incredible, addictive world. Firstly, we have the city where people have been made to fear the outside world. It was so interesting to read about this new city that had been created to protect people from the horrors of the outside. When we head out into the old world, it was just as compelling. The different factions we read about are fascinating and I only wanted to find out more about them.

Ana was a great protagonist. Her dedication and obsession with finding her brother drew me into the story. I found myself just as invested as she was in finding her brother. I also found it interesting following her journey into the outside, and how she reacts to this strange, new world she had feared her entire life.

I was constantly guessing about what happened to Finn and what his goal was on the outside. I found myself not believing he would leave his sister, not for anything small, it had to be something big or important.

The writing was incredible – it kept me engaged and reading when I probably should’ve been doing other things. The only disappointment is that this isn’t going to be a series, as I’m not ready to let go of these characters and world. (I have since found out the author is writing a sequel which I’m so excited for!)


Have you read The Rain Belongs Here? If so, what did you think?

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Book Review | Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Title – Day 21.

Author – Kass Morgan.

Publication date – 16th September 2014.

Publisher – Little Brown Books.

Series status – 2nd book in the 100 series.


Synopsis

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

*Minor spoilers ahead*

Oh my life!! There were so many twists and turns in this book. They just kept coming and coming!

I loved the survival aspect of this book. I thought it was pretty cool when they started to build their own cabins at the beginning. The world building was amazing and I really enjoyed reading about Earth as it is in the book. It kinda made me forget for a while that this book is a work of fiction.

I felt like the characters started to really develop in this book. They all had their own problems and were all determined to sort them out.

I liked how the author showed ya what was happening up on the ship as well as down on Earth.

Back up on the ship, it must have been terrifying to know that the oxygen reserves were running dangerously low and realised you were literally suffocating to death. When Glass realised the air vent was blocked on the other side I felt disheartened for her. Her and Luke had finally gotten back together and for a while it looked like they were going to make it.

I was intrigued by the Earthborn’s and what they wanted, and how they even survived the radiation. There were a lot of surprises in this book – some were obvious, some weren’t but all the same it made the book exciting and fast paced.

I was literally holding my breath the entire time Glass and her mother were fighting their way to the dropships. It was SO tense and then the guard demanded Glass get off so he could take her place. I could feel everyone’s terror as they fought for a space, knowing if they didn’t get a place they were going to die.

Overall, I loved this book. It had lots of surprises however some parts were predictable and I found myself yelling out that I knew something was going to happen.


How you read Day 21? If so, what did you think?