Book Review: A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle

A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle

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BOOK INFO
Title: A Wrench in the Works
Author: Kate Carlisle
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: November 6, 2018

BOOK BLURB
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Shannon Hammer’s younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! For several years now, Chloe has been the co-host of a popular home repair show on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Now, after ten years, Chloe returns to Lighthouse Cove with her crew and co-host to film several shows featuring her sister Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.

But Shannon realizes quickly that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Her sister’s handsome co-host is being stalked by someone who turns out to be his estranged wife, Erica–who also happens to be the executive producer of the show. Erica’s got a knack for stirring up sticky situations and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

Shannon soon discovers the real reason why Chloe was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to Erica’s death? And can she track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?


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MY REVIEW
Shannon Hammer’s sister Chloe is back in town, and they’re getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon’s specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe’s show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For one thing, the executive producer is a bit of a nightmare to work with. When the executive producer of the show is found dead, the crew, including Chloe, are all under suspicion. While in town, Chloe also reveals part of the reason she left town right after high school, and why she rarely visits.

A wonderful light read. The characters are entertaining, though sometimes a little immature. Shannon and Chloe are both likable. It is refreshing to read a story where the sisters get along and there is not a lot of family drama. The mystery is well plotted. Good for fans of cozies. I have some of Kate Carlisle’s books on my TBR, and I plan to read some of the earlier books in this series.

This is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I don’t think Chloe was in the previous books, so she was introduced in this one.

A fun cozy mystery that combines home improvement and a television show. Delightful and charming.

I received a free eARC of this book from Penguin’s First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (November 2)

Weekly Wrap-Up

ON THE BLOG

Saturday, Oct 27 – The Sunshine Blogger Award #2
Sunday, Oct 28 – Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish
Monday, Oct 29 – Book Review: River Bodies by Karen Katchur
Tuesday, Oct 30 – Top Ten Tuesday: Horror TBR
Wednesday, Oct 31 – Reading Update: October 2018
Thursday, Nov 1 – Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

BOOKS READ

My reviews for these books will be posted to Goodreads, and I plan to review both of them on the blog.

Final Girls by Riley SagerA Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle

AUDIOBOOKS

I use OverDrive to borrow audiobooks from the library. My reviews for these books will be posted to Goodreads.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickCurtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

CURRENTLY READING

I’m currently reading two books – one ebook and one audiobook.

The Last by Hanna JamesonThe Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS eARCs RECEIVED

No ARCs received this week.

PURCHASED

No books purchased this week.

BORROWED

No books borrowed from the library this week.

I have so many books to read, I’m trying not to request, buy, or borrow more books until I’m more caught up on what I already have. Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Hope you have an awesome week. Happy Reading!

**Book images are from Goodreads.

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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BOOK INFO
Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publish Date: September 4, 2018

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.


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MY REVIEW
Sadie’s younger sister Mattie is found dead. Sadie loves her sister more than anyone else in her life, and she’s determined to find and kill the man responsible for Mattie’s death. Sadie goes in search of the man, but she doesn’t tell anyone what she is doing. When Sadie is not heard from, she is reported missing. West is a man with a podcast, and when he hears about Sadie and Mattie, he starts looking into Sadie’s disappearance. As he looks for Sadie, he interviews the different people that Sadie has encountered after leaving home.

This book uses Sadie’s point of view and West’s podcasts to tell the story. Sadie’s POV tells about her experience with the people she encounters on her journey. The podcast includes West’s interviews with people from Sadie’s hometown and the people she meets after leaving home. Using the information he gathers about Sadie, West tries to find her. His podcast follows Sadie’s story several months after she is reported missing. I’ve read a few books that use a podcast to tell the story, and have found it an intriguing way to tell a story.

Sadie and Mattie have a difficult childhood. Their mother is a drug addict and leaves when they are still young, but Sadie takes it upon herself to provide for her and her sister. The only adult in their lives is their neighbor, who has known the girls their entire lives and does what she can to help them out.

Sadie is stubborn, independent, and loving. I was rooting for Sadie the entire time. Sadie’s life is an unhappy one, and that makes for a very emotional read.

Sadie is considered a young adult novel, but it read almost as an adult novel. Some difficult topics are covered, including pedophilia, sexual abuse, child abuse, and poverty. Heartbreaking, dark, and tragic.

I borrowed this book from my local library.

Reading Update: October 2018

Books

I’ve completed most of my reading goals this year! Still working on a few challenges, but I should be able to finish them over the next couple of months. I was pretty good about not requesting ARCs this month, but I did end up buying a bunch of books at a local book fair. It’s hard to pass up good deals on books, but I have no idea when I’ll get to read them.

October Weekly Wrap-Ups

For a more detailed look at the books I’m reading, check out my weekly wrap-ups every Friday.

Week 1 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 5)
Week 2 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 12)
Week 3 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 19)
Week 4 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 26)

Monthly Update

The breakdown for my October reading is 12 physical books, 11 ebooks, and 17 audiobooks. My ratings and reviews for all of them can be found on Goodreads. Some of my favorite reads in October were Sadie, Dreamfall, Our House, and Final Girls.

Sadie by Courtney SummersDreamfall by Amy PlumOur House by Louise CandlishFinal Girls by Riley Sager

Reading Challenges

My current reading status, as of 10/31/18.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June
A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May
Color Challenge (15/15) Completed in October
Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (12/12) Completed in July
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (50/50) Completed in October
Read Harder (24/24) Completed in July
Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge:
Season 5 books (25/25) Completed in June
Season 6 books (25/25) Completed in August
Season 7 books (22/25) in progress
A Year in the Life books (13/20) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (51/100) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (46/100) in progress

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS STATS

Netgalley
Books Approved: 100
Books Reviewed: 89
Feedback Ratio: 89%

Edelweiss
Books Approved: 10
Books Reviewed: 5
Feedback Ratio: 50%

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Halloween/Creepy Freebie.

For my topic this week, I’m listing 10 horror books on my TBR. I’ve been reading more books listed as horror in the last couple of years, so my list for books in that genre has been growing. Below are 10 books I didn’t get to before Halloween this year, but I hope to read sometime over the next year.

It by Stephen KingLet Me In by John Ajvide LindqvistWorld War Z by Max BrooksThe Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildI am Legend by Richard MathesonMy Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady HendrixRosemary's Baby by Ira LevinThe Collector by John Fowles

1. It by Stephen King
2. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
3. World War Z by Max Brooks
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
5. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
6. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
7. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
8. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
9. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
10. The Collector by John Fowles

Have you read any of these books? Any other horror novels you recommend?

Book Review: River Bodies by Karen Katchur

River Bodies by Karen Katchur

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BOOK INFO
Title: River Bodies
Author: Karen Katchur
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: November 1, 2018

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.

The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface—memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden. Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who’s watched over her for years. For the first time, she wonders if he’s more predator than protector.

In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca’s life—or end it.


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MY REVIEW
Becca returns to her hometown of Portland, Pennsylvania, to be with her dying father. Becca has been living just across the river in New Jersey, but hasn’t been back to Portland to visit her father or old friends for 10 years. Her arrival in town coincides with a murder that is very similar to an unsolved murder that occurred 20 years earlier in the same town. Becca’s old friend Parker, who is now a detective, works to uncover who is behind the deaths. Meanwhile, Becca confronts old secrets in her and her father’s pasts.

Different viewpoints are used to tell the story, but Becca is the main character, and most of the story revolves around her. Becca is in a relationship with a man she has doubts about, she is estranged from her father, and she misses her old best friend Parker.

Becca’s father is on his deathbed, but he was once the police chief in Portland. The law enforcement in town has a delicate relationship with the town biker gang, the Scions. When Becca’s father was police chief, his stepbrother was the leader of the Scions. The stepbrother is now deceased and there is a new police chief, but old loyalties still remain, though some secrets are difficult to contain.

This is a mystery because of the murders, but it’s also a story about relationships. The descriptions of the area, the people, and the lifestyles are very well done. The characters are not particularly likable, but they are real. While the story does not have a lot of action, the various relationships between the characters is gripping.

This was my pick for Amazon’s First Reads in October 2018.

Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish

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BOOK INFO
Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: August 7, 2018

BOOK BLURB
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When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.


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MY REVIEW
A couple who, on the outside, seems to have it all – happy marriage, good kids, and the perfect home. As their marriage falls apart, Fiona Lawson, the wife, is determined to protect their home. They decide to have a bird’s nest custody of the house while going through their divorce. It seems like an idea that could work. Fiona will stay at the house with the kids during the week, and Bram, the husband, will stay there on weekends. It allows them to keep the house and not have to uproot the kids while going through a divorce. Things seem to be working out fine, until Fiona returns home one day and finds a new family moving into her house. Bram is nowhere to be found, and Fiona starts questioning what Bram has been up to.

Told using the alternating points of view of Fiona and Bram. Different formats are used to relay their perspectives. Fiona is doing a podcast to tell her story, while Bram is writing his experiences in a letter. The story also has flashbacks to recall the events that led to the big event of a new family moving into the Lawson’s home. Neither Fiona nor Bram is necessarily a reliable narrator, but Bram seems especially suspicious. In fact, Bram is not a likable character, but he has an interesting story to tell.

A twisty domestic thriller. The intriguing plot and unreliable characters make for a fast-paced read. Our House has it all – secrets, lies, adultery, real estate fraud, and murder.

I borrowed this book from my local library.

The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Jenna @ Happy Bookshelves. Thank you so much, Jenna!

THE RULES
• Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
• Nominate 11 blogs and ask them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

11 QUESTIONS FROM JENNA
1. What author have you read the most books from?
James Patterson

2. What is your favorite spot to read in?
At home on the sofa

3. How do you decide what book to read next?
I keep a list of books that I need to read fairly soon (library, ARCs, etc.), so I mostly go by that. I’m a mood reader though, so if nothing fits, I pick something off my shelf that sounds good.

4. What character from a book would you want to be your best friend?
Jennifer in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

5. What character from a book would you likely punch in the face?
Bella Swan in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

6. What is your favorite format to consume books? Audio? Print? Digital?
Physical books, but I read a lot of ebooks.

7. Do you prefer borrowing or owning books?
Depends on the book. I am a heavy library user, but I also own a lot of books.

8. What hobbies do you have outside of reading?
Reading is my main hobby, but I do enjoy traveling when I get the chance.

9. What pet from a book would you like to have?
Marley from Marley and Me. I had a chocolate lab that I have many fond memories of, so this one is more of a “what pet have you had” answer.

10. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
Standalone

11. What is your favorite television show?
Gilmore Girls

NOMINATIONS
I’m not going to nominate anyone this time.

This is such a fun tag! Thanks again, Jenna, for the nomination!

Weekly Wrap-Up (October 26)

Weekly Wrap-Up

ON THE BLOG

Saturday, Oct 20 – Book Review: The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel
Sunday, Oct 21 – Book Review: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Monday, Oct 22 – Book Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Tuesday, Oct 23 – Top Ten Tuesday: Villains in Mysteries and Thrillers
Wednesday, Oct 24 – Book Review: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Thursday, Oct 25 – Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

BOOKS READ

My reviews for these books will be posted to Goodreads, and I plan to review both of them on the blog.

A Ladder to the Sky by John BoyneSadie by Courtney Summers

AUDIOBOOKS

I use OverDrive to borrow audiobooks from the library. My reviews for these books will be posted to Goodreads.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareThe Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

CURRENTLY READING

I’m currently reading three books – one physical book, one ebook, and one audiobook.

The Line That Held Us by David JoyRiver Bodies by Karen KatchurLife After Life by Kate Atkinson

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS eARCs RECEIVED

No ARCs received this week.

PURCHASED

No books purchased… yet. There is a big book sale going on in town, so I’m heading out this morning to shop books. I usually find some good deals at this sale, so wish me luck!

BORROWED

One book borrowed from the library.

The Line That Held Us by David Joy

OTHER BOOKS

I accepted two ebooks to review this week.

After Terra: Year 200 by Daniel ColdspringCamouflage by Ivy Keating and Scott Spotson

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Hope you have an awesome week. Happy Reading!

**Book images are from Goodreads.

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag
The Halloween Characters 2.0 book tag was created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward. Thanks to Jennifer @ JenChaos Reviews for tagging me in this book tag!

THE RULES

• Answer all prompts.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator.
• Have fun!

THE CREATURES

Witch
A magical character or book.

Circe by Madeline Miller. Mythology and magic in a beautifully written novel.


Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. A great collection of short stories. Easy to find a stopping place, but entertaining enough to not want to put it down.


Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. A great psychological thriller that was just the right amount of dark and twisted.


The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

Paul Scott in Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. I was expecting something dark and twisted, but, wow.


Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Tris in Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Divergent is one of my favorite YA dystopian novels, and I really hated that ending.


Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book introduced me to the world of YA dystopian novels, which is still one of my favorite genres to read.


Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Conor in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was such an emotional read, and I just wanted to protect Conor from all the sadness and anger in his life.


Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. This book was a challenge for me to get through, and I put off reading more by Faulkner for years afterward.


Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This was a dark, but powerful apocalyptic novel.


Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I think this book was so disturbing because the evil is never really known.


Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently reading this series, and Clary has been getting on my nerves more than usual lately.


Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s my favorite book.


Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Zombies are creepy.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Graham-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith


THE MONSTER MASH

I’m not tagging anyone in particular. If this looks fun to you, go for it! Leave your link in the comments so I can check out your Halloween creatures.