Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 17)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey! I hope everyone is staying well and cool. It’s been super hot here in Texas, so we’ve been staying inside a lot.


BOOKS READ

– Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
– Blindside by James Patterson and James O. Born


CURRENTLY READING

– Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas


ADDED TO MY TBR

Nothing new added


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Hurry Home by Roz Nay
Book Review: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Book Review: Zero’s Journey Book 4 by D.J. Milky
NetGalley & Edelweiss Shelves (July 2020)
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 17)


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Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

NetGalley & Edelweiss Shelves (July 2020)

Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

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I want to cross a lot of books off my TBR, so I haven’t been requesting many new books this summer. There are so many books that look good, but I don’t have time to read them and catch up on reading books I already own. I know some of y’all understand this struggle! There were a few books I couldn’t pass up, so I’ve added four eARCs to my shelf since last month’s update.


Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
Publisher: Gallery Books
Expected publication date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na


Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na


The Well of Ice by Andrea Carter
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Expected publication date: November 10, 2020
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Series: Inishowen Mysteries #3


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: April 13, 2021
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series: na


STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 13
Books Approved: 205
Books Reviewed: 192
Feedback Ratio: 94%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 3
Books Approved: 64
Books Reviewed: 61
Feedback Ratio: 95%

Book Review: Zero’s Journey Book 4 by D.J. Milky

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BOOK INFO

Title: Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey Book 4
Author: D.J. Milky
Illustrators: Kei Ishiyama, David Hutchinson, Dan Conner
Publisher: Tokyopop
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: Zero’s Journey Book 4
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

When Jack Skellington’s faithful pet Zero gets lost, the ghost pup must get the help of the residents of Christmas Town to find his way back. With Halloween plans on hold while Jack mounts a search, will they be reunited in time to save both holidays? Explore the magical realms of Halloween Town and Christmas Town through the eyes of Zero as he tries to find his way home in an unfamiliar world. This is the final volume of Zero’s Journey.

Purchase links:
Amazon


MY REVIEW

The fourth and final book in the Zero’s Journey series. This graphic novel is about Zero, the ghost dog, from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Zero is lost in Christmas Town, and needs help finding his way home.

I read the first book in this series, but missed books 2 and 3. I think I would have enjoyed this last book more if I had read all of the previous books. It was still a fun read, and I plan to go back and read the ones I missed.

A manga book for fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I imagine fans of the movie will enjoy this series. Great artwork. Light and cute story.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Book Review: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

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BOOK INFO

Title: Blacktop Wasteland
Author: S.A. Cosby
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: July 14, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Beauregard, aka Bug, is a former criminal who has gone straight. He owns an auto body shop, but business is down. He’s worried about how he will provide for his wife and kids, keep his business open, and pay for his mother’s nursing home care. He needs money… and he is the best wheelman around. When a former associate tracks him down, he decides to take one last job.

Bug is a complex character. He is haunted by memories of his father, who was also a wheelman, and left when Bug was a boy. Bug doesn’t know if his father is dead or alive, but he knows he wants to be the man that his father never was. He wants to be a good husband and father, and provide well for his family. Bug has tried to leave the old days as a wheelman behind him, but he is drawn back when he sees no other way to get the money he needs for his family.

While Blacktop Wasteland has wonderful character development, it also has plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader wanting more. Of course, Bug’s “one last job” isn’t as simple as that, and he is pulled in so deep that it puts his family in harms way.

A novel about one man’s struggles with family, poverty, and crime. Recommended for fans of literary fiction and crime fiction. Gritty, compelling, and authentic.

I received a digital copy of this book from Flatiron Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Book Review: Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Hurry Home by Roz Nay

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BOOK INFO

Title: Hurry Home
Author: Roz Nay
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

Close to my heart you’ll be, sisters forever you and me

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

Hurry Home by Roz Nay
Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Two sisters with a complicated relationship. Alexandra is the one with the perfect life – a job in child protection services, a handsome boyfriend, and a nice home. Ruth is the troubled one, and always seems to drag Alex into her messes. Alex and Ruth haven’t been in contact for ten years, but now Ruth is on the run, and she runs to Alex for help.

Told using the alternating points of view of Alex and Ruth. The sisters are both telling their versions of events, and they don’t exactly line up. They’ve got secrets from their pasts, and it effects their current places in life.

Domestic suspense about two estranged sisters. This novel is a slow burn that is heavy on family drama. Recommended for readers who enjoy family drama and unreliable narrators.

I received a copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 10)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer reading.


BOOKS READ

– Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
– Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


CURRENTLY READING

– Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
– The Vacation by T.M. Logan


ADDED TO MY TBR

– Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
Book Review: A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 10)


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A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

Book Review: A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Perfect Day
Author: Sarah S. Brannen
Illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A seagull and a crab find friendship and compromise in this sweet and humorous story about the meaning of perfection.

The sky is blue, the sun is warm, the breeze is cool–it’s a perfect day for Seagull, perched on a rock in the sea. That is, until crabby Crab comes along and points out all of the day’s flaws! There’s a cloud in the sky, a smelly boat in the distance, and the rock that they’re sitting on is covered in barnacles.

In this sweet and funny story about finding happiness amidst flaws, Seagull and Crab learn that nothing is more perfect than spending time with friends.

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Seagull is having a perfect day until Crab comes along. Crab is being crabby and keeps finding things to complain about. Seagull doesn’t let it get her down though.

A cute story about happiness and friendship. Seagull has a positive attitude and enjoys the day. Crab complains about everything. Crab’s negative attitude doesn’t make Seagull like him any less though. Lovely illustrations. Sweet and humorous.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Girls Weekend
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

For fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley, a riveting locked-room mystery about five college friends eager to reunite after years apart–only to be ripped apart again when their host’s disappearance unearths dark secrets and old grudges.

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.

The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.

Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.

This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. Atmospheric and dramatic.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all!

I’m planning to keep my reading list light for the month of July. I made some headway on my TBR this week though.


BOOKS READ

– If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
– All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker


CURRENTLY READING

– Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
– Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson


ADDED TO MY TBR

– The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
– Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Book Review: The Swap by Robyn Harding
June 2020 Wrap-Up
Book Review: The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Book Review: The Request by David Bell
July 2020 TBR
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jul 3)


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July 2020 TBR

Monthly TBR

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Happy July!

I haven’t been reading as much this summer, but I do have some books I want to read in July.



ARCs

• Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett
• The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
• Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
• His & Hers by Alice Feeney
• The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
• The End of Her by Shari Lapena
• The Vacation by T.M. Logan