Blog Tour Book Review: Yesternight by Cat Winters

yesternight-coverAbout Yesternight

� Paperback: 400 pages
� Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 4, 2016)

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.� A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O�Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they�re no more than the product of the girl�s vast imagination.� But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am happy to bring you my review of Yesternight by Cat Winters. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Yesternight is a historical fiction story about a young trained psychologist, Alice Lind, who travels the country testing children’s educational aptitude for the department of education. On her current assignment she meets an extraordinary young girl who seems to have the knowledge and memory of someone twice her age, quite literally claiming to have lived another life. Meeting her sends Alice on a hunt for answers, not only for the child and her family, but also for herself.

Yesternight wasn’t quite what I was expected it to be, which turned out to be a wonderfully good thing. I definitely wasn’t expecting to react to it the way I did. When I finally read this book, it had been months since I had last read the synopsis so I went into my read of it with fresh eyes and no clue as to what to expect, other than the front cover as a clue. I was way off judging from the cover. I expected a women’s historical fiction book. While I definitely got that in this book, it was actually so much more than that. It was unexpectedly creepy, which was awesome for an October read! I don’t know if this book was meant to be chilling and suspenseful but I read this book between the hours of 12 and 4 in the morning with the rest of the house asleep and all the lights off (except my handy dandy book light) and it was definitely a bit creepy! Aside from that, this was a wonderful read. It definitely dealt in the realm of women’s fiction as our main character, Alice, is  working in a predominantly male profession and is struggling with the preferential treatment of men in her field and in academia. She is very much an independent, modern woman in command of her own sexuality which I loved to see in this book.

I just really loved that this story was so layered. We have that women’s fiction layer but deeper than that there is this mystery/thriller beneath the surface that I did not expect but was fascinated by. This was a thrilling, entertaining story that I would highly recommend to historical fiction or mystery fans alike. Loved this book, I could not put it down! A five star read!

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About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a�School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Cat at her website, and follow her on tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram,�Facebook, and Twitter.

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TWTBANNERTWTNOOKTitle: The Witching Time  by Rachel Faugno
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Romance
Length: 273 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: April 20, 2016
Publisher: Craigh na Dun, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating: 4/5

Caroline Burdick is still mourning the death of her toddler son when she inherits an isolated old house from her great aunt Hetty, a woman she barely knew. But the unexpected windfall comes with a catch: she must live in the house for six months to claim her inheritance.

Set on a lonely hilltop in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the house terrifies Caroline, as does her aunt’s menacing companion Sarah Stratton, who has stayed on as housekeeper. Even more disturbing are the repeated appearances of Bathsheba Spooner, a distant relative who was hanged for murder in 1778, and the discovery that Hetty was high priestess of an ancient coven of witches.

The only light amidst the darkness is a beautiful young man named Eddy Ross, with whom Caroline falls helplessly in love. But that fleeting joy cannot save her from the deadly maelstrom of witchcraft and family secrets that shatter her world.

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Happy Monday!! I’m excited to kick off this week and a whole new month with my thoughts and review on The Witching Time by Rachel Faugno . I’d like to send a big thank you to both the author and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book for the tour in exchange for my honest review of it.

The Witching Time is about a young woman who has just recently lost her young son in a freak accident. Still grieving over his death she goes to visit the property that has been willed to her by her estranged aunt who has also recently passed. Intent on selling the place and getting back to trying to pick up the pieces of her life, she is surprised to find that her aunt has written surprise requirements in her will that cause Caroline to stay on the property longer than expected. But the house feels strange and the stories she learns about her family and the history of the town are just as unsettling leading to more than she bargained for.

It has been a long while since I have read a witch-y story and I didn’t know how much I missed witch-y stories until now. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I really wish I had read it around Halloween.

I thought the book and the plot were really well written. It had a very spooky feel to it right from the start which I appreciated and totally put me in the mood to read more books in the horror genre. It was very well written and well paced, it caught my attention immediately and held it throughout. I loved our main character Caroline and I found myself really feeling for her at various times throughout the novel, I commiserated with her and grieved with her. I was spooked with her and just generally connected with her.

It was a very light read for me, definitely possible to read it in one sitting due to both length and pacing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. When it began it had a historical fiction feel to it because of the witch hunt vibe so that is what I initially thought the rest of the story was going to feel like but no, it was even better because it was certainly felt very dark and spooky throughout. I have always been fascinated with Wicca, witches and nature and this book was such a treat for me to read. I am giving this book four stars since I enjoyed it so much and I recommend if you love books about witches or want to get in the “Halloween is coming” mood.

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Rachel Faugno, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, makes her home in central Massachusetts. She teaches English at a community college and has worked as a newspaper correspondent, freelance writer, and magazine editor.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire coverAbout Girls on Fire

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 17, 2016)

Three girls went into the woods; two came out.

It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.

Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshipping bad influence. Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image—and unleashing a fierce defiance with unexpected and harrowing consequences. By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, Girls on Fire is an incendiary and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls weak and strong, girls who burn bright and brighter—and girls who flicker away.

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Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman. I would like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

Girls On Fire quickly became one of my most anticipated reads of this year and when I got the chance to review it I was extremely excited to read it and share my thoughts on it with all of you. Girls On Fire takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and where the teenagers do the normal teenage things. But appearances aren’t everything, as the town comes to learn when the body of a teenage boy is found in the woods on Halloween night in an apparent suicide.

This book was everything I thought it would be and more. It’s definitely one that I will have at the back of my mind forever. I literally read it in one day without putting it down unless I had to for lunch break and bathroom breaks. Girls On Fire is an intense read and I mean that in an entirely good way. There was so much going on in this book with teenage angst, lies, deceit, sex, death, tragedy, drugs, and rock and roll. There were definitely things in this book that were difficult to read because of how intense they are some of the subject matter is a little disturbing but I also think that is part of what makes this book brilliant. It’s definitely a page turner.

I enjoyed both the writing style and the format of the narrative. I loved that we not only get the perspectives of our two main characters, Dex and Lacey but also of people surrounding them like their parents. My absolute FAVORITE chapter was a really short one at about page 343, I mean listen to this line, “Girls had to believe in everything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might.” Wow. Favorite line of the entire book.

It was definitely a unique read that was harsh and gritty, cautioning and harrowing. This was such a gripping read and I could totally see it being turned into a suspenseful movie. Five stars from me!

Also, can I just mention how much I love the cover of this book? The image and color scheme are gorgeous.

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Robin Wasserman APAbout Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is a graduate of Harvard University and the author of several successful novels for young adults. A recent recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Girls on Fire is her first novel for adults.

Find out more about Robin at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

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Audiobook Review: My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni

61xgo0yWpfL._SL300_Title: My Sister’s Grave(Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni, Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Rating – 4/5 stars – I loved it!

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

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It’s hard to believe, given my recent obsession with them, that a year ago I really hated listening to audiobooks. This past week I listened to My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni and I, of course, loved it.

My Sister’s Grave is a thriller read about a detective whose younger sister disappeared when they were both younger. After the “supposed” killer was put behind bars, Tracy never actually felt right about her sister’s death. When her sister’s body is found and new evidence comes to light that contradicts evidence used to convict the killer, Tracy starts to look into the circumstances surrounding her sisters disappearance and subsequent death. What she founds will be creepy and altogether, unexpected.

really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Apparently I have a thing for listening to thrillers on audiobook as more than half of the ones I have listened to this year have been thrillers. I really liked this story. I thought it was really interesting and thrilling, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me wanting to listen. I went through the ten plus hours of listening pretty fast and I really liked the narrator. I thought the pacing in this book was really good and I wasn’t ever bored. At first I thought the plot twist was weird but it was actually pretty good. I’m surprised to hear that there is going to be a sequel (I’m not exactly sure how many are going to be in this series) but I am rather glad. I was surprised at first because I thought the mystery surrounding Tracy’s sister and her killer was wrapped up pretty well but then I realized that she had been working on another case during this book that kind of just got lost in everything else. I really wish that had been saved til the next book because it literally was just..there…throughout the whole book with not much attention being paid to it although I realize that the title of this book is about her sister. I just think it should have been introduced and worked on in the next one.

Overall this was a good, solid read.Whether you listen to it via audiobook or read it in physical form, I recommend giving it a read! I’ll be looking forward to the sequel!

Book Review: The Road to Ataco by Belinda Bennett

Road to AtacoTitle:  The Road to Ataco by Belinda Bennett
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 75 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: September 11, 2015
Rating – 4/5 stars

Best-selling American novelist Charity Chalmers is in El Salvador to find inspiration for her next book. Cocooned in the luxury of the five star Plaza Hotel, she thinks she is in paradise. But the beautiful scenery of La Costa del Balsamo masks terror.

Danger is stalking her every move in this journey from paradise to hell.

Where beauty cloaks evil, there is No Mercy…

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Happy Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week and is gearing up for a wonderful Halloween weekend! Today I am excited to share with you my review of The Road to Ataco by Belinda Bennett. I want to send a huge thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Road to Ataco is  a novella about author Charity Chalmers whom in the throes of extreme writers block and publisher deadlines, takes a holiday to beautiful El Salvador. Underneath the beauty of this vacation/tourist spot lies a dark side burgeoning with gang activity and tourist kidnappings. All too trusting and naive, Charity soon finds herself at the very center of the darker side of this destination spot.

I really enjoyed The Road to Ataco, it is probably my most favorite novella that I have read this year. It was a very fast read, I believe it can be read in an hour as it is really fast paced which I liked. It is a mystery/thriller so it kept me on the edge of my seat for the main character and the predicament she finds herself in. I feel like it’s also part cautionary tale for people who desire to travel to be vigilant. The writing and the plot were both so good that I almost wish this novella were longer! Everything Charity went through was pretty detailed , moreso than I would have expected in a novella and I really liked that. The writing was believable and the characters were believable and there was even a tiny bit of romance in this story. I don’t know if anyone else would have thought the ending a bit cheesy but I really liked it.

I ended up giving this novella a four star review as I really liked it and enjoyed it and I think other’s will enjoy it just as much. If you are a fan of suspense and thrillers, check this novella out. It is fast paced, thrilling and a really fast read. You can purchase a copy on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015AH5PMK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Audiobook Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

22529254Title: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre:  Fiction – Thriller
Publisher: Penguin
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Rating – 5/5, loved it!

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to complete any books in these last few days of the month but I did! I’m actually hoping to complete one more but we will see how that goes. In the past I haven’t been a big fan of audiobooks, I was actually pretty against them in the past. I had tried them before but I just could never get into them. I would always feel like I was missing things or I would get annoyed by the narrators voices. I decided to give them another chance and bought The Girl on the Train on audiobook. I’m really glad I did because I ended up really loving this book.

My reading/listening experience of this book ended up being a pretty great one. I gave the book itself a 5 star rating because I thought it was fantastic. I’m normally not one to gravitate towards thrillers but when I read the summary for this book, it just struck me.

The Girl on the Train is told through the point of view of three different women whose lives overlap. Rachel is our main point of view and is an alcoholic divorcee struggling with a few issues like her alcoholism and getting over her ex husband. Anna is the current wife of Rachel’s Ex husband whom is struggling with motherhood and Rachel’s continued presence in her life. Megan is a young married woman living a few houses down from Anna with alot of external and internal struggles of her own. Megan’s disappearance on a fateful Saturday night throws each of their worlds into chaos.

As mentioned above, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. It was beautiful written with haunting narrative and descriptions. I loved the air of melancholy throughout. I’ve heard that this is a book that you either hate or love and I just found this book to be so spellbinding. I was on the edge of my seat which was so surprising to me since I am not an audiobook fan. This just makes me want to rush out and buy the physical copy which I definitely will do in the future because I would reread this book.

Aside from my loving this book, there were actually a slew of characters that I did not like and that’s probably because every single character in this book is majorly, majorly flawed. They’re human! I’ve read a few reviews that stress the fact that this book is depressing but I just really think even if it is dark and troubling, it is also starkly realistic. I love how each character has their own conflict going on within themselves and their lives. It reminds me of the “grass is always greener on the other side” idiom. Each of these characters at one time in the novel has wondered what someone else’s life is like and gotten it grossly wrong, ultimately forgetting that the other person is just human. My favorite character starting out was Megan  but we learn things about her that made me not like her so much towards the end. Rachel at the beginning and the end was not my favorite but she definitely grew on me the deeper I got into the novel and I just straight up never liked Anna. These characters were ALL very complex characters and I applaud this book and author for that…there wasn’t one character that wasn’t well developed.

What a ride. This was a whirlwind of suspense for me. It had the feel of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl but altogether, different. I’m trying hard not to compare them though I actually think I may have enjoyed this book more. I highly recommend this book whether on physical copy or audiobook. I only really liked one narrators voice but I enjoyed listening to it nonetheless. I was so engrossed in it and found myself wanting to listen to it when I wasn’t. Also, I just heard this is being adapted to film…I will be there on release night. Yes!! I’ve also heard rumors that Emily Blunt may be on board to play Rachel…if this is true…yes, yes and yes!!!

Blog Tour Book Review: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

Love is RedAbout Love is Red

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 12, 2015)

This electrifying, addictive, and hypnotically beautiful debut spins suspense and literary fantasy into a stunning epic—the first volume in the Night Song Trilogy—ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.

Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his palette grows, so too does his power. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost.

While the city hunts the Sickle Man, Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have unexpectedly entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? And why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Love Is Red is a riveting thriller that unfolds into an intense story of obsession and control, desire and fate. Katherine may not realize it yet, but with this haunting novel—as arrestingly original as Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, and Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls—her moment of awakening is here. And soon she will find herself fighting a battle at the edges of our world, among forces more dangerous than we can possibly imagine.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Love is Red written by Sophie Jaff. I would like to give a warm thank you to both Sophie Jaff and TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it but I was so drawn by the cover (which is gorgeous), the title and the book description. I don’t read many suspense novels so this was a welcome change from what I usually tend to read. I read an ARC edition of this book but  I am so happy that the final version kept the beautiful cover that I saw on the ARC edition.

I was hooked on this story right from the start and could tell from the start also that I would really enjoy the writing. The writing was definitely beautiful throughout. The story itself was confusing at times because there is so much going on with the narratives – we receive the story from the perspective of our killer and his beloved. There is also a small folk tale embedded into this story as well that laces into the story at the end. This book was brilliant.

For a small portion of the book I had no idea how to even feel about it. I knew that it was good and I was impressed with the writing and the concept of it was just so complicated, I had to put it down and think about it and then dive right back in. About halfway through is when I realized that I freaking loved it. I stayed up far past my bedtime reading this book because I could not tear my eyes from it and also because every sound or movement I thought I saw in the darkness surrounding my bed made me pull the covers over my head! It’s definitely one of those books that is so creepy that it makes you question every shadow and it will keep you up at night. I loved this book and will be recommending it to friends and family! If you are a suspense fan, read this book!! I gave this book a full five star rating! It is literary, intense, creepy and impressive. I can’t believe it’s going to be a trilogy…I’m really looking forward to the rest. Definitely going in my top reads of 2015!

About Sophie JaffSophie Jaff

A native of South Africa, Sophie Jaff is an alumna of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her work has been performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Duplex, the Gershwin, and Goodspeed Musicals. She lives in New York City.

Find out more about Sophie at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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