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Monday, March 13, 2017

Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell {Book Review & Giveaway}

Fiction, Suspense
Publication.Date  March 2nd, 2017
Published By:  Red Door Publishing 

Because I Was Lonely on Goodreads
My review copy:I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
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Meet Rachel. She's trapped in a sleep-deprived world of misery and grief. She used to love being a wife and mum, but now life is a grown-up mess.

Meet Adam. He's trapped in a world of grief and confusion. It wasn't always like this, but since the accident, things have never been the same.

Rachel and Adam used to be friends, back in the days before marriage and babies… in the days before loneliness set in. Then along came Facebook. So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their online friendship, what starts as a little harmless flirtation soon becomes an obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.

Because I was Lonely traces the roller coaster of actions and reactions experienced by a cast of credible, fallible, and ultimately human, characters. Hayley Mitchell carefully captures their emotions and handles the multiple viewpoints deftly, in this cleverly crafted, unputdownable debut novel.

Rachel is your typical suburban housewife who is underpaid and under appreciated. She is looking for love from her husband but doesn't quite get it. After their second baby was born and Rachel stopped sleeping, her life has become one big sleepless night with no help at all from anyone.

Adam is lost. A tragic event happened four years ago and changed his life forever. Although he has two beautiful kids, a wife who is working her ass off to help in every way she can, he still can't let himself stop his repetitive routine day in and day out. It is the only thing that keeps him sane at times.

Julia loves Adam but doesn't quite get why he hasn't gotten back to normal yet. She longs for the old Adam she loved but knows deep down that he is gone forever so she spends her days working far away to earn money for them because Adam is not capable of working anymore. 

Then one day by accident, Adam comes across Rachel's profile on Facebook and starts remembering her from his college days. Boy do those days seem long gone. He misses her and their talks so he sends an innocent request for friendship. Little does he know what happens next.

This was such an amazing novel about midlife and how sad and lonely we can get. It is about remembering what's important and loving the ones that matter. It is about those old regrets and wondering what if. But mostly it is about finding your way through without destroying everything you have. Suspenseful, exciting and sexy. This book had me from the beginning and didn't quite let go till the end.

Hayley Mitchell is giving away an ebook here in the US and/or a paperback copy of "Because I Was Lonely" in the UK. Good luck! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review: Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate

Wires and Nerve #1
Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Science Fiction
Publication Date:January 31, 2017
Pages:240 (Hardcover)
Published By:  Feiwel & Friends
Website:Marissa Meyer (author) // Douglas Holgate (illustrator) 

Wires and Nerve on Goodreads
My review copy:
Recieved from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.


It's not secret that I'm a huge fan of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles - and I was lucky enough to meet her when she came to my local library for her Heartless tour. I was even luckier because she came three days after my due date and Teacup Human had yet to make an appearance.

While I haven't gotten around to reading Heartless yet (I know!), I was exceptionally excited to read Wires and Nerve. More of these characters that I love so dearly! More of Iko's sassiness, Scarlet's fierceness, and Thorne's swooniness. Okay, so "swooniness" isn't a word, but you know what I mean.

The story starts with Iko tracking down rogue wolf-hybrid soldiersThose who have refused to return to Luna as they believe Queen Selene (aka Cinder) is no different than Lavana. That she knows how to cure them, but simply refuses to do so.

Wires and Nerve allow us to look into the post-Levana world. Cinder is dealing with the tension between Earth and Luna still exists, on both ends, while trying to govern as Queen. Thorne and Cress are flying around the world delivering antidotes to letumosis. Winter is Luna's ambassador to Earth, with Jason accompanying her. Wolf and Scarlet are living (adorably) on her farm. We even get to see what Linh Adri is up to.

This was a quick read. I read it in a day, with a three-month-old, and found the story to be engrossing. Douglas's illustrations are beautiful and eye-catching. While I'm sure Marissa had some input in how the characters looked, I loved seeing him bring them to life. I thought the blue undertones would bother me, but they fit the story and the characters.

Even if you're not a fan of graphic novels, Wires and Nerve is a must read for those fans of The Lunar Chronicles and I'm excited to get my hands on Volume 2!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

BT Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla {Book Review & Giveaway}

Title: Luna Rising 
Author: Selene Castrovilla 
Publisher: Last Syllable Books 
Publication date: April 25, 2017 
Target Audience: Adult 
Genres: RomanceWomen's Fiction 
Length: 450 Pages 
Source: Author 
Format: eARC 
Find It: Goodreads 
Buy It: Amazon|B&N 

My Rating:  

Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She’s got her freedom, but what she wants is love.
Luna knows she doesn’t need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna’s head that just won’t shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate.
Luna speed and on-line dates her way into several short-lived, surreal relationships. There’s Ari, the humorless Israeli who refuses to assimilate – to America, and to humanity. There’s Alex, the young and handsome ex-crackhead who informs Luna he doesn’t want to be monogamous while they’re in bed. There’s Memphis, the wild-eyed sadomasochist. There’s Red, angry and crippled, who becomes the catalyst for Luna to join Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.
But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He’s emotionally unavailable and has the Madonna-Whore Complex, but how can Luna (aka “whore”) let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his naked body even more?
Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman’s funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.

I always make sure I read Selene's books as soon as they come out. I almost missed this one but luckily I was still able to get an early copy. I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved it as I knew I would. Selene's writing style never fails to impress me. She sucks me in from the beginning. This novel was a bit different than the ones I've read before but she still delivers a great story and even some funny quips along the way. 

Selene creates an interesting character in Luna Lampanelli, an almost-40-something mom who finds herself without a man after separating from her husband (who has kept the fact that he's gay a secret since before the wedding bells and after the birth of their two boys.) Luna is not a typical women's-fiction heroine. Though she's funny and smart, she's also deeply damaged. Her father was a heroine addict who left her in the hands of her narcissistic mother. Thus, Luna's obsessive desire for love is understandable, but her pursuit of it can be frustrating as she falls for one unsuitable man after another. You will find yourself shouting at her many times during the story "No, not him" "Stop the madness". Even with all this, Luna is still an enduring character that hooks the reader in. 

LUna kept seeking companionship over and over and just kept failing miserably each time. A funny part of the story is that she had an "inside voice" that desperately kept trying to teach her right from wrong although she rarely listened. I think many of us have been in LUna's shoes one time or another. Picking the wrong relationsips, going for the wrong guys, etc. It is exciting to see where Luna ends up when everything is said and done. 

I would highly recommend this new novel by Selene Castrovilla. She continues to be a favorite of mine. 

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Feb 1st – A Nook for Books
Feb 2nd – Her Book Thoughts
Feb 3rd – A Leisure Moment
Feb 10th – A Chick Who Reads
Feb 14th – The Invisible Diva
Feb 16th – Reese’s Reviews
Feb 24th – vvb32 reads

About Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats.
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