Monthly Wrap-Up (January 2017)

ezgif-com-dc8cd74dc0January felt like such a long month! I don’t know if it’s because it’s the first month of the year or what, but it just seemed to draaag. Anyone else feel that way? Didn’t help that all of our snow melted here, and we had nothing but grey skies. But anyway, it’s over now and I’m looking forward to February, the month of loooooove! ❤

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber (ARC Review)

27883214Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Imprint: Flatiron Books
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: January 31, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 407
Source: Publisher

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

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The Fixer: The Naked Man by Jill Amy Rosenblatt (Mini Review)

25765634Title: The Fixer: The Naked Man
Author: Jill Amy Rosenblatt
Type: Fiction
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: August 8, 2015
Format: Digital
Page Count: 162
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: “Katerina—I need some help. Be a good girl and come over here and I’ll make it worth your while.”

It’s an offer NYC college student Katerina Mills should refuse. But how can she?

A desperate situation….

After ditching her cheating lover (and boss), she’s stuck in dead end temp jobs. Her dad just ditched her mom and his promise to pay Kat’s college tuition bill.

She has two weeks to come up with $14,000 or she’s out of her apartment, out of school, and out of luck.

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Musing Monday (#16)

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Boooo Monday! But yaaaay Musing Monday! What would I do without you, Musing Monday?! What are the things that help cheer you up on, or at least help get you through, Mondays?

ezgif-1545491241For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome Ambrosia every Monday. This is a book blog meme where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!

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The Memory Box Eva Lesko Natiello (Mini Review)

22587180Title: The Memory Box
Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
Type: Fiction
Genre: Mystery, Thiller
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Date published: June 25, 2014
Format: Digital
Page Count: 260
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.

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Musing Monday (#15)

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I was sad to have to miss last week’s Musing Monday question as I didn’t have enough time for any meme posts. But I do have time this week, so hurray!

ezgif-1545491241For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome Ambrosia every Monday. This is a book blog meme where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

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Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo (Blog Tour & ARC Review)

81barhumhllTitle: The Fire by Night
Author: Teresa Messineo
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Historical, WWII
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: January 17, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Source: Blog Tour Host

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the blog tour host, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

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