The Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet (Review & Giveaway) [CLOSED]

32620355Title: The Spy Across the Table
Author: Barry Lancet
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Action
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: June 20, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 448
Source: Publisher

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

Summary: In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage—putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.

Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he’s devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.

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Monthly Wrap-Up (May & June 2017)

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The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick (Blog Tour & ARC Review)

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Author: Ellen Herrick
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Contemporary
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: April 4, 2017
Format: Paperback
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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: Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded bycruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.

When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#23): Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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This one required a little more thinking for me, since I’ve kind of shut off the “thinking hard” part of my brain since I finished school (haha, my brain is taking a nice long, well-earned break okay?!) But I did manage to come up with more than 10 after going through my Goodreads “read” list. I’ll even be doing some honourable mentions again this week, because it was really difficult to pick just TEN!

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Brimstone by Cherie Priest (ARC Review)

30213129Title: Brimstone
Author: Cherie Priest
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Adult
Imprint: Ace Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: April 4, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 304
Source: Publisher

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

SummaryIn the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake….

Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife s spirit.

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Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet (Giveaway) [CLOSED]

I am very excited to be partnering with Simon & Schuster in order to bring you guys this giveaway! The giveaway is U.S. only, (sorry international followers! I will be hosting an international giveaway very soon!) And the book being given away is Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet, which came out today!

“Pacific Burn is a page-turning, globe-spanning tale of murder, suspense, and intrigue that grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Barry Lancet is truly a gifted author, and his character of Jim Brodie is unlike any private investigator you’ve ever encountered in literature.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel

Before the link to the actual giveaway, I would like to first share some images and info about the book with all of you (courtesy of Simon & Schuster):

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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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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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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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Feature & Follow Friday (#11)

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TGIF! Yas! Well, it’s still the morning here, but the work week will be over soon…right? Right?! Anyway, here is my 11th Feature & Follow Friday post, and I’m having a lot of fun with this meme. You should all join us in posting every week!

This weekly meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.com, and you can find all of the details in her most recent Feature & Follow post! But basically, people post in responses to a prompt every week, and then people vote on each others’ posts until the following Friday. The person with the most votes, is chosen as the next week’s feature!

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