WWW Wednesday: September 19th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz

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When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

“We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.”

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now.

As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.


I finished reading:


What I’m reading next:

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

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When a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an agenda of his own.

After they find out that the crime boss is the father of the black teenage carjacker, Paul Elliott – lawyer and close friend of the witness’s family – begins counseling them.

As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 9/14-9/20



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

What author do you not read and why? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My answer:

This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really care for Sarah J. Maas’s books. I’ve read several of her books, trying to give them another chance since they’re so incredibly popular, but I just don’t think they’re the right fit for me. So I’ve decided I’m not going to try any more of her books in the future. There are so many other great authors out there, that I do’t think I’ll ever miss her books.

What about you? Is there an author that you won’t read? Let me know in the comments below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

WWW Wednesday: September 12th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

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A debut thriller that offers a fresh, modern twist on the classic “locked room” mystery novel, for readers of Noah Hawley and Jeffery Deaver

The rules are simple.

But the game is not.

At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”

Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.

An ingenious, page-turning debut, Chris McGeorge’s Guess Who matches the high-wire plotting of classic “locked room” mysteries into the unstoppable pacing of the modern-day thriller.

For some reason, I just couldn’t seem to get into Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale this week. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve liked what I’ve read of it so far and I definitely intend to pick it back up later, but the truth is, I’m really in the mood for mystery and thrillers right now (probably because of the season). Rather than forcing myself to read it now, I figured I would set it aside for later when I can really enjoy it. After finishing up the books listed below, I just picked up Guess Who by Chris McGeorge.


I finished reading:


What I’m reading next:

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz

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When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

“We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.”

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now.

As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Review: Lies

Title: Lies
Author: T. M. Logan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
Pages: 432
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible

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Book Blurb:

What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? Now you are in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything you treasure.

It’s the evening drive home from work on a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But today, Joe sees his wife meet another man—an encounter that will rip two families apart. Raising the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Joe will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the deception unravels, so does his life. A life played out without any rules. And a cunning opponent who’s always one step ahead.

My Thoughts:

Joe Lynch has it all. A beautiful wife, an adorable 4-year-old son, a part time job as a high school English teacher. A perfect life.

Until one day, while waiting in traffic, his son points out his wife’s car in the next lane. Seeing her pull into a hotel car park, Joe decides to follow her and surprise her with an impromptu mid-day visit.

One chance encounter, an impulsive decision, and his life will never be the same.

This was an intriguing and tension-filled thriller with lots of twists and turns. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. There was a point around halfway through that it started to feel predictable and cliche, but I was wrong – and I definitely did not see that ending coming!

Joe was a very likable and relatable character, although I got frustrated at times by how oblivious he seemed to what was happening around him. For instance, his wife’s story kept changing, but no matter what she said, he kept believing her! There were times when I just wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into him. I also kept waiting for Ben or Mel to slip up so he could finally see the truth.

Some parts of the story pushed the envelope in terms of believability, but overall it was an entertaining read and fun to see how it all played out. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Today I will be sharing book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week I will be pulling excerpts from my current read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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Synopsis:

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.


Book Beginning:

If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.


The Friday 56:

She twisted around to look at him. Moonlight came through in lacy patterns, illuminating his eyes, his mouth, leaving his nose and chin in darkness. He looked different again, older already, in just these few days, careworn, angry. He smelled of sweat and blood and mud and death, but she knew she smelled the same.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: September 5th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.


I finished reading:

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

For the second week in a row, I only had enough time to read one book and I haven’t posted any reviews. I’m not going to give any more excuses, but hopefully I’ll get back on track soon.


What I’m reading next:

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

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A debut thriller that offers a fresh, modern twist on the classic “locked room” mystery novel, for readers of Noah Hawley and Jeffery Deaver

The rules are simple.

But the game is not.

At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”

Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.

An ingenious, page-turning debut, Chris McGeorge’s Guess Who matches the high-wire plotting of classic “locked room” mysteries into the unstoppable pacing of the modern-day thriller.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 8/31-9/6



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My answer:

This is going to be a quick one for me. I do not have a YouTube channel. In fact, I still don’t use YouTube very much other than watching music videos and sometimes how-to videos.  I think I’m showing my age here… 🙈

What about you? If you have a YouTube channel, leave the link in the comments below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

WWW Wednesday: August 29th, 2018

I can’t believe another week has passed so quickly and it’s already time for WWW Wednesday again!

A quick heads up, I’m a little behind with responding to emails and comments this week. I’ve had some personal issues to deal with, which have been monopolizing a lot of my time. But I will try to respond to everyone in the next couple days and I’m really sorry if you’ve been waiting on a reply from me.

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.


I finished reading:

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross

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Lexie Greene has always had such a pretty face.

Unfortunately, that’s where it seemed to stop. She’s grown up hearing her Mother constantly remind her that she needs to lose weight. And twenty-three-year-old Lexie knows she’s overweight.

With her younger sister’s wedding on the horizon and a crush to stalk on Facebook, Lexie’s had enough. She gives up her constant daydreams about food and joins a dieting group. As the pounds melt away at the gym, she finds that life on the other side of junk food isn’t what she thought.

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants is an inspirational hit about a girl coming to terms with herself, and her past, all while navigating a world of food and fitness.

I only had enough time to read one book this week, but it was a good one! I really enjoyed this fun and relatable story.


What I’m reading next:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 8/24-8/30



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

Where do you post your reviews besides your blog? Please list them all so perhaps we can find some new sites. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My answer:

In addition to my blog, I post all of my reviews on Goodreads and share them on my Twitter and Facebook pages. If I received an e-galley from NetGalley or if I borrowed the book from my library using OverDrive, I will post my review on those websites as well. Sometimes I post reviews on Amazon, but like most reviewers, I’ve been having issues with my reviews getting deleted recently and I’m starting to think it’s not worth the hassle…

What about you? Where do you post your reviews? Let me know in the comments below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

Book Review: Sold on a Monday

Title: Sold on a Monday
Author: Kristina McMorris
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible

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Book Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.

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The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It’s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.

Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.

My Thoughts:

Wow! What an incredible, moving story.

Inspired by a real photograph depicting a young mother trying to sell her kids during the Great Depression, McMorris weaves a powerful story in Sold on a Monday. It is a tale of desperation and deceit, but also compassion and redemption. Equally heart-breaking and heart-warming.

The author obviously did her research, as even the smallest of details are true to the time period of the book. The descriptions are vivid and authentic, creating a very atmospheric read. It is like stepping back in time!

There is mystery, suspense, and even romance worked into this book, but ultimately it’s a testament to what people can be driven to do in times of desperation and the steps they take to redeem themselves. Some parts in the middle were a bit slow paced, but I stayed engrossed throughout the entire story.

I highly recommend reading the author’s note at the end of the book as well. It is well written, just like the rest of the book, and full of information.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.