Monday, 16 January 2017

Cover Reveal - True North by L.E. Sterling

True North (True Born, #2)
Author: L.E.Sterling
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN

About True North (True Born, #2):

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!

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About the Author: 

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. 

Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Isabella's Reading Corner: Duplicity

Author: Sibel Hodge
Publication Date: December 27th 2016 
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer 

Max and Alissa have the perfect life. They are in love, newly married and recently home from a honeymoon in Australia. Their happy existence is torn apart when Max is murdered, with Alissa barely escaping herself.

Duplicity is my first title read in 2017 and it did not disappoint me. A fast-paced thriller, I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this to any fans of psychological suspense, but I suggest you go in knowing as little as possible about the book before reading!

From the publisher:
There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?

The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

Devoted friends rally around gentle, sweet Alissa as she is left to mourn the loss of her husband and pick up her life. But not everyone is who they seem…Deep-rooted jealousies, secrets and twisted love lie just beneath the surface, and not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

Duplicity is a suspenseful thriller from the bestselling author of Look Behind You and Where the Memories Lie.

You can read my original Isabella's Reading Corner post on Duplicity here.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Review: The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Published September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books 

Alex Craft is a high school girl living in a small town. After her beloved older sister Anna is murdered and her killer goes free, Alex's life changes drastically. When I first heard about The Female of the Species I was led to believe it was about a female serial killer, but this is in no way accurate. I was looking forward to reading it, but I was initially put off by the multiple POV, which I'm not fond of normally, as well as some unpleasantness involving animals.

Alex is not someone you want to mess with. She is multifaceted, strong, emotional and fiercely loyal to those she calls friend. There are so many layers to her and the multiple POV helps to convey a more well rounded image of her. Like the Dexter character (by Jeff Lindsay), there is mention of a dark passenger, but that is where the comparison ends. If Alex is a killer, she is more of an avenging angel than a sociopath.

Each character in the book is lovingly created and developed by McGinnis. There is no black and white, no one is truly good or bad. What would appear to be character inconsistencies are seamlessly revealed as another part of their nature. How much do someone's actions define the person they are? There is a difficulty in witnessing the characters’ struggle to overcome the negative aspects of their personalities. Make no mistake, this is not a light read, it is dark and vicious.

I'm so glad I kept with this book, because it was one of the more interesting and character driven YA titles I've read this year.

From the publisher:
Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner.

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Isabella's Reading Corner: Remember Yesterday

Remember Yesterday ((Forget Tomorrow #2) by Pintip Dunn
Published October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen

Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn is the sequel to Forget Tomorrow which I adored. I have been anxiously awaiting publication and I was certainly not disappointed. Remember Yesterday picks up ten years after Forget Tomorrow ends and builds on the events that happened in the first book. I really don’t want to give too much away! Pintip Dunn has created such an amazingly lush world with intensely strong characters. There is a genuine feeling of depth to the relationships and interactions. This is one of the many reasons why I loved Forget Tomorrow and Remember Yesterday even more. 

Jessa was such an integral part of Forget Tomorrow, but in Remember Yesterday she really shines as we get to know her. There is excitement and there are thrills, along with some unexpected surprises. If you read and enjoyed Forget Tomorrow, you will probably fall in love with Remember Yesterday, just as I did. If you’ve not read the books yet, get started! I highly recommend them.

From the publisher:
Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries―if only she'd let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn't what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She'll do anything to change the past and save her sister―even if it means aligning with the enemy she swore to defeat.

You can read my original Isabella's Reading Corner post on Remember Yesterday here.

Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published August 23rd 2016 by Pamela Dorman Books

Husband and wife, Marco & Anne, come home from a dinner party at their neighbour's to find their front door open and their baby daughter missing - so begins The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

From the opening pages the reader learns of the already strained relationship between Marco and Anne. As the investigation into the disappearance of their child progresses, more secrets are revealed about the parents and the people close to them. 

Lapena effortlessly conveys how suspicion almost immediately falls on the parents by the press and the detectives in charge of the case. The story had me quickly turning the pages to find out what had actually happened to the baby and whether one or both parents were involved. There were so many twists and turns my mind was spinning, but it was definitely an enjoyable ride.

From the publisher:
It all started at a dinner party. . . 

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . . 

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Review: Beautiful Maids All in a Row

Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow
Published October 11th 2016 by Alibi/Random House

Beautiful Maids All in a Row is the first in a series about ex-FBI agent Iris Ballard. After her husband is killed by a serial killer from a previous case, Iris relocates to a small town to teach forensic psychology. There is a new killer coined The Woodsman on the loose and Iris puts aside her reservations to help her former FBI partner and close friend Luke track him down.

Iris is a flawed, but not a fragile character. She loses her temper quickly and it's easy for her to head into an emotional downward spiral. Once she becomes involved in The Woodsman case she slowly pulls herself together to focus on bringing the killer to justice.

The pace moves quickly, there's no real opportunity to stop and think about what will happen next, which is something I really loved about the book. Luke and Iris are well rounded protagonists and it's easy to see how they are motivated and what drives them to solve the case over everything else happening in their lives. I would definitely recommend this title to my friends who enjoy suspense and crime thrillers.

From the publisher:
In this white-knuckle thriller for fans of Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter, a brilliant, troubled forensic psychologist finds herself matching wits with a frighteningly talented sociopath.

Dr. Iris Ballard’s glory days are behind her, so when Luke Hudson, her former FBI partner and onetime lover, asks for help constructing a psychological profile of an elusive serial killer who murders single mothers and dumps their bodies in the woods, Iris turns him away. She just wants to be left alone with her infomercials, her German Shepherd, and her vodka. That is, until she gets a peek at the case files.

The media has dubbed him “the Woodsman.” But after Iris learns the sickening details held back from the press, and as she sets foot onto the scene of his latest crime, she assembles a portrait of a more complicated, enigmatic, meticulous man. Control is his motivation. He thrives on it. Soon he even tries to manipulate the investigation by contacting Iris, hoping to rattle the woman he considers an intellectual equal.

The game is on. Iris thinks she has a read on her target, enough to push his buttons, to make him lose control. But when the Woodsman gains the upper hand, Iris faces the most painful reckoning of all—with her own violent past.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow Book 2) Cover Revealed

How gorgeous is this cover for the upcoming Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn - the second book in the Forget Tomorrow Series?

Remember Yesterday will be published October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen and I can't wait to read it! Who's going to join me?

From the publisher:
Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries―if only she'd let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn't what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She'll do anything to change the past and save her sister―even if it means aligning with the enemy she swore to defeat.