Back in March I was invited to be part of a book tour by St. Martin’s Press for the book The Scent Keeper. I have only been on #bookstagram since January and about a month later I started my blog, so I was super excited that St. Martin’s Press reached out to me!!!
Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father. She knows nothing about the outside world except what her father teaches her through the use of scent. On the island, Emmeline lives in a cabin with her father. On one wall of the cabin there are many drawers that line one of the walls with sealed bottles. Her father won’t tell Emmeline about the scents that are held in those bottles in the drawers, nor will he tell her about the machine that creates those scents. As Emmeline grows older, she becomes more and more curious about the bottles and the scents they contain. However, before she can figure out their secret, she is suddenly off the island and in the real world. Thrust in a world she knows nothing about, Emmeline searches for who she really is and what really happened in her past.
I struggled to get into this book. While it was well written, I found it hard to understand the life Emmeline lived on the island with her father. I struggled to make sense of what was going on and the scents that were being talked about. As the book moved forward and Emmeline was thrust into the “real” world and bits and pieces of her past were uncovered, I began to enjoy the story much more and also begin to understand the beginning chapters of the book. Overall, I thought that this was a good book, that for the most part held my attention. I was captured by the story of Emmeline as she struggled to figure out who she is and where she came from. I was also captured by the friends that she met along the way and the impact that each of those friends had on her life. I am glad that I was selected to read this book and look forward to reading other books by Erika Bauermeister.
I was so excited when I found out that I had been selected for my first “book tour.” I first “met” C.J. Geisel through Instagram when she was promoting her debut novel “Lowcountry Incantations.” I read the synopsis of the book and I could not wait to read it! Then I found out that she was going a book tour through Goddess Fish Promotions, and I just new I had to sign up. I was so excited when I was chosen to be part of the tour!!! As part of this tour C.J. will be awarding a copy of “Lowcountry Incantations” to a randomly drawn winner (U.S. Only)!!! To enter click the link below!!
Quinn Riley has the worst luck. First she is laid off from her job and then while she is out hunting for jobs, she gets hit by a car while trying to rescue a dog from the middle of the road. Quinn thinks that she has died. She sees her lifeless body and also a girl in a blue dress. Little does Quinn know she has been in a coma for 2 months. Quinn’s sister Mallory has made plans while Quinn was a coma for her to live with Caleb, a quite attractive stranger, once she is released from the hospital.
Enter Leah Sawyer, a forensic psychologist, who Caleb knows from school. Mallory and Caleb persuade Quinn to allow Leah to help her work through the vision that she had. However before Quinn can get used to the fact that Leah will be helping her, Quinn’s visions become much more vivid. And not only are they vivid, they are also disturbing and show Quinn that girls in a blue dress and what may have happened to her. As the visions come closer and close together and become more and more real, Leah decides that they need the help of Mama Cornelia and her spiritual powers.
Quinn, Caleb, Mallory, Leah and Mama Cornelia dig deeper and deeper into investigating what happened to the girl that Quinn has been seeing in her visions, but as they do, Quinn realizes herself as well as those she love are in danger. Will Quinn and her friends be able to solve what happened to the girl in Quinn’s visions or will the danger of investigating the case become too much for them?
This book was FANTASTIC. The story captured me from the first page and made me feel like I was right there with Quinn and her friends, and everything they were going through. C.J. Geisel’s writing was so descriptive that you could picture exactly what she had written. The story line was great and I could not get enough of this book. I could not put it down and would find myself reading whenever I had a free moment and late into the night. And even though it is finals time in social work school and there are many other things I should be working on, I found that this book captured me so much that I read it in three days!!! I can’t say enough good things about C.J.’s debut book. The only thing that I am sad about is that I have to wait until the next book comes out to see what happens with Quinn, Caleb, Mallory, and Leah.
I tend to do a lot of driving in the car and when I am on longer trips (15 minutes or more), I really want something “to do” in the car and generally listening to the radio just does not cut it or I get annoyed as to what is on the radio at that moment. Sometimes listening to music on my phone is enough, but more often than not, I want a book to listen to and get lost in. I recently discovered Robyn Carr as an author, and I found myself lost in this fantastic while in the car (while of course still concentrating on the road and making sure I was driving safe).
Meet Emma Shay. Her husband, Richard, just committed suicide, that is after he stole his client’s money to fund his and Emma’s luxurious life in New York City. The truth of the matter was that Emma had NO idea what her husband was doing; but her name has been dragged through the mud and now has been left with nothing – no money and a horrible reputation where people just assume the worst of her.
Meet Lyle, the only friend that she kept in touch with when she left her hometown of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. After everything that happened to her in New York, Lyle encourages and ultimately talked Emma into coming home.
Meet Riley, Emma’s one time best friend. The two were inseparable – like sisters really, that is until Riley slept with Emma’s boyfriend while Emma was off at college and ended up getting pregnant. The friendship was over and Emma moved as far away as possible (the other side of the country), where she met Richard.
When Emma moves home she has nothing from her former life – all she has is $9,000 in a bank account. Emma returns home and is forced to ask Riley, her one time best friend, for help.
I loved the story of Emma and her life “after Richard.” Robyn Carr did a great job of allowing us to “feel” everything that Emma was going through. When Emma was beat down time and time again, you felt the same way. You were angry and frustrated with her. When she was happy and things were going well for her, you were excited about the good that had happened. Every time I got in the car, no matter how far the drive was, I wanted to turn the book on, so that I could get lost in the world of Emma Shay and the new life she was trying to build. I love that this book was not all sunshine and roses and really made you feel the ups and downs of what Emma was experiencing. This was a great book to get lost in!! This was the first book that I read by Robyn Carr and I immediately downloaded a second one to listen to once I was finished with this one. I can’t wait to read may more of Robyn’s books!!
Brenda Novak is an author I just recently discovered. I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but the next thing I knew I was on her Facebook page and printing out the list of all her books to read. While on the Facebook page it was asked what book of her’s we were reading and I said I had just found the author, and Brenda herself suggest that this should be the book I started with. So, I put it on hold at the library and when it came in I just had to start it right away (even though I was reading other books). And well the rest is history as within about 3 days I was done with the book and looking forward to the next one of her’s that I could read!!
Slone McBride was 5 years old when her mother disappeared. That night, she was awoken by her mother and father arguing. All of a sudden there was a thump and the house went quiet. Slone’s father states that her mother left and that was the end of that…no real police investigation or anything. When Slone turns 18 she leaves small hometown in Texas and moves to New York were she becomes a model. After Slone suffers a huge loss in New York, the loss of Clyde, her family, mentor, friend, she decides that it is time to return to her hometown and really figure out what happened to her mother – once and for all. Once home, Slone starts to dig up the past and she is not sure what will become of her family in Texas when she does.
I am so glad that I was introduced to this author! I loved every minute of this book and could not put it down. It was fast paced and exciting. You never quite knew one minute to the next what might happen. Brenda as a way of capturing you and not letting you go until you have finished the book. I can’t even imagine what Slone was going through. Throughout the book you felt all the emotions that she felt – you were scared when she was, happy when she was and frustrated when things were not going the right way for her! I found myself cheering for her every step of the way that she would finally figure out what happened to her mother all those years ago! If you have not read any of Brenda Novak’s books, you should, and I can’t wait to pick up my next read written by Brenda!!!
It is only fitting that my first book review is a book by Susan Mallery. There was a time where books were not the center of my life (shocking! I know). I was reading a book here and there, but I missed reading terribly! Then one day, I was browsing at the Library and I stumbled upon Susan Mallery. I checked out a few of her books and devoured each one of them. I was hooked!
California Girls by Susan Mallery is a book about three sisters that get dumped in the same week. Finola, is told by her husband, just before she goes on air at her L.A. morning show, that he is cheating. Zennie’s breakup is no big deal to her and since she is not attached to anyone at the time, decides to be a surrogate for her best friend. Ali, who is set to be married, is broken up with by her fiance’s brother. This book is about the breakups that each sister goes through, and what happens to them after the break-ups; It is about the sisters starting over and rebuilding each of their lives.
I absolutely LOVED this book. As usual, Susan Mallery’s writing captured me from the first page! This was a book that I could not put down, and even though I am in grad school, and probably should be doing about 100 other things, I kept reading and finished this book in less that 48 hours!!! Susan’s writing makes each of the sisters come to life and you feel like you are right there with them in all the bumps and bruises that life hands them. Susan’s writing captures you making you say one more page until poof you are done. I laughed with the sisters. I was frustrated with what the sisters were going through. I rooted for each one of them as they figured out the next steps in their life. I can’t say enough good things about this book. If you are looking for a book that is light-hearted and fun and will capture you from the beginning, then pick up Susan Mallery’s California Girls!!! You won’t be disappointed!