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Lawn Boy - Jonathan Evison

I absolutely loved this book. I laughed so hard. I sped right through this highly enjoyable read.

"They moved Disneyland" was just one of the first things that had me laughing out loud.

A tale of a California Mexican who lives in a trailer with his older brother (who has mental deficiencies) and his mother on an Indian reservation. If it weren't for bad luck, Michael would have none at all.

"We occupied space" another quote that had me cracking up.

I laughed out loud several times while reading this. The jabs on Freddy were especially funny. Of course, there was quite a bit to work with. I was still laughing the next day after reading when something reminded me of Freddy. Good grief, he certainly steals the show. What a life he has! Ha!! He does come through in the end. Who would have thunk it?

A hilarious read that held me spellbound while living life through Michael's eyes. Excellent read!

Huge thanks to Algonquin Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Forgotten Ones - Steena Holmes

This was a really good read. It was also sad, eerie and mysterious. A story that dealt heavily with mental health issues and what it can do to a family. The circumstances this family went through because of some of those issues is very sad and intriguing.

My eyes bulged and my jaw dropped at times, it was just so crazy unbelievable, yet you know it could happen. The author did a great job with this.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
When I looked at this title, I assumed the title led to the person with the secrets and the one to watch for. However, after just a short way in, I was loving that the way the book is written was leading me to believe it could be anyone. That had me going for a loop. (Yay!!)

I assumed so many things when reading this book, yet unaware, there were several slight, subtle hints that slid by me unnoticed. Then the pieces start connecting, it was like a huge light bulb went off. The hints were there - working at Saks, no proceeds, etc. - but I didn't connect them right away. I mean, I wondered, but no way would I have been able to connect the dots. A masterful way to keep readers intrigued!!!

An excellent read with numerous plot twists and jaw dropping hints that kept up way into the night.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami - Roben Farzad
Wow! This was a fantastic in depth look at Miami during it's "heyday" as the drug capital of the world.

It was crazy what those people were able to get away with. 

I also enjoyed the history part of it, as well. The name dropping was off the charts. The Mutiny sounded like Studio 54 in New York City. We've all heard stories from there, but I've never really heard about The Mutiny and all this other stuff. Especially the plight of the Cuban exiles.

I can now add another subject to my trivia expertise list. Ha!

Thanks to Berkley Publishing Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

Ultimate Power - Stephen Frey
So many characters and so many scenarios - I love it!!! Of course, I think that's what this author is known for. I've read several other of his books and they all seem to have the same thing going for them.

Sometimes it does take me a minute to remember who they are and where they fit in, but it also seems like the author always puts in little hints in there to remind you.

A great read that had me totally engrossed. From the White House to Wall Street, this story had it all.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

Rosie Colored Glasses - Brianna Wolfson

Rosie is an Asshole. Rosie has some serious issues. Rosie is the reason I kept reading this book.

This turned out to be a very sad tale and I felt so bad for Rosie. My afternoon with her was perplexing, wonderful, sad and very entertaining.

I can't say anymore without giving anything away. I can't do that. You need to read it. I will say that I did shed tears while reading this. A lot of tears.

Thanks to Harlequin (US & Canada) and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Laura & Emma - Kate Greathead

There really wasn't anything special about the characters in this story. Laura was a rich girl who had a very strange, almost childish way of seeing things. And, Emma was a very precocious and outgoing little girl. Some of the things that came out of Emma's mouth were hilarious. I laughed out loud several times.

Despite that, I really liked these characters and sped right through this book. I liked both characters and had a great time sharing their lives.

The ending was definitely a strange one which could hint a sequel. (Yay!!)

Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Ocean Liner - Marius Gabriel

I was sucked right into this book from the very beginning. It included such a great cast of characters with great scenes. I really felt like I was riding on that boat and that the people were real.

The name dropping was off the charts in this book. From a composer to a conductor to a child wanna be actress and even a future president's family. It had everything: romance, adventure, action, all set during a world war voyage across the Atlantic. The mutiny on the German sub was especially tense. 

For me, the author did a great job making the characters and the story come to life.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I Was Anastasia - Ariel Lawhon

This story was pretty much written backwards with Anastasia's early life thrown in as you read along.

I was mesmerized by this story. A lost princess, one who was originally thought dead. One that caused quite a bit of controversy over her life. It was amazing to me, how complete strangers would take her in just because they thought she was Anastasia even when the royal palace confirmed that she wasn't.

Her story sounded so real, I wanted to believe it. The author gives you a little background at the beginning and leaves it to the reader to decide whether to believe this woman claiming to be "Anastasia". I want to believe it, because I want something good to come out of the suffering her family felt. However, logic makes you wonder.

This was an absolutely excellent read that I could not put down!

Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Coincidence Makers: A Novel - Yoav Blum
This was certainly a strange book. The main characters are coincidence makers. They are given a project and it's up to them how they will arrange the "coincidence" to take place. They all major in different aspects and levels of achieving these "coincidences".

While certainly a new and strange idea for a book, it really sounded strange to me and interesting as well. Unfortunately, I could not really relate to the characters. And, I got lost in all explaining of their jobs other aspects. 

I was only able to get through about a third of this book before I decided that I really wasn't that into it and why should I continue. The last part I read was really putting me to sleep, so that's when I said enough.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Dreams of Falling - Karen   White

This is my third book by this author and I am so happy to say that they have each touched me and thoroughly entertained me.

I loved this saga of three generations of Darlington women and their very close friends. A small town epic centered around the rich Darlington's, whose family have lived in Carrowmore (?) for over 200 years. While the town may be small, the lies, deceit and secrets are huge.

I could not tear myself away from this beautifully written sad story and with the thrill of a mystery fire - I was in reader heaven!

Thanks to Penguin Random House First to Read program for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

After Anna - Lisa Scottoline

Love!!! Lisa Scottoline!! This time she has came up with one hell of a jawdropping plot twist. Wow, it's a good one.

While reading this book I was sensing an early irritation mode coming on shortly into the book. Little did I know that the irritation would hit nuclear proportions. Anna? Here's hoping Houston that Houston never gets hit by Hurricane Anna because that beatch is ferocious! We wouldn't stand a chance!

To sum this book up for me, I spent the first half of this book miffed at this Anna character and the last half with my mouth open, jaw dropped.

Excellent read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Zero Day: A Novel (The Hatching Series) - Ezekiel Boone
This is the third and final installment of the series "The Hatching". I am so sad to see it over. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. A very unusually creepy one as killer spiders are bringing the world to an end. And, those little buggers are everywhere!!

Fortunately, the spiders are mostly talked about throughout the series. The destruction they can and will do is brought to your attention, but the book doesn't deal with the fatalities and just exactly what the spiders are doing to the people they find. I'm saying that it's not over and over repeated. The focus is mainly on the people trying to save the world from the spiders. I mean just the word "spider" turns me into a shivering mess. I don't really need to hear over and over what killer spiders are doing. Thank you for sparing me Mr. Boone!

Yes, I have just finished the third book about spiders. Yikes!!!

The book was very well written and kept me mesmerized throughout as the author takes us all ove the world to discover the plight of these spiders and what's happening to the world because of them. 

Yes, I did stay up late to finish this book and yes, it was worth it.

Thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Double Dog Dare - Gretchen Archer

Yes!!!! Davis Way is back! I've missed her. While the last installment of Davis' life left me craving Waffle House waffles, this one had my sides splitting from all the laughing out loud that I did while reading this book. (Okay, maybe not splitting, but I did laugh more in this book than I have the others. And, there was no shortage of laughs in the others.)

I just love this series. It's WAY better than the Stephanie Plum books. (Twenty books down the road and the girl can't decide on Ranger or Joe? SMH.) Plus, Davis is married and has other things on her mind.

The cast of characters, with the exception of the regulars who work at the casino, keep changing as to who from Pine Apple, Alabama is visiting her this time. That city is sure full of wackos. 

I guarantee once you read one of these books, you will want to read them all. The capers and the situations that Davis finds herself in are hilarious.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

I think a lot of people can relate to going out for drinks and waking up the next morning wondering "What did I do?" or the scary "Where am I?" Cassandra, however, wakes up to a different bed in a different room with a dead body lying beside her. Super creepy, huh?

I really liked how the author put me into the day to day world and the past of Cassie. She is a character that I know a lot of people can relate to and feel for. She is a totally wounded character and just living life day to day, flight to flight, and drink to drink. A lot of the book deals with Cassie's flaws, but it doesn't take away from the overall affect at all. It simply adds to the terror with this huge vice of Cassie's that she doesn't even understand could be fatal to her.

The whole time through this book, the sense of danger is at the back of my mind and my mind is going crazy with scenarios on how this is going to pan out.

An excellent read that I sped through, felt for the character and thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding

This was another mesmerizing suspense by Joy Fielding. I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed. The same goes for this one.

There are so many suspects and I fell for all the traps.

A great read that kept me guessing until the end.

Thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.