25 08, 2015

Review and Giveaway: ANDERSONVILLE by Edward M. Erdelac

By | Tuesday, August 25, 2015|2 Comments

Review and Giveaway: ANDERSONVILLE by Edward M. ErdelacAndersonville by Edward M Erdelac
Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 18th 2015
Pages: 272
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Historical, Action & Adventure
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Readers of Stephen King and Joe Hill will devour this bold, terrifying new novel from Edward M. Erdelac. A mysterious man posing as a Union soldier risks everything to enter the Civil War’s deadliest prison—only to find a horror beyond human reckoning.

Georgia, 1864. Camp Sumter, aka Andersonville, has earned a reputation as an open sewer of sadistic cruelty and terror where death may come at any minute. But as the Union prisoners of war pray for escape, cursing the fate that spared them a quicker end, one man makes his way into the camp purposefully.

Barclay Lourdes has a mission—and a secret. But right now his objective is merely to survive the hellish camp. The slightest misstep summons the full fury of the autocratic commander, Captain Wirz, and the brutal Sergeant Turner. Meanwhile, a band of shiftless thieves and criminals known as the “Raiders” preys upon their fellow prisoners. Barclay soon finds that Andersonville is even less welcoming to a black man—especially when that man is not who he claims to be. Little does he imagine that he’s about to encounter supernatural terrors beyond his wildest dreams . . . or nightmares.

Advance praise for Andersonville

“Erdelac makes a heady brew out of dreadful true events, angel and demon lore, secret societies, and the trappings of Southern gothic novels. This is thoughtful horror at its best, and not at all for the faint of heart.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The true story of Andersonville is one of unimaginable horror and human misery. It’s a testament to his unmatched skill as a storyteller that Edward M. Erdelac is not only able to capture that horror but to add another level of supernatural terror and reveal that the darkest evil of all resides in the human soul. Highly recommended to fans of horror and history alike.”—Brett J. Talley, Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of That Which Should Not Be and He Who Walks in Shadow

Andersonville is a raw, groundbreaking supernatural knuckle-punch. Erdelac absolutely owns Civil War and Wild West horror fiction.”—Weston Ochse, bestselling author of SEAL Team 666“Edward M. Erdelac is a master of historical reinvention. In Andersonville, he peels away the façade of history to reveal the horror and sacrifices that led to the end of the Civil War. Clandestine operations, mystical battles waged unseen, and unlikely heroes combine to save a nation, not only from itself but from the demonic forces threatening to tear the whole of existence asunder. Forget what you know about the War Between the States, this is the story we should have been taught.”—Tim Marquitz, author of the Demon Squad series“If you took a tale of atmospheric horror by Ambrose Bierce and infused it with the energy of Elmore Leonard, you would come close to what Edward Erdelac has accomplished with Andersonville. But even that combination would sell the novel short. What Erdelac has done is not just splice genres together but create his own voice in telling of the horrors, real and supernatural, inhabiting the most infamous prison camp of the Civil War. This is U.S. history seen through the eyes of the tortured dead, told with amazing skill by an author who knows how to create genre literature with a purpose.”—C. Courtney Joyner, author of Shotgun and Nemo Rising

This book is really scary. I should just leave it at that, but I know you want me to elaborate. Andersonville was a real place. During the Civil War the south had a camp where they kept their POWs. The south was losing and barely had enough money to provide for their own […]

18 08, 2015

CROOKED HEARTS by Lissa Evans

By | Tuesday, August 18, 2015|5 Comments

CROOKED HEARTS by Lissa EvansCrooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Published by HarperCollins on July 28th 2015
Pages: 288
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Historical
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When Noel Bostock—aged ten, no family—is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge—a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Noel’s mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs—and what she’s never had—is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.

On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.

Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war—and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn’t actually safe at all. . . .

As surprising as this sounds, this was a heartwarming tale. I know WWII Historical doesn’t immediately bring up thoughts of humor and a smile on your face as you finish reading, but Crooked Hearts did that. This very unlikely duo has stolen my heart. Ten year old Noel is being evacuated to a […]

19 07, 2015

OLIVAY by Deborah Reed

By | Sunday, July 19, 2015|9 Comments

OLIVAY by Deborah ReedOlivay by Deborah Reed
Published by Amazon Publishing on July 7th 2015
Pages: 272
Length: 6 hours, 51 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
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We don t believe that our lives can change in an instant until they do.

Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bombs detonate across the city; mayhem and carnage fill the streets; and her loft is covered in broken glass and her own blood. Henry is skittish, solicitous, and strangely distracted. Who is this man she s marooned with as the city goes on lockdown? Why is she catching him in lie after lie? Is he somehow connected to her husband s death and the terrorist attacks outside?

With eloquent and suspenseful prose, "Olivay" explores the wreckage of loss and the collision of grief, desire, and terror in its aftermath. As the characters get pushed outside their comfort zones, forced to walk the thin line between destruction and salvation, "Olivay" keeps readers guessing what will become of Olivay and Henry until the very end."

Olivay is a book that draws you in and makes you want to find out what happens to the protagonist. From the first page we get the feel that this story won’t be an easy read. Something horrifying happens in the first chapter and filters the lens for Olivay. Every thing else stems […]

3 07, 2015

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. Watson

By | Friday, July 3, 2015|7 Comments

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. WatsonBefore I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Published by HarperCollins on February 7th 2012
Pages: 368
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers
Also by this author: Second Life: A Novel
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Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

This is a gripping thriller. It will have you guessing until the very end. Before I Go To Sleep is about a woman named Chrissy who can’t remember her life. Go along with Christine and try to figure out who she is, what she does, and who she can trust. Christine can’t remember […]

25 06, 2015

THE WRONG MAN by Kate White

By | Thursday, June 25, 2015|4 Comments

THE WRONG MAN by Kate WhiteThe Wrong Man by Kate White
Published by Harper Paperbacks on June 16th 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological, Thrillers
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New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on You and The Sixes delivers a compelling thriller of mistaken identity and psychological suspense about an accomplished career woman who thinks she's met the man of her dreams--but instead he turns out to be her worst nightmare.

Bold and adventurous in her work as one of Manhattan's hottest interior decorators, Kit Finn couldn't be tamer in her personal life. So, while on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. Flirting with Matt Healy--the rugged stranger she literally bumps into at her hotel--is one thing. Going back to his room after their date is another.

Instead, Matt offers to cook her dinner when they're both back in the city. But when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready for the date of a lifetime, who is the man who opens the door?

Kit's usually so good at reading people. How could she have been taken in by the deceptions of a con man? And why has he targeted her? Piece by piece, Kit realizes that this treachery goes a lot deeper, and gets a lot deadlier. Now the only way out is to expose the vicious puppet master who's turned her life upside-down.

Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn, The Wrong Man will leave readers guessing until the final page.

This was a fun light read. I flew through it and finished it in one day. It wasn’t as thrilling as I had hoped, but it was a nice break from my reality. The Wrong Man was an okay read. Kit is looking for a bit of excitement. While on a working vacation […]

16 06, 2015

SECOND LIFE: A NOVEL by S.J. Watson

By | Tuesday, June 16, 2015|10 Comments

SECOND LIFE: A NOVEL by S.J. WatsonSecond Life: A Novel by S. J. Watson
Published by Transworld Publishers Limited on February 12th 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective
Also by this author: Before I Go to Sleep
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The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep . . .She loves her husband. She's obsessed by a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything.She knows what she's doing. She's out of control.She's innocent. She's guilty as sin. She's living two lives. She might lose both . . .

I flew through this book. At first it was due to scheduling, then it was because I couldn’t put it down. This book hit a nerve with me. It just made me uncomfortable until I began to understand the protagonist. Second Life was a thriller that kept me guessing. Julia just found out […]

5 06, 2015

A DEADLY WANDERING by Matt Richtel

By | Friday, June 5, 2015|9 Comments

A DEADLY WANDERING by Matt RichtelA Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow & Company on June 2nd 2015 (first published Sept 23rd 2014)
Pages: 416
Genres: Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Social Aspects, Science, Social Aspects, Technology & Engineering
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From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

A Deadly Wandering asked some tough questions. It brought up things I am not entirely comfortable with admitting. Most of all, it told a heartbreaking tale of consequences of distraction. As we follow the investigation of a car accident that left two rocket scientists dead, one thing is for sure, this case changes […]

27 05, 2015

IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU by Mhairi McFarlane

By | Wednesday, May 27, 2015|19 Comments

IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU by Mhairi McFarlaneIt's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on May 19th 2015
Pages: 560
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
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What do you do when your hour-old fiance sends you a text for the Other Woman? Apart from break something valuable. Like his face.

Another hilarious and romantic story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO.

Delia Moss isn't quite sure where she went wrong. Everything was going smoothly. Ok, she had a slightly rubbish job working for the council and she hadn t seen her best friend Emma in god knows how long, but she'd been working up to proposing to Paul for months. This. Was. It.

But with one annoying little beep beep, Delia's life is turned upside down and rather than stick around and commit GBH by punching her cheating scumbag boyfriend (who still wants to be with her) in the chops, she decides the best thing to do would be get some head space and leave for London.

But a new city is never going to be the answer, and with a dodgy new job in media PR, where a suspicious yet devastatingly handsome journalist seems to be sniffing around and endangering her job, Delia can't run forever. Where did the old Delia go? And can she get her back?

This book was a fun light read. Even if it had a predictable setting with a predictable outcome. It was a fun chick lit book. The delivery of It’s Not Me, It’s You was entertaining and kept my interest. Delia has just proposed to the man she has been with for ten years. […]

21 05, 2015

DISCLAIMER by Renee Knight

By | Thursday, May 21, 2015|12 Comments

DISCLAIMER by Renee KnightDisclaimer by Renée Knight
Published by HarperCollins on May 19th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
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What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?

A brilliantly conceived, deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets—and the price she will pay for concealing the truth.

When a mysterious novel appears at Catherine Ravenscroft's bedside, she is curious. She has no idea who might have sent her The Perfect Stranger—or how it ended up on her nightstand. At first, she is intrigued by the suspenseful story that unfolds.

And then she realizes.

This isn't fiction.

The Perfect Stranger re-creates in vivid, unmistakable detail the day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past Catherine so desperately wants to forget is catching up with her, her world is falling apart. Plunged into a living nightmare, she knows that her only hope is to confront what really happened on that terrible day . . . even if the shocking truth may destroy her.

This book messed with my head a little bit. The concept is frightening. Disclaimer explores what would happen if you found a book in your home that was about you, that told your deepest secret. This book also explored the lengths some people could go to exact revenge on an enemy. It left […]

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