Review: The Devil You Know – Trish Doller

Review: The Devil You Know – Trish DollerThe Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: June 2nd 2015
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Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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What a story! I mean seriously, WHAT A STORY! It’s no surprise really that I loved this. It is Trish Doller after all. But I was scared because it was a slight departure from her other two books I read and loved. (Just look at the cover, that is creeptastic!) Still there was no way I wasn’t reading it even with that small fear. And good thing I did. The book was so good! It had the contemporary parts that we know and love from Trish but also had that end of your seat mystery aspect. Loved it.

The Devil You Know is about Cadie (Arcadia), a small town Florida girl that spends her time taking care of her 4 year old brother and grieving dad. Since her mom died Cadie has had no time to herself and because of this decides she has enough and goes to a party. At the party she meets to handsome strangers and for once decides to be a teenager and does what she wants, she takes off with the strangers on a road trip. Enjoying her time commitment free Cadie is loving life until she realizes one of the sexy strangers is hiding something more terrifying than she could even imagine.

I was a nervous wreck reading The Devil You Know. I mean utterly terrified where it would go. Not in the “boo scary” kind of way, but more in the “this dude is psycho and I’m creeped out” kind of way. I guess I figured out who was good and who was so not good pretty early on, but even thinking I knew what was happening I was always uncertain. I love when that happens when I’m reading a mystery/thriller story. I was hooked from page one till the end for this exact reason.

Another reason I was hooked? Cadie. She was this awesome real girl that took on this responsibility without any hesitation. Her brother needed her and so did her dad so she did it all. But she was also still a kid and she still screwed up and made mistakes. She was real and strong and I loved that about her. Did she make the right decision going on a road trip with strangers? I don’t know. You’ll have to read to find out, but she made the right decision for her at the place she was in her life. She just needed to not be grown-up Cadie for a while so she acted rashly and just went. It was an honest reaction and made me like her even more.

In the end The Devil You Know was excellent. It plays games with your head making you question what you think you know and who is good and who is bad. It will have you dying to get to the end to find out and it will leave you wanting more. It will almost make you want an awesome dog named Molly. Basically you need this book in your life. Now write us more Ms. Doller, write us more.

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Blog Tour: Casting Couch for Lion Heart – A.C. Gaughen {Giveaway}

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Blog Tour: Casting Couch for Lion Heart – A.C. Gaughen {Giveaway}Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: May 19th 2015
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Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Only the greatest loves can survive great danger. . .

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape, she learns that King Richard's life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine needs Scarlet's help to free him. For a lifelong thief, this newfound allegiance to the crown-her family-is a strange feeling.

Scarlet knows that helping Eleanor will put her and those she loves back in Prince John's sights. Desperate not to risk anyone's life but her own, Scarlet formulates a plan to help save the king on her own. But fate-and her heart-won't allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long. Even if Scarlet and Rob can together stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England, will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

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I’m really happy to be a part of the Lion Heart tour. I was a little late to the series but I fell in love with it and its characters. Author AC Gaughen took a familiar story and made into something that was real and honest and gave us an amazing heroine to boot. My review for the book will be posting at a later date (with Scarlet and Lady Thief), but for today we have the lovely Ms. Gaughen guest posting and she is casting her books and I’m really excited to share it with you!

 

Casting Couch – Cast Your Novel!

Ugh! Do you KNOW how hard this is? How completely impossible? But I’ll try, because it’s also fun!

 

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Richard Madden—Rob

Come on. Hardened but hopeful, dark but noble, and obviously drop dead gorgeous. He’s like the absolutely perfect Robin Hood.

 

Tuppence Middleton (sort of)—Scarlet
Tuppence Middleton (sort of)—Scarlet

Okay—she’s actually a little too old at 28 to play Scarlet, but I think she’s dead on for the way I picture Scarlet, and there’s a slyness about her that could be AMAZING. But ultimately, if this ever were a movie, I’d want Scarlet to be a total unknown.

 

Bradley James as a PAINFULLY hot John Little
Bradley James as a PAINFULLY hot John Little

I mean…come on. Just look at him. And watch Merlin. And then LOOK AT HIM.

 

Freddie Highmore as Much
Freddie Highmore as Much

I haven’t seen this kid in a single thing, but he just LOOKS SO SWEET and Much-like. Much has got to be a sort of goofy kid who can really mature throughout the story—he starts in a very different place in SCARLET than where he ends in LION HEART. And he was born on Valentine’s Daaayyy!! <3

 

Diana Rigg as Eleanor of Aquitaine
Diana Rigg as Eleanor of Aquitaine

Every time I see her on Game of Thrones, I’m just like…how did Eleanor get onto this show?! She’s perfect.

 

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That guy who isn’t John C Reilly in the Guardians of the Galaxy as David

My brother compared David to this guy above—noted only for his “What a bunch of A-Holes” line in the movie—and it just totally stuck. Can’t help it.

 

Michiel Huisman as Allan a Dale
Michiel Huisman as Allan a Dale

I loooved him as Liam McGinnis on Nashville, and then he popped up on Game of Thrones—still kind of acting like Liam McGinnis. Totally fine by me—he’d make an AWESOME Allan.

I’ll leave it there—any other roles you guys see clearly casted?

About A.C. Gaughen

I am shamelessly addicted to staying up far too late (it feels like stealing time), diet coke (it burns so good), Scotland (stupid country stole my heart and won't give it back. Interpol has been ineffective for prosecution) and thieves (so I guess I'm not that mad at Scotland).

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Blog Tour: The Last Good Day of the Year – Jessica Warman {GIVEAWAY}

Blog Tour: The Last Good Day of the Year - Jessica Warman {GIVEAWAY}

For this blog tour I was asked to plan my perfect day. At first I thought, piece of cake. A perfect day, done and done. But then I started getting all the ideas and started to panic and had no idea what direction to head in. Is my perfect day at a pool? Is it on vacation? Is it just reading my books? Is it shopping? I got so confused and overwhelmed I almost just said

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Come on, you know I HAD to go there.

Anyway, when I really  thought about it I came up with a compromise of all my favorite things.

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1) A gorgeous pool (this one happens to be in Mexico).
2) Chris Hemsworth hanging next to me with his bicep constantly flexing.
3) 80 degrees and sunny. There is nothing better than 80 degree weather (no humidity for my perfect day)
4) Theo James.
5) A mango margarita. Oh who are we kidding…a lot of mango margaritas. I love a good day of day drinking.
6) Shopping and not having to worry about money. Seriously, I would be ALL over this Louis Vuitton duffel.
7) And of course reading. I would read until my heart was content or I was burned too much by the sun.

What would be your perfect day?

 

Blog Tour: The Last Good Day of the Year – Jessica Warman {GIVEAWAY}The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: May 19th 2015
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A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author of Between.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in this arresting page-turner.

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About Jessica Warman

JESSICA WARMAN is the author of Breathless, Where the Truth Lies, Between, and Beautiful Lies, which have received seven starred reviews among them. Between was published in a total of twelve countries around the world. Jessica has an MA in creative writing and recently moved to Houston, Texas.

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Review: Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan

Review: Apple and Rain – Sarah CrossanApple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: May 12th 2015
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When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets her younger sister, Rain-someone more lost than she is- that she begins to see things for how they really are, allowing Apple to discover something that might help her to feel truly whole again.

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A friend of mine read this one and gushed about it so I took a chance and picked it up. Honestly I wasn’t sure what I expected. I thought the description sounded very interesting and pretty emotionally intense. But honestly I never expected Apple & Rain to hurt my heart the way that it did. And for it to make me as angry it did at a parent.

Apple & Rain is the story of 14 year old Apple, a girl that has lived with her grandmother for 11 years, since her mother took off from England to the United States. Every day for the last 11 years Apple has waited for her mother to come back and then one day she does. But she isn’t alone. She is with someone that makes Apple wonder if she was wishing for the right thing and if having her mother is really what she needed all these years.

I think what made this book so heartbreaking was how strongly Apple held on to the idea of her mother, a woman that she barely knew and that essentially abandoned her. That is what hurt me the most because all the kid wanted was her mother’s love and to be honest I don’t think she was capable of giving it. She was a very very selfish woman that thought of no one but herself. She put Apple in bad situation after bad situation. She made her choose sides. She made her act like an adult when she was 14. It made me both angry and sad at the same time. And Rain. Poor, poor Rain. She was desperate for love and just didn’t know how to get it. Killed me.

What I loved the most though was the growth and change in Apple. I loved seeing her blossom and not be afraid to be who she is whether the popular girls liked her or not. I loved seeing her stand up for herself and realize what was right and what was wrong and where her place in life was. That was truly a great part of the story and what I think Apple & Rain was really about.

Apple & Rain turned out to be exactly what my friend said it would be. It was heartbreaking and real. It made me sad for people that didn’t exist but I knew did somewhere out in the world. It was a great story of family and love and growing up. I would definitely recommend this one. Maybe have the tissues handy just in case.

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Soulprint Blog Tour – What would you want to be reincarnated as?

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Soulprint Blog Tour – What would you want to be reincarnated as?Soulprint by Megan Miranda
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: February 3rd 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.This stunning “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

questionI think about this on occasion. When there is like 4 feet of snow outside, when I don’t want to go to work, when I don’t want to pay my bills. I mean, what would I want my soul to be in another life? There are tons of possibilities. Tons of answers I could have come up with. But when it comes down to it there is only one this I could think of wanting to be.

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Cats seriously have the BEST life.

They sleep all day.

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They LOVE to snuggle.

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They get their hair brushed for them.

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They get to play for hours.

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Did I mention the sleeping all day thing???

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Basically, I would love to be a cat in another life…minus the cleaning yourself thing. 😉

About Megan Miranda

MEGAN MIRANDA is the acclaimed author of Fracture, Vengeance, and Hysteria. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

Visit Megan online at www.meganmiranda.com and on Twitter at @MeganLMiranda.

Make sure you stop by the other stops on the Soulprint tour schedule:

SOULPRINT Blog Tour Schedule

February 2nd The Artsy Reader Girl

February 3rd Nose Graze

February 4th Effortlessly Reading

February 5th Andi ABCs

February 6th  What Sarah Read

February 9th Across the Words

February 10th Great Imaginations

February 11th The Eater of Books

February 12th Step Into Fiction

February 13th Dana Square

I’ll be posting my review for Soulprint, which I really enjoyed, soon. But now is your chance to win a copy of the book yourself. US ONLY and you must be 13 or older. Go forth and enter.

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