This Is Not The End Review

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 8, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484750241
  • Order: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

If you could choose one person to bring back to life, who would it be?

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

You only have days to decide.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child.

For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret–and illegal–vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

Who do you need most?

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life…but can she live with her choice?

Tawney’s Review: This book was very interesting and unique because it delves into a world where resurrecting the dead works!

On anyone’s 18th birthday someone can have a family or friend resurrected if they died. It’s a decision that has to be made in a day on one person. This is the dilemma Lake comes across after a car accident with her boyfriend and best friend. Both have died and Lake can choose which one to resurrect but there’s a problem. Lake already made that commitment to her disabled brother Matt, who has a spinal cord injury.

The story wasn’t too science fiction as rather a story about a girl who must make a life alternating decision that affects those around her. I loved the flashbacks of the connection Lake had with her boyfriend Will and her best friend Penny. You can feel the turmoil that Lake deals with in choosing who to resurrect. It doesn’t help that her parents remind her of her commitment to her brother.

The plot takes you up and down with mysteries and surprises. It was a great read that had me wanting to know who Lake picks. There were some instances that I was frustrated with Lake and her parents. But the story moves forward with great pace and you just want to know what happens.


Should you read it? Yes! A unique story that focuses on the choices we make and how it can affect those around us.


About the author:

Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.


Beyond The Cabin: author interview & review

I’m very excited for today’s book and for the author I’ll be interviewing! The author happens to be a dear friend…who happens to be a retired FBI agent!

Today’s book is Beyond The Cabin by Dana Ridenour.

  • Publisher: Deeds Publishing (June 13, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1944193944
  • Amazon * BN

FBI SPECIAL AGENT LEXIE MONTGOMERY goes deep undercover to investigate the Earth Liberation Front, a domestic terrorism group operating in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As Lexie struggles to infiltrate the ELF, she soon realizes everything may not be as it seems in the Lowcountry. Lexie’s investigation spirals out of control and places her life in danger after someone in her trusted inner circle reveals her undercover identity. Now Lexie must work to bring those responsible to justice … if only she knew who she could trust.



Interview with Dana Ridenour

1. Congratulations on publishing a second book! How do you feel?
Thank you. I’m thrilled with how Beyond The Cabin turned out and I’m excited for people to read it. Launching a book is exhausting but also exhilarating. 
2. Was it different writing Beyond the Cabin than your first book Behind the Mask?
I was still working as an FBI agent when I wrote Behind The Mask, so I couldn’t necessarily write every day.  I would get busy and have to put my writing on the back burner. I retired from the FBI the day Behind The Mask was released. With Beyond The Cabin, I was retired, so I was able to write every day. This made a huge difference for me.  Beyond The Cabin flowed easier for me, probably because I was able to write every day and for as long as I wanted. I learned so much from writing Behind The Mask, so I incorporated all that I learned when writing Beyond The Cabin. Overall writing the second book was much easier.
3. What’s your writing technique?
I write by the seat of my pants. If I use an outline it is a very loose outline and I don’t feel obligated to stick to the outline. If the characters tell me to take the story down a different path, I tend to listen to my characters. I have to be careful not to paint myself into a corner because I am writing a series. When I’m in full writing mode, I try to write six days a week.  I usually take one day off to completely clear my head, but I don’t like to take more than one day off when writing. My schedule can be anywhere from three hours to a full day of writing.
4. What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on the third Lexie Montgomery book.  Beyond The Cabin was a bit darker than Behind The Mask, so the third book opens with Lexie picking up the pieces after she experienced some unexpected and horrific events in Beyond The Cabin. I’m working with screenwriter Michael Lucker and I’m happy to report that both books are in development for television, so fingers crossed!

Tawney’s Review:  It was good to get back into Lexie’s world and follow her again going undercover.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as Lexie is swept into another investigation, this time with the domestic terrorism group Earth Liberation Front. This book was darker than the first book, which made it an intense read that couldn’t be put down. You could tell that Dana brought her knowledge from her time at the FBI into the book because every detail was well described and there’s a connection with the characters. They felt real especially Captain Meade, who I liked immensely. Beyond the Cabin felt real and gritty. You rooted for Lexie with every turn of the page.

Should you read it? Yes! From the very first page Dana hooks you with relatable characters and a mystery that keeps you guessing until the final chapter.


Check out my review of the Behind the Mask here!

Check out an interview I did with Dana here!



Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent.  She is the author of two FBI undercover novels: Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin.

Ridenour graduated from Meade County High School in 1984, then attended the University of Kentucky.  After two years at the University of Kentucky, she changed her major to Police Administration and transferred to Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1989.  Ridenour earned her Juris Doctor in 1992 from Chase College of Law.

Over the years, Ridenour has been employed in a wide variety of jobs including first mate on a tour boat (her favorite job), lawyer, and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Ridenour entered on duty with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired in April of 2016 after over twenty years of service.  Ridenour was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime.  Over the years, Ridenour was a proud member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.  The highlight of Ridenour’s career came in 2003 when she attended and passed the FBI’s prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent.  This undercover certification opened the door for Ridenour to work a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism.  Ridenour had the rare experience of working a long term undercover investigation with her husband who was also an FBI agent.

Ridenour attributes her law enforcement career to her father and her love of books to her mother. Her mother instilled a love of reading from a young age.  It was her mother who also encouraged her to keep a journal while working as a Special Agent with the thought that one day a novel would materialize from the experiences.  Ridenour’s writing is a reflection of her career and life experiences.  Although she enjoys a wide variety of genres, her literary influences are her favorite southern writers such as Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Anne Rivers Siddons.  Ridenour’s favorite novel is Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides which she has read many times.

An award winning author, Ridenour lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina with her wonderful husband. She is currently writing the third Alexis Montgomery novel.

Follow her on Facebook * Twitter * Website

A Map For Wrecked Girls Blog Tour

I’m excited to be part of A Map For Wrecked Girls Blog Tour!

Let’s take a look at the book!

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735228116
  • Order: Amazon * BN

Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

Tawney’s Review: I’ve always been close to my sister, she’s my twin and that could be why, but I love books about sisters. Emma and Henri aren’t only just close sisters, they’re best friends.

A fun vacation turns to a nightmare when they go on a boat ride with boys and get into a wreck. Not only are they stranded on a deserted island but their relationship wasn’t like it use to be. I love the alternating timelines. The reader gets flashbacks to the time where the girls relationship took a turn for the worst and why, to their current predicament on the island.

Taylor does a wonderful job at describing the trials of living on an island with little resources. Especially being on the island with a boy. Alex was a wonderful secondary character that might be more likable than the sisters. The description of the island was beautiful but left a foreboding that paradise isn’t so paradise after all. I did find the relationship of the sisters a bit twisted but the pace and the intriguing mystery kept me reading.

Should you read it? Yes! This was a dark tale of two sisters and their relationship unwinding. It takes a deserted island to piece it back together. This was a page turner that I enjoyed immensely.



About Me:

I adore atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. I live in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree I’m not using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.

A Map for Wrecked Girls, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and my first young adult contemporary thriller, will be published August 15, 2017 by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin.

I’m represented by Melissa Sarver White of Folio Literary Management.

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Review of Solo by Kwame Alexander

I love music. I immerse myself with music on the bus, while exercising, while writing, or relaxing on the beach reading a good book.

Today’s book is full of music in a poetic fashion. Let’s take a look at Solo by Kwame Alexander!

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (August 1, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0310761832

From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, comes Solo, a YA novel written in poetic verse. Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother—who died when Blade was nine—and the ruin his father’s washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But, he’s not all alone: He’s got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert; the secret love of a girlfriend, Chapel; and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret—one that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade decides the only way he will understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself. He soon sets out on a journey that will change everything he thought to be true. His quest lands him in Ghana, stuck in a village just shy of where answers to the secret can be found. There, Blade discovers a friendship he couldn’t have imagined, a people founded in family and community, and a reconciliation he never expected.

With his signature intricacy, intimacy, and poetic style, Kwame Alexander explores what it means to finally come home.

Solo features a stunning dust jacket with embossing and gloss.

Review: This book is a poetic read with music verse chapters that had me turning every page.

Blade was a wonderful character to follow. He’s the son of a celebrity and it isn’t all the glitz and glam most people think it is. Drugs and alcohol causes a rift between him and his father and when Blade confronts him about his behavior a secret is revealed that turns Blade’s world upside down.

Alexander does a wonderful job at writing in the point of view of a teenager. We are taken on a ride of discovery with Blade through emotional terrain. We first start of in the glamours rock life Blade knows in Hollywood but it moves halfway into Ghana, a place far beyond what Blade is use to. It’s refreshing to see him out of his element.

Alexander’s poetic writing is beautiful and the description vivid. The book flows with each page and you can’t help but connect with Blade. His musical journey through his struggles to understand his family turn to an understanding on the blessing for what his life is and the changes it brings to him and his father. This book is filled with discussions of wealth, poverty, race, addiction and many more concepts that bring this book to life and adds such a great depth to the story.

Should you read it? Yes! A wonderful read about music, family, love and a character that stays with you. Prepare for all the emotions!


About the Author:

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, ANIMAL ARK, OUT OF WONDER and SURF’S UP; and novels BOOKED, HE SAID SHE SAID, and the forthcoming SOLO.

Follow Kwame on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and his blog!

Blog Tour: No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for NO GOOD DEED By Kara Connolly. This book was a fun read and I just couldn't put it down.

Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess in…

“This cheeky take on the Robin Hood legend is pure fun. Connolly’s swashbuckling debut will satisfy any adventure fans.” –Booklist

“This fresh take on the Robin Hood mythology…is well worth it.” —Publishers Weekly

Debut author Kara Connollyreimagines the legend of Robin Hood in NO GOOD DEED (Delacorte Press / On sale July 18, 2017 / Ages 14 and up). Perfect for fans of Dorothy Must Die, a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic archer aim to get her home.

Let's take a look at the book!


NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly

Delacorte Press | On sale July 18, 2017 | Ages 14 and up

Hardcover: 978-0-385-74393-8 | $17.99 | 352 pages

Ebook: 978-0-385-37323-4 | $10.99

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Sherwood Forest is filled with bandits, the king is away at war, and the local sheriff is determined to lock Ellie up. It’s a story as old as the ages–and Ellie knows it well, but the details are a little different from the cartoon. It’s not until a handsome knight lends her a bow and a quiver of arrows that Ellie might have a fighting chance of surviving.

Finding her way home—that’s another story, entirely.

NO GOOD DEED is an action packed adventure filled with time travel, high stakes—and a dash of romance.

Review: I like retellings especially when it comes to some of my favorite stories like Robin Hood. I also like books on time travel like Outlander. But what I love the most is gender bending twists on retellings!

This book has all of those and much more.

Ellie is awesome at archery Olympic hopeful but when she becomes lost in the caverns of Nottingham and ends up in medieval England the fun begins! As with anything in time travel, adapting to this new world  doesn't go well. She makes an enemy with the Sheriff, which is familiar, because Ellie seems to be reenacting Robin Hood even if she doesn't mean to.

Ellie was a strong character and I loved following her through medieval England. All her mishaps and good intentions made the pace flow. The description was great immersing the reader into the medieval times. I especially liked that Connolly made it known Ellie and the people of medieval England had a hard time understanding each other. I also loved that the book focused on Ellie and her Robin Hood escapades. No romance overshadowed the story. It was refreshing.

Should you read it? Yes! A great twist to the Robin Hood story with action and wit!







KARA CONNOLLY loves history, though she's never time traveled. She lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. To learn more about Kara and her books go to her blog or follow on Twitter and on Instagram.


NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly

Delacorte Press | On sale July 18, 2017 | Ages 14 and up

Hardcover: 978-0-385-74393-8 | $17.99 | 352 pages

Ebook: 978-0-385-37323-4 | $10.99

Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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17-Jul Joyousreads
17-Jul Cafinated Reads 
18-Jul Istyria book blog
18-Jul My Guilty Obsession
19-Jul Stories & Sweeties
19-Jul The Book Monsters
19-Jul Urban Fantasy Investigations
20-Jul Seeing Double In Neverland SeeingDoubleinNeverland
20-Jul Love is not a triangle
20-Jul A Backwards Story
21-Jul Take Me Away…
21-Jul Feed Your Fiction Addiction
24-Jul Beauty and the Bookshelf
24-Jul Mom With a Reading Problem
25-Jul Teen Lit Rocks
25-Jul Peace Love Books
26-Jul Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
26-Jul The Hollow Cupboards
27-Jul Adventures of a Book Junkie
27-Jul A Midsummer Night’s Read 
28-Jul Gone Pecan
28-Jul Mommy Ramblings
31-Jul By Valia Lind
31-Jul Pandora’s Books
1-Aug Cracking the Cover 
1-Aug Jessabella Reads
2-Aug Bookish Lifestyle
3-Aug Twinning for Books
3-Aug Ms. Yingling Reads
4-Aug Lisa Loves Literature
4-Aug She Dreams in Fiction
4-Aug Zach’s YA Reviews

Release Day Blitz: What to Say Next Review

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 11, 2017)
  • Language: English

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they?  I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David.  Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Amazon * BN *

Tawney’s Review: What To Say Next had been on my TBR list for a while now and I finally had the chance to read it. I adored this book.

The characters Kit and David are strong with what life had dealt them. Kit’s dad died and David has autism. When an unlikely friendship spurs the book takes off into a sweet friendship that blossoms. Buxbaum does a wonderful job at separating the voices with Kit’s and David’s point of view. You can’t help but connect with them and root for them all the way.

Buxbuam did a wonderful job at showing David’s autism.It was a great read on a subject often overlooked. It felt real and genuine. She put’s humor into the book in the right places so the book doesn’t become too serious and keeps it light hearted. Though at times this book could be painful to read because of the reality of teenage cruelness. But that brings the emotion to the story and Buxbaum let’s the story flow engaging the readers.

Should you read it? Yes! A wonderful read that invests you on page one and brings on all the emotions.


**Huge thanks to Delcorte Press for providing the arc!**

About the author: 

Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You.  Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. Visit Julie online at and follow on Twitter.

Fragile Chaos Blog Tour: Review


I’m so excited to be part of the Fragile Chaos blog tour! This was an exciting book that I couldn’t put down.

First let’s take a look at the book!

About the Book


Author: Amber R. Duell

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 300

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Indiebound,  Goodreads




“Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

Join the FRAGILE CHAOS Release Day Party on Facebook! Chat with Amber & win prizes!


Review: I love mythology. Fragile Chaos has plenty of that with war and romance.

Theo is a war god trying to prove something to his siblings. Because he’s a war god he can’t get involved but that’s tough when things seem to be spiraling out of control. He struggled to prove himself    to his siblings and in the process keeps his emotions bottled up.

Enter Cassia, the heroine of the book who is strong and independant. She was a potential sacrifice for the God of War but now is a great ally. The slow smoldering romance that Theo and Cassia can’t deny greatly pushes each page with anticipation.

The world building was fantastic. Duell does a wonderful job at describing the setting and the gods with their powers. Their relationships with each other could be toxic.

The ending was perfect. I felt things were neatly wrapped up after all the twists and turns. The words flowed keeping the pace moving.

Should you read it? Yes! This was a fun book I couldn’t put down. And the cover is gorgeous!



About Amber:

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany, Maine, and Mississippi as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a FRAGILE CHAOS map postcard, bookmark, printed Fate dice, and a Theo/Cassia poster, US Only.

1 winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card

1 winner will receive an eBook of FRAGILE CHAOS in their preferred format.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/3/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

7/4/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

7/5/2017- Literary Meanderings – Guest Post

7/6/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

7/7/2017- YABC – Interview

Week Two:

7/10/2017- Quite The Novel Idea– Review

7/11/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

7/12/2017- Wishful Endings– Review

7/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

7/14/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review