Little White Lies Review

Happy release day to Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

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Let’s take a look at the book then my review!


  • Series: Debutantes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1368014135

 

“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

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Tawney’s Review:  A great mystery with tons of family drama Big Little Lies hooked me from the beginning.
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I love when multiple mysteries are swirling together in a book. It was a fun book with the pace easily taking the reader on a swift ride. I did have a hard time keeping track of all the characters but then again it is a debutante ball.
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The ending was a little disappointing but this was a perfect YA thriller that seemed more age appropriate. Not too over the top on the scandalous dramas or mysteries. It was a fun read and having the MC as an auto mechanic and so tomboyish and thrusting her in a debutante ball reminded me of the movie Miss Congeniality. I like it!
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I loved the humor in this novel especially with Sawyer. The reader just couldn’t help but connect with her and like her fun, bold, appealing persona. It was very entertaining. The only draw back was keeping track of all the characters and I don’t know how Barnes did that!
Should you read it?  Yes, a fast read that has fun characters and twisting mysteries.

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Dead Girls Don’t Dance Release Day Blitz

I am so excited that DEAD GIRLS DON’T DANCE by H.G. Lynch is available now and that I get to share the news!

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If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author H.G. Lynch, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a super cute sugar skull clutch, courtesy of H.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


 

 

Title: DEAD GIRLS DON’T DANCE

Author: H.G. Lynch

Pub. Date: November 2, 2018

Publisher: H.G. Lynch

Formats: eBook

Pages: 33

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

What would you do if you woke up dead?

Gabriella remembers only parts of dying. She knows when she wakes up in a casket that she didn’t survive the crash.

But being dead doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the afterlife.

Antonio is mysterious, lonely, and charming. Fortunately, he’s dead too.

With only two days before the end of the Day of the Dead festival, they have to figure out how to catch a murder, avoid the Grim Reaper, and get their Spirits to the Other Side before the Gate – between the living world and the realm of the dead – closes for another year.

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Excerpt:

I felt dead. I couldn’t tell you exactly what it felt like, but I knew the moment I woke up that I wasn’t alive anymore. It was a sort of inner silence, the lack of my body’s natural mechanisms ticking and tocking – no heartbeat, no gurgling stomach, no wheezy lungs.

Scattered around my casket were bouquets of flowers – rich golden marigolds and butter yellow chrysanthemums. The air smelled of their sweet perfume, and of sugar.

I sat up, my body stiff and cold. Looking around, I saw I was surrounded by headstones, each garnished generously with orange flowers, fine decanters of wine or brandy, and plates of cookies shaped like skulls.

The cemetery was also full of people. Men and women with brightly painted faces, in lavish clothing, knelt by the headstones, chatting, drinking, and sharing food. As far as I could tell, mine was the only open grave.

Curious, and tired of sitting in a hard casket, I tried to stand. But my body wouldn’t co-operate. It was like I had no balance. Grabbing onto the sides of the casket, I carefully got my legs under me, and then used the side of the hole to pull myself up.

It was easier than I expected to haul myself up over the lip of the hole and onto the grass. It was as if the muscles in my arms didn’t care how much I weighed.

Sitting on the edge of my own grave, I looked around to see if anyone had noticed me climbing out of the hole, but nobody was looking my way.

 


 

About H.G.:

H.G. Lynch is a Paranormal Romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.

 

Her books are dark paranormal romances.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page


 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a sugar skull clutch.

Enter HERE!

 

Wicked Reads Blog Tour: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Dia de los Muertos spotlight

 

Welcome to a spooctacular time called the Wicked Reads Blogger Campaign!

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PeguinTeen is running such the fun blog tour Wicked Reads Blogger Campaign. Perfect for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Bloggers had to pick from a selction of candies, which each candy had a book associated with it. We had to wait for our package to see what book correlated with our candy. I picked jolly ranchers and got the book Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and it’s sequel.. surprise!

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Thanks to @PenguinTeen for this amazing WickedReads package!


Let’s take a look at the book!

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng (pronounced She-fung) is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of greatness too high? To claim her place beside the Emperor, Xifeng must cast aside Wei, the young man who has longed to marry her since childhood. And darker still, she will have to embrace the callous magic that runs through her veins–magic fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed–for the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is complete.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy–dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance.

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Today is a special day, not only is it my birthday…

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but it is the Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.  The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, especially in Arizona where I’m from. It is a multi-day holiday, starting with October 31st All Saints’ Eve, November 1st All Saints’ Day and ending November 2nd All Souls’ Day, that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to support the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died. It is a time for prayer and rememberance of loved ones. If you have seen Disney’s Coco then you know about Dia de los Muertos. (I LOVE THIS MOVIE)

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This holiday honors the dead and shouldn’t be associated with Halloween. It is not for scare or horror but for remembrance of loved ones lost. Recently it has become popular for people to dress up in painted skull faces and decorative outfits to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

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Families make colorful alters in their homes for their deceased loved ones. It can be decorated with flowers, candles, and favorite food of the deceased.

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The festivities can continue to the cemetery where families have picnics, play music or even spend the night to celebrate the loved ones they lost.

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Living in Arizona has made me fall in love with the Mexican culture and this holiday. It’s even special because it’s our birthday and my twin sister and I love to celebrate it and remember our loved ones.

 

Thank you Penguin Young Readers for letting me be part of this!


Follow the rest of the tour here by candy!

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Sour Patch Kids

October 29 – A Warrior’s Library – Creative Instagram Picture

October 30 – Jo Loves to Read – Creative Instagram Picture

October 31 – Under the Book Cover – Characters: Costumes and Trick-o-Treat Candy

November 1 – The Page Mistress – Unboxing + Creative Instagram Picture + Sour vs. Sweet Post

November 2 – YA Bibliophile – Halloween Recipe

Twizzlers

October 29 – Read with Allison – Dream Halloween Party + Guests

October 30 – The MegaNerd – Inspired by the book: Pumpkin Decorating

October 31 – Bookbabe88 – Creative Instagram Picture

November 1 – Jena Brown Writes – Creative Instagram Picture + Halloween costumes based on a few characters from the book

November 2 – Treestand Book Reviews – Unboxing + Spooky Game

 

Jolly Rancher Sticks

October 29 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Spooktacular Book Reading Party

October 30 – Cheyenne.Reads – Photoshoot in a historical cemetery

October 31 – The Bibliophagist – Creative Halloween Picture +  Characters: Friends or Enemies

November 1 – Book Fidelity – Snack + Drink Recommendations

November 2 – Twinning for Books – Dia de los murtos: Day of the dead spotlight with fun gifs and spooky facts about the holiday

Swedish Fish

October 29 – Bookwormgram – Spooky Halloween/Autumn Creative Instagram Picture

October 30 – The Review Room – Moodboard + Playlist

October 31 – Books coffee and repeat – Creative Graphic

November 1 – Page travels – Creative Instagram Picture

November 2 – Kat’s Books – Horror Movie Listicle

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October 29 – Bookish Lifestyle – Haunting Creative Instagram Picture + Truth or Dare Game

October 30 – Tenacious Reader – Digital Blackout Poetry

October 31 – live.laugh.love.library – Halloween themed picture + Listicle

November 1 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Aesthetic Board

November 2 – Fangirl.Bookgram – Halloween themed Creative Instagram picture

 

What They Don’t Know Review

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • ISBN-10: 1492672653

 

Three secrets. One decision. A friendship that will change everything.

Mellie has always been the reliable friend, the good student, the doting daughter. But when an unspeakable act leads her to withdraw from everyone she loves, she is faced with a life-altering choice―a choice she must face alone.

Lise stands up―and speaks out―for what she believes in. And when she notices Mellie acting strangely, she gets caught up in trying to save her…all while trying to protect her own secret. One that might be the key to helping Mellie.

Told through Mellie and Lise’s journal entries, this powerful, emotional novel chronicles Mellie’s struggle to decide what is right for her and the unbreakable bond formed by the two girls on their journey.

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Tawney’s Review: This was a very emotional book that drew me in immediately.

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I will warn readers that this book does discuss rape and if you have a hard time with the subject it might not be for you. In the first chapter you find out that Mellie was raped and is pregnant. She is considering her options but belonging to a large family with a father running for mayor and part of a very strict Christian church who is pro-life she might not have many. She has always followed her family beliefs but after the rape her eyes are opened to a whole different world.

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Lise is fierce with her beliefs and standing up for people. She used to be friends with Mellie until they were driven apart due to Mellie and her church’s belief. Now Lise wants to help Mellie. Told in alternating views of each girl the reader follows a journey of two very different girls that are brought together under tragic circumstances.

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This book was very realistic on a horrid subject and the struggle teenage girls go through each day. I deeply connected with both girls. Lise and Mellie both had to deal with different problems but in the end they came together to help one another. The author does a wonderful job at making the characters real and playing with the reader’s heart.

Should you read it? Yes! A beautifully tragic book every teenager should read regarding some tough subjects with a dramatic story of friendship and how we are not alone in the world.

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FYI: I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling Review

  • Series: Kingdom on Fire (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0553535986

It’s time for war.

After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter–and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients.

It’s time for a wedding.

Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it’s a trap. Convincing the sorcerers of this, however, is not easy. So with Maria, the true chosen one, and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy’s lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested.

In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. While battles rage, the fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?

It’s time for Henrietta to make her stand.

 

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Tawney’s Review:  It’s so good to be back in Henrietta’s world!

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Jessica Cluess wraps up a wonderful trilogy nicely but not without adding stress and emotions to the reader. We pickup right after the second book ended where Henrietta and Lord Blackwood fled to Sorrow-Fell. Henrietta and Lord Blackwood’s relationship is also tested, even though they are planning their wedding, as they both have different views defeating the Ancients. It’s heartbreaking to see but adds a depth of realism as some people might not fit together after all.

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Filled with adventure, deceit, and love this fantasy will keep the reader turning every page until the end. The pace is quick as things need to be concluded and once you read the first chapter you are sucked in until the very last page. Jessica does a wonderful job at drawing the reader in with vivid description.  A whirlwind of emotions from rage to grief to happiness will be played. The conclusion of the series ended perfectly and I have no complaints, only just a few disappointments, but everything was wrapped up nicely.

 

Should you read it? Yes! A wonderful fantasy with a great conclusion to an epic trilogy.

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The Storm Runner Review

A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!
Zane Obispo spends every day exploring the sleeping volcano in his backyard. “The Beast,” as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape other kids, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane.
After a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast, a mysterious girl named Brooks shows up at Zane’s doorstep, insisting that they meet at the volcano, where she will reveal a terrible secret. Zane agrees, mostly because beautiful girls like her don’t usually talk to him. Brooks tells him that the volcano is actually a centuries-old prison for the Maya god of death, whose destiny is directly tied to Zane’s. No way, Zane thinks. He’s just a thirteen-year old nobody, and destiny or no destiny, he wants nothing to do with any of it, especially some god of death.
But Brooks opens his eyes to the truth: magic, monsters, and gods are real, and Zane is at the center of an ancient prophecy that could mean the destruction of the world. Suddenly finding himself entangled in a web of dangerous secrets, Zane embarks on a quest that will take him far from home and test him to the very core.
Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

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Tawney’s Review: I’m a big fan of mythology and thanks to Rick Riordan Present’s we get to see more than just the Greek and Roman mythology.
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Zane Obispo lives in the desert and is home schooled due to being bullied but on the plus side he has a volcano in his backyard! He also is disabled with a constant limp due to having mismatched legs, which he uses a cane for. Zane doesn’t know that he is the son of a Mayan God and might fulfill an apocalyptic prophecy until a demon crashes in his volcano.
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The Mayan mythology was so refreshing to read and Zane was a fun character to follow. He’s a great role model for young readers because he never gives up and doesn’t let his disability keep him down. The secondary characters are just as fantastic from a shape shifter named Brooks to Zane’s Uncle Hondo. Together they go on an adventure of epic battles to save the world. This book is full of humorous and lovable characters, action and a fast pace plot that keeps you reading until the very end.
Should you read this? Yes! With a Hispanic disabled MC and Mayan Mythology this book screams read me!
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Blog Tour: Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Review

Today I am excited to share with you a wonderful book that really left a mark on me. A diverse set of stories that anyone can find inspiring with powerful messages with each turn of the page!

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771961

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity–but persisted.

 

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Tawney’s Review: This book couldn’t come at better time. Our world is somewhat in chaos from politics to racism so reading this book gave me hope and many of the stories had an affect on me. What an encouraging way to see these authors tell their story of persistence, to never give up.

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A wide diverse collection of stories from holocaust survivors to athletes, to the disabled, to realizing you’re gay, to how mass shooting effects the families and so much more. These are people from all walks of life overcoming obstacles and still perusing their dream.

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The stories are short and the pace swift. The voices are very different from each other and you can relate and feel for the authors emotionally. You connect to their pain and persistent to never give up. I loved the diverseness of each author and the variety of subjects spoken about in the book. The stories were uplifting and each had a very powerful messages. I highly recommend reading this book to encourage those feeling a little lost in this world to never give up. Peruse your dream.

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Should you read it? Yes! An enjoyable read full of diverse emotional stories of persistent hope of never giving up that will leave readers gratified.

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