Buzz Books 2017: Spring Summer by Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch; release date January 13, 2017; published by Publishers Lunch; ISBN 9780997396089

Buzz Books never disappoints and their latest edition is another great collection of excerpts to read in preparation for the upcoming spring/summer book releases. Below you will find a list (with links) of those titles that were standouts to me.

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne; release date June 20, 2017; published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons; ISBN 9780735213005

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz; release date June 6, 2017; published by Harper; ISBN 9780062645227

Soleri by Michael Johnston; release date June 13, 2017; published by Tor Books; ISBN 9780765386489

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips: release date July 11, 2017; published by Viking Books; ISBN 9780735224278

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Samson; release date May 2, 2017; published by St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 9781250130402

The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber; release date June 27, 2017; published by She Writes Press; ISBN 9781631521928

Final Girls by Riley Sager; release date July 18,2017; published by Dutton; ISBN 9781101985366

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt; release date August 1, 2017; published by Atlantic Monthly Press; ISBN 9780802126597

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore; release date May 2017; published by Sourcebooks; ISBN 9781492649359

Memory’s Last Breath by Gerda Saunders; release date June 6, 2017; published by Machete Books; ISBN 9780316502627

Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for providing a digital copy of this title in return for an honest, unbiased review.

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Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch; release date January 13, 2017; Published by Publishers Lunch; ISBN 9780997774412

Always a great resource for upcoming releases, Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer highlights a number of books for the middle school to teen and young adult set being released between March and July of this year.

Not that I needed to add any more titles to my already unmanageable to-read list, but if you are looking for something new to read, here’s a list of some notable standouts:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh; release date May 2, 2017; published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons; ISBN 9780399171635

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr; release date May 16, 2017; published by Philomel Books; ISBN 9780399547010

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau; release date June 6, 2017; published by HarperTeen; ISBN 9780062453846

The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick-Rupert; release date April 4, 2017; published by Amberjack Publishing; ISBN 9781944995119

How to be a Supervillain by Michael Fry; release date May 2, 2017; published by Jimmy Patterson Books; ISBN 9780316318693

Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for providing a digital copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.

After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You by Jojo Moyes; Published September 29, 2015; Published by Penguin Group Viking (Pamela Dorman Books); ISBN 9780525426592

When I was handed Me Before You at a book club meeting a few years back and urged to read it, I never expected a book to affect me so deeply as this book did. Since then I have read the majority of Jojo Moyes’ novels, and while I enjoyed them all, Me Before You has stayed with me as one of my absolute favourite books. So when After You was published I was a little reluctant to read it. Not that I thought it wouldn’t be good because Jojo Moyes is a wonderfully talented author; but I was a little afraid to be disappointed. That without the Lou/Will dynamic, After You just wouldn’t be good enough.

In After You, we catch up with Louisa Clark eighteen months later, who is struggling with the emotional void left by Will’s death and not realize her promise to Will to live a more fulfilling life. When a devastating accident forces Lou to return home to her family and she makes a shocking discovery from Will’s past, Louisa must finally come to terms with the void in her life and find a way to move on.

After You is a wonderfully entertaining and engrossing read. Jojo Moyes has written a tender and emotional story of what it really is like to deal with grief and the loss of a loved one. Louisa is quirky, funny and utterly lovable and as she struggles to find her way, you can’t help but root for her.

Is it as good as Me Before You? No, but then it doesn’t have to be. After You stands firmly on its own as a poignant, touching and endearing story of grief, love lost and found, family, friendship and the strength of an individual’s perseverence.

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Group Viking (Pamela Dorman Books) for providing  digital a copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman; published by Simon & Schuster (November 1, 2016); ISBN 9781476799209

At seventeen Shelby Richmond seemed to have a bright future ahead of her; pretty and smart,  she was looking forward to attending university. When a tragic car accident  leaves her best friend Helene in a permanent vegetative state while Shelby is physically unhurt, her world spirals out of control. Unable to deal with the guilt and pain, and convinced she should be punished for what has happened, Shelby isolates herself from her previous life, from her parents and friends. What follows is the story of the power of love, family and friendship to heal and inspire; a story of survival against terrible odds; the unyielding power of hope.

So many feelings after reading Faithful; on one hand devastatingly sad and heartbreaking. As a mother, I just wanted to take Shelby in my arms and hug her and hold her close to me, to make the pain go away. But on the other hand, Shelby’s story is heartwarming and hopeful, surprisingly uplifting and inspirational. Alice Hoffman has created in Shelby Richmond such a likeable  and relatable character, vulnerable, emotional, mentally broken in a million little pieces but still with a glimmer of hope and a survivors instinct. The supporting characters, who literally provide Shelby with the support she needs to get through this traumatic event in her life, are also wonderfully written and you are sure to love them.

Faithful is beautifully written. It sure ticks a lot of boxes and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Just a wonderful book and another great must read from 2016!

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me a advanced digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch; published by Publishers Lunch Buzz Books (May 2, 2016); ISBN 9780996288699

If you’re looking for a new book to read or want to discover a new author, Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter is a great resource. With 40 exclusive excerpts from both debut and established authors, including titles in fiction, debut fiction, and nonfiction, you are bound to find your next read.

Some of the standouts for me this time around were the following (I have included links to Goodreads for each of the books for you to check them out yourselves):

Christina’s World/A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline; published by William Morrow (February 14, 2017); ISBN 9780062356260

The One Man by Andrew Gross; published by Minotaur Books (August 23, 2016); ISBN 9781250079503

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff; published by Mira Books (January 31, 2017); ISBN 9780778319818

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena; published by Pamela Dorman Books (August 23, 2016); ISBN 9780735221086

By Gaslight by Steven Price; published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 4, 2016); ISBN 9780374160531

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple; published by Little, Brown and Company (October 4, 2016); ISBN 9780316403436

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; published by Viking Books (September 6, 2016); ISBN 9780670026197

The Mothers by Brit Bennett; published by Riverhead Books (October 11, 2016); ISBN 9780399184512

The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang; published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 4, 2016); ISBN 9780544734098

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra; published by Mira Books (September 27, 2016); ISBN 9780778319443

When in French by Lauren Collins; published by Penguin Press (September 13, 2016); ISBN 9781594206443

Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch Buzz Books for providing me a digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch; published by Publishers Lunch Buzz Books (May 2, 2016); ISBN 9780997396027

If you’re anything like me, you are always on the lookout for the next great book. Sometimes finding what to read next is almost as much fun as actually reading the book once I’ve discovered it. Now if you’re also like me, you probably already have too many books on your TBR (real or virtual) so be warned, Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter can be dangerous because it will introduce you to some great titles that you will be compelled to add to that ever-growing TBR list, go out and buy or checkout from your local library.

This fifth edition of Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter provides the reader with excerpts from 20 new Young Adult titles, some of which might be on your radar already; others completely new to you. Of the 20, the following caught my eye and have been added to my TBR list:

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron; published by Scholastic Press (September 13, 2016); ISBN 9780545945219

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz; published by Harlequin Teen (September 27, 2016); ISBN 9780373212385

The Continent by Keira Drake; published by Harlequin Teen (December 27, 2016); ISBN 9780373212392

Caraval by Stephanie Garber; published by Flatiron Books (January 10, 2017); ISBN 9781250095251

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi; published by HarperCollins (September 6, 2016); ISBN 9780062421906

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee; published by HarperTeen (August 30, 2016); ISBN 9780062418593

Replica by Lauren Oliver; published by HarperCollins (October 4, 2016); ISBN 9780062394163

Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch Buzz Books for providing me a digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.

The Murder Game by Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple

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The Murder Game by Julie Apple; published by Lake Union Publishing (November 1, 2016); ISBN 9781537316604

Before I start this review, for the maximization of your reading enjoyment, I recommend you first read Catherine McKenzie’s novel Fractured. Why, you might ask? Well, you see The Murder Game is unusual in that it is the ‘Inception’ of the book world. In Fractured, the main character Julie (Apple) Prentice has written a bestselling book and moved her family cross country to escape her stalker. Mishaps and misunderstandings ensue, some of it as a result of The Book. Guess what? Her bestselling book is none other than The Murder Game. Cool, right!?

At the heart of The Murder Game, a fast moving thriller slash legal drama, are Meredith, Lily, Jonathan and Julian, a group of friends who first met at McGill University Law School. Jump forward ten years, the son of a revered Montreal Canadiens hockey player has been murdered in his sleep. Meredith, now a prosecutor, has been assigned the case. The case seems straightforward; the alleged perpetrator has confessed and is in custody. But Meredith is shocked to find out that the perpetrator is her old friend Julian and that Jonathan is defending him.

As the story unfolds, moving swiftly through two separate timelines, we learn that these longtime friends have had a complicated, rocky, intense friendship that has shaped them and influenced them to become the people that they are today. As a reader you will be questioning everything you read: is Julian guilty of this crime? How are the others involved? What is the murder game and what is Meredith’s role in it?

A really quick read. I basically inhaled it and really felt bad when I was finished for not taking my time and allowing myself the time to really enjoy it. But actually the speed at which I flew through The Murder Game is actually a compliment to the great writing, interesting and well developed characters and intense, engrossing storyline. Another gem from the very talented Catherine McKenzie (aka Julie Apple).

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an advanced digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.