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Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0440240999
  • Source: Publisher
  • In the second of Moning’s Mackayla Lane series, Mackayla (Mac) is settling down into her new life in Dublin. She now works for Barron’s bookstore by day, and by night continues her hunt to avenge her sister’s death by tracking down the Fae’s dark Lord Master.  She, along with Jericho Barrons, also continue to hunt down the sinister book of black magic, the Sinsar Dubh.

    In BLOODFEVER, Moning continues to add to the cast of characters, while also building upon the existing slate.  V’lane, the Seelie Prince who makes sex an addiction for women, makes a reappearance and becomes a key player in this book.  One of my complaints about DARKFEVER, the previous book, was Mac’s maturity level.  I can’t complain any longer; Mac goes through quite the change in character and is no longer the Southern princess she was in the first book.  Another improvement was the pacing; DARKFEVER wasn’t slow by any means, but the pace really picks up in BLOODFEVER, the storyline now literally has non-stop action.  Moning also reveals some more information about the mysterious Books & Baubles book store and it’s owner, Jericho Barrons. 

    BLOODFEVER ends in yet another cliff-hanger, leaving me desperate to read more.  I actually appreciate that sort of ending, seeing it as the sign of a great writer. 

    As mentioned above, this is the second book in a series. There is a short summary of the previous book; however I still recommend starting this series from the beginning.  

    I cannot wait to start reading the third book in this series, Faefever.  This series is definitely addictive, one I’m happy I’ve started but will be sad when it ends!  Check back next month for my review of Faefever!

    Thank you once again to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to review this book. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour:

    Wednesday, September 22nd:  Rundpinne

    Monday, September 27th:  Book Lover Carol

    Tuesday, September 28th:  Peeking Between the Pages

    Wednesday, September 29th:  All Things Urban Fantasy

    Friday, October 1st:  Savvy Verse and Wit

    Wednesday, October 6th:  The Cajun Book Lady

    Monday, October 11th:  Luxury Reading

    Wednesday, October 13th:  Dark Faerie Tales

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    Review: Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

     

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Harper
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-168934-5
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    Four young friends from Sexton College in Vermont formed a group called the Compassionate Dismantlers.  The motto of the Dismantlers was: ” To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart.”  The leader of the group is Suz, whose main motivation is revenge.

    They spent a summer in a remote cabin with Suz plotting crazy pranks and seemingly innocent acts of destruction. Suddenly, Suz’s plans become much more violent and Suz is killed. The group breaks up, vowing not to speak of the incident, and they go live their own lives. 

    A decade later two of the members, Henry DeForge and Tess Kahle, have married and now have a nine year-old daughter, Emma.  Their marriage is in a shambles and Henry has moved into the garage apartment.  Emma and a friend are determined to get Emma’s parents back together. They come across evidence of the couple’s past. Believing that reuniting the group of friends will bring the couple back together, they  decide to send postcards to those individuals who played such a key part in their lives.

    Soon after Henry and Tess learn that one of their friends has committed suicide. They fear what happened ten years ago has been revealed and is beginning to haunt them.  A private investigator has been hired by the family of the suicide victim and begins snooping around, asking a lot of questions.

    Young Emma plays a very key role in this story.  She has an imaginary friend named Danner, who starts making comments and asking questions that remind Henry and Tess of Suz and that tragic summer long ago. They soon feel like they are being watched.  Is it possible that Suz has returned from the grave to make them pay for what happened so long ago?

    McMahon weaves a very intriguing tale in Dismantled, a character-driven thriller told from the point of view of several of the  main characters. She weaves the past with the present in a very fluid manner.   The several plot twists keep the reader engaged, not knowing what to expect with each turn of the page.   I warn you, this one is addictive, forcing me to stay up late at night to finish reading it.  I’m quite a fan of psychological thrillers, those seem to be the only type that really spook me.  Mcmahon wove bits of suspense in with the supernatural. I found myself turning on all the lights in the house, jumping at every little sound I heard. This book got to me…in a very good way.  Highly recommend to fans of literary thrillers.

    About Jennifer McMahon

    I was born in 1968 and grew up in my grandmother’s house in suburban Connecticut, where I was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. I wrote my first short story in third grade. I graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College.

    A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and I decided to take some time to think about whether I wanted to write poetry or fiction. After bouncing around the country, I wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water, or phone with my partner, Drea, while we built our own house. Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness—I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full-time. In 2004, I gave birth to our daughter, Zella. In 2005, we left the woods (for now), and moved to Barre, Vermont—producer of one-third of all the granite gravestones and mausoleums in the US.

    My first novel, Promise Not to Tell, was published in 2007. The follow-up, Island of Lost Girls, was published in 2008, as was my debut young adult novel My Tiki Girl.

    Visit Jennifer at her website, www.jennifer-mcmahon.com, and friend her on MySpace!  If you are attending BEA, McMahon will be signing copies of Dismantled, Thursday, May 27 from 3-3:30 PM at Table 20!


    Thank you to TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour.  Be sure to check out the other stops:

    Tuesday, May 18th:  Rundpine

    Thursday, May 20th:  Luxury Reading

    Tuesday, May 25th:  The Cajun Book Lady

    Thursday, May 27th:  Lit and Life

    Monday, May 31st:  I’m Booking It

    Tuesday, June 1st:  Drey’s Library

    Wednesday, June 2ed:  Bookalicio.us

    Thursday, June 3rd:  Chick With Books

    Monday, June 7th:  Regular Rumination

    Wednesday, June 9th:  Booksie’s Blog

    Thursday, June 10th:  Take Me Away

    Review & Giveaway: Home is Where the Wine Is by Laurie Perry

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    • Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: HCI; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
    • ISBN-10: 075731368X
    • Source: Publisher

    In her debut, Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair, Laurie Perry gave people an inside look at her quirky life as a recently divorced woman.  Now in Home Is Where the Wine Is, it’s the beginning of a new year and Laurie is ready to move on with her life.  She comes up with a list of resolutions for the following year:

    1. Explore New Paths to Enlightenment
    2. Take an Adventurous Trip
    3. Knit Something that Isn’t Square
    4. Go On a Real, Live Date
    5. Grow A Garden.
    6. Deal with My Issues
    7. Try Something New (and not just new foods)
    8. Do some other form of exercise other than knitting.

    Each chapter of the book is then broken down into each of her resolutions. Her lessons on life that she uncovers while completing her resolutions are laugh-out-loud funny!

    One of Laurie’s resolutions is to exercise. Following is an excerpt of a scene in which Laurie “responds” to a body’s natural “reaction” to yoga:

    I laughed the loud, spontaneous way you do without first wondering if it is appropriate to be laughing.  And as soon as I realized that no, it was really NOT ok to these people (who take yoga very seriously) that I was laughing at  a perfectly natural bodily function, I tried to stop laughing, but I couldn’t.  I was too far gone.  I had become that horrible girl who keeps on trying to be quiet in a serious situation but ends up laughing so hard she’s crying, tears streaming down her cheeks and sides hurting from laughing so hard.  I was that awful, disrespectful girl…I was asked to leave the fancy yoga studio.

    Several times throughout the book, I actually forgot I was reading a book!  Laurie’s tone is very conversational, like she’s talking to you directly. You get to experience her true feelings, no some second-hand narrative of her life. And, yes, while the book is absolutely hilarious, it’s also good for the soul. Laurie shows us all how to live our lives at their fullest, and how to have a good time while doing so!

    We wake up each day and make it as good as it can be by deciding to see our lives as a continuum, not as a goal or a resolution on a piece of paper. Meet a goal and it’s over, on to the next goal!But a life lived for harmony, for balance, for goofiness, for jokes…that is living. It’s the tiny spaces in between the big goals that let me live…It’s so simple.  It’s not the resolutions, the tidy endings.  It’s all the tangles that make up a life.

    As a special bonus, the book is full  of recipes (fried zucchini!) and knitting patterns, including:

    * Personal Massager Cozy

    * Quick Knit Date-Night Bag

    * Felted Wine Bottle Cozy

    * Wine Glass Flip-Flop Coaster

    * Knitted Swiffer Cover

    And, in case you haven’t guessed it by now, I highly recommend this book!  I recommend this book for every woman: a young twenty-something just really entering the dating world as well as a forty-something woman having to face the dating world for the first time in over a decade.  Perry’s writing will speak to every woman.

    About Laurie Perry

    Laurie Perry knits and writes in Los Angeles, California, where she chronicles her daily life on her online diary, Crazy Aunt Purl. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, MSN.com, Vogue Knitting, the Boston Herald, and The Palm Beach Post. Perry has written for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Winter Haven News Chief in Winter Haven, Florida. She is the author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair.

    Follow Laurie on Twitter and check out her blog Crazy Aunt Purl.

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    Thank you to TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to participate in this tour!  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops this month:

    Monday, February 1st:  She Just Walks Around With It

    Tuesday, February 2nd:  Jenn’s Bookshelf

    Wednesday, February 3rd:  One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books

    Thursday, February 4th:  Diary of an Eccentric

    Monday, February 8th:  Knit and Tonic

    Tuesday, February 9th:  You’ve GOTTA Read This

    Wednesday, February 10th:  A Novel Menagerie

    Thursday, February 11th:  Wendy Knits

    Tuesday, February 16th:  Luxury Reading

    Wednesday, February 17th:  Rundpinne

    Thursday, February 18th:  Knitting Knot

    Friday, February 19th:  Knit Read Cats Hockey

    Monday, February 22nd:  Bookfoolery and Babble

    Tuesday, February 23rd:  Booking Mama

    Wednesday, February 24th:  Gaysknits…

    Thursday, February 25th:  Stumbling Over Chaos

    Friday, February 26th:  Tripping Towards Lucidity

    On to the giveaway! I have five copies of Home is Where the Wine Is to give away!

    This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada only.  To be entered, you must complete the form below.  Winner will be announced Monday, February 15th.

    Review: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (January 5, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 006170654X
  • Source: Author
  • Wenchis set in the mid-19th century South.  It chronicles the tales of four slave women: Lizzy, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu, who all spend their summers with their masters Tawana house,  a free-state resort in Ohio. All four women share the same fate, a life of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their masters. Favorites of their masters, they each still crave the freedom from slavery.

    The author does an outstanding job of bringing each character to life for the reader.  We feel their pain, their anguish, and very rarely, their happiness. Never before have I felt so drawn to the characters.  While there are parts that are brutal in their detail, these descriptions are completely necessary in order to understand the lives of each of the slave women.  I felt a whirlwind of emotions: fury, sadness, and grief. While I have read dozens of books chronicling slave life, never before have I read anything so real and so eloquently portrayed.

    I highly recommend this book, especially to book clubs. There are so many topics to be discussed, the relationships between slave mistresses and their masters is just one of many.  I guarantee that you will fall in love with the writing and the characters, and by the end of the book, you will be craving  more.

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    Book Spotlight: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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    Situated in the free state of Ohio, Tawawa House offers respite from the summer heat. A beautiful, inviting house surrounded by a dozen private cottages, the resort is favored by wealthy Southern white men who vacation there, accompanied by their enslaved mistresses.

    Regular visitors Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet have forged an enduring friendship. They look forward to their annual reunion and the opportunity it affords them to talk over the changes in their lives and their respective plantations. The subject of freedom is never spoken aloud until the red-maned, spirited Mawu arrives and voices her determination to escape. To run is to leave behind the friends and families trapped at home. For some, it also means tearing the strong emotional and psychological ties that bind them to their masters.

    My thoughts so far:

    I’m halfway through my reading of Wench and I can’t help but state how drawn I am to the characters already.  Each of the women have a compelling story and a specific reason for not opting to run when the opportunity presents itself.  The storyline itself is heart-wrenching and powerful.  Never before have I read fiction about slavery that haunts me so.  When I’m not reading the book, I can’t get my mind off of the characters and their brutal histories. When I am able to devote some time to reading it, I instantly become absorbed in each of the women’s lives. I guarantee this novel is going to garner a lot of well-deserved attention and praise.  Please come back on January 25th for my full review of this novel.

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    About Dolen Perkins-Valdez

    Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays The Kenyon Review, African American Review, PMS:  PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright Newsletter, and SLI:  Studies in Literary Imagination.  She is a 2009 finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Award.  A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dolen splits her time between Seattle and Washington, DC.  She is a faculty member of the University of Puget Sound where she teaches Creative Writing.  Wench is her first book of fiction.  You can visit Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s website at www.dolenperkinsvaldez.com, her blog at www.dolen.blogspot.com or connect with her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dolen.

    Review & Blog Tour: Too Many Visitors for One Little House by Susan Chodakiewitz

     

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 11, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1419654705
  • Source: Publisher
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    The people of El Camino Street enjoy the peace and quiet.  They don’t like kids, people with big families, or pets. They enjoy spending their time enjoying the peaceful things in life. A new family moves in, a new family with three kids and a pet fish.  Still, their peace and quiet seems to go on uninterrupted. 

    Then suddenly, a giant camper pulls up in front of the new family’s home, a camper that took up half the block.  People start streaming out.  It started with three teenage cousins.  The neighbors shook their heads in astonishment and say “Too many visitors for one little house!” But family members continue to come out of the camper and each time they do, the neighbors respond with the same comment. All together, fourteen people (and a wandering stray dog!) arrive and enter the new family’s home.  The neighbors are in an uproar! They don’t appreciate all the noise that comes along with this many house guests!

    But on their way to filing a complaint with the city’s complaint department, they are greeted by the Mom, holding a plate of Nanny’s apple strudel!  They are invited into the family’s home and instantly remark: “There are never too many visitors for one little house!”

    illustration_from_Too_Many_Visitors_for_One_Little_HouseMy boys LOVED this book!  The illustrations, done by Veronica Walsh, were very colorful and vivid.  They enjoyed the repetitive text “There are too many people for one little house” and enjoyed repeating it each time a new group of visitors entered the house.  My four year old son, Justin, liked counting the guests as they arrived. My oldest son, John, thought Grandma, with her prune juice, and Grandpa, with his rolls of toilet paper and plunger, were downright hilarious!  So, kids of varying ages each take away something different from this hilarious tale!

    About the Author:  Susan Chodakiewitz is a writer, composer and producer. She is the founder of Booksicals Children’s Books- Encouraging the love of reading through the arts. Through her company Booksicals she has created the Booksicals on Stage literacy program which is currently presenting musical performances of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House at schools, libraries, and special events.

    Susan lives in Los Angeles in a lively household filled with music, three sons, a husband, a Dalmatian and lots of visitors. Susan loves picture books and when she wrote a musical based on one of her favorites, she realized it was time to start writing her own picture books. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut book. You can visit her website at www.booksicals.com.

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    Review and Blog Tour: Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts

     

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 29, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0312384823
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    Heart Lake is a small, quiet lake-side town.  It seems to be experiencing a bit of growing-pains, however.  Citizens are no longer courteous to one another and it’s beginning to loose its Mayberry feeling.

    The three main characters (Jaime, Sarah, and Emma) are local shop owners and close friends.  They decide to come up with a way to bring the “heart” back into Heart Lake.  Each of them decides to do one good deed a day in the hopes that their actions influence those of others, a sort of pay-it-forward campaign.

    In the midst of this campaign, each of the main characters are experiencing their own personal drama. 

    Jaime, Sarah’s niece, works at the town’s chocolate store.  She moved to Heart Lake to get away from an abusive marriage.  She’s in no rush to get into another relationship.  However, when she crosses the path of Jake Armstrong, a widower raising two young girls, her world is upended.  She’s proud of her independence and doesn’t want to get hurt again. But Jake is hard to resist. 

    Sarah is experiencing serious grandchild withdrawl after her daughter’s family moves away.  She’s been a part of their lives since they were born and their absence is noticable.  Her good deed is to provide cooking classes to a handful of the young girls in town.  Her efforts seem to be in vain when one of her students takes advantage of her kindness.

    Emma feels like a failure when her beloved quilt shop fails to take off.  She has a handful of customers, including one who always seems to forget her checkbook, and Emma has allowed her to create a pretty hefty tab. Will hard work ever pay off?

     Have you ever picked up a book, start reading it, instantly falling in love with the characters?  That’s what happened when I started reading Angel Lane.  I became wrapped up in the characters lives within the first few pages.  Roberts writes a very inspiring tale of how the actions of three individuals can influence an entire town.  My life has been very hectic for the past few weeks, but the citizens of Heart Lake provided me with a bit of peace.  And I’d be remiss not to mention the delicous recipes listed at the end of the book. I will definitely be trying out a number of them, specifically the one for pumpkin cookies!

    I don’t like to compare one author’s writing to another’s, but I can’t help but notice a similarity between Roberts’ writing with that of Debbie Macomber.  Both women write inspiring tales revolving around a small-town community. Each have endearing characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.

    If you are looking for a relaxing, easy read, then Angel Lane is the book for you. Now that I’ve finished reading it, I miss the characters. They really became part of my life. They’ve inspired me to pay-it-forward as well. I do hope the author has a sequel or a follow-up planned in the near future!

    Thank you to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour!

    Book Review & Blog Tour: Thirteen Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

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  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • ISBN-10: 0816769656
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    Halloween is a popular holiday in our household, so when I was approached by Sourcebooks about reviewing a children’s Halloween book I jumped at the opportunity!

    Everyone is familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas, right?  What about the Thirteen Days of Halloween?  In this hilarious story, a ghoul tries to win the heart of his beloved.  He does so by presenting her with a slew of outrageous and ghoulish gifts, including bats, cooked worms, and hissing cats.

    My boys demanded to read this book as soon as we received it (back in the summer!).  They fell in love with the silly and lyrical language.   They loved counting down the days and  would both call out each gift as we went along.  They enjoyed screaming the first gift “A VULTURE IN A DEAD TREE!!!” The elaborate illustrations, done by Tim Raglin, were a perfect complement to the engaging text.  As we read along with the text, my boys made a game of finding each of the “gifts” in the illustrations.  We all had a great time guessing what the final gift was; the final consensus was “an ugly zombie!”  What can I say, they’re my boys!  We all have an obsession with zombies!

    This book will definitely be making a reappearance as we get closer to Halloween and a treasured book for years to come!  This is a must read for any ghoul this Halloween season!  Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me a copy of this book for review.

    Review & Blog Tour: Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton

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    Chloe Hobbs is a half human, half scorceress living in the quaint town of Sugar Maple Vermont.  She’s the de facto mayor of Sugar Maple and owns the town’s knit shop, Sticks and Strings. On the surface, Sugar Maple looks like the typical quiet little Vermont town.  Out-of-towners who visit the town don’t realize that the citizens aren’t human.

    A tenth-generation wtich owns the Cut & Curl across the street…The hardware store is run by the sweetest family of werewolves you’ll ever meet.  The Sugar Maple Arts Playhouse is under the direction of shapshifters…Faeries keep the Inn’s restaurant fully booked and…the town funeral parlor belongs to a happily married couple who happen to be vampire.” (pg. 3)

    The town’s secret hidden is kept hidden from humans using a protective charm that protects the town as long as a female decendant of the Hobb family.  Chloe is that last female decendant.

    I’d be remiss not to mention the background of the story. In Casting Spells, the prequel to Laced with Magic, a former Boston police detective,  Luke Mackenzie stumbles upon Sugar Maple after investigating the  drowning death of his friend Suzanne Marsden.  Prior to his arrival, Chloe was the only (partial) human to live in Sugar Maple.  Luke decides to stay in Sugar Maple after his investigation, and he and Chloe begin to date.  The residents of Sugar Maple aren’t happy in the slightest.  Several weren’t too fond of Chloe’s “ethnicity” in the first place, so adding another human to the mix made things worse.

    In Casting Spells, Chloe uses her powers to banish Isadora, a Fae leader, from Sugar Maple.  And in Laced with Magic it appears as though Isadora has returned, attempting to regain her powers.

    The town is suprised when yet another human enters Sugar Maple. This time, it’s Luke’s ex-wife Karen.  It seems that Luke is full of secrets, knocking Chloe off guard. Not only was he previously married, but he also had a daughter that died two years ago. Karen has tracked Luke down to Sugar Maple tell him that she’d been receiving phone calls from their dead daughter.

    Chloe is floored. Not only must she protect the town from Isadora, she must also deal with the secrets Luke’s ex-wife has revealed. Never did she realize that the two might be related.

    Bretton does an outstanding job with her characters.  The book is written in first person,  and it jumps between between Chloe, Luke, and Karen every few pages.  This rapid change of view might be irritating and confusing to some, but I think it truly fueled the intensity of the storyline.  The reader sees what’s happening through several different eyes. I didn’t get a chance to read Casting Spells prior to this, but Bretton gives enough background information that it’s not required to be able to follow the new storyline.  I do plan on going back and starting from the beginning, however.  Without giving away too much, the ending will take your breath away, making it very apparent that a third book is in the making.

    This book has everything, romance, fantasy, suspense.  Something for everyone. I highly recommend this one.  It’s a quick read, I literally read it in one sitting!

    Thank you to Pump Up Your Book Promotions for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour!

    Review & Blog Tour: The Promised World by Lisa Tucker

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    Thirty-something Lila Cole is a successful professor of English. She is happily married to Patrick.  Her life seems virtually perfect.  Until her twin brother, Billy, the man she puts before all others (including her husband), dies as a result of suicide-by-cop.  Lila learns that her “perfect” brother was actually estranged from his wife and accused of endangering the life of his young son. So, Billy took an unloaded rifle and pointed it at an elementary school.

    In the weeks after her brother’s death, Lila falls into a very deep depression.  Billy literally meant everything to her.  Things she loved before, like reading, lacked the substance they once had:

    “The characters aren’t real to me anymore.  It’s like they’ve fallen to the floor and shattered into nothing but thousands of meaningless words. It’s like they died, but worse.” p. 49.

    Patrick is desperate to help his wife crawl out of this depression. He soon learns that the childhood she told him about was completely false. When questioned by a therapist, Lila is unable to recall key parts of he childhood. All she can remember is the childhood Billy told her about, a promised world that cushioned them from reality. Lila must face this knowledge and reach back into her memory and be prepared to face what really took place.

    The Promised World is a fast-paced, thrilling and emotional family drama. It isn’t until near the end of the book that you realize whose story you can trust. Tucker tells a story that you can’t bear to put down, you will want to finish this one in one sitting. The pain Lila experiences after her brother’s death and in the realization that her life was a lie, is so vivid and realistic.

    There are several mini-plots that pop up throughout the book. This had the potential to confuse the reader and cause them to stray away from the key storyline, but Tucker did a stellar job of wrapping them al up in a neat package at the end. Tucker’s writing is beautiful and mesmerizing, and the characters will haunt you long after you turn the last page.

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    Thank you to TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity  to participate in this tour. Following are a few of the other blogs participating in this tour:

    Thursday, September 17th:  2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

    Monday, September 21st:  Janel’s Jumble

    Tuesday, September 22nd:  Caribousmom

    Wednesday, September 23rd:  The Tome Traveller

    Thursday, September 24th:  Books and Movies

    Monday, September 28th:  A Sea of Books

    Tuesday, September 29th:  GalleySmith

    Wednesday, September 30th:  Shhh.. I’m Reading