Saturday, February 28, 2015

We Bundle It Book Bundle Deal!

By now, you've probably heard of "bundling" where groupings of books by different authors are sold together for one amazing price. Often, bundles are organized by a theme or genre, and they usually feature one or two very well known authors alongside some lesser known or indie authors.

Well, today, I'd like to present to you the incredibly awesome Legends and Dreams Book Bundle, featuring eight amazing books, all by fantastic female fantasy authors (and one token dude who can write too).

Legends Bundle

One great feature of this bundle is that YOU, the buyer, get to CHOOSE WHAT PRICE YOU'LL PAY for it, with an extremely low $3 minimum. For that amount, you get five books (a real steal) but at a second tier of $13, you'll unlock THREE MORE and get all eight books. The full bundle of eight includes a book by best-selling author team, Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson, as well as the newly redesigned cover of GHOST HAND by Ripley Patton, the first book of the acclaimed YA paranormal thriller series, The PSS Chronicles.

If that isn't enough incentive, another great aspect of this Bundle is that 10% of the profits goes to Stories for Students, a non-profit providing books for K-12 classrooms.

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab this bundle now, but don't delay as this OFFER ENDS MARCH 3rd.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Title: Dead Heat
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Book Four in the Alpha & Omega Series
Published By: Ace (March 3, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Book Description:
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

Have I mentioned that I love this series?

Yes? Okay, well just in case I hadn't I thought it bared repeating, I love this series!

It is just so much fun and Anna and Charles and just..the best were couple out there. I just love their growing relationship and their love for one another. It truly is sweet and just something special.

Once again Anna and Charles find themselves in the middle of chaos and a sup war, or almost war at any rate. Tension is rising as not only the weres have come out but the fae as well and nothing good ever happens from playing with fairies. 

Do these two ever get to rest and have fun?  

But, it's okay because no matter what they are tangled up in, they learn and grow stronger together and as individuals each new adventure and I think I love that most about this series. 

I love that once again Agent Fisher is in this! I loved her from book three and it was so nice to see her again and I loved that this delved deeper into Charles's past before Anna. It was nice seeing a slightly different side of him that not many get to see, including Anna.

I loved how truly nasty the fae are in this series. Very few of them are good and I like that side of them. I enjoyed seeing Jacob and all of his family. I am really hoping we get to see more of them in the future as well. 

I loved the ending. It wasn't a cliffhanger by any means but it was a tease and a very good one at that. I love what it means for Charles and Anna and I can't wait to see what happens with it and how it will all come about and unfold.

Once again, this was a delight to read and a great addition to the series.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury (March 31, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Description:
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? 

It is funny how you can go into a story not expecting anything and end up loving a character so much that they just made the whole book for you.

This is what Max did to this story. He took an ordinary story and breathed life into it. This story wouldn't have been the same without him in it. In fact, I don't even know if I would have liked this story as much as I did if it wasn't for him. I did like the other characters, in fact I adored Ryan and Tessa, Grammy (especially Grammy!), and Paige but Max, he stole the show.

I never have been able to resist the cute, funny nerdy type and in books it is just the same and Max definitely fits this description but he was so much more than that. I don't even know how to describe him other than he was amazing. To Paige, to Ryan, to the girls, and to complete strangers. 
Smart, honest, kind, and truly a heart of gold. He is the type of friend and boyfriend you hope your daughter will bring home and love and be worthy of.

This was an excellent coming of age story that wasn't just about growing up and moving on but about grief, friendship, and choices as well. The choice to move on. The choice to be better. The choice to truly live and the choice to love and be happy. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Cover Reveal: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

We’re dreaming of summer—feet in the sand, soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool—but what we’re most excited about this summer is the release of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s third novel, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (on sale July 7, 2015). While we (impatiently!) wait for the book, today we’re giving you a first look at the gorgeous cover! Plenty more information below…

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
Hannah hesitates.
What happens if she leaves with Gabby?
What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN:  9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00

eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WoW Pick of the Week!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

This weeks choice was an easy one, already being a fan of the author's. How could I resist a new series from her?

Release Date: June 9, 2015 (Delacorte)

Book Description:
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. 

So what do you think? Sound like something you would like as well? Have you tried her other series?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Release Day Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Malinda Salisbury
Series: Book One in the Sin Eater's Daughter Series
Published By: Scholastic (February 24, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

I have to start by saying that before I picked this up, there was a lot of hype about it going around. Mostly good and for whatever reason, that usually scares me more than the bad. After all, it is hard not to be excited about  a book that so many are loving and then fearing that you will be the one that doesn't. That it will dash your hopes and leave you sad because of it. 

I would be lying if I said this didn't do a little bit of both, both live up to my expectations, and not quite live up to them at the same time.

Let me explain.

I loved the world building, it was fantastic. Everything laid out nicely without dumping info on the reader but instead transporting them into Twylla's world, right into Lormere. You could see it, smell it and imagine living in it. I didn't once feel lost of have questions about how things came to be, it was beautifully done. 

The characters were fantastic, every single stinking one of them in different ways. The villains were villainous and evil (and some times down right horrifying) so much so that you couldn't not hate them. You couldn't not want to reach through the pages and get rid of them for those that were fighting for good. Fighting for the good guys.

 The good guys were really good, and the really good guys, swoon worthy. And those that you weren't sure about and those that you thought you were sure about, by the end, left me scratching my head wandering what the heck just happened as my opinions about them were changed and I wasn't sure up from down anymore.

It was a page turner. Hard to put down. Imaginative. Action packed. Swoon worthy. Everything I love in a good solid read.

But, of course there were the things I didn’t love. The love triangle (don't worry this is only a sort of triangle) and the cliffhanger ending. The last few chapters of this book were intense. I was on edge never knowing what was going to happen. Anything, truly, was becoming possible and I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it. My heart was pounding and I wanted to scream and shout and demand justice. 

But all good things right? 

Were the triangle and the cliffy enough to make me hate this read or rate it lower? Heck no. I still loved every single minute of it and was pretty upset that I didn't already have book two in my hands. I was not ready for this to be over. The ending of this book, was what truly made it. Those last few chapters made this a totally stand out read for me. 

I needed more, I still need more and I am not happy about that, but that unhappiness is in the best way possible because it leaves me super anxious for the next book and me here, even now hours alter as I am writing this review, still thinking about it, still trying to imagine what will happen. Still trying to think up what the author could possibly throw at us next. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Title: Fair Game
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Book Three in the Alpha & Omega Series
Published By: Ace (March 6, 2012)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:
Patricia Briggs, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, "New York Times" bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey...

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...

I know I have said this before but it bares repeating because it is just so true, I read this series because of Anna and Charles. Their relationship is just one I am so drawn to. I love how they fix each other, better each other and they do it in the simplest ways. 

Even though they both are protective of each other they aren't all alpha butt head about it. Instead it's in a very loving and respectful way. Endearing. Loving.

And because I read this series strictly for these two, and okay, for the amazing writing that Briggs is so known for, I admit, I was a little sad to see Anna and Charles on the rocks a bit. I didn’t want anything to hurt their relationship, after all, they have both come so far. I didn’t want it to be a one step forward two steps back kind of thing. I guess more than anything, when it came to their relationship, I didn't want drama. 

Thankfully I knew I could trust Briggs to somehow make them stronger, even during their struggles and once again, she didn't let me down.

She did make them stronger. It was nice to see big strong Charles be the one with fears and doubts this time and Anna to be the one that took control. The one to help him instead of him always needing to help her. No, that isn't quite right either, they always help each other, but this time, it was Anna that was tough when someone needed to be when it came to their relationship and their personal lives. 

I love that with each new book, Anna grows stronger and more confident in being an Omega and in being and finding who it means to be Anna. To be herself. 

Charles doesn't make her who she is, he makes her stronger, more confident. More the person she was always meant to be and that is what makes this series so amazing. Yes is has witches and vamps and fae and weres but more than that, it has a really strong sense of family. Of relationships and love, and that is why more than anything else, I love it so much.

All the mystery, action and adventure is just an added bonus. I did love though, that all of that, was amped up in this third installment as well. There was more danger, more darkness and evil. It made for quite the page turner and one I couldn't get enough of.

I also loved some of the new characters that were introduced, Isaac was a great addition to the series and one that I hope we will see more of and considering the ending of this, I hope we get to see a certain fae more as well. I couldn't help but feel for him in the end and with the justice that he brought about those that deserved it.

I look forward to the next adventure.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Guest Post: The Queen of Arethane by Kelly Riad

Welcome to today's guest post by author Kelly Riad. She is spotlighting the release of her fourth book in the Elves of Arethane series, The Queen of Arethane which released this January.

Thank you for being here with us today Kelly!

Book Description:

It all ends here. 

War has come to Arèthane. The land is divided. Jabari's armies are on the move. The Royal Family is tortured by long-hidden secrets. And with Jarrad gone, Emily must learn how to cope on her own. 

Can Queen Karawyn keep her country and her people from falling into the clutches of the evil wizard? Will Dafne solve the mystery of her birth? As Emily faces new struggles and old foes, once again the fate of Arèthane rests in her small hands. 

And just like it began… 

It all ends with a Door.

About the Author:

Kelly Riad is an American writer who graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a degree in journalism.  Because she’s always been a lucky little brat, her life has taken her all over the world from the hot, humid streets of Hong Kong and the crowded markets of Cairo, to the cobbles of Vienna and the ruins of Rome from where she has shamelessly stolen ideas and material for her stories. She self-published her first young adult novel, Always Me, in September 2011.  Other Novels include Prince of Arèthane and Queen of Arèthane. For more information on Kelly’s young adult fiction, visit 

Guest Post:

Inspirations and Distractions: Overcoming and Succumbing to Writer's Block
by Kelly Riad 

My house will be clean, my closet organized and my car detailed and I still haven’t written a single word.  It’s the absolute worst feeling in the world; an itch you can’t scratch no matter how many procrastination-made brownies you throw at it.  When the dreaded Writer’s Block hits, it’s like a biblical plague spreading grasshoppers and wildfire across the land.  And the harder you try to fight it, the worse it seems to get.  

I discovered that it’s in the distractions that one can find the best inspiration to write.  Sometimes it may be mundane activities, your usual daily routine, but in that routine the imagination is unlocked.  Other times it may be an overheard conversation, a news story of some great event or daring person.  Or maybe it was a song...

Music can always inspire my writing and usually I have a song that sets the tone for the entire book.  For Return to Arèthane, it was the song “Amazing” by Johnette Napolitano.  When I first started out writing about these elves, I wanted the reader to experience them through the eyes of a human.  I had intended for my elf queen, Karawyn, to be the main character and Emily was only supposed to be a fly on the wall, allowing the reader access to these incredible and amazing creatures.  Of course, Emily took over the story, but the song created the atmosphere in which the reader meets and discovers Arèthane along with her.  For the second book, Arcade Fire’s cover of “My Body Is A Cage” offered a soundtrack for decisions and choices that would alter the elves and humans of Arèthane.  I listened to “Fires” by Band of Skulls over and over again while writing Always Me.  In each book I have written, there has always been a song creating a current of feeling beneath the words.

There have been too many times that I have sat before my laptop staring at a blank Word document, fingers poised over the keys and...nothing.  It seems the longer I stare, the harder I try to force it, the less the words flow.  But I’ve found that inspiration comes in the oddest and most inconvenient places.  Like the shower.  I’m not sure if it’s the white noise of the water falling or the isolation, but whatever the reason I do most of my writing while shampooing my hair.  In that small space, dialogues seem to always occur, my characters have their best conversations.  The exposition comes out in bits and pieces while caught in traffic to work every morning.  Knowing I was plagued by inspiration coming in inconvenient ways, a friend gave me shower markers and a handheld tape recorder.  Unfortunately, I can only seem to write and think, but not speak the words and so instead I started keeping notepads and pens in my passenger seat.  While maybe not the safest way, it gets the job done.  And I haven’t rear-ended anyone.  Yet.

The best distraction in which to be inspired is reading.  Stephen King had stated in On Writing that to be a good writer, you must be a voracious reader - read everything.  The good, the bad, all of it.  While this may help my writing skills, reading bad writing seems to inspire me to write.  It was what spurred me to write in the first place.  Having finished a pretty bad YA novel, I thought to myself, “I could do that.”  And since then, as I’m reading my mind drifts to what I would write in my own book, crafting scenes and chapters and seeing where the story will go.  But it’s only bad fiction that does this.  A good book will pull me in, suck me into that world and I will think of nothing else.  So next time, when a friend says, “Oh, you don’t want to read that book, it’s awful” pick it up!  Read it and you may find your block smashed by the need to do it better.

In On Writing, King had recommended that the writer must steel himself away from the television, the radio, other people.  Lock out the distractions and write.  But when you’re blocked, welcome those distractions and you may find yourself back in front of your computer sooner than you think.  Embrace the block! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Hunting Grounds by Patricia Briggs

Title: Hunting Grounds
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Book Two in the Alpha & Omega Series
Published By: Ace (August 25, 2009)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:
Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything... 

It is funny how a series can sneak up on you and before you know it, you are completely wrapped up in it and in the lives and outcome of the characters. 

I never thought this would be that series for me. I picked it up on a whim wanting something different, something fun, and something involving werewolves, something I really don't read all that often.

Before I knew it I was pretty hooked on the series. There was just something so alluring about Anna and Charles' relationship that I couldn't help myself. Not to mention the greatness that is Brigg's writing. 

The worlds she creates are so tangible, so believable that you can't help but become immersed in them and so lost that you really don't want to find your way out again.

Anna and Charles have to be two of my most favorite wolves. I love seeing how far they have come since the prequel. How they are growing together and also individually. 

Anna is getting stronger, not just as a wolf, but as a human. More confident. And her confidence is beautiful.

Charles too is growing and changing for the better as he is adapting to having Anna in his life and all that entails. I love that he has a past and one that isn't always pretty. I love that he is different from the others in almost every way imaginable. 

Maybe I just really like this series.

Either way, this was a great addition to the series and I just loved it. Just the right amount of romance, action and mystery to keep me turning the pages and left wanting more.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WoW Pick of the Week

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

This next book I am simply excited about because I love the author's writing style and she always comes up with sweet endearing stories and let's face it, we all need those in our lives once in a while. ;)  Plus, I had no idea that this would be a follow up story to her debut. How cool is that?

And okay, I think the cover is kind of sweet and kind of busy, yet it works for me.

Release Date: April 28, 2015

Series: Follow Up to Promise of Amazing

Book Description:

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes

Title: Liars, Inc
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (March 24, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:
For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

Oh the tangles webs we weave when first we try to deceive. 

Is it wrong that I actually really liked this book? I mean, considering it is all about lying? I couldn't help it though, I loved the premises and I even liked devious Max.

This is one of those stories that you don't have to connect in anyway to the characters, in order to be invested in the rest of the story and while that would sometimes bother me, it really worked for the theme of the story. After all, in this story, no one is who they seem to be and everyone has a secret. 

And even though I knew what was coming for the most part, this was such an engaging read that it didn't even matter. I liked the suspense and the mystery and all the deception. In fact, this book couldn't possibly have a better title than the one it does, it fit perfectly with everything going on.

Once again it was a joy to get a story with a male protagonist. One who was brutally honest in all that he thought, said and did. 

I loved that this was very real even though it wasn't real. Doesn't make sense I know but if you read it, it will. I loved the family bond between Max, his mom, and his sister. It just worked so well for this story, especially since the friendship bond just want there. But instead filled with the most lies and deceit of all. 

This troy just worked and it worked for no reason at all other than the engaging writing. A non stop plot, and an interesting, almost thrilling mystery.

This was pretty well done and I enjoyed it much more than I expected I would. I look forward to picking up whatever else this author decides to write in the future simply because I know I will have a great time while reading it.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*