Blog Tour & Review for The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

4 STARS

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free copy of this book and for inviting me to participate in the blog tour!

I’m a huge fan of game-type thriller and suspense novels and I absolutely loved this book!  I went into this book not knowing much about it and I think with this book, that’s what you need to do.  I devoured this book in less than 24 hours and was reeling from it for a while.

This story follows a group of employees that work in the cutthroat finance world and each of them seems to be at the top of their game.  They all live the life of luxury, but luxury comes at a cost.  When they are all invited to participate in an escape room challenge for team-building purposes, they have no idea what they’re in for.

I loved the beginning of this book and how it flipped back and forth between the characters so you felt like you really got to know them.  They were all well developed and I had a love/hate relationship with each of them for different reasons.

If you’ve ever seen the horror movie Devil, it has those types of vibes.  A group of people stuck in an elevator, trying to figure out how to get out, and they start dropping dead one by one with no idea who the real killer is.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the incredibility of some of the things the main character did as revenge.  It seemed a little far fetched for me and that’s the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.

Blog Tour & Review for The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for inviting me to participate in this blog tour for such an amazing book!  Make sure you read to the end of this post for something special!

Synopsis:

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them.  As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

My Review:

4 STARS

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour!

I’m honestly not even sure where I should start with this book, my mind and body are still trying to process this amazing piece of work.  This book has definitely left me with a book hangover and I’m not regretting it.

Emmaline lives on an island with her other and it’s the only home she’s ever known.  Her dad tells her amazing stories about Jack the scent keeper and has a machine that captures smells and puts them on pieces of paper that go into little bottles.  As Emmaline gets older her curiosity about the thousands of bottles grows and after a tragedy happens, she finds herself thrown into the real world.  As she tries to learn more about the new world around her Emmaline also must learn about her true identity and where she came from.

When I first started reading this book I was a little put off.  The way Emmaline and her father lived was very odd to me and once the scent machine came into the picture I really started getting weirded out.  But the author’s writing style kept drawing me back in and I honestly couldn’t put it down.  This book gripped me so hard and to be honest left me a little emotional.  Everything Emmaline went through and had to learn was so hard and I felt so bad for her.

The characters were all so well developed and the relationship between each of them was so different.  I loved Fisher and Emmaline’s relationship and I also loved Emmaline’s relationship with her stand in parents.  They were all so complex in their own ways but such a joy to read about.

This is a book that is going to stay with me for a long time and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read such an heart wrenching novel.  Getting to follow along with Emmaline’s journey through self-discovery and learning all of these new things brought tears to my eyes at times but also made me ridiculously happy at others.  I haven’t had a book touch me this way and I felt so many different emotions while reading it.

Thank you so much to Erica Bauermesiter for writing such an incredible book!

 

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About the author:
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Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
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St. Martins Press was kind enough to send over a copy of this amazing book for me to giveaway!  Head over to my Instagram for the full rules and details!

Blog Tour and Review for The East End by Jason Allen

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Thank you so much to Park Row Books for inviting me to participate in this blog tour!  

Book Summary:

THE EAST END opens with Corey Halpern, a Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. He likes the rush and admittedly, the escapism. One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks into the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate where he and his mother work. Under the cover of darkness, their boss Leo Sheffield — billionaire CEO, patriarch, and owner of the vast lakeside manor — arrives unexpectedly with his lover, Henry. After a shocking poolside accident leaves Henry dead, everything depends on Leo burying the truth. But unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened and there are other eyes in the shadows.

Hordes of family and guests are coming to the estate the next morning, including Leo’s surly wife, all expecting a lavish vacation weekend of poolside drinks, evening parties, and fireworks filling the sky. No one can know there’s a dead man in the woods, and there is no one Leo can turn to. With his very life on the line, everything will come down to a split-second decision. For all of the main players—Leo, Gina, and Corey alike—time is ticking down, and the world they’ve known is set to explode.

Told through multiple points of view, THE EAST END highlights the socio-economic divide in the Hamptons, but also how the basic human need for connection and trust can transcend class differences. Secrecy, obsession, and desperation dictate each character’s path. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina, and Leo approach a common breaking point. THE EAST END is a propulsive read, rich with character and atmosphere, and marks the emergence of a talented new voice in fiction.

My Review:

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Park Row books for the free copy of this book and inviting me to participate in this blog tour!

This is a very intense and compelling book that I really enjoyed.  I loved the storyline and all of the characters and this was a pretty fast read for me!  I couldn’t put this book down a couple of times as the cat and mouse game began and I was dying to know what happened next.

Corey has just graduated from high school and lives in the Hamptons with his mom Gina who is a housekeeper for billionaire Leo Sheffield.  Full of angst towards the rich people, Corey starts breaking into their homes and not stealing anything, but playing pranks on them.  He decides to break into the Sheffield mansion one night and witnesses something he shouldn’t have.  Corey then must decide what to do when he finds out the whole thing is going to be covered up.

I loved how the story was told from Leo, Corey, Gina and Angelique (best friends with Leo’s daughter that also witnessed the horrible act that Corey saw).  I love when books are wrote from different characters POVs instead of just a one-sided story so you feel like you get the whole story from everyone involved.

This was a great story from debut author Jason Allen and I definitely plan on reading more by him!

 

THE EAST END

Author: Jason Allen

ISBN: 9780778308393

Publication Date: 5/7/19

Publisher: Park Row Books

 

Buy Links:

Harlequin

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books-A-Million

Powell’s

 

Social Links:

Author Website

Twitter: @EathanJason

Facebook: @jasonallenauthor

Goodreads

 

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Author Bio: Jason Allen grew up in a working-class home in the Hamptons, where he worked a variety of blue-collar jobs for wealthy estate owners. He writes fiction, poetry, and memoir, and is the author of the poetry collection A MEDITATION ON FIRE. He has an MFA from Pacific University and a PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches writing. THE EAST END is his first novel.