Teaser Tuesday – September 18, 2018

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker.

It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read and open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Here are my “teasers” :

“You want to know where she has gone and whether I had something to do with it. Of course I did. We both know that already.  I’m trying to understand how I ended up here. I don’t know why exactly, but I do know it all started in the change rooms.”

 

From the novel:

 

The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra

The Spite Game

Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Mira Books

 

Goodreads Description:

Everyone does bad things when no one is watching

Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.

First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.

Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancé. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down.

Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slipup and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed one of this author’s previous novels, “Only Daughter“. After reading the description for this novel, I knew it was one I had to read. I’ve only read a few pages, but so far I am enjoying it.  I look forward to reading more!

 

 

REVIEW – A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

A Little Bird Told Me

Published September 13th, 2018 by Agora Books

 

“We’re all about secrets in this family”

The book starts in the Summer of 1976. Robyn has spent the summer swimming and hanging out with her brother, Kit and their friends.

Robyn is curious about the women and children her mother brings home, but when an angry man shows up at the door one day, Robyn is frightened. She hears people talking about her family, gossiping about her mother. She feels like everyone is keeping secrets from her and so what harm will come if she keeps some of her own?

A stranger takes an interest in Robyn. She’s not frightened of him…although she knows she probably should be.  She knows she should tell her mother about the Cowboy who says odd things and gives her little gifts.

Who is this strange man? What does he want with Robyn?

Something happens that summer….something that changes Robyn and her family’s life forever.

Twelve years later (1988) Robyn and her brother have returned to town to find answers. Will they get the answers they seek?  Or will they end up with more than they bargained for?

“Family is blood and pain”

This story alternates between 1976 and 1988. I found it easy to keep track of which timeframe I was reading. I thought the plot was good, but there were times things seemed to drag on a little. However, I was invested in the story and the characters, and I really wanted to see how it all played out.

Overall, I enjoyed “A Little Bird Told Me”. It was a good debut novel. I’m interested in seeing what Marianne Holmes writes next.

I’d like to thank Agora Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

Music Monday – Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

 

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

This is one of my very favorite songs. I can listen to it over and over and never get sick of it. I can’t find the original video so I’m posting a “Live in Houston” clip and an old clip from Glee.

 

 

“Don’t Stop Believin'”

Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’ somewhere in the night

Workin’ hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice just one more time

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’ somewhere in the night

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on
Streetlight people

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

Songwriters: STEVE PERRY, JONATHAN CAIN, NEAL SCHON

REVIEW: She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

She Was the Quiet One

Published July 31st, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

 

This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it.

The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still.

She’s being accused of a terrible crime and everyone thinks she’s guilty. In her heart, she knows that she didn’t do what they are accusing her of doing.

But will anyone ever believe her?

Just a few months earlier, Rose and Bel Enright were new students at Odell Academy. Their mother had just passed away. They were living with their wealthy but cold grandmother who thought Odell will be good for them. Rose is happy to be attending such a great school, but Bel hates the place on sight. However, she promises her sister that she’ll give the school a shot.

Odell Academy changed everything.

Bel is actually the first one to make friends at Odell. But when she gets involved with some of the notorious troublemakers at school things go from bad to worse.

Sarah Donovan and her husband, Heath are happily married with two young children.  They’ve just been appointed the new dorm heads of Moreland Hall at Odell Academy. Heath is thrilled about the new position. It’s all a part of his big plan. Sarah is anxious and has a sense of foreboding. They have been brought in to cleanup Moreland Hall’s bad reputation. There are a large number of spoiled alumni who are notorious for causing trouble. So Sarah and Heath, respected teachers and former Odell students will help to set a proper example and improve the image of the school.

But Sarah worries that they know nothing about running a dorm or how to handle out of control, teenage girls who feel they can do what they want with no repercussions. But that’s not the only thing that worries Sarah. She tries to reassure herself that what happened in the past won’t happen again. Heath is finally happy again, so she should be too.

But when one of Sarah’s students is accused of a horrific crime, Sarah worries that Heath may know something about what happened. Could he know more than he’s letting on?

I thought this was a great suspense novel. Told from multiple points of view, I enjoyed hearing from all of the characters. There were also transcripts of witness interviews and emails etc. interspersed throughout the novel which added to the suspense and gave more insight into everything that happened.

I was completely caught up in the story, and I couldn’t wait to see how things turned out for everyone involved. With a riveting storyline and well-developed characters, “She Was the Quiet One” was a hard book to put down. I’m excited to see what this author comes up with next.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.