My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch 
Publisher: Killer Reads

Publish Date: Feb 8, 2019

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Killer Reads for the ebook ARC of My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch in exchange for an honest review.

A twenty-year old local mystery that has never been solved.

A bone-chilling VHS tape depicting a horrific crime.

Neighbours with something to hide.

And a sister who is missing. 

Emily has to find out the truth. But is her sister Madeline the victim… or the one to blame?

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it!

Emily returns to the small town of Bare Border to see her niece and nephew and sister, Madi who has something important to tell her. 

The next day Madi disappears and Emily is determined to find out what happened. 

This book was very intriguing and it kept my attention. It was a very intense book, and Carissa Ann Lynch did a great job at bringing all the characters to life. This book had many unpredictable twists and turns!

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Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Keep Her Close by Erik Therme
Publisher: Bookouture

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of Keep Her Close by Erik Therme in exchange for an honest review.

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and only dressed in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen year later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.
Ally doesn’t tell anyone she’s going to meet him.

And now Ally is missing.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. This book was a fast paced thriller. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. The story was well written and many surprising  twists and turns This is the first book I have read by Erik Therme and it definitely won’t be my last!

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The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Amentrout

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin Book #1
Publisher: Tor Teen

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Tor Teen for the ebook ARC of The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen year old Evie Dasher gets caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can socialize freely. She meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen… but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she had only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head … 

I give this book a rating of 4 stars and I recommend reading it. This is the first book I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was really good and it kept me wanting to read more. It was a well written YA novel. I can’t wait to read book #2 in the series Origin.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: January 8, 2019

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher St. Martin’s Press for the ebook ARC of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen in exchange for an honest review.

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she will have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what i one of Dr. Shield’s manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly. 

I give this book a rating of 4 stars and highly recommend it. I was hooked from the very beginning. I could not wait to read this book since I read Hendricks & Pekkanen’s last book together, The Wife Between Us. This book was captivating and pulled you right in. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. The end was shocking and unexpected. 

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I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Random House :The Dial Press
Publish Date: February 5, 2019

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House: The Dial Press for the ebook ARC of I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella in exchange for an honest review.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children. Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It is simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees – she ends up saving it from a certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner, Sebastian is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Seb scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off – she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself- but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. So Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie – from small favors to life-changing moments. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab, the life, and love, she really wants?

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and this book is just as addicting as all of the others. I really liked the story line and about half of the characters. The book was so hard to put down and I felt so many emotions throughout the book. Everything came together really well and I can’t wait to read more from Sophie Kinsella.

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Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove by Bree Lenehan

Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove by Bree Lenehan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

There had been whispers of a magical hidden alcove within the Fenix Forest of Ameral Alley for years, but according to the legend, no one has ever found it…

Until now.

Halia Bodine, 17, a girl with a medically rare lung disease, begins dreaming of a map that leads her to the hidden alcove of Moa’s Rock. 

She discovers the world of M’deia, a vibrant underwater world with its hunter tribes, alluring creatures, ghastly beast, and untouched lands. After a fated encounter with Luka, a M’diean boy in exile from his clan, Halia enters the mythical underwater world. Once there, she learns that her illness ceases to exist, that she lives without reciprocation, and the cold truth of her parents’ death.

When her family’ heirloom- a timepiece cursed with the power to end all lives of the sea’s inhabitants – is found in ancient enemy’s hands. Halia discovers that this world is not without its own lurking dangers. Her foe turns the tribes to stone, and now he wants Halia dead.

Will Halia finally have the chance to go back in time and save both the stone tribe and her parents from their unfortunate deaths, or will her enemy destroy her first? 

I give this book a rating of 3 stars. t I found some of the scenes hard to follow as so much detail was given. For myself, it just didn’t seem to flow smoothly. The overall story was very creative.

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The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford

The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrated by: Julia Seal
Publisher: Thomas Nelson: Children’s
ISBN: 9781400209248

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Thomas Nelson: Children’s for the ebook ARC of The Gift I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford in exchange for an honest review.

God, will You show me
The gift I can give
As I grow and love
And learn how to live?

This is a heartwarming story that shows how all children can do something to make a positive impact on others. From simply being kind to giving a loved one an extra-big hug to cheering on a friend. This story will inspire children with many ways to show God’s love.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading this to my 4 year old daughter at bedtime. It was very adorable and I absolutely loved the bright and colourful pastel drawings. This book has a strong religious message but, the message is good and very positive.

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Apple of My Eye by Claire Allen

Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Publish Date: January 24, 2019

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Avon Books UK for the ebook ARC of Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan in exchange for an honest review.

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious not arrives for Dr Eliana Hughes who is six months pregnant. She now begins to doubt every aspect in her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. This book kept me guessing from the beginning to the very end. There were many twists and turns An excellent psychological thriller. It was written in 3 points of view; Eli, Louise and Angela. This is the first book I have read by Claire Allan, and it definitely won’t be the last!

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Rosie’s Glasses by Dave Whamond

Rosie’s Glasses by Dave Whamond
Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781771389914

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Kids Can Press for the ebook ARC of Rosie’s Glasses by Dave Whamond in exchange for an honest review. 

In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she goes through her miserable, grey day, the cloud follows. Her bad day continues with chaos and pouring rain seems to just make it worse. But then on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world is transformed into vivid, joyful colour. And she can now hear the beauty and fun in everything around her — and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic? Or could it be that changing how we look at the world can change the way we experience it?

I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I am not very fond of wordless books but the pictures were amazing and very detailed. My 4 year old daughter really enjoyed looking at the book. 

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Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow

Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow
Illustrations by: Guillaume Perreault
Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781771387965

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Kids Can Press for the ebook ARC of Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow in exchange for an honest review.

There are lots of things that Duncan likes about bedtime – the stories, pyjamas, and bubble gum flavoured toothpaste… The only thing he doesn’t like about going to sleep. And he will do anything to avoid it. Until, one day, Duncan’s mom has enough of his stalling. Try counting sheep, she tells him. 

So he does… At first, its kind of fun. As he counts, each sheep appears, wearing its number like a race car, and leaps over the bed. But when Sheep #68, who hesitates. He needs a drink of water before he can jump. Then he has to go to the bathroom. Then he wants to put on running shoes. Will Sheep #68 ever do what he’s supposed to?

I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I read this book to my 4 year old daughter, who very much enjoyed the book. 

Cute illustrations and story. Good book to read to the child who likes avoiding going to sleep. 

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