Book Review: If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss (Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY)

This review is a little bit different from my others. I am participating in a Blog Tour for this novel from August 14th-September 1st. There is also a GIVEAWAY going on for that time as well and three of my readers will win a finished copy of the book. The Giveaway rules and link, as well as other information will be posted below. Good luck everyone!

If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss is a novel that is being released on August 22, 2017. Thanks to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for the ARC. Also a special Thank You to Leah Weiss for including me in her Blog Tour.

The novel follows Sadie, she is 17 and pregnant and has been married to Roy for fifteen days. Since they have been married, Roy has been beating her regularly. The town knows but they just look the other way. She loves Loretta Lynn and carries around a magazine with her on the cover but she can’t read. The new teacher in town tells her that she’ll help teach her to read and Sadie begins to wonder if there’s more to life than being Roy’s wife.

The story is told from multiple characters. There is the preacher Eli, his sister Prudence, Sadie, Sadie’s grandmother Gladys, Gladys’ friend Marris, the local “witch” named Birdie, the new school teacher Kate, Tattler Swan, Sadie’s husband Roy and Roy’s friend Billy. Each new perspective has their own story but Sadie weaves into each one. The town witch wants to help her get rid of Roy, the teacher wants her to help her learn to read so she has more options in life and Roy’s friend Billy has always had a crush on her and wants to be with her himself. 

I thought at first that this book was not going to be for me because of all the different character perspectives but it kind of read like short stories that all came together in the end. At least that’s what it was like for me. There were certain stories I liked more than others but I was expecting that. I loved Sadie and Roy’s parts the most.

I really enjoyed most of the characters. I thought they were all realistic. They could be your next door neighbor. I loved Birdie the most for some reason. I could imagine some of the things she said, and I imagined her with a southern accent and it just made me laugh. I hated Roy but he was definitely a good villain and I loved seeing into his head during his perspective.

I thought the ending was a little abrupt and I would have liked to see it unfold a little bit more. I loved what Leah Weiss did for Roy’s story and was shocked by what happened. I was sad for parts of Sadie’s story especially towards the end but I also see why it was perfect at the same time. I also would have loved to know what Sadie and some of the other characters would be doing a few years later.

The novel reminded me a little bit of Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts at some points. The pregnant teenager, the loser boyfriend, the woman who wants to help, etc. I think people who enjoyed that novel will love this one as well. Also, if you are someone who doesn’t like multiple character narration, still give this a go because that was something I thought I wouldn’t like and I ended up loving it, it really does give a little something extra to the novel and I don’t think that it would have worked as well if it had been a one person narration.

I really enjoyed this novel. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. Definitely look it up and check it out.

Keep reading…Lola

Enter the GIVEAWAY using this link…

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Want to learn more? Check out the landing page for If the Creek Don’t Rise here…

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Here is where you can purchase If The Creek Don’t Rise:

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August Book Subscription Unboxing

These are the books that I got in subscription boxes in August.

Book Of The Month

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips. This mystery takes places in three hours and follows a woman and her young son when they spend an afternoon at the zoo. As the zoo is closing and they are getting ready to leave, the mother sees something that sends her running back in.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. This is a YA novel that deals with bipolar disorder and same sex relationships.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. This follows a group of women years after leaving boarding school, where they were known for The Lying Game. Something happens that apparently uncovers a secret they had been hiding and didn’t want anyone to find out. This was an August Extra book.

My Thriller Club

This is my first box and I already love it. You can choose the Horror Box, the Mystery Box or the Thriller Box. You can also choose whether you get two books and one movie or one book and two movies. I chose the Horror box of course and two books and one movie. The box is $14.99 per month with free shipping.

Season To Taste by Natalie Young. This is about a woman who murders her husband and eats him. Need I say more?

Slade House by David Mitchell. This one is kind of hard to explain but it’s basically every nine years these twins invite someone who is different or lonely into their house and at first they never want to leave, but then they find that they can’t leave.

The Attic. I have watched this movie and it was so creepy and strange. I loved it. It’s about this family who move into a house that turns out to be haunted and the person haunting it is an evil look-alike of the girl that lives there and nobody believes her.

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This is the Mystery/Thriller Box.

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer. This is about a secret society founded by George Washington with the intended purpose of keeping the president safe. An arm is discovered in the Rose Garden on the White House grounds and it turns out that it is some sort of message for Beecher White, who works in the archives and whose job is to keep secrets safe.

Pop Goes The Weasel by M.J. Arlidge. This is described as Jack The Ripper in reverse. Married men who lead double lives are murdered and their hearts are sent to their families.

My YA Reading Club

This is the Real World Box. You can also get the Fantasy Box. For $14.99 a month you get two hard cover books and one movie for the genre that you choose.

Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West. Jaye fractures her skull in a skiing accident and when she wakes up she lies to everyone and says that she is fine so that she can get back to her starring role in her schools play of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but what she doesn’t tell them is that she has been having hallucinations that characters from Shakespeare’s plays have entered the real world, including Romeo, who walks into her classroom and soon she doesn’t know how much is real and how much is in her head.

Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley. This is a novel about four teenage friends who are on the run from police after one of them kills their father during a violent fight.

The Gridiron Gang. This movie is about a counselor at a juvenile detention facility deciding to start a football team with his young charges in order to give them a sense of self-respect and social responsibility. I have seen this before and liked it.

A Mighty Wind. This follows some former folk groups who get back together and put on a concert in memory of their manager who has just died. I watched this and actually really enjoyed it.

*In June I got Grace Is Gone and I watched it thisw month and loved it. It’s about a man whose wife dies in Iraq and he takes their two daughters on a trip until he can figure out how to tell them that their mother is gone.

Those are all the books and movies I got this month. I am so excited to jump into every one of them. The problem is chosing where to start!

Keep reading… Lola

Also for those of you who haven’t seen my Blog Tour Post, I am participating in a Blog Tour for Leah Weiss’ upcoming novel, If The Creek Don’t Rise. There is also a Giveaway, where three of my followers will win a finished copy of her novel. The Giveaway ends September 1st. The link is below to enter if you would like to.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NTRjYTdhZjdlZjllOTI4OGFhZGI5NGU3ODI3MzgxOjU1MQ==/

Heartless Spoiler Free Review

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a young adult retelling about the Queen Of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

Catherine is a baker and dreams of one day opening her very own bakery. Her mother disagrees and believes the best thing for her is to marry the king. At a royal ball where she is expected to recieve his proposal, Cath meets Jest, the Court Joker. Cath and Jest have an almost instant attraction and eventually end up entering into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to chose her own destiny, but when the unthinkable happens, she learns that fate may have other plans.

This is my first Alice In Wonderland retelling and I absolutely loved it. I really fell in love with Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and was really excited when I heard about this book. I loved that she chose to focus on the Red Queen instead of Alice. I always enjoy a story about what a person is like before they turn into the villian. 

Catherine. I loved Cath, even knowing who she was going to become. I even found myself at times rooting for her and wanting her to get her happy ending, even though most of us know that it’s not the case. I really disliked her parents. Her father just went along with whatever her mother said and her mother was more worried about getting her daughter married off to the king than she was about her daughters happiness. Cath didn’t even want to be a queen, but her mother kept pushing it.

The humor. I loved the king, he was ridiculous and so funny, he made me laugh out loud sometimes. He came off as this dorky, unsophisticated man and nothing like I would think of when I think of a king. I thought it was funny that he had Jest help him write his letters to Cath, and that she knew which parts were Jest and which were the kings.

I enjoyed the scenes with the Cheshire cat. I was happy that he was included. I also really loved Hatta. I was so excited that the Mad Hatter made an appearance. I’ve always loved him. I thought it was fun to see him before his madness took over and to kind of learn a little about why he goes mad. I would love a Mad Hatter retelling, especially if it is written by Marissa Meyer.

Now, let’s talk about the romance. Jest and Cath were perfect. I fell so hard for this relationship. I loved how supportive Jest was of Cath wanting to open a bakery and even came up with a plan for them to be together and for Cath to have her dreams too. Of course, I knew that they weren’t going to get their happy ending, but I have to say I was heartbroken and a little shocked by how it ended. It does make sense why she became this heartless, mean person though. 

This is supposed to be a stand-alone but I would love a follow up. I want to know what happens to the king and Cath’s parents. I want to see more of Cath and her early reign as the Red Queen. I want the reactions of her parents and other people that knew her.

I love retellings and this one is definitely way up on my list of favorites. If you love Alice In Wonderland, the Queen Of Hearts or retellings, then this book is for you and you should really check it out. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

Keep reading…Lola

BLOG Tour & GIVEAWAY: If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

I am participating in a BLOG Tour for Leah Weiss’ upcoming novel If The Creek Don’t Rise. It will be released on August 22nd. Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for the ARC.

There is also a GIVEAWAY going on from August 14th-September 1st (the length of the tour). Three of my readers will win a finished copy of the novel so click the link below to enter. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 years or older. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Sourcebooks. Sourcebooks does not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of this giveaway. 

Also come back on August 22nd to read my review for If The Creek Don’t Rise.

Here is a list provided by Sourcebooks of all the BLOGs participating in the tour so go and check them out as well.

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Good Luck Everyone!

Keep reading…Lola

GIVEAWAY Link:

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If the Creek Don’t Rise Landing Page:

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Links where you can purchase If The Creek Don’t Rise:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tpTQQ2

Barnes And Noble: http://bit.ly/2ttlyMC

Indiebound: http://bit.ly/2s6a11q

Book Depository: http://bit.ly/2sVtu80

 

 

A Stranger In The House Spoiler Free Review (ARC)

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena is a psychological thriller. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The novel follows Tom and Karen.  Tom comes home from work one night to find that Karen isn’t home and must have left in a hurry because she left her purse and cell phone behind. The police knock on the door and tell Tom that his wife has been in an accident. She lost control of her car while speeding through the worst part of town and drove into a telephone pole. Karen comes out of the accident with some cuts and bruises and a concussion, but she also has no memory of what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops believe she is faking the memory loss and when Karen comes home from the hospital she realizes that things have been moved and someone has been in her house. Everyone has questions, the cops, Karen, Tom…and when the cops make a discovery that makes Karen look guilty of a crime far worse than speeding, secrets begin to be revealed and the truth finally comes out.

I loved The Couple Next Door and when I saw that this was coming out I knew I had to read it. If you enjoyed it than you’ll definitely enjoy this one as well. It follows the same format. The book opens with a mystery, there are lots of questions and suspicions, secrets are revealed, the truth comes out, the ending is shocking and BAM that’s not the end, cliffhanger…

I loved the mystery in this novel. Just when you think you have it figured out another secret is revealed and then you have more questions. Everyone looks guilty and you have no idea who to trust or who to believe. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and I did not want to put this book down.

I’ve noticed that I don’t fall for any of Shari Lapena’s couples. I don’t dislike them, but I also don’t find myself connecting with their relationship. This could be because it’s a thriller and that’s where the focus is and not a romance-centric type with a little mystery thrown in. Now separately, I had all the feels. Tom, I was worried with him, what happened to his wife? Where is she? Is she OK? I was hurt and confused with him, Is Karen being honest? What is she not saying? I was also mad at him and with him when some of the secrets came out. Karen, I felt her confusion, I felt afraid and at times alone, I felt betrayed and hurt and I also felt her relief. Tom and Karen made mistakes, they both had secrets, they were human. They could be real people that live next door to me or you. I loved that about them. Like I said, I wasn’t drawn to them as a couple but I loved them individually and considering that the mystery was the focus, I’m OK with that. 

Now, of course I need to touch on the ending a little bit. There was so much build up to the end of this novel. Just when you think you have all the answers, you’ve figured it out and everything is solved, the rug is pulled out from under you and you find out that there’s actually one more big secret, and at least for me I did not see it coming. Then the books final page ends on a sort of cliffhanger. This time I had my suspicions about where the author might be going and I was right but it was still really enjoyable and I love that she went there. 

A Stranger In The House left me wanting more. I highly recommend this book especially to anyone who enjoyed The Couple Next Door. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads. Definitely go and check it out.

Keep reading…Lola

The Love Interest Spoiler Free Review

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a young adult novel about a secret organization that prepares teenage spies, called Love Interests, for the purpose of attracting a person destined for greatness, in order to obtain valuable information.

Caden is a Nice, the boy next door and Dylan is a Bad, the handsome but dangerous boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They are both competing for Juliet, and when she decides which boy she wants to be with, the other boy will die. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that could get them both killed.

I really loved this book. I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed the story so much. When I initially picked it up, I thought I would be disappointed because the dust jacket basically tells you that the two boys end up falling for each other, but the story getting there was so perfect and sweet it didn’t make a difference to me at all.

I really enjoyed the whole nice versus bad thing going on. It really showed that no matter how you’re brought up, you have a little of both that make up who you are. Even though Caden was Nice, he also showed some traits that a Bad would have and even though Dylan was a Bad, he still had some Nice qualities. This comes as no surprise considering that although they are competing for the love of a girl, they are in fact fighting for their lives, so Dylan needs to have some Nice qualities if Juliet is going to fall for him and Caden needs some Bad qualities if he’s going to win and keep his life, because he needs to be willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Juliet is the girl they are competing for. She is an inventor and wants to invent the next great thing, which apparently is why the organization is so interested in her. They believe that she will one day be very beneficial to them. I really liked Juliet as a character. She was nice and seemed to care about things that other people may not find that important or interesting. She was a little naive at times though, especially when it came to believing everything that these two boys said to her. I do like how helpful she was in the end, that really proved who she was as a person.

Caden and Dylan. I absolutely loved these boys. From their first meeting I could see the attraction. I don’t know if it was because I saw it coming because of the summary so I was looking for a connection or if I would have been able to see it even without that knowledge. Either way I fell in love with them and their relationship. This was the first novel that I read with a same sex relationship and it made me excited to read more.

I personally didn’t think that there was anything bad about this book, although obviously there were problems within the story itself. First, this organization is raising kids to be spies for them. That’s wrong on so many levels. Second, these boys are competing with each other for the love of a girl and whoever doesn’t win that love will lose their life. So in reality it doesn’t matter if this boy loves her back or not, they just want to survive. Third, the Love Interest that does win, spends their life in a relationship based on lies and they will be spying and relaying secrets back to the organization. Essentially the Love Interests can never be themselves and the person that has chosen them will never have a real relationship. These are all problems, but they work for the story and eventually they are what leads to the ending of the novel.

Speaking of the ending, I loved it! I loved how the whole book came together and concluded. I loved where all the characters ended up and how they got there. I especially loved that in the end, they all figured out what truly mattered.

This novel was 5 stars for me and I highly recommend it.

Keep reading…Lola

August TBR

These are the books that I’m hoping to read in August.


Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley. This is a novel about two teenage boys who fall in love in the late 70s.
Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs. This is the conclusion to the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children trilogy.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is a companion novel to My Life Next Door. It follows Jase’s sister Alice and Jase and Samantha’s friend Tim.

The Final Girls by Riley Sager. This follows three woman who are the “final girls” of their own mass killing events. When one of them ends up dead, the other one ends up at the doorstep of the “newest” final girl and not everything is as it seems.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. This is about a woman who drowns leaving behind a husband and two daughters. Twelve years later, her husband believes he sees her through a window and then one of her daughters finds a letter in her fathers book and they begin to question what really happened to their mother.

So those are the books I want to read. I’m looking forward to each of them and can’t wait to dive in.

Keep reading…Lola

July Wrap Up

July was a really good reading month for me. I read the four books that I planned to read, I read an ARC and I participated in Book-tube-a-thon.

July TBR:

Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella. This is the third book in the Shopaholic series. Becky is still just as annoying but I really enjoyed it. 4 stars

Summer In The City by Robyn Sidman. This follows Suze, who lives in London and Lloyd, who lives in New York City. They work for the same company and participate in a job exchange where they exchange apartments and jobs for a month. They have never met and seem to have nothing in common, but when Suze discovers a plot to get him fired, they begin talking long distance and realize they may not be all the different. 4 stars

Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart. This was such a good book. I watched the movie years ago and the movie was good, but it changed so much from the book. Once again the book was better! It follows the lives of CeeCee and Bertie from the time they meet as young girls up until they are grow woman in their late 30s. 5 stars

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I absolutely loved this book. I predicted the romance based on the summary and thought maybe I’d be disappointed but I was not. I loved the romance so much. A review will be coming soon. 5 stars

Book-tube-a-thon:

The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn. This was a haunted house/ghost story type of thing but not everything was as it seemed. I really enjoyed it but wishe’d that it was longer. 5 stars

Frozen The Junior Novelization by Sarah Nathan and Sela Roman. This was the perfect companion to the movie. I loved the little behind the scenes extras that you get that wasn’t in the movie. 5 stars

Survivors Titanic April 1912 by Kathleen Duey and Kate A. Bale. This is a young adult Titanic story. I loved that the focus was on Titanic and not a romance. 5 stars

Beauty And The Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick. I have not seen the live action movie yet but after reading this I need to. I’ve seen the animated movie so I know the story but reading it in book form was amazing. 5 stars 

Pocahontas A Life In Worlds Victoria Garrett Jones. I loved this Pocahontas biography. It’s amazing how well known this woman is but nobody knows for sure what exactly her life was like. A lot of it is just presumptions and first hand accounts that may or may not be reliable. 5 stars

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Graphic Novel. I loved this graphic novel. I am now looking forward to reading the book. 5 stars

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This is a Queen Of Hearts retelling. I absolutely adored this book. I will have a review of this up within a couple weeks. 5 stars

Netgalley ARC:

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved The Couple Next Door so I was really excited to read this one. I was not disappointed. I don’t want to talk to much about it because I will have a review up but it’s about a housewife who ends up in the hospital after hitting a telephone pole with no memory of what happened, a man’s dead body found in an abandoned building close to the accident and many secrets waiting to be revealed.

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That’s what I read in July. Hoping to have an amazing August as well.

Keep reading…Lola