Friday, November 6, 2015

Weekly Round-Up: Books for Review!

Starting today, every Friday I'm going to inform my readers (is anyone out there?) of the books I've been given for review! I adore +NetGalley so much!

1. The first one I'll start out with is The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. An ARC copy courtesy of Netgalley, as well as all of the other ones I'll be going over!

Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 255 as an E-Book
Price: $25.99
Contact Information:

Synopsis from Netgalley:
"Lisa Lutz' latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you'll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

Fourth-eight house after leaving her husband's dead body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time. 

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy 
 and dangerous ― alliance is born. 

It's almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret...can she outrun her past?"

2. I received Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past by Vanita Oelsclager as well! I enjoyed this little book so much. You can find my review here.

Publication Date: ?
Genre: Children's
Pages: 40
Price: $15.69
Contact Information:

Synopsis from Amazon:
Ivy In Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. ""I stare out the window,"" she says on the first spread of brown and gray, ""looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don't see any such thing."" But then Spring comes when ""March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest."" And Ivy's ""heart dances with daffodils."" As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy's world erupts into a riot of color. Ivy In Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy's eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

3. Hanover House by +Brenda Novak

Publication Date: September 1, 2015.
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance
Pages: 234
Price: $3.99
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? 

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. 

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries. 

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong... 
4. You Were HereCori McCarthy

Publication Date: March 1, 2015.
Genre: Teens & YA
Pages: 400
Price: Kindle: $9.99 - Hardcover: $13.67
Contact InformationHere.

Synopsis from Amazon:
Jaycee is dealing with her brother's death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake's daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She's not crazy, okay? She just doesn't have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn't expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she's joined by a group of unlikely friends – all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and... Mik. He doesn't talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
Cori McCarthy's gripping narrative defies expectation, moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panels and word art poetry, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, Jennier Niven, and Jandy Nelson. From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world's largest amusement park, You Were Here takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak and inevitable change.

5. Try Not to Breathe - Holly Seddon

Publication Date: February 23, 2016.
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pages: 368
Price: Kindle: $12.99 - Hardcover: $19.26
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from AmazonSome secrets never die. They’re just locked away.

Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralyzed, reliving the past.

Soon Alex’s routine includes visiting hours at the hospital, then interviews with the original suspects in the attack. But what starts as a reporter’s story becomes a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness lived, but cannot tell the tale? Unable to tear herself away from uncovering the unspeakable truth, Alex realizes she’s not just chasing a story—she’s seeking salvation.

Shifting from present to past and back again, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer until its heart-stopping conclusion. The result is an utterly immersive, unforgettable debut.
6. Dead Ringer - Jessie Rosen

Publication Date: November 11, 2015.
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Teens & YA
Pages: 291
Price: Kindle: $4.61
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from AmazonFrom the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares--and they aren't the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and...spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. "That new girl looks just like her," they say.

It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn't just anyone--it's Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.

Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood's undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it's only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.

But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid--and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.

What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?

After all, she's the dead ringer for a dead girl.

7. Finding Hope - Colleen Nelson

Publication Date: March 19, 2015.
Genre: Teens & YA
Pages: 200
Price: Kindle: $8.99 - Paperback: $11.85
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from AmazonHope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.

At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first.

8. The Truth - Jeffry W. Johnston

Publication Date: February 1, 2016.
Genre: Myster & Thrillers,Teens & YA
Pages: 256
Price: Kindle: $9.99 - Paperback: $9.99
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from Amazon"I tied you up because I need you to listen," Derek says. "Focus."
"Please... W-what do you want from me?"
"The truth," he says. "About what happened the night my brother died." He reaches for my left hand. "If I think you're lying..." With his other hand, he flourishes a pair of flower cutters. Curved. Sharp.
And he smiles.
When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he's trapped-and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris' home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a 13-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.
Now Derek wants the truth about what happened that night. He wants proof his little brother didn't deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous...
A riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller from Edgar Award-nominated author Jeffry W. Johnston that explores the gray area between what is right and what we'll do to protect the people we love.

Publication Date
: March 1, 2016.
Genre: Teens & YA
Pages: 272
Price: Kindle: $9.99 - Paperback: $9.18
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from AmazonAfter producing three horror movies that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time they create something noteworthy, something epic. They're going to film the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz-Justin's crush-as the lead.
With only one month to complete their movie, a script that can't possibly get worse, and the hopes and dreams of Alicia on the line, Justin is feeling the pressure. Add to that a cast of uncooperative extras and incompetent production assistants, and Justin must face the sad, sad truth. He may actually be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever...

10. The Girl With No Past - Kathryn Croft

Publication Date: October 15, 2015.
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pages: 300
Price: Kindle: $.99 - Paperback: $10.79
Contact Information: Here.

Synopsis from AmazonLeah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life. 

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created. 

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets? 

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

Okay! That's concludes what book I've gotten since the start of Monday! Did you find any books to add to your TBR lists? If so, go ahead and tell me!

NetGalley is so wonderful. I can't help but gush. Just this week alone I've saved $103.22 on books.


  1. Oooh several of these look interesting.

  2. I'm pretty excited about The Greatest Zombie Movie ever. It sounds like it's going to be great!