Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Hello all! I hope every one of you are having a wonderful Saturday so far. This week I got a few books to review. I absolutely love book mail! It's my favorite mail to open. Let's get started!

1. The Invention of Wings - +Sue Monk Kidd 
Synopsis from Amazon
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

2. What She Knew - Gilly Macmillan (Dec. 1, 2015)
Synopsis from Amazon:
In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…
Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  
Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...

3. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between - Jennifer E. Smith
Synopsis from Amazon:
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
4. Placebo Junkies - J.C. Carleson
Synopsis from Amazon:
Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!
 
But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide. . . .
 
Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife.

5. Island of Echoes - +Roman Gitlarz (PDF file from author)
Synopsis from Amazon:
Historian Phillip Laurence is finally returning home after months of research abroad, though he is not the only passenger on the Victorian steamer conveying him across the Mediterranean. Fate conspires to bring together an assortment of individuals, ranging from the minimal crew to ladies of high society. But what starts as a routine voyage soon becomes an encounter exceeding their wildest dreams. The lives of everyone aboard are turned upside down when their ship gets lost in a storm and stumbles upon a mysterious island. Working to pinpoint their location and discover a way home, the castaways begin to unravel the secrets of their surroundings while simultaneously exposing some of their own. This debut novel by a talented new author will have you reading from cover to cover as it breaks the traditions of the new-world genre. Using the lens of the late 19th century, it offers both inspiration and critique of modern life and humanity at large.

6. The Casquette Girls - +Alys Arden (Courtesy of +NetGalley ). 
Synopsis from Amazon:
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.
Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.

7. The Lies We Tell - Meg Carter (Courtesy of +NetGalley).
Synopsis from Amazon:
The last time Katy saw Jude was on a school trip, when Jude was attacked by a stranger and Katy ran away. Twenty years later, Jude is back, and her reappearance coincides with a series of unsettling incidents: a stranger appears in the downstairs flat; one night Katy’s house is vandalised; her mother is mugged and her home ransacked. And Jude seems to know an uncomfortable amount about Katy’s current life...

8. Angels Burning - Tawni O'dell (Jan. 5, 2016 - Courtesy of +NetGalley).
Synopsis from Amazon:
On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

When a girl is beaten to death, her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals.

During her investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation and a chilling threat that forces her to face the parallels between her own family’s trauma and that of the Trulys.
I got 8 books this week! What was in your mail? Bills? Books? Products to test? Magazines? Leave your answers below! :)
-Cheers,
Sabrina
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14 comments:

  1. Gah nothing better than getting new books! :) :) My mail was exciting this week as well actually- received a care package from my family back home :)

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    1. Aw, yay! Nothing like a good care package. :)

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  2. Wow. These sounds like some great books. I've read the first one, and it was really good. What She Knew sounds like a real page turner. Thank you for all the info on each.

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm so excited to delve into these. :)

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  3. I haven't read any of these! I feel like I never have time anymore. I struggle to get my once a month book club book read.

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    1. That's horrible, I'm so sorry! I'm a sucker for books, but I know once I get busy it will be hard for me to read as much as I do now!

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  4. My dd would love getting books every month to read. Would love to know which of these you recommend.

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    1. I have yet to read these. I have to finish one more book before I get started, but I think I would go with the last two!

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  5. Sounds like some great books, especially that first one.

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  6. These books sound good. I'm always looking for book suggestions.

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  7. What She Knew looks amazing! I'll be interested to see your review. Looks like you had a great week. Enjoy. :) My Weekly Wrap-Up

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  8. I knew I recognized the name of the author in No. 1! She wrote The Secret Life of Bees, one I read long ago but remember loving. Did you buy these books or do you work with an influencer site to get them for reviews? I'm a bookworm, myself, and would love to try it.

    xo,
    Melissa | These words are my own.

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    1. Hi, Melissa! I didn't buy these. :) I contacted different publishers for ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) and they sent me these!

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