Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel



Title: The Summer That Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
ISBN: 9781250078063
Number of Pages: 320
How I Got It: from the author
Format: Kindle
Goodreads Description: 
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil. Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town. When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

My Review:
This book has shaken me in a way I haven't experienced from a book in a long time. Part Milton and part Stephen King with a splash of To Kill a Mockingbird, the lines between "good" and "bad" are so completely blurred that you will find yourself alternating between scratching your head and wiping your tears. I even found myself crying later in the day after I had finished the book. It has stuck to my brain and my heart and I am contemplating whether I should reread it immediately or take some more time to mull it over.  I have my fingers crossed with all my might that Tiffany McDaniel will be working on and releasing a second novel very soon because I will be snatching it up the instant it is released.

If you like perfectly formulaic predictable outcomes, this book is not for you. If you are ready to experience a story of a peaceful Midwestern small town with gothic horror just beneath the surface, a book that will make you question what you thought you knew to be true, a book that will shake you with its beauty and depiction of humanity, this is the book for you.

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***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Spotlight and Giveaway: ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker


When it comes to bestsellers, across Reese Witherspoon has the Midas touch. Several recent books he tuned into movies (or has in production) went on to become critical an commercial hist. Think "Wild," "Gone Girl," "The Luckiest Girl Alive," and "In the Dark, Dark Wood." Her latest discovery is All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (St. Martin's Press, July 2016). Witherspoon bought the film rights and is deleting the thriller for Warner Bros. She is rumored to be collaborating with Lena Dunham.


Goodreads description:
In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world. As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Foodie Friday: The Restaurant Critic's Wife by Elizabeth LaBan




Title: The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
ISBN: 9781503947757
Number of Pages: 306
How I Got It: Netgalley
Format: Kindle
Goodreads Description:
Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here. In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.My Review:
I think the concept of being a food critic is fascinating and it would be fun to be "undercover" but the restaurant critic of this novel was pretty much a top notch ass. The restaurant critic's wife, Lila, seems smart enough and I wanted to cheer her on in her pursuit of something beyond being a wife and mother but she just was too eager to bow to her husband's demands. Overall, this was pretty "meh." I didn't really love it but I didn't hate it enough to stop reading.
***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***