ARC Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Source: Publisher
Format: Advance eproof
Series: Standalone
Category:  Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance,  Mystery, Realistic
Ratings:  2 stars

With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily’s and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things that aren’t books.

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The Broke and Bookish is the host for the Top Ten Tuesday meme where we showcase bookish things in random thoughts. 

1. A staircase bookshelf because my books are shoved inside my dusty room and no one can admire them when they’re crowded in there.

2. To meet Sarah J. Mass, she is my favorite author and I would do anything to meet her. She’s also the prettiest author I’ve ever seen. A girl who can write and is also beautiful. ;)

3. Go to BEA. Living in the Philippines is very difficult huhu when everything is in the US.

4. To win one of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s swag giveaway.

5. To be mentioned in the acknowledgments  page in a book written by an author friend.

6. To be invited to join a blog tour hosted by the publisher itself, but the publisher has to be like Harlequin, Simon and Schuster, Harper, Bloomsbury.

7. Receive signed T-Shirts from the author as a gift.

8. To be able to meet the authors I’ve worked with. Too many to mention.

9. Design and produce a book trailer for an author.

10. Design a book cover.

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Release Day Launch+excerpt: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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Novel Beauty: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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This will be a weekly meme for Monday when I showcase the beauty inside the book itself. I’ll only be featuring copies I own and only hardcovers will be allowed. This feature is to encourage you to buy your own copy. All photos are mine and may not be reposted without my permission. Thank you and enjoy.

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It is obvious how much work they put in the design for The Winner’s Curse. The Spine looks fabulous and the chapter font looks classy as well. The hardcover design also has a vintage-ish symbol. I’m not sure if you can see it properly because of the horrible photography.

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Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

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Source: Amazon
Format: ebook
Series: Standalone
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Ratings:  Immeasurable

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken.

If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

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