To The Lions, Holly Watt


To the Lyons, Holly Watt


To The Lions was intense, disturbing and morally challenging. It reminded me of The Most Dangerous game, except the victims don’t know their being hunted. They don’t suspects thing.

This novel explores the trenches of humanity and the disparity of wealth and privilege. From refugees to billionaire CEOs and Members of Parliament, To The Lions delves into the culture that reinforces who is the hunter and who is the huntee.

The writing was choppy at times, which added to the suspense but also sent me back to reread for clarification more than once.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Scent Keeper, Erica Bauermeister

Where do I begin? When I first started reading The Scent Keeper I wasn’t sure how I felt. The comparisons to The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing gave me some ideas of what to expect, but what I found was a completely unique and enthralling story.

The Scent Keeper tells the story is Emmeline, a girl raised on a remote island by her father. She is taught how to hunt and gather, and to use her gift of scent to not only find food but to also find and savor memories.

Emmeline is a strong, relatable and damaged character. The scents themselves where a whole other character, full of their own power and stories. I don’t think I’ll ever smell perfume or fragrance the same again.

Thank you  to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book: Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them.  As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

About the Author: Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Where to Buy:
Barnes & Noble 
Indie Bound 

The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker


The Dreamers, Karen Walker Thompson


Warning: this book will be superglued to your hand. You won’t be able to put it down. You think you’ll be able to stop at a chapter, but you won’t. You’ll be compelled to keep reading.

I’m not sure I’ve completely processed The Dreamers. I’m also pissed that I let it sit unread on my shelf for so long. What I do know is that this is a story that will stick with me and make me continually question dreams and life.

There were a lot of characters, but I felt invested with every single one. I needed to know how each of their stories ended. That’s what kept me turning the pages… I had to know who had the sickness, who woke up, who dreamed and what they dreamt of, who didn’t make it. I found myself holding my breath for several pages at a time.

The Dreamers is a freaking masterpiece of a mind f*#+. If you haven’t read it, you need to. Like yesterday. Don’t be a fool like me and let it sit on your bookshelf neglected for months.

Beyond the Point, Claire Gibson


Beyond The Point, Claire Gibson


Have you ever closed a book, smiled and then cried? I hadn’t until I read Beyond the Point.

Reading the synopsis, I was intrigued. I’m always drawn to stories of strong women shattering glass ceilings. This book did not disappoint.

Reading the prologue, I knew there would be tears, but what I didn’t expect was to find myself so incredibly connected to Dani, Avery and Hannah. These characters are so well-developed that I felt as though I was the fourth friend in the Cult.

I did not want this book to end. At almost 500 pages, it wasn’t long enough. The story covers 6 years of these young women’s lives, but I need more. Claire Gibson please write a sequel.

Camp Grandma, Marianne Waggoner Day

This boy right here loves his Granny. I can’t wait to read #CampGrandma by Marianne Waggoner Day and share with my mom. (Release Date: May 7)

From the publisher:

Warm cookies and milk are still okay, but what if they came with a workshop on goal setting or writing a business plan for the school year? Camp Grandma is full of innovative ideas that Marianne Waggoner Day, a highly successful businesswoman who became a committed and dedicated grandmother, modified from her working life in an effort to connect with her grandchildren. Along the way, she realized that in teaching her grandchildren, she in turn was learning some unexpected and invaluable lessons from them.

Here, Day offers a new and refreshing perspective on grandparenting. Readers will be introduced to a compelling, sometimes humorous, and totally unexpected twist on a role people often take for granted―as well as enter into the larger societal conversation we should be having about the possibilities and value of grandparenting and how the women’s movement has reinvigorated and reshaped women’s approach to being grandmothers.

Full of ideas and creative ways for grandparents to help their grandchildren grow strong, think critically, and have fun all at the same time, Camp Grandma reveals the importance of grandparenting and the value of passing on traditions, knowledge, and wisdom to the new generation. Babysitter? Not even close.

Thank you to BookSparks and the publisher for the ARC; I’ll be posting a review soon!

A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum


A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum


I’ve seen so much hype around this book. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to it. My fears were unfounded. A Woman is No Man far exceeded the hype and my expectations.

Every single character was beautifully written and each drew me in, begging me to hear their stories. My heart broke for the three women. Reading Deya’s journey to finding her own voice and using made me proud, but also sad because it was the journey her mother lost wanted for her but couldn’t witness.

Do yourself a favor and buy into the type. Read this book.

Pretty Guilty Women, Gina Lamanna


Pretty Guilty Women, Gina Lamanna (Releases 9/3/19)


I was intrigued from page one. I had to know more about these women and the victim of the murder 4 of them confessed to. I made several guesses and was wrong each time.

There were a lot of characters to keep track of and more than once I confused Emily & Kate; despite this I felt all of the characters were well developed.

This was definitely a page turner!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Two Lila Bennetts, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke


The Two Lila Bennetts, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (Releases 7/23/19)


I’ve been on a thriller/suspense kick lately and have read some excellent books. The Two Lila Bennetts holds its weight in this genre. It kept me engaged and guessing throughout.

Not only did I love the story, but I loved the dual narrative/scenario. It was unique and made the story even more interesting.

Thank you to the authors for the eARC review copy.

Verity, Colleen Hoover


Verity, Colleen Hoover


This book was intense and disturbing. The plot was well developed, as were the characters. 

This would have been a five star for me if it hadn’t included graphic details on harming children. As a mother, it was hard to read. I had to put it down and walk away a few times.

The book kept be captivated and engaged, it just gutted me too. I also felt it ended abruptly without fully diving into some of the questions it created.

Looker, Laura Sims


Looker, Laura Sims


I had low expectations coming into this one. I’ve seen mixed reviews and reactions. It was a quick read, but it was a lot of exposition; I could have used a bit more dialog.

I didn’t connect to the main character at all, which I felt should have been important since we are inside her head the entire book.

It was a quick read, but I felt like the ending was abrupt, and it could have used a bit more character development.