Danielle and Jayme Review: The Passengers by John Marrs @johnmarrs1

The Passengers

You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.” 

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?”

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Double Review: I Know You by Annabel Kantaria @bellakay

I Know You

You trust her. 

You shouldn’t. 

That picture you just posted on Instagram? I’ve seen it.
The location you tagged? I’ve been there.

You haven’t been careful enough, have you?
Because I know all about you.

But when I meet you, I won’t tell you that.
I’ll pretend. Just like you do.

You’ll like me though. You’ll trust me enough to let me into your life.

And then I’ll destroy it.

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The Last by Hanna Jameson

I really liked the premise of The Last. Its set in our current timeline, where in a time of political division, a nuclear war starts. Large cities in America are hit first, followed by many other cities across the globe. When this happens, Jon is away from his home in America on a work trip in Switzerland. His hotel and the people in it have survived the attacks, but now have to figure out how to survive in a time with no government, no internet or phone service, and no news sources. Jon doesn’t know whether his wife and daughters have survived the attacks, but he does know that there’s been a murder at his hotel.

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Anticipated May 2019 Book Releases!

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Let’s talk about books we are anticipating in May! Below is my list of books that will be released next month that I’m looking forward to. Check back every month on the 15th to see what else I’m looking forward to reading this year!

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Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber @SGarberGirl #Finale #Caraval

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Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

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One Click by Andrea Mara

One Click

Popular lifestyle blogger Lauren thinks nothing of posting a picture online of a stranger running on the beach. She never expected the photo to go viral, and definitely never expected the menacing messages she’d start receiving from an anonymous account, asking who the woman in the picture is. As the messages grow more frequent and more threatening, no matter how many times she blocks the sender, she realizes she needs to talk to the woman and tell her about what’s happening.

When Cleo learns that her picture has gone viral and that an internet troll is asking who she is, she’s initially not worried. She has a feeling it’s tied to someone in her past – someone who lives across the world, and poses no real threat. She tells Lauren not to worry about it, but the women exchange contact information and plan to keep in touch. As time goes by and as the messages become increasingly personal, and mention details about Lauren’s life that no one should know, they begin to think there might be something more at play.

The book is told in alternating perspectives between Lauren and Cleo, both with separate storylines that weave together in dangerous ways. Both women will soon come to learn that one click can change everything…

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Books I added to my TBR in February!

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At the beginning of the year, I decided that I really wanted to reduce the number of books on my TBR, and I figured there were several ways to do this. First, I went through and deleted more than 200 books that I wasn’t really interested in reading anymore. Next, I teamed up with my friend Jayme to buddy-read at least one of our backlist books each month to help decrease the number of books that I have been sitting on my shelf for months (or years in some cases). Lastly, I’m (trying) to be more choosy about which books I’m even adding to my to-read list. That leads me to this post – today I’ll be talking about the books that did get added to my TBR last month! Take a look below to see what made my list.

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Gracefully You: How to Live Your Best Life Every Day by Jenna Dewan

I really like what I’ve seen of Jenna Dewan. She seems very sweet, and like a very classy woman, so I’m excited to see what she writes about in her book! 

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Discover actress, dancer, and World of Dance host Jenna Dewan’s uplifting message of how to elevate your existence by bringing beauty to your everyday life—perfect for fans of Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life and Kate Hudson’s Pretty Happy.

With the frustrations and challenges that come with modern living, it’s common to regularly feel stressed and overwhelmed. Gracefully You is Jenna Dewan’s deeply personal journey to overcoming those negative emotions.

From demonstrating how movement is essential to feeling good (whether it’s by taking a fitness class or simply waving at a neighbor) to stirring mantras that will help you begin each day with good intentions, Jenna provides clear advice on how you can cultivate happiness in every aspect of your life.

Learn how to create a home sanctuary, connect with nature to restore balance, foster healthy relationships in marriage, motherhood, and friendship by showing empathy, and how to maintain space for your own identity through it all. Filled with stunning photos, Gracefully You is a beautiful, insightful, and powerful vision for anyone who wants to feel better, focus on what’s important and maintain a sense of balance—all with elegance and grace.

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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

My (almost) brother-in-law recommended this one to me, and it sounds really interesting! My all time favorite show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I love that this one has an aspect of fighting supernatural forces.

10836728“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

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Her Closest Friend by Clare Boyd

This one was marketed for fans of The Wife Between Us, Gone Girl, and The Girl Before, which were all books I loved, so I’m excited about this one! 

43782775Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tires. A thud.

Naomi and I are best friends. School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable. But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever. I know she will help me pick up the pieces. Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her. She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship. And she’d never let anyone hurt me.

Would she?

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Mine by Courtney Cole

I just love the sound of this one! So tense and dramatic! 

42201101Our world was crumbling. You took advantage.
He was weak. You’re weaker.  
A wedding ring isn’t a challenge.  It’s a promise.
But that promise wasn’t for you.
Get some self respect.  And get your own life.  
My husband isn’t yours.
He’s mine.  
And no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be me.  
You don’t have the balls.

PS. F@ck you.

When Tessa Taylor unlocked her husband Ethan’s iPad to discover nude photos from a twenty-six-year-old bombshell named Lindsey, her seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt.

With a hurricane barreling toward Florida and Ethan stuck on a business trip, Tessa finds herself imprisoned in her own home with a choice to make: Does she ride out the storm until she can confront Ethan in person, or does she take matters into her own hands?

Increasingly restless and desperate for revenge, Tessa resolves to act. And when she lures Lindsey over a few hours later, there’s no turning back.

What ensues is a battle of wills between two well-matched opponents, blinded by love for the same man but driven by demons of their own. Like storm-ravaged Florida, neither woman will be the same when the skies clear.

He’s mine. Both wife and mistress would stake their lives on it. But only one of them can be right.

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The Whisper Man by Alex North

This one sounds so creepy, and I’ve already been hearing great things about it! 

41940236In this psychological thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of suspense, as a father and son are caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

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The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

I was a big fan of Wilson’s last thriller, Mister Tender’s Girl, so I’m looking forward to this one! 

42366218Jake Buchannan knows the woman sitting next to him on his business flight to Denver—he just can’t figure out how he knows her. Clara Stowe isn’t in Jake’s line of work and didn’t go to college with him. They have nearly nothing in common apart from a deep and shared certainty that they’ve met before. Despite their best efforts over a probing conversation, both struggle to figure out what circumstances could possibly have brought them together. Then, in a revelation that sends Jake reeling, Clara admits she’s traveling to the Colorado mountains to kill herself, and disappears into the crowded airport immediately after landing.

The Dead Girl in 2A is the story of what happens to Jake and Clara after they get off that plane, and the manipulative figure who has brought them together decades after they first met.

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Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

Okay, okay, so this one isn’t a thriller. In between thrillers, I like to read romance books as a palate cleanser, and I’ve read and enjoyed this author before. 

43538992It all started with a sexy selfie.

Texted to the wrong number.

Oops.

Not my finest moment—but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere—on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton, in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.Beauty? Oh yeah.And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge. Let the games begin.

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

I’m a big fan of Shari Lapena, so I can’t wait to read her newest book! 

44033980Maybe you don’t know your neighbours as well as you thought you did. . . .

“I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well. Learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches its breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their little secrets?

In this neighbourhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide. . . .

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HER by Britney King

I’ve read several books by Britney King, and loved them all, so I’ve been excited for this one ever since she announced it! 

43805177“After four, I quit counting. What’s the point if you know it isn’t going to stop?”

Sadie is jealous. Why wouldn’t she be? Her life is falling apart. Meanwhile, her new neighbor is everything she is not.

Ann is perfect—the kind of woman everyone loves to hate—and a best friend to die for. She hosts over-the-top dinner parties, takes parenting to an entirely different level, and makes ambition look sexy as hell.

Sadie learns quick: the best way to cure jealousy is to befriend it. She also learns there’s more to her new friend than meets the eye. She’s patient, she’s kind, and possibly a serial killer.

It isn’t until Ann’s proclivities hit a little too close to home that Sadie has to ask herself how much she’s willing to overlook in the name of getting what she wants.

Exquisitely paced, Her is an unnerving and electrifying psychological thriller about jealousy, passion, and the dangerous places desire can take you. Full of enough tension and twists to make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat, it keeps you guessing until the very last page.

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**There you have it! All of the books I added to my TBR in the month of February! Are any of these on your to read list? What books have you added to your TBR pile recently? Let me know down in the comments!**