Welcome to my blog stop on the fabulous mega blitz tour by R&R Book Tours for four outstanding YA books with GIVEAWAYS. Up first is my review on Hannah R. Goodman’s Till It Stops Beating. There are more excerpts and giveaways for three other books below. Good luck and I hope you enjoy my review!
Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman
Publication Date: July 5th, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.
From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.
If your heart has ever hurt from beating widely, whether from anxiety or love, this book is the one to read. Continue reading “#MegaBlitzTour #BookReview Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman @hannahrgoodman @RRBookTours1”
Publication Day: 08 May 2018
ISBN: B076H4X9D4 (Kindle book)
Category: Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Obsession, Mental Illness
I decided to read another book from my TBR pile and remembered that I selected this book because of the author’s acknowledgments page. She notes, “The first draft of this book was written in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society”. Though it was published in May of this year, the injustices continue to this day and I couldn’t wait to begin.
When I lived with my mother there were monsters only I could see in the corner of my room, hidden by the cobwebs and filth that clung to our walls. I came to an agreement with those monsters. If I agreed never to look straight at them, they agreed not to eat me. It lessened the terror a bit.
Continue reading “#Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall @aramintahall @mcdbooks #psychological thriller #obsession”
Publication Day: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Category: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
An exceptional read! My emotions ran the gamut of joy, laughter, anger, and sorrow with this book. Goodreads Choice 2016 Winner, Colleen Hoover, is remarkable at drawing you in with so much joy and happiness for her characters and then ripping your heart out on the next page.
Lily’s life has not been normal or easy, to say the least. She grew up in Maine watching her abusive father brutalize her mother swearing she would not let that happen to her. As a teen, she met and fell in love with a homeless boy who was squatting in the empty house next door, but he moved away. She meets the man of her dreams (a neurosurgeon) on the top of a building in Boston, but is he too good to be true? She has a wise best friend who gives her the best advice she can give her despite the consequences to Lily’s life. Continue reading “#Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks #womensfiction #abuse #mentalillness”
Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
Published 09.18.2017 by Freckles Over Scars / Psychological Thriller/ Kindle format / 101pp / B075R7DX5R
ABOUT THE BOOK
Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that to know what lies beyond it. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a death wish. Her search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six-year absence following her family’s permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.
In the course of her journey, she, through inexplicable circumstances, appropriates a pistol identical to the make, model, and serial number her friend had used to commit suicide several months prior to her arrival in New Orleans. Balancing her own suicidal thoughts, Hinanya finds meaning in becoming a graffiti artist, a writer, amid the New Orleans nightscape. When she takes the mantle of writer, she is better. Continue reading “#BookReview: Writer, Seeker, Killer by Ryan Starbloak #science fiction #psychologicalthriller”
Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?
As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.
Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…
While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.
Is Rachel still alive? Continue reading “#BlogTour #Book Review Forget Her Name by Jane Holland @janeholland1 @rararesources”
This is an unusual and disturbing story about mental illness. The attractive, new guy at school, Brad Johnson, has taken an interest in Tracy Lloyd, but what does he really want from her. If it only could be so easy. His story is heart-wrenching and frightening and her fate is in the hands of this confused young man.
A young adult novel with twists and turns that catch you off guard. It will take you in and leave you gasping.
Thank you to Ms. Duncan, Open Road Media and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Thom Bierdz is an actor, artist, author and loving brother who reaches into his own psyche to tell a heart wrenching and raw account of his life that will leave you breathless.
Not only does Thom write about his struggle to understand why his brother murdered his mother, but he writes about his struggles with his religious beliefs, his sexuality, his acting career and his own mental challenges. His writing style is remarkable. You feel like he is sitting right in front of you telling his life story and he leaves nothing out.
A very gripping book that pulled me in from the beginning. I read this book in one sitting and will not forget it. One of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. I look forward to Thom’s return to The Young and the Restless and I hope to see a motion picture soon based on this book.
Also, I want to mention Thom’s striking artwork that is displayed throughout the book. He has a website at www.ThomBierdz.com that shows more of his work.
Thank you very much to Thom and Bostick Communications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
Ruthie Simkin’s young life was about to change. She would have strange, hysterical episodes where she knew subconsciously they were wrong, but she did them anyway. At age 18 after a particular terrifying incident and after being diagnosed with epilepsy, her mother and father had had enough and against her will, put her in Chestnut Lodge (aka a mental institution). Ruthie finally realizes her illness and notes that “The only thing I knew about epilepsy was that it was a bad thing to have. In 1963, epilepsy was considered worse than having a mental illness; it was like mental illness multiplied. “ Thinking she was only going to stay a few weeks, she discovers that getting out will take her 2 long, grueling years. Commenting about the doctors and administrators at the Chestnut Lodge which catered to wealthier clients, “Those assholes really have it made. They tell you how to be, tell you how to feel, put the keys in their pockets and collect the cash.” In the first year of her stay, she has to deal with a doctor who needs to be committed himself. Her strength perseveres and she finally convinces the administration to assign her to another doctor who changes her life. With all the seriousness of this book, there were bits of humor thrown in such as “I smiled thinking that while my friends were into rock and roll, I was into rock and remember.” There are no holds barred in this memoir. Ruthie tells it like it is and doesn’t leave out the details of the harsh reality of living in a mental hospital. She didn’t let her confinement change who she was and stayed strong through some very difficult circumstances Ruth Simkin is now a physician and a public speaker who talks about her experience as an ex-mental patient. An inspiring read.