Blog Tour: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – Review + Giveaway

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Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on The Female of the Species blog tour, hosted by Irish Banana Tours. I am excited to share my thoughts about this book with you, so that you can run and grab it on release day. This is my favorite McGinnis book, to date. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom, before you go!

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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

24376529Publication October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

Historical-Fiction, Young/Mature-Adult, Mental Illness, Mystery, Murder, Thriller

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating 4 Stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3 Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

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Shetani’s Sister by Iceberg Slim

24438325Publication August 4th 2015 by Vintage / Knopf

Adult, Street Literature, Crime, Prostitution, Drugs

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

My rating 4 Stars

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From the multi-million copy master of vernacular black literature and pioneeer of hip hop culture, a masterpiece of crime fiction set in Los Angeles’ meanest, toughest streets.

Here is the newly discovered novel by Iceberg Slim, the creator and undisputed master of African-American “street literature,” a man who profoundly influenced hip hop and rap culture and probably has sold more books than any other black American author of the twentieth century (not that he saw the royalties from those sales). In many ways Iceberg Slim’s most mature fictional work, Shetani’s Sister relates, in taut, evocative vernacular torn straight from the street corner, the deadly duel between two complex anitheroes: Sergeant Russell Rucker, an LAPD vice detective attempting to clean up street prostitution and police corruption, and Shetani (Swahili for Satan), a veteran master pimp who controls his stable of whores with violence and daily doses of heroin.

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ARC Review: When You Leave by Monica Ropal

22928890Release Date: April 7th, 2015

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Genres: Young-Adult/ Contemporary/ Mystery/ Social Issues/ Family

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Cass is positive that the people she cares about most will eventually leave her. Her father is gone, her mother doesn’t notice Cass exists, and her best friend’s battle with cancer was too close of a call. So when she begins her year at a wealthy new private school, Cass’s plan is to suffer through it in anonymity.

However, when her cute locker neighbor, Cooper, shows an undeniable attraction toward Cass, keeping him at a safe distance isn’t easy. Even though her Frogtown skater world and his do-gooder preppy one are so different, Cass and Cooper somehow mesh. And once Cass lets her guard down, Cooper is mysteriously murdered—thus proving her original theory.

When Cass’s close friend is suspected as the killer, she isn’t sure who she can trust anymore. Between investigating Cooper’s murder and trying to understand what she really meant to him, will Cass even find what she is looking for?

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Review: Dark Prayer by Natasha Mostert

23139924Release Date: October 16th 2014

Publisher: Portable Magic

Genres: Mature-Adult/ Psychological/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 3 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.

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Review: Remember Me by Romily Bernard

Release Date: September 23rd 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Series: Find Me #2 Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased My Rating: 5 Umbrellas Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble   In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to […]

Review: If There Be Thorns by V.C. Andrews

226706Release Date: June 18th 1981

Publisher: Pocket Books

Series: Dollanganger #3

Genre: Mature Adult Suspense/Romance/Mystery/Horror

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

 Out of the ashes of evil Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for their splendid children…

Fourteen-year-old Jory was so handsome, so gentle. And Bart had such a dazzling imagination for a nine year old.

Then the lights came on in the abandoned house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching their home with prying eyes, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon the shrouded woman had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her “Grandmother.”

And soon Bart’s transformation began…

A transformation that sprang from “the book of secrets” the gaunt old butler had given him… a transformation fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and father… a transformation that led him into shocking acts of violence, self-destruction and perversity.

And now while this little boy trembles on the edge of madness, his anguished parents, his helpless brother, an obsessed old woman and the vengeful, powerful butler await the climax to a horror that flowered in an attic long ago, a horror whose thorns are still wet with blood, still tipped with fire…

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I have become obsessed with this series, as of late. As strange as I find this story, it is still one of the greatest! This is the third book to the Dollanganger Series. Unlike the previous books, this one is told from Jory and Bart’s POVs. Which was weird starting out, but then it started to make sense. Jory’s POV, however, could have been avoided in my opinion. I found it hard to really care about his thoughts and actions. Bart is a whole other story. You get to understand how finding out unbelievable, horrific secrets about your loved ones, can really transform a person into someone unrecognizable. Children are sponges. Yes, they soak up information, but how does that information register to a child who finds out that his whole life has been one big lie? I felt so bad for Bart and his inner turmoil to try to make sense of the secrets he learned about his parents and grandparents. He became so lost and it really broke my heart when he started acting out violently.

The mystery of the woman in black wasn’t much of a mystery to me. I saw it for what it was as soon as the lights came on next door. That did not keep me from being engrossed in this train wreck of a family and the disastrous consequences of secrets, lies, deception, incest, and a plethora of other nouns not to be mentioned. Wow, this is one messed up family but I can’t get enough. Does that make me a bad person if I find joy in reading about such things? No, that makes the author a great story teller and I am along for the ride until the end. If you haven’t read this series, or seen the movies (Lifetime), then please do. They are cringe worthy but so good that you won’t put them down. Definitely recommend!

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Review: Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

22267202Release Date: July 1st 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Series: Drew Farthering Mystery #3

Genre: Historical Mystery

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher for review 

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Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has found smooth waters, Fleur Landis, an old flame, reappears in his life. She’s married now, no longer an actress, and he expects she’ll soon disappear–until she comes to him in dire need. The lead actor in her old troupe’s production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police’s number one suspect.

Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can’t leave Fleur in the lurch–even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It’s Drew’s most complicated case yet.

 

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 This is my first Drew Farthering Mystery, and while I haven’t read the others, I was not oblivious to what was going on. These books can be read as stand-alones, simply because each book has it’s own mystery to solve. I was, however, not up to par with the romance aspect and wanted to know how Drew and Madeline started out. That being said, I can’t stress about the romance being good/not good, when I haven’t read the first two books in this series. Totally my fault.

This is a good series to read if you enjoy mystery novels. I love the historical aspects, as it is set in 1930’s England. It was like playing a game of “whodunit”. I love Drew as a character. He is a wealthy man, but he isn’t the snobby type. He genuinely cares for others and their well being. This story is so complex and it’s characters are construed nicely throughout. With the theater, actors, dead bodies, motives, and all around setting, it was like watching an old black and white film.

I now have to go back and read the first two books because I think this is a mystery series that I could easily get lost in on a rainy day. If you are looking for an Agatha Christie type mystery, then this is definitely a start. It gives the reader great visuals while reading, if you are the type to get lost in a story. Very well written also.

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