Advance Reading Copies | APRIL 2016

11 ARCs for this month. This is crazy but I’m so grateful to these amazing Publishers and Authors for providing me copies in exchange for an honest review. Go check them out and I hope you’ll enjoy reading every single one of them as much as I did. =)


Title: The Big Fear
Author/s: Andrew Case
Publisher/Imprint: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: April 01, 2016
ISBN: 9781503952225
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Big Fear Book Review

Synopsis

It’s August in New York, and the steaming garbage littering the streets isn’t the only thing that stinks. Civilian investigator Leonard Mitchell can keep his job as the new head of the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption only by successfully prosecuting veteran cop Ralph Mulino. Mulino shot an armed man on a dark night; he didn’t know the man was a fellow cop. Now, to keep his badge and his freedom, he has to make his case to the investigator. But the gun Mulino saw in his victim’s hand has disappeared.

As Mitchell digs deeper into Mulino’s claim, it becomes clear that the “misconduct and corruption” infecting New York City go far beyond the actions of one allegedly dirty cop. Murder and sabotage force Mulino and Mitchell into an uneasy partnership to uncover the truth and protect the city they are both sworn to serve.
Assuming, of course, they can stay alive…

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Title: Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell
Author/s: Liane Shaw
Publisher/Imprint: Second Story Press
Publication Date: April 05, 2016
ISBN: 9781927583951
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell Book Review

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself. Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn’t have to respond; he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty. His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the “Despisers” at school, but he’s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room. Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much. Frederick is different from the other kids she’s met – he’s annoyingly smart, but refreshingly honest – and since he’s never had a real friend before, she decides to teach him all her rules of friendship.

But after Angel makes a rash decision and disappears, Frederick is called in for questioning by the police and is torn between telling the truth and keeping his friend’s secret. Her warning to him – don’t tell, don’t tell, don’t tell – might have done more harm than good.

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Title: Tell the Wind and Fire
Author/s: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher/Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Publication Date: April 05, 2016
ISBN: 9780544318175
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Tell The Wind and Fire Book Review


Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

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Title: The Privileged
Author/s: Emily Hourican
Publisher/Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Publication Date: April 07, 2016
ISBN: 9781473628236
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
ARC Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: The Privileged Book Review


Synopsis

In an exclusive all-girls’ secondary school, they become friends. They choose the same university, and through smoke-filled nights, lectures, sexual encounters and first loves, their bond deepens: a friendship which seems like it will last forevermore. But then, at an end-of-year party, something happens which changes everything …

Afterwards, they drift apart. Now Stella, a lawyer in New York, lives for her work; Laura, a struggling journalist in Dublin, is still waiting for the scoop to kick-start her career; while Amanda, broken and beautiful, lives a life of slow decay in London. Then the phone call comes which brings them back together, to the friendship they swore would last, and the night when it all went wrong. The Privileged is a haunting tale of friendship, loyalty and how one decision, one night, can decide the future.

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Title: The Summer Flings Travel Club
Author/s: Duffy, Aimee
Publisher/Imprint: HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse
Publication Date: April 17, 2016
ISBN: 9780008182403
Genre: Romance
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Summer Flings Travel Club Book Review

Synopsis

Armed with a degree that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…

LA, Miami, Paris, Santorini, Ibiza, Florence and Dublin…these fabulous jet-setters are in for the summer of their lives. From crashing celebrity parties in Tinseltown to grape-squishing in Florence, Ciara globetrots her way to happiness with her friends Elle and Gem by her side. But Elle’s gorgeous cousin Zack keeps showing up, and while Ciara can think of a few ways to have fun with him, she starts to realise that her summer fling isn’t as uncomplicated as it should be…

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Title: Pieces of You and Me
Author/s: Erin Fletcher
Publisher/Imprint: Entangled Publishing,
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
ISBN: 9781633756250
Genre: Romance, Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 3/5 ✭✭✭
My Review: Pieces of You and Me Book Review

Synopsis

Five years.

That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend—the girl I loved—behind.

Five seconds.

That was how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more. Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left. But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice. The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.

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Title: Eligible
Author/s: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher/Imprint: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
ISBN:  9781400068326
Genre: Literary Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Eligible Book Review


Synopsis

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .
 
And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.
 
Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

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Title: The Darkest Corners
Author/s: Kara Thomas
Publisher/Imprint: Random House
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
ISBN: 9780553521450
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Darkest Corners Book Review


Synopsis

For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth. Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

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Title: Life Swap
Author/s: Carol Wyer
Publisher/Imprint: Bookouture
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
ISBN: 9781910751725
Genre: Humor, Women’s Fiction
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4.5/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Life Swap Book Review


Synopsis

Take a chance on a new life and maybe you’ll find your happy ever after. Because true love is always worth the risk… Handsome prince, beautiful house, fabulous job? Polly has none of these. All she has to her name is a string of failed relationships and she’s up to her ears in debt. She sees herself as a hopeless case and would do anything to change her luck. Simon is approaching the big 50. He’s off his game at work, his kids don’t seem to notice he exists and his wife seems to think he’s made of money. As for sex …what’s that?

So when the opportunity comes for both of them to swap their lives for a life of luxury, they jump at the chance. For Simon a life of helicopters, fast cars and hot babes beckons. For Polly, it’s all diamonds, spa days and celebrity parties. What more could they want? Trouble is, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Is life in the fast lane more than either of them can cope with?

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Somewhere AmongTitle: Somewhere Among
Author/s: Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Sonia Chaghatzbanian
Publisher/Imprint: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN: 9781481437868
Genre: Juvenile Fiction \ People & Places
ARC Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: Somewhere Among Book Review


Synopsis

A beautiful and haunting debut novel in verse about an American-Japanese girl struggling with the loneliness of being caught between two worlds when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes an ocean away.
Eleven-year-old Ema has always been of two worlds—her father’s Japanese heritage and her mother’s life in America. She’s spent summers in California for as long as she can remember, but this year she and her mother are staying with her grandparents in Japan as they await the arrival of Ema’s baby sibling. Her mother’s pregnancy has been tricky, putting everyone on edge, but Ema’s heart is singing—finally, there will be someone else who will understand what it’s like to belong and not belong at the same time.

Dipping and soaring, Somewhere Among is the story of one girl’s search for identity, inner peace, and how she discovers that hope can indeed rise from the ashes of disaster.

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Title: The Art of Not Breathing
Author/s: Sarah Alexander
Publisher/Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN: 9780544633889
Genre: Teens & YA
ARC Source: Net Galley
Rating: 4/5 ✭✭✭✭
My Review: The Art of Not Breathing Book Review


Synopsis

Five years after the drowning of her twin brother, Scottish teenager Elsie Main confronts the tempestuous sea—and her family’s tragic past—in a young adult debut that will appeal to fans of the mystery of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and the family drama of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

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HAPPY READING!

Honeycomb

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