The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!

Starting off with a bang, I was immediately drawn into the danger surrounding Shauna and her family with a murderer on her tail.  I wanted to know who the killer was and why they were killing.  However, although the beginning pulls you in the rest of the book is a little disjointed and didn’t always feel convincing at times.  I rate this mystery 3 stars.

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The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much Harlequin Books and TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and for having me on this book tour!

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is weird in a way that makes you unable to look away, it draws you in and before you know it you’ve devoured this dark tale in one sitting.  With definite “Flowers in the Attic” vibes this book will grab you from page one and make you question what is right and what is wrong all the way until the very end.  I rate this unique story 3.5/5 stars!

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The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson *Review*

I have always been a bit hesitant to get into an epic fantasy, whether its because the books are so big, the story a little too involved, who knows.  But I finally picked up The Final Empire, book one in the Mistborn series, and gave it a go and by golly I am so happy I am finally reading this series.  Long and a bit slow at times, the writing and world more than make up for any slow moments, and the characters are all simply amazing.  4.5 stars from me!

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman *Review*

This book, wow, I finished over a week ago and yet I couldn’t get myself to write a review right away.  It still brings tears to my eyes and tugs on my heartstrings.  I almost don’t know how to review this because any review I write will be insufficient.  This story is powerful, emotional, and important.  Characters written only the way Backman can write them, a story line that draws you in slowly and impacts you for long after, and an author that is nothing short of inspiring.  Another favorite book has been added to my shelf, 5 whole beautiful stars.

“You might be playing with bears. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget that you are a lion.”

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Melville House for sending me a copy of this book for review and having me on this book tour!

Tom Malmquist writes a heartbreaking fictional story based on what he experienced in his own personal life. The grief he deals with is profound and what he has to go through in the wake of that grief is almost unbearable.  A touching story with insights into the Swedish culture, though the writing was not my favorite, I rated this book 3 stars.

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The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour.

Following four best friends over the course of many years, this book explores hard topics such as abuse, miscarriages, and betrayal, but even more importantly tells the story of love, friendship, and family.  I give this genuine story of friendship standing the test of time 4 out of 5 stars!

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