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Don’t Read The Comments

I confess. I’m not a gamer. I played a bit old school in elementary school like Super Mario Brothers, but nothing extravagant like the online game explained in Don’t Read The Comments. It honestly took me some time to get into this young adult novel, but once I did I was hooked.

Enter Divya who has her own streaming gaming channel where she plays Reclaim The Sun. She has a great fan base who all support her except for online trolls who don’t like that a woman is a gamer and actually popular. One day while trying to claim a planet and name it the said trolls descend in mass and blow up her ship. This ship Divya had decked out from gaining experience points, etc. She was shocked and devastated to have to start from scratch.

One day while playing the game she finds a planet she can name, but someone else is already there and the player doesn’t look familiar. He seems nice and when he realizes whose there with him he totally fan girls over her. This player, Aaron can’t believe Divya is actually chatting with him in the game. She doesn’t get what all the hype is about. Divya enjoys gaming, but for her it’s a way to earn money from the sponsors she gets so that she can help out her mom financially.

Aaron and Divya slowly start an online friendship. Divya has her best friend Rebecca who is also, who helps produce her streams for the channel is a tad leery of Aaron after the way the online trolls took out Divya’s ship.

When the trolls start upping their harassment Divya is not sure if she should still attend GameCon in person. Should she report them? How do you report anonymous harassers?

I received my complimentary digital copy of Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith from Park Row Books, Hanover Square Press, care of NetGalley. The views expressed are mine and of my own choice. This novel will sure become a favorite wether you are a gamer, or not. The topic of online harassment is uncomfortable. With a lot of social interaction being online people feel they can spew hate and that it’s not equally harassing since it’s not in person. This book will be a great conversation starter for teens of all ages. I think it’d be great required reading for junior high and high schoolers.

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The Years After You

Lily is in love with her 20 years older boss, Harry. The challenge is that he has a wife, Pippa and two teenage sons. Harry adores Lily and wants to be with her all the time. She doesn’t want him to leave his wife, though she loves when she gets Harry all to herself. When Harry starts to get paranoid and stalk Lily, will she notice this disturbing change in him?

Told between alternating views between Lily, Harry and Pippa you are taken on a tour-de-force of what happens in a marital affair. The author, great niece of Virginia Woolf, Emma Woolf writes with such vividness inside each character’s head that I felt as though I was there witnessing all that happens with Harry and Lily’s office romance.

I received my complimentary copy of The Years After You by Emma Woolf from Amberjack Publishing, care of Smith Publicity. The views are mine and of my own choice. The topics covered in this novel aren’t easy to stomach. The topic of marital affairs isn’t pretty and is down right uncomfortable, but in today’s world life happens. We all make different choices that have consequences beyond our own vantage point.

This novel brings to life the nitty gritty of what happens when flirtation migrates to sex. I highly recommend this novel. It’s a deeper novel than merely being just about an affair, but to find out more you have to go grab a copy. I will definitely be looking out for more novels by Emma Woolf.

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Meet Me On Love Lane

Who can resist a beautiful cover, to want to know the story that lurks between the pages? I sure can’t. The opening of this novel grips your heart. What would you do if you’re a little kid and your mom is making you move out of state, to leave behind your dad and beloved grandmother? Charlotte knows, but due to the trauma of that night she’s pushed it as far back as she can. The problem is that when she returns to her small town to clear her head as an adult, the town remembers more about her past, then she does.

Will Charlotte be able to put the pieces together from that fateful night? Can her childhood friends rekindle their friendship with her? Can her dad and grandmother help her piece her life back together? Join Charlotte as she returns to Hope Lake.

This novel needs to be turned into a movie. The storyline is perfect. It has mystery, sass, deep friendships, a cute small town you’ll swear was real and characters you’ll fall in love with. This story tackles tough topics like divorce, mental illness, childhood friendship and how hard life decisions can be.

I received my complimentary copy of Meet Me On Love Lane by Nina Bocci from Simon and Schuster, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and my own will. This book was beyond sweet and an emotional roller coaster, but I loved every minute. If Gilmore Girls was in novel form then this book would be of a similar sweet small town vein. To grab a gorgeous copy off Amazon and check out more about the author.

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The Clergyman’s Wife

Charlotte Collins is the wife of a local vicar. Her husband is caught up with what their landlady, Lady Catherine deems appropriate for high society. Charlotte is more concerned with taking care of their daughter and learning the ropes of being a vicar’s wife. She misses her family back home, but their maid Martha keeps her company while Charlotte’s husband is in his book room writing his sermons.

When Charlotte’s husband summons’s the farmer, Mr. Travis’s son to help plant roses for them, Charlotte meets a new possible kindred spirit, but decorum persists. Over time by visiting old Mr. Travis she sees how he enjoys getting to see her little daughter and how kind his son is. They speak occasionally at church and when they bump into each other on walks.

Over time Charlotte discovers she has more than friendship feelings for Mr. Travis’s son. Unlike her sister, Maria who married for love, Charlotte married out of convenience since her husband, William was the only eligible bachelor and a good social catch. Charlotte is ashamed about the feelings that are welling up for her regarding their neighbor. She senses Mr. Travis’s son has mutual feelings, but they are both conscious of what’s appropriate when interacting. It’s hard when there are nosey town neighbors spreading gossip.

This novel made me thankful I’m a women in modern times. The view of women and wives in this older era is depressing. It shows how back then marriage was a contract between esteemed families and depending on who you paired up with reflected back on your family’s status within the community. Marrying for love was not the priority and I think looked down upon. Or matching from different social classes was another huge no, no. If you never found a decent marital match then you were left to live at home indefinitely.

I received my complimentary copy of The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own will. To procure a copy visit HarperCollins and check out more on Molly Greeley. If you enjoy Victorian era novels then you may enjoy this debut novel. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t my cup of tea, but it did provide a clear example of Victorian life.

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The Anesthesia Game

This story delves into the lives of: Mitsy, Hannah, Pandora and Sydney. Mitsy is Sydney’s mom, Hannah is Mitzy’s sister and Pandora is Mitsy’s personal psychic. Hannah is sick with the c word and her mom, Mitsy has checked out emotionally minus taking Sydney to appointments and her dad is MIA by over working. Mitsy reaches out to Pandora for help. Pandora is trying to find herself aside from her psychic business. Hannah is struggling with an addiction to spending to help ease the pain of her marriage falling apart. Sydney’s dad steps in to ask for Hannah to come help out since Mitsy is in her own little world, not wanting face her daughter’s illness in a real way. Sydney is trying to deal with being a teen and having an illness. This is the adventure of Hannah going to help out Mitsy and Sydney.

This novel is beautifully written with such in depth characters that they feel real. This storyline deals with tough topics like illness, marriage, friendship, sisterhood and spirituality. It’s the story of four women who are trying to find their way when their world’s are each falling apart.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin from the author, care of Booktasters. The views expressed are mine and of my own accord. This novel took awhile to get through because I didn’t want the story to end. This to me is the sign of an excellent story.

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Visions Of Love

Rosalie is different. Being psychic in a small town makes you stand out even worse than being an adoptee. She lives with her brother, Brecken who runs the local diner their parent’s used to run. Rosalie has a few friends, but other than that keeps to herself.

When Rosalie meets one of the local Dr.’s named Zade, she figures he’s way out of her league. Her past track record with relationships have left her distrustful of men. Zade being clueless of Rosalie’s past is undaunted in pursuing her every chance he gets. Rosalie is unsure why Zade would be so interested in her. Brecken is leery of Zade since an older man could equal trouble for his sister and he doesn’t want her getting rejected.

After many attempts at wooing Rosalie, Zade is successful at getting at date out of her. The only quandary is that Rosalie has a big job offer in a different state to do a T.V. show that all is all about her being able to showcase her psychic gifts. It’s a huge upgrade from her local radio show and an opportunity to start life over fresh in a new place. Will Rosalie take the new job, or will the dreamy doctor keep her in her small town forever?

I received my complimentary digital copy of Visions Of Love by C.M. Albert care of Candi Kane, PR. The views are my own and of my own will. I don’t normally read romance, but this book not only delivers true steamy scenes, but the story is one you’ll root for page after page. Rosalie and Zade are quite the pair and the transformation of their friendship to more is sweet and relatable. This is my first C.M. Albert novel and I definitely will want to read more of her novels.

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When We Believed In Mermaids

Josie and Kit are sisters, best friends and soulmates of sorts. Their lives are dominated by their dad’s Italian restaurant and their parents fiery marriage. Both sisters look out for each other the best they can. Their lives improve when Dylan washes up on their doorstep one stormy night. He’s only a kid himself, but lies to appear older. Josie and Kit’s mom takes Dylan into their family, like one of their own. He becomes Josie and Kit’s surrogate brother, parent and best friend.

When the big earthquake of 89′ hits their California town all their lives change drastically. To numb from the grief Josie buries herself into surfing, drugs and boys. Kit keeps to herself reading and studying. Josie takes off to numb her grief.

One day Kit and her mom get the news Josie has died in France. Can Kit and her mom handle any more grief? Kit moves forward becoming a doctor and pushing away the grief of loosing her wayward older sister.

Years later there’s a news report. Kit glances at the newscaster and notices a familiar looking woman in the background. Is it Josie’s ghost? Does her sister have a secret twin out there? Kit’s mom calls to ask if she saw what looked like Josie on the news. Why would her sister be in New Zealand? How is it that she’s alive? Kit’s mom begs her to go find her sister. Kit relents and goes to New Zealand. Will Kit find Josie? If Josie is alive, why would she fake her own death?

I received my complimentary copy of When We Believed In Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal from TLC Book Tours and the author. This novel is a masterpiece of literature that will leave you craving for more. This story delves into the complicated world of fractured families that are trying the best they can, how siblings can be your lifeline when it feels like you are all alone in the world and how we don’t always share everything with our family. If you are sensitive to the topics of alcohol and drug use and abuse then this novel may not be the best fit. I thought I’d read my top favorite book for 2019 and I was wrong. This novel wins 100%. To find out more about Barbara O’Neal check out her website and purchase your copy via B&N.