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The Insurrection

Drayden with his friends Charlie, Sydney and Catrice are returning back from their expedition to bring back batteries for New America. Without these batteries their world will have no more power to be able to light their homes, grow food, etc. The only challenge is now Drayden knows the leaders of New America are full of it, but how to stop them? How can they return pretending ignorance?

This third book in the Initiation series keeps the action coming, the romance quandary for Drayden in full swing between choosing Catrice, or Sydney and discovering what a true best friend Charlie is becoming.

As these teens work to return to New America they get a chance to come to terms with surviving the initiation. The Initiation was an insane course that tested their mental and physical abilities, which lead them to being asked to go on the expedition. On their venture to find batteries Drayden discovers professor Worth who has a connection to those trying to overthrow the leaders of New America. Will he help in Drayden’s quest?

I received my complimentary copy of The Insurrection by Chris Babu from Permuted Press, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. To grab a shiny copy click here and to find out more about the author. This book was a fun, fast read, though a tad long at times. You don’t have to have read the first two books in this series to appreciate this final book, though it does add to the appreciation.

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A Sister’s Courage

Ever since Lorraine was little she wanted to be a pilot. Her mother, a French woman won’t hear of it. A lady had very distinct roles in life and doing a man’s dangerous job of flying was not one of them. Thankfully her father was supportive and understanding. How to change mother’s mind was going to be a challenge.

One of the pilot’s Doug takes a shine to her and offers to give her flying lessons. Thankfully Lorraine snags a job at the local airfield to help pay for her lessons.

The day Lorraine earns her pilot’s license is a dream come true, but she knows her mother won’t hear of it. Her sisters, Suzy and Ronnie are both supportive of her dreams to fly. Can she change her mother’s mind?

When she goes to inquire about the ATA (Airport Transit Auxiliary), her boss gives her the impression that she doesn’t qualify due to not enough flying hours. Lorraine is crushed. This doesn’t stop her from reaching out to the head lady of the ATA to inquire herself. What she finds out is that her boss isn’t supportive of women being pilots.

What will the head lady of the ATA respond with? Will Lorraine’s dream of being an official pilot be snuffed out even with a war going on? Will she be stuck at home with Ronnie and Suzy?

This novel tackles women’s challenges to be seen as equal to men as pilots and how they could help with the war effort. It also, touches on the social expectations of a woman to stay at home even if an unmarried adult, to help out with their family.

I received my complimentary copy of A Sister’s Courage by Molly Green from HarperCollins, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are my own and of my own choice. To grab a gorgeous copy click here for HarperCollins. This novel brought to light the era of World War II from the British perspective and the intricacies of the aviation industry and how women broke the flying glass ceiling by being pilots.

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St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets

If you need a story that will pull at your heart strings, wrap you in a fuzzy blanket on a cold winter night and bring you hot tea, then go immediately to your local bookstore, or click the link at the end to grab a copy of St. Francis Society For Wayward Pets.

Maeve gets let go from her job as a sports writer due to the company going belly up, then her jerk of a baseball player boyfriend cheats on her. In public. Men! Not only is that a cluster of a combo, Maeve gets notified her birth mother has died and she’s invited to the funeral.

Would you go to a funeral for a woman who didn’t show an ounce of interest in keeping in contact? Maeve is shocked she’s invited with all things considered. She loves her adoptive parents and adoptive brother, Eli. Why rock the boat by going?

Being kind and sensible Maeve caves and goes. The town where her bio mom lives is like a step back in time to Mayberry. What would it have been like for her to have grown up here instead of big Seattle?

Maybe Maeve will get to learn about her birth mother. Why did she not want to get to know Maeve? Why would she be invited to the funeral if her mom gave her away? So many unanswered questions and a small town taking in Maeve. It’s hard when you look just like your dead birth mother.

I received my complimentary copy of St. Francis Society For Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. To grab a gorgeous copy support HarperCollins and check out more about the author.

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Groomed

You don’t have to be trafficked to have been groomed. We all have people in our lives who have groomed us into who we’ve become. There are different types of ways to be groomed: for appearance, to be invisible, to endure, for judgement and for financial fear.

Being groomed for appearance is to look good for a particular person in your life. Maybe someone whose in a role of authority within society. This individual cares more about how your appearance comes across to others more then your thoughts, or feelings. They want you to make them look good. It’s their reputation on the line.

To be invisible is where you are the ultimate helper, don’t like being in the limelight and abhor conflict so you don’t stand up for yourself. This one spoke volumes to me personally. Your groomer’s goal is to keep you from speaking up, keep you helping.

To endure is where you compromise over and over with your groomer. You don’t stand up, similar to the woman whose made invisible by her groomer. You feel swamped with too, much on your plate, but you don’t stand up.

For judgement is where you can never seem to please your groomer. who ever that may be in your life. If every time you share something the other person finds fault with it, or constantly judges you on your decisions.

For financial fear is where your groomer keeps you dependent on them financially. This is where you are at the mercy of the groomer, not allowed to manage your own finances.

Author, Elizabeth talks about what lead her to creating a nonprofit to help girls recover from sex trafficking and she can’t to terms with all she went through growing up. By providing these different examples of how people can be groomed munis the violated part, she shows can how we can be molded in ways we don’t even realize.

I received my complimentary copy of Groomed by Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good from W Publishing Group, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. This book is short, but packs an important emotional punch. I think it’s a must read for all women.

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Cross Her Heart

Lisa’s life is finally getting into a great rhythm with her daughter Ava. She has a great job, landed a big account at work and has the best friend ever in her coworker, Marilyn. Ava is turning into a classic surly teenager with attitude. She can’t understand why her mom is so protective of her. Ava is practically an adult, can’t her mom are that? Lisa knows they can get through her daughter’s rebellious phase.

One afternoon at a local town fair Ava saves a little boy who falls into the river. Being on the high school swim team has it’s perks. Ava swallows up all the attention while Lisa is trying to avoid being a part of the spotlight.

The affects of Ava’s heroism turn Lisa and Ava’s world upside down when people come looking for someone named Charlotte. Whose Charlotte? Does she know Lisa? Does Lisa know her? Are things as they seem for Lisa and Ava?

I loved Sarah Pinborough’s young adult novel 13 Minutes. Cross Her Heart is even better. For fans of Gone Girl, this new book by Sarah will definitely become a new all time favorite. I already want to read it again. If you adore suspense and psychological thrillers then this is a must read.

I received my complimentary copy of Cross My Heart by Sarah Pinborough from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and my own choice to post. Pick up a copy here and learn more about the author. I thought I was a big fan of Sarah Pinborough, but after reading Cross Her Heart, I’m now an avid fan and am going to read her other novels.

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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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Body Leaping Backward

I’m a 70’s baby, so I don’t remember that era. Maureen Stanton does a fantastic job of bring that decade to life in her memoir: Body Leaping Backward. Maureen’s world is broken the day her parents gather her and her many siblings to tell them that they are separating. With her father out of the house Maureen is left to her own devices. This equals trouble as she becomes addicted to the drug Angel Dust.

Maureen brings the 70’s into full color with all its quirky traits. She’s in high school when she becomes addicted. Her candid description of being high before, during and after school is eye opening. If you need a drug deterrent then her memoir is just the cure you’ll need to steer clear. Maureen doesn’t sugarcoat ANYTHING. She shows how addiction put a veil over her life and being able to honestly deal with the emotions of her parents divorce, the swirl of adolescence and school life.

This book isn’t long in length, but deep in content. At first I found it ok, but the further I got into Maureen’s memoir the more I wanted to see what became of her. Thank you Maureen for baring your soul on the page. One thing I gleaned is how important it is to keep a diary and not chuck them because they are your recorded history and a window into your past, in your own words.

I received my complimentary copy of Body Leaping Backward by Maureen Stanton from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own will. To find out more about the author, check out her website and go grab yourself a copy here.