May 2017 Wrap Up

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMMay has come and gone and I have had another incredibly busy reading month.  I read some amazing books, took part in some blog tours and added about seven million books to my TBR pile.

This month I read thirty-seven titles.   I was hoping to finish the two I am currently reading to start June fresh, but such is life!

Keep reading to see what I read this month and to see will be coming up on Clues and Reviews!

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Book Review: The Good Widow (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke) @LizandLisa ‏@LittleABooks

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The Good Widow, a novel written by the writing duo of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, was one of my most anticipated releases for June. I had heard several of my blogging friends (notably Amy from Novel Gossip and Chelsea from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) singing its praises. Well, those ladies had it correct. This read is the perfect one for a summer at the beach or to binge read in your PJs. From the first pages, I was completely hooked.

The novel opens an unnamed couple driving off into the sunset. Flash forward, we meet an elementary teacher, Jacks, getting the news every wife fears. Her husband, James, is dead. He died in a car crash in Maui. The problem is, James was supposed to be in Kansas on business. As Jacks receives more information surrounding his death, she is absolutely shocked. He was in Maui with a woman. A woman he was having an affair with. As Jacks learns her marriage is not as it appeared, she finds herself connecting with a man, Nick, who knocks on her door and is, ironically, the fiancé of the James’ lover, Dylan. The pair decides to head to Maui and find answers but the ones she finds, may not be the ones she is ready for….

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BEHIND THE BLOG: MEET THE BLOGGER SERIES – Jen from This Mom Reads @thismom_reads

Ever wonder about the person behind the blog?  I mentioned back in January (here) that I would be starting a Meet the Blogger series.  This series will feature some of my favourite bloggers as we go behind the scenes and have them answer the questions!

Next up is Jen from This Mom Reads

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This is an extra special Behind the Blog post for me because Jen is actually one of my close, real life friends!   Jen and I met during teacher’s college and became fast friends (partially by choice, but also partially because I pretty much make people be friends with me and then they just sort of agree).  Jen is a new mom and still manages to read an insane amount!  She is also a member of the book club I attend and she is the only member, who without fail, always manages to finish the book.  She is also one of the only people in my real life I can send a text message to that says “I just finished this book, you need to drop everything and read it ASAP” and she does.   She also has an impeccable taste; we often browse the bookstore together and I always purchase what she recommends!

Let’s see what Jen said when she took the “hot seat” to answer my questions!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday an original feature that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Essentially, for each week the list is a new topic and the feature is designed to share lists with other bookish folks!  I love reading these posts and it’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week, the theme was the Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads for the Second Half of 2017.   Well, this one was a difficult one for me because I basically want to read EVERYTHING ALWAYS.  I am insane. However, there are some books that came to mind immediately: some of my favourite authors have novels coming out, some books I have read and am DYING to discuss them with other people and some of them are just books that I have been waiting anxiously for their release date!

Keep reading to see which books I am most anticipating for the second half of 2017!

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Sitting Down With Sarah Lotz: Author of The White Road @mulhollandbooks

Happy publication day to The White Road!  I am thrilled to welcome Sarah Lotz to Clues and Reviews to discuss her novel, The White Road, the writing process and life in general.

I read this book and absolutely LOVED IT!  It has been several weeks since I finished it and I am still talking to everyone about it.  It is one of those books that sticks with you. If you missed my review of this one, you can check it out here!

Before we hear from Sarah, here is the synopsis for The White Road

Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he’s hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth’s bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death – a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he’ll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy – a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him – and anyone who views the footage he captures – forever.

Sounds pretty intense right?

Keep reading to see what Sarah Lotz had to say about the idea of the “third man factor”, her adrenline seeking experiences and how she deals with book reviews.

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Book Review: The White Road (Sarah Lotz) @mulhollandbooks

The White Road

Anyone who knows me well knows I have some pretty hard deal breaker rules. Things that I have forbidden anyone in my life to participate in. The first is joining a motorcycle gang. I have watched Sons of Anarchy. I know this is bad news. The next one is going to space. Nothing good happens in space. The third, and very serious deal breaker I have, is Everest. Do not climb Everest.

Needless to say, this book helped to justify all my fears and terrify me to the core.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing good happens on Everest!!

The White Road, the upcoming release by Sarah Lotz follows Simon, a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, films tragic situations and creepy places for his website Journey to the Dark Side.  After an incident in a cave goes wrong, Simon begins to struggle with some PTSD; but, after the footage recovered from his time in the cave goes viral, Simon latches on to this internet fame and makes the trip to Everest. Ignoring the signs of his mental trauma and uncovering a decade old tragedy, Simon learns the truth that will change him and anyone who views his footage…forever.

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