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BABY TEETH by ZOJE STAGE

IMG_1141   BABY TEETH by ZOJE STAGE

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is a mystery/thriller about a disturbed seven year, Hanna, and her mother, Suzette. Hanna refuses to speak, is abusive, behaves appallingly, and hates her mother. Alex, Hanna’s father, is oblivious of Hanna’s disturbing behaviour, much of which Suzette has stopped mentioning as it’s causing strife in their marriage. Hanna just wants her mother gone… at any cost.

I was enraptured from the first page and could not put it down. It was spooky to see how manipulative, calculating, and shrewd Hanna was in masterminding her plans. Very scary indeed! For a debut novel, I’d say Zoje Stage nailed it and will now be on my radar. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for anyone who loves creepy page-turners.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com

Reviewed: February 4, 2018. Novel Publish Date: July 17, 2018

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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EVERY NOTE PLAYED by LISA GENOVA

IMG_1139   EVERY NOTE PLAYED by LISA GENOVA

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova is a general fiction book about the devastating disease ALS.

Richard, an accomplished concert pianist, develops symptoms that at first are frustratingly annoying, but soon become apparent that they’re more than just mishaps and clumsiness, but something alarmingly more serious. With a diagnosis of ALS, Richard’s world and life are simply over. His ex-wife, Karina, hears through the grapevine about his diagnosis and tries to offer support but realizes that Richard wants no part of it.

Richard struggles with losing his independence; Karina’s torn between wanting to comfort Richard and being saddled with being his constant caregiver. This story will make you weep for the pain and hardships endured and cherish how remarkable life is.

This novel was such an interesting read. It is poignantly written and doesn’t bog the reader down with medical jargon and ALS facts, but is interwoven into the character’s experiences and life. I have read every one of Lisa Genova’s books and absolutely LOVE them. Recommended read for sure! I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley, Simon and Schuster Canada, and Galley/Scout Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: January 31, 2018. Novel Publish Date: March 20, 2018.

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan

IMG_1072     A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan is a historical novel that begins in1838 and is about the line of Orchiere women and their craft of magic passed down through several generations from mother to daughter.

This story is told from the perspectives of five generations of witches who each struggle with the secret magic she possesses. It is quite a compelling read with vivid descriptions and well-rounded characters. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend reading this novel if you enjoy reading about magic although this story is about so much more! I really enjoyed each witch’s journey and was sad to see it end.

Thank you NetGalley and Orbit Books/Redhook Publishing for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: November 13, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

IMG_1011     THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

The Visitors by Catherine Burns is a mystery/thriller is about two single siblings who have lived together most of their life. Marion is a spinster who has convinced herself that she can’t stay alone and take care of herself and therefore is reliant on her older brother John. John is a loner and spends much of his time in the cellar. Unbeknownst to outsiders is that John has a sadistic side and forces Marion into situations she doesn’t know how to get out of for fear of John’s blistering temper and sometimes menacing hatred toward her. Marion craves any type of affection and puts up with John’s manipulative ways for fear of being alone.

It’s hard to believe Marion is so daft, but rather in denial. She knew about the “Visitors” but chose to push the thoughts from her mind and pretend everything was normal. I suppose it was her way of dealing with the situation and clearly she doesn’t have all her faculties, but has startling moments of clarity and common sense when dealing with John. I like how it switches from past to present so the reader can gain insight into how John became so evil. Pretty good for a debut novel. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 25, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 26, 2017.

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HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

IMG_0960      HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules is the first instalment of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones.

Shane Brandon, a corporate Harvard graduate, is summoned home by his ailing father to save the only legitimate scrap of the family empire that’s left from the corrupt clutches of his brother Derek who is deeply involved with the cartel.

Emily is hiding secrets and has relocated to NYC to escape her past and start over. She meets Shane in a coffee shop and the chemistry is instant and undeniable. A second-chance meeting leads to a hot one-nighter which develops into a deeper connection neither wanted or expected. Jobless, and to Shane’s surprise and utter disdain, Emily accepts an assistant position working for Shane’s detestable father. So what exactly is Emily’s angle?

This book was just mediocre for me. For starters, there was no hook. Usually this type of genre opens up with a steamy encounter to bait you before diving into the backstory, but there was nothing, nada. No encounter and not much backstory. The coffeehouse scene was hardly titillating. By about 25%, it started to get better and there were a couple scenes that were steamy but it didn’t last long and started to drag on and become repetitive. On the whole, this book had no verve or appeal. I rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I can say quite confidently that I won’t be reading any more of the upcoming books in the series.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: July 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 9, 2017.

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BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

IMG_0904       BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

Marti Trainer is an obstetrician’s wife, mother of three, and a senator’s daughter. After years of being a stay-at-home mom, she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to go back to social work which ends up having an irrevocable and life changing impact on all of their lives forever.

This women’s fiction novel, Best Intentions by Erica Raskin, is a very easy and quick read, has a plausible plot line, and relatable developed characters. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 15, 2017.

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RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

IMG_0937     RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

The premise of this story is about a grieving pregnant widow who falls for the brother of the man who accidentally killed her husband in a MMA cage fight. Rowan Dugas is first introduced to Zane Larson, her all-time favourite musician, at her husband’s funeral by her sister-in-law Savannah who happens to be dating Mike the “Red Reaper,” the famous MMA fighter who took Tommy’s life. Rowan realizes that it was a freak accident, but is torn between honouring her husband’s memory and moving on to being truly happy again.

Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn is the second instalment of the Larson Brothers series. This is not your typical storyline, right? I mean, who would start dating while pregnant and recently widowed? Turns out that Zane is more of a friend and support system then a wannabe lover and one can’t help but root for the pair even though the circumstances are less than desirable. Bravo to Cherrie Lynn who can wrote such a believable story. I totally lapped it up and am now a devoted fan! Can’t wait for what’s next!

This is a standalone novel, but if you want a little more background on how Zane and Rowan first met, I would recommend reading Raw Deal where they are first introduced (to read my 5 star review, visit https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/raw-deal-by-cherrie-lynn/). Cherrie Lynn does a great job of developing the characters so you can read this book without having read the first. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 2, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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