Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Henry wasn’t too excited about Recursion but I loved it!!

Happy Friday!

📚Recursion by Blake Crouch📚

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What if your memories weren’t your past?

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This is but one of the questions that Blake Crouch asks the reader in his newest book.  It is a mind-bending, thrilling read that immerses the reader in a puzzle from the first page.  I’ve waited for this book since reading and falling in love with Dark Matter.  I think I loved Recursion just as much, if not more.  It made me think about the past and my own memories and time itself.  I have moments of nostalgia and some memories are certainly more vivid than others.  What if there was a way to revisit those memories and relive them?  I often wonder if they would be the same as how I remember them now.

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Though I would classify this book as sci-fi, it’s much more than that.  Because of the main characters, Barry and Helena.  Blake Crouch knows how to write characters that fit seamlessly into the plot.  I loved Barry and Helena and I will remember them for a long time.  Because they felt so real to me and as I read the book, I felt like I was right there with them.

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I am purposely not saying anything about the plot.  It’s best to go into Recursion without knowing much.  I won’t get an opportunity to read this book for the first time again and that is the power of the passage of time.  There are no do-overs.  We can’t change the past. (At least not that I know of!). I used to read a lot of sci-fi when I was younger and I got away from it.  I enjoyed TV shows and movies with many of the themes of Recursion.  As I read, I kept wishing someone would make a TV show based on this book (and not screw it up in the process.)

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Have you read Recursion?  Don’t let the sci-fi scare you off.  I also recommend Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines Trilogy. 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend! Stop by and tell me what you’re reading this weekend!

Blog Tour! Project Duchess

Project Duchess

by Sabrina Jeffries

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Zebra

eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages

Series: Duke Dynasty, Book 1

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . .

A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfatherís funeral, heís shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .

Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isnít exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest project: schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .

My Thoughts:

I loved that Beatrice was feisty, opinionated and not out looking for a man to “save” her.  There are many different characters in the book, but once you’re introduced to everyone, this is an easy and fun read. There is a good amount of tension and banter between Grey and Beatrice and they both must decide whether to trust in their growing attraction for one another.  A solid story with a bit of mystery for any readers who love historical romances!  This book is also the first of a new series. Please scroll down for a GIVEAWAY!

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Praise for Sabrina Jeffries’ previous novels

“Quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters set Jeffries’ books apart” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Master storyteller Jeffries is at the top of her game.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick on The Secret of Flirting

“Quick wit, lively repartee, and delicious sensuality drive the elaborate plot of this sinfully delightful addition to Jeffries’s latest series.” —Library Journal, starred review on The Pleasures of Passion

“With its irresistible combination of witty banter, well defined characters, and a wonderful surfeit of breathtaking sensuality, the latest in Jeffries’ Sinful Suitors series is a straight flush.” —Booklist, starred review on The Danger of Desire

“Lovely, poignant, and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Study of Seduction

About the Author

Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions-jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million books in print in more than 20 languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 24

Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, June 25

Feature at Coffee and Ink

Review at Bibliophile Reviews

Review at Henry and Benny’s Book Nook

Wednesday, June 26

Review at Let Them Read Books

Review at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, June 27

Review at Amy’s Booket List

Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, June 28

Review at To Read, Or Not to Read

Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Monday, July 1

Review at A Bookish Affair

Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, July 2

Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, July 3

Feature at Broken Teepee

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, July 4

Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, July 5

Review at View from the Birdhouse

Feature at What Is That Book About

Giveaway

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Project Duchess

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Last Sunday, I grabbed my Kindle and got lost in this mystery/thriller and I absolutely loved it!  I think this book is going to end up to be one of my favorite books for 2019.  I would classify it as modern gothic mystery and once I started reading, I succumbed to this creepy story.  It wouldn’t let me go.

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Jules Larsen is down on her luck when she answers an ad for an apartment sitter at The Bartholomew, the exclusive apartment building for the rich and famous in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Jules is broke, having just lost her job and her apartment because she found her boyfriend cheating on her.  She is desperate for money and a place to live, so Jules ignores all the red flags about the job.  No visitors.  No talking to the other residents.  She can’t spend a night away from the apartment. Her best friend, Chloe, begs her not to take the job.  Not only are there too many strange things about the job, but The Bartholomew has a long, dark history.  Jules remains undaunted.  Especially when she sees 12A, the gorgeous apartment with a view to die for.  She packs her meager belongings and decides to become the temporary resident of 12A.  Maybe this is just an old, creepy building with eccentric residents.

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Or maybe there is something else going on behind the glamorous walls of The Bartholomew?  Something ominous and sinister.

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I read Final Girls last year and for me, Lock Every Door was a far superior book.  I loved the immersive writing, I loved the setting of a bizarre old building.  I loved Jules, who narrates the entire story.  This is just really great read.  Riley Sager, you have become an auto-buy author for me!

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Thank you so much to NetGalley and Dutton Books for my copy.  This one is available on July 2nd!!

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Blog Tour! Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow. Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours for the invitation to read and review this historical fiction book.  The paperback version released on May 28th!

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Welcome to Hollywood, 1937.   We meet Sheilah Graham, a gossip columnist, who has a glamorous life writing about the movie stars of the Golden Age of cinema.  She fought her way from London’s slums to LA to follow her dreams of a better life.  While attending a glitzy party, she meets F. Scott Fitzgerald.  As Sheilah tells us, that’s when her real life began.

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Fitzgerald is in LA, trying to write movie scripts to make money while trying to stay sober.  His wife, Zelda, is back East in a mental institution.  Graham and Fitzgerald begin a tumultuous love affair even though Sheilah knows that Scott will never leave his wife.

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I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about Sheilah, her early life and her relationship with Scott.  I was so moved by her story and I definitely recommend this book to all historical fiction fans, especially if you enjoy reading about the latter part of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life, Old Hollywood, and a grand love affair. ❤️📽

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Hen and Lloyd move from Boston to a quiet suburb so Hen can find some peace and quiet.  She is an illustrator of children’s books and has struggled with bipolar disorder in the past.  Now Hen can have her own studio and focus on her artwork.  It seems that Hen and Lloyd have made a fresh start.

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Until one night when their new next door neighbors invite Hen and Lloyd to dinner at their house.  Matthew and Mira Dolamore seem nice enough.  But while taking a tour of the house, Hen spots an object in Matthew’s study that triggers fear and panic.  It’s a fencing trophy, a piece of evidence from a murder that Hen obsessively followed in the news.  The victim attended the very same high school where Matthew teaches.  Hen begins to obsess and wonder if Matthew Dolamore is a murderer.  Or is she having another psychotic breakdown like she had years ago in college?

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Who can we trust?

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This is my first Peter Swanson and it was my March 2019 BOTM pick.  The description sounded interesting, so I ordered it and I was not disappointed.  As I read this book, I had absolutely no idea where this was going until I had my moment, of “oh, I did not see that coming” towards the end.

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Even though I love to read thrillers as an escape, they sometimes can become a bit repetitive.  This one changed it up a little bit.  There were multiple narrators and it felt easier to immerse myself in this creepy story.  I read this during a busy week for me and I kept wanting to get back to it when I finally had a few free moments.

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Have you read this one?  What book from this author would you recommend next?

Book Review

Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson

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This book is the story of three friends, Dani, Avery, and Hannah.  They meet at West Point while playing on the women’s basketball team.  They all come from different backgrounds and different family situations but they have a shared purpose: to serve their country and to play basketball on the West Point team.  They all had a chance to attend other colleges but each of them chose West Point and that wasn’t an easy choice to make.  Life at West Point is difficult.  It is rigorous military training combined with academics and owing the military years of your life after graduation.

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This is the story of friendship and even though this book was almost 500 pages, once I began to read, I couldn’t stop.  I saw pieces of myself in each of these amazing women and I completely immersed myself in their story from the first page.  I felt every emotion right along with them as the three friends moved through their time at West Point and beyond.  I remember taking a tour of West Point many years ago and one of the cadets showed our group around their rooms and how they live and I remember being in awe of what they go through and their commitment to the Army after graduation.

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I love stories that follow a group of friends over a period of time.  And at its heart, Beyond The Point is about this trio of women and their bond with each other.  About how friendships evolve over time.  It’s about triumph and tragedy, laughter, tears and I learned about women in the military.

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Read this great book!  One of the best of 2019.

Book Review

High Flying by Kaylin McFarren

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Thank you to Lori @getredpr for my copy.  This book is available now! (Pub date May 18th, 2019)

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Skylar Haines is a young girl with a troubled past.  Her father died before she was born.  Her mother is not in her life.  Skylar is living with her grandfather, but is also having to deal with all the demons from her past.  Her escape is airplanes and flying and when she is able to leave her grandfather’s house, she pursues her passion for stunt flying.  While participating in an air show and attempting daredevil stunts that no woman pilot has accomplished, Skylar encounters a strange storm and is nearly involved in a midair collision.

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Somehow, Skylar lands safely but she is no longer in the present.  She has traveled back in time to eight months before she was born, to when her father was still alive.  Before he was murdered.

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Can Skylar change her the fate of her family?  This book is filled with something for everyone.  It’s a psychological thriller with daring flights, personal tragedies, a mystery involving a drug cartel and ultimately a quest to change one’s past.  A remarkable and interesting read!

First Place for Suspense in the 2019 Independent Press Award