Friday, January 24, 2020

American Magic by Zach Fehst

When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands.
They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge—and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released one by one until the world as we know it no longer exists.
This sweeping, globe-spanning thriller explores the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real? -indiebound.org 
I loved this book. Ben reminded me of a younger more tech savvy and sarcastic Jack Reacher to the point where it felt kind of like a mash-up a Reacher (by Lee Child) thriller with The Magicians (by Lev Grossman) His slightly reluctant partner Elia has as intriguing back story. I also loved the concept of “what if magic were real”,” and what impact it would have on national security.  

Check out American Magic at your favorite local bookseller, library or consider ordering from indiebound.org. 




Special Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Atria books for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Horror Stories by Liz Phair



When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville—making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star—her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her. For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder—in the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit, Horror Stories is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair’s life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist. Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control. But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us. -indiebound.org
I remember the first time I heard Liz Phair's music, it was Halloween 1998 and I was in high school attending a party thrown by one my good friends. My friend loved putting on mini-concerts at her parties, playing and singing the alt hits of the era and this party in particular featured a performance of Phair's Polyester Bride.  At the time, I was and still am obsessed with 80s music but there was something special about Liz Phair.  To me her songs seemed like little story snippets of her life.  Her memoir, Horror Stories showcases her strengths as a confessional story teller. Despite all her success in the music industry, Phair's experiences are everybody's stories: awkward relationships, break-ups and make-ups and struggles with self doubt.  Her honesty and candor is in this memoir is just what you'd expect if you're a fan of her music but I think her memoir would appeal to non-fans as well given the relatable nature of her stories.

What I also loved about this memoir is that the stories are not in chronological order and they can each stand-alone.  So, it's perfect if you're juggling multiple books at one time or are really busy and just have a few minutes a day for reading.

****/5 stars


Look for Horror Stories at your favorite local bookseller or check-out indiebound.org to order.

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Meme Crush Monday

Forget about “Man Crush Monday’s,” here #MCM means Meme Crush Monday! For those who don’t have access or don’t wish to use Instagram, I’ll share a bookish meme right here weekly on the blog.


This Week’s #MCM Meme Crush Monday:



What’s your reading style? Can you block everything else out and escape? Do you prefer background music or the TV? Share with us in the comments below. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Meme Crush Monday


Forget about “Man Crush Monday’s,” here #MCM means Meme Crush Monday! For those who don’t have access or don’t wish to use Instagram, I’ll share a bookish meme right here weekly on the blog.


This Week’s #MCM Meme Crush Monday:

I remember this being a frequent complaint of Borders customers. They’d often request the “original cover” instead of the movie/tc tie-in cover. Sometimes, I actually liked to collect both versions. What about you? 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Meme Crush Monday


Forget about “Man Crush Monday’s,” here #MCM means Meme Crush Monday! For those who don’t have access or don’t wish to use Instagram, I’ll share a bookish meme right here weekly on the blog.

This Week’s #MCM Meme Crush Monday:




Share with us! What was the last book that you read that you loved until you got to a less than great ending? 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Meme Crush Monday

Forget about “Man Crush Monday’s,” here #MCM means Meme Crush Monday! For those who don’t have access or don’t wish to use Instagram, I’ll share a bookish meme right here weekly on the blog.


This Week’s #MCM Meme Crush Monday:



I believe you can never have too many books. What about you? Share in the comments bellow! 


Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

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Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.
Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.
So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder. - simonandschuster.net
The Arrangement is a terrific thriller. Early on, you’re not even sure who the murder victim is so it’s at first a “whoisit” before it becomes a “whodunnit.” 

While I’d have made different choices, it’s  easy to sympathize with Nat and understand why she chooses to become a sugar baby and fall for Gabe’s perceived charms. I hated that her catty roommates were so judgy of “the Arrangement,” why do they care so much about what two consenting adults do with their time. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The novel is told from both Gabe and Nat’s POV so the reader can see Gabe’s narcissistic dark side contrasted by Nat’s young naive side.  Definitely check out The Arrangement by Robyn Harding. Visit your favorite book store today or click the publishers link in the synopsis for purchasing info. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟/5


Gabe’s drink of choice is a Rusty Nail which Natalie finds vile but drinks anyway to appear sophisticated and desirable to him.  I had to see for myself if it truly was as vile as Nat described. My boyfriend was game to try it to so we made a visit to the liquor store and I made cocktails. We really don’t know what Nat was talking about as we found them delightful. Those 21 years and older, google the recipe and let me know what you think. 



Thank You to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC in exchange for a fair, honest review.