Tuesday, February 19, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #BloodEcho by @chrisricewriter via #partner #Thomas&Mercer who provided a #free #reviewcopy


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FirstLine ~ I dreamed about the creek again last night.

What a book. It was intense and quite the page turner! It was one of those books that I am still processing. It may take some time to fully take in all that occurred in this book. It is dark and there is violence and a conspiracy...it is complex and compelling. It is one I will not soon forget.

Monday, February 18, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #Giveaway #FirstLine #Cogheart by @peterbunzl via #partner @barbfisch @blueslipper @JollyFishPress who provided a #free #reviewcopy



Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat...

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart...

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

Peter Bunzl grew up in London and lives there with his partner Michael. He is a BAFTA-award-winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker. To learn more, visit his website, peterbunzl.com.
Twitter: @peterbunzl
Instagram: @peter_bunzl

Praise for COGHEART:

“With great style and panache, the novel deftly winds through the intricacies of friendship and moral choice while maintaining a fun edge.” —Publishers Weekly

“An exciting, fast-paced adventure.”  —Booklist

“Introduces dastardly villains, friendly mechanicals, and thrilling airship action. . . . with hair-raising and cinematic charm.” —Kirkus Reviews

Download activities and see the book trailer at jollyfishpress.com/cogheart.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
FirstLine ~ Chapter 1: Lily wrinkled her freckled nose as she trudged along the back of the line of girls.

I was captivated by this action-packed adventure. There was such originality and creativity within the pages of the book. There was tension and villains. There was action and characters that were both amazing and fascinating. Such a great book for middle readers!

One lucky winner will receive Cogheart
courtesy of Jolly Fish Press 
(U.S. addresses only)

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#MMBBR #TheSistersHemingway by @aenoblin via #partner @WmMorrowBooks@WMPaperbacks who provided a #free #reviewcopy

The Sisters Hemingway: A Novel (Cold River) by [Noblin, Annie England]

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Rachael Hemingway watched the clouds gather overhead as she raced along the gravel path leading her away from her house.

A story that was based around tragedy and is filled with a lot of heart. It is a quick read and one that is very character driven. There is romance, family dynamics and drama and a story that keeps you turning pages. A happy ending ties up the book perfectly. A great book for book clubs!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #125000WAYSTOSAYILOVEYOU by @Pia_Frey via #partner @simonschuster ‏who provided a #free #reviewcopy

125,000 Ways to Say I Love You

From Pia Frey, international bestselling flipbook author, comes 125,000 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU: Mix and Match Love Notes (on sale January 15, 2019; Atria; $15.99; Spiral Bound; 978-1-5011-9860-1)With this one-of-a-kind flipbook of funny, sweet, and often bold one-line poetry, you’ll never be at a loss for words.
Mad Libs meets Instagram poetry this brilliantly creative flipbook that lets you create 125,000 one-line love poems—some sweet, silly, and painfully honest—with three mix and match panels. 125,000 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is the perfect way to say what’s in your heart, and you’ll never run out of ways to say those three little words.

Learn more about 125,000 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU by watching this short video

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I write notes every week day to put in my kids and husbands lunches. So you know that this is right up my alley. I love telling people how I feel and this is such a new and fun way to do it! This will be a new and exciting way for me to leave a note for my husband in the house. I showed this to him the other day and he loved it! It is one of those things that we can do for each other; from funny, to sexy, to loving these notes will be sure to put a smile on your loved ones face! 
A perfect gift!

A perfect note to leave for your loved one when you are busy reading!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheLastRomantics by @TEConklin via #partner @WmMorrowBooks ‏who provided a #free #reviewcopy


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ At first I believed the girl to be an apparition.

A touching story that really resonated with me. It was complex and deeply woven. It was touching and heartwarming, raw and honest to the characters and their journeys. It was everything that a good novel is and more. It is one of those reads I want to be made into a movie or a Netflix mini series. You want to see this book brought to life, just like it was in your mind! A great book club pick!

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine by @lucyfoleytweets via #partner @WmMorrowBooks ‏who provided a #free #reviewcopy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ I see a man coming through the falling snow.

What a book. I loved that I never really knew what was going to happen. It was great getting to know all of the characters. They were all distinctly different, but were all important to the story. It was dynamic, original and quite a wild ride.

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine by #JohnFried via #partner #GrandCentralPublishing who provided a #free #reviewcopy


John Fried
HARDCOVER BOOK — 1538729830 / 9781538729830
ELECTRONIC BOOK — 1538729857 / 9781538729854

Available in the U.S. January 8, 2019

Martin Kelso's comfortable world starts to change at the age of eleven. Girls get under his skin in ways he never noticed before. His cousin Evie, who used to be Marty's closest confidante--the one who taught him the right way to eat a pizza and how to catch tadpoles--has grown up into a stranger, mysterious and unpredictable. Marty and his best friends once inhabited fantasy worlds of their own making, full of cowboys and cops and robbers, where the heroes always won the day. But now, as neighborhood kids are attacked on their walk to school, they find themselves wanting to play a new game that better prepares them for real life.

As life changes quickly and Marty feels less secure with himself, the difference between games and reality, friend and foe, and right from wrong becomes much more difficult to distinguish. At the same time, this new world offers possibilities as exciting as they are frightening.

This poignant debut perfectly captures the intense emotion, humor, and earnestness of young adulthood as Marty, age eleven to seventeen, navigates a series of life-changing firsts: first kiss, first enemy, first loss, and, ultimately, his first awareness that the world is not as simple a place as he had once imagined.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Girls invaded our school a month into sixth grade.

An interesting coming of age novel, that reads quickly. It was heartfelt and honest with all the highs and lows that come with growing up. It is it not always pretty or fun, but we can all relate to the struggles and triumphs of youth. A good book for book club because there is a lot to discuss. 

Photo: Thurner Photography

John Fried teaches creative writing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature. Prior to teaching, he was a magazine writer and editor in New York, and his work appeared in various publications, including The New Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York, Time, and Real Simple.

TWITTER: @fried12

"Wise and winning, THE MARTIN CHRONICLES is a sumptuous evocation of those adolescent afternoons when every moment was equally fraught and full of possibility. A charming, marvelous debut." 
      — Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad

"A beautiful debut. THE MARTIN CHRONICLES transforms a series of adolescent snapshots into a raw, unforgettable mosaic."
      — Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"John Fried's debut is a funny, tender, honest coming-of-age story, brimming with heart. THE MARTIN CHRONICLES is about first love and family and loss, but also, set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the '80s, it's a nostalgic look into the past and, in the end, a love story about that specific place and time."
      — Julianna Baggott, nationally bestselling author of The Seventh Book of Wonders

"Fried's lighthearted humor shines through...offers playful moments and an evocative atmosphere."
      — Publishers Weekly

"Fried infuses every page with warmth and wonder. The setting on the bustling streets of 1980s Manhattan is the perfect mirror for Marty's swirling emotions. Fans of Brady Udall and Matthew Norman will appreciate Marty's honesty, humor, and angst as he discovers his rightful place in his family, at school, and in his social circle."
       — Booklist

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Judgement by @joefinder via #partner @DuttonBooks @penguinrandom who provided a #free #reviewcopy ( #mystery #thriller )

New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about a female judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her--and her family's--undoing.

It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and in a moment of weakness has an unforgettable night with him. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again.

But back home in Boston, it becomes clear that this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over--a sex-discrimination case that's received national attention. Juliana discovers that she's been entrapped, her night of infidelity captured on video. Strings are being pulled in high places, a terrifying unfolding conspiracy that will turn her life upside down. But soon it becomes clear that personal humiliation, even the possible destruction of her career, are the least of her concerns, as her own life and the lives of her family are put in mortal jeopardy.

In the end, turning the tables on her adversaries will require her to be as ruthless as they are.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~A perfect May night in Chicago, warm but not quite balmy.

Wow! This book is quite the read. It is action packed and thrilling. It is a fast paced ripped from the headlines roller-coaster of a ride. It will keep you burning through the pages and will keep you up WAY past your bedtime! A book that had my heart pounding and my mind attempting to figure how it would end. The characters felt so real and the story was so twisty and turny! A total package!

#MMBBR #Review #TheVictoryGarden by @rhysbowen via #partner #LakeUnionPublishing who provided a #free @NetGalley #reviewcopy


From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.

When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.

As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A beautiful and character driven story that will pull at the reader's heartstrings. It is set in a time of struggle and turmoil, in a very memorable setting. There are numerous themes including love, heartache, war, choices, perseverance and moving on. It is touching and heartfelt, a story that will stay with you long after you close the book.

#MMBBR #Review #MakeThis by @ellaschwartz via #partner @NGKids and #MediaMastersPublicity who provided a #free #reviewcopy


The popularity of Maker Spaces and Maker Education in schools has exploded and for good reason  kids love using these hands-on areas to explore, problem-solve and tap into their inventive interests. Just in time for National Inventors Day on 2/11 and National Engineering Week (the week of 2/17), National Geographic Kids Books is unveiling Make This! Building, Thinking and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You by Ella Schwartz (Feb 2019, ages 8-12, $16.99).  

This book is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and supports all kinds of kid creators: those who prefer guided instruction, those who prefer to dream up and design objects on their own, and everyone in between. Within the nearly 160 pages of this book kids get the tools and the know-how to tackle all kinds of exciting projects: building a kaleidoscope, designing a fidget spinner, planting a rain forest, creating a musical instrument, and more. Unconventional scenarios inspired by real National Geographic Explorers give kids a chance to think outside the box and apply their maker skills to real life. Chapters are divided up by scientific principle, such as simple machines, energy, and forces. In each chapter, kids can start by following step-by-step activities, or get creative by tackling an open-ended challenge. Helpful sidebars explain the science behind what's happening every step of the way.  

About the author of Make This!, Ella SchwartzIn addition to writing books, Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the U.S. federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She has a bachelor’s and masters degree in engineering from Columbia University. When she's not working, writing, or training to run a marathon, she volunteers on outreach initiatives to promote women in science and improve science literacy. Ella lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and three sons. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is fantastic. I love it so much! I love that it encourages makers in areas of building, thinking and just tinkering around because it engages your body and your mind in various ways. This book is great because some of the activities are free flowing or open ended, with no right or wrong approach. While others are step-by-step. These very different approaches trigger different creative processes. I was blown away by how well thought out the book was and the book has something for everyone. CHAPTERS: 1. Simple Machine, 2. Materials, 3. Systems, 4. Optics, 5. Energy, 6. Acoustics, 7. Forces and 8. Motion. A must for home (for snow days or summers days) and the classroom!

#MMBBR #Review #MissPinkeltinksPurse by #PattyBrozo via #partner @The_BookishType and @tilburyhouse who provided a #free #reviewcopy


A warm-hearted homeless woman finds a home in Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa (ISBN: 978-0884486268; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 4-8).

From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity. This story with children as agents of positive change reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them.

"Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door."

Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A beautiful story about paying it forward and the power of generosity. It is a sweet story will sing sing text that will be a hit for kids and adults alike. Miss Pinkeltink is sweet and always trying to give helpful gifts to others, but when she has nothing else to give she soon learns what it feels like to receive.

#MMBBR #Review #TheBabysitterFromAnotherPlanet by #StephenSavage via @HolidayHouseBks who provided a #free #reviewcopy


The kids are in for a treat when their parents leave them with a babysitter who is truly out of this world--an alien! 

When their parents go out for the evening, a brother and sister are left with a babysitter unlike any they've ever had before--an alien from another planet! But even though she seems a little strange, the kids quickly see that this babysitter can make anything fun...even brushing their teeth and doing their homework.

This story is literally E.T. meets Mary Poppins, and as soon as the Babysitter from Another Planet is gone, the kids can't wait for her to come back again.

With references to everything from '50s Science Fiction movies (sure to produce a chuckle from knowing parents) to ET,bestselling author Stephen Savage has produced a visual and verbal tour de force that will have kids begging for more.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a fun spin on kids and their babysitters. With colorful illustrations and a cute story, kids are sure to look forward to having a babysitter for the night!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

#MMBBR #Winner #Review #HaveIEverToldYou by @shani_kings via #mediamasters and #TilburyHousePublishers who provided my #prize


“Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?”  

Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be.

A beautiful book to share with your child/children about all the ways you love them. It is so sweet and got me a bit emotional! I make sure to tell my kids all the time all the ways they matter to me and how loved they are. I just loved reading them this book. I write my kids notes and pit them in their lunch boxes everyday. I wish I could put this book in their lunch box!!! Such a great message for our kids. A must for gift giving; for Christmas, birthday or any special occasion. A sweet and tender book.

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #NewRelease #TheCuriosities by @susangloss via #partner @WmMorrowBooks who provided a #free #reviewcopy


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Outside the windows of the dean's residence, white lights left over from the holidays twinkled on bare tree branches, lending a festive glow to the otherwise quiet neighborhood.

Gloss has, once again, written a character driven novel that pulls the reader in immediately. The Curiosities has an amazing plot, that is complex, heart-wrenchingly honest, beautiful and original. There is such depth to the story and you cannot help put be drawn into the life of the characters. You will feel like you know the characters and will go through the journey with them. You will not forget this story or the characters anytime soon. This book will make a perfect book club choice! Make sure to read this book!

Susan Gloss

Susan Gloss is the author of the novels VINTAGE and THE CURIOSITIES. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #HooHooWho by #MaryMaier via #partner @The_BookishType and #BuildingBlockPress who provided a #free #reviewcopy


Hoo Hoo Who? written and illustrated by Mary Maier with speech pathologist Lauren Horton (February 2019; ISBN: 978-1944201142; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 2-5; 32 pages) published by Building Block Press.

You’re Invited! Mouse’s Surprise Party is today, but Owl’s glasses are broken. It’s a good thing you came along! Can you use the clues to help Owl figure out which guest is at the door? Hoo hoo who could it be? 

In this catchy and interactive book, children are encouraged to take part in the story and use expressive language to respond to Owl’s WHO questions. With engaging opportunities on every page, children will be excited to read this story again and again. Who doesn’t love to yell, “Surprise!” and sing, “Happy Birthday”? The bold and distinctive illustrations are refreshing for parents, and particularly enthralling for children who will be naturally drawn to the curvy and circular shapes. 

Roughly 1 in 12 children have a speech or language delay, including author Mary Maier’s 3-year-old son Max, who is also on the autistic spectrum. Here’s an excerpt from her blog explaining the importance (and shortage) of books focusing on WH- questions: 

“Kids with language delays work on WH- questions A LOT. Many children know their colors, shapes, numbers, letters, but not the difference between whowhat and where. These questions are the building blocks of conversations and are HUGELY important to language development. I started thinking, why didn’t I know about this? Why doesn’t every parent know about the importance of WH- questions? Why aren’t WH-question books as prevalent as shape and number books? So I started doing some research. I wanted to find something to help with my son’s language development. All I could find were books with the word AUTISM in bold print on the front cover. No parent wants to read their child an AUTISM bedtime story—so I decided to write and illustrate my own WH- series of books for all kids, beginning with WHO. And WHO better to go on this journey with than a speech pathologist? 

My hope is to spread the word to ALL parents (not just to those whose children have language delays), the importance of WH- questions in language development and that they can be focused on in a fun and natural way—just like all those color books.”


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is fantastic for many reasons. First, this is a brilliant way to engage children that are struggling with speech and language. It is a creative way for kids to find success in reading. Books are such a dynamic tool to create dialogue and conversation between children and adults. Secondly, it is adorable. It is beautifully illustrated and colorful. Lastly, it is a delightful and darling book that is both educational and fun to read! This book is sure to be a hit at home and in the classroom!

About the Authors: Mary Maier graduated from Miami University, where she met her husband, with a degree in Art Education. She is an avid painter with a huge imagination; an important quality when raising two wild boys. She resides in Louisville, KY.  
Mary has previous experience owning a publishing company for 25+ years solely based on books about the card game bridge. 

Lauren Horton received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in December 2016. Lauren was born in Muncie, Indiana, but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. 

Hoo Hoo Whowill be followed by titles focusing on "WHERE" and "WHAT", and is the first title from Mary Maier's new publishing company Building Block Press, a publisher of books focusing on early childhood development and thoughtful design.


#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheLightsUndertheLake by @hapfairy via #partner @Harper360 who provided a #free #reviewcopy


The Lights Under the Lake
by Sophie Cleverly
Scarlet and Ivy’s school trip takes a turn for the worse as another mystery begins to unfold…
It’s summer and as a special treat after the horrors of last term Mrs Knight announces a school trip to Shady Pines Hotel on the shores of Lake Seren. Scarlet and Ivy are thrilled to get away from Rookwood for a break!
But the old hotel and the waters of the lake reservoir are covering up dark secrets. And when mysterious things start happening to hotel guests it seems that a malicious new threat is haunting the girls.
Locals say that at night you can hear the ringing of the church bells and see lights under the lake, that troubled souls buried in the flooded graveyard no longer rest…

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ Scarlet and I were a team that couldn't be broken.

I have not read any of the other books in this series, which I will now go back and read after this fantastic story. I must see what else the girls did on their adventures. I loved this book from cover to cover. I adored the twins and their thirst for mystery and hunting for the truth. This book was sheer enjoyment and I was thoroughly entertained. Kids and parent will both love this book because there is depth in story and the characters are beautifully constructed. A hit!!!!!

Sophie Cleverly

Sophie Cleverly was born in Bath in 1989. She studied for a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Writing For Young People. She is the author of the SCARLET AND IVY series, which is published in English by HarperCollins worldwide and is being translated into many different languages.

Aside from writing, she can often be found blogging about symphonic metal, watching fantastical TV and struggling to find her way out of her ever-increasing pile of books.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #Giveaway #BookTrailer #duckandhippo #thesecretvalentine by #JonathanLondon via #partner @TwoLionsPub & @barbfisch at @blueslipper who provided a #free #reviewcopy


Join Duck, Hippo, and their friends as they uncover their secret valentines!

It’s Valentine’s Day, and something curious is going on. As the birds tweet their love songs, Hippo and his friends Elephant, Pig, and Turtle each receive mysterious, unsigned Valentine’s Day cards. Hippo wonders if his is from Duck; Elephant and Turtle think theirs are from Pig; and Pig dreams that hers is from Turtle. The cards tell the friends to come to the park at four o’clock to meet their valentines—so they’ll find out soon enough! As the clock ticks away, the friends wonder—and dream—about their valentines and make special preparations. But when they arrive…SURPRISE!

This Valentine’s Day might not go exactly the way they expected, but one thing is certain: being friends with Duck and Hippo is always a special treat!



Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine (Duck and Hippo #4)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A darling book about friendship, fun and Valentine's Day. I adore the characters and how brilliantly illustrated they are, as they come to life on the page. This book highlights how doing something special (and as a surprise) for those you love makes your heart happy and brings joy to those you love!!! Your children will love reading this book both solo and as listening to is as a read-a-long. It is the sweetest book ever and one you will want to read over and over again!!

Jonathan London is the author of more than one hundred children’s books, including the Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, which has sold more than fifteen million copies. Jonathan lives in Graton, California. Learn more at www.jonathan-london.net.

Andrew Joyner is an Australian illustrator and author whose work has been published in more than twenty-five countries. He has created the artwork for many picture books, and he is author and illustrator of a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. Andrew lives in South Australia. Learn more at www.andrewjoyner.com.au.

Learn how to draw Duck and Hippo in this free downloadable activity page: HERE.

The fourth book in the Duck and Hippo series is a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! 


One lucky winner will receive a copy of DUCK AND HIPPO: THE SECRET VALENTINE courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses).

Please leave a comment about what you do for your special Valentine.
Please leave your email so I can contact you if you win!


#MMBBR #FirstLine #Review #houseofbeauty by @melbaes via #partner @Harper360 who provided a #free #reviewcopy


House of Beauty by Melba Escobar
A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. One rainy afternoon a teenage girl turns up for a treatment with Karen, dressed in her school uniform and smelling of alcohol. The very next day, the girl is found dead.
Karen was the last person to see the girl alive, and the girl’s mother is desperate to find out what she knows. Most important of all: who was her daughter going to meet that night?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ I hate artificial nails in outlandish colours, fake blonde hair, cool silk blouses and diamond earrings at four in the afternoon.

A gripping thriller in an amazing setting with a story that will keep you turning pages. It was original and daring. A book that tackles topics head and without apologies, with a fierceness that is very memorable. A great read!

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