Review & Tour: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

love is red

This electrifying, addictive, and hypnotically beautiful debut spins suspense and literary fantasy into a stunning epic—the first volume in the Night Song Trilogy—ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.

Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his palette grows, so too does his power. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost.

While the city hunts the Sickle Man, Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have unexpectedly entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? And why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Love Is Red is a riveting thriller that unfolds into an intense story of obsession and control, desire and fate. Katherine may not realize it yet, but with this haunting novel—as arrestingly original as Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, and Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls—her moment of awakening is here. And soon she will find herself fighting a battle at the edges of our world, among forces more dangerous than we can possibly imagine.

As most of you know I’ve been on a huge reading slump lately. I’m still in the dumps but Love is Red was a rare reprieve! I gobbled it up and wanted more!

When you’re in the dumps it’s so refreshing to find a book that’s unputtdownable; that can scratch that itch for you. It’s lovely that Love is Red was not only what I expected but had a twist of that something extra. I was expecting a psychological thriller/suspense and was pleasantly surprised to find not only that but a dash of the supernatural!

The suspense keeps ratcheting up as you read and can’t help but wonder which of Katherine’s new beau’s (who are best friends themselves) is the “bad guy.” Jaff does a great job keeping us guessing until almost the very end. When we do figure it out, it’s not an end to the suspense either, suddenly Katherine is desperate for her life and we have to wait with breathlessness wondering what’s going to happen next.

I found so much of the book fascinating, especially how the killer saw the world. This is where the title comes into play, but I won’t spoil it This is a killer unlike any other I’ve ever read about and it was a complete thrill ride!

Considering how much I loved Love is Red, I can’t wait to see what Jaff does with the next two books in the trilogy. This is an author to watch people!

Love is Red

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Waiting on Wednesday: Pretending to Be Erica

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that’s hosted by Breaking the Spine where we each share a book we’re waiting desperately to get our hands on!

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April’s Pick –  Pretending to Be Erica

Pretending to be Erica

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, andPretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

Coming out July 21, 2015 from  Viking Books for Young Readers

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Review: YOU by Caroline Kepnes

you by caroline kepnes

Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.

I’ve come to realize in the past couple years that I have a real “thing” for stories about creepy/crazy guys. The suspense of seeing what these nutjobs are going to do next is just.. edge of your seat, nail-biting and sometimes mindblowing when you see how far they’re willing to go.

You, is totally in that category for me, I can’t stop talking about it since I put it down and I couldn’t put it down once I had it in my hands. There was so much crazy about this book that it’s full on cray-cray, Crazy Eyes kind of crazy.

We meet Joe while he’s managing the bookstore and he meets Beck as he checks her out (literally and figuratively) in the check out of said store. It’s obvious from his thought process that he’s a few fries short of a happy meal. The more you read, the more you’re drawn into his web, wondering what in the world he’s going to do next.

We also get to see into Beck’s world. And at first you think that she’s a bit eccentric but probably normal, but the more I read the more I realized these two might just deserve each other in their rubber room.

One thing I really enjoyed is that there are a ton of literary references throughout the book because Joe of course loves books. He even gives Beck’s boyfriend a literature test, I won’t tell you how that goes…

This would be a perfect vacation read, totally unputdownable and great suspense! I highly recommend it!

YOU

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Mailbox Madness (105)

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Mailbox Madness at MSC excited to be joining The Sunday Post
which is hosted by Kimberly @ Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Mailbox Madness at MSC is also stoked to be joining Stacking the Shelves which is hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.

April’s Mailbox Madness

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Smash Cut by Brad Gooch | Goodreads

Every Part of You by Megan Hart | Goodreads

Limbo by A. Manette Ansay | Goodreads

Disclaimer by Renee Knight | Goodreads

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff | Goodreads

Orient by Christopher Bollen | Goodreads

 I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff | Goodreads

The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart | Goodreads

 

 

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Lost In the World of FanFiction

I feel so guilty lately. I feel like I’ve abandoned this blog and all that I (and my previous co-bloggers) have worked hard for. It all started around December. My voracious appetite for reading began to slowly wane until January when the cravings stopped completely. I figured it was a simple slump and I’d do what had always worked before – I’d watch Netflix until the cravings began again.

Looking back I can see exactly where I went wrong (or right depending on your view) – I decided to finally watch Queer as Folk (US version) which has been on my queue forever. I. BECAME. OBSESSED. It doesn’t help that the damn show has a cliffhanger. I was so caught up in it that after watching it a gazillion times in a row that I decided to search for that thing called “fanfiction” I’d heard about on tumblr and a little bit through the blogging community.

I’ll be honest: I thought fanfiction was not cool. It meant obsession way beyond healthiness and there probably weren’t even very good authors writing the stories. I wasn’t keen to dip my toe in the waters, but I was so desperate for a QaF fix that I began a search. I googled and the first site I found was FanFiction.net. Now I’m currently guzzling up stories on ArchiveOfOurOwn.com.

Guys, it’s Shelf Confessions time. I’ve been reading QaF fanfiction solely for a couple months now and I can’t seem to bring myself to pick up a novel. Although, I have read a few fanfic’s that have been novel length. And I have found that there are actually decent writers writing these stories.

I just can’t stop myself. I honestly don’t know what to do. I keep waiting for this obsession to lessen and for me to get interested in a novel or something else, but so far it hasn’t happened.

And the blog suffers because I feel really geeky writing about fanfiction on a book blog. I mean seriously, I’m not going to review stories that people are writing purely for enjoyment and not profit. It doesn’t seem right somehow. I have considered sharing some of my favorite stories with you guys and telling you why I love them, but I’m not sure if anyone would even be interested. It wouldn’t be a critique or review, it’d just be me showing some love to the stories I think deserve a wider audience.

I just wanted you all to know that I’m still here. I haven’t forgotten about the blog, I’m just trying to figure out how to work my new obsessions into my blog life.

So, now that I admit to being a member of the fanfiction fandom – who else is? What fandom are you part of? So far I’m just reading Queer as Folk stories but I’ve seen a TON of Harry Potter stuff (that frankly looks kind of scary… Harry and Snape pairings freak me out a little and not because of the m/m aspect.)

Please tell me I’m not alone! And does anyone have any ideas on what they’d like me to post about my new obsession, that you’d enjoy reading about?

A Big Thank You!

I want to give a huge Thank You to Kat for co-blogging with me, it was so much fun and it was a pleasure having you on MSC. Kat’s returning to her blog The Aussie Zombie and I wish her the best! We parted in the best of ways and I hope that we still collaborate on events here and there in the future.

I also want to give a big Thank You to our readers/subscribers. You guys are all awesome and I appreciate you sticking by as I’ve gone through this blog slump. I have a post coming up that explains some of that and hopefully something you can help me on!

I promise that I’m not closing the blog, I’m still here and I hope to get my mojo back ASAP! In the meantime, I will try to post more in general. I’m thinking of sprucing up the blog with a makeover to help motivate me.

trap by steven arntson

Waiting on Wednesday: The Trap & The Law of Loving Others

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that’s hosted by Breaking the Spine where we each share a book we’re waiting desperately to get our hands on!

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April’s Pick –  The Trap

trap by steven arntson

It’s the summer of 1963, and something strange is afoot in the quiet town of Farro, Iowa. The school district’s most notorious bully has gone missing without a trace, and furthermore, seventh grader Henry Nilsson and his friends have just found an odd book stashed in the woods by Longbelly Gulch—a moldy instruction guide written to teach the art of “subtle travel,” a kind of out-of-body experience. The foursome will soon discover that out-of-body life isn’t so subtle after all—there are some very real, and very dangerous, things happening out there in the woods. The science fiction inventiveness of Madeleine L’Engle meets the social commentary of Gary Schmidt in this thrilling tale of missing persons, first crushes, embarrassing pajamas, and thought-provoking dilemmas.

Coming out April 7, 2015 from  HMH Books for Young Readers

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Kat’s Pick – The Law of Loving Others

law of loving others by kate axelrod

Terrified by the realization that she could lose her mother to schizophrenia, Emma spirals out of control over the course of one winter break.

The car glows with that careless feeling before the freedom of winter break as Emma drives home from boarding school with her boyfriend, Daniel. But when Emma calls to tell her mom she’ll be home before dinner, something is wrong. Just hours after Emma returns home, she realizes that her mom is suffering from a schizophrenic break. Emma’s entire childhood and identity is called into question. How could the woman who sent huge care packages of candy to sleep away camp be the same woman duct taping their windows to keep out the voices in her head? In her search for answers, Emma lands on a terrible possibility: schizophrenia is genetic. Emma could have only a few more years of sanity. Emma could end up just like her mom.

In the span of just one winter break, Emma’s life falls apart. Her relationships alter forever and she is forced to see the hard reality in a line from Anna Karenina: “The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

Coming out January 8, 2015 from Razorbill

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What are book are you waiting this Wednesday for?

please remain calm by courtney summers

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dead Hearts & Please Remain Calm

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that’s hosted by Breaking the Spine where we each share a book we’re waiting desperately to get our hands on!

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April’s Pick –  The Dead I Know

dead i know by scot gardner

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him—his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.

Coming out March 3, 2015 from  HMH Books For Young Readers

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Kat’s Pick – Please Remain Calm

please remain calm by courtney summers

In the scorching summer of 1976 the hottest since records began Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices. For Norton, the voices mark an exciting opportunity. Putting his work to one side, he begins the project of a lifetime a grand symphony incorporating the voices and becomes increasingly obsessed with one voice in particular. Someone who is determined to make themselves heard . . .”

Coming out January 20, 2014 from St. Martin’s Griffin

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What are book are you waiting this Wednesday for?

The Uninvited

Mailbox Madness (103)

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Mailbox Madness at MSC excited to be joining The Sunday Post
which is hosted by Kimberly @ Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Mailbox Madness at MSC is also stoked to be joining Stacking the Shelves which is hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.


April’s Mailbox Madness

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose | Goodreads

Lamentation by C.J. Sansom | Goodreads

Witherwood Reform School by Obert Skye | Goodreads

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver | Goodreads

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri | Goodreads

Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall | Goodreads

Kat’s Mailbox Madness

Just one book for me this week but I AM SO EXCITED.  1) It’s Cat Winters 2) It’s Historical Fiction and 3) Set during the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918.   If this isn’t THE book for me, nothing is!

The Uninvited

The Uninvited by Cat Winters | Goodreads

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zodiac by romina russell

Waiting on Wednesday: Hellhole & Zodiac

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that’s hosted by Breaking the Spine where we each share a book we’re waiting desperately to get our hands on!

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April’s Pick –  Hellhole

I loved Gina Damico’s book Croaked – which I’ve had Scorch to read forever and still haven’t gotten to it – this year is the year! This looks like classic Damico with humor and a supernatural badass edge.

hellhole by gina damico

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.

Coming out January 6, 2015 from  HMH For Young Readers

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Kat’s Pick – Zodiac

zodiac by romina russell

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Coming out December 9, 2014 from Razborbill

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What are book are you waiting this Wednesday for?