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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman @BerkleyPub @amplecat #travelingsistersread #thebookishlifeofninahill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is available today! This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill!

Brenda’s review

Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure any bookworm can relate to and she has all the traits that make up the DNA of us book lovers. I have never related so much to a character before and I instantly connected to her.

Abbi Waxman does such a fantastic job here using wit and humor yet care as she explores love and the dynamics between family, friends and the love of reading in such a unique way. She creates fun, colourful and likable characters that bring some chaos and anxiety to Nina’s quiet and organized life. We see how Nina grows and adapts to the changes that life throws at her in such a hopeful and feel good way that outshines anything I have read before.

I could go on and on about all the things I loved about this story but will end my review by saying Abbi Waxman has set the bar here for me by creating such a compelling, introvert, giving her conflicts, adding layers of depth to her and then letting her grow. I can’t recommend it enough!

Norma’s Review

Delightful, amusing, & full of heart!

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly.  I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully written read here with lovable and quirky characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me.  I think reading a book about a bookworm is probably one of the most satisfying, pleasurable, gratifying and validating experiences out there and so relatable to all of us book lovers.  I was totally taken and fascinated with Nina Hill’s character and she fully captured my heart. There were so many times I felt a strong kinship to Nina and nodding in agreement to pretty much every aspect of her character and to plenty of scenarios in this book.  

I loved reading Nina’s day planner pages and how they were used as chapter breaks which definitely added a little extra flare to the novel for me.   

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: Pretty, intriguing, whimsical, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline.  I absolutely love everything about this cover — especially the color schemes. 
  • Title: Appealing, intriguing and absolutely love how perfect the title is to the storyline.  The title of this book definitely enticed me to read it. Anything book related in the title I’m in!  
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, witty, fluid, fun, engaging, and captivating.  I totally connected with and absolutely loved ABBI WAXMAN’S writing style. 
  • Plot: Fun, humorous, touching, memorable, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. 
  • Ending: The last line of this book was perfection!  Absolutely loved it!
  • Overall: I absolutely adored this book and didn’t want it to end!  It definitely gave me that huggable, warm and fuzzy feeling! Would highly recommend!

Thank to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for providing us with an advanced copy of this book. 

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie @SimonSchusterCa @CEMcKenzie1 #travelingsistersread #illnevertell

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is available now at your favorite bookstore!

Norma’s Review

Atmospheric, suspenseful, & compelling!

I’LL NEVER TELL by CATHERINE McKENZIE is an excellent, engrossing, and interesting domestic whodunit mystery/thriller that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the very start. I was immediately hooked with the camp setting and the mystery to solve here totally intrigued me. I definitely have a fondness for books with camp settings, love dysfunctional familial dynamics and the slow unraveling of all the secrets and lies totally fascinated me. 

CATHERINE McKENZIE delivers a character-driven, twisty, suspenseful, and well-written read here with quite the atmospheric setting that definitely set the mood for a claustrophobic and intense read. The story is cleverly written and told in multiple perspectives from each of the MacAllister family siblings and Sean who works at the camp as well as flashback chapters from Amanda from 20 years ago. I was never confused or lost with keeping the huge cast of characters straight. 

The mystery here has this appealing nostalgic and classic feel to it that I am most definitely drawn to. And there is definitely something about CATHERINE McKENZIE’S writing style that I totally relate and connect to. I love her choice of words and how she weaves her sentences together. Another aspect of this novel that I thoroughly enjoyed was the addition of the timeline chart which definitely made me feel like I was solving the mystery right along with these characters. Also, the cool chapter headings! Loved them so creative and catchy.

P.S. – My favorite book growing up was The Secret Garden and I loved that this book was mentioned in this story. I also learned that it was a childhood favorite of Catherine McKenzie’s too from reading the interview in the back of the book. Cool! 🙂 

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Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Ominous, sinister, appealing, suspenseful and immediately had me intrigued. A fabulous representation to storyline. 
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, meaningful and absolutely loved how the title played so fittingly into storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, descriptive, astute, and fluid. I have this connection with her writing style that I find totally relatable and irresistible. 
Plot: Suspenseful, vivid, riveting, fast-paced, sinister, secretive, twisty, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: An unexpected ending that totally took me by surprise and left me feeling very satisfied.
Armchair Detective Skills: There were no real surprises for me along the way with all the multiple twists and turns until that final resolution. Loved piecing all those puzzle pieces together! 
Overall: An irresistible, enjoyable, entertaining, suspenseful, and fabulous read! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada & Catherine McKenzie for the complimentary copy! It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel!

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Temper by Layne Fargo @SimonSchusterCa @LayneFargo #temper #travelingsistersread

Temper by Layne Fargo is available now!

Norma’s Review

Wowza!!! Sensual, enthralling, & edgy!

Okay, there was definitely something about LAYNE FARGO’S writing style that totally sucked me in. The narrative was so seductive that I was totally entranced with what I was reading and could not put this book down. I am actually quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this book because I don’t normally do too well with some of the content that this book had to offer. I was just as obsessed with finding out what was going on here as these characters were and that is all I’m going to say about that. LOL 

TEMPER by LAYNE FARGO is a riveting, suspenseful, brisk, and dark psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. It’s a storyline that appears to be the same old, same old but let me tell you there isn’t anything even remotely similar here to anything that I have ever read before. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in this juicy storyline that I was flipping those pages as fast as I possibly could. 

LAYNE FARGO delivers quite the impressive, clever, tension-filled and well-written read here that is told in short alternating chapters between the perspectives of our two main characters, Kira and Joanna. She excels in holding you in its grasp with all the character manipulation and foreboding going on here. I was super curious every step of the way and these characters definitely made this quite the entertaining and immersive read for me. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: The cover of this book is just as sensual as the book. It has this velvety soft feel to it that is absolutely irresistible. I was a little proud carrying around this book. LOL 
Title: Clever, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline. I love the title of this book. So good! 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, seductive, steamy, captivating, alluring, enthralling, and readable.
Plot: Clever, intriguing, dark, intense, seductive, alluring, steamy, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous storyline!!!! There is a little bit of explicit sexual content as well as some profanity. 
Ending: A fabulous and explosive resolution that was a little bit expected but still left me feeling elated and totally satiated. Loved it!
Overall: 4.5 Stars! It was such an irresistible, enjoyable, fun and entertaining book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Layne Fargo for my complimentary copy. It was quite the memorable reading experience!!

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The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar @noelle_salazar @harlequinbooks #harlequinmira #theflightgirls #travelingsistersread

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is available now!

Brenda’s Review

The Flight Girls makes for an inspiring, lighter historical fiction that explores the dynamics between the characters rather than the historical events to the story. The story focuses on one women’s strength and will to follow her passion here with our well developed main character Audrey Coltrane.   Her passion leads her to joining the relatively unknown, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII.  

Noelle Salazar does a great job here dramatizing the camaraderie as she explores the compelling friendships between the women of the WASP.  She adds some romance here as well for Audrey that added a bit more drama than I would have liked. I love stories that focus on the strong women of WWII and Noelle Salazar sure delivers here with these women who each have joined the WASP for their own reasons.  I enjoyed the dynamics here and the connections formed between the women and was drawn into their world. I could feel the emotional depth of the story here with the women’s strength and fears as a team as well as Audrey’s own emotions. I could visualize what it might have been like for the real strong and courageous pilots.   I highly recommend for a lighter historical fiction that is inspired by the real women pilots.

Norma’s Review

Fascinating, touching & entertaining!

THE FLIGHT GIRLS by NOELLE SALAZAR is an enlightening, powerful and emotionally compelling historical fiction novel that has us following along fictionalized character, Audrey Coltrane and her involvement in the WASP program (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II.  

NOELLE SALAZAR delivers an excellent, heartfelt, intriguing and well-written read here with wonderful, relatable, and well developed characters.  The story is told from the first person perspective of our main character, Audrey Coltrane and I absolutely loved her voice. She definitely captured my attention and my heart as well as the other WASP women.  The bond that these women shared was absolutely beautiful and I absolutely loved and admired how courageous and brave they were.

At times I felt that this storyline was simplified and rushed a little bit though because there was this strong romantic theme that I wasn’t really expecting and sort of took away from the main historical story for me.  In the end though I was able to put all my concerns aside and had me rooting for a happy ending for Audrey and James.

Lindsay’s Review

4 stars!  Adventurous, heart wrenching and inspiring!

Audrey Coltrane is a young female pilot whose passion for flying started when she was a child.   When the war begins, she signs up to train military pilots knowing she is helping her country prepare for what may come.  Facing constant criticism and stereotyping, she is proud of her career and the adventures she gets to take while doing something she loves.  This story is inspired by the real team of female pilots who trained soldiers in WWII.  

I loved Audrey’s character!  She was intriguing and heart warming; her immense bravery was shocking and inspiring.  Though I found her journey to be predictable at times, it kept me engrossed and interested throughout.  The writing flowed beautifully and was well paced. There is a strong romance theme underlying the main wartime story which I found a tad much at times, but in the end I was rooting for the lovely couple.  

This was an excellent debut from Noelle Salazar and I look forward to what she writes next! 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: My ARC didn’t come with the actual cover design so I feel that I am unable to actually voice how I feel about it. Although I think the actual book cover is quite beautiful. 
Title: I absolutely love how intriguing and enticing that title is and think it’s a fantastic representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, engaging, readable, and compelling.
Plot: Engrossing, heartfelt, interesting, steadily-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: A touching and happy ending that left me feeling satisfied.
Overall: The role that these brave female pilots played was absolutely extraordinary and made this quite the captivating and irresistible page-turner. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Eden at Harlequin Trade Publishing / Mira Books and Noelle Salazar for gifting us all a copy of this book.

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The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda @SimonSchusterCa @MeganLMiranda #travelingsistersread

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda is available now!

Norma’s Review

Tumultuous, puzzling, & a twisty page-turner!

This book reads extremely fast but while I was reading it though I was never fully immersed in this tale. There was nothing that was grabbing me here until well the end and then it’s like I wish that I would have spent the time with this book before reaching the end. The book is just as puzzling as the author’s writing style and that is all I’m going to say.

Oh my goodness where do I even start with this book……So let’s just say I have to go back and read the whole book over again well because that ending is making me want to do it. LOL

So I was definitely 3 stars all the way until I reached the ending which has made me bump it up to 4 stars. Take the time with this one…..

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Stunning, striking, suspenseful, mesmerizing, impressive, impactful and fitting representation to storyline. #coverlove This book wins my vote for best cover design ever!!!
Title: Intriguing, relevant, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Engaging, vivid, awkward, puzzling, readable, tense, and well-written. Okay, I know I’m all over the place with the author’s writing style but for the most part I found the writing style quite puzzling and thought it was packed full of riddles. Then the ending…..
Plot: Fast-paced, suspenseful, twisty, puzzling, entertaining, enjoyable, and somewhat underwhelming until closer to the end.
Ending: Oh my goodness what an absolutely fabulous resolution that totally flabbergasted me. I don’t know if I was just so uninterested in the whole storyline in the beginning that I just wasn’t retaining any of it but let me tell you that ending definitely brought the whole book home for me. So good!
Overall: Although I mostly had a problem with the execution throughout most of this book the ending definitely made up for it. This was a Traveling Friends Read and everyone else loved it and really didn’t have the same reading experience with this book as I did. So I would definitely recommend to give this one a try and how can you not with a cover like this one?

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Megan Miranda for gifting me a copy of this beautiful book! Did I already mention that I am rocking that cover? LOL

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Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle @HarperCollinsCa @KimberlySBelle @parkrowbooks @HarlequinBooks #travelingsistersread

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle is available today! After reading this one there were a few excited and happy Traveling Sisters expressing just how much we loved it! We all highly recommend!

Norma’s Review ~ Favourite Thriller 2019

Holy Shooty Balls!!! Thrilling, highly compulsive, & mind-blowing stuff!

Oh my goodness what did I just read? An absolutely fabulous thriller that’s what! This book was incredible and I am so thrilled to say that this book is my new favourite!!! 

DEAR WIFE by KIMBERLY BELLE is a gripping, suspenseful, dark, brisk, and twisty thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked in and devoured every single page of this spellbinding entertaining book. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in the storyline that I was flipping those pages as fast as I possibly could. 

KIMBERLY BELLE delivers quite the impressive, clever, intriguing, tension-filled and well-written read here that was extremely well-plotted and flowed effortlessly. I was feeling every emotion possible while I was reading this book. These characters were brilliantly written and those subtle clues were perfectly interspersed to make this such a satisfying and fulfilling read

Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada / Park Row Books and Kimberly Belle for my complimentary copy. It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel!!

Brenda’s Review

Kimberly Belle nails it here with this intense thriller. Dear Wife is one exciting thriller that is not to be missed. The most exciting thing here is how Kimberly Belle takes a story that really isn’t a new story line and turns into an exciting, entertaining and compelling thriller. She introduces us to the characters through their different POV and kept us guessing on how they are connected by layering clues along the way, with those multiple plot twists. She reveals what we need to know right at the perfect time and skillfully keeps it feeling new without it ever feeling predictable making it entertaining yet plausible.

The link between our characters is the biggest surprise here with just how Kimberly Belle is able to create that high suspense and tension keeping that excitement going right up to that explosive ending that had me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend!

I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Love this simplistic and classy cover. It is such a fabulous and fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Appealing, clever, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely loved how the title played so brilliantly into storyline. I might have squealed a little bit when the meaning behind the title was revealed to us. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, enthralling, fluid, efficient and effortless. 
Plot: Clever, intriguing, dark, twisty, intense, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous storyline!!!! 
Ending: An explosive ending that left me feeling totally fulfilled and satisfied! Fabulous!!
Overall: It was such an irresistible, enjoyable, fun and thrilling book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend