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Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins @Kristan_Higgins @BerkleyPub #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Norma’s Review

Affecting, emotional, & expressive!

I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mixture of emotions from me which included some laugh-out-loud ones from a few comical scenes. 

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by KRISTAN HIGGINS is a touching, impactful, powerful, insightful, and moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. I was totally immersed in these characters lives which had me smiling, laughing, happy, sad, and even shed a few tears over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

KRISTAN HIGGINS delivers a beautifully written, engaging, and heartfelt story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. With the fantastic characterizations the emotions and compassion that you feel for these characters are extremely palpable and easily be fully invested in.

The story is told mostly between the perspectives of Genevieve, Riley and Emma with a few chapters from some secondary characters. Although I totally loved each and every perspective equally, I had a fondness for Miller and thoroughly enjoyed him and his story. 

Brenda’s review

Life and Other Inconveniences is my second book I have read by Kristan Higgins and I have to admit my first was a miss for me.  Well I was completely surprised and this one was a big hit for me!

Kristan Higgins does a great job creating engaging characters using warm humor, insightful thoughts with realistic, raw emotions and actions.  For me the humor has to have some warmth to it when more affecting topics are explored in a story. I have been told I am just a little over sensitive when it comes to that.  

I was hooked right from the start with these engaging likable and unlikable characters. I loved the dynamics between the characters and I enjoyed the complicated relationships between them.  Old wounds are opened up and second chances are explored with emotional depth to the characters. Each are given a conflict and through each of their POV we see them grow. At times I did feel their inner thoughts were a bit repetitive and would have preferred to see them grow more by their actions.

There is a mystery here as well and that added some suspense to the story.  I really enjoyed how Higgins weaved that into the story line and I thought it all came together well.  The story wrapped up and I felt very satisfied after reading this one. I highly recommend. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Affecting, intriguing, heartfelt, peaceful, eye-catching, and an impactful representation to storyline. 
Title: An impactful and powerful title!!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, expressive, skilled, and proficient.
Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, insightful, perfectly-paced, amusing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. 
Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and heartwarming that definitely made me pause, reflect and contemplate. 
Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful book.

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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding @SimonSchusterCA @rhardingwriter @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookReview

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

We read The Arrangement with a few of our Traveling Sisters and after reading this one we need to know more about Sugar Bowls. Robyn Harding will be our first author in our new group Behind The Pages with The Traveling Friends to answer a few spoiler-free questions about The Arrangement. She will be popping into the group to see any positive comments our friends might have for her and joining us on Sunday, 10:00-11:00 am PST August 11 to answer a few questions I just need to know the answers too. To share the love for The Arrangement and ask Robyn question or see what she has to say you can find the group here. Or join the group.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1003230-behind-the-pages-with-the-traveling-friends

Brenda’s review

Candy Bar and Jelly Beans!! Yipee! I might be on a Tootsie Roll here with another winning thriller for me! My groove is back.

Are you ready to rumble here in this sugar bowl? Wondering what a sugar bowl is or curious to take a look into one. Well, Robyn Harding has got you covered here with her intriguing, entertaining yet unsettling fast, easy-paced story that left me wanting to talk about it. 

Things are not so sweet as sugar here between this arrangement with our main characters and Robyn Harding delivers a unique take here with the premise to the story and adds some twists and turns that had me totally entertained from start to finish. I highly recommend!

Norma’s Review

Seductive, alluring, and wickedly entertaining!

A modern day and sinister version of Pretty Woman right here folks! I didn’t even realize that this was a thing, what’s a Sugar Baby & Sugar Daddy? Well I know now and I definitely fell for this hook, line, and sinker. 

THE ARRANGEMENT by ROBYN HARDING is a fascinating, dark, twisted, and gritty tale that was such an irresistible, entertaining and fun book to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, totally intrigued by the premise, and fully absorbed in this suspenseful page-turner.

Thoughts from our Traveling Sisters and blogging Sister Its All About The Thrill

Wow! The author certainly knocked it out of the park with this one! Five flipping scandalous stars from me. This book will leave you with your mouth hanging open. I loved it! I was submersed into a world that I had no idea that existed until a recent news segment and of course this book! Up until this point sugar babies were just a candy I had enjoyed as a child. For Kim’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Arresting, intriguing, eye-catching, electrifying, and a fitting representation to storyline. I definitely love the cover art and find it aesthetically pleasing. 
Title: A perfectly perfect, suspenseful, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love how the title played so perfectly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, well-written, entertaining, engaging, and suspenseful. 
Plot: Fascinating, suspenseful, gritty, unique, riveting, brisk, engrossing, dark, thrilling, seductive, sinister, captivating, twisty, and entertaining.
Ending: Well that was an extremely satisfying end that I absolutely loved! So good!! A neat ending that wraps things up smoothly & perfectly. 
Overall: I absolutely loved this one and devoured every single page of this dark, sexy, sinister, and thrilling tale! Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Robyn Harding for our copies.

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner @DuttonBooks @LisaGardnerBks #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

LISA GARDNER has done it again with her latest installment to the Detective D.D. Warren series with Book # 10. She is an author we can always count on that never disappoints and always delivers such fantastic thrillers that are gripping, action-packed and packed full of nail-biting suspense. We are huge fans and have read all of her books to date. We highly recommend her books!

Norma’s Review

Captivating, edgy & wholly satisfying!

NEVER TELL by LISA GARDNER (Detective D.D. Warren #10) is a dark, suspenseful, emotional and intense thriller with absolutely wonderful and captivating characters. The story is told between the alternating perspectives from three fascinating and exceptionally well-developed characters. LISA GARDNER creates such compelling, fabulous and dynamic characters that you can’t help but love and be fully invested in. I absolutely love D.D. Warren and Flora Dane! There was another character that popped in to help D.D. with her investigation and I was pleasantly surprised and loved the appearance. 

The storyline’s are always intense but I thought this one was a little more complex than her previous novels which slowed down the pacing a tiny bit for me. Even though I had to pay a little more attention to the details while I was reading it, all those carefully hidden clues still stumped me until closer to the end.

Brenda’s Review

D.D. Warren is back with Flora Dane in another nail-biting installment that had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could.  I love D.D. Warren and she has been a favorite character of mine right from the very first installment with Alone. 

When D.D. Warren arrives at her new case she sees a woman from a case from the past and then soon realizes the victim has ties to Flora’s kidnapper.  Secrets start to unravel and through the well written layers we start to piece together the ties from the past to the new cases. 

When I first met Flora Dane in Find Her, Book # 8, I loved her character and she is now becoming my favorite character.  I love how kidnapped survivor Flora now turned vigilantly becomes DD’s unofficial informant and I love the dynamics between them.  SSA Kimberly Quincy makes an appearance here as well and enjoyed the dynamics between the three of them and I was reminded just how much Lisa Gardner brings humor to the character’s dynamics allowing me to love them even more. There is also another character I hope to see back in future installments. 

In this installment Flora allows herself to revisit her dark past and remember the monster who kidnapped her Jacob Ness.  Her chapters became my favorite part of the story and enjoyed learning more about her and how her past is connected to DD’s new case.

Lisa Garner knows just when to reveal those well layered twists, one right after another and wrapping up this story almost perfectly for me.  She did push it a bit there in the end and I began to question some things but in the end she is another author who can do no wrong by me and will always be a favorite of mine.  We have history!!  

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Hauntingly beautiful and fitting representation to storyline. (Paperback version which releases on August 6, 2019.)
Title: A fabulous representation that definitely depicts the storyline perfectly with all of its secrets and lies it withholds until that explosive and perfectly timed ending.
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, notable, strong, impressive, well-written, entertaining, engrossing, and prolific. 
Plot: Suspenseful, raw, complex, riveting, fast-paced, dark, thrilling, captivating, taut, twisty, and entertaining.
Ending: An action-packed, surprising, thrilling, and explosive ending!
Overall: Another stellar read from the Queen of Thrillers that had me immediately hooked and completely riveted in this tangled crime thriller. Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Dutton and Lisa Gardner for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.

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The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Norma’s Review

Hauntingly beautiful, wistful, & magical!

I do love me a good ghost story and pretty much anything in relation to things that go bump in the night then you can most definitely count me in.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by CRAIG DAVIDSON was such a fabulous, short, memorable and bittersweet coming-of-age story that packed quite the punch in such a short amount of time. The book comes in at a whopping 246 pages which is brimming with so many wonderful attributes that definitely stirred up this readers emotions and memories.

I absolutely loved how irresistible, nostalgic, magical, and emotional this story was. The supernatural, ghost stories, and urban legends was so intriguing and I thought it ingenious in its relation to the whole story in general. I felt such warmth and love towards these characters and this book.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: #coverlove I absolutely love the cover of this book and attributed solely to me needing to read this book.
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and absolutely loved how meaningfully the title plays so fittingly into storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and readable.
Plot: Suspenseful, emotive, gripping, perfectly-paced, nostalgic, ghostly, magical, memorable, thought-provoking, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: A bittersweet and satisfying ending that filled me with such warmth and love.
Overall: An irresistible, unforgettable, enjoyable, entertaining, suspenseful, and fabulous read! It was an absolutely magical book brimming with pure nostalgia! Would highly recommend!

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The Escape Room by Megan Goldin #travelingsistersread @StMartinsPress @megangoldin @about_thethrill

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin * is available now and one not to be missed!

Norma’s Review

Fanciful, mindless fun, & a rocky ride!

THE ESCAPE ROOM by MEGAN GOLDIN * opens up with quite the electrifying scene that definitely piqued my interest but unfortunately fizzled out shortly thereafter which steadily stayed that way until around the 50% when it sparked up again. At that point I was all in and found the rest of the story exhilarating and an intoxicating page-turner that had me racing to see how things were all going to play out.

MEGAN GOLDIN delivers quite the original and cleverly written read here that is just as cutthroat as those ruthless, backstabbing, and unlikeable characters. The story is told in a back and forth format between Sara Hall and the elevator where the escape room game takes place. The drama in the elevator definitely got on my nerves a little bit in the first half of the book because of all the characters bickering back and forth. I actually love some good character bantering but the bickering was just a little too much for me to handle at times. Also there was a little bit of information that didn’t necessarily move the story forward and was left stagnant and never addressed again. My curious mind would have liked a few things answered.

There was definitely a turning point for me where I seen things in a different light and was able to foresee where this story was headed. An aha moment if you will! At that particular point in the book I was able to put all my reservations aside and just enjoy the ride.

Brenda’s review

Yahoo!  Another winning thriller for me!  Could I be getting my groove back!?!

Giddy up friends!  The Escape Room is one fun wild rodeo here and it’s all bulls, muddy ground and once the dust settles there is nothing left behind but blood. 

The Escape Room did start off pretty rocky for me with those very unlikable four Wall Street investment bankers and the drama level to this one was throwing off my groove even more and I was one grumpy reader.  I did a little complaining to Norma, Lindsay and Kim @ Its All About the Thrill. Well, well did this one take a fast, entertaining and fun turn for me and I was grooving to the beat and turning these pages as fast as I could. I soon realized just how well-layered and brilliantly written this one was and that ending paid off big time for this reader!!

After reading this one I have one thing to say “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be Investment bankers”!  I highly recommend!!!

We received copies from the publisher through NetGalley and Edelweiss

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: My feelings towards this cover is neutral.
Title: Intriguing, appealing, suspenseful, and a fitting representation to storyline. The title of this book definitely piqued my interest as I find escape room games quite intriguing, although I’ve never played myself. I want to though!
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, superfluous, entertaining, and dramatic.
Plot: Suspenseful, gripping, fast-paced, dark, sinister, chilling, captivating, imaginative, fanatical, and entertaining.
Ending: Totally worked for me and highly satisfied!
Armchair Detective Skills: I was pretty much stumped until around the 70% mark and then things started to come together for me. The feeling was wholly satisfying.
Overall: It is so worth suspending disbelief to thoroughly be entertained by this easy and fun read! Would highly recommend!

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A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell @MCampbellBooks @StMartinsPress @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #astrangeronthebeach

Happy Pub Day to A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell !!! YAHOO!!! We are so excited about this one!!!

Norma’s Review

Holy Shooty Balls!!! Gripping, highly compulsive, & spine-tingling suspense!A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by MICHELE CAMPBELL is an engrossing, chilling, suspenseful, fun, easy, brisk, and mind-bending psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked into the narrative and devoured every single page of this highly entertaining and deceptive book. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in the storyline that I lost all sense of time. My nose was definitely lost in this book and nothing was going to distract me until I finished reading it.

MICHELE CAMPBELL delivers quite the impressive, clever, complex, tension-filled and well-written read here that was extremely well-plotted, well-layered and well-played. The story was deliciously told from the perspectives of both Caroline and Aidan. And let me tell you I absolutely loved the manipulative and obsessive nature of both of their perspectives. It was extremely fun trying to figure out who the unreliable character was here. Both perspectives fed right into each other perfectly.

Brenda’s review

Michele Campbell has restored my faith in thrillers with this exciting, entertaining, uniquely written story that had me fascinated with our main characters from the very start right to that exciting ending that I did see coming.

A Stranger on the Beach is one of this summers highly anticipated reads and there has been quite a bit of hype built-up for this one. I was going to let that hype train pass on by for fear of all those hyped-up “Never Saw it coming ending” Well, well did I ever underestimate this one and I am so glad that I didn’t let this one pass on by the sister coulee. This one is definitely a summer hit for me and for a few of our Traveling Sisters including my blogging sister Kim It’s All About The Thrill who read this one with us.

Michele Campbell writes a well-layered story here that was all about the way the story was told for me. I was so engrossed and entertained and loved every minute of this story. Michele Campbell does such a great job here creating unreliable interesting some unlikable and likable characters here. Through our main character POV, we are left guessing just who to trust. The clues are so well-layered here and little clues are left along the way for us to pick up on and others that comes together so well in the end. My excitement grew with every chapter and I was slowly inching closer to the edge of my seat as I was piecing this story together until I reached the ending that left me flying out of my chair yelling YAHOO!!! I highly recommend

Thank you to St Martin Press for our copies!!!!

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Love the boldness, dark, and ominous beach setting. 
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and such a notable and worthy representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engrossing, smart, compelling, and compulsively readable. 
Plot: Clever, intriguing, manipulative, puzzling, twisty, intense, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous and juicy storyline!!!! 
Ending: Intense, flabbergasting, exciting, & wholly satisfying!
Armchair Detective Skills: Okay, I had my suspicions early on with the who but never would have guessed the why, what or reasoning behind the motivations that was driving these characters.
Overall: It was such an irresistibly fun and entertaining book and another winner added to my favourite reads shelf. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!