Tour & Review/ To Sleep…Perchance to Die

Tour & Review/ To Sleep…Perchance to DieTo Sleep... Perchance to Die by Donald Grippo
Format: Hardcover
Published by Turn the Page Publishing on 2014-06-01
Pages: 232
Source: Book From iRead Book Tour
Genres: Fiction, General, Medical, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers

Tangled lives, tainted love, and a Shakespearean twist lead to deception, betrayal, and murder. In this sexy, psychological thriller, Eurasian beauty Mai Faca plots to marry Jake Warden, a successful oral surgeon forbidden to her because of family honor.

In an unheard-of scheme, fellow surgeon, Bret Manley, falls victim to Mai's seduction as she and Jake play a cruel trick to be together. Jake acts with surgical precision to clear the path to Mai's happiness, threatening lives including his own. In a wake of turmoil and destruction, Bret's uncle and well-known criminal attorney Hubie Santos attempts to find out if a surgeon would use his knowledge to kill.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I just want to thank Laura from iRead Book Tour for allowing me to be a part of the book tour.

When I first heard about To Sleep…Perchance to Die I wanted to read it and then when I got it and started to read it, I knew I had to read it.

With an intro like this, how could you not want to read it:

She’s dead. Everything’s changed. How could it have happened?


You want to find out who is dead, how is it going to change, how did it happen and mostly who did it. Right? I knew I sure did.

To Sleep…Perchance to Die is a psychological thriller and its been awhile since I read this genre and I really enjoyed it. It was a super quick read that literally had me flipping the pages. Will this cause me to pick up more and read? I don’t know but I have to say it has pecked my interest in the genre again.

As I was reading I kept wondering who the girl was that was killed, who did it & why and who killed her. You start off with a bang and as you read you will find out the answers to the questions.

Jake and Brett are pretty successful oral and maxillofacial surgeons. They both are very attractive men (if these two guys are anything like the surgeon I had when I had to have oral surgery then yea I can image how attractive they are.) Jake is married but not happyily. One rainy day he decides to take the Circle Line Ferry in NYC (another reason why I love the book)  and he meets a girl by the name of Mia and he knows instantly that she plans on killing herself. He saves her from doing it. They talk and he discovers that she has a very abusive boyfriend.

She tells him they can never be together because it would dishonor her family since he is Jewish and that he is still married. So they secretly see each other.

Jake is so in love with this woman and will do anything for her but how far will Jake take it?

I think from the very beginning that Mia knew what she was doing and she managed to manipulate the situation to work to her advantage. I have to say in the very beginning I liked her but that quickly changed. She will do anything no matter what it is to get what she wants.

I want to go on and on about the book but if I do I will end up spoiling it. I really enjoyed the book.

This is Donald’s debut novel and I have to say if his first one was this great I can’t wait to read future books by him.

Thanks again Laura for allowing me to be a part of this tour. The book is great and I think if you like psychological thrillers then I am sure you will love this.

To Sleep Perchance to Die author
Meet the Author:

Donald R. Grippo, DDS practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in northeastern Connecticut for more than thirty years. On a daily basis, he encountered patient’s fear of undergoing oral surgery and associated anesthesia. To help allay such fear he wrote A Guide to the Guy or Gal Who Takes Your Teeth Out, a series of short stories dealing with the treatment of typical oral surgical problems. His resume includes working as a dentist at the Tennessee State Prison outside of Nashville and as a guard at the Hartford State Jail on Syms Street in Hartford.

Twitter: @DonaldGrippo



Book Tour Schedule

May 12 – Back Porchervations – review
May 13 – Number The Stars – review
May 14 – Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – book spotlight
May 14 – A Blue Million Books – book spotlight 
May 15 – Being Tilly’s Mummy – review / giveaway
May 16 – Bound 4 Escape – review
May 19 – Everything Distils Into Reading – review
May 20 – She is Too Fond of Books – book spotlight
May 21 – Library of Clean Reads – author interview
May 22 – Psychotic State Book Reviews – review
May 26 – Morphys’ Book Blog – review / giveaway
May 27 – Cindy’s Love of Books – review
May 28 – Like a Bump on a Blog – review
May 29 – Lady in Read – review / giveaway
June 2 –  All Things Bookie – author interview
June 3 – Reviews by Molly – review / giveaway
June 4 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review
June 5 – Pinky’s Favorite Reads – review / author interview
June 6 – Christa Reads and Writes – review
June 9 – I’m A Voracious Reader – review
June 10 – Genuine Jenn – review 
June 11 – Hello, my name is Alice – book spotlight
June 12 – Hello, my name is Alice – author interview / giveaway
June 13 – Making my Mark – review / giveaway
June 14 – Genuine Jenn – giveaway / author interview
June 16 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review
June 20 – Mary’s Cup of Tea – review / giveaway


Review/ The One & Only

Review/ The One & OnlyThe One & Only by Emily Giffin
Format: eARC
Published by Random House LLC on 2014-05-20
Pages: 432
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Literary, Romance

Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such New York Times bestselling novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Praise for Emily Giffin

“Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. . . . She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’ ”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”—Entertainment Weekly   “[Giffin] excels at creating complex characters and quick-to-read stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller.”—The New York Times

“Giffin’s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh.”—People

“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle From the Hardcover edition.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I am a huge fan of Emily Giffin’s books and I was thrilled when I heard that she had The One & Only coming out so imagine my surprise when I was offered it to read before the release date?

I was thrilled and devoured this over the weekend. I literally had a hard time to put it down. That is how much I enjoyed the book. If you are a fan of Emily’s other books then you won’t be disappointed and I highly suggest you pick this one up to read asap.

The One & Only takes place in a small town in Texas called Walker and basically everyone sleeps, eats and breathes football. There is alot of football in the book but not enough to turn me off the book.

The main character in The One & Only is Shea. She is a huge foot ball fan and she is also a sports writer. Shea is a free spirit so to speak where she lives her life the way she thinks it should be and is almost content with it. I think Shea feels as though she doesn’t deserve to have the life like her friend Lucy has. Lucy is married with a child and runs her own clothing boutique. Its almost like she is settling for anything but the best.

Growing up Shea never really had a father figure in her life and I think this is where she looked up to Lucy’s dad, Coach Carr. Although Shea I have to admit has taken a little more of an interest in Coach Carr now that his wife has passed away. Throughout the book I literally kept saying no Shea don’t do anything you will regret. Does this go any further or is it just a crush?

Shea does have other love interests in the book and its not all about Coach Carr. When Shea was interacting with Miller I could see where her friends were saying she could do so much better because I honestly don’t think I could go out with someone like Miller. He is a jock and comes off like a dumb jock at times. Then when she hooks up with Ryan who happens to be in the NHL and is hot I was like Shea you so deserve someone like Ryan. He likes Shea because she is a go with the flow girl. Doesn’t question things, doesn’t ask about every detail and is not all into herself like others he has been with.

Will Ryan be able to get Coach Carr off of Shea’s mind? Will he be the one to change Shea’s life and give her all that she needs and deserves?

The One & Only is a perfect summer read in my opinion.

This is my second book of the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge and I have to see I feel as though this challenge is going pretty good so far for me considering I usually suck at doing them. Check back next week for my third book in the summer reading challenge.

Did you read this? What did you think? Do you plan on reading this?

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Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she now lives in Atlanta lives with
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Review/ Undone

Review/ UndoneUndone by Cat Clarke
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Pages: 384
Genres: Bullying, Social Issues, Young Adult

When a highly sensitive video goes viral, one teen is left dead and another seeks revenge.

Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Its not ideal, but she's learning to live with it. Until Kai kills himself after being outed in a highly private moment.

All she has left is a series of letters he's left her-one a month, each encouraging her to come out of her shell. But Jem has a different plan. Sure, she'll be more outgoing-whatever it takes to infiltrate the group of Populars who released the video that made Kai commit suicide. And then she'll bring them down.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

For some reason I have never read any of Cat Clarke’s books and I’m not quite sure why because from the descriptions I have read I know it would be something I would enjoy reading and honestly after reading this one I know I want to pick up her books and read more.

When I was reading this I wasn’t sure how it would play out in the book and with my emotions because its a heavy and depressing book and I have to say that Cat did a wonderful job with the book and she tackled the subject like a pro.

My heart broke for Kai because no one should ever have to resort to killing themselves. Why can’t we accept people who are different? Why do we feel the need to drag them down even further then they are? My heart also was breaking for Jem because she lost the one true thing she truly loved in the world. I wish someone would have stepped in to help her deal with the loss of her friend, her love.

Undone is told in the past and present. So you will find out a what really happened and what is happening now. It wasn’t confusing at all.

Jem has always had a thing for her best friend Kai but never really said or did anything until they were much older. He was super nice and let her down gently telling her he was actually gay. This of course is heartbreaking for Jem but she never let that change in their friendship because that is the most important thing for her. She will always love Kai and she even accepts that he is gay.

Kai has never really come out to anyone and only a few selected people know and not everyone is so happy about it. I think they wished that he would have just kept his mouth shut and went on with life. For me this was a little hard because I don’t think you should have to hid who you really are.

Everything changes the night Kai and Jem go to a party. A party that I think in the end that both regret going to. I think both Kai and Jem had a little too much to drink. Jem has no idea what happened at the party until the next day when a video surfaces of Kai. Kai is devasted by this and he has no idea where to go or turn to. He can’t deal with it and does the only thing he knows what to do and that is to kill himself.

Jem is done. She is slowly checking out and can’t handle not being with Kai. She is alone and there is no one there for her. You can see that she is thinking of just ending it but the magically Kai reaches out to her with letters he has written her. I think those letters were the saving grace for Jem because she wanted to know why he would do this to here and who would force Kai to do something like this.

The twelve letters he left for Jem to open monthly that offered little missions for Jem to accomplish and of course some of them she didn’t want to do but deep down she did them for Kai and herself. I think Kai wanted another purpose for those letters and Jem took it another way. I think Kai was trying to force Jem out of her bubble and to expose her to new people etc but she took it at a way to intact revenge on those that took Kai away from her. In a way I want to say Jem was obsessed with Kai both alive and dead.

Can a love for someone you truly can’t have become a person’s obsession? I think so and I think this was the case for Jem.

I really enjoyed reading the book and look forward to reading Cat’s other books sometime soon. There is just so many books and not enough time to read them all in.

Review/ Love And Other Foreign Words Blog Tour

Review/ Love And Other Foreign Words Blog TourLove and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Format: eARC
Published by Penguin on 2014-05-01
Pages: 336
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Siblings, Young Adult

Perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, Love and Other Foreign Words is equal parts comedy and coming of age--a whip-smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud love story about sisters, friends, and what it means to love at all.

Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word--at least not in a language Josie understands.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Welcome to my first review of the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge.

This is Erin McCahan’s second book, her debut novel was I Now Pronounce You Someone Else. I never got to read it but I do own it and I think after reading this I really want take I Now Pronounce You Someone Else off my trb to read,

You should know that these two books are not tied together. They are both stand alone’s.

The main character of the book is Josie. She is a almost 16 year old girl who at times is going on 30. She is very smart as she attends high school for half a day and then takes college courses the rest of the day. Josie thinks she knows it all when it comes to the real world and even though she is smart she is not street smart.

I have to say that I really liked Josie through out the book because she was this regular smart girl who knew it all and she could dish it out and spoke her mind. If she didn’t like you she let you know and I have to say that I really like that about people. She never sugar coated anything.

I loved how close the family was with each other. Their interactions with each other. You can see that they are a loving family although I think Josie worries more about her interactions with her sisters husbands/boyfriends more then she should.

When her sister Kate brings Geoff home to meet the family, Josie instantly hates him and wonders what her sister sees in this guy. I have to say when he was introduced I hated him with a passion and honestly I did throughout the book. I never did like him. I thought he was a little too cocky and know it all at times. I mean who goes to someone’s house and tells them they use to much basil in their sauce? No one that I know. I also think what he would say to Josie were a little hurtful (saying she has no friends) and what was with the wink he would always give her? That was a little creepy for me.

Josie tries to get her sister Kate to break up with him because she thinks he is no good and I have to say I think I would have probably have said the same thing. As Kate is getting ready to get married she turns into bridezilla and I started to really dislike her. I can understand the stress of arranging a wedding as its alot of work but some of the things she said to Josie were a little mean as you will find out when you read the book.

Will Josie be able to break up Kate and Geoff?

Throughout the course of the book you can see Josie trying to find a love of her own and she does actually see a guy in the book but ends up breaking up with him because she knows she will never love him and I thought that was so admirable of her, then she starts crushing on Ethan her instructor at collage, and then a shocker comes in the form of Stu a long time friend and neighbor of hers. Stu is just like Josie very smart and knows what he wants and won’t settle for anything less.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I will probably end up picking up a copy at some point to reread again.





Review & Giveaway / Spun Blog Tour

Review & Giveaway / Spun Blog TourSpun by Catherine McKenzie
Format: eARC
Published by HarperCollins Canada on 2014-04-29
Pages: 150
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance

In this funny and touching novella, bestselling author Catherine McKenzie returns to the story of Amber Sheppard, It Girl and celebrity train wreck from McKenzie’s reader-favourite novel, Spin.

Life has been rough for starlet Amber since leaving rehab. She’s been two years sober, but no one seems to believe her -- not the gossip media, not casting agents, and most certainly not her spotlight-loving parents. With her friendships ruined by betrayal and her career at a standstill, Amber’s just trying to get her life back on track. It doesn’t help that her former love, movie star Connor Parks, keeps trying to draw Amber back in, not just to their relationship but to his hard-partying ways.

One fateful night, Amber breaks down and agrees to join him on board his private jet as it readies for take-off -- a decision that will change her life forever and expose her to a whole new level of scrutiny and heartbreak.

“Short, sharp, sophisticated, you'll want to read it all in one breath. Spun is the next best thing, and should vault Catherine McKenzie to the top of the charts again, right where she belongs.”—Gwendolen Gross, bestselling author of When She Was Gone

“I’ve loved everything Catherine McKenzie has ever written, but this one tops them all. The voice is lively, the dialogue is snappy, and the pace is perfect. Spun is a story I’ll read over and over.”—Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet

“For anyone who read Spin and wondered, ‘What happened next?’ Spun is a short story that is long on compelling, believable drama. An arresting tale that pits impulse against intellect and desire against need, Spun explores the importance of caring as much about tomorrow as today. Its suspenseful conclusion will make your hold your breath through the very end. I loved it.”—Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and The Last Will of Moira Leahy

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I was recently contacted by Catherine McKenzie to see if I would like to review her newest book/ novelle  Spun and you didn’t have to twist my arm or ask me twice because as soon as I got the email I wrote back with a yes please.

The first book was Spin and I loved it and when it ended I was left wondering about the Amber, Katie, and Connor so it was nice to see that Catherine had written this novelle to sort of bring a little update on them.

I won’t get into Spin but if you want to know what I thought you can click HERE and it will take you to my review.

Spun is told in Amber’s point of view. It was really nice to hear Amber’s side. Amber has completed two years of rehab and she is very proud of herself for what she has managed to accomplish. Its been hard for her because at every turn there is someone who is trying to put her down and not believe her. I mean she says she is clean and sober but when you see someone stumbling around you have to wonder, right?

Even though Amber has moved on with her life and is trying to get her life back on track, she is still drawn to Connor, who she realizes is toxic to her recovery. You can see she wants to be with him and wants him to get help. She drops everything to rush to him when he calls her. Little does she realize that this will be the last time she sees him.

When she hears the news she is upset wondering if she had stayed could things have been different? Its a tough call to make and one that I think she regrets making. Would you be able to stay or would you walk away?

Since its such a quick read I don’t want to give away too much but if you loved and enjoyed Spin then I highly recommend you pick this up to read.


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Review/ I Know Lucy

by Melissa Pearl

Title: I Know Lucy
Series: The Fugitive Series Book 1
Author: Melissa Pearl
Pub Date: April 2014
Publisher: Evatopia Press
Pages: 272

Source: I received an ebook from Mark My Words Book Publicity.

About the book:

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding — taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, cheat, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay and perhaps, love. It’s her one shot at a normal life. 

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to figure Lucy out, he sets out to unravel the mystery that is her and soon finds himself caught up in a cat and mouse game. For the first time in his life he is faced with the reality that the truth can no longer set him free…if anything, it’s going to get him killed. 



I knew right away after reading the synopsis of this book that I wanted to read it. I am going to say that this is probably one of my favorite reads of 2014 to date. Yes its that good. If I used a rating system I would have to say its 10+. I love the storyline, I loved the characters and I loved the authors writing.

I Know Lucy is told in the point of view of Zach who does the story telling in present day and Lucy who does the story from the time of the murder . Each chapter indicates who is telling the story which makes it so much easier from the get go. I didn’t think I would like the back and forth of the book but I have to say that it added to the book because like Zach we were wanting to find out more about Lucy.

I read I Know Lucy in two nights and probably if I had allowed myself I would have read it in one sitting. Right from the first page its non stop action and page turning. Which I love in books.

I Know Lucy opens up with Lucy being a happy go lucky thirteen year old girl. She lives in a nice house and has two loving parents and Lucy’s life couldn’t get any better until one night when there is a knock on the door and her mother goes to answer it. Her father knows that this isn’t good and tells Lucy to go and hide. Before Lucy knows it her life is going to change drastically. Both of her parents are brutally murdered and she knows that if she doesn’t leave then and there she is next.

With no where to run to because she knows the killer knows all about her and her family and she doesn’t want to risk the ones she loves, Lucy runs and doesn’t stop. Along the way she steals what she can to survive.

Over the years Lucy has developed many different looks and identities to protect herself and to stay under the radar because she never knows when it will be over. She has learned from the beginning that you can’t trust anyone and no one will have your back but you. All that is about to change when she meets Zach.

I have to say that I love Zach. For some reason you think he is this dorky kind of guy who is everyone’s friend and we are probably right but I have to say that this is the kind of guy I love…I am sure if I went to school with him I would totally be crushing on him.

Zach is curious about Lucy and he knows there is more to her then meets the eye. Will he be able to get Lucy to trust someone again or will she completely push him away and run?

If your looking for a really good suspense book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to turn pages and not sleep then I highly suggest this.

I can’t wait to see what is next in this series.


Review/ Here Comes Destructo-Saurus

Review/ Here Comes Destructo-SaurusHere Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds
Format: Hardcover
Published by Chronicle Books on 2014-04-01
Pages: 32
Genres: Animals, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, General

Watch the unstoppable destructive force of a raging temper tantrum! Tremble at the enormous mess and disrespectful roaring! Despair as no amount of scolding can stem the heedless fury! Someone is heading for a time-out, Mister! Anyone who has witnessed (or been) a toddler in the throes of a full-blown fit will delight in this clever book's moviemonster rampage, and may just come away from it with a bit more sympathy for toddler and caregiver.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I want to say that Jeremy Tankard did an amazing job with the illustrations. I think kids would like them.

This was another funny book that I read with my mom and we both laughed while reading it.

Destructo-saurus is just like a little kid who is having a temper tantrum. We don’t really know why he is so mad and upset until the very end of the book.

The narrator is talking in a motherly voice and you could see at points the destructo-saurus is being scolded for his actions such as not cleaning his feet as he is tracking dirt all over the place, throwing things all over the place and someone will get hurt, attitude, and a few other things.

When the reason behind this is revealed the narrator feels bad and aplogizes to destructosaurus and tells him that maybe next time he should use his words instead of his actions.

The only thing my mom didn’t like was that destructosaurus got away with his actions and was never punished which I agree with her. He should have helped to clean up.

Thank you Crystal and Raincoast books for sending me this to read and review.