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Wolf ~ Herbert J Stern and Alan A. Winter

February 6, 2020

Hardcover: 552 pages
• Publisher: Skyhorse (February 11, 2020)

Synopsis (from the publisher):

In the Great Tradition of Herman Wouk, Author of Winds of War and War and RemembranceWolf is a Thoroughly Researched and Illustrated Historical Novel about a Man who is Not Yet a Monster . . . but Will Soon Become the Ultimate One: Adolf Hitler.

Perhaps no man on Earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. His exploits and every move are well-documented, from the time he first became chancellor and then dictator of Germany to starting World War II to the systematic killing of millions of Jews. But how did he achieve power, and what was the makeup of the mind of a man who would deliberately inflict unimaginable horrors on millions of people?

Meet Friedrich Richard, an amnesiac soldier who, in 1918, encounters Hitler in the mental ward at Pasewalk Hospital. Hitler, then a corporal, diagnosed as a psychopath and helpless, suffering from hysterical blindness, introduces himself as Wolf to Friedrich and becomes dependent upon Friedrich for assistance, forming an unbreakable bond between the two men.

Follow Friedich—our protagonist—who interacts with real people, places, and events, through the fifteen-year friendship that witnesses Hitler turn from a quiet painter into a megalomaniacal dictator. Using brand-new historical research to construct a realistic portrait of the evolving Hitler, Wolf will satisfy, by turns, history buffs and fiction fans alike. And as this complex story is masterfully presented, it answers the question of how a nondescript man became the world’s greatest monster.

Review:

When I was young, I was fascinated by World War II.

Not the sensationalism of the Pacific Theater.

Not the strategy of The Allies.

Not the horrific tragedy of The Holocaust.

But the intense psychological HOW of the most notorious villain of the time.

I was raised Jewish by three Navy-made granddads, so there was much discussion of the rise of The Great Evil, obviously. But it wasn’t the pure horror of it, it was the very thing that drew me to Social Work as an adult.

Wolf seeks to tackle what may have happened between Hitler’s unlikely childhood, through his darker personal days, to the making of a monster.

Thrilling and horrifying, Wolf satisfies both my history buff side and my psych nerd side.

About Herbert J. Stein

Herbert J. Stern, formerly US attorney for the District of New Jersey, who prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City, and served as judge of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is a trial lawyer. He also served as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

About Alan A. Winters

Alan A. Winter  is the author of four novels, including Island BluffsSnowflakes in the SaharaSomeone Else’s Son, and Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in history and has professional degrees from both New York University and Columbia, where he was an associate professor for many years. He edited an award-winning journal and has published more than twenty professional articles. Alan studied creative writing at Columbia’s Graduate School of General Studies. His screenplay, Polly, received honorable mention in the Austin Film Festival, and became the basis for Island Bluffs.

Don’t forget to check out the other TLC Book Tour stops!

Thursday, January 30th: Write – Read – Life

Tuesday, February 4th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, February 5th: Instagram: @barkingaboutbooks

Friday, February 7th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Monday, February 10th: Instagram: @jenabrownwrites

Tuesday, February 11th: Man of La Book

Wednesday, February 12th: Lit and Life

Tuesday, February 18th: Booked J

Thursday, February 20th: Laura’s Reviews

Friday, February 21st: Instagram: @readingmama_reviews

TBD: Thursday, February 6th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

TLC Book Tour: The Insurrection ~ Chris Babu

February 5, 2020

About The Insurrection

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Permuted Press (February 18, 2020)

They are protected by lies. He is armed with the truth.

Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America.

Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America’s darkest secrets from getting out.

Drayden’s only hope is the insurrection led by ally Kim Craig. The David versus Goliath battle between good and evil, between truth and lies, will push Drayden to his breaking point and require bravery, self-acceptance, and above all, belief in himself. Backed by the will of the citizens, he’ll need to engineer an ingenious strategy to defeat the all-powerful authoritarians. The question is, will it be enough?

Review:

Man, oh, man. Y’all, this series is so intense. I had to reread the first two books before I took this one in and I’m glad I did. They really could be read in one, fiery gulp because the plot builds impressively as the story hurdles from one volume to the next.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that held my interest the same way Babu’s books do. Reminiscent of The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games, Insurrection caps off this three volume series Whit Ha world wide whirlwind that made this fiction-loving, former polisci Major very satisfied.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million

About Chris Babu

Chris Babu is a lifelong math and science geek, with a math degree from MIT. For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street. Now he writes full-time, indulging his love of young adult books. He splits his time between New York City and the east end of Long Island, where he lives with his wife Michelle, daughter Lily, and Great Dane Buddy. He’s the author of The Initiation and The Expedition, and can be found at chrisbabu.com.

Connect with Chris on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

As always, don’t just take my word for it! Make sure you check out the rest of the TLC Book Tour stops, below:

Instagram Features

Monday, February 10th: Instagram: @thecityofdarkclockwork
Tuesday, February 11th: Instagram: @thatgirlrunswithbluntscissors
Wednesday, February 12th: Instagram: @buttermybooks
Thursday, February 13th: Instagram: @theshybooks
Friday, February 14th: Instagram: @my_book_journey_
Sunday, February 16th: Instagram: @createexploreread
Monday, February 17th: Instagram: @sweetbookobsession
Tuesday, February 18th: Instagram: @bibliovirgo
Wednesday, February 19th: Instagram: @bookishly_tiff
Thursday, February 20th: Instagram: @books_with_bethany
Friday, February 21st: Instagram: @dropandgivemenerdy
Saturday, February 22nd: Instagram: @novelknight

Review Stops

Monday, February 3rd: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, February 4th: Write – Read – Life
Wednesday, February 5th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Monday, February 10th: Instagram: @bookcrazyblogger
Tuesday, February 11th: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, February 12th: Instagram: @sjthroughthelookingglass
Thursday, February 13th: The Loyal Book
Friday, February 14th: Instagram: the.magicalpages
Monday, February 17th: Openly Bookish
Tuesday, February 18th: Instagram: @pink.dove.reads
Wednesday, February 19th: PNW Pixie
Thursday, February 20th: Comfy Reading
Friday, February 21st: jenabrownwrites
Monday, February 24th: Shelf-Rated
Tuesday, February 25th: Instagram: @jennblogsbooks
Thursday, February 27th: Buried Under Books
Monday, March 16th: My Guilty Obsession
Tuesday, March 17th: Sincerely Karen Jo

The Winterwood ~ Shea Ernshaw

January 4, 2020

Ok, I thought I loved Ernshaw’s first book. I mean, I did.

But, oh, it completely pales in comparison to her sophomore story. I’ll be honest. I haven’t really jumped on the whole Witch bandwagon. But this entire thing drew me in.

Winterwood follows the last manifestation of a long line of powerful, magical women, culminating in a teenager whose powers have never really manifested. She lives alone, her mom constantly jetting around, leaving her to her own devices.

She’s a bit of an outcast at school but it doesn’t bother her much. She wanders the woods, living quietly and staying out of everyone’s way.

Then, one winter night, she finds a boy who has gone missing from the “correctional camp” across the lake. According to the news stories, he’s been missing for weeks but she drags him back to her cabin and nurses him back to health.

And so begins the magical run through a deep, dark woods. Woods that don’t particularly enjoy having boys or girls trespassing in their grounds.

Filled with mystery and beauty, chills and suspense, Winterwood is almost entirely impossible to capture in a recap without leaking spoilers.

Just trust me when I say this book is delightful and hauntingly gorgeous. Ernshaw nailed it, again, and then exceeded the bar.

The Wicked Red Head ~ Beatriz Williams

January 3, 2020

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 10, 2019)

“The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother.

1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago…and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.

Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.

My thoughts:

Phew! This was a wild ride. I adored the first book in the series. Split between two separate decades, two separate, yet intrinsically linked lives, two women race against time to track down their own goals. It’s fitting that I was reading this coming in to the “new 20’s”.

I often find stories like this tedious and hard to follow but Williams has a gorgeous storytelling voice, weaving in and out of two different timelines seamlessly.

Amanda Suanne Photography

About Beatriz Williams

A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.

Find out more about Beatriz at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

As always, don’t just take my word for it! Check out the other tour stops on this TLC Tour:

Instagram Features

Tuesday, December 10th: Instagram: @owlslittlelibrary

Tuesday, December 10th: Instagram: @jessicamap

Wednesday, December 11th: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver

Friday, December 13th: Instagram: @downtogetthefictionon

Saturday, December 14th: Instagram: @lavieestbooks

Sunday, December 15th: Instagram: @wherethereadergrows

Monday, December 16th: Instagram: @tarheelreader

Tuesday, December 17th: Instagram: @bookishblissandbeauty

Wednesday, December 18th: Instagram: @thephdivabooks

Sunday, December 22nd: Instagram: @girlwithnoselfie

Review Stops

Tuesday, December 10th: The Pages In-Between

Wednesday, December 11th: Jessicamap Reviews

Thursday, December 12th: Instagram: @lauralovestoread

Friday, December 13th: Reading Reality

Friday, December 13th: View from the Birdhouse

Sunday, December 15th: Girl Who Reads

Monday, December 16th: bookchickdi

Tuesday, December 17th: Broken Teepee

Wednesday, December 18th: The Reading Corner For All

Thursday, December 19th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, December 20th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Monday, December 23rd: Always With a Book

Friday, December 27th: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Monday, December 30th: Instagram: @babygotbooks13

Tuesday, December 31st: Instagram: @libraryinprogress

Thursday, January 2nd: Instagram: @kraysbookclub

Friday, January 3rd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Monday, January 6th: Instagram: @shereadswithcats

A Trace of Deceit ~ Karen Odden

December 19, 2019

About A Trace of Deceit

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 17, 2019)

Odden is back at her brilliant mysteries (beginning in A Dangerous Duet), diving into the underworld of Victorian suspense.

The subject of this round is a young painter, Annabel Rowe, is hard at work studying her craft at the Slade School of Fine Art. (Which, by the way,,if you have never seen the place, look it up because it’s gorgeous and my inner artist heart fell madly in love with the aesthetic.)

But it’s not all gorgeous interiors and sweet brushstrokes for our featured artist. Annabel is in for a shock when Inspector Matthew Hallam (of the famed Scotland Yard) shows up at her doorstep, carrying the weighty news that her brother has been brutally murdered.

Her late brother, Edwin, was an art lover in his own way but his craft was more along the lines of the sinister and frowned upon forgery field. He’s always been wrapped up in some dark scandal which leaves Annabel less than surprised by his untimely end.

Working in breadcrumbs alone (Annabel suspects that one his missing paintings points to his murderer), Annabel and Matthew race through dimly lit haunts and politically charged art houses, desperate to come up with answers that elude them at every turn.

A Trace of Deceit is the perfect thriller for any art fan but it also holds up for non-artists who simply want a gorgeous, fast paced mystery. I have newly committed myself to getting my behind over to Slade and, perhaps, drawing a bit more again. Though I’ll stay away from the art black market, thank you very much!

About Karen Odden

KAREN ODDEN received her PhD in English literature from New York University and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She currently serves as an assistant editor for the academic journal Victorian Literature and Culture. Her debut novel, A Lady in the Smoke, was a USA Today bestseller.

Find out more about Karen at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thank you to TLC Boo tours for adding me as a stop. And as always, don’t forget to check out the other blood posts on the tour!

Instagram Features

Tuesday, December 17th: Instagram: @crystals_library

Tuesday, December 17th: Instagram: @jessicamap

Thursday, December 19th: Instagram: @amberafterglowreads

Friday, December 20th: Instagram: @megsbookclub

Saturday, December 21st: The Reading Corner For All

Sunday, December 22nd: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Monday, December 23rd: Instagram: @somekindofalibrary

Friday, December 27th: Instagram: @reallyintothis

TBD: Wednesday, December 18th: Instagram: @_ebl_inc_

Review Stops

Tuesday, December 17th: A Pint-Sized Life

Tuesday, December 17th: Instagram: @theunreadshelf

Wednesday, December 18th: Jessicamap Reviews

Friday, December 20th: Reading Reality

Monday, December 23rd: PhDiva

Friday, December 27th: Broken Teepee

Monday, December 30th: Instagram: @storied.adventures

Tuesday, December 31st: Instagram: @rendezvous_with_reading

Thursday, January 2nd: Unabridged Chick

Thursday, January 2nd: Booked J

Friday, January 3rd: Jathan & Heather

TBD: Thursday, December 19th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood ~ Maureen Stanton

November 27, 2019


Hardcover:
 240 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 16, 2019)

What a wild life!

Born to strict catholic parents who often threatened to throw their children into the nearby maximum security prison if they stepped out of line, Maureen grew up attempting to fit into a very straight and narrow mold.

That all began to crumble when her parents went through a divorce, forcing her once perfect (at least in image) mother to make drastic changes to her own moral code in order to keep up the life style she believed she and her children deserved.

Shoplifting, larceny, and other desperate measures sent the then imperiled family down a rather rocky road. Along that road, Maureen falls into a hole of angel dust and her own desperate measures.

At once intriguing and heartbreaking, this is one family’s story of reacting to life on life’s terms and while it makes for a very interesting read, it made my social worker heart break at points. I am so proud of Maureen for coming out on the other side of her childhood and living to tell the tale.

Photo by Heather Perry

About Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton is an award-winning nonfiction writer, and author of “BodyLeaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood,” a People Magazine “Best New Books” pick, and “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,” winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. Her essays and memoirs have been published in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Florida Review, New England Review, and River Teeth, among others. She has received the Iowa Review Prize, the American Literary Review Prize, Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships. She has an M.F.A. from Ohio State University, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Find out more about Maureen at her website, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Don’t just take my word for it! Check out the other TLC Book Tour stops below!

Instagram Features

Sunday, November 3rd: Instagram: @mrsboomreads

Monday, November 4th: Instagram: @ohthebooksshewillread

Tuesday, November 5th: Instagram: @gatticus_finch

Wednesday, November 6th: Instagram: @libraryinprogress

Thursday, November 7th: Instagram: @inquisitivebookworm

Friday, November 8th: Instagram: @orangecountyreads

Saturday, November 9th: Instagram: @crystals_library

Review Stops

Monday, November 4th: Tabi Thoughts

Wednesday, November 6th: seasaltdaydreams

Thursday, November 7th: bookchickdi

Monday, November 11th: The Sketchy Reader

Tuesday, November 12th: PhDiva

Thursday, November 14th: Instagram: @books_and_broadway_

Saturday, November 16th: Instagram: @shelovesthepages

Monday, November 18th: Helen’s Book Blog

Wednesday, November 20th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Friday, November 22nd: Blunt Scissors Book Reviews

Wednesday, November 27th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Monday, December 2nd: Instagram: @quietmountainreader

Tuesday, December 3rd: Comfy Reading

Wednesday, December 4th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, December 5th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Friday, December 6th: Lit and Life

Friday, December 13th: Openly Bookish

Zappata ~ Harper McDavid

November 22, 2019

Paperback: 356 pages
• Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (September 25, 2019)

Avery McAndrews is just an engineer but she’s determined to rise above her station. When she’s called for a rather unorthodox mission, she jumps at the chance to make her mark.

The problem is that she has to venture into some terrifying territory, leading her straight into cartels and gunfire.

Alejandro DeLeon is the cartel’s attorney which, one might imagine, takes a certain kind of backbone and questionable morals. But he soon finds himself caught up in another cause: Avery.

When the two band together to break away from the cartel, it’s a race against time and a race for their lives.

Somewhere between Breaking Bad and Blow, this story is definitely something I had an impossible time putting down. It’s written at a breakneck, post apocalyptic pace and has a sizzling energy.

Definitely check it out if you get a chance!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About Harper McDavid

As a child, Harper McDavid watched her mother ride the rollercoaster of writing books, swearing she’d never do it herself. But some things are just hardwired, and luckily for Harper the world has moved on beyond typewriters and ten-pound manuscripts.

Harper’s gritty romantic suspense incorporates her own background in science and engineering and work experience along the border. The result is a collection of brainy hard hat-wearing heroines that occasionally swap out their coveralls for the little black dress.

Harper is the mother of three daughters and lives in the foothills of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a fat cat. Her free time is spent traveling the world in search of that next story and perusing her local library for funny book covers.

Find out more about Harper at her website, and connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

And as always, don’t forget to check out the other TLC Tour Stops!

Monday, November 11th: Living My Best Book Life

Tuesday, November 12th: Blunt Scissors Book Reviews

Thursday, November 14th: The Sassy Bookster

Saturday, November 16th: Stranded in Chaos

Monday, November 18th: Bewitched Bookworms

Tuesday, November 19th: Jathan & Heather

Wednesday, November 20th: Write – Read – Life

Monday, November 25th: Romance Schmomance

Tuesday, November 26th: Shelf-Rated

Wednesday, November 27th: The Eclectic Review

Monday, December 2nd: Sincerely Karen Jo

Tuesday, December 3rd: The Graduated Bookworm Blogger

Wednesday, December 4th: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Thursday, December 5th: Books and Bindings

Friday, December 6th: Instagram: @lesa_cap

TBD: Thursday, November 21st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

TBD: Friday, November 22nd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog