Secrets in Our Scars: Review and Giveaway

SECRETS IN OUR SCARS

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About The Book:

secrets_of_our_scars_kindleTitle: SECRETS IN OUR SCARS

Author: Rebecca Trogner

Pub. Date: February 7, 2018

Publisher: Rebecca Trogner

Pages: 314

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. She’s yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.
But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is gorgeous, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.
Roy sees through her resistance and is determined to unravel the mysteries of Daisy. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge.

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Review:

It isn’t a mystery that the protagonist, Daisy, has secrets. She has not had the best or most pleasant life growing up. Immediately my heart went out to Daisy. I felt like I wanted to hug her and reminder her that things would get better. She had survived a horrific (sexual) assault and lived to tell the tale. That in itself is quite a feat. Although, just surviving doesn’t mean “able to live with”. Daisy constantly has flash backs and little moments that keep her in fear, which I believe it to be expected. She still proved to be a very strong character and I liked her for that. There is a love interest… Roy. Roy was not without his own secrets (none of which I will spill here… you’ll have to read the book!) He wanted nothing more than to reassure Daisy of how amazing and special she was. Of course, with Daisy’s past, words have little meaning without action behind them. This was a constant them between the two of them as they figured out how to get the other to open up and learn to trust.

The suspense found within this story was very well done. There were some moments when it felt like it took a back seat to the rather adult scenes in the book, but that changed in the second half. This was a quick read but it was really good. Would I recommend? If you take into account there are some trigger scenes and are okay with that, then yes I would recommend. The cover was what drew me in, the blurb hooked me, and the story sold me. I cannot wait to read more from this author.
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About Rebecca:

Rebecca Trogner lives in Virginia with her husband and a passel of adopted pets. Her idea of a good day is copious amounts of coffee, her computer, and no commitments so she can write all day. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card, US Only. Ends on March 6th at Midnight EST! 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/19/2018- Two Points of Interest– Review

2/19/2018- BookHounds– Interview

 

2/20/2018- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

2/21/2018- The Phantom Paragrapher– Review

2/21/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

 

2/22/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review

2/22/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

2/23/2018- F A N N A– Review

 

Week Two:

2/26/2018- Book-o-Craze– Review

2/26/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Excerpt

 

2/27/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

 

2/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

2/28/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

 

3/1/2018- TheBooktarian– Excerpt

 

3/2/2018- Reading for the Stars and Moon– Review

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: More Than We Can Tell

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

More Than We Can Tell Was Here by Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

 

 

From Goodreads:

*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

 

I loved Letters to the Lost so I cannot wait to start this story!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Reread Forever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Books I Could Reread Forever

 

Harry Potter. This is, and always will be, my #1 reread.

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

 

 

The Legend Series (June & Day FOREVER!)

Legend (Legend, #1)

 

 

The Grisha Series

 

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

 

 

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

 

 

PS I Love You

P.S. I Love You

 

 

The Help

The Help

 

 

Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days Series)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

 

 

Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

 

 

These Broken Stars (Starbound Series)

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

 

 

This was a difficult topic! It was not easy to narrow down to only 10… what books could you reread and never get tired of?

 

 

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Review: The Belles (The Belles #1)

The Belles (The Belles #1)

 

THIS. BOOK. Holy smokes this book was everything I wanted and more. It was a great read, completely engaging, and brilliantly done. I tore through this in not time even though it is 500 pages. It does not read like a 500 page book. I don’t know what magic Clayton possess but she was able to pull me into this world and never let me go until the very last page.

Short recap: Camellia lives in a time when The Belles are the most coveted people in the kingdom of New Orleans. Being a Belle herself, she has been trained from birth on what it means to be a Belle, one of the few chosen by the Goddess of Beauty to spread and enhance beauty. All Camellia wants is to be the queen’s Favorite, the highest title a Belle can be given. After being placed, Camellia quickly discovers that New Orleans, the kingdom, and the people are not what she was taught to believe. What is Camellia going to do?

Because I loved this story and world so much, I feel I am going to really struggle with my review. That usually happens when I wanted to express how excited I am about what I read and how much I want everyone to read it. I’ll do my best so bear with me. 🙂

The entire concept of a kingdom having special people who have the ability to manipulate beauty was fascinating. Camellia lived in a city/kingdom where everyone not considered blessed by the Goddess of Beauty was born with gray skin and gray hair. They were almost completely devoid of color. That is where the Belles came in. If the people had enough money, they could buy an hour of time of a Belle and have manipulation done to enhance their beauty. Now, there were some limitations on what a Belle was allowed to do… Beauty Restrictions, if you will. A woman’s waist could not be smaller than a certain size or limitation on skin color, that kind of stuff. But if the person wanted long straight blonde hair and crystal blue eyes surrounded by bronze skin, they could certainly buy that. However, the changes would wear off after a month or so. That is why the schedule of a Belle would be booked from sun up to sun down. Brilliant, no? I may not be doing the best job of describing but believe me when I say it was a great concept. In a way, it made me realize how some people are far too obsessed with their appearance and incredibly vain.

The characters within the story were amazing. Camellia, the protagonist, was so well developed and her character arc was marvelous. She and her other sisters, all named after flowers, were raised from birth with a very naive mindset. It wasn’t their fault that they were not knowledgeable of the troubles of the people. They weren’t exposed to those issues ever. Instead, they were taught manners and schooled in how to properly use their gifts. Camellia was the most gifted of all of her sisters, but I quickly picked up that envy and a bit of arrogance were going to be her downfall. The girl was almost overly arrogant about how special she was and how gifted she was. She struggled to be happy for her other sisters and that made me not completely like her. I believe she was purposely written that way but it was hard to like someone that was so self-assured on the point of being overly arrogant. As the story continued. Camellia had her eyes open to the real world around her and she found out first hand that people were not as great as she thought they would be. That goes double for the royal family. Boy oh boy were there skeletons in the closets of the royal family! I won’t give anything away but those were some nasty, awful, selfish people. You’ll have to read the book to find out what I am talking about.

I mentioned it before but I mean it – this story did not feel like a 500 page book. The pacing was perfect. Clayton hit the ground running on page one and never let up. Even at the end of the story, I didn’t want it to end. The cliffhanger was just right and hooked me for book 2 (which I need yesterday). There was just enough of a magical element to make things even more interesting but it was not the biggest part of the story. The underlying story of deception and betrayal is really what will keep you turning the pages. It is going to be torture to wait until next year to find out what happens! If you have read this, let me know your thoughts. Let me know if you liked it or not. If you haven’t, I hope you get to borrow from your library or can get your hands on a copy. This is the type of story that will stay with you for a long, long time.

 

 

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Books Left Unread #113

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Red Girl, Blue Boy (If Only . . ., #5)

 

I think I have almost all of the If Only… books. They all sound so adorable! I believe I have only read 2 or 3 of the books to date. Have you read this one? It sounds super cute but I haven’t talked myself into pulling it off of my shelf. Have you read it?

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Review: Here We Are Now

Here We Are Now

 

Sit back, my lovelies, and stay a spell. I  have a review for you! I recently borrowed this gem from my library because it looked and sounded great. After the story started rolling, I had to constantly check the “information” portion of the audio because I was so sure I had downloaded the wrong book.

Short recap: Taliah is sure her father is the lead singer from a famous music band. She writes him letters after finding a box in her mother’s room that also hinted to him being her dad. He shows up one day and everything changes.

Yeah, that’s a bad recap of the story but it was the best I could do because this was a terrible story for me. I still do not have a good reason as to why I finished because I did not like the characters or the story. I liked the plot but the way it was delivered was not thought out. You want me to believe that when Taliah finally comes face to face with her father – one she was told didn’t want her – she treats him like crap? She did have every right to be upset but she didn’t have to treat him like he was beneath her. Taliah was the main reaosn I did not like this story. She was such a petulant, spoiled, selfish snot that I wanted to slap her. She also thought it was a good idea to leave her home and travel to her Dad’s family’s home without telling her mom? What mental is this girl?! All she knows about her dad was the stuff she found from Googling him and still she doesn’t hesitate to get into a car and go on a road trip with him. I bet you can see my eyes rolling from where you are, can’t you?

Alright, now is the time that I admit that Taliah did not go on this trip alone. She convinced her best friend, Harlow, to go with her. Harlow started out as a great character – the trusting lesbian BFF that has Taliah’s back. While at her grandparent’s house, Taliah and Harlow decide to have a huge blow up argument that ends in Harlow leaving. The argument was poorly timed and badly placed. Not sure it was the best spot for that to happen, even if it did need to happen. Harlow unleashed on Taliah about how she doesn’t open up to let people in, blah blah blah. Harlow may be right but there is a time and place for everything. Having the discussion in another state at your best friend’s grandparent’s house was not the time/place. Harlow ends up going back home and leaving Taliah alone with her father. So much for BFF, amiright?

The other thing that really drove me nuts was the instalove with Toby. Taliah runs into him by accident during her first day and falls instalove/lust with him. Gross. Toby was described to be the “boy next door” so why shouldn’t I love him? Maybe because I don’t like instalove at all. I think it cheapens a story. Plus, how am I supposed to believe that a girl that just found her father and lost her best friend due to having walls up is going to open up to a complete stranger?? I’m not buying for one minute.

While I’m not a total heartless reader, I did like the idea of a long lost father relocating with his child, I did not like it in this story. The story of how Taliah’s parents met was so very rushed and unfulfilling. I stayed with the story mainly to find out what happened so many years ago but it was not ever explained. The closer the story came to a close, I had to accept the fact that nothing was going to be answered. I was not given enough time to learn about the parents and whether I really liked them or not. I don’t think I liked the mom but that feels like a rushed decision since I only learned about her in past tense.

Overall, I am disappointed with what I read. I wanted more depth and more substance from this. I did not like reading about a snot nosed whiny teenager that threw a temper tantrum whenever she didn’t get her way. The ending was super rushed and nothing was resolved. Maybe it was and I just missed it. Either way, I’m upset I did not DNF this book. This was not what I was expecting.

 

 

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Review: Zenith

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)

 

I was not prepared for this book to be the level of bad that it was. I love a good sci-fi and the way this story was described, it certainly ticked all of the boxes. However, what was in the actual story was anything but a good sci-fi. I’m going to be frank with you, I’m not exactly sure what this was. It was set in space, that much is for sure, but everything else was such a cluster of confusion that I still haven’t figure out the point of this story. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this so I am going to try my best to explain… and I will have receipts.

Where to start…. we’ll go with characters.

The characters were such a hot mess. It appears there was an entire cast of characters but I hardly remember any of them. They were not properly developed at all. There was no proper description given of any of them aside from some physical attributes that were mentioned constantly and that they are all stunningly beautiful. Get out of here with that noise. I cannot tell you what the protagonist, Androma (aka Andi aka Bloody Baroness), looked like other than she had white hair with purple highlights. I remember that because it wasa pointless detail mentioned a billion times. Why was it necessary to mention her hair color, you may ask. Answer: I have no idea. It did not add anything to the character herself or the story. Who in the flip cares to be reminded of such stupid details. Another example of terrible characterization: aside from being completely forgettable, one character was described as a giantess who had scales. Oh, and these scales apparently changed color with her emotions. We are never told where this giantess comes from or the point of her scales. We are only told that when she got upset, they would change color and sometimes quiver a little. That and the scales could burn clothes and flesh when she was angry (I think that is how it went). Was she from a planet where everyone was a giant? Did everyone have scales? What did she look like? Great questions! None of them can actually be answered though. The were two male characters but I cannot tell you what either of them look like or any real characteristic about them. Sorry if I am hung up on what these people may or may not look like. It bothered me so much because I was not able to picture these people in my mind without a description. SHOW ME, DON’T TELL ME. These people could have been incredibly diverse but we won’t ever know because that information was omitted. Are they POC? Do they come from a race of people that became extinct?

I was constantly (and I do mean constantly) told/reminded that all of the girls aboard this space ship were the meanest bunch of bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the universe. Every single time they had dialogue, the authors felt it necessary to mention how heartless and badass these girls were. If that was the case, why was Andi so damn weak? Why was she constantly crying when nobody was looking? She was always talking about how she spoke to the spirits/souls of the people she killed. Nobody that is that heartless is going to be that way. Either the girl is bipolar or has multiple personalities because the girl I read about was fake. She just put on a show. She would usually only refer to herself in third person I’m the Bloody Baroness  and try her hardest to convenience everyone that she was the baddest of the bad. HA. I laugh at that. If she really was so ruthless, why was he always begging forgiveness? Either she is truly badass or she isn’t. In this case – she wasn’t. And she had this weird backstory of being a dancer that was always being talked about? What in the fresh hell? Who cares. I did not give one stinking crap that the girl used to dance when she was younger. This did not give her depth, this did not make her more real either. It was just one more odd and confusing thing on top of a growing mountain of confusion put into the story.

The plot. WEAKSAUCE. Or maybe I should just say it was non-existent. I cannot remember another time I was so bored with a story. I think I knew what the point of the plot was but if that was the case, the story hit climax around page 200. There are over 500 pages in the book. That isn’t difficult math… 300 pages of fluff? You betcha! What else were they going to fill pages with…. Terrible writing? Horrible similes? Chapters that constantly repeated what someone else just said but from another POV? Backstories that do nothing but confuse and have no point? You bet your bottom dollar! Which leads to my next topic-

The writing. I think it is important to note the writing style was the worst, most unbearable part of the book. Granted, I listened to the audio and there was a “full cast” but that only helped me figure out when a chapter switched to a new POV. There were 6 different POVs, by the way. This story did not need that many, that’s for damn sure. But I digress. Here are some examples, my receipts – if you will – of the bad writing found within the pages of this book:

“Why do you insist on ruining my beauty sleep, she said in her fluid little voice” – Who has a fluid voice? What does that even mean?

“Androma Racella wasn’t an angel, she was death incarnate” – What. Just… what? I’m not sure they know what the word “incarnate” means, but goodness knows they used it a lot throughout the story. “Everyone became a number in the end. Valen was 306. Deep in the belly of hell incarnate.”

“She was angry as a wet feline” and “Hissing and spitting like cats thrown into water” are just two small examples of how there were so so many references to people being like cats thrown into water. This book is full of them.

“She was an angel of darkness come to him in the pits of hell” – Huh? Again, what does that mean?

“It felt as if the weight of a thousand boulders were all forced into it, seeking to torment her endlessly.” – Seriously. Just stop already. You’re trying too hard to get your point across. Using that many words is not necessary.

“Andi grimaced as Lira pull out a hunk of Moon Chew and popped it into her mouth. ‘That stuff can kill you, you know.” – Yet one more random reference to this substance that is never described. Is it like tobacco? Gum? Tictacs? Beef jerky? Whatever it is, it sounds disgusting.

My all time favorite quote and terrible catchphrase: “Hope, is a raging asshole”.

Oh you read that right, my darlings, that is an actual quote. I am not going to even begin to figure out what made them think that would be brilliant to but into a story but it is seven shades of wrong.

Asides from the above horrific quotes, I must also point out that there is a metric sh!t ton of repetition. Somewhere towards the middle of the story, there is one chapter that talks about Andi and her crew blowing up another space ship full of innocent people. In the very next chapter, the exact same scene is described again but from another POV. Was that necessary? Absolutely not. This happened again towards the end of the story when there is a huge battle taking place. The chapter is told from Andi’s POV, then the next chapter tells the exact same series of events but through a male’s POV. His chapter added nothing to the story. I still cannot figure out why an editor did not remove these pointless, boring chapters. But remember, the repetition was not just about chapters, it happened all of the time in normal dialogue. Characters were constantly repeating themselves. I lost count of how many times I was told about Andi’s traumatic event that (allegedly) scared her for life. I am pretty sure it was mentioned in almost every chapter. I was also reminded by Andi that she The Bloody Baroness every single time she talked. The girl said it like she was being paid every time she spoke the phrase. If I had made a drinking game out of every time she said her self-proclaimed title, I would have been blitzed out of my mind.

I’m not sure I need to do a big wrap up with this one. I was warned it was bad but I didn’t know just how bad it would be. I did consider DNFing and I probably should have. I zoned out pretty quickly in this story so I will admit I have gaps in my memory of (boring) events that took place but I’m confident I didn’t miss anything important. If this story had been truly engaging then it would have held my attention. I am upset that I finished the story because I was doing nothing more than rolling my eyes and screaming to myself over the absurdity of what I was hearing. I will leave you with my final thoughts about this story:

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