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I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses


Authors: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
To Be Published: Tomorrow, July 10, 2018
352 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 28-July 1, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:
In I See Life Through Rosé Colored-Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls of everyday life.

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella’s delightful essays are sure to strike a chord with every woman. Their nine book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today, and has been compared to the late greats Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.

Jessica’s Review:
I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses is the ninth collaboration between mother/ daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. In these collaborations they share about the hilariousness that is their everyday life. We get both hilarious perspectives of life from the ‘younger generation’ and the ‘older generation’.

Through these essays you get to know both Lisa and Francesca. If you have read all the collaborations you know them and their family very well. They come from a big Italian family and we get to see first-hand what that is like.This is the first collaboration I have read and I would love to read more! I am a big Scottoline fan, so I feel I now know her more as a person. Francesca writes a column every Sunday in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

There are lots of laughs and a little sadness in the essays they share with us. Every mother and daughter will enjoy this collection of essays. You can see Lisa and Francesca have a very special relationship: They are each other’s number one fan. Go ahead and start reading these books now, you won’t regret it! Bring this with you to the beach, it is a perfect beach read!

Thank you St Martin’s Press for granting me an arc copy via NetGalley!

Pre-Order Links:
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The Merciless IV: Last Rites

Author: Danielle Vega
Published: June 12, 2018

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case.

The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard’s wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She’s trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Berkley’s captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her–drive the devil away and cleanse her soul–but will she make it out alive?

When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she’d end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she’s forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.

**Kim’s review for the first three books in the Merciless series is here.

Kim’s Review:

This was such a great ending to a great series! The first 3 books got a little repetitive and predictable, so having a few weeks between reading them and the release of the 4th book was a good thing. But the 4th book was also different enough to stave off predictability. I liked how the story was resolved and more info was given about the demon moving from person to person. Plus, I just got back from Italy so I was feeling very nostalgic! 😉

There was a little drama that got annoying, but by the end of the story, I understood why it was included. The people that I was most fascinated by were the Italians! Europeans are usually more traditional and old school anyway, so superstition kind of goes hand in hand with that. Plus, the timeline goes between Berkley’s time in a mental institute and her vacation in Italy with her friends . . . how could it possibly get any better?? There is language, some adult themes, a lot of creepy, so probably not a good idea to give this book to younger readers. But if you love scary, creepy reads, this series is perfect!

Purchase Links:
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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Author: Zoje Stage
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman

To Be Published: July 17, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: June 21-28, 2018
Jessica’s Rating:  
Novel: 4 stars
Audio Narration: 5 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

Jessica’s Review:

We have all seen movies or read books with creepy kids in them, and now you can add another to the list! Hanna is more than creepy, she is pure evil! This child will make you think twice about having children.

We have two points of view in Baby Teeth: Hanna and Suzette. There is no mistaking whose narration is whose.  The chapters alternate between Hanna and Suzette.

Hanna loves her Daddy more than anything; in fact she wants it to be just her and Daddy with no Mommy.  Hanna will go to great lengths to get Mommy (Suzette) out of the picture permanently. And she evolves in her methods as the novel progresses.  I had no idea how this book was going to end: and I am ready for more story, I hope Stage writes another!

This will not be a book for everyone.  The various things that Hanna does could be very disturbing to some.  And it’s not just Suzette that she hurts. Hanna will do anything she possibly can got get what she ultimately wants: Suzette gone.

Hanna is mute and plays the sweet angel to Daddy (Alex) while she is a complete 180 around Suzette. None of the characters are really likeable, they all have their problems.  I had issues with all of the Jenson (pronounced Yensen) family. Yes, Suzette is frustrated and frightened, but to heavily curse at her daughter?!?  If she could rewind the clock, you know what her decision about having a child would be.  Alex is just ignorant to everything and doesn’t listen to what his wife is trying to tell him. It’s right there staring him in the face but all he sees is an angel! In a way, Hanna is my favorite character as she really is pure evil! I loved the character but wanted her to get what is coming to her. I’m stuck in the middle between #TeamHanna or #TeamSuzette.  I really enjoyed Baby Teeth.

The Audiobook Narration:

I listen to many audiobooks, but don’t usually mention the narrator. The narrator to Baby Teeth is Gabra Zackman and she was wonderful! She had Alex’s Swedish accent down and pronounced the words in the way I would have not have been able to do. She played Suzette’s frustration perfectly and Hanna…. OMG, you could just hear and feel the hated in her narration!  Bravo, Gabra Zackman on a well done narration!

I give Baby Teeth 4 stars and the narration 5 stars! I would say listen to the audiobook versus reading it: the narration is that good! (Plus, the Swedish words are read to you versus you attempting to read it incorrectly in your head.)

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Macmillian Audio for my audio and physical arcs. Baby Teeth was a pleasure to listen to and review!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
**You can read the first 10 chapters for FREE now! To get a taste of Baby Teeth get the sampler here.

Amazon UK
Please note: Baby Teeth is being released in the UK as Bad Apple.  It will be released on August 9th.

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