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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Like most 26-year-olds Evelyn Beegan is in search of the perfect job, the perfect man and the perfect life. So when she gets an interview for a new social media platform geared for the elite upper class, she exaggerates her connections. Capitalizing on the friendships she developed while in high school she finds herself drawn into the world she thought she deserved. The only question is will she survive? 

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford is a fast-paced, fun ride. You will simultaneously love and hate most of the characters, especially Evelyn. This story was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. Clifford's characters are believable and the type of people you kind of wish were your friend. Evelyn's story was real enough that it could have been me, you know if I went to a elite boarding school for high school and had a mother that was determined to see me married to a rich guy, and was desperate enough to fit in with a new set of friends and was willing to lie to get what I wanted. Suddenly I'm grateful for the life I do have and for parents who taught me how important it is not to lie. 

Should you read Everybody Rise? For sure. You won't regret it. 

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was a great book and I definitely recommend it.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Come Winter by Clare Guiterrez

If you are a fan of imagination gripping historical fiction you will love Come Winter by Clare Guiterrez. The book follows the life of Lady Caterina Tabor. When she leaves her English parents who are living in Italy bound for the court of the Queen she is kidnapped. Her journey begins when she is being held in the Scottish highlands castle against her will. She struggles to decide if she should stay or flee and what each option means for her future. Ultimately her decision changes the course of her life and her station. 

Come Winter was fantastic! While this is historical fiction it is not set in such specific circumstances that the fiction leaves you feeling betrayed by history. The descriptions of all of Caty's different locations are fascinating and really leave the reader intrigued. I highly recommend this book. I don't know that it would be great summer reading by a pool or beach, but it would be great reading by a fire come fall or winter.

Honestly, it won't matter when you read it, you will be so wrapped up in the story. 

An advance copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions are my own. I have already recommended this book to several friends and now to you!