Love Unleashed by by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh #LoveUnleashed #Review @tlcbooktours

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I commented on Instagram last night that Love Unleashed will make dog lovers smile. I smiled often as I read this book, and gushed over how cute all the dogs looked in their photos. But I was often overwhelmed with sadness when I read about the hard lives some of these animals had before finding their forever homes. That sadness was brief, however, because the bulk of each story focused on leading up to their happy endings.

Here’s a glimpse at the dogs featured in Love Unleashed:

  • Louboutina, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to give hugs to everyone she meets.
  • Hooch, a French Mastiff mix who survived abuse and later earned the American Humane Hero Dog Award for his work as a therapy dog for abused, special needs, and autistic children.
  • Freya, a Pit Bull once known as the ‘World’s Loneliest Dog,’ who found her forever home after being given a role in a movie.
  • Tuna, a Chiweenie famous for his distinctive, toothy grin.

These are just a few examples of the 38 dogs featured in this book… and I fell in love with every single one of them! Each story is accompanied by a few photographs, all of which are simply beautiful.

I could easily have read this book in a single sitting, but I enjoyed it so much that I was reluctant to reach the end. Instead, I read a few stories each day for a week… drawing it out as long as I could. I have no doubt that I’ll pull this one off the shelf many times in the future, just so I can fall in love with these dogs all over again.

Between the beautiful photographs and uplifting stories in Love Unleashed, I think it’s a safe bet that any dog lover would be proud to own this book!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of National Geographic Society via TLC Book Tours.

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Author: Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Title: Love Unleashed: Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs

Genre: Nonfiction, Dogs, Essays

Published: March 6th, 2018 by National Geographic Society

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Book

• Hardcover: 160 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 6, 2018)
A book for dog lovers everywhere. Celebrating the amazing relationships shared with our four-legged friends, each story recounts the love of dogs and the powerful ways dogs impact our lives.
In this heartwarming collection of stories, readers meet 38 incredible dogs who have gone above and beyond the job description of best friend. Each uplifting story provides an inspiring look at the animals who change our lives. Meet rescue dogs who learn to serve others, working dogs who go beyond the call of duty, and underdogs who surmount extraordinary challenges on the road to finding their forever home. This treasury of man’s best friend features photographs and personal anecdotes from those who have been touched by the selfless love of a beloved pet.

About the Author

Photo by Mark Mann

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, but who also loves dogs and telling stories about amazing animals. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Adweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan and a founding director of the Deja Foundation, devoted to funding the medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.



Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 6th: Based on a True Story

Wednesday, March 7th: G. Jacks Writes

Friday, March 9th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tuesday, March 13th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, March 14th: Literary Quicksand

Thursday, March 15th: Openly Bookish

Monday, March 19th: The Geeky Bibliophile

Tuesday, March 20th: Dreams, Etc.

Wednesday, March 21st: Bibliotica

Thursday, March 22nd: A Bookworm’s World

Monday, March 26th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Tuesday, March 27th: What Is That Book About

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The Feed: A Novel by Nick Clark Windo #MiniReview


The Feed connected the world, making everything instantly accessible in your mind, thanks to an implant. The implant gave people immediate access to news, social media, and communication. Even memories could be stored for later access. Turning off your feed and “going slow”—  living in the moment and talking aloud—  wasn’t easy. The Feed was addictive, and once you had it, you never wanted to be without it. So it’s no surprise that when the Feed collapsed, the world collapsed right along with it.

I was intrigued by the idea of this world-wide implant-aided connection being the thing that brought the world down. It was certainly a different take than what I’d previously read, and I was curious as to how it would all play out. I have to admit that I had a little trouble suspending disbelief on how quickly to world turned to ruin, however. For the level of destruction described in the book to have happened in a mere six years seemed a bit much sometimes, but I went with it and was able to keep my head (mostly) in the story.

There was an interesting twist regarding what can happen to a person while they sleep. It’s referred to as being “Taken” and it remains a mystery for quite some time as to what that means. A person must be watched as they sleep, and when it becomes apparent that they have been taken, the watcher must take quick, drastic action. When it is later explained just what being “Taken” means, and why it happens, it provided a twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting.

This was a nice read overall, but it didn’t blow me away as I was hoping it would do. Still, I’m glad I read it.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss.

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Author: Nick Clark Windo

Title: The Feed: A Novel

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

Published: March 13th, 2018 by William Morrow

Rating: 3 stars

About the Book

Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age.


The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees . . . in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world.

Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it.

The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself . . . and maybe even that is no longer true.

Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be?


Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney #Review @alicewriterland @Flatironbooks


Holy moly, Batman… what a fantastic book! I read the majority of this book in one sitting because it was impossible to put down. (I only got two hours worth of sleep, but it was worth the book hangover!)

The story is set within three distinct points in time, split into alternating chapters:

  • Now: The present, in which Amber is hospitalized and comatose.
  • Then: The recent past, where we see the events that take place shortly before Amber ends up in the hospital.
  • Before: Entries from a childhood diary written in 1991.

NOW: When the story begins, the reader is at the same disadvantage as Amber—knowing where she is, without knowing why. Was it an accident, or someone do this to her? Vague clues about what happened to her are dropped in the conversations going on around her—which Amber is able to hear, despite being in a coma—but they don’t tell her what she needs to know. If anything, what she hears often leave her as confused as the dreams she slips into regularly. Amber thinks they may hold the key to what happened to her, but the surreal dreams make little sense to her.

My inner detective was on constant alert as I read the present-day chapters. I wanted to solve the mystery of what happened to her before all was revealed, and I was constantly noting little things that seemed important. It was a lot of fun, and kept me even more firmly glued to the pages, but (per usual) I wasn’t able to figure it out.

THEN: Getting insight into Amber’s day-to-day life, and her (practically non-existent) relationships with her co-workers was interesting. Amber struggles with anxiety and OCD, and it was intriguing to see how she coped with checking rituals. There was one, in particular, that I puzzled over quite a bit—wondering what the story behind it was and hoping it would be revealed at some point. (It was.) Her relationship with her boss, Madeline, was extremely complicated, mixed in with a heavy dose of intrigue that had me scratching my head, wondering what it was all about. One event (which I won’t spoil with details) left me wide-eyed and shocked to the core, even though I didn’t fully understand (yet) why it was happening. When the ‘why’ of it came out later on, I was shocked all over again.

BEFORE: These chapters were so good! I spent a lot of time staring off into space, attempting to reconcile the things I’d already read, with something I’d just read in one of the dairy entries. I think I was sometimes more puzzled with that, than with why Amber was in the hospital!

Puzzled is how I felt much of the time I was reading this book, but in a good way. I went into it expecting one mystery, and found several others that were every bit as fascinating and compelling as the first. The resolution of each one was extremely satisfying, and I didn’t have any unanswered questions by the time I reached the end.

Speaking of the ending: WOW… totally blew me away! I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t that.

I LOVED this book. It’s definitely a Book Worth Reading, and you won’t want to miss out on this one!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Flatiron Books.

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Author Alice Feeney

Title: Sometimes I Lie

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published: March 13, 2018 by Flatiron Books

Rating: 5 stars

book worth reading

About the Book

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

About the Author

Alice Feeney
Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her dog – a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers.

Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world.