A Beginners Guide to Winning an Election by Michael French @tlcbooktours #bookreview

Happy almost Friday y’all!

So excited for the long weekend coming up! This was a fun read perfect for both young adults and not so young adults!

My Thoughts

This book was the perfect blend of politics and teenage drama. Michael French does a marvelous job of exploring The political world in an entertaining and relatable way. This is a young adult book, but you can definitely see a crossover to today’s political climate. The book starts off with Brit excited to be on “team Mathew“, putting up posters and campaigning for the boy who has always been part of the high school political arena. When she realizes things are a little shady she finds herself being framed for something she didn’t do and eventually being kicked off the campaign. Brit is now a little disillusioned, a little hurt, and a lot angry, so she decides she is going to run against the powerhouse that is “team Mathew“. But how do you fight a dirty campaign and loads of money? Well Brit gives it a shot with the help of an amazing AP history teacher and a lot of self-confidence and integrity.

I like this book way more than I was anticipating. I was so riveted and invested in Brit and her campaign. She was such a great character you could not help but cheer for her, I found myself crossing my fingers that she was going to be the next student body president. The book is set six years in the future and this gave it a bit of a unique twist. The story really delved into the world of politics not only at the high school level but at the national level, the good, the bad, and the oh so very ugly. Even our heroine Brit got a little caught up in it all and had to make some tough decisions. This book is a great teaching tool for middle grade and high school age kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned some things as an adult.

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About the Book

Brit Kitridge’s plan was just to get her high school diploma and head to college and med school, but nobody can escape from fate, or is it history? The Beginner’s Guide To Winning an Election reveals our main character’s love for history, and after a summer reading books that fuel her passion for politics, Brit decides to join TM (Team Mathew), a fourteen-member group that has helped Mathew Boltanski win every election he’s ever entered. Now he’s going for the big one—student body president. By orchestrating brilliant campaigns one after the other, TM has made Matthew a national young star and promising politician who could even run for higher office in Washington. When Brit is accused of sabotaging the team, she realizes that Hawthorn High has its secrets, and someone needs to shed some light on them. The story is set in a world six years ahead of our time. Security is a constant issue. Politics isn’t black-and-white, it’s not even gray anymore. Inflation is out of control and the educational system is in crisis. But what happens when you find out what’s really going on? What do you do with secrets no one but you wants to hold up to the light?

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter @slaughterkarin @wmmorrowbooks @tlcbooktours #bookreview #thelastwidow

Happy Thursday all! This was my first Karin Slaughter and I absolutely loved it! Definitely will not be my last! Thanks Trish for my invitation to the tour!

My Thoughts

The Hype IS Real!!!

This was my very first Karin Slaughter and I have to say… I get it! Dark, disturbing, and oh so delicious! This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone. I’d definitely go back and read the previous books I’d like to learn the history between these characters especially Will and Amanda (his boss/pseudo-mother). Will was quirky and likable, I’d love to witness how his character has evolved through the course of the series.

The book starts with a BANG! Dr. Michelle Spivey a scientist at the CDC is abducted from a Walmart parkinglot. The book then jumps forward a month, will and his girlfriend Sarah(Who is also a medical examiner) are at her parents house when they hear an explosion. The explosion appears to have happened at Emory university home of the CDC and several hospitals. Will and Sarah immediately start heading to the bomb sight knowing they will be needed, but they never get there. There is a car accident, a gun fight, and then another kidnapping. Chaos ensues …we are then caught up in the dark world of white supremacy, terrorism, rape, and pedophilia. Most of this was so timely, so real, it made the book all that more frightening. The book jumps around between the perspectives of Will, Sarah, and Will’s partner Faith. This was extremely impactful because we were always privy as to what was going on, there were even a few times we got the same scene from both Will and Sarah’s perspectives. This book was action packed edge of your seat thrilling from first page to last. Never a doll moment! Karin Slaughter has a new fan right here!

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About The Last Widow

• Hardcover: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 20, 2019)

New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. The authorities are desperate to save the doctor who’s been vanished into thin air.

A devastating explosion

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhoods has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.

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About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Townand the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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