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About Kensley @ The Broken Bookshelf

Young mother, wife, TV show enthusiast, avid reader, writer, gamer.

Paul Tremblay has a new release for July 2019!!

Ok, y’all. I just squealed because THIS BEAUTY came up in my ARC list, and I am SO ready to dive into this, y’all just don’t even know. I get excited about a lot of ARCs, but I had NO IDEA he was coming out with a new book until I was browsing around and just happened to find this one.

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I can’t wait, and it’s a story collection. Y’all know those are my favorite. I’m a little swamped with school right now (my untalented tail is having to write AND illustrate a children’s book and I can barely manage to draw stick people without it looking like a toddler did it. However, this made my day a little better and my weekend brighter, and if I don’t get to it before then, I WILL be devouring this during Christmas break!!


!Deal Alert! and an update

So, I’ve been a bit busy. I graduate with my BFA in Creative Writing in May 2019 and I’m currently wrapping up my junior classes (this month is children’s entertainment) and my senior classes begin in January. That being said, the workload is heavy. I don’t mind, and most of it I enjoy, but it leaves time for little else when everything’s factored into my days, and shamefully I’ve had to cut back on the reading for pleasure and swapped it with reading for class. It took me three weeks to get through the middle of The Night Circus and I had to renew my library loan for another three weeks, so hopefully, I can get it read by Thanksgiving. Anyway, I’ve been able to fit reading into my schedule every single day, but sometimes when it ends up being right before bed, I get comfy and nestle in with my Kindle and then before I know it my husband’s waking me up by removing the Kindle from my deep sleep grip and I only made it through two pages.

Also, I have decided that I’m going to introduce a new topic and section for ebook deals, because I receive multiple emails with different ones daily, and it’s not something I see a whole lot on blogs. I’ll spotlight my favorites, because a lot of them aren’t the big name blockbuster hits and there are a lot that I don’t even know. Still, I think it will good for those that may already receive these kinds of emails, but especially helpful for those that don’t.

Without further adieu, today’s spotlight deal is: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay


This has been on my TBR for a while. A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had read it, and I hadn’t. He then explained that I needed to immediately go grab it, and I was going to get a physical copy here soon, but good things come to those who wait. This deal is $1.99* and is available from the following retailers:


If you grab this deal, let me know! Is this section helpful and does it have an audience? While this only contains one deal, in the future there will be multiple depending on the deals available.

*as of Nov. 1st, 2018. These deals can expire on any day and are subject to the publisher’s pricing guidelines.

Putting the Science in Fiction by Various

display-ac0bf7b8ed095f76d487ec46d9635804.pngAs a writer, this book is ESSENTIAL to any writer’s arsenal. I don’t care if you write science fiction or you don’t, you NEED this book to go on your personal bookshelf or your reference pile for future stories. I am not a sole writer for science fiction, but let me tell you, this book helped me with a recent science fiction story that I did have to write. Whether or not you regularly write or read science fiction, this book will let you apply its contents into your stories and books for other genres. Trust me when I say this is one of those reference type booke that you don’t want to miss out on.

And, you don’t have to be a writer to read this either! this is a book that can also be read for enjoyment, whether you’re wanting to learn about new or possible technology from experts to make your story more realistic or whether you’re just wanting to expand your mind because you’re hardcore into science.

Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante

display-a785585dc884488f3ada15bd0809fc4d.jpgAh, another book by Lynda La Plante. She is such a talented author that I know, no matter what I read of hers, it’s going to be good, interesting, gripping, and will leave me by the seat of my pants until I flip the last page. My first book of hers was Widows, and let me tell you, it set high bars as far as writing is concerned, and she does not disappoint.

Follow Jane Tennison on her journey to hunt down and discover the identity of a serial killer wreaking havoc and murder on the wintry town. Tennison is a likable and relatable character, who you root for from beginning to end.

This book weaves in and out of events seamlessly, never leaving you without suspense and always leaving you with wanting more.

Consumed by J.R. Ward

display-6bc9c690f06159b45838926ea270557bI have heard great things about J.R. Ward prior to this book, but never had the pleasure of reading her books. . . until now.

Consumed is everything a thriller and mystery should be and more. The mystery of the fire starter and Danny and Anne’s search for the fire starter is what kicks this book off to a whirlwind of a start, but when the fire starter begins to target Anna when they’re hot on the arsonist’s trail, this is where the suspense of the novel picks up and grabs you, not letting you go until the very last page.

The writing in this book is wonderful and captivating, thrusting you into the character’s world. It is all-consuming and leaves you thinking about what will happen next. If you’re not reading the book, you’re thinking about the book.

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich

display-ab410c96008c1ed8891b5bc5d76b756aI am seeing a pattern here, where most of the readers did not know it was the second book in a series – or trilogy, rather. I am so glad that I’m not alone! Usually, I catch these things right off the bat, but this time it totally went by me and I didn’t even tell until I was already at the end.

That being said, that’s a good thing! I think that this book would have had more of an impact on me if I had read the first book in the series. Silly me for not completely reading a description. What can I say, I like surprises sometimes.

This book is perfect for those that live in small towns and those that long to live in them (I’m the former). The characters and story told certainly resonates with the small town mindset and this is a wonderful story told beautifully.


The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

40388996.jpgI have been highly anticipating this book since June. I missed out on a Kindle one-day-only deal, so I had to wait until it became available at the library. Good thing, too, because I sped through it.

The writing is captivating, putting you right into the story. This is definitely a book for veteran moms, new moms, and soon-to-be moms. I’m not sure where I fit on the scale (new/vet because mine’s almost 5), but I FELT these women so much! This also tackles something that is not spoken on often but should be. There is so much shame and judgment brought down on mothers, new or veteran, for having a night out, or god forbid, having a beer or a cocktail at a bar. YOU’RE A MOM, WHY ARE YOU HAVING FUN??? I mean, seriously. I enjoy fun just as much as the next person, and no, it doesn’t make you a bad parent for wanting to have fun without the children. You are you’re own person other than being a mom, and that’s okay. The whole idea that women should stay inside and raise kids 24/7 is absurd, but those same people that seem to preach that think that SAHMs are lazy. Just proves that you can’t win and you’ll always piss someone off.

I digress. This book just goes to show that you will never really know anybody, even your friends, and that people are capable of anything. The twist at the end, I’ll admit, I didn’t see coming. Well, I saw it coming, just not with the character it came with. There, that’s it, if I keep going on, I’m gonna spoil it, and trust me when I say this is a quick and captivating read, so go now, get it from the library/store/etc. (I know by my read date it seems like it took me over 10 days to read it, but it was really only like 3 because I read the entire last half of the book in one day.)