Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Afterimage by Noami Hughes

Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Camryn is working through her panic disorder, and her mom is talking it her through it when she finally makes it on base to pick her mom up from work. However, Camryn never makes it into the building. A massive explosive happens and before Camryn falls unconscious she sees a boy who is shocked that she can see him.

She spends weeks asleep before finally waking up and realizing that she is the only survivor. The agency threatens her by telling her if she doesn't cooperate they will imply that she had something to do with the bombing just like her mother. Camryn knows something is off, especially when Quint tells her the password to the Agent's tablet.

Camryn is determined to prove that her mother is innocent. Soon she is caught up in a conspiracy and a massive cover up. She keeps seeing a boy that no one else sees, but it becomes clear that she has to work with him in order to save space and time.

This really wasn't on my radar until I received the book. I was pleasantly surprised, I don't read too much sci-fi anymore, but this appealed to me. There is something about time travel, wormholes, and ghostly boys that is extremely interesting. I found that Camryn was compelling and interesting, not sure I completely understood how everything that happened, but it was different from anything I have read lately.

I also tend to read a lot of series, so it is super nice to read a good standalone, even if I did want more by the end of the book.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lies by T.M. Logan

Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martin's Press for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Is there a moment, just one moment that changes everything for you? Unravels it all, and sends your life out of control? Joe knows that moment, one night while driving home with his son, and his son says Mummy's car so Joe takes a look, then another one when he realizes it isn't car just like hers it is her car.

So he makes a split second decision to follow her into the carpark to talk to her, but when they get into the lobby of the hotel he sees that she is having a heated discussion with Ben, and he knows that he doesn't want his son to see this so he heads back to the garage to wait for her. She leaves without even seeing him. Joe ends up in a heated discussion with Ben that ends with Ben hitting him and him pushing Ben back. Ben falls and appears to be unconscious, but before Joe can figure out what to do his son has an severe asthma attack and when he fails to find an inhaler, he has to rush Wills home.

He returns only to find Ben gone, then he realizes his phone is gone as well as a bracelet. Joe is further stunned a weird photo of the bracelet turns up on his Facebook just an hour later. He assumes that Ben is messing with him and before he realizes it he is embroiled in a weird missing person case. Joe knows someone is messing with him and that he is being set up, but can he prove it before his life is completely messed up?

I could not stop reading this, I think I say that a lot, but I found myself thinking about this every time life intruded and I couldn't read it. Even now that I am finished I am still thinking about it. I want to say that I am floored by the twist, I feel emotionally floored. Realistically I realized something strange was going on so I was not surprised by it exactly.  I was totally invested in this story, and I was on the edge of my seat rooting for Joe to come through it all okay.

I like Joe a ton, his wife not so much, but I was fooled by some other people who will remain nameless for the sake of spoilers. I felt so bad for Joe as everything happened to him, as friends' abandoned him, and to be honest it was scary thinking these things could legit happen in real life. But people would never believe you,  and you look crazy when you are the only person telling the truth. This is my first book by this author, but it won't be my last.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Night and Silence by Seanan Mcguire

Thank you to Netgalley and DAW for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Disclaimer: This is the 12th book in the series. I highly suggest starting with Rosemary and Rue and read all previous books. This will contain spoilers if you haven't read the rest of the series.

October is back, and she is still reeling from her lasting meeting with her mother. The meeting in which her mother forced Tybalt and Jazz into their animal forms and kept them that. Tybalt hasn't been the same and neither has Jazz. In fact October hasn't seen much of Tybalt lately, but she is for a bigger shock when her doorbell rings and her ex and his current wife are waiting at her front door.

They accuse of her of stealing Gillian, and then when they realize she doesn't have her they ask her to find Gillian. So October wakes up Quinton and May and they head out to find Gillian. But the road is long and filled with traps and old enemies. Will October be able to save her daughter this time? Or will all be lost?

Whew this was a ride, and to be honest I was surprised by so many things. Seanan masterfully weaves all kinds of pieces together, and leaves you feeling astonished. I had no idea these things were going to happen and the six degrees of separation. It is crazy, that being said I am so glad Tybalt was back and playing a larger role in this one. I really missed him when he was forced to be cat in the last book.

Not a fan of Cliff at all, or Miranda, but learning more about her was extremely interesting. The only downside to reading this and reviewing this is I really have to wait a whole year for the next book to come out. October has been one of my favorite characters from the moment I read Rosemary and Rue, and I love them all and I look forward to each new addition and I hope Seanan continues to write about her for many years to come.

Uncharted by Erin Cashman

Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Annabeth has been struggling since her mother died, and she really isn't looking forward to attending another funeral especially not the parents of Griffin. They used to be really close before her mother passed away. Lately Annabeth wonders what exactly is going on, because all of the members of the Magellan club have died except for Uncle Richard.

When the police barge in shortly after the funeral and Annabeth finds an antique map with a crpytic message written on the back she knows that she needs to find out what is going on. Especially when her father disappears. Soon Annabeth is caught in an age old mystery and she is running out of time to figure it all out and to find her father.

Can she find him? Will she be able to save him? What secret is everyone protecting?

I thought the concept was pretty interesting and the story was good. I wasn't blown away by it all, but it kept me reading. I was a little disappointed to find that it was a standalone, because it almost read like a first book. I liked Annabeth a lot, I am not sure I was a fan of anyone else, but I loved her as a character.

I really liked the combination of celtic myths, treasure hunts, old maps and a secret society. Plus the mysterious secret everyone is willing to kill for or die for. It really had a interesting mix of things going on.

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.

Someone is killing people from a school with dark secrets. First, Jeffrey Stone is murdered, then Kevin, and the police don't realized that they are tied together until the fourth one is murdered. Adrian and his part Imogen are racing against time to figure out what is connecting the victims and who the murderer could be.

Adrian has a lot riding on this as his son attends the school that links all of the victims so far, and he wonders if his son might end up in danger. Meanwhile, Abbey has finally found a good man, which she deserves after her horrible time at the university.

Can Adrian unravel it all? Or will he find that these crimes are punishments well deserved?

I know this is so vague even for me, but it was told from several points of views and present and flashbacks with Abbey so it made a little confusing. Especially since it didn't become clear until near the end what Abbey had to do with any of it. I will say the plot and the story was compelling and I think it would have been better without all the various pov's.

I will say that I liked Adrian and Imogen quite a bit and wish I had read more from their point of view. Well really mostly it was Adrian's point of view and we get to see Imogen through his eyes. This does contain a lot violence, rape and isn't an easy read. However, it does make you think, and make you question some things.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Thanks to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Emily isn't really looking for anyone special the night she meets Adam. She is sure it will end up being nothing, but when he calls her a few days later she is caught up in and soon the relationship begins. Adam is perfect and soon he is an important part of her life.

But everything starts to fall apart when she meets his mom. Well after she meets his mom, while at her house she sees a picture of Adam and woman named Rebecca. Emily can't get Rebecca out of her mind and soon wonders what happened to her. But soon Pammie is ruining everything. She takes every chance she can to come between Emily and Adam.

Plus his brother James is always around. Soon Emily thinks about him a little too much, but she knows that it is Adam she loves and she won't let his mother ruin things for them...

I have to say that about 3/4ths of the way into this I was on the verge of lowering my rating. I thought for sure this was a mystery or a thriller and it really didn't seem that way, but when the reveal came I was blown away. Don't get me wrong by this point I wasn't a fan of Emily, Adam or his mother. So believe me when I say that ending made it all worth it.

So this was a very subtle read, with a lot of hints and clues that point one way, while clearly showing you a glimpse of the truth if you pick up on it. I caught a lot of the hints about one person so I wasn't completely shocked by that aspect of the reveal. No matter how I felt about the beginning of the book I can't lie I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen, or what the mystery was. I literally couldn't stop turning the pages.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Thank you to St.Martin's Press and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review..

Disclaimer this book is based on real events, continues sexual abuse and other violence.

Second Disclaimer I am very sad to say that I had no idea who Sally Horner was before reading this book... Also the ending reminds me very much of I know my first name is Steven.... Heartbreaking.

Sally is finishing up 5th grade when her new friends dare her to steal something from Woolworth's. The year is 1948 and when Sally is caught by a man who claims to be with the FBI she doesn't know any better so she doesn't say a word. When he tells her he has to take her away to jail for a short time she gets her mom to give her permission to go with a friend to the shore.

It is only after being gone nearly a month that her mother and sister put together that something is really wrong. Once the police are involved they soon find out that Mr.Warner isn't really Mr.Warner but Frank LaSalle a convicted child rapist. Who had also kidnapped and married another young girl.

Somehow, Frank stays one step ahead of the police moving across county with Sally.

I was so angry reading this, and I cried at the end. I am not going to ruin it, but if you are familiar with the case then you will already know how it ends. I mean I have no words, I can't express myself. I don't want to say I loved this book because it was so dark. I love dark books but I am often cushioned by the knowledge that it is all fake. A good portion of this is fiction, but the main characters (some of them) are real and that made it hit home.

I will say this, this book is important and the takeaway is something beautiful to remember a brave little girl who endured and came through so much and still tried to shine.