Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Disappearing by Lori Roy

The Disappearing by Lori Roy

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

Lane is back in her home town of Waddell, and her father is under fire for his role in the boys' school that he ran. But what is even more worrisome is that Susannah has disappeared and no one seems to know what happened to her. They all wonder if has to do with what happened when Lane disappeared as a child.

However, when Annalee disappears one night, Lane becomes frantic to find her daughter and little does she know the truth about what happened to her, the boys' school and her father are all wrapped up together. Lane joins the search with her old boyfriend Mark. Soon they uncover that Annalee was still seeing Jimmie, and that perhaps Talley (Lane's youngest daughter might know more than the rest of them).

As always I am vague, I have to say that I stuck with this book when they mentioned the boys' school. I listened to a podcast not too long that was on that topic.  I am sorry I don't remember the name, although to be honest I thought it was closed by the 90s, but I could be wrong. I was interested to see how the author would tie it all together.

Honestly, I am not sure I love the results. It was intriguing, but I am not sure the way the story flowed appealed to me. The subject matter, and the plot where what kept me going. It had a few point of views, and it was third person which I am not a fan of. And the reveal actually really didn't shock me too much, I think I was more shocked at who got away with what then I was by who actually did it. So it had things going for it, and it had things that did not help at all. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

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

Lizzy thinks life is grand other than the fact that she hasn't spoken to her sister in a number of years. Ever since Emma made a pass at him. Until one day she finds a letter inside her house addressed to her and it simple says I am obsessed with you.

Lizzy finds it creepy, but she isn't too worried until she finds another a few days later at her job. She knows then that someone is stalking her. She calls the police to tell them about the letters, but there really isn't too much she can do. As things begin to happen Lizzy finds herself feeling more and more paranoid and worried about who is following her around.

I would say so much more, but the twists in this book keep coming all the way until the end. I will say that I had figured out part of it so I wasn't too shocked by the reveal. But that epilogue had me reeling. I was stunned. I really liked Lizzy, I did think she was too trusting and way too willing to accuse anyone and everyone of having a hand in the letters. However, that being said I can totally see how the paranoia would ramp up with every incident and how you could begin to suspect almost everyone of having a hand in it.

I am a little sad that was a standalone, because the way it ended Lizzy deserves so much more, she deserves to know the truth and I want to read that!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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

Emma can only pain the girls. All three of them, and she always covers them up but they are there on every painting she has made. Fifteen years ago, Emma's roommates at camp walked out of the cabin and were never seen again. Now Emma is a successful painter who is still haunted by that day.

When Franny approaches her with a position at the camp for the summer, Emma initially doesn't want to do it, but she soon realizes that maybe she can actually find out what happened to Allison, Natalie, and Vivian all those years ago. She has so many things to make amends for.

When she arrives at camp, she picks out her old cabin and immediately searches Viv's hiding spot and finds a map and a picture. Then she meets the girls that she is going to be sharing the cabin with and does her best to make friends with them.

As the days progress, Emma slowly begins to unravel what happened fifteen years, and maybe saving her own sanity. Of maybe she is crazy and maybe she is too blame for it all?

I read Final Girls by Riley Sager and was blown away, like words can't express how much I loved it, and I am happy to say that I felt the same way about this. Maybe it is all the nods to 80s horror movies that I just can't shake. Well really those hit me in my happy place, so it just makes the books better. They have this kind of cooky vibe, but underneath it all, he keeps you guessing as to what the heck happened. I had like a million guesses throughout this book, but I have to admit I didn't see the final twist coming. I really didn't! I can't wait to see what he comes out with next!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Relegation by Karri Thompson

Thank you to Krutz and Ink publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Cassie and Michael are back, they have found one of their daughters and they are on the run to Autonomy. There they hope to help get the project back on track and help save humanity. Cassie also wants to let the clones know the truth.

She also wants all of her children back as they were only able to save VM2. Cassie also has a weird reaction when she comes face to face with one of her clones. She knows that it is due to ancestral memory, that seeing herself awakening memories lost in her DNA. Cassie and Michael work together to get the program restarted and find their missing children, but most of all to create hope for the future. A future in which humanity is legitimately reborn.

I heartily recommend you start with the first book in the series, and I also will add that a reread is in order if you have read the first two. It took awhile for me to remember some of what happened in the first two books, and as a result I lost some of the connection I had with the characters from the first two books.

I did think this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. Cassie truly wanted to do right by everyone. She just didn't want to be a prisoner in order for that to happen.

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Thank you to Entangled Teen for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Zera is Heartless, the immortal soldiers of witches. Nightsinger, the witch that made her holds her heart and in a jar and Zera follows her orders in hopes of getting her heart back someday. So when she is ordered to take the Crown Prince's heart in exchange for her own, she willingly joins in the quest to take his heart and prevent a war between the witches and the people.

However, Zera is shocked when she finally meets the Prince and realizes that he is her friend Whisper, a thief. But her heart is at stake and so she sets asides what little feelings she has, and gets to know the Prince better.  As she gets in deeper and deeper, she finds that not having a heart doesn't mean you don't have feelings. Will she be able to take his heart when the time comes or will she save him from the conspiracy unfolding?

I have to admit that lately fantasy hasn't been appealing to me, but I loved the premise of this book. The Heartless sound terrifying, warriors controlled by witches that can't die. However, I loved Zera she clearly struggled to remember who she was and she felt bad about the things she was ordered or compelled to do. The hunger she feels is part of the compulsion. It must be feed and it is terrible to control. It needs to be feed.

Once the story got going I could not not stop reading it. I had to know what was going to happen. I have heard that is supposed to be a trilogy and I cannot wait to see where Sara takes this story. Especially since she ended this with a huge reveal.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Thank you to Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Eve has been a robot gladiator for a few years. Helping her Grandpa survive until one day she figures out she can destroy machines with the power of her mind. Now she is on the run with her band of misfits. Lemon, Ezekiel and Cricket.

However, she is having memories of another time and another girl with a different name, and she can't figure out what that means. As they try to stay one step ahead of the Preacher and figure out her past can she face the truth?

I know this is a bit brief on the summary. However, this is full of twist including a massive one at the end that I am still reeling from to be honest. So I am vague because those even the minor ones will take away from the story.

To be honest I wasn't sure I was going to like this, I was a few chapters in and considered setting it aside, but everyone was raving about it so I kept going. It is interesting premise. Lifel1k3 robots were built and then revolted and the world has been torn apart by war.

I am honestly not sure how I feel about Eve and you have to read the book in order to understand why I am saying that. I feel a bit heartbroken by the ending. I am actually not sure if I liked it at all. I did really enjoy the story once I got sucked into it. Another great story by Jay! I am sort of afraid to see where he will take it from here.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Retreat by Mark Edwards

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

Lucas has gone to retreat for writers in his hometown in Wales. He has been struggling to write his new book, and he hoped that reconnecting with his past would help him come up with an idea. He is floored when Julia tells him about how her husband died and her daughter disappeared. He decides that he needs to help her find out.

So he hires a private investigator to look into Lily's disappearance. She finds a couple of leads before she too disappears. Soon Lucas is looking into it on his own when he finds out the story of the Widow. He wonders what secrets this place holds. Meanwhile, at the retreat strange things are happening.

Lucas hears a little girl singing a song in Welsh, but think he is crazy another guest hears it as well. Soon they are all wondering if there is a ghost or something darker in this sleepy Welsh town. Can Lucas uncover the truth before it is too late?

I am not totally sure how realistic this was, but it was engaging and I was trying to figure out if it would be a simple human thing or something with an edge of paranormal. I couldn't stop reading it. I really like Lucas and Julia. Most of the other characters were not very likable, but all added to the story in some way.

Not sure I love the ending but way to keep it shocking. I can't wait to read more by this author.