Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

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

Rebecca is a hot mess because four months ago her husband went missing and the same day he disappeared so did Kayleigh Jackson. Since that happened everyone has linked the two together and she is knows unable to face all the attacks. She has abandoned her house in favor of living in the caravan, and her drinking is out of control.

Rebecca struggles to come to terms with the man she thought she knew and all the allegations against him. Not long after he went missing she found out he lost his job, and he wiped out all of their money. Everyone acts as if she is just as bad as him, she has lost nearly everything, but in moments of sobriety she decides that she needs to know what happened.

I am not sure how I felt through this book, and I can't say too much without spoilers, but on the one hand I felt it was horrible how everyone treated her, and I could see that the doubts were eating her alive. She wasn't always likeable, but the situation was definitely realistic.

I can't say I didn't see the end coming I suspected it heavily but I wasn't actually positive until I read it. Overall a quick gripping read from a totally different perspective than normal.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes

Thank you to Paula Stokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review!

Genevieve wakes up in the hospital and she can't remember what happened. She soon finds out she was involved in car crash and it killed her YouTube sensation boyfriend Dallas Kade. As time goes on she finds out that the other driver was supposedly drunk at the time of the crash. Then an all out war ensues on Twitter attacking the man.

Genevieve doesn't remember still, but she can't help but feel bad for him. Soon she begins to remember bits and pieces and begins to wonder if it wasn't his fault at all. Fed up with all the media attention she retreats to her Dad's house in Utah and begins to confront the truth.

Yes, I am going to leave that there just like that because I hate spoilers and this book is too good for me to ruin the need for you to read it yourself. First off I have to say that Paula is quickly becoming one of those authors that I don't even need to know what the book is about I am just going to click want to read and go forward. When I got her newsletter with ARC sign ups I thought why not...

I was so excited when I got the email that I was receiving a copy of this book, and sorry life has been a tad hectic I meant to read this and review it two days ago when it came out. So my thoughts about this book, I loved it, I loved learning more about Genevieve in bits and pieces and her relationship with Dallas.

I totally understood how she felt about everything, and her almost complete withdrawal from social media, and when she ran to her Dad's house I got that too. Her fears, whew I am going to get into that in a second, most likely in a generic manner so as to not spoil things in the books.

Thank you, Paula, for writing this book, I mean the culture that is really taking over social media needed to be addressed and you did it beautifully, sadly I don't think it will change a thing. Genevieve's fears about public perception and the way people handle things on social media are spot on and so realistic it's scary.

Social Media, is ugly, there I said it and in the last year or so it's become extremely ugly. I actually avoid Twitter and I am seriously considering deleting it. Especially considering almost everyone on there that I follow or follows me doesn't actually know me in real life. Mostly because the things I see on there every time I get on there break my heart. The hatred is real, and honestly pretty much everyone on there attacking people need to just add the #hypocrite to their posts. I grew up without social media where you had to have the legit courage to be mean to a person's face or talk about them behind their back. So I have zero respect for the bullying disguised as talking a stand for what you believe in.

So as Paula left in the novel every action you take on the internet can have real life consequences and you should consider that long and hard before taking part in attacking someone even if you think it's justified. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Enigma by Tonya Kuper

Enigma by Tonya Kuper

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Josie and Reid are back and everything is fraught with danger on top of it all she has to live with killing someone. Worse there is a traitor in the resistance and the Consortium is still after her. Her family is in danger and she had to figure it out before it is too late.

Her powers are continuing to develop as well, and living with and training with her boyfriend is making things even more difficult. Soon she will have to us herself as Bait and hope that she can survive what is coming.

I have to say I wish I had reread the first book, the length of time between the two releasing made it so that I really didn't recall what happened in the first book. I remembered I liked it, but I couldn't remember much else. So I didn't enjoy this as much, it was well written and interesting. Tonya wrapped up the duology really well.

This was a quick good read, it was fast paced and I kind of wish there was more. However, it didn't hold my interest as much as the first book did. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

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

*** Disclaimer I requested this book months ago and was unaware of any controversy surrounding it until I logged into to do this review. So I am just going to address what I saw from some of the reviews. First off I didn't know what doxing was until reading other reviews, but having just literally read this book, the author is making light of this she is shining light on it and how potentially dangerous as well as fame. She address stalking and obsession as well. Lastly I don't agree with the choices Tony made, but given that he is a teen and he was humiliated and that is the way current young people address thing it's actually a really plausible scenario.***

Tony has recently broken up with Holly the star of the school. He did it privately and he thought everything was good until he goes back to school and she reads all his private emails and letters to her. In a moment of anger Tony decides to sign her up for everything from Tinder to whatever, and he makes her location and phone number known.

Then a day later he receives a call from Holly and he thinks she is being dramatic until she screams. In a panic he rushes over to her house and finds the phone, but he doesn't tell anyone because he is sure that she getting revenge on him. Then she is reported missing and everything blows up. Tony becomes suspect number one and things continue to spiral out of control. Another girl goes missing and her body is found the next day.

I am still pondering how I feel about the ending, because whew this was a ride. I have read almost everything Hannah Jayne has written so I knew this would be good and I loved it and hated it. I have seen some hate it because of the Gone Girl comparisons and I get where they are coming from. I loved Gone Girl, but I hated the characters. I liked Tony, I thought he was stupid and made stupid choices and he paid for them.

On the other hand I think Hannah brilliantly shines light on today's culture, by having Tony doxing Holly, she shows how people act today. I didn't agree with it or like any of it, but I see this constantly Twitter is a humiliation show these days with people dragging everyone into whatever current problem they have with something. I think it's gross which is why I am not on twitter very much these days which is also how I missed all the controversy surrounding this book.

I don't understand the need to publicly shame and humiliate people that is so prevalent these days. On top of it with social media controlling everyone's lives it has also allowed people to indulge their crazy. When I was a teen you had to stalk and humiliate people the old fashioned way now people stalk Facebooks, Twitters and everything else, locations are posted and it's actually pretty easy to know where a person is and what they are doing. So safety is out the window and in a twisted way Hannah shows that in The Revenge. I think what Tony did was crap, and what all the other characters did was crap too, but it is kind of the norm today despite what illusions we might cling too. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Damaged Like Us

Damaged Like Us Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The twins do it again. Just when I didn't think the Addicted series characters could get any better Becca and Krista Ritchie give us Damaged Like Us. This is a spin off series from the original Addicted series and it pick up with the Hale, Cobalt, and Meadows kids as adults. This first book centers on everyone's favorite adorable kid Maximoff Hale. If you read the Addicted Series you'll remember Maximoff as the Batman loving, water addicted swimmer, adorable little kid and big brother to the Hale kids, Luna, Xander, and Kinney. At the end of the Addicted series it's mentioned that Maximoff Hale is a loving, kind, loyal and responsible little boy who is constantly taking on more than he should to the chagrin of his parents especially his father Loren Hale. Not much has changed in the Damaged Like Us series for Maximoff Hale except we find out in this book that he's come out as bi-sexual. The entire world is focused on him and his actions and Maximoff Hale is VERY aware of that, allowing public opinion to dictate his actions to a large extent. Maximoff a.k.a Moffy to his friends and family is still struggling to get the world to see that Loren Hale is his biological father and he takes great pains to distance himself from his Uncle Ryke whom he bears a marked physical resemblance to.
In this new series Moffy and Jane are the closest and best-est of friends not just because they're cousins but because the intense scrutiny in their lives has made it impossible for them to trust anyone outside of the immediate family. Later the media will twist this relationship, as they are known to do, anytime these families get together, or hell just exist.
The  story begins with Moffy getting a new bodyguard one he doesn't want. Enter Farrow Keene 27 year old bodyguard to Lily Hale now being transferred to Moffy's detail. There's a complicated relationship already in place between Moffy and Farrow that highlights the fact that these two have known each other since they were kids as Farrow's father was and still is the families concierge doctor.
Here's what these two authors do so well. They take a volatile subject, addiction, alternate lifestyle, paparazzi, family dynamics and they make these characters who deal with, experience, and live through these situations believable, relatable, and above all HUMAN.
We see Moffy struggle to deal with the insensitivity and hostility that comes with being born into a famous family. We see his kindness in spite of or maybe because of all of that. We see him as a person with flaws but who struggles every day to navigate the treacherous waters of his life under the intense eye of the media and we see him (for the most part) succeed. The best part, the very best part in my not so humble opinion is seeing him learn to trust enough to fall in love. To LOVE to open himself to that vulnerability and we get to see him be loved in turn.
I can't tell you what these books have meant to me. As the child of an alcoholic parent it was validation to read the Addicted Series and to know, to feel, to UNDERSTAND exactly what Loren Hale dealt with in his own home with his own alcoholic father. As a woman it was vindication to watch Lily Hale overcome an addiction that society would turn into something awful and filthy. To see her strength in overcoming that. Maximoff Hale's story only further cements why these books have gathered such a huge following. Why we as readers have fallen in love with these people. Becca and Krista Richie give real emotions, real stories, real situations that many of us are either dealing with now or have dealt with in the past. These books are like literary therapy. They show us the light at the end of very dark tunnels and they give us the courage and the fortitude to keep going.
Becca and Krista always approach these topics with sensitivity and tolerance allowing us to explore our own morality and sexual identity in a safe and positive way.
If you read nothing else this year you have to read Damaged Like Us.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Damaged Like Us Pre-Release Party Give Away

Today we're excited to be a part of the Fizzle Force "Damaged Like Us" Pre-Release Party!!! As part of a collection of online book bloggers and fangirls of the dynamic twin duo's writing The Book Whisperers will be raffling off a Kindle eCopy of Damaged Like Us. To enter just head over and join the Fizzle Force Pre-Release Party post your answer in the comments section below. We're picking, not one, but TWO winners for this special occasion.

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For those not familiar with the dynamic twin writing duo Krista and Becca Ritchie are the authors of the "Addicted to You" the book series that follows Loren Hale and Lilly Calloway on their journey to find sobriety, strength, family, and love. It's a very powerful and realistic look at addiction, societies double standards, and the power of media both social and on air.

If you haven't read the Addicted Series we here at The Book Whisperers highly recommend you pick it up. Damaged Like Us follows the children of the original characters and as such may be hard to follow for those that haven't read the original series.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of Talk British to Me

Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman

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

Teague is working in a coffee shop  a little worried about money when she stumbles into a job as assistant. She meets Mateo by accident when she literally drops hot wings on him. Mateo has a bit of a secret, he is Bennett, The Dating Guy, and he has a contract with the radio station that says no relationships.

He has never had a problem with that until he meets Teague. He does stay upfront with her and say that he doesn't want a relationship with her, but he can't stop thinking about her. Teague can't stop thinking about him, but when she finds out he is the son of her boss, the reasons they can't do anything keep stacking up.

They spend more and more time together trying to maintain that they are just friends, but things are spiraling out of control. Mateo has to figure out if he loves his job more or if Teague is the one for him.

This was a super cute and fun read! I literally couldn't stop reading it, and I loved that they didn't hop in bed and fall in love and then struggle. Like they didn't hop in bed, struggled not to have a relationship, then sort of had one and then he messed it up. It worked though, I really like them as a couple and as characters in general.

Since this is the beginning of the series I hope to see them again!