Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review of I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Review of I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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

Zoe is a normal Londoner going about her daily business when she catches a picture in the adverts that takes her by surprise. Her picture, but she puts it out of her mind when she brings it up to her family and they aren't for sure it is her, until she sees and recognizes another picture. She then contacts Kelly and informs her of a crime and the pictures.

PC Kelly is a disgraced police officer working at the BTP, while looking into theft and possible connection between Zoe, the other woman, Zoe contacts her again this time with a picture in the adverts and a recent murder. PC Kelly then takes it to the murder squad and attempts to get on the case.

Zoe is getting more and more paranoid especially after she trips and almost falls in front of a train. When she sees the man who saved her twice more after the rescue she begins to feel like she is losing her mind. Until PC Kelly tells her there is a website and people are paying for women's information in order to stalk them or attack them. The adverts are now linked to one theft, two murders, and one rape.

As the case gets trickier and trickier will Zoe be able to stay ahead of her stalker, or will she lose the battle. Will PC Kelly and the murder squad be able to find out who is behind it before it is too late?

I read Mackintosh's I Let you go and was blown away so when I saw this I knew I had to request it and hope they would approve me. It didn't disappoint, I was on the edge of my seat the entire book, I couldn't read it quickly enough. I was so wrong too, but I am not mad I love the twists they are so freaking clever, Clare is definitely on top of her game writing thrillers!

I can't wait to see what she writes next, but for now if you haven't read either book I highly suggest you get out and read them both!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review of City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. Thanks to G.P. Putnam's Son for the copy.

Tina is a ghost she doesn't exist because if you exist you might get caught. Tina is thief and working with the Goonda's in Sanguai's City, she has been with them since the death of her mother five years before.  She has goals dirt, money and blood in that order. Revenge on the man who murdered her mother.

When the Goonda's use her to break into the Greyhill compound which is the first step Dirt, she is getting the dirt on Roland Greyhill and bonus he is the man who murdered her mother. But before she can finish stealing the information she is caught by his son.

When Michael makes a deal with her to find out who really murdered her mother in exchange for the information she stole from his father, Tina's too intrigued not to take the deal. She ropes her friend Boyboy into the situation and they are off and running. Before long the trail following Mikwa leads to the one place Tina never expected the Congo. They make the trip to return to her home in order to find out who could have wanted her mother dead.

 I really enjoyed the book, I admit my knowledge of Africa and the things that are going on in those countries is very limited, so this was very eye opening for me. Tina came to Kenya with her mother as refugees from Congo. Once Tina starts digging she finds that her mother lied or omitted many parts of her story from Tina. And the truth is brutal, her mother really worked hard to protect Tina.

I don't think the mystery was that mysterious, it was still a great story and very compelling. I found myself sucked in and on the edge of my seat to see what would happen and how it all it would end.  I can't wait to see what this author does next!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

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

This is an alternative reality, in this world, there are Equals (Peers or Lords) with skills (magic) and commoners. Every commoner must serve 10 years as a slave. It is told from several points of views the most predominant ones are from the Hadley's (commoners) and Jardine's (Equals).

 Abi is a Hadley and she and her parents have arranged for them to enter service all together as a family at the Jardine's estate. However, when they are set to leave they find that Luke (her brother) is not going with them despite the law against children under 18 serving away from their parents. He is being sent to a slavetown Millmoor.

As Abi and the rest of her family arrive at Jardine's estate, they find that Daisy is to be taking care of the young daughter of Garvar (the Heir) and soon they forge a friendship based on the love he has for his daughter despite the fact that he isn't really a good person.

Abi begins to learn more and more things about skills and the family while they are there. While Luke struggles to find his place at Millmoor. He soon becomes involved with a group that is working to provide the most basic needs to the slaves and helps escape or protect them from the law.

I could say so much more but spoilers so first let me say I couldn't stop reading this book despite my one complaint. So many points of views, and at 40% into the book I was still being introduced to new points of view. I will say it does work, and it isn't too confusing. This series is definitely going to be interesting and I can't wait to see where book 2 goes with it all.

I am not sure what the goal was or the point, weird I know but there were multiple things going on during the book. The biggest and easiest to see is the class warfare and the slavery issue. Those are some of the major points of the novel, however, we are introduced to several characters that seem to be background but are involved in major happenings that don't have to do with the larger issues at hand. This is a multilayered story with a lot going on. I am still working through my feelings as you can see. I just finished this, but I already feel like I need to reread it because I know I missed something important. As far as I am concerned this was a fantastic book, with an interesting and different premise, wonderful worldbuilding, and with so many layers. I am so excited to read the next one in the series. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of Unpunished by Lisa Black

Unpunished by Lisa Black (Gardiner and Renner #2)

Thank you to Kensington and Netgalley for a copy of the eArc in exchange for a fair review.

I will say that I recommend to start with Book 1, this will contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book in the series.

Jack and Maggie are back, Unpunished picks shortly after book 1 ends. Jack and his partner are investigating a Ronald Schultz who is a gangster who is constantly upgrading his crime level. This time they have caught him with attempted murder, and Jack is thinking about how he would just like to kill him.

However, before they get too involved in that they are called out to a suicide, but when Maggie shows they are all shocked to find that it isn't a suicide but a murder. Ronald Davis is the copy editor at the local paper. As they try to figure out what happened, another newspaper person is murdered, and as the bodies continue to mount up. Will Maggie and Jack be able to catch a killer before it's too late?

If you remember from book 1 Jack is a serial killer, kind of like Dexter in the fact that he only kills people that get away with crimes. However, Maggie caught him and covered for him, and they are bound by the fact that she killed someone as well. Except that neither of them wants to be a team, in fact Maggie wants him to stop killing people and move out of this city.

Jack has kept his promise for the most part, but more questions are raised when Ronald Schultz's body turns up, and Maggie asks for his prints.  I will say that I thought the first book was okay, but this book brought it up a level. I enjoyed it a lot, they work well together despite being unwilling accomplices. 

I also love that Maggie sort of struggles with the whole situation, because she is basically a good person, but at the same time she doesn't necessarily feel the guilt that she should. Jack is pretty okay with what he does, but I love that unlike Dexter he isn't willing and never considers getting rid of Maggie to protect his secret. It makes him sort of the best kind of killer, he only hurts people that one could argue deserve it.

I am glad I decided to review this book, I couldn't put it down and I really look forward to seeing where the two of them go in this series.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review of Nest by Terry Goodkind

Nest by Terry Goodkind

I received a copy of this book from the Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for a fair review.

I don't even know where to start, this book hit the ground running. We first met John who has the devil chained in his basement, which is a pretty good indication that something crazy is going on. Soon it becomes clear that John isn't all that bad and he is confused about what to do with the devil in his basement, his sister Katie calls and that is when John realizes the devil isn't chained-up anymore.

Katie rushes over to her brother's house only to find detectives already on the scene. John has been murdered and he has been keeping someone chained up in the basement. Katie soon finds out from Det. Janek that John has been helping her find killers. He can see it in their eyes that they are bad. She even shows Katie a couple of photographs and they soon realize that Katie has the ability as well.

Det. Janek tells Kate about an author Jack Raines, and before Katie can even really look him up she finds that he has been calling her already. Soon Katie realizes that her brother's killer is hunting her and it is worse than that she is on the darkweb and many killers are hunting her. Will Jack be able to keep her alive long enough to get ahead? Will Katie's ability help before it is too late?

First, let me cry that this appears to be a standalone even though it was left on a pretty decent sized cliffhanger... I really need another book and some answers... please!!! I couldn't stop reading this, I loved every stinking dark minute. There were a few times it got a little bogged down in information giving, but overall I just loved the concept. Being able to see in someone's eyes what they are capable of, or what they have already done.

Plus Katie was pretty on point, and Jack sigh.... well I can't say too much more because spoilers. This had everything I love in a dark thriller, really bad guys, kick butt good guys, and a lot of twists and turns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review of Relic by Renee Collins

Relic by Renee Collins

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for a fair review.

This has been on my TBR for quite some time, mostly because umm I love the cover so honestly when I was given a chance to review it for Entangled I jumped onboard with zero hesitation.

Maggie and her siblings notice a fire in the town, and their parents just so happen to be at the town. So she makes the choice for them to run, however as the fire spreads they find themselves trapped until Maggie notices an Apache watching them. She recognizes him for her time at school and he helps them escape except her brother is not able to get rescued.

After staying at her old school for awhile Maggie goes to the town of Burning Mesa to find a job, she runs into an important man trying to escape the clutches of a rather nasty man and he offers her a job at the local saloon. Soon she makes friends with Adelaide and starts falling for a rather handsome cowboy named Landon.

But then another town burns and her Apache friend Yahn is arrested she sets out to prove his innocence. Then when Ella is injured and she runs to Alvar for help because of all the relics he owns she suddenly finds herself stuck at his house and he teaches her about relics. It turns out that Maggie has the talent to use the relics.

As she gets draw deeper and deeper into the mystery of the relics and more towns are burning Maggie begins to wonder if she will be able to find out who is burning the towns and will she be able to save Yahn and possibly Burning Mesa when the time comes?

This was a totally interesting twist on a western. Relics being exactly what you might think they are bones of powerful creatures like dragons or goblins, or unicorns and they each do different things. Like goblin relics allow you to be invisible and unicorns heal totally cool twist. I loved every minute of it even though Maggie was a bit flaky at times. Landon was great and Yahn was swoon worthy and not in the book enough.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review of Malachim by Naima Simone

Malachim by Naima Simone

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

Malachim's life is falling apart, in the last year he had to break his engagement to Tara after finding out she spying on him for his father, he and his friends are tangled up in a legal mess after their involvement in a crime has come to light.

Danielle is looking for a fresh start and she has a lot of secrets to hide. So when she takes a chance and applies to be a legal assistant at Malachim's firm she really has nothing to lose. When he decides to hire her, she thinks things are beginning to change for her.

Then she gets mugged leaving the office, and her former boss Pat, his dinner gets robbed. As things begin to spiral out of control, Danielle suspects her secrets are catching up to her. Malachim falls deeper and deeper into a relationship with his secretive assistant. As her secrets start to unfold and people start dying around her will Malachim be able to save her or even trust her when everything comes to light?

I must admit I didn't read the first book, so I am sure I am missing some of the information and the introduction to all the characters from that book. However, I wasn't left feeling lost, and I devoured this book in sitting. I couldn't stop reading it. I loved Danielle and Malachim and I am running to get book 1 Gaberial right now. So if you are looking for a dark romance mystery than look no further!