Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

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

Fiona Sheridan has been wondering lately if Tim really did kill her sister 20 years ago, and she is determined to find out the truth. She learns that a mysterious woman named Margret Eden has bought the Idlewild School and intends to restore, she decides that she has to write that story as well.

In the 1950s we see story unfolding in the eyes of the girls who were at Idlewild at the time. Roberta, Sonia, Katie and CeCe. We also learn the myth of Mary Hand, and why she scares the girls so much. We also learn that these girls aren't as bad as people think and many have been sent there to cover their own families secrets not their own.

In the present Fiona gets Anthony Eden to give her a tour and talk about the restoration of Idlewild, but she knows that something more is going on at this school that scares everyone. When a body is found in the well, little does Fiona know that in trying to solve that she will finally uncover the mystery surrounding her sister.

I want to say more, but too many details would reveal spoilers and in this story I think it is important to discover link by link on your own. I couldn't stop reading this, I thought it was going to be more centered on the ghost, but little did I know that the ghost would someone tie the two murders together and expose a lot of secrets.

I have to say this though I love the girls from the 1950s and I love Fiona, I was more than a little sad to learn about who was killed in 50s and found in the present day, especially as her story was revealed piece by piece in the past and the future. But this is a beautifully written story that masterfully weaves past and the present together for unforgettable story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let Me Lie by Clare MacKintosh

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

Anna is still reeling from the grief, her father committed suicide and then seven months later her mother did as well. Anna met Mark, her husband at a grief counseling session. Now they are together and living in her parents old house. She has a baby and all is well except she just can't understand why her parents killed themselves.

Then Anna recieves an odd postcard in the mail, it says Suicide? Think again! She knows something is going on and so she goes into the police station and talks to the desk sgt. Murray listens to what she asks, and decides to look into the case and find evidence of the murders Anna believes happened before he takes it to CID.

Anna is consumed by finding the answers until the day she finds a brick thrown into the window of her daughter's room telling her no police leave it alone. She wonders what is really going on and if the people who killed her parents are after her.

Sadly I must leave it at there because spoilers. Whew what a book, Clare Mackintosh is becoming a go to author for me. I have read all three of her books and I love them. She is so masterful in her twists. This one I thought I was on top of it when I guessed a couple of them before they happened, but the rest of that I did not see coming. Like I want to rave about some things, but I can't because spoilers.

I hate that I want too, no I need to talk about this book and get all of my thoughts and feelings out. Needless to say that Anna wasn't surrounded by the best people. If you are looking for a slow burn thriller guaranteed to throw you for a couple of loops look no further.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lies That Bind by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

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

This is the second book, if you don't want spoilers please stop and read the first book.

Anastasia is back. She is in London with her sister to help Marcus find his brother. Although unlike the search for sister it is easy to find Antonio. Anastasia finds that suspicious and wonders if he is working for Department D.

Meanwhile, the life she left behind rears it's head when she finds out that her best friend Tyson has been murdered in Boston. Anastasia returns to go to his funeral and is shocked and horrified when her other best friend reveals he was murdered because of her. And that if she doesn't turn over her parents they are going to hunt down and kill everyone she cares about.

Allan Cross helps Anastasia come up with a plan and she goes on a mission to find other Dresden kids and give them an opportunity to take down Department D. Will she succeed or will she find that everything is again not as it seems?

Who can she trust? 

I was a little worried when I started this I could barely remember the first book, but a couple of chapters in it all came back to me and I was engrossed in this. I still love Anastasia even though she has it rough in this book. She really finds that her circle is even smaller than she realized. Marcus is still loving and I love having the addition of Kiera, Julian and Charlotte. They are great.

I am not sure if this is the last book it didn't quite feel like everything was wrapped up. But as far as I can see it appears that this is it for now. I do hope she writes more I just love the characters.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Girl in the Mist by S. T. Young

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

Rory has been hired to find young women that were former child soldiers. He has a lead on Nina, but isn't sure that it is her. He goes into an asylum to determine if it is her. The doctors have her heavily sedated, but once he meets her, he is fairly sure it is her and he has to get her out of there.

Nina has DID, and she herself hasn't surfaced in years, her alters are keeping her alive, but unlike most with DID she is aware and always uses we instead of I when speaking about herself. She isn't sure that she can trust Rory, but when she awakens in a truck she figures she will give him a chance before she escapes.

As Rory and Nina barely stay one step ahead of the mysterious Creed who is tracking Nina some how, Rory finds himself falling for the one person he shouldn't. Can he help Nina heal and keep alive before Creed find her and takes her away from him?

This is was good read, I wasn't blown away and I don't think psychological thriller is the right genre or description for this book. It is a romance to a degree, but it makes me think more of a suspense with a military or spy type twist. I thought her having DID was interesting twist, and her personalities were definitely colorful and different.

Although I thought if they were that aware of each other, that she would be on the verge of merging all of them back to her main self. But I guess that is kind of getting away from the point of the story. Overall, a solid interesting story and I would read more if this was to turn into a series.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

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

Kate is working on keeping her business afloat, and be bitter about her life when the past suddenly comes back with a vengeance. Ten years ago, she went on a holiday with six friends to a farmhouse in France. It was a wonderful week except at the end, and right after they left the neighbor disappeared. At the time she thought nothing of it, and she believed that none of her friends could have anything to do with it.

Or could they have? Suddenly Caro is acting like they are great friends and acting like they have something to hide about that trip. It doesn't help that a french detective is back investigating it and everyone seems to think things point to Kate. But Kate knows she was drunk and passed out, and for the most part she really believes that none of her friends had anything to do with it until she confronted by the evidence and she is caught up in trying to figure it out before it is too late.

If you are looking for a thrill ride, this isn't it, but that aside I loved this book. Not so much for the mystery aspect. It was so character driven and so rich in the story that even though I had a pretty good idea of what was going to be happen and who the culprit was I still couldn't put it down. I mean I loved Kate, telling this story from her perspective was the right thing to do. She is so no nonsense, and such a straight shooter that even when you entertain the idea that she is guilty you dismiss it right away.

I also have to say that I love Lara and Kate, their friendship is like a friendship we should all have. I would read another book with just them in it. I did like Tom and the romance, even though at times I really wanted to bash his head in, but still he came through in the end. Caro, and to some degree Seb really kind of deserve each other. No spoilers there, just my thoughts on those two in general. I am just frankly surprised that some of the people thought decent things about either of them.

The mystery was a bit predictable, and isn't something that keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing who and what happened, but it was an interesting and compelling story. In a way I liked it because it wasn't like all the other books out currently that try to make you think every one did it before revealing something shocking. There were characters that you just knew shortly into the story were not capable of it at all, and sometimes it is just rewarding to know that you weren't wrong on your judgement.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tarnished City by Vic James

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

Fair Warning this is Book 2 in the Dark Gifts series, I highly suggest you read Gilded Cage before you read this review.

So our favorites are back and new additions. This is told from even more points of view than the first one. Luke has been condemned for assassinating the Chancellor. He is taken by Lord Crovan up north to a prison that no one can escape from. He finds himself stuck in a horrible and twisted place.  He makes friends with a young woman who has been on the island since she was a child.

Abi finds her way to Heir Meilyr who has been stripped of his Skill in some horrible fashion. They want to plan a rescue of Luke, but unsure how to get past all the defenses and rumors surrounding Lord Corvan's island. Jenner joins her for a bit, but leaves when becomes the Heir to his Aunt's estate.

Gavar finds himself in a horrible marriage with Heir Bouda and faced with his father being named the temporary chancellor, his brother Silyen has become the Heir to Lord Rix, and his father plans to enact legislation that will affect his daughter and he must decide which path to take.

Silyen is just learning to understand the depth of his abilities. He has a certain bond with Luke, and his own agenda that may be darker then even his father's.

First off I was a little thrown off with so many different POV's, there were a lot in this book and I almost suggest reading the first one again before reading this that being said. Whew is this book darker, more game of thrones than the first one. There are so many secrets revealed in this book, and so many more questions to ask at the end of it. I almost wonder how it could be wrapped up in the next book.

That being said I loved every minute of it, it hit the ground running and did not stop until the breathless end where you feel almost out of breath and wondering what just happened to you. Sigh I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book. I think next time I will reread both books before savoring the 3rd. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.

Bridey wasn't afraid of the sea until it took her Grandda all those years ago, but lately she is wondering if the stories are true. People are disappearing. Her mam has apprenticed her to the local witch. One day down at the beach, Bridey finds a young man washed ashore. She brings him home for her mam to heal him.

She shares her fears with the witch, and only the witch and the young man she calls Fynn believe her when she says something in the sea is taking all of these people. As more people disappear, Bridey knows that she must face her fear and take to the water, before everyone she loves is taken by the sea.

This has been on my tbr for years, and when I was offered the chance to review it, I jumped on it. I recently read Sarah's latest book and I had high hopes when I dived into this one. It is set on the Isle of Man in 1913. The Titanic has been lost in the last year, and Bridey has been afraid of the sea since the day her Grandda jumped off the cliff with a smile on his face.

Her mam paints pictures of things that have happened or will happen, though it takes awhile for Bridey to realize that. There is a bit of a love triangle as she does have a bit of relationship with Lugh until the mysterious Fynn appears. He isn't what he appears to be either, but as he teaches her to master her fear, she falls more and more in love with him.

This is a lovely story with all the fairytales brought to life, of the things that we should fear in the sea. It is full of hope and darkness, and when disbelief merges with the unbelievable.