Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anatomy of a Scandal

I won a copy of the ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to Atria books!

Trigger Warning: Rape

This is told from several points of view: Kate (barrister) Sophie (the wife) James (the politician) Ali (Kate's friend) and Holly (not going to say).

Kate has just lost a case, a rape case because the defense managed to make the victim look bad and it really upsets her. Sophie has just found that her husband James was carrying on a affair with a woman he worked with named Olivia.

James is arrested for rape and Sophie is reeling, but oddly enough Kate is ready to destroy him. Holly's introduced and she is a friend of Sophie's in college and has met James when she was dating him. That story is told in flashbacks while in the present the trial is going against Jame.

I will leave that there, because saying too much will spoil things that are meant to be unveiled at just the right time. This was a great story talking about the problems of getting justice for rape victims in the court system. While this is set in Britain it could easily fit in America as well.

I am not sure how I feel about the ending other than there is some good that happens. I know that is vague but who really wants to know the ending before the beginning. Honestly, this was masterfully written, I didn't know who I liked or who to connect with, who was guilty or innocent and it kept changing as things were revealed. I like to be kept on my toes!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fragments of the Lost

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

Jessa has been asked by her ex-boyfriend's mother to pack his room. She isn't looking forward to it, but she hopes that she will be able to figure out what happened to him. Jessa can't believe his gone, and everyone blames her since the last place he was seen was at her track meet.

As she begins to pack up his things and relives memories, soon she finds that he is hiding even more than she thought he was. Nothing is adding up. Even stranger she finds out that Max has gone through his stuff looking for money. He claims that Caleb stole over six hundred dollars from him.

As she continues to show up and pack up Caleb's room, she faces the dislike of his mother, and she wonders why she blames her. But as Jessa follows each clue she finds she gets drawn deeper and deeper into something dangerous.

I could not stop reading this, and I want to say so much but spoilers. Needless to say this wasn't quite what I expected but it was in a good way. I literally read as fast as I could and begin to wonder if it would all unfold before the end.

I felt so bad for Jessa, and I have to say that I didn't like Caleb's mom right from the start. I could not figure out why she acted the way she did, but I also didn't see anything coming until it was revealed! My kind of mystery for sure.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Darkness at the Edge of Town

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

Dr. Iris Ballard is back and better than before like seriously, she is clean and rocking it again after Luke saved her life. She is finishing up her tour and preparing to go home to write her book, when her mother calls her crying. Her twin Billy has joined a cult and dropped off the grid. She is really worried.

So Iris drops everything and heads back to Grey Mills. Where things just haven't changed much. However, Iris realizes that she has really caused a lot of pain for her family. Her decisions haven't made anyone happy. Plus she is starting to realize that she does feel something for Luke, but she isn't sure it is the best decision to make.

As she begins to investigate the cult, she has to lie her way into the first house in order to gain information about the the farm that Billy is hiding out at. She almost gets entangled with two of the members and realizes that the people are good at what they do. She is found out before she can up to the farm on her own. So she threatens them in order to get a meeting set up to see Billy.

After that everything starts to fall apart, Mathais threatens her and her family, the DEA is investigating the cult and pissed that Iris was out there. Luke is on his way to PA, to help and it is all a mess. Will she be able to save Billy before it's too late? Will she finally admits how she feels to Luke?

This kind of read like an ending book and I hope that isn't the case, because I am really just beginning to have a full on obsession with Iris and Luke. I need more than just two books. When I saw this on Netgalley I knew I had to review this. I read and reviewed the first one when it came out and I couldn't wait to read this and it didn't disappoint. Iris is even better when she isn't so messed up and swoon... Luke. 

This his the ground running and forced Iris to deal with her families issues, and her feeling for Luke, throw in a creepy cult and boom makes for a great thriller. I was hanging on the edge of my seat at the end wondering how it was all going to end.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Rift

The Rift (Rift Saga Book 1) by [Avery, Ella, Morgan, S.L.]

I received an ARC of The Rift in exchange for a fair and balanced review. Since we pride ourselves on doing just that with all of our authors it seemed like a small price to pay for a chance to read this new story by S.L. Morgan and experience Ella Avery's story telling for the first time as well. 

When I first started reading The Rift I was on the fence. I didn't hate it but I wasn't really into it either. I trust S. L. Morgan as an author so I hung in there and kept going..then a tragic accident befalls vain, shallow Cara and I swear I got whiplash at how fast this book turned itself around!! 

Cara the main protagonist in the story is a stereotypical Malibu barbie character. Her life seems vain and shallow on the surface but underneath that she feels stifled by the coldness of her parents and the betrayal of her boyfriend Jeff. Needless to say Cara is confused about herself, her life, and even to some extent who her friends are. A tragic accident leaves her with an out of body experience, yes literally out of her body, and she wakes up in a world completely removed from her own but with all of her old memories of a modern world. Cara can't decide what's fact from fiction and there were moments I couldn't either! I felt as confused as Cara did until it all starts to shake out and along with Cara you realize there are mystical forces behind her situation. 

Cara is pushed to her limits and she surprises herself and those who seek her out by how strong she really is. She discovers what a "perfect life" really means and also who and what to trust which turns out to be a lot more difficult than one would expect. 

It's difficult to say more without giving away spoilers so let's move on to S.L. Morgan. One of the things we love about her work is her beautiful prose and her believable character development in the Ancient Guardians Series. All of those masterful touches are there in the The Rift taking what could easily become a standard and formulaic story into the realm of surprise, suspense, and believability. I'm new to Ella Avery's story telling and she's a delightful find. Her story telling flows seamlessly with S.L. Morgans to create a beautiful and thrill inducing adventure for readers. 

Book one The Rift is the perfect book to curl up with this winter!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

The Girl Who lived by Christopher Greyson

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

Faith has finally been released from the hospital. She has an apartment, a probation officer, and a therapist all courtesy of her mother. Faith hasn't been dealing well with the murder of her father, her best friend, her best friend's mother, and her sister. Especially since the local police believe that her father murdered them all and then committed suicide.

Faith has mostly accepted that, but she knows that her father didn't kill them. She saw the killer and she has seen him more than once. So when she heads out to get drunk and sees him again she is more determined to find him. Soon things start happening, her car is moved, someone breaks into her apartment.

As Faith digs deeper and deeper, and everyone thinks she is losing it and then the murders happen. Faith realizes that someone is out to frame her. She has to figure this out before it is too late.

Every time, I guessed I was wrong, and when it was finally revealed I was floored. I can't remember the last time I was shocked at a reveal like that. I loved this, Faith wasn't always likable but she was honest and raw and full of rage. I could understand given all that she had been through why she was like that.

I now need to read his other books, because this was so good. I loved every horrifying minute of it!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Thank you Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

First off if you have read the The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the other two books in the trilogy start there. You will understand who everyone is and who Mara and Noah are better if you read her trilogy before starting this one.

I just finished this and I am still processing... I mean like I know Mara is bad, but she isn't and I love her and I am 100% on board with shipping Noah and Mara so I don't know how I feel, but I get why she did what she did.

Normally I would say quite a bit more about what is going on in this book and then jump in with how I feel about it, but I wouldn't feel right spoiling any of this for Mara Dyer fans. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a book from Noah's perspective, but Michelle hit it out of the park. Just as dark and heart wrenching as the Mara trilogy. I think at this point I will just concede that I will read whatever she writes. 

Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven by Mary Lindsey

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. I also want to say Thank you to Entangled Teen for the surprise Haven box. It was amazing.

Rain has to move to New Wurzburg because his mother died and his Aunt Ruby is taking him in. Soon after he arrives there he meets Freddie and is immediately taken by her.  When she confesses to him that she believes her father was murder he is instantly drawn into her crazy world.

Which isn't at all what it seems and Freddie isn't what she seem. Soon Rain realizes that New Wurzburg is hiding all kinds of secrets, and when he finds out that his father was Ruby's husband. He realizes that even his family has secrets.

Can he keep Freddie alive while the unravel the mystery of her father's murder? Will his family secrets be the death of him?

I know that I was super vague but upon looking at the synopsis for the story I realized the author doesn't want to give away some things either, so I am following that and also we all know that I hate spoilers. I think it adds to the story to discover some things by reading them.

I don't often read too many stories from a male pov, not that this is deliberate it just happens that way, but I liked Rain. He was a street kid and is shocked to find out about the home his Aunt Ruby has, and that his mother hid things and even lied to him in some cases.

Freddie is just like my spirit person. She is amazing and I love her! This appears to be a standalone but it kind of ended like there is a possibility of other stories. It was left a tad unfinished in my opinion.