Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: DOTWAV by Mike A. Lancaster

DOTWAV by Mike A. Lancaster

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

Ani is hacker that receives a .wav file that doesn't act like any file she has ever seen. As she begins looking into it leads her places she didn't thing it would. When she takes it to friends they haven't seen it before, and when her uncle looks at he can't hear anything at all, which makes her think that it is geared towards kids and she worries about what that could mean.

Joe is working for a British intelligence division when his friend disappears and when he begins to look into things it leads him to underground music and Ani.  Soon they realize that the .wav makes teens become mind controlled and someone is using them for something bad.

Will they be able to stop it before it's too late? Or will they fall victim to it?

This was an interesting and different science fiction for me, I don't often read ones dealing with computers. Plus I haven't seen a .wav file in years, Do they even still use them? I guess they do since Mike wrote a book about it. I want to say that I loved this, but I didn't. It was good and for the most part I enjoyed, but it lost me in a couple of places.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Beneath the Skin by Caroline England

Beneath the Skin by Caroline England

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

Antonia has a secret, a secret she has never told anyone and it causes her to cut herself on Friday nights when her husband is at the pub and her best friend is drinking. It turns out that Antonia isn't the only that has secrets. Sophie is hiding things as well, and so is her husband David and her other friend Olivia.

David is driven to commit suicide, which leads to Antonia coming clean about the self harm to Mike, who is Olivia's husband. Sophie drives Antonia away after learning that she called her husband to discuss things with him. Sophie thinks that they slept together, because she knows that Sami has been cheating.

Mike and Antonia struggle with an attraction, but when Antonia finds out about the baby Olivia is carrying she shuts the fledgling attraction down before anything else happens and before she comes clean about any other secrets. Soon all of the little lies come to head in a tragic manner.

This was a bit of a mystery but it felt more like Big Little Lies than a thriller. It is also a bit of a slow burn, it told from several different perspectives and it took me a while to get into it. On some levels none of the characters are particularly likable, but the story is compelling once you set aside expectations for a thrilling mystery.

I think one of it's more compelling aspects is that guilt and little lies can turn into so much more. I know that is cryptic, but I hate spoilers so that's all your getting from me. So stick it out and once the story starts coming together it is totally worth it in the end.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Black and Green

Black and Green Black and Green by C.L. Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say about the newest Sang Sorenson book? Black and Green picks up right after Sang and the boys leave the campground where Sang has passed out due to her hydrophobia. We learn so much more about Dr. Green in this book that if you didn't already love him you definitely will by the end of it.
In this newest book in the Ghost Bird Series Sang's father has decided he wants her to come back home and for them to live as a family. What Sang and her sister could never have anticipated though is that her father has brought his "new" family back to Charleston with him. Sang and her sister must now attempt to navigate these new obstacles and Dr. Green tries to infiltrate the home by posing as a potential suitor to Sang. Things don't go as well as planned however when Sang's new step-mom decided Sang is just too young to date and instead tries to pair Sang's sister off with him.

Dr. Green will have to come to terms with his own mother in Black and Green as well when he finds out the truth behind his own adoption. We also see Dr. Green and Mr. Blackbourne in a whole new light. We finally get the chance to see them not as the leaders of the Academy team but as 18 and 19 year old boys with insecurities and vulnerabilities.

Mr. Blackbourne will show us a side to himself we haven't seen yet and if you find him as swoon worthy as I do you'll love all the new character development that plays out in this newest book.

Meanwhile Sang learns that not all abuse is physical as she attempts to get along with her fathers new wife. Sang's new stepmonster is a tad OCD and she extends that controlling, overbearing, heavy handedness to Sang and her sister. With carefully constructed lies and half truths she seeks to gain control over the entire Sorenson family. She bring her 15 year old son with her and Sang finds herself sharing a room with a stranger. The boys are not happy about these new developments but are powerless to change them.....or are they?

Black and Green moves the story along a bit but mostly I would say this book is more about character development and getting to know more of the Academy boys as well as Mr. Sorenson's motivations behind why he does what he does. The ending will leave you breathless and anxious for the next book in the Ghost Bird series. We all want to know more about Sang's mysterious past and the mother that died and left her in this situation. Here's hoping the next book gives us more insight into that mystery and more of Mr. Blackbourne.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

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

This is the 3rd and final book in the series, I highly suggest starting with the first book. Spoilers will follow if you haven't read the first two books.

Olivia is a precognitive, she can see almost every possible future and know the percentage chance of it happening. When Ryder is taken prisoner after trying to get medicine for Callie, and he has his future vision. In which he kills Olivia, she knows that she has do whatever she can to help Callie.

Ryder doesn't trust Olivia and he trust her even less after she injects him with something in order to get him out of the facility. However, he knows that she is determined to help and he finally gives in and lets her return to their town. Once there Olivia realizes that everyone is starting to come down with this virus.

Olivia begins to realize this is a much larger problem then they realized and as they move back towards the facility so that she can help them get the vaccine things begin to spiral out of control. Will Olivia be able to help save everyone? Or will their whole time stream be deleted?

I must admit I didn't like Olivia very much in the first book, she grew on me in the second, but I loved her in this one. It really becomes clear why and what she is doing and that despite having her mother behave they way she does, Olivia still has a huge heart and keeps trying to do things to save everyone.

I enjoyed every bit of this series, I highly recommend this series! 

Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard

Never Apart by Romily Bernard

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

Grace and Ander are always running from Finn, they have fallen so many times that Grace can barely remember them all. Finn always kills them and they fall into another life. So when Grace wakes up in a life with her twin back Jem she is kind of freaked but excited.

However, when Ander doesn't recognize her for the first time she knows that something is different in this life, especially when her current boyfriend is Finn. The one who hunts her in all these different lifetimes.

This Finn is different too, and he keeps telling her that things aren't the way she remembers them and that she needs to remember what actually happened in their original life. After five days pass and she wakes in a different lifeline, Grace knows that she has to remember the truth even if she doesn't want to face it.

I will say the twist caught me by surprise, despite having figured some things out before getting there. I can't say all I want to about the book because it will give away the ending and the twist so for once I have to work really hard to not say the things I really want to about this book. I loved it though, it was exciting and a quick read. I literally flipped through pages to find out what was going on.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

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

Theo and Paige are best friends on the verge of being something more when everything goes horribly wrong. One night when jealousy and issues tear them apart. Now four months later all they want to do is move on from that horrible night, but something keeps drawing them back to the bridge.

Theo is working with his uncle when he finds a lock on the bridge with his initials and Paige's initials on it, but that isn't the part that freaks him out. When he begins to hear conversations from that night he knows something isn't right.

Then he runs into Paige for the first time since that night, and she is freaked out because she found an earring that she was wearing that night. It was lost though so she has no idea how it has just appeared again. Soon they find that they will have to muster up the courage to face not just their issues, but face that night and their part in what happened.

I have read all of Natalie's books, and I usually love them. I didn't quite love this one I felt a little underwhelmed by it. I guess I was expecting a bit more, however, I did enjoy the themes of forgiveness and facing one's problems. Both Theo and Paige were deeply flawed characters with a host of different issues that they were both struggling to come to terms with and find a sense of what is normal for them.

I don't know if it was overdone, but I can imagine if you are facing several issues from ADHD to anxiety and other things a struggle to find a balance in the meds and your behavior is a pretty common occurrence as well as a struggle to fit in as a normal teenager. I liked Theo and Paige and I was totally rooting for them! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Blind by A.F. Brady

The Blind by A.F. Brady

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

Sam is psychologist at inpatient psychiatric hospital. They are receiving a new patient that everyone is more than a little nervous about working with. He doesn't speak, and he was in prison for a number of years.

Richard is a challenge one Sam is determined to unlock, and the as she learns more about him, she begins to look deeper at her own life. Because what most people don't know is Sam is a mess, she is drunk more often than not, and her boyfriend is more than a little abusive.

As her life begins to spiral out of control she wonders if Richard is really in need of help, or if everything will fall apart before she can save herself.

For a long time I wondered what the point of this story was, and to be honest it isn't what I normally like for a thriller. However, for what it is I loved it when I finally got the story. It is a story of redemption, of facing one's life and picking yourself up and moving on.

Sam isn't always very likable, but as you get to know her and understand her, you begin to cheer her on and hope that there is a happy ending. I am not going to say much as to why I don't think this a thriller, because I don't do spoilers. I can say that you will probably get to understand what the book is really about if you don't go in expecting some on the edge of your seat whodunit.