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.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: The Other Twin by L.V. Hay

The Other Twin by L.V. Hay

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

Poppy is in London when she gets that call that India, her sister has killed herself at the train station. Immediately Poppy returns home, and tries to understand what happened. The only thing she is sure of is that India didn't kill herself.

So she falls back into her own life and tries to figure out what was going on in India's life, and the more she starts to unravel the more she begins to realize that she had no idea what was going with her sister. Then she runs into her old boyfriend Matt and she is drawn back to him.

The deeper she digs the more she finds out and soon it is a race against time to uncover the truth before they catch up to her.

I didn't know what to expect with this one. It is mostly told from Poppy's point of view, with some chapters told from a mysterious man's point of view. As things start to unfold you find out just how deadly family secrets are, and how you can really not know people you have known all your life.

I was drawn in and interested from the start, I have read darker books and books with more twists, but I really enjoyed this one, although I was kind of sad about the way the relationship played out. However, kudos to Poppy for making the hard choices in the end. This was a great way to spend a cold afternoon!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

LOVERS LIKE US

The second book in the Like Us series is out TOMORROW!!



Lovers Like Us will give you more of those Farrow Moffy feels. Read below for the story synopis and don't forget to enter the Raffle at the very end.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

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Ever wondered why these books are so Addictive? It's because of these amazing writers!
Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.


Friday, October 27, 2017

It's O.K. it's just Fido

This weeks installment of monsters is the furry werewolf. Werewolves and Hellhounds have made a comeback in literature over the past 10 years and they don't show any signs of going away anytime soon. So for this week's monsters that we love we're focusing on man's best friend, or are they?

1. Spookiest novel: The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore

    The Werewolf of Paris is both a work of horror and historical fiction so you get the best of both in one book. This novel follows Bertrand Caillet, the werewolf, throughout the tumultuous events of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune of 1870-71. This is not a book for adolescents, there is incest, rape, and murder in this book. Like much Gothic fiction The Werewolf of Paris opens with a frame story in which the author explains his struggle with the fantastic elements of his tale. The narrator of this story is an anonymous American working on his doctoral research in Paris. He discovers a manuscript in the hands of some trash-pickers which he describes as "The Galliez Report: thirty four sheets of closely written French, an unsolicited defense of Sergeant Bertrand Caillet at the latter's court-martial of 1871".

Why you should read this book: The historical content alone makes this book worth reading. The Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune of 1870-71 provide the immediate backdrop to The Werewolf of Paris, although Endore also makes many references to the Revolutions of 1848. The novel is filled with Gothic horror, tragedy, and notable historical figures including Bismarck, Blanqui, Dumas, Courbet, Haussmann and Thiers.

2: Mystery novel: The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo

   Marlowe Higgins has had a hard life. Since being dishonorably discharged after a tour in Vietnam, he's been in and out of prison, moving from town to town, going wherever the wind takes him. He can't stay in one place too long--every full moon he kills someone. He can't help it, he's a werewolf. For years he's struggled with his affliction, until he finds a way to use his unfortunate curse for good. Now he only kills really bad people.

Why you should read this book: Nicholas Pekearo envisioned The Wolfman being the first book in a series. Sadly, circumstances did not work out that way as Mr. Pekearo was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty before he could write anything else. That background in police work is why you should read The Wolfman. With his expertise in law enforcement he brings Marlowe Higgins to life on the page. This is crime fiction with that twist of Gothic horror done absolutely right.


3: From Book to Film: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues, though the authorities aren't sure if it's a man they should be looking for. Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a biotech facility owned by the Godfrey Family. While others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high schoolers that he's a werewolf.

Why you should read this book: Netflix brought Hemlock Grove to life in a Netflix original series and it garnered an instant following. The book is at once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has all the elements to become a classic in it's own right.

4: Mixed Genre Series: Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

It's been 20 years since shapeshifters, hunted down and on the verge of extinction, have agreed to become collared and "accepted" into human society. That acceptance, however, is extremely limited. Although the collars repress the shapeshifters' violent tendencies, they've been forced to live in Shiftertowns on the periphery of society, and are still universally hated and feared for their extraordinary abilities.

Why you should read this book: Pride Mates is the first installment in the Shifters Unbound series and in my humble opinion it doesn't get enough credit, in large part because it's classified and marketed as paranormal romance. What Ashley has done with this series is remarkable she's created an entirely new lycanthropic mythology that seamlessly fuses elements of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery into one series.

5: Urban Fantasy: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer, and son, of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life. Charles insisted that not only was Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. It is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that proves invaluable to Charles as they go on a hunt in search of a rogue werewolf.

Why you should read this book: This book has all those nitty, gritty, elements that we love about Urban Fantasy. It's set in the Mercy Thompson Universe written by Patricia Briggs so if you like those books you'll like these as well. I freely admit that I was skeptical about picking up this series but thanks to Penguin Publishing I was gifted the first book to read and review over a year ago and what can I say Patricia Briggs does furry and fantastic goodness to werewolves in this series.

6: Snarkiest series: Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moved in across the street. Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer are going to get a lot more interesting.The foreign exchange student, Fane, is actually a Canis Lupis or werewolf from the Grey Wolf clan and he's Jacque's mate. The other half of her soul.

Why you should read this series: Quinn Loftis began as an independent author, as a matter of fact she was one of the authors we featured here on our blog when we first started out years ago. This series and others like Quinn Loftis are what inspired us to give these authors a platform to be seen and read. The Grey Wolf series has expanded over the years and with over 3,000 reviews from readers you know it's a hit. Jacque, Sally, and Jen are the quintessential small town teens. Their dialogue is fresh, funky, and hilarious. The books have a well paced plot with plenty of humor, adventure, and yes romance but it's the snarky teens themselves that make reading this series so much fun.

7: Young Adult: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf, is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human until the cold makes him shift back again. Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be but as winter nears, Sam has to fight to stay human or risk losing himself and Grace forever.

Why you should read this book: You're either going to love this trilogy or hate it. There's no two ways about it. The writing is such that there's no middle ground. I did not like this story but my fellow reviewer on here rated it four stars out of five so she did. Whether you love it or hate it you should read it for these reasons. 1) It's lovely and lyrical and achingly sad. 2) Shiver is more introspective than most YA books. 3) It is beautifully written and tragic but also a gorgeous take on werewolf lore. 4) The book is deeply emotional and sweet. It's a refreshing take on YA as a category and werewolf lore as a genre.

There are lots more werewolf stories out there and stories that include more types of shifters but these were our favorites. Happy Monster Reading.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Thief who Pulled on Trouble's Braids

Are you reading these??!!
How many of you following me have read “The Thief that Pulled on Trouble’s Braids” by Michael McClung? 
If the answer is none of you then you are missing out one of the best fantasy series I’ve read in a long time. I came across the first book in this series by way of the a followers request. This first book was published in 2012 and there are currently 4 books in the series. 
The main protagonist Amra Thety’s is a very skilled thief who finds herself doing something she’d sworn to never do, avenger the death of her only friend. I really fell in love with Amra’s character for a lot of reasons but I’ll only list a few here:
1: She’s a female lead character whose wits and sneak thief abilities are touted more than her looks. The author never describes her as beautiful but as “looking like a boy” and “scarred”. She doesn’t rely on her looks to get the job done she relies on her wits and a strange code of ethics. 
2: She’s a loner and she’s ok with that. As a matter of fact it surprises her that there are people in her life that would actually consider her a friend and would help her out simply because they care about her. That makes her reactions throughout this first book feel completely real to me. She reacts like a person, like an average every day person, which makes her not only relatable but four dimensional as well.
3: She’s practical and logical and she has no time for what she considers fanciful lies. She has the most realistic reaction to the gods in her world that I’ve see written in a fantasy story so far..that reaction is downright fear and loathing. Which just goes to show she’s smarter than most of the characters in her world give her credit for. 
4: She’s realistic about her life and her situation. She talks often about the shady side of town (she’s a thief so she lives there) and she’s more surprised when people are kind and decent. That’s realistic if you grew up in an environment where you had to survive or die. The author doesn’t pretty that part up or make it sound heroic that she did survive. No he gives Amra whose character shows a very realistic example of how someone from the poverty level of her world would think and react in situations..this leads readers to either love her or hate her. There is no in between when it comes Amra Thety’s. 
Amra isn’t the only character that’s well written in this book..no Michael McClung goes all out in this series and he gives supporting, secondary, and even side characters that are so richly woven into the fabric of Amra’s story they themselves will stand out as real and relatable. 
Fantasy Checklist:
Shitty gods that screw with mortals, CHECK
Mages and magic that horribly awry or awfully well; CHECK
A shady, mysterious history of the protagonist; CHECK
The prospect of a wide world also with a shady history; CHECK
Terrible evil that threatens the balance of said world: CHECK
Bonus Fantasy Checklist:
Humor when you least expect it? CHECK
A fast paced adventure that leaves you breathless? CHECK
Astrophysical geekiness woven into the fabric of the story: CHECK
Terrifying monsters and Bloodwitches; CHECK and CHECK
What else are you doing with your time while you wait for the next S.J. Maas books? Go Read this series!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The things that go bump in the night are probably your neighbors.

It's the spookiest month of the year. The one month where ghosts, goblins, witches, and other scary things get to come out of the darkness and play. It's also that time of the year when we at the Book Whisperers get to share with you all our favorite stories of Horror, Gore, and thing that go bump in the night.

To start this weeks monster list I'm posting our favorite Vampire Books by catagory.

1. Spookiest novel: 'Salem's Lot' by Stephen King
    Ben Mears returns to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes of casting out his own devils and gaining inspiration for his new book. That all changes when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive.  Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
 
    Why you should read this book: If you want to be too scared to turn the page, if you want to sleep with all the lights on too afraid to be in the dark, then you need to read this book. Stephen King's mastery of horror really shows in this scary vampire tale.

2: Classic Novel: 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker
     Johnathan Harker, a young English Lawyer, travels to Castle Dracula in the Eastern European country of Transylvania to conclude a real estate transaction with a nobleman name Count Dracula. As Harker wends his way through the picturesque countryside, the local peasants warn him about his destination, giving him crucifixes and other charms against evil and uttering strange words that Harker later translates into "vampire". While Johnathan Harker is the overall narrator in Dracula the story itself is mostly a love story between Dracula and Mina. Dracula was one of the first "Gothic Romances" to ever be published and it's a classic for a reason.

    Why you should read this book: Dracula is one of those tales that just gets better with each re-read. This is the hallmark of what makes a book of fiction a "classic" it never goes out of style. If you love Vampire stories then you owe to yourself to read the original and find out why Dracula spawned an entire counter culture.

3: Snarkiest Series: 'Vampire Academy' by Richelle Mead
    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school. It's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir and her best friend Lissa is a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run but they're caught and brought back to St. Vladimir's, the place they escaped because of the danger to them, Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene (mean girls with pointy teeth) and disturbing nighttime rituals. The one thing the Dhampir and Moroi fear most are the Strigoi, the worlds fiercest and most dangerous vampires.

   Why you should read this series: Rose Hathaway is every snarky teen that lives inside us all. She's a perfect protagonist who has witty banter down to an artform. She's also kind of a badass and she makes this series a fun read for everyone. Who doesn't love a snarky badass vampire slayer? If you're a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan you'll love this series.

4: Goriest Series: 'The Strain Trilogy' by Guillermo Del Toro
    Come on you knew Guillermo was going to make this list under Goriest didn't you? Guillermo Del Toro is one of the best thriller writers out there. Horror movie fans know him by name as the director of such movies as Pan's Labryinth and Hellboy. In this trilogy Guillermo Del Toro teams up with Chuck Hogan to reinvent the vampire novel. Terrifying, blood chilling and unputdownable, the Strain is a nightmare of the darkest order.
 
    Why you should read this trilogy: If you love Slasher flicks and heaping helping of blood and guts and gore along with a compelling story then you'll love this trilogy. I'm more of the old school horror movie fan club and I found this trilogy to be equal parts gruesome and page turningly compelling. You will find yourself jumping at the slightest noises...you have been warned.

5: Best Vampire Partners: 'Night Huntress Series' by Jeaniene Frost
    Half-Vampire Catherine Crawfield (but my friends call me Cat) is going after the undead with a vengeance in the hopes that one of these deadbeat (pun intended) guys is her father. Cat blames him for ruining her mother's life and by extension her own. She's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for Bones's help in tracking down her father Cat agrees to train with him until her reflexes and strength are as terrifying as Bones's fangs. Cat is amazed she doesn't end on the pointy end of Bones's fangs but she's more surprised to find out that not all vampires are evil. Bones shows Cat that not being half-dead doesn't have to all the way suck.

   Why you should read this series: There's nothing more angst ridden or compelling than the heat from a working relationship. Just think of Buffy and Spike it's the "will they or won't they?" that will keep you coming back for more.

6: Best Lighthearted series: 'Undead' by Maryjanice Davidson
    First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident, but what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead. Now her new friends have the crazy idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen and they want her to help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries.

   Why you should read this series: If you're looking for comedic horror in book form this is the one for you. This series is light, refreshing and most of all it's hilarious. You may need to read this away from public places unless you don't mind strangers wondering what's got you laughing so hard you're crying.

7: Best Dystopian Trilogy: 'Blood of Eden' by Julie Kagawa
    In the future a disease known only as Red Lung has decimated the human population. Vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities. Madmen seek to destroy what little civilization remains. Only Allison Sekemoto, former fringer-turned-vampire stands against them.

   Why you should read this trilogy: If you like Dystopian Y.A. novels such as The Hunger Games, Allegiant, and the Maze then you have to read this trilogy because it sets the standards for this genre of fiction. Be warned though once you read a Julie Kagawa book your standards will be so high it may ruin you for other YA authors.

We love Vampires and stories about them if you have a vampire story you'd like us to read and review leave it in the comments below.

Stay spooky my friends!

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. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

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

Jasper has just buried his father when a strange man approaches him about his father's will. Jasper figures there isn't anything worthwhile and blows the guys off. A few days later the brakes on his car fail and he ends up in the river. A woman saves him, but then they start torturing him asking him questions about IT, whatever it is.

Jasper has no clue but when Cyrus saves him from the woman and her partner he realizes he needs to find out. That is when he learns that he is the last direct descent of Benedict Arnold, and his father was looking for information that could change the whole game. The game is that the True Sons of Liberty duel with the descendants of American Traitors and have been doing that for the last 200 plus years.

Before long Jasper is on the hunt to find that information that changes everything, if only he lives that long. After several attempts on his life, the League knows that they have traitors in their midst and someone will do anything to keep Jasper from finding out the truth.

This was a promising book with an interesting concept. I can't say too much because it will spoil it, but if fell a little short for me. I just didn't quite love it, but I did devour it and I loved the alternative history. I am not sure if I can put into words, but basically, it seemed a tad anticlimactic. All the dueling and the attempts on his life just to find out that.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

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

Liza is a once successful novelist, struggling to write her new book. Meanwhile, in real life, her marriage is struggling because her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend and law firm partner Nick.

Liza is writing a novel about Beth who discovers by accident her husband is having an affair. Beth stumbles upon them having dinner in a restaurant. She soon gets caught up in trying to find out what is really going on.

Liza is taking an experimental hormone designed to help her get pregnant and one of the side affects is forgetting things. She is stunned when Sgt.Perez says that he saw her at the range recently and that her aim had improved. She doesn't really think anything of it until Nick's body is found and the police come to her house.

When David is arrested as a suspect and she bails him out, things are beginning to spiral out of control. Why can't she remember things?

I know that is all rather vague but this is the type of mystery that spoilers will ruin everything. I do admit that I began to suspect the ending somewhere in the middle of the story, but I loved every minute of this book. The chapters vary from Liza's viewpoint to the that of the story she is writing, and the end will leave you feeling stunned and wondering what the heck just happened in a good way.

I don't know how I feel about the ending the author doesn't quite spell things out, but little is really left to the imagination and I honestly had a hard time feeling sorry for David. I didn't like him very and this might have been the only time I was rooting for the wrong person in this book. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

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

Louise is surprised to receive a friend request from Maria Weston, especially since she disappeared 25 years ago and hasn't been seen since then. Feeling more than a little freaked especially since she has a secret to hide, she searches Facebook for her old friend Sophie and sends her a friend request. She then arranges to meet her because she wants to ask her about the request she received.

Louise begins to feel like she is being followed and watched, and with each passing day, she gets more and more worried that the truth will come out about what she did to Marie. She even reaches out to Esther, whom she had ditched during school as well when she became sort of popular.

During this time is confronted by the fact that she keeps all of her friends at a distance, and the secret is killing her, but when someone dies at the reunion she knows it is only a matter of time before her past comes back to haunt her.

My only real complaint was the fact that took so long for Louise to finally come clean about what she had done to Maria, and clearly, her actions haunted and controlled her life. So many times I wanted to shake her and be like just be honest, just tell someone, and every time she did, if they didn't react well it cemented the feelings she had about herself.

I really enjoyed the exposure of how fake social media is, and how even years after the fact it can tie and make you relive those high school days. Louise really struggled to become a better person, but she always felt defined by her actions as a teenager. While this is a mystery at heart it is also an eye opening perspective on bullying from both points of view. While it may show the motives of all bullies it does show how peer pressure and other factors can make an otherwise decent person do really stupid things. 

Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #11)

Thank you to DAW and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. I also won a copy of an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

October is back and enjoying life, things have been a little slow but she is happy. That is until her mother shows up and asks her to find her sister. What's worse is when she refuses her mother, she takes Jazz and Tybalt as hostages.

That sends October to Sylvester and with an impossible request. She has to wake Simon and have him help her find August. Sylvester grants that request so long as October helps wake his daughter and win her a pardon when it is done.

The trail starts at her mother's tower and leads them back into Blind Michael's realm, but it doesn't stop there. Things aren't always what they seem, and sometimes people don't realize the cost of the Sea Witch's help.

First, if you haven't read this series please go start with Rosemary and Rue it will be so worth your time. I love this series it is hands down one of my favorite urban fantasy reads. I have to say this is this the first book in a long without a lot of Tybalt in it and I loved it but I missed him. It also made me really dislike October's mother and sister.

However, like the prince who as promised this one really started to answer questions, and really opened the door wide for where this series is going. That also makes me a little sad because it might be showing the end of the road and I just don't know that I can live without October.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: The Walls by Hollie Overton

The Walls by Hollie Overton

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

Kristy is a public relations officer for the prison and she is doing the best she can do until one day her son gets in trouble at school and she finds that he has been taking martial arts classes behind her back. When she confronts his teacher Lance, it ends up in a friendship that changes her life.

Soon he becomes a huge part of her life, and when she kisses him and then backtracks he disappears and when they finally have a talk she decides that she can't live without him. Meanwhile, Kristy finds herself developing a friendship with an inmate on death row. As she gets to know him she is convinced that he didn't kill his kids.

Kristy and Lance get married and then everything changes, first, it is just a pinch or a bit of a temper and soon he is hitting her. But what can she do everyone is convinced that he is a wonderful man, but she soon finds that he isn't everything he claimed to be. Kristy is soon faced with impossible choices as the walls close in around her, can she do what she needs to do?

I am still not quite sure how I feel about this book, because it causes me moral dilemna's, on the one hand, I totally get where the author is coming from and it is interesting... On the other hand, it glorifies and justifies something I just can't get on board. Plus the I loved the death row aspect and I thought it was going to have more to do with the story instead it was kind of a filler even though it did touch on the execution of an innocent man, but it really didn't do anything to shine the light or really address that issue.

I liked Kristy, and I just don't know that only person who notices that she changes is an inmate at the prison. I mean I get that the guy is charismatic and wonderful, but other people know he isn't soo I guess in some aspect it felt like a sudden change and a stretch for me. That's is about as much as I am going to spoil this, I did read it all in one sitting and I really enjoyed it even if I haven't worked out how I feel about it now. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review of A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

I won a copy of the ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

A woman is racing away from something when she ends up crashing her car into a pole. Across town Tom arrives home to find his home unlocked and his wife missing. Thinking nothing of it he makes dinner and waits, by as time passes the more worried he gets so he calls 911. Shortly after police officers arrive at his house to tell him that his wife has been in an accident.

They also relay the details of the reckless driving which will most likely result in charges, when Tom arrives at the hospital he is stunned to find out that Karen doesn't remember a thing. Soon their neighbor Brigid arrives to visit with Karen, and Tom wonders what is going to happen. They consult with a lawyer, but both Karen and Tom are completely shocked when a set of Detectives arrive at their house to question Karen about a murder.

Soon Tom is at a complete loss as to what is going on or even who his wife is, Karen is frightened but knows she couldn't possibly have killed someone. Meanwhile Brigid is watching and waiting.

I hate being so vague, but so much happened in this book that I know  I would give away major details if I really want on about this book. I am still not quite sure if I like the ending, but it thrilled me and threw me for a loop. Everything I suspected was not quite right. I will say that I really didn't like any of the characters, they were all liars and just a tad crazy. However, it worked I couldn't stop reading this, I just could not until I finished it.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review of 99 Red Ballons by Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Red Ballons by Elisabeth Carpenter

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

This book is told with several different viewpoints, and an unnamed man, unnamed girl, Stephanie, and Maggie.  The unnamed is a kidnapper, the unnamed girl has been kidnapped and Stephanie is the Aunt of a young girl that has just been kidnapped, and Maggie is the grandmother of young girl Zoe who was kidnapped in the 80s.

The story opens with the unnamed girl meeting a man outside a sweet shop and how he convinces her to go with him. It then switches to Stephanie who has just learned that her niece Grace has been kidnapped after walking home from school. Almost immediately you start to learn that Stephanie and her family have secrets.

Maggie begins to receive calls and flowers from an unknown person who tells her they have a surprise for her, but mainly she is shocked Grace has been kidnapped in the same manner as her granddaughter Zoe.

I can't tell you much more than that because it will spoil the story for you. I will say that I was a bit confused at first as to the alternative perspectives and who was who. For a longer time, I didn't understand why Stephanie had a part in this story, but I will say that this was engrossing and I was unable to put it down.

I had to know what was going to happen, and I was completely shocked when it was finally revealed who the unknown people were in those chapters. I guessed wrong several times as to who and how people fit into the story. I also must admit that I loved the inclusion of 99 Red Ballon, that is one of my favorite 80s songs and I love to hear it in German.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review of A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

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

Hadley borrows her boyfriend's car on the night of the one year anniversary of her best friend's death. He then posts a naked picture of her on Facebook, and when Hadley runs up into the tower to think, she runs into her ex-boyfriend Josh.

She then invites him to go to the party with her and as they are leaving an accident almost occurs and the path diverges. In one path Hadley, Brooklyn, Josh and Mia all head to Cincinnati to plan the ultimate revenge on Ben for posting that picture, in the other they all go to the party.

So in different paths, the same things unfold in a different timeframe. Hadley finds that her boyfriend is upset about more than the car, and then secrets start coming to light.

So I know I was vague but spoilers, come on now you know me by now. What I will say is I loved this, I admit I was intrigued when I saw that it was compared to Sliding Doors, which I love. It is the only movie I love with what's her name in it. I wasn't sure that I would love this, and I admit when it goes to different paths you have to be paying attention it took me two chapters to catch on. So just so you know it starts off all on one timeline when it seems like they are going to hit a car it then switches between paths.

I loved the friendships in this book, loved them! Hadley was okay she grew on me as the book went on. I wasn't sure about Josh he was frustrating in both paths, and Ben was just well I can't say too much about him, but yeah..

I couldn't stop reading this, I had to see how it would end I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of Dead Girls Can't Lie by Carys Jones

Dead Girls Can't Lie by Carys Jones

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

North has just found out her best friend Kelly has been found on a jogging trail hanging from a tree and the police believe that it was a suicide but North knows that isn't true. Kelly used to tell her that if she was ever found hanging from a tree on a jogging trail by a dog walker that it was murder, not suicide.

North has had trouble in the past so most people believe that she has gone over the edge with her determination to prove that Kelly didn't kill herself, but she knows that Kelly would fight for the truth if it was her, and so she sets out to find the truth.

North learns that Kelly was pregnant and it wasn't her boyfriend Dean's baby, everyone else uses that as the excuse to justify the suicide. However, that just cements North's convictions and she begins to dig deeper knowing that the yacht is the key to what happened to her she makes plans to go visit the yacht and find the truth.

Soon it seems that she in over her head, lucking Elijah from work has been keeping her company and helping her uncover the truth. But the crew is afraid, and the only person it willing to talk to her and she is told that it isn't uncommon for girls to leave the yacht early and just disappear.

I am torn in my feelings for this book, the mystery was a bit pat, but I loved the characters and I loved North's determination to do right by her friend no matter the cost. I couldn't stop reading the book at all I finished it in one sitting.

I will say initially I was wondering if the twist would be something different, I know vague but I hate spoilers and I realized if I typed out what I was going to say that I would steal that wondering from you and I just can't do that! Ha sorry, I am bad... 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review of The Next Together by Lauren James

The Next Together by Lauren James

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

Katherine and Matthew meet at the University in England. When Katherine looks him up online to find out more information about him, she finds articles from 20 years earlier that name a different Matt and Katherine as terrorists.

When she confronts her gran she finds that Katherine was her Aunt and they never believed that she was a terrorist. As Katherine begins a connection with Matthew they are soon drawn into the past to uncover the truth of their relatives.

However, they soon find that they meet over and over again. In 1854, 1754 and so many other timelines. But, they always die and this time Katherine wants things to be different. Trying to stay one step ahead of the government that killed the previous versions of them is tricky! Will they be able to complete their mission? Will they find out the truth?

Whew, at first this sort of seemed like a straight out past lives book, but it was so much more than that. It alternates between 3 different timelines 1745, 1845, and 2039 with documents and journals from the 2019 timeline. In each place, they randomly meet and fall in love. Sometimes it isn't a smooth ride for them and they often end up in dangerous places. Like the English border during Bonnie Prince Charlies's uprising or the Crimean War.

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but this was a fantastic read and I did consider the ending a bit of a twist. I did not see that coming, and I admit I had reached a certain level of frustration like what were they supposed to do? Why did they keep coming back? I must say I was happy with the ending it wasn't anything crazy, but it was interesting and special I thought. A reminder that sometimes the right two people can create or change something in just one way that changes everything forever.