Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of Unpunished by Lisa Black

Unpunished by Lisa Black (Gardiner and Renner #2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review of Nest by Terry Goodkind

Nest by Terry Goodkind

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review of Relic by Renee Collins

Relic by Renee Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review of Malachim by Naima Simone

Malachim by Naima Simone

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review of Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

Thanks to Fiewel & Friends and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Disclaimer: This is book 2 in the High School Horror series, well it's not completely needed to understand events and references are made to Teen Frankenstein book 1.

Cassidy Hyde isn't dealing with things all that well. Since Adam cheated on her with a nobody and was killed the night she was crowned Homecoming Queen things have been hard. She just can't shake the sadness so she agrees to go to the party even though she isn't really feeling it. While she on the verge of having a Britney Spears moment, Liam bursts into the bathroom and before he leaves he offers her this little pill called Sunshine.

When Cassidy wakes up in the morning she feels great despite the fact that she can't remember anything passed dancing with Liam. Maybe a little memory loss is okay to feel better in the end. As as the days go by, Cassidy becomes more and more aware of the fact that she is doing things at night and can't remember what is going on. When Lena a sophomore calls her Mercy she knows something is wrong, but she just can't quite figure it out.

Until the morning she wakes up with blood on her hands, Cassidy knows that she has to figure this out and stop herself. Will she come up with a way to save herself? Will she be able to admit the truth?

This is was interesting, twist, on Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Like Teen Frankenstein a gender switch, but not only that there are underlying secrets Cassidy is keeping. They get revealed in a way as the story goes on. I say in a way because it isn't expressly spelled out. You have to kind of guess with no real confirmation.

I have to say that Cassidy is the kind of main character I wouldn't normal like, but in a way she was as light as her other half, Marcy was dark. They fit together and while neither character was very likable you could relate to them. I was half afraid I wouldn't like this because it features different characters from Teen Frankenstein although it is set in the same town. In fact, both mc's attend the same high school. That being said I loved this, I read it as fast as I could and now I am really sad that I have to wait a long time for book 3 to come out. So if you like retellings that aren't fairy tales... You should totally check out this series! 

Review of You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

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

Whew where to start... Reagan is the daughter of two Black Angel operatives. They have raised her to be one of them. She knows multiple forms of self-defense techniques and can shoot better than most adults.  Their covered is burned when an assassin invades their house one night. So after grabbing their go bags they flee into the night. 

They end up in New Albany, Ohio and stay for over a year where Reagan makes real friends and even has a boy (sort of) they are RGF (real good friends). She evens begins to question whether this life is for her. But when a mission goes bad and a girl that looks like her is taken. Reagan has to decide to if this is the life for her and can she save her parents?

I loved every minute of this book. I started it and couldn't stop it and when it was done I wanted more. Reagan is a total badass, I for real loved her. Luke had to be the perfect guy for her. I was so rooting for them. When the action picked up I was on the edge of my seat wondering was going to happen.

I was also heartbroken at times too, but well spoilers. It kind of made me think of The Fixer, and the show the Alias (note I haven't actually watched it but I know the premise). Black Angel's aren't spies, they rescue people in a super secret spy kind of way. When Reagan began to question the life I could totally understand it. Who wants to have their whole life mapped out for them? Who wants to live a lie from the beginning? I mean it was okay for her parents because they didn't start out their lives like that and they were able, to be honest with each other. But Reagan only had that with her family. Her life outside of the house was a complete lie.

I for one can't wait for book 2 I am excited to see where this goes! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, New Pages, New Ideas!

Happy 2017 everyone!! No matter what country you're visiting our page from I think we can all agree that last year was rough. We in the States are letting out a huge sigh of relief that it's over. We're also simultaneously holding our breath to see what the new President does in the upcoming year..or four years.

I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday breaks and are ready to get this new year started! We have some exciting new books coming out this year and hopefully some more great interviews with authors as well as giveaways!! We do love giving things away around here.

Toward the end of last year we asked our followers on Facebook to give us some ideas of things they'd like to see here on the blog. The response was pretty amazing and we got really excited reading them. One recurring request was that we bring back the "Littlest Reviewers" spots that we usually only run during the summer. I've spoken with some of the parents of those little readers and they are excited to read and review more children's books for you all. I'm working hard to get those interviews with the kids set up and transcribed to bring here so look for those in the upcoming months.

Another suggestion was to have separate pages for the book series that we often refer to and review here on the blog. I've been working on those behind the scenes and let me tell you that's a lot harder to do than it sounds, lot of tech stuff that I wasn't prepared to take one. I'm still working on those pages and they'll separated by genre so please bear with me while I attempt to learn this.

We'll be doing some book reviews of classic pieces as well such as Tess of D'Urbevilles, Dracula, and the Bronte's. We hope to bring back the love of these pieces by reviewing them as if they were published this year instead of over a 100 years ago..that's a big challenge but we're up for it.

New Releases will still be listed along with buy options when we have them and we'll still be featuring at least one independent author a month.

If you have a series or a book that you want us to review for you we'll be taking those submissions and requests by e-mail. This blog is powered by two busy moms so don't be upset if we don't get back to you right away.

Happy New Year Everyone!!