Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review of Don't Tell A Soul by M. William Phelps

Don't Tell A Soul by M. William Phelps

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

Let me start by saying it has been quite awhile since I have read a True Crime book, in fact I had forgotten this was a true crime and thought I was reading a work of fiction. Yes laugh because the whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking this reads like a True Crime... Well that's because it is.

My only mild complaint is the lack of pictures, and the cover makes it seem like another genre.
However, it is the compelling straight forward account of the murder of Cherry Walker. A black woman with a mental handicap that got involved with the wrong woman.

Cherry was a sweet woman who recently had begun living on her own with assistance, and she meets Kim through her neighbor. Being the kind of woman she is, she agrees to help babysit Kim's young son. Soon she is watching him all the time, and it becomes clear to Cherry's caseworker that Kim isn't picking her son up, often leaving him with Cherry for days.

As Pauline and the other caseworker get involved and report Kim to DCFS, and Kim's husband gets wind of it and drags her into court and goes so far as to subpoena Cherry.  The cops know that everything is unraveling for Kim, and when she calls Cherry and asks her to dinner it ends up being the last time anyone sees Cherry alive.

The real reminder in reading True Crime is that the world is full of crazy, evil people who do things for the most basic of reasons or the worst reasons. Cherry by accounts was a wonderful caring woman, loved by all her friends and she was killed by someone she thought was her friend simply because she wouldn't lie or not show up for the court date.

I applaud the authors who write True Crime it has to be heartbreaking, and not very rewarding work. I am glad I took the time to read this book, it made me remember why I used to read so much of this genre, because the least we can to do is to share the stories of those so tragically taken from life.

Review of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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

Alosa is the daughter of the Pirate King and she is on a mission. When Draxon and Riden board her (fake ) ship she hides herself among the crew and only reveals herself after they have surrendered. She then negotiates rather well to get her crew released and all of her stuff moved over to their ship.

She is looking for a map and she will do whatever it takes to find that map. No matter how handsome Riden is. She spends night after night breaking of her cell looking for this map. She keeps getting caught by Riden, and even when her father's man reveals himself to her, she refuses to take any help.

For Riden is right she is hiding a great many things, the least of which is the location to her father's keep. When another pirate steals her from Draxon, she knows things are deeper than she expected. There are many players in this game.

I loved Alosa and her all women crew!!! Totally on board with that. She is snarky, clever, and a complete badass. And those twists, whew this was a game and many players were playing and no one knew just how many until the end. I will say that I am not a fan of her father, he was clearly very abusive in his training of her.

But that connection between Riden and Alosa was amazing! I can't wait to see what the next book brings... In fact I am more than a little heartbroken I have to wait a whole year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review of I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Review of I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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

Zoe is a normal Londoner going about her daily business when she catches a picture in the adverts that takes her by surprise. Her picture, but she puts it out of her mind when she brings it up to her family and they aren't for sure it is her, until she sees and recognizes another picture. She then contacts Kelly and informs her of a crime and the pictures.

PC Kelly is a disgraced police officer working at the BTP, while looking into theft and possible connection between Zoe, the other woman, Zoe contacts her again this time with a picture in the adverts and a recent murder. PC Kelly then takes it to the murder squad and attempts to get on the case.

Zoe is getting more and more paranoid especially after she trips and almost falls in front of a train. When she sees the man who saved her twice more after the rescue she begins to feel like she is losing her mind. Until PC Kelly tells her there is a website and people are paying for women's information in order to stalk them or attack them. The adverts are now linked to one theft, two murders, and one rape.

As the case gets trickier and trickier will Zoe be able to stay ahead of her stalker, or will she lose the battle. Will PC Kelly and the murder squad be able to find out who is behind it before it is too late?

I read Mackintosh's I Let you go and was blown away so when I saw this I knew I had to request it and hope they would approve me. It didn't disappoint, I was on the edge of my seat the entire book, I couldn't read it quickly enough. I was so wrong too, but I am not mad I love the twists they are so freaking clever, Clare is definitely on top of her game writing thrillers!

I can't wait to see what she writes next, but for now if you haven't read either book I highly suggest you get out and read them both!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review of City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. Thanks to G.P. Putnam's Son for the copy.

Tina is a ghost she doesn't exist because if you exist you might get caught. Tina is thief and working with the Goonda's in Sanguai's City, she has been with them since the death of her mother five years before.  She has goals dirt, money and blood in that order. Revenge on the man who murdered her mother.

When the Goonda's use her to break into the Greyhill compound which is the first step Dirt, she is getting the dirt on Roland Greyhill and bonus he is the man who murdered her mother. But before she can finish stealing the information she is caught by his son.

When Michael makes a deal with her to find out who really murdered her mother in exchange for the information she stole from his father, Tina's too intrigued not to take the deal. She ropes her friend Boyboy into the situation and they are off and running. Before long the trail following Mikwa leads to the one place Tina never expected the Congo. They make the trip to return to her home in order to find out who could have wanted her mother dead.

 I really enjoyed the book, I admit my knowledge of Africa and the things that are going on in those countries is very limited, so this was very eye opening for me. Tina came to Kenya with her mother as refugees from Congo. Once Tina starts digging she finds that her mother lied or omitted many parts of her story from Tina. And the truth is brutal, her mother really worked hard to protect Tina.

I don't think the mystery was that mysterious, it was still a great story and very compelling. I found myself sucked in and on the edge of my seat to see what would happen and how it all it would end.  I can't wait to see what this author does next!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

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

This is an alternative reality, in this world, there are Equals (Peers or Lords) with skills (magic) and commoners. Every commoner must serve 10 years as a slave. It is told from several points of views the most predominant ones are from the Hadley's (commoners) and Jardine's (Equals).

 Abi is a Hadley and she and her parents have arranged for them to enter service all together as a family at the Jardine's estate. However, when they are set to leave they find that Luke (her brother) is not going with them despite the law against children under 18 serving away from their parents. He is being sent to a slavetown Millmoor.

As Abi and the rest of her family arrive at Jardine's estate, they find that Daisy is to be taking care of the young daughter of Garvar (the Heir) and soon they forge a friendship based on the love he has for his daughter despite the fact that he isn't really a good person.

Abi begins to learn more and more things about skills and the family while they are there. While Luke struggles to find his place at Millmoor. He soon becomes involved with a group that is working to provide the most basic needs to the slaves and helps escape or protect them from the law.

I could say so much more but spoilers so first let me say I couldn't stop reading this book despite my one complaint. So many points of views, and at 40% into the book I was still being introduced to new points of view. I will say it does work, and it isn't too confusing. This series is definitely going to be interesting and I can't wait to see where book 2 goes with it all.

I am not sure what the goal was or the point, weird I know but there were multiple things going on during the book. The biggest and easiest to see is the class warfare and the slavery issue. Those are some of the major points of the novel, however, we are introduced to several characters that seem to be background but are involved in major happenings that don't have to do with the larger issues at hand. This is a multilayered story with a lot going on. I am still working through my feelings as you can see. I just finished this, but I already feel like I need to reread it because I know I missed something important. As far as I am concerned this was a fantastic book, with an interesting and different premise, wonderful worldbuilding, and with so many layers. I am so excited to read the next one in the series.