Monthly Archives: July 2015

Teaser Tuesday: July 21st

Happy Tuesday!!  Missed this book release by about a week – but today I’m teasing The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham.  It was a NetGalley download and it released 7/14/15!  (Although now I’m looking into it and it appears it may just be an e-book release and really came out in 2007!)

“Sucking on my glued teeth, I went back to my classes.  People treated me differently.  Something had happened that day.  The scales had fallen from my eyes; the earth had rotated the required number of times and I said goodbye to childhood.”
(7% into book)

What do you think?  Still early for me – we’ll see where it goes!!  Please leave your teaser in the comments and thanks for coming by today!

Book Description:

Struggling detective Alisha Barba is trying to get her life back on track after almost being crippled by a murder suspect. Now on her feet again, she receives a desperate plea from an old school friend, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble. On the night they arrange to meet, her friend is run down and killed by a car and Alisha discovers the first in a series of haunting and tragic deceptions.

Determined to uncover the truth, she embarks upon a dangerous journey that will take her from the East End of London to Amsterdam’s murky red light district and into a violent underworld of sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Reviews: A Quick Recap

Blame it on summer, on having no schedule (and no kitchen), but I just can’t seem to keep up with book reviews.  If I don’t write one right away, it just gets put to the back burner.  So I’m organizing what I’ve been reading in a quick post here, with ratings, so I can get this off my plate.  Definitely not my usual style, but better than nothing!

In Kris Calvin’s debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California’s Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.
But when police arrest Maren’s colleague for the crime, she’s certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion―love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.
But will she be able to prove her theory―and free her friend―before she becomes the next victim?
Released: June 1, 2015

My rating & review: 4 bones(out of five)
Provided free through InkShares (in exchange for an honest review)
This was a mystery book in its truest form.  It had you guessing and coming up with theories and although centered around a murder, managed to be on the lighter side.  I loved Maren Kane and would definitely pick up another book in this series (which it appears to be Book #1 of)  And that is saying at lot, as I’m not a series fan.  But she’s likable, clever, and fun to follow.  The reader follows Maren through the murder investigation and no one can escape suspicion.  Which I love as a reader – keeps the pages turning and theories flowing!  Great summer read – highly recommend.


 


In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?
At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge.
Released: June 9, 2015

My rating & review: 3 bones(out of five)
Downloaded free through NetGalley.
By the title, I was expecting a very different story (although I’m not entirely sure why!)  What I found was a complex story about family dynamics.  It held my interest, yet just was lacking something for me.  The story begins as Maya dies.  She is the third wife (hence the name) of Adrian Wolfe.  We come to find he has 2 ex-wives, whom he is still close with, a bunch of children already, and is trying to have more with Maya.  They all take family vacations together and like I said, the relationships which are explored within the book are quite interesting.  The book switches between a few viewpoints, one of them was Maya’s as she received cryptic threatening letters.  There was a bit of mystery as she and the reader try to figure out who sent the letters and if they really wanted her dead.  A good story, nothing to rave about, but held my interest.


I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things.  Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed.  The resolute passage of the seasons.  Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.
Children who don’t die before their parents.
When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.

Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.
Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.
Released: June 30, 2015

My rating & review: 4 bones(out of five) Downloaded free through NetGalley.
I really enjoyed this book and wish I had given it more justice by reviewing it right away (it’s been just a few weeks, but with other books my mind is just not as fresh as I’d like!)  A really good mystery centered around the death of a young girl.  And a story that contains the theme that things aren’t always what they seem on the outside (pretty relevant in the world of social media.)  Through gut feelings, mysterious notes, and her own investigation, Kate gets tied up in the tangled web that appeared to be the “perfect family.”  Great story that leaves no one free from suspicion and the reader holding on to the very end.


Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.
Released: July 7, 2015

My rating & review: 2 bones(out of five).  Downloaded free through NetGalley.
I’m reading some raving reviews and I almost feel as if I didn’t read the same book.  Some of it may have been the pace I was reading it, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  I felt it deviated from the story line so far at times (mostly in terms of years gone by), that I even completely missed what actually happened.  I’m embarrassed to say it, but it wasn’t wrapped up in the end for me.  I’m partly tempted to go back and re-read it, as I’m sure I missed it, but the beginning never really hooked me, so I’m just going to let this one go.  I obviously was drawn in by the description, but it just didn’t hold up for me.


 

Thanks for coming by – I’ll try to keep up from now on – but no promises!!  Now to go restock in NetGalley!

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Teaser Tuesday: July 14th

Where is the time going??  Fast and slow at the same time – fast that it is already mid-July and school starts up again in a month.  Slow in that we are still without a kitchen, but seem to be on the more fun side of things now as our cabinets are going in!!

I’ve been reading – just slower.  And no books have really stood out.  I’m so far behind on reviews right now – I think I’m due a “catch-up” post.  But I did start a new one this week.  A July Kindle First read.  Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel releasing August 1, 2015. (Click on book or see below for description.)  Doesn’t have me hooked just yet – but we’ll see – it’s still quite early!

“Why hadn’t she asked him what was wrong?  Why hadn’t she slid in beside him and put her arms around him?  She bit her lip.  How many times in that single afternoon, after she’d spoken to him in her brittle, authoritarian voice, had he told her he was sorry; he would do better, he promised.  But just listen, he’d said, I heard talking…
(21% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by and bearing with me through my “construction” – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White


A Dark Lure (clock on book or see below for description)
By Loreth Anne White
Released 7/1/15
June Kindle First Read

Rating: 4 bones(out of 5 bones)

Talk about a page turner.  This book was way darker than I am used to.  I’m not lying when I say that to finish the last half of this book, I stayed up WAY past my bedtime.  I could not put it down without closure (and probably some resulting nightmares!)  While I did thoroughly enjoy it, I am happy it is over, and need to move on to something lighter!

I can’t say I wasn’t warned by the description.  But just be prepared for your heart to race along with Sarah’s/Olivia’s.  You’ll want to scream at her to trust her gut and run!  Your heart will hurt for her.  And you’ll hold your breath until all is resolved.  This book never slowed down either – so set aside a few hours to dive into it.

The description roped me in promising a girl running from the past.  Sarah Baker, now Olivia West, was “the one who got away” from the Watt Lake Killer.  Despite a man being convicted and later killed at his own hand in prison, recent news and her gut are telling her different.  Now a ranch hand at the Broken Bar Ranch, Olivia has a secluded life, with her trusty partner, Ace, a German Shepard, and is getting by.  Not happy, but content after all that had happened in her past.

Throw in an aging and dying ranch owner, his two distant children, a forced-to-retire widowed cop, his very curious daughter, and a medley of other ranch workers, this book packs a lot into a fast-paced story.  Some parts I quickly figured out, others I was theorizing throughout, and others were filled in over time.  Olivia was a complex, yet likeable character.  And add in a dog, and I’m sold!  Her bond with Ace and the story of how he came to be her companion will warm anyone’s heart!

I’ll leave it vague for you to enjoy on your own, but if you are in for a dark yet very well written, very satisfying story, don’t miss this one!

Great June selection Kindle First – already picked out my read for July!

Book Description:

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?

As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.

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