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Teaser Tuesday: March 3rd

Happy Tuesday, Happy March!  Just finished The Winter Foundlings (see my teaser from last week here) last night, as well as Gone Girl finally too this week!  So today I thought I would tease my next read that I will be starting tonight! I’m a bit behind meeting some release dates – but better late than never!  It’s See Her Run by A.K. Leigh and it released 2/26/15.

“Jon felt himself grin.  Clever. Like the way she’s figured out how to cut the roses by herself.  Chris followed her into the room and closed the door behind them.  A thought seized him; were they together?  Another one followed: why did he care?”
(22% into book)

What do you think?  Excited to get started!  Thanks for stopping by today – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

You can run from everything except your past.

Diana King has moved to Smithfield, North Carolina to start fresh. With a

new look, a new address and a new name, she’s hoping to begin a safe,

quiet life far from the horrors she’s endured.

On the painful road to recovery, Diana begins to think she can move

forward…until she meets local farmer, Jonathan Smith, and realizes his

connection to her previous life. While Jon doesn’t recognize her, they both

have an undeniable attraction.

Just when Diana begins to see a hope of happiness, she discovers that her

ex-husband Russ is on the hunt and will stop at nothing to get her back.

For Diana holds evidence that could lock him away for life …

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl (click on book or see below for description)
By Gillian Flynn
Released: 6/5/12
Hardcopy book provided by my lovely sister-in-law!

Rating: 4 bones

I did it!  I finally read the book that everyone in the world read and that many books I’ve recently read have been compared to!  And I get it.  This book does give other books a pretty high standard to live up to on the craziness scale.  All the hype had me almost disappointed as this is a pretty long book, but the ending sealed the deal.

I think I’ll keep this short as you can read through the other 36,892 (and counting) reviews on Amazon or 101,176 on Goodreads!  Definitely  a thrilling story with a lot of mystery as to what will happen next and even what is happening as you are reading.  You will shift your alliances (if you even make any) at various times through the book, find yourself holding your breath at others, and maybe even not wanting to see what is next at times too.  I haven’t gone through this wide of emotions in a book in a long time.  And while this book is also pretty long, I couldn’t wait to keep reading and it definitely held my interest.  And the ending, well I’ll just say I want MORE (and had to re-read it a few times!)

I’m not much for movies made from books, I always feel a bit disappointed, but since this one is a recent release – I’m going to go for it.  What did you think if you’ve both read and seen?  I’ve stayed away from reviews so far – but on my “to-watch” list this weekend – so I’ll see!

Ok – I know this review was very vague (not my usual style) but I’m going to leave it that way.  I went in pretty blind (other than other books I’ve read recently be compared to it – like The Girl on the Train) and think it added to the excitement and my enjoyment of the story.  If you’re looking for a good ride with lots of twists and that will keep your mind spinning, this book is for you! Check!

Book Description:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 

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Teaser Tuesday: February 17th

Hello – blogging from negative temperatures up here along beautiful, frozen, Lake Erie!  Allowing me a bit more time to read (only as much as 2 young children will allow though!) Last week I finished Follow the Leader from my teaser last week – great book – 5 bones – check it out!

I’m actually (embarrassed to admit) reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn right now – you may have heard of it.  Due to its extreme popularity, I’m choosing my teaser from a book I finished last week – Wreckage by Emily Bleeker.  One of February’s Kindle First reads.  Great, fast read.  Check out my review HERE if this teaser intrigues you!

 “The hope that flashed in Genevieve’s eyes annoyed Lillian.  She’d seen it in dozens of interviews.  The worst moment of her life became a reporter’s hope for career advancement.”
(9% into book)

Thanks for coming by today – stay warm wherever you are!!

Book Description:

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


The Girl on the Train (click on book or see below for description)
By Paula Hawkins
Released 1/13/15
Won from a Goodreads contest!  (yay me!)

Rating: 4 bones

I’m really funny with my reading, obviously I read a lot, and have gained the lovely title of “professional reader” courtesy of Netgalley, but I’m not usually with the “in” crowd of reading. I read what I think I will like and usually a lot of publicity around a book turns me off, unless ofcourse I can get my hand on said book for free!  And then this case – both the description of the book and availability to that book worked out for me!  So I feel cool for once, as everyone seems to be talking about this book and it appears to be #1 on many lists.  Some have related to “Gone Girl” and here is perfect case and point – I haven’t read Gone Girl yet (ahhh!) because I haven’t wanted to pay for it (or wait for it at the library.)  But thanks to my sister-in-law – I now have a copy and shall be reading very soon.  But no comparison here for me, I feel a backwards one coming later on!

This book lived up to the hype, a psychological thriller, page-turner, bone-chilling debut novel for Ms. Hawkins.  I read it pretty fast (3 sittings) and like many of the thrillers I’ve read, lots of build-up to a pretty crazy ending.  This one was unique in that there were three narrators of the story.  Rachel “the girl on the train”, an obnoxious alcoholic divorcee, living in denial, spending too much time on the train, and living vicariously through others.  The book is always present time for her, with thoughts of the past.  Megan, “Jess” as dubbed initially by Rachel, the mysterious woman Rachel becomes fascinated with is another narrator.  Megan’s story begins the year prior to give the reader some background information to catch them up to present time and introduce to a few other minor characters.  And then Anna is the third, the “other woman” who Rachel’s ex, Tom, left her for, new mother, a bit obsessive, very territorial, and very paranoid. Only bits and pieces are revealed from her when things started escalating, but another interesting viewpoint of the story.

From the description, I thought there would be a little more build-up of the fanciful life of “Jess & Jason” Rachel created from viewing them from the train, but the story doesn’t take long to jump into action.  One July night, something happens, and the book takes us through the process to figure out just what that was.  There are lots of characters to keep track of, nothing too overwhelming, just lots of sub-plots.  Definitely had me, the reader, engaged in coming up with theories, which got closer as the book went on, but there were enough twists and turns to keep it very interesting and me guessing til the very end.

The one problem I have with the book that I think is keeping me from 5 bones was the characters.  They all pretty much sucked (if they were real people).  And I’m sure that was intentional and I don’t know if I would have enjoyed the story more had they been more likable, but I had no sympathy/empathy for any of them and wanted them all to get what they had coming to them.  That sounds terrible but they all really made a lot of poor decisions and just were not good people.  But combine a bunch of people like that and great writing and it makes for an entertaining, unpredictable story!

So someday I’ll read Gone Girl and let you know, but The Girl on the Train was a face-paced, thrilling story, kept me guessing, and wanting to pick it up each night.  You won’t be disappointed if you read it, but there are some other really great thrillers out there that aren’t getting this much press that you should definitely look up too!

Book Description:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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