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Book Review: Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn (Click book or see below for description)
By Lisa Gardner
Releases 2/3/15
Downloaded free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 bones

I’ll get right to the point, I loved this book (which feels so good to say – I’m stingy with my 5-bone ratings!)  Maybe not some of the subject matter, you will never guess where this book is headed, but the fact that it kept me on my toes, up late, and trying to figure it out, made for a great book for me.  Starting off 2015 strong!  (Check out a bonus teaser HERE!)

The book jumps right into the action with a car wreck, subsequent manhunt for a supposed missing child, and then Pandora’s box begins to open.  Nicky Frank, main character, suffered some brain damage from the wreck, and as it turned out also a few other recent head injuries, so she can sense things and knows things are not what they seem but can’t quite put the story together.  Introduce her husband, Thomas, and you just know something is off.  Can he be trusted?  What is he hiding?  As Sergeant Wyatt Foster takes on this case, he has a lot more questions than answers too.  And every time he thinks he has an answer or comes up with a theory, it either is completely off or just opens up so much more.  The reader jumps right on board for this ride of finding answers and it is quite the exciting one!

And just who is Vero?  A nagging question asked up front and throughout the whole story.  In the end, I never would have guessed the answer, and believe me, I had a lot of guesses throughout the book.  The book does that with so many different characters and occurrences, it keeps the reader so engaged!  What really happened the night of the car crash?  Who is Nicky?  Who is Thomas?  Why did they move so much? Was there really a dollhouse?  Are these things just coincidence?  What REALLY happened?  SO much anticipation, I couldn’t get enough!

Like I said before, this book went to a place I did not see coming.  It became very dark at times and addressed some harder topics I wasn’t expecting.  But in the end it was all wrapped up.  With so much action and so many questions throughout the book, I was really worried one would be left out, but the author did a great job of tying it all up.  I love the book description (see below) as it really gives a great glimpse into this book.

Check out this book, just make sure you have time to finish it, my biggest complaint was having to wait in between readings (sleep trumps all with little kids!!)  Thanks to NetGalley for another great read!  I’ll definitely be looking up other titles from Ms. Gardner!

Book Description:

My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.


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Kids Book Review: Angels by Lumbard & Weedn

by Alexis York Lumbard  (Author) , Flavia Weedn (Illustrator)
This book was received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Cute book.  Pretty pictures.  Good message, but would have liked more of a religious message.  (Hopefully “way up there” is alluding to heaven.)  The book actually sent me on a search through the Bible on what it says about angels.  And that is a lot!  I saw that angels are referenced 273 times.  And in tons of songs (like this one here.)  Probably better inspiration for another post, but always a good sign when I book prompts further investigation (at least for me!)  Probably good for kids as well, as long as their parents have the answers.  Thank goodness for Google (and the Bible.)

I’ll leave that discussion with one bible verse (Psalm 68:17 KJV) and maybe revisit this topic later on my blog.  But simply wanted to mention there could be a perceived “missed” opportunity to not add God into the book.  But then again it opened the door for a whole other conversation with my daughter, so not necessarily a bad thing.


Back to the book.  Although I read it online, I love when hard copy books have a dedication page, as books are such treasured gifts and I always write a message if I give a book as a gift!  Beautiful artwork, not a lot of words, make it perfect for little ones.  Love the rhymes and prose of the book.  And overall a very cute book.

Although I believe angels can come in any form, people, animals, and a lot of times they are invisible and only felt, the book makes them more glamorous (for lack of a better word.)  Shiny, bright, flying.  But gets back to my point, they can come in any shape, size, form.  (As we talked more, my LL pointed out that our “puppy dog” sleeps with her at night and is her angel!)

I liked it, it was short, like a perfect young children’s book should be, so I don’t have too much else to add (and I’ve already way over-analyzed a children’s book!)

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