Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ARC Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Format: Kindle
Pages: 400pages
Genre: YA/Supernatural/Romance
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover 


"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

 Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


This book held an interesting twist to your typical supernatural story.  I love when authors create their own lore surrounding supernatural creatures.  It makes it all fresh and new again, like discovering them for the first time.

It was nice to read a supernatural romance from the male perspective. Rain Ryland has led a troubled life of living on the streets with his drug addicted mother until she OD's leaving him to discover her twin sister, the truth about his father and the origins of the small town his mother and sister are from.

With strong female characters and an interesting plot this ya book took on a played out topic and made it fresh.  I loved Fred, Rain's love interest who isn't afraid of her own desires and despite her youth and immature ways you can see she is a born leader.  Fred is struggling with the recent death of her father to mysterious circumstances and the pressure of a coming of age right that she isn't sure she wants. Rain and Fred really enhance each other without one needing to bow to the others strength.  It was refreshing.

There are a ton of supporting characters, most of whom you don't see their full strength or personality until the end of the book. The one that stood out the most was Petra who everyone refers to as the "freak". She is a brilliant, mysterious character who I would love to learn more about.  Her personality was so large it was barely contained by this story.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Book Review: A Game of Ghosts (Charlie Parker 15) by John Connolly

Release Date: July 04, 2017
Publisher: Atria books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 465 pages
Genre: Thriller/Supernatural
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback


It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator—he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund’s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts...


This series just keeps getting better and better. There is always a supernatural twist to these books and this one is no exception.  While tracking down private eye Jaycob Eklund Charlie finds himself in the crosshairs of the Brethren. With the help of his trusted psychopath friends, Louis and Angel Charlie embarks on trying to track down the missing PI who seems to have stumbled upon the origins of the group known as the Brethren. Also tracking them is the Collector whose Hollow Men scare the Brethren. 

Charlie is also dealing with the fallout from the last book when his daughter was abducted from his house but ultimately found safe.  She is a mysterious little creature with a big secret and it seems we may be getting more glimpses into what that may be as the series continues.  I'm not sure she is going to be able to keep hiding her specialness for much longer which will throw a whole new wrench in Charlie's life.

Twisted, terrifying and magical A Game of Ghosts doesn't disappoint but if you haven't read any other books in this series you may want to skip this until you have started more toward the beginning, you will probably be left confused and lost if you start with this installment.

Friday, November 3, 2017

ARC Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover 


When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 

   With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.


Vega and Cap make a great team. Vega reminds me a little of Lisbeth Salander from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She is smart gets things done but there is something off about her. She barely sleeps or eats and seems to see things.  Her specialty is finding missing children and she is good at it.  There seems to be a back story surrounding Vega that I would love to delve into at some point.

Cap was a cop who took the fall for a fellow officer.  He has a precocious teenager who seems to admire her father and also helps guide him in his investigations. Cap has a very strained relationship with the local PD and tries to avoid interaction with them.

Every mothers nightmare is to lose her children.  When this happens to Jaime Brandt her life falls apart.  With the help of her Cap and Vega hopefully she will be reunited with her family. This book is well written, the characters sympathetic and realistic. I really loved how this book built in tension.  Starting off a little slow then building to an ending I didn't see coming.

I truly hope this isn't the last we see of Cap and Vega because these two make an entertaining and interesting crime solving duo.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher 
through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder book 9) by Linda Castillo

Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Minotaur books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Mystery/Amish
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Mass Market Paperback


Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire, putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. But this is personal for Kate. She grew up with Joseph King. As a thirteen year old Amish girl, she’d worshiped the ground he walked on. She never could have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Amish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate, he has nothing left to lose.

Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or is he? All King asks of her is to help him prove his innocence―and he releases her unharmed. Kate is skeptical, but when the facts and the evidence don’t align, she begins to wonder who she should trust. Spurned by some of her fellow cops, she embarks on her own investigation only to unearth an unspeakable secret―and someone who is willing to commit murder to keep it buried.


I really like this series, I am rarely disappointed when I read one.  This time Kate finds herself taken hostage by her childhood crush who has escaped from prison after being convicted of killing his wife.  He denies killing her and just wants to be with his kids and hopes Kate will help him prove his innocence.  Hoping that this situation will end well Kate agrees to help and after speaking to one of the children who may have seen the killer things don't seem to be adding up.  As usual Kate starts ruffling feathers and shaking trees that put her in bad situations.

I liked how Castillo brought us back to Kate's childhood to see Joe King through her eyes. Viewing him as a child and the things that may have shaped the man he came to be.  She has an innate ability to really draw you in and make you care about her characters.  Her descriptions of the Amish community and culture is fascinating and really brings a different dimension to the crimes, law enforcement and the ways in which a policeman interacting with the Amish.

Fabulous as always.  I feel this could be a stand alone book but I feel each book builds upon the layers of Kate's personality so you may be missing something by not starting from the beginning.

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