Monday, November 27, 2017

ARC Book Review: Story of L by Debra Hyde

Release Date: February 17, 2017
Publisher: Riverdale Ave. Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 252 pages
Genre: LGBT/ Erotica/BDSM
Buy: Kindle |  Paperback

Synopsis:

Liv called her hunger the Void, a bottomless pit of sexual desperation. She thought she knew it, and herself. Until a night with Cassandra silenced it. And brought out something in Liv she didn’t think possible: submission. One taste of that, and Liv wanted more. But Cassandra isn’t an easy dominant, and her demands aren’t simple. She expects Liv to earn her way into her good graces, too follow her every command and whim. How many hurdles must Liv jump before she can kneel before Cassandra? Before Cassandra will lay claim to her? Just what will it take to become Cassandra’s “L?” And, if Liv achieves it, will the outcome be all she’s hoped for? Find out in a timeless tale, retold.

Review:

This is a modern day Story of O with a Lesbian twist and consent from the submissive. This is a well written bdsm novel that brings you into the world of sex clubs and submission.  This isn't 50 Shades of Grey, the scenes are not watered down for the masses.  But this book isn't just scene after scene there is an actual plot, and quite a few well developed characters.  This is a short book, you can fly through it in a few hours. I wasn't sure what to expect but this book surprised me in both the way it told its story and the sensitive way it treated the bdsm community.




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

Friday, November 24, 2017

ARC Review: The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: November 4, 2017
Publisher: Greyson Media Assoc
Format: Kindle
Pages: 296 pages
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Buy: Kindle |  Paperback

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she’s crazy.
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right—but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect—including herself?

Review:


Faith gets released from another psychiatric hospital and struggles to adapt to life outside.  Where everyone knows who she is because of her mothers book about the tragic incident that destroyed her life. The only one to survive a brutal attack that left her father, sister, best friend and her best friends mother dead, Faith has struggled with the fact that the police don't seem to take her account of that night serious.  Although she has given them a description of one of the perpetrators they close the case believing it was her father who committed this heinous act.  Faith wants the real murder caught but will he catch up to her first?

This story has twists and turns and you start believing you know who did it and then bam another twist with an ending I didn't see coming. This was a quick thriller that holds your attention and keeps you wondering who is pulling the strings.  Quirky, secretive characters and lots of suspects make this a great book to dive into and get lost for a little while.


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





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 

Synopsis:

"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.

Review:

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 netgalley.com 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

Synopsis:


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...

Review: 


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 

Synopsis: 

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.

Review: 

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. 
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