Friday, December 9, 2016

Double Vision (Dr Jenna Ramey #2) by Colby Marshall

Double Vision (Dr. Jenna Ramey #2)Double Vision by Colby Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this 2nd book in the Dr. Jenna Ramey series and I am so into the way Jenna sees colors as a way to solve the heinous crimes she investigates. I was up at nights worrying about Jenna and Yancey as he struggles with being a 911 operator - he LOVED being in on the crime solving with Jenna in the 1st book, but now he is back to being less than happy with some of the more mundane calls he receives. But all that changes when a female caller is being threatened and Yancy wants to jump in and help (will he make a mistake that costs him?). Also Jenna is working to find out who the Triple Shooter could be- uses the # 3 and 7 in order to kill his victims, and the way Jenna and her colleagues follow the leads and learn about mythology, religion, etc. was VERY interesting. I liked finding out more about Jenna and Hank's relationship before Ayanna, love her father and brother and my favorite character was Molly- she was fearless and excited (like Yancy) to be included in helping Jenna get answers from the store shooting. There is so much action and suspense as well as dark humor and humor in Colby Marshall's books, I can't wait to read the 3rd book in the series! Highly recommended!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen

The Sound of RainThe Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC, The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen. I love mysteries and this one kept me reading until the end, and there it went really, really wrong for me. Nicole is a detective working with a partner, Danny (who is also her lover) when they get a call about an abducted little girl. As they investigate, this girl, Kelsey, is found murdered. When they interview a sexual predator living in the neighborhood, Danny gets a confession out of him (without Nicole being present)…but did Danny really do it by the book? Nicole reports her partner for wrong doing and even though Danny goes to jail, surprisingly Nicole is dismissed from the force, fights a raging gambling problem, and loses her house. Sounds like she is a mess, right? I am not a fan of unreliable narrators and Nicole’s home life as a child, teen, and now as an adult, stinks! I had so many unresolved questions, too many unbelievable characters like her sister, Angela, Danny, her boss Evan and Julian and really in the end, why did they do what they did? There were so many twists and turns but no real resolution, just many questions that went unanswered and an end that was so unsatisfying. Sorry, I love to give great reviews but this mystery just did not appease me at all. Nicole was not kick ass but a sorry, gullible excuse as a main character, I can’t even call her a protagonist. She should be doing things by the book but ends up missing all the signs, and just copes, rather than being a heroine. I was really rooting for Nicole but there was no redemption in this book’s ending.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold) by Traci Chee

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold)The Reader by Traci Chee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so excited- another new series I can't wait for book 2!!! Sefia has not had an ordinary existence but before the deaths of her parents Sefia loved her parents. Discovering her father murdered sets off a series of events that is paralyzing and beyond upsetting for 15 year old Sefia-aset again she is torn from Nin who ferried her far and away. She saves a boy who cannot speak from fighting other boys to the death. She carries a book that she does not realize is a book...and it seems the book is responsible for all the heartache she keeps suffering. Will Sefia ever get the ansers, revenge and redemption she wants for her parents and Nin? Unbelievably GOOD!!!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a #yabookchat discussion Sunday 12/4 at 9pm EST and this book is the ultimate mystery. Read this book and join our chat! Kate Marino has been secretly texting Grant Perkins until the morning he is shot by one of his friends. The title is APT, all 4 friends give the SAME story, OUR STORY. As Kate works part time in the DA's office, she is devastated with Grant's loss, his friends sticking to their story, and as she learns more and more through transcripts, videos of the friends, and others who were with the boys the night before at a party at the hunting lodge, she takes her camera and takes hidden photos of the boys as they gather together, argue and fight. What are they hiding? Kate will be beyond surprised as she finds out more and more about the case, and the boys. It was beyond creepy when the murderer narrated a chapter in bold black type (I never figured out who it was). What will the DA and Kate uncover? A gripping whodunit with suspense and hostile witnesses.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This "look" at what happened before the Alice in Wonderland story was dark, funny, sad, and definitely magical. Catherine is the eligible daughter of royal parents who want her to marry the King of Hearts (who is foolish, bumbling, and useless) but Catherine and her best friend, who happens to be her maid, Mary Ann, want to go into business together - Catherine will bake luscious treats and Mary Ann will run the bakery and take care of the bills. But life is not so simple for Catherine and as her reality of becoming the king's wife becomes sickeningly true, Catherine wants to say a great big NO to the king. Enter the new court joker, Jest, and Catherine finds she has feelings for this funny, special, adventurous joker. How Meyer spins the story of Cath & Jest is marvelous; there are enough scary goings on (the Jabberwock killing people and animals), traveling between worlds, scheming and lying from all sides to keep this a page turner to the end.

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG, what a great book!!! I listened to this audio book and the narrators were awesome! As Natasha, the voice of Bahni Turpin was so real - a young girl with anger, depressed with having to leave the home she has grown to love over the last 8 year and the voice of Raymond Lee as Daniel, the Korean American teen who falls in love with Natasha as he watches her jam out to music with her headphones and follows her and saves her from being hit by a car. Nicola Yoon has stated in interviews and written in her books how much her love for her husband is responsible for the love she writes about in her books. And readers agree, Yoon has crafted characters and a love story that grabs readers and you root for Natasha and Daniel as they make their way through their first day of knowing one another, taking romance quizzes on Daniel's iPhone, going places, taking trains, eating, dancing, kissing, meeting parents, confronting their realties---it ALL works. The voice of Dominic Hoffman helps the reader with histories, characters, realities. The book and audiobook were truly favorites for me; teens will love this book but the diversity of Natasha and Daniel's worlds makes it a must read for adults too; a great crossover book!

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The Midnight Star (Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final book of Marie's Lu's The Young Elites did not disappoint. I loved the world building and characters as they race against the clock to help themselves from the devastating effects of their powers. There is so much more time spent on the characters and I enjoyed the depth Lu delves into Teren, Rafaele, Lucent, Enzo and Violetta. As always I appreciated Magiano's joyful heartfelt influence with Adelina since she really tried to listen to him as the voices drove her crazy and forced her evil forward again and again. I enjoyed finding out more about the gods and folktales that ruled their worlds. I could not put down this novel and I will not soon forget the Roses, The Daggers, and Young Elites!

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