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review 2017-11-15 19:06
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

Gorgeously creepy and original carnival descriptive writing in the vein of The Night Circus.

 

This is the book for everyone who read Caraval and pleaded for more world building. I didn't connect as much as I wanted to with the cast and plot until the final third of the book, but the twists were great and unexpected. Contemporary representation of diverse races, abilities and sexual expressions complicated by the way most of the cast is somehow the same as/born from the MC . . . ? Anyways, as far as age rating, there is violence, I don't remember much swearing, references to prostitution and some kissing, but nothing explicit so it should be fine for younger teens. 

Lush, creative and eerily imaginative storytelling. I didn't connect with it as well as I wanted to, but I could see there being hordes of rabid fans; do yourself a favour and check it out!

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review 2017-11-14 18:50
Is There A New Killer In Town – Sunset Darkening b Amanda Siegrist @amanda_siegrist
Sunset Darkening - Amanda Siegrist

I have another fantastic story to share from Amanda Siegrist, Sunset Darkening.

 

Has the serial killer returned or is there a new murderer in town?

 

Sunset Darkening

Goodreads  /  Amazon

 

MY REVIEW

 

I love visiting familiar characters and seeing what trouble they can get into now. Amanda Siegrist does not let me down in Sunset Darkening.

 

Lucas works for the Wadena Police Department. He is awakened by a pounding on his door. He is hyper vigilant and answers with a weapon in his hand, only to find…a vulture, Elle Conners. She is an investigative reporter, wanting answers about the Trick Killer, Clarence Owens. The case: Clarence killed three women and Lucas’ sister, Maddie, was almost the fourth. You can see more about Clarence in the first book, Sunrise Awakening.

 

As soon as Lucas laid eyes on Elle, he felt an immediate attraction. But cops and reporters don’t go well together and they come from different worlds. She’s a big city girl with lots of money and he’s a small town cop with small town pay.

 

Does she share the same attraction? She has her own story and even though she wants his, she will not use sex to get the interview. It’s not her style. Hard work, persistence and determination is her motto. Lucas doesn’t know it, but she respects his desire to protect his family, his town.

 

Another murder in Wadena…is Clarence back, or is there a new killer walking among them?

 

It has been three months since Clarence’s escape. He is super intelligent, vanishes into disguises where he looks, acts, and sounds like a different person and they will not see him coming. Lucas is obsessed and hopes it is him. He wants him…and I don’t think he cares if its dead or alive.

 

I love the characters and the story. They are not wusses and stick together.

 

When Elle and Maddie take on a mission of their own…Psycho beware. You cannot hide.

 

Amanda Siegrist is making me wonder how many women will go down, before I have my answer. How does he choose his victims? I have my suspect early on and I’ll be curious to see if I’m right. There’s a niggle of doubt and as I read along.

 

A good bit of misdirection and great suspense coming from it. Amanda Siegrist can sure ramp up the suspense, anticipation, and surprise, leaving me with a fantastic ending and happy ever after.

 

I can’t pinpoint why this doesn’t blow my socks off. I want to be drawn into the killers evil mind, used, abused and beyond disgust, because he is THAT guy. I want to feel their pain, their fears, Lucas’ desire and Elle’s too. Amanda does that, but…Maybe it’s just an off day for me. Why don’t you grab a copy and let me know what you think.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Sunset Darkening by Amanda Siegrist.

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review 2017-11-10 23:51
Can't wait to read Michelle Obama's memoir.
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through th... Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer - Amanda Lucidon

Since I just finished Pete Souza's newly released book that is a collection of pictures from President Obama's administration it seemed like looking at Lucidon's book on former First Lady Michelle Obama would be a good companion read although they're two very different and separate books.

 

Since the former First Lady obviously had a very different role than her husband the pictures are different but no less enjoyable. I'm not sure I recognized as many of these but all the same it was great to relive the administration through the eyes of the photographer as well as via the pictures who met with and/or interacted with her and her husband. One thing I would have liked that was present in Souza's book was some of the text explanations of some of the well-known photographs he took. There's a little bit of that here but I would have just liked more. :)

 

Again, there's not much else to say. It's a picture-heavy book that would make an excellent display on a coffee table or to have on your book shell. Thankfully it's not as large or as heavy as Souza's book, too! That's definitely a plus. 

 

There isn't really much that's wrong with the book but I rated it 3 stars because I felt there was more that could be done. More photos, more interesting text (unfortunately I didn't feel Lucidon had as many interesting things to say but that's just me). But that said, the book is very nice and perhaps it's a mistake on my part to look at it right after Souza's. I'm also not really into photography/coffee table-style books so that could be a part of it.

 

Borrow from the library or skim it in the bookstore if you're not sure. But it'd probably make a nice gift for the right person, too.

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review 2017-11-09 13:14
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

Three and a half star rating.
On the day Aimee is meant to be getting married, she is at a funeral - her fiancés. Various things happen to make her wonder what really happened but instead of reacting instantly, she sits and ponders, starts a new cafe, meets other people. This makes her quite annoying and so are her interfering friends. There’s a lot of pathos and loss especially at the start when the funeral is being held in the church she should have been married in. Loved the idea of this story which was engaging and also loved the ending too. It’s an appetite whetter for other books by this author.

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review 2017-11-04 00:00
The Rift (Rift Saga Book 1)
The Rift (Rift Saga Book 1) - Ella Avery... The Rift (Rift Saga Book 1) - Ella Avery,S.L. Morgan,Amanda Baker Does anyone really have the perfect life? Cara is about to find out the answer, and she may be surprised as to what it might truly be.

I must say, the first chapter was a bit slow for me, but I have learned that one should never judge a book by it's first chapter (I learned this the hard way). By chapter three I was completely involved in this and found it fascinating, I couldn't put it down at times. The two authors, Avery and Morgan, did a great job blending their storytelling abilities. The settings and storytelling was absolutely wonderful.

Going from a life Cara once knew to another only to find out that there are mystical forces behind it, it was easy for Cara to be quite confused and unsure what to do. Of course, once she is pushed to her limits, not only does she surprise herself, but those who seek her out. She's far stronger than those who want her. Not only does she learn what is the "perfect life", but also who, or what, to trust, which is a lot more difficult than one might think. There is romance, but it does not detract from the story, which I always appreciate. There is more to Cara than meets the eye and I'm sure we'll learn more as the series progresses. I'm quite interested to see how she fares in the sequel as I don't want to give out spoilers.

I received this ARC for an honest review.
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