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review 2017-08-04 17:12
The Betrayals - Sarah Ovens,Huw Parmente... The Betrayals - Sarah Ovens,Huw Parmenter,Whole Story Audiobooks,Fiona Neill,David Thorpe,Kate Lock

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I enjoyed Fiona's last book The Good Girl, I have to admit when I saw The Betrayals I requested it before reading the synopsis.  I am glad to say Fiona did not betray the trust I had in her writing, I loved it.

 

First of all I liked the front cover of this book.  If I saw this in a bookshop it would compel me to pick up the book and read.  Rosie and Lisa have been best friends since school.  Years later Rosie  married Nick a scientist and Lisa married music journalist Barney.  Rosie's daughter Daisy and Lisa's daughter Ava also became best friends.  Both families remained close and Rosie was a shoulder to cry on when Lisa's marriage was failing.

 

When the families go on their annual holiday to Norfolk, Lisa and Nick start an affair.  When Rosie finds out she throws Nick out of their house and the two families become estranged.  After he father left Daisy was diagnosed with crippiling OCD.

 

Seven years later Rosie intercepts a letter from Lisa wanting to see Rosie.  The letter prompts Daisy's OCD to return.  People often make jokes about OCD but the description of Daisy's rituals just to function sounded exhausting.  In this book we find out what happened on the Norfolk holiday through the eyes of Daisy, younger brother Max, Rosie and Nick, but how reliable are their memories?

 

This was a fascinating book, if this family were real they would be guests on Jeremy Kyle.  I look forward to Fiona's next book.

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review 2017-07-22 16:55
Zodiac
Zodiac - Romina Russell

I'll be honest, I was with this book for about the first three quarters of it. And then it lost me. Actually, I was really enjoying it, despite the typical YA love triangle and a nobody who becomes the last hope of civilization. It's YA, I get it.

(Disclaimer: I LOVE young adult books, but there are those who happen to be coming of age stories but are mature and anyone could love and then there are those that are very specifically written for a teen audience. No judgement, but this is among the second kind.)

Don't get me wrong, the book isn't a total waste. I had originally chosen it for the gorgeous cover and that it's among the few titles with a "Z" in it for Litsy A to Z. It also perfect fit Read Harder's Task 12: Read a fantasy novel. I prefer science fiction over fantasy but this teeters in both so it was going to be a win. It almost was.

For starters, the world building is spectacular and I almost wish they would bring a world this well built to the big screen just so the graphic artists can play in it. I loved the way the cultures differed but were still based on the Zodiac the way that we have it now. I love the way the politics differed based on the cultures. I loved the way the Guardians form a sort of UN or something. Just spectacular.

I didn't mind Rho or her insecurities. Everyone has insecurities and this was obviously going to be a series so she needed to start off in a way that gave her enough room to grow into the powerhouse that is always the endgame for these kinds of books. I didn't mind Mathias and his brooding Edward-like qualities. Of all the Edwardesque characters I've seen over the years, he's my favorite. Even over Edward himself. Yes, I'm refering to Twilight because it makes an easy comparison as most people are still familiar with it. And then there was Hysan, who I thought of as more of a Gale from the Hunger Games. He's gorgeous and accessible and maybe hiding things but probably all wrong for some reason. They were decent characters but not as developed as some other books while not being entirely two dimensional either. Okay, they were close to two dimensional but they peaked into a third dimension that might come about in another book but this was told in the first person so perhaps it's meant to be Rho's point of view that restricts them. Given her title, I can see only anyone wanting to display only one dimension.

Then the plot. It's a little thin and the villain isn't exactly developed by the end but I also get that as an intentional part of the plot. It was in that last quarter though, that I would have thrown the book had it not been audio on my phone.

I don't want to spoil what happens but it irritated me. I still finished because I was too far along and I thought that since so much of the story was so YA that maybe it was a fake out. I felt like it happened just to avoid an awkward or uncomfortable scene that otherwise had to happen. There had to be better ways to get where the author wanted to go. It felt almost lazy to handle it this way.

And then I thought, maybe it is a fake out of a greater magnitude. I realized that this was also not a good enough reason to stick with the series. If it was a longer fake out, I would just be more annoyed when it resolved. So I'm left with this feeling of so much potential and disappointment.

Again, this is a YA book that is actually directed at a YA audience, so maybe they haven't read the umpteen million YA books that I have already and don't feel like this story has been played out. Maybe they'll love it anyway. I probably would have adored this book in my youth when love triangles didn't make me want to gag. The world building is really of a calibur that far outdoes the rest of the book. Most of the plot plays out enjoyable enough to make it worth reading until that moment in the last quarter that pissed me right off. It was going to be a solid three stars until that point. If you look over my rating scale, 3 stars are respectable here. They are still great books. 2 stars aren't common here but it's not entirely bad either. I was just really tweaked by that thing at the end. Maybe some of you will like that about it, but it's about to keep me from finishing the series.

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review 2017-07-22 07:11
Book Tour: Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr
Dead on Ice - Lauren Carr

Dead on Ice is the first book that brings Joshua Thornton and his new girlfriend Cameron Gates together. This being that Cameron Gates is on the scene and investing Thorntons cousin home and finds a bomb in the home. Who planted it? Also who planted Cherry Pickens in the freezer in Joshua Thornton cousin Albert home.

 

Joshua goes along with Cameron while she investigates Cherry Pickens and then runs to have to solve Angie's murder. They do quite a few things. Donny gets involved a bit as well. What would all of Cherry Pickens friends want her dead? Cameron Gates has to figure out who and why all would want Angie and Cherry dead?

 

There are twists and turns to the end. Suspects are all over town in Hancock county. Will they find the killer of both Angie and Cherry? You will want to read to find out.


Lauren Carr is one talented writer. She brings you along to find out who the killer is. One thing I love about her mysteries is that you never know who the murderer is? I have read a few of her books already and reviewed a few of them. You are welcome to read my reviews that are part of this audiobook palooza. My reviews are Cancelled Vows, A Fine Year for Murder, Killer in the Band, The Murders at Astaire Castle, Candidate for Murder, 3 Days to Forever, Kill and Run, Old Love Die Hard, 12 To Murder, Open Season for Murder.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/07/book-tour-dead-on-ice-by-lauren-carr.html
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review 2017-07-20 00:34
Liked it.
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks

*3.5 STARS*

 

I liked this one.  I liked it more than I liked the movie I think except for one thing.  I felt like the main characters Jamie and Landon had more of a connection in the movie.  I just didn't see that as much in the book.   I did feel more hopeful at the end of the book than I did in the movie, however, I was still bawling my eyes out. 

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review 2017-07-17 05:45
Book Tour: Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr
Open Season for Murder (A Mac Faraday Mystery) (Volume 10) - Lauren Carr

Open season for Murder, Get you involved with a cold case from the beginning. You get brought in with a mysterious phone call to Mac. Who is the caller? We get all kinds of killers. We also get deaths at every turn. Why the Diablo ball?

 

Who wants Carlyle dead or anyone else for that matter. Brian Galestar, comes about and his he as suspects to Lindsey York death? Who wanted Lindsey York dead and Jasmine Simpson? Reva Saint Clair is around as well. Who killed Aston Piedmont?

 

You go for a ride with Mac and David on an adventure. We sure find out who good at solving mysteries around Spencer Maryland. Lauren Carr plots are good and you are invested throughout the book.  There's a story inside the main story. You get captive into the story and you will not want to leave these charters from this series or any of Lauren Carr mysteries.


Lauren Carr is one talented writer. She brings you along to find out who the killer is. One thing I love about her mysteries is that you never know who the murderer is? I have read a few of her books already and reviewed a few of them. You are welcome to read my reviews that are part of this audiobook palooza. My reviews are Cancelled Vows, A Fine Year for Murder, Killer in the Band, The Murders at Astaire Castle, Candidate for Murder, 3 Days to Forever, Kill and Run, Old Love Die Hard, 12 To Murder.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/07/book-tour-open-season-for-murder.html
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