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text 2018-07-01 16:46
June Re-Cap
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey
X: A Novel - Kekla Magoon,Ilyasah Shabazz
The Surviving Trace - Calia Read
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
Disturbed - Jennifer Minar-Jaynes

 

 

 

 

So many books this month, probably won't have as many next month, though. Unfortunately, I have to go back to work sometime this coming month.  June has been a fairly mediocre reading month for me.  I'm pretty sure my average is around 3 stars...maybe I'm just getting more discerning.  I did end the month with a couple 5 Star reads and added two books to my favorites.

 

 

 

 (Audiobook) Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Finish Date:  06/05

 ☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Opposite Of You by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  06/06

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  06/08

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eArc) Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

Finish Date:  06/10

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Finish Date:  06/11

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Finish Date:  06/14

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Surviving Trace by Calia Read

Finish Date:  06/17

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Wake Of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Finish Date:  06/19

☆2.7☆STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Finish Date:  06/20

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Novellas KU) by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  06/21

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes

Finish Date:  06/21

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Mermaid by Christina Henry (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/24

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Finish Date:  06/25

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) In Her Skin by Kim Savage

Finish Date:  06/26

☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Audiobook) Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  06/28

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Simple Wild by KA Tucker (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/29

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

10 Audiobooks, 2 Novellas, 2 Kindle eBooks, and 3 Netgalley eARC's, 17 books total.

4,910 pages (including Audio) 

 

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review 2018-06-20 02:15
3 Out Of 5 "I wish I could've fully loved this" STARS
The Surviving Trace - Calia Read

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Surviving Trace

Calia Read

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Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with. 

 

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything… 

 

Étienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why. 

 

Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture. 

 

I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Étienne is my key to going home. 

 

The more time I spend with Étienne, the further I fall for him until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire. 

 

All I know for certain is I need to survive time. 

 

I need to survive love. 

 

And I need to make it out on the other side alive.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I know that when it comes to a time-travel romance you have to be able to suspend belief, otherwise it won't work…this may have been asking too much suspension of belief for me.  I feel there were too many plot holes that felt like she was trying to keep you in the dark about what was really going on in 1912, that left me confused, even after I got to the end.  I don't know if it was is an editing thing or what???  I also felt that things were a little too contrived to be palpable.

 

The one aspect of this story that I loved was the romance between Serene and Étienne, their chemistry was quite hot.   I really adored Étienne.  Serene, well, I liked her most of the time, but she had her witchy moments.  But the dynamic of these two, offset by Étienne's siblings, Livingston and Nathalie were what kept me reading despite the issues I had with it. 

 

Apparently, there are more books coming, I'm not sure if it's one or two that will continue the story between Serene and Étienne.  Knowing there are more books helps the ending make a lot more sense, though.  I have a feeling I will read the next one, in hopes that they will help this story come together.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Beautiful!

Series~ Surviving Time #1

Setting~ 1912 Charleston, SC & 2017 Pennsylvania & Virginia

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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review 2016-08-03 00:25
A Mystery suspense with a pinch of romance
Untangle: A Novel - Calia Read

Book Title:  Unhinge

Author:  Calia Read

Series:  Fairfax #2

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Love & Stuff

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Not Broken by Girl On Fire 

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes

 

 

4.2/5 STARS

 

My Thoughts

 

The overall plotline of this book blew me away, with that WTF moment in the book where everything starts to fall into place.  Getting to that point in the book was where it faltered, I was left feeling disjointed and unconnected at times.  With that being said, it was good and well worth the read, I just wanted to connect with Victoria more than I actually did. That would have bumped it up to closer to five stars. 

 

Sex Factor:  Some non-explicit sex.  A little lacking in the feels for this.

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review 2016-03-02 10:33
Unhinge by Calia Reed
Unhinge: A Novel - Calia Read

Gripping. A romantic suspense psychological thriller that constantly confounded my plot guesses. For those familiar with the BBC4 radio drama The Archers, think Rob and Helen with a twist. 

 

Here's the blurb:

 

In Calia Read’s electrifying and steamy novel of psychological suspense, a handsome stranger shatters a beautiful young woman’s picture-perfect vision of her past.

Hold your breath and count to ten. Soon it will be over before it ever began.
 
No matter how many times Victoria Donovan repeats that phrase to herself, she’s still trapped behind the walls of a mental institution. Once upon a time, her life was like a fantasy: Wes, the handsome fiancé, followed by a storybook wedding and a white picket fence. But then a picture-perfect marriage twisted into something sinister. And as Victoria’s world warped from dream to nightmare, her husband’s obsessions pushed her beyond the breaking point.

At first Fairfax Mental Health Institute seems like a safe place for Victoria to heal with her baby, Evelyn, and to hide from Wes, presumed dead by everyone except Victoria. Her husband is still alive, she has no doubt: He slips into her room at night to torment and tempt her. One smoldering kiss and she’s powerless. Of course, no one believes her about these visits. When she meets a sexy, mysterious stranger intent on helping her recall her past, Victoria isn’t sure she can trust him. But deep in her heart, she also knows that the only way out of Fairfax is to remember the way she came in.

 

The RT book review is here.

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review 2016-01-14 00:29
Unhinge
Unhinge: A Novel - Calia Read

By: Calia Read

ISBN: 9780553394788

Publisher: Random/ Ballantine

Publication Date: 1/12/2016 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

A special thank you to Random/Ballantine and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Behind the walls of Fairfax Mental Hospital, Calia Read returns following the sensational, Unravel (Fairfax #1) withUNHINGE, (Fairfax #2) a shocking, edge-of- your- seat psychological suspense mystery thriller! A mother, trying desperately to escape a prison, (both physically and mentally) -- a haunting past she cannot remember.

With heart-pounding intensity, leaving the reader turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning for a mind-blowing twisted surprise—a satisfying ending. A read in "one sitting" kinda book.

Set in Falls Creek, Virginia the novel flashes back and forth before the mental hospital, Fairfax, and the present. Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. Obsession. Madness. Evil lurking around every corner.

Wes: “The moment I met Victoria, I should’ve know I was doomed. I should have paid attention. Felt the wind against my neck and the goosebumps that prickled my flesh. I didn’t. So I fell. Fell hard. You could say our love was unreal."

"Everything about Victoria was mysterious yet beguiling. Her smile spoke of dreams, her lips the promise of something good to come. She held her secrets in one palm and her dreams in the next. And with her eyes dared me to choose one. Ignoring them both, I went for her heart. Then she became my wife.”

Victoria: “They say my husband is dead. He is not. It is a lie. No one believes. She is not crazy. He still visits her and she knows she will be leaving Fairfax.” However, Wes says he cannot help her.

Mom and baby, Evelyn do not belong in this place. She needs him to get her out of this place. This place is a holding cell. It’s dressed in frills and lace, giving the impression that there’s freedom, but there isn’t.

Victoria does not remember her life before Fairfax. A traumatic past. Will her memories return? She has to escape this nightmare.

Then there is Sinclair Montgomery. Who is this man trying to help her remember? However, Fairfax does not want him to visit. He has visited every day on the sign in sheet. She was unaware. Can she trust him?

Before Fairfax: Victoria was married to Wes. The lawyer who swept her off her feet. In love, they marry and build a beautiful home. However, she desires a baby. He does not. She leaves her nursing job and her own identity to build her world around her husband Wes.

Things change. He is controlling, jealous, demanding, abusive. She has to escape this marriage. She is married to an evil monster. He has two sides. Sleeping with the Enemy scary. He knows her every moment. Obsession. Unpredictable.

During the construction of their new home, she meets Sinclair Montgomery. He is dashing, she is attracted to him. Brother of her friend and gardener, Renee.

As the novel opens, Victoria is a patient at Fairfax. She hates this place. How did she get here? Why? The nurses, especially Alice is ruthless. Alice has one tone—patronizing—an arsenal of three different facial expressions: anger, disgust, and contempt. They love to drug you as most mental patients, so Victoria has taken to hiding her meds in order to get her plan together.

Fairfax is not place for a baby.

Slowly through pictures and a doctor who wants to help, Victoria’s painful memories start flooding back, piece by piece. Nothing is making sense. No one believes Wes is alive. They say he is dead.

Everyone makes fun of her baby (a dollbaby, versus a real baby)? She thinks it is her real baby girl. Over the course of seven months, readers learn every detail--slowly and painfully.

Wow, this was one intense thriller! I was not expecting this, and starting reading at bedtime--at 65% was the first time I looked up to see it was the wee hours of the morning. No way I could sleep with this suspense. I had to find out if Victoria was going to escape and what happened to her.

Was so surprised by the ending—did not see this coming. Brilliantly crafted! Immediately, I was rushing to Audible, purchasing the audiobook, Unravel (Fairfax #1)—so intrigued by the “Mommy Dearest.”

This was one deliciously evil twisted book -- highly impressed with the author’s writing. Not sure why she has not been on my radar; however, that minor mishap has been rectified. I am not a romance or erotica fan; however, a serious crime, cop procedural, suspense, mystery, and psycho-thriller fan----UNHINGE, is up there with the best of the best.

My immediate thoughts—after finishing. Fans of the following will devour UNHINGE: Sandra Brown (romance suspense), A.R. Torre (erotica/psycho), Jennifer Hillier(psycho-thriller), and Candice Fox (psycho/horror). The second storyline was so unexpected. The flashing back and forth was well-done and no problem keeping up. The psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states-- well developed plot, vivid descriptions-- drawing you into this web of deceit and fear.

Read is a strong psycho-thriller author without the romance. I am sure there is a market for the mix; however, since I am not a fan of the romance, skipped over those parts…Still deserving of a strong 4. 5 stars on the psycho-thriller alone. After I finished, my mind was still racing for hours—yes, that good! Nice cover, as well.

A new fan! Enjoying Unravel --currently listening. Looking forward to more from this author.

 

Fairfax #1  U N R A V E L 

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Unhinge/cmoa/5604c07b0cf25fa7fe16ba1b
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