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review 2019-01-29 14:33
ARC REVIEW Bound by Danger by Danielle M. Haas

Bound by Danger The premise of this book intrigued me. The forbidden love between an FBI agent and a woman who is a possible suspect, missing girls and a white slavery ring, yeah, it sounded good. Haas is a new author for me so I was taking a bit a leap here. Didn't really pan out like I thought. It was entertaining but the biggest problem was Mickey, at times, was very idiotic. She bordered on TSTL, and I don't use that term lightly, she's a possible suspect so what does she do she interferes in the investigation, withholds evidence, contaminates a crime scene, and interferes with a witness it's a good thing Graham liked her I would have locked her up. Granted there wouldn't be much of a story without all her screw ups.

Mickey week just keeps getting worse and worse, first her plane gets hijacked only to be thwarted by a gorgeous FBI agent then she finds out her god daughter was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, Pete, who is a known white slaver, and now the FBI, in particular the hot FBI agent who saved the day, thinks she played a part in her god daughter's disappearance. Little Becca was kidnapped, she was the third girl to go missing what stood out in her case is that she was the only one who knew the abductor. What made her so special that Pete was willing to risk his whole operation by giving Mickey his real name? Because once the FBI had his real name they were able to piece together everything else.

Overall, it was an okay read. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two characters. The whole forbidden relationship seemed a little forced and Graham showed almost no self control when it came to her. The attraction was visceral but lacked substance. And the ending was a little predictable it still wrapped up nicely though. It wasn't bad the writing well paced, the suspense was satisfactory, and the overall plot was good I just really didn't like Mickey. I would be willing to read more of Haas' books.     


 

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review 2019-01-24 09:03
A heart-wrenching read about one girl’s experience inside an institution as mental illness takes over; Sheinmel brings attention to the stigma around the issue in this important book
A Danger to Herself and Others - Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Hannah Gold has been ‘wrongly institutionalized’, for something that was obviously an accident; her best friend Agnes took a horrific fall (pushed?), ending up in the ICU, her life forever changed. But Hannah’s life is forever changed too, she has been sent away to languish in an institution, missing valuable time before school starts, being evaluated at a judge’s order by a doctor, and with nothing but time to figure out how to get herself out of there.

Hannah has been deemed ‘a danger to herself and others’.

 

The novel starts with Hannah just arriving at ‘the institute’ and the book follows her entire experience there, told in first-person and very much as though it’s comes from deep within Hannah’s complex, non-stop brain. All her anxieties and questions spill out constantly, her thinking is erratic, and she darts back and forth from the present and past as she tries to make sense of what is happening. She is highly intelligent so she knows that if she make friends and gets certain people on her side, maybe she can gain privileges and shorten her stay. Her roommate Lucy understands her, and it seems Dr. Lightfoot is going along with her plan.

This starts out feeling like a thriller, but we gradually are caught up in Hannah’s convoluted thought-processes, and it’s a novel about what it looks like when a young girl’s mental illness takes over and how her unraveling takes hold, even when she thinks she is in control. 

 

This book is one of the most artfully brilliant books written with regards to what mental illness can look like, and I really felt gripped by every page because of it. Author Alyssa Sheinmel has done more than write a YA novel, she has written an experience on paper. People fear mental illness, and right they should. It’s scary. 

I read this book and at times I felt like I was losing grasp of things just like Hannah was. And I have also been in that place myself before. Not to the same extent but I’ve been through my own personal trials that have led me to therapy, to panic attacks, to struggle with depression, anxiety, self-harm and twice (many years ago now) having a stay at the hospital (at my choice) after traumatic events. It’s frightening to feel like your mind is not your own, and to feel like you need help. In Hannah’s case, she doesn’t even realize it. And then she becomes A Danger to Herself and Others.

 

Mental illness has SUCH a stigma to it and it needs to change so that people will reach out to get HELP, offer help, and make help more available. People need to be able to talk about it and not turn away. Sufferers shouldn’t be getting more ill or even dying because they can’t or won’t get help. HELP shouldn’t be a dirty word. Mental health treatment is also woefully expensive in this country and often not covered by insurance.

Sheinmel is right to not even put a specific name on the illness that Hannah suffers from because at the end of the day, does it really matter? If she had done that with this story, her character, with all her flaws as well as her wonderful attributes, would have been reduced to her diagnosis. Which is what we tend to do once we know what people are suffering from. We tend to forget that they are people (like Hannah), not statistics or names of illnesses. 

 

This is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching read, and it will surprise you as much as it will keep you guessing. It left me with tears in my eyes and I hope that this will encourage more understanding and compassion for those affected by mental illness. 

 

*I gratefully received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program. Thank you!

 

 A Danger to Herself and Others will be published on 2.5.19 by Sourcebooks.

 

 

 

**If you or a loved one needs help for mental illness, or you just want more information about mental health, contact NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/39986808-a-danger-to-herself-and-others
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text 2019-01-18 19:31
Friday Featured Spotlight

Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Norse Mythology | Fantasy | Mystery

 

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/friday-featured-spotlight-norse.html
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text 2019-01-18 15:41
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Danger in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

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review 2019-01-10 22:24
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers #2, Tang Dynasty #5) by Jeannie Lin
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin

Date Published: April 21, 2015

Format: NOOK Ebook

Source: Personal Copy

Date Read: January 1-2, 2019

 

Blurb:

After a failed assassination attempt on a corrupt general, Bao Yang is a wanted man. Taking refuge with an ally, Yang accidentally compromises the man's daughter when they're discovered alone. To save her honor, he must marry the beautiful Jin-mei immediately!

In Yang's arms, Jin-mei feels alive for the first time. She's determined not to lose him, even if it means joining his perilous mission… But when she realizes just how destructive Yang's path could be, can she convince him that their life together could be so much sweeter than revenge?

 

Review

A delicious ending to the Tang Dynasty series. It took me a couple of chapters to warm up to Jin-mei, but when the plot kicked in, I was on her side. Bao Yang was a minor character in the last book, so to go from there to being the hero made me look at the last book's storyline from a different angle. I loved Yang and Jin-mei's travels through small villages of the mountains, again giving the author room to really play with the plot. There was also some strong non-romantic relationship development for Yang and Jin-mei as individuals (her relationship with her dad; his with his brother). I also really enjoy seeing past couples show up in the current reads, so Li Feng and Han make several appearances in this book. My favorite character was the river boat captain - Lin rejected a play on Jin-mei and the captain being jealous of one another and went with a mentor/mentee type of female friendship. Just a lot of little layers that built a great story. 

 

Highly recommend, but it is best to read book one in Rebels and Lovers series first.

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