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review 2018-06-11 20:57
4 Out Of 5 "she takes bad mommy to a whole new level" STARS
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

 

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Lying In Wait

Liz Nugent

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My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

 

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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What do they say about that bond between Mothers and their Sons?  Well, whatever it is that they say…this mommy takes it way too far.  Kind of like Norma Bates in Psycho. 

 

The writing or the flow was superb and this was compelling readable even though there were a few things I found lacking in it.  I wanted a bigger reveal with what was really going on.  It was somewhat anti-climatic.  Plus the characters were so glum and the atmosphere and the era was a touch depressing.  The ending…I'm not even sure how I felt about that ending.  I guess it fits with the story…crazy.

 

My cover looks like this...I just didn't feel like changing it on here:

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3.8/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Publisher~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Gallery/Scout Press

Setting~ Ireland

Source~  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2018-06-05 20:51
4.2 Out Of 5 "don't look into my eyes" STARS
The Deep End of the Sea - Heather Lyons

 

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The Deep End of the Sea

Heather Lyons

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What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

 

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

 

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Heather Lyons is one of my favorite Authors, because of her series The Collectors Society.  If you haven't tried this series yet then you should.

 

I'm not mythology junkie, so I went into this knowing what the average person knows about Greek Mythology.  Which are only the basics.  With that being said…I thought this a deftly done and modern take on Medusa and the Greek Gods, one that I rather enjoyed reading.  The romance was sometimes on the bland side, but for those haters of insta-love, this could be just what they are looking for.  My only qualm was I really wanted more intensity throughout the story instead of only at the very end.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Setting~ Island of Gorgona, Olympus, Jackson (Wyoming), and Paris

Source~ KU Kindle eBook

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review 2018-04-30 21:35
Sam's Letters for Jennifer
Sam's Letters to Jennifer - James Patterson

Still reeling from the recent loss of her husband, Jennifer is trying to focus on writing her column before the deadline when she gets a phone call.  Father John Farley tells her that her grandmother has fallen and is in a coma.  She rushed to Lake Geneva to see Sam who cannot speak to her.  When she went in to her grandmother's house that first time she noticed stacks of letters with her name written on them.  They were numbered and she started with the first one.  She had wanted her grandmother to tell her her story and this was the way she decided to do it.  While staying at her grandmother's house she hers a loud scream and looks out to see a man run down the dock and dive into the water, completely naked.  She ignored him and continued to read the letters but later he came to her door to reintroduce himself.  He is someone Jennifer knew as a child when she spent summers with her grandmother.  She tried to keep him at a distance and work on her column but he kept coming back.  As she read the letters, she learns some shocking things she never knew about her grandmother and grandfather and has to resist the urge to read them all at once.  Her grandmother asked her to read them a few at a time.  The man came again the next morning and dove in the lake but this time he wasn't naked.  He eventually grew on her and she ended up telling him about her husband and how he died.  Eventually he told her his story and she was shocked.  She ended up spending more and more time with him while also visiting her grandmother every day and hoping she would wake up.  

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review 2018-04-30 15:56
3.8 Out of 5 "superstitious" STARS
Odd & True - Cat Winters

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Odd & True

Cat Winters

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Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

 

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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While steeped in the supernatural, I wouldn't necessarily call this a paranormal or supernatural story.  It's really a story about the love and the bonds of family and for Trudgen and Odette, it’s a story about the bond of sisters.  It's about believing in yourself and also a story of finding yourself.  If you're looking for an action-packed demon-slaying kind of story, you won't really find it here.  This is a one of those take your time and savor kind of reads.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Absolutely stunning…

Setting~ Early 1900's Oregon, & Pennsylvania mostly.

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2018-04-27 14:16
3.2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Lost Girls
The Lost Girls - Heather Young

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

The Lost Girls

Heather Young

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A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.

 

In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family—her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.

 

Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.

 

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A very languid slow-burning mystery, for me, maybe too languid.  The characters were difficult to emphasize with or even like.  It just seemed like they were too blasé about everything.  I just wanted to scream at them to wake up.  I also found it really difficult to keep all of the names straight.  For some, I believe the pacing will be fine, evidenced by all the great ratings this book has.  For me, it was just so-so.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2.5/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~  It's okay…

Narration~ 2.5 -Alice Rosengard (Aunt's Voice) and 4.3 -Laurel Schroeder (Justine's Voice)

Setting~ Remote lake in Minnesota

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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