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review 2017-03-22 00:14
Here and Gone
Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck

Audra Kinney is fleeing through the United States with her two children, Sean and Louise, in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. All is going well until she stops in Arizona. She's pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff who then calls for the deputy to come and take Audra's children to a safe place while she's taken into custody. When she starts asking about her children, the sheriff tells her he didn't see any kids when he pulled her over. It's two crooked cops against Audra and they insist she did something to her kids and left them in the desert. This becomes big news and catches the attention of a man halfway across the country. This sounds similar to what happened to him and his family five years ago - his wife was pulled over for something trivial and their daughter was taken. With someone else on Audra's side, they race against the clock to find her son and daughter before it's too late.

This was an intense action-packed thriller. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened to Sean and Louise. I liked Audra. I could feel her frustration, desperation and helplessness. Her husband and those cops made me so angry!

Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for a copy of this book.

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review 2017-03-21 02:49
Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows #1) by Rhys Ford
Ink and Shadows - Rhys Ford

UPDATE:
While reading the length of this book, one star. <----- That pretty much sums up the state of editing in this book. Hence the rating.

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I was sooooo looking froward to this book! This is pre-Kai Gracen universe, I was told. But the moment I dug in.... *sigh* I expected horror elements, of course, but not like this :/

This is a horror, alright. This. Is. Frigging terrible. Who "edited" this book? They really need to be fired. Like 3 years ago. Before this mess came out :/

Warning: Misplaced modifiers, POV ping-pong, adjectives (ab)used as nouns.

I lost the story behind this terror! :/ Sure, horror was never my poison, but it's on me, not the author. I still love Kai Gracen, but he certainly received much more attention from people who somewhat know how to apply English grammar to a written text. It wasn't perfect, but it was readable. Lack of editing in its entirety, however, I cannot forgive. Not where it comes to a published book. Not when that book costs you 7 bucks :/

I am beyond disappointed and this.... this close to DNF.


66% After acquiring a massive headache that not even sake can heal, I am DNF-ing. My brains says No. More!

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review 2017-03-18 00:55
Good Girl Gone, Seekers Mystery, Sam Berretti
Good Girl Gone (Seekers Mystery Book 2) ... Good Girl Gone (Seekers Mystery Book 2) - Sam Berretti

I received this mystery for free and I voluntarily choose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. This mystery had a lot in it. It had a little romance, a lot of action, some humor. and adventure. It was very hard to put down, just wanted to know what happened next. Because of the sex and the violence, it is not suitable for the under 18 readers. I really like Doris, the heroine in the story. Between her ex military training and her brain, she ends up getting the job done. I really enjoyed this series so far.

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review 2017-03-15 02:37
Myths, Mayhem, & Sweet Tea by Kimberly Hunter
Myths, Mayhem, & Sweet Tea - Kimberly Hunter

This story is a disaster. I remember seeing a few negative reviews a year or so ago, but I have no idea what had happened to them. They are not here anymore. I should have known better. I should have paid heed to the warnings.

If you think this is about an archaeological dig, it's not. If you think it's about Creed and outstanding security services he provides, it's not. If you think there is a complicated story that involves dangerous gods and their immense powers, it's not.

This is about a bunch of horny teenagers in grown-up god and human bodies, who drink, f*ck like bunnies (I dare you to flag me for that word, when every other sentence in this book contains a profanity), tell each other tragic sappy stories about their past and run around with googly eyes, falling in insta-love and whispering saccharine nothings when not swearing. These are the Gods. These are tough and rough disciplined ex-military types.

Creed is hired to provide security for a group of archaeologists. He makes a huge deal over it while talking to his client. But what does he do when he gets to the site? Shouts, yells, throws a fit or two and then goes off on a drinking/banging spree first with a member of the dig, and not a couples of hours later with Loki. Creed is too full of himself, and "A limp dick bastard with a God complex" definition suggested by one of the characters describes him to a T.

And so it goes on, Creed and Loki traveling all over the place, bragging about their intelligence, drinking, banging, talking feelings (yuck... yuck.... sticky sugary stuff ...bleh *shrugs*). Everything falls into places when they need it, cause - Gods. They take care of that crap. And so on through now 75% of the book.

Then there is the issue with the Sleeper. Gods don't want him disturbed, but put him in a sealed chamber in an active volcano. What do you think will happen if the said volcano awakes? The seals will be broken, the Sleeper will rise. That's what. Gods Morons.

Strongly reminds me of The Student Prince. All party with little plot.

Still reading (can't believe myself). Will report on the rest later.

And so, I am sad to report that the story is not improving. Ancient gods, who waited literally hundreds of thousand of years for their one and only soulmate, are now rapidly finding them not only within the same week of 2015, but 2 out of three popped up at the same location. The Dig.



What are the odds? O.o

...and then there were poor puppies and poor abused boys and who knows what else, put there for the sole purpose of squeezing out a tear, creating more drama and producing more sap.



DNF-ing at 88%. Actually I did scroll to the end of the book, but couldn't concentrate on any of it.

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review 2017-03-13 23:12
Here and Gone
Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck

When I read the book summary I knew that I had to read this book. This book was practically glued to my hands since the moment I started it. This is the story of a woman who while fleeing her husband gets pulled over and arrested by a small town sheriff only to later discover her two children have gone missing. She swears that she hasn't harmed them but that the sheriff and deputy know what has happened to her children. 

 

This book is billed as a thriller and while there are some parts that really keep you on the edge of your seat I was waiting for there to be some big twist to the story. You pretty much know exactly what is going on throughout the book and there was no twist. It was all just building to the end to see what was happening with the children. I enjoyed this book how it was but would have loved a good twist.

 

I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that in any way.

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