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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-23 00:09
Follow me down to the river...
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith

 

 

Book Title:  Follow Me Down

Author:  Sherri Smith

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery

Setting:  Wayoata, North Dakota

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Follow Me Down by The Pretty Reckless  --I kind of think this song with the same name as the book works perfectly, with the screwed up relationships going on in this book, it's a bit eerie.  ♫

 


 

 

 

 

 

That ending had me like…

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Follow Me Down kept me guessing all the way to the end, I thought, for sure, I knew who it was, and then I flip-flopped…again and again.  Right up to that ending.  I believe, that's what makes for a good murder mystery.  I know it does for me.  I haven't been reading this genre for long, but it's one I plan to read more of in the future.

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The writing is little distracting at times, but the mystery and atmosphere of Wayota, ND (made-up place, I believe) more than makes up for it.  Although, my biggest issue is with the blatant OTC drug abuse going on with the MC and the blasé way it was addressed.   That could have been dealt with differently or omitted completely.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  4.2/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total: 4.3/5 STARS

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would!

 

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review 2017-03-31 03:14
Good Story and Characters
Follow Me Down - Sherri Smith

Mia received a call from Police Chief Pruden from her home town of Wayoata and he said he was calling about her brother Lucas and had she heard from him. Mia had thought he was calling about her mother Mimi who was in a care center. The Chief Pruden said he couldn’t find her brother Lucas. Then Chief Pruden wanted to know when she could get there. She got a suitcase and hopped on the  soonest flight she could get. But she still had a three hour drive from the nearest airport to Wayoata. Mia had tried to call her brother twenty times after the Chief had contacted her but no one answered his phone. The news in the local newspaper said local schoolteacher person of interest in student’s murder.and the date was that very day. The sixteen year old student was found dead after missing for three weeks. Mia’s brother Lucas had lived with Mia in Chicago for awhile trying to be a model or acting but he had given up after only eight months and then returned to his hometown and became a teacher. Mia was a pharmacist . here brother coached hockey. There had been a young officer when Chief Pruden had questioned Mia but she hadn’t recognized Garrett. They were  the last member s of a computer club in middle school. Garrett was a year behind Mia in school.  They had kissed once but the next year Mia went on to H S and had forgotten Garrett. Mia was let into Lucas's apartment and then found his spare key to use. Mia looked through Lucas’s apartment. The only thing missing was Lucas as far as Mia could tell. Mia called Lucas’s best friend since Little League- Wyatt but he didn’t answer his phone so Mia went to where his parents had lived and found Wyatt and his family now lived there. Wyatt said he and Lucas had drifted apart as he had a family and couldn’t act like a single man with  Lucas anymore. Mimi( Miranda) lived in a group home called Lighthouse For Women. Mimi had gotten into a car accident when Lucas and Mia- who are twins- she was in a coma for two weeks when Mimi came to she had a spotted memory  and the mind of a nine year old. Mia was a pill popper she had stopped but still had not flushed her stash. But it had been two years since Mia really used the pills regularly but here and there she had taken a pill. Mia took one that day just to help a little. Mia knew she  had to find her brother. He had to tell the Chief what had happened and prove his innocence.  

I read this story but struggled at times to keep reading it as the story dragged for me and I had a problem with staying interested but I really did want to know what had happened so I kept going and was glad I did. It turned out to be well worth it. I wanted to know if Lucas was innocent and what had really happened to the teenage girl if Lucas hadn’t hurt her. Soon I couldn’t let go of the story. I felt this was a little far fetched but it is fiction but definitely was a good mystery and didn’t turn out to be like I though which was good as well as very entertaining. The plot was very good and I liked the twists and turns of this story and I recommend.

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review 2017-01-24 16:29
Orleans - Sherri L. Smith
Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

So far I've only read Flygirl and Orleans by Smith, but she is a fabulous writer, regardless of the style, time period, plot, etc. Yes, I'm going to read the rest of her books, she should be getting more recognition than she does. Enjoy, and then be sure to tell everyone you know that you did.

Library copy 

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review 2016-08-22 11:41
Review: Pasadena
Pasadena - Sherri L. Smith Pasadena - Sherri L. Smith

 

I received a copy through Penguin First to Read.

 

I loved this one. This is a gritty novel set in Los Angeles with one of the most unlikeable characters I have come across in a long time. It’s one of the rare cases where in spite of the fact that the main character Jude is an unapologetic bitch, her characterization is so good it works brilliantly and as a reader it didn’t even bother me how rude, bitchy and obnoxious this girl is. Usually I hate characters like this. But I still kind of liked this girl.

 

I can’t really say how well the noir homage was done as it’s not a genre I’m familiar with (I don’t think saying I saw LA Confidential once counts).

 

The novel tells the story of the sudden and unexpected death of Jude’s best friend Maggie. Set during summer in LA you really get a sense of the uncomfortable sticky heat of LA in high summer, with the tense atmosphere of the novel it was really visual and I could picture everything going on so clearly, like watching a TV show or a movie. Jude races back from her vacation at her dad’s house (her parents are divorced and she spends the school year in LA with her mom and mom’s string of less than reputable boyfriends). Her good friend Joey picks her up from the airport and the novel progresses from there.

 

Jude meets with some of Maggie’s other friends – just because they all knew Maggie and were friends with her doesn’t mean any of them like each other much. Jude is still in shock from this news – it’s pegged as suicide – Maggie is found floating face down in a pool with a glamorous swimsuit on. Jude’s convinced it’s murder. She’s flat out cruel to almost every other one of Maggie’s group of friends – Dane, Tally, Hank, Eppie, Edina, Luke. Dane and Tally are a couple as are Hank and Eppie.

 

Luke turns out to have a huge crush which boarders on flatout stalking. (Luke’s stalking/crush thing turns out to be a huge plot point that becomes very helpful in Jude’s investigation into Maggie’s death later on in the novel)/

 

Edina and Jude seem to be competing for the BFF spot, though Jude clearly thinks she’s the only one that counts and Edina is a hanger on wannabe and a poor excuse of a person. Most of these people are pretty awful with the exception of Joey (who was awesome) and Hank and Eppie, who were actually nice. Maggie managed to bring all these people together and make them feel special.

 

Maggie herself was rich and extremely popular and desired. Yet of course, had a cruel drama queen streak of her own. As Jude starts digging to the days before and up to Maggie’s death she stars digging into these people who knew Maggie in ways she didn’t. She begins learning some uncomfortable home truths. She speaks without thinking and doesn’t give a crap about what she’s saying or if it will hurt anyone’s feelings. Throughout it all Joey seems to be the only one who can tolerate Jude’s attitude problems enough to stand by. But even he has his limits. His strength to stick with Jude is pretty damn admirable.

 

Of course Jude has her own drama to deal with, digging into Maggie’s friends and her death brings up some uncomfortable home truths of her own she had long thought was buried and stuff she never really dealt with herself.

 

A really diverse cast of very well put together characters who were well fleshed out and believable even if most of them weren’t particularly likeable. Brilliant sense of place and setting, visually striking. It’s a brilliant mystery and completely unpredictable.

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