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review 2017-09-04 17:46
The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psycholo... The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psychological thriller that will have you gripped - Jess Ryder

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

Jess Ryder hit the ground running earlier this year with her debut novel Lie To Me.  I am so glad I was given the chance to read her second book The Good Sister.

 

Jerome Macauliffe had been receiving malicious texts from someone threatening to reveal a secret.  He decided to go out for a night time run on his motorbike but lost control and drove into a tree killing him instantly.

 

Jerome worked in Manchester as a teacher during the week and returned home to London during the weekends.  When Jerome's daughter Josie went to clear his house in Manchester he discovered Jerome had another daughter called Valentina.  Josie and Valentina look similar and Josie is only 5 days older than Valentina.  But that is where the similarity ends, Josie is responsible, has a good job and is living with her boyfriend Arun.  Valentina on the other hand is unemployed, had dubious friends and takes drugs.

 

Josie is devastated that her father had two families one in London and one in Manchester.  Josie's mother is grief stricken over Jerome and she decides not tell her about Valentina.  Valentina is manipulative and Josie is warned by Arun to keep away from her.

 

However Josie is drawn to Valentina and refuses to listen.  Slowly Valentina inveigles her way into Josie and Arun's life destroying Josie in the process.

 

The Good Sister is only 230 pages but a lot happens in those pages.  This book was a true psychological thriller that messed with my mind.  The second part of this book was fantastic.  I was hit by so many revelations it gave me concussion.  This book was told from the POV of Josie and Valentina.  If I had one criticism the chapters were not headed so you were not intially sure whose voice you were reading but you could easily tell the characters apart.

 

Brilliant storytelling, well done.

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review 2017-04-02 18:31
THE ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR BY: E.J. MELLOW
The Animal Under The Fur - E.J. Mellow,Dori Harrell
 
In the Dreamland series the world enchanted, it beckoned you in with its wondrous promise of something more, something otherworldly. In The Animal Under the Fur the beast awed. Earthy, both primitive and refined. Its roar demanded your respect. Its force simultaneously ensnared and enslaved you. Like with any wild animal you encounter, you can't help but admire its beauty and the coiled strength, barely contained, lying in wait just below the surface. 
 
 
 
 
 
Nashville is a tangle of contradictions, both fierce friend and ferocious enemy, caring and yet closed off, fire and ice, wild but never reckless, senses overloaded with every sight, smell, taste and touch, yet never allowing true sensation to penetrate her well guarded barriers. The woman on the outside drawing you in with her allure while the animal inside would have you fleeing, if only to be able to relish the act of chasing down its prey. I truly couldn't get enough of Nashville. Her uninhibited wildness was a siren song I couldn't turn off. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While Carter proved to be a worthy counterpart, although I think it is impossible to fully match Nashville's brilliance. I was absolutely captivated by their relationship none the less. For their many similarities they also had innate differences that only seemed to make them an even better match for one another. I loved how he got under her skin at every turn, and how elated his dastardly deeds made him. Watching her squirm might have been his favorite past time, and I couldn't get enough. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm not quite sure what I enjoyed more, the fighting or loving! They were magnets, both South and North poles, repelling and attracting with equal force. Either way they went that electric, magnetic intensity bewitched. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The calculated plot helped drive this story and its gloriously enigmatic characters along at a steady pace. This story was driven and concise. A story of blood and teeth and survival of the fittest, with some unexpected twists and turns waiting around the bend. Just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. 
 
 
 
 
I received a copy of this book from the author (*and I bought one because this book is amazeballs*) in exchange for an honest review. 
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review 2017-01-11 03:53
ALL DARLING CHILDREN BY: KATRINA MONROE
All Darling Children - Jaimey Grant;Wendy Swore;Rita J. Webb;Paige Ray;Jeanne Voelker;K. G. Borland;Gwendolyn McIntyre;Katrina Monroe;S. M. Carrière

 

   THANK YOU Katrina Monroe for bringing some LOST GIRL magic into this story!

Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories! I usually quite like most of the retellings and alternate versions of the tale too. So I guess it comes as no surprise that I enjoyed this one as well. BUT one of the really cool and unique things about this book was the very prominent strong female factor. I have to admit, I was always slightly disappointed that there weren't any lost girls, and I think Monroe did an awesome job at filling this gap in All Darling Children. Even if some of these girls weren't technically thought of as such throughout most of the story. The girls in this book were fierce and cunning, and not all of them were entirely likeable, but they were keen and ferocious.

 

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I loved the depiction of Peter Pan in this story! One thing that is common in any Peter Pan tale, new, old, or in between...he is arrogant through and through. I like how Monroe took that and twisted it into a new darker perspective. This Peter was familiar in many ways, the crowing, the games, boyish charm, and such. But everything about this book was darker. Peter was something to be feared. Everything about him was feral, a brutal savage whose selfish, bloodthirsty desires are grim enough to shape the world around him, and its inhabitants.

 

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I found the Darling family so interesting! I kind of loved that they were a mess. I had never really thought much about their time after Neverland, and as disturbing as it could be at times, I thought Monroe came up with a super fascinating story line for them. I only wish we would have got a tiny glimpse at what Neverland would have looked like after a brief time after the end of this book. Not going to be spoilery here, but it's driving me a little mad not knowing if the atmosphere changed there after time, or if everything Madge went through and her new role in the world changed her in ways that we've seen before. History repeating itself and such. Part of me hopes for the former, but wouldn't the latter be such a wickedly delicious and fitting continuation of this story??!!

 

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-16 02:06
NEARLY UNDONE BY: DEVON ASHLEY
Nearly Undone (Nearly #3) - Devon Ashley

 

   Well to say that this book was surprising would be an understatement. Nearly Undone is SHOCKING and it will rock you down to your foundation. This is not for the faint of heart though. There are some very graphic scenes both violent and sexual, this whole series deals with the horror that is human trafficking, and there are many times your heart will ache while reading this. It is dark, gritty, raw, and devastating. But there is also such strength, courage, and just enough hope to keep you hanging on.

 

 

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I have to say how much I admired Megan (aka Claire) in this book. She has always been strong throughout the series, but I felt like in this book she really flaunted it. I think she regained some a lot of her confidence and fighting spirit and I really enjoyed watching her push back hard this time around. BUT. While I understood her rational behind a lot of the choices she made, and they were always brave, some just screamed bad judgement to me. There were a couple kindle shouting outbursts from me, I'm not going to lie.

 

  

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The story was fast paced, lots of action and suspense. Definitely a few moments that will shock the hell out of you! I mean, I still can't get over a few scenes from that compound. I have a feeling they will stay with me for some time. I will also say I REALLY LOVED this ending. It felt just right. I don't do spoilers, so no details, but the ending fit this series so perfectly, I truly couldn't think of anything I would change about it.

 

 

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I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-09-05 13:42
a slow-burner
The Woman Next Door: A dark and twisty psychological thriller - Cass Green

An interesting read and a definite slow-burner.  I disliked all of the characters as each seemed to become more vile the more I got to know them. I wasn't sure about it for quite a long time then realised I was actually quite engrossed and needed to see how it would all end!

I liked it, it won't be one of my favourites of the year, but it's certainly one that I will remember.  I will definitely look out for more from the author as I did enjoy the writing style.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an electronic copy in exchange for my honest review.

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