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review 2018-12-13 16:29
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown / Seanan McGuire
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown - Seanan McGuire

For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows. She's been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown.

The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won't let him die, and he's looking for the one who got away. When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there's going to be hell to pay--possibly literally.

Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight. Can she defend it, when Bobby Cross comes to take her down? Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead, and make it home before her hitchhiker's luck runs out?

 

A big step up from Sparrow Hill Road, the first book which was basically a series of short stories. Not that that’s a bad thing, just not what I had been expecting. This is a true novel, with one intense story line. I was “supposed” to read other books before picking this one up, but I couldn’t resist its siren song. And I read it in two evenings, desperately wanting to know if ghostly Rose Marshall could get where she wanted to be.

This was the confrontation Rose had been dreading, pitting her will against that of her murderer, Bobby Cross. She does it with style, smarts and bravery plus a generous dollop of help from her friends. Even her frenemies get involved. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, wondering how each twist and turn would pan out.

I was interested to see McGuire reference the Price family again (a connection with her InCryptid series) as a potential haven for Rose. Mary, the crossroads ghost, featured in Tricks for Free, #7 of InCryptid, so we now have no doubt that these two series take place in the same universe. McGuire also introduces a bean sidhe as one of Rose’s friends, perhaps a connection to McGuire’s October Daye series. Wouldn’t it be fun to see all three story lines intersect at some point in the future?

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text 2018-12-12 20:41
Reading progress update: I've read 289 out of 289 pages.
Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake

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review 2018-12-10 03:47
An Anonymous Girl
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
This was one of those books where I kept changing my mind as the book played out. As one of the secrets was revealed, I thought its ramifications would be extensive. In the back of my mind, I was playing with different scenarios as I read, wondering where this would all lead to. I didn’t want to trust anyone, everyone was evil, but in reality, someone had to be good, right?
 
Jessica lives alone and she is proud of this accomplishment. As a traveling make-up artist, she gets a variety of clientele and she finds her way into a variety of addresses. She is making it, just making it and when she hears about an opportunity to make an extra $500, she grabs it.
 
Her client is a no-show, so Jessica invites herself in for the survey. Sitting alone, Jessica must be honest as she answers the computer questions. Becoming more sensitive and developed as she moves through the survey, Jessica feels exposed as she answers each sequential question on the survey. Hesitant to continue, she does as she could really use the money. These morality and ethic questions were harder than Jessica anticipated.
 
After continuing her first set of questions and receiving her money, Jessica is invited back for more testing and more money. The thoughts of how this money could help her parents and her disabled sister go through her mind.
 
Reading flashbacks, I learn about Jessica as she grew up and about her relationship with her sister. I learn a lot about Jessica from her flashbacks, she seems like a quiet person who has learned to cope with life on her own, and she has her own secrets. These flashbacks are an important part of the novel.
 
The novel picks up when Jessica decides to do the second survey. Jessica knows what to expect when she arrives on testing day yet the test still takes its toll on Jessica as she answers the questions.
 
The novel takes on this tantalizing and creepy feeling as Jessica is roped right into the madness. Jessica is loving the money while acting like a puppet on a string. Dr. Shields has Jessica performing a variety of tests for her research project. Poor Jessica, I wasn’t feeling good about this.
 
This is my second novel by this author. I also read The Wife Between Us which I loved. I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I can’t wait to see what Greer Hendricks will write next, for I am ready.
 
This book was given to me in both print format and via NetGalley, by the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

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review 2018-12-09 22:29
Girl In Between by Anna Daniels
Girl In Between - Francesca-Anna Daniels

 

Girl in between is about Lucy a 32-year-old woman that moved back home until she can sort herself out, she is. Lucy is in between career and relationships and having trouble committing to them. And it an enjoyable book to read

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text 2018-12-08 16:47
The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Amanda Quick

Received my first Christmas present today!

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