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review 2016-12-20 16:37
Hanover House by Brenda Novak
Hanover House (prequel - Hanover House Chronicles) - Brenda Novak

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It failed to catch my attention. I didn't care about the characters, the heroine left me cold, the hero was barely there, and the whole venture about a psychiatric hospital to study those truly sick psychopaths didn't really spark anything remotely similar to interest.

The only saving grace was the villain and even he got the shortest end of the stick since the whole buildup didn't amount to anything more than a splutter.

I certainly won't read the rest of the series.

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review 2016-09-21 03:13
Hanover House (prequel - Hanover House Chronicles) - Brenda Novak

This is the a prequel and does not truly end. This story allows us to get to know Miranda. She is set on learning why serial killers do what they do. She has survived a terrible event but has not forgotten it. She does not let men get near to her in a personal way until she visits Alaska where the new facility she has asked for is being built. Here, she meet Sergeant Amarok, and heat begins to rise. Her past catches up to her, but Miranda is not detered. I look forward to reading the next book. I recommend this book.

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

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review 2016-06-25 15:00
Brief Thoughts: Hanover House
Hanover House (The Hanover Chronicles) - Brenda Novak

Hanover House

by Brenda Novak
Prequel novella (#0.5) of The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles



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Welcome to Hanover House...

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind.  Why do psychopaths act as they do?  How do they come to be?  Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause?  And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her.  So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area.  Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them.  And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through.  He’s even attracted to her.  Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong...

Hanover House is bite-sized--it's a novella after all.  But in some ways, it felt a little bit too bite-sized, if you know what I mean.  Actually, even I don't really know what I mean.  I guess what I'm trying to say is, while the novella was enjoyable, at the same time, the open-ended-ness of it felt a little too open-ended.  I get that it's a prequel, meant to jump start a whole new series with a bit of a bang, but there are ways of NOT making a prequel feel like it's still missing something.

Nonetheless, Hanover House encompasses the suspense and thrill of a typical Brenda Novak novel.  But I have to say, the writing style and pacing felt slightly different from what I remember of Brenda Novak.  I'm tempted to use the word awkward, but at the same time, the events of this novella flew by quite quickly, maybe too quickly for me to be able to really point out what about it didn't really work for me.  The progression just didn't feel as smooth or hooking as what I usually associate with Brenda Novak.

All things considered, Hanover House serves it's purpose as the starting point for Evelyn Talbot's journey into studying the evil of killers as well as trying to evade the monster who's been haunting her life for the past twenty years.  It's got a nice thrill of excitement, but not nearly to the point I'd been expecting.  And unfortunately, you don't really get to see enough of the characters (not even our resident evil killer, Jasper) to really get to know them--and thus, I've yet to really form an opinion of anyone in the book.  Not Evelyn and not Amarok, and especially not any of the side characters who have an air of potential significance, probably in books to come.

And I'm not entirely certain I understand what that ominous letter at the very end symbolized, but I have a feeling it was supposed to be significant somehow.

All in all, Hanover House was entertaining and enjoyable, even if not what I'd been expecting based on the summary and all the positive reviews.

Maybe I'm just too picky?


2016 Reading Challenges:
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Bookish Resolutions Challenge | My TBR List meme
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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/06/brief-thoughts-hanover-house.html
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text 2016-06-13 08:59
My TBR List -- June Winner!
My TBR List is a monthly meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
The basic gist of this activity is to have others help decide on which book out of three I'm selecting from my TBR pile I should read for the month via votes.  The posts will be published on the first two Saturdays (voting and winning book announcement, respectively), and the winning book review will be posted on the last Saturday of the month.
Click on the above links for more information.



So according to the masses, the book I will be reading for My TBRL this month is:


Hanover House by Brenda Novak won with 8 out of 12 votes!


Last week, the books I had everyone vote on were:
The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
Icebound by Dean Koontz
Hanover House by Brenda Novak

To be totally honest, with the landslide voting for this month, I probably could have gone ahead and scheduled this post for Saturday, and have it automatically post while I was out of town.  But for some reason, between packing and being a general lazy ass, I just ended up NOT doing that.

No matter.  Better late than never, but I DO apologize for the delayed posting.

Again, thank you to everyone for voting!

Coming up next for the My TBR List:
  • 6/25/2016:  Review of the winning book, Hanover House by Brenda Novack
  • 7/2/2016:  July's My TBR List Voting
Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/06/my-tbr-list-june-winner.html
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review 2015-11-21 04:51
NetGalley Review: Hanover House
Hanover House (prequel - Hanover House Chronicles) - Brenda Novak

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.


I have to say the synopsis really called to me on this one. There is mentioning of kidnapping, psychopaths, serial killers say what? You know it is going to make a good story it just has to.

In this chronicle we are introduced to Evelyn Talbot who has become a psychiatrist and is studying the behavior of psychopaths and why they do what they do in a way. She has fought to have the Hanover House placed somewhere away from people because you do know that serial killers are not meant to be near the public. Hence the reason Alaska comes into play this is where she fights her feelings for state trooper Amarok, she tries to get Hanover House on its feet, along with dealing with herself in danger.

You see Evelyn Talbot has become who she is today because of her ex-boyfriend Jasper. He did something so horrific to Evelyn that it has changed her completely she always checks every nook and cranny in her home, she doesn't trust easy, and she can not have a normal relationship with a guy. We see how she interacts with Amarok and you can see her struggle with herself. Evelyn seems like a strong character despite her past, she is one I can see not letting the inmates get to her. 

Now I totally understand this is a prequel so to speak and we are just learning of this institution that she is building up. So the reason I gave it a four rating is I was expecting to learn and dive into the minds of what Evelyn will be researching. I did like the romance that was starting to blossom between the two characters and I really enjoyed how Evelyn had to face her past even though it may not be the last of it. I just wanted more of the serial killers and how she was going to be doing her thing with them. 

 I will wait patiently for Whiteout which is coming out next year!!! 

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