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review 2017-03-21 04:45
Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

Quick review for quite a strenuous read. I think "The Leaving" had good ideas and intentions, but in the end, none of it worked for me. I'll admit I really had to push myself in a marathon just to get through this book. It was very sluggishly paced (for little to no reason at all), the characters were lacking (you have three perspectives: two of the abducted kids and one who's the sister, and there seems to be a mismatch with the gravity of the emotional events with the voices of the characters, who seemed very removed from it all despite having gaping holes in their memory and a potential missing kid that they don't even remember who might still be out there somewhere), and the mystery had little to no buildup. Matter in point, the story ends with such a telegraphed ending with very little expansion that I just felt underwhelmed at the whole deal despite this being in a genre I usually like. I spent more than 3 hours in spurts just to get that ending? *sighs*

The variant font stylistics also added nothing to the story, so don't think you're missing much if you don't get the inclusion or why it was done that way.

In the end, not my cuppa and not really worth the time I spent on it. A shame since the premise and certain reveals in the book had potential, but the cast of characters, pacing and narrative focus just weren't there.

Overall score: 1.5/5 stars.

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review 2016-12-23 20:06
The Leaving Book Review
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

For a book about a kidnapping and missing children, The Leaving was so boring. The ending is anticlimactic and the characters are bland. The third person writing style really drags the book down as well. If you're looking for an exciting thriller, this is not it.


Six kids went missing and five have returned. Only Max remains missing. Intertwined between different characters we slowly piece together some of what happened to these children. The question remains, what happened to them and where is Max?


Two mysteries in one but both weren't exciting enough to really have me jumping up and down for this one. I honestly skimmed a lot because the writing is very cringe worthy. Like I said, the third person style just didn't work for this book. 


I'd probably tell folks this one isn't worth the time reading especially since its longer than 400 pages and will barely keep you entertained. Find a more exciting thriller like the Naturals or even With Malice. 



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review 2016-09-03 13:16
Author clearly loves the subject. And Norman Mailer.
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight - Margaret Lazarus Dean

However, it didn't fully work as a book. Author Dean looks at the final three space shuttle launches with NASA (literally) and takes the reader back on the history of the shuttle, the space program, and the men (and women!) who have contributed to it. People who share their experiences and/or are depicted include her friend Omar to famous people like Buzz Aldrin. But it's really a memoir of the author's experiences and the launches from the author.


That's it in a nutshell. Initially I loved it. I enjoyed reading a bit about why she followed the program and how she got into it, plus really loved her hilarious re-telling of her time with Buzz Aldrin. Sadly, the book is very uneven. There's some great history and very insightful information from the people who have been somehow directly involved with the space shuttle program.


But as many note, sometimes the author gets too descriptive. She goes on and on about Normal Mailer FAR too often. A mention of him here or there would have been fine but he pops up in the text repeatedly and it was a bit much. I'm not extremely familiar with him but a quick Google search only reinforced that Mailer gets way too much focus.


In retrospect the book started off really well but steadily becomes uneven as it moves along. It's a pity because with a stronger editor to take out so many mentions of Mailer (among other things) this would have been a much better and readable book all the way through.


I bought it on a whim and would have heartily recommended it at first. I think if you have a specific interest in this subject it's not a bad read. But I'd recommend borrowing it from the library, reading it all the way through and seeing if it's something you'd really want to add to your collection.

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review 2016-06-29 12:01
Good Story and Characters
Leaving Eva (The Eva Series Book 1) - Jennifer Sivec

Eva/Brynn was born to a drug addicted runaway mother who father left her at the side of the road . then she is adopted and her name is changed to Brynn but her adopted father abuses her also. Brynn started to cut herself  when she was younger at least she could control that. Then she finds comfort and love in Adam and marries him. But Brynn must face her past or possibly lose Adam.

This was some story. It was an absolute roller coaster ride and so realistic it was scary. It did go back and forth a lot from past to present and normally I really don’t like that but this was so well written The story riveted you in and you got through it. Also having the point of view change from Brynn to her birth mother got a little confusing at times but the story was that good that once again you got through it. But then to my absolute horror it was a cliffhanger. One thing I really can’t stand but I will have to wait for the next book. That is why this is a four instead of a five, But I do definitely recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-04-04 16:21
#PBwkendread Review: Leaving Eva
Leaving Eva (The Eva Series Book 1) - Jennifer Sivec

So this was my weekend read and to me this was one of my powerful reads for the year already. I am sure I will read more powerful reads but this one was the start of one.

I had so many emotions with this book and when I got to the very end I literally slammed the book down and yelled ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! It wasn't bad far from it I just couldn't believe it ended THERE. 

Now if you are not good with reading about child abuse then this book will not be for you it is dark. The first chapter starts off mind blowing and I literally had to stop for a second to take a breath. We meet Brynn right off the bat and not in a good way her father abuses her but what she came from before was no better. 

She has grown up with abuse and that has lead to her self-cutting herself, so when she meets the love of her life at fifteen I hoped for happiness for her she needs it. Though we see how she handles her present life and you can tell she is still guarded even though Adam loves her no matter what. 

Brynn deals with a lot as an adult and her husband doesn't make it better when he leaves her, her whole world falls apart and on top of that she has to take care of mother Rose who is deteriorating. Will Brynn even be able to let go of the past and move on with her life? Or will it always hold her down? 

This story is not easy to read and I found myself holding my breath and then letting it go as I kept hoping her story would have a happy ending. When the little twist of what happened to her adoptive father Thomas came about I was like how did I not know that? Why didn't it click. 

I will be buying this next book as soon as I can because where it left off I need to know what else will Brynn endure in her life, can the past be left in the past so she can move forward? 

The plot was a steady pace and kept me wanting to find out more, the characters were well developed to me and I could feel what the main character was going through. 

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