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review 2017-10-05 21:04
Worst Nightmare Come to Life
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

When my kids were little (and even now), I worried that someone would take them. In this, 6 children are taken from their school and held for 11 years. But before their 16th birthdays, they are returned to their families, all but one. The story follows Avery, the younger sister of the child who doesn't return, Lucas and Scarlett. 


It had many errors and there were times where I felt that the conversations should have been from someone else, not the one talking. On the whole, it was a good story. I don't recommend this book to anyone with littles because it would be too close to home. 


This book deals with shooting at schools, memories being modified and kidnapping of children. The emotions of the families affected, the children who were taken and trying to get back to some form of normal. 



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text 2017-10-05 15:58
New Release!!
Leaving Kate - JD Corbett

HI All!  Check out my new debut contemporary romance, Leaving Kate!  I would love to give some free copies away in exchange for reviews and blog chatter!  Please let me know if you are interested!



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text 2017-10-04 18:06
Reading progress update:Less than 24 hours left to read.
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

I have less than 24 hours to finish this book. I borrowed it from a library to read what my girls were reading. It sounded like a good book. Basically, 6 kids end up missing on the first day of kindergarten and they are returned 11 years later, during spring break. It is set in FL and it deals with all the issues of a child that has been missing and has no memory of their life and coming back to what is waiting for them. My only problem with the book is the switching of people and how this is accomplished, because at points I feel like the author got confused, too. 

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review 2017-04-18 20:59
Review: Last Seen Leaving
Last Seen Leaving - Caleb Roehrig


I snagged a copy of this one from Netgalley when it was a Read It Now title. I do rather enjoy YA mysteries. I’m a sucker particularly for missing person mysteries. The plot of this one drew me right in. The mystery aspect was what kept me reading.


Overall, I just didn’t like the main character Flynn much. I found him annoying and boarding on obnoxious. He had zero personality, and seemed kind of self-absorbed. Which is not exactly unusual behaviour for a teenage boy. He was so wrapped up in his own issues he barely noticed the problems his girlfriend January was having.  January had a friend at the toy shop she worked at, Kaz, who was a few years older. All of course the reader hears from Flynn in the beginning is what an ass Kaz is.


Kaz actually turned out to be my favourite character in the whole novel. Who is nothing like Flynn first assumes. As the novel progresses I found as a reader I had a lot of empathy for January, who has lived most of her life in the same town, has the same friends as Flynn, and then her mom married some up and coming Congressman who was fabulously rich and had a certain image to maintain and an asshole of a wayward son of his own, Anson. January was forced to move from her comfortable existence into this new world of fabulous rich political people where January and her mom were supposed to dress and act a certain way. While her mom lapped it up, January not so much.


As the novel progresses through flashbacks of conversations and moments that happened between January and Flynn, the reader learns about some of the problems that January was having with her situation, the ones that she told Flynn about. As Flynn starts looking deeper into January’s disappearance himself, he learns about a side of her he never really knew. Which makes him feel confused and guilty.


There are lots of questions and very little answers and information and everything new Flynn learns is something surprising. Flynn’s other major conflict throughout the novel is he’s gay and struggling to deal with it. He doesn’t seem to want to really accept it. Kaz is a big help here, and part of what makes Kaz such a wonderful character. He was a voice of reason and someone who really seemed to want to help Flynn and cared about him.


While Flynn himself…urg. I just found Flynn dull and boring and hard to connect with. He seemed very two dimensional.


The mystery of what happened to January was enough to keep my interest to the end of the novel, and to be fair, I didn’t guess who the bad guy was. There was a twist at the end – which was kind of a bit unbelievable to me, but left a possible question hovering.


Just an okay one for this reader.

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review 2017-04-16 02:36
Leaving Time
Leaving Time: A Novel - Jodi Picoult,Abigail Revasch,Rebecca Lowman,Mark Deakins,Kathe Mazur



I have fallen in love with this book.  To think, on a few different occasions when deciding which audiobook to download from my library's site, I read the description of this book and passed on it.  But this time I decided to give it a try, and I was quickly hooked.


Jenna Metcalf wants to find out what happened to her mother Alice 10 years before, when Jenna was three.  At the time, Alice and her husband Thomas operated an elephant sanctuary in Boone, New Hampshire, along with sanctuary employees Nevvie Ruehl, Nevvie's daughter Grace Cartwright, and Grace's husband Gabriel Cartwright.  Police had been called in to the sanctuary, where they found Nevvie dead and Alice unconscious within one of the elephant enclosures.  Alice, having been brought to the hospital while unconscious, checked herself out early the next morning, before police were able to question her, and was not seen since.  Thomas Metcalf, since shortly after the accident, has been in a mental-health facility, inhabiting his own separate reality.


To help her discover what happened to Alice, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies:  Serenity Jones, formerly a celebrity psychic, whose reputation was destroyed when she made a botched prediction in a high-profile missing-child case, and Virgil Stanhope, who had been the police officer who took an unconscious Alice to the hospital, but who apparently left the force shortly afterward and became a private investigator.


There are four first-person narrators in this book:  Alice, Jenna, Serenity, and Virgil.  The audiobook has four separate narrators--one for each POV character--and this works extremely well.  Alice's chapters share her research into elephant mourning, meeting Thomas while working on a preserve in Africa, falling in love with him when she realizes he is as devoted to elephants as she is, coming out to New Hampshire to join the sanctuary family, and the events that lead to the fateful night of the accident. 


This book has a twist I did not see coming.  One of those twists that knocks the wind out of you.  I don't want to say anything else about it, lest  I spoil anything. There is a supernatural element (as you might have guessed from the presence of a psychic), but this component was executed in a non-woo, non-annoying way.


As a side note--I already loved elephants, but this book made me love them even more.  At the very end is an author's note providing more information on the non-fiction sources used to inform Alice's informative sections, as well as resources readers can use to support elephant sanctuaries and anti-poaching initiatives.

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