I received this as an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Summary from Goodreads:
The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town oI received this as an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Summary from Goodreads:
The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.
I loved the book. I was enthralled from the beginning to the very end. The one thing I absolutely loved about this book was how you got a story within a story. You get the story of how her mother came to Henbane and the story leading up to her disappearance (my her mother, uncle, father, etc), even though majority of the story is told by Lucy.
Lucy and Birdie are my favorite characters throughout the book. Birdie loves Lucy as if she was her own blood relative, her own grandchild. Lucy spends a lot of time trying to find out what happened to her friend and her mother. She also tries to hear new stories about her mom.
Carl who is Lucy's father, is still grieving over his wife, after a decade or more of her going missing/dying. He's a good character. A loving father. He closes up when his wife is mentioned and goes to drinking.
Crete who is her uncle, I loathe. I do not like him, at all. Not that he isn't a good character, but it's his character in the book and the things he does, that makes me hate him so much.
Ransome, the field supervisor that works for Crete, upset me too. She knew what he was doing, and did NOTHING about it. All she cared about was a check and a place to live, that just burns me.
There are more characters, but I'll leave that up to you to read the book and find out about them. It's an interesting, enthralling book. I had a hard time putting it down.
I don't think anyone under the age 18 should read this due to the content material that's in the book. Some of the stuff, shouldn't be seen by the young. I would highly suggest this book to people who need a good story to read.
Blood may be thicker than water, but doesn't mean that blood will always win in the end. ...more
I was given an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review.
Laila, along with her mother and brother, escape to the U.S. after her father’s assassinatI was given an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review.
Laila, along with her mother and brother, escape to the U.S. after her father’s assassination. While here, is where she finds out her father is regarded as a dictator,causing her to question her memories of him as well as her role in the family’s regime. She has to deal with a new culture, her mother's scheming ways, to try and get her family back to where they rightfully belong.
At her new high school, she makes new friends, and even meets a boy from her own country. It's hard to not adore Laila, she's a great character who struggles to find the truth behind the story of her life back home. I appreciate the gamut of Laila's emotions. The discovery and colliding of two worlds was depicted wonderfully.
My only complaint is the ending felt a bit rushed, confusing, and open-ended....more
I received an ARC from netgalley for my honest review.
Leslie, our main character lives with her mother, who does nothing but complains about what LeslI received an ARC from netgalley for my honest review.
Leslie, our main character lives with her mother, who does nothing but complains about what Leslie does wrong, never says thanks for what she does do. Leslie is dating Keith, a popular boy at school which gets Leslie a seat at the popular table at school. Cain, the heartbreaker of the school shows an interest in Leslie, and at some point she likes it even though he is her boyfriends best friend and also her friend's Meredith boyfriend. Leslie becomes friends with a guy named Dennis, who smokes and likes to keep to himself.
I found the book very interesting. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I could see myself in the shoes of the characters because I've been there in high school. You can't but help liking all the characters and feeling close to them because you are in their shoes or once in their shoes. The story feels real and comes to life easily. I could see teenagers enjoying it, because they can relate....more
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Gia, our main character is the daughter of a Mafia boss. She is judged and bu**spoiler alert** I was given an ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.
Gia, our main character is the daughter of a Mafia boss. She is judged and bullied because of her who father is. We only get a glimpse of a few months in her life. She meets a cop and falls hard for him. She has two best friends, Clive and Ro, who are always there for her when she needs someone.
This book caught my interest because of the whole mafia aspect of it. The mafia is interesting to me, so I thought I'd read it. Honestly, it wasn't anything that I was expecting.
The premise was good. You have your typical stereotypes of the whole mafia thing. I really liked Gia's father, the Don, his lawyer, and of course her mother. The food that is talked about in the book, makes your mouth water.
My main problem was how the book felt so scattered. One minute you're reading about a conversation she's having with her brother or friends, and the next she's walking in her door from school. It made keeping up very difficult. I felt as if I was missing something.
The grammar mistakes were nerve wracking because it was on almost every page if not, then in every single chapter. I'm not sure if the author was meaning to do that or not, but to me personally, it took away from the story.
Gia is silly most of the book, which isn't a bad thing, but I could only relate to her when she was being bullied at school being called a slut and being looked down upon and treated poorly because of who her father was, people were either scared of her or sucked up to her. I was very surprised at her dream, when it was finally revealed, made me respect her character. Clive, he was a great character, I absolutely adored him, and he seemed more put together in the book than Gia.
I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the plot of the story when I start reading, I thought the plot was how Gia overcomes the stigma about her family, but the book is so scattered. She's chasing after a cop, who we're never told how old he is, she's only 17 years old, and she ends up sleeping with him in the end. I hated the ending of the book, it felt unfinished. Her father going to prison was a good part, because it felt true and real, he finally didn't get off by bribing someone. Too many changing scenarios and plot holes, I just didn't feel the story was complete. I was disappointed.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18 due to the sexual nature in it and the foul language (teens shouldn't read stuff like that in my opinion). ...more
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A new Paranormal coming of age series delving in the fantasy and magic of Hindu mytho**spoiler alert** I received this as an ARC for my honest review.
A new Paranormal coming of age series delving in the fantasy and magic of Hindu mythology and its plethora of gods, demons, legends & mythology.
Our main character Maya does not believe in any of it. She defies her parents. She throws their beliefs in their faces. She's a girl who wants to fit in at school, have fun, and not be tied down with rules. She goes to a party and incinerates a guy with fire shooting out of her hands. Her world changes. She is the reincarnation of a devoted follower of the goddess Kali, and she's been blessed with incredible powers for a human - powers that will wrench her out of her normal life and on an extraordinary journey. Maya is devoted to her two best friends, I liked that.
I think this happened too quickly in the book. There was not much character building or story building to lead up to how she finds out. She finds out her parents have been lying to her all these years, have wards on the house to protect her from demons (how do humans do wards? what kind of wards?), so many questions, no answers.
Nik who is her crush at school is actually the king of the Underworld's son. He and Maya are attracted to each other and the story talks about it, but honestly I didn't feel it. I didn't feel the attractions. They were constantly bickering, glaring, and being hateful. I'd have liked more information on him. Where is his mother? She's mentioned once or twice, but nothing of where she's at.
There wasn't much building on the gods and goddesses either. I would have loved to have read more about each one that as in the book. A little more background information. The quest that the Underworld Lord gave her seemed too quick, no build up. Just didn't make a lot of sense.
When Maya finally accepted her duty, the action picked up and the story was decent. I wasn't as enthralled to follow the story because of the lack of building the story line.
I hope that the author continues to the story. I am curious on how it continues. Hopefully, the next one will be better at building the story line and characters....more