Disclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bi...moreDisclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.
This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.
Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.
Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.
The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. (less)
I really liked this novel. J Lynn or Jennifer Armentrout is a great writer. I've loved everything I've read by her and can't wait to see what she come...moreI really liked this novel. J Lynn or Jennifer Armentrout is a great writer. I've loved everything I've read by her and can't wait to see what she comes up with next. (less)
Relevant Information: I received the third book in this series for review and loved it so much that I went back and read t...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Relevant Information: I received the third book in this series for review and loved it so much that I went back and read the rest in the series. The first three books come from the Daughters of Boston series and then they are followed up with the Winds of Change series.
Overview of Novel: Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago with her best friend Charity. She left behind an abusive husband, Rory. He left her face permanently scarred, but she's much more scarred on the inside.
Emma is happy with her life. She has a good job, she has good friends who treat her like family, and she has God. She's determined she'll remain faithful to her vows even if her husband won't. And she has remained faithful for ten years.
Sean O'Connor has always been known as the clam one, the one who doesn't have a temper. But he's let his temper get the best of him twice in his life and both times the consequence was disastrous. Sean rarely looses it, but when he does, he does so in dramatic fashion.
So when Sean lets his temper get the best of him and hurts Emma's feelings, he is devastated. Then due to the depression, he loses his job. Emma offers him a job and since he feels like Emma needs the help, he agrees to work with them. But working with Emma every single day makes him realize he has feelings for Emma that go way past the bounds of friendship, but Emma is married. Neither of them can forget that.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved this book. Emma and Faith's stories were my favorite books in the series. I loved the faith that both of these individuals had. Emma had a lot in her past that she needed to overcome. She had to overcome an abusive husband and then the trials that come with trying to stay faithful to her vows.
Sean also had a lot to overcome. He's been labeled as the good brother and for the most part he is. But he messed up once and now he's living his life in regret. Love is so not in the cards for him.
I loved watching Sean and Emma interact. These two characters were incredible to watch develop throughout the novel.
Julie Lessman's writing was incredible like usual. I've loved watching these characters develop throughout both of the series. Lessman managed to keep track of 14 very different characters and keep track of them throughout the series. I loved that she kept developing all of her characters, not just the ones starring in the current novel.
This series was complex and beautifully written. I definitely recommend it.
So why 5 stars? Because I loved the characters. I knew Sean and Emma were going to get together in the end, but I just didn't see how it was going to end up happening. This book was full of intrigue and such depth that it had me reeling.
In Summary: A wonderfully written, and beautifully complex book that I absolutely loved.
The Wrap-up: This series is incredible. I loved becoming acquainted with this author's works. One of my good friends said and "another Lessman fan has been born" and she was right. (less)
Overview of Novel: Lizzie is sick of being viewed as John Brady's little sister. She's been in love with him for years. S...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Overview of Novel: Lizzie is sick of being viewed as John Brady's little sister. She's been in love with him for years. She wants more than friendship, but he refuses to give it to her.
He keeps protesting that she's just like a little sister to him. Lizzie knows differently. John is attracted to her, so why won't he admit it? Lizzie confides in Charity and Faith and they strike up a plan to win his heart. Charity's involves fake crying, kissing, and ploys. Faith's involves lots of prayers. With both of the O'Connor sisters' help, she should be able to win John Brady's heart. Instead, the plan backfires. Determined to save the friendship, Lizzie and John agree to be just friends.
John refuses to admit he has feelings for Lizzie who he still insists on calling Beth. He has things in his past that make him feel incapable of loving Lizzie. He won't bring Lizzie down with him. He insists that she view him as just a friend. Now he only needs to view her as the same way.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Whenever I love a story in a series, I always fear that I won't love the rest in the series. I shouldn't have worried. Julie Lessman is a master at writing. I loved Lizzie from the beginning and I had already fallen in love with John Brady in the previous series.
Lizzie was more like Faith than Charity and yet she was full of her own personality. I loved how Lessman did that. Each one of her characters was full of life and had a definite personality that belonged to them and them alone.
I don't know who I liked more, Faith or Lizzie. They were both such strong characters who had a strong moral code; however, they both had struggles to overcome.
The relationship between John and Lizzie was interesting to watch. It left me frustrated the entire time. Clearly these characters were meant to be together, and yet they were so stupid. It was actually quite frustrating.
Julie is a master at character development. All of her novels are quite long and yet they never feel that way. I flew through every single one of her books.
So why 5 stars? Because I absolutely loved the story. It sucked me in from page one and left me reeling once I finished it. Julie's stories are definitely infused with passion like I mentioned earlier, but that passion is always dealt with in an appropriate way. I loved that. Julie also has such compelling plots. When I'm reading these books, I'm never able to think of anything else.
In Summary: A beautiful read that you shouldn't read unless you have a lot of time on your hands because once you start it you won't be able to put it down. Julie Lessman is a master at writing and has quickly solidified herself into the position of one of my favorite authors of all time.
Side-notes: Julie's books are passionate. She's talking about people who are very much in love, but she never crosses the line. I actually loved how passionate her books were because they were clean and talked about these matters in an appropriate way. Her book isn't edgy and her message about dealing with this passion is very appropriate and clean.
The Wrap-up: Julie Lessman is incredible. It's getting hard to write individual reviews for all of her novels because I love all of them and keep wanting to make similar comments on all of them.
The point is that this series was incredible and is easily one of my favorites. It's been awhile since I've read a non-suspense book that I have enjoyed this much. Go out and read this book!
Before I actually get into my review, just trust me and go buy this one. Buy it here
Trust me when I say I was skeptical, but you won't regret buying...moreBefore I actually get into my review, just trust me and go buy this one. Buy it here
Trust me when I say I was skeptical, but you won't regret buying this one and now for my review.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: (I really worry I won't be able to adequately summarize the awesomeness of this novel. It was so complex and so deep, but oh well here I go.)
Sky has been home-schooled for her entire life and has lived a very sheltered life. No TV, no computers, no electronics. She hasn't minded, but she's going to go to college soon and she wants to go to school her senior year and finally her mom agrees.
But Sky has a little bit of a reputation going into school. She's been the make-out queen and has gone through more guys than she can name. She's never done more than make-out, but if you believe the rumors, then she's the school slut.
Sky has never felt anything with any of the guys she's made out. It helps her be numb and to stop thinking, because whether they are dreams or her past, the moment Sky closes her eyes she sees awful images. Thinking is sometimes overrated.
Then she meets Dean Holder and he makes her feel. The only problem is he is nothing but trouble and he infuriates her more than anybody she meets. She doesn't understand him. All she knows is he has serious issues. Sky's just not sure if she can handle him and when he comes clean, it might just be the thing that will tear them apart for forever.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I can't begin to name how many people told me I'd love this one. I'll admit to being skeptical. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but so many people kept raving over it that I gave it a shot because it was cheap book.
I was hesitant to read this book because there were certain aspects to the novel that I thought I'd find offensive. However, I gave it a shot and I wasn't offended; I was blown away by the book.
I read five pages and I was feeling pretty hooked and then by two chapters in I knew I was going to have a long night ahead of me because there was no way I was going to stop reading until I turned the very last page.
I loved Hoover's writing style. It's been a LONG LONG time since I've enjoyed a writing style this much. And then there were characters, dang her characters felt so real to me. I loved getting into Sky's head and watching her deal with unknown horrors that she had dealt with in her past.
And then there was Dean Holder. Okay, I think I just found my fictional bad boy love. Dean Holder was everything I like in a bad boy—a boy who had a rough exterior and a bad reputation, but was really a sweet, sensitive, and oh so hot guy. Seriously, where can I find a Dean? He is easily one of my favorite characters of all time.
Watching Sky and Dean interact was also mesmerizing. I was rooting for them from the get-go, but Dean and Sky both had a lot going on underneath the surface and the whole time I was worried they wouldn't get together.
The chemistry between these two characters. This isn't giving anything away so don't panic. But one of my favorite scenes was when Sky confesses to Dean that she's never felt anything while being kissed. He then says she hasn't been kissed right because when he kisses her, she's going to feel it.
I'm not a huge romantic and romantic scenes are never my favorite, but let me tell you that scene where he doesn't kiss her because he wants her to really feel it when he does kiss her....if you only read the novel for that scene, then that's a good enough reason.
Trust me though this novel had depth to it. It's not a shallow romance like I so often read. Sky was an extremely developed character and she had a lot to overcome. The romance really wasn't the center of the story. And I loved that.
That would have been enough to make me love this novel, but then came that ending. Don't worry I'm not going to give anything away. After finishing the novel, I had entered into absolute fangirl stage. It didn't end anything like I expected it would. I mean I did guess a few of the twists, but I was unprepared for the beauty of this novel and for its ending.
I'm recommending this to anybody and everybody. Go buy this now. You'll want to read it again eventually and it's really cheap.
So Why 5 out of 5 stars? In case you couldn't tell because I frickin' love this book. The writing was beautiful, the plot was gripping, the characters were incredibly developed, and the whole novel was mind-blowing.
In Summary: Easily one of my favorites of the year. Hoover has created a tale that will capture the hearts and minds of every one who gets lost in its pages.
Warnings/Side-notes: Sexual references and interactions. For 16 and up.
The Wrap-up: Readers will be sucked into this world of beauty, pain, tragedy, love, redemption, and forgiveness and won't want to leave the book. However, when they turn the last page, they'll be satisfied and that's a mark of a great book. As much as I'd like to read more about Dean and Sky, I'm perfectly satisfied and don't need a sequel. There aren't many books I can say that about. (less)
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport f...moreBefore I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She's just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau?
When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley--until she discovers hidden secrets about his past.
Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie's direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks for this opportunity.
Overview of Novel: Callie is so over guys. She is a governess and she loves her job. The family she works with treats her more like family than a servant and so she is treated very well. But Callie isn't sure what the future will hold for her. Her kids are about to outgrow a governess. She could continue working at the school or she could join her family as missionaries in Africa. All she knows is love is not in the picture. Then she meets Wesley.
Wesley is the son of a wealthy family who is vacationing on Bridal Veil Island. The only problem is that he has a string of failures following him and a father and a mother who want nothing more than to marry him off to a wealthy bride and then have him settle down in the family business. But Wesley wants more.
When he meets Callie, he is drawn to her. She thinks that he is a gardener or a employee there. She doesn't know he's wealthy or the failures of his past. He wants something more than friendship. But will the secrets of both of their pasts keep them apart.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Judith McCoy Miller and Traci Peterson are two authors that I have read several books by. I have enjoyed every single one.
This one took awhile to capture my interest, but once it did I found the characters to be very intriguing. I loved watching them grow. Both of these characters wanted to do the right things in their lives. And yet, they both had so many fears to overcome. I loved watching them interact as friends.
They didn't really interact as more than friends which was nice in many ways. It wasn't insta-love which I'm thankful for, because I like it when relationships develop. However, I would have maybe liked a little bit more romance between them.
The focus was on the characters and their growth and I really appreciated that. The writing was excellent. Peterson and Miller have a way with words and always weave stories that suck me in. Fans of christian fiction and historical fiction, will love this book. The elements of faith are never over-powering and the details of the time period are incredible.
So why 3.5 stars? It wasn't my favorite by these authors. I've read several books by these two authors and this wasn't my favorite by them. I did, however, still really enjoy the novel. It distinguished itself above other 3 star rating books in the fact that it seemed more memorable and had more depth than most 3 star books, but it lacked that extra something to kick it up to a 4.
In Summary: Miller and Peterson have teamed up for another intriguing story about two characters trying to have the faith to dream for a future and forgive themselves or forget their pasts. Peterson and Miller always write powerful, poignant novels and this one was no different.
The Wrap-up: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am so glad I got to read it. Peterson and Miller are a great writing team. Their characters are always so real and the plot was intriguing. Definitely recommend this one to those who like either the historical fiction or christian fiction genre.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read If I Stay a few months after it was originally published and wanted to read the se...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read If I Stay a few months after it was originally published and wanted to read the sequel from the moment it was released.
However, it wasn't at my library and I didn't want to buy it in hardback, so when I saw it was in paperback I eventually caved and bought it.
I was worried that I would feel lost as it had been so long since I had read If I Stay. That wasn't the case. Everything quickly came rushing back and I was hooked from the first page to the last page.
Hearing Adam's side of the story was incredibly enjoyable. His voice was different than Mia's, and yet it still was beautiful and so lyrical. I love how Gayle can plan us in a character's mind that when we bounce from the present to the past and then back to the present we never feel lost.
I love learning what events have led a character to be who they are and Gayle does an amazing job at accomplishing that very feat.
I loved If I Stay and was worried that Where She Went wouldn't live up to my expectations. I shouldn't have worried; this novel surpassed my expectations. It was unexpectedly profound and moving.
Forman's novels are always an emotional ride, but I always feel uplifted when I finish them. This novel was absolutely brilliant.
She shows up that characters can make a story. There isn't much of a plot line in her novels and yet they are still incredible.
I also love how she started each chapter with Adam's lyrics and I loved how they always tied into that chapter.
In Summary: Forman has created another masterpiece that is bound to touch readers, entertain them, and take leave them one emotional ride later. Forman's characters are always so realistic and easy to relate to, her writing is always beautiful, and her plot is always incredible.
Warnings/Side-notes: This novel talks about drugs and sex. However, it is referenced so vaguely that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anybody.
The Wrap-up: Basically, this novel was a beautiful read that was definitely an emotional reader. I didn't cry but I know several people who did cry during this book. This novel is realistic contemporary at it's best.
Forman is an author that I will definitely be keeping tabs on.
This book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually...moreThis book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually frowned upon.
Seriously if you want a cute, clean, funny romance, look no further than Melanie Jacobson. (less)
Annie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved eve...moreAnnie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved every single one of them. She is definitely a writer that I'm going to be keeping tabs on.
I helped Annie with this book by providing a light copyedit. However, as I was going along, I found myself having to remind myself not to get caught up in the story and to keep editing.
Her characters are brilliantly developed, her plot is beautiful, and the pacing is excellent.
This is the second book in a series that I both love and recommend. This one is definitely worth reading. (less)
I loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time...moreI loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time to write a personal review, so here's the review that I published.
Melanie Jacobson's new book, "Smart Move" will leave readers laughing out loud. "Smart Move" is the companion novel to "Twitterpated" and follows the character Sandy Burke.
Sandy met Jack Manning at a club in Seattle. He said he would call, and she waited for that call for months. It never came. Sandy was devastated and was never able to entirely forget him. A year later, when she has the chance to leave Seattle and work at New Horizons in Washington, D.C., she jumps at the chance.
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that helps women get back on their feet, something Sandy is very passionate about. However, plans to build a new outreach center come to a screeching halt when an annoying lawyer tries to block their permit to build the center.
On top of that, Sandy has to deal with her mother, who is obsessed with all things New Age and is convinced that Sandy’s religion as a now activity member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a fraud and is not filling her needs. Between her mom “the crazy train” and the lawyer she likes to call “El Diablo” it is only time before someone drives her crazy.
As if battling for the new outreach center wasn’t hard enough, she finds herself battling for her heart too. Jake Manning, the handsome guy from Seattle, reappears in Washington, D.C., and kicks her heart back into overdrive. The only problem is that Jake is also “El Diablo.” Sandy refuses to be attracted to the guy who is making her life a living nightmare at work.
However, Jake isn’t so ready to let her walk away. Sandy determines that she can use the "flirt-to-convert" method to make him see the importance of the new center. Jake is set on winning her back. However, Sandy quickly realizes she is in danger of losing both her head and her heart.
While it is a companion novel to "Twitterpated," this book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Jacobson’s writing always manages to be refreshing, entertaining, amusing and uplifting. She writes her romances in a way that are accessible to readers of all ages. Her romances are always clean and never contain any content that would offend any reader of any age.
Jacobson’s characters are always masterfully developed and spring off the pages. Jacobson will have readers laughing out loud at least a few times as she relates the hilarious encounters between Sandy and Jake as they battle for their jobs and their hearts. Fans of the romantic comedy will love Jacobson’s novel “Smart Move,” and will appreciate the novel for its depth, its entertainment value and its overall cuteness. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guaran...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guarantee that I will be keeping my eye out for her works. Her writing is beautiful, her characters are always realistic and comical.
Definitely recommend to fans of romantic comedies. Another thing I love about Jacobson is that her novels are always clean and that is definitely a plus. (less)
Disclaimers: I bought a copy of this novel and then found out it was on Netgalley. I requested it through Netgalley and t...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I bought a copy of this novel and then found out it was on Netgalley. I requested it through Netgalley and that same day I got a copy in the mail.
Basically, I wanted to read it and then received a temporary e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley but I didn't read that copy. I'd still like to thank the publisher and Netgalley, however.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love Irene Hannon. I've read every single one of her romantic suspense novels and have loved every single one of them.
However, when I saw the synopsis of this one, I was worried. I just didn't feel as drawn to this story. I bought it simply because it was Irene Hannon. I went in with low expectations.
I should have known better. This is Irene Hannon we're talking about. I absolutely adored this novel. Hannon's writing is always captivating. From the very first page, I was hooked. I stayed up super late and finished this in one setting because I just couldn't put it down.
The chemistry between Moira and and Cal was undeniable. Cal's wife had died five years ealier and he still wasn't over her and yet he couldn't deny his feelings for Moira. There was also the fact that she was a client and he doesn't get involved with clients.
The suspense was also intriguing. Even though, I figured out what was going on fairly early, its was still gripping. I love how Hannon lets you delve into the villain's mind and see his motives and rationale for his actions. It makes for an incredible read.
In Summary: Irene Hannon is a queen at suspense. She writes gripping stories that leave you on the edge of your seats and fills them with complex characters who practically spring off the pages. Hannon is easily one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Warnings/Side-note: This novel isn't at all offensive and is quite clean. However, the subject matter is dark at times and targeted for adults. Teens could read these books and love them, but I wouldn't recommend them for young teens.
The Wrap-Up: A beautiful, gripping read that I devoured. Hannon is truly an incredible writer whom I adore. The Christian elements are never overdone. If you love romantic suspense, then give this one a shot. And if you love Christian romantic suspense, then this book as well as any by this author is for you.
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I a...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I absolutely loved this one and can't wait to reread Shattered and read more from this author.
An Overview of the Novel: Cole McKenna is often called in to help the police recover evidence on deep-sea dives, but the most recent dive has left him reeling. Two people were killed and they suspect murder was at play. One of the victims was alive when he rescued her, but dead by the time she got to the hospital. Even worse, that victim was Bailey's aunt. Bailey, the girl Cole had loved and the girl who had left breaking his heart in the process.
The last thing Bailey wants to do is return to Yancey. Her reputation in that town precedes her. It doesn't matter that she's changed and left that part of her in the past. The people of Yancey won't be able to see past that. And then there's Cole. She's not entirely sure she's ready to face him again.
But as Cole and Bailey work together to solve Bailey's aunt's murder will they be able to rekindle their old attractions for each other or will the murderer get to them first?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Shattered and so to say I had high expectations for Submerged is a vast understatement. I was expecting this novel to blow me away and it did.
It took me about ten pages before I was absolutely hooked. Dani Pettrey is the queen of suspense and in my mind ranks right up there with Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson and that is saying something because those two women are fantastic writers.
Dani set up the suspense in such a magnificent way. Her characterization was brilliant, the plot was gripping, and the writing was masterful. I still think my favorite character was Piper, who stars in the sequel, but I really enjoyed Cole and Bailey.
I loved learning more about their past and about what had led them to where they were today. Dani did an excellent job at not info dumping, but rather slowly revealed piece upon piece until readers had pieced together her plot and her characters.
Pettrey is an author that I will be keeping close tabs on. I can't wait to read more from her.
So Why 5 out of 5 stars? I was going to give this a 4.5 but balked at the idea because there was nothing about this book that deserved less than a 5 star rating. The characterization was great, the plot and suspense were masterfully built, the writing was brilliant, and the overall story was incredible. In short, everything made this a 5 star book.
In Summary: Dani Pettrey is a master at blending elements of romance, faith, and suspense together. Nothing ever felt forced. Pettrey's attention to detail made for a gripping plot and compelling characters. She just made me a life-long fan.
The Wrap-up: I love this author and both of her books have been magnificent. She's easily claimed a spot as one of my favorite authors. If you love romantic suspense, then pick up Submerged and Shattered today. Just trust me on this one.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opin...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved the first in this series and so naturally I was psyched to hear that Daley had written a sequel. Even though this is a sequel, this novel can stand on its own. This book focuses on new characters and a new plot.
Having said that, I adored this book. Daley has the ability to combine romance and suspense with deeper issues. Her first book she tackled on human trafficking; with this book, she tackled the effects of abuse and the complex issue of immigration and illegal immigration and racism.
I love authors who take on hard topics and still manage to craft a brilliant story. While I would say I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first one in the series, I still really enjoyed this one.
The characters were intriguing. Cody and Liliana switched off perspectives as the story unfolded and I loved watching them interact as they tried to solve the murders.
I also love how Daley focuses on an older generation as well as characters who are in their teens. Readers are also able to gain insight into teenager Kyle's mind who is ticked at his dad Cody for making them move and is on his way to being racist. I loved watching him grow and develop.
The Christian element was never forced in this novel and I loved that. I also loved watching all the characters progress as the novel developed.
I have read so much suspense that I'm beginning to be able to guess the murderer. I managed to do that with this novel, but that is my only complaint about this novel. All in all it was a great read.
In Summary: This is the second book I've read by Daley and I can assure you it won't be the last. With the ability to combine intriguing characters with a compelling plot that delves into some deeper issues in life, Daley is definitely an author I'll be keeping my eye on.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book was very clean. It does deal with abuse but in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to any reader.
The Wrap-up: Daley writes beautiful, profound, and insightful books that I really enjoy reading. I recommend you read Daley if you like romantic suspense, and especially recommend her if you like Christian romantic suspense.
I love E.M. Forster. I didn't think I did but I do. Beautiful prose. I'm not sure I liked how this one ended. It's definitely not my favorite Forster,...moreI love E.M. Forster. I didn't think I did but I do. Beautiful prose. I'm not sure I liked how this one ended. It's definitely not my favorite Forster, but I still recommend it. (less)
Overview of Novel: Beth is known as the walking disaster. She has a knack for running into people, for not fitting in, and...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Overview of Novel: Beth is known as the walking disaster. She has a knack for running into people, for not fitting in, and just for blending in the background. Salva is the opposite. He's popular, football captain and student body president. Basically, he's everything Beth isn't.
But Beth has had a crush on him for years. He's never noticed her. And then when they are in AP English, her paper gets read out loud and Salva gets a D. Suddenly Slava is noticing her. He convinces her to tutor him. But Beth is worried she's set herself up for failure. She's not even sure Slava will notice her as more than a friend, and then when tragedy strikes, it's up to her to save him. But what makes her think that she's enough to save him?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Let me start out by saying, I love Anne Osterlund. I've read every single one of her books and every single one of her blog posts.
Basically, I think this author's writing is exceptional. This book was no exception. It wasn't like I expected it would be. In fact, it was very different than I expected, but I still loved it.
Beth and Salva were interesting characters. Even though, I'm not very similar to either one of them, I still loved learning more about their characters. This book dealt with issues of race and racial prejudice, dealing with crappy family situations, and finding your own dreams and reaching for those.
All of those themes made this book a memorable read for me. I love when books have a deeper underlying message and this book fits that bill.
Anne Osterlund's writing was beautifully crafted, but really that isn't surprising. I've already said I love her writing.
I guess I just loved this story because the characters seemed so realistic, the plot was entertaining, and it had a deeper underlining message. Basically, it had everything I like in a good book.
So why 4 stars? This one was tough to rate. I loved it. I loved the characters, the plot, and the writing. However, I felt like Anne Osterlund developed such a great world with such conflicts and real problems and then the ending just felt slightly rushed. I would have liked to have seen it more drawn out.
There was just so much build-up and then it kind of ended. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book and the ending was great. It just needed to be better to earn a 5.
In Summary: Anne Osterlund's book is incredibly written. Fans of Simon Elkeles, Sara Zarr, and retellings of Romeo and Juliet will adore this book. Osterlund is a master at characterization and that shines through.
The Wrap-up: I loved this book. It was beautifully written and Anne is one of my favorite authors. If you love realistic contemporary novels, then I recommend this one for you.