All of my GR friends rated this book very highly, which is enough for me to pick it up. Unfortunately I just didn't feel the same way. The first 75% was a struggle for me to get through, and I kept finding myself interested in doing anything else to avoid it. I couldn't figure out why everyone loved this book. It could be the cheating that didn't sit well with me, or the fact that I disliked Cathy. It's hard to imagine a husband like Ben who loves Cathy with everything he has, being possibly replaced by Arsen. The last quarter of the book was a bit redeeming however, which is why I rated it 3 stars. As much as I disliked Cathy, my heart broke for the situation that she created. The epilogue makes me think the consequences of her actions will be ongoing, but I hope that isn't the case. I'll quit here, and pretend there is a HEA! :)...more
When It Rains is not a book you read in public. It was heartbreaking, and so accurate at portraying how absolutely unfair this life seems at times. I honestly don't know how you can read it, and not get even a little emotional. So be forewarned, don't read in public and have a few tissues nearby.
Kate & Beau have been best friends since they were children, and everyone expects them to end up together one day. I think they were expecting the same. Unfortunately one night forever changed both of their lives, and left Kate unable to overcome it. Beau tries to be there, and help her through it, but he can't help her with what he doesn't understand. Kate can't seem to overcome her secret, and eventually watches Beau leave her behind. Asher is new in town, and that's quite obvious when he focuses his attention on Kate. She feels the chemistry, that invisible pull, but resists. Asher doesn't quit, and with him Kate feels safe. She doesn't have to be the girl she was before, only the girl she is now. With his help, and persistence, Kate is able to start living again. For the first time in years, she is happy, and looking toward a future. Then it's all ripped away, destroyed again, this time by someone else's secret....more
Nine Minutes.. I must have missed the meaning of that title. Ginny was the latchkey kid of two stoner hippies. She pretty much raised herself, and was able to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. At fifteen she was kidnapped by a notorious motorcycle gang, and during her time with them she witnessed many cruel, violent acts. It might be her personality, or her ability to cope with her situation, but Gin makes the best of her time with her captors. Grizz is the leader, the most ruthless of them all, and yet he cares for her like she has never been cared for before. The characters of this book all grew on me. I like these awful people, root for their love, and somehow hope they all make it out unscathed.
***Spoilers*** Gin is surprised to find the man who owns her, also loves her. The fact that he cares for her, and shows her a side that no one else sees is endearing. Idk if it's Stockholm Syndrome, or what but I was hoping it would have all worked out for Kit and Grizz. Kit is her new nickname, and everyone in their gang has one. Kit and Grizz do love one another, and despite their situation that much seems real. Grunt the youngest of their group was one of my favorites, as well as Moe. Blue's wife Jan spills some of their secrets as a way to get back at her husband when he leaves her, and tries to take their two boys. At the end of the book, a lot of secrets come out when Grizz and his gang are taken down. Grizz gives up a lot of information to keep the people he cares about safe. When Grizz knows he will never leave prison, he asks Kit to marry again, so that when their daughter was born she would have a father. Naturally because they had always been close friends she turns to Grunt. They did love one another, and went on to have another child. A short time before Grizz's execution was to take place, a reporter wants to do a story on them. Kit gives her most of the story, but asks that she leave out the part about her losing her virginity to Grunt, instead of the way it was originally planned. She agrees not to put it in the story, but does tell Grizz hoping he will tell her something juicy as a way to get back at Kit. What we find out towards the end is that one of Blue's boys actually belongs to Grunt, and apparently he had a hand in bringing down Grizz. He had it planned, because he had been in love with Kit his entire life. Grizz took him to watch over her, and he grew up watching her from afar. We also learn that Grunt is not actually Blue's little brother, but Grizz's son. I don't know if those two things are the secret that Grunt has to tell Kit before the end, hopefully there isn't more. The next book in the series seems to take place from Grunt's POV, starting around the time that Kit arrived at their compound. ...more
I wish these books were longer!! It feels like no time goes by, and then I'm finished. It took five months for book two to come out, so I will be extra specific with the recap below. Imagine waking up every 48 hours not knowing who you are, or where you are. Then imagine spending the next 2 days trying to figure it out, only to start all over when it happens again. Charlie & Silas are experiencing just that. Not only are they trying to find out who they are, they are also trying to find out why this keeps happening to them. Someone wants them to forget, but they desperately want to remember.
***Spoilers/ Part 1 & 2 Recap*** In Never Never Part 1, Charlie and Silas both lose their memories at the exact same time. It takes them a while before they realize that it happened to both of them, and then they try to put as much together as they can. Over the two days they spend trying to figure out who they are, they learn that they are both seniors. They have been together four years, but they were both cheating on one another. Their fathers once worked together, but Charlie's father is now in prison. Her mom is a drunk, they used to have money, and she has a little sister. Silas family is wealthy, and his dad hates Charlie. His brother covers for him any chance he gets, but no one else knows what is happening to them. At the end of the book Charlie & Silas are on Bourbon street, visiting a tarot card reader. While in the shop, the two of them notice a picture of a gate, the same picture Charlie has hanging in her room. Silas took the picture, but neither of them know when it was taken, or where. They argue over the reading, because Silas thinks it's crap. Charlie wants to know more, especially when the reader draws a blank card, and said she had never seen it before. Charlie gets upset, and decides to take a cab home. He lets her leave, but no one has heard from her the next morning. While looking for her at her house, he sees a letter addressed to Charlie. He takes it, and after reading it he learns that they both lose their memories every 48 hours. They write down what happened to them, and anything they learn and mail it to themselves so they know what's wrong when the lose their memories again. Silas is reading the letter when he realizes he only has 3 minutes until he loses his memories again. He writes down all that they have learned, and also that Charlie is out there without a phone, or an id, and soon she won't know who she is. His last sentence is "Charlie got into a cab on Bourbon street last night, and no one has seen her since. She doesn't know about this letter. Find her. The first thing you need to do is find her. Please."
In Part 2, Silas wakes up again not knowing who he is, but he has all the answers he needs in his hands. While reading everything about himself that he should already know, he also learns that this Charlie, whom he's never met is also out there somewhere not knowing who she is. She doesn't have the notes, and he has to find her. Janette, Charlie's sister is really worried that she never came home, and no one has heard from her. Silas only knows that she got into a cab on Bourbon street. Over the next two days he gathers all of their notes, old letters, and Charlie's journals trying to piece things together, and find a place that she might have gone to. He goes back to the tarot card reader, and asks again about the gate in the picture. She tells him the inscription on the gate, Jamais Jamais is French, and translates to Never Never. When he tells her he is looking for someone, she says "the girl". He tells her yes, that they were both there last night. She says "I remember, but that only makes one of us doesn't it?" When he questions how she knew that, she tells him it's not that simple. That during their reading his card was blank. She's heard of it happening before, but its never happened to her. Silas asks her what else she knows, and she says "What I can tell you... the only thing I will tell you... is that you need to remember what it is that someone so desperately wanted you to forget." Silas asks his brother if he has ever heard of a place called Jamais Jamais, and he tells him that is Charlie's old house. When he finally finds it, it's dark and he can't find a way in. He decides to sleep there because it's isolated, and search in the morning. His brother Landon finds him there in the morning, and he decides to tell him everything. At first he doesn't believe him, but still gives Silas the answers he has to give. Landon tells him that there was some kind of audit and missing money when their dad, and Charlie's dad were business partners. Their dad found evidence proving that Charlie's dad was guilty, but the files were taken before he could turn them over. His dad has always blamed Charlie, but he finds out it was him. He took them to protect Charlie. He also tells Silas, that Ezra, their housekeeper reluctantly told the police she found a sheet with blood in his room last week when they questioned her about Charlie's disappearance. When the two of them go back to Jamais Jamais to pick up Landon's car, he learns that a woman Janice Delacroix bought the home. He doesn't know the name, but is told she is some tarot card reader with a daughter they go to school with. Her daughter's name is Cora Delacroix, but everyone calls her The Shrimp. This is the same girl that Silas thought might know something about Charlie's disappearance. Meanwhile Charlie keeps waking up in a locked room, in what she thinks is some kind of hospital. They keep drugging her, but she manages to keep the last dose of pills in her cheek. When a new nurse arrives, she is able to overpower her, and take the keys. As she is running through the home she's been locked in, she finds a way out only to run into Silas about to be eaten by a massive dog. She kills the dog with the same pipe she used to over power the nurse. He takes her to a hotel, because they will both lose their memory in a few hours, and he wants to make sure he tells her what's going on before, and that they are together when it happens again. They both have to go to the police, and let everyone know she is safe, but not before they figure out who they are first. At the end of the book, they wake up together and eat breakfast. Landon joins them and the clock ticks down to 11:00, but the book ends a just a few seconds beforehand. ...more
With the Cassandra Sangue unable to cope with life outside of the compounds, escaping their prison has only changed their problems. Living in the compound under the control of the overseer, the blood prophets were given small breaks outside their sterile cells, and taught of the outside world through images in a book. They were only given enough information to interpret the prophesies they had when their skin was cut, for their captors profit. Simon and the rest of the terra indigene (others) freed the blood prophets, but with only Meg's experience to go by they lost a few of them to suicide before they figured out how to help them. Meg is busy working for the Lakeside courtyard, and helping Simon with the blood prophets. The HFL (Humans First and Last) movement is inciting the hatred some humans have for the Others. The humans have a short memory, because there has never been a time when they have gone up against the Terra Indigene and won, though they keep trying.
***Spoilers*** Detective Montgomery's daughter Lizzy makes her way to Lakeside by herself, carrying only a suitcase and her favorite bear. Her mother Elayne was dating the head of the HFL Nicholas Scratch, but she was killed in the train station before they were both able to flee the city. The police from Toland call Lakeside wanting to interview Lizzy and retrieve the bear. Simon offers him one of the apartments at the courtyard, so that Lizzy is safe while they find out what's going on. The wolves find a bag of jewels hidden inside the bear, and replace them with glass from the Crows shop before giving the bear to Burke at the police station. Wealthy donors were donating their jewels to the HFL, and then claiming the Crows stole them and collecting the insurance. Without the money those jewels represented, Scratch and his lackeys are getting desperate. They end up finding out that Elayne's brother was working with Scratch, and he's the one who hid the jewels there. In Lizzy's diary, they find that Elayne has spilled all of the secrets she had on the HFL, including the fact that the current food shortage was all planned, so they could blame the Terra Indigene and bring more people to their side. At the end of the book, a few of the crows, and several of the human pack go to the outdoor market to shop and let the crows have some fun. It was all set up, and the HFL attacked their group. Luckily Meg was able to give them a little warning, but Crystal, one of the crows and Lawrence Macdonald the human police officer were both killed. Many of them were hurt, but the betrayal will have far reaching effects. The earth natives living in the courtyards are like a buffer for those living in the wild country. Humans are only allowed to lease a small amount of land, because they have things the others want, but in the end they are no more than clever meat. Simon finally receives word from the wild country about their plans following the attack, and they have declared a breach of trust. Their message to him is this: The sweet blood has changed things. You have changed because of her. We are intrigued by the humans who have gathered around your courtyard, so we will give you some time to decide how much human the terra indigene will keep. ...more