Cut Me Free is a hard book to rate. It was an OK read, but parts irritated me. The main character Piper has been through hell. The Parents placed herCut Me Free is a hard book to rate. It was an OK read, but parts irritated me. The main character Piper has been through hell. The Parents placed her and her brother Sam in the attic and they were subjected to all sorts of torture. Piper manages to escape and she finds Cam, who helps her change her identity and get a new place to live.
Piper becomes Charlotte and she learns to live on her own. Here's the thing - she never went to school and has never was properly socialized, yet she functions like a street smart runaway. This is what made the story a bit unbelievable to me. You would think that someone subjected to torture for most of their life would be withdrawn and skittish, afraid of their shadow. Piper/Charlotte isn't really. She's private, but a pretty tough cookie.
Then, Piper recognizes a little girl who seems to be just like her. She rescues Sanda from the very demented Brothers (note that adults are called Father, Mother, Parents, Brother) and brings her home. Now Sanda needs a new identity as well.
Of course, nothing goes according to plan and someone is after Piper. Piper pulls some TSTL (too stupid to live) moves and puts the people around her in danger. Then there's the romance aspect - quite mild, but there nonetheless.
I would have liked to have learned more about Piper/Charlotte's background. It's a long way between Wyoming and Philadelphia. Just how did she get away? Why weren't the authorities ever contacted? How did she know that Cam could prepare false documents, etc.
This is a dark read and is probably more suitable to older/more mature young adult readers.
Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for Young Readers for a review copy of this book.
What a wonderful idea - thanks to the person who organized this.
In 2014, I read 177 books, a total of 57103 pages. 27 books were 5 star reads. 4 books rWhat a wonderful idea - thanks to the person who organized this.
In 2014, I read 177 books, a total of 57103 pages. 27 books were 5 star reads. 4 books received 1 star 6 books were DNF's (did not finish)
Here are my 5 star reads of 2014 -
My reading year of 2014 started off very well. Red Rising set the bar very high for subsequent books. The sequel Golden Son just released and it's even better. But I digress as we are looking at highlights of 2014....
June was a fantastic reading month - I discovered The Martian- it should be subtitled MacGyver in Space - in any case, the audio is superb and a movie is planned for this year starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney. Excellent casting choice.
Ilona Andrews' book Magic Breaks was another 5 star read for me. I can't get enough Kate and Curran.
I also discovered a wonder fantasy by Joe Abercrombie - Half a King.
In July, I discovered Barry Lyga's Jasper Dent series beginning with I Hunt Killers. I also read the much anticipated sequel to Cracked, Crushed.
I fell in love with Jamie Fraser for the first time. I had been putting off Outlander for years, just because of the size of the book. I listened to the audio version of the book - totally amazing. Then I fell in love again with TV Jamie.
A little outside my regular genres, I read Henna House, a fascinating story about Jewish life in Yemen.
Some series I had been following came to an end, notably The Hollows ended with The Witch With No Name. This series was my first foray into the world of urban fantasy and I have discovered so many wonderful authors and series that my TBR list is probably a mountain rather than a list.
I was excited to read Ilona Andrews' new book Burn for Me, the first book in their new Hidden Legacy series.
My reading dropped off significantly for November and December because I subscribed to Netflix and I just had to catch up on the series I missed. So we marathoned House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Damages, Luther, Mad Men, Dexter, Lilyhammer, Marco Polo, and The Walking Dead.
For 2015, I've set my reading goals a little lower. I want to read books that I am interested in, and I want to reduce the number of ARCs I request. It got a little crazy in September and October and it just overwhelmed me. Plus, I have a whole lot of books staring at me, making me feel guilty that I can't get to them sooner. Reading is supposed to be fun, not a chore.
Part 6 includes Chapters 27-31 and an excerpt from Addicted to You
Warning: Billionaire control freak trope.
It's amazing what you can do if you have loPart 6 includes Chapters 27-31 and an excerpt from Addicted to You
Warning: Billionaire control freak trope.
It's amazing what you can do if you have lots and lots of money. You can call your girlfriend's employer and ask for days off so that you can whisk her away to your French Riviera home. You can fly by private jet. You can send your pilot back to the US to pick up your pissed off girlfriend.
But I digress. I really believe that we need a new Romance category - there are an awful lot of books with these billionaires and they deserve their own category - seriously.
Loved the casino scene - good one, Vanni.
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