I devoured this book in one sitting! It reminded me a little of the Amanda Knox case...teens out of the country, someone dies, dealing with a trial i I devoured this book in one sitting! It reminded me a little of the Amanda Knox case...teens out of the country, someone dies, dealing with a trial in a foreign country, etc. Even though I predicted the "twist" at the end, it kept me second guessing myself the whole time.
Anna and her friends are finishing up their senior year of high school. They head to Aruba for Spring Break and party hard. When they find that their leader, Elise, has been murdered, they are shocked. When Anna is targeted as the suspect and has to fight to regain her freedom.
The book is told from Anna's point of view. She goes back and forth between the present, with her being in jail and the trial, to the past, where you get a look at how Elise and Anna became such good friends. You also get to see how Tate and Anna become a couple and the twisted relationship between the three. There are other friends in the group that add to the plot but the main story is between Anna, Elise and Tate.
Once Elise has been found and Anna is arrested, it really seems as if the prosecutor (I can't remember his title in Aruba but essentially, he would be the prosecutor) has it out for Anna. I really ended up hating him and wanting him to fail because it appeared as if he concentrated all his focus on Anna and dismissed any other leads. I also was disgusted with Tate and Anna's other friends at first because they appeared to only be looking out for themselves and they kind threw Anna under the bus. Then I decided, if faced with a murder accusation and life in prison in a foreign country, I would probably do the same.
The ending did not shock me at all as I thought I knew who the killer was the whole time but like I said, it had me doubting myself the whole time. I was pretty sure but there were always a couple questions that made me pause.
If you liked Gone Girl or Girl on a Train then you will definitely like this one. It says it is a YA book but I think it is a mature YA book. There is a lot of sex, drugs and alcohol in the book so I would definitely say ages 16 and up. ...more
I really love fairy tale retellings! At first glance, I thought this was a retelling of Snow White, which is my favorite fairy tale of all time. It s I really love fairy tale retellings! At first glance, I thought this was a retelling of Snow White, which is my favorite fairy tale of all time. It seems like this is more of an Ice Queen retelling though, which I still really enjoyed this book.
Snow is stuck at Whittaker, an institute for those with sever mental health issues. She is really all alone except for her nurse, Vern, her friend, Bale and her cocktail of pills, which she refers to as her seven dwarfs (see why I thought it was Snow White at first?). After Snow and Bale share their first kiss, something strange happens to Bale and they are separated. Now Snow just has her nightmares, Vern and a soap opera to keep her distracted. But strange things start happening to Snow that she doesn't understand. Then one night Bale disappears and between his disappearance and another patients distraction, Snow is able to escape from Whittaker.
After escaping, Snow ends up in Algid. Snow soon finds out that Algid is her real home and her mother took her to the "other world" to try to protect her. Algid is in the icy hold of the King and everyone is looking to Snow to save to them but all Snow wants to do is rescue Bale and head back home...wherever that may be.
I liked Snow most of the time but found that she could be extremely stubborn and selfish a lot. Some of the time I wanted to smack her to make her see reason. She was never weak though and at the end, when she had to make a very hard choice after having quite the secret revealed, she did what needed to be done.
I loved Gerde! She was so sweet and caring and you really can't help but find her charming. Kai is very standoffish and cold. He has his reasons but at first I didn't really care for him. He cares a lot for Gerde though and helps both her and Snow. I really hope we see more of both of them in the next books.
The Robbers were my favorites. I really enjoyed Jagger and can see the potential love interest there. I am very curious about the masks that he wears and who he really is. Fathom and Howl are also very entertaining. Margot has an interesting back story and I ended up understanding her even though I didn't really like her.
This story had a lot of little twists that kept it interesting. Some things I could predict but there were a few things that totally surprised me like the Duchess and Snow's mother. The beginning was a little slow but it quickly picked up and kept me entertained. I will definitely be finishing this series!...more
I have really mixed thoughts about this book so this may be an interesting review. I have not read this author's first book but it is definitely on m I have really mixed thoughts about this book so this may be an interesting review. I have not read this author's first book but it is definitely on my list after I have finished this one. This book sucked me in from the very first page with Walter's suicide and kept me intrigued and not able to put the book down until I finished it, which took about 10 hours.
Lucy is seventeen and lives in a huge, old house with her father, her aunt and her cousin, Margaret. As the book starts, Lucy has found one of their workers who had hanged himself. That starts a series of events that changes Lucy's life. First, her aunt goes for a walk in the woods and never returns. Lucy questions her father as to what he is doing about it and her father assures her that he is doing everything possible to find her aunt and yet Lucy has seen no police or anyone other some some men from the County Club looking for her aunt. Then Margaret starts to lose her mind. Margaret is pulling away from Lucy and claims she is hearing voices in the walls. She does some horrible and disgusting things and Lucy is very worried about her. After another crazy event (that I don't want to spoil for you), Lucy thinks she is going crazy as well. She has only the new girl, Vanessa, to confide in. Her father doesn't seem to care and Vanessa's mother, who has taken over Lucy's aunts responsibilities, has her own issues to deal with.
I love a scary, creepy story and this definitely fits that description. The house is huge and full of secrets. I only wish we were able to get a better sense of the house and grounds. I would also have liked for the girls to have explored the cemetery a little more so you could get a better feel for it. I wasn't really sure if the house was modern or stuck in older times, other than the description of the wallpaper.
Lucy and Margaret were both difficult to relate to. They were seventeen but other than at the beginning when Lucy talked briefly about a homeschool project, there didn't seem to be a lot that the girls did. They had no hobbies and really no interests. They have no friends because Margaret got easily jealous. It talks a bit about why they left public school but I really didn't even know where they lived or what time period they lived in. I wasn't sure if they lived in the country, in the city, in a small town and I couldn't tell if it was current times or in the past. The only clue we got to the time period was that there was Google.
I also was not satisfied with the ending. The description of the "Mother" character was not appealing for me. I don't want to give anything away but I didn't like what she was. If she had just been some supernatural being without all the weird appendages then I would have liked it better but that just didn't make any sense to me.
I thought the whole "Club" thing was not really explained well either. I am still not sure what the "club" was or what exactly happened. I know what happened to Clara but it just didn't explain why the grounds were sacred and who exactly the "Mother" was or what her part in all this was. I was left questioning the point of the men in the "club" and why the men thought the grounds were so important (maybe just for the wealth and prestige??).
Those were the things that I had some issues with but even with all that, it was a really fast read. I could not put the book down and wanted to know what was happening and who the voices were. It was a very creepy book that keeps you guessing until the end. Just be prepared to be a little confused and have questions that aren't answered.
*Book provided by Around the World ARC Tours for review* ...more
Jude is partnered with Jackson Crow to find the Archangel killer who has just struck in New Orleans. As Jude and Jackson are looking over the crime scJude is partnered with Jackson Crow to find the Archangel killer who has just struck in New Orleans. As Jude and Jackson are looking over the crime scene of the latest victim, Jude notices a suspicious person and the two take off chasing him. Jude and Jackson end up on the Destiny, a cruise ship, after the follow the man on board.
Once on the ship, Jude and Jackson meet Alexi, a woman who is in charge of playing piano at the bar and who can conveniently see ghosts. With Alexi's help, and those of her ghost friends, the agents have to try to figure out who the killer is before anyone else dies.
I have always liked Heather Graham's books. They are an easy and fun read that you don't have to think a lot about. You can just enjoy the mystery and romance and of course, the paranormal. While I enjoyed this book, I wasn't crazy about the cruise ship setting. There is just something about New Orleans, where most of her other books are set, that adds to the paranormal and creepiness. This one just didn't have the same intrigue for me.
I also wasn't crazy about the romance in this one. Alexi is mourning the loss of her fiance, who died overseas. It's been a year but she's still having a hard time dealing with his death. Then Jude shows up and while it is mentioned that Alexi still loves Zach (her deceased fiance) and that she knows he wants her to be happy, it just seemed like she got over his death very quickly all of the sudden.
There were several suspects on the ship and I wasn't able to predict who the killer would be. I wasn't surprised at all when the killer was revealed but I hadn't narrowed it down to this exact person. I would have loved for it to have been someone that totally shocked me and wasn't one of the original suspects. It would have made the ending a lot more fun for me.
I also wasn't crazy about how almost everyone could see ghosts. Alexi could see them, Jude and Jackson could see them and then Alexi's friend sees them (even though she doesn't realize she is seeing the dead). There were just a lot of people that had the "sense" that made it slightly unbelievable to me.
With all that being said, I still enjoyed the book and the paranormal mystery. It is a fun and light read that will keep your attention.
**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book**...more
I finally finished this book! It seemed to take me forever but it wasn't because the book was bad because, well, let's face it...I don't think JennifeI finally finished this book! It seemed to take me forever but it wasn't because the book was bad because, well, let's face it...I don't think Jennifer L. Armentrout could write a bad book if she wanted to. It was amazing like all her others. I just got caught up in ARCs, finishing school with the kids and life in general and maybe I knew when I finished it, the Lux series would be over for me so I dragged it out a little.
After Daemon left Katy to go with the other Luxen, Katy goes back with Archer and Luc and Beth. Beth is pregnant and not doing well so Archer and Katy decide to run to the store to grab some vitamins. While there, all hell broke loose and Katy ends up being captured by Luxen, or more specifically, she gets captured by Dawson. Dawson takes her back to the Luxen headquarters where she is reunited with a very different Daemon.
I don't want to give too much away so I'm not going to say anymore about what happens. I thought Opposition was action packed and fast paced for the most part. There were some slow parts and there were many times I wanted to smack Katy upside the head. She put herself and others in danger SO many times because she didn't want to do what Daemon told her or didn't want to leave Daemon. I thought there were many times when she was just plain stupid. Daemon is as sarcastic and horny as usual. There were many sex scenes, not graphic but still a lot that seemed at times to be too much.
I loved Archer, Luc and Hunter. Hunter is an Arum and he was probably my favorite character. It's a toss up between Hunter and Archer. I wasn't sure what was going to happen with Dee but I'm glad that she ended up the way she did at the end of the book. Towards the end, I thought Katy and Daemon were a little corny with all their marriage talk and planning. I was very happy to see Dawson and Beth have the happy ending that they deserved.
While this book has some minor flaws, I still loved it and how it tied up the whole series. It had a ton of action and the end will keep you reading into the late hours of the night just to see how things turn out. ...more
This book has left my mind spinning! Much like the last book I read, this one has a plot twist that you will absolutely not see coming! At the end ofThis book has left my mind spinning! Much like the last book I read, this one has a plot twist that you will absolutely not see coming! At the end of part one, I had to reread the last paragraph just to make sure I was understanding it because everything I had been thinking I knew about the characters just flew out the window.
The story starts out with a young mom walking her little boy home from school. It is raining and she is laughing with her son and keeping a close hold on him until they are across the street from their house. She lets him go and suddenly her whole life is changed. A car comes out of nowhere and her child is struck down and killed and the driver of the car just drives away.
DI Ray Stevens takes on the hit and run case with his trainee, Kate. Ray is dealing with his own issues at home that he would really just like to run away from. This case gives him a reason to stay away from home and Kate is young and ambitious and reminds Ray why he is doing this job to begin with.
After the accident, Jenna ends up leaving Bristol and heading out to anyplace that will help her hide her memories. She ends up at the coast in Wales. She is happy starting fresh but soon her secrets will come out and she will have to deal with her past again.
I cannot say much more about the plot in this book because I don't want to give anything away. I loved all the characters but Jenna had some moments for me. During her talks with Ray and Kate, I sometimes felt that she was weak and wanted to say "just tell them already" but I have never been in her position so I am not sure how I would have handled it either. Jenna redeems herself at the end when she finds strength that seems to come out of nowhere.
This book easily kept my attention and was a very fast paced read. Once you get to the end of part one, the story seems to fly by and I really had a hard time putting the book down. I figured out what happened towards the end but there were still enough twists that it kept me wanting to finish the book just to see if I was correct in my thinking.
This is an excellent, fast paced and totally unpredictable psychological thriller. Make sure you pick this one up when it comes out and see if you can predict the ending.
**A HUGE thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book!** ...more
I have read both of Kubica's other novels, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. I loved The Good Girl but I found the characters in Pretty Baby to be annoyi I have read both of Kubica's other novels, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. I loved The Good Girl but I found the characters in Pretty Baby to be annoying and unrealistic. I was very interested to see how I was going to like Don't You Cry. I am pretty sure this book will remain on my top ten best books of 2016 list. Don't You Cry was so filled with twists and turns and every single time I was sure that I knew what was going on, Kubica would throw in another twist and everything I thought I knew went out the window. For me, this book was very unpredictable, I had no idea what was going on until Kubica wanted me to know and it kept me intrigued through the entire story.
The story starts out with Quinn. Quinn lives in Chicago with her roommate Esther. Quinn wakes up after a night out to discover that Esther is missing. Her bedroom window is open, her blankets are on the floor and Esther is gone. Quinn is sure Esther will return and spends the day waiting for her. When Esther doesn't return and Quinn finds some disturbing letters and other strange items in Esther's room, she finally starts to really worry.
Then we skip to Alex. Alex lives in a small town in Michigan, about an hour from Chicago, and works at a local diner. His mother left his father and him when Alex was young and Alex's father is nothing but a drunk. Alex has heard stories about the dilapidated old house across the street from him. Stories that claim the house to be haunted by a 5 year old girl who drowned in a bathtub while her mother was busy attending to her younger sister. Alex and his father see strange lights in the house and just figure it is squatters. Then comes the day when "Pearl" enters the diner that Alex works at. Pearl fascinates Alex and he takes a great interest in her.
This story is told in alternating views of Quinn and Alex. You don't have any idea how the stories intertwine until the end (even though you think you might know....you don't). Quinn works hard to find out what happened to Esther and in return she finds out some horrible things that make her believe Esther actually wants Quinn dead. Alex gets to know Pearl and then finds that she holds some very dangerous secrets.
This book is fast paced, intriguing, and completely unpredictable. It hooks you from the very first page and keeps you turning those pages late into the night. If you want a psychological thriller that you can't put down, get this book when it comes out. You won't be sorry!...more
This book was an interesting and quick read for me. It had a lot of action and mystery so I really didn't want to put it down and while it was a litt This book was an interesting and quick read for me. It had a lot of action and mystery so I really didn't want to put it down and while it was a little creepy, it wasn't nearly as creepy as I had hoped. It had some parts that didn't make sense to me and seemed a bit rushed. There was a lot thrown at you all at once.
Gretchen lives in New York with her father, sort of. Gretchen's mother disappeared and now her father tries to keep himself distracted by traveling all over the world as a doctor. This leaves Gretchen at home with her mother's best friend, Janine.
One day, out of the blue, Gretchen receives a phone call from her great-aunt, Esther. Gretchen has never met Esther and only vaguely remembers hearing about her from her mom. Esther tells Gretchen that she has inherited the Axton mansion. Esther asks Gretchen to come out to the mansion and help her with it. The next day, Gretchen is on her way. This is one part that was just slightly odd to me. Gretchen has never met Esther, never been to the mansion and decides that she will go out there for the entire summer to help this woman. Janine doesn't seem to find anything odd about it, no one consults the father (although he is some poor village with no working phones). I just don't know if I would have been so ready to just leave everything with a couple hours notice.
Once at the mansion, Gretchen realizes that it isn't at all what she had expected. It was dilapidated and weird things start to happen. Her aunt is a little eccentric and doesn't seem to mind that the mansion is in such a sad state.
From this point on, I don't want to say a whole lot more about the story. Everything seems to happen so fast and then the end felt incredibly rushed. The author did tie up some loose ends but I still had a few questions that were left unanswered. There were some slightly creepy parts but nothing like what I was hoping or expecting.
I had some issues with this book but in the end, I enjoyed the fast pace of it and the slight creep factor. I would have no problem recommending it to anyone but would let them know not to expect anything like Stephen King or John Saul. ...more
Magic Tree House books are a win/win. My son loves Jack and Annie. He loves the adventures they go on and finds them very fun to read. I love the factMagic Tree House books are a win/win. My son loves Jack and Annie. He loves the adventures they go on and finds them very fun to read. I love the fact that the adventures that Jack and Annie go on are educational and teach a little about history. The Magic Tree House books make reading for my son fun and no longer a chore!...more
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. It grabbed my attention at first and I really enjoyed the mystery. It kept my attention all the way t I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. It grabbed my attention at first and I really enjoyed the mystery. It kept my attention all the way through (and I would have finished it sooner if this flu bug hadn't kicked my butt for the last 8 days) but there were some things towards the end that just made me hesitate to give it four or five stars.
The book begins with Tessa in the airport on the way to her childhood home. Her father, who is in prison, is dying and Tessa feels like she should see him one last time. Tessa is dreading going back to Fayette because when she was young, her best friend and her put a man on Death Row. When Tessa and her friend, Callie, were young, Callie's older cousin was murdered. Tessa and Callie said they saw the man who did it but now Tessa is starting to question what they really saw.
Once in Fayette, Tessa is staying at Callie's house, much to Callie's dismay. Callie and Tessa haven't spoken since Tessa left Fayette. When Tessa goes to visit her father and finds out that he has already died and that her missing sister was there, she tries to find a way to stay longer to try to find her sister and her mother.
Then one of Tessa and Callie's friends turns up murdered in the exact same way as Callie's cousin and the other girls. Now Callie and Tessa are wondering if they really helped to put away the Ohio River Monster or if they put an innocent man on Death Row.
This book kept the mystery going and I honestly had no idea who the Ohio River Monster was or who killed Callie's cousin. There were so many questions that kept coming up. The ending was so chaotic for me though and there were way too many things going on. First you find out who the Ohio River Monster was and that whole part felt very rushed to me at the end. Then you have Tessa's mom and the whole question of why Lori was murdered. Last you have a whole new kidnapping plot thrown in for a twist that just seemed off to me. It just felt like way too many plots thrown into the ending chapters.
I am happy to say that this book was completely unpredictable though and I did enjoy that. There were some issues with the police procedures and how they did things but the book was a good mystery with many, many twists and turns. ...more
This is the second book that Ms. Sepetys has written about World War II. What I really appreciate about both Salt to the Sea and Shades of Gray are thThis is the second book that Ms. Sepetys has written about World War II. What I really appreciate about both Salt to the Sea and Shades of Gray are that they are about a part of the war that many of us don't learn much about. We all know the atrocities committed by Hitler against the Jewish people and those he found "inferior." I don't feel that many people learn a lot of Stalin and the struggles of the Lithuanians. In fact, until I read Shades of Gray, I knew nothing about any of that. I have to appreciate a story that teaches us about another aspect of the war. I think we can all stand to learn more history.
Salt to the Sea takes us back to World War II and the tragic sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ship that was overfilled with refugees fleeing the country. The Wilhelm Gustloff was a real ship that was actually sunk but until this book, I had never heard of it.
The book is told from alternating views (Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred) and starts with a group of refugees fleeing from the Russian soldiers that are invading Germany and Poland. They are traveling to Gotenhafen, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The group includes Joana, Eva, a blind girl (whose name is completely slipping my mind at the moment), the Shoe Poet and the Wandering Boy. This group meets up with a German soldier, Florian, and a Polish girl, Emilia.
Joana is a Lithuanian nurse and feels an incredible need to help people. She is also carrying a very guilty conscious and a sad secret. Eva is a giant of a woman who speaks her mind in a "sorry, not sorry" kind of way. The shoe poet was one of my favorite characters. He was an older gentleman who was a shoemaker and did his very best to keep everyone's spirits up. He was the sunshine in that group. The Wandering Boy (Klaus) was a child that was fleeing with his grandmother until the morning when his grandmother simply didn't wake up.
Florian is a German who was working with Gauleiter Erich Koch. He was unwittingly aiding the Germans in their theft of priceless art. Florian was gifted with being able to copy any document almost to perfection, a gift that comes in very handy for him. After finding out that he has been deceived, Florian is on the run with a secret of his own.
Emilia was sent by her father to a farm for safety. Little did he know that his daughter was not at all safe and she ends up running away from the farm with a heavy burden. She meets Florian when Florian saves her from a Russian soldier. Florian is also wounded and the two are lucky to meet up with Joana's group.
The story is also told from Alfred's point of view. Alfred is a character that I hated with every single fiber of my being. He was your typical Nazi. He felt that the "superior" race was the only race that should be alive. The funny thing about Alfred is that he is so far from "superior" that it's amazing that he even got into the German Army. He is weak and sick, not to mention quite crazy (or maybe just brainwashed). He made up letters in his head to a girl and tells her about how important he is when in reality he is a nobody in the army.
Once they get to the Wilhelm Gustloff, the group is loaded on board the ship along with 10,000 other crew and refugees. The ship's capacity was only1,880. Russian torpedoes sink the ship hours after it left the coast and resulted in over 9,000 deaths.
The short chapters, alternating views and constant activity made this book hard to put down. I was able to read it very quickly, connect with most of the characters and was heartbroken at the end. The only thing I wish was that the conclusion of the story was a little....more. You find out what happens to the majority of the characters (except Eva...I wanted to know if Eva made it) but you don't really find out if Florian found his sister or Joana found her mother. I would have liked a little more in depth explanation as to how they got to where they were but that is my only complaint about the book.
I think this is a fascinating story about a part of history that many people have never even heard about. I think it's a book everyone should read, to be honest. I definitely recommend it!