What is it about this book that held me so tightly that I couldn't put it down? Well for starters, The Breakdown plays into your (or maybe just mine) bWhat is it about this book that held me so tightly that I couldn't put it down? Well for starters, The Breakdown plays into your (or maybe just mine) biggest fears, which is the completely losing your memory and being stuck in a situation where you can't remember what's going on around you while someone is after you. I don't know about you, but that's pretty terrifying to me.
Cass is a school teacher, fresh out of work for the summer. Coming home from an end of the year party with her colleagues that night, she passes a stationary vehicle along a dark road in a remote location while a storm is pounding down rain. Concerned about the woman she sees in the car, she pulls over, waiting for a signal that the driver needs help, but fear takes over and since the woman does not make any signal that she needs help, Cass drives home, deciding not to tell her husband Mathew of the incident. After all, Mathew did tell her earlier in the night that he did not want her driving that road that night for fear that something may happen to her.
The next morning, Cass discovers that the woman who was pulled over on that road had been found murdered, and the murderer was still on the loose. Grappling with the decision to tell someone that the woman was alive when she saw her really eats at her. In addition to the fear and guilt she feels, she's also having problems with her memory.
Her decent into madness brings her face to face with the possibility that her biggest fears are becoming a reality. Cass's mother was diagnosed with dementia at a young age, and now Cass is concerned she faces the same fate. If that wasn't hard enough, she's now being harassed by phone. A silent caller she's sure is the murderer out to get her because she was there the night of the murder. Cass's guilt over the murder is much worse when she realizes that the murdered woman was a new friend of hers, and a coworker of her best friend Rachel. Cass quickly goes insane and the only thing that makes her feel even slightly better are the pills the doctor has prescribed that completely knock her out, but at what cost? She can no longer remember how to use the microwave or washing machine. She can no longer remember purchasing all the gifts that come in the mail each day, and she never remembered signing the order for a security system. What's going on?!
I can't give too much more away, but I can say that B.A. Paris has a way of grabbing and pulling you in right from the start. I had to force myself to put this book down so I could make dinner or even sleep. Truth be told, I actually ended up making coffee and popping a few energy gummies so I could stay up a little longer to keep reading. That is pure dedication. The book is really that good.
I had a suspect in mind from the beginning. Maybe it's years of watching detective shows or reading Agatha Christie books, but I got a weird vibe from one of the characters straight off. I ended up only being half right and was completely shocked by the ended. You find out what's going on in the last few pages, but the story moves through to it pretty quickly. There are a lot of characters that initially don't seem to be anything other than filler in the story, but as the ending sneaks up on you, you discover that each and every character is important to the big reveal. The last few chapters had me shook. As Cass figures out what's going on, it's both infuriating and heartbreaking, but you feel a sense of pride for her as she is able to take control over her life once she discovers who she can really trust. You really root for her and essentially the karma that's takes a well deserved ride through the lives of others. The ending had me wanting more, but at the same time, I feel it wrapped it up nicely. I would be lying if I said I wasn't hoping the author finds a way to make a second book.
The book goes back and forth a lot between past and present, which I typically hate in most books. I hated it in this one, too, to be honest. The coveThe book goes back and forth a lot between past and present, which I typically hate in most books. I hated it in this one, too, to be honest. The cover is what attracted me to this book. When I read the plot, I was intrigued by the thrill and murder mystery. I love those types of books. The many characters to keep track of (and there are A LOT) had my attention drifting and I often wondered if I would be able to get through the book. Not only are you tasked with trying to keep track of a large cast of characters, but character names are abnormal and then some character names (and genders) change farther into the book. If you had trouble keeping track of who was who initially, it gets worse before it gets better. Eventually you catch up to who-is-who, but only if you can be drawn in enough to continue reading. There's one character who is a bit obese and I wasn't thrilled about how the author used every single opportunity to point that out. It seemed like each and every time that character comes up in the book, there's talk of his weight in a negative way. I felt like I was reading a book where every other character was perfect just the way they were, but Casey (the obese character) would always be a "fat ass" and that would never be accepted. It seemed almost like the author has something against overweight people to constantly be writing about how disgusting the obese character is. That part never made sense to me, especially since the author is perfectly fine with characters changing genders. If you are accepting of a person just being who they are, then why are we bullying the fat guy?
This book is listed as a thriller, but the murderer is given away long before the ending, so the thrill is gone beyond that point, assuming you think it's thrilling up to there. I didn't. The story focuses more on the cast of seemingly undeveloped characters rather than the murder itself.
Overall, I wasn't "thrilled" by it. It's just not my cup of tea. I struggled to finish it because it didn't hold my attention, and it's definitely not a book I would read more than once. ...more
Victoria, a novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a historical fiction based on the real life diary writings of the determined Queen Victoria.
This novel starts Victoria, a novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a historical fiction based on the real life diary writings of the determined Queen Victoria.
This novel starts off from early on in her rein, just before she turns 18 and becomes Queen. It's captivating and very well written, taking you on a journey through her life as Queen and her relationships, including how she came to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert.
Queen Victoria's rein is what gave us the "Victorian Era" (my personal favorite period of time).
As you read through this book, you become aware of just how determined Queen Victoria was and it's very engaging. As I read through it I lost track of time and would find myself looking up from the book to discover that many hours had passed.
I'm actually really excited to see that this book is being adapted into a Master Piece Theater series for PBS! I loved the book so much and I have no doubt that the series is going to be just as good. The cover is attractive and beautiful and I highly recommend this book. I personally always loved Historical Fiction books and this one is spectacular! ...more
My sister-in-law told me about this book and brought it over for me to read. The entire book is formatted to look like a popular furniture store salesMy sister-in-law told me about this book and brought it over for me to read. The entire book is formatted to look like a popular furniture store sales catalog, with product listing and specs at the beginning of each chapter as well as other bonus pages through out that bring the story to life.
The story follows 5 Orsk (a knock off of Ikea) employees who are stuck inside the store they work, overnight because strange things have been happening at night when the store closes and management wants to get to the bottom of it. The story starts off as a comedy in my opinion. I initially thought it was going to be a light hearted parody given the humorous nature of the text as well as the funny product listing pages. About halfway into the book, though, the story takes a sharp turn and I realized it went from being a parody to genuinely being horrifying. There's a part, I won't give it away, where I was just imagining myself being in the situation the characters were in and realizing I would probably soil my pants and cry in a corner if I had witnessed all that.
That sharp turn is where the story got real interesting to me since I love horror. It was a unique story all around, but I really think this would play out very well as a movie if taken on by the right director and producer. As a matter of fact, the book's trailer is what got me really interested in it after the initial briefing by my sister-in-law.
All that being said, the ending left me a little miffed. I don't feel like the ending tied anything up, and maybe that's on purpose (Is there a sequel that I don't know about? Will there be?). Overall, I rather enjoyed it up until the end. ...more
If you love a good mystery, you will love Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy.
Brooklyn on Fire, A Mary Handley Mystery, follows private detective MaIf you love a good mystery, you will love Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy.
Brooklyn on Fire, A Mary Handley Mystery, follows private detective Mary Handley as she goes on a case to find out what really happened to a man who seemingly passed away from a heart attack. Hired by the man's niece, who turns up dead herself and under a completely different name, Mary sets out to get the truth of what happened and it brings her some unexpected surprises, family scandal, politics, and even romance. Mary ends up travels from one state to another as even more deaths, connected to the original case, need investigating and those she loves come closer to danger.
I've loved mysteries ever since I was in school and I discovered Agatha Christie and this book is so hard to put down. You get really engulfed in the entire story and trying to figure out exactly what is going on and who's to blame for all the deaths that keep happening. The book really intertwines some historical figures into the mystery and takes you on a ride through suspense and brings you to a satisfying ending that will have you wanting to start the book all over again. ...more
The cover of the book is silver with bright orange accents and the eyeballs on it are holographic (they look like they move when you move the book!) ThThe cover of the book is silver with bright orange accents and the eyeballs on it are holographic (they look like they move when you move the book!) The book is perfect for teens, tweens and reluctant readers and makes a great holiday gift.
With vibrant colored photos, some that spread across two pages, and hundreds of unbelievable facts, this book will keep you entertained for hours. Read from cover to cover or read what catches your interest. Either way, You'll learn about some amazing people, stories, animals, and places.
Some of the facts in this book made me laugh, some made me cringe, and some were frightening, but I've had a lot of fun reading through it and learning a lot.
I received an advanced copy to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in any way....more
I had a hard time putting this book down. It was very well written and the author has a way of making you really feel for everyone involved.
I was theI had a hard time putting this book down. It was very well written and the author has a way of making you really feel for everyone involved.
I was the victim of bullying when I was in school and unfortunately, for the last two years as an adult from another adult female whom I have absolutely no connection to in real life. I am also a parent to two young children, one with Autism, so this book hit pretty close to home. I felt for Callie at the end. I understood how at her age you could get mixed up with the wrong crowd and truly believe that your words had no impact on others. I also completely understand the need at that age to want to fit in. However, the part of the story that I really felt the most connected to was the worthlessness that the victims of bullying really feel and how it seems like no one believes you or wants to help you. I've been there.
The author also got the story spot on when it comes to the reactions of the parents involved. No one wants to believe or admit that their child could be that cruel to another person, but it happens. While this book is a work of fiction, it mirrors the real life epidemic that is cyber bullying. Once something is said or written online, it cannot be taken back. I think this book really is an eye opener for tweens, teens, and even adults. ...more
I'm a huge Disney nerd and I got this prequel book finished just in time for the movie on July 31st. While I loved the story and especially the many mI'm a huge Disney nerd and I got this prequel book finished just in time for the movie on July 31st. While I loved the story and especially the many many references to many Disney characters and villains, there were so many typos in this that it became slightly irritating. At one point, the author actually uses the word "Irregardless" in addition to the many typos. I was actually really surprised at this. For a Disney book, I would have though they would have proof read this a little better. ...more
I moved this from my currently reading to my read shelf before I got halfway into the book. The reason being is that I just couldn't force myself throI moved this from my currently reading to my read shelf before I got halfway into the book. The reason being is that I just couldn't force myself through the book any longer. It just completely lost me in the massive fog of details and too many characters to keep track of. The story idea is a good one and the writing was done beautifully, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't finish it. ...more
**spoiler alert** Author Tonne Odom is a young, self published author who hits it out of the ballpark with this novel. The main character is Sade Evan**spoiler alert** Author Tonne Odom is a young, self published author who hits it out of the ballpark with this novel. The main character is Sade Evans, a wealthy teenage girl who struggles to deal with an abusive father and step mother who has a very blatant hatred towards her.
After a night of partying, Sade comes home to endure more abuse from her father and decides that she's had enough. She murders both of her parents in a fit of rage and inherits her fathers money. At first everyone assumes the deaths were accidents, but eventually people start asking questions. This causes more problems for Sade. She decides that the only way to stay out of prison for the murder of her parents is to murder more people. Anyone who suspects her of wrong doing is a target as she frantically tries to save her own life. After all, all she ever wanted was to be happy.
This is a thrilling novel with a splash of romance thrown in that was hard to put down.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for purpose of review and I really enjoyed it. Definitely something I will read again and again. ...more
It seems a little weird to be writing a review of a book of reviews. That being said, A Nerd Girl's Guide to Cinema is an interesting read if you areIt seems a little weird to be writing a review of a book of reviews. That being said, A Nerd Girl's Guide to Cinema is an interesting read if you are a film lover. The title may suggest that it's written and intended for girls, however, it's certainly for anyone. It's titled as such specifically because the author, Kelly Cozy, is a "nerd girl"" herself.
Each film's review is labeled with the film title, a one sentence "opinion" quote from author Kelly Cozy, Director, Screenwriter, Actors, as well as the date of the film's release. There were many film's I had interest in watching prior to reading this book, that I now am not so interested in based on the authors, rather well written and often times humorous, review. There are also films I may not have given a chance if it weren't for the same thing. At first I was reading the book straight through, but found myself skipping past some movies to read on to others. This is obviously not a book I would read more than once, but it's an interesting read none-the-less. ...more