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September 14, 2017

Picture Author- K. D. McNiven

My Rating- 5 STARS


An idol...A crude map...and a race to find the truth. 

After the murder of their colleague, Leonard Romero, Decker and Callie Hayden are catapulted into a turbulent adventure through the Honduran jungle, seeking a lost city and justice for Leonard's widow. Relentlessly pursued by Bruno, a madman who will stop at nothing to claim what could be one of the greatest finds of the century.

​My Review- K. D. McNiven has written an adventure book that plays out like an Indiana Jones/Jewel of the Nile film (which, by the way, I absolutely love those films). The story throws us into the deep end with a man sending a priceless artifact to his wife just before suspiciously losing his life in the jungle where he believes he has made an ancient discovery. His poor wife, now widowed is being followed by his enemies and calls on two young, experienced archeologists Decker and Callie, for help.

From here it is non-stop action with gun fights, treacherous hikes through the Honduras jungle, run ins with tribes and an enemy that wants the Monkey Idol for themselves at any cost, even murdering the innocent. The twists and turns are fun, figuring out who is trustworthy and who is double dealing.

And through all of the action and adventure, Decker and Callie are a sweet couple. They show love for each other and work great as a team. Callie is brave and strong and Decker is charming and smart. At some points, they felt like the characters in the film The Mummy (the Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz one) a bit of humour, posh accents and fun supporting cast making up their travelling team. Especially Holly, the poor widow. She has the worst luck throughout this story, yet it was sweet to watch her and Garret interact, despite the trauma they were put through at times.

A fun, adventurous tale with great editing and a lovely writing style.
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Published on September 14, 2017 11:51 • 1 view

September 13, 2017

Picture Author- Laura Thalassa

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want... at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

My Review- This was a very enjoyable book with a good story. I enjoyed The Bargainer, who we come to know as Desmond the Fae King of Night and Chaos. He was, at the core a good man, but frightening in his wrath and mischievous in his side job as one who deals in secrets and favours which always must be repaid as he sees fit or they die.

Callie is a Siren, a creature who can compel and command with her voice should she wish it, though it does not work again Fae, only those with human blood. She calls upon the Bargainer to cover up a murder she committed as a teen and racked herself many more favours through the following months as she becomes besotted with the handsome King. For 7 long years, he has never once called in any of the favours she owes, until he needs her help in his kingdom to find an enemy stealing female warriors.

A good plot, though at times I felt something was missing and Callie, though a brave girl and sometimes kickass siren, could be a little dumb and slow putting the evidence together. Though the romance and relationship between her and Desmond kept me reading more than anything. I wasn't overly connected to anything else happening and the Eli subplot felt more like a space filler. However, I really enjoyed it and look forward to book 2 in hopes of seeing Callie reveal more siren powers.

Has some erotic themes and sexy love scenes. 
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Published on September 13, 2017 11:15 • 3 views

September 3, 2017

Picture Author- Karen Marie Moning

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- ​He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.

When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.
​My Review- Another great book in the series, Faefever picks straight up from the previous book and we enter another fun adventure narrated by the very colourful and fun Mac Lane.

Mac is still on the search for the Dark, evil book despite it almost killing her every time she is close. She knows she needs it but her distrust of the men in her life is hitting a crescendo and she can't bear to let them near such a powerful object. Barrons, the creature yet unnamed (though I feel I may have an inkling of who and what he may be now) is becoming shadier, more distant and even less trust worthy than he was before. I disliked the way his character acted a lot in this book. Though I feel it's purposeful by the author for future character development. He was even more controlling and absolutely awfully invasive of Mac's mind while teaching her to resist mind control powers. He was horrible to her, in the name of teaching, and she either let's it go too easily or she forgives him when he apologises with gifts! The girl needs a serious backbone with him. He is awful to her and there are becoming less reasons for him to be this way with her now. She is a fricken warrior (who makes a few very silly decisions but hey we can't be perfect). 

Despite that, the story was once again fun and full of twists and turns and feeling genuinely confused for Mac as she tries to figure out who she trusts and who is less harmful to her. She feels so alone and it tugs on my heartstrings. V'lane came across almost sweet and kind compared to everything else happening. And wow did we get left on a cliffhanger there! Mac and the whole of Dublin is in deep trouble and I can't wait to see how it goes in the next book.
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Published on September 03, 2017 00:05 • 1 view

August 21, 2017

Picture Author- Karen Marie Moning

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- ​I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.

When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….

MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.  In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh–a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious. 

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.…

My Review-  

​Book 2 In the Fever series is really heating up!

The first book, Darkfever, set up the world we are visiting and the main players in the story. It gave us some background into a unique take on the Fae. Bloodfever gave us a bit more action, some depth to the characters and our Heroine, Mac, is developing on every chapter. At first, she was a whiny girl who adored rainbow colours, getting her nails painted and crying when she had to cut and colour her long blonde hair. Mac now, though still fond of everything pink and pastel and sees a more lighter side to life than most, has become a very strong woman. A woman who can mainly stand up to her only friend Barrons, who is controlling and infuriating most of the time. Deep down I believe he cares deeply for her, wants her alive for more than just her gifts but he goes about protecting her in a very bullying way. He can be insulting and mean, aggressive and cold, but Mac is learning when to deflect and when to challenge him. Which makes me love her that little bit more.

Barrons is a dick, but I like him too! He is just nice enough to make me forgive him a little. Shows a little emotion here and there that makes me, begrudgingly say 'awww', then I am back promptly to thinking he is a dick again. 

The storyline is pretty similar to the first book. Mac and Barrons are hunting a Dark book that all sides in this game need. There are many hunters out there trying to kill Mac, to destroy her power or use her for what they need. But a couple others have joined the game. She discovers there is an entire council of Sidhe-seers, but can she trust them? She barely trusts Barrons who has saved her a few times already. A few other characters have turned up including a sassy Sidhe-seer called Dani and potentially a man who knew her sister. I enjoy V'lane every time he enters a scene with his lusty power and interest in Mac. But what really keeps me reading the books is the hope of discovering what Barrons is, whether he feels love for Mac and Mac herself holds my attention. She is utterly sweet, full of bad but brave decisions and a little whiny at times. She is a young woman who comes from a small town. We can't expect her to change over blooming night. And she is beginning to believe in herself, her strength and gifts and hope. 

Yet again my reason for giving a 4-star rating instead of 5 is because of the abrupt endings that nip off in the middle of nowhere. I'm always frowning at the next blank page wondering if I've missed something. But as before I look forward to the next book and hope some of these riddles start wrapping up.
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Published on August 21, 2017 10:25 • 71 views

August 12, 2017

Picture Author- Karen Marie Moning

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…. ​As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

My Review- I've seen this series on my newsfeed alot and it sort of just kept popping up in recommendations. Strangely enough this was a book I kept skipping over. Maybe it was because I have just finished some pretty major Fae stories/series and was worried this wouldn't be as good, or perhaps I was burned out on the Fae. 

Either way, it kept slipping by. 

A couple of weeks ago, on a Facebook page an author asked which series, that was popular, have you not yet read and I, for some reason, commented with this series. Then replies came from other readers that this was a great series and one I should try... So, darn it, I did! 

And I am very glad I did, and grateful for those who gave me a little push in the right direction. So, at the beginning it gripped me, here was this Pretty - in-pink southern bell with a perfect life and family and majorly tunnel visioned in her safe world. Then that world is turned upside down with the death of her sister, Alina, who had gone to Ireland to study. Or so Mac believed. Until she hears an ominous voicemail message on her phone by her sister before she died full of barely revealed secrets and paints a picture of being murdered by a man she loved. 

Mac, though full of grief, throws aside her perfect world to find answers and to harass the Irish police to reopen her sister's case with the new evidence she has. And this made me adore Mac from the beginning. Is she a little whiny throughout the story? Sure. Does she show her love for fashion and pretty nail varnish and beautiful hair? Absolutely. She had a normal, pretty girl, life with no shadows marring it. Yet she throws this mostly aside to take on the task of getting justice for her sister. She pleads with authorities, tries to follows clues herself and is brave enough to want to search for more fresh clues. 

Only she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for. She discovers a gift that allows her to see beyond Fae glamour and it shows her its ugliness in all forms of horror. This southern bell gets a whole lot of reality straight between the eyes. She is hunted, she is a threat to them and she has no idea who she can trust. They either want to kill her or use her. Even a man named Barrons, who keeps her alive in this new world, can barely be trusted. His intentions are never clear, he has hundreds of secrets and never directly answers Mac's questions. He needs her to find a very important artifact but we are given no clues as to what he will use it for once he has it. 

Barrons is dark, frightening, her only ally and a little bit sexy. But there is something about him even I dont trust. I'm sure more will be revealed in the next book. I hope we see more of V'lane, a Fae who makes you strip on the spot without touching, without even asking, you. 

The only reason Darkfever did not get a full 5 stars is because somewhere in the middle my attention drifted and the end felt like a non-ending, it was so abrupt after some excitement had just started. This book was full of information, developing characters and setting us up for more that when something really started to happen... It just finished. 

So now I am off to buy book 2 to satisfy that need
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Published on August 12, 2017 05:38 • 78 views

July 31, 2017

Many exciting new things are happening! 

Firstly I absolutely love the new lettering on the covers of both Lilith and Fateless. The lettering was revamped by Aspire Book Covers. You can visit their page by clicking the link on the sidebar to the right of my blog. 

Secondly, my mind has been whirling with new thoughts and ideas since I moved to Norway back in November last year. You can take a sneaky peek at my current Work In Progress HERE . If you fill out the little survey below the excerpt you would help me by letting me know if you enjoyed it or not and may even find yourself a little e-book freebie! You can also click the picture below to have a quick look. PictureThird (and final) piece of good news is, I have reached my next big milestone of 5,000 Twitter Followers whom have been massively supportive and kind! I promised a Giveaway when I reached this magical number and so here it is. You can win a Paperback Copy of my Debut Novel, Lilith (Twin Soul Novels #1) and a cute bracelet made by myself (I have a couple of colours you can choose from and you can take a look at my handmade hobby shop HERE I am grateful to anyone who follows my page). Click the image below to check out the reviews of Lilith at Goodreads . Feel free to friend me there, add any of my books to your to-read list or leave a comment. I love talking books and life with all people! PictureGiveaway Time!!! Fill out the Rafflecopter below, entering as many options as you choose for your chance to win Lilith and a Bracelet.a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you for offering your time. Something which is precious to all of us in this busy world. The winner will be drawn a couple days after the competition has ended and contacted by email. Thank you all for taking part and GOOD LUCK.
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Published on July 31, 2017 04:08 • 92 views

July 26, 2017

Picture Author- Cassandra Clare

My Rating- 4.5 STARS

Synopsis- A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim.  ​They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My Review- Wow! Every time I pick up a Cassandra Clare book I know the plot lines are going to be thick and weaving, the characters are going to face a tank load of hard decisions and angst and sometimes someone who I adore is going to die. There will be all kinds of love and people types and orientations.

Lord of Shadows did not fail to bring me all of this. Emma and Julian and a whole host of supporting cast (some new, some from previous books) have much to do. They believe the threat of Malcolm came to an end in the previous book but they underestimated warlock powers. The moment Emma killed him, after discovering a whole lot of traitorous behaviour and murder, a spell was triggered to bring him back from the dead. Malcolm has a mission and he needs Blackthorn blood to finish his ritual. With the Black Volume, he has great power and raises a lost love who then ends his life for real and runs away with it.

It would seem everyone wants the book and the power it has to offer. The Seelie Queens offers them a bargain they can not resist as destructive as the outcome may be, the Unseelie King wants it for his dark plans to destroy all Shadowhunters and rule the whole of Faery and Emma and Julian need it in hopes of saving their family and, perhaps end the Cold Peace that has banished the Faeries from Shadowhunters and other Downworlders, choking their power and forbidding them to seek help. And then, there is the small problem of Emma and Julian's love, and the curse it may bring on them and others through their parabatai bond. 

Emma has tried everything to get Julian to hate her, dating his brother and rejecting him as often as she can, but they are drawn to each other. Their love is world destroying. And Julian doesn't care if the world is destroyed. He will do anything for Emma and his family, no matter the costs of the destruction left behind. Julian is a warrior, but he is ruthless and one track minded when he wants something. And that, in the end, is what causes many great tragedies that tore my heart wide open. The ending was a cold bucket of water thrown over me that left me speechless.

The ending of this book near killed me. The loss was awful. I haven't felt that way since the previous series when Max lost his life, the youngest Lightwood. But I was left quite confused, which is why this is the only book by Cassandra Clare I have ever given less than 5 stars. When Max was killed, I understood, there was great evil in Sebastion ( a previous villain in TMI) and always would be. It was how he was created. But Annabel is a different story, what she does makes no sense to me. Since her return to life, yes she has been messed up by a terrible past, but she was sane, spoke reasonably, ultimately was trying to protect Julian from the terrible power of the Black Volume. But then....she goes psycho and had she struck out at any other person than who she did, I could have accepted it. But her choice of victim and her turn to craziness barely made sense to me.

However, the shocking end had the desired effect despite my confusion. I will continue to devour every Shadowhunter book placed in front of me because it is a world I can not get enough of. I hope Cass never stops creating Shadowhunters for us to follow...or perhaps have Downworlders as main characters to get a more in depth look at their world. People moan about there being more and more books based in this world, but seriously her writing is amazing. Fluid and beautiful, her descriptions are out of this world. And while there are stories to be had in this world, I want to read them. I will never get tired of Shadowhunters (only the books though, the TV series hasn't done much for me) 
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Published on July 26, 2017 02:09 • 2 views

July 9, 2017

Picture Author- Elle Casey

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she’s in the middle of a shootout.

After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?
My Review- I picked up Wrong Number, Right Guy because the blurb seemed interesting and it was available through Kindle Unlimited. It kept me gripped from the first few pages and I read it within a day. May Wrexler is a very humourous character who loves her sister and all her rebel nieces and nephew. She is likeable, fun and even though she has a panicky inner monologue during stressful situations, she handles them pretty well.

But, it is this love for her family and some exchanged texts with an unknown number she assumes belongs to her sister's new phone that brings her to a bar known for its crime. Frankies, a biker bar. The message tells her to get her 'ass' there and believing her sister is having a breakdown, she doesn't hesitate. And is suddenly caught up in a gun fight and a man trying to save her life in a gruff, alpha male way. 

The action was fun and the slow burning chemistry between May and Ozzie was great to read. Ozzie runs a security firm with a group of fun and colourful characters and they soon come to care about May and her safety. Though she is anything but helpless with her taser on hand and quick reflexes when she is terrified. Even so, she is up against drug dealers and hardened criminals who settle their disputes with guns. 

It is steamy and sweet and funny. My only complaint and the reason for not giving this a full five stars was the ending. After such a great book it was just terribly abrupt and disappointing when there was potential for action and rescues and some alpha male growling. But never the less, overall, I enjoyed the book.
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Published on July 09, 2017 13:34 • 45 views

June 22, 2017

Picture Author- Keira Cass

My Rating- 4 STARS

Synopsis- ​For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
My Review- I really enjoyed this, though some parts were a little lacking and I was honestly disappointed in the main character at the very end.

(potential spoilers)

This starts off sort of like a none lethal Hunger Games story. It is a dystopian America set after a Fourth World War where many conflicts have seen them under the rule of China, then as it's own country again, named after the man who led it to freedom and became a King. So America, for this story, is named Illea. In this new Illea Princesses are married off to other countries to strengthen treaties and Princes marry a daughter of the appropriate age from one of many districts of the country. There is also something similar to factions within the districts (A little like divergent but not by human traits separating them but by work and coin). Eights are the homeless and wanderers, Ones are royalty. From thousands of girls, only 35 are selected to live within the palace so that the Prince can choose a wife amongst them.

America, the heroine of the story (not the country itself) is a Five, the artist's faction who are neither starving but don't quite live comfortable enough to have luxuries. She is a Singer and plays many instruments and she believes she is in love with a boy in a lower faction. Females do not marry down and so they keep it secret. But Aspen breaks up with her and at the same time she has been selected, along with others, for the Prince. 

From the moment she lives in the palace walls she is glad to be away from her heartbreak but makes it clear to the Prince she does not want him romantically and offers to be his friend instead. Yet, they do bond and they do grow closer and the Prince takes care of her well. He even promises to wait for her to decide if she loves him back. Which brings me to the only part of this book that really disappointed me and stopped me from giving that 5-star rating. Part of her wants Aspen, part wants the Prince and she makes it clear that she is enjoying the triangle around her, which is unfair to both the boys. It stopped her from being that kind, strong, elegant woman and made her seem a little arrogant and selfish.

However....I am ready to delve into Book 2 and see how it goes and whether she redeems herself. Wonderfully written. A world full of flaws and fear. A great start to the series.
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Published on June 22, 2017 14:22 • 28 views

June 14, 2017

Author- Gillian Flynn

My Rating- 5 STARS

Synopsis- Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
My Review- An amazing book. A story of serial murder in a backwards, creepy town where the females are cruel and shallow and bored of their rich lives and the men dote on them. The younger males use the girls like their personal toys, sleeping with them one by one at drunken parties. The popular circles torture those who don't fit in. The atmosphere of Wind Gap is chilling to the core. All have secrets, all edge on the strange and above all the voice of this book, Camille, has her own set of flaws. 

Camille moved away from Wind Gap and became a police reporter in Chicago. Her memories of her hometown, Wind Gap, are more like nightmares. She hates and craves her mother at the same time , who is deeply disturbing throughout the story. She also lost her sister, Marian, who was always a sickly child. Or was she? Camille, through the traumas of her childhood, became a cutter to deal with it. She became obsessed with words and covered her body in them, healed to permanent scars. 

Heading back to Wind Gap to get the scoop on a serial killer has her falling back in to old, damaging routines and she begins to put together some horrifying facts about her childhood and how it may connect to the killings. The killer chooses independent, wild children, kills them and removes their teeth. Camille must find out who is doing it, why and what secrets the town is hiding that could be a break in the case. 

This books was great. Camille is a likable main character and her voice is so full of pain, needy in a way a child who lacks love begs for it. She is a little messed up, battles with the urge to cut herself daily and drinks heavily to not have to deal with life sober. Part of her was beginning to mend in Chicago but this place holds too much darkness for her. She is flawed. She lies and worries she will become like her mum, but ultimately in her core I think she is kind and smart. She struggles to love herself and allows others to use her. I wanted to hug her tightly and take care of her. 

It's a book I wish I could read all over again without knowing how it ends because even right to the last chapter, the story twists and turns again.
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Published on June 14, 2017 10:32 • 5 views