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Quicksand - Malin Persson Giolito

I was so excited to hear that I won this book from Book Reporter. It was an amazing read. An accounting of Maja who was the girlfriend of a high school student (Sebastian) who was the main shooter involved in a school shooting. As Sebastian's girlfriend, Maja was considered his accomplice. She was suspected of killing Amanda (her best friend) and Sebastian.

The book tells of the relationship between Maja and Sebastian and Maja and Amanda prior to the school shooting. It is an in depth story of how much Sebastian changed over the time that Maja and him spent together. Maja really expresses all of her feelings about Sebastian, the shooting, Amanda, her time in jail, her lawyers, the judges, her parents, her classmates, Sebastian's dad and the prosecutor.

I found it to be an amazing read and sped through the book very easily. I really felt sorry for Maja as I felt that she had to do things that she really didn't have to do. The responsibility that she was put under was way too much for someone her age.

I would like to thank Book Reporter for pulling my name out of the hat and allowing me to read this outstanding book. I would definitely recommend it.

Executive Order (Reeder and Rogers Thriller) - Max Allan Collins

Action? You want action? This book starts out with four of the top CIA agents in an area between two countries unknown to them that they are about to start a war. They can see tanks and other military vehicles from both countries on either side of them. However they are just sitting there. All of a sudden they start moving towards the agents and then Russian paratroopers start descending from the skies above. The war is starting and the agents are caught in the middle. They are, of course, caught in the middle and killed. No one in America knows that they are there. The head of the CIA does not know they are there. They president has ordered that no one should be there. Why are they there? No one seems to know. What is going on.

The Secretary of the Interior is suddenly dead. She has ate a sandwich that has sesame in it. She's allergic to sesame. Is it murder or just a coincidence?

This just the start of what's going on in this book. The president calls in Joe Reeder to help figure out what exactly is going on.

The action only picks up from here.

This is a book you definitely don't want to start reading at bedtime. I had to stop reading the book right in the middle of the best part and I was not happy. I went back and started again just so I could get my heart pumping and into it. Because, believe me, that's exactly what happened when I was reading this book.

I read number 2 in the series of this book and just like this book found it outstanding. A great read that I did not want to put down. The pages just by. The action was continuous. I was so into this book. While the ending did tie up everything, I still did not want it to end.

The characters of Reeder and Rogers are very likeable. They work well together and their relationship is more like brother and sister. I like that. The author did a great job with all the action that was going on in the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

A Harvest of Thorns - Corban Addison

A garment factory way across the ocean in Bangladesh making clothes for a huge corporation in America catches fire and is pictured on CNN with one of it's workers lying on the ground. Covering her face is a pair of pants with the company's logo front and center displayed where the whole world can see it. Hundreds of people are killed in this fire. There is one exit to this building. Americans are protesting the company and demand something be done. Stocks go down. The Board of Directors are looking for someone to blame. It's not looking good for the company.

Soon thereafter, it is Black Friday, the company (one much like WalMart) has other non-clothing items on deep discounts. America storms their stores, buying is at a frenzy. All is forgotten. The company's shares rise back up. The Board of Directors is happy. Everyone is fine. The little girl with the pants on her face is almost blind, can't hear out of one ear and sleeps most of the day. She's about 15 years old and can't work for a living. She is just one of the workers that are part of the story in this book about the travesty of big companies using foreign workers.

The book focuses on one man (Cameron) who is high up in one of these companies and finds out just exactly what is going on in his company. Cameron brings it to the table of his CEO and is told that they made it over the bad news of the fire, he needs to let it go. Cameron brings in a journalist, Joshua.

Joshua gets involved. He finds more abuse. However, when he goes to Cameron, he doesn't seem to be on the same page he was before? Is Cameron the same Christian man he was before? Or has greed taken him over? Also, at the same time, Joshua has some issues of faith in his life going on.

This was a fantastic read. I read it all in one sitting. I could not put it down. I could not believe what was going on with these children, and yes, they were children. Apparently, if you read the back of the book, it is still going on. There are also places and organizations that you can reach out to if you are interested in getting involved in helping in any way.

A great read that I would definitely recommend.

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me this book in hopes that I would read and review it.

Life After: A Novel - Katie Ganshert

Wow, you get on a train with 22 other people sit down, open your book or whatever you do on the train. Next thing you know your waking up in a hospital. It's weeks later and you find out that there was a bomb detonated on your train car and you survived. The only one out of 23 people.

A year later and you still haven't got over the guilt. Why me? Why did I survive?

This is a story of Autumn. She still visits the graves of those 22 people. She broke up with her fiancee right after she came out of her coma. She can't remember anything about the explosion. The last thing she remembers happened two weeks before. She spends most of her waking hours in her apartment watching TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles and assembling a scrapbook with articles and information about the people with her on the train. She never knew them or their names before. She does now.

I could not put this book down. Between all the secrets and everyone holding back, and wondering why they were acting like they were, it was killing me. I had to know. And, then the stories of the survivors talking about their missed loved ones. Those were killing me.

An absolutely poignant, beautiful, mesmerizing story that I am so glad that I got to read. This is one that will haunt me (in a good way) for a very long time.

Thanks you Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book. I loved it!!!

The Red Hunter: A Novel - Lisa Unger

I love Lisa Unger books. I always know that I am going to get a great read whenever I pick up one of her books and this one did not fail one bit.

Zoey was a little strange to begin with until I learned what made her strange. Then I was like "she's only that strange"? This girl had a very rough life and it started very early.

Of course, Claudia was having a rough life of her own, but her's was only about to get a whole lot rougher.

There are some really mean characters in this book. The author did a great job with the time lines, the plot twists, the "secret man" (small spoiler) and the overall secrets that all come out in the end.
Secrets that started early in Zoey's life and that Claudia inadvertently shares with her decades later.

Such a great read that I fully enjoyed. It's all there, mystery, suspense and . . . very well put together.

Kudos Lisa on a great job! I have met Lisa. As a matter of fact, I have the marketing poster board for her book "Heartbroken" signed and framed hanging in my bedroom. (It has the colors that match - turquoise and teal). Thanks again Lisa! And yes, this review is unbiased, HA!!!

Huge thanks to Touchstone for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Anything Is Possible - Elizabeth Strout

I did not read "My Name is Lucy Barton" but I want to now. I got a glimpse into her life from this book but not a lot. This book was about the characters that were in Lucy Barton's hometown. They were quite the crew.

The majority of the book was about and written from Tom the janitor's point of view. He is the one to share what he saw of Lucy while she was growing up. There is also Lucy's remaining family, her brother and her sister. You get a real feel for what life was like growing up in that house when the three of them get together when Lucy, on a book tour, visits the town she left so long ago.

Definitely a sad read, but I did enjoy it.

Thanks to Random House for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Startup: A Novel - Doree Shafrir

I liked this book a lot. There were a lot of chuckles. There were women getting even (YAY!!). And, it was a great read. I whipped right through it very pleasantly.

The ending, however, just kind of dropped off. Leading me to hope (fingers crossed) that there will be a sequel. I would definitely read it. I NEED to know what happens to Mack and is there any retaliation for Sabrina's husband? What a snake!

Now I know my review has got you interested in this read. Ha! Seriously, it is an entertaining, enjoyable and hilarious read.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Burntown - Jennifer McMahon

When I first saw this book offered on Net Galley, I didn't even read the description. I saw the name Jennifer McMahon and bam, I hit request. I have read several of this author's books and I have never been disappointed. While I can say this one was certainly different than others that I have read, it did not disappoint.

There was most certainly a lot of action going on in this book. At first, while the author was putting out the puzzle pieces it was a little slow. You can't just throw out the pieces, you have to make sure that they are all right side up. Then you have to put all the straight edges in a certain pile. Then you can start putting the puzzle together.

That's when this book started taking off. And boy, did it take off. The knapsack, the knitting needles, the money, snake eyes, wow I'm getting goose pimples thinking about it. I do have to say, the circus part, that was strange when I first started reading it. It was still strange after I figured it out, but I guess it would take someone strange to get into the car with these girls.

And, while first starting to read this, I thought that I had read it so fast that I had missed something with the flood. That is one thing about e-books, it's harder to go back and find something. However, I did discover that, no, I did not miss something. The book was Necco talking.

With all this being said, I hope that this little hints are just enough to intrigue, not give out spoilers. Because, this is an awesome read from an awesome author who has never failed to disappoint me. Like I said, I just saw the name and said "yes"!

Huge thanks to Doubleday Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

Oh, this book, this book. I went back and forth and then, back and forth. I just knew who the suspect was. Wrong. Then I just knew who the suspect was again and who was helping the suspect. Wrong. Then I absolutely knew who the suspect was, final answer. Wrong.

You would think I would be frustrated. No! I was loving it. So many suspects. Who doesn't love a book that gives you many suspects? Who wants to know who did it right off the bat?

This was a great book. The author took us to before the disappearance of Megan and Nicole and what was going on with those two girls. Then to a year after Megan's escape from her captor. At this time, Megan had written a book, became a national celebrity and Nicole was still missing. Nicole's older sister, Livia, meanwhile had become a forensic intern and was still searching for her sister. Scared that any day she would show up on her table, but still anxiously waiting to hear any news.

Livia uncovers something from one of the bodies that shows up on her table and links it to Megan's and Nicole's past. Then her and Megan start to work together to find Nicole. Megan still hasn't put all the pieces together. This is when the suspense starts.

An outstanding read that I could not put down. Yes, I was guessing up until almost the very end. And . . . yeah, that's all I'm going to tell you. It is worth your time to find out yourself.

Huge thanks to Kensington Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

I Wish You Missed Me: A thriller set in California (A Kit Doyle Mystery) - Bonnie Hearn Hill

This was my second book by this author and with Kit Doyle as a character. I had a hard time with one of the characters in this book not trusting Kit. The author never really said why, I guess it was covered in another book.

Anyway, Kit's friend, Farley, is missing and no one has heard from him. He was supposed to go surfing but all of his surfing stuff is still at his house. So Kit is looking for him. She also has a cohort named Virgie who gets the laughs in this book. And for mystery, we have a van following Kit around. There's also some strange characters living off the grid.

I found the book to be entertaining and other than the trust issue with Kit, I enjoyed reading it.

Thanks to Severn House for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Forever Summer - Jamie Brenner

This was one of those great feel good stories about family. Of course, it's not all feel good. What family is? There are secrets, break ups, anger, jealousy, death, and backstabbing.

When a new company comes out that proposes a new way to test DNA that can be done at home, Rachel decides to find out who her true father is. Little does she know that she will find a half sister and a grandmother. A grandmother who owns a B&B on a small island that has been in the family for multiple generations. She also has a half sister who believes that her divorcing parents are her birth parents. These tests lead change the lives of both girls over the course of one summer.

The book is a great story. The characters are very well developed and I loved both the story and the characters. In fact, I really did not want to leave them when the book was finished. I had become attached and felt a part of them. I had went through so much with them. The issues were life changing for these girls and I was with them holding their hands.

An entertaining, enjoyable and heartfelt read that I did not want to put down or leave.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Dead of Spring (Alexa Williams) - Sherry Knowlton

After reading this book, all I can think is wow! This was my first book by Sherry Knowlton and she did not disappoint. A story that sped by. One that you do not want to start close to bedtime. In the end, there was so much going on that I couldn't read the words fast enough to keep up the pace with what was going on. Chasing and being chased all around that capitol building, I was worn out for the characters.

The Three Mile Island thing was strange for me until the author opened the door and showed me where she was leading her readers. That was like, another wow!

If your looking for a book with a lot of action, this one hits the mark.

Thanks to Sunbury Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Undertow: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel - R.M. Greenaway

his was the second book by this author and my second book to read by this author. This one was definitely better than the first book.

The book starts out pretty crazy with a high speed chase wherein a man is following another man. Then he decides forget it. However, the man being chased says oh no, your not getting away with this and proceeds to chase his chaser. It just gets hairier after that. There are several people killed in this book and it's really pretty hard to figure out why and who is doing all this killing. Which is a good thing.

There are times when the author leads you to believe that things are going to happen and nothing does. That's a good thing as well.

When everything comes to light at the end, the light bulb goes off and you can see how the hints were there. However, they were so subtle that there was no way to really figure it out. I liked that.

There are some crazies in this book. I liked that too. A great read which I'm glad I got to read and review.

Thanks to Dundurn for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff - Michael Nesmith

Wow, this was an interesting book. I did not know a lot of things about Michael Nesmith, but I do now. I could amaze you with the trivia I learned, but you will just have to discover it for yourself.

Okay, okay, did you know that Davy Jones was on the Ed Sullivan show the same night as The Beatles were for the first time? He was starring in the play "Oliver" and was with some of his cast mates. Don't remember him being on the show? Seriously?

Michael Nesmith calls his book an autobiographical riff which is exactly how its written. I thought it was funny while reading the book that he sounded like an old musician. I don't really remember The Monkees being known for their musical abilities but apparently they had some. Well, at least Michael had some.

Thanks to Crown Publishing for approving my request to read this very interesting title and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

This was a very good book. I had not heard of anything that had happened in this book. I even asked my roommate who grew up in Oklahoma if he had heard of any of this and he had not. I would think that some mention of this would be included in the Oklahoma history books, but I am wrong.

This was undoubtedly one of the most shaming book of American history I have ever read. And all of this was done for money. Sickening.

I found this book to be very interesting and there were not many pages that I glossed over. Usually in a book like this, there are a few pages that I will do that, not in this one. You can certainly tell that there was a lot of research that was done while writing this book. And the writing also told a story. It wasn't just a bunch of information just thrown in there. I also could not believe the follow-up after the FBI left when there was proof that it just wasn't all Hale's doing. He was bad enough, but all the others? Sad.

I also liked reading about the FBI part of it as well. Especially the parts where Hoover is concerned. I will hold off on calling him the names I am thinking.

An interesting, very informative, sad, unbelievable, and just downright head shaking read. If your into history or just trivia, this is a book you need to read.

Thanks Doubleday Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

What's Become of Her: A Novel - Deb Caletti

This was a great story about a woman (Isabelle) who falls fast and deeply for a tourist (Henry) who newly arrives to the island that she grew up on. She has just recently returned to the island after her mother's death to take over the family's tourism business. Her life having suddenly changed due to a recent divorce that she is struggling with getting over.

The man arrives via seaplane and as Isabelle reaches out to help Henry off the plane, she immediately is attracted to his looks. Henry also feels the electricity. It's not long before he's hanging around her and asking her out.

A concerned friend looks into Henry's past and discovers that Henry has a deceased fiancee as well as a deceased wife. Both of whom have died under suspicious circumstances. Should Isabelle be afraid?

This story that had me definitely turning those pages pretty fast. Especially when someone far away is concerned for Isabelle and starts sending her packages to warn her. Is Henry guilty?

A great read that kept me perplexed and I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks Random House/Ballantine for approving my request and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.