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Bless Her Heart (An Ellery Novel) - Sally Kilpatrick

For a while at the start of this book, I was really starting to get tired of hearing this "bless your heart" phrase and almost put the book down. Soon after that thought, it stopped and I realized that the author had to of put that in there to get us as sick of the phrase as the character. A character who really had to put up with a lot of crap, a lot of it no fault of her own. Well, it worked. Ha!

So. . . just give it a chance. I found it to be a very fun, entertaining and enjoyable read. I was laughing and smh right along with the character for the rest of the book.

Thanks to Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

She Regrets Nothing: A Novel - Andrea Dunlop

Do not, I repeat, do not eff with Laila. This girl is cray, cray. Hellbent on a mission towards the way to reach her goal. Be rich, like she should have been in the first place! I felt all kinds of sorry for Laila at the beginning. Yeah, she will do that to you. Her naivety and wonderment, so endearing.

A cousin of a major wealthy NYC family who has been denied her due. That would be the huge share of the wealth that was kept from her due to her deceased parents being ostracized from the family when Laila was very young. She regrets nothing is a great title for this book which I truly discovered at the end.

I loved how the author gave me an insight into what the character's are thinking. It really added to my enjoyment, a lot. 

Lesson learned for me: You can have all the money in the world and it won't keep you from being cray, cray.

Sooo many times I wanted to leave Crazyland, but someone would play the crazy card again . . . and I was sucked right back in. 

Great read, had major feelings for the characters (good or bad, always works for me).

Thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The emotion that I felt while reading this book? Wow! It was intense. Granted it was a huge negative emotion in the fact that I thoroughly detested one of the main characters. A man suffering, but the damage he caused, erased any pity you ever had for the man. I read this book seething. I will let you know domestic abuse is in full swing in the book. Not a plus or a negative, just a factor.

For that fact and the fact that I spent a whole day with these characters. It was rainy and I was lazy. In between bouts of Words with Friends, I lived this Alaskan world. Why anyone would want to do all that work and freeze their a$$ off most of the year? SMH

I was so mesmerized with this book and will remember a dreary winter day, spent in bed under the blankets totally living this Alaskan adventure.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press, Kristin Hannah and Net Galley for providing me a perfect winter day and a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Mister Tender's Girl: A Novel - Carter Wilson

There were so many aspects of this book that I really, really liked. I loved the anagram, that was way cool. The website and the stalking gave the book a major creep factor which was right up my alley.

However, and this is not a bad thing towards the author - just a heads up (imo), tiny warning. A small part of the book dealt with self harm (cutting) that came in towards the end. That just makes me super queasy, I just don't get that, not at all. I realize it's a thing but I don't care to read about it while I am wanting to be entertained. Fortunately, that was a very small part. I just wanted to warn those of you who feel like me and would appreciate the heads up. 

This was my first book by this author and it definitely won't be my last. My aversion to a detail he chose to use did not alter my feelings for the rest of the book.

Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for introducing me to this author by providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Liar's Girl - Catherine Ryan Howard
SHOCK FACE!!! Ten years ago, Alison Smith found out that her college boyfriend, Will Hurley (who she was madly in love with), was a serial killer. Okay, happens everyday, NOT! Present day, boyfriend is still in jail, no contact between either of them, and. . .the murders start up again. Was Will innocent or guilty?

Okay, this for me, was a pretty good book for the most part. The self talks Alison kept on......having were becoming a little tiring and annoying for me with their many appearances. But, I guess if your boyfriend had confessed to these murders a decade ago, and was now trying to get off, you would wonder constantly too.

However, for the most part, I enjoyed the book and was glad that I got the chance to read it.

I will say there was one especially "way super" creepy scene when someone was watching Amy ( a new victim). The last sentence of that chapter, while already tensed up at the situation, blew me the eff away. I had to stop reading, it was totally unexpected. Not giving you any spoilers at all, just letting you know it was majorly bone chilling.

Huge thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley for, yet again, allowing providing me with a free e-galley of the author's latest in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Poison: A Novel (Dismas Hardy) - John Lescroart

I am not really a big fan of legal thrillers especially if it contains pages among pages among pages (you get the drift) of court proceedings. Especially the ones that they are required to do. HOWEVER! I do make an exception when it's John Lescroart. I love his Dismas Hardy series, while relatively a newcome to the series, I am hooked and look forward to reading earlier books.

This one had something, imo, going on in the wings. Was the author trying to tell us something about the series?

Well, I do know, whether this series or a standalone, I thoroughly enjoy John Lescroart's books!

Huge thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for yet another approval to read a John Lescroart e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Girlfriend: A Novel - Sarah  Naughton

This was a very interesting book for me that pretty much had me from the beginning. I was a little unsure at first who was historically talking (pretty sure I had frown lines) in the background. When I figured out that it was two people, the light bulb when off and I was off to the races.

I missed it if there was any clue given as to how this was going to end. And when I did get to the end, my first thought was "well done".

This was definitely an entertaining read that kept me spellbound throughout.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Whispering Room - Dean Koontz, Elisabeth Rodgers, Recorded Books

Jane Hawk is one major bad a$$ woman! We need more women like her in the books we read. Not only is she super smart and an expert at so many things, she is like an UFC cage fighter. I definitely would not want to be caught in a dark alley with her.

On the run, with her picture in every post office in America, Jane is trying to get to the bottom of her husband's death. The charge she is running from.

What Jane uncovers is crazy out there, but made believable. I fell for it, hard. Full of action, plot twists you will NEVER see coming and an ape sh$t crazy way to take over the world through control.

A read that I thoroughly enjoyed, sped right through and could not put down. I am definitely loving this new series by the author.

Thanks to Random House Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy - Molly Harper

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very nice change of pace for me. I read so many mystery & suspense stories that I feel I need to read some women's fiction just to keep me human.

This one certainly fit the bill. There was some humor regarding a huge shrimp tower and flamingoes or peacocks. (I read this two weeks ago! Ha!!) There were also several other moments I found humorous. The idea of a funeral home and a bait shop put together made for even more humorous moments.

If your into light romance, no sex scenes and a really cute (not in a bad way) read. My first book by this author and not my last.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

This was such a great book for me. I loved the characters especially and sped right through it.

I loved that, for the most part, the gas chambers, crematoriums and the other human atrocities were scenery. Not to say that it wasn't prevalent, but it wasn't the gist of the story.

The story was about a man who did everything he could to save himself and still be able to live with himself. And, also what he could do for the people around him. He was responsible for saving many lives by sneaking in food, hiding people, etc., whatever it took.

Such a great, great book! I loved it!!! A really strong feel good read, despite the atrocities, that had me speeding right through this one.

Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Accessories to Die For: A Mystery (Irene's Closet) - Paula Paul

This was my first book by this author and I truly enjoyed it.

A nice little cozy mystery that is sent in one of my favorite places . . . Santa Fe. The scenes on the plaza brought back great memories for me of the five Mother's Days in a row that I spent there for business.

A tale of murder, mystery together with an insight into Pueblo customs. I sped right through this enjoyable read!

Thanks to Random House/Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir - Maude Julien, Adriana Hunter
Wow!! This poor girl!! I felt so sorry for her.

A psycho father who adopted a six year old girl, raised her, married her when she was of age and had a daughter with her. This book is the story of the childhood of that daughter, Maude.

This girl's home life was crazy. She spent years never leaving her house or yard (one that was totally blocked in for the most part, she couldn't see out, no one could see in). She was home schooled and told so many lies. Her father, who was a legend in his own mind, had some imaginative ways in which to raise a child. The biggest lesson that her father wanted to teach her was "to trust no one" and that there was a slew of kidnappings and that Maude, herself, had to be very careful since they were a well off family.

While reading this book, I seriously could not believe that it was not fiction. This guy's ego was so huge I'm surprised that it fit with two other people in that house.

This was definitely a great story which held my interest throughout the early years of Maude's life. The father's reasons which he gave to Maude as to why he did things was incredible. This was truly a man who need to be hanging by his balls.

Thankfully Maude got out of there and is happy with two daughters.

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

 

This Fallen Prey - Kelley Armstrong

Yes!!! Another chapter in the Rockton saga. I love these Casey Duncan books. I somehow stumbled on them right at the beginning and have enjoyed them all. I did not realize that the author was the one and same Kelley Armstrong who did all those paranormal books. I finally put 2 and 2 together! SMH

The town of Rockton is somewhere up in Northwest Canada. The reader isn't really given a lot of detail and neither are the residents. Rockton is about 15 square miles (I think?) and is surrounded by forests and mountains in which a lot of bad things, animals and people reside.

Rockton is a town of victims. Each resident has paid a huge sum of money to disappear off the grid. 

The books have many attributes in that they are mysteries, action thrillers, family life, survival and together with a little romance (no sex scenes).

This series became one of my favorites with book number 1!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Red Clocks: A Novel - Leni Zumas

2.5 Stars

I really liked the premise of this book when I read description. However, the reading of the book was so tedious and challenging that I had to give up on it at about 35% into it. There was not a story here, per se, IMO. It was filled with phrases just thrown in. No conversation or plots. The characters (the mender, the daughter, the wife, etc.) are called by their roles. Then every once in a while, their names are used. And you had better be paying attention to catch this.

Unfortunately, the book was not garnering all my attention, hardly any of it. Not only would I need a spreadsheet to keep up, but I would need a white board, as well. One that I could tie strings from person to person detailing relationships, etc.

For me, this was all too challenging with little entertainment provided. I am not a fan of this type of writing at all.

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

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

This was an excellent book that had me guessing throughout. At one point, maybe twice, I had reason to point a finger at all the boys involved in the book. I just kept going back and forth. It was crazy!

The author did a great job including into this book, suspense; intrigue; much creepiness with a huge thrill factor. It reminded me of "Stand by Me" (the movie) where adolescent boys are trying to grow up and be boys when a murder rocks their town.

Utterly mesmerizing and unputdownable!

Thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

This was a interesting premise. Four siblings go to see a gypsy psychic who can tell you that day you die. They range in ages of 7 to 13. That's pretty crazy and pretty young to be receiving information like that. However, was the gypsy right in her prophecies or do the persons who are told this prophecy slightly make that death day happen?

I really liked the first part of this book. I was about 22% through the book when I figured out why the young boy dies so young. So sad! However, I am not a fan of magicians and skipped a bunch of those pages. I still got the gist though. I did the same during monkey girl's days at work, as well. Other than my lack of interest in those occupations, I found the book very interesting, sad and a great read.

I loved the inclusion of historical events. Especially the ones that most people can relate to. It just made it so much more real and engrossing for me.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.