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Amanda Wakes Up - Alisyn Camerota

I found this to be a very enjoyable story that held my interest and was funny and entertaining.

Right off the bat, Amanda Gallo, a reporter for a sub-par news agency, is called to investigate and report a bank robbery that just happens to be 10 minutes away from her friend's house where she has spent the night. Unfortunately, Amanda went to her friend's house thinking they were only going to go swimming and hit some local bars. So . . . dressed in all that she has with her, a bikini, a T-shirt and flip flops, Amanda shows up ready to report. Unfortunately, what she thought was going to be a phoned in report turns into a live camera report. Her reputation is set, she is now known as the girl who reports without pants. Ha!!

This is just the beginning of the laughs that are abound in this very entertaining book. 

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

Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) - Jane Casey

This was my fourth book by Jane Casey and as usual, she did not let me down. This one begins with a teenager coming home early from her dad's home from a weekend stay. The real reason why is given later in the book, but the beginning having you believe it was because of her stepmother. And, believe me, if I had a stepmother like that, I don't think I would ever go to my dad's house. She is just one person in a very long list of suspects in this book.

The teenager, Chloe, is a little slow and when she opens up the front door to her house, all she can see is blood everywhere. However, because Chloe is what she is, she thinks its dirt and wonders how it got everywhere like it did. 

On to the investigation, Maeve Kerrigan is called in to determine what actually happened in Chloe's house and the story enfolds into a very strange case.

As usual, there is the action and suspense that is typical of any Jane Case book. Also the entertaining and enjoyable factor that I have come to expect with her books. A story that will have you guessing and guessing again and again.

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

Gather the Daughters: A Novel - Jennie Melamed

I seriously almost gave up on this book due to the subject matters regarding the fathers of this post apocalyptic story. However, my anger with this "ritual" also drove me to read further after discovering a "rebellion".

I literally did get a sick regarding this ritual.

As I said, I did keep with the book and found it to be a very good read after my initial shock and disgust. So, if you can find it possible to get over the ritual, you will get a good read.

The ideas and rituals of this island were VERY strange and I hope that's not really happens in the future! HA!! Women are degraded and second, maybe third or even worse, fourth class citizens in this setting on an island that is away from the "Wasteland" of civilization approachable by ferry and only used by the wanderers. The wanderers are the council of men that take trips back to the "Wasteland" to get supplies, people and whatever else they can find that will help their new world.

A good read that I did find gross and entertaining, if you can believe that can happen in one book.

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

Paradise Valley: A Novel (Highway Quartet) - C. J. Box

I love C. J. Box's stand alone novels and this one did not disappoint. An action thriller that had my heart pounding as I ripped through the pages. 

Investigator Cassie Dewell is on a mission. She failed to capture the "Lizard King" years ago and it has been bugging her ever since. Now, they have found him again and he's still abducting "lot lizards" who no one ever hears from again once they are inside his truck.

Cassie just knows that this time they have him and the latest "lot lizard". He's going to be arrested and hopefully rot in jail. Unfortunately, the elusive and always thinking of ways to keep himself out of prison is one step ahead of them. His latest plan has Cassie losing her job and even more determined to get this guy.

Filled with action, suspense, unusual predicaments and one that will have you staying up WAY past your bedtime this is one I highly recommend. I read it in one sitting while the pages just flew by. A sicko with an unusual technique that I couldn't wait to see him caught and put away!

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

The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel - Elizabeth Berg

I absolutely loved this story of three lonely people who come together as a family with heartwarming details and lots of laughs.

The style of writing reminded me very much of Frederik Backman and I truly love his books. 

My first book by this author, however, it won't be my last.

A very emotional, poignant and funny, at times, story that will either leave you needing tissues, or at least with tears in your eyes.

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

The Truth We Bury: A Novel - Barbara Taylor Sissel

3.5 STARS

A gripping story that had you wondering just who was this killer that killed the maid of honor from Shea and AJ's wedding just days before the wedding. AJ, a decorated marine with PTSD is the number one suspect. The bridesmaid was killed in his apartment and he's missing. Opinions of the in-laws and of the townspeople play a very big role in this story. It's not a cozy little mystery set in a small town outside Dallas. There are some very important issues dealt with while trying to find the killer.

I will say this book had me very, very frustrated with these police officers throughout the whole story. However, I guess I had the advantage of seeing things that they did not, but it still irked me.

This was a suspense mystery dealing with a lot of different emotions that I found very entertaining and was glad that I got the chance to read this book.

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

Fierce Kingdom: A Novel - Gin Phillips

4.5 STARS!!! 

Wow, I literally held my breath pretty much through most of this book. A story of a mother, Joan, and her 4 year old son, Lincoln, who are on a normal trip to the zoo. It's a pretty regular trip for them, as they do it a lot. They have their special places and animals to see. Lincoln is a very creative child coming up with all kinds of stories with a very extended vocabulary.

On this visit to the zoo, they are preparing to leave, as it is closing time, when Joan hears gunshots coming from the entrance of the zoo. Then . . . prepare to take your last breath. The action and suspense that follows while Joan and her very rambunctious son spend over 3 hours trying to hide from the shooters. They pass fallen lifeless bodies, both human and animal. Lincoln, true to his age, has a very hard time keeping quiet, especially after several hours and he is hungry.

This book at me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and zipping through the pages. A well written story that will definitely make you stay up past your bedtime.

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

The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

This was one crazy cult. It was designed to bring couples closer together and make marriage their number one priority. The founder and executives that ran this cult had some pretty good ideas. However, I think that they were going a little overboard in their "punishments" for people not following the rules. Infidelity was punished severely and shamefully, and I mean shamefully.

That being said, this was definitely an entertaining read. I spent a lot of the book asking the couple, Alice and Jake, what were they thinking and why they were going along with it. Then I realized that if you didn't go along with it, the penalties were VERY severe.

A very interesting premise that had me yelling and screaming at the characters, a lot! 

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

The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

The premise of high school girls making up a game of lying and hiding a suicide as their last and final lie really held my interest in this book. 

Years after the suicide and after the girls had left school, started living their adult lives, some married with children and some just trying to make it. Three of the girls receive a text from the fourth girl in the pact: "I need you". With this being known very early in the book without any background whatsoever of these girls and their past, I was immediately intrigued. 

The narrator focuses, for the most part, on Isa, who at times becomes the narrator. Her instant response to that text has her grabbing up her six month child, packing some things and catching a train. Leaving her husband dumbfounded and questioning. Another reason for my interest in this story.

Yes, I was hooked at the beginning and never lost interest. A story filled with intrigue, suspense, deception, and secrets that have been hidden for a long time. Definitely unputdownable and entertaining. 

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

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel - Janelle Brown

I thought that this was a pretty good premise for this book. However, I did tire of the father rather soon into my reading. I just did not connect with him at all. That being said, I'm not sure how I would act if my wife was missing for over a year and finding out all kinds of things about her that he did not know. Things in her past that were not even close to being revealed or told truthfully during their marriage that had been long enough to produce a teenage daughter.

Besides the missing mother and wife, there are other things going on in the book. Most of them having to do with the teenage daughter who is seeing visions and thinks her mother is still alive. These visions, after a while, lead the father and daughter to a mystery that was a shock to them both.

A decent read that includes some suspense that is, if you can get over some of the actions taken by the father.

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

Two Nights: A Novel - Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan, usual protagonist of Kathy Reich's books, has stepped back behind the curtain making way for a new character, Sunny Night, and I like her. She is quite the smarta$$ and her comebacks, whether spoken or thought, are quite humorous. Of course, like all detectives, Sunny has her demons. She also has her weaknesses, coming from a struggle with a suspect, wherein she lost an eye as well as her job for shooting and killing that person while he was weaponless.

She is a very strange sort, living on an island that can only be reached by boat and with very few neighbors. She's not alone living there, however, she has her pet squirrel named Bob who looks after the place for her when she's gone.

This story deals with a cold case of a woman and her son being killed in a bombing right outside a school. The daughter of the woman is missing and has not been heard from for over a year. Sunny is hired by the girl's grandmother to find her and the assailants who were caught on CCTV, although very fuzzily. 

The things that Sunny does while on this chase are somewhat severe in her avoidance of detection, however, that avoidance does not last long. The killers are on to her and after her.

A great read with lots of action and suspense. Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite authors and I love this new character that she has created. I hope to see lots more of her in the future.

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

Fitness Junkie: A Novel - Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza

What a great story about losing weight and dieting. Then, the final straw, did Janey really and truly "need" to lose weight?

This was a very fun, entertaining and often times hilarious read that I found enjoyable. I could not believe all the different workout routines that are being offered these days. Some of them I just had to laugh at, the routine and the people doing them. Ha. Her friend from college, Beau, needs to be taken to the woodshed. 

The funniest part was her fitness bracelet, a character all in itself, showing up and speaking up at the oddest and most humiliating times.

I definitely had fun and was entertained reading this book.

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

Meddling Kids: A Novel - Edgar Cantero

This was a very interesting premise for a book with the characters and the cover constantly reminding me of the cartoon show, Scooby Doo. I remember watching Scooby Doo on Saturday mornings growing up and immediately requested the book.

That being said I found this book very humorous on several fronts. The story was filled with comments from the dog (Tim is pretty hilarious, I know he would say for himself) as well as inanimate objects which made me crack a smile and at times, laugh out loud.

For the most part, this book was a pretty good read, however, after a while I kind of got over the premise and found the story grating. I did finish the book and like I said, for the most part I found it entertaining. I think it had a good premise, however it being sometimes hokey and very cheesy, but there is only so much cheese I can take. 

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

Everything We Left Behind: A Novel - Kerry Lonsdale

This is the continuation of the series "Everything We Keep". The first book dealt with Aimee who attended her fiance's funeral instead of her nuptials on her wedding day. This book tells us what really happened to James in Mexico. Well, eventually.

James is now Carlos and living in Mexico, has two sons, a deceased wife and owns an art gallery. He knows nothing of James. Freaky, but true.

Luckily, I had this book on my TBR pile right after I finished the first in the series. I picked it up right after finishing the first book. I could not wait. This one continued the flow, with some overlapping - which is to be expected, and I was right back into the story again. I'm not sure whether there will be more in this series. I could see that there could be. Telling the story of Aimee's life after finding James would be my guess if there is another book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. This was the first time that I had read this author and will definitely be adding her name to the list of authors to read.

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

Everything We Keep: A Novel - Kerry Lonsdale

I savored this book until the very end. That was when I started to savor the next book in this series. Thankfully, I already a copy of it and was to imbibe that book and conquer my excitement.

This was a very touching story. A woman who's fiance goes missing two months before the wedding while on an unexpected rushed trip to Mexico. The book opens with Aimee, a sous chef at her parent's restaurant, attending her fiance's funeral on her wedding day. The funeral is at the same church, with the same flowers and mostly the same people. A total heartbreak scene that will gain your sympathy for sure. After the funeral, she is accosted by a stranger who tells her that James, her fiance, is till alive.

The book goes back and forth as to whether James is still alive. The blurb leaves you hanging, so I will also. I can say that I was mesmerized by the story and haunted. There were a few times when I thought Aimee might have went a little too far, but it didn't stop me from reading this book.

A very mesmerizing read that kept me very interested and entertained. 

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

Final Target (A Jonathan Grave Thriller) - John Gilstrap

I have only recently discovered John Gilstrap and I'm glad that I finally did. This was the second book I've read in this series and I was thoroughly entertained.

This book was intense with all the action trying to avoid this narcissistic and scary Mexican cartel leader and his legions of thugs. He even had the Mexican police on his side. The orphanage children also played a big role in this book. 

Lots of action, plot twists, and characters used to capture the DEA man that had been abducted makes this a great read!

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