Saturday, December 31, 2016

Never Let You Go by Chevey Stevens

Never Let you Go by Chevey Stevens
 To be released March 14, 2017
This book is a page turner and will keep you up way past your bedtime.
Chevey Stevens knows how to write, entertain and keep you guessing.
Be prepared for a gamut of emotions!
Lindsay's husband is abusive and an alcoholic. Lindsay's only option to save herself and her daughter is to hatch a plan and escape in the middle of the night. Lindsay's plan is a successful failure in that she escapes but her husband, Andrew realizes she is gone and chases after her. During his mission to get her back he is in an accident that results in a death.
 He was under the influence, found guilty and sentenced to prison and now he is out.
Lindsay feels someone is watching her, following her and then her boyfriend starts to receive threats. Lindsay just knows it is Andrew. She catches him following her and she is frightened and planning an escape plan.
She fears for the safety of herself and her daughter and flees but will Andrew find them?
"Never Let you Go" is full of surprises and the villain could be ANYONE. Everyone is suspect and this thriller sucks you in and spits you out in an emotional upheaval. This is one book you don't want to miss. If you haven't read anything by Stevens, I suggest you pick up a book today.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Almost Missed You: A Novel Mar 28, 2017 by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
To be released
March 28, 2017

Violet and Finn were THE couple. The one everyone wants to be. The "perfect" couple, the couple meant to be or so everyone says and then Finn disappears with their son Bear.

Violet is blindsided and left alone on their family vacation. She has no answers for why Finn left she thought everything was perfect but Finn has secrets --- secrets that become his undoing.

Finn shows up with Bear on the doorstep of his childhood friend Caitlin's home. Caitlin is torn and forced into keeping his presence a secret or he will give hers up.

Violet is grieving and searching for her son and her friend Caitlin knows where he is and can't tell her. The story unravels like a fine ribbon.

Readers get to  experience the before, during and after of Finn and Violets relationship. Strawser makes you ache for both characters and makes Finn a loveable character despite what he has done. The backstory of Caitlin is bittersweet and the story will haunt you long after you've closed the book.

This is a deliciously good book.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Body Electric by Beth Revis

The Body Electric has been sitting waiting for me to read for well over a year now but I just kept on shuffling it to the bottom of the deck. I finally decided it was time to pick it up and read it and I am glad that I did.

Beth Revis has a knack for Sci-Fi and easily entertains someone like me who isn't a huge fan of the genera. The story is cut into little chapters, which makes it a breeze to read and allows for excellent stopping points. The best thing is when you come back to the book, you easily slide back into it.

There is quite a bit of technological, futuristic devices but Revis doesn't hamper you down with details and explains them with ease. I was never left scratching my head or wishing the passage explaining
them was over.

Ella Shepard's mother has created the technology that allows for people to relive their memories when in a dream state. Her father was killed in the lab he was using to create technological advances. Ella's mother is dying and in an effort to help her mother she learns to insert herself into peoples dreams and memories.

Ella is approached by Jack, who gives her a warning to be careful. Jack who she has no memories of because they have been erased. Ella finds herself in a situation in which she is left with no choice but to trust Jack because she has no one else.

This book took a bit to get into and was fairly entertaining but not as good as Revis ""Across the Universe" series. I suspect it had to do with the fact that some of the elements from that series pops up in this one, which gives you an inkling of what is happening. The book is too predictable for my liking but I wouldn't rule out reading it based on that.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

So -- I have read a few books between this post and the previous. I just can't post them for review yet as they are Advance Readers Copies and I have to wait until a certain date to post those reviews.

I do remember reading, "Perfect Match" and I  was able to recall the majority of the details. I was rather impressed by this.

 Perfect Match deals with the sensitive topic of sexual abuse of a child it is further complicated in that the accused abuser is a priest -- a person that many hold in high esteem. Nina Frost is an assistance district attorney who prosecutes child molesters and when her child become a victim she becomes unhinged.

She knows the law, knows the process and knows that most accusers are set free or serve very little time. Nina wants to make sure that justice is served and she takes matters into her own hands. She becomes the judge and jury and  her actions put her in the defendant seat.

Perfect Match has many narrators and is well written. JP pulls readers into her world. I didn't like Nina Frost but I've found that just because you don't like a character doesn't mean you won't like the book. I have to repeat that I LOVE the research JP puts into her novels and I usually rush off to learn more about topics she covers --- she educates and entertains her readers. Overall a good read.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I continue on my path to read and (re-read) Jodi Picoult's novels in the order they were published.

I remember reading Salem Falls and not being that impressed but mainly because books pertaining to magic don't hold my interest too long unless the underlying story is impressive.  I did enjoy this book more than in the past but I  can honestly say it is not one of my favorite Picoult novels.

This book centers around Jack St. Bride. Jack has been released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn't commit. He ends up in the sleepy town of Salem Falls. He keeps his past hidden and quickly finds a job at a dinner. Jack keeps to himself and forms a relationship with Addie the owner of the diner.

Jack's good looks catch the attention of Gillian Duncan, who's father owns half the town. Gillian gets what she wants and this time she wants Jack. She casts a spell in an attempt to get him. Gillian and her friends go out into the woods to perform some type of wiccan worshiping event. Gillian is assaulted in the woods on her way home and she points her finger at Jack.

Jack quickly becomes the towns villain and his case goes to trial. The court battle reveals many truths and lies.

Jack is a well developed character and his story is haunting. Addie is a wonderful character that you want to root for and become friends with. The teenage characters are the cast of mean girls but when one finds her strength you better watch out.

This is still overall an good read and entertaining.

The Embalmer by Caillé Anne-Reneé and Mullins Rhonda

The Embalmer is a short book around 80 pages or so. It's not as macabre as I was hoping but it is rather interesting. The book centers a...