Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually refuse to start a series anywhere but Book 1 but reading this series in order isn't necessary and thank you to the novel gods for that. This was a great book! I was as invested in Olivia and her overly psychotic husband as I was in DCI Douglas. That is rare for me, especially in series where one person is the common focus character in each book of that series.

Now, as literary villains go, Robert is a Class A psycho. I mean the lengths he goes to to control Olivia rivals Hannibal Lecter's menu. Insanity doesn't quite give you the right feeling but you'll understand after you've read the book. And I suggest you do that!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: The Hand That Feeds You

The Hand That Feeds You The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book opens with Morgan Prager finding the mauled body of her fiance and her beloved dogs covered in his blood. What follows is a plot that unfolds like a kaleidoscope - just when things look one way the whole picture changes into something else. Can she trust her own memories? Has she ever seen anything the way it truly exists? How much impossibility is actually possible, or worse, reality?

Being a dog lover and rescue volunteer, I felt Morgan's torment over her dogs - Cloud, George, and Chester - and their fate. I especially appreciated the emphasis on the unfair treatment and prejudice against "bully breeds". All of the psychological anecdotes also played very well for me.

This may not be your typical psychological thriller and I loved that about it. A sleeper thriller, I'd call it.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Where To Get Free Books

While not technically free, since you pay for Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Reading comes with that membership. This is the most recent place for free books I have used. I have found several books here, proving that free doesn't always mean shit writing.

Don't sign up at BookBub unless you want to enlarge your To Read list by several books per day. I'm not even kidding. I have to unsubscribe every once in a blue moon because it kinda breaks my heart that I can't read everything that lands in my inbox. 

Admittedly, I haven't used Kobo as much as the other two but come on, I'm a girl with a 7K book long To Read list. I'll get to it! In the meantime, go for it. How could you regret free books?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: The Things We Wish Were True

The Things We Wish Were True The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Multiple points of view in a novel can get tedious but not so in this book. The Things We Wish Were True is just the right amount of mystery with well dropped hints throughout by different characters. By the end of the book, I could walk the streets of this neighborhood waving at all of the residents. I wish there were more stories to tell from Sycamore Glen, hint hint!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to love this and I did love some parts of it. It's just that fake deaths and amnesia are so overdone and cliche. Maybe I'm just jaded.

Despite my disappointment in Everything We Keep, I would definitely read another book by this author. Her writing style and voice works for me.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: Iron Lake

Iron Lake Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Iron Lake keeps you guessing right up until the last page! You'll be rooting for Cork just two pages after wanting to smack him upside the head.

Krueger captures life in Minnesota lake country and Indian/White Man and Government tensions perfectly. You get the history without being buried in chapters full of mind numbing information. Learning from the characters themselves gives the whole book a very real feel, as if you could drive to Minnesota and find this town and these people.

Without spoiling the book, there are losses that hurt but I feel like if you find yourself desperately wanting a character death not to be true, the author gained a new fan. I'm a William Kent Krueger fan for certain.

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