Posts Tagged: murder

[Review] Need by Joelle Charbonneau

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05 November
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When I first started reading this book I had trouble getting into it. I put it to the side and hoped that the aid of audiobook narration could help bring the book to life for me. Unfortunately, even two amazing narrators couldn’t make this story a stellar experience. In the end, I didn’t really like Need but I didn’t totally hate it either. Need was just one those stories with an intriguing and fast paced plot to me interested but falls flat in the end. I am giving Need three stars because it wasn’t bad just a mediocre and shrug… Read more »

[ARC Review] Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

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29 October
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Over the years I have become a big Jennifer Estep fan. I love her Spider Elemental series. I love to read Young Adult novels as well. It seemed like a perfect match when Jennifer Estep’s Cold Burn of Magic the first book in the Black Blade series came out. I liked the first book it did a good of job of setting the story up and still that keeping that urban fantasy feel. If it is possible I liked Dark Heart of Magic even more, the second book in the Black Blade series. I like Jennifer Estep’s urban fantasy books,… Read more »

[ARC Review] A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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05 October
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I am in so much like with this book I don’t even know where to begin. A Madness so Discreet disguises it’s story line almost like any other Sherlock re-retelling. An assistant with a past full of demons. A cocky man using science and deduction to solve murder cases. But, this book is so much more than murder cases and solving crimes. It is a book about finding a safe place in a crazy world. It is a book about justice. Most of all it is a book that really questions what it means to be insane.   A Madness… Read more »

[Review] Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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01 October
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I liked this book well enough. I was so excited to read this book that I think I held it up to something it wasn’t in my head. I liked the story but I was also a little disappointed by it. I was expecting something really spooky. The story was a little spooky and a lot of confusion. There were plot twists left and right in this book. Sometimes it was hard to keep up with it all. Best thing I can compare my reaction to reading Blood and Salt, is when I watched the movie Oculus. I was looking… Read more »

[Arc Review] Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

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17 June
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“I’m not going to be raped. I’m not going to be murdered. I’m going to bring him to justice so this never happens to anyone else. I’m not going to think like a victim. I’m going to think like a winner. Because that’s what I am. I’m Ruthless, by God, and I need to act like it.” I read this book whimsically, not sure what I was going to get into. The premise seemed sound, but a young adult, dark, gritty thriller? I assumed that it would be lacking. It wasn’t. I sat down and read it straight through, but… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle

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09 January
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2014 ended with massive book ennui for me. With surgery, recovery, holidays and more, not only did I have little time for reading, I also have little incentive or desire to do so. This was only made worse with the fact that I just couldn’t find a book to spark my interest. So, when I finally hopped back on NetGalley, I noticed several titles close to archive, and this book was the nearest to archival, so it got picked up. I can say with certainty this book succeeded in breaking the book ennui, but it didn’t succeed with a whole… Read more »

[ARC Review] Brood by Chase Novak

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12 December
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Meh.  After this book, I have officially given up anything that promises creepy horror style children. They always seem like they have such great ideas and promise, and they never deliver. This is my third such disappointment this year, after The Uninvited which was horrendous, and The Three.  Brood is the story of Alice and Adam Twisden, whose wealthy parents had undergone fertility treatments that eventually turned them into feral cannibals. They, like all the other children who were the offspring of these types of fertility treatments, aren’t exactly normal children. When the offspring of these fertility treatments reach puberty, some of them grow… Read more »

[Review] The Sham by Ellen Allen

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26 November
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The author contacted me on Goodreads after seeing my review of The Walled City. Her book is nothing like the other, but it was still an interesting ride. Cleavesham is a small town with the usual small town cliques and the usual small town drama. Everyone is related to everyone else, it seems. Even our main character is related, through marriage to other kids in her class. The book starts out with a dead body, bled out on the floor of Emily’s family’s shop. That’s pretty shocking, how did it get there? What is even happening? Of course the book… Read more »

[Review] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

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26 October
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I finished this book a few days before I started writing this review. Why have I waited to write the review? I actually don’t like writing bad reviews and I was trying to think if I could find anything redeeming in this book that would raise my original assessment from a two star rating to a three star. No, I wasn’t able to think of anything that might make me think The Wicked We Have Done is an okay book and makes want to read more stories in The Chaos Theory world. Others might disagree and for them this book… Read more »

[Review] Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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22 August
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Immediately after finishing Grave Mercy, I dove into Dark Triumph. I was still enamored with the idea of assassin nuns, and wanted to know more about the characters only briefly touched on in the first novel. Sybella is everything that Ismae was not. Whereas Ismae is the calm, controlled noviate with a special affinity for poison, Sybella is all wildness and unrefinement, who prefers knives and other weapons to kill. She is rough, brutal-tongued, and takes a lot less shit from anyone which makes her  an independent, unpredictable wild card. For all Sybella’s rough edges, she was also an easier character for me… Read more »