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Every Wild Heart

Every Wild Heart - Meg Donohue

This book made me feel old. I could not stand reading from the teenage daughter's (Nic) point of view. She went from extremely awkward to extremely annoying after her horse riding accident. She went from being paralyzed by her shyness to committing a crime that she thought was harmless and basically ignoring everything her mother told her. She was also way too trusting and just basically stupid. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes.

 

Needless to say I found the mother's story much more enjoyable. Gail was a more likeable character that had a bit of growing to do herself. I liked her journey throughout the book and liked reading about her growing relationship with Denny. I would have rather read this book completely from her point of view.

 

I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that in any way.

Every Night I Dream of Hell

Every Night I Dream of Hell - Malcolm Mackay

For the past couple of days I have been using this book to escape into a world of crime. While I did really enjoy most of this book there were twists towards the end that were a bit predictable and that really lessened my enjoyment of this book. The main character, Nate, was a very interesting character to follow. I would consider reading more from this author.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Frostblood

Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake

From time to time I always enjoy looking for a new YA series to start. I received an email from Netgalley about this book and it interested me so much that I thought it would be the next YA series that I'd try. I really enjoyed this through most of the book but for me the events towards the end of the book really lessened my enjoyment. In fact the ending seemed so wrapped up to me that I don't see how or why this would continue as a series.

 

Ruby was a really good character to follow and I enjoyed reading about her. I liked that her eventual romance with Arcus did not overwhelm the plot. She was going to get her revenge and nothing was going to stop her.

 

Ruby was definitely the bright spot of this book but events towards the end just left me a bit bored. Everything just works out too easily and everything is pretty much wrapped up at the end. I will not be continuing on with this series unfortunately.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Dressmaker's Dowry

The Dressmaker's Dowry: A Novel - Meredith Jaeger

This book follows the same formula of many books that I've enjoyed. We are introduced to a present day woman (Sarah) who has something in her past that still haunts her and she had come across a woman from the past (Hanna) who's story she must figure out. The formula has worked before for me and it definitely worked in this book.

 

Normally I end up only enjoying one woman's storyline but I really enjoyed reading about both Sarah and Hanna. There were mysteries involving both women and I was dying to figure out what they were. Once I learned about Sarah's past I really understood the decisions she had made about her life. Learning what had happened to Hanna was heartbreaking but I did enjoy where she ended up in the end.

 

I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that in any way.

The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is one of those authors that I can rely on to give me a story that will draw me in and at some point leave me shocked and surprised. This book was no exception. The disappearance of Annalee Ahlberg had me guessing and wondering throughout the book.

 

Readers follow Annalee's daughter, Lianna, as she and her family struggle with Annalee's disappearance. Annalee had previously been prone to sleepwalking when her husband was away and they fear that her sleepwalking has lead her to danger.

 

At first I did like Lianna but as she continued to make questionable decisions throughout the less I started to like her. I was very suspicious of her relationship with Gavin and never really approved of it.

 

The plot seemed to drag a bit in the middle but the surprise at the end made up for that. I spent most of the book trying to figure out what happened and I am happy to say that I didn't figure it out.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A Palette for Murder

A Palette for Murder - Sybil E. Johnson

When I first started this series I wasn't really sure about it but now after reading this latest installment I have really grown to love it. This time Rory stumbles across her neighbor's body and is left investigating the murder when the police suspect that one of her friends did it.

 

I was really excited when Detective Green told Rory that he and Mel broke up. I was hoping that would finally start something between the two of them but unfortunately Rory had another love interest in this one. I will keep my fingers crossed for them to finally start something in the next book.

 

I liked that not only did Rory have to investigate Willow's murder but also had to investigate who had hit Kit, the homeless man she had become friends with. At first it doesn't look like the two storylines will connect but they do in a surprising way.

 

I did end up figuring out who the murderer was way before Rory. I felt like even though I didn't know why that person killed Willow that it was pretty easy to figure out that they had.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher - William Shaw

This book focuses on William South when he was a child and now as adult investigating a murder. I found his childhood to be a bit more interesting then the events that were happening in his adulthood. There is something that happens during his investigation that ties back to events from his childhood that he has hidden from everyone. I had figured out pretty early on what William did as a child and after that my interest in the book lessened. The present day events did not go as I expected them to and I didn't really like how everything ended.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Kill the Next One

Kill the Next One - Frederico Axat

The description for this book seemed very interesting and something that I'd like to read. Unfortunately the events that are described in the description are actually a very small part of the book and end up not being the main focus of the book. Ultimately the book turns into something completely different than what I was expecting and even though I did stay interested in the story that was unfolding I would have liked the book to have been what I perceived it to have been based on the description.

 

Ted McKay has decided to kill himself and is about to do so until a stranger shows up at his door with a strange proposition for him. The stranger tells him that if he just kills two men that someone will kill him to spare his family from his suicide. Once Ted starts to go along with what the stranger asks of him he starts to realize these men and events are oddly familiar to him.

 

This story is way more than just about the murders that Ted must commit in order for someone to kill him. That was what really drew me to this book. I went along with this book when it started to turn into something else because I wanted to see where it was going. I did enjoy some of the twists and turns of this book but ultimately didn't really see why there was so much build-up in this book for a reveal that I didn't seem to care about. All this time I felt like we would find something big out about Ted and it was about someone else that I didn't care about one bit. I was just disappointed by the ending.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Red Queen Rules

The Red Queen Rules (A Red Solaris Mystery Book 3) - Bourne Morris

It's nice to see Red back again. But this time not only is she dealing with drama on campus but she is also dealing with Joe going undercover in a sec trafficking ring to find the missing cousin of one of her students. With another giant surprise midway through Red is under a ton of stress.

 

I liked that this one had the two storylines between the hateful speaker that was going to speak on campus and Joe going to find Rosie's cousin. They were both interesting storylines to me and I like how they merged towards the end.

 

Red gets some big news while Joe was away and I was so excited about it. I cannot wait to see how that affects her life.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Swiss Vendetta

Swiss Vendetta (Agnes Luthi Mysteries) - Tracee de Hahn

After her husband's death Agnes transfers from the Financial Crimes division to the Violent Crime division. She needs to have a change in her life. Her first case in the division is a murder at the chateau of a long rich family. With the snow storm of the century trapping her at the chateau she might just find herself in over her head.

 

I have to admit that most of the time I was more interested in finding out what happened to Agnes' husband, George, then who killed Felicity. Agnes was still grieving over what happened with George and kept dwelling on it that my interest shifted towards that. Once she finds out a secret about her husband she then realizes why it happened. 

 

In regards to the mystery as to who killed Felicity I was a bit annoyed at how drawn out it felt. There are a couple other mysteries in this book and they really slowed down the plot for me. Little did I know that everything would be connected at the end but I still thought certain parts were unnecessary.

 

This appears to be the beginning of a series and I would be interested in reading more. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Roanoke Girls

The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel

This book is not for everyone. There is a dark and disgusting secret in the Roanoke family and it completely takes over this book. From the start you can pretty much guess what the secret is but it is confirmed not that far into the book. I would have been able to get past that secret had the rest of the story and the characters interested me. I didn't like the main character, Lane, so it made it hard for me to want to read about her. Ultimately I felt like this book was so much about the shock that the plot and character development lacked.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Always

Always: A Novel - Sarah Jio

I've been a fan of Sarah Jio's books for a while but I have  admit that I was a bit wary to read this book as I really didn't enjoy her last book. I had no need to worry though as this book did have some of the same magic that I've loved from her previous books.

 

This book alternates between the present and the past. The past shows Kailey's relationship with Cade, from the day they met to the day his mysteriously disappeared. The present follows Kailey when she discovers a homeless Cade after going to dinner with her current fiance Ryan. Cade doesn't seem to remember the past and is confused in a way that has Kailey very concerned. She knows that she has to help the man that she once considered the love of her life.

 

I loved reading about Kailey and Cade's relationship. They were so in love that you couldn't help but wonder what drove them apart. At the same time I did also like her with Ryan. She was different with Ryan than she was with Cade. When she first found Cade you could tell she still had some sort of feeling for him as she felt such a need to help him.

 

I was very curious throughout the book to see what happened to Cade that he ended up homeless. After reading a bit about the past events I could basically piece together what had happened. I really enjoyed the choices that Kailey made towards the end and where those choices led each of the characters to end up. I look forward to reading more from Sarah Jio.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Skydive

Skydive - Susan O'Brien

Even though this is only the third book in the series it feels like we've come a long way from the first book that I had loved so much. This installment just fell flat for me. Maybe that is because I was so frustrated with Nicki and how she insisted on putting herself and her best friend Kenna in danger (Kenna was a willing participant in the investigation). Towards the end of the book Nicki and Kenna were in way over their heads and instead of letting someone more experienced or able to help take care of things Nicki insisted on putting herself in danger. Nicki just irked me throughout the book. I am happy at what happened between her and Dean at the end but cannot honestly see myself continuing on with this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for the galley.

The Chillbury Ladies' Choir

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel - Jennifer Ryan

Once I picked up this book it was very hard for me to put down. I could not get enough of reading about the people of Chillbury. While this book is about how certain women of the village start up an all women choir (as most of the men have gone off to fight in the war) it also shows how those women all grow and become stronger.

 

Normally I would have been annoyed that this was written as journal entries and letters but for some reason that really enhanced the story for me. I enjoyed getting to read from multiple points of view. While certain characters did annoy me from time to time (Kitty and Miss Paltry) getting to read about their growth made me end up liking them in the end.

 

After reading this book I would be interested in reading more from this author.

 

[I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that in any way.]

Last Ride

Last Ride (Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club) - Chantal Fernando

Sin and Faye are one of my favorite couples from this series (I really think that they are my favorite). We started off this series reading their story and they have shown up throughout the series. I was so excited that they were finally front and center once again.

 

Things are changing for the Wind Dragons. Both Talon and Ranger (members of a rival MC) have joined the Wind Dragons. They unknowingly bring with them a threat to the Wind Dragons. Faye finds herself in danger and Sin must race to save her.

 

Even though this was pretty short that has to be one of my favorite installments of this series. I really just can't get enough of Faye and Sin. Their chemistry is amazing and Faye is just hysterical. Mix that in with some great danger, suspense, and twists and you an amazing story that ends too soon. The only thing I had a problem with was that the person who was the mole in the Wild Men MC was ridiculously easy to figure out (I can't believe they were blindsided by it). 

 

I really look forward to reading the next in the series (which follows Ranger).

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Wolf's Mate

Wolf's Mate - Chantal Fernando

Vinnie has been one of my favorite secondary characters throughout this series so I was really happy to finally get to read his story. For the most part he was the same Vinnie that I loved from the other books. There were parts though that he became super cold and kind of a jerk and that is not how Vinnie was previously. As far as Shayla goes I did like her. I loved th banter between Vinnie and Shayla in the beginning but once they started to open up to each other I felt like the special spark between them dimmed some. Yes they still had some pretty steamy scenes but it just wasn't the same.

 

This series is very formulaic when it comes to the plot and this one is no different. Usually the girl lead is in danger and the guy comes to protect and save her. Once that danger is averted there is something (usually a misunderstanding or some sort of fight) that tears the couple apart and then they get back together again. This one definitely followed that and I felt it also threw in some romance cliches. The first half of this book was definitely what I liked the most.

 

Up next in this series are Faye and Sin (again!). I  definitely looking forward to reading that one.