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The Prisoner in the Castle

The Prisoner in the Castle - Susan Elia MacNeal

I am a big fan of this series so I always jump at the chance to read the latest in the series. I was especially eager to read this one after the twist and the end of the last book. I couldn't wait to see where Maggie was going to end up and what she would do.

 

While I enjoy reading about Maggie I have to say that this latest installment of the series did not hold my attention as much as some of the previous books had. Maggie is essentially a prisoner in this book and is left to figure out why everyone around her is dying. At times it felt to me like it was one big game of Clue. The plot moved a bit too slowly for me and at times I became bored. The action towards the end definitely brought my attention back and I enjoyed where Maggie ended up.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Shadow Dancing

Shadow Dancing - Julie Mulhern

I could read about Ellison and her family every day. This is one of my favorite mystery series and this book was a great addition.

 

Ellison finds her self in the middle of an investigation into a string of fatal shootings against prostitutes when she accidentally hits a girl while driving. That investigation and the danger that chases her and her daughter, Grace, brings Detective Anarchy Jones back into her life. Can he keep Ellison and Grace safe or will this danger finally catch up to them.

 

Not only was this book about the investigation but there are also some secrets from her father's past that Ellison learns about. Will her family be torn apart?

 

I really liked the investigation storyline and the part about Ellison uncovering things about her family. I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout. I was glad to see Anarchy back and to see somewhat of a relationship developing between him and Ellison. I cannot wait to read what is next in this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Picked Off

Picked Off - Linda Lovely

This was a good follow up to the first book in the series. Brie is back and this time she is investigating why someone would want to attack the son of her aunt's best friend. Of course her investigation will lead her to be in danger.

 

I really liked reading about Brie, her Aunt Eva, and her friends. I enjoyed how they all came together to investigate what was going on. What I didn't like about this book was Brie's dilemma in regards to Paint and Andy. She needs to make up her mind whether or not to be in a relationship with one of them. I am starting to find it creepy that Paint and Andy don't mind that the other is flirting and trying to be with Brie. I hope this doesn't last long in this series.

 

I really enjoyed that there was a lot of action in this book. It seemed like Brie was in danger a lot during this book and I enjoyed all of the suspense.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

For Those Who Know the Ending

For Those Who Know the Ending - Malcolm Mackay

I really enjoyed following Nate Colgan in Malcolm Mackay's last book so I requested this book as soon as I saw it. While Nate appears in this book as well I just wasn't as interested in this one.

 

This book mainly follows Martin and Usman who partner together to rob the Jamieson organization. Martin, who is new to the area, is reluctant to work with Usman but Usman knows that Martin is the gunman that he needs.

 

I can't say that I was all that interested in Martin or Usman. I found them both annoying in their own ways and found it hard to at times want to read about them. I did enjoy reading about the final "job" that they worked together and was happy with the outcome of that job.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising: A Novel - Raymond A. Villareal

I was really interested in this book after reading the description. I started reading it and everything seemed to be going well. The further along I read the more frustrated I became with this book. This just around between different people and different time periods. I didn't really mind that but what did annoy me is that there are so many things that you want explained and want to hear about what happened and it seems to take forever to flesh out any of the plot. Quite frankly I finished the book feeling like nothing was resolved at all and still had a ton of questions that I felt were not answered. I didn't think that this was supposed to be part of a series but that is the only way I can explain the lackluster ending and the unanswered questions. 

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A Duke Like No Other

A Duke Like No Other - Valerie Bowman

This book was a breath of fresh air. The main characters, Mark and Nicole, were likeable and it was quite a joy to read about them. At times they were clearly a bit to stubborn but I never became too annoyed with them. There was definitely some great steamy scenes between the two of them.

 

I loved that there was also a mystery in this book and that eventually Nicole and Mark had to work together to solve it. I was satisfied by the revealing of who the murderer was.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

It Happened in the Highlands

It Happened in the Highlands - May McGoldrick

I haven't read the previous book in the series or anything else by the authors but I definitely didn't feel lost while reading this book. The main characters Jo and Wynn were likeable and interesting to follow. The first half of this was really interesting to me and I feel like I read it really fast. After the secrets behind Jo's real parents were revealed I felt like the book kind of dragged on. I would definitely be interested in reading more of this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Uneasy Prey

Uneasy Prey - Annette Dashofy

Yet another great installment to the Zoe Chambers series. Zoe and Pete are back and are investigating a string of robberies against senior citizens in the area. When the robbers start to target people near and dear to Zoe and Pete they'll stop at nothing to catch the robbers.

 

This definitely kept me interested from start to end. Zoe once again throws herself into danger quite recklessly but that is just what she does. There is a murder in this book and I felt like it was quite easy to figure out who did it.

 

I always look forward to reading about Zoe and Pete and I can't wait to read more of this series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

My Name is Venus Black

My Name Is Venus Black: A Novel - Heather Lloyd

This book follows Venus, who does something horrible as a teenager and is sent to juvenile prison, and her brother Leo, who goes missing shortly after Venus commits her crime. You get to see how Venus' crime tears their family apart and how they struggle for years.

 

I have to say that I was not a fan of young Venus. But that was before I found out why she did what she did. I can definitely understand her anger towards her mother Inez. I was more interested in the chapters that followed Leo in the beginning. Once Venus was released from juvenile prison I became more interested in her story and really wanted to know why she did what she did.

 

This was an absolutely fascinating book. Whenever I was forced to put it down the characters still stayed in my mind and I couldn't wait to see what happened to them next. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Bad Daughter

The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding

This book follow Robin as she is forced to go back to a place she never thought she'd go back to, home. After her father and his wife (who just happens to be her former best friend) and his stepdaughter are shot in what appears to be a home invasion Robin must come home to help her dysfunctional family. It doesn't help that she hasn't spoken to many of them in years.

 

This book had my attention from start to finish. I really liked Robin and felt bad that she had to go back home to her family. Her sister Melanie has such a hatred for Robin and spends the book being an absolute bitch. While in the beginning I wasn't a big fan of Melanie she definitely grew on me throughout the book. The rest of Robin's family tended to baffle me with their behavior.

 

There is a mystery that is running throughout the book, who shot Robin's dad and his family. I have to say that while I didn't figure out who was behind it for a while I did eventually get it. There are definitely little clues that I felt were left throughout the book that can lead you to who did it.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Wallflower Most Wanted

Wallflower Most Wanted - Manda Collins

I was hoping this book would distract me from what is going on in my life but in the time it took me to read this my life became more interesting than the book. This book follows Sophia and Ben as they try to solve the mystery as to who is behind paintings that turn out to be forgeries created in their area. 

 

I don't feel like Sophia and Ben had any real chemistry or heat between them. In the beginning they seemed pretty shy to me and then all of a sudden they supposedly couldn't keep their hands off of each other. Well I wasn't buying it. They were pretty boring together to me. 

 

What I did like about this book was the action and twist that occurs towards the end. I actually became pretty interested once the twist happened and the action started. It ended up saving the book a bit for me.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Elysium Fire

Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

This was the best book that I've read in a while. This isn't normally what I'm used to reading but I thought I'd take a chance on it. I was sucked into to story from the beginning and didn't want it to end. This story follows quite a few different characters and at times does jump from present to past. I don't really want to give anything away but I will say that there are mysterious deaths throughout the book that really drive these characters to try and solve the mystery behind the deaths. I enjoyed the reveal of information towards the end of the book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Phantom of Oz

The Phantom of Oz - Cindy Brown

Ivy is back and this time she is investigating her friend Candy. Ivy has noticed some drastic changes in Candy and wonders what is going on with her. When a bunch of accidents happen at the show Candy is working at Ivy is hired to figure out what is going on.

 

I liked Ivy in this latest installment. Sometimes she can be stubborn and not that great at being a PI but I feel like she was much better at investigating and was very likeable. I didn't really like Candy much during this book. Candy definitely changed and she was treating Ivy like garbage. Personally I felt like Ivy should have just dropped Candy as a friend.

 

One thing I didn't like about this book is Ivy's relationship with Matt. I don't feel like there head been any growth to the relationship and their interactions at this point are boring and repetitive. I'd either like to see growth in their relationship or Ivy with someone else.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A Devil in Scotland

A Devil in Scotland: A No Ordinary Hero Novel - Suzanne Enoch

I am always up for a Highlander romance, especially when I am as stressed as I am now. This book was a good escape from my world. This book follows Callum and Rebecca. Callum was banished from Scotland after trying to convince Rebecca to marry him instead of his brother, Ian. When Ian dies ten years later Callum is on a mission for revenge against those he feels are responsible for Ian's death.

 

In definitely liked Callum more than I liked Rebecca. Rebecca was definitely annoying in the beginning and it took a while for me to start to like her. Rebecca's daughter Maggie definitely stole the show for me. I loved her interaction with Waya and Callum.

 

At times I felt like this kind of dragged and that things could have been sped up a bit. The action towards the end was good and I definitely enjoyed how everything ended.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Other Mother

The Other Mother: A Novel - Carol Goodman

While the book description seemed intriguing I couldn't imagine how much I would enjoy this book. This book follows Daphne Marist who takes her baby Chloe with her to a job in a remote area to escape from her husband. At the beginning you don't really know why she felt the need to escape but the further you read the more everything is revealed. 

 

Daphne before she moved with her daughter had a friend named Laurel. Laurel also happens to have a baby named Chloe. The more Daphne gets to know Laurel the more she realizes just how alike she and Laurel really are.

 

This book had quite a few twists and turns that I really enjoyed. I really loved that not only do you get to see just what happens with Laurel and Daphne but also get to see previous events that happened at the mental institution that is next door to where Daphne takes a job as an archivist. The ending really showed how certain things were connected and I enjoyed it.

 

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

The Rogue is Back in Town

The Rogue Is Back in Town - Anna Bennett

I have not read any of the previous books in this series but that did not lessen my understand or enjoyment in this book. This book follows Samuel and Julie. Samuel is widely known for being a rogue and is finally kicked out by his brother and given the task of kicking out the man who lives in a property that his brother owns. Little does he know that he'll encounter the fiercely protective Julie living in the home with her uncle. From the moment they meet the sparks will fly.

 

I loved both Sam and Julie and quite frankly couldn't get enough of Uncle Alistair. I loved the chemistry between Sam and Julie from the start. While at times they did have little fights that I would consider stupid I did really enjoy the progression of their relationship.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.