Posted in Book Review, netgalley, YA

The Soul Catcher by Rowanne Carberry

Author: Rowanne Carberry
Publisher: Weapenry Co-Op
Pages: 113
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, New Adult
Rating: 2 stars
No.
The story:
Spirit-speaker. Death Seer.
To preserve her sanity, Jemma lives her lie—that she is normal. As a child, her psychic gifts cost her everything. So when she foresees a woman’s murder, she does nothing to prevent it and unwittingly helps a serial killer get away with another murder.
Guilt-ridden, she reports the crime only to find herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed. Coerced into working with the police, battling to keep herself alive and dealing with newfound emotions, Jemma is forced to use the gifts she sees as a curse, to save the lives of others.
My Experience:
No. No. No.
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Okay listen, I like psychic books as much as the next person but this book was just, you guessed it, no.
It’s about a woman who can see when people will die if she touches them and if they are close to dying. She can also see ghosts.
Okay, so far you are like,
“What’s the problem Snow, this sounds cool?”
Wait! I’m not done.
Jemma is basically recruited by a Psychic CIA and she is forced to relive horrific images of people being murdered by a bossy pants detective.Why?
BECAUSE HE SAYS SO!
In hope that it would help them save some lives. When in honesty her suffering was useless and had no effect what so ever to her strengths and capabilities. It was just mental torture with the hope that the main character would seem strong. Instead, she complained. Complained about everything. I mean being tortured does suck, I’ll admit, but you know what sucks more? Me having to read for pages and pages how much you are suffering. I get it. It’s bad.
Snow is already reading that you are being tortured and the suffering you are going through is emphasized through the entire book you don’t have to tell Snow again how bad it really is, Snow gets it. It’s bad.
Metaphor:
It was like watching one of those plays where all the actors are trying too hard. The romance scene is screaming at you to feel the romance. The depressing scenes are yelling at you to cry.
Honestly, it was over dramatic and just confusing. I’m still not sure if it had a sad ending or a happy ending.
I am changing it up. I am not giving reasons why I liked it or did not like it. I’m a rebel now.
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Sincerely,
Snow
Posted in Book Review, YA

At Rope’s End by Edward Kay

As I was saying going to post every week… Starting now.
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Author: Edward Kay
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
The Story:

Dr. James Verraday is a professor of forensic psychology specializing in eyewitness recall and criminal profiling. He’s a brilliant original thinker with a passion for social justice and a very antagonistic relationship with authority, especially the police force. So when Detective Constance Maclean appears in Verraday’s lecture hall at the end of one of his classes, he bristles. But the body of a young woman has just been found in a cranberry bog south of Seattle, and Maclean is convinced that this murder is tied to an earlier killing.

The Seattle police already have a suspect in custody for that case, but Maclean suspects the lead detective is knowingly putting away an innocent man to boost his numbers and quiet his critics. Verraday reluctantly agrees to use his skills as a profiler to help out with the investigation–if only to satisfy his own conviction that law enforcement is riddled with corruption. They form an unlikely alliance and soon find themselves tied up in a deadly game to find a serial killer whose wealth and influence make him almost untouchable

My Experience:
This is a fast-paced novel. You join the journey of a detective and basically a profiler, Constance and James.
It was an enjoyable read. You didn’t have to work hard to understand the story you could just sit back relax and watch the main characters chase a sadistic serial killer.
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While on the journey of finding a serial killer strange things start happening around James’s house resulting in some bonus thriller material.
Metaphor:
This book was like when you’re sitting on the lawn and watching everybody do the work around you. With a cold drink in your hand you’re encouraging everybody to do the work while you get to sit back and watch. It was a nice lazy thriller. A good pace with a good story.
What I liked:
I really enjoyed when James was analyzing suspects. It gave mentalist vibes. You got a chance of looking through the eyes of someone that trusts no one and can give you immediate reasons as to why.
What I did not like:
I wanted the story to show more conflict between James and the police.
Rating:
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Sincerely, Snow.