Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller, YA

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

It’s one of those books you pick up and only put down 3 hours later after being utterly consumed by the story.

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Title: Lost Girls
Author: Merrie Destefano
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pages: 360
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars

 

Plot

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

 

My experience

Imagine waking up in a ditch. You remember last night you were listening to Taylor Swift, you had a test for school. Obviously waking up in a ditch is already quite concerning but what if what you thought was last night was last year?

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I gobbled this book up in one sitting I loved it. It teased you with suspense and added just enough romance in there to make it the perfect young adult novel.

This book deserves a movie.

Metaphor for the story

I compare this story to a dancing ballerina. She dances in the light happily but then all of a sudden the lights are shut down and the darkness strips the light. With only the spotlight on her she has to move to discover her surroundings. When she moves so does the spotlight, so only by moving all over the stage can she illuminate the mysteries around her. She dances faster and faster so the spotlight can move over all the unknown spots on the stage. Her fate starts to rest on illuminating the whole stage. And as the story progresses the dancing becomes so enchantingly violent you are left breathless when the truth finally is revealed in the spotlight.

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What I liked

I loved the originality of it all. Such a fresh new story that I didn’t know I was in desperate need of.

What I did not like

The ending was a bit too clean. I wanted it to start messy and end with a note of that same mistrust.

Recommendations

Thriller fans and young adult fanatics this book is a necessity for 2017.

 

Rating

4 forgetful snowflakes.

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Sincerely Snow

 

Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Thriller, YA

And Then the Sky Exploded by David A. Poulsen

 

Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 208
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars

Plot:

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it s a stupid idea, that there s nothing he can do. And maybe they re right.

But maybe, just maybe they re wrong.”

My Experience:

 

A young man finds out that his hero, his grandfather, might not have been the person he thought he was. This needs some investigation. He will not rest until he has done something to wrong the damage of the past. He might just be one person and might not be able to do anything but if there is something he can do, he will do it. Even if it means going to Japan.

This book surprised me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get or if it would be able to keep my attention but it exceeded my expectations.

The story is cuddly. It runs smoothly like you are on a sailboat, drifting through the pages.

Metaphor:

Honestly, I think I developed a little crush on this book. I just keep thinking how sweet and nice it was. The book was not pushy but not distant it was engaged and focused. It was just nice. I want to go on another date. It was memorable and honestly just delightful.

 

A delightful read.

 

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Quotes I enjoyed:

It’s almost like the words on the pages are wanting people not just to see the words but to hear them, feel them, smell them.

 

Your people did bad things. My people did bad things. It does not mean they are all bad people.  War is war. And war makes people be something it is not intended they should be.

What I liked:

Everything. The characters were so lovely. They were thought out well and the character development was clear and steady. It was just such a stable read with excitement sewn into the right places.

What I did not like:

It’s not that I didn’t like it but it’s something I would have preferred. There are some sentences directly translated to English from Japanese. I would have preferred the Japanese words first and then translated into English especially in the flashback of what happened in Japan.

 

Rating:

4 delightful snowflakes

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Sincerely Snow

 

Posted in Book Review, horror, Thriller

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson


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Title: Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
Author: Mary G. Thompson
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 294
Source: FirstToRead
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Rating: 3 and a half stars
Plot:

When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.

 

My Experience:
You need a tough skin to read this book.
This book is a thriller.
Not for sensitive readers.

This book takes you on a journey. It’s like the opposite of a fairytale. The story is told subtly and carefully but everything that can go bad goes bad. Everything that should be lovely and should be filled with birds singing happy melodies is replaced with creepy shacks and old faded out dolls.

I fell into the book and only hit bottom when I reached the last page. I had to know what happened to Dee I had to learn who was real and who was not.

Metaphor:
You know in the movies when somebody hears a noise and they decide to go look outside. Everybody is screaming at the screen don’t go outside. The music is warning you that something is about to happen, something bad. Yet the character still goes outside. Helplessly you are forced to watch what happens and you just can’t pull your eyes from the screen…

That’s what it was like reading this book. You know you should stop reading this. That it is going to give you a knot in your stomach and you are going to be haunted by what you are reading. Yet the plot is woven so thin and knitted beautifully you are tucked in between the pages trapped by a wool blanket unable to stop reading.

What I liked:

The way the story was told. How everything was revealed subtly. You couldn’t guess what was going on in the beginning and it gave you just enough new information each chapter to keep you interested yet kept you clueless about what was going to happen next.

What I did not like:

I would have liked a bit more from Jay. I would have like more moments with Jay since he was the most interesting character for me in the story.

Recommendations:

This is for the people who often find themselves reading thrillers even though they know that it is probably not a good idea.

Rating:

Honestly, I never know how to rate a thriller to give it more than a 3.5 makes one feel guilty for how can one enjoy a book that is so horrifying. But then to give it something lower than a 3 makes it seem it was badly written which with this one was not the case.

 

3 and a half creepy snowflakes

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Sincerely

Snow

 

 

Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller

ARC Review : The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan

So you know how life sometimes just grabs you and you don’t finish a book. No matter how hard you try it you can’t get to the ending?

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Well this time that was not me!

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Author: Cate Holahan
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary , Women’s Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Rating: 3

Plot:

Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower’s Wife.

It took me 3 weeks to finish this book and it became a challenge. I would not give up, no matter what. I made this decision.

We fought we lied we sneak we climbed we did what we had to, to survive. But finished we did.

My Experience:

You are seated in a Gone Girl type narration. That person’s turn then the other person’s turn. Which side are you on? Decide!

A retired FBI agent now an insurance policy investigator (much more exciting than it sounds) is called in for a case. A wife and mother Ana fell overboard while on a cruise ship. Apparently, people don’t just fall from cruise ships, though. The odds of it is astronomical and our investigator here is all about the odds being fair.

My usual metaphor (I do this almost with each review so now it has become a label) :

It starts off a bit uncertain. Kind of like a new kid arriving at high school and you are not sure what group this kid will fall in. Will I like them, will they annoy me, will they make my heart beat, are they part dragon, will they like my phoenix feather collection, you know normal questions. Then a bit of time goes by and you learn where they fit in. Nobody is being bullied. No mean girls are picking on them no vampires are trying to eat them whilst pretending to be dating them. So you kind of just go oh, okay. However initially you started  to talk to the person so now you have a relationship and you feel obligated to finish the conversation.

What I liked:

I liked how it was subtle and kept you guessing until the end. You didn’t know where you were standing with the book.

What I did not like:

There was potential for more. I feel like the story could have gone deeper and more cut through. There was still a lot of development left to happen. I feel like the investigator stays the same throughout the story he ponders a lot and he makes good points. Drama happens around him left and right that should lead to some big character development but it doesn’t.

I didn’t like the lack of conclusions throughout the story.

Rating

*  * *

3 snowflakes.

Sincerely

Snow

Posted in Book Review, mystery, Thriller, Uncategorized

My Girl by Jack Jordan

 

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Title: My Girl
Author: Jack Jordan
Publisher: JJP
Pages: 135
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Rating: 3
I received an ARC from Netgalley via JJP for an honest review.

Honestly, what did I just read? I feel disturbed.

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Plot:

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

My Experience:

Well, I would first like to give praise to the book blurb. That is one fantastic book blurb.

You start the story with a mourning widow/mother. She has gone through more horrors than anyone ever should have to go through. She drowns her sorrow in wine and drugs and tries to just survive each day.

This book is not for the sensitive souls. I did not know it would be this disturbing when I initially requested the ARC. It’s a fast read and easy to finish in one setting.

Some forbidden elements are explored in this book.

You get mystery, thriller , horror and utter suspense.

It’s not a bad thriller. I compare this book to the likes of Room. It’s a faster read though and almost too much happens to process.
If you are a writer you might have heard this quote on how to start a novel.

Act One: Get Character Up a Tree.
Act Two: Throw Rocks.
Act Three: Get Character Down.

Basically, this author is really passionate about throwing rocks at his characters.

Here I am in a small boat and I believe I’m on a lake. Oh wait, turns out I am actually in the ocean. Did I forget to mention I’m surrounded by sharks? Oh! Don’t forget the massive storm that just broke out. Wait something good is happening, nope my engine just broke. My food ran out. I see civilization. I’m saved. Yay!

That’s how I experienced the novel. A lot of bad and then boom happy ending, well sorta.

Recommendations:

I would only recommend this to ages 18 and up. There are honestly sick scenes there is no other way to explain it. So if that’s your cup of tea then boil the kettle this book is for you.

What I liked:

I like how the book makes you doubt who to believe and whom to trust.

What I did not like:

A few of the scenes seemed very rushed.

There are a few details that do not make sense to me about the story. That might be characters flaws above anything else but it made the book less believable.

Rating:

I never know how to rate these books. Should I rate it very high because it disturbed me or should I rate it low because it disturbed me?

I think am just going to go with 3?

Yea, 3.

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~Sincerely Snow

Posted in Book Review, horror, netgalley, Thriller

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

You will be hooked like a fish on a treadmill swimming after some bait as if it has not eaten in days.
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Title: Security
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages: 241
Source: NetGalley
Genre: 
Rating: 3.5
I received an ARC from Netgalley via Algonquin Books for an honest review.

Plot: 

“Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world–at least those with the means to afford it–will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours, they will be killed off, one by one.”

 

My experience:

One of the most original narrative styles I have seen in a while. It definitely made me more invested in the story to see what was going on in there.

The way the narrator is obsessed with Tessa made me obsessed with Tessa. It made me feel like a stalker and I liked it.

As much as I was fascinated by the narration the story started dragging a bit. I started getting a bit frustrated because of the lack of development. It was like looking in a mirror and seeing all the different reflections and each reflection was in a different light which was fun and funky but at the same time it was the same reflection just being showed in different ways. Nothing interesting was happening. The story starts losing speed and the details it focuses on were unimportant to me.

I was enchanted by the hotel because it was so unique. After a few chapters, I had a clear idea of my surroundings and I rather wanted more of the story then the type of carpet the story was happening on.

However, all these distractions start melting away and action starts pouring as the blood starts dripping, tumble dryers start turning and windows start steaming up.

If you start it and it feels a bit slow don’t give up. From a certain point, you will be so hooked it won’t even make sense. You will be hooked like a fish on a treadmill swimming after some bait as if it has not eaten in days.

Then when you arrive on that last page, you will be speechless…

What I liked:

I don’t know if the Author is an architect but the writing was filled with very creative buildings and very clear descriptions so it made me think that the author has some background with buildings or interior design. I was very impressed by the descriptions.

What I did not like:

Readers be warned as fascinating as the writing style is it is also quite depressing. This is a heavy read with dark themes and thoughts that make you feel as if two hands are coming out of the pages and the hands are trying to suffocate you.

Recommendations:

I recommend this book for adults who love horrors and like their stories serious and filled with terrified screams.

Rating:

I am giving this book 3 and a half snowflakes. A solid chilly horror and an ending I will not forget soon.

 

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 ~ Snow

 

 

Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller

Last to Die by Arlene Hunt

 

“A book that will easily keep you up reading until 2 am because to put it down is simply not an option.”

 

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Title: 
Last to die

Author: Arlene Hunt

Publisher: Bookouture

Pages: 307

Source: NetGalley

Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Rating: 4


 

Follow the same story told from a third-person perspective of three very separate characters all building up to one massive explosion of a story.

The plot:

 “He watches. He waits. He kills …

When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind.

Caleb Switch, a sadistic serial killer has been watching her every move. A skilled hunter, he likes his victims to be a challenge to him. Jessie is strong, fearless, a survivor, and now…she is his ultimate prey.

As Caleb picks off his current victims one by one, chasing, killing and butchering them with his crossbow, he’s closing in on Jessie… But will Jessie defy the odds and escape with her life? Or will she be Caleb’s final sacrifice …”

 

My experience:

What made me want to read this book was the sentence on the cover of this book.

“He watches he waits… dead or alive he wants her.”

That ladies and gentleman elves and dragons, that is how you hook me. I was very curious as to what would happen and my curiosity only grew bigger until it started to sit on my shoulder poking me to go read again.

I compare my experience with this book to a fresh day in autumn. You feel the light breeze you enjoy the last bit of warmth of that was is good around you. However, you can feel the winter approaching. You can sense the cold and danger ready to eat and incinerate all that holds warmth.  When the winter arrives, you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard. You will be climbing mountains, tracking old arrows, searching through old newspaper articles fast but at a very balanced comfortable pace.

This is a bonafide thriller. It had me nervous, breathless and at times utterly absorbed where all sound of the world disappeared.

I enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other and you could read out of each person’s point of view. You could scratch and dig in their brains and see what made them tick. The effect was dynamite and made me so much more invested in the story.

It is a gripping thriller. A book that will easily keep you up until 2 am to finish because to put it down is simply not an option.

 

What I liked:

I liked the way the story was balanced between the characters. You neither loved a character nor completely hated them. You knew each one too well to be judgemental. If somebody were to come and accuse the character you would almost feel an instant need to defend them. Even though they can defend themselves perfectly well.

Not to give anything away but something was used as a weapon in this book I could never have imagined for self-defense. Well done Arlene Hunt. Very original.

What I did not like:

I suppose there were some paragraphs that were less than entertaining. Some background characters were clearly meant to be disliked which made them less real to me. They did not become real they stayed flat on the paper for me.

I would have liked to have one last chapter from Darla to know how she felt after all was said and done.

My rating:

Fresh 4 snowflakes that fell out of my dreams after I finished reading the book at 1 AM.

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-Snow

Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Thriller, YA

Hidden Monster by Amanda Strong

Title: Hidden Monster

Author: Amanda Strong

Publisher: lean Teen Publishing

Pages: 264

Source: NetGalley

Genre: Thriller , Mystery, Supernatural, Young Adult

Rating: 2

We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of a great story. Some say it was murder others say it was an accident. What we can all agree on, brothers and sisters, this is a loss that the community did not deserve.

Plot:

“For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won’t know who he is… until it’s too late. 

Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all… or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.”

 

My Experience:

By the middle of this book, I was just begging it to please stop. Please let it just end.

I’m sorry to say my experience was not one I would like to go through again. I had very high hopes for this book. Abduction by a mysterious man and then she would eventually fall in love with her captor without realizing it!? Sold!

It started off so well.

I could immediately identify with the character. I could sense a good flow of the story. I could hear her breathing I was caught up in her fear. I was captured in the story tied down to each word.  The first hint of danger came with the introduction of Blake.  There was an awkwardness in the way Sam and Blake spoke  to each other and a forced friendliness. Out of nowhere I was surrounded by so many characters and their physical descriptions that I had to search for the story. However, I thought it was a false alarm especially with an element of supernatural emerging out of the story. I told myself just keep going Snow you are being paranoid.

I kept waiting for the story to get back on track to go back to that soft spot of thriller and mystery but it was like I had accidentally picked up a new book. This new book a young adult novel emerged in high school drama. I could barely see the characters anymore their dialogue had transformed into that of a badly dubbed Latin soap.  Any indication of the previous chapters had disappeared. Yes, it was still there but more like a pimple than anything else. Making the character self-aware and concerned about what others thought.

It was absolutely enraging. I have read my fair share of abduction and abusive novels. This was almost offensive to the genre.  How can a character that was just abducted and tortured for 3 weeks develop an instant crush on the boy next door?! How can a family who’s daughter just came back after being missing for 3 weeks continue as if nothing happened?

If the family was in the media calculated about their actions, not a loving family or perhaps a family of assassins, I would understand the lack of reaction. This is a normal family I expect change, drama, at least a bit of shouting.

Multiple times I wanted to throw the virtual copy against the wall and rage. I groaned out so many times at the horrible inner monologues and reactions of the characters, it became impossible to read in public.

What I liked:

I liked the beginning. I liked the idea behind the story.

What I disliked:

 I disliked the way it was written. I disliked Samantha and the way she would become a teenager from “I’m a Barbie girl” that acted in a completely unrealistic manner towards the situation that she was in.

Rating:

The book redeemed itself a bit by the end. There was a twist I did not expect which is why I am prepared to give it 2 snowflakes.

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– Snow

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Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

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Title: 
The Body Reader

Author: Anne Frasier

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Pages: 302

Source: NetGalley

Genre: General Fiction(Adult), Psychological Thriller and  Mystery

Rating: 4


When I read what this book was about, I requested it faster then you could say:

“Give it to me now or else…”

And thank goodness I received the notification from NetGalley that Thomas & Mercer had approved.

I immediately started to devour this book. If I did not attend college or needed sleep, I probably would have finished it in one go.

Plot:

Detective Jude Fontaine was held prisoner by a sadistic captor for 3 years. She was kept in an underground cell by a man who had taken everything from her until all she had left was him. Jude knew every line on his face, every scar on his skin, every meaning behind every movement and what would follow. She learned how to read her captor and it kept her alive.

With Jude’s experience of hell, she learned something: Words lie but body language does not. Everything Jude experiences around her are now heightened. Her ears pick up the slightest shifts and her nose competes with that of a dog. Everybody’s body is saying something, even when they are quiet even when they are dead.

Jude resumes her position at Homicide with a new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, who is uncertain of her sanity. But the town has a serial killer and the police need manpower. And no one knows evil quite like Jude does.

My experience:

Where are my words?

Where are my words indeed…

I seem to be unable to write coherently after finishing the last chapter.

Wow! What a journey. What a radical road trip.

It was such an adrenaline rush. From the first page, my heart was in my throat and I had no idea how I was going to get through the book. It felt like I was on a motorcycle that was speeding down a highway while also being on the wrong side of the road. And instead of being terrified at the danger and the shocking speed the book was going, I was on an adrenaline rush and  I was craving more, shouting at the bike to move even faster. There were so many moments where I had to put the book down and just give my mind a bit of time to comprehend what I had just read. It was as thrilling as I expect thrillers to be. It disturbed me on just the right scale. The plot was complicated  enough that you couldn’t immediately guess what was going to happen but not so complicated that you became lost  which tends to happen with me and thrillers.

What I liked:

The characters were so likable . Magnificent! Excellent! By the end of the book, I knew the detectives personally, their struggles their quirks and I didn’t even know when that happened. I just realized I knew everything about them.

What I did not like:

My disappointment came from the lack of history from Jude’s captor. Without spoiling anything I will just say… I wish I had received more details about the villains in this story.

Amazing quotes I loved:

“Her mind kept her company because she’d long ago decided nobody was coming for her. She no longer remembered what her parents looked like, and she no longer remembered what the sun felt like or what snow felt like. All she knew was one man. He was her world.”

“It’s kind of unnerving to think about how we’re shaped by the darkness in our lives,” he said in an echo of her own thoughts.”

Recommendations:

Gather around those who love to solve puzzles and those who are looking for their next mystery thriller/ psychological novel. This one is for you.

This is an Adult fiction novel it deals with abduction, violence, and other intense themes. This book is not for sensitive readers.

Rating:

And the rating is

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4 snowflakes out of 5.

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Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Thriller

Book Review: Reverie by Lauren E. Rico

 

“The cello is a wordless voice, heaving, and sighing with the weight of her sorrow.”

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Title: Reverie

Author: Lauren E. Rico

Series: Book 1

Publisher: Harmony House Productions

Pages: 289

Source: NetGalley

Genre: Romance, Mystery , Thriller, 

Rating: 5

I  was lucky to receive an ARC of Reverie by Lauren E. Rico from NetGalley provided by Harmony House productions for an honest book review.

The first thing that struck me about this book were the credits:

For Vanessa, who told me I could.

For Tom, who told me I should.

For Janet, who told me I would

I started reading this book at 12:00. I thought I would read a chapter to see what it was about and then I would go to sleep. I was wrong. I was very, very wrong.
It was finished by 2:44 AM.

Plot:

Julia James has always been part of the background. If she passed you, you probably wouldn’t even notice her. Julia had to learn from a young age how to go unnoticed not to stand out or face the consequences. So, she became quiet, quiet like a mouse.

For Julia, the only way to escape her past and to release the cacophony in her heart is to be on stage with her hands curved around her cello.

Then somebody notices her. That somebody is no other than the handsome devil, Jeremy Corrigan. His charm is only exceeded by his talent as a french horn player. Soon he starts showing Julia a whole new world. A world of danger, desire, and lust, He helps her to grow more confident and discover the strength within herself.

The perfect set up for a Disney romance right?
Nope.
This is not a fairy tale.

My Experience:
After finishing this book I was a mashed ball of wrecked emotions only able to repeat the words:

“So good.”
“So good”

I don’t know how to explain my experience without giving any spoilers so I have decided to explain it metaphorically.

It starts off soft and sweet with a pinch of sadness vibrating from the violins. Dragging you into the dark despair of Julia’s past.You hear broken strings being gently plucked whispering of heartache and moaning with sorrow. Then a cheeky piano interrupts jovially and you feel the tone changing from sorrow to thrill.An explosion of instruments bursts through the pages silencing the sadness playing the melodies of wishes and seductive roses.

You become so entranced with the beauty and power of the pages you fail to notice the tempo slowing and the tone changing. The instruments turn dark and the music becomes almost mechanic. Gone is the cheekiness from the piano that whispered of promise and fun earlier. Instead, it is replaced with ominous tones screeching from an old cello. A false note escapes the piano and all havoc breaks loose. A sound so sinister and so horrifying hits you in your ears it stretches into your stomach and you can hardly comprehend how such a sound can exist. Yet it echoes through the pages and you get lost in the symphony of this absolute masterpiece.

I can’t say more without ruining it for you. All I can say is you have to read it to hear it. When you read it you will hear it.

What I liked:

I loved how the music was described. I could actually hear it when reading the words which rarely happens for me in books. I could feel the vibrations of the strings and the echoes of the horns.

What I did not like:

Brett’s character was a bit confusing. I thought I had an idea of who he was until the chapter where you get to read from his perspective. I felt as if his inner monolog did not go with how he was portrayed throughout the story.

Recommendations:
Everyone just everyone. I want to go buy a trolley filled with copies of Reverie and just throw people with this book.

However, there are some heavy themes in this book including BDSM, abuse and sexual assault in this book so I will only recommend this to everybody over 18.

Rating for the book:
I can not, not give this book a 5.

It made me dream. It made me cry. It made me shiver. It made me remember and I will never be able to forget this story.

* * * * * / 5  

5 stars. 5 snowflakes. 5 golden medals.

I salute you.

Snow