13 06, 2017

Recent Reads -Women on the Edge: ALMOST MISSED YOU and A SIMPLE FAVOR

By | Tuesday, June 13, 2017|3 Comments

These two books are both written by debut authors and feature women in trouble. I would classify them both as mystery/thriller. Other than that, they aren’t really that similar. I liked one much more than the other. I love the idea of this book. ALMOST MISSED YOU is about second chances and what-ifs […]

19 08, 2016

Review: KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson

By | Friday, August 19, 2016|1 Comment

Review: KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. BalsonKarolina's Twins by Ronald H Balson
Series: Liam and Catherine #3
Published by Macmillan on September 6th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Jewish
ARC provided by BEA 2016, St. Martin's Press

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In the tradition of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and Lilac Girls, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise, from Ronald H. Balson, author of the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

~~“Readers who crave more books like Balson’s Once We Were Brothers and Kristin Hannah’s bestselling The Nightingale will be enthralled by Karolina’s Twins.” —Booklist (starred review)~~

She made a promise in desperationNow it's time to keep it
Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried.

Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena’s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why?

Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share.

Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina's Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond.

KAROLINA’S TWINS is the third book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone, but the character’s investigating the story are featured in two other books. This story is mostly about Lena, and 89 year old widow. She comes into Liam’s private detective office, but she demands that his wife, […]

16 08, 2016

Review: HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE by Brenda Novak

By | Tuesday, August 16, 2016|15 Comments

Review: HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE by Brenda NovakHer Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Hanover House
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 30th 2016
Pages: 432
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Also by this author: Hanover House
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First in an electrifying new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER

Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her—and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community...even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.

BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST

Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her—the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same...

“Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity, and true-to-life characters...make her books completely satisfying.”—New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan

I read the prequel to this book, HANOVER HOUSE, late last year. This new series by Brenda Novak follows psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot. She was tortured and left when she was only 16. Evelyn now works with the very same type of psychopaths that almost killed her. She needs to understand them. Her pet […]

1 08, 2016

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris

By | Monday, August 1, 2016|15 Comments

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. ParisBehind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense
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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie??

This story was a bit horrifying. Grace and Jack look like the perfect couple. They have the perfect home. The throw the perfect parties with elegant homemade meals. Grace looks perfect and she is so devoted to her husband and home. Jack and Grace are also inseparable. Jack is ruggedly handsome and works […]

29 07, 2016

Review: THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach

By | Friday, July 29, 2016|8 Comments

Review: THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott StambachThe Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Fiction, Literary
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The Fault In Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement.

Until Polina arrives.

She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her.
She is exquisite. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.

This story was really emotional for me. The author begins as if he found this journal and allows Ivan’s own words to tell the story. I began reading and actually fell for the author’s introduction.It doesn’t matter if this is a true story or not. It is deliberately moving, extremely witty, and a […]

12 07, 2016

Review: ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker

By | Tuesday, July 12, 2016|15 Comments

Review: ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy WalkerAll Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 12th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological
Also by this author: Emma in the Night
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"An assured, powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama...it is, in a word, unforgettable." --William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB
It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect.
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.
As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

  ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN is one of the best books I have read this year. Teenage Jenny went to a party one night and ended up brutally raped. This story is told by Dr. Alan Forrester who begins treating Jenny Kramer a few months after the incident. Charlotte, Jenny’s mother, decided to […]

15 04, 2016

Review: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

By | Friday, April 15, 2016|13 Comments

Review: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult, General, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...
But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

I always try to sum a book up in my review, but I am unable to do it with this book. I can only tell you about the beginning. So here goes: Maya is a princess. She is one of many children born to a wife in the harem of the Raja of […]

23 03, 2016

Review: THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule

By | Wednesday, March 23, 2016|7 Comments

Review: THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi RuleThe Hidden Twin by Adi Rule
Published by Griffin Teen on March 22nd 2016
Pages: 272
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy
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For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room within a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of the great volcano, Mol, while her sister, Jey-identical except for her eyes-has lived her life in public as an only child. Their father had hoped the hidden girl would one day grow up to be a normal human girl and not the wicked creature mythology has promised, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
But when she switches places with her sister, striking up a flirtation with the son of the Empress while working in the royal gardens and gets attacks by two suspicious priests on her journey home, she is forced to call forth fire to protect herself, unleashing her previously dormant powers and letting her secret out. She soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand year old grudge as well as a group of underground rebels, both seeking her for their own gain. But when her sister goes missing and the Redwing uncovers a great plot to awaken Mol and bring fiery destruction upon them all, she is forced to embrace her powers.
In Adi Rule's stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

The premise for this The Hidden Twin was so interesting. This is a hard review to do because (the cover is gorgeous, and) I wanted so much to like this book. A girl with no name is born a twin. She is identical to her sister, except she has blue eyes. Oh, and […]

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