Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Last Train to Babylon By:Charlee Fam

Last Train to Babylon: A NovelLast Train to Babylon: A Novel by Charlee Fam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aubrey Glass has returned home to Rachel's funeral. Rachel did it, she committed suicide, even though it is Aubrey that has the nicely composed letters each year filed away, waiting. Even though it was Rachel that helped all those years ago pour salt into a wound that never should have happened, being that she was supposedly Aubrey's best friend.
Aubrey was forced into a situation years ago and now she is being forced into going back home to Rachel's funeral - she is being forced to deal with the past. She has to go back to where it all happened to finally begin to heal.
How complex the relationship between females as we grow, how protective in our minds we can be given some circumstances beyond our control, and how some actions continue a cycle in our lives.
This was an amazingly honest portrayal of a broken human being. I found the story flowed, the character development beautifully raw and engaging. There is something tragically hopeful about it. The internal dialogue and POV - this is the beginning of a very talented author.

Now, I would be remiss if I did not warn you that this book may contain triggers for those that have experienced rape. The author tackles this in a very real way throughout the book.

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Review: Chose the WRONG Guy, Gave Him the Wrong FINGER By: Beth Harbison

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong FingerChose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quinn Barton was ready to walk down the aisle in minutes, when the groom's brother gave her news of the truth that she just had been ignoring. That evening she took off for a couple days with him. That was ten years ago. That was when they left town and she stayed making wedding dresses for other women.
Fate has brought Burke (her ex) and Frank (his brother) back into town for their grandmother's wedding. And Quinn has found that she can't avoid any of it because she agreed to do the dress.
A beach read, filled with humor, heartbreak, and some insight - "Fairy Tales die hard in the minds and hearts of some girls." But don't look to deep for a third dimension in these characters. Quinn for the most part I didn't even like, except when she was with her friend Glenn - who had more insight than anyone and was a minor character unfortunately.
Want to feel good, have a little laugh and HEA - this is a good read for that fix.

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Review: Dr Who The Blood Cell By: James Goss

Review: Dr Who The Blood Cell                                      4.5/5

By:  James Goss


A prison set into an asteroid in far off reaches has found a new prisoner - Prisoner 428. He wants to be called the Doctor. The book is told in the Governor's point of view, which leaves the mystery still unfolding to the very end.
The prison is far from HomeWorld and the TransNet is experiencing major problems. Soon hard decisions will have to be made on whether to release level 7 from the prison itself to allow them a chance to the nearest colony and the rest experience the slow death. The clock is ticking and the outages or increasing. And Prisoner 428 keeps escaping from his cell. He also keeps getting a visitor, Clara, who brings a freshness and fight that can't be denied.

There is something deeper and darker lurking, something that was placed into the prison when it was built - and it is feeding. This is where secrets have to be unearthed before time runs out, because the killing has already begun.

This was quite a thriller Dr Who. It had the wonderful Whovian pieces to it, but it also contained a thriller element that kept you on edge - was this because of the pov, maybe, the storyline, possibly - but this one is a definite must read for any fan.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: Rooms By:Lauren Oliver

RoomsRooms by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Richard Walker has passed away requiring his family to come together under one roof at his home in Coral River. His Ex wife, Caroline, Daughter, Minnie, Granddaughter, Amy, and Son, Trenton are joined by those that already have had claim to the house long before the Walkers ever walked in. They have their own stories, their own secrets; Sandra, speaks all the time was there in the 70s, before her there always seemed to be Alice.
Living, like the dead, have their own corners they hide in the dark, shadows they keep from each other and at times from themselves. This is so beautifully exposed and demonstrated through the author's writing "it's the same way treed grow around the very vines that are killing them, so they're strangled and sustained all at once." Amazing insight, with different characters as a focus as different rooms are 'explored' or 'exposed'.
There is such a depth in this writing that one could and should re read this. It is haunting and gothic in feel and very enjoyable.

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Review: The Infinite Wave By: Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installment of The 5th Wave is not a letdown. This one will have you on the edge and begin to fill in the pieces of what is to come. You will have to read the first book before entering this one.

Cassie and Evan are in this but not as much as Ringer. There is more of a backstory on the group, on Poundcake, Zombie, which gives a dimension to the humans that are left. The 'plan' is slowly being understood for the wiping of the planet.
"If you are human, there is no hope."
I loved this book, Ringer really standing out. Her interactions with Vosch and her above average mind working to understand the incomprehensible. This is the book that sets up the climax, that builds it all up. I can not wait for the next book, I am on edge.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane By: Alex Irvine

Review: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane  By: Alex Irvine            4/5

Based on the Characters from Fox's Hit TV Show SLEEPY HOLLOW


Written as a journal in Crane's voice, filled with photos, sketches, news clippings, and more this is a great addition to any fan of the Fox series. It will take you through the season, but only through the inner mind of Crane. You, the reader, will be privy to some new thoughts, to some clues (something up ahead), to some funny observances of our modern culture, and his simple brilliance. You feel the desperation, the frustration, he releases his failure onto the paper and his need to win this battle against evil.
Welcome to the fandom, step right in and grab a book. You will enjoy this, it isn't simply the retelling of stories of the season, it is the opening of the characters mind and heart on paper - and quite frankly, it's that depth that will make the show even more enjoyable for me to watch.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Every Little Secret By: Laura Lippman

Every Secret ThingEvery Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two white girls, Ronnie and Alice, came across a black baby abandoned in a stroller in a upscale neighborhood of Baltimore. It was a decision. Four days later the infant was found dead in a secluded shack in Leakin Park. The girls were sent away to juvenile facilities, the mother of the infant (a Judge's daughter) never forgot and never forgave, and time went on.
That is until seven years later and they were released. Ronnie's parents now living in a new home and Alice back in the same with her single mother. A child has now gone missing. Three years old. Blood has been found with the child's clothing in the garbage. And both the girls are close enough to the proximity to Value City and the Mall where it happened that it is possible that lightning has just struck twice.
A race against time for detectives Nancy (Porter) and Infante that have a missing child case on their lap and the political breath of Cynthia Barnes breathing down their neck with her accusations of 'knowing' that the children that did this to her baby did this again. As they delve deep into the case, what the uncover can send chills even up the spine of the seasoned detective - and really makes the reader question who is the criminal.
This was a really good book. Each page reflected on how on incident flows into another and how many lives it effects and intercepts. Long after I have put this book down, I am even asking myself about who really is the true criminal in this case - who is the one that really deserved the just punishment. A book that makes you think afterwards and want to discuss it - really I think best for book club, and trust me you will be debating this. Enjoy.

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