Thursday, March 10, 2016

Booking Through Thursday: Springing

Spring is coming unusually fast this year (at least here in the Northeast). Do your reading habits change as we get into the warmer months?

My reading habits don't seem to change lately. I haven't been reading too much and going real slow. Life is pulling me back from reading with all things going on in my life but I do try my best to read whenever I can.
So I don't think the weather or the season have anything to do with it. Usually I read when commuting to and from work if I don't get distracted by my phone or Ipad.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Furious by T.R. Ragan

Furious by T.R. Ragan

Rating: 4 stars

318 pages

Expected Publication: 22 March 2016

I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Faith McMann series and a new to me author.

Faith McMann came home with her kids to find her husband tied and gagged. Some men ransacked her house looking for 'it'. When they didn't find what they were looking for, they killed her husband in front of her, slashed her -but she miraculously survived- and took her daughter and son who were 11 and 9.
Trying to put her trauma and grief for her husband on hold until she finds her kids she embarked on a dangerous journey.
The police were looking but not fast enough for her. When she was forced to attend an anger management group, she met the wonderful Rage and Beast who with the help of her close family helped her solve the mystery of her missing kids. Since there was no ransom asked the only obvious reason for there abduction was child trafficking. That was a hard conclusion for her to reach but the most logical. So she did all she can and then some to try to reunite with her kids, despite the dangers of interfering with ruthless trafficking mobs.

The idea of the book is very interesting and new to me. I can't say it was easy reading about children abducted, abused and raped, but it felt so real. It made me wonder what really is happening to kids thrown into this kind of dangerous ring. It was so sad and heartbreaking, as a mom with young children it was so hard to read and imagine what these children went through. It broke my heart and made me cry.

The flow of the story was so good with the shifting between the chapters although some lines seemed a bit cliché.
The ending was not what I expected but I enjoyed it none the less, I do want to know what happens next so I will wait for book 2 in the series.
I gave it 4 stars although I was debating between 4 and 5. I really liked the story and will check other books by the author but the cliché lines bothered me a bit. That is my personal opinion. There was also the idea that the traffickers didn't just go ahead and kill Faith or even try was quite weird. Just calling her at the end to warn her to back off is not too believable for me.

In the end, I would highly recommend it to anyone who would be interested in reading realistic life tragedies.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

My Rating: 5 stars

Date Published: 2001

393 pages

This is the first book in the series and the debut novel for this author although it is my second read for her.

Dr. Sara Linton is a pediatrician and coroner in Grant County. One day she goes to the local diner to have lunch with her sister only to find Sybil Adams dying in the bathroom stall. Thinking it a one time thing or a hate crime that is until another girl is crucified and left for dead near the hospital that Sara was in at the moment.
Things get complicated and the killer/rapist seems unreachable.

It's a fast paced thriller that gripped me from chapter 1 and the tension between Sara and her ex husband Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver is just refreshing.
The action builds up till the killer is revealed although I had an idea who it was before it was known.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and would highly recommend it to thriller/suspense readers.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

My Rating: 3 stars

Year Published: 2009

305 pages

This book is done in three parts.

The first part is The Strings where Quentin and Margo go on a car ride to seek revenge on some of her friends. This part was action packed and fun to read. It's like all the years they were apart just melted and they were besties again. I loved it.

The second part was The Grass which was so hard to read since it was so boring. Margo disappeared and left some clues for Quentin to find and he was determined to find her no matter what the cost.
I felt his crush on her was just too much and she was just so self centered and annoying that I really did not care if she was dead or alive. Harsh but true. His search went on and on and he kept reading this boring poem over and over, I was considering leaving the book unread but since i had only 100 pages to read and I already read most of it I tried to push. I considered skimming the pages it was that boring and repeated but I went through with it.

The third part was The Vessel which was the road trip that Quentin and his friends made to go look for the infamous Margo. The trip was fun since most of it was Quentin and his friends goofing around. They were a cool bunch.

I gave this book 3 stars because of parts one and three, it lost the 2 stars because of part two. If I had not pushed myself to finish the book I would have given it 1 star.

One of the things I did like was the concept of "Paper Towns" and that they are town names added to some maps for copyright infringement. It makes me wonder how many paper towns there are worldwide.

This was my first to read for this author, I picked it up because I saw the movie The Fault in our Stars and thought it was great, but I would say I was disappointed in this book in general and would not recommend it to anyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

5 stars

Year Published: 2013

389 pages

They were 6 best friends when they were in University and they kept in touch having reunions to try to keep that friendship but life changes and each has her own problems.
One day after twenty five years, they chose to have a reunion picnic in Hyde Park. It started alright then by the end while in drunken fury words were thrown and accusations made which will change their lives forever.
By the end of the night only five went home.
It was sad what happened with them and to them beacuse after that drunken picnic nothing will ever be the same.

This is the first time for me author and I totally enjoyed it.
The chapters were short and although the story kept going from one off the ladies to the other and from the past to the present it was a light and enjoyable read. I felt it understandable that they grew apart from what they faced and the secrets that were kept, he betrayal and heartaches.
I do have to mention that I LOVED the cover!! It was just so beautiful.

I will keep a lookout for other books by this author.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

5 stars

Year Published: 2014

388 pages

Genre: Horror (Witches, Supernatural, Paranormal)

I loved this book. From the very first chapter I was hooked.
The writing style is so engaging and flows like a river.

Rachel's husband Thad has become a famous best seller author, writing his ideas and stories in a journal given to him as a gift 10 years prior. Then things start happening that make Rachel regret a deal she made when she got him the gift.
Full of secrets, betrayals and witchcraft the author weaved a very interesting and hard to put down book.
Can't wait to read the second book to see what happens next.

This is the first time for me to read by this author, and I would like to thank both the publicist and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Quotes I liked:

“Sometimes the most frightening of thoughts can be found hiding among the shadows of our own minds.” 

“At one point, all authors are unknown until the day they are not.”

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

4 Stars

Year Published: 2009

585 Pages

Genre: Horror (Vampires)

I picked this book up at Virgin Megastores when I started recording the series, so that I would read the book first and then see the series. Which now I'm planning on doing.

When a Boeing 777 plane lands in JFK airport in New York, all transmission from the plane has been cut off. The tower tries to contact the pilot but the plane seems to have died. No transmission, no lights, no engines. Nothing.
So, they send for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather and his team to check it out.
The result: All passengers are dead.
So they embark on a mission to solve the mystery and later on to stop the spreading of a virus that seems to turn New Yorkers to vicious vampires.

It was a scary thrilling ride through the book. The beginning of the book was so captivating and scary that it made me go on and on.. I couldn't put it down except to recap and think about what I just read and imagine it clearly. The legend of Sardu was chilling!!

Then in the middle of the book it started to drag and I really had to keep up with so many characters. It took me ages (literally: months) to go past that but I pulled through and the last third of the book went flying.. The excitement and action was all there.. I loved it.

That was the reason for the 4 stars and not 5 although it's been a while since a book got me from the first chapter. This was a book that did.

I will start watching the series I recorded as soon as I have some free time to spare and meanwhile consider getting the second book in the series to read.

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