Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tania Carver: The Surrogate

Tania Carver introduces the reader to a hunter who goes for the most vulnerable and commits the most unconscionable acts:

Two women are murdered in an apartment; one on the floor, one on the bed, both are positioned spread-eagle and cut open. The one on the bed has her abdomen sliced open and her unborn baby is gone. The media doesn't know it yet but this is the third time that Detective Inspector Philip Brennan has been to a scene like this, two other pregnant women have been murdered and their unborn child taken away. With no new leads psychologist Marina Esposito is brought in to help but this murder is going to hit very close to home with Marina as she is also hiding a secret. As Marina and Phil rush to find the killer, they have to hope that baby is still safe but time is running out and this hunter has a list.

I had a rough time with this book, not in the since that the book was not good, but more to the fact of being a new mom and the scenes with Hester and the baby were just disturbing to me. I cringed on more than one occasion. From her lack of ability to care for a baby to shaking the baby to what her belief of a baby should be like, were just downright disturbing to me. I think that most people will find these scenes disturbing as most people want to protect those that are weaker than them and who are innocent in life. With this in mind I applaud Carver for taking this approach and victim that not every author is willing to go there, and make their audience feel this uncomfortable when reading. That said, I know this book will not be for everyone, it can be graphic and disturbing at times, so reader beware if you decide to pick up this book.

I think the aspect of this book that I liked the most was when you think you have it figured out, Carver surprises you once again, and trust me this is really hard to achieve. This made the suspense aspect all the more real throughout the book and the sense of urgency never really leaves you as you read. I also found that the antagonist was the most interesting character as she was just downright scary. But at the same time you also feel sorry for her, so it was a weird dynamic in the book, but it worked really well.

I really didn't see anything different or new in Marina and Phi's partnership, I found they felt more like background characters than anything else. It is the story and plot that drives this book. I did feel that for more than half the book that there was a book previous to this one as the history between Marina and Phil is touched upon several times. Carver does eventually explain their history, but I think it was a little bit too late in the book. Additionally, when the history was fully explained I found that Marina's judgments against Phil were extreme given the circumstances. I get where her mind went about Phil not being there for her, but I think her actions afterwards were a little much.

I really enjoyed this book and the way that Carver decided to tell it. Honestly, Carver had me fooled more than once (and not to toot my own horn here) but that is hard to do in these types of books. I really enjoyed this book and as this is the first I have read by Carver I look forward to reading more.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Anne Bishop: Etched in Bone

This is the final book in a series, so you will need to read the previous books (Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Sliver and Marked in Flesh) to understand what is going on in this book. That aside I highly recommend this series and trust me it will be hard to stop after reading the first book.
Anne Bishop is back with her amazing Others series, and this time trouble is brewing close to home:


Something new and frightening has come to Lakeside, they want to remain unseen to observe and not interfere with the goings on there but that is shortly lived. You think the humans would have learned after the elders put a stop to the HLF group but some are slow learners. Meg has asked the cards and the future is grim, and uncertain but no one could predict the actions that humans would take to try to try to change their fortunes.

I believe this is the last book in the series and it was a good read, though the first book Written in Blood  and the previous book in this series Marked in Flesh are still my top two. It is always sad in some ways to see a series you have really enjoyed end, but at the same time I am glad that Bishop decided to end it all the same. It appeared, to me,  in this book that Bishop struggled to have a main villain and conflict for the characters to work through. Do not get me wrong there are still quite a few unanswered question, especially those around the cassandra sangue but I think the storyline in Lakeside is done. Maybe Bishop will just have cameos of the main characters in this series, just so we don't lose touch with them completely.


I think that it was smart to highlight the food shortage that the world is experiencing though I question whether this should one of the main obstacles with in the book. I also found it funny that the majority of Humans do not seem to learn, they should know by now the powers that the Others have yet they continue to not only test them but make the same mistakes. I think this is also a good reason for the story at Lakeside to end as the inability of the humans to learn in these books has become repetitive.
It was interesting adding the elders in this book and I wish we could know not only more about them but what they look like. The secrativness is killing me lol. That said it made each reader use their own imagination to picture what the Elders looked like and how they made themselves invisible. I just hope we haven't seen the last of them.

Meg and Simon are as strong as ever but the stand out character  for me in this book was Chief Burke. Bishop really developed him more as a character in this book and showcased  his power and influence over the humans/police, which is very much needed in Lakeside. I actually think it would be interesting to have a prequel to these books with Burke when he was a younger man in the wild country and what he learned there. I think it would be interesting, entertaining and I think pretty dark as well.
This is a great series and I am looking forward to reading the spin off that is set in this world in 2018.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

B. A. Paris: Behind Closed Doors

B. A. Paris takes a reader to a relationship that appears perfect but appearances are often deceiving:

Jack and Grace are the perfect couple, they do everything together and never want to be apart. He is a successful lawyer and she is an amazing house wife; they are the epitome of what True Love looks like. However there are some strange occurrences that go on in that marriage, like why Grace doesn't answer the phone or why she doesn't have a cell phone or when a lunch out with the girls, Jack decides to tag along. Sometimes the Perfect looking marriage, is the Perfect Lie

"Domestic Suspense" seems to be the genre of 2016/2017 as there are more books coming out with that as either their genre or tagline. I'm not going to lie I have read quite a few of these this past year and some have been successful and other not so much. It has gotten to the point I think where this "new" genre is getting a bit saturated and I'm now looking for something different in this genre and I think Paris delivers on that.

This is a debut novel, yes you read that right. I'm sure you have being hearing about this book as much as I had before I read it and for a debut it is extremely well done. "My perfect husband, My psychopathic husband" This sentence is what had me hooked from the beginning and set the tone for the book perfectly. So I guess you have already deduced that I really enjoyed this book and the format that Paris decided to use. I liked that past and present would get closer and closer to each other as you read further into the book, and you reach events that have just come to pass. However, it is funny though, as the book basically gives away the majority of its secrets right away yet I found that I could not stop reading it. I think this speaks to not only Paris' story telling ability but the way she developed her characters.

I think my favourite characterization in the book was of Millie. I have not read too many books where a main character has downs syndrome and Paris does a perfect job of showing her strengths, weakness as well as her understanding of the world and peoples around her. You can tell that Jack does not understand that mind of someone who has downs syndrome and that they have more knowledge and capacity than most people give them credit for. I think it was an interesting play between Jack and Millie with Grace being stuck in the middle.

When I began this book and you realize the situation that Grace is in, I thought it was to have BDSM with lots of dominating sex and that is how Jack was going to control Grace, so I was getting ready to put the book down, however, I was very wrong. Jack is very much the psychologcal controller and he does have a preverse sense of what turns him on, but there were no sex scenes in this book. I'm glad that Paris took this different approach as I think there are too many books now that head in to the BDSM area. Paris' approach with Jack's controllingness was pure straight out of a battered woman textbook (the psycholigcal part) but his overall goal was very unique and the amount of time he took planning it was a great feat.

I really enjoyed this book on so many fronts, and did not even mind that Paris gave some secrets away at the beginning, I just had to read on. For a debut, this is one of the best I have ever read. I'm still pretty shocked that this is a debut. Therefore, I cannot see what she comes out with next

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nicholas Sansbury Smith: Hell Divers

Nicholas Sansbury Smith takes readers on a roller coaster ride straight into Hell, where the fate of human kind is left in the hand of a few:

After more than two centuries following WWIII poisoned the planet and forced the remaining human population to live on massive airships that circle the Earth, humans are in danger once again. Most of the ships have fallen from the sky with failing technology with easily accessible parts to fix the problems, there is now only a couple left. The only way to keep the ships running is to salvage what they can from  which is turned in to a Hell where is where the Hell Divers are needed to complete these missions. X is the best and most experienced Hell Diver, he has completed the most dives and missions (most only make it to 7 Dives before they die). When one of the remaining ships is damaged in a storm they call for help, all of the human race may be doomed and it is up to X and the rest of the Hell Divers to try and save them.

This is the first book I have read by Sansbury and it blew me away. It is a sci-fi/post apocalyptic book and sci-fi is something I usually  stay away from, but the premise sounded really different and interesting so I took the plunge; I'm so glad I did. This was a real page turner and  you'll want to read this book in one sitting, it was really hard for me to put this one down. It grabs hold of you from the very beginning and never lets go. There is very little let up on the action sequences on both Earth and the Hive, though on the Hive it much more political kind of suspense as the Captain tries to deal with no only the impending doom of the other ship but that of her own as well. Sacrifices need to be made and not everyone is happy about the decisions that she makes.

The world building was really well done and the description of not only the mutated monsters on Earth but the landscape and hardships that the Hell Divers had to endure while on the surface was well written.There are certain situations that you feel the weather and cold they have to endure and in the case of one of the Hell Divers his struggle to survive on nothing. There is also the extreme radiation that they have to deal with on each dive that adds in another element of danger that they need to be aware of. I also did not think that this book was too sci-fi for me, I liked that it was more of an apocalyptic book than a sci-fi book. I never felt like I was not able to understand what was going on or the machinery or weapons that the Hell Divers and the Hive rely on. The idea of the Hell Divers is extremely inventive and not something I have read, or even heard of being done in books before, so Sansbury's imagination hits a home run in this book

This book had an awesome main character. I mean how can you not love X even with his flaws he does what he has to do so that the human race can survive. Talk about selflessness. He is there to serve the greater good of humanity. He doesn't know when his next or last dive will be but he never shies away from that responsibility. I liked that Sansbury had X become more humanized than this thing of legend to the other people on the ship, with him having to take care of Tin. It gave him even more of a purpose than before and a now reason to try to get back at all costs. I could read a many books with X or someone like him as the main character.

All I can say is What an ending! It was not one that I saw coming which I think every reader loves in this type of book. So I guess you can say (and probably tell) that I am excited for the next book in this series, the summer and this book release cannot come fast enough. I'm also going to check out the other series that Sansbury has to offer.Sansbury really impresses with this book.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

W. Bruce Cameron: A Dog's Purpose





This book is a super cute read and I highly recommend it not only if you are a dog/animal lover, but need a feel goo read. I have not read too many books from an animals point of view, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It is kind of nice to have a non human point of view, however, Cameron has a good balance of Toby's voice and adding in additional human details that I would assume a dog would not notice or think about. I think that Cameron was smart to add these details, of have Toby over hear conversations that he may not understand but it allows the reader to get to know the world that Toby is living in better, and allows for a break from the canine observations

I really enjoyed the idea of reincarnation within this book as it was interesting seeing the different lives that Toby takes and the skills he learns along the way. We should all be so lucky to be able to carry this type of learning experience with us. It was also interesting that he was not stuck to a single gender along the way and I think that Cameron is trying to show it is the soul of the dog that matters most.

This book was cute read and will make you laugh and cry throughout especially if you are animal lovers. I have just realized that this is only the first book in a series, so I look forward to seeing where the second book leads. I also know this book has been turned in to a movie so I'm going to have to watch it as well.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sean Platt & David W. Wright: Yesterday's Gone (Season 1)

Sean Platt and David Wright take readers on a  journey of what would happen if one day you woke up and everyone was gone:

Well almost everyone, there seem to be a few people that are still here alive, assuming everyone else is dead. The surviving few are different ages, gender, race, occupations and some are good and some are evil. It is unknown why they were chosen to survive and survive they must, as there is something more watching them. Side will be chosen, allies and enemies made, can the human race survive just on these "chosen" few.

This book was originally released in a serial format, but I received the first six episodes in one book. For me this book was a DNF and I hate that it was as the premise of the book had so much promise and intrigue for me. I was able to make it through one serial and half of the next section when I stopped reading, I lost interest in the entire book and where the authors were going with it. I think that due to the fact that it was in a serial so they needed to have each serial as a mini book instead of chapters and for me this affected the overall flow of the book. I think that the serial format hurt this book but maybe I would have thought differently if I had read it in the serial format instead of having it lumped together in a book as I would have had a break between the releases. Personally, I think the serial format is better suited for TV and honestly I could see this book as a TV show, just from how it was presented and written

I could not get in to the story or the characters and the characters I did find interesting had less sections from their viewpoints, which that takes me to my next point that there were too many characters. With too many characters there were too many different experiences and too much information about each one to not only keep them straight but also to understand what was going on in the book. 

I'm always disappointed when I'm unable to finish a book, but sometimes it just happens, and we all move on to a book that will hopefully be an amazing. If you have previously read a book that is serial in format then you may like this one as well, but it was not for me.

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