Book Review – The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

It’s another fantastic release day over here at Jenn Blogs Books. The Cutaway by Christina Kovac releases today on all major platforms! I was extremely lucky to snag an early copy of this book that has been on my radar for awhile. This book is a thriller with a different spin, the main character is a TV news producer digging into a murder.

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Rating: 3.75/5

Goodreads Description:

When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.

Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.

Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.

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My honest review:

As I stated above The Cutaway is a different type of thriller. I have never read a book where the main investigators in a murder all work for a TV news station. That background added a bit of extra drama to the novel. There is constant conflict between all the characters at the news station which added a level of distrust right from the start.

Distrust is actually a very common theme throughout this book. Every time I thought I knew who was involved in the murder the person ended up dead or cleared of suspicion. I enjoyed being kept on my toes although the constant uncertainty was a bit stressful.

There is a lot of investigating in this book that is completely different from your typical police-led thriller. Anonymous sources, live action shots, and illegal surveillance just to name a few.  For all the risks that Virginia takes to find out the truth she was rarely armed which unnerved me to no end.

I did find certain parts of the novel to be a bit slow. I know that is mainly because of the TV news angle and the necessary sub-plot lines in the story. For me I would have preferred a little less drama. The ending was a bit underwhelming after all the intenseness for most of the novel. I wanted a bit more violence or action to be included in the capture of the murderer. The book is still a solid thriller that is a unique spin on what could be a common story line.

I look forward to reading more Christina Kovac books in the future. Her writing is concise and to the point. I always knew what she was trying to convey in any given scene, and she has a real knack for making you want to look over your shoulder while reading.

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Book Review – Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton

Happy release day to BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE by Paige Shelton! This is the 2nd book in the “Dangerous Type Mystery” series. I had the privilege to read and review an early copy of the 1st book in this series, To Helvetica and Back, and I jumped at the chance to read an advanced copy of the 2nd book. This is a cozy type mystery meaning while a murder and a few crimes were committed, the book is neither gory nor scary.  The perfect book for someone looking to dip a toe into mysteries.

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.

It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized notecards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…

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My honest review:

I was so happy to dive back into Star City, Utah. The cozy ski town is the setting of the Dangerous Type Mysteries, and it instantly feels like home when you read the first page. It also made me crave some serious snow, but we won’t go into all that right now.

This book finds Star City filled with celebrities and movie lovers for the annual film festival. I can only imagine what it would be like to have your town filled with movie stars for a week. Shopping at your local grocery store, grabbing coffee at the nearest cafe, and browsing at your favorite bookstore. I have to give credit to the residents of Star City, they all behave very well considering all the famous people who have flocked to their tiny town.

The story line of Bookman  Dead Style is multi layered. A murder happens quite soon into the novel, but a few petty crimes also get interwoven. It added extra dimension which I really appreciated. The way the plot is laid out you kind of don’t trust anyone who pops up throughout the book. Well except for our regular Star City residents. They are as trusty as ever, and I love them even more in this second novel.

The book also really showed the budding relationship between Clare and Seth. They are SO good together. Seth eagerly accepts Clare’s natural curiosity and need to snoop.  I really hope their relationship continues to grow as the series progresses. I will heartbroken if they break up!

The ending of the book was pretty clean. Most loose ends were tied up. However, on one of the last pages a bit of a snag with a local really has me antsy for book 3. I won’t give anything away, but someone is not being a very honest person….. How’s that for suspense?! In all seriousness I truly love this series. It keeps you guessing while also taking you on a stroll through possibly the cutest ski town in Utah.

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Book Review – Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

First off I want to wish a huge happy book birthday to Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. This book releases TODAY 1/31/17! I can’t think of a better way to end a month then by releasing an amazing psychological thriller. This is book #7 in the Quincy & Rainie series by Lisa Gardner, but I can honestly say it reads like a standalone. I had no clue it was a part of a series until I was almost halfway through the book and decided to look it up on Goodreads. Thank you to Dutton Books for sending me an advance copy.

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Rating: 5/5 stars!

Goodreads Description

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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My honest review:

I literally just turned the last page of this book, and I’m still trying to rap my head around the ending. WoW! Definitely not what I was expecting AT ALL. Like I stated before I had no idea this book was part of a series before I picked it up. That being said, I now have to read all the books before this one because I seriously loved each character. I know this book had a lot of new characters added for the storyline, but Quincy and Rainie stole my heart from the first page.

The book opens on a scene from the past. Some of it is hard to read knowing that two innocent children had to go through that trauma. But, it is essential to the story. Throughout the book certain chapters skip to the past, whether the recent past or almost a decade ago. Slowly these flashbacks come together to mesh with the present as we know it. I started guessing from the first chapter as to where the book was going, and I was dead wrong but in the best possible way.

As the past trauma and present crimes start to come together you don’t want to believe what you think is the truth. My heart hurt for Sharlah from page one. Her confusion about her brother and the ramifications of her parents death leave her distrusting everyone. At times she is more grown up than thirteen year old., but through it all she is the perfect fit for Quincy and Rainie.

I loved the profiling aspect of the book. I haven’t read many books where the main characters are FBI profilers or profilers in general. It brought a completely different feel to the thriller which is another reason why I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. This book is a wild ride of emotions and adrenaline. It kept me guessing to the very end and I still got it wrong! Best type of book in my opinion and the main reason I rated it 5 stars.

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Damaged Goods by Jennifer Bardsley – Review and Blog Tour Goodies

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Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Happy Monday all! Today is my stop on the blog tour for DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2) by Jennifer Bardsley. I had the pleasure of reviewing an early copy of Genesis Girl (Blank Slate #1) before it came out, and it blew me away. I can honestly say that DAMAGED GOODS some how surpassed the awesomeness of Genesis Girl!

The high attention and fast-paced storyline of DAMAGED GOODS had me rushing to flip the page through every scene. This book gets more into detail about Blanca’s life as an ex-Vestal. Her struggles and feelings of mistrust are palpable throughout the entire novel. I felt for Blanca. It was like I was experiencing every emotion she went through. At times I was very frustrated because I know I would have reacted completely differently than Blanc did, but that’s the beauty of this book. It kept me thinking.  As the ending unfolded I couldn’t believe what was happening. I had guessed it ALL WRONG! The The ending is a bit cliffhanger-ish but so perfect. I am already anxiously awaiting book #3 in the series. I need it RIGHT NOW.

Below you’ll find the book synopsis, author info, as well as a pretty awesome giveaway!

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DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&NTBD

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

About Jennifer:

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Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald. She also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL was released in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.
Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
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Tour Schedule:
Week Two:
1/23/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
1/23/2017- Jenn Blogs Books- Review

1/24/2017- Read Coffee and Teen– Excerpt
1/24/2017- Michaela Daphne– Review

1/25/2017- So Few Books– Interview
1/25/2017- Book Review Becca– Review

1/26/2017- Quillable– Guest Post
1/26/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Review

1/27/2017- LILbooKlovers– Interview
1/27/2017- The Starving Bookworm– Review

Release Day – DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley

I am so
excited that DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer
Bardsley releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer Bardsley, be
sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only
courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: DAMAGED
GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer
Bardsley
Pub.
Date:
January 17, 2017
Publisher:
Month9Books
Format: Hardcover,
Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD
Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the
loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive
control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula
Rasa School.
But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the
FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for
Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of
Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.
While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise
to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life
is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from
foe.


Title: GENESIS
GIRL (Blank Slate #1)
Author: Jennifer
Bardsley
Pub.
Date:
June 14, 2016
Publisher:
Month9Books
Format: Hardcover,
Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood
has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the
Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a
virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and
those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But
the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is.
All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost
impenetrable. 


By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only
chance of escape is to go online. 



Excerpt

I look to where he points, and the flash of thumb-cameras blinds me. Vestals
must never have their pictures taken by random people. That privilege belongs
to the companies that purchase them and market a Vestal’s privacy one
advertisement at a time. I reach my arms out by instinct, to protect my face
from the public. “I’m fine with it,” I lie, pulling my hands down. “But we
better leave now or we’ll be late to the restaurant.”

“My dad can wait a few minutes.” Seth scoops me in his arms.

“Blanca!” one of the spectators calls. “And Veritas Rex! Is that really
you?”

Seth holds up his hand and wiggles his finger-chips. “The one and only!”
Then he dips me back for a kiss.

I stiffen like cardboard. “Stop it,” I mumble, trying not to squirm. All
I can think about is the cameras, my face flashed worldwide and weirdoes
slobbering over my private moment with Seth. 

“We’ve got to go or we’ll be late.”

Seth kisses my nose. “I didn’t know you were so punctual.”

“Yes.” I pull myself out of his grasp. “Cal’s waiting.” The sooner I put
my helmet on and get back on my motorcycle, the better.

“Blanca,” a man calls as we ride away. “I love you! I’ve watched you all
year!”


Underneath my jacket, I shiver. The fame that surrounds me is chilling.

About Jennifer: 
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the
Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe
also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with
the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in
education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI.
She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose
lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to
the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is
represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.

Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram,
and Goodreads.





Giveaway
Details:

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Set ($20 value), US Only.

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Holiday Giveaway – Amazon Giftcard

Hello all and Happy Holidays! It has been quite some time since I last posted on my blog, but I am changing that in the new year! As a sort of welcome back to blogging I have teamed up with 10 of my favorite bookstagrammers to bring you a giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card. This is open internationally. Just click on the rafflecopter link below and follow the step by step instructions. Quick and easy! The giveaway ends on December 19th at midnight! Good luck to all who enter 🙂

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December 16th – 21st
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1. Follow all 11 bookstagrammers via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

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Book review – The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

The Crow Girl is easily the most difficult book I’ve ever reviewed. Part of that is the length. 784 pages! I could also say that this is probably one of the most complicated and complex story plots I’ve ever read. Be that as it may, I really enjoyed reading it. WARNING: content discussed in this book is of a sensitive nature and may upset, confuse, and trigger certain readers. Thank you to A.A. Knopf for sending me an advance copy.

 

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Goodreads description

The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a hideous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.

In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children’s corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large. Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators, and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings–working together but, ultimately, each on her own–we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society. As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds, and of the profound damage–and the equally profound need for revenge–left in their wake.

 

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My honest review:

Wow. Where to start with this behemoth of a book. If I was asked to describe this book for it’s psychological aspects it would be like walking down a hallway with 100 doors and 100 keys. Every time you finally found one key to match one door, every door and every key switches again. My mind was left reeling every time I picked up this book. I still don’t think I caught every clue that was written. But, although this book was long and complicated I loved the story. It is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

With a book this long there are bound to be a lot of characters. Sure there are the main characters throughout the book but the secondary characters, the victims, were some of the ones that really hit me the hardest. The topics of The Crow Girl are not easy to handle. Child abuse, cults, multiple personalities, child trafficking, and PTSD to just name a few. The scenes are graphic and gory. You find yourself feeling emotions that you can’t believe because what you have read is unbelievable.

I know I keep going back to how long this book is, but I can tell you it is completely necessary that it is this long. To shorten it would be taking away it’s main characteristics. The length adds so much complexity. The authors (yes there are two of them) weave such a tight and tangled web that you don’t know which way is up half of the time. Despite it’s page count, I have to say this felt like a very fast read. I was so sucked into the story that I didn’t notice how much time passed as I read. My eyes couldn’t read the words fast enough to satisfy the knowledge my brain was craving.

As the book started to slowly wind down to the end I realized that I couldn’t trust anything that I had previously read. I didn’t know what was real anymore. To say the ending was mind-blowing is a huge understatement. The twists and turns that I’d come to expect throughout this novel only accelerated as the ending came into view. Once pieces of this giant puzzle started finally fitting together I couldn’t believe I had been wrong from the start.

This book is definitely for a more experienced thriller reader. I think fans of horror novels would like it as well. The topics it deals with are hard to get over. Do not let the length of this novel hinder you from reading this book. However, be prepared for a major book hangover when it’s all over.

 

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LitHub interview with Ilana Masad

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Book review – Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge

Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote a book review. The past 6+ weeks have been absolutely crazy. I can’t even say that I was reading a ton and forgot to post. Unfortunately, I was just busy adulting and basically living life the whole time.  But I digress, I am here to talk about books!

M.J. Arlidge writes one of my favorite crime thriller series featuring D.I. Helen Grace. I started reading this series right before the second book came out, and I’ve been hooked every since. I am especially grateful to Berkley/ New American Library for sending me an advance copy. Being able to read an early copy of one of my auto-buy authors was a huge treat.

 

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Rating: 4/5 stars!

Goodreads description:

Detective Helen Grace gets caught in an inferno of death and destruction in the red-hot new thriller from the author of Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, and The Doll’s House

Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground…

With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire—and control—is reducing entire lives to ashes.

One misstep could mean Helen’s career—and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her…

 

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My honest review:

Right off I want to talk about this cover. I’m a sucker for a great cover. That being said I thought the cover for Liar Liar was perfect. The more I read the book the more I realized how fitting it really was. A gorgeous cover that perfectly matches the story plot of the book is a definite thing of beauty.

As the synopsis above states, this book is not about your typical serial killer. Yes people die, and yes it’s pretty gruesome. However, adding the element of a serial arsonist is a very nice twist on the usual serial killer character. Some series start getting predictable as they move forward. The same problems happen the same way each and every book. Some authors even have a formula developed to help them write books faster by simply plunking in details into designated places. This is NOT at all how M.J. Arlidge writes. This is the 4th novel in the series, and the arsonist villain was a perfect change. It kept the series interesting and alive for many books in the future.

Throughout the book a suspect seems nonexistent or there are too many suspects. This added to the complexities of an already complex storyline. I liked the many rabbit holes the case dropped into. At times you felt a hopelessness that things could never be solved. I suspected I knew who the arsonist was halfway through the book, but I was happily wrong. I love getting blindsided by a surprise conclusion. The excitement and anticipation helped the plot move along quickly.

Throughout the book we slowly learn a bit more about D.I. Grace. To say she is a complicated character is a monumental understatement. In The Doll’s House (book 3) we learn a lot more of her past and the skeletons hidden in her closet. Now that a lot of the past has been told we are seeing some of the subtle, softer sides of Helen Grace. She is slightly more relatable and definitely seems more personable. One of my favorite parts of this series is learning more about her character and seeing how she evolves.

I know I’ve touched on it before, but the arsonist angle was seriously a nice change up for book 4. It was a breath of fresh air, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I originally thought I would. There are some scenes in Helen’s personal life that might be a bit much or hard to understand for some readers. I like the subplot a lot and think it adds another level of complexity to each book. But please just be advised. I think most mystery and thriller readers will easily have no problems with that addition.

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Book review – The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Before I start my review I feel like I need to post some disclaimers about this review. First, Nora Roberts is one of my top 10 favorite authors. Second, Nora Roberts is also one of my auto-buy authors (see first point). Third, when I was given the opportunity to receive an ARC of The Obsession I’m pretty sure I screamed so loudly my husband thought something was wrong (hehe). But seriously, I love Nora Roberts’ books and The Obsession was no exception.

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Goodreads description

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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My honest review:

My favorite type of novel that Nora Roberts writes are her thrillers. There is always an element of romance to them, but it is in no way overwhelming nor the main point of the novel. That remains true for The Obsession.

The first few chapters are extremely intense and involve a very sensitive subject matter. Naomi is only a preteen when she uncovers that her father is a serial killer and rapist. Her childhood is spent moving around trying to protect her and her brother from the horrible things their father did. By the time Naomi is an adult she is a successful yet reclusive photographer trying to hide her family’s past.

Naomi stumbles onto the town of Sunrise Cove, WA and immediately falls in love with a run down, secluded manor house. Despite the odds against her she slowly starts to fall in love with Xander, the town mechanic, part bar owner, rock band leader, and all around great guy. Xander slowly breaks down Naomi’s defenses even as something sinister seems to be happening in the tiny town of Sunrise Cove.

One thing I love about Nora Roberts’ novels is that she never makes the male love interest also be the bad guy. I like knowing I can trust at least one person throughout the novel. From the first introduction you know Xander is great for Naomi. He is a grounding force who loves hard and protects harder. When women start turning up tortured, raped, and murdered Xander rallies his friends and family to help keep an eye on Naomi. I loved Xander’s character. He is a macho man without being a chauvinistic pig. He main concern is to keep Naomi safe from the psycho who is terrorizing the town.

I had a feeling I knew who the murderer was fairly early on in the novel. This did nothing to spoil the novel for me. I loved the intensity and suspense throughout the novel. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The ending was PERFECT! I didn’t want the book to end any other way. This will be my newest highly recommended Nora Roberts book. Now I’m hoping that they turn it into a Lifetime movie 😉

THE SWAY by Ruby Knight – Cover Reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal of “The Sway” by Ruby Knight.  The Sway is a fantasy novel, releasing on 17 May 2016. I was given the incredible opportunity to beta read this book when it was just an idea. I cannot wait to get my hands on the final copy! 

Title: The Sway
Author: Ruby Knight
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 17 May 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Her mission is to get close to him for inside information. 

His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group. 

Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is theyoungest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers.

Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruby wrote her first book during her senior year of college and hasn’t stopped writing since. She graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Psychology. When she isn’t manically writing stories on her laptop,  coaching a high school dance team and teaching high school history– You can find her playing with her adorable little boy. She is from San Diego but was raised in Northern Utah. Her dad nicknamed her Rube at a young age and it always stuck. She currently lives in Utah under the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Ruby loves to read all things New Adult and Young Adult. She is a wannabe yogi and shamelessly indulges in TV shows like Quantico, Scandal, and The Blacklist. You might find her with a Diet Dr Pepper with coconut flavor in it on most days, as this is what she considers to be water.

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