The Stranger(Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg

Book Description:

Published: May 1, 2013

Format: Audio/OverDrive

A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.

Review –

This is the fourth in the Patrik Hedstrom series and since I’ve only read the first one, I was a little lost on some of the background.  Overlooking that, this was a great read/listen with a great story line straight from today’s reality television and a twist or two. It just goes to show that an act, though  accidental, can have far-reaching consequences .

I’m really loving this series but it’s hard to find the books or audiobooks but I’ll keep looking.

 

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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

Published: May 24, 2016  

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

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offers-headphones-jpgmaxheight138maxwidth207THE LAST STAR picks up not long after THE INFINITE SEA, Book Two, left off. Cassie, still torn between her love of Evan and her fear of his kind, is focusing her energy on reminding Sam what it means to be a family. Ringer — believed MIA by Cassie and the gang — has been “enhanced” and is focused on eliminating Evan Walker so she can take revenge on the man who betrayed her without him getting in the way. Zombie, ever the leader, remains untrusting of Evan and focused on reuniting with Ringer and Teacup before the end of days. 
Alternating between the viewpoints of Cassie, Ringer, Zombie, Sam and others, THE LAST STAR takes place over the course of three action-packed days, or, more specifically, the last three days of Earth. Evan Walker has a plan that he hopes will save humanity — aka Cassie — but, in the end, he is not the hero Earth needs. That hero, of course, is Cassie. Cassie who, even when all hope for rescue is lost, still demands that young Sam learn his ABCs and remember the face of his mother. Cassie, who loves Evan in ways that even she cannot understand, but knows that they will not celebrate a fairy tale ending. Cassie, the personification of humanity.

Although readers have been cheering Cassie on for years, I believe it is Sam who truly shines in THE LAST STAR. If THE LAST STAR can be classified as character-driven science fiction, Sam is one of the most powerful forces of its narrative. Through Sam, we see the true effects of humanity’s downfall, as he finds it easy to shoot a person, but less so to remember to bathe. He loves his sister, but feels a stronger, everlasting bond with Zombie, because Zombie is his sergeant in a world where his family’s promises have been annihilated more often than not. 

Because the story takes place over only three short days, it is impossible to go on without spoiling the ending to a series fans have loved for years. I will say this: yes, there are major deaths, yes, there is a resolution to the war, and yes, you will cry. The author did a superb job giving this series a perfect ending.

Five stars *****

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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Book Description:

Published: February 9, 2016

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Review –

This book takes up exactly where the first book left off (I love it when authors do that) and  even though it has been a year since I read the Red Queen, I had no trouble falling back into the story line.

There is so much action, heartache,heartbreak,angst and death in this installment of the series I don’t know where to start. BUT, I’ll try.

Mare has found her brother, Shade, a new blood, like herself, whom she thought was dead and he joins with her and others to find other new bloods to recruit to fight Maven before Maven can find them and kill them or worse be manipulated by the queen.

Mare spends the majority of the book being suspicious of everyone – she’s been betrayed far too many times already in her 17 years – and her suspicion carries over to the reader as well. I spent most of the book with absolutely no idea of who was trustworthy and to be honest, I still am not 100% sure, especially with the characters I want to trust most.

There was also a slew of new characters come into play in this book and some we get to  know while others  we’re merely told how they came to the group after the simple recruitment of the first Newblood, Nix. Suddenly we have around 10-12 new characters stirred into the mix, with no idea how they got there or why we should care about them. Character development for what could have been interesting side characters was instead merely highlighted 

There is sadness, loss, tragedy, and sacrifice and the ending is a definite cliffhanger, but I loved it and now have to wait until February 2017 for the third book, King’s Cage to be released. Can’t wait!!!

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp Sendker

Book Description:

Published: January 21, 2012

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Review –

After more than 25-30 years of marriage, a man leaves his family and goes back to Burma to re-unite with his first love. Four years later, his wife finds a love letter he wrote long ago to his Burmese woman and gives it go her daughter and says she can do what she wants but that she, the wife, doesn’t want to know what she finds out.

The daughter travels to Burma and comes upon a man who tells her a long story which is about the life of her father and the woman her loved. As it turns out, her father is dead and so is the woman he loved but the man she has been talking to over a week or more is her brother.

It is a story that makes the reader feel sorry for the man one minute  and hate him the next. The book will pull at your heart-strings and makes a very good Summer read.

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The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing

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Published: September 23, 2002

It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist.
Review –
This is the cutest book that young children will enjoy but adults will love  too.
In the story the it’s the 23rd  of December and Mom has the flu and the tree isn’t up, the cookies are burnt,the stockings have holes so socks are hung up instead. The tree they finally buy makes the Peanuts Christmas Tree the prize winner. It has few branches and fewer needles. The lights burn out so the family has to go shopping for replacements and none can be found so they decide to  wait in line for hours for the kids to see Santa and the baby pees on Santa’s lap. They finally get home and Dad puts Mom to bed and reads the Night Before Christmas to the kids.
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The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain

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Published: August 25, 2013

Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they- and YOU-can be thankful for…including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s.

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This book went out in the mail yesterday to my niece, Kate, and another one to her cousin, Camille, because besides being a great young children’s book about the Thanksgiving holiday it also teaches about the things we need to be thankful for, not just at this time of year but everyday. Those things are faith and family.

Great book.

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Ruined (Decadence After Dark #3) by M. Never

Book Description:

Published: June 6, 2015

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He’s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me…For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

Review –

This is the final book in the series and ties up things nicely.

Kanye and Ellie have settled into married life and he quit  the black-ops organization ad went to work for Hawaii SWAT. With the help of Ellie and Jett Kanye deal with the fact that his mother died at the age of 21 while trying to re-gain custody of him. He and Ellie have a son, AJ with a baby girl on the way and Jett and London have three children. Kink is still there but in the background.

Great series.

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Dead Ringer (Rosato and Associates #8) by Lisa Scottoline

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Published: October 13, 2009

They say that blood is thicker than water, but just how far should you go for a sister?

When ace lawyer Bennie Rosato’s twin sister returns to Philadelphia, she knows that trouble is on the horizon, for her sister never contacts her with familial love at the forefront of her agenda – if she contacts her at all. At the same time, Bennie’s law firm is in trouble, so she takes on a potentially lucrative class-action suit to try to save the day. It could be make or break – both for her family and her firm.

Meanwhile, her colleague Mary DiNunzio persists in bringing in a case that looks more like an Italian wedding than a lawsuit, and then a mysterious stranger appears just in time to help Bennie in the fight of her life – for her life.

Full of pace, suspense and laugh-out-loud humor, bestselling New York Times author Lisa Scottoline has written her strongest book ever, featuring many of the much-loved characters from the wise-cracking all-women Philadelphia law firm of Rosato and Associates.

Review –

I know I said I wouldn’t read another book in the Rosato & Associates Series  but, again, I found this one at my local library and since the narrator was different I decided to check it out.  The narrator made all the difference, plus Mary didn’t have a large part so her family members weren’t around too much.

The story line was great and involves Bennie’s twin and a lot of hatred toward the successful lawyer.

So glad I tried another book by Lisa Scottoline.

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The Gift: A Novella in the Unrestrained Series by S. E. Lund

Book Description:

Published: December 24, 2014

Kate and Drake enjoy their very first Christmas together and give each other very special gifts.

***Note*** Intended for 18+ due to explicit content and language.

 

Review –

A very short story that ties up the Unrestrained Series when Kate give Drake want he wants most.

Great Series.

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