The Other Woman(Jane Ryland #1) by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Book Description:

Published: September 4, 2012

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.
Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of Boston.
As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Review –

This was my first read by this  author and I’m fairly certain I’ll be reading more, of this series in particular.

The first in a series. Jane Ryland is a reporter. She gets fired from her TV job and gets a newspaper job. She is in love (or at least, has the potential to be) with Jake – a cop, but they can never be together because of their jobs.

I actually like that Jake and Jane don’t do anything sexual in the book. For one thing, I feel like they really are getting to know and love(?) each other as people instead of just lusting after each other. Too many books out there today have “insta-love” between the two main characters and it is just TOO unbelievable .

This book is about a political campaign and all the back-stabbing and scandal that goes along with it, however, it is a bit confusing and with tons of twists and turns it becomes a tangled mess.

Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did. Twists and turns, multiple plot lines and points of view don’t bother me.

If you like a good “whodunit” give this book a try.

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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

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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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Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone

Book Description:

Published: June 14, 2014

Just Breathe Blurb:

(TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.)


When Cassie Shaw looks at Noah Hunt, she sees a knight in shining armor, but she’s convinced he sees her as nothing but damaged goods.

Noah saved her from a brutal assault, talked her through a panic attack, and held her when she broke down crying.
Noah is a mystery. He avoids talking about his past, his phone rings with calls from four women he won’t talk about, and he receives texts from over a dozen more. To add to the intrigue, when Cassie tries to kiss him, he gets a look of sheer panic in his eyes.

Cassie finally finds a chink in Noah’s armor, and realizes that he’s even more damaged than she is.

He saved her.

Now it’s her turn to save him.

Review – 

This story is  unique with plot twists coming at you when you least expect it and the  characters are not perfect and have inner conflicts and emotional problems caused by events in their past.  Although there is a great amount of tragedy, heartache and pain in this novel, there is also a great amount of love and romance to be read.
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Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray

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Published: November 3, 2015

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

Review –

Since I had read the first book in the Firebird series, A Thousand Pieces of You, over a year ago I wasn’t sure that I would be able to jump into this book with the same enthusiasm. I shouldn’t have worried because from  the first few chapters I became just as engrossed as I had been previously.

It has parallel universes, drama,teen angst,romance, unrequited love,danger, suspense and ethical questions that need to be answered.

If you could jump into the body of another “you” would you be careful with the choices you make or would you haphazardly live life as if there was no tomorrow to leave the other “you” to live with the consciences of your actions when you leap back to your own body and universe?

That is one question that Marguerite is still trying to come to grips with.

Can’t wait for the next installment!

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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Book Description:

Published: August 19, 2014

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

Review –

Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

The last book I read by author, Sandra Brown, was in 2012 and I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to pick up another.

I found this one on Overdrive, which is a virtual library membership that is free. I placed it on hold and when it became available it came into my que.

The blurb doesn’t do the plot justice and is a bit misleading.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau is rescued by a big, tall, good-looking(in a dangerous way)man who refuses to tell her his name. Events occur that lead her to believe that he may be responsible for her head injury and unconsciousness when he found her on a secluded running trail. The weather turns bad and he is prevented from taking her back to town so for four days she is his “guest”  in his cabin, although sometimes she feels like his captive. Her marriage is not in a good place and she feels drawn to this dangerous man with the gravelly voice and the night before he is able to drive her back to town they have mind-blowing sex.

The police who have been leading the search for her believe that her husband, who they discovered is having an affair with her business partner and best friend, is guilty of murdering her but haven’t found concrete evidence to prove it.

There are many  twists and turns and we learn that things are not as they seem on all fronts and I won’t give away anything by saying that the feelings generated by the chemistry of the man, later named as Hayes, and Emory are akin to a roller coaster. One minute they are arguing  and being distance and the next there is more hot sex. Ninety-nine percent of the sex is implied and I think that made the book more erotic than if the author had laid everything out. This was an audio book and the narrator, Jonathan Davis, did a marvelous job and gave Hayes a sexy,hot, gravelly voice that I would listen to even if he were reading a phone book!

The identity of the person responsible for knocking Emory unconscious came as a total surprise to me and it made the ending even better.

This is a wonderful who-dun-it with sexual undertones and I highly recommend it.

 

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Let The Storm Break (Let The Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger

Book Description

March 4, 2014 
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

Review –
This book, the second in the Let The Sky Fall series, is much faster paced and has more action than the first one. We learn more about what it means to be a Sylph and how the can manipulate the winds and also have other powers. Vale and Audra have become closer and must fight together to beat Raiden. I can’t wait for the next book.
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The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

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Published: May 7, 2013

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review –

OMG!!

The book was captivating right from the start and held my interest to the end and it only took me a few hours to read. Cassie is a strong female character, which YA literature needs more of, and she is devoted to finding her brother. The story is action packed, fast paced and the characters have great chemistry together(Cassie and Evan). I can’t wait to read the second in the series.  

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

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Book Description

January 7, 2014
The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!
Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael -teens with chips in their brains.  The want to experiment on anyone left over from the Prime Destinations -Starters who can be controlled and manipulated.  With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders.  But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do.  Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life-but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father.  Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too … and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear.  Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?  No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man.  Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.
Review –
I loved, loved this book and am so proud that the author did not drag out the series in numerous volumes, although she could have and I would have read them all.
I won’t give away anything but the author neatly ties up most of the loose ends and answers many questions.  Lissa Price did an excellent job.
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Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1) by Taherej Mafi

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Book Description

Publication Date:November 15, 2011

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Review –
I gave this book five stars ***** although when I first started reading(or listening, in my case) I wasn’t sure what to think.  The main character, who has been in isolation for 264 days when the story begins, seemed over melodramatic in her speech, but as the story progressed I could see a reason for the writing technique. The author uses metaphors and similes all over the place.
Here are a few of the lines that stood out:
“his voice (Warner) like an icicle piercing the flesh of my memories.”
“my face has been slapped by a hundred hands” (when she’s embarrassed
I’m dripping red paint on the carpet” (embarrassed when she’s told she’s beautiful)
“touching me like I’m made of porcelain and I want to shatter”
“I want to rip up the carpet and sew it to my skin” (when she’s wearing a tank and shorts)
“I’m gapping like a dead fish”
my throat is a reptile covered with scales”
Juliette is 17 and was put in an asylum because she has the power to kill if she touches someone. She thinks she is alone.
Adam, who Juliette hasn’t seen for many years and loves) is put in as a cell mate and over time falls for her.
Adam was a plant by Warner who wants to own Juliette.
Adam and Juliette escape and Warner tracks them down.
They escape once more and find others like Juliette.
Warner continues his search to find Juliette. He loves her.
Great story and series and the covers are fantastic.
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Unsouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 15, 2013
The story that began with Unwind continues.
Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.
With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.
Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”
Review –
The ending is left up to our imagination and although  I respect the author’s right to do that, this reader prefers  a solid ending. But we can’t always have what we want.  This is a great series and gives the reader a lot to think about. Neal Shusterman  has produced a series of books that will never lose there relevance.
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