Review: My Sister’s Grave

Alright so I am finally finished with My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni. It has been such a good read. A real page turner. As I previously mentioned the book is centered around detective Tracey Crosswhite and the twenty year old disappearance of her younger sister Sarah.

Tracey and Sarah were very close. Her disappearance not only shook Tracey and her family but their entire home town. While a man was both tried and convicted for Sarah’s murder something about the evidence never sat right with Tracey. She quit her job as a teacher and entered the world of crime as a detective.

As Sarah’s remains are finally discovered in a shallow grave everyone is forced to relieve the horror all over again. While no one will listen to her pleas Tracey finally gets someone to pay attention to the evidence of the crime and realize that something indeed is not right.

Sarah’s convicted murderer is put on trial once again. Will Tracey finally get the answers she’s be searching for? Or are some things better buried?

Honestly this a real enjoyment for me. I found myself reading in every spare chance I got. The most frustrating part for me was the fact that the point of view would change just as things were getting good. While it was frustrating it also built the anticipation of finding out what would happen next. Dugoni does an excellent job of making you feel connected to the characters with flashbacks of Sarah and Tracey before she disappeared. I felt connected to both of them and therefore was all the more upset that Sarah died. I felt for Tracey in her quest to find real answers about what happened to her sister.

*SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT*

There was a mind blowing plot twist near the end that threw me so off the curve it was ridiculous. I definitely loved the ending of this book. It is also a series following Tracey in her life solving other crimes. I have not yet read any more in the series but if the rest are anything like the first then I will most certainly be looking to get my hands on them.

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Review Coming Soon

So I haven’t posted a review in a while just want to say that I’m currently reading a new book and its been great so far. The book is called My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni. I know how morbid that sounds but I promise its not as bad as it sounds haha. The book is about chemistry teacher turned detective Tracey Crosswhite and the uncovering of her younger sister’s grave who went missing twenty years prior. Although Sarah’s body was never found she was presumed dead. When her grave is finally uncovered it leads Tracey to believe that the person is prison for her death may actually be innocent.

I’m only about midway through but this is a definite page turner. Review will be coming soon so keep an eye out.

Long Time No Posts

Well honestly I have no words for my long hiatus but I’m back now. Worry not I was indeed reading excessively so I didn’t return empty handed. I had some free time one day before class started and I was browsing through Kindle on my tablet. I stumbled upon a surprisingly good series although I must admit it was about vampires. I know. I know. Vampire novels are so overrated and over done but this was still an interesting story.

Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest took me by surprise as I was not expecting it to be such an engrossing story. Let me start of my saying this book series has at least thirty books to it and no I did not read all thirty. The first seven were my prime focus because it follows the love story of the two main characters: Sophia Claremont and Derek Novak. The following books are mainly spin offs focusing on characters’ stories.

On the night of Sophia’s seventeenth birthday she is vacationing with her “adoptive” family and it kidnapped by a mysterious man. She finds herself on a strange island where the sun never shines and it’s inhabitants are vampires. While she isn’t the only human, many others were captured and brought as well, her life is at stake. The same night as her arrival vampire Derek Novak awakens from a four hundred year sleep. Their fates immediately intertwine as Derek realizes Sophia just may be his salvation and Sophia realizes she is more than just a pawn in a game.

Now on to my personal views. I enjoyed the book simply because it was something different compared to what I’ve been reading lately. At times it could get a little cheesy and it seemed as though the characters were professing undying love to each other rather quickly. There are a few unanswered questions or things that don’t get a very lengthy explanation, those things are further explained however in the other books. The ending was a bit abrupt and quite the cliffhanger. That wasn’t a problem for me as I immediately looked up a free PDF version to continue reading. All seven books are available online by the way. I found them by simply typing in “Shade of Vampire book 2 PDF” in google. The first link should direct you to a website called www.ivampiresbook.com.

The author’s writing style at times was a bit too simplistic but overall I enjoyed it. The book is written in a dual POV from both Sophia and Derek, so if you’re not into dual POV then I wouldn’t suggest this for you. I have heard many compare this book to Twilight however there is no semblance to Twilight whatsoever besides the vampire/human love story thing. As much as I did enjoy the Twilight series Sophia has a much more fiery personality when compared to Bella and Derek is more of a strong tortured soul rather than a passive aggressive character like Edward. The two books are polar opposites in my mind.

This probably wouldn’t rank as one of my favorites but it was still a good read. It started out as a way to pass time in between classes and whatnot but I quickly became engrossed in the characters. I would suggest this book if you’re in between books or looking for something quick to read (I finished all seven books in about two weeks or so)

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New Month New Me?/ Book Review!! (Finally)

Ok I think I’ve finally mastered my new school and work schedule…maybe. I’m currently sitting at the car dealership with my laptop while they do an oil change on my car and I figured what a perfect time to blog. I’ve had a pretty even balance and more time to myself kind of. Little update on me personally: I’m making time to workout and study more and you guessed it, read! Let’s see how long the seas stay calm haha. So it has been about two months since I read Thirteen Reasons Why but I can still tell you my thoughts on it and the long awaited review is finally upon us.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a book I both love and hate. How can I love and hate it you ask? Well let me tell you. Asher’s writing is amazing. Right from the beginning he builds so much suspense. (I had an iron tight grip on my paperback copy of the book for the first fifty or sixty pages I kid you not.) So let me tell you what this book is all about in case you didn’t already know. Asher’s main character, Clay Jenson, receives a package containing thirteen cassette tapes from another character Hannah Baker. The twist is that Hannah is dead. She committed suicide and these tapes are the stories behind the reasons why. According to Hannah only the people who had something to do with her downfall are meant to receive the tapes. Each person is to listen up until they hear where they come into the story and pass the tapes on to the specified next person. Naturally, Clay is wondering why in the world he was sent these tapes.

I found myself eagerly flipping each page because I wanted to know why Clay was on these tapes, he seems like a nice guy. What could he possibly have had to do with Hannah’s decision to take her own life? The novel is split between both Clay and Hannah’s points of view. This can get confusing because Hannah is speaking is present tense for the most part but you have to remind yourself that her version of the “present” is actually the past. It gets even more confusing when she speaks in the past tense. So does that make it past past tense? I’m joking haha. You’re jolted back into the actual present tense with Clay who is reacting to the tapes in real time. It’s interesting because its almost as if you’re reacting with him…at least I was. Some of Hannah’s stories were surprising to me because eventually you’ll see that everything intertwines.

Now I’ll tell you what I hated. A lot of Hannah’s reasons to me seemed superficial. I didn’t like that a lot of her hardships were typical everyday teen problems. At times it made her seem like a pushover. I felt as though many of her situations were completely avoidable or within her control and she just rolled over and took whatever was dished out at her. Of course I understand that my point of view may be different from the characters or another person reading the book. I became emotionally invested in Hannah’s character and I wanted her to fight.

One thing that I took away from this book was that you never know someone’s situation. What seems like no big deal to you could be the end of the world for someone else so being sensitive to another person’s situation is always important. I think that throughout the book this is what the main character Clay learned as well. He saw the signs in Hannah but didn’t understand them nor did he know how to help. I feel like reading this book has brought me more insight and because of how much I enjoyed this book I will probably read more like it. I typically tend to read more fantasy or dystopian novels so to read something so real about things people actually deal with was both refreshing and eye opening.

If you’re looking for your next good read I would definitely suggest this book.

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Review: The Selected By Kiera Cass

Let me just start off by saying that I basically devoured this book. Such. A. Good. Read. I was recommended this book by a coworker of mine and it did not disappoint. If you’re wondering what this book is about think Hunger Games (minus the bloodshed) meets the Bachelor.

The setting is a dystopian future where everyone lives their life according to a number in a caste system. A One is royalty while which each increasing number you decrease in status. If you’re an Eight, you’re homeless. The heroine of this book, America Singer is a Five. She’s just an ordinary girl and she’s perfectly satisfied with the life she has already. This all of course changes when The Selection comes around, something she’s not the slightest bit interested in participating. The Prince of Illea must choose a bride. Contestants from all castes may participate in the contest of a lifetime: winning Prince Maxon’s heart. Is America willing to walk away from her old life, her first love Aspen, and fight for a new life?

Despite some of the characters and themes being cliche I overall enjoyed this book. She had such a refreshing point of view. She makes a lot of mistakes and tends to contradict herself at times but what can you expect? She’s a sixteen year old girl in a contest for marriage and a crown. She hasn’t got life quite figured out yet. America isn’t your typical girl and you root for her because of it. I found myself at times angry with her, yet pleased with her, and overall happy with how everything played out. The plot could have used some definition but had some surprising twists. The Selection Series consists of three books. (the first book ends in a cliff hanger) I finished the first within 24 hours and didn’t waste any time at all to finish the series.

For criticism I will say that Cass didn’t spend too much time explaining why things were the way they were. I found myself at times confused about why the caste system was even in place and what made the book a true dystopia. An explanation is tossed in much later in the book but it really just left me with more questions. There are several other details in the book that could have been better elaborated on but since the main angle here was a love triangle everything else was just background.

Finally, I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a read good love story. If you can overcome some of the gaps in the world development of the book then you’ll find a love story pure and simple. I enjoyed how although the romance was almost predictable it still had its challenges and overcame them.

 

The truth is…

Ok guys as promised I was to do a review on Double Take. Normally finishing a book takes me no time at all. A few days tops, even less depending on how much free time I have. As excited as I was to read this mystery drama it left me flat out unimpressed. But as a disclaimer I must admit that I have not finished the book in its entirety. It is very rare for me to judge a book without finishing it but this book started off exciting and appealing then quickly slipped into a slow sludge. The story line moved around too much too quickly and too many new characters introduced before I really knew the main characters. I still however plan on finishing the book but it has now been placed on the back burner while I explore other options on my book list. Last month my boyfriend took me Barnes and Noble and very sweetly bought me a new book (little does he know it’s the first in a series and I will be expecting the rest haha). This book puts me back on track with what’s on my list and was highly recommended by a buddy and fellow reader. I’ll be starting The Selection by Kiera Cass. Sorry for the disappointment in my last review but do stick around for better and as always Happy Reading!

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Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

It’s finally here! Ok so fun fact: I found this book completely by chance, in one of the aisles at Kroger to be exact, so I was thoroughly pleased that I enjoyed it so much. The story is revolved around sixteen year old Laura Jean Covey and the whirlwind of a mess she gets into when her secret love letters are sent out. There are five in all. And then on top of it all her older sister Margo has left for college, halfway across the globe. With it just being her dad and little sister Kitty, now that Margo is gone, Laura Jean is now juggling the aftermath of her love letters and the responsibilities of being oldest sister.

I enjoyed Han’s writing style and the whole coming of age type theme. Laura Jean at times is so totally clueless and you either love it or hate it. In certain situations I found her character to be a little immature and naive. She also cried a lot. I kept waiting for her to grow up but the closest she got was realizing that loving someone from afar is completely different than actual obtainable love, which was still a good lesson but I was hoping for more.

The love story was kind of jerky. One minute you think it’s really about to take off but then it pulls back almost like taking two steps forward and one step back. I was rooting for Laura Jean and her fake boyfriend Peter but never saw much of any real action with one exception that quickly turned sour.

While I do believe that the plot could have been a bit thicker it was still a good read. Not bad for a contemporary young adult novel. I hated the halted ending but there is a sequel which I plan to read in order to find out where it all ends.

As far as characters go I absolutely LOVED that each character so well drawn out that you felt like you knew them. They all had their own personalities and it was so pleasant compared to those books where you get a jumble of characters not really understanding who is who. I adored the family dynamics of the book as well, it made it feel more real. Even as conflict arose among the sisters they always come back from it. My favorite character was Laura Jean’s sassy nine year old sister Kitty. She reminded me a bit of my own sister.

If you’re looking for some richly thick love story then this isn’t the book for you. If you are looking for a light coming of age story then pick up a copy and get to reading.

Yay I did it. Review is done amidst a crazy week of impending doom. (Dreaded finals are approaching quickly) Happy Reading!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15749186-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before

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My Very First Review

Well I thought I’d start off by telling you that I just finished up a novel called So Pretty It Hurts by Kate White. Now firstly I must admit I had no idea who this author was before I picked up the book, and I also had no idea this was a book in a series (face palms at my lack of knowledge) But for those of you who, like me, don’t know Kate White was the previous editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Even if you don’t know much about magazines I can guarantee you’ve seen this one while standing in line at the grocery store. Little fact alert: HER JOB IS MY DREAM JOB. To be editor in chief of a magazine would literally make me life haha. But I’ll talk more on that at a later time. I digress from my point.

So Pretty It Hurts is a fabulous book of mystery and suspense guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. Even if you aren’t an avid reader this book is sure to have you interested. What do you do when a super celeb model dies during a weekend getaway? You solve her murder of course, at least that’s what main character Bailey Weggins does. She will have you laughing at her witty commentary, the story line will have your head spinning, and the characters will keep you thoroughly entertained. As Bailey gets closer to the truth someone else gets closer to shutting her up for good.

The characters were developed well enough to understand who was who but I feel like there could have been more depth to them. The locations were described well enough. It’s set in New York after all so it’s not much that you really already have a pretty good idea. I did majorly enjoy the suspense of it all and the major plot twist at the end. Every character seems like a suspect but it turns out to be the most unlikely character. I also enjoyed how it wasn’t just cut and dry mystery, the story line also revolved around Bailey’s own life and personal drama.

Seriously, check out this book! But keep in mind that there are five ahead of it in the series so you may want to read those first (don’t be like me haha). I definitely will be reading the predecessors in this series.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12067241-so-pretty-it-hurts

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