Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

4.5 Stars

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is outside my usual genres, but I needed a change of pace and this completely delivered. It was so twisty turny that I was kept guessing until the big reveal. I literally thought every single person in the family could have had something to do with the disappearances.

This book has a slower pace that made it easy to step away from, but I kept coming back because I needed to know what had happened. The narcissistic parent angle was really interesting and you were subtlely yet effectively reminded of the narcissism every time Cass referred to her mother as “Mrs. Martin.” I will admit, that at one point I was so desperate to find out the truth that I snuck a peek at the last page. It didn’t help. In fact, it further fueled some of my wild theories that were debunked once I actually finished the book.

Emma in the Night was a really good fit for me and made me wonder what else I’m missing out on when I skip the thriller section at the bookstore. I think I’ll be taking a closer look next time.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (Jane Hawk #1)

4 Stars

My first Dean Koontz was a success! I’ve always been curious about his writing, but believed he would be too scary. I’m not a horror reader, and I have no desire to be. But I couldn’t help but want to see why he was such a popular author. I ran across The Silent Corner on NetGalley and the blurb sounded interesting without being too scary.

It was good!

The book itself was much longer than I expected, but I was thoroughly entertained. The mystery within is creepy without being scary and Jane Hawk is pretty much my hero. I did find it a bit too descriptive for my taste in a few places but I still had a hard time putting it down. I will be definitely be picking up The Whispering Room when it comes out in January.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Thing About Love by Julie James

5 Stars

I’ve never read Julie James before, but I will definitely be reading more from her. The Thing About Love felt like a perfect beach read. I love “hate-to-love” books and this was one was so much fun.

I do want to note, that if you are a romantic suspense reader, you might be a tad disappointed. It is a romance first, with a small crime fighting element. The undercover case was very weak and obviously just included as a means to get this couple together. I’m not complaining though, I loved the book, so it worked for me.

I’m not sure why I liked this book so much other than it just made me happy. I couldn’t put it down and found myself smiling as I read it. I still wish I had read this a couple of months later, so I could have enjoyed it while lying on the beach. The great thing about finding a new author is that there is a backlog of books for you to enjoy. I’ll probably pick up one of those up for any beachy adventures this summer.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

4 Stars

My mom and grandmother love Chevy Stevens, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I thought I would give it a shot. When I was a kid, I read everything under the sun and loved it all, but as an adult I’m pretty genre specific. Now I know why.

I’m the type of person that escapes into a book. I live the book while I’m reading it. Chevy Stevens is an incredible writer. She has a way of building suspense and mistrust into every corner of her book. I would have to take breaks while reading because this book made me stress so much that I was physically uncomfortable. I’m sure regular readers of this genre don’t have this problem, so hopefully, it is something that will get better as I read more like this. It is a true testament to the strength of this book, that I couldn’t put it down at the end. I was literally sneaking pages at an informal family get-together.

I couldn’t read books like this all the time, but it was a nice change of pace from the romance and fantasy I usually enjoy.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

3.5 Stars

This isn’t one of my normal genres, but I’ve been trying to expand my tastes. I won I See You in a giveaway and was completely shocked to see it show up at my door. I don’t read many physical books, but sometimes it’s nice to actually hold a real book.

This was an enjoyable read and I would definitely be interested in reading more of Clare Mackintosh’s work. I read it over the course of a few days and then binged the end during a rainy morning. I was completely blindsided by the “whodunnit”. The epilogue cleared up the questions I had regarding that… but also made me feel like I wanted to read a sequel. The sequel that I’m pretty sure isn’t going to happen. I only had a few minor complaints during reading

1. too many similar female names Kelly, Katie, Cathy led to some minor confusion while reading.

and

2. I didn’t believe the chain that led to Kelly figuring it out. It seemed too “out of thin air” for me.

For me, this was a pleasant step into the genre and I think I’ll be reading more of this type of book.

Does anyone have any recommendations for books in the mystery/thriller genre that won’t make me afraid of the dark? I would really like to try more books in this area… but my overactive imagination makes me scare easily.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

Justice Ascending Release Day!

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti is releasing today! It is book 3 in the Scorpius Syndrome series and it includes some major developments (plus a romance between Sami & Tace). You can read my original review here.

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THE BLURB

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly… and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them.

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)

4 Stars

Rebecca Zanetti is one of those authors I can’t get enough of. Sami and Tace are a couple that I have been rooting for from the first inklings of attraction and finally getting to read their story was something I’ve been looking forward to.

Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with Sami and Tace the way I have with all the other couples. I’m not sure what got in the way, but their relationship just felt like more of the same. That being said, “the same” was still pretty good and I couldn’t put it down.

There is a major plot development in this book and I still have no idea where it’s going. It looks like a new couple has been added and I have a feeling little Lena will end up playing a big part in the series towards the end… other than that I’m just along for the ride. I have faith that all the little strings will end up in one heck of a bow with the final book (whenever that may be…).

On a side note… it has taken me 3 BOOKS to realize that the last name of each of the Heros is in the title of the book they are featured in…. I feel like such a ditz sometimes.

Justice Ascending will be releasing January 31, 2017.

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If you haven’t started this series yet, here are the links for the 1st 2 books.

Mercury Striking —> You can find my original review here.

Shadow Falling —> You can find my original review here.

I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.