Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by, Katarina Bivald narrated by, Fiona Hardingham and Lorelei King

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by, Katarina Bivald narrated by, Fiona Hardingham and Lorelei King

I so wanted to love this book, it’s pen pals like Guernsey and a book about books, this book should have blown me away. However it did not, it was just okay. I think my problem was suspending my belief; this woman comes all the way from Sweden to meet her pen pal she arrives in time for her funeral. So she moves into this womans house and pretty much takes over her life?? Yes I understand she feels like she knows everyone because of Amy’s letters but really you move into her house??

The narration Fiona Hardingham’s narration as Sara was fine but oh my goodness people in Iowa DO NOT have a Southern Accent!!! She should have listened to Lorelei King’s narration of the letters Amy wrote she would have known that she shouldn’t have made everyone else in town southern. I can’t be sure but I think Hardingham made me like the book even less. Lorelei King only narrated a letter here and there. But let me be clear Fiona Hardingham’s natural English accent was good but her choice to give everyone a southern accent is what ruined it and they weren’t bad southern accents it’s just that its Iowa.

I’m also not sure how to categorize this book it’s a little romancy and middle-age angsty, there were times I had to remind myself these were full grown adults. I think maybe it was a little more leaning towards chick lit than I normally enjoy. Yes this is a book about books (sort of)books are mentioned but pretty much that’s all it was just a mention of a title and not a this is what I enjoyed about said book. Also maybe they shouldn’t have compared it to Guernsey maybe then I wouldn’t have had such high expectations. The characters in this book never even came close to the characters in Guernsey and I was expecting more, my bad.

I’m not sure if things got lost in translation or what it was but this book fell flat for me. And if you are going to give it a try I’d read it in paper not audio.

2 ½ Stars

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Find Her by, Lisa Gardner

Find Her by, Lisa Gardner

Release Date February 9, 2016

Flora Dane, kidnap survivor, she came back safely, but is she really okay? What happened that last day of her kidnapping? And what is Flora doing now, shouldn’t she be happily living her life after 472 days in the hands of a kidnapper but that isn’t what Flora is up to at all, does she have a death wish? Or is she just reckless? Does she wish her life had ended or does she want to end other peoples?

DD has quite a case on her hands she has one missing girl and now she’s called to a crime scene where the Victim? Perpetrator? Is a former kidnapping victim who is naked and tied up and there is a dead body of a man on the floor. What is going on with Flora Dane? You know DD will figure it out eventually!

Yet again Lisa Gardner gives us a victim who we feel bad for but is she as much of a victim as she would like you to believe? Is Flora a victim or a vigilante?

This is another great thriller from Gardner that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end. Flora is kind of an anti-hero; I can’t say I liked her but the way Gardner writes her makes you care.

The reason this review is mostly made up of questions, is because they are questions you will ask yourself while you are reading, also when you are up till 3 am because you can’t put this book down, well you’ll have questions!

I love Lisa Gardner’s books she always keeps me guessing and keeps me on my toes for clues and little things that are said and this one is no exception, DD has her hands full with this case between the confusing Flora, the missing girl, Flora’s FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes and Flora’s mother. DD is trying to figure out just what the heck is going on before anyone else dies or goes missing.

I don’t want to delve too much deeper into this because I want you to enjoy every moment of this fabulous book.

5 Stars
I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This Is Where It Ends by, Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This was a powerful book about a school shooting that lasted 54 minutes, told from the perspectives of the students experiencing it. What I found interesting was there was no perspective from the shooter, but once the narrators realize who the shooter is you get glimmers of who he was but you never really understand just why he does what he does.

This book did pull me in pretty fast I read it in 2 sittings; it kept me interested all the way through. I also liked that there were many races, religions, disabilities and sexual orientations represented. I did have a few problems with how the police were handled though, they took the time to set up tents before knowing just what was going on inside or trying to contact the shooter? Everyone in the auditorium had a cell phone and I just didn’t feel any urgency on their part.

My favorite characters in this book would have to be Far (Fareed) and Tomas (the prankster of the school) these two showed so much heroism, especially since they were free, they were both sent to the principal’s office, they weren’t locked in the auditorium with the shooter they could have just walked away but they didn’t, they stayed and tried to help.

I felt so bad for the shooters sister to have to see your brother shooting people and ranting about life and you can do nothing to stop him, yet people think you should be doing something or that it’s your fault.

I also am not sure what the addition of the tweets was about; I don’t think they added anything to the story at all. (And in my DRC it was big white blocks with the tweets below, I’m not sure what I was supposed to be seeing). These tweets could be cut completely and not lose a single bit of the story.

I’ll be honest there was a few times where I thought why aren’t you all ganging up and taking him down, I guess unless you have lived the situation you don’t know how you would react so I tried to put myself in their shoes and I’d probably be the kid completely shut down and too scared to move, so who am I to judge.

There were a few things off about the book but they in no way outweighed what made this a powerful story.

3 ½ Stars

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Favorites

2015 Favorites
I read so many great books this year, here is my narrowed down top 20
107 books read- 7811 pages read- 70 Female Authors 37 male Authors
905 Hours of Audiobooks, Listened to- 50 Female Narrators-44 Male Narrators

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Boo by Neil Smith

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman narrated by, Tavia Gilbert

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab narrated by, Steven Crossley

Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall narrated by, Jacques Roy

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson narrated by, Scott Brick

All the Stars in the Sky (Until the End of the World #3) by Sarah Lyons Fleming narrated by, Julia Whelan (Goodreads Review)

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline narrated by, George Newbern (Goodreads Review)

A Touch of Stardust by, Kate Alcott narrated by, Cassandra Campbell

Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway narrated by, Ellen Archer

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain narrated by, Alison Elliott

The Truth According to Us: A Novel By Annie Barrows Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon narrated by, Cassandra Campbell

The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood (Goodreads review)

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta narrated by, Robert Petkoff

Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni, #3) by Lisa Gardner

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins narrated by, Clare Corbett , Louise Brealey and  India Fisher

And a couple that don’t come out till Spring of 2016 (reviews to come)-Links to description on Goodreads

Find Her by, Lisa Gardner