WWW Wednesday: February 28, 2018

Today’s the last day of February already! This month has really gone quick.

It’s also Wednesday, which means it’s time for WWW Wednesday.

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I finally picked up the first book in the Grisha Verse trilogy, Shadow and Bone, last week. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I absolutely LOVED it. So I know I still have a lot of books to read, but I’m going to put them on hold for a few days while I get through this series… and I’ll try to make some progress on reviewing the ARC’s I’ve already read in the meantime.


I just finished reading:

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

If you’re like me and you’ve had this book on your TBR list for a while now, but you keep putting off reading it because of mixed reviews, pull it out and read it now! Seriously. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I am absolutely in love with this series.


What I’m reading next:

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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GoodReads Synopsis:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

This is the 3rd, and last, book in the series and then I’ll get back on track with the ARC’s that I’ve received lately.


So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

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Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my book excerpts will be from My Little Eye, a psychological thriller ARC I received from NetGalley.

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?

A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.

Perfect for fans of Sweet Little Lies, Friend Request and Follow You Home. The thriller with twists you’ll never see coming!


Book Beginning:

Kate can still feel his touch on her skin. He only held her hand. No, less than that, he put his hand over hers, just for a few seconds – nothing in the grand scheme of things.


The Friday 56:

‘People keep all kinds of secrets.’ As I speak, another twinge of sadness vibrates through my chest. It makes me feel queasy.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: February 21, 2018

I’m finally digging myself out from underneath the fog of sickness that has hit our house over the last week, and just in time for WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

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GoodReads Synopsis:

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. 

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment .

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

I’m actually in between books right now, but I’m planning on starting this one tonight after my kids go to bed. It’s a little outside of my usual genres, and to be honest, I don’t even remember requesting this book, so I was really surprised when the ARC copy showed up in the mail. But it looks REALLY good and I’m excited to get started.


I just finished reading:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

I was on a wait list at the library for this book for the better part of 5 months. Now that I’ve finally read it, I can say it was worth the wait! This was such a fun, light-hearted, and entertaining read. I’m definitely going to see the movie when it comes out this summer!


What I’m reading next:

My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland

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GoodReads Synopsis:

A rocket-paced thriller for fans of Mark Billingham and Luther. Can a group of true crime addicts take on a struggling police force to catch a serial killer?
The thriller with the twists you’ll never see coming! Perfect for fans of The Girl in the Ice and The Missing Ones. Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?

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A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

AND MAKE THEM DIE…
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.

Thanks in part to being sick and having sick kids, I’ve fallen behind on reading and reviewing my NetGalley ARC’s. I have several still waiting for feedback, plus I have even more requests pending, so I’m trying to stick with reading only ARC’s for a little while until I catch up.  This is one of the oldest ones that I’ve been sitting on, so I’m planning to read it next.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

I’m currently reading Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood, so that’s where my book excerpts will be coming from this week.

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Synopsis from Amazon:

“Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written….So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.


Book Beginning:

The girls at school had a club, a secret club with secret rules.


The Friday 56:

Sour bile crept up the back of his throat, and he went to the sink. As the cops waited for him, he turned on the faucet and filled a smudged glass with water.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: February 14, 2018

Another week has passed and it’s time for WWW Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesdays

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

This book has been on my TBR list for a long while so when I woke up this morning to an email saying that the Kindle version was on sale for $1.99, I was all over that like white on rice!

(Side note: It’s still on sale as of when I posted this blog entry. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/2sxyDFb.)

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book! Hopefully I’ll find it as good as everyone else has.


I just finished reading:

Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Inspired by Richard Matheson’s classic “Duel,” “Throttle,” by Joe Hill and Stephen King, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down . . .

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King’s and I set a personal goal at the beginning of 2018 to read more of his books and novellas that I haven’t read yet. This one was pretty good and a nice, quick read. However, I’m not much of a fan of short stories personally and this story was very short (only 47 pages). You can also tell it’s not King’s exclusive work; the influence from Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) is pretty evident, despite the short length. All in all, I’m giving it a 3.5/5 score.


What I’m reading next:

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

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GoodReads Synopsis:

The gripping, heart-wrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Nabokov’s Lolita.

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.

This is an ARC I received from NetGalley. The synopsis is really intriguing and I like true crime novels, so the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even more interesting to me. I’m so glad I was approved for it and can’t wait to dig in!


So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Book Review: The Beauty That Remains

Title: The Beauty That Remains
Author: Ashley Woodfolk
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)
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They say that dead people who have unfinished business with the living become ghosts. That their spirits linger here, or in limbo somwhere, and that they can’t rest in peace until they’ve done whatever it is that they needed to do. But no one ever talks about the living who have unfinished business with the dead. Where is the plane they’re banished to, and how do they ever find peace again?

Let me preface this by saying: I love seeing diverse main characters in books. It’s always refreshing to see authors break away from the white heterosexual “default”. Unfortunately, however, this book didn’t really do it for me. I think the author tried a little too hard to get a variety of diverse characters and instead of feeling natural, it felt like marking things off on a checklist. There was just simply too much going on and too many characters and stories to keep track of. As a result, we weren’t able to really dive in emotionally and feel the full extent of each individual’s grief.

My other big complaint is that the storylines don’t overlap or intersect at all until almost the end of the book and then when they do, it seems forced and thin, almost like it was an afterthought. It felt like I was getting ping-ponged back and forth between 3 seemingly unrelated books, never able to get really emotionally involved in any one story before getting thrown back into another.

On the positive side, I really liked the author’s writing style and the fact that she was able to give each of the many various characters a unique voice. If the connection between the storylines was stronger (with overlapping characters and scenes) or, even better, if it was broken up into 3 separate books as I feel it should have been, I think I would have connected with the characters better and would have given this book a higher rating. As it stands, I’m only giving it 3/5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s Books for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

I’m about to start reading Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, so that’s where my book excerpts will be coming from this week.

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.


Book Beginning:

If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead.

Her mother’s warning haunted her as Enne Salta lugged her leather trunk down the bridge leading off the ship, filling her with an inescapable sense of dread.

If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead.

It’d been four.


The Friday 56:

“Is she really dead?” Enne asked, her voice high and broken in a way that stirred his own memories.

For a moment, Levi was ten years old again, kneeling at his mother’s sickbed. He swallowed.

“Don’t,” he warned.

She didn’t listen. She let out a gasp, then a sob.


Wow! I wasn’t expecting the excerpts from this book to be quite so intense. I’m even more anxious to start reading it now.

What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: February 7, 2018

Another week has passed and it’s time for WWW Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesdays

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?

This is an ARC I received from NetGalley. I’m really liking it so far and LOVE the diversity of the characters. The only complaint I have so far is that when I first started reading it, I had trouble remembering the names and backstories of each character because there were just so many of them. I even pulled out a notebook and started writing notes to try to keep track. But once I got about a third of the way into the book, I finally had them all figured out and started enjoying the story more. Now I’m fully absorbed in the story and can’t wait to see what happens next.


I just finished reading:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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GoodReads Synopsis:

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller–soon to be a major motion picture! In theaters May 19, it stars Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

I really enjoyed this book and gave it a 4/5 score. I’m super excited to watch the movie when it comes out and see how it compares to the book (of course, the book is usually better, but I can see how this book would make an excellent movie).


What I’m reading next:

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

This is an ARC I actually won from a GoodReads giveaway. I loved the title and cover art and the description is definitely intriguing. Hopefully, it’s as good as it looks.


So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Book Review: The Great Alone

Title: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Historical Fiction-Literary Fiction
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Pages: 448
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)
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“Leni had seen all of this before. Ultimately, it didn’t matter what she or Mama wanted.
Dad wanted a new beginning. Needed it. And Mama needed him to be happy.
So they would try again in a new place, hoping geography would be the answer. They would go to Alaska in search of this new dream.”

Domestic violence stories tend to pull the hardest at my heartstrings and The Great Alone was no exception. This book was well written, poignant, and compelling. Exactly what I expected from a Kristin Hannah book, based on everything I’ve seen and heard about her previous books (this was the first book of hers that I’ve read myself).

Hannah’s descriptive writing style allowed me to perfectly visualize the vast, remote wilderness of the Alaskan bush as it was in 1974. I could actually imagine myself there alongside the Allbright family – settling into an unknown and isolated community, learning to survive off the land, and battling the elements of a harsh climate and dangerous, feral wildlife. I could almost feel the isolation and inevitable loneliness this type of a place forces on the people who choose to live there, offset by the strength and sense of solidarity they share with one another. 

The characters are well developed, multi-layered, and relatable. The story is told from Leni’s point of view and I experienced a full roller coaster of emotions vicariously through her. I laughed with her; I cried for her; I felt her frustrations, fear, and desperation. But I also recognized her hope and (admittedly, misguided) optimism for everything to work out in the end. When tragedy struck the Allbright household, I felt my heart breaking for her.

The only thing I didn’t like about The Great Alone was the ending. It seemed to clash with the rest of the story, almost as if the author regretted an earlier plot decision and was trying to compensate for it or outright undo it, although it was not something that could really be undone (no spoilers, but I’m sure you’ll recognize what I’m talking about right away). It also felt somewhat rushed, especially compared to the slower pacing of the rest of the book. For that reason, I’m giving this book an overall score of 4/5.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from my Kindle First selection for February: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell.

 

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.


Book Beginning:

I am not a bad person, but I’ve done a very bad thing.


The Friday 56:

I had to get to work and act as if it were a normal day. I would decide what to do once I had listened to what she had to say. I did not know which was worse: the thought of them plotting about what to do with me behind my back or finding comfort in each other’s arms.


This book sounds so good! I can’t wait to dig in.

What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!