So last week I read a lot of ebooks and I have been trying to read The Lying Game, but I am still getting through it. Plus, I still have the whole rest of the Vampire Academy series to get through so I need to stop ignoring the library books I have and read these books I have just sitting on the floor. I don’t even want to talk about all of the books I keep buying either…
Books read: 9
The Good Girl- Mary Kubica
This book started out well. I was really excited to read this book because I had heard some people had loved it so I was all about it when I found it on sale in the Kindle Store.
What happened in this book is this girl named Mia is kidnapped by a man named Colin and kept in a remote cabin in Northern Wisconsin. The story flashes between the before and after so you are seeing the parts of the story and how they connect. It is also told from three POVs. Well, that’s just a short explanation of the book.
I did like some parts of this book. I wanted to know what happened, and I thought it was going to be a little bit more dark than I thought. I had read some reviews that said it was supposed to be some kind of the next Gone Girl, but I did not see this comparison at all. I have read that book, but this wasn’t even close to the same. OK, so I did like how the story went back and forth to show what was going on because I was all about seeing how this had happened. Of course, I was going back and forth to decipher the POVs to see what caused this. I just did end up liking this book as much as I thought. I guess I am really picky because I have read a whole bunch of Karin Slaughter. The twist ending was not great… I was like well, I could have guessed that. So, this is an okay book. It was not memorable by any means. It works if you want to have a quick read, but it isn’t going to blow your mind by any means.
Trigger warning for violence, death, and just all around blood and gore. Definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone who’s sensitive and not into true crime or thrillers to try this book out. It isn’t for the faint of heart.
Gwen has a new life after dealing with the fall out of her serial killer husband murdering victims for years in the garage of the family home. She wants to forget about being accused of being his accomplice and just be a mother to her two children. There’s just one problem… her ex husband, Melvin, escaped from prisoner and is currently on the run. He’s trying to find his family… and not to have a happy reunion. So Gwen decides with the help of her friend, Sam, she is going to beat Melvin at his own game. The hunter becomes the hunted… what could go wrong?
Here’s what I liked about this book… it is a thriller that I could not stop reading. I wanted to know more and get answers. I was wondering how the story was going to play out… Gwen wants to protect her children and get her life back… very admirable. But it was also crazy dangerous so I was like, this may not end well. The creepy serial killer factor was accurate… with the stories of what Melvin had done. I write true crime podcasts so this rang pretty true to me. I must admit I’m a sucker for the bloody details so those made me want to keep reading. I also just needed to know what would happen next.
What I liked less… Sam just seemed strange to me. He used to stalk Gwen because his sister was killed by Melvin, but now they’re friends? And maybe more? I just was left with a bad feeling about the relationship. I don’t think Gwen needs to fall in love with anyone. Her family needs therapy and time to heal, not a replacement husband and father. But that’s just my thoughts about him. He wasn’t a bad character, I just couldn’t buy into the validity of the relationship.
I like the mention of the dark web and bitcoins. I don’t think some people realize how bad of a place it can be…
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for placing this book in the read now section. All thoughts and opinions on the book are solely my own.
Kids Like Us -Heidi Rydel
This book was an ARC from NetGalley so I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought. I ended up speeding through this book through the course of one morning, so this is a good book if you want a nice story told rather quickly.
This book is about Martin, a teen boy who is on the Autism Spectrum. He is in France with his mother and sister, and this is where he falls in love. But it is more than that. He is obsessed with an old French book because it connects him to his dad. So he thinks sometimes people he sees are like the characters in his book. So he becomes obsessed with this girl because he thinks she is the female character from the novel. The story is really good because it tells about what it is like for someone to have ASD, but he is not a stereotype. The rep seems to be very well done, and you can find a really good review about it here. I thought the story was very well told, and I hope this book gains the popularity it deserves because we need more diverse books in the YA genre.
I read two Manga Classics from NetGalley. I read the Jane Eyre and the Scarlet Letter. Both of these were pretty good. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books so I loved it. It was very close to the story. But I just did not like how pretty it made Jane and Rochester, taking away one of the main elements of the story. Still, it was pretty loyal to the story. The Scarlet Letter one was a little bit more boring, and I did not love it way too much. I never read it, but I was mostly bored and skimmed a lot of it. Though I got both of these books for free in exchange for a review… I would recommend these to someone who wants a fun way to read classics, along with anyone who enjoys manga.
Lastly, I read a lot of Melanie McFarlane books. I read all of her books I was able to pick up on Kindle. I read
Summoner Rising- 4 Stars
The Revelation of Faithe Eileen- 5 Stars
Into The Woods- 4 Stars
The Missing Guardian. – 4 Stars
Her latest novel will be coming out soon so I plan to do one post with all of her books and more in depth thoughts. I just have to say, I really do enjoy her writing. She is one of my favorite indie authors now, and I can’t wait to read her book which is coming out tomorrow.
This is everything I read for the last week. I have no idea why I was so into ebooks for the week, but I got a lot done so I am pretty proud of myself.