Friday, April 18, 2014

Review | "You're Not Safe" by Mary Burton

You're Not Safe by Mary Burton
Mystery Thriller Published March 25, 2014
Zebra Publishing
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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

He Will Never Forget
The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning...

Never Forgive

One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.

And Never Let Them Live. . .

Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started--and make Greer's dying wish come true. . .
My Thoughts...
I literally just finished this book minutes ago.  I blew through this book in no time at all, once I started it I couldn't put it down.  This is the 3rd of the Texas Rangers series that I have read and this was most definitely my favorite of the 3.  The story is intense and fast paced and the characters are well written.  This book would do just as well as a stand alone book, but Tec does work with Brody Winchester on this case.

This story opens with a murder staged to look like a suicide.  Rory, the murdered man is someone that was connected to Greer Templeton back years ago when she was still a teenager.  Before Ranger Tec Bragg even meets Greer she approaches his nephew Mitch and offers him a job working on her vineyard.  Greer has has a troubles past and she still feels the weight of that every day, she is working off a debt to her aunt Lydia when she seeks Mitch out.  Lydia helped her when she needed it most and she promised her that one day she would pay that forward and help out someone else.  Mitch is that someone.  He is going through much the same thing that she went through all those years ago.

Tec isn't so sure about Greer when he meets her initially, but he soon learns that there is a living, breathing woman under the tough exterior she projects.  We don't know much about Tec, but he's a good Ranger there is no doubt about that.  He did a lot of work on the Border and has the scars to prove it, but since his nephew Mitch returned from Iraq with physical and emotional problems he has started to put down roots in the Austin area.  Mitch is the only family Tec has left and vice versa, but they aren't exactly close.  Tec has tried to break through to Mitch with no luck until he starts working with Greer.  There is something about her that speaks to Mitch and he starts to change slowly, but it's a start. Tec doesn't want to like Greer, but the change in Mitch is one more reason for him to get to know her better.

When more bodies start turning up, much the same as the first they all start to lead to Greer.  It soon becomes clear that she is in danger and that riles Ranger Bragg up.  He is tough as nails and will stop at nothing to solve this case and keep Greer safe.

This story unfolds just perfectly and I had no idea who the killer was until the moment they were revealed.  if you like a good mystery / thriller, then I highly suggest this book.  I was engrossed from the minute I started reading. This was a 5 star read for me, without a doubt.  It's an adult read and it has some tastefully done love scenes, but not too much detail and very little, if any profanity.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Re-Review | "Jane's Melody" by Ryan Winfield

Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield
Adult Romance Published April 8, 2014
Atria Publishing
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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What boundaries would you cross for love?

That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in her dead daughter's young boyfriend and finds herself falling for him. A touching love story that will have you equally tantalized and in tears, Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no age.

Jane's Melody is an adult romance novel and may not be suitable for younger readers due to sexual content.
My Thoughts...
Ok, this is a new thing for me!  As you can see by the title of the post this is a re-review post.  Basically that means that I am reviewing the book for the second time.  There are a variety of reasons why one might choose to do this, but here is my reason.  When I read this book the first time it was just after it was released semi-independently.  Since that time Atria has picked  it up and re-published it.  I was offered a copy to review and I was quick to say yes!  I loved the book the first time and always knew it would be something I would read again and I was definitely curious to see what changes, if any, were made when they got ahold of it.  If you haven't already read my first review and you would like to you can find that here.

When I read this book the first time there were a couple of spots that stood out to me and I wondered how the new editors would handle them.  I think that they did a fantastic job, this second time through was so smooth.  The changes were so subtle but I felt like they enhanced the story that much more.  It's not even something I can even explain, it was just words here and there that struck me weird, but those spots were gone this time.  I think that I paid more attention to the detail this time around and the story has such a lyrical quality to it.  Caleb's thoughts are beautiful and it made me love his character even more.

I am not going to talk too much about the story here since I did that in my original review.  I will say, though, that if you haven't read this book you really need to pick it up.  At it's heart this story is about learning to love even when that love isn't what you expected.  It's about being happy just living your life instead of worrying about how others around you will feel about it.  It's about loss and coping with all the feelings of regret but also the realization that you can't change the past so you have to find a way to live in the now.

I love the characters in this book, they feel very real to me and I am so happy that Ryan is getting the chance to give us more of Caleb and Jane's story.  I am so excited to see where the next book takes them.  I have said it before and I will keep saying it, I think that Romance is his genre and this is definitely my favorite of his books.  So, go buy this book and read it...then come back and let me know what you thought about it because I would love to hear your thoughts!!

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review | "Sentinel" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
YA Paranormal published November 2, 2013
Spencer Hill Press
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
My Thoughts...
I am just going to do a really quick review on this book.  It's been a little while since I read it so there are some details that I don't really remember very clearly.  I did love the book, though, and I thought it was the perfect ending for this series.  I am sad to see it come to an end but happy that there is going to be a spin off series which was set up perfectly in this book.  This was a 5 star series for me, I loved every book in it.

Aiden is one of my favorite characters in any YA series without a doubt.  He has every quality that you could possibly want in a male lead character.  I also really enjoyed Seth's character in this book and I am looking forward to his series for sure.  ALex faced quite a lot in this book and she was also stronger than ever.  She is prepared to become the god-killer, but she has NO idea what exactly she is giving up to become this.  The ending of this book blew me away, it wasn't something I was expecting at all.  Most of the action in the book comes toward the end.  Most of the rest of the book is the preparation for the showdown with Ares.

I have always been a fan of Greek Mythology and books with that as a theme.  That's probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this series so much.  Appollo played a pretty big part in this book with some appearances by other gods and goddesses and even a Titan.  This Titan is what sets up the new series that Seth will star in. 

While this series is a YA series there are some adult like situations between Aiden and Alex which I think Jennifer handles very tastefully.  They are sexy without being too descriptive.

I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on this book.  As you can see I really did enjoy this series and if you like YA Paranormal and Greek Mythology then you will want to give this series a try!

XOXO, Shelly

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review | "Ignite Me" by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi
YA Dystopian published February 4, 2014
Harper Collins
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
My Thoughts...
Ok, I loved this book!  I loved this series, but this book was probably my favorite of the three.  I will say, though that I think this book was more about the characters and less about the conflict and so the ending did seem really rushed to me.  I do tend to enjoy books that are more character driven though and that's probably why I liked this one so much.

In the beginning of this series I was concerned about how the author was going to make me root for Warner, but she definitely did it.  I think, for me, and probably for others as well it was done by degrees.  I liked him a little in the first book, there is just something about a bad boy that I just can't help but like, then I read the novella that centers around him and I really got him after that.  By the end of the 2nd book I was nearly there, but after just a few chapters of this book I was fully on Team Warner.  

I will say that I didn't particularly care for the fact that this book seemed to be a hate on Adam book though.  He was painted totally as the bad guy and I felt a little like this was used to sway all those Team Adam people over to the other side.  Sure he was a total jerk throughout the entire book, but it's not like he didn't have a reason to act this way.  He was hurting and he lashed out, he went a little overboard at times or most of the time, but it's easy to see why.  I just didn't feel like he needed to be quite so badly portrayed, but that's just my opinion.

This book takes up right where the last one ended.  Juliette and Warner end up forming an unlikely alliance with the other survivors of Omega Point when they decide to take down The Reestablishment from the inside and they know they can't do it alone.  Juliette is finally realizing her full potential, something that Warner has seen in her from the beginning.  It's not all fun and games as they train to take on Warner's father.  They have to learn to work together as a team and that's not easy to do when they all have their secrets.

I still think that Tahereh has one of the most beautiful and unique writing styles and I love that this shows in Juliette's voice.  This book had less of it than the other two since Juliette wasn't so much inside her head in this one, but it's still there and it's beautiful to read.

I was so sad to see this series come to an end and it seems to be an abrupt end.  The final scenes in this book were a little rushed and then it's just over.  I am not unhappy with how it ended, I just think maybe an epilogue to show where they ended up would have been a nicer way to end the series.  

If you are looking for something new to read and you enjoy YA Dystopian you need to give this series a try.  While the concept is not entirely unique the writing definitely is.

XOXO, Shelly