Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center Review

4 STARS

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely loved Katherine Center’s first book How to Walk Away and I was so excited when she came out with this one (and I love how much the covers almost match!). It did immediately entice me from the beginning and kept me interested for awhile and then I found myself almost bored in the middle of the book and for that reason this was almost a 3 star read for me. Then the ending came and it definitely redeemed itself and is well worth 4 stars.

This story follows Cassie who is the only female firefighter at a station in Austin. She loves her crew and they don’t treat her like she’s a girl, she’s proven how tough and fearless she can be. When her mom that left her at sixteen years old calls and says she’s sick and needs someone to help take care of her, Cassie must leave her career and all of her buddies to move to Chicago. She gets hired on at another station and these guys are less than thrilled that a female is working beside them. Cassie must prove that she’s just as good as they are and along the way learn to trust and forgive.

As I said before the beginning of this book really drew me in, a female working in a male dominant career field and having to prove that she’s just as good, any story about females being complete bad asses I’m all for. But then towards the middle of the book I felt that things were dragged on and I was starting to get bored with the story. The romance and everything was not all that interesting to me and really felt like just another trope.

Then I got to the ending of the book and immediately fell back in love with the story and that’s where the romance got better for me. The ending was so suspenseful and I could not tear my eyes away from the page, I had to know what was going to happen next. Katherine Center had me feeling all kinds of emotions; gasping from the suspense, angry at a certain character, sad, happy, then sad again, it was a whirlwind of emotions and I loved it.

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Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd Review

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I loved the prequel to this book, Grim Lovelies, and I was so excited to read this. Getting to follow along with the same characters again and see their next adventure after the first book left off on a bit of a cliffhanger had me dying to read it!

This story continues where it left off six weeks prior with the selfless Anouk trying to save her friends. She just recently discovered she has magic, even as a beastie, and has to turn her friends back from animals to humans. All while this is happening, she also somehow has to save the world from time loops and the plague.

Anouk is still absolutely my favorite character and her character gives me all the feels. She’s so genuine, caring, selfless, and has so many dreams, I just love her.

The romance in this book is what I have really enjoyed. Her slow building relationship with Beau has killed me at times with everything they’ve had to go through to be together. There were moments in this book where I honestly had tears in my eyes because I didn’t know whether they were going to make it or not and in the end I was so, so happy.

Megan Shepherd’s writing style is different than other authors I’ve read but in a very good way. Her writing is beautiful and lyrical and you can almost imagine everything unfolding right before your eyes it’s so descriptive. How she came up with the ideas for these books is amazing and I love the fairy tale aspects of it. The goblins were constantly cracking me up, they were a favorite part of the story of mine.

This is the first time I can say a duology has left me wanting more, I’m so sad there won’t be another book after this one. Thank you so much to Meghan Shepherd for writing such amazing books.

Blog spotlight for Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Two blog posts in one day?! There’s so much going on in the book world today that’s very exciting.

One thing that is getting released today is the paperback edition of Lisa Gardner’s newest book Never Tell and can we talk about how stunning it is?  Lisa Gardner has been one of my favorite authors for almost 10 years and her newest book was amazing!

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This gorgeous paperback also includes a teaser for Lisa Gardner’s upcoming novel When You See Me which doesn’t come out until 2020 so you’re getting a super early look!

The trade paperback is available today so run out and grab it!  You won’t be disappointed!

Blog Tour & Review for The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

4 STARS

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free copy of this book and for inviting me to participate in the blog tour!

I’m a huge fan of game-type thriller and suspense novels and I absolutely loved this book!  I went into this book not knowing much about it and I think with this book, that’s what you need to do.  I devoured this book in less than 24 hours and was reeling from it for a while.

This story follows a group of employees that work in the cutthroat finance world and each of them seems to be at the top of their game.  They all live the life of luxury, but luxury comes at a cost.  When they are all invited to participate in an escape room challenge for team-building purposes, they have no idea what they’re in for.

I loved the beginning of this book and how it flipped back and forth between the characters so you felt like you really got to know them.  They were all well developed and I had a love/hate relationship with each of them for different reasons.

If you’ve ever seen the horror movie Devil, it has those types of vibes.  A group of people stuck in an elevator, trying to figure out how to get out, and they start dropping dead one by one with no idea who the real killer is.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the incredibility of some of the things the main character did as revenge.  It seemed a little far fetched for me and that’s the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.

Review of Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Sarah Rees Brennan

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Scholastic Inc. Books for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I grew up in the era of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch and then when I saw they were making a more modern day show I was really excited. Then they came out with a book and my world was officially complete. Witchy, dark books have always been a favorite of mine (probably because Halloween is my favorite holiday) and this book definitely didn’t disappoint!

This book is based as a prequel to the show on Netflix and follows Sabrina as she’s about to turn 16 and tries to enjoy her last summer with Harvey and her two best friends. Her cousin Ambrose helps her cast a spell on Harvey that shows all of his true feelings. But when a wood spirit deceives Sabrina and the spell goes wrong, Sabrina must decide if she’s going down the wrong path and if all this power is truly worth it.

I loved the Netflix show Sabrina so I knew I would enjoy getting to learn about her life before the show. It honestly makes the show a little better getting to know more about the backstories to everything and it was so well written. The author’s writing style kept me engaged the entire time and I love how she nailed the characters perfectly. All the characters were well developed and relatable in their own ways and the number of times I laughed at Sabrina’s aunts’ tactics made for a great read.

This book had the perfect amount of darkness, humor, with a bit of romance thrown in for a perfect summer read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Review of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thank you so much to Dutton Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I swear I will never be able to give Riley Sager anything but a 5-star review. His books have a way of sucking me and making me forget about everything else I should be doing I absolutely love them.

When Jules finds a hidden ad in the paper hiring for an apartment sitter she decides to give it a shot. Desperate for a job and barely making ends meet, Jules is willing to work just about anywhere at this point. When she arrives at the Bartholomew for her job interview she can’t believe her luck, getting to stay in this amazing place for four months and get paid a ridiculous amount of money to do so. And then comes the rules; no visitors, you must spend the night there every night, and you cannot speak to the other residents unless spoken to first. Jules agrees and when she meets another apartment sitter named Ingrid who shares the same disdain for some of the rules, Jules is excited to finally have someone to talk too and hang out with. But then Ingrid goes missing, doesn’t answer her phone, and leaves a mysterious note behind. As Jules starts digging more into the disappearance of Ingrid, she finds out more about the secrets behind the Bartholomew and how dangerous it really is.

I loved how this book was completely different from Riley Sager’s two other novels. What I had originally thought was going to be a book about a haunted apartment quickly turned into something I wasn’t expecting. The amount of suspense and creepiness in this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I honestly couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. The plot and storyline drew me in and I loved every minute of it.

Review of Off the Grid by Robert McCaw

3 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to Oceanview Publishing and FSB Associates for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This genre of book was something entirely new for me. I normally don’t go for military, politics, male character as the main character books but I decided to give this one a try. While it was good and the writing did keep me intrigued, I had a really hard time with this one.

One reason this book was hard for me was all of the Hawaiian language. Sometimes the words were translated and explained and sometimes they weren’t so I had to look them up. Well, really I had to look up the pronunciation for almost every Hawaiian word which kind of got irritating when trying to read, I don’t want to have to stop constantly so I can google a word. I understand the book is based in Hawaii and obviously their language is going to get thrown in but I feel the author should have had a better way for readers to understand it.

The other reason I had a hard time with this book was because I didn’t get attached to or relate to any of the characters. I’m not big into politics and I don’t know much about the police force and every big character in the book was either on the force or had something to do with politics. Don’t get me wrong, the writing style was great and kept me reading the entire book even through my other complaints but for a book to be great to me I need to have some kind of connection with at least one of the characters.

Seeing as how this was the second book in the series and I have not read the first one I did feel a little left out when certain parts of the book referenced things that happened in the first so I would recommend reading the first book before you read this one.

The plot and action of this book were good and I did enjoy the mystery that was going on. I didn’t have the ending of the book figured out so I was in for a surprise which I liked.

Overall not a bad book, his writing and the plot kept me from DNFing but I think this will be the last book in this kind of genre that I’ll read.

About the author:

Robert B. McCaw is the author of Death of a Messenger (2016) and Off the Grid (to be published July 2019).

He grew up in a military family traveling the world. After graduating from Georgetown University, he served as a lieutenant in the US Army before earning his JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation from law school he spent a year as a judicial clerk for Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black. He practiced law in Washington, DC, and New York City, representing investment banks, lawyers, directors, and other clients in complex civil and criminal cases, including many that generated significant press coverage.

For a number of years, Bob maintained a home on the Big Island of Hawai’i, studying its history, culture, and peoples. Archaeology and astronomy are among his many interests. In researching his books, he talked story with Hawai’i County cops and walked the streets where his stories take place. He and his wife live in New York City.