Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Expected publication: June 20th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Goodreads Summary: Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.
Review: As soon as I read the summary, I knew I wanted to read this book. I’ve been in the mood for mysteries and thrillers this year and this one sounded right up my alley. Unlike most of the thrillers that I’ve read, this story is told in multiple POVs. I think the most interesting POV was Audra’s son Sean. He’s only 11 and yet has this great intuition that something just isn’t right about the sheriff. The chapters from Audra’s POV are heartbreaking. She’s been through so much with her abusive husband, and then her kids get taken?! That is what I would assume to be every mother’s worst nightmare! A few chapters are formatted as emails and those give an eerie picture of what is really going on. I don’t want to say anything else about the plot because the best part of these kind of books is the surprise. I really liked the author’s writing style. She wrote the main characters in a way to really allow the reader to connect with them and form a bond. I had a hard time putting this book down because it was very well written and the story was so gripping.
I received a copy of this book through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
Published January 12th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 24th 2016)
Goodreads Summary: When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
Review: There will be a few minor spoilers so proceed at your own risk.
For my second Tarryn Fisher book, I wanted to read her newest novel. I had heard from other readers that this book is crazytown and based on the very brief summary, I knew I was in for a treat. Going into the book, I assumed that the entire thing would be from Fig’s POV. There are three parts to the book and the first part opens with Fig before she buys the new house. Almost right off the bat, it is clear to see that Fig has some mental issues. When she is at the park and sees Jolene and Mercy for the first time, I assume that something sinister is going to take place. Especially when Fig follows them home because she feels some sort of draw to Mercy, believing her spirit to be that of her miscarried child. The normal conclusion would be that Fig would try to kidnap Mercy… right? But of course Tarryn Fisher wouldn’t make it that obvious. Instead, Fig buys the home next door and proceeds to make friends with Jolene, Mercy, and Jolene’s husband Darius. The more Fig inserts herself into their lives, the more things get crazy! Part two then moves to Darius’s POV and we learn that the crazy is not just coming from Fig! That threw me! I don’t want to give away any details beyond that because I think it would ruin the surprise. And the final part is from Jolene’s POV. This book was SO different from the first book I read by Tarryn Fisher (F*ck Love). And it was really good! I loved that the twists she added were not obvious at all because it kept me guessing the entire time. The one thing I was a little confused on was George. From Fig’s POV it seems as though they are divorced and she is moving away from the house she lived in with him. But later on, Darius and Jolene talk about and to George as he lives in the new house with Fig. So did I miss something or is Fig just a super unreliable narrator? Overall, I thought this was a fascinating journey to crazytown and can’t wait to read my next Tarryn Fisher novel!
WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?
Last Thursday I started my summer reading challenge. It’s called the 20 Books of Summer challenge and it is hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Check out my TBR post here for more info on this challenge. Since then I have read two of the books from my selected TBR – one YA and one adult. So far I think I’m on a good track to complete this challenge. On average I would need to read 1.5 books every week so I’m off to a great start with two books complete in the first week. Let’s hope that I can keep that pace up!
I was a little disappointed with The Sun Is Also A Star. It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be, but maybe that was just my own hype getting in the way because I know lots of people loved it. Bad Mommy was a total whirlwind of crazy! Definitely an interesting story with intriguing characters!
Currently I am reading Everland. I got this book a long time ago in an Owlcrate box and haven’t picked it up until now. It is also on my challenge TBR. So far I’m not really feeling the book one way or the other. I’m not that far into it though so we’ll see how it goes. I also started an ARC that I got last week. It releases on June 20th otherwise I probably would put it off longer haha.
Up next I’m not really sure what book I will choose. I have a couple of ARCs that I need to read soon but I also want to keep up on my challenge. Decisions, decisions… So from my main challenge TBR I still have 17 other books to choose from.
What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions on which book I should read next from my above TBR?
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Published November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Review: I absolutely loved Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything so I was really excited to read her latest book. I mean, look at that cover too! So gorgeous. I ended up letting it sit on my shelf for a few months before finally picking it up a few days ago. It took me quite awhile to get into this book, nearly 50%. I didn’t really feel connected to either Natasha or Daniel. The whole instalove part of this story just did not click with me. The way the story was told was a bit odd as well. It bounced back and forth from Natasha to Daniel with little interlude chapters about either their parents or other people the two of them interact with. I did like seeing how all of the stories connected though, especially with Irene. One thing that really bugged me was how Daniel’s brother Charlie would talk. Many. Of. His. Lines. Were. Written. Just. Like. This. He was a total jerk anyways so not a huge part of the story. Overall it was a cute story but it just didn’t feel like anything special so I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. I think it’s still worth a read if you like contemporary romance YA books but I don’t know if I’ll ever read it again.
May has turned out to be an awesome month of reading for me! I ended up reading so much more than I ever thought I would. I’ve been in an audiobook re-read mood again so I’ve been listening to a lot of books at work lately. I also read a couple of ARCs this month that I enjoyed. I think I was most surprised by how much I liked the biography of Daphne du Maurier. I have never read any of her books but I won an ARC from Goodreads of her biography written by Tatiana de Rosnay. It was probably the most interesting bio that I have ever read so far and definitely made me want to start reading du Maurier’s books. I had three books that were that I absolutely loved this month: Strange the Dreamer, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and The Song Rising. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor has become a new favorite of mine.
# Books Read in May: 21
# Books Read in 2017: 47 (including 3 DNF)
# Pages Read in May: 9,058 (including audiobooks)
# Pages Read in 2017: 20,072 (including audiobooks)
Books Read in May:
- The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
- Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
- A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook re-read)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (audiobook re-read)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
- Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu (audiobook re-read)
- The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
- The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
- Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (audiobook re-read)
- He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (DNF @ 68%)
- Woman No. 17 by Eden Lepucki
- Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
- The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
- An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook re-read)
I’ve done a lot better this month about not buying many books. I did decide to join the Book of the Month Club. They had a cool deal where if you signed up for a 3 month subscription you got a copy of Paula Hawkins’ new book for free. And as mentioned above, I ended up falling 1000% in love with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor so I started collecting the different editions.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
- Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- American War by Omar El Akkad
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (gift from hubby)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – signed US first edition
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – signed UK first edition with blue sprayed edges and doodled title page
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (giveaway from Samantha Shannon)
- Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (giveaway from Samantha Shannon)
- Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (ARC from publisher)
How was your month of reading?