Wednesday, December 31, 2014

All Broke Down by Cora Cormack

Author: Cora Cormack
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: October 2014

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant  and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.  Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

All Broke Down is the second in the Rusk University series.  I will admit that I liked this book a little more than the first book, All Lined Up (my review).   Dylan and Silas meet while in jail.  Dylan has been arrested at a demonstration and Silas for a bar fight.  Their attraction was strong from the beginning, but they try to keep things casual despite falling hard for each other.

The characters were a little more realistic to me. Silas is definitely a result of his upbringing.  He is hot tempered and quick to believe he isn't worth a better life.  He has high hopes that his football career will help him move on to bigger and better things.  Dylan was adopted as a child and has felt she must be perfect in order to stay with her adoptive parents. This has kind of held her back from having fun.. I thought the two of them were good for each other. I loved watching Silas help Dylan come to of her shell and loosen up a little.  Their relationship wasn't easy, but I was rooting for them to figure things out.  

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending with Stella.  I won't spoil it, but I didn't like that it was almost an afterthought with no resolution. It just didn't fit with the story-line. The next book, All Played Out (coming May 2015), doesn't look like it is Stella's so I'm disappointed to have to wait to see how everything is resolved.   

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Theresa Romain, author of Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress

Please welcome author Theresa Romain as she promotes the third book in her "Matchmaker Series",  Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress.  She joins us with a guest post that holds two truths and one lie about the book’s setting, Bath.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: January 6, 2015

One good proposition deserves another…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…

Two Truths and a Lie—Bath

Thank you for hosting me today in connection with the release of my newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. It features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else, a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves.

I’m here to tell you a little about Bath, the resort-city setting for SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a bit. Two of these statements about Bath are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!

1.  Though the natural hot mineral springs of Bath have been known since Roman times, they were too hot for therapeutic use at the time of their discovery. Over the passing centuries, the mineral springs of Bath have cooled, and the King’s Bath is now a bathwater-warm 105 degrees.

2.  In the early 1800s, carriers of Bath chairs (light hand-drawn chaises) charged standardized fees to passengers much like taxis do today. Besides the usual charges for distance and for waiting on a passenger, carriers were allowed to add extra fees for transporting passengers after midnight or through highly sloped areas of town.

3.  During the Regency, public entertainments were shared between two major assembly-houses. They scheduled balls to begin as close as possible to 7 pm, and festivities ended at 11 o’clock sharp--even if the orchestra and attendees were in the middle of a dance.

What’s your most scandalous secret?

To celebrate the release of Theresa Romain’s latest title, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, we invite you to take part in her two truths and a lie prepub blitz! Tell two truths and one lie about yourself over Twitter and Facebook with the tag #ScandalousSecrets from December 29th to January 9th and challenge your friends and followers to see how well they know you!

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About the author:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Duke City Hit by Max Austin

Author: Max Austin
Publisher: Alibi
Date of publication: December 2014

According to Vic Walters, the secret to happiness is low overhead and few demands. Living rent-free in a modest bachelor pad behind his boss’s house, he has no debts, no entanglements, and no expensive relationships. He works just a few days a month, but his bank accounts keep growing.

Vic is a high-priced hitman with a legendary record of success. That is, until someone starts eliminating his marks before he can get to them . . . until his manager puts him in the middle of a vicious drug-cartel feud . . . and until a young man walks into his life with a big .45 and a startling revelation.

For Vic Walters, it’s time to step out of the shadows. Which means it’s killing time in Duke City.

I was looking forward to reading  Duke City Hit because I enjoyed the first book, Duke City Split. (my review).  I thought this would be a continuation of the first book, but they aren't related at all.  So both could be read as stand alone books.  Sadly, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I was hoping.  I did like the characters, but the story was just OK.  

I kind of felt like it was missing something.  After reading the end, I'm still not sure why the "twist" happened. The other thing that bothered me was all of the characters seemed too "happy-go-lucky".  Hit men with that attitude just doesn't sit right with me. I guess I expect to have a darker story-line when it involves a hit man and murder and I never got that feel in this book.  This book has gotten great reviews, so I urge you to give it a shot for yourself.  It just wasn't for me. 

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About Max Austin

Max Austin is the pseudonym of writer Steve Brewer. He lives in Duke City (Albuquerque), New Mexico.

Max Austin’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, December 9th: Nightly Reading
Wednesday, December 10th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, December 11th: Reading Reality
Thursday, December 11th: Rhodes Review
Friday, December 12th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, December 15th: Omnimystery News - author guest post
Monday, December 15th: Bell, Book & Candle
Wednesday, December 17th: Reading to Distraction
Thursday, December 18th: Teena in Toronto
Monday, December 22nd: Book Nerd
Monday, December 22nd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Tuesday, December 23rd:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, December 29th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, December 29th: FictionZeal
Tuesday, December 30th:  Tales of a Book Addict

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Autumn's Top 10 of 2014

They are in no particular order:
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The Kept by James Scott
Panic by Lauren Olivier
Goat Mountain by David Vann
The Painter by Peter Heller
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
The Storied Life of AJ Fikery by Gabrielle Zevin
Conversion by Katherine Howe
Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

I will say that I Shall Be Near to You was my absolute fave of the year.  Goat Mountain, The Kept, The Painter and I Am Pilgrim have all stuck with me.  I still think about those books from time to time.  I'm ready for 2015 and a really good crop of new books!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kari's Top 10 Reads of 2014

Autumn and I had a discussion recently that this wasn't a great year for books.  There were a couple of disappointments and a lot of so-so reads.  But, I did have 10 that I felt deserved to make my list for 2014.  They aren't in any particular order, with the exception of the first.  I absolutely loved A Fall of Marigolds and recommend it to anyone who asks me for a good book

1. A Fall of Marigolds by  Susan Meissner
2.  A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke
3. The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
5. Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

6. The Promise by Robyn Carr
7. Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall
8. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
9. Back to You by Jessica Scott
10. Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Books we Didn't Finish - December Edition

Anatomy of a Misfit: I'm not sure who this book is being marketed to but I do NOT recommend it for any reader under 17.  Within the first few pages, I was put off by the offensive language that one boy uses to describe a female classmate.  While I'm sure boys do talk about girls like that, I was put off.  I also didn't like that way the main character spoke about her best friend. Since when is it OK to call your "best friend" a slut? I knew after those two instances that I would not like this book.

Once upon a Billionaire:  What happened to this series?  I enjoyed the first two books. But book three was just OK and this one I could not finish if you paid me. I'm all for "Cinderella" type romances.  But this one was just dumb.  I had a really hard time buying that Maylee and Griffin would be able to find any type of relationship.  He was an ass to her from the beginning and she was just plain TSTL.  Do people like that even exist anymore?  You would think she lived in a cave her whole life. I was also dumbfounded by the change in Gretchen's character.  When did she get to mean? I got about 25% in and couldn't take anymore.  I'll give the 5th book a shot, but I'm not holding my breath.

The Bone Seeker: I shouldn't have been surprised after not loving the second book that I didn't end up finishing this book.  This one was  just as boring.  Too many Inuit words and characters to keep track of.  The names all sounded the same.  I also have lost interest in the main character.  She was still depressing.  I'm definitely done with the series now.  It's too bad because I really liked the first book.

Falling Into Place:  I'm not a fan of non-linear format storytelling.  To some degree it's ok.   Maybe if you start at Z and move backwards to point A.  Or start at point K and work your way forward and backwards to point A and Z.  I can live with
that.  But this book was kinds like A to F then R then lets go to C and then M.  It was all over the place.  I don't like that kind of format, it's work to keep up with.  Pleasure reading should not be work.

Love is the Drug:  I was really excited for this book.  The cover is awesome.  Then I kinda got less excited the more I read what it was about.  But no matter, it had a good title and a fantastic cover.  Then I got started and it was just all downhill from there.  I just couldn't get into this book.  It just wasn't working for me at all.  The characters seemed snobby and elitist and whiny.  Such a bummer.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas from us to you!!

We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!!  We are spending time with our families today but will be back with reviews tomorrow! 

Love, Autumn & Kari

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas at Carriage Hill by Carla Neggers

Author: Carla Neggers
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: December 2014

When fashion designer Alexandra Rankin Hunt is asked to create the dresses for Olivia Frost's Christmas wedding in tiny Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, she jumps at the chance. She's certain she'll never get to design one for herselfnot with her history of falling for the wrong men. Ian Mabry, the sexy fighter pilot whose bravery reminded her of her beloved great-grandfather, was the worst yet.
To Alexandra's surprise, Ian is also at Carriage Hill, Olivia's picturesque country inn. And if anyone can charm his way into a wedding, it's him. Ian wants more than an invitation he's determined to find a way back into Alexandra's life.
Christmas at Carriage Hill was a very sweet addition to the Swift River Valley series.  I have been a fan from the start.  After finishing the novella, I don't feel like this can't be a stand alone novella.  I suggest reading the other books first to have a slight clue as to who everyone is in Swift River Valley.  There are a lot of old characters that show up for Dylan and Olivia's wedding.

I enjoyed Ian and Alex's story.  I loved how Ian knew they weren't finished and did what he could to woo her back.  I found myself tearing up at the gift that Ian gave to Grace.  What an incredible memory to give to her. That being said, while I enjoyed the story, I felt a little cheated. As with a lot of novella's, I always want more.  I would have loved to see more of how Ian and Alex met. I feel like their story could have been a full novel. We got the aftermath of the angst without seeing what caused the angst.  I would have also loved to see more of Dylan and Olivia's wedding.  They have been a favorite couple of mine since the beginning.  I wanted to read their vows to each other!

The next Swift River Valley Novel, Echo Lake comes out in January.  I can't wait to read it!  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

by:  A.S. King
published by:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
publish date:  October 14, 2014

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities — but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way... until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

I've read several A.S. King books and I've liked them all.  This one was no exception.  My very first thought, was that I really like the cover, but there's a discussion on GoodReads about how this stock image has been used for the cover of several other books so that kinda ruins it a little bit!  

Glory's mother commits suicide when Glory is 4 years old.  As a consequence, Glory and her father seem to be living in a state of stunned mourning until her Senior year of high school.  On a crazy night Glory and her friend Ellie drink a bat and nothing is the same after that.  Both girls become gifted with the ability to see into anyone's past or future.  Glory begins finding out about a terrible future and the fate of her family.  She also begins to unravel the mystery of her mother.  

While there were some issues with this book, overall I liked it.  I thought Glory was overly harsh to her friend Ellie.  I kept wondering why she was friends with her in the first place and if she didn't want to be friends with her, why she didn't just move on.  I had a little bit of trouble envisioning a future where Americans had to resort to living in trees, but I guess you never know.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Tour: 13 Hollywood Apes by Gil Reavill

Author: Gil Reavill
Publisher: Alibi
Date of publication: December 2014

As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she’s deeply disturbed—and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle.

But as Layla reaches the veterinarian’s office where Angle is recovering, a man with rock-star good looks and a laid-back Southern California attitude swoops in and removes him. And just like that, an unusual case turns truly bizarre. Soon reports surface of ferocious attacks against Odalon employees . . . with Angle as the prime suspect. As a wave of senseless violence reaches its apex, Layla chases a mystery man and his chimp—but everything comes back to that terrible night at the sanctuary.

I'm not sure why I was expecting more of a cozy mystery when I went into 13 Hollywood Apes.  But, the book is anything but.  It's definitely darker than I was expecting.  The opening scene was sad and disturbing. It initially sucked me in, but after a few chapters, I found myself putting the book down to do other things. One of the aspects of the book that I did like was Layla.  I admired her determination to find out what really happened to the apes.  Sadly, it just wasn't enough to keep my interest.  I felt like that book dragged and just wasn't a good fit for me. I do want to say I think that the book was well written and will be a hit with fans of this gritty type of book.

About the author:

Gil Reavill is a journalist, screenwriter, and playwright. Widely featured in magazines, Reavill is the author of Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob, as well as Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home and the screenplay that became the 2006 film Dirty, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He lives in New York with his wife, Jean Zimmerman, and their daughter.

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Gil Reavill’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, December 9th: Bell, Book & Candle
Tuesday, December 9th: The Book Diva’s Reads – author guest post
Thursday, December 11th: Lilac Reviews
Monday, December 15th: Nightly Reading
Monday, December 15th: Buried Under Books
Tuesday, December 16th: Open Book Society
Wednesday, December 17th: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Thursday, December 18th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Friday, December 19th: Book Nerd
Monday, December 22nd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, December 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, December 23rd: Words by Webb
Monday, December 29th: Vic’s Media Room
Tuesday, December 30th: Rhodes Review

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer 
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Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 1 by Brent LeVasseur

Author & Illustrator: Brent LeVasseur
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.
If you have a middle grade reader who loves adventure, then this just may be the book for them.  I thought Aoleon was a fast paced sci-fi adventure that doesn't slow down once it gets going.  What little boy hasn't been like Gilbert who has always wanted an adventure?  When he sees something strange in the neighbor's field, he stumbles upon Aoleon, a girl from Mars.  I liked how their contact was really friendly from the beginning.  It is a great lesson for kids to show that differences are OK. This is just part one of the book, so I can only imagine what Gilbert's adventure on Mars will be like.

The book is also filled with colorful illustrations. I showed them to my son and he thought they were really cool.  His favorite was the one with the flying cows.  I like the author's imaginings of what life on Mars would look like.  The book comes out next year, so keep your eye out for it.  There is a pre-order link below, so check that out!

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​About​ the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann

Authors: Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of publication: October 2014

Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on.
Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.
Night Sky is the first collaboration between Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie.  I did have to wonder who wrote most of the book because it didn't have the same feel as a regular romantic suspense by the elder Brockmann.  Having said that, I thought it was a fairly good YA read. Skylar has lived in the area for a year and still feels like a fish out of water. After a strange run in with a crazy person at a store one night, she meets Dana.  Dana explains that she is a greater than; someone with special abilities.   She joins Dana and Milo in the hunt for the missing Sasha.

I liked the main character, Skylar.  She was a misfit, but pretty comfortable in her own skin which is always a plus.  I also enjoyed her relationship with her friend Calvin.  I liked how the friendships with Dana and Milo developed.  The light romance between Milo and Skylar was really cute.  

My only complaint about the book is I felt there was a lack of world building. I know that this story takes place within the same "world" as Suzanne Brockmann's book, Born to Darkness (my review). Had I not read that book, I might not have had any idea about what was going on with the references to the economy and the changes in the government.  Born to Darkness is definitely not a YA book, so any teen reader who might pick this up, could be confused as to what is going on in this new world.

There is a novella, Dangerous Destiny, that takes place about a year before the events of this book.  It gives us a glimpse into how Skylar and Calvin met.  It's a fairly quick read and worth picking up along with Night Sky.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Author: Agatha Christie
First published in 1939 by Collins Crime Club

First, there were ten; a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal; and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

I commented in a recent review that this has been a so-so year for me when it comes to mysteries.  So, who do you turn to when you want a good mystery?  The queen of mysteries herself, Agatha Christie.  I know that I read And Then There Were None a long time ago, but I couldn't remember the exact ending.  I also know that the ending in the 1945 movie was very different from the book. I read that Ms.Christie admits that this was the hardest book to write out of all of her books. Given the complexity of the plot, I could understand why she would say that.

I enjoyed this re-read.  The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention.  Despite having 10 people to keep track of, it was a relatively easy book to keep straight.  I loved how the author got into the heads of each character so you could feel the fear and doubt they felt as each person dies.  The plot is pretty straight forward, but one that I had a hard time figuring out how it worked until the "confession letter".  Then it made a lot of sense.  10 people on an island and all 10 die.  How was it done?  Read it to find out!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Asa by Jay Crownover

We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.   

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

by:  Holly Brown
published by:  William Morrow
publish date:  July 8, 2014

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

When Rachel finds her daughter's message on the white board saying "Don't try to find me", it's a mother's worst nightmare.  Did she write it herself, willingly?  Was she forced to?  Her husband becomes obsessed with trying to find their daughter.  He turns to social media engaging the public looking for clues as to where she might have gone.  Though Rachel has her own secrets that she doesn't want aired and she becomes more and more reclusive which makes everyone around her more and more suspicious.

This book was a really interesting look at the role that social media plays in our lives.  It was interesting to see how children are manipulated by strangers online.  It was interesting to see how the father in turn manipulated the media and social media to get what he wanted.  

Kari reviewed this book back in July for a Blog Tour.  Her feelings were similar to my own.  I would definitely recommend this book.  The audiobook was well read, I would recommend it as well.