Little Girl Gone

Little Girl GoneLittle Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I tried to read this book, I even put it down for a few months and tried again; I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t the writing–it was more the actual story. Being a mother to a young child made all the imagery within the novel much more vivid, it made me feel sick.

This is the first time that it has ever happened to me, but while I couldn’t finish the book because of it, I believe my reaction is only so strong because the story is described so well.

Based upon my findings from the first third of the book, assuming the writing style is the same throughout the book, I would give the book 4/5 stars.

However, since I never finished the book. I will not be rating it.

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Review: The Drafter

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1)The Drafter by Kim Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Kim Harrison, and I adore her writing. The story drew me in and I felt very connected to Peri’s emotional state.

Set in 2030, the technology doesn’t seem to far off from what we have now. The lives the Drafters and Anchors are a unique combination that I’ve never read before, and I found myself in awe of the detail Kim has put into these talents.

I found it particularly humbling that despite all that Peri has gone through her senses were what kept her sane.

I’m hoping that the next book picks up where this one left off, because I was a little disappointed by how the book ended.

Review: Witches Protection Program

Witches Protection Program
Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The concept of a police task force put in place to protect witches was what initially drew me into this story.

The love of a good mystery/romance kept me reading. I loved the almost-nonexistent romance that exists; sexual tension usually makes for good read.

I always enjoy reading each writer’s perspective on paranormal beings. For example; the witches in Witches Protection Program are quite different from those of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Each writer adds a bit of a unique spin.

I would pick up more of Michael Phillip Cash’s work in the future.

Review: Death and Faxes

Death and Faxes
Death and Faxes by Julie S. Howlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

Tabitha Drake is in many ways the typical young-adult. Unsure with her love life, not LOVING her job, and just trying to make ends meet. She’s also a psychic. Throughout the book we see her struggle with multiple traumatic events and issues that unfortunately many young women go through. Most, thankfully, don’t have to deal with all of the ones Tabby did, but many, such as the other women portrayed in the book do fall victim and don’t get out. This book, while being a sweet romance and police mystery/murder, is also an eye opener for women who have been a victim of a controlling or abusive partner. Add in a psychic ability that she doesn’t believe in, which if she did she would have saved herself a lot of trouble, and the book is highly entertaining.

Despite the unlikelihood that all of these scenarios would all happen to the same person, this book, at least for me, represents the struggle that most, if not all, young women face; navigating the uncertainty that is the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Review: Boo

Boo
Boo by Neil Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received Neil Smith’s ARC of Boo for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

I absolutely love everything about this cute and quirky novel. I have to admit, I was caught off guard on multiple occasions. Just when I thought I had the figured out the the truth, a curve ball is thrown; kept the reading interesting.

I find some aspects of the ‘town’ to be depressingly sad; Only thirteen year olds are in this ‘town’, Which means the likely hood of anyone knowing another ‘townie’ from before their passing in ‘America’ is slim. There are only three visited cases.

One of the biggest reasons for my five-star rating is that at multiple points in the book, and for different characters I felt strong emotions; For Johnny, I felt the anger and frustration. For Boo I felt the true desperation of wanting to help, and being unable to. I also felt overwhelming sadness when Boo says that all he wants is his parents.

The ending was a complete surprise to me up until the very end, it shines a light on bullying in a completely heartbreaking and unexpected way.

Neil Smith did a fantastic job of showing the thin line between mental illness bullying, and how both are, without the proper help and support, an unfortunate road to suicide.

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Review: A Gift of Ghosts

A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book for free on Amazon. The title is what drew me in and the cute connection between Akira and Dillon kept me around. I loved that she connected with him, and tries to help make his (after) life easier. The romance with Dillon’s uncle (and her boss) is pretty cute, but the beginnings are WAY to unbelievable. I’m also not a huge fan of the way Akira handles herself, she says she doesnt like/want something, yet she always does it anyways.

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