Tuesday, September 6, 2016

100 Words and a Quote






Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Source: Publisher
Published: June 28th, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
From Goodreads:
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.


Review: 

One of my favorite things about this book is also the one thing that’s the most frustrating… this story is told backwards. To have the story set up only to then jump ahead 15 days and then reverse one day at a time until you reach the beginning? Brilliantly and wonderfully maddening! The characters are flawed and unreliable, the story itself intense and captivating. A psychological thriller with plenty of suspense, red herrings, and more secrets than one small town can hold. This is Megan Miranda’s first adult book, and I certainly hope it won’t be her last. More please.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Word Count: 100  

Favorite Quote:
"That girl, my dad wrote, and her laughter rattled my heart." 



Title: Before the Fall
Author: Noah Hawley
Published: May 31st, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
From Goodreads:

On a foggy summer night, eleven people—ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter—depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs—the painter—and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members—including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot—the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.



Review: 

An interesting book that is not at all what I thought it would be. A story that begins in present time with a plane crash and follows one survivor as he gathers the pieces of his now splintered life. The story then delves into the earlier lives of each passenger aboard this private jet. It is sad but hypnotic. The pace is slow at times but just right where it matters most. The thing that intrigued me and at the same time sickened me the most was the media and the way they handled… well, everything. A very thought-provoking read.  

Word Count: 100  

Favorite Quote:
"In the absence of facts, he thinks, we tell ourselves stories." 



Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Published: November 17th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
From Amazon:

Erika I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession. His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me. But I noticed him. I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away. Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore. Because he’s finally noticed me. Michael Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika. My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway. Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college. In my city. Unprotected. The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out. We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true. *Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.


Review:

There were several things I liked about Corrupt and several things that made me put my cranky pants on. This is a dark romance, but at times I just needed it to be darker! I felt it tiptoed around certain things that would have made this more thrilling and forbidden for me. I wanted Erika to fight harder and figure things out sooner; but in spite of that, I have to admit I did enjoy this story. The premise is exciting and intense, and the characters are definitely interesting. Especially Kai. My first Penelope Douglas read, but not my last. 

Word Count: 100 

Favorite Quote:
"There were dark deeds and bad seeds, but who cared if the house was falling apart as long as it was pretty, right?" 


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16 comments:

  1. I always have trouble with non-linear narratives so I don't know how well I'd do with a story told backwards (and how exactly does that work?). I haven't really liked her YA work, but perhaps she does better with adult. I'll give it a go. The other two sound different and interesting.

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    1. It was frustrating at times to be moving away from what I most wanted to know... but then it became obviously necessary, if that makes sense. lol If you struggle with non-linear narratives and didn't like her YA books, then this probably isn't for you.

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  2. This is pretty interesting way to review books.
    It looks challenging though, at least it would be for me bc I can't stop rambling in my reviews sometimes... :D

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    1. It's fun but definitely challenging to find a way to not go over that word count ;)

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  3. A story told backward is an interesting concept!

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  4. YAY! Yes, you NEED to read more P.Douglas. She is one of my main go-to authors, and I hate that I don't have any new books of hers to read. I loved Corrupt. You should read Misconduct next. Before the Fall is a quieter mystery/thriller, but I liked it. And the first book ... it's on my wishlist!

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    1. Oooo, I'll be grabbing Misconduct right away then! Thanks, Christy! :)

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  5. I need to read/listen to Corrupt. I really enjoyed Before the Fall on audio. I DNFed All the Missing Girls, and maybe I need to go back and have another look. Great reviews!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the Before the Fall audio -- such an interesting book. I can see that -- All the Missing Girls is just so different, but I think it's worth another try ;) Thanks, Kimba!

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  6. I have the MIranda book that I didn't get to this Spring and It sounds like I need to read it soon. I am still in the midst of light and fluffy because it is easiest for me. I did get your sweet email. Been swamped with school and my dad, but things are settling down. You are welcome. You gals are so sweet.

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    1. I'd hold off a while still -- I think it would be too dark for you right now.
      I'm so glad -- you made our day with that wonderful surprise. Heart you, Heidi <3

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  7. All the Missing Girls sounds fascinating. Made me think of a movie I saw years ago. It went backwards in time too. I can't remember the name right now- but the format was unique and intriguing. Thanks for sharing all of these!
    ~Jess

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    1. It really is! I love movies like that -- if you remember the title, let me know ;)

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  8. Okay so we need to chat about Corrupt more... because you see I shied away from it because it sounded like it crossed some lines for me.... but if you wanted it to be darker than maybe it doesnt. Hmmmm. I have to ponder this. Awesome reviews as always my lovely lobster.

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  9. I agree with you on Corrupt. I so enjoyed it and it had a few parts were I was a little eh, but then at parts it felt like the author didn't dig as deep in such a dark book. I love the author, she is an amazing writer! Lovely reviews :)

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