Book Review: Leave No Trace, by Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace, by Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 4, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: Netgalley

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From the author of the “compelling” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and critically acclaimed Everything You Want Me to Be, a riveting and suspenseful thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a boy and his stunning return ten years later.

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later…the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.

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Book Review: The Sky Drifter, by Paris Singer

The Sky Drifter, by Paris Singer

The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Published by Booktrope Editions on August 27, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 223

Source: author

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Wandering in the vastness of space, is the Sky Drifter; an academy reserved for the best students in the known universe. Seven is just such a student. Gifted in strategy and Sphere, he lives happily on-board with his friends Iris and Pi, taking on his rival, visiting planets for exploration and competition. Everything is the way he likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat, who will reveal to him a secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

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Book vs. Movie: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Published by Square Fish in May 2007 (originally published 1962)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, classics, fantasy, middle grade, science fiction

Format & Length: paperback, 247

Source: library

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on September 18, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 432

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The Rules of Blackheath
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

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Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

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Mini Reviews: The Liberty Box trilogy, by C.A. Gray

Mini reviews: The Liberty Box trilogy, by C.A. Gray

For this set of mini reviews, I’m going to talk about the sequel and final book in The Liberty Box trilogy, as I think this will be a great way to talk about these books without giving away any spoilers for the series. I listened to The Liberty Box on audio a few months back and enjoyed both the premise and the story but found the narration wasn’t to my taste. So when the author reached out and asked if I’d be interested in reading the other books in print format, I jumped at the chance!

The Liberty Box is a dystopian that starts to bridge the gap between YA and adult fiction and has a premise I find to be chillingly possible in this day and age. If you haven’t already, you can see my review for that HERE. Otherwise, keep reading for the initial blurb and my thoughts on the rest of the series.

Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancee and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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Book Review: Not Her Daughter, by Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter, by Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on August 21, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, suspense, women’s fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 368

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Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma Townsend is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and when a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her, far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But her real mother is at home, waiting for her to return—and the longer the search for Emma continues, Amy is forced to question if she really wants her back.

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

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Book Review: Tell No One, by Harlan Coben

Tell No One, by Harlan Coben

Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Published by Dell on October 21, 2009 (originally published 2001)

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Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 386

Source: purchased

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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

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Book Review: The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Published by Penguin Books on January 9, 2018

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Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, mystery, suspense

Format & Length: paperback, 228

Source: purchased

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When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

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Like This? Try That! TV Edition #1

Like This? Try That! TV Edition

For this edition of Like This? Try That! I thought it would be fun to pick books based on tv shows. What I came up with, though, is recommendations based on one show, in particular – Criminal Minds. If you don’t already know what this show is about, it focuses on “the cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.”

I’m not entirely sure what it says about me that I have enough books on my list about dangerous serial killers or heinous crimes, but it took me some time to narrow this selection down to only three choices! I finally chose the following books because I thought these psychological thrillers could easily be episodes of Criminal Minds, and fans of one will probably like all of the others as well.

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July Reading Wrap Up

July 2018 Reading Wrap UpI love July! Those lazy, hazy days of summer start tantalizing me as the craziness of work and life slows down, and spending a day under the sun with a book is one of my favorite things.

All in all, July was quite the month of reading for me! I took the first week off for vacation and read over five books in that one week alone. Which is exactly what vacations are for, right? Resting, relaxing, and reading! After that, I still completed another five books, making this a record month. And I thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of them, so July is really a win through and through as far as I’m concerned.

Let’s take a look at everything I read and reviewed now, shall we?

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