Saturday, October 19, 2013

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

I wish I could give this 3.5 stars.  I went into this with very high expectations...  I loved On the Island and couldn't put it down, I also loved Uncharted so naturally I should love this one but I didn't.  It was good but I didn't love it.  I thought the first 1/2 was a little slow while the 2nd 1/2 dialed up the drama quite a bit.

The book is about a family, a happy family, that becomes strained and tested when Claire's husband, Chris, loses his job.  When Chris finds a job, it requires travel and he's gone a lot which leaves Claire lonely and longing for her marriage but emotionally, Chris is spent.

Getting to read a little bit from everyone's perspective worked for me and I found the main characters all likable - not so much the neighborhood couples who I didn't connect much with and found confusing at times (I just couldn't keep them straight).

I was able to really connect with Claire and understand her perspective so much. And it must be said that I melted when Chris got in the shower with her - I truly felt his love for her in that moment.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Six Years by Harlan Coben

If I had stopped reading this book 1/2 way through, I would've given it 5 stars (I gave it 4).  Up until 1/2 way through, I couldn't put the book the down; I was holding my breath, worried about Jake and utterly confused about what the heck happened.  Then sometime after the 1/2 way point details started to emerge and by the end I felt confused again because there were so many details that it was becoming hard to follow.

I do like Harlan Coben's sense of humor in his writing even when it's not a funny story.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

What a sweet story.  I really loved little Ethan Allen.

This book was about the survival of an 11yr old, Ethan Allen.  Survival of a bad home life and survival of the dark secrets he carries with him as he searches for his grandpa.  However, instead of finding his grandpa, he finds Olivia.  Olivia has burdens and scars and superstitions of her own and the last thing she wants is a child, never mind an 11yr old but they learn to work it out and Ethan Allen learns to trust his secrets with her and together they form a very strong bond - one that the Cobb's learn about the hard way.  Now he just needs to get everyone to believe him.

Like I said, sweet Christian story with likable (and 'hateable') characters.  Definite recommend.

And don't miss Jubilee's Journey the second book in the Wyattsville series.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham

After reading The Wreckage (book 5 in the Joe O'Laughlin series) where Joe played very little to no part in the book, I was very happy to see him return in this story.  He did not disappoint me.  I love me some Joe.

Natasha (Tash) McBain and Piper Hadley are girls that I will probably never forget.  This story is centered around them; the hunt for them since they were abducted the last Saturday of the summer holidays or are they merely runaways?

The first book I read in this series was Shatter in 2010 (before I knew it was a series and you can only imagine what it did to my OCD tendencies to find out it was book 3 but that's another story) and now in 2013 I'm still talking about that book.  As a matter of fact, when I read the name Gideon Tyler in this book, I swear, I got nervous.

Anyhow, what I'm trying to say is that this book is every bit of Shatter's equal.  I couldn't put it down; it made my heart race; it made me nervous, sad and at times, even happy.

Michael Robotham is one heck of writer and I can't wait to read Watching You

I'd easily give this book 6, 7, 8 stars if I could.
I will recommend this book until people are tired of hearing me preach Michael Robotham. ;)