Reawakened by: Colleen Houck

Reawakened

I have finally started this series and I am so glad that I did.  I love the way Colleen weaves mythology with storytelling.  Her characters are so enjoyable and lovable.  I loved her Tiger’s Curse series and now this one is right up there with it.

I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration.  This was like listening to a movie.  I was very invested in the story and could envision the scenes.  This series involves Egyptian mythology and I am obsessed.

I am currently listening to the next book in this series and realize that the 3rd doesn’t come out until August.  THis is the perfect combination of  the fantasy, magical realism and contemporary genres.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Beach House for Rent by: Mary Alice Monroe

Beach House for Rent

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My Review:
Many years ago, I read the first book in the Beach House series.  I remember really enjoying it.  I don’t know why I didn’t continue on with the series as they came out, but when I saw this new one, I thought I would see if I could catch up without reading the other books in the series that I missed.
This is the 4th book in the series but I didn’t feel lost at all.  I read it as if I didn’t know some of the characters and that was ok.  Cara and Heather are two women from different backgrounds who are searching for peace in their lives.  This beach house, owned by Cara, is the place where their lives come together.
It was a nice, contemporary story for the summer.  I was able to feel what the characters were going through and cheer them on along the way.  As I was reading this, I wanted to be in a beach house and experience a slow down of life.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Breakdown by: B.A. Paris

The Break Down Publication date: July 18, 2017

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The Angels’ Share by: JR Ward

The Angels' Share

This is the second book in the Bourbon Kings series.  I read the first book a year or two ago and loved it.  I decided to listen to this book because my commute to and from work has been torturous with traffic.  I didn’t like the narrator’s acting when depicting the women’s voices but that aside, I loved the story.

As this is a continuation of the first book, I can’t give any particular details.  However, what I can say is that the characters all have a very descriptive personalty.  There are some steamy scenes throughout the book but what do you expect from JR Ward?!

I gave this book 4 crowns and can’t wait to get the next installment.

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The Paris Architect by: Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect

I have always found novels that take place during World War II to be very interesting.  I have a soft spot in my heart for Anne Frank and similar stories.  This book had an interesting twist to that time frame.

Lucien Bernard is an architect and he is commissioned by a man to create hiding places in houses for Jews that were on the run.  Lucien never felt that he needed to protect the Jewish people but that offer that came with this job was one he couldn’t resist.  At the same time, he is commissioned by the German’s to design one of their largest war related structures.  Lucien is playing both sides and risking it all.

I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration.  I was a decent read but a bit boring at times.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Here and Gone By: Haylen Beck

Here and Gone

My Review:
This was an outstanding psychological thriller.  You know what is happening the whole time with all sides of the story but it is impossible to know if everything will be resolved at the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down.   I highly recommend this novel.  I did not know anything about the author until I finished the story and saw that the author was a pseudonym for acclaimed author, Stuart Neville.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review from http://www.bloggingforbooks.com

Sisi Empress on Her Own By: Allison Pataki

Sisi

This is the concluding book in a duology.  I really am not a historical fiction reader but this duo of books was fantastic.  I loved the depth of character of Sisi.  She was exceptionally honest in her feelings and her words.

This book tied up lose ends very nicely without leaving the feeling of it being done just to be done.  The story is very descriptive and transports the reader to the empress’ reign and the surrounding times.

I am looking forward to reading more books by Allison in the near future.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Nowhere to Lay My Head by: Craig Daliessio

Nowhere to Lay My Head

Craig suffered a major blow to his life when the economy collapsed in 2008.  He lost everything; his job, his house, his ability to truly care for his daughter…gone.  He lived in his car for 6 years trying to get some version of his life back.  He didn’t move to another state because he wanted to be close to his daughter.  He needed to be a phone call and a short drive away.

I thought Craig’s story was a sad one.  I can’t imagine not having a place to sleep at night.  What I didn’t like was the political rage that was exhibited in this book.  I am not saying that I was a supporter of the Obama presidency but I was a bit surprised at the blatant resentment shown.  I get that Craig was hurt by the policies and procedures of those terms but I didn’t really want to hear about it.  I was also angered about the way he spoke of government assistance programs.  They were designed to be used in situations like his.  I do not believe that if he accept support that he would become lazy and not continue on his path to a better life.  Yes, the system itself is a mess and it allows for people to take advantage of it.  However, for those who honestly need it, it is a blessing.

What this book needed was a good editor.  There were many parts of this book that were repeated and revisited using the same words.  I was wondering if I had flipped back in the book accidentally.  I found a lot of grammatical errors and that just made me feel as if this was rushed to publication.

All in all, I understand the therapeutic process of writing about these years.  Craig did suffer and his daughter did as well.  I just had a hard time relating some of the decisions that were made.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wrap Up

May

Books Read/Listened to:  14

5 crown reads: 7

4 crown reads: 3

3 crown reads: 2

2 crown reads: 1

1 crown reads: 1

DNF: 2

 

Another great month.  I read a lot of new releases but also a few from my own shelves.  Yes, I bought more books.  I would be surprised if I didn’t.

How was your reading month?

Happy Reading!

The Party by: Robyn Harding

The Party Publication date: June 6, 2017

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