Genre: Law & Crime

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Jun 20
{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

Note: This is the second book in the Killer Instinct series. If you are new to the series, you can find out more about book 1 and the series HERE Killer Within is the second book in the young adult Killer Instinct series by S.E. Green. I really liked the first book, and the second book is even crazier. There is so much going on in this book and I am going to try my best to describe this book without spoilers, but it picks up right after the events of the first story, which is a huge spoiler in and of itself. So if you are new to the series, you might be better checking out my review of book 1- Killer Instinct here. Killer Instinct totally took me by surprise with that insane ending. I did not see it coming at all. So in Killer Within Lane is struggling with the fallout of that last scene, as well as still trying to find her place not only in… Read more »

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Apr 21
{Review} As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

{Review} As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

As Red As Blood is the first book in the Snow white trilogy, or the Lumikki Andersson trilogy. I struggled with this book. It was originally written in Finnish and it takes placei n Finland, so maybe something was lost in translation, but I just could not get into this story. And that seems like a real shame to me, because I really, really liked the main girl Lumikki. I thought she was resilient, and smart. But the story was too jarring for me. The book felt kind of choppy and all over the place. The pace was brisk but the story felt like, scene. event. new person. confusing thing. scene. scene. without any explanations or time to catch your breath. I think for people that enjoy foreign or noir gritty crime thrillers might really love this, but it is not my normal read so the flow of the story was almost too big of a hurdle for me to overcome. As I said before Lumikki is a great character…. Read more »

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Dec 29
{Audiobook Review} The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

{Audiobook Review} The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

The Quiet Game is the first book in the Penn Gage series. He is a prosecutor turned author, turned detective (kind of). I thought the mystery in the Quiet Game was really compelling, but the audiobook narrator kind of took away from the story. He did about 3 or 4 of the voices well, but all of the other voices sounded comically bad. He could not do a woman’s voice at all. And the story is a serious one, so it was distracting. But if you could get past the bad female and secondary character voices, you can’t help but get sucked into the story. There is a decades old civil rights murder in this small southern town. It is a cold case and because of some meddling from a journalist and some help from Penn Gage, the case is about to get re-opened. There are national forces involved and the whole thing gets crazy really quickly. It was a pretty good murder mystery and there was a lot of… Read more »

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Dec 26
{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

Beautiful Collision is the first book in the new adult suspense thriller series, Desperation. It starts off right in the middle of the action too. The main character is on the run. We don’t know from who yet and we don’t know any of the details as to why, but you are thrown right in the middle of the action. It certainly was an effective way to draw the reader in. Beautiful Collision is told in dual narrative between Gray and Thane, the guy sent to keep an eye on her. I loved the way T.G. Ayer told the story. It flips back and forth between Gray and Thane, with more chapters from Gray’s perspective and also scattered throughout where flashback that gave us details slowly on the who and why Gray was running from. I really liked both Gray and Thane. Gray is a tough girl, that is very apparent right from the start of the story. And she certainly has not had an easy life, but she never… Read more »

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Nov 05
{Interview+Giveaway} Watched by CJ Lyons @SourcebooksFire

{Interview+Giveaway} Watched by CJ Lyons @SourcebooksFire

Describe Watched in a tweet (140 characters or less) CJ: Teens blackmailed by cyberpredator with no hope of fighting back–unless they fight together What are some of your favorite thrillers? CJ: Too many to count! But two of my favorites feature teens who become empowered through their struggles: John Hart’s Last Child and Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. What kind of research did you do while writing Watched? CJ: The research for Watched was wide-flung, everything from what the steering wheel of a vintage Austin-Healy looked like and how the doors opened; to the psychology behind teen self-harm, agoraphobia, pedophilia, psychopathy, stalkers, and arson; methods of arsonists; how cyberpredators work (including reviewing actual case records and transcripts from federal agents I interviewed); and reviewing dozens of real life cases of teens victimized by cyberpredators and cappers. What is your favorite part about writing a thriller? What is the hardest for you? CJ: My favorite part is the ending—I often write the climax first. I love bringing all the loose threads… Read more »

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Aug 17
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Amity by Micol Ostow @micolz @EgmontUSA

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Amity by Micol Ostow @micolz @EgmontUSA

I have a secret. As much as I love fluffy and sexy romances, I have a secret darker love- horror. And I have a second secret, even though I love horror so much, I have a tendency to actually get really scared when horror is done well. I know that is the point of horror, but I mean I can’t read a good horror book alone at night in my room or I will have nightmares all night. But I still can’t get enough, and Amity was creepy to the extreme! Fans of horror will love the fantastically creepy writing in Amity. Amity is about the Amityville horror house. I have seen a couple of movies about the house and I know a little bit about house, so when I saw the book I knew what I was signing up for. Amity does not offer happy times for the families that live there become hers. Amity is told from the point of view of two different families that live there. First… Read more »

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Jul 17
{Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein @TMGoeglein

{Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein @TMGoeglein

5 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer Ted Goeglein Let’s start with the most basic premise—a person can’t become a writer if she doesn’t write. Think about it, talk about it, fantasize about it, but unless she commits an idea to screen, forget it. Which leads us to tip number one—   1.) Sit your butt down and write something. Anything. Start with your name. This seems fairly elemental but for some people, it can be intimidating. They’re scared of rejection and that other people won’t like what they wrote. Okay, well— 2.) Some people will reject your work because they don’t like it. Tough. That’s part of the game—of any game, if you think about it. Writing in particular is designed for failure because it’s thousands of words of individualistic expression versus a chef creating a single recipe or an artist painting one portrait. Just remember—   3.) The people who don’t like your work are wrong. So keep writing, and whatever you do—   4.) Copy other writers…. Read more »

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May 14
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Welcome to my stop on the Rules for Disappearing blog tour The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Hardcover, 320 pages Published May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion Age Group:YA Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary: She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.   Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself. But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana… Read more »

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