Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown

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Blurb: Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believed one of three powerful men had murdered her. Each was charming; each was a suspect. And each tried to shield her from his sins and secrets. But only one of them could ignite a desire as passionate as her need for the truth.

Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: There was a lot of suspense and surprises, which I enjoyed. I felt horrible for Alexandra because how her grandmother treated her. It was interesting to read about though.

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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Blurb: The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

 

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I only had a vague idea of how this book would go. I had some trouble listening to the audio some times, and I would get confused. I was into the book a first but most of the time I was bored for the most part. However, the ending really caught my interest! I am glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed it overall.

Listened to April 20, 2014 — May 6, 2014

The Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton

The Wicked WithinBlurb: Ancient lore leads to present danger in the final book in the dark and sexy paranormal romance trilogy about a descendent of Medusa, set in a richly reimagined New Orleans. Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

4 starsRead Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: This is the final book of the trilogy. There was so much more detail and factors popping up in this book. The action was extreme, and not really in my taste. The climax was quite awesome. A lot of things were resolved, but there was also events in the character’s futures. I cried, and not for the reason I thought I would. I really liked that. However, after the climax everything seems rushed and had few details. Overall, I really enjoyed this trilogy.

Read March 18, 2014 — March 22, 2014

 

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The Night is Forever by Heather Graham

17622927Blurb: A Ghost Rider in the Sky? What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what’s happening now? Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She’s always loved her job, always felt safe…until now.

People are dying, starting with the facility’s founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property-site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier’s garb, in the night sky…. Warning? Omen? Or clue?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

My Thoughts: This novel was alright. Interesting. It is different from what I normally read. It kept me on edge one who was the murder. I like the main character.

Note: This novel is #11 in the Krewe of Hunters series. I have not read the others and I honestly do not plan to in the near future.

 

The Witness by Nora Roberts

12716613Blurb: Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: This was a pretty good story. It was about a teen girl. Her mom controlled her and made all the decisions about what she was going to do after college. The mother even picked out her clothes and meals. I did not like how cold hearted the mother was.

No. 6: Beyond by Atsuko Asano

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Synopsis: This book explores some of the past, as well as Shion and Nezumi’s activities after the final novel. Some events that are mentioned within the previous novels are run through with more detail (small spoiler: When Inukashi first meet Nezumi).

4 stars

Read Via: Fan-translated pdf file (Nostalgia on 9th Avenue)

My Thoughts: I threw a lot of my hopes into this novel. At first, I was disappointed but I quickly became to really enjoy because all the major stress from the conflict had been removed. However, there are new concerns that have popped at the end! Now, I am left wondering how everything will truly end. To the best of my knowledge this series is complete, so I guess it is left up to our imagination.

Read February 15, 2014 — February 18, 2014

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

weight_of_silence_fc1Blurb: It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: This was a pretty good story. It was sad. This book switched from character to another just when it was getting interesting, so it got a little aggravating.

No. 6: Flowers for Beautiful Days by Atsuko Asano

No. Flowers for Beautiful DaysSynopsis: Shion finally gets to watch one of Nezumi’s plays.

4 stars

Read Via: Fan-translated pdf file (Nostalgia on 9th Avenue)

My Thoughts: This was a very short story — only six pages. It was still nice to finally see what like one of plays were like.

Read February 14, 2014

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No. 6 Volume 9 by Atsuko Asano

11826337Synopsis: The boys struggle and fight through the final battle within the story. With everything falling down on top of them will they be able to survive? There is total chaos everywhere.

4 stars

Read Via: Fan-translated pdf file (Nostalgia on 9th Avenue)

My Thoughts: This is the final volume but there is a small side story and a big one. There is a huge build up but the final battle went smoothly and quickly. The ending is more detailed than the anime, which is the first and only real big difference that I have noticed. I was hoping for more romance.

This includes a side story called Days in the West Block (can be downloaded separately) at the end, which was part of the limited edition of the fourth volume of the manga. It was kind of sweet.

Read February 2, 2014 — February 14, 2014

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Sinister by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush & Rosalind Noonan

sinisterBlurb: Twenty years ago, a fire ravaged the Dillinger family’s old homestead, killing Judd Dillinger and crippling his girlfriend. Most people blamed a serial arsonist who’d been seen around town. But strange things are happening in Prairie Creek, Wyoming, again.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this novel. It stayed focused on the plot and kept you in suspense. I always always on the edge of my seat. The author did a really good job describing things.