ARC Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Thicker Than Water is definitely one of the top ARCs I’ve read this year.

I was hooked right from the first few sentences! The characters sounded interesting, the plot intriguing and the writing captivating. It was the type of book that I chose to read over sleeping.

The suspense grew with every page I turned until I begun reaching the end and the storyline sort of felt like it was quickly wrapping itself up because the book had a maximum limit of pages or something… That disappointed me a bit, I felt like it grew to be so fantastic through the beginning and middle that it’s a shame the quick development of the ending it got…

But besides that, wow, great read! I specially recommend if you liked Gone Girl but are also a fan of paranormal plots.

And I will certainly stay tuned for more from Brigid Kemmerer!

P.S.: Sorry for the short review but this really is the kind of book that should not be spoiled even a tiny bit!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas.

They are looking for answers, answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: December 29th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Drama, Thriller
Page Count: 322
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Why They Run The Way They Do by Susan Perabo

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Why They Run The Way They Do captured my attetion because of its title and cover. I just had to find out what it was about!

This collection of short stories not only has an interesting aspect but also an interesting content. Susan Perabo’s writting makes you want to find out everything about the story you’re reading right from the first few lines, just like a short story is supposed to! Each of this characters has their own strenght and their situtations often captures your heart right from the beggining.

In Why They Run The Way They Do you can read about characters with very diverse ages and even though I could understand every story’s plot, I do want to come back to this book once I’m older because there where a few (adult) characters I was unable to relate as much as with others. Nevertheless, this was a book that got me thinking a lot since every situtation is so truthfully described and realistic.

All in all, this is quite a worthy read, speacially if you’re into brutally honest daily life stories that will make you think about your own.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

“Why They Run The Way They Do” presents the reader with twelve short stories celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making. Two young students try their hand at blackmail upon learning an illicit secret; a woman grapples with feelings of betrayal after discovering her spinster sister’s pregnancy test; the ghost of a couple’s past comes back to haunt them in the form of their toddler’s stuffed toy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: February 16th 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Short Story
Page Count: 208
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Hello? was good. Hello? is one of those books right there in the middle, the perfect definition of “a good book”, “a nice book”.

Liza Wiemer created characters with very interesting backgrounds but very dull personalities. The way their pats intertwined and changed their futures was very well done, I can surely say the plot was really gripping from this point of view.

And the writing style? Oh, the writing style! I loved how each character had a specific writing style that represented their personality so incredibly. Excellent result!

My main problem with Hello? was the characters’ personalities… They all had this amazing stories and they all sounded very empty for someone who is overcoming their past and the fears that come with it… They all forgave in a heartbeat, like nothing had meaning, and they all moved on so all of a sudden! I didn’t feel comfortable reading about them, they didn’t strike me as strong characters when they should have, after all they’ve overcome just by themselves.

I have mixed feelings about this book and I’m not sure until what point would I recommend it… Maybe if you’re looking for a story that will thake your mind off something going on in your life, something creative but not life changing or mind blowing. Just an imaginative and different read.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

One “Hello?” can change a life. One “Hello?” can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, “Hello?” weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Date of Publication:  November 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Page Count: 400
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Hooked by Allen Wolf


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

This got me hooked! Such an interesting read!

Allen Wolf brings us a refreshing tale with two very peculiar characters. And we all know I’m all about characters… And these were just excellent! It was so amazing to see Shawn and Violet’s relationship develop as well as their interactions with the different worlds they lived in and eventually mashed together.

I had never read a book about an autist before and I found it to be immensely interesting. By reading Hooked I not only learned a bit more about what this people face daily but also about other situations I wasn’t as aware of as I might have thought: prostitution. I think Allen Wolf managed to address these subjects in a very clear and realistic way. I do, although, also believe both Shawn’s and Violet’s particular situtations could’ve been explored even further in order to turn Hooked into a not so light read.

The storyline itself was good, lacking only the character exploration I just referred and which would, therefore, darken the plot a bit too. But overall it was still gripping in the way that the reader really cares about the characters and wants to find out if they get their “happily ever after” (either together or not).

A little note, Hooked has a lot of Catholic Church’s references. I know most people don’t mind reading about a different religion from their own (or their non-existing religion, if they are atheists like in my case) but if for some reason this might bug you I just thought I should tell you guys since it’s not specified in the book’s description.

Now to wrap this review up I proudly announce that I recommend Allen Wolf’s Hooked for all of you looking for a fun and different story with very lovable characters and which addresses very relevant subjects.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Desperate to find a soulmate, Shawn experiences one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He asks her out, but his autism prevents him from understanding she’s actually a prostitute.

Drawn in by his kindness, Violet appreciates Shawn’s quirky nature but conceals what she does after dark. Shawn soon imagines Violet could be his perfect wife while Violet thinks Shawn could be her ticket to a new life.

This tale of two misfits takes a dramatic turn when they face an unexpected crisis and their only hope for a future is to discover the courage that comes from truly loving someone.

Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Date of Publication:  February 10th 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama, Contemporary, Adult
Page Count: 238
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Black Ice by Stephen Tesher


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I think this is officially the book rating I felt more conflicted about so far in my reading life.

On one hand I felt like some parts of the plot were a bit exaggerated and that there were fascinating characters and intereting situations that could’ve been explored further and weren’t. A quick example: David falls for a mysterious girl, Kris, by the end of the book we discover why Kris is so mysterious but throughout the story the reader doesn’t get the chance to feel as wrapped up in her “mysterish” aura as could be.

On the other hand: Oh My Feels! Black Ice has one of the most perfect endings I’ve ever read! I won’t give you a big and enthusiastic speech about it (even though I would love to) since this is a non-spoiler review but I’ll tell you the following: at the start of this book I was stuck with the idea that this story was a good representation of how hard it can be to move on from you first love. I finished it realising not only that but also how important it is that you free yourself. If a person is keeps telling you how he/she wants you but also that they can’t be with you right then, if you’re stuck in a vicious cycle because you really like them and feel unable to move on, you have to realize that they will never let you go. They like having you there fully commited even thought they’re not. You have to let go, you have to free yourself. And Black Ice presents the reader with an amazing prespective on this topic.

I loved it I loved it I loved it. The only reason I won’t give the fifth star really only has to do with a bit of character/situation exploration that lacked in my opinion and could’ve made this book a perfect read.

Nevertheless it is still an amazing read and I strongly recommend it!

I can do a book discussion about Black Ice‘s spoilery parts later on if some of you guys want it. So if you do just say the word!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

David Fischer is slipping and he’s hoping to meet the perfect girl in order to fix that. Meanwhile David finds his escape in alcohol and drugs.

Then David meets Kris, a mysterious, sexy older woman, and his world is changed. But David discovers that the mysteries of Kris’ life may be darker than he’s ready for. 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  October 27th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama
Page Count: 328
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.