Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES-BESTELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL ON THE TRAIN...

Into the Water

This book is intense in the best way! 



 I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the novel to follow Girl On The Train.  I loved the GOTT.  Well I must admit that Into The Water is even better.  With more characters, more story lines, this mystery isn't solved yet and I am coming to the end of the book!  I love when I don't discover the truth until the end!  



I first rented the audio book from my library of this book but didn't listen to it enough.  With 1 hour and 23 minutes left, the book expired.  I work at a college, so I immediate thought of the possibility that it would be here at the library and sure enough, bless Ms. Duphia's heart  (she took the elevator down to the main level to retrieve the book for me), there was one copy on hand.  



I read some more on lunch break and am very eager and excited for the conclusion of this psychological thriller that Paula Hawkins has very intricately crafted for us readers!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lady Midnight...

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To be honest, I was terrified of Lady Midnight for more than one reason.  After reading the entire Mortal Instrument series, after falling in love with so many characters, after being introduced to The Infernal Devices and loving and hating that story, needing Jem to be real so I could hold him, after all of that, I wasn't sure if I could dive back into the shadow hunter world.  I didn't think I could even allow myself to get to know this new generation of shadow hunters.  However, when a series is this good, intricately weaved of emotions, magic and action, the temptation will not go away for a true Cassie Clare fan, I think.  

Can anyone replace Clary and Jace in our hearts??  

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This massively large fantasy book, spoke out to me and drew me in slowly but surely.  Sitting on the top shelf of my bookshelf, protruding out from the rest of the series.  Btw, have I mentioned in any past posts, how much I love Instagram?  You can follow me @justicereads, Twitter is great too, but Instagram has this way of drawing people in more I think.  You're posts aren't limited to so few characters like Twitter, and you have elaborately decorated pictures to really entice people to find out more about newly released books.  Anyway, it was a wonderful friend @tall_telle_tells_tales that invited me to join her buddy reading group of Lady Midnight in preparation for Lord of Shadows and that's what it took to pull me over the edge and I was ready to start reading.   I held the gargantuan book in my hands, I listened to Julian's and Emma's screams through the audio book and I stared at fanart spread throughout social media.  

I was utterly in love with Lady Midnight.  

Cassie doesn't stray from her normal writing.  With re-introduced characters, now older, the war against evil is still present, just in a different form.  The love triangles exist, and have your heart being pulled in different directions, because Cassie makes you love all of her characters.  Even her villains have reasonable motives so you can't just simply hate them.  The twists and turns in the story however, make you cringe, make you wonder why Cassie likes to torture us!?  Haha!!!  Lady Midnight is everything it should be and I can't believe I waited so long to read this incredible spin off series!  I'm going to end this review now because I need to start reading Lord of Shadows right away so I know what's going to happen between you know who!  Well, maybe you don't yet, but you will if you know what's in your bookworms heart's best interest!!!! 

Time to read Lord of Shadows...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"A woman who seeks to rise in this world must be even more evil than men." ~ The Cruelty

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom



Goodreads Review:

When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting. 


Let me start by saying wow.  I was given an audio copy of The Cruelty by Macmillan Audio in exchange for a honest review and that is exactly what you're about to get!!  With the criticism that Bergstrom got last year because of an interview and a sample of one of his chapters, I would say to that, don't let that stop you from reading a really good story.  A good story with good and developed characters and a shocking reality that Bergstrom captures expertly.

I'm not going to sugar coat this s*** for you guys, because neither did The Cruelty sugar coat anything for me.  This book was hard core.  It was tough, full of action, and sickening situations that you wouldn't want to even imagine your pretty little self in.  I read that this book is great for fans of Taken and let me say that statement is 100% accurate!  I couldn't get enough of it.  I was listening in my car, listening at home and I even took the CD into work with me!  


Gwendolyn Bloom is no joke.  With the perfect background of her childhood, being dragged all over the world due to her father's political career, she was born for this role of kicking some ass. She starts off in the book a little timid and though it seemed perfectly real, it pissed me off!  The author definitely makes you feel things while reading this.  Well done, Bergstrom.

I imagine that if I liked my father as much as Gwen does, I'd put myself in the dangerous and life threatening situations that Gwen did too, haha

There are disturbing situations spotlighted in this book, and I don't just mean break-ups, or kidnappings, or people just being mean, I mean sex trafficking, real criminals from other countries, and murder scenes, this YA is a hard kick in the face to open your eyes to reality, fiction but with real life scenarios thrown in.  This is my kind of book though. Full of corruption, lies, and desire to uncover the truth.  I love how Bergstrom made this fiction feel real, and I'm sure that is exactly why it was picked up for movie rights by Jerry Bruckheimer.


I think with some authors, pushing their female leads into roles of power, strength, and sometimes vengeful, now is a perfect time for Bergstrom's character Gwen to hit the ground running.  I loved this fast pace, girl kicking a** novel, and I think other fans of action, contemporary and young adult novels will to.  


Scott Bergstrom

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Presenting... Caraval by Stephanie Garber! An Audio Book Review from Macmillan Audio & Giveaway!!!

Goodreads Review:  Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


If you've thought this book won't live up to the hype... think again.  Caraval turned out to be exactly what I was expecting it to be and thanks to Stephanie Garber, Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio for making that happen!  There was no disappointment at all, and when a book gets a lot of hype, myself and a lot of fellow readers that I've spoken with are hesitant that the book won't live up to the hype.  Well guys... this one does!!!  

I love that the setting starts on a gloomy island, with her sister getting in over her head and her father is less than pleased.  You immediately get back story on Scarlett and her sister Tella, which I love.  I'm not a huge fan of when a book goes to chapter 2 or even 3 sometimes before you actually learn about the character.  Garber elaborates on her details of expression for each character where you can visualize each person and even hear the accents!  I was able to review Caraval through an audio book version from the lovely Macmillan Audio and I was able to hear Julian's sexy accent materialize, even if Rebecca Soler was the person behind his voice! lol May I just say, that Soler is the best voice actress that I've come to hear thus far in my audio book journey and I've listened to a lot.  


Once the characters, Scarlett, Tella and Julian all reach Caraval, the fun really begins.  Legend is no ordinary person, or ring master.  He is full of secrets and surprises that are not always good and safe and I loved every second of it!  The adventures in Caraval unfold to us as fast as a carousal, or a magical carousal is more like it!  Hahaha The characters that are exquisitely woven into the story present themselves with life, magic and a certain darkness that draws you as the reader into the story more and more.  Garber has a dark side, do not be fooled by her niceness!  Which, by the way if she actually reads this review, Stephanie, I want you to know that you are one of the nicest authors I've had the pleasure of reading tweets and instagram posts from, but I know there's something inside of you because, I mean come on!?  You wrote Caraval!!!  The story itself unfolds eerily, magically, and suspense-fully that it will be very hard to not turn the next page or to press stop or pause on your audio book.  If I may, the audio book, brings this book to life even more if it's possible and I would know, because I had the ARC and the audio book, so the reading could continue as much as possible! I would highly recommend buying the audio book version from Macmillan Audio!

I can't wait for the next installment, or at least I hope there will be one!  Garber may or may not lead you into thinking there will be another one hehehe.  May the excitement of Caraval live long and prosper!!!  Wait, can that saying go along with another installment of a novel?  Well, I say it can and this is Justicereads blog so there!!  Good bye my fellow friends and followers.  I hope you have enjoyed my review of a very magical Caraval and my biggest hope is that it will make you want to read it more than you may have already felt!! Bwahahaha!!! *Laughing evily**


And if you were kind enough to read my whole opinionated review, that I must return the favor with a giveaway!!  One lucky person will win an ARC copy of Caraval and some bookish goodies!!! Three other lucky winners will each win one amazing ARC from 2016, Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Gasglow and The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance! 

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