Mini-Reviews: Betrayals + The Start of Me and You

betrayalsBetrayals (Cainsville #4)

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher/Release Date: August 9th 2016 by Random House Canada
Pages: 400 pages-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: August 1st 2016
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My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • The mystery/case they were working on didn’t seem as epic or a big part of the story like it normally did, but I did still enjoy this.
  • The connection between the three main characters was the focus point way more than it has been in previous books. We also find out more about the past and about both groups who want Liv on their side.
  • There are more chapters through the eyes of Ricky and Gabriel and I really liked those! Especially Gabriel, who of course I am rooting for.
  • I really wish I didn’t have I wait a year for the next book because I can’t wait to read it!

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the start of me and youThe Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
Publisher/Release Date: March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Pages: 384-Hardcover-Library
Finished: August 8th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • This was my first time reading a book by this author, and also this was August’s pick for Book Club. And I loved it!! I’m really excited to read something else from Emery Lord after this.
  • Paige has three really good friends in this and they are are such great support for her! I really liked that she was willing do anything for them, even if it was outside her comfort zone. I loved seeing the great friendship all of them had, especially with Tessa.
  • Paige and Max were such good characters, I immediately loved them. The romance in this book was super cute and I couldn’t wait to find out how everything ended. If I had a choice I would have stayed home and read it in one day.

Mini-Reviews: The Masked Truth + The Girl from Everywhere

the masked truthThe Masked Truth

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher/Release Date: October 13th 2015 by Doubleday Canada
Pages: 340-Hardcover-given as a gift
Finished: February 23rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Parts of the book, especially when they were hiding, felt a little slow. I wanted more suspense. The last third of the book was super good though! A lot of stuff happened that I wouldn’t have suspected or even figured out on my own.
  • Really liked the characters. Riley was dealing with PTSD and survivors guilt, but she still managed to do so much during the book, even if she didn’t feel that way. I liked that she had knowledge thanks to her father being a cop.
  • Max had his own POV. It was done differently than Riley and I liked that it seemed to match him really well. The dictionary descriptions went well for each one, but I also liked that it helped you understand how he was thinking a bit more.

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the girl from everywhereThe Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher/Release Date: February 16th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 464-ebook ARC-given for review
Finished: February 6th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:2.5/5

Review:

  • It was interesting but I thought the story would be different based on the description. I can’t pinpoint what exactly I was expecting, but it was missing something.
  • Nix’s father had a lot of problems in this book and I had a hard time liking him, I still didn’t near the end, but if he would have communicated with his daughter more a lot of things could have gone smoother.
  • The traveling aspect was the most interesting, but some of the rules about the maps really sucked for the characters. I wanted to more about the traveling and how it worked. We do learn some crucial things but I wanted more.
  • Overall it was an ok book but not one that I loved.

Review: City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan Novels #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: January 2nd 2016 by Random House Canada
Finished: January 4th 2016
Pages: 480-Hardcover-Given from publisher
Series:
1. City of the Lost
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend’s ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she’s heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he’s more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.

What I Thought:

I was given a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Favourite Books of 2015!

It’s time again for me to share my favourite books of the year! 2015 was crazy. I had a lot of trouble with reading and blogging, especially near the end. But I did manage to beat my Goodreads goal of 60 by reading 87 books! It’s always hard to choose the best of them, especially since I had a lot of 5 star ratings this time. So to make it easier, I will not be including re-reads since they were already a 5 star before as well. There were so many good books this year but I don’t have the space to add every single one. So here are a few of my selections that really stood out to me. They include ARCs, older books, and newer ones. They are in no particular order! All links go to Goodreads.

 

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Vicious & A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | A Court of Thorns & Roses and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Truthwitch by Sudan Dennard | The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee | Crushed by Eliza Crewe | Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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5 to 1 by Holly Bodger | Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin

The Crawling Darkness, Terminal, & House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan

Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: Deceptions (Cainsville #3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: August 18th 2015 by Random House of Canada
Finished: October 6th 2015
Pages: 458-Hardcover-Bought
Series:
1. Omens
2. Visions
3. Deceptions
4. Betrayals
5. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

What I Thought:

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