Review: The Breakdown

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I read B.A. Paris’s first book “Behind Closed Doors” and enjoyed it but I honestly liked this one much more.

This starts off with Cass being on the phone with her husband, Matthew, as she’s getting ready to head home during a terrible storm. Matthew tells her not to take the shorter way home through Blackwater Lane but she does and everything changes the next morning as she wakes up and hears that a woman has been murdered on that road, the woman she saw as she drove through there the night before.

This book was honestly not what I expected and I mean that in a good way. I enjoyed “Behind Closed Doors” but this book was much better. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the end.

When I got to the last few chapters, the book had a total twist that I didn’t see coming. It made the book so much better. I would have honestly read this book in one sitting if work hadn’t gotten in my way.

If you want a compelling read, I definitely suggest this one.

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: Throw Away Girls

My 4 star review of Jennifer Vaughn’s “Throw Away Girls” novel

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book description from Amazon of Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn:

“Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid. The killer lives a normal life during the day, while hunting the Throw Away Girls at night, punishing them for their dark urges. He leaves messages behind in his victims’ blood, his explanation for enacting such brutal, twisted justice upon the unworthy. He watches the media coverage. He knows the wily reporter is chasing him. As Jaycee follows her gut, and the evidence, she forces him to act. But when a killer is clever and cunning, he can infiltrate anywhere. Jaycee must utilize all her skills to expose him before he gets to her first.”

I honestly liked Jaycee Wilder’s character. I don’t usually like reporters in novels like this because they seem to do more harm than good. Jaycee seems to be the opposite. What I gathered while reading this book was she put her whole self into her work, to bring justice to the girls who are being murdered in the Hollywood clubs.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it. Only have a couple things I didn’t like. I don’t like that I was able to guess who the killer was. Not sure if it was intended but there were clues that helped me guess who did it. I didn’t like Jaycee’s boyfriend’s references to tv shows in almost every conversation but the last one he said in the book was a good one, I’ll give him that. I also wish that there was a bit more background on Jaycee and how she became the determined reporter she is today.

Don’t get me wrong, I honestly did enjoy this book. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger so I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next book in this series, Legacy Girls, to be out in July of this year.

And thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Review: Die Again

Rating: 4.5/5 stars 

First off, I have a confession… I like the Rizzoli and Isles tv show better than the books. That doesn’t make me a terrible person, does it? Maybe you shouldn’t answer that. 😂

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the books (obviously) but there’s just somethings that I don’t like about them that I like on the show. 

This book goes back and forth between Botswana and Boston. The parts in Botswana made me realize I’m never going on a safari. 😂 I did enjoy this book except I guessed who the killer was before the end of the book. 

Review: Hot Six

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Not as exciting as the previous novels but I still read it in a few days. 

My favorite new character is the dog, Bob, that Stephanie gets talked into “babysitting.” I’m honestly hoping she keeps him. Some of the parts with him were hilarious. Especially the parking lot incident. 😂 

Still not totally sure what to think of Ranger showing an interest in Stephanie. I guess we’ll see what else happens with that in the next novels. Well, depending on how the ending of this novel plays out.

Grandma Mazur driving… Yeah, that’s a scary thought. Maybe Stephanie should hide her car keys. 😂

Review: High Five

Rating: 5/5 stars

I have only been reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series for the last couple months. I had the first book “One For the Money” on my to read list for about a year (or maybe it was two years 😂) before I decided to read it. 

This is another great (and funny) book in this series. First off, Grandma Mazur and Lula are as funny as ever. Stephanie’s luck with cars continues to amaze me. And the happenings with Ranger and Stephanie made for an interesting addition. 😱 The ending kind of left us hanging so I can’t wait for the library to get the next book in so I can start it. 

Review: The Girl in The Red Coat 

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

To start off, I thought this book was going to go a whole different direction. I did enjoy the writing as it was different but I felt the book lacked excitement. 

I dont usually like when books have more that one narrator but this one did well with it. I was happy to see that it wasn’t a normal kidnapping kind of novel. It made the book a bit more interesting, especially when you find out why “Gramps” told Carmel to come with him.

Due to the lack of excitement, I found this book a bit boring to read. I ended up giving it 2.5 stars because of the last 5 chapters and the ending. 

If any of you choose to read this one, I hope you enjoy it more that I did.