Girls & Women

The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts

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The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Published by Mira Books on April 23, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Pages: 373
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight Harbor
Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.
As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.
Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.

This was a fun quick read that is a perfect book to read by the pool this summer. Celeste runs back home to family after learning that her boyfriend was cheating on her. This story of healing a broken heart, and coming to learn that she can find love again. And with a town filled with eligible bachelors there are plenty of guys to chose from she has plenty of opportunity to love again.

Extinction Of All Children by L.J. Epps

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Extinction of All Children by L.J. Epps
Series: Brigid Quinn Series #4
Published by Smashwords Edition on June 4, 2016
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars




A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.
Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes—the rich, the working class, and the poor—because she believes the poor should not mingle with the others. And, the poor are no longer allowed to have children, since they do not have the means to take care of them.
Any babies born, accidentally or willfully, are killed. Emma is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory; every baby born after her has died. Somehow, she survived this fate.
During the president’s Monday night speech, she announces a party will be held to honor the last child in the territory, Emma Whisperer. Emma must read a speech, expressing how happy she is to be the last eighteen-year-old.
Emma doesn’t like the rules; she doesn’t believe in them. So, she feels she must rebel against them. Her family doesn’t agree with her rebellion, since they are hiding a big secret. If this secret gets out, it will be disastrous, and deadly, for her family.
During Emma’s journey, she meets—and becomes friends with—Eric. He is one of the guards for the president. She also befriends Samuel, another guard for the president, who is summoned to watch over her. As Emma meets new people, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Yet, she finds herself falling for a guy, something which has never happened before.
After doing what she feels is right, Emma finds herself in imminent danger. In the end, she must make one gut-wrenching decision, a decision that may be disastrous for them all.
“Fans of dystopian fantasy will devour this book. L. J. Epps writes a story that, while dealing with heavy subject matter, is still a light, enjoyable read. This dystopian fantasy novel ignites the imagination, and is a must read for fans of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Trilogy.”—Kristina Gemmell,Beta Reader


This is the first book by L.J Epps that I have read, and I must say I really enjoyed the read. It was a little slow to start, but I kept reading and while I was reminded of . Hunger Games and some other dystopian at times it did lure me in and I was hooked until I finished the book.

 

three-stars

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

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We Were Killers Once (Brigid Quinn, #4) by Becky Masterman
Series: Brigid Quinn Series #4
Published by Minotaur Books on June 4, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
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four-stars




Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Becky Masterman’s fourth stunning thriller
In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote’s masterpiece, IN COLD BLOOD. But what if there was a third killer, who remained unknown? What if there was another family, also murdered, who crossed paths with this band of killers, though their murder remains unsolved? And what if Dick Hickok left a written confession, explaining everything?
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband Carlo, a former priest and university professor, are trying to enjoy each other in this new stage in their lives. But a memento from Carlo’s days as a prison chaplain–a handwritten document hidden away undetected in a box of Carlo’s old things–has become a target for a man on the run from his past. Jerry Beaufort has just been released from prison after decades behind bars, and though he’d like to get on with living the rest of his life, he knows that somewhere there is a written record of the time he spent with two killers in 1959. Following the path of this letter will bring Jerry into contact with the last person he’ll see as a threat: Brigid Quinn.

This is the first book by Becky Masterman that I have read, and I must say I really enjoyed the read. I’m usually not one for mysteries because I can see through to the answer pretty quickly and I loose interest pretty quickly after that., But this book, while it was a slow start did keep my interest until the end. Getting to know Brigid and Carlo was fun, and I do plan on reading the previous 3 books with the same characters to see more of them.  This is a stand alone book and you do not need to ready the others before this, but I personally do like to read previous books when I find characters I like.

 

 

four-stars

House of Night #1 (House of Night: The Graphic Novel #1) by P.C. Cast

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House of Night Series Books 1-4 by P. C. CastKristin Cast
Published by St. Martin’s Press on September 24, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Girls & Women
Pages: 1312
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four-stars




Dare to enter the House of Night, the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling young adult series from P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, with this all new e-original collection of the first four books, including Marked, Betrayed, Chosen and Untamed
When 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the Change into an actual vampyre, she has to leave behind her family in Tulsa and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledglings like her. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been singled out by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s not so easy to fit in when everyone knows you’re “special” – and some people wish you weren’t….
As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or three), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-innocent plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa, and the beautiful high priestess, Neferet, who seems to have Zoey’s best interests at heart… or does she? Things at the House of Night are rarely what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

This is a good comic that gives you an introduction to Zoe and her friends and how they find which element they have an affinity for. A nice add on to the 1st book. I think that the graphics are very well done, the story has enough action & adventure to keep you engrossed in the book. The digital copy I received from NetGalley though had the text a little small, and when I zoomed in the text was distorted which made it a tad harder to read. If you like the House of Night books then you will enjoy this comic book.

four-stars

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