The Break Line Review

 

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  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440001471
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 29, 2019)
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Officially, Max McLean doesn’t exist. The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe. But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other. And they’ve given him one last chance to prove he’s still their man.

Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade-in-arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection. His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa. The reason? Absolute mortal terror.

Max is determined to find out why.

Ahead lies a perilous, breathtaking mission into the unknown that will call into question everything that Max once believed in.

Acting alone, without back-up, Max lands in Sierra Leone with his friend’s last words ringing in his ears: ‘They’re coming, Max. They’re coming . . .’

The Break Line is a debut dripping with authenticity and menace. Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw-dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other.


 

Tawney’s Review: I am a sucker for thrillers.

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Max McLean is an assassin working for the British Intelligence office. He always follows the rules until one day he lets a target live. Oops!

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This target, a woman who doesn’t fit the information he was given, knows his face. That’s a problem and because of this she must die. But Max doesn’t do that and breaks protocol. He’s a true killer who was trained to do his job without emotion. So now his bosses are wondering if he is uncut for the job and disposable. They have two choices for Max’s fate; promote him or kill him.

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He is sent to Sierra Leone where something terrible is happening. Of course Max seems to get in trouble in all the wrong places with the CIA, African rebels and Isreal’s intelligence service. And that was what was fun to read! How was Max going to get out of all this chaos?

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This thriller had fast pace plot with heart pounding action, which kept you at the edge of your seat. There was always a feeling of dread that came over me when I knew Max was about to get into a dicey predicament.  The author does a wonderful job at explaining Max’s world and the vivid detail helps set the setting. I love anti-heroes books and this was no exception. Max was strong and bold but had a conscience. It was fun to follow this complex character and root for him until the very end of the book.

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Should you read this? Yes, a fast pace debut thriller with action that grabs your attention until the very end.

 

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Stain by A.G. Howard Review

I loved today’s book! Not only did the cover attract my attention but the storytelling drew me into a world full of descriptive characters and settings. I love fairytales.

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Let’s take a look at Stain by A.G. Howard.


 

Hardcover: 512 pages

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.


Tawney’s Review:

There is always magic when you read one of A.G. Howard’s book.

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Lyra was mute, a fact that made me happy. I welcome disabled characters! She is far different than her father or the other’s of the court. With silver eyelashes and moonbeam hair she must stay in the dark or the sun will burn her. When Lyra’s father, the king, is killed she finds her world torn apart as her memories are taken and she masquerades around as a boy names Stain.

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The world building was fantastic. Two kingdoms separated by the sun and the moon. Eldoria lives above with the blazing sun that constantly sails across the sky while Nerezeth lives below in the dark with the moon. There was no info dumping nor was it pushed upon you. You learn through out the book different quirks for each kingdom and its people. The description was vivid with each detail of color or landscape gorgeously set upon you with clear distinction. You fall into this world easily!

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The characters were easy to like though I much preferred Lyra to Vesper. Vesper is her betrothed, an arrange marriage set up by their parents to unit the kingdoms, and waits for his bride to come to him…and we know his bride is in quite a predicament! Lyra had many obstacles but she overcame them all and was a strong character you rooted all the way for.

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Should you read this yes! An enchanting fairytale with grit and a strong female lead that takes you into a gorgeously created world of two warring kingdoms.

 

Bird Box Review

 I am so excited that the movie version of the Bird Box is out!

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This was a great book of an apocalyptic type world where everyone literally has to be blind or suffer consequences. Let’s take a look at Bird Box.


  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (February 10, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0062259660
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Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


 

Tawney’s Review: Right away I was intrigued by the premises. The world must be blind. People have to wear something over their eyes or they might see some unknown source that will make them go insane.

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The story reverts from the present to the past with our main character Malorie. We start off 5 years after the events that caused the world to hide. Malorie and her two children are trying to escape their home to find help. They have been alone for a while and it’s time to venture out into the scary world. A world where things are hiding, you can feel it but can’t see it.

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The story alternates chapters from the present to revert to the past right when the event happens and the world goes crazy. We follow Malorie as she navigates this dangerous new world where she meets a small group of survivors barricaded in a home. All windows are blacked out and if you must go outside you wear a blindfold, in fear of being infected by whatever is causing the insanity. You must be blind.

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Whenever the characters ventured outside there was this foreboding that something bad was bound to happen. From the past or present, Malerman’s writing keeps the ominous presence of whatever lurks outside in the shadows. I have to admit that throughout the book you never really know what the cause is that makes people go insane. But no matter what it’s scary. Is it aliens? Monsters? Whatever it may be I think Malerman did a wonderful job at keeping the cause a secret. It’s far scarier to not see your assailant and I like that the monsters, or whatever they are, were never revealed.

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The novel is fast pace with great description, especially when Malorie is blind. You feel her fear and hear what she hears. It’s intense and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. Bird Box was a psychological horror book in a similar vein to Stephen King’s horror. You can’t have a group of people in a house without consequences. Are the monsters outside more dangerous than your fellow survivors?

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Should you read this? Yes! With an intriguing plot full of great characters and invisible monsters it makes for an intense creeptastic read.

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The Other Woman Review

 

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 21, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 9781250191984
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HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.
BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.
AND SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman will have you questioning her on every page, in Sandie Jones’ chilling psychological suspense about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.


 

Tawney’s Review: I have not been immensely snared by a thriller to the point of binge reading since The Wife Between Us.

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The Other Woman is a classic thriller that lures the reader in until the very last page. The characters are fresh and the mystery epic.. why does the mother-n-law hate the bride to be? Emily hasn’t had much luck in the whole relationship thing until she meets the alluring Adam. Boom love at first sight and an upcoming wedding! Yay…or maybe not.

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Adam’s Mom Pammie has a mission, to end this romance before a wedding even happens. She was the perfect villain and the reader couldn’t help but loath her. And then their was Adam’s brother James who seemed to be perfect and friendly…until he made a move on Emily!

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Emily was a lovable protagonist who you couldn’t help but connect with and root to have the perfect wedding. She was insecure and over analyzed everything but the flaws added to the depth of her character.  Pammie was the perfect antagonist. You could feel the love she had for her son and what it would take for her to stop this wedding.

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The pace was quick and the plot twists kept coming keeping the reader on a wild rollercoaster of emotions and surprises. The anticipation of the buildup ending made my heart palpitate like a drum and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. The tension was weaved throughout the book perfectly and I just couldn’t get comfortable because I had to know what would happen next!  It was just great to fall into a book enamored by each twist and turn of the page then to realize hours have past once you close it for the last time.

 

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Should you read this? Yes! A riveting thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

The XY Review by Virginia Bergin

 

From the author of H2O and The Storm―She’s been taught to fear him. He’s been taught to fear her. What if they’re both wrong?

In River’s world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River’s life is simple, safe, and peaceful…until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn’t prepared for this. There’s nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

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This book sparked my interest at post-apocalyptic world ruled by girls!

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Due to a virus that has killed of most of the men of the world it is now run by women. Those men that did survive must live a life of serving the women and repopulating the world by providing sperm. Our MC River has never known of boys or men and has never seen one until she comes upon a very sick boy.

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River doesn’t expect him to survive because the virus is brutal but of course he does! And thus comes the mystery of why did he survive this virus? River’s mom and grandma want to keep it a secret and not tell their village, given this changes everything. But is it a good thing since the world is better off peaceful?

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A female driven world may be peaceful but it has its flaws. Poor healthcare and education exist. Women are dying. Which to me seemed a little disappointing, like women can’t be doctors or educators? They can’t provide for the world without men?

This story did grab my attention right away. I just couldn’t connect with River. She whined a little much but she did grow by the end of the story. The pace was a bit slow until toward the end of the book but it was interesting.

Should you read it? Yes, unique perspective in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Virginia Bergin is the author of H2O, which The Horn Book Magazine called “Inspiring.” She lives in Bristol (UK). Visit her online at virginiabergin.com and on Twitter @VeeBergin.

 

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Little White Lies Review

Happy release day to Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

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Let’s take a look at the book then my review!


  • Series: Debutantes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1368014135

 

“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

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Tawney’s Review:  A great mystery with tons of family drama Big Little Lies hooked me from the beginning.
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I love when multiple mysteries are swirling together in a book. It was a fun book with the pace easily taking the reader on a swift ride. I did have a hard time keeping track of all the characters but then again it is a debutante ball.
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The ending was a little disappointing but this was a perfect YA thriller that seemed more age appropriate. Not too over the top on the scandalous dramas or mysteries. It was a fun read and having the MC as an auto mechanic and so tomboyish and thrusting her in a debutante ball reminded me of the movie Miss Congeniality. I like it!
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I loved the humor in this novel especially with Sawyer. The reader just couldn’t help but connect with her and like her fun, bold, appealing persona. It was very entertaining. The only draw back was keeping track of all the characters and I don’t know how Barnes did that!
Should you read it?  Yes, a fast read that has fun characters and twisting mysteries.

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What They Don’t Know Review

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • ISBN-10: 1492672653

 

Three secrets. One decision. A friendship that will change everything.

Mellie has always been the reliable friend, the good student, the doting daughter. But when an unspeakable act leads her to withdraw from everyone she loves, she is faced with a life-altering choice―a choice she must face alone.

Lise stands up―and speaks out―for what she believes in. And when she notices Mellie acting strangely, she gets caught up in trying to save her…all while trying to protect her own secret. One that might be the key to helping Mellie.

Told through Mellie and Lise’s journal entries, this powerful, emotional novel chronicles Mellie’s struggle to decide what is right for her and the unbreakable bond formed by the two girls on their journey.

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Tawney’s Review: This was a very emotional book that drew me in immediately.

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I will warn readers that this book does discuss rape and if you have a hard time with the subject it might not be for you. In the first chapter you find out that Mellie was raped and is pregnant. She is considering her options but belonging to a large family with a father running for mayor and part of a very strict Christian church who is pro-life she might not have many. She has always followed her family beliefs but after the rape her eyes are opened to a whole different world.

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Lise is fierce with her beliefs and standing up for people. She used to be friends with Mellie until they were driven apart due to Mellie and her church’s belief. Now Lise wants to help Mellie. Told in alternating views of each girl the reader follows a journey of two very different girls that are brought together under tragic circumstances.

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This book was very realistic on a horrid subject and the struggle teenage girls go through each day. I deeply connected with both girls. Lise and Mellie both had to deal with different problems but in the end they came together to help one another. The author does a wonderful job at making the characters real and playing with the reader’s heart.

Should you read it? Yes! A beautifully tragic book every teenager should read regarding some tough subjects with a dramatic story of friendship and how we are not alone in the world.

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FYI: I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own