Emma in Your Mind

Emma in the Night by: Wendy Walker

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Summary


One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held.

While the Cass tells her story of finding a way back home, psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter who is investigating the cage, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated, siblings were turned against one another and a narcissistic parent held sway. It doesn’t end there  as Cass return might just be the beginning of the crime that has been hiding deep within the walls of Cass’ home and heart.

 

Review


First thoughts

The start of this book I find myself asking way, wayyyy to many questions and not getting enough answers, as I try to take the role of Dr.Winters and attempt to figure out how in the world Cass has made it home but Emma is still out there somewhere on an island in Main but not sure where. I find Cass is someone who sets me on edge by the way she is emotionless almost robotic in the way she thinks and talks her voice in my head in a softly shy voice but beneath it is a darkness that has no life held inside. She tells the story in such a way that takes you back far into the past but it always shines like on the future of how the recent years have come to play a part in both her and Emma’s disappearance, Cass even goes so far as to say that without telling these pieces of the past the future would not have become what it is and with out the future the past would not make sense to us.

We get to read from both sides of the story not from Emma’s who I was dying to get inside the mind of because that is one crazy messed up sister, but from Dr.Winters who I think helps round out all of my own questions because she thinks about most of them herself. The role Dr.Winters plays is a key role in this book so far I feel like without her I might not fully understand the way Cass acts about certain topics that come up throughout the book.

The cahracter’s are some a can certainly give a few opinionated words about like the mother and step father are from the scum of the earth, little Emma I am pretty sure is bipolar, and Owen Tanner (Real Father) needs to learn the meaning of being a man and a real father! I feel like if a book can make you feel anything for a character at all then it is doing its job.

The plot so far is one that is kinda crazy to keep up with in a way now it is pretty straight forward but you will take a trip form the past to the future and then to a different person within two chapters but the ride is enjoyable thus far, and I don’t really find anything right now to be unacceptable or just boring as I read.

Final Thoughts

The ending to this book I think is a pretty perfect one except for the outcome of one person but other than that I think it was just grand. It gave me a few moments when I wanted to cry and there where moments when I held my breath as I flew through the pages.

The characters are some of the most dysfunctional people I have ever heard of in my entire life, Between the cheating on each other with pretty much every family member is kinda crazy but enjoyable watching the events unfold and when the ones who were hiding the secrets in the closet get the door thrown open is the best part of it all.

The plot of this book stays with you through to the end all the stories Cass is telling us and even the story she is living while we hunt for Emma is all dropping Easter eggs on the way to that final page when we find out the truth of what happened on that Island and the days that came before and after it.

I had fallen in love with playing some suspenseful music while reading this book to be honest nothing too loud and annoying but a slow steady suspense will make you fly through the pages in this book.

I can tell you that this book is worth the read for any of you mystery and crime-o-holic book readers!

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Stereotypical Horror Girl

Final Girls By Riley Sager

 

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Summary


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter became part of a club called the final girls after being the only one to survive a massacre after going to a cabin with her friends. Now, Quincy is doing well maybe even great, She has a caring fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Review


First Thoughts

In the first few chapters of reading this book I keep trying to hear the voice of mystery soaked in terror, but so far I’ll I’m getting in just mystery laced with anger, lots of anger. While I’m reading this I’m hoping it turns out to be the book I am hoping it is. I signed up for a book full of thrills and chills, a horror book to kick off the soon to be month on Halloween. I am currently dissapointed in the way things are playing out so far the book is mostly about Sam being a complete and total rude bitch, who only wants to make Quincy mad, which Quincy let her make her mad and ends up going like totally insane.

The characters so far are not even worth investing the time into. Sam is just a pushy manipulating bitch who just wants to make Quincy”s life hell. Quincy is a total push over and does whatever Sam tells her to do and refuses to take anyone else’s advice on the matter.

Final Thoughts

Well can I just say what a let down this book was for me. I was pumped for a book full of mystery and horror ready to dI’ve deep into this book and forever be scared by this book in a wonderful way but instead I am left with a scar of dissapointment. The parts where the book flashed back to pine cottage were only a 1 on the horror scale like some people got killed that was is no drama no dramatic build up just stabbing and dead then done. The characters in the book I still do not like or care about any of them because the girls are just stereotypical horror story girls where they make dumb choices and let people push them around and tell them what to do.

The ending of the book was the best part of the entire thing the plot was bland and boring and left me nothing to get hyped for, the only thing that remotely got my interstate was what did Sam what and why was she being such a bitch. The ending was something that you might not see coming but the build of to it was exactly what you think will happen.

All in all if you want a book about drama and girls cat fighting with each other and a small bit of mystery lost in a hay stack.

The Heart They Took

The Heart We Sold by: Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Summary


Dee Moreno is just a normal girl living in a world full of Demons which can grant you wishes if you give them something in return and you would think that the return would be money or gold but all they ask for is a piece of your body. Dee is going to boarding school to stay away from her alcoholic parents but when her scholarship is cut due to low funding she seeks out a demon to strike a deal seeing as how her parents would never give her the money and time was far to short to raise it herself.

She took the bargain but when she thought the asking price of an arm of a leg would be ok she would somehow manage it but soon she found herself in a binding lease with a demon and her heart. Dee must do the demons bidding for five months then Dee would be given back her heart, what she did not expect to find are others like her and that she is now part of a group of heartless chained to a Demon until the day comes when they can all be free again, but until that day they must battle the odd things that don’t belong in this world while also trying not to lose her mind and herself in the process, and the most important try not to lose her heart literally.

Review


First thoughts

This book already has a hold on me that I find myself unable to put it down, I have literally been spending every free moment of my time trying to finish this book and even when at work I force myself to mop and read at the same time (I do not recommend it because you tend to lose your spot every time you look away), there is just so much going on in this book that I have even been popping out theories left and right wondering if this is the truth the lies behind the fake mask everyone wears.

Dee poor little sweet Dee I have grown fond of her and the others in the group, each one has their own past and secrets, the first thing I loved about this book was you know when a character gets thrown in and they are like how did you end up here and they just tell you how, well this book does that but we also get the flashback and in their perspective, what was running through their mind at the time they gave their hearts away. The characters are some I give a chance to like a dog letting someone pet them but still watching them waiting to bite if harmed, I just feel like they are promising me so much here and I don’t think i’m going to get to see the character grow and develop as much as I want them to. The Deamon is the one i’m dieing to get to know right now he is just being seen to look rude and callous but I think there is something deep down in him that makes him care about his group of kids, I mean if he didn’t he would take an arm or leg and not their hearts just give it back in a few months.

The story keeps me drawn in just when I think i’m getting bored with it I get something new with drama and heartfelt emotion, the writer has put a lot of thought into this story and has tied up a lot of ends about the demons and the way the live and exist and the “otherworldly things” that the team keeps having to battle.

Final Thoughts

I am not sure I can ever gather the words to express my final thoughts of this book, the ending was a total blind side to me and now I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen left with the remains of my heart this  book has shattered. I wish I could now be heartless to make the pain I feel inside for this book go away because I did not think this book would hit me so hard but it hit me like a truck going 90 to nothing. The characters in this book are ones I did not know I would grow so attached to until the ending  from the broken Dee to the sweet and funny James to the crazy and unyielding Gremma.

I just loved reading this book, I really truly did and I’m really shocked to be speaking these words because I thought the plot was going to fizzle out and it did in a way but in another way it was so much more than anything I thought would ever happen. This book have captured my heart and crushed it but in another way made it fall in love, this book will bring you the “feels” so hard you better bring a box of tissues with you while reading it. The I chose this message is something I think I can hold onto for the rest of mylife, and it will shower a bright loving hope on all of my days because I know that I chose this.

Just like I chose to read this book, I will choose to read it again and I think I can even put it on my shelf of favorites because the impact of this book has just wrecked me so hard. This is a must read!

 

The Lying Game

The Lying Game By:Ruth Ware

 

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Summary


On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog along a beach known as the Reach. The dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.

The next morning, three women; Fatima, Thea, and Isa receive a text from Kate, a friend that went to school with them back in Salten, that only said, “I need you.” That was all they needed to hear to come running back to Kate.

The four girls were best friends at Salten boarding school, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, with varying ranges from dangerous to playful. The lies were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The rules of the game are strict no lying to each other ever. But with their lies becoming unraveled before their eyes someone has broken the rule, someone is Lying to everyone in the group. The Lie that has been spun cannot go unanswered this time for someone will surely find out the truth fore the truth has already been spoken to someone outside the group, but who told and who did they tell. What really happened on that night fourteen years ago?

Review


 

First thoughts

So this book already has “Pretty Little Liars” written all over it, four friends coming together all because a human bone is found and they all know something about it. I had already written it off as a copycat in a way, I liked the PLL series so I thought I would just go ahead and read the rest of this book. My expectations while reading this were low very low in fact then I noticed something. The way this story is written there is not a certain answer, like while i’m reading this im solving the mystery in my head and she will give me pieces of information and just when I think I might know who it is, BAM she just kills it with the next chapter. This book is the Lying Game, the story makes you believe in what you’re being told and they spoon fed you little bits of information so you think you are on the right tack to knowing what really happened, then it’s like the lie is busted open and the answer is once again long gone. I love it! I hate when a mystery book gives away so much at like the middle of the book and you solve the case before the end is even near then you must suffer through so much filler just so you can confirm you were right all along. So far that has yet to happen and i’m exactly halfway into this book.

The character are not characters that you grow attached to, but they are real people who act in their own ways, each person has their own personalities. So far the characters are pretty normal story characters, I don’t hate anyone and i’m not attached to anyone either. They are just like a real person though I feel like if I looked these characters up on the internet I would find them, the author put thought into these characters and made them the way they are for a reason that I have not found out yet.

Kate seems to be closed off from the world and scared to leave her house. She seems to be the one character who doesn’t really stick out of the group, she acts like the victim of something the way she runs away from everything.

Thea is like the bodyguard of the group she is a girl that doesn’t take anything from anybody and she’ll shut them up quick, she can be hot headed and fly off the handle at the others, but she is quick to say sorry and protect her friends.

Fatima is the momma bear of the group, she had kids first and is a doctor so I just feel like she has a level head about her, she is not afraid to speak up to the other girls when they need a talking down to, and she is always there for advice, she is the first one to know what to say when no one else does.

Isa seems to be a normal love mother who will go out of her way to make sure her sweet baby is always safe. She tends to get a bit irritated rather quickly when it comes to the other girls, she knows how to bite her tongue in some cases and when to lash out in others.

Final Thoughts

Ruth Ware you beautiful writer you, I loved this book. It drew me so hard that I just kept telling myself one more page then I will stop, but I kept going, just like the story did. I was hooked everything she wanted me to think everything she led be to believe I believed it, I became part of the lying game just like all the other girls they fooled back in the day, I have now been added to their ranks. The book is full of twist and turns that always keep you on your toes, the friends you think are friends are not, the people you think you hate are the ones you love. The ending to the book was one I would never have been able to predict, it was just one that came out of nowhere but it also tied everything together nicely with no questions asked, that is what I loved so much about this book.

The main climax in the book is everything I could ever have asked for and even more, I thought the ending was going to fizzle out when I had about fifty pages left and had uncovered all the secrets but Ruth Ware, this woman knows how to write a mystery book is all I can say, the last part of this book was another joyride on the rollercoaster of life. She even takes the time to literally break down the ending, like the solving part incase you missed any of who did what along the way or who got what wrong, she covered it all, broke it down into a mere two paragraphs if that. If I was confused about anything if I didn’t understand the person point of view or if I got lost in the reasoning of who in the heck they found out who did the thing, no worries because she spelled it out in big bold letters.

I will more and likely read this book again at some point in time if I want to read a thriller/mystery without having to buy a new book. I really enjoyed reading this book and my first thoughts of a Pretty Little Liars spin off have been blown out of the water, and if this book were a series I think I might even like it more.