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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Captive by A.J. Grainger

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Review: Captive by A.J. Grainger
A.J. Grainger
Genre: Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, YA
Publication date: November 3rd, 2015
by Simon & Schuster BfYR

When a teen is held hostage, her efforts to escape uncover a conspiracy that forces her to question everything in this psychological thriller with a twist of forbidden romance.

They told her not to worry—
because the man who shot her father was in custody.
They told her that she was safe—
because security had been increased.

All it took was one opportunity, one breach,
and then she was theirs. Kidnapped, confined, alone.

They told her she could go home when their demands were met.
That it wouldn’t take long, because she was the prime minister’s daughter.

But it has been days, and still no help has come.

She wonders when they will tire of this game and kill her.

She cannot wait around for that to happen; she will escape. She has to.
-A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review-

I always find it hard to review books that I have no strong opinion of either way. I didn’t really like this book, but I didn’t dislike it either. It was readable, but it didn’t make me NEED to keep going. The main character wasn’t all that interesting, but I did kind of like her… sometimes. As you can tell by the title and synopsis, this book is about a girl who is kidnapped because she is the Prime Ministers daughter. She is the leverage to get what they want. So of course, she is being held captive and we learn about her history through her wandering thoughts. We also learn about the conspiracy that got her to this place by one of her kidnappers. The book opens pretty cool, but then all the excitement and thrill are a bit lost.

Robyn witnessed her father being shot and almost killed, and now she lives in a pretty protective bubble. She is traveling with her mom and little sister to her grandparents house when they get ambushed and run off the road. That is when she gets kidnapped and held hostage. She is a smart girl, but she makes a lot of stupid mistakes. She also starts to fall for one of her kidnappers. He is different than the others. He treats her well, is nice, and has conversations with her. She almost escapes a few times, but it doesn’t work out. She becomes closer with Talon, but she still has plans to get out of there as soon as she has the opportunity. And she has learned enough about Talon to want to protect him too.

Of course there is a bit of a romance. I feel like it’s almost always a thing that has to be added in. Not that I don’t enjoy good ones, but this one didn’t do it for me. Yes, Talon was nice and he did try to help Robyn. He feels remorse for the things he’s done and he wishes he never agreed to things in the first place. Still, he’s one of her kidnappers and it just seems all sorts of wrong to me. I suppose that Robyn has led a pretty sheltered life, so I get it that she is falling for him because he actually pays attention to her and is nice to her. It really does cloud her judgment though, especially when it comes to her own life and safety.

Overall this wasn’t a bad book, it just didn’t have me absorbed in the story. How everything unfolded about why they kidnapped her was interesting. I did enjoy learning about her father and about her past. I liked learning about why Talon ended up in the situation he did being part of a group that kidnapped her, and seeing him start to crumble and realize what he’d done. This book didn’t have much emotional impact, or thrill with the exception of a few spots, but it was an okay read. I’m sure that others would like it much more than I did.

3 Stars
3 Hot Espressos

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Posted by on 06/01/2015 • 0 Comments

I love a good mystery, and I did enjoy the first book in this series. I guess it’s not really a series as much as companion novels, but whatever. This was actually a really cool one since you actually know rather quickly who the killer is, but all evidence points to the wrong person. So instead of trying to figure out who did it, you are trying to find out how it all points to someone who is innocent. Much like the first book, this is told in numerous POV’s, which took me a bit away from the story, but it also gives you a full picture of what is going on. I have to say, I had no clue how in the world the evidence could be possible until…

Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Posted by on 02/06/2015 • 9 Comments

It’s been a while since I have read an adult mystery/thriller so I decided it was time and this one sounded good. When I requested it, I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but it seems they are more companion novels so it didn’t matter. I was also interested in the setting of this story since it takes place in Denmark. Overall I didn’t really care too much for the characters, but the story kept me interested. Like almost always for me, I did figure out the mystery quickly, but there was much more to it than just who was the person behind it.

Loiuse is now heading a department for missing persons. She is both nervous and excited about this new venture. I don’t know if…

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Posted by on 12/25/2014 • 4 Comments

After reading the synopsis for this, I was super excited to read it. It sounded like a fantastic thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. The writing style bothered me at first, but when I realized there was a reason that it was written that way, it was easy to just go with it. There was plenty of action and an emotional element to it, though I didn’t quite feel the level of emotion I wanted from it. There was also a really weird part of the plot that had me scratching my head. Like, I wasn’t aware that there was a paranormal or magical element to this. Anyways, I feel like I’m babbling, but it all makes sense when you finish the book.


Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Posted by on 04/02/2014 • 24 Comments

A funny, recurring conversation I always have with my friends is about the stark contrast between books I like and movies I like.  See, I love me a good action movie. Give me Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or a nice gory horror film any day of the week. But when it comes to reading, I want the “chick-flicks” I want heartbreak, I want emotion, I want to be left so emotionally wrecked that I can’t even see through my tears.  The Wicked We Have done brought everything that I like in movies so perfectly to a book that it surprisingly worked incredibly well for me!

What struck me right off the bat with this one was how original it was. First of all there is the fact that it is…

Review: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Posted by on 12/20/2011 • 30 Comments

Still WatersEmma Carlson BerneRelease Date: December 20th, 2011by Simon Pulse

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Hannah can’t wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit…off. They can’t find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone’s been living there, even though it’s been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety. Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.

*A copy was provided by Simon…