Release Day Blitz & Review: Redemptive by Jay McLean

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Title: Redemptive (Combative Trilogy #2)

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day: March 8, 2016

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It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.
It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.
The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.
When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.
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5 / 5 Stars


Holy crap. 

That’s how I’d sum up Redemptive in two words.

A couple weeks ago I reviewed Jay McLean’s Combative. (You can find my review here.) It ended with one of those cliffhangers that had me pounding my fists demanding the next book. I needed more. There were so many unanswered questions.

While I still feel like I’m in the dark on most things, what I did learn BLEW MY MIND. It completely changed everything I thought I knew from Combative. I wanted to know more about Nate DeLuca. Jay McLean answered.

Nate wasn’t who I thought he was. Well he was, but he wasn’t. I can’t even begin to explain it to you. I was wary of the Nate I met in Combative. I just knew he was going to cause problems. The Nate I met in Redemptive was someone I adored. It confused the heck out of me! I didn’t know what to do with the two versions of him in my head.

And Bailey. I don’t even know what to say about Bailey. I felt for the poor girl.

Jay McLean has done an amazing job of messing with my head with this series. And I’m not complaining at all. I LOVED it. I can’t wait for the third book. I can’t even imagine what’s in store for everyone next.

**I received an ARC of Redemptive in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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Review: Six of Crows

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


Six of Crows in one word: EPIC.

I read somewhere that Six of Crows is Oceans 11 meets A Game of Thrones. I couldn’t agree more. The plot was amazing. It had a criminal mission like Oceans 11 and a cool world and multiple view points like A Game of Thrones. There were also so many surprises I didn’t see coming. And I love being surprised!

What really made this book outstanding, though; was its characters. They were all so different and interesting. I loved reading their backstories. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. It didn’t matter that they were criminals. I wanted them to succeed and find the happiness they were all searching for.

Six of Crows is surrounded by a lot of hype. In my opinion, it’s worthy of said hype. I more than loved this book. I don’t have the words to even describe how I felt about it. I’m going to be telling everyone (inlcuding you!) to READ.THIS.BOOK.

Side note: I borrowed an electronic copy of Six of Crows from my local library. I really wish I would have borrowed a physical copy for two reasons:

1) I would have liked to have been able to flip back to the maps at the front of the book while reading the story.

2) I didn’t realize the story was going to end at 85% completion. There are acknowledgements and a sneak peak of Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy at the end. I thought I had more story but got a cliffhanger instead!

 

 

Before the Blog #14: The Weight of Blood

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Publication Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Goodreads Synopsis: 

The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

The Weight of Blood had me on edge the entire time I read it. It was suspenseful and had me worried with Lucy’s every move to find the truth. I loved how the story wove past and present and different character points of view. I especially enjoyed Lila’s point of view.

When did you read this book? 

May of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

Readers who like a good thriller and books by Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins would enjoy The Weight of Blood.

Before the Blog #12: Save Yourself

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

 Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Crown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

Kelly Braffet’s characters, indelibly portrayed and richly varied, are all on their own twisted paths to finding peace. The result is a novel of unnerving power-darkly compelling, addictively written, and shockingly honest.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book?

Save Yourself is different than the romances I normally read. It was also the first book I read by Kelly Braffet. I was impressed with her writing and story telling. She took five characters and wove their lives together in a dark and angst-filled way. You know from the beginning there’s not much that could turn their lives around to make them all live happily ever after. What I loved most about Save Yourself was that I wondered the whole time how it was going to all play out. I wanted to know how Ms. Braffet was going to save all her characters.

When did you read this book?

August of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend it to mature readers that like darker fiction. Also, some readers might be intrigued by the fact that Kelly Braffet is married to Stephen King‘s son, author Owen King.

Before the Blog #8: Vendetta

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1) by Catherine Doyle

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Synopsis:

Sophie Gracewell is thrown into a dangerous game of revenge when five brothers move into the long abandoned mansion in her neighborhood. Sophie is drawn to one of the brothers, Nicoli. Their families warn them to stay away from each other, but Sophie and Nicoli can’t help falling for each other. As soon as they do, Sophie will be forced to make decisions she didn’t even know existed.

Why did you choose this book?

Vendetta wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. For some reason, I was expecting a vampire story. (It’s not.) What I got was so much more interesting: a modern day Romeo and Juliet story filled with the mob. I was drawn into Sophie’s world and I honestly think this should be the next big series everyone is talking about.

When did you read this book?

In May of 2015, I saw it displayed on a library shelf. I grabbed the opportunity to read it because I had originally seen the book in BookPage magazine and thought it sounded interesting.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that enjoys a great YA series –especially with forbidden love or mob stories. So far, there are no love triangles or sex. There is some violence.


Check out my other Before the Blog posts here:

Before the Blog #1: Dear Daughter 

Before the Blog #2: There is No Light in Darkness

Before the Blog #3: The Lace Reader

Before the Blog #4: The Beach Trees

Before the Blog #5: The Raven Boys

Before the Blog #6: Waiting on You

Before the Blog #7: A Little Something Different

Mud Vein

 Mud VeinMud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Publication Date: March 8, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Synopsis:

What should be a boring thirty-third birthday for Senna Richards is anything but. Instead of waking up in her own bed, the author wakes up in a house she cannot identify. As she explores her surroundings, Senna finds the house sits alone in the middle of an expanse of snow, surrounded by an electrical fence. She’s trapped. There’s no way to escape–unless she can unravel the clues her captor has left.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Tarryn Fisher. Well, that’s not entirely true. I read Never Never which is a collaboration between Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. After reading it, I decided to read something by Tarryn Fisher because I liked what I read in Never Never and I’ve already read all of Colleen Hoover‘s books.

Mud Vein is a book that sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading it. It’s dark, twisted and a lot disturbing. Mud Vein is not the book for you if you’re looking for something light and happy. It was mentally exhausting. I actually had to take little breaks while reading it and read a romance at the same time. I needed to let my brain relax. It was just so intense all of the time.

Mud Vein is definitely one of those books that the less you know about it when you begin reading, the better it is. While the story isn’t always fun to read (Like I said, it’s dark and twisted.), it’s beautifully written and well-crafted. It was very thought provoking. If you like dark and disturbing thrillers, this one is for you.

Before the Blog #3: The Lace Reader

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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The Lace ReaderThe Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Publication Date: July 31, 2007

Publisher: Flap Jacket Press

Synopsis:

Like all of the Whitney women, Towner Whitney can read the future in lace. Towner no longer read lace, though. The last time she did, it killed her sister. But now Towner’s Great Aunt Eva, the original Salem Lace Reader, is missing. Towner desperately wants to find her beloved aunt and she’s tempted to go looking at the future.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

The Lace Reader is the very first psychological thriller I read. I remember getting to the end of the book and being like, “WHAT?!?!” I actually went back and read it a second time. Later, I read it a third time. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. Each time I read it I find something new.

When did you read this book?

I’m not exactly sure of the exact date I read The Lace Reader. The first time was probably in 2010 or 2011. I read it for a book group I was in. My sister actually picked the book. I hadn’t even read the blurb on the back of the book before I started reading it. I kept thinking, why did my sister pick this book? It’s not that great…but it was.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that likes psychological thrillers, unreliable narrators or fiction in general. I highly recommend reading as little about this book as you can before reading it. The less you know, the better in this case.

Run You Down

Run You DownRun You Down (Rebekah Roberts #2) by Julia Dahl

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Synopsis:

Rebekah Roberts’ Hasidic Jewish mother, Aviva, abandoned her as a baby. After college, Rebekah left her father and her hometown of Orlando, FL to move to New York to become a journalist and (maybe) find her mother.

While working for the Tribune, Rebekah receives a call from a man who would like the murder of his Hasidic Jewish wife looked into. He has reason to believe she may have been murdered. As Rebekah begins to investigate the story, she discovers Aviva’s brother, Sam, knew the dead woman. The more she uncovers, the more Rebekah starts to question Sam’s connections and involvement in the crime. She sees the need to learn more about Sam as an excuse to finally contact the mother walked out on her.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Run You Down was written from two points of view: Rebekah’s and Aviva’s. Rebekah’s POV was present day.  Aviva’s was more of a running letter or explanation of the events in her life to Rebekah. I liked Aviva’s chapters more than I liked Rebekah’s. Her story was more interesting to me. Rebekah’s chapters felt darker. I’m wondering if I would have felt different had I read the first book, Invisible CityI felt like I was missing information on some of the traumatic events in Rebekah’s life. Not that you can’t read Run You Down without reading Invisible City. I could completely follow the story without having read the first book. There were just little comments here and there that made me feel like I was missing something.

The mystery surrounding the dead Hasidic Jewish woman and Aviva’s brother, Sam, was very interesting and kept me guessing. I learned things about a culture I’m not sure I even knew existed. It was cool how Julia Dahl tied real news event into the story, too. It made the events in the book more relatable.

I would have liked to have read more about Sam’s life from his POV. I also wish the story hadn’t wrapped up so quickly. It would have been nice to know more about Rebekah’s life immediately following the book. I’m sure there will probably be a Rebekah #3, but I wanted a little more now.

Run You Down was a really great mystery/thriller. I would suggest it to readers that enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train.

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review Run You Down.

Other books in this series:

Invisible City

ARC Review: The Mistake I Made

The Mistake I MadeThe Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Publisher: Grove Press

Synopsis:

Roz is a struggling single mother. Her ex cheated on her and their debt is slowly crushing her. She’s doing everything she can to pay the rent and keep food on the table, but it’s not enough. Roz has two weeks until she and her son, George, are out on the street.

Then, she meets wealthy Scott Elias at her sister’s house. Scott approaches Roz with an offer. He wants one night with her and he’s willing to pay her a lot of money to do it. Roz really doesn’t want to. Scott’s a married man. It goes against everything Roz stands for…and yet, she knows she has to say yes. There’s no other way.

But nothing is as simple as it seems and soon Roz is regretting her decision. Things are spinning out of control and all Roz can do is try to prevent any more damage.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I liked The Mistake I Made, but I didn’t love it. It started out extremely slow and gloomy. A lot of pages were spent describing the sad state of Roz’s life. It was depressing. I understand that it had to be like that for her decisions to make sense, but it didn’t necessarily make me want to keep reading.

It also took a long time for the story to build. It wasn’t until about 3/4 of the way through that things started to really happen and the pace picked up. The first part of the book felt more like a drama than a thriller. I wish the entire book would have been as fast paced and interesting as the last fourth of the book because the twists and turns in the story were great. If the entire book would have been like the last fourth of the book, it would have been a 5 star book for me.

Thank you to Grove Press and Paula Daly for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of The Mistake I Made.

Those Girls

Those Girls Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:

The Campbell sisters have a rough life. Their mother died leaving them alone with their abusive, alcoholic father. When he’s away working, they are stuck fending for themselves. When he’s home, they try to stay out of his way. When Dani, Courtney and Jess can’t take the abuse any longer, they decide to run away to Vancouver. Only getting there isn’t as easy as they think it will be. Forced to take on new identities, the sisters forge a new life filled with secrets and lies. Those secrets and lies will eventually come back to haunt them years later when Jess’ daughter searches for the truth.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Holy. Moly. Those Girls is the most intense, suspenseful thriller I’ve ever read. The suspense started from the first chapter and never stopped. Just when I would think the story was getting to a place where I could relax, the intensity would begin again. Those Girls had me so anxious that, at times, I would have to take a break every few minutes before I could pick up the book again. So, 5 stars for the thriller aspect of the novel!

As for the actual storyline…To be completely honest, at times it was too much for me. The abuse/rape scenes were almost too graphic. It was uncomfortable to read what Dani, Courtney and Jess had to go through when I liked their characters so much. I get that life isn’t always pretty and sometimes things are ugly, but that didn’t make it any easier to read.

That being said, I still thought Those Girls was really good. Chevy Stevens is a phenomenal writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was interested in where the story was going the entire time and I didn’t want to put the book down (Even though I had to for mental breaks!). I think anyone that enjoys a good, suspenseful thriller will like Those Girls.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to read and honestly review Those Girls.