Review: Six of Crows

23437156Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

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.

Running Wild

Running Wild (Sisterhood Diaries #4) by Susan Andersen

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: HQN Books

Synopsis:

Playboy Finn Kavanagh planned a nice, relaxing vacation in Mexico. His peaceful plans are derailed the minute he meets Magdalene Deluca. Instead of relaxing, he finds himself helping Mags search for her missing parents.

Mags doesn’t need a man to help her search for her parents. She’s quite capable of handling it herself. But if Mags has to have along for the ride, it might as well be one as ruggedly sexy as Finn.

As their search gets more and more dangerous, their attraction gets hotter and hotter. Will Mags be the one to make Finn want to change his playboy ways?

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While Running Wild was good, it didn’t amaze me. It took me quite a while to get into the story. I blame that on the fact Finn and Mags did not have amazing chemistry right off the bat. In fact, it wasn’t until they actually decided to hook up that there was any chemistry between them. Even then, it was only sexual chemistry. The sex scenes were hot, but I didn’t see any emotional connection at all. It left an interesting plot kind of bland. Which is sad because Susan Anderson’s writing is great.

Running Wild is the fourth book in the Sisterhood Diaries series, but can be read as a standalone. I would recommend it to romantic suspense readers who enjoy stories filled with Mexican drug lords, cantinas and jungles.

**Thank you to Goodreads and Harlequin Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review Running Wild.

Other books in this series:

  

One Night With You

 One Night with You (Fatal #0.5) by Marie Force

Publication Date: June 1, 2015

Publisher: HTJB, Inc.

Synopsis:

Police officer Sam Holland meets Nick Cappuano at a party. Their attraction to each other is off the charts, so they decide to leave to have a private party of their own.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

One Night with You is a novella that gives readers of the Fatal series a look at how Nick and Sam met. Series lovers will not be disappointed. It’s classic Sam and Nick. Their interactions are funny and their sex scenes steamy. It’s pretty short (I read it in about 45 minutes while walking on the treadmill.) and sweet.

Other books in this series:

        

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 #2: There is No Light in Darkness

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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There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

Publication Date: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Claire Contreras

Synopsis: 

Blake Brennan’s past is a mystery to her. She lost her parents violently as a young child and was sent to be raised by her loving aunt. When her aunt died, Blake was raised by a woman named Maggie along with Aubrey, Cole, Dean and Becky. They became her family.

Now that Blake’s an adult, the death of her parents continues to haunt her. Blake decides to search for the truth about their death. Doing so unleashes a series of events that bring the past and future together. Blake must decide which is more important to her: the truth or the lives of her family.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

Because I absolutely loved it. It has everything: a steamy romance, suspense, mystery, twists and turns, and amazing characters. It also has an AMAZING ending and a big cliffhanger! (But don’t worry because the second novel, Darkness Before Dawn, is already out.) I didn’t want to put it down. I was so hooked that I read it every chance I got.

When did you read this book?

I read it this past February after having read Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. I liked that book so much that I decided to read more of her novels.

Who would you recommend this book to? 

Everyone!

 Read. This. Book. Seriously. Read it.

I think there are aspects of it almost any reader would like. Well, I should probably say mature readers. There is explicit language and sexual content.

Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Publication Date: July 19, 2014

Synopsis:

One day and one decision changed Ginny Lemon’s life forever. On May 15, 1975, the fifteen-year-old was abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, FL by a motorcycle gang member. From that day on, Ginny’s life depends on the goodwill of Satan’s Army leader, Grizz.

Grizz may be the frightening gang leader, but he has a soft spot for Ginny. She’s his obsession and he’s dedicated to keeping her as safe and happy as a captive can be.

Ginny is forced to trust in Grizz and try to adjust to life in the motorcycle gang. As time goes by, Ginny wonders if she will ever be able to get out alive or if she’ll be a prisoner forever.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh. My. Goodness. My mind is blown. BLOWN! I am honestly struggling with what to even write about Nine Minutes.

Nine Minutes was amazing. I loved it…but I hated it! The entire premise was so messed up. Everything that happened in this book was so disturbing! But the writing was so good. The surprises I didn’t see coming were amazing. The cliffhanger was awesome. I must have reread the last few chapters two or three times just to wrap my head around it.

So while I hated everything that was happening to poor Ginny, I couldn’t help but love this book. It’s going on my list of best books I’ve read so far in 2015. I highly suggest to READ. IT. NOW. Seriously. I would warn, however; Nine Minutes is filled with violence, sexual situations, and anything else you could think of happening in a motorcycle gang story. Think of a Sons of Anarchy type story.

If you’re interested in reading it, as of now Nine Minutes is $1.99 on Kindle and the second book in the series is releasing this Thursday, July 23, 2015!

Other books in this series:
Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

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.

Delicate Monsters

Delicate Monsters Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis:

The mean girl returns…

Seventeen year-old Sadie Su is a mean girl. Not the kind of popular mean girl you’re imagining, but just plain bad. Even her own father doesn’t want to be around her. She’s just gotten kicked out of her third boarding school for almost killing a classmate. Now, she’s back in California going to the local public school and mandatory therapy sessions. She’s trying to be good, but it doesn’t come naturally to her. It never has.

…and throws off the delicate balance in the Tate boys’ lives.

Emerson Tate is not happy his childhood friend Sadie has returned. He doesn’t want anything to do with her, but he’s afraid she’ll spill his secrets. She represents the person Emerson used to be, not the person he is now. One word from Sadie and Emerson could lose the popularity he’s worked so hard to build.

Miles Tate is Emerson’s younger brother. You wouldn’t know it by the way Emerson treats him at school. To Emerson, Miles doesn’t exist. But Miles doesn’t blame Emerson. Who would want to be known as the freak’s older brother? Miles has always been physically weak, but that’s not what makes him so unpopular. Miles is WEIRD. He has seizures and disturbing visions–visions that always come true.

While Emerson tries unsuccessfully to avoid Sadie, Miles is drawn to her. Sadie believes in Miles. She thinks he is telling the truth about what he sees and wants to help him. But is it too late?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but what went down in Delicate Monsters was not it. It was dark, disturbing, intense and twisted. This psychological thriller messed with my mind in so many ways. The twists and turns were great and surprising. The characters were tragic. I’m amazed this is a YA novel. It could easily be categorized with adult psychological thrillers.

My only complaint was that it left me feeling really disturbed–more so than most psychological thrillers. The story keeps popping into my mind when I least expect it. Yikes!

I would recommend Delicate Monsters book to those that love a dark and gritty psychological thriller. It’s categorized as YA, but I definitely think you would need to be a mature young adult to read this. It’s that dark.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to read and honestly review Delicate Creatures.