Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…
You’re not safe anywhere now.
Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.
But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.
What a great sequel! I enjoyed Stillhouse Lake and thought the author did a good job, but I feel Killman Creek is even better. With the way Stillhouse Lake ended, you just knew things were going to get crazy. Caine definitely delivered.
After years of being on the run with her kids, the hunted becomes the huntress. While determined to put her serial killer ex-husband down like the sick bastard he is, she is swept up in something far more sinister and demented than she could’ve ever imagined. The depravity runs deep, taking us on a dark and thrilling ride.
I found myself enraged for Gwen’s sake and wanting to go all Wonder Woman for truth, justice, and to just plain kick ass. Gwen held it down though! Unlike the first book, this is told from four perspectives – Gwen, Sam, Lanny, and Connor. I wasn’t sure about this move at first, but it actually brought the story together really well and only added to the intensity.
Overall this is a wonderfully disturbing must-read!
Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart.
Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soulstretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.
Cute! Love, Life, and the List reminded me of why I first fell for Kasie West’s books. It has a similar vibe of The Distance Between Us which is my favorite contemporary of hers.
I was surprised to see the page count when I finished reading because it did not feel like an almost 400-page book. It was such a fun and enjoyable read that it went by super quick.
I adore Abby! The girl oozes sarcasm and is why I love her so much. I totally get her. And her relationship with her grandpa … it is everything! I’d take a book about the adventures of Abby and Grandpa.
As for Cooper, they’ve been best friends for years, but Abby has had hearts in her eyes for a while. Sucks for her because this love is unrequited. Or is it? I loved experiencing them as friends for a good portion of the book and seeing the chemistry between them before jumping right into the whole romance thing. Of course, it’s a complicated situation, so it takes you on a nice rollercoaster of emotions.
This isn’t just about Abby and her feelings for Cooper, though. She’s on a journey to discover herself and gain more depth and perspective by going out of her comfort zone and pushing boundaries. I really enjoyed it and think it would be great for everyone to make a list like she does with their own goals and experiences, no matter how small.
So, yeah, I’m quite pleased with this book and look forward to what Kasie delivers next.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to welcome a new year. 2017 pretty much sucked ass and can bugger off. There were a few hard losses, including my grandpa, so I’m looking forward to a better 2018.
I had anticipated a busy year and knew I wouldn’t have as much reading time, so I set my goal lower than usual. My Goodreads goal was 40, but I ended up reading 63 books. Still lower than my norm, but better than expected. I’ll probably set my 2018 goal at 60.
I’ve been saying it all year, but my blogging has slowed way down too. I try to post at least once a week or every other week and I suspect it’ll continue that way for awhile. I want to thank all of you who still visit when I do pop up. I’m a little more active on Facebook between blog posts, so feel free to add me there if you want.
Every year it’s a challenge to keep this list under control, but limits must be set! So, these are only books that were published in 2017 & made a big impression on me in some way. They all link to my reviews.
Best Book Boyfriends
I’m super picky about who gets labeled a BB.
I’m okay with Reyes, but give me Osh & Garrett from Twelfth Grave all day, any day.
“Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by “The Phoenician,” a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap.
A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in “Aloft.”
On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. “Rain” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
I am always eager to read anything by Joe, so of course, I immediately grabbed Strange Weather. This book contains four short stories that showcase Joe’s talent. Despite the reduced word count, each one is done really well and doesn’t feel lacking at all.
• Snapshot: This is the shortest of the four, I believe. It’s a strange story that reinforces why my aversion to having my picture taken is just. They steal your memories! Kidding. Maybe. Anyway, this definitely has a creepy vibe and an old-school feel that I ate up. I do have to say that the constant mentioning of the main character’s weight/looks is annoying, though. Otherwise, it’s a thumbs up.
• Loaded: This is a highly disturbing tale of a madman and a mass shooting. What makes it so disturbing is how it is so relevant and could easily be taken from the news. Joe really does a fantastic job with it, but it was a little hard for me to read. It was a timing thing for me. I don’t get all into the whole “trigger warning” thing, but this might cause some discomfort for certain people. I’m the type that welcomes that kind of stuff, though, and like to work through it. But like I said, it’s done disturbingly well.
• Aloft: Ha! Okay, this is a weird one. A good weird. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride a cloud? Well, this specific cloud … no, thank you! It definitely fits under the “strange” category. It’s a unique and interesting story but feels a bit slow at times. Totally worth it, though.
• Rain: Best of the bunch! Imagine rain clouds rolling in but instead of water, needle-like objects come pouring down causing mass death and destruction. I realize this could sound a bit cheesy, but I promise it isn’t. The story follows Honeysuckle, the heroine, on her journey to inform her girlfriend’s father of her death. It’s during her trek where she has some interesting encounters and discovers that she’s in danger from more than just the deadly weather. While reading it I thought about how I would love a full-length novel surrounding this story, but once I finished I realized that it’s perfect the way it is. Seriously, this story is worth the whole book.
Tis the season to be jolly, fa la … and all that jazz. I haven’t been around all that much, but want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I can’t even believe it’s already here. Again. Which means the year is almost over. Craziness! I’d like to say I’ll start posting more, but … not sure if that’ll happen. I do have a couple posts coming up, including my Top Reads for the year. You can catch me mostly on Facebookin the meantime.
Anyway, a couple years ago I shared my favorite Christmas movies, so this year I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs.
The Eagles – Please Come Home for Christmas
I love this one. ♥
Please Come Home For Christmas - Eagles (audio) - YouTube
Elvis – Blue Christmas
The Elvis Christmas album was a staple in my house growing up. My mom had to play it every year. We’d groan (jokingly) when she put it on, but it wasn’t Christmastime until it played. The album, especially Blue Christmas, is a must for me.
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas - YouTube
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Carol of the Bells
No explanation needed.
Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo [Timeless Version] - YouTube
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Chrismas Tree
I love Brenda Lee’s voice so much and this is a fun song that’s impossible to sit still when it plays.
Brenda Lee - Rockin' around the Christmas tree - YouTube
Dean Martin – Winter Wonderland
This is another one that makes me happy. Actually, I love all Dean’s Christmas music.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin - YouTube
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a bigtime musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
What have I been missing out on? This is my first Christina Lauren book and I’m hooked! Roomies is so stinkin’ cute and an all-around good time!
Gotta love the fake marriage/relationship trope! There’s just something highly entertaining about two people attempting to navigate their lives and feelings when forced together under unconventional circumstances. Then to watch them develop a genuine love is the best!
Holland and Calvin’s journey in matrimony brought all the feels and laughter. They are adorable and absolutely swoony. I couldn’t get enough of Calvin and all his sexy guitar-playing Irishness! Not to mention he’s a sincerely good guy who treats Holland right. They’re both great characters with an undeniable connection. It’s impossible not to fall for them! It isn’t only about the romance, though. There’s some nice personal growth with Holland that’s done really well.
The secondary characters are just as enjoyable, especially Holland’s uncles and brother. Her relationship with them warmed my chilly heart. Plus the Broadway setting and the way music is incorporated is wonderful.
I’m so glad I read Roomies! It’s a total delight that has me craving more from these authors.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
I’m one of many who went absolutely gaga over The Martian, so it should be no surprise that Artemis is one of my most anticipated books of 2017.
Instead of Mars, Weir transports us to the moon where humans have built a city called … you guessed it … Artemis! I really like the setting and how plausible it feels. I would totally vacation on the moon! Hell, I’d vacation anywhere off this planet. Here we follow Jazz, a petty criminal who smuggles contraband, striving to make a better life for herself. Unfortunately, she gets mixed up in a deadly game of sabotage and hostile takeovers.
This is an entertaining read full of danger, humor, and edge-of-your-seat moments. I love when science fiction actually incorporates science into the story that makes it feel authentic, something Weir does well. There are a couple of times it feels a tad slow going, but it’s not too bad. Especially with Jazz on the job.
Jazz is a great protagonist and a bit of an anti-hero with plenty of snark. She can be brash and apathetic, but that’s part of what I love so much about her. I’d totally get a drink with her. Don’t let her fool you, though, the woman is super intelligent. Good thing, because she finds herself in some sticky situations.
There’s also an amusing cast of characters in Jazz’s life. I enjoyed them all, but mostly Dale and Svoboda. Those two with Jazz can be pretty entertaining. Oh, and Kelvin! It’s really cool the way he’s integrated into the story and how his role unfolds.
Overall, Artemis is a fun and engaging book. I look forward to reading what Weir writes next!
Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?
Duuuude. These books are never long enough. I try, I really try to take my time with each book so it’ll last, but it’s impossible! We’re twelve books into the series with one book left *sobs uncontrollably* and it’s still amazing as ever.
So much happens in The Trouble with Twelfth Grave! Charley has to deal with the consequences of what happened in the previous book, because, damn, things went downhill fast. Of course, things can’t be simple. While dealing with Reyes and that deadly predicament, she also juggles other cases. You know how Charley always seems to find herself running on caffeine, no sleep, and dealing with a million things at once! It’s one of my favorite aspects of the series though. I love the multiple storylines and how they tend to eventually merge in some way.
I can’t express enough how much I love these characters. Like, massively! Obviously, Charley is at the top of the list. There’s no chance of boredom with her around because she for sure brings the humor! I love, love, love when the whole gang gets together, especially when Charley leads them into some shenanigans. But lordy, the duo of Garrett and Osh is so freaking extra.
I could seriously go on about all of the things I love about this book, but spoilers, sweetie. I mean, if you’ve already started the series, then you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t yet, then you are missing out on one of the best series ever. Just do not read out of order.
I’m so sad the series is coming to an end, but I’m happy that each book continues to blow me away. There are plenty of series that I’ve lost interest in, but I’m always left desperately craving the next Charley Davidson book.
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