Thursday, February 4, 2016

He Will Be My Ruin - Review

He Will Be My Ruin

By: KA Tucker

Published: February 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

You know those books that completely ruin you from reading something else after you finish them? He Will Be My Ruin was one of those kinds of books for me. I've read 9 KA Tucker books before this one so I could pretty well figure that I would enjoy He Will Be My Ruin; however, this one has such a different premise than all of her other books that I've read. Then I started seeing people update their Goodreads status with nothing but good comments about this book so I knew I needed to go ahead and get it read sooner rather than later.

I do have to say though that I'm really not a fan of the cover for this book, and I hope they do a redesign soon.

And truthfully I'm not sure how much I can say without giving anything away. But KA Tucker had me questioning everyone and everything. Every character has their secrets, and those secrets keep them from being fully trusted. I even questioned the little, old crime-novel-writing-next-door-neighbor at one point. KA Tucker did a wonderful job of dropping little morsels of information in just the right way. I was thinking one way, and then the other, and then back, and then back again. It was the perfect amount of intrigue and mystery.

I will say that this is no love story. While there are some romantic and physical entanglements with multiple characters, don't go reading this looking for an epic love story happily ever after. I'm not really commenting on how things end, but I am saying that this is just not what this story is about. KA Tucker writes just the right amount of give and take in this area to keep readers interested who look for this kind of thing when it comes to picking a good read.

Favorite quote:

-"Where is that confident Maggie Sparkes who liked to dress up and tease me...?" I glare at him. "She's been kidnapped. It doesn't suit her."

I truly feel like I just can't say anything else without ruining anything, and this is a book that needs to be experienced the way that it was meant to. Just know that you're in for a ride--one you won't want to put down. There were a lot of f-bombs and a few physical scenes. But overall, I was obsessed with He Will Be My Ruin. 4.5 Stars. Have you read He Will Be My Ruin? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Defending Taylor

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks, # 7)

By: Miranda Kenneally

Expected Publication: July 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports

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Goodreads description--Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

Miranda Kenneally and I haven't had a perfect author/reader relationship. Seems like I either really like or really hate her books. This one sounds pretty good to me though. I guess we shall see. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 EOM Wrap Up

I have only read 8 books this month including 2 children's books. *These qualify for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
*Forever Summer (Summer, # 4) by CJ Duggan
The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, # 2) by Katie McGarry
He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

I have reviewed 4 books this month. *These qualify for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Until Friday Night (The Field Party, # 1) by Abbi Glines
The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 177 & Stacking the Shelves - 128
Sunday Post - 178 & Stacking the Shelves - 129
Sunday Post - 179
Sunday Post - 180 & Stacking the Shelves - 130
Sunday Post - 181
Top Ten Resolutions for 2016
Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Read
Last Ten Books I Added to my TBR List
Waiting on Under the Lights (The Field Party, # 2) by Abbi Glines
Waiting on The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, # 1) by Richelle Mead
Waiting on Rise (The Order of the Krigers, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Waiting on Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers, # 4) by Jamie McGuire
2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge – January Wrap Up
2015 EOY Book Survey

Goals:
I'm on schedule for my daily Bible reading.
I've read 8 out of 52 books.
I've read 1 out of 10-12 series enders.

Assassin's Heart - Review

Assassin's Heart

By: Sarah Ahiers

Expected Publication: February 2nd 2016 by HarperTeen

400 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

I feel like the description I read when I requested this book was a bit different than the one that’s listed now. That sometimes happens. Or more likely, I’m just not remembering what I did read correctly. That description I thought I read was really misleading. I read it and thought “Romeo & Juliet meets assassins! YES PLEASE!” And even still it’s no wonder I thought that because this description says “Romeo & Juliet meets The Godfather.” But Romeo & Juliet is not at all what this book is about. Well it kind of starts off that way, but it takes a significant turn. Perhaps the author was trying to make sure she didn’t do a retelling so much as a reimagining or something, but I didn’t like the turn of events.

Lea and Val have a secret relationship. I’ve noticed that anytime a couple has an established relationship at the beginning of the book, it’s pretty much doomed. But I was hoping for different with Lea and Val. They have a relationship where they admire each other’s talents in their jobs as assassins. They often play games together trying to outwit the other by lifting an object off the other or racing to a specific location or sneaking up on one another. I really enjoyed their dynamic. But of course, things go south. Lea and Val’s families are at odds with one another. They both live in the same territory and therefore are in competition. When Val’s family murders Lea's, Lea is the only one to escape and she must run for her life.

Without giving too much away, I feel it necessary to say that Assassin’s Heart has a love triangle—kind of. And this is where things went off for me. I had been hoping that Val wasn’t a part of the murders and he and Lea would be able to work things out. Regardless of whether that’s the case or not, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between Lea and Les. The two didn’t really seem to go together for me. I didn’t feel any sparks with the flirting or any of that.

Also, Lea is supposed to be this awesome assassin, right? She and Val were always testing the other and even Lea’s mother often tested her abilities—even to the lengths of poisoning her to see if she could give herself the right antidote in the right amount of time. But when it was convenient for plot purposes Lea all of a sudden became really clumsy often making huge mistakes. I just found this to be a bit inconsistent in character. Sure, I imagine that she’s a bit off kilter with her entire family being murdered recently and all, but still. I would expect instincts to take over when you’ve been taught nothing but this your entire life. While at the same time, Lea also does exceptionally well considering the physical injuries that she receives throughout the book. A bit unbelievable.

I had higher hopes for Assassin’s Heart than panned out. I hate that because I was really enjoying it at first. Midway through things started to fall apart for me. Lea’s character was often inconsistent given the description of how talented she is. Also, I wasn’t buying the romance as I felt no sparks or chemistry between the two of the characters within the love triangle. In the end, Assassin’s Heart was just an okay book for me. I’m giving it 3 Stars. Have you read Assassin’s Heart? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post - 181

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

First off, today is my mom's birthday. I know she's not reading my blog, but a shout out and a "Happy Birthday" to her anyway! Friday I took Baby Girl to where I used to work (where my husband and the rest of my family still works) to show her off. Then she hung out with my mom and dad for a couple of hours while Husband and I went to see The 5th Wave with Holly and Paula. Saturday, we went back to my parent's house to celebrate my mom's birthday. No new books this week, but that's a good thing since I haven't been reading as many books lately.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up & Review of The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (4.5 Stars)
Wednesday:

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers & January EOM Wrap Up
Tuesday: Top Ten Past/Future Settings
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Review of He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2016 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!