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Book Review | Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone

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Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone

Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 19 2017

Genre: Mystery // Thriller // Suspense

Format: Ebook

Source: Netgalley

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Synopsis

At forty-five, Hannah Smith is at a crossroads. That’s her spin on it. The reality is she’s divorced, jobless, and moving back to her family home in Iowa to keep an eye on her mother, who’s slipping into dementia. Her return stirs up the same unnerving sense of disconnect Hannah has felt since childhood—always the odd girl out, the loner outshone by her two older sisters. Hannah knew the feelings of hurt would come back. But she never expected fear. Because when her mother looks into her eyes and whispers, “You’re not my daughter,” Hannah is beginning to believe it’s not just the rambling of a confused woman.

It’s the truth.

Now Hannah’s following the trail of a family mystery to the dark coast of Big Sur, where years ago a lie was born—and buried. As frightened as she is to unearth it, Hannah knows this is the last chance she has before her past—and all its terrible secrets—are lost forever

Review

When I finished Half Past I just knew that I had to write a review for it as soon as humanly possible. It was just that good.

Upon first going into the book I had deja vu moments of Miranda’s Warning by Heather Day Gilbert, (Which was fantastic and you can check out my review of it here.) which for me was awesome because it made me feel like I was going to love it. And I did. Also I just wanna say that I did not expect half of what happened in Half Past to actually happen! There were many times throughout the book that I was taken by surprise.

In Half Past, Hannah is the name of the female lead. She’s unsure of so much and is just looking for answers to who she really is. With father long dead and her mother, Dorothy, in an old folks home with dementia it really adds to her challenges. Overall Hannah was an amazingly developed character, and I found myself able to identify with her on a lot of her issues. Which is something that I really love in books. I feel like if I can’t make a connection with the characters on some level than I really am not able to immerse myself in the read.

As for the other characters throughout Half Past I found them amazing as well. Everyone had their own voice and style, so it didn’t feeling like I was reading from one general perspective.

Something else that I really enjoyed was how Half Past was broken down into sections based on where Hannah was. It’s really different from what I usually see in books and I quite liked it. Also I thought that it was really cool that the Hippie era was involved in the uncovering of Hannah’s past, because that’s so different and it’s just something you don’t see.

The whole mystery that gets uncovered threw me for a loop. I like not being able to predict what’s going to happen next, and that was the case here. It kept me hooked throughout with all the unexpected twists and turns.

But let me warn you, if you read this book have tissues available. The ending got me so good. I had just come out of Target, and I thought why not finish it now? I sat in my car in tears. TEARS!  There I have warned you. LOL.

But in all seriousness, this was an amazing book. I loved every minute of it, and when I wasn’t reading it I found myself thinking about it. Stone’s writing style is great and I am going to be checking out more of her work in the future.

So, on to the rating. I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is hands down one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. I would really recommend this book to anyone, because I feel like its appeal isn’t too specific. I think that men and women of all ages would really enjoy this.

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Book Review: Wicked Desires (The Kategan Alphas #3) by T.A. Grey

Where To Find It

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Genre: Erotic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes this is the third book in The Kategan Alpha series. However, all books in this series can be read independently. If you would like to read my reviews on the first book in this series, The Mating Cycle, you can click here, and if you would like to read my review of the second book, Dark Awakening, you can here.

Synopsis

The sight of her happily mated brothers has Vera biting her nails in frustration. When the opportunity arises for her to get away from it all she takes it—with one catch—Jackson Marsh. Jackson Marsh has been a pain in her butt from the moment she laid eyes on him. And now to repair his broken trust with her brother Rome, Jackson has agreed to protect Vera as she goes into enemy territory to negotiate with the vampires.

However the change of scenery doesn’t do anything to help Vera’s mood for there was one thing she didn’t think about when she came up with her brilliant plan—seeing her ex vampire lover. Now with her ex vying for her affections again and Jackson sending her body and heart through a loop, Vera must decide what to do with her heart, which has never fully healed itself from the past. In the midst of all the chaos, a vampire clan is threatening to take Kategan land. Together Vera and Jackson must fight to save Kategan land while trying to save each other from falling in love.

Review

It’s really rare for me to find a series that I can continue this far with, and I’m glad to say that this is one of them. After reading Dark Awakening I had thought I had found my new favorite book, but I’m wrong again. This is totally my new favorite, for now at least.

Wicked Desires really stole my heart and made me realize why I love T.A. Grey’s writing. Grey never fails to create relatable characters that feel so real even when they aren’t.

In The Mating Cycle I first met Vera. She was the spunky, outspoken, sister of Vane, and I really didn’t care for her too much to be honest. However, my opinion of her has now changed completely. Upon reading you really get to know her. She’s controlling and guarded, but that’s only because that she had been hurt.

When I found out that Vera’s love interest was Jackson Marsh I have to say I was a little surprised. I mean there weren’t any other original characters to choose from, but I was still surprised. In a good way though. Jackson is different being that he is human and not a werewolf, however he and Vera share common issues. Which is why I think that they are perfect for each other.

Another thing I really liked was the newly introduced supernatural creatures. There are vampires now! Not to mention the fact that Vera’s previous lover was a vampire. I love the integration of new types of characters.

All in all I can say Im very happy with this book. I feel like with each book they get more and more immersive. Yeah there were a few typos, but I think those are going to be fixed across all books. T.A. Grey seems to have been revamping all of her books lately. I definitely plan on continuing this series, because I’m emotionally invested in it at this point. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Awakening (The Kategan Alphas #2) by T.A. Grey

Where To Find It

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Genre: Eroctic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes, this is the second book it the series. However, these books do not need to be read in order as T.A. Grey focuses on different characters in each book. If you would like to see my review of the first book, The Mating Cycle, click here.

Synopsis

Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma in the past. When her past crashes back into her life, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted and fearful for the future.

Her past has emerged with vengeance and with one purpose in mind for Alison—death. Rome Kategan swears to protect Alison with a passionate determination that frightens Alison almost more than her past. Now, in the midst of danger, Rome must protect the woman he loves and convince her to be his mate.

Review

When I first began reading Dark Awakening  I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it more than I had liked The Mating Cycle. To me Sarina and Vane were the shit. However, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.

In The Mating Cycle as a reader we are given a glimpse of Alison Bennson as the best friend of Sarina. In the first book we were told that Alison has had a rough past, especially when it came to men, but in Dark Awakening we get to know her at a whole new level. Her passions show through just as much as the skeletons from her closet.

I feel like T.A. Grey deserves some pretty big props for writing this book. I say that because with each book her writing just keeps getting better, and the character development is on point. The pacing was perfect for me, and I didn’t feel like the characters were rushed into the decisions that they made. They did things at their own pace even when things got hot and heavy.

I know after I finish reading the next book I’m going to be eating my words, but I think this is my new favorite of the series. I just feel like Alison is so likable and relatable. She’s young, has a great personality, and major guy problems. I feel like any girl my age can relate to that, even if it isn’t to the same exact circumstances.

There are so many good things that I can say about Dark Awakening that I don’t want to mention the bad. But I have to. There was a small issue and one quite big one in my opinion.

The small issue was just the odd typo or misspelled word. It wasn’t something major, so it really didn’t bother me. There really weren’t that many of them.

However, the bigger issue was kind of a plot hole. If you aren’t one for any sort of spoilers I would skip this section of the review. Alison and Rome have sex a couple of times during her breeding cycle, and he cums inside of her. After this happens there was a brief moment in the book where pregnancy was brought up as a possibility, but it was only a couple of sentences. After that it was not brought up for the remainder of the book, but I believe that it really should’ve been discussed further. Personally I feel like it leaves a hole in the plot.

So all in all I did really love this book. I loved Alison and Rome, the were honestly perfect. I also loved getting to see the characters from the last book re appear again in this one. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really wish it could’ve been a 5 star book.

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Book Review: The CypressTrap by JC Gatlin

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When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

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Review

I have to say that I have become quite shy of free books for download on Amazon. That is only because of the fact that the more I have read, the less good books I have found. However, JC Gatlin has pleasantly surprised me with this captivating read.

Normally I don’t  read a lot of thrillers, or suspense, but I’m glad that I picked this one up. From the beginning I was sucked in. It was an interesting concept with the little rabbits foot being the point of the conflict throughout the whole story. Simple, cliche even, but I did like that bit.

It’s a story that keeps you interested, the kind where you want to keep turning the pages. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that recently I’ve been struggling with finding these gripping types of books.

Besides my own personal praise on the books entirety. I feel like the characters were good. Maybe they could’ve been fleshed out more, but they weren’t bad in my own opinion. But something that really got under my skin was that Owen kept saying “Dropp’n F.” Like what? Why? I understand that characters have quirks but that really just annoyed me more than anything else.

Overall I’d give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

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