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The Obsession – Nora Roberts

Summary:
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her”
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s even known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up-especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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Review:
Nora Roberts will always be a favorite author of mine. There isn’t a single book of hers that I haven’t been able to just lose myself in its pages. The Obsession was no different. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. Naomi at twelve years old having to go through something no child should ever have to see or experience. Her father, a serial killer, and she had found and saved one of his victims. I really loved Naomi through the whole book. She was a very strong and spunky character. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about her feelings. She knew exactly who she was. When she moved to Sunrise Cove her whole world was turned around. She never thought she would find a place to settle down, but she did. And she soon found that what she wanted wasn’t exactly what she’d always thought she wanted.
Enter Xander Keaton. I loved him from the moment her changed her flat tire. And even more when they found the stray dog together and he convinced her to keep him. He’s a super bookworm and that only made me love him more. He’s handsome of course, and knows exactly how to handle Naomi. I really liked the fact that he trusted her, and once he figured out that she was the daughter of Thomas Bowes he didn’t confront her about it. He let her have her time and space. That’s something not all people can do. Most would immediately start asking questions. But not Xander, he knew she would tell him when she was ready. He’s just an all around decent guy, and I couldn’t have picked anyone better for Naomi.
I absolutely adored Naomi’s uncles, Seth and Harry, and her brother, Mason. They were her saving grace in the beginning of this story. Her uncles helped her get away from all the craziness involved with her father. They really pushed her to try to move on and have a normal life. They were always there, always routing for her to do her best. And her brother Mason, the only other person in the world that understood how she was feeling half the time. He was an awesome character who supported Naomi when she needed it the most. He always knew what to say to make her feel better and get her head back on straight. As Mason grew up he made his life better and better. He went to college and got a psychology degree. Then started working for the FBI. He really did his best to make the world a better place after what his father did. I really admired his strength to be able to stop people like his father every day. Instead of trying to put it behind him, like Naomi, he faced it head on, challenged it, and made the world a better place.
This book was awesome. I read it in a few hours, it was just so fast paced I couldn’t seem to put it down. Any one that has read any of Nora Robert’s books and liked them, The Obsession will be no different. I highly suggest it to anyone that likes mystery with a bit of romance in there.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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I don’t care how many times I’ve said it; Nora Roberts will always be one of my absolute favorite authors. She never fails to make me laugh. Or lose myself in her books to the point where someone has to scream to get my attention. Sit up in bed clutching the book because the suspense is killing me. Occasionally cry. Her newest romance/ mystery novel was no exception.

First I’ll start with the characters. Naomi was such an interesting, independent woman who’d overcome so much, especially when she was a child. Even as an adult she still had nightmares and difficulty trusting people, but she never let it control her life. She was so determined to get past the trauma and betrayal of discovering her father was a serial killer that she constantly pushed through her fear in order to have a normal life. I seriously admired her for that.

I loved Xander. He was a surprisingly complex character. At the beginning I didn’t like him that much but as I learned more and more about him my opinion changed completely. Partly (mostly) because he turned out to be a complete bookworm. He cared so much for the people around him and was such a steady presence that he made a perfect match for Naomi.

Normally, I don’t care that much about where a book is set. It never seems that important to me as long as I can picture what’s immediately around the characters. However I was pleasantly surprised to find this one was set on the coast of Washington. Since I plan to move there later this year, I found myself more interested in the setting than usual and it added a little something to my reading experience that I don’t usually have.

Once again Nora Roberts managed to blend romance and suspense perfectly to make a book I absolutely loved. If you like romance or mystery, you should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re like me and too much suspense will keep you up at night, this book fell very nicely in the middle.

Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading.

-Antonia


The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

Summary:
She is the girl with the dragon tattoo- a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker- a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercrimials, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…
The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

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Review:
I started this book very skeptical. I really loved the first three books in the Millennium series, but this forth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is a continuation of this series, but it’s written by a different author. I really wanted to read it because I’ve become very attached to these characters but I wasn’t convinced it would be as good as the first three Millennium books. While I was partially right, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
The new author, David Lagercrantz, wrote about these characters perfectly. Salander was still portrayed with her with the fiery passion she is known for. In this book she outdoes herself by hacking the NSA in hopes to find information on the continued operation of the criminal organizations her father started, while doing this she finds so much more. This is when Blomkvist comes into the story. He gets a call from a source who wants to give him a story. This source feels that his life is in danger and needs to give his knowledge to someone if anything were to happen to him. Sadly he is killed before Blomkvist can make it to him. And so starts another one of Blomkvist’s crazy scoops.
One of the things I didn’t like about this book was the way it started. The story starts off with Millennium being down and had recently sold shares to a big corporation that had ulterior motives to change the magazine and to get Blomkvist off the staff. While I can understand that The Girl in the Spider’s Web takes place quite a few years after The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s nest, so many things have changed and it almost seems as if they didn’t really do anything in the time between these two books. If so many years have passed it would be reasonable that Blomkvist could have and should have come up with another story in that time. Maybe not nearly as crazy as the stories he finds in these books, but I find it hard to believe that he found so little that the magazine was having trouble staying afloat. That just doesn’t seem reasonable to me.
On the other hand, something I really liked about this book was the villain. I’m going to try not to give anything away because the identity of the villain is definitely a huge plot twist that I didn’t see coming. They brought yet another person from Lisbeth’s past into the mix. And it is indeed very crazy. I also see Lagercrantz writing another book to the series. I have a strong feeling he’s not done with this villain’s story. I don’t think the Millennium series will be able to be over until Lisbeth defeats all of her demons.
I definitely liked this book; maybe not as much as the first three in the Millennium series, but Lagercrantz did a very good job with the characters I’ve come to love and added yet another crazy plot twist to their stories. I can’t wait to see where the next book, if there is one, will take us. If you read the first three books in this series you should give the forth a chance, it absolutely surprised me.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

Summary:
Lisbeth Salander-the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels-lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge-against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
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So, I’m writing this review while it is considerably past my bed time, but I knew I wouldn’t end up writing it if I just went to bed. I was going to try to save some of the book for the hours I’m going to spend sitting at the DMV tomorrow, but that didn’t happen. Once I got about halfway through I knew Iwas going to stay up way too late finishing The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest the third in the Millennium trilogy.
The third book in the Millennium series was by far my favorite, which I’m pretty sure I said about The Girl Who Played with Fire, but I was wrong. This third book was so much crazier than the second or the first. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was a wonderfully written wrap up of Lisbeth’s Salanders crazy complicated story.
Lisbeth remained her every passionate determined self. Though, she played a significantly smaller role in the action of this book. Yes, she was the main focus of pretty much every single character; it was the supporting characters that did most of the legwork on her behalf. I really enjoyed seeing Lisbeth have to take a step back and actually let other people in her life help her. After being shot and on the brink of death she remains in the hospital for most of the pages in the book. Once she’s released from the hospital she is arrested and put into jail until her court trial. So the important parts were left up to the people she struggled to admit were her friends.
Of course, Mikael Blomkvist was the head of this party that he called The Knights of the Idiot Table, a group of people who all dearly care about Lisbeth and were all determined to prove her innocence and not let her get utterly screwed by the system once again. I love Mikael even more in this book because of his passion for exposing the truth, in this case for several people that he genuinely cares about. He seems to have a knack for finding information that is going to completely blow the population of Sweden out of the water. In this case it was Lisbeth’s story of her constitutional rights completely disregarded by a group of intelligence agents that there was no trace of in the Security Police. He tends to stumble upon ridiculously helpful leads and always seems to find exactly the right person to talk to in order to find out what is really going on. I greatly admire his passion for seeking the truth and defending those that he cares about.
Other than the characters, which there are way too many to talk about individually; you’ll just have to read the books to love them like I do, the part I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact that in the end, justice prevailed like it should have from the beginning. The truth of the hidden government lies comes out in the end regardless of how hard the accused people try to keep it under wraps. They even go as far as murder and are the reason that Lisbeth was committed when she was only a thirteen year old girl. There are others in this same Security Police that have their attention brought to what’s going on within their agency. These select few others are appalled and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of who these rouge agents are and how they’re getting away with their horrendous actions. I really enjoyed reading the police investigate the police. Following them as they learn what’s really going on, even though we have most of the facts already, is so intriguing to me.
I’ve always loved murder mysteries, not that I’m sure I would consider this third book a murder mystery. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is mostly about Lisbeth getting the justice she fully deserves. I loved every descriptive page that Larsson gave us in the third book of Lisbeth Salander’s story. The first fifty pages or so was definitely a bit of slow reading while we got the whole history and character introductions of all the crooks that we needed to know about in the Security Police, but Larsson’s descriptions were still very interesting. I never lost interest, which I have a tendency to do with some books that have too much back story descriptions. So as I did the last two books, you should definitely go to your local library or any bookstore near you to get this series so that you can experience the rollercoaster that I’ve been on this past week in the pages of the Millennium series.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

WWWWWhat are you currently reading?

Amanda- Technically I’m not currently reading anything. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m going to start Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith tomorrow. It’s the third in the Cormoran Strike series. I loved the first two, so I have high hopes for the third.

Antonia- I’m currently in the middle of two books. Beastly by Alex Flinn is one of my all time favorites. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it and I never get sick of it. It’s an amazing modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. You can read my review of it here. The other book I’m reading is Soundless by Richelle Mead. Mead is one of my favorite authors and her newest book is unlike any of her others. I fully expect this one to be a new favorite of mine.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently read Zeroes co written by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. You can read my review HERE. I really enjoyed this book. I’m still very upset I have to wait until September for the next to be released.

Antonia- I just finished reading A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn for the second or third time. As you can tell, she’s one of my favorite authors. This one is an adorable, unique retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda- Honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead. I keep looking at my shelf trying to decide. Im torn between a few different choices; The newest Stephanie Plum, Tricky Twenty Two, by Janet Evanovich, The Heir by Kiera Cass, or rereading one of my favorites, The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet because I never really decide until I pick one up and start reading it. But I recently read the first book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series and I can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters next.

What are your answers?


Confessions the Private School Murders – James Patterson

Summary:
Confess if you don’t feel safe.
Young women from New York’s most exclusive neighborhoods are being murdered, and the polie aren’t looking for answers in the right places.
Confess if you don’t trust anyone.
Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she nailed was the mystery of her magnificently wealthy parents’ deaths. Now she’s working to exonerate her superstar brother in his glamorous girlfriend’s murder. And danger just got closer.
Confess if you’re in too deep.
One of the victims of he recent murder streak was a student at Tandy’s own elite school. Shee has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn’t listening to her…and Tandy can’t ignore the disturbing fact that she fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries before she becomes the next victim?
The confessions reveal all.

Review:
Confessions the Private School Murders was a book I knew I was going to like before it even came out. Anything by James Patterson is wonderful. This book was exactly what I expected. The plot had the depth I enjoy. There were so many different stories going on at once. The book being written from Tandy’s point of view, we got to learn all about her past and the things that she was put through by her crazy parents. This book was very fast paced and had so many different things going on all at the same time. I loved every page.
Tandy was a wonderful main character. She’s funny, determined, intelligent, everything you want in a female lead. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, well, except her three brothers. She was confident with herself. She knew that if she just worked hard enough, or thought about something enough, she would figure out what was happening. And she wasn’t wrong. She once again bettered the NYPD and solved the murder of her brother’s girlfriend and unborn child, as well as the murders of the private school girls. I just loved reading about Tandy and her life and I am more than ecstatic that she gets the happy ending she deserves.
The Angel boys were seriously entertaining. The bond these siblings had was wonderful. They stuck together after finding out what their parents had been doing to them all their lives. They would do anything for one another. I just love any book that has a strong family sense to it and this book definitely does. These boys were hilarious on every page.
The last character I’d like to mention is Jacob. I’m going to be kind of vague about him because I don’t want to give anything away, but I absolutely adored him. He taught the Angel kids what it’s like to have someone actually care about you. Someone that wants you to be careful and wants to know where you’re going, who you’re with, what you’re doing, just because he cares. The kids definitely needed to get used to this new person that cared about them, but I really liked watching them adjust to having an adult that actually cared for their well being. Jacob was definitely my favorite part of this book. And the twist he’s involved in! I never even saw it coming.
Confessions, The Private School Murders was a wonderfully written fast paced thriller. It surpassed every expectation I had for this book. The twists were shocking, the characters were wonderful, and when I closed the book I was thoroughly satisfied, which is something I haven’t been able to say with some books I’ve read lately. I suggest this book to anyone who’s ever learned how to read. But I definitely think it’s aimed toward the older readers. It does have a bit of detailed violence, but what Patterson novel doesn’t? So, go to your library or bookstore and get this book and read it. Then let me know what you think!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Collector – Nora Roberts

Summary:
As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down-not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend’s Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her client’s extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.
But when she witnesses a possible murder-suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as Lila knows it takes a dramatic turn.
Artist Ashton Archer knows his charming, clever, and impulsive brother couldn’t have killed his girlfriend-or taken his own life. His hope of unraveling what happened lies with Lila, the only eyewitness. And even buried in grief, Ash longs to paint the woman whose deep, dark eyes seem to hold endless reserves of strength and a fiery passion.
Chalking up their intense attraction to the heat of the moment, Lila agrees to help Ash in trying to find out who murdered his brother and why. From the penthouses of Manhattan to grand Italian villas, their investigation draws them into a rarefied circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you posses is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession.

Review:
I knew I was going to love The Collector before I even opened it. An assumption I made solely on the fact that it is written by Nora Roberts. After reading the first couple of pages, I was hooked. There were so many things I love about this book, but I’ll start with Roberts’ writing style. She always gives the reader several different points of view. Every few chapters or so a new character is introduced with their point of view. Although we don’t always know who the character is when they’re introduced, the many points of view give us readers a much better picture of the whole story rather than just what one character is experiencing. This is something I really love that Nora Roberts does with many of her books. I love being able to see the big picture, getting to know things that the characters are oblivious to. Another thing I love about the way Nora Roberts writes is her attention to detail. Each new character that is introduced to the story has their own history and Roberts’ is never shy with her supporting character’s backgrounds. This is something I really enjoy because I feel like too many authors focus on the main characters and the plot rather than the details. While reading The Collector there were so many times that I just had to stop reading and say, “Holy shit, what just happened?” This book just had so much depth and detail to it. There were so many little connections between characters that I never saw coming. Which brings me to the next thing I really liked about The Collector. I never once correctly predicted anything that happened in this book. Every page had some new shock or surprise that just blew my mind. This book was just wonderful, like most of her novels.
I immediately fell in love with the main character, Lila Emerson. I decided I needed to have her life. Every page I read made me like Lila more and more. I think that’s because she was a really relatable character. She reminded me very much of myself with some of the things she did and said. Enter Julie, Lila’s best friend. These two girls together reminded me so much of myself and Antonia it was almost unreal. Relatable characters are something I think is necessary for a good book. There were so many moments when I stopped and read something aloud to Antonia so that we could both laugh and agree that we would do the same or say the same thing as the characters. The relationship between Julie and Lila was, I think, my favorite part about this book. Lila was an amazing female lead character. She was very intelligent and independent, she stood up for her beliefs. Julie was an excellent supporting character. Like Lila, she’s smart and funny and always said the right thing. The two had a really great relationship together.
Now, to talk about the handsome men in The Collector. I’ll mention Luke first. Ashton Archer’s best friend. He’s handsome, smart, determined, everything you could want in a man. He was another wonderfully detailed supporting character. He was just a really genuine person and that’s not something you see too much anymore. He made me laugh and squeal excitedly every page he was on, especially once he reunites with Julie. Luke definitely shared some qualities with people in my everyday life which I enjoyed immensely. Onto Ashton Archer. The rich and handsome artist who we learn is so much more than that. The first thing I loved about Ash was the way that he sees things. As an artist, the way he looks at the world is significantly different from the normal person and I’m not sure I know how to explain what I mean. Which means that you all need to go read this book and love it as much as I did. Ash is part of a very large, dysfunctional family, another thing that I related to. He’s very family oriented and sees himself as the problem solver of the family. He’s a very strong and opinionated person, which is where he and Lila clashed. The relationship between these two was a very amusing one. They were always going back and forth about one thing or another. They’re both passionate about their beliefs. I loved the fire their relationship had and following them as the grew together in that relationship was a wonderful experience.
The Collector, overall, was an amazing book. There was everything that I require for a really good book. It was suspenseful and exciting. There were excellent character dynamics and so much depth to the story itself. I would suggest Nora Roberts to any reader, but The Collector specifically. I’d love to hear some thoughts from anyone else who’s read this.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


White is for Magic – Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary:
One year later. It’s happening again. Seventeen year old Stacey Brown is having nightmares-creepy dreams haunted by the ghosts of people who have been brutally murdered.
It’s her senior year at boarding school, and what Stacey really should be focusing on are her classes and getting into college-not to mention the rocky path her love life has been taking lately.
But even if she could ignore the dreams, Stacey can’t ignore the strange letters that she’s been receiving. No return address, no signature-and the same cryptic messages she’s been hearing in her nightmares.
What’s worse is that she’s not the only one having weird dreams. Jacob, a transfer student, claims that he’s been having nightly premonitions of Stacey’s death for months, dreams so realistic that he transferred schools to find her and stop the killer. It doesn’t help that she’s starting to have feeling for him even though she already has a boyfriend. But can she trust Jacob? Or will both their darkest dreams come true?

Review:
Okay, so I absolutely liked White is for Magic better than the first in the series. There was a bit I didn’t like about this book, but I enjoyed it more than the previous. It starts off at the beginning of the next school year, which worked well for how this story line goes. The book was descriptive and written well enough. But this series is still totally directed to younger young adult readers.
So basically, Stacey’s life is repeating itself. She’s having nightmares again, except this time she’s dreaming of her own death. Can we just take a minute to talk about this? Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, every night, after dreaming all about your own death. That would be something very difficult for me to handle. When I first started reading this book I thought to myself, Stacey really should trust her friends more. She should try to let them help and support her. After I finished, I no longer stand by that statement. Stacey tries to put more trust in her friends and doesn’t get the support she deserves. Regardless of what she’s lacking, Stacey handles herself and everything she’s dealing with surprisingly well throughout White is for Magic. She figures out, with minimal help from around her, exactly what is about to happen to her. She even puts herself exactly where she knows she shouldn’t be to help Drea. One of the biggest supports Stacey had was her mother, but not until later in the book. Stacey and her mother have never really had a close relationship because her mom wouldn’t acknowledge her nightmares. Stacey kind of resented her mom for not supporting her in this aspect of her life. The pair really bond and reconnect in this book when her mom steps up to the plate and tries to do everything she can for Stacey. I kind of adored her mom after they reconnected. There’s one thing i would like to mention about Stacey. No matter what she’s dealing with at the time, she does still try really hard to give her school work the attention it needs. The second book in this series definitely made me like Stacey a bit more.
Her friends, however, I think I like them less in this story. Amber isn’t that bad in White is for Magic. My feelings are almost the same. She’s a ditzy, unfocused, high school girl who doesn’t know what she wants. She gives Stacey the most support out of all of the others, so I do give her credit for this. Then there’s Drea, who I think has become my least favorite character. Through the entire book it’s obvious that she’s being shady about something. And shady pisses me off. I still think she’s a spoiled brat. She only thinks of herself. In the first book Drea is put in danger, and Stacey is the one to figure everything out and save her. Too many times for me to be able to overlook it, Drea uses what she went through last year to avoid helping her very afraid best friend. I would have understood it at first, and Drea does help more toward the end of the book. I just wasn’t a huge fan of Drea. The last friend is Chad, who in this book is Stacey’s boyfriend. He’s not a very good one if you ask me and since this is my review, you are asking me. Chad never took anything that had to with Stacey’s nightmares seriously. He always tried to explain them away with some other excuse. Honestly, I think he just didn’t want to deal with them. Chad and Stacey fought through pretty much the entire book. It was very obvious they weren’t meant to be together.
Which brings me to my favorite character in this book, Jacob. He wasn’t introduced until about half way through the book, which is when I really got sucked in. My first impression of Jacob was a few different things. Stacey finds him in the woods doing a spell. My immediate thought was that Jacob and Stacey have to love each other forever. My second thought was, but what if he’s the bad guy? I was very torn about my feelings toward Jacob for most of the book. I always WANTED to like him, but I was still suspicious, mirroring Stacey’s feelings. I’m very excited to read more about Jacob in the next book of this series.
So I guess it was really just some of the characters I didn’t like about this book. I mean, the story line was written well enough, but I didn’t freak out as much as I usually do. White is for Magic kept me interested, constantly wondering what was going on or going to happen next. I honestly think Stolarz could have kept this a two book series, and am actually very glad she didn’t because I can’t wait to start the next book as soon as I’m done with this review. Which I guess is now. So, young adult book lovers, paranormal, action, mystery readers would all totally love this series so far.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Summary:
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long time girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, excitement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about they wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, This is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Review:
I didn’t know The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by J.K Rowling until about halfway through reading it. It was a buy based on the interesting cover. So, I’m like halfway through the book and I decide to read the summary and I found out J.K. Rowling wrote it. It definitely changed how I was reading the book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was a very complex book. There was quite a bit of detail. It took me longer to get through than usual. Partially because there were a few really detailed boring parts. But mostly because there was so much important information that’s relevant to the story. This was a typical murder mystery, with some twists. There were many surprises. I didn’t see any of them coming. The Cuckoo’s Calling was suspenseful and full of action. It was a very good mystery novel. The characters were really interesting. I think they were very well developed characters. I feel like this book is harder to review than others because of it’s author. I really enjoyed this book even though it had some pretty slow parts.
The characters were phenomenal. The book is written in third person, but opens up with Robin Ellacott. It seemed, at first, that this book was going to be about Robin. It was, to an extent. She was more of a secondary character. Regardless, I loved Robin. At first she was just doing what she was told and trying to find a better job. But she got sucked into the investigating and ended up helping quite a bit. Robin was spunky and enthusiastic and very determined. She tried her hardest at everything she did, and I really enjoyed that.
Then comes our main character, Cormoran Strike. He’s a private investigator trying to solve the murder of the famous Lula Landry. Strike was a very interesting character. He’d just gotten out of a very serious relationship, had no money, and was living in his office. Strike was a very proud man. He didn’t like to ask for help, or let anyone know that something was wrong. He was very independent and had to do almost everything himself. Cormoran was the kind of person that did anything and everything he could to figure out what happened and help others. I really like everything about him, except that he wouldn’t talk to anyone about the problems in his life.
Last is John Bristow. He’s kind of the villain of our story. Although he may not seem like it in the beginning. He hires Strike to figure out what actually happened to his sister. Bristow was very deceiving in The Cuckoo’s Calling. He seemed like he wanted to help, but ended up getting in the way more than helping. John liked to act like he was smart and knew everything, but he wasn’t and didn’t. I liked his character in the beginning of the book, but by the end he was really just an annoyance to everyone.
Overall, The Cuckoo’s Calling was an excellent mystery novel. There was all the action, suspense, and drama that’s expected. Even though there were some slow parts because of the amount of detail, I still really enjoyed this book. I’d suggest this one to any of our older readers because it is definitely an adult book.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Goodreads Summary: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore – and its secrets.

To summer tourists, it’s the crown jewel of the town’s stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it’s landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He need sanctuary. He needs Bluff House.

While Eli’s beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has card for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some would say over-bearing, brand of nurturing – including Eli.

He begins to count on Abra for far more than her cooking, cleaning, and massage skills, and starts to feel less like a victim – and more like the kind of man who can finally solve the murder of his wife and clear his name. But Bluff House’s many mysteries are a siren song to someone intent on destroying Eli and reaping the rewards. He and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of rumors and half-truths that could pull them under the thunderous waters of Whiskey Beach…

Passion and obsession, humor and heart flow together in a novel about two people opening themselves up to the truth – and to each other.

What I love most about Nora Roberts is that even though a lot of her books follow the same basic storylines, I always feel like I’m reading something new. I fall in love with her characters and settings. How her books always seem so bright and bubbly by the end. Whenever I’m looking for a book to put me in a good mood, I usually pick one of hers.
Whiskey Beach didn’t disappoint me. There were murders, an abusive boyfriend, a psychopath, etc. But Abra was literally so full of energy that her attitude just took over the book. Not in a bad way.
I’m not a huge fan of mysteries but I really enjoy the way Roberts writes them. She doesn’t focus solely on the murder or whatever else the source of danger might be. She focuses first on the characters and adds the mystery as something that happens to them. This is what I believe I tend to not like about mysteries. I always end up feeling like I don’t know the characters well enough and that’s my favorite part about reading books. If I can fall in love with the characters or want to be best friends with them then I couldn’t care less about the storyline.
So I want to start with Eli. I didn’t think I was going to love him at first. I figured I would like him well enough but he didn’t seem like the kind of guy I would love. He was a little too nerdy, a little too weak. But then he started getting back to himself after everything that happened to him and I realized how wrong I was. He was just the right amount of nerdy to make him endearing and right in the middle of weak and strong so he wasn’t pathetic nor was he overbearing. I ended up really loving Eli. He was smart, caring and funny. He was the perfect male character to go with Abra. He was reserved enough to balance her craziness but never tried to change her.
Which brings me to Abra Walsh. Energetic is really the best word I have to describe her. She does so many different things; yoga, masseuse, housekeeper, jewelry, etc. But she doesn’t work so many jobs because she has to. She does it because she enjoys doing so many things. I’m still not sure if Abra’s someone I’d want to be friends with in real life because I think she would be a little exhausting to be around. But Abra has such a strong presence that I wouldn’t be able to dislike her and I would have to respect her. However, I loved her in the story. She’s so perfect for it that there’s no way I couldn’t.
Overall, I loved this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries, romances and especially if you like both.
Thanks so much for checking out our blog. As always, let me know your own opinions. And I hope everyone had a happy Halloween.
-Antonia