Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf & Giveaway (US/Canada)

July 23rd, 2014

SanctuarySanctuary: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by G. Michael Hopf is the third book in The New World Series and in my opinion the best yet. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the first two books – The End and The Long Road, because I sure did but I just seemed to connect more with the people in this one making it so much better for me. Sanctuary is an intense and action packed read with wars being raged and people struggling to make it in this new world they’ve been thrown into after the world as they knew it suffered a super-EMP attack.

As this is the third book in the series I don’t want to give anything away so my thoughts may be a bit vague. Sanctuary finds Gordon on a mission of revenge for the loss he’s suffered but in doing so he’s had to leave his family behind. He’s the same Gordon who usually takes action before asking questions but he’s usually right in doing so. However in this novel we see a more personal side to him and I liked that. As for the rest of the crew – Sebastian, Samantha, Nelson, Connor, Pablo, Barone … all have taken different directions to do what they feel is right in order to survive in this new world.

This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a brutal story with a lot of violence and language but it fits. To me this is likely what would happen if one day we end up in a post-apocalyptic world. People have no choice but to fight just to survive and protect themselves and their families. There are shortages of food and all the necessary things we take for granted. People become very different in those circumstances.

I listened to the audiobook of Sanctuary which is narrated by Keith Szarabjka and I thought he did a great job. I didn’t enjoy the narrator much in the last two books so this move to a new narrator is a good one. Keith really brought this story alive – all of the anxiety fear, tension, and violence – he made it seem like a movie in my head.

For those who enjoy post-apocalyptic novels I recommend this whole series. While you could read Sanctuary on its own I think it’s a much better idea to start at the beginning and get the back story. This is definitely a series that is fast becoming addicting for me and once again it ended on a part that has me already anxiously awaiting the next one!

 

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Source:  Review copy of audiobook was received from the publisher.  No compensation was received for this review and all thoughts and opinions are of the blog owner.

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Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown (Audiobook)

July 21st, 2014

Don't Try to Find MeDon’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown highlights a parents worst nightmare; that of a missing child.  When Rachel drops her fourteen-year-old daughter Marley off at school one morning she certainly doesn’t expect to come home to find Marley gone and a note from her saying don’t try to find me.  Yet Marley is indeed gone and it is quickly determined that she got on a bus and left … but to where?  Rachel can’t believe that Marley would run away.  She’s just not that kind of girl but as Rachel starts digging into Marley’s life a little more she soon realizes her daughter may have been having a lot of things going on that may have made her unhappy enough to leave.  It also becomes apparent that the police aren’t going to be a lot of help so instead Rachel and her husband launch a media campaign in an effort to find her.  Unfortunately this goes awry and suspicion soon falls on Rachel.

As for Marley her story is only too real.  She meets a guy online on Facebook.  He says he’s friends with one of her friends and they start talking.  Soon enough Marley is sharing everything with him and they begin plotting her escape from her parents and her life.  When this guy picks her up though she begins to notice a few things about him that aren’t as he had portrayed and she starts getting more and more suspicious of him.  When things begin to get even crazier Marley realizes that she may have made one of the biggest mistakes of her life… but is it too late?  This story is one we hear of a lot nowadays.  So many kids are lured away on the internet and it’s downright scary.  Add to that a family life that isn’t as it should be and you have a recipe for disaster.  Marley’s parents were so involved in themselves that they weren’t taking the time to notice what may have been going on in their daughter’s life.  Take one insecure girl and a creep and that’s another recipe for disaster.

I enjoyed this book.  I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, and James Fouhey and I really think they added to my enjoyment of the book in bringing fear, defeat, anxiety, tension – so many emotions to each and every scene in the book.  My only complaint of the story is that, to me, Marley did not seem to act as I think a fourteen-year-old would.  She seemed much too mature for her age and that at times had me disbelieving some parts of the story.  Overall though I really liked it and I was hooked on the audiobook for sure.

Recommended for those who enjoy stories of family and marital dysfunction as well as books that deal with the dangers of the internet and teens.

 

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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher. Audiobook from my personal library. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion & Giveaway (US/Canada)

July 9th, 2014

A-Triple-KnotA Triple Knot by Emma Campion is a novel that brings Joan of Kent alive. This novel is rich in historical detail while at the same time weaving a fictional tale that takes us back in time to relive Joan of Kent’s days as they might have been.

Joan of Kent by all accounts was a beautiful woman who turned heads anytime she entered a room. She is of royal blood being cousin to King Edward III and as such is in line to be used as a political pawn in a marriage to benefit the kingdom. Ultimately though the man that the king chooses for Joan is not a man she can bring herself to marry and not only because the man makes her terribly uncomfortable. Joan’s heart belongs to someone else – one of the king’s knights and this is one union that must be kept secret as Thomas is not the kind of man a woman of royal blood should marry. However when she is forced to marry another man she realizes quickly that no one has any intention of acknowledging her betrothal to Thomas. It is just the beginning of Joan’s struggle to return to her one true love – Thomas.

As the story evolves we follow Joan’s journey through her loveless marriage to Will who she was forced into marrying. We also witness her struggles with her cousin The Black Prince who has been set on having Joan as his queen from the time they were children. We experience the travails of war, the sea voyages that Joan dreads, and everything else that encompasses this historical period in time. Ultimately though will Joan be with Thomas, the love of her life?

I had heard of Joan of Kent before reading this book as well as many of the other characters but I didn’t know a lot of her. I feel that the author really brought her alive in this book and I felt as though I was there seeing it all as it happened. I thought Joan to be a strong woman who was also intelligent. It’s sad that women were forced into marriages as political pawns and so many never had the chance to know true love.

I really enjoyed A Triple Knot just as I did Emma Campion’s A King’s Mistress which I read a few years back. If I had one complaint about the book it would be that at times I thought it a bit drawn out but for the most part I was completely engrossed in the story. Recommended for historical fiction lovers!

 

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Source:  Digital review copy was provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own. 

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

June 18th, 2014

Elizabeth is MissingElizabeth is Missing is the debut novel of Emma Healey and what a debut it is! Elizabeth is Missing is a page turner for sure being unique in that it is psychologically suspenseful but moving and emotional at the same time. It captured my interest from the very first page and held it there to the very end!

Our main character Maud is in her eighties and suffering dementia. Maud lives alone but her daughter Helen visits often and she has care givers but as the dementia progresses this is likely to change. For now Maud writes everything down to remind her of things she really needs to remember like not buying yet another can of peaches but many of her notes remind her yet again that her friend Elizabeth is missing. Maud can’t seem to convince anyone that this is a problem and Helen just keeps telling her that Elizabeth isn’t missing but Maud knows this isn’t true because she’s not at her house when she goes there.

Of all the things Maud can’t remember anymore including many times not recognizing her own daughter and granddaughter the one thing dominant in her mind is that Elizabeth is missing and Maud needs to find out where she’s gone. Elizabeth was the one person who still made her comfortable with who she was becoming and that made her even more determined to find her. As she sets out to find Elizabeth Maud’s memories drift back to the past when she was young and her sister Sukey disappeared. In the beginning it seems unlikely that these two separate stories have anything to do with one another but as the end draws near they intertwine and all becomes much clearer. To say anymore would give away the plot of this story and I just can’t do that to anyone wanting to read it because it is so worth reading for yourself!

Maud is one of those characters that I won’t soon forget. I think it was her vulnerability in the face of a disease that is taking away all that is important to her that touched me deeply. There is a dark humor to this book as many times the things Maud would say or do would be amusing but in reality they aren’t. They are being caused by a devastating disease that takes life from so many people.

I listened to the audiobook version of Elizabeth is Missing and it is a great audio narrated by Anna Bentinck. She does a fabulous job of portraying Maud and her ever decreasing memory. You could feel Maud’s confusion and frustration with her memory through the narration and that’s the sign of a great reader.

Elizabeth is Missing is for those who enjoy women’s fiction with the hint of a thriller and would be a perfect choice for a book club pick. Highly recommended!

 

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Source:  Digital review copy was provided by the publisher however the audiobook copy is from my personal library.  No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
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