Man this last month started out rough! These books were average at best! I almost wanted to take a break from my challenge but I decided to keep on in hopes of finding some better material in June. Anyway here goes May.
*As usual, they are listed from my least favorite to my most favorite*
7. Acts of Contrition by Jennifer Handford
“Mary Morrissey is living the life of her dreams. She has a loving husband of ten years, Tom, two daughters, and twin boys. Her parents are just down the road. Her three sisters are nearby. Perfect—some might even say she is living the American Dream.
But beneath the shiny veneer, Mary hasn’t taken a calm breath in years. She lives in a constant state of panic, afraid that the secret she’s kept hidden for so long will be revealed, that it will shatter the life she’s worked so hard to build.
When Mary’s handsome and addictively charismatic ex-boyfriend Landon James reappears during his high profile Senate campaign, she feels the truth bubbling to the surface and knows she’s powerless to stop it. Mary has spent years trying to forget him, and now he’s on every TV she sees.
A conditional Catholic, Mary bargains with God, negotiating deals that will keep her happy life undisturbed for another day. She prays for strength and confesses her sins—anything that might let her sleep at night under the weight of the guilt she carries from lying to her husband and family for the entirety of her marriage.
When Tom learns what Mary’s been hiding, what once seemed unfathomable—a deep, heartbreaking divide between them—is now their new normal. Can they find a way to rebuild their life together? Is forgiveness possible?
Acts of Contrition is a richly drawn story of faith, family loyalty, and forgiveness, even in the face of moral ambiguity, guilt, and shattered trust.”
My biggest problem with this book is the main character Mary. I do not understand her obsession with her ex boyfriend. At a certain point I really thought that she had some type of mental illness. Or maybe the author didn’t do a good enough job developing his character. He came off as a regular guy. Nothing that he did came off as especially bad. So it didn’t make sense that she had this love/hate thing with him.
Also I felt like her religion was more a distraction than an important part of the story. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea. I rated 1 star on goodreads.
6. Hidden (Bone Secrets #1) by Kendra Elliot
“Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.
Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical ExEleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.
Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend’s.
The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even as they realize that the prosecution’s witnesses from a decade ago are now being murdered one by one. All the evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer as the culprit—only, he’s long since dead. So who’s the new killer? And is Lacey next in line to die?
Golden Heart finalist Kendra Elliot combines chilling suspense and steamy romance in a gripping tale, uniting in-depth forensic knowledge with a passion for thrillers. Set in the snowy winter of Oregon, ‘Hidden’ creates spine-tingling chills.”
This book is a one star. It is. I gave it 2 because it tricked me. In the first few chapters it made me believe that this was truly a murder thriller story. And then it turned into an unreal love story. I mean seriously. If a serial killer is after you who has time to think of sex??!!? Not to mention when Jack comes to save her, she’s on the verge on death, and the 1st thing she says is how hot he is??? come on! Yeah unless I am dealthy bored, I am pretty sure I will not be reading the next book. I rated it 2 stars on goodreads
5. Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels?off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact? He may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.”
I didn’t know that this would be a TV Mini series when I first began reading. This book started out good (5 stars) then lost me completly (2 stars) then wrapped it up nicely and still left me wondering some things. Which is why I will def be watching the show and reading the next book.
4. Lost World (Broken World #4) by Kate L. Mary
“Lost World, the fourth book in the Broken World series, continues following a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…
With their shelter destroyed and their sense of security shattered, Vivian, Axl and the group set off in search of a safe place. But the group’s morale is at an all-time low, and they now know it’s not just the dead they have to fear. Weeks of wandering brings sickness, death and loss to the survivors, and Vivian soon finds herself losing hope of ever discovering a safe place to live. To make matters worse, two members of the group go missing, leaving the others to wonder not only what happened to them, but if they will ever see their friends alive again.
After what happened in Vegas, Hadley feels like a stranger in her own body. When she and Jon get separated from the rest of the group, she finds herself confronted not only with the scars left behind by her ordeal, but facing the possibility of a new beginning with Jon at her side.
In a twist of fate, Vivian and Axl stumble upon a place that could be the group’s salvation, only to have hope slip through their fingers once again when they are met with the most devastating blow yet…”
I am dedicated to this series. My Fav Zombie books so far. And because of that I cannot rate it any lower than 4 stars. This book set up a lot but didn’t wrap them up for me in the end. So much was left open and unsaid that it frustrated me and I felt it was over too soon. I am awaiting the next book.
3. The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman
“SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE…
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down—a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life.
STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE…
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.
A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.
CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED…OR WAS IT?Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings—it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO NATHAN KINGSLEY?There’s a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn’t know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he’s putting his life on the line, that he’s become the hunted. Someone’s hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer—one who’s hot on his trail. One who’s out for his blood.”
Creepy Creepy Creepy. This book gave me nightmares. It wasn’t as complexed as I wanted it to be, but I still didn’t see the plot twist coming. Granted it was a good book, I just won’t ever read it again lol I rated it 4 stars.
2. The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
“Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.
But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.
Blake Crouch’s electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines Series?now a Major Television Event Series debuting Summer 2014 on FOX?will have you glued to the page right down to the very last word.”
Wow! Really? You’re just going to end it like that huh? okay okay. Crouch knows he is wrong for that!! But honestly I was not expecting that. Can’t wait to see how the show plays all of this out. Great series! I rated the Wayward Pines Finale 5 stars
1. Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
“Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden…except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.
Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining”
This book was everything the other 2 books weren’t. With series, the middle book(s) are almost always the worst! That is not the case at all with this one! Now i’m anxious for these events to happen on the show. I rated this book 5 stars on goodreads.