Run You Down

Run You DownRun You Down (Rebekah Roberts #2) by Julia Dahl

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Synopsis:

Rebekah Roberts’ Hasidic Jewish mother, Aviva, abandoned her as a baby. After college, Rebekah left her father and her hometown of Orlando, FL to move to New York to become a journalist and (maybe) find her mother.

While working for the Tribune, Rebekah receives a call from a man who would like the murder of his Hasidic Jewish wife looked into. He has reason to believe she may have been murdered. As Rebekah begins to investigate the story, she discovers Aviva’s brother, Sam, knew the dead woman. The more she uncovers, the more Rebekah starts to question Sam’s connections and involvement in the crime. She sees the need to learn more about Sam as an excuse to finally contact the mother walked out on her.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Run You Down was written from two points of view: Rebekah’s and Aviva’s. Rebekah’s POV was present day.  Aviva’s was more of a running letter or explanation of the events in her life to Rebekah. I liked Aviva’s chapters more than I liked Rebekah’s. Her story was more interesting to me. Rebekah’s chapters felt darker. I’m wondering if I would have felt different had I read the first book, Invisible CityI felt like I was missing information on some of the traumatic events in Rebekah’s life. Not that you can’t read Run You Down without reading Invisible City. I could completely follow the story without having read the first book. There were just little comments here and there that made me feel like I was missing something.

The mystery surrounding the dead Hasidic Jewish woman and Aviva’s brother, Sam, was very interesting and kept me guessing. I learned things about a culture I’m not sure I even knew existed. It was cool how Julia Dahl tied real news event into the story, too. It made the events in the book more relatable.

I would have liked to have read more about Sam’s life from his POV. I also wish the story hadn’t wrapped up so quickly. It would have been nice to know more about Rebekah’s life immediately following the book. I’m sure there will probably be a Rebekah #3, but I wanted a little more now.

Run You Down was a really great mystery/thriller. I would suggest it to readers that enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train.

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review Run You Down.

Other books in this series:

Invisible City

Before the Blog #2: There is No Light in Darkness

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to?

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There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

Publication Date: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Claire Contreras

Synopsis: 

Blake Brennan’s past is a mystery to her. She lost her parents violently as a young child and was sent to be raised by her loving aunt. When her aunt died, Blake was raised by a woman named Maggie along with Aubrey, Cole, Dean and Becky. They became her family.

Now that Blake’s an adult, the death of her parents continues to haunt her. Blake decides to search for the truth about their death. Doing so unleashes a series of events that bring the past and future together. Blake must decide which is more important to her: the truth or the lives of her family.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

Because I absolutely loved it. It has everything: a steamy romance, suspense, mystery, twists and turns, and amazing characters. It also has an AMAZING ending and a big cliffhanger! (But don’t worry because the second novel, Darkness Before Dawn, is already out.) I didn’t want to put it down. I was so hooked that I read it every chance I got.

When did you read this book?

I read it this past February after having read Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. I liked that book so much that I decided to read more of her novels.

Who would you recommend this book to? 

Everyone!

 Read. This. Book. Seriously. Read it.

I think there are aspects of it almost any reader would like. Well, I should probably say mature readers. There is explicit language and sexual content.

Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Publication Date: July 19, 2014

Synopsis:

One day and one decision changed Ginny Lemon’s life forever. On May 15, 1975, the fifteen-year-old was abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, FL by a motorcycle gang member. From that day on, Ginny’s life depends on the goodwill of Satan’s Army leader, Grizz.

Grizz may be the frightening gang leader, but he has a soft spot for Ginny. She’s his obsession and he’s dedicated to keeping her as safe and happy as a captive can be.

Ginny is forced to trust in Grizz and try to adjust to life in the motorcycle gang. As time goes by, Ginny wonders if she will ever be able to get out alive or if she’ll be a prisoner forever.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh. My. Goodness. My mind is blown. BLOWN! I am honestly struggling with what to even write about Nine Minutes.

Nine Minutes was amazing. I loved it…but I hated it! The entire premise was so messed up. Everything that happened in this book was so disturbing! But the writing was so good. The surprises I didn’t see coming were amazing. The cliffhanger was awesome. I must have reread the last few chapters two or three times just to wrap my head around it.

So while I hated everything that was happening to poor Ginny, I couldn’t help but love this book. It’s going on my list of best books I’ve read so far in 2015. I highly suggest to READ. IT. NOW. Seriously. I would warn, however; Nine Minutes is filled with violence, sexual situations, and anything else you could think of happening in a motorcycle gang story. Think of a Sons of Anarchy type story.

If you’re interested in reading it, as of now Nine Minutes is $1.99 on Kindle and the second book in the series is releasing this Thursday, July 23, 2015!

Other books in this series:
Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

ARC Review: The Mistake I Made

The Mistake I MadeThe Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Publisher: Grove Press

Synopsis:

Roz is a struggling single mother. Her ex cheated on her and their debt is slowly crushing her. She’s doing everything she can to pay the rent and keep food on the table, but it’s not enough. Roz has two weeks until she and her son, George, are out on the street.

Then, she meets wealthy Scott Elias at her sister’s house. Scott approaches Roz with an offer. He wants one night with her and he’s willing to pay her a lot of money to do it. Roz really doesn’t want to. Scott’s a married man. It goes against everything Roz stands for…and yet, she knows she has to say yes. There’s no other way.

But nothing is as simple as it seems and soon Roz is regretting her decision. Things are spinning out of control and all Roz can do is try to prevent any more damage.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I liked The Mistake I Made, but I didn’t love it. It started out extremely slow and gloomy. A lot of pages were spent describing the sad state of Roz’s life. It was depressing. I understand that it had to be like that for her decisions to make sense, but it didn’t necessarily make me want to keep reading.

It also took a long time for the story to build. It wasn’t until about 3/4 of the way through that things started to really happen and the pace picked up. The first part of the book felt more like a drama than a thriller. I wish the entire book would have been as fast paced and interesting as the last fourth of the book because the twists and turns in the story were great. If the entire book would have been like the last fourth of the book, it would have been a 5 star book for me.

Thank you to Grove Press and Paula Daly for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of The Mistake I Made.

Those Girls

Those Girls Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:

The Campbell sisters have a rough life. Their mother died leaving them alone with their abusive, alcoholic father. When he’s away working, they are stuck fending for themselves. When he’s home, they try to stay out of his way. When Dani, Courtney and Jess can’t take the abuse any longer, they decide to run away to Vancouver. Only getting there isn’t as easy as they think it will be. Forced to take on new identities, the sisters forge a new life filled with secrets and lies. Those secrets and lies will eventually come back to haunt them years later when Jess’ daughter searches for the truth.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Holy. Moly. Those Girls is the most intense, suspenseful thriller I’ve ever read. The suspense started from the first chapter and never stopped. Just when I would think the story was getting to a place where I could relax, the intensity would begin again. Those Girls had me so anxious that, at times, I would have to take a break every few minutes before I could pick up the book again. So, 5 stars for the thriller aspect of the novel!

As for the actual storyline…To be completely honest, at times it was too much for me. The abuse/rape scenes were almost too graphic. It was uncomfortable to read what Dani, Courtney and Jess had to go through when I liked their characters so much. I get that life isn’t always pretty and sometimes things are ugly, but that didn’t make it any easier to read.

That being said, I still thought Those Girls was really good. Chevy Stevens is a phenomenal writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was interested in where the story was going the entire time and I didn’t want to put the book down (Even though I had to for mental breaks!). I think anyone that enjoys a good, suspenseful thriller will like Those Girls.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to read and honestly review Those Girls.

Delicate Monsters

Delicate Monsters Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis:

The mean girl returns…

Seventeen year-old Sadie Su is a mean girl. Not the kind of popular mean girl you’re imagining, but just plain bad. Even her own father doesn’t want to be around her. She’s just gotten kicked out of her third boarding school for almost killing a classmate. Now, she’s back in California going to the local public school and mandatory therapy sessions. She’s trying to be good, but it doesn’t come naturally to her. It never has.

…and throws off the delicate balance in the Tate boys’ lives.

Emerson Tate is not happy his childhood friend Sadie has returned. He doesn’t want anything to do with her, but he’s afraid she’ll spill his secrets. She represents the person Emerson used to be, not the person he is now. One word from Sadie and Emerson could lose the popularity he’s worked so hard to build.

Miles Tate is Emerson’s younger brother. You wouldn’t know it by the way Emerson treats him at school. To Emerson, Miles doesn’t exist. But Miles doesn’t blame Emerson. Who would want to be known as the freak’s older brother? Miles has always been physically weak, but that’s not what makes him so unpopular. Miles is WEIRD. He has seizures and disturbing visions–visions that always come true.

While Emerson tries unsuccessfully to avoid Sadie, Miles is drawn to her. Sadie believes in Miles. She thinks he is telling the truth about what he sees and wants to help him. But is it too late?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but what went down in Delicate Monsters was not it. It was dark, disturbing, intense and twisted. This psychological thriller messed with my mind in so many ways. The twists and turns were great and surprising. The characters were tragic. I’m amazed this is a YA novel. It could easily be categorized with adult psychological thrillers.

My only complaint was that it left me feeling really disturbed–more so than most psychological thrillers. The story keeps popping into my mind when I least expect it. Yikes!

I would recommend Delicate Monsters book to those that love a dark and gritty psychological thriller. It’s categorized as YA, but I definitely think you would need to be a mature young adult to read this. It’s that dark.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to read and honestly review Delicate Creatures.