This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnisThis Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 10th November 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

I loved McGinnis’ debut duology, Not A Drop to Drink, but I hadn’t read anything by her since. Obviously, when I saw this one was available to review, I snapped it up. Unfortunately, it was more than a little disappointing.

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah HarringtonSpeechless by Hannah Harrington
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 28th August 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

Speechless wasn’t a bad book, to be honest, but it was a little underwhelming. It was such a short book, and a lot happened in those 200 or so pages, that I felt almost disconnected from the story. It did make for a really quick read, though, which is what I was after.

I liked Chelsea, the main character, well enough. There was a lot of character growth there, which is always a sign of a decent book. She acknowledges that she stays silent for far too long, and she also learnt from her mistakes. The protest itself was silly, really, so I’m glad that it played out the way it did in terms of Chelsea’s character growth. Also, Chelsea was attractive and she knew it. It was really nice to read about a main character who knew she was good looking. I love that confidence.

I am probably going to remember the beginning with the assault more than anything. This isn’t the most memorable book but it definitely had bits that will stick with me.

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn DuncanSix Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 24th November 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

Six Little Secrets started off interesting. The first couple of chapters were decent when it came to setting up the book and intriguing me, but after that it all fell apart. I felt like the novella was too short (I realise there’s a reason it’s called a NOVELLA, but whatever) for this kind of story. There wasn’t enough time to set up each of the characters, and I really didn’t care about any of them. When the reveal came, I wasn’t shocked, because I didn’t really care.

I was pretty bored after the first two or three chapters, to be honest. Also, this book is pretty much One of Us is Lying all over again, except OOUIL does everything better.

Book Club: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

Book Club: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou BerneyThe Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

Some friends and I have started a monthly book club, and while discussing things with them, I came up with the brilliant idea of incorporating the book club into my blog. One of my friends, Gemma, is also a blogger, so we’ll be doing a joint post each month in which we share our separate thoughts on the book and talk about how the book went down with the book club as a whole.

The Long and Faraway Gone was actually our first book club pick. It went down really well, because all of us love a good mystery. The Long and Faraway Gone focusses on two characters who both experiences trauma in the past, and who are now drawn back into investigating the incidents that affected them so much.

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