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Sadly my first one star of the new year

Title: Never -Contented Things
Author: Sarah Porter
Genre:Young Adult
Rating : 1


  Seductive. Cruel. Bored.
Be wary of…


Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom


My thoughts:
Would I recommend it: No
Would I read anything else by this author? no
I really want to to like it , and I went in expect it to be dark and creepy as well as some what twisted ,but while it was a bit dark ,it wasn't what I was expecting at all, and the way the author wrote it kind of throw me .And it was a struggle to try and understand what in the world was going on, as well as try and get though it, but non the less I did finished and not once did I enjoy it at all because after I finish it I was like what did I just read, and other thing I kept asking myself why in the world did i pick it up in the first place and then it hit me the only reason was because of the cover ,will I guess the saying is true in this case : never judge a book by its cover. With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it.

Snowball

Title : Snowball
Author: Gregory Bastianelli
Genre: Horror
Rating :4
A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Will I read more by this author? Yes
I can't believe it took me this long to pick it up, as soon as I read the first couple of pages I was hooked, and i do have to say after reading this book that I'll at a snowman the same way ever again.It was the perfect read for a cold snowy day ,and that made it even more spooky .Not only that but it gives of vibes of these movies which I've seen bits and pieces of and after reading this I don't think I want to see them, and the movies are Krampus, Jack Frost and and a Christmas Horror Story. With that said I want to thank the Publishers as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review it.

The Dilemma

 

 

 

Title: The Dilemma
Author: B.A.Paris
Genre:
Rating:3
Livia is finally having the birthday party she always dreamed of. When she and her husband Adam fell pregnant as teenagers, she was disowned by her parents. Their marriage has had its ups and downs, but now, twenty years on, they are blissfully happy now with their two grown-up children, Josh and Marnie. And tonight, Adam is throwing Livia the party of a lifetime, to make up for the fairytale wedding they could never have.

Marnie has been studying abroad and can’t make it to the party. Livia can’t help but be slightly grateful for this, as she’s recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. For just one night, Livia wants everything to be perfect.

Adam, meanwhile, has set up another surprise for his wife: Marnie will be secretly flying back for the family celebration. But soon it emerges that Adam is faced with a dilemma of his own, and he too may have to keep a terrible secret. After all, if you could give the person you love the most in the world a few more hours of happiness, you would . . . wouldn’t you? As the day of the party dawns, one thing is clear: Marnie’s arrival could shatter 


My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read more by this author?yes
I was so happy when I got an email from St.Martins Press inviting me to read her new book, because of the two I've read I ended up loving them, and I didn't even know she was coming out with a new one until I saw the email ,and I was like yes please ,it even made its way on to my most anticipated reads for this year, bit sadly it didn't work for me, while I did like the concept of the story and as always her characters came to life it just didn't have her normal punch that her other two books (The Breakdown and Bring Me Back),and while I know and understand that every book is going to be different this one just didn't want to hold my attention at all,it was just boring even though it was a spectacular emotional display of love and deceit in a marriage. With that said I want to thank St.Martins Press as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review it , and I can't wait to to read more by this author .

The Girl From Widow Hills

 

Title:The Girl From Widow Hill
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: psychological Thriller
Rating: 5

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda..

 

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Would I read anything else by this author? Yes
Wow other win for this author, so far besides this one I've read All the Missing Girls , The Last Houseguest, The Perfect Stranger.And all of them just like this was and is five start reads for me, in fact I would go as far and say that this one is my all time second favorite book of her while All the missing girls is my all time favorite one.Why is this my second all time favorite book over her other two books The Perfect Stranger and the Last Houseguest you may be wounding and the answer is because it's more dark and twisted then they are, and it makes you question everything you thought you knew about Olivia. And to tell the truth even though I give the other two books 5 stars and they deserved them this one was everything that I love when it comes to a thriller fast paced, heart pounding, non stop action. With that said I want to thank Simon &Schuster as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review not only one of my most anticipated reads but also one of my top books for January 2020.

Legion Of Fire

Title: Legion of Fire
Series: Luke Jensen Bounty Hunter #6
Author: William W.Johnstone & J.A.Johnstone
Genre: western
Rating: 4


 Johnstone Country. Frontier Spirit Lives Here.

Luke Jensen comes from a righteous brood. Survival is in his blood. And he’s burned enough gunpowder to forge out his own legend on the frontier as the toughest bounty hunter who ever stalked his prey . . .
 
THE HUNTING PARTY
 
When Luke Jensen traps fugitive Ben Craddock in Arapaho Springs, he’s ready to collect on his bounty. But the job’s not done—not by a long shot. A raid by a savage gang known as the Legion of Fire has left the peaceful settlement looted, burned to the ground, and the ashes scoured for female hostages—including the marshal’s daughter. For Luke this is more than a hunt. It’s now a rescue. And with Craddock busted out of jail and thrown in with the gang, it’s also revenge. Wrangling a small posse, Luke heads for the Legion’s hideout in the Kansas badlands. Outnumbered, they can’t risk an ambush. Instead, it’s going to take cutthroat cunning for the outlaws of the Legion of Fire to go down in flames—one by one.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Will I read more of the series ? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes

Very well written ,and the characters come to life before your very eyes, but then again they will because it's William W.Johnstone and J.A.Johmstone. And even though this is book 6 and my first time reading this series, it's not my first time reading anything by these author's ,in fact their two of my favorite western author's to read, just because of how well their stories being back memories of watching old western movies with my dad. So if your looking for something like that to read and get lost in then check them out as well as this series .With that said I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for letting me read and review it .

January's mid month Wrap up

Wow we'er already week 3 of January 2020 so here is my first January mid- month wrap up:What your see is :

Books read

Currently reading

Page read

Favorite

Last favorite

 


Goodreads Goal 2020: 52
Books reads : 34
Total pages read for January:12547
Total pages for the year :12547
Biggest book read : 620 pages
DNF : 0
✴ : non
✴✴: 5
✴✴✴:1( includes 3.5 as well)
✴✴✴✴13 ( includes 4.5 as well)
✴✴✴✴✴:14

Books
Library:1
Kindle :5
Physical ( paperback & hardback)6
NetGalley :18
Edelweiss:3
Rereads:( includes both Kindle and physical) 6
Big books 2
 Book someone picked for me :1
Authors read before; 15
New to me author's:17 ( include NetGalley and Kindle)
Books Delete off Kindle 7 ( includes NetGalley & library books)

 

 

Currently reading
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris Death at Hungerford Stairs (Charles Dickens Investigations #2) by J.C. Briggs


Read:
NetGalley
The God Game by Danny Tobey Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday An Inconvenient Duke (Lords of the Armory Book 1) by Anna Harrington The Fortress by S.A. Jones Burma The Forgotten War by Jon Latimer The Six by Luca Veste In Search of Truth (Deadly Force #3) by Sharon Wray Catacombs (Faye Longchamp #12) by Mary Anna Evans Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris Glow Book I, Potency by Aubrey Hadley 999 The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam Unforgiven Includes a bonus novella by Jay Crownover Calling on Quinn by Blue Saffire Tilling the Truth (A Garden Squad Mystery #2) by Julia Henry Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown Legion of Fire (Luke Jensen Bounty Hunter, #6) by William W. Johnstone The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda The Complete Language of Flowers A Definitive and Illustrated History by Suzanne Dietz

Other books
New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. Robb Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre Hyper by John A. Autero The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle The Outsider by Stephen King Savage Sam (Old Yeller, #2) by Fred Gipson Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly Shadow Born (Shadows of Salem, #1) by Jasmine Walt Hindsight (Kendra Michaels, #7) by Iris Johansen The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages, #12) by Jules Verne

Edelweiss
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15) by James Rollins American Sherlock Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson



1:The Fortress 2stars
2:The God Game 2 stars
3:Mermaid Inn4 stars
4:An Inconvenient Duke5 stars
5:New York to Dallas 5 stars
6:The Six 4.5
7:Pirate Latitudes 4.5
8:Honor Among Thieves 4.5
9:Catacombs3
10:In Search of Truth4
11:Burma: The Forgotten War 4
12:The Wives 5
13:Cilka's Journey2
14:999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz4.5
15::Unforgiven: Includes a bonus novella4.5
16Glow Book I, Potency 2
17;Calling on Quinn5
18:The Last Odyssey 5
19Legion of Fire- 4.5
20:Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War5 ( reread)
21:Tilling the Truth4.5
22:The Hound of the Baskervilles 5 ( reread)
23:Hyper 4
24American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI 4.5
25 Reversion 4.5
26The Outsider 4.5
27Shadow Born 4.5
28Savage Sam 5
29Ten Days in a Mad-House 5
30Beautiful Liars5
31The Mysterious Island -5
32Hindsight ( re read) 5
33;The Girl from Widow Hills5
34:The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History3
35:The Dilemma- currently reading
36:Death at Hungerford Stairs- currently reading

Last favorite
The God Game

Favorites ( so far )
The Girl from Widow Hill
The Wives
Beautiful Liars

Most  emotional type read so far
999_The_Extraordinary_Young_Women_of_the_First_Official_Jewish_Transport_to_Auschwitz



 

American Sherlock

 

 

Title: American Sherlock
Author:Kate Winkler Dawson
Genre: Nonfiction
Pages:
Rating: 4.5
 From the acclaimed author of Death in the Air ("Not since Devil in the White City has a book told such a harrowing tale"--Douglas Preston) comes the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century.  Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities--beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books--sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest--and first--forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural.  Heinrich was one of the nation's first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. However with his brilliance, and commanding presence in both the courtroom and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious--some would say fatal--flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation.  Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock captures the life of the man who pioneered the science our legal system now relies upon--as well as the limits of those techniques and the very human experts who wield them

My thoughts
Would I recommend it?Yes
Will I read anything else by this author? Yes
When it comes to nonfiction I tend to read alot of it especially when it comes to true crime and as soon as I this I knew I had to request it and I'm so glad I did, because this isn't just about true crime that took place , or how they were solved this is about the life of the man who is one of the pioneers of the forensic science as well as about the contributions that he made ,the remarkable breakthroughs and in its flaws discovered in more contemporary times. The pace was fast, making this a great read, but not lacking in information. With that said I want to thank Edelweiss for letting me read and review exchange for my honest opinion.

Glow

 

Title : Glow
Series :
Author:
Sci Fi
Rating: 2
The Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter.

The same night of the outbreak—thousands of miles away—Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, finds herself face-to-face with a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood. As her suburb goes on lockdown, Harper is kidnapped and taken to the Base of Ki, a massive dome with a sheening white city and fantastic technology. There, she must form new alliances to save her friends, family, and species before they lose all chance of returning to Earth.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it? No
Will I be going on with the series ?No
Will I read anything else by this author?No
While I enjoy science fiction and some time get lost in the story unfortunately it just didn't do anything for me, I thought the plot was ok but it didn't flow like the author wanted it to, and the characters seemed flat, there was nothing about them or the story that kept me interest in what was going on.To tell you the truth the only thing it had going for itself is the cover which is beautiful.With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it even though I won't be going on with the series.

note

It might take me awhile to post my reviews here, have to to by phone because

my laptop broke so I'm saving up for a new one

January News

Every once in a while I'll do something like this: On these types of post your find: What books I've read My current reading Next to read Podcast I'm listening to What movies I've watched What adult coloring book I'm working in: 

 

Book News - the place to find out what I'm reading , have read and what I'm reading next .

Currently reading
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris Legion of Fire (Luke Jensen Bounty Hunter, #6) by William W. Johnstone American Sherlock Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson The Outsider by Stephen King Reversion by Amy Rogers


Read:
NetGalley
The God Game by Danny Tobey Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday An Inconvenient Duke (Lords of the Armory Book 1) by Anna Harrington The Fortress by S.A. Jones Burma The Forgotten War by Jon Latimer The Six by Luca Veste In Search of Truth (Deadly Force #3) by Sharon Wray Catacombs (Faye Longchamp #12) by Mary Anna Evans Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris Glow Book I, Potency by Aubrey Hadley 999 The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam Unforgiven Includes a bonus novella by Jay Crownover Calling on Quinn by Blue Saffire Tilling the Truth (A Garden Squad Mystery #2) by Julia Henry

Other books
New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. Robb Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre Hyper by John A. Autero The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15) by James Rollins

Edelweiss
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

 

Movie News: What movies I've watched
Rating:

Cilka's Journey

 

Title: Cilka's Journey
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Rating: 2

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Would I recommend it? No
Will I read anything else from this author: No
I don't want to make people made or upset when and if they read this, because I can understand that a lot of people either liked it or hated it,  I'm sad to say that I will not be reading this author again. And you may be asking why, since I love historical fiction especially WW 2 historical fiction, but in this case the author and her writing style isn't for me. When I go into either a nonfiction or a historical fiction based on or about WW 2 I want to feel something, I want to see the characters come to life before my very eyes, see the places that the author and the characters are talking about, and feel what they feel and going though. And while quite of lot of people have said that they all felt that with this story, unfortunately that didn't happen for me. There were times I just want to put it down and not finish it at all, but a part of me was hoping that the story would get better ,that I would see the characters come to life, or the story would make me feel something but it didn't . With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it 

The Wives

 

title: The Wives
author: Tarryn Fisher
Thriller
rating: 5
Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more by this author? yes
Dark and twisted as well as disturbing ,and the author writing style reminds me of another author's style is just as dark and twisted which is why I love her writing .it had me hooked from the very start of the story and not once did it disappoint me, because the more I read the more twisted the story became to a point that I didn't know who to trust or who was telling the truth .With that said I want to thank Edelweiss for letting me read and review it as well as the Publishers themselves.

999

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam (

 
Title: 999
Author: Heather Dune Macadm
Gener: Nonfiction ( WW 2 History)
Pages : 417
Read as a NetGalley ARC
Rating:4.5
On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.

The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Will I read more by this author? Yes
This is a most read book even though it's on a really tough topic to read about and will make you very emotional as well. Because  up until I read 2 historical fiction books about this horrible place I had no idea it  existed and what went on there, and while those historical fiction books did nothing to bring this place or the story of the people who was there alive ,this author did the complete opposite ,she really did her research and not only that but she brought to life the characters as well as the places she was talking about, she brought their fears and their struggles to life so much so that you could feel it. As well as the stories of the ones that didn't come back , in many ways she give them a voice to tell their story so they could be remembered. With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it .

Unforgiven

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Title: Unforgiven
Series :Loveless Texas
Author:Jay Crownover
Forever
Genre: Romance
Rating:4.5
Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn't gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father's mysterious death, and he's forced back to the town--and the woman--he left behind.


When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton's already battered heart. And now that he's working on her father's case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings--until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her...for good.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it ?yes
Will I read more of this series? Yes
Will I read more by this author? Yes
Hot and streamy comes to mind while your reading this one, because of the sexual tension between Hill and Kody, and even though Kody doesn't want to adment it ,her own brother Hill's best friend see it and speaks up about it, but his all for it because he knows that Hill is the best thing that can happen to his sister. Not only is the romance hot and heavy, but the the suspense is also right up there as well , it keeps you wanting to know  who killed their farther and why and it brings to life more secrets that they ( the Lawton's ) didn't know, and you see more of them as a family coming together as well. And you get a more detailed background story on Kody and her bar as well as her friends..With that said I want to thank Forever as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review as well as inviting me to check it out ,and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series .

Catacombs

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title: Catacombs
Series: Faye Longchamp #12
Author: Mary Anna Evans
Rating: 2

What secrets lie e2ep beneath the surface?
A deafening explosion rocks a historic Oklahoma City hotel, sending archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth crashing to the marble floor of the lobby. She's unhurt but shaken—after all, any time something blows up in Oklahoma City, the first word on everyone's lips is the same: bomb.
Faye is in town for a conference celebrating indigenous arts, but is soon distracted by the aftermath of the explosion, which cracks open the old hotel's floor to reveal subterranean chambers that had housed Chinese immigrants a century before. Faye is fascinated by the tunnels, which are a time capsule back to the early 20th century—but when the bodies of three children are discovered deep beneath the city, her sense of discovery turns to one of dread...
 
My thoughts
Would I recommend it? no
Will I read more of this series? no
Will I read more by this author? no
it took me a while to get into the story , there was times I just wanted to put the book, but I went head and finished it even though it took me awhile to get into the story, while I did like the idea behind it , it just didn't keep me pulled into the story and the characters I just didn't feel like reading about at all with that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read it and review it

Cilka's Journey

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Title: Cilka's Journey
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Rating: 2

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.
 
Would I recommend it? No
Will I read anything else from this author: No
I don't want to make people made or upset when and if they read this, because I can understand that a lot of people either liked it or hated it,  I'm sad to say that I will not be reading this author again. And you may be asking why, since I love historical fiction especially WW 2 historical fiction, but in this case the author and her writing style isn't for me. When I go into either a nonfiction or a historical fiction based on or about WW 2 I want to feel something, I want to see the characters come to life before my very eyes, see the places that the author and the characters are talking about, and feel what they feel and going though. And while quite of lot of people have said that they all felt that with this story, unfortunately that didn't happen for me. There were times I just want to put it down and not finish it at all, but a part of me was hoping that the story would get better ,that I would see the characters come to life, or the story would make me feel something but it didn't . With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it