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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Larena, August 23, 2015

Contemporary, Thriller

Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School. It also left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now she is living close to the perfect life she has worked so hard to achieve with a handsome blue blood fiancé, an expensive wardrobe and a glamorous job.

Ani has a secret.

She is still haunted by something else that is buried in her past. It is something that is both painful and private and it is threatening to bubble to the surface and ruin everything for her.

Ani has a cutthroat ambition and some sharp edges that she uses to protect a scandalous truth and a heart that is actually bigger than it seems.

Now Ani has to decide if by breaking her silence she will destroy everything she has worked for or if she will finally be set free.

This is a book that takes so many twists and turns that you never know just where it is going or where it will end up. Ani seems cold and difficult but as the reader gets more into the story they find that there is a lot more to Ani than they first thought there was. The story is very engrossing as the reader will want to find out just what is going on and what Ani is hiding from her past. It has a very satisfying ending and the story will stay with the reader long after they have finished the book.
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Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt
Remember Mia

Larena, August 23, 2015

Contemporary Suspense

New York

Estelle Paradise is found near death at the bottom of a ravine with a vague sense of loss and a fragmented memory when she wakes up in a hospital. The reality that sets in is terrifying when she realizes her daughter is missing.

In their Brooklyn apartment Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty days earlier. All traces of seven-month-old Mia has disappeared and there are no signs of a break-in. Mia’s clothes, bottles and diapers are all gone.

Estelle begins a desperate search when she is frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance. Estelle is soon the number one suspect in the eyes of both the police and media when her story is cast in doubt due to the lack of evidence.

Estelle will do anything to find answers as hope is all she has left of reuniting with Mia. What has someone done to Mia or what has she done to her baby?

This is a story that takes some amazing twists and turns and will keep readers guessing as to just what has happened to Mia. Just as the reader thinks they know what is going on another clue is revealed that will have them wondering if they are close to figuring out what is the truth. It is also a book that is very hard to put down as readers will want to know just how this one turns out. The story grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very last page. This is one suspense story not to miss.

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The Good Fight by Andrew Grey
The Good Fight

Larena, August 23, 2015

Contemporary Romance m/m

South Dakota

Jerry Lincoln has an IT consulting business in Sioux Falls and he has a problem as he has more work than one man can handle alone. That means he needs to hire some help. John Black Raven is Jerry’s new employee. He is also proving to be distracting. Jerry hopes he will be more helpful than anything because he is finding that John’s deep eyes and long hair are very distracting.

John left the reservation for an education and a chance at a life that wasn’t possible on the reservation. What is most important as far as he is concerned is getting a job and keeping it. His sister died six months ago and now her children are in foster care. John can’t get custody even with the law on his side. In fact he is unable to even see his nephew and niece.

John soon discovers he doesn’t have to struggle alone as he and Jerry grow closer. With Jerry’s help he gets visitation rights and some much needed support. Even with the victories there are still some setbacks. Native American children are the bread and butter of Child Services so everything is tangled up in red tape, politics and money. John and Jerry are determined to fight the good fight and win.

This is a story that pulls at readers heartstrings and will have readers hoping everything works out for the best for John and Jerry. The characters are well written and the story line proves to be so engrossing that readers will find it hard to put the book down for any reason. For readers that enjoy this genre this is definitely a book to check out and they will find that they will want to read more from this author. The story keeps building until the climatic end.
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That Night by Chevy Stevens
That Night

Larena, August 23, 2015

Contemporary Suspense with Romantic elements

Vancouver Island

Toni Murphy is a typical teenager with the usual complications. Parents with whom she has a strained relationship, a younger sister she can’t relate to, classmates that seem to want to make her life miserable and a boyfriend that she adores. Life wasn’t always easy but she never thought it would turn horrific like it did when her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend Ryan were sent to prison when they were convicted of the crime.

Toni is now thirty-four back in her hometown on parole and struggling to adjust to life on the outside. She doesn’t want to go back so she is doing everything possible to avoid violating her parole. No one seems to be making that easy either. Especially her mother that doesn’t believe in her innocence, the group of women that made her life hell in high school or Ryan who is determined to find out the truth. There are those that just might have darker secrets than anyone imagined in particular the women that Toni had problems with in high school. Toni is finding that no matter how hard she wants to ignore her old life to start a new one that is impossible. If Toni truly wants to move on she is going to have to find out what really happened that night even if she must risk everything to do so.

The most terrifying thing of all though just might be the truth.

This is a story that pulls the reader in and keeps them guessing as to just what happened and who is behind everything. Just as the reader thinks they have the solution another tidbit is thrown out that will have them doubting they have it figured out at all. The twists and turns that this story takes will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they try and figure out the truth behind what really happened. It will also have readers hoping things will work out for Toni and Ryan. This is also a book that will stay with the reader long after they are done with the story.
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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes

Larena, August 9, 2015

Historical YA, Romantic elements

Laia is a slave and while Elias is a soldier neither is truly free.

The Martial Empire meets defiance with death. People that live there are expected to vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor. If they don’t they chance execution of their loved ones and also the destruction of what they hold dear.

It is inspired by ancient Rome and it is brutal. It is also the world where Laia lives with her older brother and grandparents. They eke out an existence in the impoverished backstreets of the Empire. They also do not challenge the Empire. They know what happens when someone does they have seen it happen.

Laia is forced to make a decision when her brother is arrested for treason. She will get help from the rebels who promise to rescue her brother but to get that help she has to risk her life. She will have to spy for the rebels in the Empire’s greatest military academy.

At the school Laia meets Elias who is the school’s finest soldier. Though secretly he is the most unwilling. Elias is being trained to enforce the tyranny he wants to be free from. Soon Elias and Laia realize that their destinies are intertwined. They also realize that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

This is an amazing book that pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go. Not even after the reader has finished the story. The world comes to life with every word read. It has action and suspense that keeps the reader engrossed and reading just so they can see what will happen next. It will also have readers hoping for more from this author and world. Readers get to see Laia find the strength to do what she must to both survive and save her brother. Elias also finds out what is most important to him and just how far he will go to fight for what he believes in. This is a book that readers will find themselves reading over and over.
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