The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

This was a book that was picked at our book club for a classic genre.  Via Goodreads – “When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin’s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situation.

Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities. Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work “quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D. H. Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity.” Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to The Awakening.”

It was a very short story that abruptly ended and left you feeling like there should of been more.  But once the discussion started at book club, we all found that there was more to the book that met the eye which made for interesting perspectives on the matters.

 

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The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Naomi is Rene Denfeld’s “The Child Finder”. Once herself a missing child, she has become a private investigator specializing in the search for missing children. She has no memory of her own past, only from the moment of her escape and rescue. Sometimes she finds a live child, sometimes remains and sometimes she gets no answers. Her current case involves that of Madison Culver, who went missing three years ago at the age of five while Christmas tree hunting in an Oregon National Forest. Through hard work and countless hours of research and hiking, Naomi may have stumbled upon a clue. The book is told from the point of view of Naomi, Madison (Snow Girl), and Mr. B. The book moves at a fast pace, keeping me engaged so I wanted to keep reading but I just didn’t find it to be a book that I really liked.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

The story line was ‘okay’.  I most enjoyed the narrator as I listened to this on audio! It made me giggle at how into the characters she was, along with a few other narrator voices that played other characters as well.  This audio version was even paired with creepy music to go along with the story.  I’d say at least give it a shot on audio for sure, I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks!

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

A well written and suspenseful novel and a coming of age story dealing with the mystery of two women one who is murdered and the other who disappeared and both a generation apart.

Lucy grew up never knowing what happened to her mother but when a friend of hers goes messing she sets out to find answers and what she discovers brings the truth back into her own family.  This is not a happily-ever-after land for Lucy. Not when we first meet her.

A solid suspenseful and atmospheric debut. A novel exploring the ties of blood and exactly how much one will do for family. A fast moving novel that reveals secrets kept and crimes hidden. How much does one really know about the people to which one is closest?

If you are looking for a good mystery with a strong sense of place, some compelling suspenseful moments combined with great descriptions of the rural countryside and life, then The Weight of Blood is very likely for you. I will look forward very much to Laura McHugh’s future novels.

Weregirl by C.D. Bell

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I loved this book and cannot wait to read more from C.D. Bell!

Nessa Kurland is trying her best to earn a college scholarship for her cross-country running.  One night, a girl on her team who claims running at night could help Nessa progress, plans to meet up with her at a local trail.  Nessa is a tad late so she tries to catch up with her team-mate.  It’s dark on the trail and Nessa thinks she see’s something in the woods and then happens upon a wolf stuck in a trap.  Nessa has a heart for animals, same as her mother who works at the veterinary clinic and Nessa decides that she is going to try to free the wolf.  Next thing she knows, she is waking up in a hospital room with a wolf bite to her hip, jeopardizing any hope she had at getting that running scholarship.  Then she starts to remember that it wasn’t the wolf that was trapped that bit her…there were two wolves.

Nessa’s wound starts to heal quicker than normal, her hearing becomes magnified as well as she can now see perfectly without her contacts….changes that happen overnight!  Nessa soon finds out that bite from the wolf will lead her down a powerful and freighting path transforming into a full werewolf!  But why was Nessa chosen? We soon find out why and delve into a story brushed with human darkness and a town with an eerie past that is now affecting the future of the town and even Nessa’s own family.

 

 

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

One year ago, Olive’s mother went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and never came back.  There was no body found, only a hiking boot and a smashed cell phone and is then decided that Billie Flanagan had died.

As Olive and her dad try to cope with the loss Billie, strange things begin to happen.  Olive starts having visions of her mother, leading her to believe that her mother is still alive and wants Olive to come find her.  Olive’s dad starts to question these ‘visions’ until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that brings into questions everything they thought they knew about her.

As they embark on a quest for the truth, no stone goes unturned and the clues leading up to her suspected death become clear.  Was Olive’s mother really dead or did she just…..disappear…..and if so…..where had she gone?

This is one of those books where you won’t want to read ahead because there are so many surprises. The last sentence — well, just wait!

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

If you enjoyed the Maze Runner books, you’ll like this story as well.  This is a dystopian novel that will keep you on turning the pages until you realize that you’re at the end and you haven’t moved in hours.  I enjoyed the story line, although in a few places I felt as though the story was going drug along.  I will chalk this up to the fact that 90% of the story is riveting and a story does need a little down time every once in a while.

Main character Eden’s life has changed drastically since the war.  There’s a new powerful group called the Wolfpack that is controlling everything on earth including all the resources.  This group killed Eden’s family and has imprisoned her.  She has a lot of spunk and decides that she isn’t going to be held captive any longer.

Eden knows a secret.  She knows that the myth of Sanctuary Island, is actually not a myth at all…thanks to her father.  Eden races and risks her life to reach this island to find solace.  What she finds is far more complicated than she or the others escapees had expected.

What would you do to reach freedom if your future is looking deadlier every second?  How do you survive?