Feel Me Fall by James Morris

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“The rain pelted us, each drop a tiny bullet.”

Title: Feel Me Fall

Author: James Morris

Published: May 2017

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller

Stars:  4          Content Rating: 5

Synopsis:

Secrets and survival in the Amazon

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.

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First of all I am sorry I have been a MIA lately. Forgive me! I haven’t been reading at my usual speed because of all sorts of things. Mostly, we just bought a house and we will be moving (just down the street) next week. I am hoping once we get settled I can really dig in and catch up on all the reading I missed this month.

Secondly, READ THIS BOOK. It took me a minute to get into it. I was distracted but then.. I was INTO it. It begins with Emily at the hospital. She is the lone survivor of high school trips plane crash into the Amazon. To deal with the trauma, her therapist tells her to write her story down. To process it all and help it make sense. As Emily is telling the story, she goes from the Amazon to her past at school. So you are jumping around a timeline a little bit but I liked it. It added enough info to how the kids were at school and their relationships with each other.

I got to the end and about died. I loved how the author wrapped it up. I don’t want to spoil anything because it surprised me. I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. I have been thinking and considering it all day. The thought that was put into this book was pretty thorough. I felt like they were teenagers, with teenage problems. Teenage worries. Teenagers trying to make it out if the jungle alive. It was a pretty intense read. When it comes down to survival in the middle of the jungle, there are no rules. Who would you become to survive?

Thanks for reading!

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A very heartfelt *thank you* to Jim Morris for sending me this copy to review. I truly loved it!

To buy a copy on Amazon click here.

The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw

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Title: The Trainee Undercover

Author: Brenda Shaw

Published: 2016 Ade Press Ltd.

Genre: YA, Mystery

Stars: 2            Content: 2

Synopsis:

The COO of a giant pharmaceutical discovers billions of pounds embezzled from the company. When he tries to expose the raid, he gets blackmailed. At the same time, the CEO gets accused of murdering one of the company directors. In the midst, are four teenagers who desperately want to rescue the COO from the blackmailer. Preparing to take all risks, one of them covertly takes up the job of a trainee in the pharmaceutical c company Read on to see, if the optimistic teenagers succeed in exposing the blackmailers or get trapped by inexperience.

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I was so happy to receive this copy of The Trainee Undercover from Brenda! It sounded so interesting and I’m ashamed it has taken me so long to read it! We have had a pretty busy month. Lets get to it.

The idea of this novel is a really good one. Four teenage friends that put themselves in dangerous situations to crack the case. Alex, Harry, George and Angela have been friends forever. One summer George and his family are going to be shipped off to America because his Dad is the COO and is being framed. The friends don’t want that so they decide to go undercover and figure it out themselves, because…. well.. who would expect a bunch of kids? Alex gets hired on at Pat Pharma. Angela does an internship with the lawyers that handled the murder case. Harry is the tech guy. . . and George helps keep it all together. There are “grown ups” aka Matt and his team, who are real private investigators, also trying to solve this case. As it all comes about, I will say it was a good story. However, I had a very hard time believing these teenagers were teenagers. They talked like adults, not 17 year old kids. I had a really hard time getting past that. The writing style wasn’t my favorite either but once I got more into the story it was okay. It definitely didn’t suck my right in. In fact I had a really hard time staying interested. If your looking for a good nail biting mystery, this isn’t it.

Thanks for reading!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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“The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Stars: 4 Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted! I’m so sorry! We have been so busy and we are in the process of buying a house and selling ours. We have had lots of home projects we wanted to finish up before we put it on the market so I have not been reading. ( I know.. so sad) I did find some time with all the said projects to do some listening! I finished Shadow and Bone this week and wanted to immediately start the next book. I had so many recommendations for this series and I’m so happy I gave it a chance. Leigh Bardugo has just become one of my favorite new authors!

This is a story about a girl that has been suppressing her powers her whole life. Since she was a small child to stay with her friend, Mal. She didn’t even know she was doing it. After they grow up and join the army together, they set off into the “fold” with their company. In this world, Leigh has created the Grisha. There are different types depending on what their magic can do. Each are identified as such with what colors they wear. There is a King, with his first army. Then there is the Darkling, with his second army: the Grisha. As Alina and Mal go through the Shadow Fold and Mal gets attacked, her magic breaks loose and saves them. Now that the Darkling has found her, he can set his plans in motion. Alina gets swept away and trained with the other Grisha in drills and learns how to use her power. She is a Sun Summoner and the only one. It’s confusing to figure out this life of luxury or is it only masked as such? Can the Darkling be trusted with his plans of world prosperity and peace or does he have more sinister plans up is sleeve?

I will be honest. I am confused about the Darkling. I really want him to be good. As of how book 1 ended he is the villain. … but I have hope for him yet. I really love how the Darkling is all shadow and dark power. His color is black, and Alina is light and warmth. Their powers balance each other out and they are the only two with those powers. I know there is more that these two are going to go through and I can’t wait to see how it will play out with them contrasting and complimenting each other. It took me a minute to get into this story. Sometimes it just does when it is a new world that you are trying to figure out, but now that I have finished I can’t wait to start book 2. This is a trilogy and I am looking forward to it! Happy reading!

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