Book Review: THE LOST GIRLS

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The Lost Girls by Heather Young

 

I feel as if I’ve been winning the jackpot lately with books. This gem is no exception. It’s told in 2 different time periods by a family still trying to come to terms with its past.

“As I sit in this dark house, listening to its exhalations that have worn the walls as smooth as vellum, it occurs to me that the whole tragic history of our family comes down to this: none of us knew how to save ourselves.”

The house by the lake is the center of a story that will haunt you for days. You might think you have the end figured out, but you don’t.

Fully developed characters along with an astonishingly beautiful prose will leave you shattered to pieces at the end.

I highly recommend reading this one.

5 Stars

Book Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN @CharlieDonlea

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THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by Charlie Donlea

This was one hell of a deliciously satisfying thriller. Trust me, it’s going to be hard to top this novel at year’s end. I snagged my copy from NetGalley which I strongly suggest you do as well. The release date is April 25th, 2017.

Two girls are taken, one returns safe. The other disappears, but not without leaving a final phone call to her older sister in desperation. The older sister, Livia never picks up.

Imagine living with that guilt for the rest of your life, huh?

The way Livia copes is to work hard at becoming a forensic pathologist in the hopes of coming across her sister’s dead body one day, that’s when she’s not working out with her kick boxer trainer.

I can’t tell you how many themes in this story reminded me of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or DARK PLACES by Flynn. It’s that good. Mix in a little teenage angst, stir with some shady characters and you got something that will light you up and make you think you’re on a roller coaster that won’t stop.

5 Stars

The Girl Before by @originallyrena (Book Review)

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The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

How is it possible to read a novel like this and not be overwhelmed with emotion, grief and rage? In fact, to be honest, if I had known the subject of the book before I began reading, I’d have probably never picked it up. The subject is disguised, almost as a safety-net, to let you off the hook if it gets to be too much. Because, you know at the very beginning something extremely wrong has occurred.

“I am brushing Daisy’s hair at the kitchen table when the front door crashes open. The sound of gunfire and men shouting and children screaming comes in a tidal wave through the open door. Dropping the brush, I grab Daisy’s hand and pull her into the nearest closet, fumbling for the lever that will open the false back. We huddle in the small space together, and Daisy trembles in my arms.”

What a way to grab your attention, huh? And it never lets up from page one. Unimaginable things have happened to Clara Lawson, she just hasn’t realized it yet. Neither will you unless you take the astonishing journey that’s laid out, not in chapters, but in “Then” and “Now” scenes. I would love to find out if Olsen wrote them separately or together simply because it all seems too real.

Clara learns early on that she has been rescued from a horrific lifestyle. But she can’t believe it cause it’s all she’s ever known. Yes, I’m talking about human sex-trafficking. Please, please don’t allow the subject matter to turn you away from reading this novel. It’s so well done, the characters are richly developed and once again, I have to mention Olsen’s brilliant prose where she gently guides you through the story and not once does she falter. There’s not one wasted word as there shouldn’t be when the subject matter contains such rough issues like Stockholm syndrome, child-abduction, abuse and murder.

I think every parent should read this book, every woman too, there is just so much to learn from it. The healing process of Clara is amazing and her coming to terms with the role that she played even though she was the victim will take your breath away. I had many tear stains on my shirt after this one. Some of it is too much to deal with, trust me. This book will haunt you. It should win many awards. Read it and see if you agree.

5 Stars *****

The Perfect Stranger – Book Review @MeganLMiranda

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The Perfect Stranger (All the Missing Girls #2)
by Megan Miranda 

I was lucky enough to receive this ARC of THE PERFECT STRANGER  from Netgalley for an honest review.  The book will be released on April 11th, 2017. This is the second of the All the Missing Girls (2 books) Series, but I felt it could easily stand on its own.

Leah Stevens  is desperate to start a new life. So desperate, she doesn’t pay attention to the people who are willing to help her–take her in. She starts a new job as a teacher in Pennsylvania and life falls apart again.

Leah is also a character that I became extremely cautious of early on in the story. Because she was the protagonist/narrator who constantly points the finger at other people. And believe me, there are a lot to chose from:

Emmy Grey – a roommate who asks no questions, then disappears without a trace.

Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer who hides what he knows but seduces Leah anyway.

Two shady students in her classroom who appear to know more than she does.

Distant relationship with her mother and combative sister issues show lack of support.

Not to mention her boyfriend in Boston where she worked as a journalist who betrayed her on a story at the beginning of the book, making her whole world come crashing down.

So, this is why I was on the lookout for Leah to not be of sound mind and body. It’s also what makes this a great Psychological/Thriller. I love Miranda’s style of writing. She’s one of those rare writers who write like they are speaking to you in the same room, i.e. “You will not believe the story I have!”

5 Stars *****

 

 

Some Wise Advice Circulating:

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by Bernice A. King @BerniceKing

1. Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
9. Take care of yourselves; and
10. Resist!
Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
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https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBerniceKing/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

 

WOMANIFESTO

If you read one thing today, let it be this.

Libba Bray

Congratulations.

You have woken the witch that lives deep inside me.

You have removed the slumber chains from the giant of old.

You have handed me a box of matches and no chaperone

And a world made of lies and polyester.

Congratulations.

You have barked up the wrong bitch.

Proclaim it:

I have shucked off the good, southern lady’s cloak,

Of the homecoming court, the cheerleader,

The preacher’s daughter, hands gentled in her lap.

They tied it at my neck with a bow, a Gordian girl-knot,

When I was young and bossy and sure-footed

“For protection,” they said.

Whose protection? I wondered.

Enough.

I have sent that shit out to the dry cleaners

I will not pick it up

They can sell it for a profit from a rack on the street.

From now on,

I’m exposing the raw pink edges of my true skin to the sun.

Some things…

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What I’ll Really Miss When This Election Is Over

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It seems so hard to think that in 3 short months we won’t have this family in the White House anymore. I remember the 4 of them in 2008 walking on stage to accept the job of First Family and crying my eyes out. I felt safe again knowing that someone with intelligence, courage and knew his calling was for serving the American people, not himself had taken office.

President Obama would never have sat in a children’s classroom while our country was being attacked. He was quick to think, slow to speak, and always chose his words wisely. He had to take on the worst recession our nation has ever had. Racism began to slowly simmer. In 2009, Joe Wilson, U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina’s 2nd district shouted out “Liar!” at The State of Our Union. What did the President do? He kept moving forward. (Could you imagine Trump in that same position?)

Mrs. Obama became one, if not the most beloved First Ladies. She is a lawyer and writer. She has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education. From inspiring us to get up and move, eat healthy and growing the now infamous vegetable garden–she has changed the role of First Lady forever. And boy, oh boy, can she give a speech.

So, I will miss them dearly. I started writing during their time in the White House. What did they do? Click below:

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President Obama

All of this was achieved through hard work, unspeakable resistance from the opposite party and minimized whenever the Obama’s came through wining. I have never been a prouder American citizen than on the day in November 2008 when I stood in line for over an hour to cast my vote for this amazing man. My only regret is that the members of Congress refused to work with him. And we are witnessing the backlash now. But even so, thanks so very much for setting such a great example as a leader, a husband and a father.

https://youtu.be/qtiyAFf9ix4

Enjoy, the humorous video above! Warning, it might also bring tears.

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