Digital ARC review of Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

Release date August 8th, 2017

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Summary:

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

 

My Thoughts:

Emma In The Night was a suspenseful read.  It’s hard to explain too much about the book without giving the story away.

The book is told in alternating chapters.  One by Cass, the sister who returns, and the other by Dr. Abby Winter.  Abby had a theory three years ago when the girls disappeared.  She saw similar things in Mrs. Martin that she saw in her own mother. Narcissistic personality disorder.  Mrs. Martin is obsessed with people seeing her as the best at everything, the most beautiful, a perfect mother. So much so that she competes with her own daughters.  Abby knows there is something wrong with this family and that there is more to the story Cass is telling her.

Cass tells a story about how she and Emma left together one night and that Emma is still alive and needs to be found.  She tells her story over multiple days in bits and pieces to Abby, her family, and the agent on the case.

Wendy Walker tells an interesting tale back and forth in time which makes you wonder what really happened and who is telling the truth.  Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was something else that made me second guess myself.

I gave this book four stars on goodreads.

I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley for review. This did not affect my thoughts or review at all.

Standalone Sunday

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Standalone Sunday was created by Megan@bookslayerreads.   For Standalone Sunday, you pick a standalone book (no series) that you love and share a little about it.  If you don’t have any that you have already read, you can share one from your tbr.

The book I’m choosing this week is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Find it here on Goodreads.

The UK cover is different and you can purchase it here.

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I’m joining #ARCAUGUST

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I just saw this post from YA and Wine hosted by Read Sleep Repeat and thought I would join as soon as my #MakeMeRead readathon is over.

As always here are the rules:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I will have to add to this list as I get some more arcs approved (hopefully this week).

The first one I plan to read is a digital copy of The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan.

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I am waiting on approval for some books and once they are approved, I’ll edit this and add them here.  If I don’t get approved for new ones, I’ll add a couple older arcs that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

7/31 Update:  Just got approved for Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, so I’m adding that to my list.

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8/3  Got this one approved from Negalley today, so adding it to my list.

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8/8  Got a few more arcs, so I’m adding them here.

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8/8  Another book to add.

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Friday 56

Found this one from Freda’s Voice

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

Would-Be Casanova Shakes Cute Girl’s Hand, Offers Her Home Loan with Reasonable Interest Rate.

I shook her hand.  I’m wearing a suit and tie and I shook her hand.

What am I?  A banker?

Who meets a cute girl and shakes her hand?”

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First Lines Friday

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I saw this post on Mom’s Book Collection and it’s from Wandering Words.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

 

Adult content warning on mine (swearing).

“People often shit themselves when they die.

Their muscles slack and their souls flutter free and everything else just…slips out.  For all their audience’s love of death, the playwrights seldom mention it.  When our hero breathes his last in his heroine’s arms, they call no attention to the stain leaking across his tights, or how the stink makes her eyes water as she leans in for her farewell kiss.”

 

Scroll down to see what book this is from.

 

 

 

Keep going.

 

 

 

 

A little more.

 

 

 

 

Still a little more.

 

 

 

 

One more time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Add this book on goodreads Nevernight.

I’ve been holding off reading this one until the next book comes out this fall.   I’ve heard so many great things about it and can’t wait to get into it.

 

Add me as a friend on goodreads if you want to connect more.  Kristi’s goodreads

Rainbow Book Tag

I found this tag while reading a blog post by Reading Every Night and thought I would give it a try.  I don’t really know anyone enough yet to tag them, so please consider yourself tagged if you want to do this.  Just post the link in the comments so I can see yours.

Rules:

It must be the dominant color of the book, not the spine.

If you do not own a book of the color, just pick one that has the color somewhere on the book cover.

It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the version you read.

Tag other bloggers or booktubers.

RED

Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Orange

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Yellow

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Green

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Blue

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

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Indigo/Turquoise 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Purple

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Pink

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

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Brown

Everland by Wendy Spinale

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White

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

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Black

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.  Released July 3, 2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books.  

From Goodreads:

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

My thoughts:

Lots of emotions in this book.  It’s actually a pretty sad read, but it was really good.  Tiger Lily is kind of a badass and I loved her.  I knew going in that she would get her heartbroken, but I was still hoping for good things to happen to her.

“Let me tell you something straight off.  This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and girl are far from innocent.  Dear lives are lost.  And good doesn’t win.  In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings.  In Neverland, that is not the case.”

The book is told by Tinkerbell who has been following Tiger Lily since she was young. She has this great love for Tiger Lily and always wants to be around her.  Tiger Lily is a Sky Eater who was basically adopted by Tik Tok, their Shaman.  The Sky Eaters never grow old, but they do age to a certain point.  Each one varies.   Some age until their teen years and others until middle age. Tiger Lily is different to the extent that she’s teased by kids and almost feared by adults.  Tik Tok is also different, but the village respects him for the most part, at least for the first half of the book.  Tik Tok is a male, but he doesn’t really relate as one.  He grows his hair long and wears dresses every day.  He is more feminine than Tiger Lily is.

The Sky Eaters have been warned about Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.  They were told that they would kill them.  The pirates are dangerous, but they have a truce with the Sky Eaters.  They pretty much leave them alone, but Captain Hook is obsessed with finding and killing Peter.

Things are going well at home at first.  Tiger Lily has a couple close friends, Pine Sap and Moon Eye.  But everything changes when Tiger Lily helps rescue an Englander.  She is being forced into a marriage she doesn’t want and treated like a slave.  Her fiance, Giant, is a vile person.  (There is a brief mention of sexual assault.)

One day Tiger Lily happens upon Peter and the boys.  Tinkerbell falls for Peter right away, but it takes Tiger Lily a lot longer.  She keeps visiting and eventually falls in love with Peter.  She has to make a choice between being with Peter or being in her home with Tik Tok and Pine Sap.  And then that B Wendy shows up and ruins everything.

I won’t go into too much because even though we know how the story ends, there are still major events that happen along the way. I gave this book 4 stars, maybe 4 1/2.  It’s a pretty quick read with a lot of emotion packed into a small book.