A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
**** (4 stars)
This book is told from Emma’s point of view and switches between past and present. The past is as far back as 5 years previously and the present is when Emma, Henri and Alex have all been shipwrecked. While the story is about them being shipwrecked it’s more about the relationships especially the sisterly relationship between Emma and Henri. There is a little romance but for the most part it’s about Emma and Henri. At first I wasn’t fully into the book. I thought is was ok but not a whole lot was happening but at some point it hooked me and I wanted to know how things would end. Emma and Henri have a very close relationship and I mean very close I would even say it could be considered a little unhealthy. If you’ve read the story then you know. I hated how Alex was such a huge part of the story for the majority of the book and then in the end he was just in the background barely getting any page time. Considering everything that happened while they were shipwrecked I would have expected… I don’t really know I just feel like he just kind of disappeared and I didn’t like that but overall I really enjoyed this story.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
****.5 (4.5 stars)
First I want to thank NetGalley and RedHook books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I started this book several years ago and only managed to read 15% of the book. I think the reason I ended up putting it down back then was because we know immediately who the culprit is and I like not knowing that specific detail until the end. That’s honestly the only reason I ended up not continuing with the book. I am determined to catch up on the books on my NetGalley shelf this year and Baby Doll was the first one up. Now that I have finally read it I am kicking myself for putting it down all those years ago.
I will say I wasn’t immediately sucked into this story. It took a few chapters to really pull me in. Each chapter is a different point of view and we get 4 different points of view. We get Lily who was the one kidnapped, we get Abby who is Lily’s twin sister, we get Eve who is their mother and then we get some chapters from the kidnappers point of view. While some of the the characters actions really bothered me I was still sucked into the story. I read over 75% of the book in one sitting that’s how immersed in the story I was. We don’t get all the sordid details of Lily’s captivity yes we do get a glimpse of all that she endured but I don’t feel like it went into to much detail but I definitely say look into trigger warnings for this book because there are a lot of triggering subjects talked about.
I got choked up several times reading about what happened to Lily in captivity and also how she was coping now that she is free. None of the characters were perfect and each of them did something or multiple somethings that made me want to slap them and say what the hell are you thinking. Saying I enjoyed reading this book seems wrong considering the subject matter but overall I did enjoy the story and seeing how Lily overcame everything.
A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
***** (5 stars)
I probably never would have read this had it not been for a giveaway I entered and ended up winning. Going into it I thought it was going to be something I liked because I like vampire romances but I never expected to love it as much as I do.
So this book is about a vampire who has a phobia of blood which I thought was a unique twist on the vampire story. I mean a vampire who faints at the sight of blood I’ve personally never heard that one before. So the main plot line for the book is trying to cure Lissianna of her phobia which is where Dr. Greg comes in and a romance ensues. There is more to the overall story than this though. There are some side stories as well but I don’t want to get into to much detail.
I would have liked to actually see Lissianna cured of her phobia in this book but how this book ends leads me to think it will be worked on in the next book(s) as well so hopefully we will eventually see this happen. I loved the humor in this and also the romance it was kind of steamy and you all know I love my romance. Definitely going to be continuing on with this series and reading more by this author.