Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#22)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that's hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting on...

Title Allegedly
Author Tiffany D. Jackson
Release Date January 24, 2017

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30037870-allegedly

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your links in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: Bad Mommy

Title Bad Mommy
Author Tarryn Fisher
Release Date December 24, 2016

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31415712-bad-mommy

Review

I love Tarryn Fisher's books. Her writing is phenomenal. Her stories are the kind that stick around in my mind long after I've read them. Unreliable narrators and twists in the story are exactly what I've come to expect when reading her books.

However, Bad Mommy is different. The writing was still amazing and I had a hard time putting down the book, but something seemed... off, for lack of a better word. While the unreliable narrators were exactly what I expected, I was left waiting for a twist that didn't come. The crazy twist I was expecting (and not just because this is a Tarryn Fisher book either, a twist felt inevitable for the majority of the book) could have easily pushed this book into 4 or 5 star territory.

I'm unsure how I feel about the different points of view throughout the book. Fig's PoV felt stronger than the other two. During the entirety of the book, though, I was intrigued by these characters. I'm a sucker for flawed characters and this book has them in spades.

Overall, Bad Mommy is a good book that just fell short of spectacular. Perhaps it's because I have such high expectations of Tarryn Fisher's work or maybe this one just missed the mark for me. Either way, I'm not disappointed that I picked it up.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#21)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that's hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting on...
Title Exploited
Series Zero Day, book 1
Author A. Meredith Walters
Release Date June 27, 2017

In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29496080-exploited

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your links in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!