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Finding Charlie

Finding Charlie
Author: Katie O’Rourke

Narrator: Kaitlin Chin
Published: December 15, 2015
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
Dates Read: March 18-25, 2020

Book Description:

It isn’t like Charlie to stay out all night without calling, but maybe Olivia doesn’t know her little sister as well as she thought.

When Charlie vanishes without warning, the people who love her are worried sick. Even if the law considers her an adult at nineteen, Charlie’s still the baby of her already broken family. Older sister Olivia is determined to figure out what’s happened. She finds a lost cell phone, an abandoned car and a shady boyfriend she’s never met before. And he’s not the only secret Charlie’s been keeping.

This disappearance feels uncomfortably familiar, reminding Olivia and her father of another loss years before. But this will be different, Olivia swears. Charlie’s coming back.

Jessica’s Review:

Olivia and Charlie’s mom left them with their father 12 years ago and have not seen her since. And now Charlie is nineteen years old and has gone missing, which is unlike her.  Olivia starts searching for Charlie in her own way, as the police won’t really do anything yet, as Charlie is of age.  During her search Olivia learns more about Charlie than she ever expected. 

This is an unhurried, character driven novel with multiple narrators to give you the story of this family.  The novel’s name has a double meaning as Olivia is searching for Charlie while Charlie is trying to discover who she is.  This novel shows the family life and relationships that all members have.  There is no action involved in the story, so Finding Charlie was slow moving for me and I was losing interest in it, though I did finish the novel. You guys know I Iove a good thriller, but also read other genres (including women’s fiction/contemporary fiction such as Finding Charlie), so this was nothing to fault the novel or author. It just wasn’t really a novel for me. I will be giving O’Rourke another try by reading her collection of short stories Still Life, which is free on Kindle.

Many thanks to the author for granting me an audible copy in exchange for a review. 

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Star Trek: Vulcan’s Forge

Star Trek: Vulcan’s Forge
Authors:

Josepha Sherman
Susan Schwartz
Published: August1, 1997
344 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Just over a year ago, Captain James T. Kirk was lost to the Nexus while saving the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-B from destruction. Aboard the science ship Intrepid II, Captain Spock, commanding some of his old crewmates, must face the loss of his closest friend. But while still in mourning for one friend, he must come to the aid of another. Decades ago, Spock had teamed up with David Rabin, the young son of a Starfleet Captain, to fight an attempted coup on Vulcan that would have turned the planet’s people away from the path of logic. Now a Starfleet officer, Captain David Rabin has been assigned to a harsh desert world much like Vulcan, where the Federation is determined to protect the lives of the inhabitants. But Rabin’s efforts are being sabotaged and he has asked for Spock’s help against the unknown forces that may well destroy the society he had come to save.

While reflecting on his youthful adventure with David Rabin, Spock joins with Rabin to face and enemy out of their past and confront deadly Romulan treachery. In the process Spock will decide if the path of his life now leads back toward the family traditions he had once sought to escape.

Kim’s Review:

My timing is excellent! I ended up reading this book just after I watched Star Trek Generations and witnessed the death of James Tiberius Kirk … heartbreaking, but inevitable. Poor Spock and Bones have to learn to accept the death of Jim Kirk and stick together. The best thing about this story is the characters. The authors nailed each of them perfectly and I felt like I knew them as they were on the big screen. Uhura proved herself to be a badass at the helm of a starship. I’ve always loved her, but seeing her succeed in this way was incredibly satisfying. Bones is the same of persnickety doctor who has a heart of gold and a sharp wit. And Spock, my old friend, struggles with the loss of his best friend and captain. The emotions ran high and that almost made up for the plot, but not quite. While most of the story was enjoyable and the banter between characters was funny and entertaining, there was an awful lot of just walking thru the desert. And unfortunately, that brought the rating down. I just got bored. I hate to say it, but it’s true. But I leaned a lot of things about Spock’s childhood and his decision to enter Star Fleet so obviously I’m glad I read it!

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What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

What We Buried
Author: Kate A. Boorman
Published: February 26, 2019
304 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.

Kim’s Review:

What a weird book. The cover held me enthralled for so long and I finally got it for Christmas. I’m pretty sure this book will be in the 2020 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament . . . But as we were all taught, never judge a book by its cover. It took me forever to even get into the story. The characters were insufferable. The only one I liked was Jory. Literally everyone else was shallow and unlikable. Then as the story progressed, things made less and less sense. I think that was supposed to happen, but I think it was supposed to intrigue the reader. Instead, I was frustrated.

The whole book was one big confusing, annoying meandering that led absolutely nowhere. Honestly, the only reason I’m giving 3 stars is because of the amazing cover. I really don’t think I recommend this book to anyone. It felt like a waste of time, even when I got to the end and things were “explained”.

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