The Safest Lies
Author: Megan Miranda
Published: May 24, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 18-27, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
Can fear be inherited?
Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile for their own protection, but that plan is shattered when she drives off a cliff and is rescued by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker.
A few days later, she arrives home to face her greatest fear: her mother is missing. She and her mother have drilled for all contingencies—except this one. Luckily, Ryan is as skilled at emergency rescues as Kelsey is at escape and evasion.
To have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face all her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her.
And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.
This one had the making of a 5 star read at the beginning to about a third of the way through. OMG, Kelsey’s mother had lived through a nightmare that changed her whole life… And then Kelsey experiences a terrible car accident and then is saved by someone in her class. Let me keep on reading!
This is not a spoiler as the book description mentions it, but then Kelsey’s mom goes missing. From there the book goes at a snail’s pace and becomes repetitive. The direction it went was not expected or interesting. There are a few reveals and for the most part they were not anything extraordinary. I was shocked a Kelsey’s reaction to a particular reveal: I was expecting the opposite reaction as my mouth dropped with that reveal.
Though it had promise, in the end this one did not work for me.
Author: Hannah Jayne
Published: July 5, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse
Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won’t be known as a serial killer’s daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to “The Wife Collector,” he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public’s perception—and drove him to abandon her.
But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex’s old life isn’t ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?
I hate to say it, but I was kinda disappointed by this book. I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis, but it just didn’t deliver. Most of the book, it felt like nothing was happening. And then when something finally did happen, it was predictable. I will say that it was easy to read and there were portions that showed a glimmer of hope that maybe there would be a good twist . . . But then nothing continued to happen. And if I read one more book with an idiot teen who refuses to do the obviously smart thing, I’m gonna chuck the book across the room. Half the story would have been resolved if she had just been honest with the police and quit thinking about only herself.
I also didn’t like how Jayne seemed so down on Nag’s Head and the Outer Banks. I happen to love the Outer Banks and the idea that having companies and stores to accommodate tourists, the main source of income for the area, is somehow a detriment, shows such immaturity. I wish I could say better things, but I really can’t. And I can’t really recommend this to anybody. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up anymore of Jayne’s books.
Today Kim brings you a video review of The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
The Lovely and the Lost
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published: May 7, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.
But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.
But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.
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