Even If It Kills Her
Series: Bailey Weggins Mystery #7
Author: Kate White
Published: October 31, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Bailey Weggins’ great new friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into. All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.
Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more stunned when her still-gorgeous friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.
As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.
This was a pick for my neighborhood book club. Thank goodness we seem to be on a roll with the good books! I was a little worried because it’s book seven in one of those long term character series, but White did a very good job of making it a stand alone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything and for once, my gut was right! As soon as the murderer walked in, I got a bad and in my head said, “that’s the murderer!” But until the end, White kept me in suspense. There was some extra rambling that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Bailey’s personal life was definitely part of the series so it got long and monotonous pretty quick, but other than that, I like the characters. The police and DA were kind of annoying, especially with their little power trip. But the mystery had me going all the way to the end and I was very engaged while reading! I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery! I enjoyed it!
The Night Fall series is a series of 12 books aimed at young adults written by different authors. I recently listened to two of the series on audiobook and I am sharing my reviews for both The Prank and The Late Bus today:
Series: Night Fall #12
Author: Ashley Rae Harris
Published: August 1, 2011
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 25, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
Pranks make Jordan nervous. But when a group of popular kids invites her along on a series of practical jokes, she doesn’t turn them down. As the pranks begin to go horribly wrong, Jordan and her crush, Charlie, work to discover the cause of the accidents. Is the spirit of a prank victim who died twenty years earlier to blame? And can Jordan stop the final prank, or will the haunting continue?
I was waiting for another audiobook to arrive and saw this was available and also a short one, right around two hours. It is part of a series that seemed reminiscent of the R.L. Stine Fear Street book series I absolutely loved as a teen. But it did not deliver for me.
First, it takes place in high school, and yes, I do enjoy YA books, but the teen drama was too much for me in this. There is a reason you may not want to go back to high school and this book showed it.
Jordan doesn’t like pranks but then the ‘popular kids’ invite her to come join with them. She doesn’t at first but then gets pulled in because they used an item of hers and left it at a location. Then things begin to get out of hand. Quite honestly, I don’t even remember the ending and even though it is a short audiobook, I will not go back to it as I did not really even care about the teens. It just tries to give a lesson for teens to not prank others or face consequences.
The Late Bus
Series: Night Fall #10
Author: Rick Jasper
Published: August 1, 2011
Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
Date Read: June 26, 2020
Lamar takes the late bus home from school after practice each day. After the bus’s beloved driver passes away, Lamar begins to see strange things–demonic figures, preparing to attack the bus. Soon he learns the demons are after Mr. Rumble, the freaky new bus driver. Can Lamar rescue his fellow passengers, or will Rumble’s past come back to destroy them all?
The Late Bus is the second audiobook in the Night Fall series I listened to. This one was much better than The Prank. This one was a 45 minute audiobook, but Warning Warning: We have a problem Libby App: This is only part of the story! If you look on Amazon, it says the book is 116 pages. 116 pages cannot be read in 45 minutes! Also when I started the beginning of the audiobook, the narration began with chapter 10. So we are missing the first half of the book. This is very unfortunate as I enjoyed this one. It is not ‘scary’ but a mystery. I don’t think it would be scary to ‘younger readers’ either. I was invested in the story and really enjoyed the ending and if I had gotten the whole story, I am sure I would have given it 4 stars. You can’t really review something when you don’t have the whole story, but being I enjoyed it, I tried to review it the best I could.
I am far from the target audience for these two books, I don’t think I would listen to the others in the Night Fall series based on these two books, but if I had the chance to read the whole book of The Late Bus I would. I would like to get the whole story. I hope if I ever re-read some of the Fear Street series I hope they hold up well for adult readers as they did for teen readers all those years ago.[Top]
Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Flying Solo by Zoe May. If you enjoy ‘chick-lit’ at all, then this is one you must read! It is also available now.
Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.
According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.
Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.
Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?
Author: Zoe May
Published: July 6, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 22-July 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Flying Solo was a welcome break from the thrillers and memoirs I have recently been reading. Chick lit novels are always so much fun to read and Flying Solo was definitely fun! With all Chick lit books you ultimately know there is going to be some sort of happy ending, but the journey is also fun to go on to get to get to that ending. In Flying Solo’s case, it takes us to India and inside an ashram! We get an idea of what life is like in India when Rachel first arrives and she goes through some culture shock. Reading this made me want to read more of books that take place in India.
Rachel was fun to travel with in that zaniness that it seems all British singletons possess. They all seem to have a bit of Bridget Jones in them and I love Bridget!
This is a complete story with an ending, but closer to the last quarter of the novel, it goes with a new direction. This part of the novel is ‘unfinished’ and I hope that May continues this story. I really enjoyed this one and I would love to know what happens next!
This was definitely a fun read with a unique travel experience to India! If you enjoy chick lit at all you need to pick this one up!
About the Author:
Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!
Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/
She posts updates and blogs on her website, www.zoemayauthor.co.uk[Top]