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The Skin of Water: #bookreview

The Skin of Water

The Skin of Water by Cristina Salat is mostly set in San Francisco. Sixteen- year- old Lisel has run away from her home in New Mexico. She spends a few days squatting with a new homeless friend.

Her uncle has moved into her home in a Pueblo community in New Mexico. The house was left to her by her father, who passed away.

He is an abusive creep, which is why Lisel has left. Her aunt and grandmother do not come to her aid like they should.

After a few days, Lisel moves into a homeless shelter for at-risk youth. As part of the program, she has to take a self-defense class. The class really helps to empower Lisel and the other women in the class. Many of the class members believed that they had to accept being assaulted. The class helps the women to become empowered. It’s a beautiful thing to read about those who are weak becoming strong.

The shelter only allows people to stay for a few months before they have to leave. Lisel isn’t sure if she is going to stay in San Francisco with her new friends.

She has to decide if she’s going to confront her uncle and take the house back or build a life somewhere else. Will Lisel realize that she is powerful?

If you enjoy stories of women trying to overcome adversity, then you will like “The Skin of Water.”

Creepy uncles will not like this book. The book is too good for them anyway.

  • I received the book from the author in exchange for doing a review. We were brought together by the Indie Helper Database. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Malice: #bookreview

Malice

Malice by Pintip Dunn is set mostly in Maryland. There’s some time traveling but it occurs in the mind rather than a physical setting.

Alice Sherman is a teenager who is trying to hold her family together as well as becoming a famous Instagram food photographer. She is a good photographer but a lousy cook. Her family includes a distant father and a socially awkward but brilliant brother.

One day Alice begins to hear a voice in her head who threatens her with an exceptional amount of pain if she doesn’t comply with orders. The first order is to tell Bandit, one of the popular kids, that she loves him.

The voice turns out to be her own voice from ten years in the future. The future Alice warns her that someone at her high school is going to make a virus that decimates the population. Future Alice wants her to do everything possible to stop the virus from being made – even if she has to murder the virus maker. The voice is the first one to call Alice by the name “Malice.”

You would think that Bandit would be a jerk. He basically rules the school. He is kind to Alice even though her profession of love has confused and embarrassed him a little bit.

Alice is on a quest to find the identity of the virus maker. She even finds a portal in her mind to go to the future. Alice has a feeling that future Alice is not telling her the truth. She finds out a few things before future Alice sends her back.

If you like books about time travel with a hint of a dystopian novel, then you should read “Malice.” There are plenty of twists and turns. I promise that you will not be bored.

If you are an evil genius who wants to destroy the planet, this is not the book for you.

  • I received this ebook from InkSlinger PR as part of a book blog tour. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

The Friday Edition: #bookreview

The Friday Edition

“The Friday Edition” by Betta Ferrendelli is set in Denver, Colorado. Although, the book opens with a young district attorney falling to her death, don’t let it dissuade you from visiting Denver in the future.

Samantha Church is a reporter for a local newspaper. She is the sister of Robin, the district attorney who died in the first chapter. Both sisters had issues with alcoholism. Robin had been sober up until the day of her death.

Samantha hasn’t admitted to herself that she has a problem with alcohol. She has already lost custody of her daughter and fired from a decent job at a different newspaper. You could say that things are not going well for her in any way.

Sam has a feeling that Robin did not commit suicide. The police are ready to close the investigation because they believe that she jumped off her balcony on purpose. Sam wants to follow her instincts and find out whatever she can about Robin’s last few months at work.

After some digging in Robin’s files, she gets in touch with a police officer, Rey, who had been helping Robin on a drug ring investigation. Sam and Rey are positive that Robin found out something that was going to upset the wrong people.

Sam tries to sober up in order to do some investigative reporting. Unfortunately, alcoholism doesn’t care about deadlines. She messes up quite a bit but manages to redeem herself. Sam is the underdog but I kept hoping that she would overcome her challenges.

If you are interested in reporters, cops and mysteries, then you will probably enjoy “The Friday Edition.”

If you are easily triggered by bad cops, then you should hold off reading it for a bit longer.

The Furies: #bookreview

Can witches ever really have true friends? In The Furies by Katie Lowe, Violet learns about betrayal and witchcraft more than she learns about any other school subject.

The setting is Elm Hollow Academy, an all-girls boarding school, near a small town. It’s a boarding school but it doesn’t seem like the students live there. In the beginning, a student has been posed on the swings after her death. The narrator doesn’t tell the reader who the student is until the end.

Violet has lost her father and sister. Her mother is alive but stuck in a cycle of depression. Violet can get away with almost anything because her mother isn’t paying attention. She had been homeschooled for the last year. Violet took on the responsibility of her own education so she decided to attend Elm Hollow Academy.

There has been a student, Emily, that disappeared before Violet arrived on campus. Apparently, Emily and Violet resembled each other. Violet also became friends with Emily’s friends – Robin, Alex and Grace. The art teacher, Annabel, invited Violet to participate in a secret group that learned about the local women accused of witchcraft and Furies, goddesses of vengeance.

Violet and her group of friends go through all of the growing pains of friendship. Can they trust each other with their personal secrets? Are they more like enemies than friends? Maybe frenemies.

If you like “The Craft” or “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” then there is a good chance that you will enjoy “The Furies.”

Witch hunters and Nancy from “The Craft” will probably not be a fan of this book.

  • I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Toward the Midnight Sun: #bookreview

Toward the Midnight Sun by Eoin Dempsey takes place in Alaska during the Klondike gold rush in 1897.

Anna Denton is supposed to marry the wealthy Henry Bradwell. Bradwell has agreed to pay for her sister’s medical treatment if Anna marries him. Anna doesn’t know this man at all but she’s willing to marry him to save her sister.

Anna is traveling from Seattle to Dawson City, Alaska. Her original escorts sold her tickets so she has to take the most difficult route to her destination. One of her chaperones kills the other one so she tags along with Will and Silas instead of traveling with a less than savory character. No one is sure if she will be tough enough to hike on the Chilkoot Trail but she doesn’t have any other options.

The trail is not an easy hike. The Chilkoot Trail is about 33 miles long. Many people did not have the stamina to make it to the end. To this day the trail is still recommended for advanced hikers.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot/activ/hiking-randonee

Of course, Anna falls in love with Will. Can she get out of the marriage to Bradwell without someone suffering the consequences? Bradwell seems like a decent person but he’s been hiding his true nature from Anna.

If you like historical fiction set primarily in the wilderness, then give this book a chance.

If you cannot even stand to read about the cold, maybe wait until the summer to read it.

A Throne for Sisters : #bookreview

At the beginning of A Throne for Sisters by Morgan Rice, orphaned sisters, Kate and Sophia, are living at The House of the Unclaimed, an orphanage near the town of Ashton. It’s a stretch to say they were living because they were more like captives. The orphanage was a nightmare for both sisters. The orphans were kept until they could be sold into servitude when they came of age at 17. They had been thinking of leaving but didn’t think it would be possible.

I don’t know what I was thinking but I read a few reviews. One person wanted to know why they didn’t just leave. It’s not as easy to leave a place where people are controlling your life as some would think. The sisters have no family, no money, no friends sooo where are they supposed to go? Shame on me for reading the reviews.

Sophia and Kate do finally escape from the orphanage. They are being hunted but manage to allude everyone.

The sisters are both able to read minds. It helps them out of some situations but not all. Their power is one of their closely guarded secrets.

Sophia and Kate decide to separate so that maybe one of them could stay out of The House of the Unclaimed. Sophia manages to find a way into a ball at the palace. She finds her prince, who is actually a prince.

Kate finds a home and a job with a blacksmith. She feels like she has finally found a place in the world.

However, the good times are short lived for both sisters. You will have to read the book to discover what happens to Sophia and Kate.

If you like books set in medieval times with a bit of magic, then you might enjoy A Throne for Sisters. If you don’t enjoy books that are part of a series, then there is no help for you in this case.

Some people in the review section seem to not be a fan of having to buy the next book. For the most part, I don’t mind getting the next book. In the case of A Throne for Sisters, I look forward to reading the next book.

Suitcase Girl: #bookreview

Suitcase Girl by Ty Hutchinson is set in the Golden Gate City, San Francisco. I have never been there but it’s on the list. However, no one probably wants to arrive via a shipping container like the young girl in the book known as Suitcase Girl. She was found outside of the San Francisco FBI headquarters in a suitcase, hence the nickname.

Abby Kane is an FBI agent who takes an interest in the Suitcase Girl. Abby is fairly certain that they aren’t related but she and the girl are practically identical.

Abby decides to apply to have the girl stay with her until someone can find out if she has a family or not. Will they make the girl go back to parents that leave her in a suitcase? Was she kidnapped?

The writing and the story are fine but the ending is hazy. I enjoyed the book right up until the last chapter. It was a little disappointing that I don’t know what’s going on even though I finished the book. The book had so much potential and it kind of fizzled out.

Is it because the author cannot fit all of the answers into one book? Possibly. Did the author just stop midstream so readers buy the 2nd book? Probably.

If you like a book with no definite conclusion and tons of loose ends, then you might thoroughly enjoy this book.

Who will not like this book? People who want answers and a neat, tidy ending.