Watching by J.M. Thorne

WatchingWatching by J.M. Thorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Roo has been captured by aliens and taken aboard their ship in order to perform for them. The aliens are blood thirsty, they enjoy watching humans bleed and to perform means to survive being carved up night after night on a stage while an audience watches. Roo is determined he will not do as they say and will find a way to revolt.

Alien creepiness conquering the human race at it’s finest as far as the overall plot of the story goes. The human race is being wiped out by the incredible blood lust and losing it’s last hope of fighting back and surviving. As far as the horror of the story it was completely there. All of those alien invasion, experimenting on humans just got a little more horrific in this one.

The thing that I didn’t like about this read at all though was the fact that at 89 pages it is a short read but there are no chapters involved at all. The story is broken occasionally by **** between paragraphs here and there but I’m not a fan of the run it all together type of books. Also, told in first person this also made it stand out every time Roo is adding an I did or an I had I was seeing the I I I swimming around the page with very little dialogue throughout. I just felt that took away from some of my enjoyment of reading the story and had to get used to it while reading.

Overall, a “bloody” quick read for the alien invasion fans.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

White Lies by Zoe Markham

White LiesWhite Lies by Zoe Markham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abigail is very familiar with starting over. Both of her parents are in the Army and she’s had to move and start new schools quite often in her life. This time her older sister Beth has started at uni so Abigail is going to be boarding at Cotswold. When she arrives she meets a young man by the name of Tyler who seems quite nice and then two of her three roommates and seems to hit it off wonderfully with them.

However, during her first meeting with her new roommates Abby tells a few little white lies about her past which eventually catch up to her when her third roommate, Scarlet, feels threatened. Scarlet seems to be determined to ruin Abby’s chance at a fresh start and fitting in to the new school at all costs.

White Lies became one of those books I just couldn’t put down. A fairly fast paced read that kept me engaged throughout just waiting to see where it would all go. I thought so many times that I knew what was going on and where it was going to go but in the end I wasn’t even close. A wonderful edge of your seat thriller that will have you guessing all the way to the end.

Abby is the type of character that you can’t help but feel for. She’s pretty much had to be a loner most of her life with the exception of her older sister Beth who is her lifeline during her tough times. The other students follow along with their leader, Scarlet who for whatever reason dislikes Abby no matter how hard she tries to befriend her. Scarlet is the perfect “villain” that you don’t know whether to hate or feel really sorry for.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend checking this one out if you enjoy YA thrillers with a bit of horror element thrown into the mix.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Drone Man by Hudson Owen

Drone ManDrone Man by Hudson Owen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Drone Man takes place in a sort of apocalyptic feeling version of New York that has been overrun by gangs. A retired Marine lives in a building in the city and takes justice into his own hands killing a high ranking gang member. The leader of that gang vows revenge upon Cain and does everything he can to get to him.

With this book I really felt the author had a checklist of gang type activity and tried to toss in everything in a relatively short story. It jumps back and forth from the gang’s and Cain’s perspective but tosses in a lot of random stuff between both that probably could have been left out to give more depth to the story.

At one point I started getting this kind of cartoonish feeling to what I was reading. I had images of Cain being the Roadrunner and Santana being poor Wile Coyote. I know that’s a horrible liking to the events but it just really didn’t seem to be real as there’s no real depth given to events to make me care about the characters or happenings and it just seemed to be heading down a predictable path.

Overall, not really for me I’m afraid, too much too quickly to get invested in the book or characters.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Becoming Blue by Angie M. Brashears

Becoming BlueBecoming Blue by Angie M. Brashears
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Sara has very extremely low self-esteem, she was abused as a child and then turned to eating for comfort. She goes to see therapists to have someone to talk to, attends Weight Watchers meetings to be around other people. At an all time low in her life she attends a meeting and in walks Sasha, a completely outrageous personality that Sara is immediately drawn to. Sasha whisks Sarah away and opens her up to a whole new world, one in which she doesn’t need to feel ashamed of her weight.

Becoming Blue is another of those books that I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. It had an interesting synopsis but it really doesn’t give much clue as to where this story would head at all and seems to lead to things being on the comical side so I thought I’d give it a shot. Well, part of it was a bit comical but it was so much more than that. I found myself struggling when done with how to rate this or even what I should say about it as to not use any spoilers in my review.

I do think readers should be warned more of the content though as it gets pretty erotic in the story as Sasha is actually the owner of a voyeuristic company that caters to men who are attracted to overweight women which she brings Sara into. Sara when joining is then called “Blue” so that is where the title actually came from. There is a lot of kink and fetishes and things involved that some may be opposed to.

Now, for what I liked with this story. It was a rather fast paced, quick read for the most part with a somewhat positive message involved with Sara finding that she is attractive and doesn’t have to be alone. Sara finds people she can relate to and care about her with all of this being done as I said starting off in a somewhat joking manor and then turning into some erotic parts.

What I didn’t like at all, Javi. Javi is the go to man at the business that Sasha runs and he is immediately attracted to Sara. This should be a really good thing but as you get toward the end of the story I just completely hated the relationship and ending. I can’t really say more than that about it and perhaps others will feel differently.

Overall, a 1 star for the relationship and a 4 star for the rest of the story so I’m going with 2.5 for the total for the book. If the ending had been different then this would have scored so much better for me.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

SIN (No Way Out #1) by Shari J. Ryan

SIN (No Way Out #1)SIN by Shari J. Ryan
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Reese was kidnapped at the age of fifteen. She’s been held in a small shed only being given the basics to survive for the last three years with no contact with anyone. On her eighteenth birthday a young man by the name of Sin approaches Reese and helps her escape only to find that the shed is not the only thing holding her prisoner in this town.

This was one of those really tough books to rate when I was done reading. I’m giving the story 3.5 stars as I did enjoy the whole concept and flew through reading. It’s a fairly short novella though and the only major complaint I have is that it ends rather abruptly without giving the reader many answers. The story had all the elements it needed to pull me in and want to know more about what was going on. It was suspenseful, intriguing and a bit of romance thrown into the mix. I just felt as if I had just gotten about 25-35% into a new book and ended up missing the ending. Being the first book of a new series it definitely caught my interest and would continue with the story if I get the chance though.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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