Cut to the Bone (Body Farm #8 / prequel) by Jefferson Bass

Cut to the BoneCut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Cut to the Bone is a prequal to the Body Farm series from Jefferson Bass. Since it’s part of a series I don’t want to get into too much detail in case it may spoil other books but the story takes place back in 1992 and features Dr. Bill Brockton who wants to begin his body farm to study the forensic science of decomposing bodies to help the police solve murders. Dr. Brockton works cases with the local authorities quite often getting called to crime scenes with his assistant but can’t often determine a exact time of death thus the idea of the body farm.

I haven’t read the other books in the Body Farm series but after reading this book they are certainly going to be added to my to read list. Loved the science aspects of helping solve the crimes and all of the characters and storyline in the book. Although you know in the book who the killer is, it is still filled with suspense waiting for the good doctor and the law enforcement to figure out the killer and what will be his next move. I couldn’t put this book down until finding out how it turned out and look forward to reading others from the series in the future.

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Providence in the Fall by Jessica Danow

Providence in the FallProvidence in the Fall by Jessica Danow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

This book is about Stella and her friend Honor finishing up in high school and heading across the country to begin college and the various relationships the two girls have. Now Stella is the main character in the book and through the beginning of the book I had very high hopes for her with the way she dealt with her high school boyfriend Owen that cheated on her. Unfortunately by the time the girls got to college I just couldn’t comprehend Stella’s choices from then on out and why she would have ever had any interest in Tucker at all. She seemed like such a strong character to start off with that I ended up disappointed for the rest of the book in her. Honor on the other hand seemed to be what you would expect of a main character in the book and really seemed to turn her life around from the beginning so I was much more of a fan of her and her relationship than the main relationship the book focused on.

I debated between 2 and 3 stars for the book but decided on 3 because overall besides the choices Stella made in regards to Tucker I did sit and read this rather quickly and would pick up another by Jessica Danow in the future.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting look at how the Evil Queen Levana became the evil ruler she is. Lots of things discussed from her upbringing that may spoil the first 3 books in the series so definitely to be read after finishing those.

Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jacqueline Garlick

Lumière (The Illumination Paradox, #1)Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lumiere begins with an prologue of a young Eyelet attending a carnival with her mother where we start getting glimpse into some of the machinery and gadgets to come. Also, learning a bit of the Illuminator that Eyelet’s father had built to help her overcome her seizures she suffers from, which seems to be an x-ray machine of sorts.

As the story begins we’re introduced to the evil Smrt, our villain in the book. But also it jumps right into Eyelet’s mother being accused of “wickedry” and going to be killed in the town square. Eyelet’s father had passed earlier in her life so her mother gives her a necklace of her father’s telling her to run and save herself and so Eyelet’s journey begins.

Eyelet’s adventure is not only motivated by getting away from Smrt and his soldiers but to find her father’s invention to hopefully cure herself. She meets Urlick, a young inventor himself and the two both obviously have their own secrets and agendas.

The world in the story actually became quite intriguing going from one part to the next and learning of all the things involved. I will note though I found it odd with all the differences and that the author thought that they should be drinking “Earl Grey” tea. Seemed a bit odd to have that popped into the story.

Eyelet and Urlick eventually seemed to fit together quite nicely even though they get off to a bit of a rocky start upon meeting. I did find Eyelet a bit irritating upon the arrival at Urlick’s compound. She seemed quite demanding and bratty instead she should of been more gracious. The same story could have been told with her coming across as curious instead of entitled. She otherwise seemed to be a rather smart, nice girl other than the one section which brought my rating down a bit.

The book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger but with everything that happened I’m quite looking forward to seeing where the story takes us in the next book. Love to see the world expanded on and what other adventures await the characters.

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

Noir (The Illumination Paradox #2) by Jacqueline Garlick

Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)Noir by Jacqueline Garlick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Noir is the second book in the Illumination Paradox series that started with Lumiere. Since this is the middle of a series I won’t give a rundown on what this one is about so as to not spoil it for anyone not having read Lumiere yet. The story picks up right where Lumiere left off with Urlick and Eyelet on their adventures.

I actually believe I enjoyed Noir just a tad bit more than Lumiere. I found Eyelet a bit irritating at the start of Lumiere but she was much better in this story. If I could give half stars this would probably rate a 4.5 but it’s just not quite a 5 star yet for me.

This book added in a few more points of view in the story which really worked wonderfully. It was nice to expand a bit and also get to know a few of the other characters better. The adventures continued at a fast pace which is fun to read since there is always something new being thrown in or something to deal with. I do find it a bit odd though that the author tends to toss things in when needed without much logic to them being there. For instance they have a dilemma, discuss what to do, then oh look a big factory in the middle of nowhere. Of course it’s fantasy though so I suppose anything can happen.

Some really funny moments in this one. Some new villains and new friends to help our heroes. A great fast paced adventure story that I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it all turns out in the next book after another cliffhanger ending in this one.

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

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