Filthy Rich, James Patterson and John Connolly

filthy-richspolier alertTitle: Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein

Authors: James Patterson and John Connolly

Pages: 384

Genre:  True Crime

Part of a series?  No

Published:  October 10th, 2016

This is the story of Jeffrey Epstein and just a few of his victims.  A man that did not come from money, and didn’t even finish college, moved himself into some of the most rarified circles in the world just by his gift with numbers and knowledge of people.  Amassing a great fortune, and having a reputation as a great man- smart and charming; one would think this would be enough.  But he has a dark secret-an obsession.  He likes under aged girls- “the younger the better”.  He would have them brought in to give him “massages” and would sexually abuse them.  This went on for years with many young girls.  When he was finally caught, he was charged only with one count of soliciting a prostitute and spent 13 months in jail of a 18 month sentence.  How did he get off so lightly?  How did he get away with this for so long?  And even though he has been made to make restitution to many victims and is a registered sex offender, was justice really served?  This book goes into all these question.

I don’t normally read true crime as I like a bit of distance between reality and my mayhem.  This one, though…. the idea of it just would not leave me alone.  My niece is only a year younger than Epstein’s youngest victim listed in this book.  That anyone could take these girls and do this to them…. it kills me.  And then there’s the fact that I had never heard of this case- nor had my family.  How did it get kept so quiet?  How was the time he served sufficient?  What happened to his associates- and to the girls?  There were so many questions.  The authors took care, changing names and giving respect to the victims; and did their best not to sensationalize this case.  Indeed, some reviewers even called it dry in parts, but I loved it.  I liked that they added chapters in the victims (and Epstein’s) point of view, so that you could better understand them and feel for them.  I also liked that they added pieces of the police interviews.  To me, this was the best way to do a story like this.  I would give it a four star review.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale… by the very nature of this book I would not hand it to a young teen.  It isn’t written for a young audience.  There is language, sexual violence… I would give it a nine.  adult content rubber stamp

The book is out, go get it.

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Amber

 

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When All The Girls Have Gone, Jayne Ann Krentz

when-all-the-girls-have-gonespolier alertTitle: When All The Girls Have Gone

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Pages: 304

Genre: mystery, suspense

Part of a series?  No.

Publish Date: November 29th, 2016.

First of all, thank you First to Read for allowing me to read this book for the price of an honest review.  I really enjoyed it!  I don’t usually grab her books, and I have no idea why because she is awesome!

When Charlotte Sawyer can’t get a hold of her sister after a friend of hers dies, she knows something is wrong.  Jocelyn is beautiful, smart and intelligent but also a bit reckless.  Still, this isn’t like her.  She pairs up with burned-out-profiler-cum-private-investigator Max Caulter to find Jocelyn and figure out what’s going on.

As they dig deeper, they realize that things aren’t what they seem.  Her friends at the investment club are dropping like flies, the ones alive are in danger from a man determined to keep his past a secret.    Murder, mayhem, bribes and attempted murder- we have it all (along with a slice of romance!)

Personally, I loved this book.  I felt like the pacing suffered a bit in the beginning, but there was a lot to get through.  This was a really great mystery for me that kept me guessing.  The play between Charlotte and Max was believable and sweet.  I adored them, both as partner PI’s and as a couple.   Max was a very complex character, and we got a lot of his back story.  I liked that.  In fact, there are his two adopted brothers… one does wonder if there will be a book for one or both of them?  One has a tie to law enforcement, so maybe?  Or maybe I am just dreaming because I don’t want to let go (the sign of great characters).    This was an intense, suspenseful and fast paced read.  I would give it four stars.Four Stars

On the adult content scale, I have to give it a seven.  There is a lot of language, violence, sexual content, and discussion of sexual violence (rape).  This was not written with a teen audience in mind.  mature audience.

The book comes out 11-29-2016, I cannot recommend it enough!

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Amber

What’s New Wednesday? Week 25!

muleMorning guys and happy national mule day!  I don’t have much to say on this subject so we’re moving on lol.

What’s new with me?

It’s been a slow week.  I have mostly been working.  Warren and I have been discussing getting solar panels on our house (for my friends is the U.S., there is still a rather large tax credit for this).  We (I) have decided that it is not financially feasible at this time.  Poor Warren, this is one of his new obsessions.

What’s new in news?

“The Jungle”, a refugee camp in Calais, France, has begun a full evacuation.  Out of the 6,000 people, about 2,000 left voluntarily on buses Monday.  They are taken to centers (read: abandoned hospitals and such) where they can either apply for asylum or face deportation.  As we all know, applying for asylum does not necessarily mean getting it… especially with the large number of refugees.  This, after all, is only one camp of many.  My heart goes out to the refugees, I hope they find a safe home.   Read full story here.

What’s new in books? 

I have recently discovered a book called Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold.  I may have to get this one, it sounds great!  I am just going to place the blurb from Goodreads here, because it is awesome.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

Well, That’s it for me.  What’s new with you?

Amber

 

Someone To Love, Mary Balogh

someone-to-lovespolier alertTitle: Someone to Love

Author: Mary Balogh

Pages: 400

Genre: historical romance

Part of a series?  Yes, book one of the Westcott series.

Publish date: November 8th, 2016

Thank you to First to Read for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Anna Snow has spent most of her life in an orphanage in Bath, first as a child and then as a teacher.  Her board has always been paid by the Earl of Riverdale until his death.  At that point, she figured she was on her own and was surprised when a coach came for her.  Apparently there were matters to discuss in London.  How long could it take for someone to be told payments would stop?  She would be home soon.

But not everything was as it seemed.  Anna’s father, the Earl of Riverdale, married her mother and then left her.  When her mother got sick and died, her grandparents informed him.  At four years old, Anna was taken from them and deposited in the orphanage- having been told that they didn’t want her.

Now, the truth comes to light.  While still married to Anna’s mother, the old earl married another and had three children who all thought they were legitimate.  It was only after the reading of the will that they found out that they were not his legal children.  The title went to a cousin, the fortune to Anna.  Needless to say, not everyone is best pleased.

All Anna had ever wanted was a family to love and be loved by.  It breaks her heart, having sisters and a brother that are hurting.  They won’t take a penny, and run off to live with relatives and join the army respectively.  There is one man, though, that seems to accept Anna.  Avery  Archer, Duke of Netherby, cannot believe what he is hearing.  She doesn’t want the money, or all the society trappings- she keeps hiring her fellow orphans!  Nothing about her is quite what he pictured, but she is so sweet and lovely that he can’t look away.  As the two spend more time together Anna glimpses more and more of the man behind all the posturing- the young, frail boy, that had had to learn to fight, and deflect in order to survive.  The boy that only ever wanted someone to love…

I really liked this book.  It was sweet and charming, with Balogh’s usual warmth.  The characters were wonderfully engaging, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.  There were a few pacing issues early on, I felt, but it was quickly delt with and the rest of the story came smoothly.  I enjoyed the insights into both Anna and Avery’s pasts.  It was interesting to see how Avery delt with things in his youth.  All in all, I would give this one a four.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there is some violence (though very minor) and sexual content.  I would give it a five.  Parental Guidance

The book will be out 11/08/2016.  Check it out!

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Amber

 

French Kiss, James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

french-kissspolier alertTitle: French Kiss

Authors: James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Pages: 160

Genre: Mystery, fiction, hard-boiled detective.

Part of a series?  Yes, this is the first book in the Detective Luc Moncrief series.

Published: October 6th, 2016

 

Luc Moncrief is the son of a prominent French business man.  Thanks to this, he has a lot of money to just throw around.  He isn’t satisfied just being rich and pretty though.  Against his father’s wishes he joined the police force in Paris, and made a name for himself.  After years there, he moves to New York where he works as a detective and lives with his lover Della.

His partner, Maria, is killed during an undercover op.  Several female cops had been, it was a tragedy; but it was chalked up as being linked to past crimes.  When his lover is also stabbed, though, Luc begins to realize that there is something going on.  Someone from his past is coming after the women in his life.  With a new partner to work with (and watch over) and a hunch, he goes to Paris to go through his past cases looking for a killer.

Ok, I will start by saying this is going to be a very opinionated piece.  I loved the females here.  I thought the plot was interesting, though there were some glaring holes.  I hated how nothing Luc came up with was ever really explained.  It was a hunch.  The whole plot revolves around hunches…. I found it impossible to try to figure things out with Moncrief.  By the end of the story, I didn’t even care anymore.  It was just one hunch after another and, of course, everyone but Moncrief was wrong.  I just wanted more explanation, or more description for these feelings and hunches.  Something!  Now, as far as first stories in a series go, it was pretty good.  There were plot/character development issues that can hopefully be ironed out in  book two.  I would give it three and a half stars.  Three Stars

On the adult content scale, there was sexual content, language and violence.  Some scenes were rather explicit.  I would say an eight, easily.  mature audience.

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Amber

 

In the Afterlight, Alexandra Bracken

in-the-afterlightspolier alertTitle: In the Afterlight

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Pages: 535

Genre: YA, dystopian, science fiction

Part of a series?  Yes, this is book three of the Darkest Minds series.

Published:  October 28th, 2014.

Ruby is still reeling from the loss of Jude.  She can barely cope, which is an issue because she is the only one that can control their captive.  Having become one Stweart brother’s right hand has sadly distanced her from the one she loves; but it has to be done.  She carries Cole’s secret, and promised it would be safe.

Not everyone with the Children’s League now are here for the kids- at least not to help them.  When she catches wind of an attack plan, she and Cole have to work fast, leaving the others in the dark.  Itt’s all for the greater good- that’s what she tells herself again and again.  They are going to free the camps.  There is a chance of a cure.  The kids will finally have a choice.  This is everything she and the others ever wanted.  Nothing is ever simple though…

Finally reunited with everyone from her first group, she has to try to combine her League family and her crew.  She also has to be able to forgive a certain Green…. if that’s even possible.  This book is filled with action and adventure.  There are fights to be won, prisoners to save, and intel to collect.  When the dust settles, though, will any of them actually have what they wanted?

I loved this book!  It was fast paced and intense with a few great twists that I did not see coming.  The characters were amazing, and showed a lot of development.  All in all I am pretty happy with the last part of this series.  (There are some short stories, which I am reading next, but I feel like this is the actual end of the novels- the stories are spaced in between).  This book gets five stars from me.  Five Stars

On the adult content scale, the violence has been ramped up yet again, and there is a good amount of language.  There is some very light sexual content- extremely tame.  I would give it a six.  Again, this is written for teens , and I would definitely let my 13 year old niece read it… just be aware.  Parental Guidance

The book is out-what are you waiting for?  Lol.

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Amber

What’s On My Radar?

I am in a bit of a quandary.  Obviously, I am obsessed with the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken.  I am reading In The Afterlight (book 3), and that is next, I have the eBook already.  These others, though, are the ones that I am on the fence about.  Has anyone read any of these?  Is anyone going to read Turbo Twenty-three?  Here are my thoughts on each and why I am on the fence.

As Old As Time, Liz Braswell.  Another retelling about beauty and the beast, and honestly I love a good retelling.  With this one, what if Belle’s mother was the one to curse Beast?  Now, I loved A Whole New World, but I am beginning to wonder if these are played out yet.  Will it be enough for a fresh take?

Once Upon a Dream, Liz Braswell.  Sleeping Beauty retold.  What if Aurora didn’t get woken up?  The fight is in her dream world(?).  While an interesting premise, will it be too far from the original?  Will I mind that?

For the Love of Mary, Christopher Meades.  Okay, you have a fifteen year old going though all the normal teen stuff.  Along with that, a mega church comes into the neighborhood- and your religious mother is not thrilled.  None of that would matter really, but our narrator is obsessed with the pastor’s lovely daughter Mary.  I am intrigued by this premise, but the reviews are severely mixed.  Do I want to buy it?  Has anyone read it?

Filthy Rich, James Patterson.  This is the true story of Jeffrey Epstein and his crimes.  I am not usually a fan of true crime books, but this one caught my eye because of the premise.  I grabbed the sample, and depending on how that goes, may buy the book.

Turbo Twenty-three, Janet Evanovich.  I have loved the Stephanie Plum series about the hilariously inept bounty hunter and her zany friends…. but really, how long can this go on?  The love triangle has, to me, been played out; and one would think she would be getting better at her job after all this time.  On the other hand, these books are always a good time.  Is it worth $15 though, or do I stay on the library’s waiting list and read it three months after it comes out?

Any thoughts guys?

Amber