Review: THE TRAPPED GIRL by Robert Dugoni


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THE TRAPPED GIRL
Robert Dugoni

SeriesTracy Crosswhite #4
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 378
Release date: January 24th 2017

When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.


“I don’t like feeling like I’m being played.”


The Trapped Girl is another entertaining addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series. There is a new mystery for Tracy to solve, with lots of twists and turns along the way. The pace is steady, if a bit slow, and the character development continues to be great. The shifts in POV are a bit abrupt, as they change from third to first person, and disrupt the narrative flow.

Robert Dugoni always brings something new to his novels, but remains faithful to the characters he’s created. This novel still has something that is uniquely Tracy, which grasps the reader’s attention. A few of the twists are quite predictable this time around, but this is still a fun mystery read.

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ARC Review: THE TETHERED MAGE by Melissa Caruso


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THE TETHERED MAGE
Melissa Caruso

SeriesSwords and Fire #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 480
Release date: October 24th 2017

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army.
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.


Exsolvo.


The Tethered Mage is not what it seems while still literally encompassing everything its title implies. With a good dramatic – and explosive – start, a slow yet steady pace, and good writing, this novel delivers fails to deliver a compelling story. Instead, it has one-dimensional characters, instalove, and underdeveloped world-building.

Melissa Caruso has a lot of potential as a writer. The main concept of this book is a really interesting one, if going by the summary, but the execution fails at making it interesting. There are a lot of politics and little action, almost no character development, and the twists lack impact. Also, the main fuel behind the plot makes me, as a reader, super uncomfortable.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (21)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. It by Stephen King

Still reading this one! The pace has slowed down considerably, imo, so I’m struggling a little bit to get through the chapters. I know this is the calm before the storm, though, so I’m excited!

2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

YA Fantasy! I’ve had this on my TBR for a while now. Schwab is one of my faves ever, so I’m been slowly making my way through her books. I’m still at the very beginning of this one, just 50 pages in, but I’m already intrigued.

 


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett : YA Fantasy! Super slow paced, but the world-building was incredible.
    2. Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh: Urban Fantasy! Good addition to the series with some amazing characters.
    3. The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre: Fiction! Emotional, heartbreaking, and also kind of fucked up.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso


ARC! This is a new YA Fantasy series about magic, mages, and the forces that try to control them.

Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire. Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
Tell me in the comments!


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Book Tag: Bare Your Bookshelf

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Bringing over this Instagram tag. I was tagged by the lovely @hturningpages

1. Book you own but haven’t read

This was one of my most recent purchases. It seems to be a cute book about LGBTQ+ characters in a historical setting. I’ve heard some pretty good things about it, but I haven’t had the time to pick it up yet.

2. Book that was made into a movie

It by Stephen King

One of my current reads! This is pretty hyped at the moment, so it needs no introduction. It’s taking me a while to read through this, but I’m really loving the complexity of the story and characters.

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To Be Read – October 2017

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The spooky season is finally here! This also means the year is almost over oh my goddd.

As it is the rule this year, I won’t have that much time to live outside of doing things for uni. Because of that, I’m cutting my reading goals short so as to not overwhelm myself. Last month worked pretty well for me, so I’m keeping up with the theme!

MUST READS


Only one ARC this month:

THE TETHERED MAGE BY MELISSA CARUSO ✨

Another YA Fantasy novel! This book is about a kingdom where magic is scarce and those who are born with it are controlled by others. The story follows Zaira, as she tries to keep her secret, and live a free life.

GOALS


Since things are super chaotic at the moment, I’m going to stick to only one goal this month:

✨ READ 1 ANTICIPATED RELEASE

I haven’t been very good at keeping up with new releases this year? There are a lot of books I’ve been looking forward to that I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet. So my goal for this month will be to read at least one book published in 2017 that I’ve been excited about.

 


What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!


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Anticipated Reads – October 2017

 

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New month, new book releases!

October graces us with a lot of new releases! I’m so excited about so man of these, I can hardly contain myself. For once, not a lot of Fantasy books this time around 😛 There is  also Magical Realism, Contemporary Fiction, and Romance.

27883214The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

RELEASE DATE: October 10th.

The Sea King by C.L. Wilson


Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation. A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield.

RELEASE DATE: October 31st.

27883214Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain


In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, a teenage girl disappears without a trace. The second girl in nine years. Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town’s water supply. The killer was never found. As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated?

RELEASE DATE: October 6th.

27883214Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

RELEASE DATE: October 17th.

27883214Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name.

RELEASE DATE: October 3rd.

27883214The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre


My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world. This final book? It’s my confession.

RELEASE DATE: October 2nd.


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Wrap-Up: September 2017

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September was all kinds of awful 😀

That means I read a little more this time around! I also managed to complete my Goodreads challenge to read 100 Books 😀


BOOKS I READ


Books marked with a 📚 are the ones that were on my September TBR pile.

An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3) by K.J. Charles (ARC) – 5‘s • 📚
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – 4‘s
The Heart of the Lost Star (Tales of the High Court #3) by Megan Derr – 4‘s
↠ Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite #2) by Robert Dugoni – 4‘s
In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite #3) by Robert Dugoni – 3‘s
King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard – 2‘s
Release by Patrick Ness (ARC) – 2‘s • 📚
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (ARC) – 5‘s • 📚
The Time in Between (Magdalene #3) by Kristen Ashley – 3‘s
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas – 5‘s
The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite #4) by Robert Dugoni – 3‘s
↠ Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 4‘s

Total: 12 books


ON THE BLOG


REVIEWS

An Unsuitable Heir (ARC) by K.J. Charles • The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King • Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni • In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard • Release (ARC) by Patrick Ness • The Rules of Magic (ARC) by Alice Hoffman • The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

 TOP TEN TUESDAY

Books I Struggled to Get Into • YA Series I Loved as a Teen • Fall TBR • Bisexual Characters

 WWW WEDNESDAY

WWW 17 • WWW 18 • WWW 19 • WWW 20


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