Review: Above by Isla Morley

Title: Above
Author: Isla Morley
Publish Date: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Book Link: Goodreads
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the bestselling vein of Room and The Lovely Bones, a stunning and harrowing novel about a Kansas teenager who is abducted and locked away in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist who believes he is saving her from the impending destruction of the world.

Blythe focuses on finding a way to escape until she discovers that she also has to deal with crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of her captor, and the persistent temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raising a child in confinement.

Out of fear, she pushes aside the truth about a world her son may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to his life underground. But when fate intervenes, Blythe and her son manage to re-emerge, only to find themselves in a world even more terrifying than the one they left behind.

Riveting and unforgettable, Above is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, resilience, and hope.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The concept was a really interesting one, and one that I do enjoy more often than not. However the execution was poor and it ended up being a book that I dreaded picking up. I hate saying that but it just let me down in a big way.

Dobbs works in the library that sixteen year old Blythe visits. When he appears in his truck driving along a dirt road alongside Blythe,she thinks nothing of it. Until she accepts his offer of a ride. From that moment on everything changes.

Soon she’s being forced to shower and shave…every part of her body. Soon she’s forced to lay with him intimately.Soon after that come children. Then years pass, some quickly, some agonizingly slow. Until one day she seizes an opportunity to get herself and her son out of there.

Things aren’t the same as they were when she was taken into the silo many years ago. Where houses once sat, now there is empty and barren roads. There’s suspicion surrounding her and her son and all Blythe wants is to find her family.  

Dobbs was a creepy guy from the very beginning and that didn’t surprise me at all. Men that do this stuff are often unattractive and creepy. That’s why they abduct female teenagers. They hope that those girls understand their belief that they are trying to save them. Men like this also feel more attractive when they have a pretty young female under their grasp.

I tried my hardest to feel sympathy for Blythe but I just couldn’t. It didn’t make sense to me why she would accept his offer of a ride. He’s a freaking stranger! I don’t care how small the town was, Blythe still didn’t know him. And his excuse that her brother was in an accident and he was supposed to fetch her? I call BS on that. That is an excuse that abductors use all the time.

Most of the book was a big fat bore-fest. The end of it got really far-fetched and I couldn’t buy it at all. Too many characters were in the last 30% of it and I got confused and bored.The synopsis calls this book riveting and unforgettable? Um no, it was boring and predictable and for me, very easily forgettable. This book is getting 1.5 stars from me.

Review: Her Sister (Search for Love #7) by Karen Rose Smith

Book Title: Her Sister
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Published Date: June 15th, 2013
Publisher: Karen Rose Smith
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Book #7 in Search for Love Series
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: Amazon 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
HER SISTER, Book 7 in Karen Rose Smith’s SEARCH FOR LOVE series. Contemporary women’s fiction with romance and mystery.

Clare’s little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago. Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead. Lynnie could be alive! Clare’s neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and wants more than friendship. Clare’s mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets. Clare’s sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them. A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.

Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The prologue sets up the shift in family dynamics only a few hours after 3 year old Lynnie has gone missing. It captures instantly Clare’s continuing feelings of not being heard. 5 year old Clare is trying to tell her parents about the blue car that she had seem watching herself and Lynnie. Her parents aren’t listening to her and that sets up the beginning of the rift that carries on through childhood and well into adulthood.

Now,Clare’s all grown up and she has a sixteen year old daughter of her own.Clare’s parents separated and then divorced 2 years after Lynnie was taken,but they still remain in their granddaughter’s life despite still being awkward around each other. Now news has reached them about the possibility of Lynnie being alive. Now Max and Amanda along with Clare must find out if Lynnie is coming home and if she is coming home, will they recognize her at all?

Along with that, Clare must decide if her neighbor, Joe is to be trusted with her body and most importantly, her heart. Clare’s daughter Shara is about to find out the danger of befriending someone you’ve never actually met in real life. I think Shara was a good kid overall but she definitely got in over her head. Not totally uncommon with teenagers.

I liked this book. It was a quick read with likable and interesting characters. Up until the ending I was going to give it 4 stars but then I had to knock it back to three stars based on the simple fact that I hated the ending. It left me SO completely unsatisfied. I mean if the author was going to do a cliffhanger, than the book should have been longer to eliminate the cliffhanger and finish the unfinished storyline.

Review: Alternate Currents by Arleen Alleman

Book: Alternate Currents
Author: Arleen Alleman
Published Date: July 5th, 2013
Published by: Xlibris Corporation
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary
Series: Book 4 in the Darcy Farthing series
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): 
This fourth novel in the Darcy Farthing series continues to explore themes of love and tolerance in the midst of crime and prejudice. Author Darcy Farthing is living in DC with her fiancée, Mick Clayton, enjoying a much needed respite. As they prepare for a wedding and a romantic cruise, they find out that a good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared. Against Mick’s wishes and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don Freeburg, and daughter, Penelope, cope with their loss. She finds that a prior well-intentioned decision about parenthood has sparked a series of tragic events, which threaten to destroy a parent-child bond. Eager to help, Darcy plummets into the unfamiliar world of same-sex partnerships, surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. 

While the police and FBI are still trying to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, Penelope also vanishes. Detectives implicate a local clergyman, a birth-mother, and a radical author, but can find no proof of guilt. When Darcy tries to apply her investigative skills to the baffling case she sustains a vicious attack by an unbalanced killer. Mick rushes to her side and as the mystery is finally solved he also becomes a victim of vengeance and madness.:

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Within the first 50 or so pages,I was tempted to throw this book across the room. Not because it wasn’t good but because the ultra-conservative pastor and his deplorable feelings on gay people. I was angry and rage-y. I was livid at the words I was reading on the page. I rarely get this rage-y while reading but I couldn’t understand how this author managed to write such an asshole character. That was in addition to Darcy’s fiancee Mick. Yet another homophobic character. Yes he did eventually become more accepting but my initial feeling about him was definitely not positive.
Anywho, I loved both Don and Charlie. They were not the stereotypical gay couple which was great to see.Plus they clearly loved each other and their sweet little girl Penelope.When things went bad,they stayed supportive of each other and didn’t allow the mystery surrounding Penelope’s parentage to push them apart.Even when Penelope was abducted and the days with no answer as to her whereabouts went on,they stayed committed to each other.
Darcy and Deanna were two awesome ladies who seemed to both kick ass and take names while doing it. I loved watching the friendship develop between them and how they both supported Don & Charlie through this whole thing.
I knew that there was more to the whole surrogacy issue than met the eye. It was clear to me that Andrea had scammed a couple desperate to have a family. It was also clear that Charlie and Don had put far too much trust in both Andrea and the lawyer handling the case. I knew that the pastor was definitely involved somehow.Every single word that came out of his mouth just made me angry.
Of course I can’t leave out Leslie Lavender who was crazy about Don or just crazy in general. To the point that he was stalking him and making plans to get rid of Charlie & Penelope so that he and Don could be together. Never mind that Don had already shot him down repeatedly.
I’m giving this book 4 stars. I would love to give this book 5 stars because it was an enjoyable mystery overall. However I just cannot get past what bigotry and hatred the pastor had spewed about gay people.I’m a little annoyed that this character was in this book because if the pastor had not been in the book,I probably could have overlooked both Mick & Leslie Lavender and their abhorrent behavior.