Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Weight Of Blood

The Weight Of Blood by Laura McHugh  Netgalley review

Amazon Blurb -

The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy’s family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family’s influence, Lucy—darkly beautiful as her mother was—is always thought of by those around her as her mother’s daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls—the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t save—and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri’s death.

What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.


*Releases March 11th, 2014*

Lucy Dane is a happy go lucky teenager living in a very small close knit town where everyone knows everyone else's business.  She's been raised by her dad since she was a baby and her mom disappeared.  When Cheri, a girl Lucy has befriended who is mentally challenged turns up dead, it opens up a keg that is more explosive than Lucy may be able to handle.

I really liked this book.  I was on edge wondering what was going to happen next.  Lucy is a great character, and the supporting characters are all very good too.  I like how the book gave each person's point of view.  It gave you their perspective of what was happening.  

Laura McHugh is a very good author.  Her words flow effortlessly, nothing was choppy, a nice smooth ride, even when going back in time and then forward again.  All in all, this book is a definite read if you like thrillers.

4 Cannolis

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A new Year and A Quick Review


Wow, 3 weeks into 2014 already, where the heck did 2013 go and for that matter, how the heydie ho did the holidays come and leave already!?!  Hope all are doing well and back into the swing of regular living again.  For those of you stuck in this wither storm and cold, so sorry, sure am glad I no longer live in that mess anymore :D  I love this so cali weather, been in the 70's to the low 80's for a few weeks now!  Sadly we are facing a major drought so I do hope we get some storms soon, but you can keep the snow and negative temps.

So, as you can see I haven't book blogged in 4 months.  My reading mojo has flown the coup and been replaced by my creative mojo which you can investigate on my other blog Mia Sogni Dolci right there on the side bar.  I have been reading, I belong to a book club, but I haven't finished several books because they just weren't cutting it (sadly a couple were netgallies) and I refuse to ever waste time on crummy books ever again.

Right now I'm reading and excellant netgalley, The Weight Of Blood by Laura McHugh.  This is a really good mystery.  I just finished The Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Kline  for book club's January choice and it was a wonderful but sad story.  It's all about immigrant children from the 20's who were orphaned and  taken by train to families in the mid-west and for the most part but for the very lucky few, used as indentured servants.   December's choice was The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway, I didn't even bother.  I don't like him and wasn't gonna waste my time reading about a stupid fish.

Some other books read for book club -
Looking For Salvation at The Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore, loved it
The Magic Of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel, very good
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, excellent
Dreams Of Joy by Lisa See, ok
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner, liked it
Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck, meh

Truth be told, I'm still searching for that one book that makes my breath catch in my chest and never want it to end.  Does it exsist?  I don't know, for now I'll read at my own pace, stress free not keeping a talley and putting it down if it stinks :D

Happy reading...

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