Only Ever You

Only Ever You: A Novel Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 3/22/16.

Summary from Goodreads:

Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to destroy the entire family.

My thoughts:

This was a really good thriller, I was pretty sure I had it figured out about halfway through, but there were still some twists that I didn’t see coming. The story started out with a bang, with the first disappearance happening immediately, and I thought it would go downhill, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed this author’s writing style, the multiple viewpoints, and the mystery that was the focal point of the story. There were other little mysteries involved as well, which gave the story depth and made it even more interesting. I was appalled by the mean-spirited, crazy nature of the kidnapper…but, I guess, that’s the point. I have enjoyed similar books by Lisa Scottoline in the past, and this is one I would recommend to others who like that author. I had not read anything else by Rebecca Drake, but she is now on my radar. I haven’t decided yet if I will purchase for my high school library, but I do have some colleagues that I think would like it, so I just might.

My rating: 4/5

 

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Quick review: Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

22929092 Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, releases today 3/31/15.

First, let me say I think this is a really cool cover!

I just recently finished another paranormal story, so I wasn’t super excited about starting this one, but I got into it quickly and it kept my attention throughout, pretty action-packed! It is the story of twins, Lark and Wren…though Wren is dead. She was born that way, but has been around for as long as Lark can remember. Though Lark doesn’t fully understand her power with ghosts, she is asked to help a group of peers that have had an encounter with a horrible ghost at an old mental hospital in their town that is known for being super creepy and haunted. She is on a mission to help them heal their ghostly wounds and eliminate the evil that is trying to take over. With the help of her ghostly sister and Medium friend, Kevin, she takes on the task. I won’t say much more since this is a quick review, but let’s just say….Lark is pretty bad-a**! I really did enjoy this story and know that it is one I will be recommending to students as soon as it arrives in my library (maybe today?).

My rating: 4/5

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

21413855 The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date is 3/24/15.

Before I go into the review, I will clarify that I had never heard of this YouTube channel before being approved for an advanced copy of this book.  Now that I have read it, I may become a subscriber!  This is the story of Sunshine….she was adopted as a baby and named so because her adoptive mother said she knew immediately that she would be the light of her life. The book begins with the two moving to a new town for her mother’s dream job.  This is a dreary, rainy, and “creepy” town to say the least. Immediately, Sunshine starts hearing voices and has interactions with what she believes is a little girl.  No one will believe her, including her own mother, who can’t seem to remember an interaction that she, herself, also had with the ghost; but, then she meets Nolan in art class at school (if you can call it art!) and he believes her and wants in on the mystery. Sunshine finds out that she has been blessed with some special “powers”, but has to pass a test to rid her home of a demon before it destroys what little family she has.  I normally am not a huge fan of creepy books (though I am a fan of creepy/scary movies), but I thought this one was pretty darn good.  I stayed up late several nights reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen.  The character development in this story was outstanding and the characters were easy to like. Though there was a touch of romance, it was not done in a way that took over the main plot of the book or that was sappy at all. I was rooting for the characters through the whole story.  This had just enough touch of creepy without being too scary for most. I can definitely see my high school students enjoying this book, so it will be a library purchase! I don’t know how much of this book (if any) is based on her YouTube videos, but I intend to find out.

My rating: 4/5