Time Untamed by Lily Morgan

Cover photo provided by the author
Cover photo provided by the author

Title: Time Untamed
Author: Lily Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age: Adult
Is This Part of a Series?: Yes (Book 2 of the Time Series)

*I received an e-Copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

The second book in the Time Series follows Butch, a member of the TSCAA, and Savannah, a member of an ancient order of assassins. Although they are married, circumstances have lead to Butch believing Savannah (and their son) are dead and Savannah spending her life trying to keep her son’s existence a secret from Butch and her family. Now there is a plot against Jack Evans (the lead passenger staging the counter attack inside US Flight 93 on September 11, 2003) and their paths have crossed again. Will they be able to get past the lies and secrets of their past and save Jack Evans, their son, and history as we know it? Or will the mysterious Mr. X, the powerful man behind the plot, get his wish to unbalance the world and the powers of good and evil that fight for it?

Overall Impressions:
Much like the first book in the series, Time Untamed was an enjoyable read with a fun premise. I really enjoy the world that Ms. Morgan has created for the Time Series.

The Nitty Gritty:
I would like to start by saying that one of my issues with the first book (typos) was much less pronounced in this book. There were a few, but not enough to be distracting from the story. There was also an improvement in the amount of “over-sharing” that the characters did. So this book has some definite improvements over the first one (not that the first one was bad; I did give it three stars after all! It was enjoyable!). However, there were also a couple of things I didn’t like that were new to this book (most likely because of the needs of a new set of characters).

Most notable were the flashbacks. They provided some good information, but I sometimes had trouble transitioning with them. They also had a repetitive quality to them–there were several times where the reader got the same flashback from both Butch and Savannah’s point of view, with almost no new information provided. While there were certainly some well-written flashbacks that provided information I was glad to have as a reader (information that provided a greater emotional connection to the character(s), character development, and/or plot advancement), the majority of them were superfluous to at least some degree.

Another issue I had was connecting to Butch. There was a certain amount of residual connection from the first book, however, I found him to be a bit off-putting, especially with his insistence to refer to the women around him as “hellcats”. Once or twice would have been telling about both Butch and the women, but using that descriptor just about every time that he mentioned these women made him seem more chauvinistic than anything. I got that he did actually admire them, but the fact that he had to label them anything other than valuable members of his team made me feel as if he didn’t expect women to be valuable in his world.

Once Butch and Savannah’s son came into play, however, my connection with all of the characters snapped into place. Not only could I relate to the parenting side of Butch and Savannah, but their son also opened up the soft, gooey center at the heart of them, highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and quirks. Once that happened, I very much liked both characters, the journey they were on, and the relationship between them.

Perhaps one of the best parts of this book, though, was the foreshadowing of the larger picture: more is revealed about Mr. X, and there are several other characters which Ms. Morgan hinted at being more important than they first appeared. More importantly, these revelations came in a surprising manner at a point in the book when I was not expecting them. It was very well done and has me excited to see how it unfolds.

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars (1 Rating)
Amazon Rating: 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
My Rating: 4 Stars
Once again, I found myself not quite sure where to rate this book. It was not as skillfully and seamlessly written as I would like for a four or five star rating, generally, but it was also more than just a book that I “liked”. When it came down to it, I decided that the improvements from the first book to the second, as well as the skillfully enticing foreshadowing that helped close out the book, rated the bump up to a four star. However, I would have to say that a third book in this series would most likely require a continued improvement in writing technique–namely restraint–in order to “maintain” a four star rating. (I like the books a lot, world, character, and plot-wise, but my four star ratings are “reserved” for books that I like -and- have good writing. For me, improved writing qualifies as good writing. Continually improving writing is some of the best writing there is, really.)


Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand

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Title: Wylding Hall
Author: Elizabeth Hand
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Age: Adult
Is This Part of a Series?: No

*I purchased an e-copy of this book

This book is told in the style of a documentary film, with interviews of an acid rock band and the people close to them. The topic of discussion is their summer spent at Wylding Hall and the mysterious happenings that took place there–including the disappearance of the lead singer, Julian.

Overall Impression:
This book has gorgeous imagery, a well-developed setting, and a delicious–but tolerable–level of tension and creepiness. This is one of my favorite books of this year.

The Nitty Gritty:
This book has quite a few characters in it–including, in my opinion Wylding Hall itself. They are all well-developed and unique from each other, but I will also say that they are a little tough to get a grasp on–to picture distinctly in one’s head–in the beginning. It is a bit like having a polaroid develop, while the characters are narrating the scene. I could hear their differences and their unique personalities, but it was tough to keep them in focus–at first–while switching back and forth among them. There was a conversational tone which sweep me up and away into the world of Wylding Hall and made me feel like I was sitting in the same room with the characters.

Ms. Hand’s language was lyrical and poetic and descriptive and breath-taking. In short, it was everything I strive to create when I sit down to write my own stories. Honestly, it reminds me of the language of my favorite book (and series) Kushiel’s Dart, but with a more approachable quality to it. One of my favorite lines in the whole book: “It’s the spark that keeps us alive in the cold and the night, the fire we gather in front of so we know we’re not alone in the dark.” It’s beautiful and hopeful and inspiring, because while there is the implication of things that go bump in the night, it clearly speaks to the idea that we are part of a greater whole and, as it says, not alone. And that is a wonderful feeling.

This is listed as a dark fantasy and it is very dark. There are things that make me nervous to recall as I sit here and think about what I read in order to write this review. But as with The Shining, the scary parts of this book are balanced by the quality of writing and language twice and, more importantly, but the fact that the creepiness is best viewed out of the corner of your mind’s eye. If you look directly at it, it looses just enough of it’s brightness and edge to keep a person from loosing sleep. Or this person, at any rate. That is not to say that it didn’t raise my pulse and make my breathing shallow, because it did. It was creepy and amazing and at points almost terrifying, but it–quite wonderfully–did not give me nightmares either. It will stick with me for years, but I won’t loose sleep (other than the sleep I lost staying up to read it, and the sleep I will loose when I reread it in the future). And that is the perfect sort of dark fantasy or horror for this overactive imagination I live with!

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 Stars (164 Ratings)
Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars (38 Reviews)
My Rating: 5 Stars

The Mare’s Tale by Darrel and Sally Odgers

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Title: The Mare’s Tale
Author: Darrel and Sally Odgers
Illustrator: Janine Dawson
Genre: Realistic Fantasy (told from the dog’s point of view, but has very realistic events)
Age: Early Elementary
Is This Part of a Series?: Yes (book 2 in the Pet Vet series)

*I received a copy of this book as a prize. You may purchase it at Usborne or through your local Usborne Independent Consultant.

Trump and his owner Dr. Jeanie are doing their rounds around the town of Cowfork, the remnants of the storm from the night before causing various hiccups. Along the way they help some sick calves, talk with some border collies, meet a pregnant and nervous mare, and a sick dalmatian.

Overall Impression:
This book has an engaging premise, cute pictures, and a nice pace. It is fun, educational, and a nice step up from the Billie B. Brown books as a chapter book (with more pages and more words per page).

The Nitty Gritty:
Honestly, there is nothing special about the writing techniques in this book–but more importantly, there’s nothing wrong with them either. It is simple and straight-forward and, well, rather cutesy. The book is told from the point of view of a dog, Trump, whose experiences as an “Animal Liaison Officer” at Pet Vet Clinic have allowed her to pick up multiple animal languages and a thorough understanding of many species, humans, and illnesses. While this results in a rather anthropomorphized dog, it allows for the children to connect to the book. And it is important to note that there is a good amount of realistic dog behavior in this book as well, despite the heavy dose of human qualities that have been applied to Trump. Overall, it is a pretty good mixture of human and dog behavior, especially considering that this is a children’s book.

The story itself is cute, but has no real tension in it (to me, anyway). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and could, in fact, be good for some kids. However, there’s never any doubt that things will work out well. Or even that Trump or Dr. Jeanie really have to work hard in order for things to work out well. There are also no temper tantrums, name-calling, or other negative aspects of childhood included in this book. Trump, despite being a dog, is a very relatable character and–from a mom’s perspective–is a hard-working, good-natured role model for the children who are reading this book.

Additional Features:

  • The beginning of this book includes a nice “Welcome to Pet Vet Clinic” section, a “Staff at the Pet Vet Clinic” and “Other Important Characters” section, and a “Map of Pet Vet Clinic” section. These pieces provided a good grounding in the series despite the fact that I was not starting with Book 1.
  • Vocabulary side bars–throughout the book there are several bolded words (such as isolation and cockatoo) that include a definition box on the same page. I found this feature to be very nice and not one that I see often (what I do see is vocabulary words at the end of the chapter or end of the book)
  • “Trump’s Diagnosis”–at the end of each chapter is a small paragraph titled “Trump’s Diagnosis” where Trump gives a quick summary and/or explanation of something that was covered in that specific chapter.
  • There are also one to two illustrations per chapter

Book Club Chatter:
Here are some questions, organized by chapter, to help check comprehension and engage in a deeper connection with the child(ren) you are reading this book to/with:

  • Chapter One:
    Have you ever been in a noisy storm? If so, how did it make you feel?
    Do you have a pet? Have you had to take it to the vet? What for?
    After working with the sick kitten, Dr. Jeanie washes her hands. Trump says this is pass any disease from patient to patient. How does washing her hands help Dr. Jeanie keep patients healthy? When are times that you should wash your hands?
  • Chapter Two: 
    Why do Dr. Jeanie and Trump go on rounds?
    Where is the first place that Dr. Jeanie and Trump go on their rounds?
    Trump says that she and Pammie are “polite and friendly equals”. What does it mean to be someone’s equal? Who are some people you are equal to?
    The barn cat is surprised that Trump can talk in Cat-speak. How do you think you would react if a dog came up to you and started talking Human-speak?
  • Chapter Three:
    Shall seems surprised when she meets Dr. Jeanie for the first time. What are some reasons she might be surprised that Dr. Jeanie is a vet?
    The horse, Helen of Troy, has a dog as a companion to help keep her calm and happy. Are there times in your life where you would like to have a companion to stay calm and happy? Since you don’t have a dog companion, what are some things you can do instead (like deep breathing, etc)? If you could have any animal as your companion, what animal would you choose?
  • Chapter Four: 
    Was there a time that you hurt a lot? Did it keep you from doing things you like doing? If so, what? How did you get hurt in the first place? How long did it take for you to get better? What did you do to get better?
    It turned out that part of Paris’ problem is that he is dehydrated. He doesn’t have enough fluid in his body. Do you think it is important for humans to stay hydrated? What’s the best thing to drink to stay hydrated?
    *This would be a great opportunity to go into how humans stay healthy, go searching for more information online, etc. Look up how many glasses of water a person should have (there are charts that show in more detail based on height and weight rather than the straight “8 eight ounce glasses”), how long people can live without water, etc.
  • Chapter Five:
    This chapter spends a lot of time talking about things that can happen when your body doesn’t work. What do you think it would be like to be deaf? Think about your favorite song. What is it? How would you feel if you never got to hear it again? Do you think that you can tell if a person is deaf–or arthritic–just by looking at them? Do you think there are other sicknesses or disabilities that you can’t see? (You can go as deep into this discussion as you and your child are interested in, including doing research online about various disabilities, treatments, how they impact a persons life, etc)
  • Chapter Six:
    Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night? What happened? How did that make you feel?
    Have you ever slept in a sleeping bag? What for? What was it like? Did you enjoy it? When are some other times you might need to sleep in a sleeping bag?
  • Chapter Seven:
    Helen says that horse races are very noisy. Why do you think they are noisy? Have you been to something very noisy? How did the noise make you feel?
    What was your favorite part of this chapter?
    Why do you think animals that are having babies need to be calm?
  • Chapter Eight:
    *This chapter provides a great opportunity to look up video of a foal being born or, depending on the child’s age or interest, simply video of a new born foal walking around, etc.
    Helen has a healthy foal–or baby girl horse. What would be a good name for her? Why did you pick that name?
    What was your favorite part of the book?
    If you were writing a story with Trump and Dr. Jeanie in it, what animal or animals would you have them treating? What adventures would they have?

Goodreads Rating: 4.31 Stars (29 Ratings)
Amazon Rating: 3.5 Stars (2 Ratings)
Usborne Rating: 4.5 Stars (2 Ratings)
My Rating: 4 Stars

Lift-the-Flap: Questions and Answers About Your Body by Katie Daynes

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Title: Lift-the-Flap: Questions and Answers About Your Body
Author: Katie Daynes
Illustrator: Marie-Eve Tremblay
Genre: Non-fiction Picture Book
Age: 4 and up (although I think it would depend on the 4 year old whether or not they would sit for this whole book)
Is This Part of a Series?: Yes (there are several pages of Lift-the-Flap books and at least six Questions and Answers books)

*I purchased a copy of this book

This isn’t your typical book-for-review type of book. Their is no story, chapters, or beginning, middle, or end. Instead, it is a non-fiction book centered around questions (who, what, where, when, why, how, and yes or no) centered around the theme of “your body.” There’s a great variety of questions (like does everyone snore, is my heart shaped like a heart, and when do babies learn to walk) and some cute illustrations that cover the pages from edge to edge.

Overall Impression:
I think it’s a fun book. I loved the illustrations and the collection of questions and even learned a few things myself (such as what percentage of people can touch their tongues to their noses!). My kids also enjoyed it and have been through it about three times so far.

The Nitty Gritty:
This book has some great information to share and it presents it in a super cute way, both because of the questions that are asked and the illustrations that accompany the questions. My favorite question was in the yes or no section (Can I pick my nose if nobody is watching?) because of the honesty in the answer (Yes, but you shouldn’t, and here’s why…). Kids shouldn’t ever be talked down to, and this question highlights the fact that Usborne Books & More believes the same thing. This is especially important when it comes to non-fiction books. When you talk down to kids, you underestimate their intelligence, risk making them self-conscious or embarrassed about asking questions (and in the case of this particular book, their body), and can make reading less fun. This book doesn’t run any of those risks. The pictures and flaps are engaging, the answers are honest, and they subject matter frankly covers everything from dreams to body hair to excrement.

Book Club Chatter:
Whenever you are reading a book to a child, it is super important to help them connect to the book. Non-fiction books are no exception to this idea: the better a connection the children have to the book, the better they understand, learn, and remember what they are reading. While these aren’t strictly book club style questions, here are a few ideas of how to help your child connect to the material in this book:

  • Any time the book mentions the size of something, help them to visualize that: if it references their fist (as in the size of a heart), have them hold up their fist. Hold yours up and compare them. Etc. This makes things very personal and concrete.
  • If the book mentions a developmental milestone–such as when a baby begins to walk–talk about when the child started walking, or when you did.
  • Probably the best thing you can do for you child is to follow the conversation where ever it happens to wander.
  • It is also good to note that this is an “Internet linked” book, meaning that there is a webpage for this book, with links to other websites, games, videos, and articles that have to do with the topic of the book (in this case the body)

Goodreads Rating: 4.6 Stars (5 Ratings)
Amazon Rating: 5 Stars (1 Rating)
Usborne Rating: 4.75 Stars (4 Reviews)
*This book is available through Usborne consultants and the Usborne website
My Son’s Rating: (Coming Soon)
My Daughter’s Rating: 30,000 Stars
My favorite question was the one about if fingerprints are all different because I like the picture of the detective. I gave it lots of stars because of the poop. And there are lots of words for us to read. And the pictures.
My Rating: 5 Star
I am pretty sure this book will stick around our house for quite a while, being read many times in the process. And as is the case with other UBAM books I have encountered so far, it is a sturdy enough book to last through many years–and probably be useable as a good quality hand-me-down when we are ready to get rid of it.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Title: The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Genre: Fiction
Age: Early Elementary
Is This Part of a Series?: Yes (Book 1 of the Boxcar Children Mysteries series)

*I checked this book out from the library

This book follows the adventures of four young orphans who are attempting to 1) stay together and 2) keep from living with their presumably mean grandfather. In the process, they come across an old boxcar in a clearing in the woods and decide to turn it into their house. They work hard, get creative using found items, and become friends with the doctor in a nearby town.

Overall Impression:
I loved this book when I was younger and was excited to read it to my children. It was less mystery-like and less action filled than I remembered it, but it had a fast pace and I still found myself wishing I could be like those kids–a great relationship with each other, supportive of each other, and–most impressively–they make an amazing home out of other peoples’s garbage. And best of all–my kids enjoyed it too.

The Nitty Gritty:
First things first, this book is not truly the same level of writing as what I am used to reading. It is simplistic and overly optimistic. There are no temper tantrums or mentions of sadness over the idea that their parents are gone. Everything works out well for them, really. Every step of the way. But then I remember that this book was written in 1924. society was different then, so why can’t a children’s book be different?

And honestly, when I read a book like Billie B. Brown to my kids, and the children in the story are realistic and have a bad day or a temper tantrum or lie, I sometimes wonder if it is good to “reinforce” this behavior in my children, even if it is normal. When I was reading The Boxcar Children to them, however, I didn’t have any moments where I was worried about that. The thoughts that entered my head in this book were about how the boxcar children were such good examples of children–well-mannered, hard-working, cooperative, active, and still very, very creative and full of their own personalities. So they were both the “ideal” helpful child and still children, really. Not realistic, in my opinion, but still a pretty nice balance. Should we be giving children high ideals and above average role models to look up to? Or should we only be showing them other children like them? I think it is good for them to know that there are both kids like them and a better way to be. So, in the end, I decided that even the overly sweet quality of this book was a positive thing. Something worth noting, but not worth making you throw the whole book out the window.

As for the characters, this is a children’s book, so the main characters are children, ranging in age from 5 to 14 and both male and female. That means that most elementary kids will find one of the Alden children to connect to or look up to. As I mentioned in the previous paragraphs, they are hard working and good-natured children, which is the primary aspect of their personalities (although they do also have a like/dislike or hobby that sets them apart from each other). Their speech patterns and word choices can be a bit old fashioned and formal (this book was written almost 90 years ago, after all), but it is still easy to understand.

When it comes right down to it, this book has been enjoyed by many generations of children and, although it may seem cheesy when you reread it as an adult, chances are good that your children will still enjoy it just as much as you did.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 (71,743 Ratings)
Amazon Rating: 4.8 Stars (585 Reviews)
My Rating: 3 Stars
This rating comes with a big old BUT attached to it: yes, I am giving it “only” three stars. This is because while it is not poorly written, it is not especially well written either. And while I like it, I don’t particularly love it. However, I am very glad that I read this with my children. They asked for it to be read to them every night until it was finished (and then wanted me to read the next book to them too). 3 star rating or not, this book has been around for a long time for a reason–and is worth reading with your children.

Author Interview: Anne Conley

Yesterday I did a review of Anne Conley’s book Wire (book 2 in the Pierce Securities romantic suspense series). Check it out here if you haven’t already. While reading her book, I found several elements that made me want to learn more. Here’s what I asked (and her answers too, if you really must have them 🙂  )…

1.  I just finished reading Wire, which is book number two in your Pierce Securities series. Which came first: the idea for the series or an individual book? Which is harder for you and how do you work yourself through the more difficult side of the plotting/planning?

I was just finishing my Stories of Serendipity series, which was my first willy-nilly, extremely organic foray into writing for public consumption.  I knew I needed a new series to start, and wanted to do something a little different, so I thought romantic suspense would be fun.  The idea for the series was what came first—a securities team.  But I wanted them to be different from others, so they are all guys who for some reason or another don’t quit fit in with their ‘real life’ rolls.  For example, in the first book, Craze, Ryan is ex-Coast Guard who can’t stand working with pleasure boaters on Lake Travis, because he’s seen too many disasters in his work.

To get myself through the more difficult aspects, I find it’s advantageous to take a step away from it.  That’s one reason why I have multiple works in progress at any given time. Chocolate helps too.

2.  On the book level, it seems as if (for this series) the books are connected through the men (since they are the employees of Pierce Securities, which also lends its name to the series as a whole). Did you come up with the men first, and then create a plot and woman to him, or did you come up with a plot (such as the gaming and hacking centered plot in Wire) and then create a man to fit that?

The men came first, and the plots afterward.  For example, Evan, from Wire is a hot geek, which I find awesome.  His story came after.

3.  The star game of Paige’s company is based off of fairy tales. Which fairy tale is your favorite and why?

I like Beauty and the Beast.  In fact, Quinten’s story, when it comes, will be a modern adaptation of that fairy tale, for no particular reason, if all goes well.

4.  How many Pierce Securities books do you hope to write? Do you have a release date (or hoped for release date) for the next one? 

At the moment, there’s seven, but that’s apt to change.  The next one, Click, is due out toward the beginning of October.

5.  Finally, if you could be anything, what type and/or color of dragon would you be and why? More importantly, what would be the first book you placed in your literary horde and why?

Iridescent black waterhorse.  That’s a type of dragon, right?  The first book I’d have would be a Gutenberg Bible, because they’re beautiful, rare, and valuable—perfect for my horde.

Places to find Anne Conley:
Website: www.anneconley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anneconleyauthor
Twitter: @anneconley10
Email: anneconleyauthor@gmail.com

Wire by Anne Conley


Title: Wire
Author: Anne Conley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age: New Adult and up
Is This Book Part of a Series?: Yes (Book #2 of the Pierce Securities series)

*I received an unedited Advanced Reading Copy version of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I also have chosen not comment on or include typos and such in my review or rating.

Evan Rocco is a skilled hacker, an AI expert, and a member of the team at Pierce Securities. Paige Lawson is the CEO of gaming software company PSL. When PSL’s game Realm of Worlds character The Crimson Lady begins brainwashing teenagers into attacking real life people, Evan and Paige have to team up in order to save Paige’s company and the people of Austin. But will their one-night stand from six months earlier get in their way?

Overall Impression:
This book appeals to the geek in me, and the fact that the “star” of Paige’s company is based off of fairy tales appeals to the writer in me. The characters are fun and well-matched as a couple. The bad guy is suitably slimy. In other words, it was worth the read and had some great qualities.

The Nitty Gritty:
This book opens up with a bang, featuring Paige–fresh off winning a hostile takeover–prowling a bar looking for a one night stand. She finds it in Evan Rocco, a man she has admired physically and intellectually for years. They have a very hot night of sex, which is well-written, with just enough on-stage action to keep it interesting and just enough off-stage action to keep it from being repetitive. This takes the book from the typical trajectory of the couple fighting their physical interest in each other and shifts it to looking at how the pair can deal with the attraction they admittedly have, while doubting whether or not that is all that the other person feels. It is a small change, but it is a nice one, keeping the romance aspect of this book feeling more fresh and unique than is typically the case. In addition to this, it sets it up so that Evan is already aware of how much he likes Paige. He never really doubts whether or not he has feelings for her. Just whether or not she has feelings for him. And a man being willing to admit to himself that he cares for a woman is a nice change for a romance.

Dialogue was one of the things that stood out for me in this book, for a couple of reasons. When Paige and Evan were talking, I noticed several times that it felt like their scenes seemed a little bit forced feeling, like they were saying what would be expected to be said at that scene, rather than what truly fit them. The thoughts that accompanied these “forced” scenes also seemed to also be on the overly-telling side. Instead of just having the words flying back and forth between Paige and Evan, there were pauses to share their thoughts. Thoughts that were really rather redundant based on the actions that were accompanying their dialogue. It wasn’t horrible, by any means, but it was certainly noticeable. Especially when you put it next to the very smooth, well-written dialogue that exists between Evan and the other employees at Pierce Securities. Those scenes were downright good. I fell right into them and could easily picture the scene, actions, and the individual, unique characters that were interacting.

As for the suspense aspect of this book, there were some positives and negatives both. First, I saw the bad guy coming a little sooner than I would have liked. (In other words, I figured things out sooner than I wanted). This in and of itself isn’t that unusual for me, however. My biggest issue with this is that Evan, who is in the securities business, had such a hard time seeing the truth. I could get behind the idea that perhaps he was too wrapped up in figuring out his relationship with Paige, but that only allows him a certain amount of slack. And I feel like he stayed in the dark a bit longer than is truly realistic. (Not that I have ever been in a “real” mystery myself, of course, so perhaps it is accurate. How it feels, however, is that Evan is a bit on the slow side). The saving grace here is the tension. Despite knowing, more or less, who the bad guy was and how he was enacting his plans, I was still tense over the idea of whether or not Evan and Paige would win in the end. Who knows? Perhaps Evan being slow to catch on even added to the tension. Either way, this was a suspenseful books and gets good marks for that, even if there are things I wish were different.

Goodreads Rating: 4.39 (33 Reviews)
Amazon Rating: 4.9 Stars (21 Reviews)
My Rating: 4 Stars
The writing is solid, the story is solid, and I found it to be an enjoyable read over all. I would like to go back to read Ryan’s story (Craze, Pierce Securities book 1) and plan on following this series to its conclusion, however many books that may be.