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Smokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25) by Iris Johansen

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This is a tear jerking story by Iris Johansen. It is probably the Eve Duncan story that goes in the most in-depth about a tragic horror inflicted on children and keeps on going. Every time you think that you can't discover something more horrific, Iris Johansen reveals more to the story that makes it even worse. For example, learning about the deaths of the children in Robaku and then learning more about Zahra's involvement.
The introduction of new characters and intertwining them with old characters were done really well. There is a great amount of evolution of the characters, especially when it comes to Dalia, Zahra's servant. I was disappointed though to learn about Caleb's and Jane Maguire's relationship. I was hoping to learn more about it since it was a relationship that spanned several books before they finally came together.
Varak, the antagonist of the story, is written very well. The longer the story goes on the more of how villainous he is comes ou…

Dark Tribute (Eve Duncan, #24) by Iris Johansen

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I absolutely loved this book. It was filled with so many twists and turns and unforeseen events. I would say that the focus of the book is more on Cara and not so much Eve Duncan though as Eve is not really the main focus of the story, Cara is. The characters are evolving so much in this book and there is a lot being revealed about Michael. The relationship that is evolving between Cara and Jock is absolutely amazing. Iris Johansen does it again at the end where she dangles a carrot in front of you and then makes you want until the next book for the story to continue. It is pure torture as I think I know what is going to happen next with Cara, but Iris Johansen just leaves you in the dark.


This book was received from St. Martin's Press. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Synopsis
Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relatio…

Vendetta (Catherine Ling, #5) by Iris Johansen

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Iris Johansen is at again by writing another thrilling book on our favorite CIA agent Catherine Ling.
Iris Johansen starts the story out with a not so unfamiliar character, Venable, who is a CIA agent and handler of Catherine Ling. Venable's story starts out slow and it is hard to piece together what all is going on in the story, which is not typical for Iris's stories. Usually, it is easy to understand where the story is going and it draws you in almost immediately. I did not find this to be the case.
As the story progresses, you learn that the main character is not Venable or Catherine Ling, but Venable's daughter Rachel Venable. It is not until Rachel is introduced into the story that Iris truly starts to draw you into the story and turns it into a non-stop page turner.
Iris Johansen continues to writer a page turning, action packed story, that is filled with characters from her previous books as well as introducing new ones. You will be re-introduced to Hu Chang,…

Blood Echo (Burning Girl, #2) by Christopher Rice

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This is the first book that I have read by Christopher Rice. Even though this is the second book in the Burning Girl series, I found it still easy to follow without having read the first book first.
Charlotte Rowe is a very intriguing character and truly adds to the story that is unfolding. As the story progresses you learn more about her and her abilities.
The first few chapters of the book was hard to get into but as the story progressed it got better. Eventually I struggled to put the book down.
Christopher Rice does a nice job at creating suspense and intrigue. The characters are well written. I am still unsure about Charlotte Rowe's boss and if he is an antagonist in this series or not.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Synopsis
Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…
Charlotte is an experiment. And a weapon. Enabled by a superpower dru…

Never Tell (Detective D.D. Warren, #10) by Lisa Gardner

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Lisa Gardner writes each chapter from the point of view of either Evie, D.D., and Flora and all of them intertwine with one another. The transition from one point of view to the other is done seamlessly and without any confusion on how they connect.
The first chapter draws you into the story making you want more by starting it with a murder. The story evolves from a simple murder to a more complex one with many twists and turns. The story focuses both on the present and on the past and Lisa Gardner does a wonderful job in making sure that you will not see how the present murder and the past murder are connected.
Lisa Gardner writes a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat while you continue to try to guess whats coming next. She does a splendid job in making sure that you do not see what's coming.
Rating: 9 out of 10
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A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wif…

The Gender Fall (The Gender Game, #5) by Bella Forrest

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The story continues to follow Violet and Viggo as they fight for equality within Matrus and Patrus. Violet has been injured by Princess Tabitha and now Viggo is in charge all by himself. He struggles to continue the fight and protect Violet. He must also decide if he can trust the Liberators and if they can help him, Violet, and the rest in the fight. Desmond has been pretty quiet for a while and she reappears in this book along with the boys.
The books continues to provide love, tragedy, hope, and action. Bella continues to do a great job in describing the scenes that are unfolding in front of you, however, there are times where the story does seem to drag on.
The story continues to be one that is easy to follow. The characters that Bella introduces all serve a purpose and add to the story.
The end of the book provides a really good twist that is unexpected. It adds a new element to Violet's story.

Rating: 4 out of 5
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Continue Violet and Viggo's heart-racing journ…

Exposed (Maggie O'Dell, #6) by Alex Kava

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Maggie's story continues when she and the FBI are called to a scene that involves a possible biological weapon being used after having found a threatening warning in a box of donuts that were delivered directly to their office. Maggie and Director Cunningham enter the home of a mother and child, where the child appears to be well but the mother appears to be on her death bed. Maggie and the Director react immediately and call for back-up. As the story continues and the investigation moves forward, the FBI starts to notice similarities between this crime and others. For example, they noticed the names of some of the victims of the Tylenol killer were the same of the victims in this case. The FBI is not working this case alone due to the biological weapon that is being used. USAAID, a military biological weapon research facility, has been called in to assist with finding out what the biological weapon is and how to contain it.
Alex Kava does a great job in roping you into the …

The Gender War (The Gender Game, #4) by Bella Forrest

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The story continues with Violet and Viggo trying to survive from Desmond (leader of the Liberators), the new queen of Matrus, and the queen's enhanced siblings. Their journey continues with them trying to survive in Patrus where we learn more about Amber and her past, which has been quite a mystery up until now. She takes Violet, Viggo, and the rest of their followers into her home in Patrus.
The story still switches between Viggo and Violet, which normally I don't like because it is hard to follow, however this has not been the case with this book. Bella Forrest writes both of their perspectives in a way that makes the switch between both of them flawless.
I keep wishing that these books would be turned into a movie series. I would definitely go and see them. For now I'll settle for book 5, which I already have in my hand!
Rating: 5 out of 5
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"For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-forsaken nations, I had …

The Gender Lie (The Gender Game, #3) by Bella Forrest

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Violet's journey continues as she tries to save both her brother, Tim, and the Patrus Warden, Viggo, who she has developed feelings for while trying to survive in The Green. Violet is faced with the tough decision of whether she should trust the leader of the Liberators, Desmond, and join them, or if she should continue her fight with the queen of Matrus on her own. This is a tough decision for Violet as Viggo is seriously injured and she has discovered the lost boys of Matrus that were supposed to be in the Mines.
Bella Forrest continues to do a great job evolving, introducing, and describing the characters and their backstories. For example, she has continued to provide us with more information on the Liberators and some of the individuals that make up the group. Bella Forrest continues to evolve Violet and Viggo's relationship; one that any reader can find relatable because they struggle with real-life issues.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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"I'd want you to help me…

The Gender Secret (The Gender Game, #2) by Bella Forrest

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Violet's time in Patrus gets more interesting as her mission nears the end and her relationship with Viggo evolves. Eventually she finds herself in The Green, a toxic environment with mystical beasts that only the well trained venture into.
Bella paints great visuals, so much so that The Green feels like it is a real place, and the creatures that she has created are ones that I can see when I close my eyes. Bella also knows how to create twists and turns that are filled with surprises and keep you on the edge of your chair. Finishing the book leaves me eager to learn more about the Liberators, a rebellious group of members from both Matrus and Patrus, as I have a sneaking suspicion that they are not what they seem.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question. 
Why did …

The gender game (The Gender Game, #1) by Bella Forrest

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I kept seeing this book (and series) being recommended through social media feeds stating that if you liked the Divergent Series that you would like this. After a while I finally decided to take a chance on it, and I am glad I did.
The book is about two nations, Matrus and Patrus. In Matrus the females are seen as more prominent and important than the males, but in Patrus the exact opposite is true.
The story follows Violet, who has had a really rough life that started with her younger brother, Tim, being tested by Matrus and found to not be a fit for Matrus society. Violet attempted to smuggle her brother over to Patrus where she had a cousin named Cad who was going to help him, but they were caught. Violet was sent to Matrus' version of prison and her brother was sent to the mines.
Violet struggles in prison and continues to get in fights with others. Eventually she is chosen by the Queen for a special mission that will take her to Patrus. She accepts as she is told that i…