Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Reviews - Before We Fall & The Resurrection Maker

This will be my last double review for two Netgalley titles this year. Both books are again so different from one another. But that's just me as a reader, folks. I have moods, and pick and choose my books to suit. Very rarely do I binge on one genre, and I like to just change things up.

Sometimes, one dark moment is all it takes to turn your world black...

For 24-year old Dominic Kinkaide, that moment took place on the night of his high school graduation. One dark incident changed him forever. He's a hardened actor now, famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured in his own. He doesn't care about much of anything, except for losing himself in the roles that he plays.

23-year old Jacey Vincent doesn't realize how much her father's indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn't one specific moment that wrecks a person, but rather it's an absence of moments. She's like a bird with a broken wing-strong yet fragile, as she tries to float through life, finding acceptance in the arms of random guys, one after the other... to fill the void that her father left in her.

Until she meets Dominic.

After jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, his secret and her issues create a dark and damaged energy that will soon turn their attraction to each other into an explosive storm.

Even though when the clouds have cleared and the dust has settled, both of them are almost obliterated... they've learned a priceless lesson.

Sometimes, before we fall... we fly.

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 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31933102-gather-the-daughters




Realizing that this was Book 3 of the Beautifully Broken series, I decided to grab the first two novels and read those first. I am that kind of OCD. I am sure that this novel would have been fine as a standalone, but I just have issues reading books out of sequence. I am the same way with TV shows too, even those that don't have to be seen in order. 


I really enjoyed the first two novels, and this one was enjoyable as well, but not my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed Dominic's character and found him to be very interesting. His internal struggles and battles seemed very realistic, and I became quite emotionally invested in him, but I didn't really like Jacey as a character. She was so flakey and angsty, and her character overall didn't do it for me. I couldn't really sympathize much with her, and mostly wanted to shake her the majority of the book. 

It was still a pleasant read, but not my fave in the series. It was missing a certain intensity that I enjoyed in the first two books. I really enjoy the author's writing style and her novels, so I will continue to read her books, 100%.


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Echoes from the past guide Arthur Malory on a dangerous search for the Holy Grail, a quest that may shed light on the mystery of the resurrection of Christ.

From the thriller writer, Glenn Cooper, whose books have sold five million copies and have been top-ten bestsellers throughout Europe, comes his explosive new thriller, the most innovative and controversial book ever written on the Holy Grail and the resurrection of Christ. Arthur Malory, a seemingly ordinary Englishman, has a burning interest in the Grail, a passion inherited from his father. Thrust into a life-or-death quest to find the precious artifact, he will discover not only his own amazing heritage but the power that the Grail possesses, a power that informs the resurrection of Christ and explosively merges spiritual and scientific thought.

 
 
Purchase Links: Amazon/BookDepository/Kobo


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum



I am still trying to figure out what happened here..... This is not my first Glenn Cooper novel, and in fact, I compared the one I read, "The Devil Will Come" , to one of Dan Brown's novels. That was fairly high praise, and I was fully expecting this novel to measure up in action and character development. But it was clear from the very beginning, that not only was this a little disjointed, but boring as hell. The information dumps were just insanely dull, not just to me as a reader, but to the characters themselves who were searching out information for their quest... It became so tedious that I did nothing but skim most of the time, and when the characters found something to be excited about, my interest was barely peaked. I never thought that the quest for the Holy Grail could be so boring, honestly.


Sadly, though I tried, I was not even able to finish this book. Won't write off Glenn Cooper yet, but this novel was a colossal fail for me.

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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.


Happy Reading!

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