Alice's Island
April 18th, 2019 by diane92345

Alice’s Island starts out with a mystery that quickly turns into an obsession.

Chris is killed on a road he shouldn’t have been on while traveling home to his very pregnant wife, Alice. Alice obsesses about finding out where Chris was on the night of his death. Once she uncovers his secret life, she spends a healthy chunk of Chris’ $1.5 million insurance on spying on the neighbors in Chris’ hideaway.

In Alice’s Island, Alice goes off the rails and really should have spent her money on therapy. It is painful to watch her continuing downward spiral. Worse, after the first 25% of the book, the constant spying on her new neighbors was just boring. I kept thinking it would tie together in the end. It, or at least most of it, didn’t.

However, the romance was interesting. If you don’t mind having an unsympathetic narrator, you may like Alice’s Island. But for me it was a 3 star read.

Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Justice League Aguaman Drowned Earth
April 16th, 2019 by diane92345

I will literally read a grocery list by Scott Snyder—everything he writes is fantastic! Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is no exception.

Earth is being flooded by purple alien waters. Whomever the water touches turns into a rampaging fish-monster bent on killing any human remaining on Earth. Three ocean deities from other galaxies are determined to transform the world’s population into faithful followers of themselves. Only the Justice League can stop them!

The Drowned Earth story arc appeared across multiple book series including Justice League, Aquaman, and Titans. It is nice to see it all in one place in this hardcover compilation. The use of different artists, depending on the book series, means that the art isn’t very consistent across the full book though it is always consistently good. I rather liked the variety as it allowed me to see different styles applied to the same characters. However, some may find it distracting.

The plot was revving on all cylinders as is usual with a Scott Snyder story. There really is very little discussion or downtime for our heroes. It is mostly fighting or defending the entire time. I know that Aquaman is popular now that the movie has been released but I still have a soft spot for Batman, who is used to good effect in a small subplot during the story. Overall, while I liked Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth, it is probably better suited for readers who have kept up with the Justice League stories. Rather than beginning here, if you are new to DC, begin with Dark Nights: Metal. However, this book deserves 4 stars!

Thanks to DC Comics and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Before She Was Found
April 15th, 2019 by diane92345

Shy Cora, newcomer Violet and assertive Jordyn are friends—or possibly frenemies—in a rural Iowa middle school in Before She Was Found.

Cora and Violet are forced by their teacher to add “mean girl” Jordyn to their group researching urban legends for a class project. Jordyn suggests using Joseph Wither, a local murderer from the 1940s who has since gained urban legend status. When the girls have a sleepover, they decide to go to the deserted train yard to look for evidence that Joseph is real. The next morning, one girl is found severely wounded. One is in shock and covered with blood. The last denies she was even at the train station. All state they don’t recall what happened.

I enjoyed the different reactions of the parents and guardians of the girls. One hides what may or may not be evidence. Another gets angry at the other girls, the doctors and the police. There are many twists and turns as each girl begins to point their finger at another. The innovation of using case notes, police interview transcripts, personal journals and multiple point-of-views works to allow the reader to see everyone’s side. The final conclusion was intended to be a big surprise but I saw the foreshadowing and guessed the end. Before She Was Found is highly recommended for thriller fans. 4 stars!

Thanks to Park Row Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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