Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
I’ve always liked her books and while this was good, it wasn’t near as good as many of her previous books. There was a lot going on and she took the longest possible route to get from point A to point B. Basically, Nick lives with his aunt and uncle. He and all his cousins work for his uncle’s cab business. He wants a more and starts working nights at a local theatre. It goes from there. There’s just a lot going on. It all somehow relates, but I don’t think it’s all necessary.
The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey
This was in my Once Upon A Book Club box. I really liked this one. It was about 4 young women in the early 1900’s. They are friends, all working, but also being encouraged by their families to find husbands. They deal with their families, their friendships, and achieving their dreams. Really good. I just wish there would have been another chapter or maybe an epilogue.
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
I LOVED this book. It started me on a Kelley Armstrong obsession that lasted all month. It’s a murder mystery. Casey was a homicide detective and someone was after her. She killed a guy years ago and it’s retaliation. She hears about a town you can pay to move to and you disappear. The town is in the Canadian Yukon and it’s completely off the grid. Everyone there has a secret or is running from something. She and a deputy find a woman being held captive in a cave. In rescuing her, they discover that she probably hasn’t been the first, but the others were never found and thought to have left town. I loved this. The story, the characters, the entire backstory of the town (which was all explained really well and didn’t leave me pissed cause things didn’t add up) are well done and there is lots of character development.
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Turns out A Darkness Absolute was the second book. I basically finished it and went to the library the same day to get this one, the first book. These can be read alone, but I’d rather know everything. This covers the events that lead Casey and her friend to want to escape to Rockton. She is only granted admittance because they’ve had a murder and she’s a homicide detective. This was also super good.
The Forever Summer by Jaime Brenner
Marin has just lost her job at a law firm and a woman shows up on her doorstep saying they are sisters. Needing to get away, she goes with her to find their grandmother. She spends the summer learning about her family, how it happened that her mother had a child with a man that wasn’t her father, how to deal with the loss of her job and her boyfriend. This was good. Amazon reviews may have liked it a bit more than me, but I still liked it.
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
A married couple, stuck in the rut that is married life, decide to try an open marriage. They make rules and say it’ll only last for six months. You can imagine what happens. This one turned out exactly like I thought it would.
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Oh hey! Back to Kelley. The rest of her books look to be more sci-fi. That’s not really my genre. At all. This didn’t look too bad though. Olivia is the daughter of a Chicago department store owner. She has a great life and a fiancé. Then in one night she finds out that she is adopted and oh, her birth parents are convicted serial killers. Her fiancé needs ‘time’ and in trying to get away from the press, she ends up in Cainsville. There, Gabriel Walsh, the lawyer who handled her birth parents last appeal, approaches her. They start working together. Olivia starts to realize she can read omens and they start to piece the murders her parents committed together. As we go through the books, there are 5 in all, the story continuously evolves (I don’t remember what happens in each book, as I read them too fast and one right after the other). She meets Ricky, the son of a biker gang leader, who Gabriel happens to be the lawyer for. She starts dating him, but learns they are in a sense another version of the Welsh King of the Fairies, the King of the Hunt, and the girl who is a mix of both sides. It’s a love triangle. They know how the original story played out, so they know they must stick together and not let the external forces deter them. Turns out Cainsville is a refuge for the fae, which Olivia and Gabriel both have fae blood. Ricky has the blood of the Huntsman. This wasn’t sci-fi, as much as dealt with mythology of different cultures. I read all five books in this series in a week. They were that good.
Visions by Kelley Armstrong
Book 2! It picks up right where the last book ends, but can be totally read alone. In this one, she also starts having visions.
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Book 4! I did finish book 5 already, but it was technically in September.