Book Review: Cant Go Back by Marie Meyer (RIRI# 13/16)

Can't Go Back Book Cover Can't Go Back
Marie Meyer
Fiction
Forever Yours
August 4, 2015
Kindle
320
Goodreads New Adult Book Club Read It Review It #13/16

"I could not put it down . . . Loved it!" --Jen McLaughlin, New York Times bestselling author on Across the Distance When Jillian moved next door, she refused to get out of the car. I climbed into the backseat beside her and promised to never leave her. Now, I'm driving her a thousand miles away, so she can leave me. She has to go. What else would she do? Follow me and my band from one cheap bar to another, get hit on by sleazy promoters? Because Jillian would definitely get hit on. She's the most gorgeous, talented girl I've ever known, and she doesn't even see it. This scholarship gives Jillian the chance to study at the best design school in the country. It's what she's always wanted. I won't stand in the way of her dreams, no matter how much it hurts to watch her go. I just wish she wasn't leaving without knowing the truth . . .

Review

I loved this book because from cover to cover the sensitive way that the author covered the subjects of self-harm, brain injury, love and respect made it a book that I couldn’t put down. The characters and plot were really well developed and the characters were multi-faceted which meant that I was able to connect with them on several levels.

I wanted to read this book because I read one of this authors books earlier in the year and loved it, so I knew that I would likely enjoy this one to and I wasn’t disappointed. Having read this book now I know with out a doubt that this author has become a favourite for Continue reading

Book Reviews: Slayed On The Slopes (Pacific Northwest Mysteries #2) BY Katie E Dyer-Seeley – books read during the week of 29/2

 

Slayed on the Slopes (A Pacific Northwest Mystery Book 2)Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington

ASIN: B00OEW7562
Edition Language: English
Review Copy: Goodreads New Adult Book Club Read it Review It (RIRI~11/16)
Rating: 7/10  (goodreads rating 5/5 stars)
Genre:  New Adult Cozy Mystery
Rating: 10/10 (goodreads rating: 5 Stars)
Book Information

Synopsis: After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Goodreads Rating Information: average star rating  3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  123 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Author Bio
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Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring the rugged landscapes of the PNW and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

The first two books in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB and SLAYED ON THE SLOPES, are available now. SILENCED IN THE SURF and FIRST DEGREE MUDDER coming in 2016.

“Dyer-Seeley’s debut fits squarely in the newer subniche that can be called ‘extreme cozy,’ meaning it’s a good mix for younger readers who like traditional mysteries but want a little more action or edginess. The author provides a splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her freshly graduated bumbling protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” – Library Journal

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

 

Review
This book sees Meg at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hard core Ridge Rangers – Oregon’s Elie high-altitude rescue team- during their four day winter training. Although she beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer she would still rather cover the event by the cherry fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand. While at the event during a blizzard she is convinced she hears gunshots but no one who’s stranded in the hut with her believes her when she tells them… that is until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. It becomes essential for the killer to be found quickly before the Cabin fever does them all in!
I loved this book just as much as as the first one and so can’t wait for book 3, and all the future ones. Kate’s writing, plot and character development in this book were fantastic and had me hooked from cover to cover. 

Wow what an amazing continuation to a fantastic series Kate did it again because she had me gripped from cover to cover. The plot unfolded slowly and had lots of twists and turns just as the one in book one did. I received this book from the Author via the New Adult Book Club Read It Review It Programme on Goodreads for week of 26/1 (review deadline of 2/3) in exchange for an honest review.

I love the fact that Meg really attacks all the activities she does with such gusto even though she hates the activities she does as well as the fact that she is a fantastic writer. Meg is strong and determined, and always stands by her beliefs even when any of the other characters try to sway her. Jill is a strong and determined character who loves all outdoor pursuits but throughout the first book/the initial part of the second book is willing to settle for the relationship she’s in with the odious, possessive and arrogant fellow lawyer boyfriend Will. I disliked Will from the start of book 1 and so was really glad when Jill finally dumped him in book 2 after accepting the fact that he was cheating in her with a work colleague.

The fact that Meg was in a far more dangerous situation this time around meant that I was far more worried for her and when it got to the part where she jumped from the ski lift and broke her arm doing so I actually found myself cringing when Kate describe the sound of the bones breaking.

It was great to see Meg and Matt’s relationship develop further and I am really hoping that they will finally get it together in future books because they will make a fantastic couple and whenever I read a scene between them I found myself wishing that they would just tell each other how they feel. It was clear again throughout this book as with last one how much Matt cares about Meg which is shown by the fact that he is doing research into why her father died.

This book is fantastic and is part of a great series all the characters are well developed and relate able, and I loved them. It is for these reasons that I gave it a full 10/10 rating (goodreads star rating of five stars).

 

 

   

 

Edelweiss #9/16|Book Review: Now Go Out There (And Get Curious) by Mary Carr – from books read in the week of 29/2

Now Go Out There Book Cover Now Go Out There
Mary Karr
Self-Help
HarperCollins
April 5, 2016
DARC
112
Edelweiss

A celebration of curiosity, compassion, and the surprising power of fear, based on the New York Times bestselling author and renowned professor’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University. “Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious & compassionate will save your ass.” Every year there are one or two commencement speeches that strike a chord with audiences far greater than the student bodies for which they are intended. In 2015 Mary Karr’s speech to the graduating class of Syracuse University caught fire, hailed across the Internet as one of the most memorable in recent years, and lighting up the Twittersphere. In Now Go Out There, Karr explains why having your heart broken is just as—if not more—important than falling in love; why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it; how those experiences that appear to be the worst cannot be so easily categorized; and how to cope with the setbacks that inevitably befall all of us. “Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other people’s blow-dried outsides,” she cautions. “Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the business of being human.” An ideal—and beautifully designed—gift for a graduate or for anyone looking for some down-to-earth life advice, Now Go Out There is destined to become a classic.

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Review

This is a copy of the speech Mary gave to the graduating class of 2015 from Syracuse University.When she gave it it caught fire and was hailed across  the internet as one of the most memorable speeches given in recent years from media as diverse as NPR, the New York Times, The Frisky and  Galley cat as well as having lit up the twitesphere.

In this speech Mary explains that having your heart broken is just as important- of not more so than the act of falling on love, why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it; how those experiences that appear to be the worst cannot so easily be categorized; and how to cope with the ser backs that inevitably befall of us.” Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other peoples blow-dried outsides,” she cautions. Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of he damned just going about the business of being a human.”

Mary’s courageous intimacy and wry tone lend this speech a lot of power and make it easily accessible. As a gift for a graduate it would offer them some down-to-earth life advice.

I loved this book from beginning to end and feel that Mary got the point she was trying to get across to the students she was giving the speech to very successfully. Mary’s writing was almost lyrical in places.