Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #71

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

This was a pretty calm week which was a good thing.  My daughter finished up her sophomore year of high school.  I can't believe that my baby will be a junior next year.  Time really flies by when you aren't looking.  My twin niece and nephew turned 3 this week.  I am going to let each of them make a bear at Build a Bear for their birthday this weekend.  I can't wait!

I hope that all of my U.S. readers enjoy their Memorial Day weekend! 

Digital Books


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown (NetGalley)
Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday (NetGalley)
The Cajun Doctor by Sandra Hill (Edelweiss)
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Edelweiss)
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis (Edelweiss)

 I am really excited about this group of books!  I always look forward to getting my hands on a new Sandra Brown book so I was really excited to be approved for Seeing Red.  Jill Shalvis is another author that I always have good luck with so I am thrilled to get a chance to read her upcoming novel.  Linda Broday, Sandra Hill, and Kate Quinn are authors that I haven't tried yet so I am eager to see what I think of their books and writing style.

Print Books


Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses (Publisher - Grand Central Publishing)

I thought that the premise for this story sounds really good so I am looking forward to reading this book in the next few weeks.

Current Giveaway

Open to U.S. and Canada Residents
Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Free Space by Sean Danker!

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Random House Children's - Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: May 24, 2017
Length:  368 Pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

Every once in a while a book that is a joy to read ends up in your hands.  This was one of those books.  Initially this book completely escaped my notice but then I started seeing some really great reviews for it from a lot of different people.  I saw a bandwagon and decided to jump on.  I am so glad that I did.  This book was such a surprise for me.  I hoped that I would like it but I never expected to love it.  Once I got about midway through the book, I didn't put it down until I turned the last page. 

The characters in this story are great.  I had hoped that I would like the characters when I started reading this book.  I never dreamed for a moment that I would love them.  The four main characters at the heart of this book are all very different from each other and I really felt like I got to know them over the course of the book.  There were times that I felt like the book was really focusing on one character more than the others but then the focus would move on to the next character for a while.  I really enjoyed getting to know all four members of the group.

This book starts out in detention.  Simon, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate are the only students in detention that day but after a terrifying emergency only four students ever get to leave.  Simon is rushed to the hospital where he later dies.  The authorities think that one or all of the other students might be responsible for his death since Simon was about to reveal big secrets about each person on his gossip blog.

The mystery in this book was really very well done.  I had no idea what happened to Simon.  I would come up with a theory only to realize that I had to be wrong soon after.  I was literally guessing until the end of the book.  I also really felt for each of the characters as their secrets were revealed.  All four really go through a major life change during the course of this book.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was a very smartly written story that was next to impossible to put down.  I am very impressed by the fact that this is the first book written by Karen M. McManus.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review - Spectacle by Rachel Vincent @rachelkvincent @HarlequinBooks

Spectacle by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #2
Publisher: Harlequin - MIRA
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: March 18, 2017
Length:  400 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This book lived up to all of my expectations.  That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one.  Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story.  I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie.  I had a few guesses about where the story would go next and all of them ended up being wrong.  I couldn't be happier about that because I love it when a book really surprises me as this one was able to do.

This book picks up right after the events of Menagerie.  This is a series that really should be read in order so I do recommend that readers new to the series go back and read Menagerie before starting this one.  It is a great book so you wouldn't want to miss it anyway.  Delilah and the gang are running the show and trying to make things work.  Things are tough but they are enjoying their new found freedom until things go horribly wrong.

They soon find themselves being added to Vandekamp's Spectacle.  This is not a place you would want to be.  It isn't a traveling show as Metzger's was.  Vandekamp's serves a different kind of customer.  The exhibits are subjected to pretty much anything the clients are willing to pay for and the owners find profitable.  The captives are controlled through high tech means which seem impossible to overcome.

This story proved to be incredibly exciting for me.  Everything that Delilah goes through and sees in this story really got to me.  I was as confused about what was happening at first as the characters were and my heart broke for them as we discovered more about what was going on.  I kept wondering what was going to happen next and by the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages nearly fast enough.  Let's just say that this book definitely ends with a bang. 

I would highly recommend this series to others.  It is the kind of story that really makes you think about the things that people do to each other.  Even though this is set in a world full of cryptids, I think that the behavior of the humans really felt authentic which makes me very sad.  This is a series that has earned a spot on my favorites list and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - MIRA via NetGalley.
The Menagerie Series
Book #1 - Menagerie - My Review
Book #2 - Spectacle
About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She's older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Unsub by Meg Gardiner @MegGardiner1 @DuttonBooks

Unsub by Meg Gardiner
Series: Unsub #1
Publisher: Penguin Group - Dutton
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Date Read: May 20, 2017
Length:  384 pages
Source: First to Read
★★★★☆
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I really enjoyed this one.  I have never read anything written by Meg Gardiner before picking up this book but after reading the description, I knew that I would have to give this book a shot.  I am very glad that I did.  The books opens with a lot of excitement so I was immediately hooked.  There was never a moment where I felt like I wanted to put this book down even though I had to every once in a while due to various responsibilities including my job and other such boring things.   This was one of those stories that really got into my head and didn't let go until I got to the last page.

The Prophet killed one person after another, sometimes more than one at a time, before suddenly stopping over twenty years ago.  He was never caught and he killed his victims in different ways so that it was hard for the police to get ahead of him.  Mack Hendrix was one of those detectives tasked with catching this ruthless serial killer.  He was never able to catch the murderer and the case ended up destroying his life.

Caitlin, Mack's daughter, became a detective even after everything her father has went through.  She has worked in narcotics but as soon as a murder occurs similar to that of the Prophet, she gets a call.  Is it a copycat or could the Prophet be back?  She is highly motivated to catch this killer but also fears losing herself in the case as her father did.

I really liked the characters in this one.  They just all felt really authentic to me.  Caitlin seemed like she really cared about her job but she worked hard to have a life outside of it.  I really felt that all of her emotions during the case were very well done.  Sean was amazing.  He knew exactly how to be supportive without being overbearing.  I thought that Sean and Caitlin were wonderful together.  The secondary characters were equally well done.

I thought that the mystery was exciting and pretty complex.  This wasn't one of those books where you figure out what is going on early on.  I don't think I ever figured anything out before the author wanted me to but I never stopped trying.  All of the descriptions in the story really helped bring the story to life.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This story does involve a serial killer so there are a few more graphic scenes as you would expect in this kind of story.  I am really looking forward to future book in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Viking - Dutton Books via First to Read.
About the Author

MEG GARDINER is the author of twelve critically acclaimed novels including China Lake, which won the Edgar Award. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she lives in Austin, TX.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Releases - May 23, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks



It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


The Long Drop by Denise Mina

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A standalone psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of the Alex Morrow novels that exposes the dark hearts of the guilty...and the innocent.

The "trial of the century" in 1950's Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel's starts with the murder of William Watt's family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he's guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel's help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth. The Long Drop is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.


Enemy of the Good by Matthew Palmer

Find it at:
A tense, complex, and twisting diplomatic thriller in which one woman must choose between morality and compromise and in either case, the consequences may be deadly.
Katarina Kate Wallander is a second-generation Foreign Service officer, recently assigned to Kyrgyzstan. She s not there by chance. Kate is a Foreign Service brat who attended high school in the region; her uncle is the U.S. ambassador to the country, and he pulled a few strings to get her assigned to his mission.U.S. Kyrgyz relations are at a critical juncture. U.S. authorities have been negotiating with the Kyrgyz president on the lease of a massive airbase that would significantly expand the American footprint in Central Asia and could tip the scale in the Great Game, the competition among Russia, China, and the United States for influence in the region. The negotiations are controversial in the United States because of the Kyrgyz regime s abysmal human-rights record. The fate of the airbase is balanced on a razor s edge.
Amid these events, Kate s uncle assigns her to infiltrate an underground democracy movement that has been sabotaging Kyrgyz security services and regime supporters. Washington has taken an interest in the movement, her uncle conveys, and may find it worth supporting if they understand more about the aims and leadership. And Kate has an in many followers of the movement were high school classmates of hers.
But it soon becomes clear that nothing about Kate s mission is as it seems . . . and that she might need to lay her life on the line for what she knows is right."

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.

In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together -- Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm -- and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor.

The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty - a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor's sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.

A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.

Just One Touch by Maya Banks

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!
#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with the fifth book featuring the men and women of Devereaux Security Services.

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33633947-real-sexyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34912673-magic-s-fatehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31916777-the-long-run?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31841813-dove-alight?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review - Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews @avonbooks @HarperAudio

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renee Raudman
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Publisher: Avon / Harper Audio
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Date Read: May 16, 2017 (2nd read)
Length:  12 hours 45 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★★★
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire.

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan's after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she's getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
 A Quick Note
I originally posted this review on my blog on November 5, 2014 when I first read the book.  I don't usually re-post reviews on my blog but I think I had like 12 followers back then so I don't think that many people have had the chance to read it.  I just did a re-read of this book via audio and it is still as awesome as ever and my thoughts from my original review still hold true.  I thought it would be a good chance to revisit my original review along with a few new thoughts specific to the audiobook.  This is a very exciting year with both White Hot and Wildfire set to release very soon.

My Review

This book was absolutely amazing.  The writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews have consistently been able to produce books that are written to a higher standard.   I have only one complaint regarding this book - the cover.  Nevada looks like a damsel in distress on the cover instead of the strong woman she is in the book.  Can someone please tell me why Mad Rogan's shirt is half off on this cover?  If Mad Rogan (or this cover model) were anywhere near me, I would encourage them to remove their shirt right away but I don't think this image represents the book at all.

I loved that the world this book is set in was so easy to jump into.  There is a very brief intro before the prologue that really sets the stage for the novel very well.  I never felt lost regarding the rules of this world which is a major strength for a first book in a series. 

The characters were phenomenal!  Nevada is a competent, strong woman who places her family above all else.  Nevada does not yet seem to know the extent of her power and I look forward to watching her learn throughout this series.  Her family was so much fun.  How can you not love Grandma?  Everybody who reads this book should love Grandma. 

Mad Rogan is your average lovable psychopath.  Alright, maybe he is not a psychopath (or average) but he does have a few violent tendencies.  And he is powerful and he knows exactly how to use his powers.  The powers that the characters had were just so much fun.  I would love to be able to shake a building when I feel that I am being ignored - I bet that would get my husband's attention even when his favorite show in on television.

This book had tons of action and kept the excitement going.  The banter between the characters was some of the best that I have ever encountered in a book.  The sexual tension between Mad and Nevada was intense but we will have to wait until later books to see that fully realized.  This book ended up being everything I had hoped it would be and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.  I would highly recommend this book and all other Ilona Andrews books to everyone. 

The Audio
Renee Raudman does a fabulous job narrating this audiobook.  All of the characters have a unique voice and the dialog between them always felt very natural.  Nevada experiences a wide range of emotions over the course of this story and it was really well portrayed in the delivery of the audiobook.  I think that the way the story was told added to the story making the exciting parts more exciting, the funny parts even funnier, and the chemistry between Mad Rogan and Nevada was even more intense.  I have already pre-ordered the audiobooks for the next two books in the series and cannot wait to listen to them.


Hidden Legacy Series

Book #1 - Burn for Me - Available Now!
Book #2 - White Hot - Coming May 30, 2017!
Book #3 - Wildfire - Coming July 25, 2017!
About the Author

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #70

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

This week was fairly nice.  I did have some eye trouble towards the end of the week and am still wondering if my new contacts are the way to go.  I would just go with my glasses but they kind of drive me nuts.  We had a bad storm Friday morning that took out our power for the day and knocked a wall of my shed down.  I guess I will be buying a new shed very soon.

Please be patient while I try to catch up with comments due to the power loss.  They are expecting storms again so I am crossing my fingers that we are able to keep the power on.

Digital Books

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne (NetGalley)
But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure (NetGalley)
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (Edelweiss)
Lost Boy by Christina Henry (First to Read)
Wired by Julie Garwood (First to Read)
The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry (First to Read)
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen (Purchased)
Sustained by Emma Chase (Purchased)
After the Night by Linda Howard (Purchased)
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Purchased)
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Purchased)
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs (Purchased)

I have lost my mind.  I have no excuses for downloading so many books but I do have to say that they all look wonderful.  I cannot wait to read these beauties!

Print Books
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Blogging for Books)

I thought that mystery sounds wonderful.  I hope to get to this one right away!

Free Space by Sean Danker (Publisher)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Won @ A Very Bookish Girl)

This is a book that I have wanted to read for a long time.  I was really excited to win a copy from the lovely Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl.

Current Giveaway

Open to U.S. and Canada Residents
Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Free Space by Sean Danker!

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review & Giveaway - Free Space by Sean Danker @silverbaytimes @penguinrandom

Free Space by Sean Danker
Series: Evagardian #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: May , 2017
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley

In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .

I’d impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn’t have been anything simpler than a nice weekend with a charming Evagardian girl.

However, some corners of the galaxy aren’t as genteel as the Empire, and Evagardians aren’t universally loved, which is how I ended up kidnapped to be traded as a commodity.

Their timing couldn’t have been worse. I'm not at my best, but these people have no idea whom they're dealing with: a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier in the Imperial Service who happens to be my date.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I really had a lot of fun reading this book.  The story was fast paced and imaginative and I found myself really wondering what could possibly happen next.  This is the second book in Sean Danker's Evagardian series and I do think that this book will work the best for readers of the series since the history of the characters is such an important part of the overall story.  It could possibly work as a stand alone but I don't think it would be quite as enjoyable.

The Admiral and Salmagard are going away together for the weekend.  That should be a simple thing but it ends up being anything but simple.  Before they can even get to their destination, they are kidnapped along with another pair, Diana and Sei.  The kidnappers are quickly able to deal with the two women, Salmagard and Diana, but the men quickly prove to be a problem.

The Admiral and Sei are in a really bad situation.  The kidnappers want to get rid of them but they keep running into obstacles.  The men have no idea what is going to happen to them and they really don't have any kind of chance to fight back and free themselves.  Meanwhile, the women are working to try to find them but always seem to be one step behind.

I really liked how this story was told.  The alternating points of view worked incredibly well in this book.  It was really exciting to learn what was going on with the Admiral and then to learn how Salmagard was doing in the next chapter.  I kept wonder if they would ever be able to meet up with each other.  I loved all of the imaginative settings in this story as they moved through space.

I really liked the characters in this book.  The Admiral is still such a mystery but an interesting one.  He is smart and resourceful but you never know what he might be hiding.  Salmagard is loyal, tough, and refuses to give up.  I really liked Diana in this story, maybe more than Salmagard.  She is unusual but incredibly smart and works well under pressure.  I didn't really get as much of a feel for Sei but since he couldn't speak for most of the book, I guess that is to be expected.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a whole lot of fun reading this book and ended up enjoying it just as much as Admiral if not a bit more.  It was one of those books that really felt like it would make a great movie script.  I can't wait to see what Sean Danker comes up with next!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace via NetGalley.

The Series: Evagardian
Book #1 - Admiral - My Review
Book #2 - Free Space
About the Author

Sean Danker has been writing since he was fifteen. He read entirely too much Asimov in college, and now we’re all paying the price for it. His hobbies include biting off more than he can chew, feeling sorry for himself on Twitter, and telling people to lighten up. He is currently serving in the military on a base.

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Giveaway
I am really excited to have the chance to give away a copy of Free Space to one lucky blog reader courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group.
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