Sins & Needles by Karina Halle
Okay...this book, this friggin book. Alright, just trying to get my thoughts together. First off I do not want to give away any spoilers soooooo be prepared for some gibberish in certain parts of this review. I'll start my review with what made me buy this book. Answer, the author. I'm new to the Karina Halle fan club. A friend recommended the Experiment in Terror series to me and I'm a giant wuss and the idea of reading anything with the word terror in the title put me off. That was dumb, I was dumb. You have a friend recommend a book, read the friggin book. So, I did read the book and since I tend to read on the fast side I read all of the books in a short period of time. This is where what we call a book withdrawal came in place. So, even though her other books weren't EIT I was so impressed by the author's ability to pull me in that I started reading her other books. The quality of her writing is why I bought Sins & Needles.
I was not disappointed, this book was a roller coaster ride of emotions. There were times I felt such varying degrees of my feelings towards each of the main characters. In this book you follow Ellie and Camden through multiple personality defining decision points. The characters in her books are so friggin human, no one is prefect, they just are who they are flaws and all and I love that about them. This book has multiple scenes that made me feel like I was watching a scary movie when a character starts walking upstairs instead of out the front door and you feel yourself screaming at the screen "don't do it! Just turn around you idiot!" For me it was more like "noooooooo!" or "oh damn." Also, I would be remiss if I did not devote a portion of this review to the utter smexyness that is Camden, holy crap, I will say no more on this in the hopes of avoiding embarrassment over my personal attraction to a fictional character. Overall, I was so emotionally wound up at certain points of this book that I worried about my own heart rate. This book is part of a series, there is an amazingly gut wrenching final scene. I'm anti spoilers so I'm not going to say anything other than buy this book and find out for yourself.
Forty Days - Neima's Ark book one by Stephanie Parent
This book intrigued me because I like the idea of a romance set around a story we are all familiar with, Noah's Ark. This story isn't Noah's though, it's his granddaughter Neima's. I am going to admit some ignorance and tell you right now that I have no idea of there was a granddaughter Neima in the bible version. The Noah's Ark version I remember is basically the children's one from a picture book. You know, God told Noah to build an Ark and get two of all of the animals on board. The next picture has a cute cartoon Noah on the boat with all the animals smiling as they look out their port windows, well except for the giraffes who have their heads sticking out of a hole at the top of the boat.
This is not that, this book made me think. It took a story I'm familiar with and made it real. People thought Noah was crazy, of course they would but I never thought of it that way before. And, Noah's family dealing with their friends and neighbors thinking he was crazy. The detail in this novel was so clear, the setting, the day to day activities, the smells. I'm anti spoilers so I do not plan on giving any. I will say there is a big cliff hanger ending and I look forward to finding out what happens for Neima.