DNF: Liv by Kelsie Rae

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Liv had her life all figured out until it was shattered by the loss of her husband. He left her a piece of him she hadn’t planned on. How can she pick up the pieces when she doesn’t know how?


I never imagined my life would end up this way. I thought I had everything figured out until I got the call my husband was killed in a car accident and that my period was late.

Dead Husband: Check
Positive Pregnancy Test: Check
Screwed Beyond Belief?: Double Check


I was never supposed to see her again. That was the deal. Leave her and my ex-best friend behind to finally mend my broken heart and move on with life. And it was going smoothly, too. That is, until said ex-best friend dies and and his wife, Liv, lets a secret slip at his funeral that I can’t possibly ignore.

Out of my freaking mind?: Check
Extremely Angry Girlfriend who will kill me when she finds out I have a new roommate?: Check
About to get my heart ripped in two?: Double Check

Bailed at 30%

I picked this up as a Kindle freebie, so I can’t be too upset for being disappointed in this.

This was a short novel, so when I made it to 30% sure and there wasn’t much in term of character development or really, much of anything I realized that it was time to get out. I enjoy a romance, but I have to draw a line when the romance is the only thing that is propelling the story forward. I could probably even forgive this is there wasn’t much plot, but the characters were interesting…but sadly, the characters were flat and I was disappointed as there was so much that could have been included. Liv and Luke are 23, but Liv had been married to her dead husband for five years and she worked minimum wage jobs so her husband could go to school. She mentions several times that her former Mother in Law hates her but again, this isn’t explored. Luke left town immediately after high school graduation, it was hinted that he left town because he was secretely in love with Liv but it’s just such a laughably cliched problem that I just couldn’t take him seriously.

So I finally decided that it wasn’t worth forcing myself to continue reading this. It was clear where the story was going to go and the journey to the end was not going to be able to hold my interest.

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters

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The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time--a powerful, surprising memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond.

Fans nationwide have fallen in love with Orange Is the New Black, the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Netflix show based on Piper Kerman's sensational #1 New York Times bestseller. Now, Catherine Cleary Wolters--the inspiration for Alex Vause, Piper's ex-girlfriend, friend, and sometimes-romantic partner on the show--tells her true story, offering details and insights that fill in the blanks, set the record straight, and answer common fan questions.

An insightful, frustrating, heartbreaking, and uplifting analysis of crime and punishment in our times, Out of Orange is an intimate look at international drug crime--a seemingly glamorous lifestyle that dazzles unsuspecting young women and eventually leads them to the seedy world of prison. Told by a woman originally thrust into the spotlight without her permission--Wolters learned about Piper's memoir in the media--Out of Orange chronicles Wolter's time in the drug trade, her incarceration, her friendships and acquaintances with odd cellmates, her two marriages, and her complicated relationship with Piper. But Wolters is not solely defined by her past; she also reflects on her life and the person she is today.

Filled with colorful characters, fascinating tales, painful sobering lessons, and hard-earned wisdom, Out of Orange is sure to be provocative, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring.

I read the Kindle edition of this

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that I was a big fan of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. I had already read Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name and the series really got to me.

After watching the series, my interest was piqued on the subject of incarceration and the justice system. When I saw this book come across my radar as a Kindle deal, I bought it without reading into it. It wasn’t until I read the opening few paragraphs that I realized…oh my god, this is the story about Alex! Except, really it wasn’t because the Alex Vause in the series was very heavily fictionalized. About the only similarity was the crime that was committed and even then, it was much more glamours on tv then in reality (as most things are).

I enjoyed this though. Cleary Wolters is a good writer and did a good job at capturing that time period in her life and the people in it. There isn’t much excitement, truthfully, and that was a good thing as this was clearly about how exciting drug smuggling is but instead how completely insane, dangerous and often time boring the profession is with not much profit.

I do kind of wish Wolters would have touched a little more on what the day to day life was like for her in prison but after Piper Kerman’s memoir it might have seemed a little too redundant.

Rating: four out of five stars

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.
But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.
Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

I read the Kindle edition

Warning: this review may contain spoilers. In fact, I will just be blunt. The following will contain spoilers so read at your own risk.

The thought I had immediately after finishing this novel was literally…omfg, why! I then proceeded to spend the next ten minutes or so bitching at my husband about the end of this novel…or rather, the lack of ending. I can understand ending a book on a cliffhanger but should be used carefully if the book is a standalone.

But I will get to that.

The plot of the story was good. In fact, it is one of those stories that completely grabbed my attention and I just could not stop thinking about it when I wasn’t actively reading. It was intense and as I tweeted at one point, it was causing me anxiety. It was a book that truly messes with your mind and makes you question everything you think you know about the characters. The characters weren’t great. They weren’t very well developed but then again, the plot propelled the story forward and the characters lack of development was forgivable.

But then the ending happened. Suddenly, as if the power suddenly went out, the story concluded and nothing was explained. It was a complete disappointment. After nearly 400 pages, it wasn’t something that was expected and ended up being one of the most disappointing ending to any books I have ever read.

Rating: two out of five stars