Review – Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov

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Echoes – Get it here (Amazon) or here (BN)

Author: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist: Rahsan Ekedal

Genre: Graphic Novel, Suspense

Publication Date: 5 April 2016

Disclaimer: This book was received in exchange for an honest review.

For fans of: Criminal Minds, Dean Koontz, and Chuck Palahnuik 

Synopsis:

From acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor, Pilot Season: Alibi) and rising artist Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy, Think Tank) a disturbing story of murder and mystery wrapped in questions of sanity. Minotaur Press premieres with a story of madness, family and death. Brian Cohn was learning to deal with the schizophrenia inherited from his father. Supportive wife, new baby on the way, drugs to control the voices. But, when on his father’s deathbed he learns that he also inherited the trophies of his father’s career as a serial killer, will his madness send him further down into the crawlspace of his father’s mind?

Review:

I am not usually a suspense fan, but I love Criminal Minds. So when I read the synopsis for this while looking for new books to review for you lovelies, I knew I needed to read this. I was so, so, so excited about starting this graphic novel… and Joshua Hale Fialkov did not disappoint.

It starts out kind of jumbled in the beginning to get you used to Brian’s jumbled mental state. Once it really gets going, however, and Brian finds his father’s trophies, his mental state begins to unravel. His ability to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s happening in his head comes completely undone when he meets a cop looking for a missing girl.

If I had to use a series of one words adjectives to explain this book it would be: dark, suspenseful, mind-bending, and creepy. Fialkov excelled at making me want to root for Brian Cohn. As the story unfolded and things got more complicated, I wanted to reach into the book and save Brian but I was also afraid of him.

Brian is broken and confused. Sinister forces are at work and you aren’t sure when Brian got to be so scary. I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. My stomach was tense and knotted while I read and I found myself holding my breath as I turned the page. When I reached the end, I needed more.

I’ll be picking up the print version with all five parts as soon as possible because I need to know what happens.

Rating: 4.5 Stars!

 

 

Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams, Lizzy Ford

Summary:

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*Contains graphic content and the sensitive topic of rape and its aftermath. Not intended for teens under 18.**

Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.

When socialite party girl Mia Abbott-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night — except that she is naked…hurt…terrified. Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants: the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father’s political ally.

Mia wants and needs justice. Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.

Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.

Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she’s left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.

Review: 

Broken Beauty is the first part in a 6 part novella series that from what I understand is a novel the author previously wrote and is now rewriting and republishing as a novella series. I wish I had access to the original to see how it compared to the novella but seeing as how I don’t have that I will solely be reviewing this.

Broken Beauty is about Mia who is a 17 year old trust fund girl who wakes up in a garden after being drugged and raped. The author does a really good job at explaining what Mia goes through and I love that she included characters like the police officers who found her. Mia’s father is a politician on the road to reelection and can’t have this “scandal” in the press…. Let me just say that EVERYTHING about that man disgusts me. He used his daughter to gain sympathy with his voters and even went so far as to make her speak at a press conference the day after her attack just to beat the tabloids to the punch!

Her whole family has a couple of screws loose and want to just brush the whole thing under the rug.

I can see the realism in this story, Adams does an excellent job at describing how Mia feels and the emotions that she’s having to deal with throughout the weeks following her attack. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and hope they come out soon!

Rating: 4/5

****** Disclosure I was provided with this book for review.

Wait for You by J. Lynn

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Summary 

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

Review

I really enjoyed this book! I really LOVED how there wasn’t an “insta-love” here. I’ve always had a soft spot for the whole friends first thing. Cam was awesome!! Can he be my boyfriend? Ugh he was just so sweet! Right from the get go.

Avery was ok as far as main characters go, there were a few times I wanted to hit her over the head with a shoe! LOL. But considering her past I can’t blame her too much. I would have handled the calls and emails differently * but that could just be my nosey-ness getting in the way.*   I couldn’t stand her mom though. Ugh that woman was HORRIBLE!

All in all I really enjoyed this and I can’t wait for the next book to come out! I know its a different story but I’m hoping it has more of Cam and Avery in it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 starsImage