Kill Club

by Wendy Heard

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About the Book:A haunting thriller about a woman who attempts to save her brother’s life by making a dangerous pact with a network of vigilantes who’ve been hunting down the predators of Los Angeles.

Jazz can’t let her younger brother die.

Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her, people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to murder the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Jazz soon learns there’s more to fear than getting caught carrying out her assignment. The leader of the club has a zero tolerance policy for mistakes.

And the punishment for disobeying orders is death.

Book Excerpt: The ceiling above the crowd sparkles with strings of golden lights. They twinkle just bright enough to illuminate the faces. I adjust a microscopic issue with my toms and run my fingers through my bangs, straightening them over my eyes. The guys are tuning up, creating a clatter of discordant notes in the monitors. When they’re done, they approach my kit for our usual last-minute debate about the set list. Dao humps his bass in his ready-to-play dance, black hair swishing around his shoulders. “Dude, stop,” Matt groans and readjusts the cable that connects his Telecaster to his pedal board.

“Your mom loves my dancing,” Dao says.

“You dance like Napoleon Dynamite,” Matt retorts.

“Your mom dances like Napoleon Dynamite.”

Andre raises his hands. “Y’all both dance like Napoleon Dynamite, and so do both your moms, so let’s just—”

I wave a stick at them. “Guys. Focus. The sound guy is watching. We’re three minutes behind.” I have no patience for this shit tonight. This all feels extra and stupid. I should be doing something to help Joaquin. His dwindling supply of insulin sits at the front of my brain like a ticking clock.

The guys get into their spots, the distance between them set by muscle memory. Andre leans forward into the mic and drawls, “Arright DTLA, lez get a little dirty in here.” His New Orleans accent trickles off his tongue like honey.

The room inhales, anticipates, a sphere of silence.

“Two three four,” I yell. I clack my sticks together and we let loose, four on the floor and loud as hell. I’m hitting hard tonight. It feels great. I need to hit things. My heart beats in tempo. My arms fly through the air, the impact of the drums sharp in my joints, in my muscles, the kick drum a pulse keeping the audience alive. This is what I love about drumming, this forcing of myself into the crowd, making their hearts pound in time to my beat…



About the Author: Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle, was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.

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Thank you Netgalley and MIRA books for allowing me to read THE KILL CLUB. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Don’t You Cry

by Mary Kubica

Wow this was one twisted thriller roller coaster ride of a book and I loved every single minute of it. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded within 2 main voices of Alex and Quinn. Esther the main character for which the story is about has a very interesting back story that you don’t get until the very last few pages. I kinda felt sorry for Alex he was a good kid that got dealt a bad hand for his home life. He just wanted a good friend and thought he had one in Pearl. Maybe it was really just wishful thinking on his part? Either way he is a great character that I enjoyed reading about and hearing his part in the book. Quinn was the number 1 character in my book and she is a great mystery solver and if it wasn’t for her friendship with Esther than this book might have had a whole other turn out. However she knows that her roommate and friend was a good person and something seriously wrong must have happened and she will stop at nothing to find out what. Mary Kubica is an amazing story teller and you are sure to loose a lot of sleep while reading one of her books. Grab a copy of Don’t You Cry for some fast paced, action packed summer reading. I would give this book a solid 5 stars and really if I could give it more I would. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and I’m sad the book has ended. One thing I can say is that I usually guess the endings of mysteries but not this one I didn’t guess it and found out as I read the words on the page. I will be reading the rest of her book and she is now my number 1 go to author!

summary: In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is the only clue, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn to wonder, who is Esther really? And where did she go? Meanwhile, in a small lake town an hour outside of the city, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dish washer. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something deeper and darker. As Quinn searches for answers about Esther and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up.

thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge 2016, Mary Kubica and Mira books for allowing me to read Don’t You Cry. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Come Away With Me

by Karma Brown

Come Away with Me takes the reader on a journey full of all ranges of emotions. Karma Brown wrote Tegan with such raw real emotions while I’ve never had to experience the amount of pain and lose she I think Karma Brown portrayed it very well. I can’t even imagine going through what she had to experience. I was so surprised that this was a debut novel for this author, I mean she came out full force and does not disappoint. I will grab anything Karma Brown does if they are all amazing journey’s just like Tegan and Gabes. I could totally understand how both of the characters felt and wanted them to finally find their way back to each other, forgiveness, and a bit of happy. Tegan wasn’t the only one living with this massive amount of pain and emptiness, I felt like Gabe was keeping it together by a thread and trying to stay strong for Tegan. He didn’t get to grief, rant, and rage as much as Tegan. I have already recommended this book to so many, I’m so glad I picked up a copy. The cover is what grabbed me but it is just a tiny sliver of what the book is really about. I can’t wait to read more by a new author who is now on my must read list!

summary: An unexpected journey leads one woman to find hope and healing in the most unlikely places…
Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. But suddenly, her life is irreversibly changed when a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident.
Just when Tegan is on the verge of hitting rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences. And so begins an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. From the colorful, bustling markets of Thailand to the rich flavors of Italy to the azure ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey in search of forgiveness and renewal. And as they explore the cultures and beautiful landscapes of these faraway places, they learn that acceptance often comes when we least expect it. Heartbreaking, hopeful and utterly transporting, Come Away with Me is an unforgettable debut and a luminous celebration of the strength of the human spirit.