Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley Review

pgPlot According to Goodreads: When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back–a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

My Thoughts: WOW! This book is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page. There is a lot I want to tell you about this book but it’s best to find things out on your own. I went into this book expecting a typical kidnapping story and got something completely different, but in a good way. The main character, Angie, is very likable, I wanted to reach through the book and give her a hug several times while reading. The plot was fascinating, focusing on a controversial and confusing subject, but explained in a way that made a lot of sense and provided a lot of insight. It eluded to some of the grittier parts of Angie’s captivity, but the author only showcases a tiny glimpse into the horrors of her experience, and allows the reader to imagine the rest. The focus of the story is more on how Angie copes with who she is after her ordeal, rather than on the 3 years she was missing.  On the negative side, there were a few blaring plot holes, but they didn’t take away from the story and were necessary to make the story more gripping, in my opinion.

I would classify this book as one of my favorite books of 2015. It is definitely worth a read if you are a fan of thrillers and psychological stories.

My rating: 5/5  stars

Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury Review

kkPlot According to Goodreads: As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hannah’s driveway, bringing two police officers…and devastating news that shatters her life forever.

My Thoughts: This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. It started with sadness, and then the frustration took over, mixed with a good dose of anger. The story is about Hannah, who’s life is completely changed in a day. Hannah, understandably, is devastated, and goes through all of the stages of grief. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obsession with getting justice and what seemed like revenge. The story seemed to be a realistic portrayal of someone who’s life has fallen apart but I still found it very frustrating. The ending, which seemed a bit rushed, was extremely predictable and didn’t bring me the satisfaction that I expected. I was still left with feelings of frustration and sadness.

As a disclaimer, I would like to state that I tend to avoid “sad” books because I read for pleasure, and they aren’t something I enjoy. This book, based on what was presented, was very well done and the writing was great. It just isn’t a book that I would normally gravitate to.

My rating: Because of the writing and the overall message, I gave this book 4/5 stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.