Review: Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon for TLC Book Tours

From Goodreads:Dismantlement = Freedom

Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following the first rule of their manifesto–”To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart”–these daring misfits spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods committing acts of meaningful vandalism and plotting elaborate, often dangerous, pranks. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz’s death and the others decide to cover it up.

Nearly a decade later, Henry and Tess are living just an hour’s drive from the old cabin. Each is desperate to move on from the summer of the Dismantlers, but their guilt isn’t ready to let them go. When a victim of their past pranks commits suicide–apparently triggered by a mysterious Dismantler-style postcard–it sets off a chain of eerie events that threatens to engulf Henry, Tess, and their inquisitive nine-year-old daughter, Emma.

Is there someone who wants to reveal their secrets? Is it possible that Suz did not really die–or has she somehow found a way back to seek revenge?

As always I am a day late and a dollar short. This review is a tour stop for the awesome TLC Book Tours. If you want to check out other reviews from this tour then simply click on the logo above. If you are a reviewer you can fill out a form to become a reviewer for TLC, and if you are a publisher please click the services link. These ladies do awesome work!

I was late getting this book some kind of mail mishap but as soon as it arrived I began reading. I took the book with me to NYC for BEA thinking I would have loads of time to read, which I didn’t so I ended up plowing through the book when I got home.

At first I wasn’t a big fan of the book. The initial 150 pages or so had me confused and annoyed with the characters. I usually do not mind having less than likable characters but Tess and Henry were so unlikable that I wanted to smack them. The ghost Donner and the daughter of Tess and Henry had an odd interaction that well to be honest kind of creeped me out but I suppose that is what McMahon was going for.

The writing while perfect and engaging left me wishing for less perfect prose and more story evolution. I felt I was skimming through a lot of padding to get to the main context of the plot. However when bits of plot showed themselves I was dying to know what was going to happen next.

This book is a coming of age mixed with a coming of middle age. Tess, Henry, and their daughter have a lot of secrets and issues that need to be worked out. I enjoyed reading the prose although it was a bit daunting at times.

If you like mystery or a good old fashioned creepy ghost story than you will love Dismantled.

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Review: Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One Good.
One Evil.
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in an prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.
They just know they can’t trust each other.

Michelle Zink has captured my attention and added yet another series to my ever growing list. Lia is a great character and so easy to relate to that even though at times the stories mysteries were at least to me predictable chapters in advance, I was able to look past that and just enjoy the story and enjoy watching Lia’s reactions to the bumps and tumbles along the way.

I read a lot of great reviews for this book when it came out and that is one of the things that kept me from it. However I was coaxed into reading it by @CatherineHaines of On The Nightstand. I will be forever in Catherine’s debt for convincing me this book is worth the hype.

Comparable to but vastly outshining Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, I find my mind going back to this book and trying to decipher what will happen in book two. The writing style is perfect. Perfect timing, perfect flow. I finished the book in under five hours and am left with the feeling of wanting more.

If you haven’t read Prophecy of Sisters yet then I suggest you hop to. It was a fun and fantastically dark read and perfect for those of us waiting on spring.

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Top 5 Tudor Era Fiction

About two years ago I went to my local book store and picked up three Philippa Gregory books. I was looking for something to read on the weekend and the Tudor Era plots looked really intriguing. I was hooked instantly and over the next two years, I read every Tudor Era fiction I could get my hands on. It became easier after I moved to London to research the Tudor Era. I enjoyed going to all the historical places I was reading about in these fantastic books. Click here to see my photos of Hampton Court Palace, and here to see my Tower of London pictures.

Because I am completely television illiterate I didn’t realize until later that Showtime was running a really great show called “The Tudors“, I do watch it religiously now.

While I have read many more books focused on the Tudor Era, these are the absolute best in my opinion based on writing, and historical truth. Also something you will learn by reading these books, is that the Tudor Era is so much more than Henry, Anne, and Elizabeth. There are many other heartbreaking and amazing stories there, like that of Lady Jane Grey.

Happy reading!

  1. The Boleyn Inheritance – Philippa Gregory

    The Boleyn Inheritance gives us a look at Jane Boleyn the wife of Anne and Mary’s brother.

  2. Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey – Alison Weir

    Weir is a historian focusing on the era and this is her first work of fiction. This book will make you feel for Lady Jane.

  3. Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery – C. J. Sansom

    Sansom gives you a look at Tudor life by the way of a Sherlock Holmes type Mystery. The main character is a lawyer working for Cromwell living on Chancery Lane.

  4. The Last Wife of Henry VIII: A Novel – Carolly Erickson

    An amazing look at mostly overlooked Catherine Parr. Henry’s last wife who survived him barely by luck of his own death.

  5. Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen – Jean Plaidy

    A good character look at Katherine of Aragon. Jean Plaidy also wrote a trilogy about Katherine’s mother and father who have a lovely history of their own.

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