The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Synopsis

A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author of Between.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in this arresting page-turner.

Review

I received  a ARC of this book for a honest review.

1986  in the early hours of New Year’s Day,  Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and takes her younger sister, Turtle. Telling the family that the man that took her was  Gretchen’s  ex-boyfriend, Steven. Now, 10 years later Sam and her family have moved back to the home from where Turtle disappeared and she starts to wonder if what she happened was true.

The last good day of the year is confronting story about tragedy, mystery, and secrets. With such a realistic plot that one can see it playing on the news as a family tragedy.

The story jumps from around 1986 when turtle went missing and in the present 1996.  You get a idea of both life before and after Turtles disappearance. You also learn a little about the effect on those around them. From friends to the accused  family.

The other interesting thing is that their tragedy  has been turned into a book, which we get to read sections of through the book.

My only complaint is that there was such a build up to the end, that  when we got to the end it was a little anti climatic. It felt rushed. I wish there has been more to it.

If you a mystery/family tragedy  then this is for you.

Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini

 
 Synopsis 

Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

 

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Review

Firewalker is the exciting sequel to  Josephine Angelini Trial by Fire. 

Picking straight up from where Trial By Fire left us, Lily is badly burnt and is lucky to not only to have made it back to her world, but to be alive. 
Relieved to have escaped from Lillian  and be home with her mum and sister, Lilys  is now facing a whole new host of problems. From the FBI investigation into her vanishing act three months ago,to what her disappearance  did to those she left behind.

I really  enjoyed the blend of witches, magic and alternate dimensions in this series.

Although Lily is a powerful witch, she  still needs a knight in shining armour, whether that’s Rowan, Tristan, or coven. Though towards the end we see her grow and become stronger and less dependent on those around her. She becomes her own knight in ahinning armour.

There were scenes that weren’t believable, like the breakfast with, Una, Tristan and julie were they easily accepted Lily and Rowan’s explanation. Despite all this, I enjoyed the world building with the alternate dimensions offering such different extremes.

As a sequel it answers  some of the remaining question from the first book, plus opens a world of new possibilities. If you loved the first book then check out the sequel