AnnAlysis: Fifty Years in Polygamy

fifty years in polygamyFrom Goodreads:
There is much ado about polygamy these days. Media coverage, HBO’s Big Love, TLC’s Sister Wives, the acts committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs and his followers–all of these keep a slew of polygamy-related issues at the forefront of society. But none can depict the ongoing, daily atrocities and heartaches that are hidden behind the scenes, behind closed doors, within the hearts and souls of thousands of smiling faces.

Kristyn Decker’s memoir recounts the harsh realities of being born and raised in the second largest polygamist sect in America–the Apostolic United Brethren, or the AUB (Allred Group). For five decades, Kristyn, then Sophie, was caught up in a cult of plural marriage … and lived it until she thought it would kill her. When she finally had the courage to leave, she knew she had to share her story.

Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies describes a life of religious submission, lies, secrets, poverty, abuse, jealousy, depression, and loneliness. The gripping, detailed events in this book will shock you but will also inspire compassion, understanding, and perhaps even the courage to change your own life.

My Thoughts:
The second that I saw this book on NetGalley, I had to download it. It’s not really down the aisle of books I normally choose, I don’t normally read a lot of non-fiction, but something about it called my name and intrigued me.

It was a very long book, but I am so glad that I picked it up. Kristyn’s story is absolutely amazing, and quite heartbreaking. I’ve never known much about Polygamy, but as the summary of this book shared, it’s become more public lately due to the TLC show, so I’ve gotten a glimpse here and there.

I think it’s very hard to review a non-fiction book. How can you review someone’s life? I will say this book is gritty and sometimes painfully honest. She throws everything out on the table, no matter how difficult that part of her life was. It is very admirable that someone who went through so much, starting at such a young age can open up and tell their story.

I really enjoyed the book and give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: April 2012
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AnnAlysis: The Chase

the chaseFrom Goodreads:
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line. Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills f their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad. A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare. From the Hardcover edition.

My Thoughts:
This is the second book in this series. I downloaded it the second I saw it on NetGalley because I love Janet Evanovich, but had to buy the first book in the series first. I’m super OCD about reading books in order.

I absolutely loved the first book. But this one I didn’t love as much. I still loved the characters and the premise of the series, but I didn’t love this story as much. It was still action packed and the pair travels across the world doing secret little dirty work, but it just fell flat for me.

However, it didn’t fall enough that it will keep me from picking up the rest of the series. I love having a series on hand to read whenever I need a pick me up and I really want to see where the relationship between Nick and Kate goes.

I give The Chase  3 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: February 2014
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A Little Love for Bookbub

Dear booklovers, I have a wonderful Sunday secret for you. It’s called Bookbub. My cousin and I ran across this site a while back and it has been a booklovers dream. Its quick, it’s easy and it’s amazing!!!

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So what is this wonderful website I’m bringing you? Well you make an account and choose the types of books you like to read. You can choose as many or as few as you would like. Then you will get a daily email with books that are free, $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99. The books may be available on Amazon, Apple, B&N, Google, KOBO, or even a Christian book sale website. And those are just the ones I’ve seen for the books that I am interested in.

Find a book you like? Just click on the site you’d like to get it from and there you go. If you’ve been reading my blog long, you know I’m a habitual downloader. I’ve downloaded hundreds of books from Amazon and B&N thanks to this site. I must admit that I’ve never read any books yet that I’ve downloaded from the sites, but they are all there in case one day I need something new or decide to stop blogging and need to dig into my TBR.

Are you on Bookbub? If so, do you love it as much as I do??

If you’re not on there, sign up. I promise it’ll change your life.

AnnAlysis: The Heist

the heistFrom Goodreads:
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts:
1. Janet Evanovich
2. Female FBI Agent

Need I really say more? I don’t really believe so, but you don’t just come to me for a summary and a picture of a book cover, huh?

I happened to run across this series on NetGalley. I am a sucker for Evanovich, so I immediately downloaded the second book, The Chase, and then had to buy this one. Oh boy and I am glad that I did.

Kate O’Hare is an awesome female character. Much like Stephanie Plum, but a little better with a gun, and a little more controlled, she’s funny, witty, and one you want to get to know better.

Then, there’s Nick Fox. He’s an international criminal, but a Casanova at the same time. Kate has had her sights set on Fox for years, and knows him better than anyone else in the world, but is still drawn to him like a moth to the light.

And when they get stuck working together? I. LOVED. IT.

This is kind of like Blacklist on NBC, but with a little comedy thrown in the mix. This book kept me on my toes from start to finish, with fantastic characters from the main characters to the supporting case and the action is great.

I give The Heist 5 out of 5 bookmarks. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to pick up The Chase (which I will have up for review soon).

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Released: June 2013
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AnnAlysis: The House We Grew Up In

the house we grew up inFrom Goodreads:
Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives.

Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in — and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.

My Thoughts:
The House We Grew Up In is one of the SheReads.org Books of Fall. Instead of choosing one monthly book, they have changed it up a bit, now choosing a few books that you can pick from and read through each season. While a couple of the other choices may have been more up my alley, the reason I love being part of this online book club is expanding my horizons. I normally opt for crime and thriller books, so when I can read a little more women’s literature, I am always on board. Oh and this one is set in England, so I narrated the whole thing in a British accent, which is always a plus.

This book, wow! It follows the Bird family, past and present. While Meg is the main character in the book, all of the family members play a lead role at some point or another, sharing the story from their perspective. And boy do they have a story to tell!

The Bird family is seemingly all put together, but “seems” is the key word. One Easter, the holiday of all holidays in the household, tragedy takes a toll, and it’s a toll they struggle with their entire lives. As I read this book, my heart broke, several times over. Even if you haven’t suffered the tragedy that the Bird family did, Jewell puts you right in the middle of it and tugs on your heartstrings like they’ve never been tugged on before. And if the tragedy wasn’t enough, the dysfunction of this family pulls at you even more. It’s sad and tragic and raw. And it will make you want to call your family and thank them.

This book really touches on a lot of family dynamics. From secrets, to tragedy, to relationships, to death, to lies, and mental illness. And it’s all in one family.

Jewell knocked this one out of the park. I give The House We Grew Up In 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: August 2014
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