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This is a blog hop to find, meet, and follow new blogs hosted by Parajunkee andAlison Can Read. Bloglovin is the best way to follow me!

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This week’s question: Resolutions: Put together your blogger resolutions list for all of us to see. 

  • Update. I would like to both blog and update social media websites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etc.) more often. 
  • Meet, follow, and friend more bloggers! Feature & Follow Friday will be my first step in following through with that resolution. 
  • Improve Netgalley Score. I’ve got to work to raise my Netgalley score. I’m fairly new, and have to work hard this year to raise the percentage.
  • Engage. I would love to see more fan participation on the Redhead Reader Facebook page.

ARC Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

To Be Published: February 11 2014

Pages: 336

Genre: Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis: West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

My Thoughts: I read my first book by Jennifer McMahon in January of 2013, The One I Left Behind. I devoured that book and fell completely in love with Jennifer McMahon’s writing and that story. I couldn’t wait to read more. Here we are now, January of 2014 and I am so pleased to report that Jennifer McMahon has done it again! The Winter People is an incredible thrill ride, filled with suspense and wonder.

I loved absolutely everything about this story. McMahon is such a talented author. Once you’ve made your prediction and you think you have it all figured out, McMahon swoops in and pulls the carpet out from under your feet, then you’re back to the beginning not knowing what is going to happen. She does plot twists very well. 

This is an incredible ghost story with some amazing characters. I truly felt frightened at times while reading. I especially loved Sara and how her “crazy” was captured and described. The writing is another aspect I enjoyed. The writing was very descriptive and compelling. It really sets the scene.

The ending was a perfect ending for me. I didn’t see it coming, but I couldn’t have asked for a better end. All my questions were answered and it felt complete. Another amazing read from author Jennifer McMahon.

I can’t say enough good things about this book! I recommend this to everyone!

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5 of 5 blades to The Winter People.

Waiting on Wednesday!

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week is Stalk Me by Richard Parker, which has a release date of February 27th. 

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Stalk Me 

By: Richard Parker

Publication Date: February 27th 2014

From Exhibit A:

After being involved in a severe car accident and a vicious roadside assault, Beth Jordan wakes briefly to discover a coach party of students recording the aftermath with their phones.

Beth furiously attacks the crowd before being restrained and lapsing into a coma.

When she wakes in hospital, Beth is horrified when she’s told the video clips have been shared online and that millions of people around the world have now seen the incident.

The driver of the car she collided with has vanished without trace and Beth needs the recordings to help piece together exactly what happened.

But somebody is viciously murdering the owners of the clips and deleting them.  What is concealed within those moments and can she find the survivors before the digital fragments of the event disappear forever?

Book Review: Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

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Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

Published November 2013

Pages: 356

Genre: Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis: Second-hand smoke gave Martin Muntor lung cancer … and he’s mad. Very mad. And he’s going to do something about it. 

It’s 1995, and the tobacco industry thinks it’s invincible. But is it? Muntor devises an ingenious strategy to put Big Tobacco out of business, and he doesn’t care how many people he has to take with him in order to do it.

Down-on-his-luck cigarette company investigator Tommy Rhoads has other ideas, though. Both Muntor and Rhoads are smart, resourceful, and motivated — and neither one has anything to lose. They’re full speed ahead and on a collision course to a showdown you won’t forget. 

Read Find Virgil now, and go along for the wild ride.

My Review: Find Virgil is a story of revenge. Muntor is going to make the tobacco companies suffer because he was diagnosed with lung cancer strictly from inhaling secondhand smoke.  

For me, this book had moments where I was interested and hooked, and it had moments where it felt dry and hard to get through. Some parts felt a little too technical and hard to stick with. I enjoyed the intense Virgil scenes. I like the action and the revenge.

I enjoyed the character of Muntor. His suffering, desire for revenge, and  illness leaped from the pages and felt genuine. The character depth was apparent. However, I felt the other characters of the book, excluding TR, lacked depth. I unfortunately didn’t feel anything from those characters.

 I did thoroughly enjoy the ending of the book. Part Three of the book exploded with intensity. I was looking forward to that feeling throughout the book and when it finally arrived, it was incredible! It was a great ending. A true thriller ending. Grand Finale indeed!

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3/5 Blades to Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

Top Five of 2013!

As we say goodbye to 2013, I’d like to highlight my top five favorite books that came out in 2013.

5. The Clearing by Dan Newman– 
One of the many things that I loved about this book was the characters. I remember thinking how real they feel. Like I think I knew a few of these characters in middle school. Characters were done so well! I also really enjoyed that this book scared me! I love books that scare me. The story is so good and the message is even better. If you haven’t read this yet, I definitely suggest you pick it up! 

4. Cubeworld by Karl Olsberg – I picked this one up because it was based off the game of Minecraft and I’m so glad I did. I had, let’s be honest, still have an obsession with the game of Minecraft and I loved reading this book and being completely inside this world. The story is so good! The twists and the resolution. I had a great experience reading this book and it definitely had to be included in this list.

3. Scare Me by Richard Jay Parker – When was the last time you googled yourself? This book is the true definition of a thriller. My heart was racing throughout this entire book. Seriously scary stuff. I also really enjoyed the gruesome imagery and Parker did it incredibly well. I can’t wait for his next book, Stalk Me, coming out in 2014.

2. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon– This was the first McMahon book I read and I really enjoyed it. One of the greatest serial killer books I’ve read. I loved everything about this book – the story, the characters, and the plot twists. Definitely five stars and definitely deserves to be on this list.

1. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake– Antigoddess is the first in the Goddess War series and it certainly started with a bang! This was my most anticipated book of 2013 and it ended up being my favorite book of the year. Mythology is fun to begin with, but when you add in Kendare Blake’s writing, it can only get better. So very excited for book two! 

There you have it- my top five favorite books of 2013. I started this blog in July of this year and I want to thank all of you who follow and read my blog posts. I am having so much fun blogging about books! Here’s to a happy, healthy and book-filled 2014! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Waiting on Wednesday!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming book releases that we are eagerly awaiting!

My pick for this week is This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl, which has a release date of January 28th. This Star Won’t Go Out is available for Pre-Order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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This Star Won’t Go Out is a collection of journal entries, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. This book also contains photographs and essays from friends and family to help tell Esthers story and also includes an introduction written by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated his #1 best selling novel, The Fault in Our Stars, to her.