1. Captive by Samantha Jacobey
This was an interesting read to say the least. And it isn’t for anyone who is squeamish and doesn’t like sex scenes. This book was beautifully written, even despite the material that was being written about. It’s about a young girl, who we don’t really know the age of. The FBI says she’s only 14 or 15, and she claims to be 24. Tori, the main character, is a woman/girl who has gone through hell basically living with a gang of men called the Dragons who take contract work from the Organization and others. They are killers and rapists. Tori’s story is heartbreaking but she is a woman who refuses to give up. It was a good read.
2. Blood is Power by Elle Medler
DNF. The reason being is that it’s the second book in the series. I didn’t realize it until a few chapters in. I might come back to the book after the first one is read.
As a side note, if you’re going to have a book in a compilation of books, please put the first book in, not the second. I’m a bit annoyed by this…
3. North by Northeast by Cherime MacFarlane
DNF. Book 3 of the series.
4. A Crystal Snowflake by Holly Barbo
This was a quick read, certainly and one that I didn’t find all that interesting. At least, it was a standalone, so I was able to finish it.
5. Dirty Business by Julie Elizabeth Powel
DNF – I couldn’t get into the story. I read the first couple of chapters and it just wasn’t doing it for me.
6. Duplicitous by Stephanie Nett
This was an okay novella. The ending was strange and felt unfinished.
7. Tropical Nightmares by Kelly Cozzone
DNF – It is book 2 of a series.
8. Blood Crow by Cleve Sylcox
DNF – Made it halfway through chapter 2 before giving up. I just wasn’t interested in the story.
9. My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton
DNF- I read through chapter 2 as well on this one before giving up. If I can’t get at least part way interested in the story, I end up asking myself, what’s the point in reading it if you’re not enjoying it.
10. Split by Michele E. Gwynn
I didn’t bother reading the last ones in here. I was done with the genre and the type of story in this set. (This set is seemingly no longer available on Amazon, too. Just as a heads up.)
I learned something about myself trying to read these books. Either I’m not a horror/thriller fan or these books just didn’t do it for me, in the exception of the few I did manage to read. The first story was great. It’s probably why it was the first one. I’m not willing to give up on the genre but these stories were only okay.