Monday, March 13, 2017

Currently Reading πŸ“š

     Thanks to my library being pretty awesome, they had the audios of these two books ready and waiting for me to start. One of these is for #MarchMysteryMadness (I've switched out the Blanche White book for it.) and the other is just a book that I hardly heard anything about, but in February during #ReadSoulLit I had seen it photographed a couple of times and it just caught my eye.

Grace by Natasha DeΓ³n:
    I'm about 30% into this one and it is really good. Very gut wrenching right from the beginning. I think it has a very unique way of telling a story, a ghost of a woman who was killed right after she gave birth to her daughter and it's flashes back between watching over her daughter Josey now in the present and back to her life from before she was a mother. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

For a runaway slave in the 1840s south, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she must leave behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and take refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amidst a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel’s dice tables all too often.

The product of Naomi and Jeremy’s union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come.
Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living—Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.

The 6th Target by James Patterson and Marine Paetro:
I have always been a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross Series, but sorry to say, something about  The Women's Murder Club hasn't always hit the mark with me, but slowly and surely I'm making my way through this 16 book series. I started this one a while back and what I can say is that even though I might have started this book many a moon ago, I can still remember the beginning very vividly and the short chapters are always a plus. 

Heres the synopsis from Goodreads, but I suggest you start from book 1 if you feel inclined to pick this series up. 

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies--but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

Let me know what you're reading this week. If you have read any of these books, what else do you suggest? Let me know πŸ‘‡down belowπŸ‘‡.