[Roxie Reviews] | ‘A Lily in the Light’ by Kristin Fields

‘A Lily in the Light’ by Kristin Fields

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Finished on May 28, 2019

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Eleven-year-old Esme loves ballet. It’s her safe place. It’s where she feels like she belongs. But when her four-year-old sister, Lily, disappears, nothing feels the same anymore. 

She feels out of place. Everyone she cares about is suddenly suspicious. The world is no longer safe.

When she’s offered a position at an elite ballet academy across the country, she takes it to escape. She hopes she can leave the shell of her family — of life after Lily’s disappearance — behind.

Eight years later, Esme is on the verge of her big break. She’s in Paris to dance for the role she’s always held dearest. Then, her other sister, Madeline, calls with earth-shattering news: Lily has been found.

Will all the unanswered questions they’ve carried around for years finally be answered? Will the guilt Esme has shouldered finally be relieved? Could things ever really be like they were before?

MY REVIEW:

I chose this book as one of my Kindle First picks, and I’m glad I did. ‘A Lily in the Light’ is a beautifully written story about how loss affects us all differently. Of how an ungraspable uncertainty plays hell on our psyches, and how guilt eats us alive.

Esme and her family react differently to Lily’s disappearance. Her father searches desperately, sometimes letting anger overcome him while trying to hold his wife together. Her mother falls apart, losing herself completely to her grief. Her brother folds into himself, not knowing how to reach out and connect. Her older sister fights against her guilt with attitude and by trying to control anything and everything she can. And Esme loses herself in dance. All of them are like planets orbiting each other — orbiting Lily’s disappearance — lonely and confused but unable to connect.

Fields is undoubtedly a fan of flowery simile and metaphor, and sometimes they were a little overwhelming in their intensity and frequency. I’m as big a fan of them as anyone else, but they’re easily overused. That’s how I found myself feeling periodically throughout this book. When overused, they can be tiring. 

Other than that, I enjoyed this book. I liked how honest and raw this story is. What the family goes through is unimaginable to most of us, but Fields does a good job of making it feel real and relatable. 

[Roxie Reviews] | ‘Hamartia’ by Raquel Rich

‘Hamartia’ by Raquel Rich

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Finished on May 24, 2019

GIVEN A FREE COPY FOR REVIEW

$4.99 on Kindle | $15.99 in Paperback

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Grace’s son is dying of Metagenesis. Slowly and painfully, his soul is being taken from him. Desperate to save him, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial that will send her back in time to save her son’s soul. Accompanied by her former best friend, Kay, Grace heads to Las Vegas eighty years in the past, to search for the previous life of her soulmate. 

It’s a race against time, but things get even more complicated when it becomes clear that someone is following them. Someone wants to stop her. When she discovers why, she’s faced with a horrible choice. If she saves her son, she dooms the world.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

MY REVIEW:

I was given a free copy of this book for review.

I’ve never read anything quite like this book. It is a thrilling, fast-paced, heartbreaking story about a mother’s love, a devastating disease, time travel, soul cloning, sacrifice, and the greed of man. 

If I did not know this was Rich’s debut novel, I never would guess it. Rich’s writing is lovely and truly a joy to read. Her descriptions are vibrant. It was easy to get absorbed into this distant, frightening scenario. Her characters are robust and believable. There was nothing about them that felt flat or overly dramatic. They feel like real people dealing with a terrible situation in their own, often flawed, ways. Rich is a natural storyteller, no doubt.

Some of it was a little hard to wrap my head around due to its extremely unique concept. It’s common knowledge that the theory is: if you go back in time and change even the smallest thing, you can alter the future forever. For a large part of the book, I didn’t understand how it was possible for Grace to kill her husband, deleting him from his current life, without removing her son from existence along with him. Honestly, I’m still a little baffled by that.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, though. It was a fun read. I found myself not wanting to put it down and pondering it for several days after I finished it. I’m excited to see what lays in the future for Grace and the rest.

[Roxie Reviews] | ‘Jane Doe: A Novel’ by Victoria Helen Stone

‘Jane Doe: A Novel’ by Victoria Helen Stone

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

Finished on May 22, 2019

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Jane works for an insurance company. She seems perfectly ordinary in her sweet, floral dresses and demure personality. She’s just the sort of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes, but Steven has no idea who Jane really is.

MY REVIEW:

Perhaps, I just have a knack for finding them, but there really seems to be an upsurge in novels about female sociopaths. I wonder what that says about us?

‘Jane Doe’ is another one of these stories, but it’s a bit unique in that Jane is aware of who and what she is. She embraces it rather than being in denial or confused by her actions. She knows full well she’s not like other people, and she’s accepted it. 

I also liked that there is a soft side to Jane, too. She’s not all lies and sharp edges and manipulation. She may understand herself, but there’s a part of her that wonders about being “normal”. In most of the other books with similar protagonists, this is not the case.

I think I’m getting over the trope, honestly, but I enjoyed this novel. It was an interesting read with good pacing and a steady sense of suspense. 

If you’re in the mood for a revenge story, this might be the book for you.