Book Review: Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4)  by Elle Cosimano opens with Finlay Donovan and her nanny, Vero, planning a trip to Atlantic City to pay off some debts, find Javi, and retrieve a stolen car.  But first, they come up with a cover story that backfires miserably.  Finlay and Vero have to be clever and sneaky to accomplish what they set out to do, but will they have to come clean? Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This is one of the books I was most excited about being able to read before it was in stores.  I received the eBook for free in exchange for my honest review. The fourth installment picks up where the last book ended and ties up the loose ends from Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead (Finlay Donovan, #3)  . . . so much so that I thought that this was going to be the last book in the series.  However, Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice ends up having a couple of cliffhangers,

Book Review: The Girl in the Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

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The Girl in the Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is a Young Adult Novel about a young adult named Hannah Doe who time travels between the present day and 1347.  Hannah is brought into Belman Psych after what police thought was an episode in New York City and is told she is schizophrenic.  Is she really though?

Thank you, NetGalley and LittleBrown Books for Young Readers, for the digital format of an Advanced Readers Copy of The Girl in the Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond.  I was delighted to be selected to review this book before it's publication.

The synopsis for The Girl in the Castle was intriguing, and the cover art was amazing.  When I sat down to read this book, I wasn't sure what direction the authors were going to take.  I was expecting this book to be YA Fantasy.  There was a twinge of disappointment when I realized that it wasn't.  However, this book was a phenomenal read and one that took me less than twenty-four hours to finish.

Although it was a little slow to start, the storyline quickly ramped up and dealt with mental health in teenagers and young adults.  This may not be the book for those who deal with this issue on a daily basis and/or have had someone commit suicide.  I felt like James Patterson and Emily Raymond did a nice job showing the reader what someone with mental illness might go through while living in a psychiatric facility and even what doctors, nurses, and interns experience.

Other than the book being a little slow at the beginning, there wasn't really anything negative I could say about The Girl in the Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond.  I would love to see a follow up to this story.  Four out of five stars.

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