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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You, #2) by Caroline Kepnes
on 23 February 2016
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adult, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: You

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Little Compton, Rhode Island // Los Angeles, California // Malibu, California // Palm Springs, California // Cabo San Lucas, Mexico // Las Vegas, Nevada // Reno, Nevada

First Line(s): I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong.

Joe is back!

And he’s just as crazy as ever. HIDDEN BODIES is the sequel to Caroline Kepnes’s YOU (my review) which introduces us to Joe, a total sociopath that you just can’t help but love. As a reader, you know that Joe is crazy-pants and that what he is doing is wrong and yet it all seems so logical when you read his thoughts on why he does the things that he does. In HIDDEN BODIES, Joe has moved on to a new relationship “choosing better” as he says with a girl named Amy. As with the previous women that have come into Joe’s orbit Amy is a flawed character and that seems to be what draws Joe to them. Its as if the inevitable betrayal is what drives Joe to choose these women because deep down he really wants to give into his baser instincts of murder.

In HIDDEN BODIES, Amy does a thing that as a reader just makes you gasp as we know what Joe is capable of when he is betrayed. Amy does not. Which makes you feel for Amy but yet at the same time you are also angry at her for not living up to Joe’s expectations. Its really amazing just how much Kepnes’s writing puts the reader on Joe’s side as he’s usually the character we want the hero or heroine of the story to capture and put behind bars. But with YOU and HIDDEN BODIES all you want is for Joe to find peace and happiness. Its a strange feeling to be cheering for the bad guy and yet, how can you not?

HIDDEN BODIES is a fast paced thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Santino Fontana returns to narrate the story and he just becomes Joe. Fontana’s is a voice that is going to be hard for me to separate from this character as it just fits Joe so perfectly. Fontana’s narration style just sets the perfect mood for HIDDEN BODIES and makes it so easy to fall for Joe and to want him to come out on top. To find his place in the world and to be happy. Happiness isn’t easy for our Joe, he’s had a hard life, but by the end of HIDDEN BODIES you think that maybe things will turn out ok for him.

HIDDEN BODIES takes the reader to new places and we meet new characters. Some of whom are even worse than Joe. There are lots of ups and downs and twists and turns and where you end up is no where near where you thought you would. I fell for this story and just loved everything about it. I’m in awe of everything that Kepnes managed to do and know that I am going to want to rush out to grab her next book in hopes that its even half as good as this duology. Kepnes is a master of suspense and in defying expectations and this series is one that you must check out if you love a good mystery.




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Travel Log – Destination: Mexico (Guest Post from Valerie Thomas)

Posted by Irish in Guest Post, Travel Log1 Comment

Greetings and Salutations Internet!

Today I have the joy of bringing to you a guest post from Valerie Thomas who is the co-author of the book From What I Remember along with Stacey Kramer. I was thrilled when Valerie wanted to do a guest post here on Ticket to Anywhere and when asked for a topic I immediately thought of Mexico. From What I Remember is a road trip book that lands the main characters in a place called Ensenada, Mexico. Any regular reader of this blog knows that I love seeing where books take me to and so what better way to explore that then in having the author talk about why they chose the setting they did. So without further ado, here is Valerie Thomas:

In our most recent book FROM WHAT I REMEMBER, the bulk of the story takes place in Ensenada, Mexico, and a lot of people have asked us how we came up the idea to set the story there, and why. When we were conceiving of the idea for the book, we knew we wanted Kylie and Max to end up in a foreign country together, with no passports, and the only country that made any sense that borders the US was Mexico. It’s not all that interesting to end up in Canada, after all. And other countries would have required either a boat trip or a plane trip, neither of which would have worked, given that they needed to be stuck inside a vehicle, not knowing where they were headed, unable to get out, but not so far away that they had no chance of making it home for graduation. So…Mexico it was. 

Next we needed to decide where in Mexico the story should be set, and once again, logistics  won out over other considerations. At first we thought we might have Kylie and Max be from Tucson or somewhere in Texas, both of which are close enough to Mexico to work. But when we researched the Mexican towns that are near these borders, none of them seemed to have the advantages of Ensenada. We wanted a Mexican locale that offered a romantic and charming experience to enhance the story. So…La Jolla and Ensenada it was. Not only is Ensenada not too far over the California border, it’s a beautiful town on the beach. 

Our next challenge was to get the feel of Ensenada right. Stacy had been to Ensenada years ago, and Valerie had spent time in other parts of Mexico, but neither of us had a real grasp on the place. We did a lot of research with books and on the Internet to establish what the general parameters of the town are. For example, we learned about the curved harbor that fronts the town as well as the high hills that ring it. We learned that there are in fact several buses from Ensenada to San Diego every day, and we researched the procedures at the border to make sure we got it right. We felt like we needed to be accurate with these larger points, but the smaller details of Ensenada in the book are all largely made up by us. We created the central plaza, and the tiny alleyways that Max and Kylie wander down. We invented the dress shop where Kylie buys her wedding dress, and we created Manuel’s bar and his home in the hills. 

The festival of St. John the Baptist, in which people douse one another with water and jump in the sea, actually does occur, in June, when our story takes place. But we invented the notion that couples take part in a mass wedding on the piers while downing tequila. We’re both huge foodies so we wanted to make sure there was mention of a lot of good Mexican food in the book – soft tacos, stewed goat, fish stew, sangria. These are all foods we’ve eaten and adore and were happy to put them in the book. 

We loved spending so much time in our heads in Mexico, and we both have tremendous affection for the place now. We have yet to go there since writing the book, but it’s a pilgrimage that we should absolutely take. And while we’re there, we will eat tripe tacos!!!

Note: all images used in this post were found via a google search for Enscenada, Mexico.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Publisher: Delacorte (imprint of Random House)

Source: Borrowed from a friend
Publication Date: 12 Oct 2010
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0385738757
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 368
Place(s) Traveled to: The Scorch – formerly known as Mexico
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

Maze Runner Trilogy
Book 1 – The Maze Runner (my review)
Book 2 – The Scorch Trials
Book 3 – The Death Cure (Fall 2011)

Dear James Dashner,

I’ve had the good fortune to be able to meet you a few times, I follow your blog and tweets on twitter. I have always thought that you were a nice guy. Then I read the Maze Runner and I was like…huh…this man can be a wee bit twisted. But The Maze Runner was nothing compared to The Scorch Trials. I seriously think that this whole nice guy act is just that an act. I mean what you put those boys through in Maze Runner was pretty brutal and I didn’t think it could be topped. Now I know that you were just holding back. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from Scorch Trials its book 2 in a planned trilogy. Book 2 are usually a bit slow, a bit boring and really just search to move the characters into position for the big finale. 
And yet, with Scorch Trials the motion is just non stop. Its not your typical middle book in a trilogy. There are more obstacles for the Gladers to face. Obstacles far more difficult than anything they faced in the maze. I was kept on the edge of my seat almost biting my nails wondering what new horrors might be around the next corner. Scorch Trials was a page turner and for that I give you props. Credit where credit is due after all. I was engaged. I was hooked. I was ever so thankful that I am not a character in your head. Because you are just MEAN to them. What did these poor children ever do to you? Did they keep you up at night begging for you to tell their story? And so to retaliate you give them killer lightning and Cranks?
James, what is up with WICKED?? You’ve given us some clues and background in Scorch Trials but not enough to fully satisfy. I need to know the full story. You can tell me. I swear….I won’t tell anyone else. Promise. Because I really can’t wait until Fall 2011 to find out. Providing you do let us find out because I am not so sure about that. A nice guy would reveal all. Give the reader everything they are hungering for. But I’ve read your books. I know the truth and you aren’t a nice guy. Because as I’ve said nice guys aren’t that cruel to their characters. Its a wonder that they still live in your books. Of course you really haven’t given them much choice what with wiping their memories and sticking them in a maze. Then when that wasn’t enough you release them into a scorched terrain and say go north and try not to die.
I love these boys James….Thomas, Newt, Frypan and the rest. I just want to reach into the story, give them a hug and tell them it’ll be ok. Not that they’ll believe me since the adults they’ve met haven’t been very trust worthy. So here’s hoping that in Death Cure things will end up ok. But I’m not so sure I can trust you with that task. You haven’t done a super good job at not putting them into harms way after all. I think maybe you should send me the MS for Death Cure so I can give it a once over. Its all in the interest of those boys James. They’ve been through a lot and I would like to give them some happy new to look forward to. It has nothing to do with me, not at all.
In closing, great second installment. Loved the action and all the twists and turns. You are a twisted person but keep up the good guy act because maybe it will stick. I think you are awesome so don’t take it personally when I don’t turn my back on you.
Kind Regards,

Edited to add a link to my Friday Fragment post where I read from Scorch Trials. Click here to view.