Review Briefs: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne and Warrior's Moon by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

See Jane RunSee Jane Run
by Hannah Jayne
YA Suspense, Thriller
Paperback, 288 Pages
January 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire            

Summary

I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

You can read an excerpt here.


My Review

I wasn't completely sure what to expect from See Jane Run. When the MC, Jane, starts to question things about her life I almost thought that she might end up having Schizophrenia, especially with how her parents reacted at certain points. I was hoping it would not turn out that way because I just didn't know if I could handle that. It definitely made me question what Jane had or hadn't seen and what might be real. The author definitely messed with my thinking and kept me on my toes.

I liked the characters for the most part, but I didn't love any of them. They didn't always act how I thought realistically they should and some things just didn't make sense to me. There was also some drama that was pretty strong at some points.

Overall though, this story kept my attention. I wanted to know what was really going on. I also was pretty much on the edge of my seat towards the end. Hannah Jayne is definitely an author that I will be following and seeing what her next novel will be. 

I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading YA Suspense.

Content: Clean (There is some violence.)

Source: From tour host/NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.



Warrior's MoonWarrior's Moon
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Adult Historical Romance
November 15th 2013 by Spirit Dance Books LLC

Summary

They loved each other desperately.

Never in all the kingdom has there been a more brave and protective champion. Nor such a loyal and capable maiden.

He rescued her the first time when she was three years old in a killing storm. Years later, he was still occasionally rescuing her. 'Twas in him to be a hero, and she had a pure intrepid way of getting into the kinds of scrapes that took rescuing. With such a brawny, masculine guardian around, 'twould have been a fair pity to waste the gallantry anyway.

Their childhood friendship between two young peasants had grown into a devotion few are ever blessed to experience. It was strong enough to withstand all their dark age held—danger, feudalism, disease, and unfair oppression. 

Or is it strong enough? They truly loved each other desperately.

They loved their kingdom more.


My Review

I really enjoyed the beginning of Warrior's Moon and felt that I would love the book from there on. However, as I read it seemed like there was a lot of time spent in the MCs childhood and youth and I found my interest waning. I also wanted a lot more dialogue and not as much being told what was happening and what the characters were doing. I pushed through and about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way the story started picking up again. Then the ending was pretty intense. I knew things should turn out, but wasn't exactly sure.

There was quite a bit of romance and some drama, which I couldn't completely get into, but that may have also been that I wasn't in the mood for this type of book. Then there were things that didn't feel authentic, but sometimes I have really high expectations in regards to historical settings. If you've read Marcia Lynn McClure, then this would be the type of romance to expect, and I would recommend Warrior's Moon if that's the type of book you'd like to pick up.

Content: Clean (There are a few references to abuse and rape)

Source: From tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


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