Book Reviews: “The Adults” by Alison Espach & “Haven” by Kay Hooper

I already read two books and I still haven’t written a review on them so I’m finally going to do it now. Sorry for the delay, I simply kept forgetting. These two books were awesome though, especially The Adults. Haven was very good too although it was of a different genre.

Okay first off, we have “The Adults” by Alison Espach

book1Here is the description off Amazon:

“In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love.

At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood.  Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved.

An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.”

At first I wasn’t too sure about the book. I’m not usually into books about teenagers or children simply because I can’t relate anymore. You know, being 23 and all, I’m soo old *sarcasm* but the book was very engaging and I realized that it was really a book about the whole story of the life of the main character, Emily. It goes from her childhood, to teen years, to adulthood… so it really is easier to relate to her. Not only is she witty and interesting, but the amount of things that happen to her was almost beyond me. And it was all written like it was no big deal, which made the book extremely genuine and felt like you were talking to a friend.

I seriously felt like I was friends with Emily. I knew her since childhood. It was her story to tell and because she didn’t see it as such a big deal, it was also described in a way that made it sound like not that big of a deal, even though the things that happen were not exactly what you would call common. Emily struggled to grow up and a ghost of her past kept haunting her in a non-direct way.

I’m getting chills just thinking about this book. It is one of my favorite books now simply because of how genuine it was. An amazing read. You HAVE to read this one!

Rating: 5/5


Next up, we have “Haven” by Kay Hooper. 

book2Here is the description off Amazon:

“New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper returns with a breathtaking new thriller of a young woman’s homecoming—to a town of menacing whispers, bad dreams, and dangerous secrets…

Another nightmare, in the woods this time. Different: She was running. Trying to escape.
But the same ending. Always the same ending. Another dead girl… 

Emma Rayburn was born and raised in Baron Hollow, North Carolina, and it was a quiet life. Then came the accident…and the nightmares—each filled with unshakable visions of darkness, blind panic, and desperate women chased toward inevitable death. With no reports of local women missing or found dead, Emma has written it off to troubled imaginings—night after dreaded night. Until her sister arrives.

Jessie Rayburn, psychic investigator for a firm called Haven, has been estranged from Emma for years. Unresolved issues from Jessie’s past have not only kept them apart but have been clouding Jessie’s unique abilities. A return to her hometown to face a dark and violent incident from years gone by is her chance to regain them. But reconciliation with the past comes with a price. Few people in Baron Hollow are welcoming Jessie back. No one dares to breathe a word. And in this conspiracy of silence, Emma’s nightmares are becoming more vivid than ever.”

Even with the help of Noah Bishop, head of the FBI Special Crimes Unit and co-founder of Haven, Jessie and Emma soon find themselves outnumbered by the secrets buried in Baron Hollow—and outrunning an evil that has been festering for years, one that’s targeting Jessie and Emma one last time.”

I didn’t actually realize this was a book in a series until I picked it up and started reading. I read the introduction and realized it was not the first part of the series so I was unsure of whether I should continue reading. The author ensured that even though this wasn’t the first book of the series, you will not feel lost. Although the books are connected in some way, they are able to stand alone as well. So I kept reading. The author was right. I did not feel lost at all. The book could easily stand on its own.

The book is a thriller crime genre about psychic investigators working with a special unit organization off the FBI. So that was different from what I’m used to, I don’t necessarily believe in psychics but I do believe in the paranormal so it was an interesting take on it. The book was good, easy to read, and it sucked me in. I also found that it was very unexpectant. I’m not going to give any spoilers here but let me just say, the stuff that happens, you really don’t expect it to. It shifts from one way to another pretty drasticly which I found really cool because it did not disrupt the flow of the reading even though I definitely felt it could have if it was done incorrectly.

The book is suspenseful and intense. A great read for those of us who are more open-minded about this kind of stuff.

Rating: 4/5


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  1. I like the sound of the first book more than the second (because I am a scaredy cat) Plus her name is Emily – Bonus!

    Do you like dystopian novels. I can’t help it … I am always drawn to reading them 🙂

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