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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Published by: Berkley Books on April 18, 2017
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Hannah comes home one day to find her boyfriend has completely disappeared. It’s not just that he’s not at home. Everything of his is gone. He’s disappeared from her social media. His phone number is missing from her contacts. And his place of employment says he no longer works there. It’s as though his entire existence was a figment of her imagination. Except she knows it wasn’t. And her friends can confirm that for her. But where did he go? And why did he leave? And why do things keep turning up in her apartment when she’s not home? And why does she have the feeling that someone is watching her from a distance? She’s determined to find answers, regardless of what it means for everything else in her life.

This is definitely a page-turner. It opens with such an incredible question: How can someone completely disappear from your life? And did they do so willingly or should you immediately suspect foul play of some kind? Hannah feels like she might be losing her mind, and there’s clearly good reason why she may feel that way. The complicated web of connections and the untangling of it that is the plot of this story will keep you wondering right through to the end of the book.

[This review is based on an advance review copy received from the publisher via the First to Read program.]

Captive Prince: Volume Two by C.S. Pacat

17158513Title: Captive Prince: Volume Two
Author: C.S. Pacat
Published: May 22, 2012
Pages: 216
Publisher: C.S. Pacat (rereleased by Berkley Books)
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The intrigue, the tension, and the stakes are all intensified in the second volume of the Captive Prince series. Damen is still enslaved to Prince Laurent and has managed to keep his true identity–that of crown prince of the neighboring kingdom and the one who slayed Laurent’s brother in battle–a secret. But Damen still hasn’t given up the hope of returning home and reclaiming his rightful place on the throne.

When Laurent’s uncle, the Regent, begins to move against him, however, Damen and Laurent find themselves force to move from the castle and instead to the country’s borders. But faced with potential battles, Damen cannot hide his own skill and prowess. And although he might be able to strike a tense peace with his master, will he be able to keep the truth of his identity a secret until he can earn his freedom?

Everything about this book is amazing. The story builds in an almost incredible way, with every single element of the plot seeming to be part of a perfect mathematical equation. C.S. Pacat proves to be a masterful storyteller and there were times when I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading this one.

Be warned, though, this one builds to an incredible cliffhanger finale that you may not see coming and that will leave you screaming out loud for the final book in this trilogy…

Captive Prince: Volume One by C.S. Pacat


Title: Captive Prince: Volume One
Author: C.S. Pacat
Published: February 4, 2012
Pages: 240
Publisher: C.S. Pacat (rereleased by Berkley Books)
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Damen, Prince of Akelios, knows that someday he will be a great king. He has proven to be popular with his people and has all the trappings of a great leader. But when his half-brother takes the thrown as part of a violent coup, Damen is resigned to a much different fate. He is given as a slave to Prince Laurent, the incorrigible heir to the thrown of neighboring (and rival) Vere. Damen finds himself in a dangerous predicament due to Laurent’s nature and the political climate of Vere. But what’s even more of a risk is that Laurent blames Damen for the death of his brother, making it clear he can never allow his true identity to become known.

This is an extremely well-written and engaging story–I had a very hard time putting it down while I was reading. The character development and world building is superb and it is so easy to become invested in the lives of these characters. There’s a great deal of suspense here as well, not only because of Damen’s position but also between Laurent and his uncle, and Laurent and many other members of the court. I definitely give this a very high recommendation.