The Tutor by K Larsen

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’m in the minority here…

What first pulled me in what the cover. I mean, COME ON. It’s stunning and captivating and oh, so beautiful! But this is one of those times where you should not judge a book by its cover. 

The first couple chapters/sections felt pointless. They didn’t tell me anything the synopsis didn’t, and they were agonizingly short. Plus the sections felt disconnected somehow. I actually had to go back and reread it to try to decipher what was going on. I couldn’t follow what the author was trying to make the reader perceive. Some chapters were past, some were present – which is fine – but if you do that, the sections in chapters should not go past and present as well… There was too much flip flop for me.

Personally, as a reader and a writer, a lot of the content would have been better interwoven in a different areas. For the first quarter of the book, I was confused. 50 shades of confused. Finally pieces began to come together around the 20% mark.

This story was told from 6 different points of view. They were all fast paced and the content changed quickly. It didn’t help that most of the characters are female and none of them are distinguishable from reading their sections alone. I, also, did not connect with any of the characters. The author seems to have tried to create depth, but often times, the characters reactions weren’t realistic. None of these characters had me cheering them on.

While the overall plot could have been amazing, this author — for me — fell short. There is a saying for writers. Show, don’t tell. Well, this author is strictly tell and it was grinding my gears. She did this. He did that. Don’t TELL me, show me. Make me feel something… anything.

Honestly, I would not recommend it. Like I said, there is potential with the story line, but this author did not take it to the levels I imagined. If you’re a reader who likes an easy read, no connection, and a decent plot, then you might enjoy this.

Rating: 1 star

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33831652After a party gone wrong and in desperate need of money for the fall semester of college, twenty-year-old Nora Robertson needs to escape her hometown.

She accepts a summer long live-in tutoring job for a handsome man and his little sister at a secluded home deep in the mountains.

There is no running water.

No electricity.

No internet or cell service.

When her tutoring job ends she’s hit with a brutal turn of events … she’s not permitted to leave. After months in captivity, she makes a harrowing escape with her student that ends in a car accident on a desolate road. When Nora comes to, her student is missing. In a desperate attempt to find the girl, Nora will have to recount her time held captive.

The good and the bad.

Can Nora and the authorities work together to find the man who took her? Will they rescue the girl Nora tried to save?

Author’s Note: This is a dark romantic suspense.
Trigger warning: All of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings.

Every Pane of Glass by H B Stumbo – ARC Review

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Every Pane of Glass by H B Stumbo – 4 stars

This book was… Wow. I’m amazed with H B Stumbo. New fan!!!

Val returns to sell her old family home. She doesn’t have a reason to hold onto the past anymore, and after eight years of waiting, she has finally decided to return to her home town and put the house up for auction. During her time there, she meets Anderson – the young photographer who had moved to Devil Town a few years back.

Sometimes the choices we make are a direct results of something bigger than us.

They grow closer together, and as they do, her past creeps up on her. Jordan, her ex and a big part of the reason she ran from Devil Town is hot on her heels. He needs to talk to her, but she refuses to give him a second of her time. This was the guy who crushed her completely. She wasn’t going to give him another opportunity to ruin her again.

But H B Stumbo isn’t done with us as far as a simple romance/love triangle. And then she just… she just… I will not give spoilers, but…

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Stumbo has a way of keeping the reader guessing! I was constantly on my toes, analyzing what was happening and considering all the possibilities. She doesn’t disappoint!!

This book started out with the return to Devil Town. It was slow moving. It was a gentle current of her returning to her past, her old life, and working to rid herself of the memories and pain that managed to linger after eight years of trying to escape. But her past goes deep and isn’t easily bled out.

Once a Deviler, always a Deviler.

EPoG picks up pace around halfway through the book. After that, I really didn’t want to put it down! I could tell that Stumbo was even getting into the story more by her writing alone, and I love when you can feel the writers excitement for the story oozing off the pages. I could tell she loved where she was taking things. The characters were filling out in my mind with each page turn.

The world isn’t always cruel and sometimes there are good people hidden in awful places.

I really enjoyed this book. The last 20% was astounding, and kept you on your toes. Just when you’re coming down from a big reveal, another slams into you, and you’re left breathless. I refuse to give any spoilers because… Well, those are the bane of a readers existence. So when you get a chance, pick up this book and give it a read. You might just become a Deviler yourself.


Available now on Amazon!

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