Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)

Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)Winds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*ARC Review*
I’m not sure what to think about this book. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good, it was just a book. I know it’s the third book in the series and the storyline did stand on its own but something just wasn’t there. It’s hard for me to explain it. I think it was just the pace, the characters, and overall setting of the book that just turned me off. I won’t be continuing this series. However, the TV series is great!

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Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)

Bull Mountain

Bull MountainBull Mountain by Brian Panowich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the love of chocolate! Holy hell this was an amazing book debut! I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I’m sure glad I got hooked by second page. This book is about a mountain crime family and spans from one generation to the next. It first follows the great grandfather and his brother, then moves on down the line of children. Telling the sad, twisted, and criminal story of all the lives that are effected just by one choice the great grandfather made decades ago. By the end of the book I found myself whispering “oh no way! that is twisted” just by a few twists I was blindsided by. If you love crime novels that are full of twists and turns then pick this book up! I’m sure you won’t want to put it down! I got this as an ARC from Firsttoread.com for an honest review.

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Book Summary:
From a remarkable new voice in Southern fiction, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance.

Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.

In a sweeping narrative spanning decades and told from alternating points of view, the novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. A story of family—the lengths men will go to protect it, honor it, or in some cases destroy it—Bull Mountain is an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major new talent in fiction.