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Blog Tour: I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

I Do Not Trust You

3 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books

Date of publication: September 11th, 2018

Genre: Young Adult

Where you can find I Do Not Trust You: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long-lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.

Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.

From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world. 

My review:

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I Do Not Trust You reminded me of National Treasure. You know, the movie with Nicolas Cage where he goes on a treasure hunt to find a treasure hidden hundred of years ago. All the clues were on national monuments and he had to get creative in getting them. It also reminded me of the Indiana Jones movies. Mainly when Ash and M were trying to get to the clues. But this book fell short for me. As much as I enjoyed reading about Ash and M’s antics around the world, it got repetitive towards the end. The plotline seemed like it was going in circles. I wasn’t engaged. The end of the book did pull me back in because of what happened. If it wasn’t for that battle scene, the book would have been a wash.

I liked M but couldn’t connect with her. I couldn’t wrap my head around a teenager who was an expert in long-lost languages and ancient cultures. She also acted so much older than what she was. If I didn’t know that she was underage, I would have pegged her for at least 20-21. I did like her moves with the bo staff. It came in handy keeping away unwanted advances from boys and taking enemies out. I also liked how she took Ash under her wing.

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I felt awful for Ash. It looked like he went from one abusive situation to another. There was a twist with him that surprised me. Not only with what he could do but what was done to him.  I wanted to smack the heck out of his parents for the years of abuse that they put him through. The things that they said and did to him were awful. All because of what he was. On the other hand, I didn’t think that Patrick from the Eye was any better. Yes, he rescued Ash but he also kept him under strict surveillance. I liked how he got himself back towards the end of the book. He deserved it.

Like I mentioned above, I Do Not Trust You reminded me of a hybrid National Treasure/Indiana Jones. Since I liked both of those movies, I figured would like this book. And I did for the first half of the book. But the second half of the book got repetitive and the plotline lagged. It seemed like it was going in circles and I couldn’t keep my interest in the book.

There is no romance in I Do Not Trust You. Which was amazing and one of the things I liked about the book. I like romance, a lot, but there are certain books where romance shouldn’t be touched. I Do Not Trust you is one of those books. M and Ash’s relationship was a friendship. Loved it!!

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The locations where the clues were located were amazing. The one that freaked me out was the Paris Catacombs. I have read about that place and it is creepy. To have M and Ash actually go through them, chilling.

The secondary characters were kind of eh in I Do Not Trust You. Honestly, the only one that I liked was Mike. I was as surprised as Ash when they went to Thailand to see Mike. My reaction was laughter and I thought to myself “I should have known!!

The end of I Do Not Trust You was amazing. It made up for the rest of the book. I also liked how the author left it open for another book.

What I Liked about I Do Not Trust You:

A) Ash and M’s friendship

B) Interesting start of the book

C) Locations where the book was set

What I disliked about I Do Not Trust You:

A) The book was repetitive in the second half of the book

B) Plotline lagged

C) Plotline seemed like it was going in circles

I gave I Do Not Trust You a 3-star rating. This book was fantastic in the first half of the book. It had an interesting start and the locations caught my interest. Then the plotline both lagged and started going in circles in the second half of the book. It failed to hold my interest.  Now saying that the end of the book was able to grab and keep my attention.

I would give I Do Not Trust You an Older Teen rating. There is no sex (or kissing). There is mild violence. There is mild language. I would not recommend anyone under the age of 16 read this book.

I am on the fence about rereading I Do Not Trust You. I am also on the fence about recommending this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review I Do Not Trust You.

All opinions stated in this review of I Do Not Trust You are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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Weekly Wrap Up (August 26th through September 1st)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

I Do Not Trust You

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Don’t Look Back—review here

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

 

I Do Not Trust You—review coming September 7th

I Do Not Trust You

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review here

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Maybe for You—review here

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Eight Goodbyes—review here

Eight Goodbyes

Project Prometheus—review here

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

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Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2)

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WWW Wednesday: August 22nd, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted bySam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I didn’t get much done reading wise last week. I was checking my blog tour emails and noticed that I have 3 coming up. That I haven’t read. Whoops. So, I changed my reading schedule. Not by much. But still. Needless to say, what I posted last week, I only got around to reading two books out of the 5 I posted.

In other news, school starts next week. I have Open Houses on Friday (3 at 3 different schools, all at the same time….wish me luck in going to all of them….lol). Then school on Monday for my older two. My youngest starts school next Tuesday. I will have no kids for 4 hours. 4 blissful hours…lol.


What I am currently reading:

Eight Goodbyes

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One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” – Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

I started this last night. So far, this is a great read. My only complaint is Tessa. I cannot stand her. I am waiting for her to grow up. It doesn’t seem to happen.

This book is not set to be released until August 28th. Now, saying this, you can buy it on Amazon right now. Be on the lookout for my review on August 28th.


What I finished reading:

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

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The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

I can’t even begin to explain this book. This is nothing like any historical romance that I have read before. It is very dark and can be violent. I am not going to get into it because my review is up and coming. I will say this, read with tissues. Be prepared to have your heart broken and breath taken away.

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo is set to be released on August 28th. I have already published an excerpt (which includes the first chapter). Since I am part of the blog tour, my review will be published on August 30th. So be on the lookout for it then.


What I am reading next (click on the pictures for Amazon links):

I Do Not Trust YouDon't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)Second Chance at Two Love Lane

I Do Not Trust You – I was approached by the publisher to review this book. It looked interesting. A mix of romance, thriller, and intrigue. I Do Not Trust You is expected to be published on September 11th. My review will be published on September 7th, before the publication date. Be on the lookout for my review then!!

Don’t Look Back – One of my books from last week. It looked interesting to me. A thriller/suspense romance. Yes, please. Don’t Look Back is set to be published on August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review around that date (hopefully on publication date but I can’t guarantee it).

Second Chance at Two Love Lane – I was approached by the publisher to review this book. This will be a change of pace for me. A nice traditional romance with no suspense. Can’t wait to read it. Second Chance at Two Love Lane is expected to be published August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review around that time.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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Weekly Wrap Up (July 8th through July 14th)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

The Remnant

Hot & Heavy (Lightning, #2)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Rough Ride (review coming July 24th, 2018)

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Inconclusive Evidence—review here

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

 

Jilliand—review here

Jilliand

Set the Night on Fire (review coming July 31st, 2018)

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

I Think I Love You—review here

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

The Dream Daughter (review coming October 2nd, 2018)

The Dream Daughter

The Subway Girls—review here

The Subway Girls

Moon Blood (Book 2) by Carol McKibben—review here

Moon Blood (Book 2)

 

Lies by T.M. Logan (review coming September 11th, 2018)

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NetGalley Haul:

I Do Not Trust You

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Foundryside (Founders, #1)

I Hate You, I Love You

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

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Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

Email Request:

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