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Friday, March 31, 2017

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Phantom LimbsPhantom Limbs by Paula Garner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is truly a wonderful YA contemporary, coming of age story with a solid dose of the expected diversity, tragedy, grief, and romance. It's well-written, with characters that show a lot of depth and growth. Perhaps the most interesting part is the complicated relationships between different characters.

The reason I can't give this 5 stars is that I feel like I've read a hundred other different versions of this story, in this genre and category, in the past 2 years. That does not take away from the fact that this was still a beautiful and heartbreaking story, but it does raise the bar for stars.

I recommend it. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't pick it up and read it again. So 4 stars.

Pages: 368

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Summary: "Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map, the key to a legendary treasure trove, pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies. Now the only thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden."

Um, can I have the next book right now...please?! 

Daughter of the Pirate King is exactly the kind of book I would have loved in high school. The adventures are grand and the love-hate main relationship is charming and swoon-worthy. I liked the fast-paced plot and pirate-lore. For once, I actually was craving a little more backstory and world-building, which is very unusual for me.

The ending is incomplete which leaves me hungry for the next book!

311

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cross the Line by James Patterson

 Alex Cross is back, and chasing the latest serial killer(s). This time he is working two cases simultaneously; the murder of his very own Chief of Detectives, and a team of murderers killing drug dealers.

The two cases seem to have no connection, and yet....do they? As with all Alex Cross novels, the usual murder and mayhem ensue on the streets of Washington, D. C. - and around the country.


401 pages

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Books 1-4)

Summary: "Becky Bloomwood is bored to death writing for Successful Saving. So, with a handsome credit line from her bank, she liberates herself the best way she knows how -- by shopping! Think of it as an investment, she tells herself. But, soon she is buried in bank notices and cursed VISA bills."

I had previously seen the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie, and wasn't sure if I'd like the book series. Turns out, as usual, the book series is much better than the movie! :) I'm so glad I picked these up, as they put a big goofy smile on my face no matter what.


310 pages












Summary: "With her shopping excesses in check- for now at least-and her new career as a TV financial adviser. But now Becky's business minded boyfriend needs to move to New York and he wants her to move with him!"

Becky's spirit, creativity and imagination are often the best bits of this series. Becky's daydreams are vivid and wild and most importantly, something we can all relate to! 

However, Becky can be a very frustrating character as she often lies to her loved ones and continues to make repeated mistakes. But in these books, the good ultimately outweigh the bad!

323 pages







***SPOILERS***


Summary: "Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) returns from her honeymoon only to discover she has a half-sister-who hates to shop."

Surprisingly, this is my favorite of the series so far! It had more drama and heart in it than the previous two installments. Becky faced down some tough situations with grit and determination. I could hardly put it down!


352 pages










Summary: "Becky is pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed, especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby. But when her must-have celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble."

I enjoyed this installment of the Shopaholic series, but it wasn't as good as Shopaholic & Sister. Becky's foray into the baby shopping world was funny, but alarming. I enjoyed certain parts very much, and found others to be frustrating and upsetting. I did not enjoy Luke's storyline at all because he is such a great character who deserves much better treatment!

358 pages

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fans for this book series are wild and devoted and fill up my twitter thread on a daily basis. I wanted to love this to the extremes that they do, but I’m not quite there yet. It’s possible it is something that will creep up on me in time. I'm hopeful for that.

I do adore the story and characters, and the world is fascinating. I listened to this on audiobook, and I think perhaps I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read this book (maybe to read any book), as I was continually distracted and had to rewind a lot. That might have curbed my overall enjoyment, so I’m willing to suggest that if I reread this in print, my stars might increase.

I’ll definitely read the next two books, once I get my hands on those.

Overall, this is a good YA fantasy with creative magic, solid world building, and quirky, lovable characters. Two thumbs up and four sparkly stars.

Pages: 400

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the UniverseHolding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This YA contemporary novel has two unique characters. Libby, who due to extreme weight gain, had to be cut out of her own home a few years before, and Jack, who has Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness), cross paths due to a very poor choice that ended up having one good side-effect.

Initially, I was a bit --shall we say—ruffled?? by what felt like two extremes coming together for this story, because some part of me just found it all to be too unlikely. Then I reminded myself that I was reading a fiction novel (well, duh), and that I needed to suspend disbelief and check my reality at the door.

Honestly, Libby and Jack helped me get over it, with their unique voices and interesting situations.

Also, I had never heard of Prosopagnosia before, though it is apparently more widespread than I would have even guessed, so this definitely created awareness for me. It’s a reminder to be patient and helpful in social circumstances, because you never know what’s happening with the person on the other end.

Pages: 391

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

The Restorer (Graveyard Queen, #1)The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a taphophile and history-lover, I can't get enough of this series. Better yet, it is set in one of my favorite places, Charleston, SC.

368 pages

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Colder War by Charles Cumming

A classic old-school espionage novel, with some intriguing plot twists.  Tom Kell, an out of favor British agent is sent to investigate the suspicious death of another British agent in Turkey.  Kell is tasked with searching out a potential mole in the British or American services in Turkey - and the plot begins its twists and turns.  Cumming is great at bringing us into the world of spies, where nothing can be accepted on its face.  382 pages

Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity by Gary Nabhan

Ever wonder why some people love hot peppers, and others can't tolerate even mild ones?  Or why some ethnic groups have a greater propensity to certain diseases like diabetes? Nabhan explores some of the recent research behind the interaction of genes and foods, and how sometimes a food may cause not only unwanted harmful reactions but also helpful ones.  For example, fava beans cause an allergy type reaction among many people living in the Mediterranean/North African area, but also help to protect from malaria.  Nabhan also explores how genes, diet, ethnicity and place can influence how we interact with different diet types.  He explains why more attention should be paid to each culture's traditional food sources, as the foods to which people from that area and culture are best adapted in complex ways.  This also helps to explain why the latest diet fad will fail many people, because it is not well suited to their body's genetic predispositions.  210 pages

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily and DunkinLily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This middle grade novel is about Lilly, a trans girl who is still attending 8th grade as a boy, while trying to figure out how best to express to the world that she’s a girl, and Dunkin, a boy with bipolar disorder who just moved to the neighborhood with his mom after something mysterious occurred with his father. The story is told in alternating POVs.

I really wanted to finish this book and give it 5 stars, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. And it’s really bothering me. In fact, for the past 30 minutes, my mind has been whirling, and I have been interrogating myself, much like this:

Was this a good book: YES

Was it well-written: YES

Did it address important topics: YES

Do I appreciate the diversity: YES

Were the characters interesting: YES

Does the world need more books like this: DOUBLE YES

So I’d recommend this to everyone:
*hesitates*
*lectures self*
*reviews previous questions*
*hesitates and lectures self some more*

What? WHY NOT?
*shrugs and cowers*

Is it the (probably unintentional) gender stereotyping: Maybe

Was that hard to swallow: Yeah, sometimes.

Did it bother me how some of the plot points and subplots seemed unnecessary and distracted from the story more than they added to it: Kinda. . . sorta. . . yes, okay.
Definitely.
*sigh*

What about the friendship between the two main characters: It didn’t feel as authentic as I wanted it to.

Whoa! That was quick. Who are you to judge their friendship: Well, I’m nobody….except the reader. So I kind of showed up to judge, in a non-judgey sort of way. . . right?

How about that ending: Acceptable but lacked a certain resolution and stirred up more cans of worms

Um, is that an appropriate use of that idiom: *rolls eyes*

But really, are any of these issues solid reasons not to love and promote the book: Probably not. . . but maybe? I don’t know! Stop pressuring me!

Okay, fine. Calm down. What’s the real problem here? Are you just hating on middle grade, because you prefer YA: No, that’s not it. I like how middle grade it is.

Are you letting stupid little things take away from your complete enjoyment of this story: Potentially

Are there better stories out there on being transgender and on bipolar disorder: Yes, but maybe not for this age level . . .?!?!?

So should an almost great story be labeled as satisfactory, considering that’s better than no story at all: I want to say yes, because it seems like any representation should be better than no representation. But my heart keeps thudding, may-be-not. May-be-not. May-be-not. . . Po-ten-tially? Per-haps? Pro-ba-bly?

Then what in the world is your problem: I DON’T KNOW.
*holds book at arms length*
*despairs*
*reconsiders for far too long*
*shakes head*
*sighs again*
*facepalm*

*Whispers into the void:*
Unmet potential leaves me twitchy.

Conclusion: Any book that leaves me with this much internal struggle is probably worth reading and discussing.

Pages: 352

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil AnswersPrayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prayers the Devil Answers is inspired by the true story of a female sheriff and the role she played in the last public hanging in Kentucky history. The book is well-researched and includes storylines centering on the Great Depression, Appalachian folklore, and the WPA. I would like to read another book by this author.

353 pages

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beast by Brie Spangler

BeastBeast by Brie Spangler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a captivating Beauty and the Beast retelling (and I use retelling lightly, as there were only a few parallels) that captured my full attention from the first moment.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD: YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! 

Dylan is a hairy, hulking “beast” of a 15-year-old brainiac, and Jamie, the “beauty,” is a smart, stunning trans girl with a love of photography. 

The catch is that Dylan is so busy feeling sorry for himself in his first group therapy session that he doesn’t listen when Jamie talks about being trans. Then when the rest of the girls in group ask what he thinks about that, he covers up the fact that he wasn’t listening by saying it sounds great. That’s the beginning of a miscommunication spiral that winds itself tight, as the two fall into a sweet romance. The last 1/3 of the book is what happens when the spiral unravels.

Pages: 305


Pages: 305

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

MonstrousMonstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an unusual MG fantasy novel that has both an innocence and depth that I found fascinating. Basically, it's the love child of a dark fairy tale and a Halloween horror story.

It's also a novel of contradictions. The story is dark but with just enough rays of hope to make the ugliness feel beautiful. The MC is indeed monstrous, with animal features, instincts, and a strong fight or flight mode, but she's also so desperately human that it almost aches to read about her wants and desires. There are good guys who do bad things and bad guys who do good things. All of this added such interesting textures and layers to the story.

Pages: 432

Friday, March 24, 2017

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7sCounting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a sweet, quirky middle grade story about loss and finding family in unexpected places. It's best if you don't overthink anything. Once you do, it's a downhill slide that you won't recover from, so I recommend you put on your fiction blinders and cinch them tight before you read this novel.

I finished this story 4 days ago, and I gave it 4 stars in the moment. Today, I couldn't even remember the story well enough to write this review without going back through to read a synopsis to prompt my memories.

After careful reconsideration, I have reduced my rating by a star.

This story has a few things that may be interesting or amusing in the moment, but that in reality, I didn't actually appreciate. There's a bad counselor, a strange relationship to money/wealth/poverty that lacks depth and truthfulness, some truly unbelievable moments and occurrences for a contemporary story, a lack of character development in most side characters, and a depiction of loss and grief that doesn't resonate as well as it could.

HOWEVER, there are these sentences and moments throughout that are so perfectly charming and touching, that I think it makes it really easy to look past the flaws of the storyline. My advice to readers is to not overthink anything, and to enjoy this book for what it is, without thinking too hard about what it could have been. Once you do the second, it will be impossible not to fixate on everything that just doesn't add up.

PAGES: 380

A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate TravellerA Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In beautiful prose, Mayes examines how place influence personality and character. Her practice of reading books by local authors while traveling is one I would like to adopt. Her practice of traveling the world is one I'd like to adopt! This is a great book for lovers of travel writing, food, and living the good life.

448 pages

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye DaysGoodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful. Excruciating. Funny. Excruciating. Beautiful. Funny. Excruciating. Beautiful.

It’s strange how those so often go hand in hand, and that none of the 3 ever seems to exist without another lurking nearby.

Pages: 416

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library books)The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amusing set of short stories for the true HP fan, with commentary on the stories from Dumbledore. They're the HP version of fairytales. Ridiculously fun.

Pages: 128

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerMarie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is okay. It's kind of fluffy and obvious. If I had known it was a ghost story, I would have skipped it completely (not typically my cup of tea). However, it doesn't follow the pattern for a usual ghost story, in that there isn't much suspense, and it's never scary (which I found disappointing).

This is definitely not a thriller/horror. It's more of a contemporary story with a bit of a twist. I think that's the biggest mark against it. If you have a serial killer in the title (and the story), I should get the chills at least once while reading. My heart should beat fast, or I should get nervous about the fate of a character. Unfortunately, that did not occur. I felt like -- "Meh. Whatever"--so I think that was a missed opportunity. The book has only a very narrow range of emotions that it will make you feel, because everything is a bit superficial.

I don't hate it. I finished it. The writing isn't bad in a general sense, though there were too many characters, they didn't grow enough, and the majority lacked depth. The MC wasn't bad though, which is why I stuck with it.

Pages: 304

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer

The SeasonThe Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Technically, this is a Pride & Prejudice retelling. It’s cute and sassy with the requisite drama and minimal heaviness. It was just what I was in the mood for after reading about a lot of complex worlds and characters this past month.

It has a YA voice, with NA characters, which is unusual, but I didn’t mind the disconnect.

Pages: 326

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

Lifeblood (Everlife, #2)Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Book 2 in the Firstlife series)

I love creative worlds that explore the gray that exists between dark and light, but what is best about this series is the underlying themes and messages about the power of humanity to forgive, overcome, and/or evolve.

There are not just good characters and bad ones in this series. Instead, there are electric characters with depth who make a series of both good and bad choices for many different reasons. I can't help but like a book that presents its characters as more than just: the good guy, the bad guy, and their devoted side characters. This world of warfare should be dark, depressing, and brutal, but the story brings a feeling of hope and faith of overcoming past missteps to be a person who is no longer defined by them.

And on top of all that, there are some sentences and phrases in this novel that are so small but also so mighty. I believe they will cling to me for some time.

Pages; 443

Friday, March 17, 2017

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)After You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize there was another book after Me Before You. That story was emotionally brutal, so obviously I decided to further torture myself by reading the follow up.

It doesn't touch book one (Let's be realistic though--nothing was going to touch that. It's in a realm of its own), which has me wondering if maybe it would have been better not to continue this story.

However, that being said, I did "enjoy" this novel, as much as you can enjoy any novel that is about grief and moving on with life after hard times. I read it quickly, but I wasn't wowed by the last 1/4 of the book.

If there isn't going to be a 3rd book, I probably should have been stingier with my stars. Although, now that I reflect back on the impact the 1st book had on me, I'm questioning if it actually would have been better to leave this at 1 novel.

One thing to note if you listen to the audiobook is that it is cued to such a low volume for Overdrive that I struggled to hear even at the maximum volume for my headphones and my phone. Also, the narration is good but drags, which is typically not an issue. I listen to most audiobooks at double speed or faster anyway, but this is one that is very difficult to speed up due to the dips of volume in the speaker's voice, her accent, and a general lack of clarity in words and across sentences that becomes even more present at a higher speed. If you want to try the audio, maybe try Audible (instead of using Overdrive from your library), as they have more options and their files tend to play back at a level where you can at least differentiate all the words in a sentence without some falling away. I almost had to give up on the audio and switch to ebook, because it was so frustrating.

Pages: 353

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Summary: "Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she's mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they've hired a lawyer--and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can't sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope--and finds love--is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake."

I've been on a Sophie Kinsella binge lately, but I think it's time to step away and take a break. I noticed some similar themes and plot points in this novel as the Shopaholic books, and it's just a little too stale for me. Overall, this is a good chick-lit novel, and had some laugh-out-loud moments. I enjoyed all the characters and it was a good reflection on life's priorities. 

374 pages

Saving Alex by Alex Cooper

Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare BeganSaving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The teacher that still lurks inside me fought a constant battle between rage and sorrow while reading this true story. I’m horrified that any adult would behave this way towards a child, despite the fact that I’ve seen and heard even worse.


POTENTIAL SPOILERS: YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

I’m proud of Alex but ashamed of many of the adults in this novel, including her parents, whom I still find to be an epic disappointment. I don’t feel that sacrificing basic humanity and kindness is ever acceptable behavior, regardless of your religious beliefs.

I appreciate how facts and statistics about the LGBT community were included, so it becomes clear that this was not just a rare or random act of abuse, intolerance, and hatred.

From my perspective, the parents both belong in jail (as well as the Siales), and they should consider themselves lucky that Alex protected them, despite the fact that they never protected her. Their neglect and complete lack of support, even after finding out what she suffered, is appalling.

This book will make you angry, sad, and hopeful. If it doesn’t, then you might need to take a long look in the mirror and reevaluate your life and perspectives.

Pages: 256

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall (Starflight, #2)Starfall by Melissa Landers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It breaks my heart to rate this so low, as I typically love Landers. This is actually a 2.5 for me. I confess there were times when I just wanted it to end.

It’s a situation where there are caricatures, instead of characters. People who should be dynamic feel flat, including the much beloved couple from Starflight. They become side characters in this novel, and I barely recognized them. In fact, I only became sure it was actually them when I looked it up online to reconfirm it. They were so one-dimensional that nothing but their names seemed familiar.

I struggled to pay attention and push forward throughout this story. Something just went wrong here. I suspect this story did not go through as much rewriting and editing as it truly needed. There was some good stuff hidden between the mess and the blah, but it was not enough to hang a story on.

What sucks the most is that I adored this pair until they got their own story. Then they become boring, and their love story felt trite and full of clich├ęs. I finished this book yesterday, and I can't even remember how it ended.

Pages: 368

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

YA Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Queen of Hearts Retelling



First, I said hello to this fascinating new story:



It was so delightful:




Until it wasn’t:




And then:



Followed by:



Pages: 453

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenThe Siren by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book!

Sure, it’s a bit cheesy at times, but the world and characters are interesting, overall. And yes, there’s some insta-romance, but it mostly works. This book has plenty of drama, as you would expect from Cass, and it’s a fast, easy read.

It wants my love, but I think we’ll just be friends. . .

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cut by Patricia McCormick

CutCut by Patricia McCormick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McCormick is well-known in YA for writing issue novels that deal with hard topics, which is why I both love and hate her stories. I confess I have intentionally avoided this particular book for almost a decade, though I knew it would be a well-crafted novel.

McCormick talks about the things that adults often don’t want to talk about with teens, and she incorporates issues that affect teens into the heart of her stories in a way that is honest, raw, and relatable. Her stories tend to be emotionally painful, but she writes ugliness in such a beautiful way. That’s why I falter every time I approach one of her novels in my TBR. I can never decide if today is the day that I’m willing to become an emotional wreck over a book.

I guess today was finally the day, as I read it straight through (it’s super short), and this book wasn’t as painful as I anticipated. In fact, I found it to be quite hopeful in a dark, whispery sort of way.

Pages: 151

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker (Seeker, #1)Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This just wasn't for me, despite how promising it sounded. The telling in the beginning put me off. I felt detached from the characters and their issues, and the world building was far too weak for me. The story is frequently unclear and leaves a lot to be assumed, but I had trouble drawing assumptions that I had any faith in, which is rare for me while reading. Honestly, in the first half of the book, I had no idea what was going on about 30% of the time.

Everything is a mystery, but not in a fun, exciting, intentional sort of way... more in an author being so close to their work that they failed to thoroughly tell the story to those who don't live inside the author's head. I found it tiring and confusing, and I almost DNF'd a hundred times. But we have a work blog, and I wanted credit for finishing, thus I powered onward, paying less attention each chapter, which did not help with my perpetual confusion.

In addition, I don't like most of the characters, which is not a mark against the book. Some of my favorite characters in literature are the ones I hate the most. I'm more than happy to read about unlikeable characters, but the problem was that I couldn't find the energy to take a serious interest in anyone. I guess it wasn't that they were unlikeable, so much as that I was completely uninterested in them (okay, they were also unlikeable but not in a deliciously wicked sort of way, unfortunately).

Also, I confess I'm typically a fan of a love triangle, as a girl needs to have options, but this was one love triangle that made me roll my eyes. I couldn't care if she ended up with either, because none of them belong together. It was just drawn out and annoying, with none of that delicious will-they-or-won't-they tension.

Last, but not least, the story feels painfully long, though I've read much longer books much faster. My score is actually a 2.5 that I will round up, to be fair, as the concept had the potential to be good. Plus, the writing was occasionally good, just not consistent. Also, it's always possible when listening to an audiobook that my poor listening may have contributed to my dislike of a certain story. I hope that happened here, at least a little bit, because I really hate disliking a book that I wanted to enjoy.

Pages: 448

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin

Love the One You're WithLove the One You're With by Emily Giffin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was refreshing to read about maintaing love in a marriage rather than finding love as so many romances are about. The characters are likeable but not perfect, just as real people are. This book was entertaining but not memorable. Audiobook

385 pages.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

Aerie (Magonia, #2)Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is Book 2 in the Magonia series.

It has some moments that are good, but it just doesn't touch book one in story, style, character development, or world building. And I'm pretty sad about that, though I don't regret reading it.

Pages: 320

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was high on my list when I saw Laura posted a review. 

That prompted me to hurry up and pick up this story, and since she basically summed up the story and my feelings, I don't have much more to add. I definitely agree that I wish there had been more interaction between some of my favorite teenage characters, but that didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed this story.

If Katie McGarry wrote legal briefs, I would read them. She has a magic touch when it comes to writing, much like Colleen Hoover and Sarah Fine. There's something about the way they all craft stories that is completely undeniable. They could partner to write a self-help book (a genre I typically hate), about slug farms (um...what?), with an emphasis on quantum mechanics (blech), and I WOULD READ THAT BOOK.

Pages: 408