Review: Little Fires Everywhere

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4/5 stars from me!  I was really hoping this would be my first 5 star read of 2018 but it just didn’t get there from me, I think I set my hopes too high based on how many recommended this book to me.  That being said, I really did enjoy this read.  Part neighborhood drama, part time capsule; Celeste Ng managed to delicately weave in generations of stories for multiple characters and perfectly preserve and capture life in 90’s America.  I loved that this book was really an examination of how one person’s choices can affect another’s and how so many people are a sum of their history and past experiences that we will never fully understand, the best we can do is try to be compassionate.  I have learned to truly appreciate a book that can remind me to practice empathy and consider where other’s may be coming from while interacting in my own world.  Little Fires Everywhere was captivating, relatable and well-written.  I’d recommend picking this one up if you’re in a reading slump or need a fairly easy read that still has some substance!

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Review: Girl Unknown

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4/5 ⭐️ from me! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one: equal parts family drama and psychological suspense, this beautiful domestic noir takes us on a tour of what may or may not be the ruins of a marriage and the events leading up to a life changing night for the Connolly’s.  Both Caroline and David are written purely and thoroughly with different takes on Zoe, the newly found long lost daughter of David, and her intentions for their family.  What this novel lacked in shock and awe it made up for in insight and tension.  I plan on picking up more Karen Perry novels soon!

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Review: Into the Black Nowhere

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WOW! Suspenseful, terrifying and hard to put down: Into the Black Nowhere is a heart thumping standalone thriller on its own and a fantastic sequel to Unsub.  I couldn’t get through this one fast enough!  I devoured Unsub and eagerly awaited it’s follow up in Into the Black Nowhere, sure that my high hopes could only lead to disappointment and boy was I wrong! Into the Black Nowhere is the perfect serial killer guilty pleasure read for anyone who loves a good murder (that’s me!). Continue reading Review: Into the Black Nowhere

Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

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My Rating: 5/5 – There are very few characters that you really become attached to and feel like you’ve witnessed grow up in front of your very eyes.  Those characters stick with you like childhood friends; you think of them from time to time, things that happen in your everyday life remind you of them and make you smile to yourself.  For me those characters are Anne (Anne with an E!), the Sweet Valley twins (maybe not brag-worthy, but I don’t gotta lie to kick it!) Laura from Little House on the Prairie, the sisters from Little Women and of course Harry, Ron and Hermione – and now Cyril Avery falls in those ranks.  This book was charming and heart breaking and timely and classic and endearing and everything you need from a book all rolled up in one.  I won’t forget this book any time soon, and for that it deserves my highest rating. Continue reading Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Still Life and the Chief Inspector Gamache novels by Louise Penny

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I’ll be brief because I know Still Life is not new news: I’m late to this party and I feel like I’ve only just started my journey with Louise Penny in to Three Pines and beyond, but I just had to share my delight with this book and my excitement to read the rest of this series!  This might be the first murder mystery that has prompted me to use the word “cozy” when describing it to my friends.  This was a great whodunnit without a lot of disturbing gore or horror added in to the mix which seems to have been just enough of a mystery for me mixed with homey vibes to keep me coming back for more – I’ve now committed to reading the entire series which is 13 books (so far!) so no small feat.  Join me, won’t you? Continue reading Still Life and the Chief Inspector Gamache novels by Louise Penny

Review: The Mountain Between Us

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My Rating: 4/5 – Where are all my Nicholas Sparks fans at? If that was you at one time but thought that a new Sparks-ish romance could no longer pull at your heart strings or keep you on your toes then this book is for you!  A great story of  the instinct to survive, but so much more than that.  This book will give you all the feels and maybe even leave you with some survival skills that will save your life one day – who knows!  I am very much looking forward to the movie adaption of this book, but I’m so glad I read the novel first. Continue reading Review: The Mountain Between Us