Recent Reads Vol. 4



The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken ★★★☆☆

Ruby grew up watching all of her friends and classmates die from a mysterious disease that’s killing most of America’s children. After her 10th birthday, she ends up at Thurmond, a government rehabilitation camp for children who have survived. Ruby discovers her powers while at camp, and eventually manages to escape.

I never really understood what was going on the whole time I was reading. I didn’t have a good understanding of the different powers children could have, there wasn’t a good explanation of how this happens and what’s happening in the country outside of Ruby’s story.

Would I recommend? No. I’d skip this one, it felt like a cheap knockoff of some of the better written dystopian series.

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ★★★★★

I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Nina Browning’s son Finch shares a promiscuous photo of a teenage girl with his friends, she starts to question everything from the way they’re raising him to her relationship with her husband. The story is told from 3 perspectives, Nina, Lyla (the girl in the photo), and Tom (the girl’s father). I really enjoyed being able to see the story from those different perspectives because it let me into a lot of the story that I would have missed without it.

I loved everything about this book. I couldn’t put it down. The story line, character development, and different voices were all done extremely well. I was really able to put myself into the shoes of each of the three main characters, and I felt like I understood them.

Would I recommend? Absolutely! I loved every second of reading this.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ★★★★☆

When Tate moves to San Francisco, she moves into her brother’s apartment. While living there she meets her brother’s friend and neighbor Miles who she begins a complicated relationship with. It switches back and forth between Tate’s present day and Miles’s past, which adds an extra element that helps the reader understand exactly why Miles is the way he is.

Through the ups and downs, I was completely invested in Miles and Tate’s love story. There were some great twists that I didn’t see coming. The characters are well developed, and I felt a close connection with both of them.

Would I recommend? Yes. If you love a good love story, I’d recommend giving this one a try.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter ★★★☆☆

After her mother finds herself in a controversial position after a shooting at the local mall, Andy ends up on the run until her mother tells her its safe to come back.

If you’ve been following me for a while or we’ve ever discussed books, you know that I LOVE Karin Slaughter. If she writes it, I’ll read it. I didn’t feel like this one lived up to her previous novels. While I did enjoy the story, it didn’t have the same captivating plot as a lot of her other novels.

Would I recommend? If you’re a Karin Slaughter fan, yes it’s still worth the read. If you don’t have any attachment to Slaughter, it might not be your favorite.


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