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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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Recent Reads Vol 3

I’ve been reading a good bit, but life really has been a little crazy lately, and I haven’t had a chance to post a recent reads update. I’ll have another update ready in the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my favorite batch of books, but I did get a great one in there.

She Was The Quiet One by Michelle Campbell ★★☆☆☆

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

Twin sisters Bel and Rose Enright start their sophomore year of high school at a prestigious boarding school in New England after losing their mother and moving in with their grandmother. While the sisters had never been the best of friends, boarding school tears them apart in ways they didn’t imagine.

I requested this novel because I really enjoyed Campbell’s last novel, It’s Always the Husband. Unfortunately, this one didn’t deliver. The dialogue was unrealistic. The characters were extremely unlikable. And the writing overall was honestly just bad. I would’ve put it down after a couple chapters had the plot not sucked me in.

Would I recommend? No. Skip this one, I suffered through the bad writing to find out what happened. It’s not worth it for you to do the same.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★

Joana, Emilia, and Florian come together on their journey to East Prussia in the hopes of finding freedom at the end of World War II. They make their way onto the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military ship headed to Kiel.

I always think that I don’t like reading historical fiction. But then it’s always the World War II novels that I get completely wrapped up in and can’t put down. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard about the tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff before. The novel was very well written, the character development was well done, and each element fell perfectly into place.

Would I recommend? Absolutely! It’s heartbreaking and beautifully written.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ★★★☆☆

Christopher Boone, an autistic teenager, sets out to write a book based on the murder of his neighbor’s dog. He numbers his chapters using only prime numbers, and thinks about everything overly logically.

This book really takes you through the process of thinking of an autistic person. And if I’m being honest, being in the mind of an autistic person is exhausting so I can only imagine how it really feels to be in that person’s shoes. I felt like I was reading a lot of it just to get through it more than I was actually enjoying it.

Would I recommend? Yes. Even though I didn’t love it, I do think it’s important for everyone to see the world from another perspective and be able to better understand other people.


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Recent Reads Volume 1

Criminal by Karin Slaughter ★★★★☆

Karin Slaughter can do no wrong. But if I’m being honest, it took me a little longer to get into this one and I thought maybe she had. Criminal is the 6th book in her Will Trent series. The previous books all take place primarily in the present and focus on Will and his partner Faith. This one spends a lot of time in the past and puts more focus on his boss Amanda in her earlier career.

At first, I wasn’t sold on this idea. I like reading about Will, and my feelings about Amanda were lukewarm at best. After finishing this book, I understand Amanda a lot better. It’s interesting to see how her path intertwines with Will’s.

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering ★★★☆☆

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy Albright leaves her friends and family in Long Island for college in California where she meets Stephen DeMarco. He’s two years older, and aggressively pursues Lucy. The story goes back and forth between present and past and alternates between Lucy and Stephen’s viewpoints. At first I wasn’t sure about the alternating between the two characters, but after a few chapters I knew that it had to be told that way so that the reader could get into Stephen’s head and really see how manipulative he really is. Without his viewpoint, it’d be easy to think that Lucy was reading into things that weren’t there or overthinking the situation. You need Stephen’s side of the story to really understand what Lucy is going through during her time with him.

The character development was very strong. I felt like I really got to know the characters along the way, and my heart broke for Lucy at times. Lucy and Stephen have a tangled past that slowly unravels as you get deeper into the story. I really loved watching all of those pieces come together.  As much as I loved the parts told in the present and the parts told in the past separately, they didn’t work for me together. I felt like one was an interruption to the other. I would’ve preferred a more chronological narrative. I probably would’ve given this 5 stars if the pieces had fit together better. I really loved the story and the characters, but I gave it 3 because something about it just didn’t work for me.

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney ★★★☆☆

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Claire Wright is a struggling British actress living in New York City. After being questioned for the murder of a woman she was one the last people to see alive, Claire is offered the role of a lifetime.

J.P. Delaney is an excellent writer. The novel moves at a fast pace, and suspense builds with every page. I tore through the first half of this novel in a day. I could not put it down. But then somewhere in the middle it starts to take a weird turn. After that first turn, there are a series of twists and turns. And suddenly Delaney is trying to do too much. Instead of a thriller with a big surprise or two, it becomes a roller coaster of ups and downs.

As the reader, you no longer know who to trust. You doubt all of the previous assumptions you’ve made. While this can sometimes be a great thing as a reader, in this case it’s too confusing and complicated to enjoy the ride. This is an excellent thriller, that was well written on both ends, but loses itself for a good chunk in the middle.


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