Review: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter is an intense women’s lit read that would be perfect for book clubs. Four long-time friends go on holiday and decide to write anonymous letters disclosing their deepest secrets. Some secrets are more serious than others, but someone also writes a fifth letter revealing her true feelings about another member of the group. And those feelings are not happy feelings. This book is narrated by Joni, the planner of the group. She’s the one who finds the fifth letter, so you know right away it’s not hers. Throughout the book Joni is trying to puzzle together who wrote it by talking to […]

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Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost is so well done. It’s the story of Elizabeth and her anorexia, which has landed her in rehab. Alexandra Ballard does a great job of explaining anorexia as an illness. I had a friend who struggled with anorexia in high school, and so many of the behaviors included in this book brought that experience back for me. When Elizabeth enters treatment, she is determined to get out as quickly as she can, so she can get right back to her old eating habits. But over time she has experiences and meets friends that help her realize that she is not healthy. There […]

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Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

I started reading The Whole Thing Together without knowing anything about the book. I loved Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I wanted to read her latest book. This novel is about a very unique modern family. Let’s see if I can explain this correctly. Ray’s mother used to be married to Sasha’s father, and they share 3 half sisters, but they have never met. Their divorced parents never speak to each other, and they can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But the two families share a vacation house. The alternate weeks in the summer and weekends the rest of the […]

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Review: I Wish You Happy by Kerry Anne King

I Wish You Happy by Kerry Anne King

I Wish You Happy is a rather strange book. Rae prefers animals to people, but really she likes rescuing and fixing things. When she runs over Kat, a woman who tries to commit suicide by riding her bike in front of a moving car, she gets tangled up in her recovery. She takes Kat in, and she becomes involved with her crisis worker. This book is quite dark, but it also has some magical elements. Rae is described as an Empath. She feels the emotions of others very deeply, as if they are her own. This reason is given for her withdrawal from people, but […]

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I have been meaning to read The Handmaid’s Tale for about 12 years since my sister-in-law told me about it way back when we were in a book club together. Around that time I read The Girl with the Pearl Earring, and something about the title of this book made me think it was a period drama. I kept forgetting that it was one of the original dystopian novels. I am happy I finally read it, but I was kind of disappointed. Margaret Atwood created a horrifying dystopian world, and I can see why people are drawing parallels with the current American government. That part of the book […]

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Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

I enjoyed The Last of August, but I just wasn’t as attached to the characters as I was in the first book, A Study in Charlotte. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Jamie and Charlotte are in England for the Christmas holiday. They spend most of their time with Charlotte’s family, and the mystery in this book centers around Charlotte’s Uncle Leander, who’s gone missing. Watson and Holmes travel to Berlin and Prague, getting wrapped up in the illegal art auction scheme. The plot in this book was a lot more complicated, but I didn’t find it as interesting. Also, Charlotte doesn’t […]

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I wanted to love When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone loves this book. It’s gotten so much hype. Unfortunately, I think that killed it for me. I started the book expecting to be sucked into the story right away, but I had a hard time getting into it. I liked the characters right away, and the premise is so cute, but something about the writing made this book a little hard for me. It almost felt like there were too many words. Maybe it was too literary? I felt like I was wading through all of the description to get to the plot of what was actually […]

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Review: What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

In What Was Mine Lucy Wakefield, desperate to have a baby, steals one from an Ikea. Twenty-one years later, she is finally discovered. This book is written in flash back, kind of, so at the beginning the reader knows that Lucy has been caught but then gets the story from her perspective and others – including her ex-husband, the baby’s mother, and the baby herself. This book was an easy read, and I enjoyed it, but it’s nothing amazing. I think a big part of that was that the ending was known. The interesting part of this book was hearing each character’s version of the story. […]

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Review: The Possible by Tara Altebrando

The Possible by Tara Altebrando

The Possible is a short novel, but it’s packed with intrigue. Kaylee’s birth mother, Crystal, is serving life in prison for killing her little brother. Crystal has professed to have telekinetic powers that started when she was a teenager. When Kaylee is approached by a woman doing a podcast series on Crystal’s case, she cannot resist getting involved. It opens Pandora’s box for Kaylee. Suddenly everyone things she’s a freak. People are questioning her softball pitching abilities, wondering whether she too has mind powers. I loved how contemporary this book is. The whole podcast aspect was pretty fascinating. Kaylee also had an adorable boy best […]

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Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

I loved the premise of Alienated: an exchange program for teens between Earth and a newly discovered planet, L’eihr. Cara has been selected to host one of three L’eihr students coming to Earth. And then next year she’ll take her turn on L’eihr. Of course Aelyx is gorgeous and feelings develop. Many humans aren’t happy with the presence of aliens on Earth. The next level of racism and discrimination abound in this book, from threatening notes to outward protests. I really disliked that part of the plot. Cara loses her boyfriend and her best friend over housing Aelyx. It was pretty realistic, but it was too painful to read. This […]

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