Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Goodreads has Down Among the Sticks and Bones mislabeled as a sequel to Every Heart a Doorway. For the first half of this short book, I kept wondering when it was going to move on from back story and progress with the plot. Then I read the cover flap, and I learned that it was actually a prequel. From that point on, I enjoyed this book a lot more. The Wayward Children series is kind of like Alice in Wonderland only there are infinite worlds that children fall into. In the first book we met a full cast of characters who attend a boarding school for children who […]

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Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods is the second book in the Themis Files series. Like the first book it’s told completely in interview and journal format. I listened to the audio again, and the full cast was really good, only there was a new Kara. I was kind of bummed. She was my favorite character and the original narrator did an amazing job. Anyway…about the book. There is decent advancement of the plot in this book. We learn a lot more about the aliens and the Earthen characters. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first book. Again, I think second books are hard. The first book blew […]

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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: 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: 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: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

I was so excited to read Laura Dave’s newest book because I loved Eight Hundred Grapes so much when I read it couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like Hello, Sunshine. The main character, Sunshine, has lied her way into her own YouTube cooking series, A Little Sunshine. She’s got a book deal, and she’s about to have her own Food Network TV show…until she gets hacked. Someone shares the truth of her origins and her affair with her producer, and then everything falls apart. There were two things I didn’t like about this book, and almost nothing that I did like. First, Sunshine loses everything […]

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Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House is a decent family drama. The wives of brothers live in a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1940s. One has only girls and one has only boys, so when they both go into labor in the middle of a snow storm while their husbands are out of town, they switch babies thinking it could solve all of their problems. Instead it marks the beginning of the end. I enjoyed the plot of this book. I love family drama, especially when it involves sisters and/or children, but something about this book just didn’t work for me. I read it a couple of […]

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Review: Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey is a memoir about a couple who opened their own pizza place in Seattle. Or at least that’s what I was expecting it to be about. What I was not expecting was for it to be written by the wife who had very little involvement in the restaurant that her husband was starting. What I also didn’t expect was for there to be so many recipes in the book. I guess since it’s kind of a food memoir that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. And because I was listening to this book on audio, I couldn’t really skip over the recipes. This book […]

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Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

I borrowed While We Were Watching Downton Abbey because it was available on audio on Overdrive when I randomly searched the available books one day. I almost never borrow books without placing a hold or at least picking them off of my TBR list. But this book caught my eye because of the Downton Abbey reference, and I enjoyed it. Edward, the concierge of a high rise condo building, organizes a weekly Sunday night viewing of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey in preparation for the start of season 3. Three women from the building meet there and become good friends despite their different places in life. […]

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