Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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Review: My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter

My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter

My Life with the Liars is a wonderful middle grade novel. I don’t usually review middle grade books on this blog (reserving those for my other blog,Mom’s Radius), but since I read this book out of my own interest and not as a mom, I thought I’d share it here. I loved this book! Zylynn was raised in a cult. Right before her 13th birthday her father breaks her out, but Zylynn doesn’t know he’s her father. She doesn’t know much of anything about the normal world. She’s desperate to get back to the Children Inside the Light before she turns 13 and is cast out to […]

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Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is amazing. This book is another one that I had heard a lot of people recommend over the last couple of years, but I didn’t really know what it was about. The fact that it had “Bookstore” in the title was enough to make me want to read it. What book lover doesn’t love books about bookstores, right? But surprisingly, this book seemed to me to be way more about computers and technology than about books. It was perfect for me! Clay takes the night shift at a bookstore after he cannot find a job doing computer work during the recession. […]

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship. This book was […]

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Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted was my last Taylor Jenkins Reid book. I love her work. She develops amazing characters with interesting plots, and this book was no exception. Less than two weeks after Elsie and Ben’s wedding, Ben is killed in a car/bike accident. Instead of living happily ever after, Elsie has to deal with Ben’s death and her new mother-in-law. She’s grieving and heart broken, and because it was a short relationship, no one understands grief. This book is written in alternating chapters – present day and the past. The reader gets to read about Elsie and Ben falling in love but also Elsie’s struggle to […]

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Review: Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

Come This Way is a self-published contemporary women’s fiction novel. I’m not sure I’d ever read a self-published book before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book was amazing. It had parallel story lines with multiple characters that all come together at the end. It focuses on all different kinds of love and has a sort of Love, Actually feel to it. Fern, a hiking enthusiast, and her twenty-something daughter Colby get lost in the woods. Their cell phones don’t work, and they have limited supplies. Most horrific to me, Colby didn’t bring her glasses, so after the second day she has to remove her contacts […]

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Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to […]

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Review: The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennett by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet is such a fun read. You know I love Jane Austen, and of course Pride and Prejudice is her best known work. Lydia Bennet is the youngest and most annoying sister in that story. Natasha Farrant has taken that character and filled in the gaps in her story. Austen never told us how Lydia ends up running off with Wickham. Farrant has imagined a very interesting twist. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Because I knew how things ended up for Lydia, I wasn’t expecting some much suspense. Farrant made me feel for Lydia and even […]

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a great suspense story, and it made me want to go on another cruise. Lo, a travel journalist, gets a break when her pregnant boss cannot go on the maiden voyage of a new, small, luxury cruise ship, The Aurora Borealis. The night before the journey, Lo’s apartment is broken into, so she’s a little on edge. When she witnesses something strange happening in the cabin next door in the dead of night, no one believes her. She begins to go a little crazy, and she doesn’t know who to trust. This book was written so well. I didn’t […]

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Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling is such an intense read. I have always loved watching gymnastics – whether it was live Olympics or just TV shows or movies about gymnastics. This book was only my second experience reading about gymnasts. Wow. The whole book takes places over only two days, the US Olympic Trials. Twelve girls are competing, but the book only focuses on 5 of them. You know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione tries to explain Cho Chang’s feelings to Ron and Harry (because she was crying while kissing Harry)? That’s what this book is like. Each chapter takes you into […]

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