Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is hugely popular right now for good reason. It’s technically science fiction because it deals with the multiverse and parallel dimensions, but it’s really more a suspense novel. Jason Dessen gave up a career in physics to become a husband, father, and college professor. He could have been one of the great minds of his time, but instead he is loving his average life almost 100% of the time. One night while coming home from a celebration for a former colleague who’s won a prestigious award, he his kidnapped and sent to a different world where everyone thinks he has invented “the box” […]

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Review: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before was a terrific suspense story. It’s written in alternating timelines. In the present, Jane is looking for an apartment after a devastating still birth. In the past, Emma and her boyfriend are trying to escape memories of a horrific break-in. Both women move into a rather futuristic house, built by Edward Monkford, with incredibly cheap rent with the caveat that they have to agree to a huge list of rules and some amount of monitoring and periodic check-ins with the house’s computer system, Housekeeper. In Jane’s plot line we know that Emma has died, but we don’t know exactly how. Both women […]

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Review: The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

I could not put this book down. The Things We Wish Were True follows a group of neighbors over one summer. Everyone is keeping secrets, and they unfold slowly in this character-driven novel. The characters are brought together by a boy’s near-drowning at the neighborhood pool. The book switches between many characters, and that’s what kept my interest since character-driven books aren’t usually my thing. Jencey has recently moved back to Sycamore Glen to live with her parents. She runs into Bryte, her former best friend, at the neighborhood pool. Bryte is now married to Jencey’s first love, Everett. Jencey begins falling for Lance, a father of 2 whose wife […]

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Review: Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bad Blood is the conclusion to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ series, The Naturals. Five teenagers with special abilities that they’ve developed because of some horror’s in their past aid the FBI in solving murders. At the beginning of the series, they only work on cold cases, but by this book, they’re working on an active case and getting entangled in some pretty awful things. I love the suspense, and I love how different this series is from many other YA books. Each of the earlier books in the series focuses on the backstory of one of the characters, and this book reveals details about the remaining two […]

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Review: Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry

Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry

I’m still not quite sure what to think about this book. It is almost like reading two different books. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story. Celeste was struggling to connect with her daughter. Many of the things she said or felt were things that I identified with or could empathize with because of things my husband had experience with our son. Her husband, David, is a stay at home dad, so he has always had the stronger relationship with Rori, their daughter. When Rori gets sick, he’s devastated and doesn’t understand why Celeste isn’t more concerned. Celeste has a secret she’s too afraid to […]

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Review: The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister started off well. Even as adults, Ali, the more beautiful of the fraternal twins, seems to have everything that Morgan ever wanted. Blinded by jealousy, Morgan does small things to sabotage her sister’s life. I was on-board with this plot, however petty it might be. But then things kept getting weirder and weirder. Ali is raped and suddenly this turned into a suspense/crime type story. Then there was a lot of drama with Ali’s husband’s job, and she started getting jealous of his time, and we were back to women’s lit. And then a baby came into the scene, and I wasn’t sure […]

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Review: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered is a very different type of YA novel. I would have LOVED this book as a pre-teen. I was pretty obsessed with Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees, Gorillas in the Mist, and Matthew Broderick’s Project X. (I still love that movie!) Sophie lives in Miami with her father, but every summer she goes back to Congo, where she was born, to stay with her mother, who runs a bonobo sanctuary there. On her way to the sanctuary this summer, Sophie runs into a desperate man trying to sell a baby bonobo. Knowing it’s a bad idea to buy bonobos, but not knowing what […]

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Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves contains the ultimate love triangle. I usually cannot stand love triangles. I don’t understand how someone can be so indecisive about who love or who they want to be with. But in this book it actually makes sense. Emma fell in love with Jesse in high school. They left their small Massachusetts town together to attend the University of Los Angeles, and they never looked back. They followed their dreams and traveled the world. The night before their one year wedding anniversary, Jesse left for a job in Alaska, and the unthinkable happened, his helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean, and he […]

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Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors is a seriously sick and twisted story. At the beginning it seems like a wonderful love story. Grace meets Jack at an outdoor concert at a park where he dances with her younger sister, Millie, who has Downs Syndrome. Grace never thought she’d meet someone who would love her and understand the obligation she feels towards Millie. But Jack seems to be the most understand man on the planet. And after a quick romance, they are married and living in a remote location in the house of their dreams. To all of their friends (previously Jack’s friends) they appear to have the perfect […]

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Blog Tour | Review: Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph

Boy, 9, Missing Blog Tour: Matthew Farr Search & Research Team

Boy, 9, Missing is a great suspense novel. Francis’ younger brother Lucas drowned in their bathtub when he was 9 years old. The only person who saw it happen, Lucas’ 10-year old friend, Sam, hasn’t ever spoken of the incident. Now 23 years later, Sam’s 9-year old son, Matthew, is missing. The present day story is told from Francis’ point of view. He is now a newspaper writer in the town where he grew up. When Sam’s son goes missing, Francis’ father, Alex, is the main suspect. Determined the find his father and Matthew, Francis begins a covert investigation. I had to suspend my disbelief a lot over […]

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