2022 Book Review: The Cousins

The Cousins by Karen McManus YA Mystery/Thriller, 2020 by Delacorte Press, 337 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: Slow start. This one takes awhile to get going. I wanted that mystery to be introduced right away and the small one just wasn’t enough to keep my interest. I wasn’t fully invested in the beginning. Plot holes. There... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: The Letter Carrier

The Letter Carrier by Laurie LC Lewis A Historical Fiction, 2022 by Willowsport Press, 322 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: Dry. This text feels removed from the main character and her important story. I felt a lack of connection to her, which just made the story feel drier than I’d like. Formatting. The ebook, which is... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides A Mystery/Thriller, 2019 by Celadon Books,325 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: There’s definitely “white knight” syndrome running through this one. The treating doctors are male, most of the patients mentioned are female, and the females who work at the facility are treated as sort of hysterical. That all sort... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: No Ivy League

No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant YA Graphic Novel, 2019 by Oni Press, 216 Pages What I Didn’t Like: I wanted a bit more detail. I get what we’re looking at here, it’s a snapshot of a summer. But I wanted the lessons to ring a little truer. I wanted to stay a bit longer... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: The Trial

The Trial by Franz Kafka  A Literary Fiction, 1925 by Der Prozess, 255 Pages What I Didn’t Like: Normally I like endings that leave you wondering but this one is literally unfinished. Kafka died before this one was published. It doesn’t end in a way that made me think. It ended as if it was... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: Break No Bones

Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs A Mystery/Thriller, 2006 by Scribner, 337 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: There are times when the text cuts at weird spots in this one. I believe I commented, in an earlier book, that the chapters were long and rambling. This time the chapters seem to follow the James Patterson... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: Parasite

Parasite by Mira Grant A Horror, 2013 by Orbit, 504 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: Pacing. This one is basically an Act 1 to what will likely be an interesting story. But this one is a little slow and a little drawn out. Not horror. More like scary science fiction that deals with science we shouldn’t... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: The Book of Two Ways

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult A Contemporary, 2020 by Ballantine, 416 Pages What I Didn’t Like: Content warning: extramarital affairs, major accident. Jodi Picoult books are always full of things that make you question your own beliefs and face things that are major issues in our society. This one uses a serious... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas YA Contemporary, 2019 by Balzer + Bray, 464 Pages  What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t connect with Bri like I wanted to. She struck me as spoiled and selfish and it irked me when she continued to hide stuff from the people in her life who obviously love... Continue Reading →

2022 Book Review: Songs of Thalassa

Songs of Thalassa by Brian N Tissot YA Science Fiction, 2020 by BookBaby, 320 Pages What I Didn’t Like: Skewed impact of emotional scenes. There were deaths in this one that almost felt more shocking in the non-reaction of the characters to the deaths. You expect it to pack a punch, emotionally, and instead it... Continue Reading →

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